Friday, November 28, 2008

Firsts for the little guy

Erik has had a lot of firsts in his life in the last two days. He had his first thanksgiving during which he had his first taste of mashed potatoes and he loved them. However, he did NOT love the metal spoon I used to feed him with. He hated the spoon so much that he cried and cried.

This is a picture of him prior to the metal spoon.

The kid really hates spoons of any type--he would much prefer if I would feed him from my finger. I don't like doing that though because, well, it's kind of gross, makes mealtime very lengthy, and, at some point in his little life, he's going to need to eat from a spoon!

Adam was determined that Erik would eat from a spoon! I don't think Adam won that battle lol Erik is very stubborn, in true Talbot form!

Erik also got his first haircut. Now all the men in my family have the same haircut, except that they all style their hair differently. Erik was a real trooper through the entire process and just kept trying to eat the cord on the trimmers. Yum?Here's the little guy post haircut. I thought Adam did a pretty good job considering Erik is such a wiggleworm!

Here is a cute pic of my little pilgrims. I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful family! This thanksgiving reminded me of how much I have to be thankful for.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Go Buckeyes

As most of you know, I'm a pretty big Ohio State Buckeye fan, especially with football. Erin and I grew up watching OSU football--almost every year we had a big party with the Gernert family. Poor Tom is a Michigan fan. It was always a lot of fun and a lot of great food. The Gernerts made buckeyes--a tradition that I bug my sister-in-law Heather to continue every year. ( I was lucky enough to have one of my best friends from childhood marry Adam's brother.) How I love those little chocolate covered peanut butter balls....*drool*. That reminds me that I need to see if she will make me some more for christmas...anyway, I am trying to continue the tradition of watching OSU football with my children. Adam doesn't like football at all (his only fault!) because his dad is from England so they watched boxing *shudder*. Unfortunately, Adam is out of town this weekend but I still held the party, albeit a small gathering.
Here are my cute kids decked out in their OSU outfits. My Aunt Annette kindly supplies us with OSU clothes for christmas almost every year. I am proud to say that Ohio State really spanked Michigan this year 7-42! go Buckeyes!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Erik's first taste of banana

Poor Erik has had a rough week so far. He got sick saturday night--fever, lost his voice, nasty cough. He was finally (thank goodness) feeling better so I decided today would be a great day to try out a new food. Ashlee and I chopped up some banana and popped it into his mouth. He sat like this for about 4-5 minutes before he finally put his tongue back in his mouth and ate his piece of banana. He's such a goofball!

This is completely irrelevant to the title of this blog but one of the things I miss most about Ohio (besides my family and friends) is autumn there. Utah tends to be kind of blah with the changing of the leaves, but my dad took a beautiful picture of our grape vines that reminded me a little bit of Ohio. There is a roadside stand in Ohio that makes the best apple cider ever. Also, on Saturday is the Ohio State vs. Michigan football game--Go Buckeyes!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Ashlee's obsession with presents

If you know me, then you know that my daughter, Ashlee, is a quirky little gal. Her most recent obsession happened last week when Walmart, ever so kindly, sent us their toy catalog in the mail. Ashlee looked through that catalog until it literally disintegrated. She circled each and every girl toy and told me that she was going to ask Santa for every girl toy. I tried all week to dissuade her. I told her that Santa will only bring her 5 toys because other little girls needed toys from him too. I suggested picking out toys to get her brothers. Yet, she still loving turned the pages and looked at the toys. On Sunday, it was Target's turn to put a toy catalog in with the paper. Ashlee found it and began the exact same process as with the Walmart catalog; circling every girl toy and signing her name on the toys she just couldn't live without. There are apparently many many toys that she cannot live without.

This catalog is so well-loved that she even took it in the bathroom with her when she took a bath. And, yes, she did open it to her favorite page.

This unhealthy desire for all toys girlish had me a bit concerned. When did my daughter become so worldly? and at such a young age too!
Tonight, I decided to try to end the obsessiveness and we wrote our letters to Santa. I know it is a bit early for that, but I'm starting to get tired of looking at the toy catalogs because they are the only books that she wants to read. I am hoping that our letters end the obsession or at least curb it. We only allowed her to ask Santa for 5 toys and it took her over 1/2 an hour to decide which were her favorites.
We will be mailing off our letters tomorrow and, hopefully, Santa enjoys reading our letters as much as we enjoyed writing them!

Saturday, November 8, 2008


Yep, I know, I'm a little behind the times, but I still thought that I'd post a few pics of my cute little family at halloween. We went trick or treating with my sister, Erin's, family. It was an absolutely beautiful night for halloween and we had a great time.

Here's my scary evil skeleton and the tooth fairy. Who knew that they hung out together?

What a crew! the avatar, the tooth fairy, a dragon, a frog, and a skeleton. Look out world!

Erik really isn't quite sure what to think of Halloween.

Didn't know I could be so angelic, did you?

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Snow Day

We got our first real snow of the winter today. Ashlee wanted to go out and play in the snow immediately after she woke up (7:30 am), so I let her go. After a few minutes, I realized that she was really serious about playing outside, so I brought her back in and bundled her up a bit. I made her come back in at 8:15 am so I could run Alex to school, but, as soon as I got back home she was back outside and she played out there for another hour. She was looking fairly damp, so I forced her to come back inside and take a bath to warm up.
Here is my sopping wet girl. She sure did have fun making snow angels tho! It reminded me of what childhood is all about--doing what you love to do and not being practical about it!

Monday, November 3, 2008

my 6 oddities

Amy tagged me a little while ago, but I've been a slacker about responding. Sorry Amy! better late than never, right?? The six things you might not know or want to know about me...

1. I hate hate hate the sound of cotton tearing. You want to really upset me, tear up a cotton ball when I'm around. For me, it's worse than nails on a chalkboard!!

2. I love to cook, but I don't like to cook for others. I have a deep fear that people will not like what I'm cooking. I know it's something I need to get over. I absolutely dread when the relief society calls and asks me to bring a meal to someone. I agonize over it! So, if you haven't been invited to my house for dinner, don't take it personally, it's just my paranoia rearing its ugly head.

3. I don't like it when people wear sweats out in public. I think sweats should only be worn in the privacy of your own home or at the gym. No one looks good in them and they scream the fact that you were too busy/lazy/slovenly to throw on a pair of jeans instead.

4. Smokers drive me insane. Do it in private, where I don't have to breathe it in and have an asthma attack! I don't want to be sick just because you chose to blow some smoke my way.

5. Whenever I sew, I eat fruit, usually apples. I have no idea why I think that apples and sewing go together, but in my world, they do. I also have to have the TV on when I sew. I don't even watch whatever's on, but I like having the background noise. So there I am, eating an apple and listening to the tv as I sew to my heart's content.

6. I have to put away my clean dishes in a certain order--bowls first, then tupperware, plates, pots and pans, and, finally silverware. I don't let the kids help me do dishes because it messes up my order. I guess that we all have a little OCD in us, right?

well, now the world knows that I'm a little crazy, but, hey, aren't we all?