Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Pumpkin Patch

Today Lexi and I went with a couple of my girlfriends and their children to a pumpkin patch. It was basically a giant field with pumpkins all over. There were tons of photo ops, and I got some very cute pictures of Lexi. The only downfall was that it was super windy today, as evidenced by my crazy hair in a few of the pictures.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Ode to Diet Coke

I would just like to take a minute to sing praises to Diet Coke. I don't think I could get through a day without the shot of caffeine that comes with consuming a can. Thank you to the makers of this wonderful product.

Lexi's 1st 5K

Lexi completed her first 5K yesterday (oh yeah, Jeff and I finished it too). We all three ran in the annual Pumpkin Dash. It was so much fun. We put Lexi in her bumble bee costume and pushed her in the jogging stroller. Jeff, being the nice guy that he is, offered to push Lexi so that I could run faster, and I ended up placing 2nd in my age category. After the race there was a fall festival and a costume contest. It was such a fun day. We are definitly going to make it an annual event.

My award for placing 2nd in the 20-24 age group.


Saturday, October 13, 2007

Sundays are for Sleeping

Could someone please remind me why we go to church on Sundays? I basically spend the whole time in the hallway chasing after the crawling kiddo. Then Jeff has to wrestle her for the next couple hours because she is so absolutely exhausted from not having a nap. Today we decided to give in and go home after sacrament meeting. How many months until she gets to go into nursery?

Texas State Fair Here We Come!

So yesterday Jeff, Lexi, and I went to the Dallas State Fair, and let me say...No one does a state fair like Texas! We went with our friends Lane, Amber, and Easton and had a blast.

We started our trek around 4:00 pm and proceded to navigate our way through downtown Dallas to find the fairgrounds. I was a little skeptical about the area when I read the directions that said "if you get lost, don't attempt to find your way. Just turn around. The fairgrounds are in a very bad area of town." Ok, so a little scary. Were we supposed to pack heat? I guess I could've brought my mace.

Ok, so after an hour of driving in rush hour traffic we finally made it, and pay a whopping $10.00 to park, and then another $25.00 to get in. Freak, are we in Disneyland? Oh yeah, then you have to immediately by "coupons" once you get inside because everything is purchased via little orange tickets. It's totally a conspiracy! They make you buy coupons in packs of ten, but everything costs some odd, random amount of coupons, so at the end of the night you're left with like 3 coupons. And, common, what can you buy with 3 coupons? A stick of gum? Not even that. And of course you can't use these little orange things in the real world so you basically have to throw away $2.00. It's highway robbery. I mean when you're poor little college students, $2.00 is a lot of money. That can buy us dinner at Costco.

Ok, ok, ok, so we have our coupons and we're inside the fair. The next opstacle is trying to navigate the stroller through the 5 million black teenagers. I just about got in a fight when I ran over some 16 year-old black chicks toe. And, of course it always seems like you're going against the flow of traffic. I'm thinking of installing an air horn on the stroller.

Now, since we have an infant and don't want to waste $50.00 playing carnival games, what do we do at the fair? The answer is...Eat as much fried food as you can. I started with a giant corny dog and a jumbo Diet Dr. Pepper, then proceeded to eat a fried snickers bar, oh yes, a fried snickers bar. Then, I finished the evening with fried cookie dough (my favorite). The fair has a contest every year on the most original and tasty fried good. This year's winner was the fried Coke (which I didn't try). I'm pretty sure I consumed about 5,000 calories, evidenced by the fact that Jeff had to roll me out the front gates. Man, but it was good.

So after consuming the fried food, we visited the petting zoo. Lexi wasn't quite sure about all the furry creatures trying to lick her face (neither was I). They did have quite an asortment of wild animals including an ostrich. An ostrich in a petting zoo. Doesn't that seem weird? Aren't ostrich mean? Needless to say, I kept my distance.

Well, as the night was winding down, we decided to go to the food court and consume more fried food including fried chicken fingers. So, we're sitting enjoying our food when all of a sudden we hear this yelling and hollering. In stomps a group of black guys flashing gang signs. "Oh great, we're going to get caught in the middle of a gang fight at the fair. I hope my underwear is clean for the hospital." Those were the exact thoughts going through my head as about 100 cops come flying in the door to break up the commotion. Luckily, no guns were fired and we made it out alive.

After the gang incident we decided to wrap up the evening (but not before consuming a little more fried food). Luckily we made it home safely with only a few extra pounds around our midsections. So ends our first excursion to the Dallas State Fair. Yee Haw.

Chowing down on one of the fair's famous corny dogs.

Fried snickers bar. Pretty yummy.

Next time I try breastfeeding and want to complain I'll look at this picture and think that it could be worse.

This camel was trying to give me a kiss. No, thanks, I'm good.

Wow, this pig has huge, umm........spots.

Lane and Easton feeding the goats

Do we really need a sign that says this?

Trying to stay a safe distance away from the mean ostrich

Lexi and her friend Easton

My friend Amber Cable and Me. She used to be my running buddy until she went and got herself pregnant. Grrrrrr.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Look-Alike Meter

Crazy Crawling Baby

Well, it's official...Lexi's crawling. She finally figured it out a few weeks ago and now she's unstoppable! Long gone are the days of plopping her in the middle of the family room while I take a shower. Her favorite things to get into are the VCR (which she got her finger stuck in the other day), Jeff's school papers, and the bedroom pillows. It's actually been kind of hard on me because she keeps wacking her head on things and then cries, which makes me feel awful. I hate seeing my little one in pain. She got a bloody lip the other day and I about lost it. How am I going to handle it when a guy breaks her heart, or she has to get stitches? That's it, she's never leaving the house. This parenting business is tough. Enjoy the pictures

Lexi took her first shower with Daddy. At first she wasn't a big fan of the running water, but when she got used to it she really liked it. The only problem is that she get's really slippery when she's all soapy and wet. I think we'll stick to the bathtub for a while.

As many of you probably know, Jeff MAKES me cut his hair. He likes to keep it really short and doesn't want to pay to get it cut every couple of weeks. Anyways, I got a little carried away this time and ended up giving him a buzz. Ok, it was on purpose. I was curious what he'd look like with the shorter do. He doesn't look too shabby, although I think I prefer him with hair. We decided that while he still has hair on the top of his head he should keep it longer, so this will be the last buzz for a while.

We're trying a new parenting technique at our house. We've started giving Lexi a beer before bed to help her wind down. What do you think? Just kidding, it's only root beer. What is it that makes drinking root beer out of a bottle so much fun?

Here's a picture of the nasty spider that set-up shop outside our front door. My silly husband likes to feed it caterpillars that he catches on our porch. It's actually kind of interesting to watch the spider spin a web around the bugs and eat them. The maintenance man asked me if I wanted to get rid of him and I said that as long as the spider stays outside it's fine.