Monday, December 29, 2008

happy birthday kayla!

Happy Birthday Kayla! I cannot believe that you are already four years old! You have been such a joy in my life. My best friend who is always there to give me a hug or make me laugh no matter how my day has gone.

McKayla has a love for all animals. Everyone who meets her is immediately taken over by her smile, personality and overall charm. She loves to dance and sing and is very good at making up little songs for whatever mood she may be in at the time. She is the best big sister to Teyton and showers him with her attention and love. Her favorite things to eat are Dinosaur Chicken Nuggets with corn and thanks to Corey she LOVES Dr. Pepper, haha. Her favorite places to go are the beach to hunt for sea shells and the arcade.

I love you so much McKayla and I can't wait to see what kind of adventures this next year will bring us!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

getting ready for christmas

Grandma and Grandpa Bastian were very nice and let Kayla make fun decorations for the Christmas tree and then Teyton helped her put them up.

Teyton and Kayla got so sick the first week that we were her. We had to make a couple trips to the doctors office, they caught one nasty virus that passed on to everyone in my family. It was not a very fun few days in the Bastian home. Kayla and Teyton got it the worst and Teyton is actually still getting over it. They were so miserable. Kayla was not happy that I wouldn't let her play out in the snow. I caught her standing by the window singing a song that she made up about how she couldn't play in the snow. It just broke my heart.

we're here

We are finally here in Utah! We arrived on Thursday the 18th of Dec. and things have been so crazy so I've been a little behind on posting. The day that we arrived is all a blur to me because I got little to no sleep on the plane ride. We had a red eye flight and thankfully both of the kids slept the entire time. Everyone who has watched our kids have commented on how well Kayla and Teyton sleep. There is one catch to that though....they don't liked to be touched at ALL while they sleep. So it was a little tricky for me on the plane. Kayla decided to sleep on the floor so I made her a little bed out of some pillows and blankets so that left Teyton the seat right next to me for him to sleep on. He likes to sleep sprawled out on his back so he kept kicking my legs away from him so I squished as far over as was physically possible. Then Kayla started kicking at my feet because they were too close to her so I had my feet in the isle. As you can imagine this was not very comfortable and for a good part of the fight I just decided to stand. I do have to say that I would gladly sacrifice my comfort for these two kids to sleep so that I didn't have to deal with them being up and cranky all night, haha. At least I was able to sleep when I got to my parents house. :)

When we arrived Kayla was sooo excited that there was so much snow everywhere. The first thing she did was put on her winter gear and played in the snow with Grandma Bastian and some of her uncles. She had a so much fun making snow angels, having snowball fights, and being pulled around on a sled! Teyton was a little cranky still and was unsure about all of these new people so he played inside with Grandpa who was the first to win Teyton's heart. It is very easy to love Grandpa. He kind of looks big and scary at first but once Teyton got to playing with him he saw how fun he really is.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


So I don't have any pictures to show this because my camera broke half way through Kayla's party and I won't be able to get it fixed until I am in Utah because apparently here in Hawaii we have to ship the camera to the mainland to get it fixed. So I figure it will take less time if I just take it to the Best Buy in Utah to be fixed.

Anywho, Teyton has been such a little ladies man lately. Any time he sees a little baby girl he does everything in his power to get to her. He actually gets quite forceful and it kind of scares me because he can be really rough. But when he finally gets to the baby girl of choice he is just so gentle and coos and gives lots and lots and LOTS of kisses and hugs. I think that he attacked just about every little girl in our ward on Sunday.

He has also learned how to blow kisses. It is just so cute. His favorite time to do it is after I lay him down for bed or a nap. He will say "ni ni" and then blow me a kiss and then he will giggle at himself, haha. He just thinks that it is the neatest thing to do.

Monday, December 15, 2008

kayla's pre-b-day party

McKayla had so much fun for her Pre-Birthday party. I had promised her when we moved here that she could have a friend birthday party this year. So we sent out the invites not expecting to get too many RSVPs because it had been really bad weather that week and the holidays are just around the corner. We ended up having 8 kids that RSVPed and 17 kids that showed up to the party....yikes! I was not prepared for so many little 4 and 5 year olds running around. I would've rented a building and recruited some of my friends to help out. It turned out to be a lot of fun though and I did get a lot of help from the parents that came. We were able to take the party outside for the pinata but right after we were finished, the rain started up again and was going all the way up into our car port, haha. I had a couple of fathers who helped me with the barbecue and right after the food was served they were out of there. :) I'll admit that it was a bit of a mad house...but the whole point was for Kayla to have a good time and she had a riot! Teyton had a lot of fun too. At first he was a little overwhelmed with all of the people that were in our house, but after he saw all the kids playing with toys he was in heaven! First we played pin the tail on the donkey then ate lunch and did presents. After presents we went outside to break the pinata and as you can see in the picture Kayla was giving it her all to break that thing, lol! I let her have a couple extra swings since it was her special day. It took for ever for that thing to break, we had to help it along. After the head came off and still no candy fell we just ripped it apart. After that we went inside to sing Happy Birthday and eat the cake. Kayla was so sweet and told everyone thank you for coming and made sure to tell everyone Happy Birthday when they left, haha. I love that little girl so much.


The past few days here have been sooo rainy! Not just your everyday bad weather but seriously some hard rain. A few days ago I was pretty much stuck in my housing area because there was so much flooding going on. The street that leads up to our gate was covered in at least 2 feet of water. A lot of places were shut down because of the rain and even into the next day because the buildings were flooded. I don't have any good pics to show how much rain there really was because our house has pretty good drains right in our back yard. Kayla looked out the window and saw the drain out back and said, "look mommy a waterfall!" haha. A guy in our ward said that he left for work early in the morning to try and go to work but was unsuccessful because traffic was either being stopped or redirected so when he turned around to go home he couldn't get back to his house because the road to his house was blocked off. There were a lot of stranded people that day.

fire safety

Kayla's class had a fire safety week and they were able to take a field trip to the local fire station. McKayla LOVED it! She is now always talking about what she learned and I am amazed at how much she remembers. We were walking by the station house a couple days later and she just had so much to tell me about why we have fire stations and fire men, what everything does, and what we need to do if there is a fire or if we are in trouble. It was so cute! She is such a little sponge.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

santa at school

Today when I dropped Kayla off at school we saw that Santa had come to visit the school. I had to run home and grab my camera so I could get some pictures Lucky for me we live just down the street. Kayla was so funny she would not let Santa out of her sight. He gave all the kids a fun little coloring/activity book. I even got a chance to snap a picture of Teyton in his lap. I caught him right before he started to cry, but as you can see he didn't want anything to do with Santa. Maybe next year he will warm up to Santa when he understands who he is and what he does.

car wash

Yesterday Kayla and her friends helped me wash our van. They had a lot of fun and I have to say that I have never heard a bunch of kids arguing about helping out with chore so much, haha. It was really nice to have so many helping hands. After we were finished and I was drying off the van I glanced over and the girls were playing in the dirty gutter water, yuk! Oh well at least they had fun. We had to give her a really good bath before bed, she was sooo dirty.

always smiling

This little guy is always happy. Even when he has just woken up he has a big smile on his face. I love, love, LOVE my little man!

dance recital

Kayla finally had her dance recital that she has been looking forward to. She was so cute up there dancing like such a little princess. For the most part she kind of did her own little dance. But she was still so cute. While we were waiting for her turn we watched all of the other performances and there was a bunch of kids that were singing solo's. Kayla kept asking when it would be her turn to go up there and sing. :) I guess that we should try and find a singing group for her in the summer.

After the recital was over we changed her out of her costume and let her do all of the fun activities that were going on. She made a beautiful Christmas picture for her daddy and a little gingerbread house for herself to eat at home. It was so fun to watch her put everything together it was like she was in her own little world. Then she played for awhile in one of the bounce houses. We tried to find Santa for her to see again, but we weren't successful. We did however find the Christmas Frog, haha. Kayla thought that was pretty neat so she talked to him for a little while. Teyton was at home being babysat because all of this was right during his nap time and I wanted to make sure that I got her dancing on tape and be able to take lots of pictures for Corey.

Monday, December 8, 2008

decorating with friends

We were at a friends house the other night. Kayla's friend McKale wanted her to help him decorate their Christmas tree. They are so cute together and apparently he is her new "boyfriend". We're going to have to keep a close eye on these two. ;) I guess that there has been some kissing going on during primary, haha. She is starting early...good thing Corey isn't here to see it!


The other day we went to the library to go see Santa. While we were waiting Kayla and Teyton had lots of fun doing some Christmas coloring pages. After they were finished coloring Kayla watched a movie that was playing for the kids, and Teyton had fun walking around exploring the library.

Kayla could hardly contain herself when it was her turn to sit with Santa. She was very specific with what she wanted for Christmas. She asked for a pink My Little Pony with wings and diamond sparkles on the legs. I guess that Santa has his work cut out for him this year haha. Teyton sat in Santa's lap for a little bit and was checking him out but when he saw me back away to take a picture he freaked. So our little camera girl Kayla took a picture of Teyton, me and Santa. When we were talking to him I have to admit that Santa looked very familiar. And it seemed that he thought the same thing because he asked us if we had come by earlier, and then switched back into Santa mode when I said no and said it must have been last year when we talked to him. :) The next day was my Weight Watchers meeting and it seems that Santa is in my group. I don't know what we will do with a skinny Santa next year, haha.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


These two just love singing! And once I pulled out Kayla's Hannah Montana microphone (it is suppose to go with her costume for next halloween) for them to play with they just got more and more dramatic, haha.

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