Tuesday, December 2, 2008
This morning Zoe woke up in a really good mood, so we were able to catch this on video. Her language skills are flourishing. She does Little Miss Muffett and Hey Diddle Diddle pretty well.
The child is almost nonstop chatter lately. It's fun to listen to her talk and hear what she's thinking about. We're actually starting to have short conversations.
A cute phrase of hers is "Hey (insert name here), whatcha doin?" The other day we went to the pond to see the ducks when she asked, "Hey ducks, whatcha doin? Swimming!"
Enjoy the video and check back soon for more pictures and updates!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
She woke up with a dry diaper after nap time, so I sat her on the toilet and asked her to go potty. After a few seconds I heard the successful tinkle sound! So of course I jumped up and down like a fool cheering for her. Her little face just beamed as she cheered "I go on big girl potty!" So, we promptly called Daddy, Memaw and Poppy, and Nana and Papa to share in our celebration.
If you have tips on potty training a girl, I'm open for suggestions.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Then she found one of my winter hats in a box and has decided that she has to wear it around the house.
What will she do next? :)
Oh, and then there's her new talent:
Zoe enjoyed being around all the children. We have a book of pictures of all our Texas friends that we went over and over with her before we left, so she was able to identify a lot of people. By the end of the weekend she was calling people by their names without having to be prompted. Even now, when we look at pictures she knows who people are. She's just amazing.
Zoe had her first exposure to fishing. Well, she's been with us on hikes before when Matt's fished, but this time she actually got to hold the rod. Matt let her "help" him with his pole for a little while. They I tried to show her how with a kiddie pole. We tried to cast, and of course she wanted to do it herself. She swished the thing around a few times and then threw the entire pole into the pond. Brian and Howard were frantically trying to get it out before it sank and someone had to go for a swim. Thankfully they were successful in retrieving the pole without getting wet. We quickly ended our fishing lesson after that. :)
We had a lot of fun and hope we're able to go again next year. Check out our pictures at http://picasaweb.google.com/jenny.crill/LaborDayWeekend2008#
and our friend Jenny's pictures at
Thursday, August 28, 2008
The Treehouse Musem in Ogden is a really cool building with tons of fun stations for the kids to explore. We have yet to visit all of the stations, there's just too many for one day! This time Zoe discovered the train room. There are a couple of tables with magnetic trains you can build and pull on tracks. There's also a big train made out of foam blocks that the kids can climb on. Obviously a room the little boys love, but a few girls were found there too.
Every year there is a hot air balloon festival in the Ogden canyon area. We decided to go out to watch the evening launch with Zoe on a Friday night. Unfortunately a cold front was blowing in, so the wind kept the balloons from going up. We still had fun listening to live music and running through the field. Zoe particularly liked chasing a kite some kids were flying.
I went to Idaho for a ladies day so Matt kept Zoe for the entire day. They ventured out to the Red Butte Gardens in Salt Lake City in the morning. You'll notice in the pictures that Zoe's wearing a sweater, in AUGUST! Crazy weather here! Zoe had fun chasing squirrels, climbing on stone lizards she called iguanas, planting plastic vegetables, playing in the fountain, and having a picnic with her daddy.
She's becoming quite a little helper around the house. I gave her my old swiffer broom so she could help me clean up after dinner one night. She enjoyed pushing it around the floor while I got the real work done. :) She's also helping me in the garden some. Helping is a lose term. She steps on the plants and squats down next to me while I pull weeds. She also waters my shoes with the watering can. We have a few strawberry plants in our back yard that have actually produced a little fruit. The variety we planted tastes like honey. They're yummy and it's all I can do to get the things washed before Zoe gobbles them up. Hopefully next year we'll have a bigger crop.
That about sums it up for this month. Tomorrow we leave for our friends reunion in Texas. We're very excited to see everyone and catch up!
Check out the pictures that go along with our stories here.
What have I done to my daughter?! I don't know where she came up with chicken nuggets. We don't eat out that often, and when we do, it's not drive-thru. I have to admit that we do frequent Walmart several times in a week. Maybe it's time to take a break from the shopping. :)
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Sunday, August 3, 2008
One morning we sat on the swing for 30 minutes and watched the birds and squirrels eat and play. Zoe loves to watch them and it makes me wish we had birds in our yard. We have no trees or bird feeders. Maybe next year we can hang a feeder somewhere in the yard. If you ask Zoe what the hummingbird says she'll tell you "Fly away, zoom!"
She loved to play in the fountain. Unfortunately a few flowers lost their lives to float in the water. She also loved it when Poppy would fill up the fountain and spray her with the hose.
We took her to Bass Pro, of course, to look at the stuffed animals. They have a huge fish tank full of different fish that she loves to look at with Poppy. We found a stuffed squirrel so she could see one up close. That's one huge store!
And what trip would be complete without a visit to the zoo. It is hot and muggy in Alabama, so we didn't stay for too long. Our favorite exhibit was this one monkey. He was jumping all over the place and playing with the kids at the window. I tried to catch him on video, but just like a kid, they won't perform when you turn the camera on. :)
The monkey is swinging in the top right of the picture.
We had a great time, but were ready to come home in the end. We missed Matt and our beds. We'll see Memaw and Poppy in December though, along with ALL of her aunts, uncles and cousins from my side. Fun, and crowded!
Have a look at the pictures and enjoy!
Monday, July 14, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
At the farmer’s market she discovered the fiberglass horses that have been placed around town. There were two at the entrance to the market that she enjoyed touching. Unfortunately one of the horses jumped out at Matt and knocked him to the ground when he went to chase after Zoe. Matt has a nice bump on his head and a headache. Zoe got to pet a real horse from the western demonstrations.
This afternoon she found a box that was filled with shredded paper. I was in the kitchen working on dinner and Matt was doing something on the computer. We found this:
Always up to something! Check out the rest of the pictures from today and the zoo trip.
We also rode the train on this trip. When we were walking through the discovery zone where it is she heard the whistle and saw it coming and got all excited. She started squealing “Ride the train!” It’s not a very long ride, but just long enough to keep her attention. She’s turning into such a big kid.
Zoe’s talking up a storm, and you can actually understand her most of the time. She’s saying sentences like “Where did it go?”, “There it is.”, “Ride the train.”, “Go to the zoo.”, “Daddy eat!” It’s really cute, and amazing. She understands so much!
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Matt took off on Thursday morning with his brother-in-law, Clayton, and Clayton's dad for a camping/fishing trip. This past year Matt's gotten into fly fishing and is taking advantage of every opportunity to be out fishing. They had a good time together, from what I hear. The exciting part was that Matt caught a rainbow trout. Too bad it's catch and release. I have a picture on Matt's computer that I'll post later. The bad news was that the fish caught Matt. While Matt was holding the fish to take a picture, the fish decided to make a break for it and the hook got caught in Matt's thumb. He ended up having to go to the emergency room on the way home and got a tetnus shot to wrap up the trip. Otherwise, a good trip.
While Matt was on his trip, Zoe and I went with Nana and Papa to visit her new cousin, Nehemiah. Again, those pictures are on Matt's computer and will be posted later. If you can't wait to see what he looks like you can check out his blog under Michael and Jennifer on my links list. He's a precious little boy, and so tiny! Zoe did well with him around. She said his name over and over and even gave him kisses. Her ultimate fascination was with her Uncle Michael's turtle, however.
On Friday Zoe and I went with Matt's family (he wasn't home yet) to a BBQ in Denver with their church congregation. We had good food and fellowship. I don't know many people there, but I meet more every time we visit. We had intentions of Zoe staying up to watch the fireworks, but she faded too quickly. Maybe next year.
Saturday we got up early and went to the Denver Zoo. What fun! Zoe enjoyed riding in a wagon and seeing many animals we don't have at our zoo in Salt Lake City. She even rode the train for the first time. Clayton and Rhianna and Papa went with us on this outing. Zoe's favorite animal this time was the gorilla. They have a big room that the gorillas play in with a window wall for observation. Zoe was up at the window when the gorilla came face to face with her. She beat her chest and made gorilla noises. She kept making gorilla noises for the rest of the day. We got her a plush gorilla as a memory of that visit that she's been carrying around. She calls it "go-ri-ra".
Sunday was Matt's actual birthday. His present was to take Zoe to her first Rockies baseball game. I was a little worried how this was going to work since the game was during nap time. She did beautifully and ended up sleeping the entire ride home and then some. Matt taught Zoe how to say "Go Rockies!" She's pretty good at it. Zoe enjoyed being outside and being able to scream as loud and often as she wanted. I don't think she bothered the people around us. :)
We made it home safe and sound on Monday afternoon just in time for us to eat a late lunch and take a nap. Good fun and good memories! Take a look at the rest of the pictures and videos here.
Monday, June 30, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Nehemiah shares his birthday with my niece Kylee, who just turned 6. Happy Birthday Kylee!
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Check back soon for pictures and updates about our recent family vacation. I have the pictures on the computer at least, I just haven't had the chance to write anything down. I promise, it'll be soon!
Monday, May 19, 2008
Zoe likes to pretend she's a bunny. Memaw sent her bunny ears for Easter and this week she's decided she wants to play with them. The ears are a little big for her head still, so they fall off easily. Maybe by Halloween she'll have grown into them. :) Meanwhile, we're embarking on the world of pretend. She feeds her animals and dolls and makes them act like they're walking around. It's really cute to watch her little imagination blossom.
THREE! Zoe has discovered her love of the slide. We've had a stretch of warmer weather lately, so we've set off to our favorite park to explore, feed the ducks, and have fun. She's started doing this cute thing where she says "two" when you count her down. Check out the video to see what I mean.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
That night I made a pavlova for Ashley's birthday cake. He's moving to Australia to get married soon, so this was the last time we'll see him for a while. I wish Matt had been able to come with us.
We really enjoyed getting to see Matt's family. Here are more pictures.
The Gohs were one of the first people to meet our precious Zoe.
Anna has been my outing buddy with the kids.
Anna has also been a wonderful teacher for Zoe's bible class.
Titus was a fun student to teach in my Wednesday bible classes.
Titus and Justus have been two of Zoe's first friends. She misses running on the ramp at the church building with them.
Paul is a wonderful song leader, very knowledgable in the scriptures, and a lot of fun to play Nintendo with. :)
We will miss you terribly! Here are the pictures from their going away fellowship at church.
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Reading with Uncle Clayton
Zoe and I traveled to Colorado this weekend to visit Matt's family and to host/attend Matt's sister-in-law's baby shower. Jennifer is due in June with their first child, a boy named Nehemiah. She looks beautiful and they're excited about the birth of their son. We've had a good time visiting family, as always. Zoe's had the most fun today I believe.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Enjoy the pictures!
Thursday, April 24, 2008
And, the doctor said one of her ears is pink and she still has lingering sinus problems. So...he put her on another round of stronger antibiotics. She had just finished Amoxicillin for the sinus problems, but it wasn't strong enough to kick it out completely. I hope by the end of next week she's back to her normal perky self. She's been pretty moody and clingy this week.
My poor sweet baby.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Like I said, our daughter is fearless. The first pen we visited had sheep in it. The mama kept pacing back and forth and baa-ing because a farm hand kept picking up her babies. Zoe stuck her hand right in to pet the mama. Later she was able to pet the lamb. It was pretty crowded, and she isn't the most patient of children. She wanted to touch everything. The piglets kept running around the pen, so she followed. Eventually the piglet got cornered and she was able to touch it. She also petted a calf, a kid, a duckling, a bunny, and a turtle. The chicks weren't available for petting, just to look at. Oh, and she pet one of the sheriff's horses. Unfortunately I didn't get a picture of that one.
She was thoroughly exhausted after that outing. She fell asleep in the car, and so did her daddy on the way home. I ended up leaving her and Matt in the driveway to finish their naps while I went in to prepare dinner. We'll definitely plan to do this again next year.
Unfortunately Blogger isn't letting me upload pictures, so click here to see the them.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Be sure to check out the rest of the pictures and a couple of short videos!
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
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Friday, March 7, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
THEN, on the way to worship services tonight we were rear ended by a little old lady while sitting at a stoplight! Fortunately no one was hurt, nor were the cars.
THEN, trying to get Zoe to sleep tonight she started the "don't put me down in my bed" thing. I left the room and let her cry for a few minutes. When I picked her up she proceeded to throw up everything that was in her stomach. Both of us were covered in nastiness. She's finally asleep, hopefully for the night. I'm praying that this next week will be better...
Friday, February 22, 2008
Saturday, February 9, 2008
We have some friends here, Paul and Anna, who are from Singapore. They are celebrating the Chinese New Year and invited us over for dinner last night. Sadly, Zoe started running a 101.9 fever, so we had to go to the doctor instead. Needless to say we were disappointed that things didn't go as planned. Thankfully Zoe seems to be better this morning. Anna made dinner and packed it up for us. We had a spinach salad with mushrooms and yellow peppers and an interesting dressing. She also made sweet and sour pork and rice on banana leaves. Very yummy. For desert we had almond tofu with longan. It was like a sweet chilled soup. The longan tasted similar to pears. It was all delicious. Unfortuantely we didn't get to enjoy it with our friends. We did show Zoe the gifts they prepared for her this morning. Here's a video of her playing with the Chinese Rattle Drum. Thanks Paul and Anna!
Friday, February 8, 2008
Monday, February 4, 2008
Superbowl Sunday at our house was a fun lazy afternoon. Unfortunately worship services were canceled due to heavy snow. However, that meant that I got to watch the entire game for the first time ever. I have to say I'm glad football season is over for now. I'll be glad to have Matt back on Sunday afternoons and Monday nights. :) Zoe's favorite part was when we switched over to Animal Planet for Puppy Bowl IV.
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Saturday, February 2, 2008
At first Zoe didn't mind it so much. She was even laughing at Matt throwing snowballs at the fence. Then she decided she'd had enough. We carried her around the yard to look at the snow. We were only out for about 5 minutes. I'm sure next year she'll be more interested.