Saturday, October 30, 2010

DuuuuuuunDun. DuuuuuuuuuunDun. Happy Halloween!

 Dylan was a ferocious little shark for Halloween this year. Unfortunately, the squirt refused to pose for pictures, so the above picture is the best that I've got. Despite not minding his costume earlier in the week, Dylan hated his costume today. Like, would crumple to the floor and cry every time the hood part was up. As you can expect, the costume portion of the evening didn't last long. Here are a few of my other photo attempts. Dylan was not excited.

Let's hope that he enjoys Halloween next year more than he did this year. With the wet weather and his less than happy mood, we decided to skip trick or treating this year and hand out candy at home. Next year all bets are off... and I'm already starting to work on Ben to dress up with Dylan next year for his first trick or treating experience.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Life lately.

Right now I'm just taking a little breather from the morning. I've been busy busy getting work done this morning as well as trying to keep Dylan from climbing in the pantry, eating the cat food, destroying the bathroom, taking everything out of the fridge destroying the house.

I'm having to blog on my laptop rather than the preferred desktop, as I recently let a virus infiltrate our desktop. Whoops. I swear, a notification popped up on the computer and looked like a completely legit Microsoft notification. Apparently I wasn't supposed to click the "start scan" option... yep, our desktop is seriously injured at this point. Sorry Benjamin...

Dylan is laying in his crib calling out for me, although the clock as well as his grouchy mood show that it is indeed nap time. At least he's not crying, just saying "MaaaMaaaaaaa." Cute and pittiful at the same time.

I'm super excited for Halloween this weekend, since Dylan has a cute costume to wear and I just eat that stuff up. We picked up Dylan's costume over a month ago and I've had him wear it periodically throughout the month so he could get used to it, rather than try to escape from it on Halloween. We're not going to go trick or treating, except for at our house and maybe our neighbor's.

Here is the unveiling of the candy corn wreath that I mentioned earlier in the month. It turned out great, although took way more candy corn than I had anticipated.

Dylan has been so cute with Ben lately. He loves to rough house with dad and they spend the evenings wrestling around and having all sorts of fun. They are best friends, without a doubt. Here is one of my favorite pictures of the boys:

I hope that you all are having a great week! Hooray for it almost being the weekend!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Adventures in text messaging.

Yesterday morning Ben, Dylan, and I were sitting in church. About 30 minutes into sacrament meeting, Dylan started to get restless and whatnot, which was Ben's cue to take Dylan out to walk the halls with him. About 10 minutes later I thought that I heard my phone vibrate, so I took a look at it and saw a text from Ben... here is the text-versation that ensued:

Ben: Putting baby to bed
Me: What? How am I supposed to get home? (I'm thinking "who does he think he is, just taking the car and baby home and leaving me here?")
Ben: What do you mean?
Me: You are taking the car home so I have to walk. (I'm getting really irritated that I'm going to be walking home from church in my heels. Grrr)
Ben: Come out to the foyer real quick.
Me: Ok.

So apparently, Ben sent the first text on Saturday night. I was at a movie with my pal Stacey and he was just letting me know that he was putting Dylan down to bed. I obviously didn't get the message until Sunday morning, and all sorts of confusion then took place. When I got to the foyer Ben looked at me like I was absolutely crazy and wanted to know why I thought he was taking Dylan  home. Duh.

Friday, October 22, 2010

The great outdoors with D.

Dylan hopes that everyone is enjoying fall as much as he is!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Saw this creature hanging out of the back of some guy's truck today. I'm all for Halloween decorations, but this kinda freaked me out! Dylan on the other hand thought that it was awesome and couldn't take his eyes off of it.

FYI, I took the picture while stopped at a light. Taking pictures while driving is not something I do... especially with such precious cargo, ya know?

Saturday, October 16, 2010

It's Saturday!

What went on with us this week?

1. We had a family photo shoot with the fabulous Laura Bunker. She has taken pictures for us before (Dylan's newborns, family photos 2009, Dylan's 6 month.... yes, I know I'm obsessed) and always does a spectacular job. This session we decided to shoot outside at an apple orchard in Lehi. A few proofs are posted on her site and they look great! She does an amazing job of capturing our family's personality. Here are some favorites from our previous sessions:

2. I ate my weight in candy corn, which resulted in a gain at WW this week. Blah. I'm sure that eating at In N Out, Cafe Rio, and Smashburger didn't help the weight-loss cause at all either.

3. Ben discovered that season 4 of Friday Night Lights was available on Netflix, so we're back on the FNL wagon. Earlier in the week we finished season 6 of Grey's Anatomy. Shooter in the hospital?!? Holy moly, those episodes got me so worked up!

4. I'm trying to get an early start on my Christmas shopping, so I am very proud to say that I have purchased my first Christmas present this year! Here's to an early start!

5. Dylan has started taking longer naps- hallelujah! For the first year his naps were usually right around the 60 minute mark. Now, his morning nap has started being 1.5-2.5 hours long. It's great, yes it is.

6. Today we will be picking our pumpkins and putting them on our front porch. One for me, one for Ben, and one for the baby monster.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


There are a few things that I could blog about today. 

I could post about the celebrity couples that are now dunzo and how it really bugs me for some reason. 

I could also post about my traumatic experience on Saturday evening when I went to the grocery store and almost smacked right into a foster parent that I had previously worked with and had a very awful experience with. Things between me and this foster parent had ended very terribly and I wished for nothing more than to never encounter this foster parent and their spouse again. Yep, it was that bad. As soon as I saw this foster parent, I turned my cart right around and headed straight for the checkout even though I was only partly finished with my grocery shopping. Cowardly? Maybe. I just did not want to risk interaction with this person. Anyway, that's not what I'm looking to post about today. 

What I want to discuss is the current trend of adult female Halloween costumes. Apparently it is all the rage to take any uniform or character, skankify it and call it a "sassy" whatever and call it good. 

You know, Sassy Sailor, Sassy Alice in Wonderland, etc. Blah blah blah. Roll my eyes and move on.

But then I saw this:
Seriously? Skankifying Big bird? Too weird for me.

Any Halloween ridiculousness that you have seen? Please share.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

A poorly thought out plan.

Yesterday Ben, Dylan, and I were all set to go to the BYU football game. Ben had scored some tickets for free and we were way excited to go to the game. Even more, we were excited to take Dylan to his first BYU football game.

We were afraid that the parking situation would be a zoo, so we decided to take the UTA shuttle from the University Mall to the stadium. Things seemed to be going smoothly from the shuttle to the stadium, but as soon as we weaved through the rows of people and sat in our seats, I noticed that Dylan no longer looked excited. He looked nervous and concerned. 

Then, as soon as the game began and the crowd began to cheer, Dylan started sobbing. Like tears rolling down his cheeks, clinging to me sobbing. I think that the combination of the new situation and the cheering of the crowd was too much for him. 

After less than 15 minutes in our seats, it was easy to see that we needed to leave. Our poor boy was traumatized by his first football experience and I would feel worse the longer that we stayed. 

We then realized that we didn’t have a car near the stadium or a stroller in which to push Dylan. The shuttle was not going to take gamegoers back to the University mall until the game was over, which meant that we were stuck. We didn’t want to inconvenience any of our friends with a request to pick us up at the stadium to take our car, so we decided to walk the 2.14 miles uphill from the stadium to our car, sans stroller.

Yes, we ended up walking from the stadium back to University Mall to pick up our car. No stroller. Uphill. 2.14 miles. Gaaaaaaah.

I guess it was silly of us to assume that Dylan would do fine at the game... but it really wasn't that bad. It was nice to have an hour to walk and talk and see Dylan cracking up while riding on Ben's shoulders.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

And so it continues...

Poor Dylan is still struggling with some type of bug that is causing him to have horrendous #2s about 10 times each day. I would probably me more worried if he was acting like there was anything wrong, but he's happy as ever and is eating and drinking fine.

Getting Dylan out of his crib this morning proved to be the horror of horrors... poor baby had #2 clear to his toes! Vom.

First item of business was stripping him down and taking him to get sprayed off in the tub. Following the spray off he was able to enjoy a nice long bath at 8 am. Little boy was in heaven, as baths are his absolute favorite.

Here's a picture of the happy clam:

Monday, October 4, 2010

A bang up week.

Poor Dylan has had a rough go of it over the past few days... learning to walk is no easy business and Dylan has gotten the first of many walking wounds:
To add more to his personal injury/discomfort list, he had 4 shots on Friday as part of his 12 month check up. Little guy has been fighting a low-grade fever ever since.

And, as a result of shots and possibly a little stomach bug, he has had massive, terrible #2 diapers for the past few days, which have led to his first bout of diaper rash.
While Dylan is not a fan of diaper rash, he absolutely loves the airing our process. Mama doesn't mind it either, since Dylan has the most adorable bum.... but I know that eventually he's going to do something like pee on the wall and I will no longer like the air out process so much.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Decoration day.

I am so excited that it is finally October. Cooler temps (ideally... but I'm aware that since I live in Utah it will probably be 80 degrees one day and snow the next), fall time treats, and gearing up for Halloween are all things I am looking foward to.

Since it is October 1st, I feel that it is perfectly acceptable to start with the Halloween decorating. I've been ready to decorate since mid September, but Ben thinks that it's ridiculous to decorate so early, so I decided to let him win this one and agreed no decorations until October. We also have this same conflict in November when I'm ready to set up the Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. *eye roll*

I'm excited to use the same decor that I've been using for the past few years, but I'm also excited to have a few new additions to the Halloween decor in the Harris house.

Here are two that I'm planning on making:

As posted yesterday, I'm going to make this adorable candy corn wreath. It seems very simple, but I'm wondering how many candy corns will make it to the wreath and how many I will be eating.

These glitter pumpkins are super easy and super cute. I remember making one of these during a RS enrichment night, but I want to have a whole pumpkin arrangement.