Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween 2012

Happy Halloween! We hope that all of you have had a fun day! We were really excited about our Star Wars costumes this year! And how appropriate with the big news of Disney buying Lucas Ltd. Unfortunately, Kate did NOT like wearing her Ewok hood but we were able to get her to wear it just long enough to sneak a few pictures.

We started celebrating with our ward Halloween Party this past Saturday. Kate enjoyed her first cake walk and trunk-or-treat. It was totally darling to watch her walk from car to car holding her cute little kitty cat treat bag.

Not too excited to be wearing the hood

Then today the med school hosted a Halloween parade and mini-trick-or-treat for the kids! There aren't too many med students with children...but we had 10 kids come! We enjoyed visiting with friends, getting some great treats, and having lunch with Tim. 

Visiting the med school admin offices
Kate actually let me put her hood on and she wore it for about 2 minutes 

The cutest ewok I've ever seen!
Most of the group

Happy Halloween and May the Force be with you!!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Less Than 2 Weeks

Holy smokes! I can't believe we are down to 10 days until Election Day! Oh boy! 

Over the past few months I have been heavily involved in the 2012 Presidential Election. I have always tried to be politically involved, but this year has been different. I've never felt so strongly or been so passionate about a particular candidate as I am about Mitt Romney! And living in such a crucial swing state I have taken to the streets and phones doing what I can to help! This past week was especially exciting...

We (me, Kate, and my mom) first attended a "Women for Mitt" event that was totally awesome. Six women that worked in Mitt's Massachusetts cabinet or with him during the Olympics came to share their stories. I was totally impressed and particularly impressed to learn how Mitt used his business background to work with Bristol-Myers Squibb and made it possible for them to build a major factory in Massachusetts instead of building a factory outside the U.S., thus creating thousands of jobs for the people of MA. When Mitt says he can improve the economy...I know he can! 

Then we were lucky enough to attend a rally in Cedar Rapids with Mitt!! It was electrifying to be at this event and hear him speak!

If your interested, here's a link from the Cedar Rapids Gazette newspaper covering the event as well as some of the awesome photos they took:

Notice the darling little girl in purple and white (circled)...that's Kate!! How awesome is that?!

Oh and I meant to share this a while back...Back in September I attended another event at the Johnson County GOP Headquarters when Reince Prebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, came to Coralville. I got interviewed by a Gazette reporter...they didn't actually use anything that I said but I loved that they mentioned Kate. Check it out

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Another Fall Visitor

My Mom came to visit!! We've had the best week...full of fun activities and good food! The weather was a bit unpredictable with lots of rain but then days of sun and 80 degree temperatures. We spent a lot of time enjoying the Fall leaves, soaking up the nice weather, and just enjoying having Grandma here! 

We kept busy going to Nauvoo, visiting a darling pumpkin patch in Donnellson, visiting the Mennonite town of Kalona, and attending two Mitt events (pictures coming soon). But we also enjoyed time at home, relaxing, baking bread, and playing with Kate outside. Thank you Mom for coming to visit! We miss you already!

Our neighbor has the most beautiful yellow tree...After seeing it last Fall I patiently waited for it to turned this week!

Playing at the park

The beautiful Nauvoo Temple
Kathy's Pumpkin Patch- We've driven by so many times on our way to Nauvoo...we finally took the time to stop and boy are we glad we did. They had the craziest assortment of pumpkins and Kate loved their wagon. We will definitely be going next year!

Visiting the Cheese Factory in Kalona

Saturday, October 13, 2012

17 months

Happy 17 months Kate! I can’t believe we are only one month shy of having a 1-1/2 year old. Nursery is coming soon! Whoa, how did that happen?! Kate is one busy gal. She keeps us on our toes and is very independent. 

Kate's vocabulary continues to expand. She is saying more and more words all the time …my two most recent favorites are “pillow” and “turtle.” I am just continually impressed by how much she is learning each day.  Kate loves her muslin swaddle blankets and despite my efforts to persuade her to use a different blanket as her “blankie” she will not budge. She insists on carrying her “B” all around the house and loves wrapping up all of her dollies and stuffed animals with it.

In the past weeks Kate has gotten really good at singing. Now she doesn’t say every word but she totally sings “I Am A Child of God” and “The ABCs!” She has the tune down and says a lot of the words, it is amazing. We have been working hard to get it on video, but of course that is a trick. Kate has a mind of her own. I actually had my friend Allison try and take some 17 month pictures the other day but it was pretty challenging. I haven’t gotten them back yet but decided I’d post some pictures that are much more suited to how things really are (see below). Kate loves the camera. I cannot take a single picture without her grabbing it and/or throwing a small fit because I won't let her have it. She usually wins!

She just might be a real photographer some day :)

Kate is a growing girl and seems to always want a snack. She insists on using a fork and gets very frustrating when she can’t fork a piece of whatever. She has really been into eating spaghetti squash and edemame and still loves yogurt, string cheese, and fruit. All of Kate's incisors have broken through so she has 16 teeth now.

Kate’s favorite books are The Going to Bed Book, B is for Bear, Aloha Is…, and Halloween 123s, Kate loves drawing with a pencil, playing outside ALL OF THE TIME, and standing on the cool step stool Tim built for her next to the kitchen counter helping Mommy.

Enjoying life with all of her "friends"

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Conference Weekend

We had a great General Conference weekend! I love Conference weekend...I love listening to the inspiring talks from our church leaders and I love all the traditions and fun that we have created along with it.

We enjoyed good friends, good food, a backyard pumpkin harvesting complete with hot cider, and of course the traditional family conference race! I sure miss family at times like these but am also very grateful for great friends!
Our friends Greg and Elizabeth came to help with the Harvest
Three pumpkins for the three of us!

Omeletts by Tim on Sunday morning
The Semi-Annual Sokol Family Tradition...the GC Race