Saturday, November 26, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

As always, we had a big feast at my Grandmothers house here in Colorado Springs.  This year was a little bitter sweet for us all in my family.  My grandmother has lived here in Colorado Springs for as long as I can remember.  She moved here a year before we did, 25 years ago.  My grandpa passed away a few years ago, and my uncle, who lives with her has a lot of health problems.  After going to St. George for our family reunion this year, she decided to move down there.  We have more family down in that area and my uncle Mike does much better in the warmer weather.  My grandma's house is a beautiful home that has SO many memories in it for all of her kids, grandkids, and great grandkids.  This was our last hoorah at her home.  I am so sad to see her go, but know that things change and life moves on.  She is a great example to me and I will miss having her so close to us.  I hope someday to be as amazing as she is.  Go figure, I didn't take ANY pictures at Thanksgiving dinner.  We had at least 50 people there again, which is always so fun.  This year I couldn't be more grateful for my family.  I have a HUGE, wonderful, loving family and feel so lucky.  AND, I have two wonderful children and a loving husband that I couldn't be happier to get to spend eternity with.  Boy am I lucky!  So sorry for the lack of pictures in the post, but I am very grateful for the blessings in my life and no picture could ever show that anyway.  Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving as well!  

The grandma in me...

Since I started working the graveyard shift at work, my life has been pretty crazy!  I am not loving it, but hey, it pays the bills, right?  Work can get pretty slow in the middle of the night, so I decided I needed to find a new hobby.  I went to the library, found a book, and taught myself how to crochet.  Then, thanks to Pinterest (which I am officially obsessed with), I found some awesome patterns and discovered the Grandma inside of me. Here are my latest creations...

I made another monster hat for my co-workers little boy- isn't he the cutest!)

I have never felt very crafty so I was a bit skeptical that I could learn.  Knowing how amazing MY grandmother is I knew it had to be in me somewhere.  At least it keeps me busy! :)

October snow!

This year we had snow on October 7th.  A LITTLE early if you ask me.  Maybe that just means winter will get over sooner next year.  Doubt it though!  I think I need a trip to Hawaii!

 Looks like someone else isn't happy about the snow!

Just kidding!  She is ALWAYS happy! :)

Uh oh....

Move over dad!

This girl knows who is in charge.... 

Halloween 2011

For Halloween this year we took Sawyer to the Trunk-or-Treat at our church and then took him out for about two streets in our neighborhood.  He had a great time.  Although he didn't really understand why he was wearing a costume, he LOVED that people would give him candy.  (I swear this kid takes after me, he is OBSESSED with candy.) He also LOVED helping me pass the candy out when the kids came to our door.  We had a ton of kids again just like last year.  I think last year we went through 11 bags of candy, so this year I was prepared.  I think I got something like 3000 pieces, and we used it all! It was a lot of fun for all of us.  We didn't get a lot of pictures, but at least here are our two cute kids in costume!

It is impossible to get two kids smiling in the same picture!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Some Videos

Here are some recent videos of our cute kids.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Look who's 6 months old!

I know, hard to believe right?!  And to be quite honest, it is happening WAY too fast!  This little girl is so much fun.  She is THE HAPPIEST baby I have ever seen.  She is always smiling, giggling, or just plain content and we love having her around.  And she's such a beautiful girl too.  ( I get it, I'm biased, but seriously, look at her sweet face!)

I missed her 6 month appointment because of my new overnight shift.  I have to sleep sometimes!  So Tyler was a good daddy and took her.  Here are her latest stats:

Weight: 14.9 lbs- 44th percentile
Height: 26 inches- 77th percentile
Head Circumference:  17 inches- 82nd percentile

Looks like she has slowed down a little on the growing which is fine by me.  I don't want her growing up so fast anyway!

She is gaining more and more personality all the time.  She is grabbing for things, just started sitting up on her own, rolls over, and loves to play with toys. She is still a great sleeper and continues to sleep about 12 hours a night. It is amazing to have a baby that I can just put in her crib and she will go to sleep on her own.   She has been waking up a little earlier lately because I think she is getting hungrier. She has been trying to get her bottom teeth in as well, which she hasn't enjoyed, but she doesn't fuss too much.

(She sleeps with this cute little giraffe every night.  It winds up like a music box and plays music that she falls asleep to.) 

 Being six months old, she finally got to try solids for the first time.  She did great with them and seems to like her rice cereal a lot!

I can't express how much we love this little girl.  Happy 6 months Brooklyn!

Dad and Sawyer's hiking trip.

Sawyer may only be knee high to a grass-hopper, but his walking stick is still too short. 
 Sawyer was very accommodating on our drive into the mountains.  He agreed to ride on the trunk so that we could bring more gear.
 Apparently the phrase "Say cheese," means something different to a two year old. 

 It's not like we don't already have enough animals...but, Sawyer was insistent that he needed a pet rock.  Some families have an elephant in the front room, the York's have a ten-foot boulder!
 Somebody's been looking at too many military recruitment posters.
I knew the hike was over when his knees gave out and he refused to move.  Oh well, one man's "death march" is another man's leisurely stroll.

Alpine camping

 Sawyer does all his own stunts in front of a green screen.
 A bit reminiscent of Central Park circa 1933.
No one believes me, but I am single-handedly making the barrel chest fashionable. 
 Rodin?...More like Retard.

 A stream is incredibly exciting when you are two years old.
 Jagger tests the water so we know if it's safe to drink.
 A very tired Tyler, trying his best not to have a double chin.

 I swear, sometimes the light strikes me a certain way and I look like and entirely different person.

Brooklyn's hat is actually a little tight on her.  I wonder if she'll ever out-grow the "cone head" phase!

Saturday, September 24, 2011


Yes, I am tired.  But no, that is not what this post is about.  I have recently found Sawyer falling asleep in the funniest places.

I guess it is true what they say.  If you are tired enough, you can fall asleep anywhere!  It is hard work being a 2 year old!