Friday, February 24, 2012


Just something I learned last week in my After Effects class. Cinemagraphs are still photographs in which a minor and repeated movement occur. Here are my favorites. I'm excited to try some new ones.

Monday, February 20, 2012

7 is going to be great!

This was my first attempt at a real birthday party at home. I think next year we'll be back to our breakfast at Magleby's tradition. It's just too much work and clean up! And this party was fairly simple too. Luckily, Jess came and helped me pull it off. Anyway, Ellie sure is special. What a fun age: friends, loosing teeth, more independence, reading chapter books, writing in secret journals, emotional breakdowns. Life is great for a seven year old I think.
Our theme was Paper. Everything was made of paper and our activities were making banners with each girls name and paper flowers.

Ellie had Charise, Brielle and Lily over from our old neighborhood, Leah, her new friend on my mom's street, and Kelty and Molly. Such cute girls. The girls came over right after school and we had an after school snack of sandwiches, juice, veggies, grapes, and mini cheesecakes.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Sunday, February 5, 2012

blurry kids on a bed

capital reef last october

5 years old!

in the tent at capital reef last october

Cody turned 5 yesterday! I was in St. George with 10 girls (friends and family) but I think he had more fun without me anyway. He told me on the phone that being five feels "like I'm in 1st grade". Today when I got back in town he showed me how he is much bigger and looks older and is much smarter.
Cody is not self entertaining in the slightest, and sometimes that can cause some tension between us - I'm trying to be more engaging with him. He just eats up my attention. He's so cute and loves to snuggle me and suck his finger (still loves his lambie/tag!). He loves know how things work, which means transformers are his toy of choice. He also loves everything construction. I don't think there is anything cuter than when he gets his tool belt and work gloves on and helps dad build the house.
He's also very proud of the fact that he is the green smoothie drinker. Sometimes I make them so potent I have a hard time downing them, but he'll drink the whole thing happily. Which is such a relief because he doesn't want anything to do with salads or most of the other things I make.
Yesterday Grandpa Nicol took he and Ellie to breakfast and to have a little party at Great Grandma Nicols. Grandma Bagley and Lisa came to see him and gave him a jar of money and Gramdpa Miller made his birthday stop (he never misses anyone's birthday). Justin took him to buy a skateboard after working at the house. Tuesday will be his bounce-house birthday party, which he will love! Love your cute little face Cody! Happy Birthday!