Monday, July 27, 2009

Where did July go????

Well, we have had quite a busy month! It's so hard not having a camera. I'm sorry for not having more pictures, but I guess you'll have to put up with my long narrative of the month without pictures!

July started with a bang on the 4th of July with lots of family, a great parade, celebrating 2 birthdays (Gary and Olivia) and, of course, fireworks! It's been a tradition for the last few years to gather at our house and enjoy the day. We sure loved having everyone here!

Then, of course, was Olivia's birthday and her Princess Party. Check out the post below for pics and details of that great event! Thanks to my good friend, Lindsey, for taking the pictures and to all of my friends and family who helped out! The party was a great success. That night we took Olivia to her favorite restaurant...Chuck E Cheese's! The celebrating went on and on...

The month got a little crazy when I woke up one morning with a horrible toothache. It took a few days to get into the dentist and they ended up pulling my tooth. It was quite the ordeal, and I was pretty much out of it for over a week! I missed out on a lot and Olivia got REALLY bored, but we managed, thanks once again to my family and GREAT friends who brought us lunch and easy-to-eat treats, took Olivia while I slept, etc...

This last week I have been PLAYING since I was finally free from pain. Last Sunday Gary had some family in town: his brother from Nevada and a cousin from Mexico, so we spent the day at his mom's house eating yummy tacos and enjoying spending time with his family. The girls even had a toenail painting party! Olivia started 2 weeks of swimming lessons and we've been spending a lot of time with friends. We also went to the Roy Aquatic Center last week and today and had a blast! Olivia is getting more comfortable in the water, but can't swim yet, so it makes Momma VERY nervous! But it's fun to play with her in the water. She loves the fact that I can pick her up in the water because since I got pregnant, I haven't been able to pick her up! Late Thursday night we got a call from friends staying overnight in Park City who said they had a free condo for the night and would we like to use it??????? HELLO!!!! Of course we took them up on it. Olivia stayed at Grandma's and we had a night away from everything!

On Friday we saw Harry Potter for the second time, then Olivia attended her 3rd birthday party for the month (including her own). Then Grandpa lit fireworks at his house! Saturday we spent up in Big Cottonwood Canyon relaxing and roasting marshmallows with my family. It was great! And yesterday was my nephew's mission farewell, so once again we headed south for the day! He did a fabulous job on his talk and we are so excited for him to serve a mission!

So that about sums up the month. This week will be another trip to the dentist, this time for all three of us! It will be Olivia's first time.... and a lot of babysitting for me! I hope we have a lot more fun adventures this summer since it's the last time I'll have Olivia all to myself: she starts preschool in September!!!!! We still don't know if we're having a boy or a girl, but we may find out next week at my 20 week ultrasound. HALF WAY....YAY!!!!! In the meantime, I'm getting fatter, and I've been feeling a lot of movement lately - my favorite part of being pregnant!

Thanks to all for everything you do, and for enduring this painfully long post! Keep in touch!!!!

A Princess Birthday Party for our little Princess!

Olivia in her new Snow White dress that Mommy made her. It was quite the project, but she sure loved it! She also got all the accessories to go with it.

The famous Princess Castle Cake! Grandma and Mom worked hard on it. Mom did the main part and Grandma did the wonderful decorations. It was lot of work, but it was fun. I love making her cakes! Notice the picture of her on top of the cake, dressed as Cinderella!

Olivia, I mean Snow White waiting for her guests....

The birthday girl with her birthday decorations.

Playing the "Kiss the Frog Prince" Game. It was so cute! The kids were blindfolded and whoever "pinned" the lips closest to the frog's mouth won.

Making sugar cube castles

Opening a ton of presents! This princess got lots of fun stuff!!!!

Blowing out candles. Here comes the cake!

The whole Kingdom! All the princes and princesses who attended Princess Olivia's Birthday Party. Everyone had a lot of fun, especially the birthday girl!

Decorating their own crowns.