Thursday, October 24, 2013

Ward Halloween Party

We had our ward Halloween Party last weekend! Ever since I found out I was pregnant I knew I wanted my baby to have a cute Halloween costume. After she was born came the decision...what is she going to be??? Caroline totally helped us out with that. When she wakes up she stretches her neck looong and slow (remember...she's not a morning person) and we jokingly called her "Little Giraffe" and that decided it. She was a giraffe for her first Halloween. My mom made the darling outfit and bow. Ben was a zoo keeper and I threw on my peacock costume from two Halloween's ago. We had a great night visiting with Aly and Austin--a new couple in our ward and our neighbors--Matt, Kenzi, and their kiddo Liam. Even though we didn't trunk-or-treat or really participate in any of the activities (they were for kids) we had a great time! 

 I said it once and I'll say it again--I can't get enough of these two!

Kisses! 

 Love this girl. She is always trying to figure out what the camera is--it's just some crazy contraption right now. But we promise she smiles all the time!

 Love this little giraffe!

 We are getting better at taking family pictures!

A giraffe with a balancing act! 

We really love our ward here in Miami! Now that I don't feel like a while (read as--I'm not pregnant) and Miss C is becoming more social it is easier to get out and do things. We had a successful Halloween celebration! 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Sleep, Sleep, Sleep

We are finally getting lots of sleep around our house--well, at least me and Caroline. Baby girl sleeps for a long stretch each night and takes a morning and afternoon nap. All I can say is hallelujah! Now that she sleeps I can get things done around the house. When I was pregnant with Caroline the most common advice was to sleep when the baby sleeps. However, if I sleep when the baby sleeps then there are no clean clothes, or dishes, or meals made. But if I didn't sleep when she did then I was miserable! It was quite the predicament because I LOVE and NEED my sleep. Now that we have a routine...Ben has clothes to wear to school, our dishes aren't piled in the sink, and we have dinner every night. And we sleep! Didn't think we would ever get here!

 Daddy naps are her favorite! Ben hardly ever takes naps...but with this little girl around he is learning how to nap! Caroline and I are both long nappers--hopefully we are rubbing off on him.

 Can't get enough of these two together

 This was Caroline's first Sunday at church. Why isn't it acceptable for adults to fall asleep? We were yawning just looking at her. Ben and I were both jealous that she has permission to sleep in church. We came prepared with several burps and blankets...can you see them all?

She loves falling asleep in my arms or on my lap. This week she just sprawled out. So glad I caught this one on camera. 

Ah! Footie pajamas! She kills me with cuteness every time she wears these. Look at that little smile too! 

We love nap time and sleep time at our house.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Target, Target, Target!

Since having a baby Ben and I have easily spent a lot of money at Target...and the word "a lot" doesn't properly explain the amount of money (clothes, baby supplies, wipes and diapers when they are on sale, you name it). Even before Caroline was born, we would go on Target dates--which meant walking around Target and getting a Sonic happy hour drink afterwards. When I was pregnant I was so exhausted and miserable (only part of the time) and Ben was fabulous at making me get out of the house.

Once we moved into our little home we discovered not only was there a Target just a ten minute drive from our house, but they were revamping an old Kmart into a brand spanking new Target. And the best news was that it was located right around the corner from our house. I think Ben panicked when he found out because he knows how much I love that store. Anyways after Caroline was born we would find ourselves saying "Hey, we need this, let's run to Target!". Since making all of those trips we've been looking forward to actually being able to run to Target.

It opened yesterday so Caroline and I went this morning. She was so excited she insisted on going in her pajamas (hey, at least she wasn't naked).

 Here she is! She had a hard time waking up this morning...but I can tell she was very excited to go!

Living in Miami has it's perks--it's still palm tree and flip flop weather here folks! 

There is a huge sign like this on the road as well--we've been counting down! 

 After scanning through the nice and shiny new store--and picking up some Halloween candy for trick-or-treaters--we decided to get out of there before we spent too much money!  

We are also excited because Trader Joe's is opening just around the corner too--and I've never been there! We are certainly enjoying where we live!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Water, Water, Water

I cannot tell you how much Caroline loves water. When we gave her a first full on bath, we were nervous. Would she scream the whole time? How long will it take? What if she hates it and we can never bathe her? Seriously it's got to be so scary sometimes to be a baby. And let's face it. Being a parent is sometimes a little scary too.

Anyways, bath time is probably her favorite time. Ben holds onto her and lets her "swim" in the water. It is funny to watch and listen to her breathing so fast because she is so excited. Also she is so adorable wrapped up in her towels after her bath. Also, she has started to talk more and more and she just coos and babbles while we are getting her ready for sleep time.



Two weeks ago we took her swimming for the first time. She was smiley the whole walk to the pool. Caroline was extremely curious and trying to figure out the pool. Needless to say, we will be taking many trips to the pool because she loves it so much. Thank goodness we live in Miami and it is summer time year round.

Miss C was all smiles on the way to the pool!





Proud Papa

Here she is trying to figure out just exactly what this blue water is all about.

All bundled up after swimming for her walk home


Ben had a big test that same week and so we went to the beach to celebrate being finished. It was so nice to walk out on the sand and be by the water. We didn't really swim that much but Caroline stuck her toes in. Some of Ben's classmates also came and grilled some burgers. It was so nice to get out and experience a Miami beach!

Buckled little beach baby

Her swimsuit is so adorable! Can't get over this girl's cuteness.

Auntie Danyelle--She and Caroline are best friends!


Also, the beach offered a zoo-like experience...peacocks everywhere! A group of six peacocks just walked by the pavillion area and followed us around for a few minutes. We learned that they do like hamburgers. Tim, one of Ben's classmates, threw a broken burger and the peacocks fought over it. We loved going to the beach!