Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Valentine's Day

Bryan has been pretty busy this month, with planning our youth group retreat and getting ready to go to Peru again, so I told him that I would take care of planning our Valentine's Day activities. The great part about planning the activities is you can pick something you've always wanted to do! So I did just that (know Bryan would love it too!). We got away after church on Sunday (thank you to Bryan's parents for taking care of our kids!) and drove 2 hours to Belknap Hot Springs. 
For more info on Belknap click on the link
We were gone less than 24 hours, but had a very relaxing time attempting to make a fire in the wood burning fire place (there was a hidden flue!), eating lots of fondue, exploring the hiking trails and secret gardens,
and of course, enjoying the 104 degree hot springs!
 On the actual holiday, Cayden and I went to Salem to hand deliver our Valentines. First we stopped at Grandma Julie's.
 Then we trekked out to Corban, where we saw Kyle, and delivered cards to Grandpa Bryce, Aunt Carrie and Uncle Shane (in their classes - sorry teachers!). We also stopped by Beth's tree to say hi.
 Then I dropped Cayden off at church with my dad while I went to work for a few hours, and he took her to    my parent's house, where Cayden played with Grandma Jill.
 She's getting better and better at standing while doing other things. She also took her first steps the day before Valentine's Day. I didn't see them, but Bryan said she took three steps toward him from the couch.

To end the Valentine's Day festivities, we had chocolate fondue with Lauren and Joe after Cayden went to sleep. Good times!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

11 month update/stats

Weight: 19 pounds, 14 oz (60th percentile)
Height: 28 1/8 inches (43rd percentile)
Head: 18 1/4 cm (87th percentile)

This month, Cayden learned how to brush her teeth. She absolutely loves it, but hates when I take her toothbrush away. And I mean HATES.

We took advantage of the few days of sunshine and took Macie for walks. Macie loves walks.

Cayden, not so much.
 She did learn how to grab her binky while wearing mittens! 
 She looks so grown up in this picture.
 Below is her newest trick. 
Grandma Julie taught her the "How big is Cayden?" trick....this is her responding with "SOOO BIG!"
 And this is her other trick, growling like Macie. 
 She loves Yogurt Extreme (and so does Lauren!) 
 Cayden now has 6 teeth (two are still coming through, but I'm counting them). She takes two very long naps every day, and sleeps from about 8pm-8am every night. She doesn't LOVE eating as much as she used to (probably the teething), but loves grapes, Korean Crispy Rolls, applesauce and rice. She's discovered that Macie comes and eats things she throws on the floor and she also learned how to spit (not fun). She knows a few signs - "more" and "all done" and says "ohma" and "da" and "na" and "ba" - all of which mean different things at different times.
 She has become clingy, especially when I'm trying to cook dinner in the kitchen. She cruises around along couches and such, but isn't very interested in walking. She loves the stairs, and has started climbing over Macie and smacking her in the face. Cayden has made a daily routine of emptying her bookshelf of all the books, and about 2-3 times a week, I will let her empty my tupperware drawer out of desperation to get dinner done without her pulling on my pant legs. She absolutely loves music, clapping and dancing whenever she hears it. She has also started copying us more and more. Lauren discovered that Cayden will try to match her pitch when she would sing single notes to her. It's pretty cute.