Monday, December 29, 2008

Thank you Shari







These are some Pictures my Sister Shari took of Kaiya while we were in Utah.

Kaiya Lilly Shurtleff


We her name is finally official. While we were in Utah we had Kaiya blessed on Christmas Day. Although the snow kept many of our family and friends from coming, it was still a beautiful event. I loved watching Brett bless our little Kaiya. I love them both soooo much.

Christmas in Utah


Let it Snow Let it Snow Let it snow! That song will forever remind me of Christmas this year. From the day we arrived until pretty much the day we left it Snowed. There was no dreaming of a white Christmas it was there. While we were there we went to a couple family parties. It was so good to see cousins, aunts uncles, grandparents and give Kaiya the chance to meet them all. We rented a car for the first few days. Then Kaiya got sick with the adjustment to a higher altitude and dry air. So we spent the rest of the time pretty much in doors back and forth from my sisters house to my parents. Which on Christmas day alone it snowed about a foot and a half to two feet. CRAZY!! I will say the -3 one night made me very jealous of the 70 degree weather they were getting back home in NC. Well My sister's family got Kaiya a really really cute bear that was the highlight of her Christmas. She loved the bear and good ole Mom (me) left it on the plane. So we have been calling around trying to get it back :( I feel so bad. She did get a few other presents too that she liked. Most of all she loved all the attention from friends and family. We enjoyed seeing friends and family. But after a delay at the airport and not getting back until 2 in the morning. We are happy to be home. I never realized how much I love North Carolina until I was gone.

Brett's Grandpa who is 92 met us at the airport to say goodbye. Here is a picture of him with Kaiya. She was so intrigued by him.

Christmas at Home



Before we Left for Utah we did Christmas at home. Kaiya of course loved the wrapping paper more then anything else. It was so fun though to see her get excited about presents.

Brett Cooks



Brett Decided the Sunday before we left for Utah to surprise me with cooking dinner. He has done this once before at I ended up with Mac and Cheese with a hot dog (no bun) on the side. So I was a little bit worried. But he made a chicken garlic pasta dish and potatoes. It was actually pretty good.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Kaiya Meets SANTA

So we took Kaiya to meet Santa at our Church party. After a fun slide show, and some Yummy Cookies, Santa came. Kaiya was so happy and playful right up until we got in line to see Santa. Then she fell asleep. Once we got home she was happy and playful again, Silly Girl!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Kaiya Laughing

When we got home from Brett's work party I was playing with Kaiya. She has been laughing for awhile but we have never been able to record it because she sees the camera and stops. Well tonight she was laughing harder then either one of us has ever seen and luckily we got it on recorded:)

Christmas Party

So we went to Brett's work's Christmas party out on a huge boat. It was a lot of fun. Also a few of our friends from church also work there so we had a good time.

Sitting Up


Kaiya is doing such a good job sitting up. I can now have her sit and play with toys. It's so fun to see her reach these new milestones. video

Mirror



Kaiya loves to check herself out in the mirror.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Christmas Shopping


I've almost got all my Christmas shopping done. We are doing it pretty simple this year though. Our main present is our trip to Utah. Since that pretty much took all of our money. But here is a picture of Kaiya all bundled up and ready to get her shop on.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Family Home Evening





Last night for Family home evening we went and got a "Christmas Tree" It's actually kind of a small fern that still planted. But since we will be in Utah this year for Christmas we didn't want to spend the money for a big tree. This one we can put out on our patio all year round. We also made a ginger bread house and watched the movie Hancock. It was so much fun just having some family time just the 3 of us.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Diaper Time


Kaiya loves Diaper time! She cries every time we have to put clothes back on her.

Thanksgiving





Thanksgiving was a lot of fun. We went to Brett's parents house from Wednesday night until Saturday night. It was nice to get away from the daily grind. All the food was great and the company was even better. That night a few of Brett's sisters and Mom got in the Hot tub. Brett and I forgot our Swim suits but Kaiya got a chance to enjoy it with her Aunt Karie. Kaiya had fun watching her cousins run around and play. Also her Cousin Shelby taking good care of her while Mom and Dad ran to the store. It was a great day and I am so Thankful for spending time with family.

Kaiya meets the Dogs




Well since we didn't really have room at our apartment for Simon he's been living at Brett's parents. Brett's other dog is there Sage and they have a big back yard. Well when we were up there for Thanksgiving we decided to see how Kaiya did with the dogs. She seemed okay, pretty interested but didn't like when they got to close to her face.

Pre Holiday Madness



Well I could go on and on about what a crazy day last Wednesday was, but I rather not relive it. So I will just make this brief. I had two sick babies crying and fussying all day. Well thats saying it lightly, Kaiya was screaming. She threw up all over her crib, all over me, poor thing. all this was going on while I was making 3 well should have been 4 pies and 2 cheese balls. I say should of been 4 because in the middle of all the madness I was trying to put a pumpkin pie in the oven and dropped it all over my floor and oven. I had made an extra pumpkin pie just for home, which I had already taken a slice out of to try, because I was trying a new recipe I wanted to make sure it was okay before making one to take to my in laws. Well it was good :) and I dropped the second one, so I had to take a pie missing a slice with me. Thank goodness my Apple and Cherry pie turned out, that I had something else to take. OH and my cheese balls turned out sooo yummy!! I will have to make those again :)