We had a blast on Halloween. We decided to do a family theme with our costumes. Maylee and Spencer were Thing 1 and Thing 2. Richard was The Cat in the Hat, and I was Mrs. Cat in the Hat. I broke out the sewing machine to make everyone's costumes, and surprisingly they all turned out. Here are some of our pictures.

In the afternoon we went to a Chili Cook-off and Carnival at our church. Then in the evening we went trick-or-treating with some of Maylee and Spencer's cousins. The cousins were way faster, so after the mad dash at the beginning, we became "the slow group".

Savannah stayed back with us. At the end Maylee was carrying two buckets since Spencer's was too heavy for him. She told Savannah "This is the last house Savannah; these buckets are heavy." But, she would not let anyone else carry Spencer's bucket for long because she wanted to show how strong she was.

Spencer and the Sprinkler

Spencer enjoys playing in the sprinklers when he has a chance. I caught him on video experimenting with the sprinklers in our front yard.

Maylee's and Spencer's Birthdays

Spencer and Maylee have birthdays five days apart. Since Spencer's birthday was first, we had a small party for him with just the four of us at home. Then, on Maylee's birthday we did a big combo barbecue party with friends and family at the park. Spencer turned 1 and Maylee turned 3.

Two days before the party I started making Maylee's castle birthday cake. This was a lot of work, but Maylee loved it so much, it was definitely worth it.

I made Cookie Monster cupcakes for Spencer. I think they turned out so cute.

We had a good time at the party. Thank you to everyone who came!

This video is hilarious. Spencer is obviously worried about what has come over his family.

Spencer Walking

Spencer started walking about 2 week before he turned a year old. He could have walked before them probably, but it was not until Richard put the pressure on him to perform that he finally did it. Since Spencer could walk before then but just did not have the confidence, once he did start walking he took off. Pretty quickly he was running.

This is a video of him walking while we were visiting Texas. These are some of his first steps.

Christmas 2008

Man! Talk about needing to update our blog. There is no way I can go through all the stuff that has happened and the pictures we have taken since the last post, so I will just take a minute to talk about Christmas.  Christmas Eve we went over to Richard's parents house, and we stayed there for two days.  Even though they only like about thirty minutes away from us it was like we went on vacation to their house.

Unfortunately Maylee was sick pretty much the whole week of Christmas, but we still had a lot of fun.  (The last time she was sick was on Valentine's Day.)  She was looking forward to Christmas so much, we did not want her to miss out.  Before Chirstmas she kept telling everybody that we were going to celebrate Baby Jesus' birthday.  She even bore her testimony at church one Sunday while I was not there and said, "Happy birthday for Baby Jesus."  Anyway, we did not want her to miss Christmas.  On Christmas day she did not wake up until 1:00 in the afternoon because she was not feeling well and had been up a few times in the night.  We had to resist the urge to wake her up earlier because we wanted to open presents and get to a family gathering.

Here are some pictures from Christmas.