Monday, April 26, 2010

And another one...

I know, I know. I've already posted this type of video recently. They're just so cute!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Farewell Fablehaven!

(First of all, if you haven't read the Fablehaven series yet, do so!)

Joel is friends with Brandon Mull, the author of Fablehaven. They were in Divine Comedy together.

(If you don't know what Divine Comedy is, click here or here or here or here.)

Yes, my husband is extremely talented. And hot.

Back to Fablehaven.

There are 5 books in the series. The 5th one was released March 23 (a post about the launch party is coming). The Saturday before that there was a "Farewell Fablehaven" party for Brandon's friends and family. His wife, with the help of at least one sister and a friend, did an amazing job planning it. It makes me want to do event planning again (I majored in it in college for a few months. A wedding planning internship at Thanksgiving Point made me switch majors to something else).

We had a lot of fun and were flattered to have been invited (it was a pretty intimate party with about 50 people).

Here are some of the highlights of the evening:
The thought that went into the details was truly amazing!!! For anyone who has read the books, those name cards were attached to little vials filled with "milch" (aka: magic milk).
Brandon's picture was on all of the beverage bottles and even on the m&m's in the middle of each table!

We answered questions about Fablehaven to earn "gold coins" for an auction. (The auction was fun. There were gold coins hidden all over that we found at the beginning and then there were opportunities to earn more later.)

The items for the auction were so cool! Everything had something to do with the books. Joel and I ended up getting a box set of the first 3 books all signed by Brandon.
(No, I'm not pregnant. The shirt just makes me look like I am.)
(Oh, and the fact that my metabolism decided to give out the week after I turned 26 doesn't help either.)

This was actually the first time I met Brandon. Nice guy. I'm now a fan of both his books and him and his wife (she is so cute!).

I wish we'd taken more pictures, but I was already feeling a little geeky with how excited I was to be there and about all of the cool details from the book. The decorations were awesome, the food was delicious, the company was great, etc. etc. Did I mention how amazing the details were?!? Because they really were.

We're really happy for Brandon and for the success he's having! Seriously, read his books if you haven't. I'm not just saying they're good because we know him; his books have been on the New York Times Best Seller List.

He also wrote The Candy Shop War (which I loved) and a children's book called Pingo and he has more coming.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Having two young kids (one of which is a major mama's boy) can make one question their sanity.

Then something like this happens, your heart melts, and everything is alright.

Is there anything better than a babies laughter?

Yes there is.
A baby laughing while watching his older sister adoringly.

P.S. Although it is similar, this is not
the sweet potatoes video.
It's a little different.
Both were so cute,
I couldn't choose just one to post. :)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Makes a parent feel good

We were at Joel's families for the Sunday sessions of General Conference. Kaylee was sitting up to the counter in the kitchen having some snacks, while the rest of us were in the living room watching conference on TV.

We were enjoying the talk when Kaylee started yelling something. It was a word I'd never heard her say before, so I didn't immediately know what she was saying. I noticed she was staring at the TV as she repeated herself. Then I realized what it was...


I looked back at the TV and President Henry B. Eyring was the speaker.

We've got this picture hung up in the kids room and we occasionally go over who's in it. I mostly focus on the prophet, President Monson, because I for sure want her to know him, so I was surprised that she knew who President Eyring was when she saw him on TV.

What a sweet girl.
(It's progress from last year- she called him "Grandpa"when she saw him.)

P.S. If you'd like to read/watch/listen
to President Eyring's talk,
click here.

Friday, April 9, 2010

In case you were worried...

we have found food Logan will eat (aka, anything but peas).

Oh, and him and Kaylee get along really well.

Monday, April 5, 2010

My Two Helpers

Helper #1: Joel
This was my fault.
I left Joel alone with Logan and a bowl.

I should have known better...
(Kaylee July 2008- right around the same age as Logan is now)

Helper #2: Kaylee

She thought Logan looked thirsty
Maybe I should start putting lids on her cups.

Or not...
he looks happy. :)

Thursday, April 1, 2010