Friday, December 3, 2010

My poor little girl...

I left Makenzie playing in her jammies the other day and when I went to check on her, this is what I found:

But don't judge her too much. You might look like that too if you had to be the same thing for Halloween two years in a row, have the same birthday cake two years in a row, and then have to have a Christmas tree that looks like this:

Plus, our kitchen has smelled like onions for three days. Pew.

But in good news, Makenzie has caught up a ton on her stats!
Weight: 26 lbs (45%)
Height: 34 in (60%)
Head: 18 3/4 (55%)

She jumped from the 10th percentile to the 45th in weight! Good girl! People can now stop wondering if we feed her....

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Happy 2nd Birthday Makenzie!

November 30, 2008

1st B-day

2nd Birthday Party:

We will find out her two year stats on Friday. But here are some fun facts:

- we still have to battle to get her to eat

-she can count to 11

-she knows quite a few shapes

-she knows her colors

-she speaks in sentences

-she knows the words to lots of songs

-we are crazy about her!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Random Stories

I have a lot of updating to do, but I can't do any pictures right now. So, I am just going to share some of the funny things Makenzie has done lately:

- We read the Book of Mormon with her every night. She repeats every word that we say. If she is repeating a word that sounds similar to a word that she knows, she will replace it with the word that she knows. For example:
-"and it came to pass" she will say 'passey' instead of pass
- when we say 'to' she thinks we are saying 'two' so she says 'three'
- 'would' becomes 'woody!' (She has been watching toy story lately)
- 'mouth' became 'mouth. tongue. nose?'
-pretty much any three syllable word becomes 'basketball'

- I keep finding her stuffed animals in really funny positions. For example:
-monkey is usually sitting in time out
-piglet takes a nap with blankey and passey in Makenzie's crib (I'm not allowed in the room during piglet's nap time)
- piglet has also been found at the kitchen table with his mouth on top of a waffle.
-pooh bear is usually swaddled in a blanket sitting on the couch
- i have found a line up of stuffed anmials sitting in front of the TV

-The first person we saw at our ward Halloween party had her face painted like a clown. When Makenzie saw her she pointed at her face and ran toward her saying "ewwww, yucky, gross. ewww. Mommy look! EWWWW!" no manners whatsoever...

-every time she sees a candle she starts singing Happy Birthday

- we have found her straddling the top of her crib a few times now. she is determined to escape.

- once she prayed her thanks for Costco

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Daddy Daughter Camp Out

Okay, so this is probably the cutest thing you have ever heard. Our ward had a daddy/daughter camp out and Nick decided to take Makenzie! They went to a lake about two hours away and had a great time. Camping in the desert seems quite different from what I have known. Nick set the tent up on dirt and rocks. He said the first thing that happened after they got there- Nick let Makenzie out of the car and she ran straight into a cactus. She had a little cactus rash mark on her arms for about a week. Nick thought it was fun to take Makenzie without me because he was able to let her play in dirt and get filthy.

(you can kind of see her chipped teeth in the picture below)

This was my first night being away from Makenzie. I thought it would be hard for me, but I was actually okay. I spent the entire time cleaning and organizing and it was awesome! It is sooooo nice to be able to just clean stuff up and not have someone destructing everything you are cleaning as you clean it up. But, I did miss them and were glad when they came home!


Finally- Pig tails!!
This is her hair right out of the bath. The longer it gets, the curlier it is getting! I am so excited about it!

Eating Trauma

Makenzie has never been the best eater. However, she had been doing slightly better the past few months. Now, we have taken a step back and she doesn't want to eat anything, ever. I know they say "babies will eat when they are hungry." But mine doesn't. She is always hungry and lately has been so whiny and fussy and tired. Here she is having a melt down over grilled cheese:

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Makenzie loves dressing herself up with accessories lately and will often come find me looking something like this:

One of the advantages of living in Arizona is that all of the summer stuff goes on sale at the end of August, just like everywhere else. However, it is still blazing hot and well over 100 degrees so we still get to use summer sale items for a few extra months! Like this bathing suit I got Makenzie for $2 and the shoes for $1:

So we are not potty training yet, but I bought a potty seat for Makenzie so that we will have one when we are ready for one. For some reason she is obsessed with it and begs to sit on it all day long. It has pooh bear characters on it...and she calls it her "pooh potty." All day long I hear "mommy, I pooh potty." If only she meant what she was saying....

Makenzie really is a delight to have around. She is so happy and loves to help with everything. She has figured out how to open doors..which will be causing some problems. She has figured out how to charm everyone around her...for example...several times while shopping, people have stopped to admire Makenzie. When they tell her she is beautiful, she starts naming things such as "my bow?" "my hair?" "my eyes?."

She is obsessed with the movie "my turn on earth" and can often be found singing "myyyy turrrrrnnnn" while putting her arms out and spinning around. She also knows most of the words and hand motions to I Am a Child of God, Book of Mormon Stories, Popcorn Popping, Twinkle Twinkle, Follow the Prophet, Baby Mine, Give Said the Little Stream, a few Pooh Bear songs, Itsy Bitsy Spider, Ring around the Rosey, Jesus Wants me for a Sunbeam, Wheels on the Bus, etc...

I will have to post some videos of her singing....

Locked Out

When I was little we used to listen to a tape in the car called "PJ Funny Bunny." It was about a little bunny who was really curious and made all sorts of trouble even though he didn't mean to. He was just so innocent. Makenzie doesn't usually fit this criteria. Lots of times, I'm pretty sure she means to throw all of the DVD's on the floor, hit, throw tantrums, etc. However, sometimes she really is so innocent and doesn't mean to be in this situation...

I was talking on the phone to my mom and Makenzie was being especially loud so I decided to go outside on our deck and water the plants. Makenzie really wanted to come out with me, but I didn't let her and shut the sliding door behind me. As I was talking, I heard her in the background trying to open the door. When I tried to go back inside the house, I couldn't because the door was locked. Makenzie accidentally locked the sliding door in the process of trying to open it. Luckily, I had my phone with me....I don't usually take my phone to water plants. I had to call Nick who had to come home from work and let me in. In the meantime, Makenzie enjoyed the freedom for the first few minutes and started throwing toys and movies all over the house. Then she decided she wanted me to come back and she started banging on the door yelling "mommy, open it! open it!" (that is when I took the above picture on my cell phone)I tried to instruct her on how to unlock the door but she couldn't do it. Eventually, Nick got home and saved me!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Good Luck BYU!

Today is BYU's first game of the season and Makenzie is ready!

She is slightly worried about winning though...

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Chipped Teeth

Makenzie and I were enjoying a nice day at the park. The weather was only 90 as opposed to usual 110 so I figured I would actually take her outside.

It was all fun and games until she crashed her teeth into a little ride-on spring toy. She chipped half of her two front teeth off! Actually they shattered into thousands of little pieces and she ate them. I took a picture but she didn't really want her picture taken at them time so it didn't really turn out. She didn't even cry...until we went to the dentist. Of course something like this would happen at 4:00 on a Friday when close to no dentist office is open. Luckily I had one nice dentist hold the office open for us. They had to file all of the jagged sharp edges off. Makenize was not a fan. Luckily there is no nerve damage to the teeth. The dentist said he could put caps on them if we wanted...but he said she didn't need them. Nick says that her teeth don't look that bad...but me, being the mother, think otherwise. I guess it could have been worse. Maybe (if Makenzie will let me) I will post a picture of the smoothed off chipped teeth...

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Sunday morning, I was getting ready for church while Nick was watching Makenzie. All of the sudden she runs in my bathroom yelling "mommy look! mommy look!" This is what I see:

Apparently Daddy can like playing dress up with kids as much as mommy does. And apparently Makenzie likes to play dress up better with daddy than with mommy. She liked it so much that after church (while Nick was home teaching), she ran up to me like this:

Then, she disappeared in my room for a few more minutes and came walking down the hall (bumping into walls) like this:

She finally figured the hat part out:

If she didn't enjoy my hand lotion, lip gloss, and painted toes so much I might think she was a tomboy. I looked the word "tomboy" up on wikipedia to see if it was one word or two words. It is one word and this is the definition:

"A tomboy is a girl who exhibits some characteristics and or behavior considered typical of the gender role of a boy, including the wearing of typically masculine-oriented types of clothes and engaging in games and activities that are often physical in nature, and which are considered to be the domain of boys."

I guess she is a tomboy who likes lip gloss.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

8th Grade

So when I was in 8th grade, I was really attractive. The guys were just flocking around me...obviously. There is no point to this post other than to make people jealous of me...

Monday, August 9, 2010

Family News

This is news is about a month old now, but still exciting. My brother Jordan is engaged and getting MARRIED! December 21 in the Jordan River Temple! His fiancee is Kaitlyn Wing from Wisconsin. Congrats!

Also, my brother Riley got his mission call! He will be serving in the Portland, Oregon mission! (that is where Nick is from and his parents still live there!) He enters the MTC on October 13th! Congrats Riley!

Yes, I used a young picture because that is just how I happen to remember him :)

Friday, August 6, 2010

A Few Stories

I always try to remember funny stories to post about Makenzie but I always forget them. There have been quite a few from the past couple of days though so I want to hurry and post them before I forget.

Shopping with Mommy:

Yesterday I went to a few kid consignment stores (on the hunt for a few things). I started at Once Upon a Child, then Kid to Kid then another Once Upon a Child. Each of these places has a little kid play area that is surrounded by a short wall to keep the kids in there.

At the first stop, they had a really boring kid area. It was basically just a few puzzles and some books. The isles are too narrow for a stroller so I couldn't use that. Without a stroller, she just runs free and grabs everything off of every shelf as fast as she can. So obviously my only choice was to let her play in the boring kid area. She liked it for about 30 seconds and then I heard her yelling for me. I told her I would get her in a few minutes. Pretty soon, I heard her yelling "help! stuck!" and I heard people laughing. I peaked around the corner to see that anytime anyone was walking by she was reaching for them and yelling "help!!" So, I watched for a minute and then I went to rescue her because I was scared someone might actually help...

The second store had a really fun kid area with a play kitchen. After a few minutes of shopping I went back to check on her. She was playing with the kitchen and I noticed she had three pots on the stove with lids on them and fake food inside. Makenzie would open the lid, stir the pot with her plastic spatula, then close the lid. Occasionally she would stir and then taste the spoon. I have no idea where she learned to do that! I assume she learned in nursery because they have a play kitchen in there, but maybe she just picked it up from watching me?

The third store had a play house. When it was time to go, I went to get Makenzie out of the play area. I approached and said "Makenzie, it is time to go, come here!" She screamed and ran into the play house and slammed the door. Then, I suddenly see the window shutter crack open and her little face peak through the window to watch me. When I started climbing over the wall she started screaming (a very high pitched scream). I climbed over, opened the door and started dragging her out while she is screaming at the top of her lungs and I'm pretty sure everyone thought that I was kidnapping her...I guess she wasn't ready to leave....

The other day we had this conversation:

Makenzie: Mommy, I pashey (Makenzie is only allowed to have her passey in bed or in the car)

Me: Okay, you want to take a nap with passey?

Makenzie: yesh

Me: Okay, you want to take a nap with blankey and passey?

Makenzie: yesh. blankey, pashey, and cookie...

The other night at dinner, for no apparent reason Nick said, "2, 4, 6,..." and Makenzie suddenly yelled "EIGHT!" Coincidence or genius? If you ask me, I will say genius....

Monday, August 2, 2010

Our Million Dollar Invention

Okay, so I asked Nick to make magic happen. I told him I wanted a way to strap Makenzie's car seat to a roller carry on for the airport. I needed it to be simple and quick to assemble and take apart. Did he do it?? Yes, he did. And it took him about five minutes to invent:

All it took was one little strap from a duffel bag. So here is our free project for rolling toddlers with their car seats around the airport. You might call it a stroller/carseat/suitcase all in one! Should we patent the idea and get rich???

And for the record, it worked great!

South Carolina Trip

Makenzie and I took a trip to South Carolina!
We started out by going to the beach. Notice how curly Makenzie's hair was in the humidity! I couldn't believe it.
Here she is with Nonnie:

She LOVED the sand:

My brothers built her a throne fit for a princess:

Such curls!
As usual, all fun must come to an end:
We lost Makenzie's bathing suit and the beach showers, so she had a few days of no bathing suit.
Her favorite thing in the world was the waterfalls. She kept asking anyone and everyone to take her to see the "auwfal." That is how my siblings could bribe her to go to them:
She was also quite the fan of Gutar Hero:

We went to the resort pools for a day:
Blowing bubbles:

We also went on the boat one day. (Yes, we pretty much spent the whole trip in the water) We didn't actually tube like this...we just played:
I look like a gopher in this picture and everyone else looks miserable. It was fun though!
Riley didn't want to get in the water..he just wanted to drive the boat:
Grandpa came swimming with us:

The family minus Nick, Madison, and Josh (and almost Kaitlyn)

Okay, so the little red chair below is a chair my dad used when he was little. It is almost 50 years old. We used to love to sit in it at my Grandma's house when we were little. My sister Madison thinks that she is entitled to it for some reason. But sorry to break the news to you this way Madison, but mom and dad decided to keep it at their house so that the grandkids can have the memory of it at their house...just like we have the memory of it at Grandma's house :)

We had so much fun! Thanks for letting us come and for letting Makenzie rule the house! Other highlights of the trip that are not pictured included:
Boiled Peanuts
My dad's tapioca pudding
My mom introduced me to the show, The Middle (so funny)
Boiled Peanuts
Boiled Peanuts
Guitar Hero
I saw rain...
Boiled Peanuts
My dad taught me to make my Grandma's chocolate pound cake
Mostly playing with family