My Little Dinosaur

Happy Halloween!

I can’t believe my baby is 4. This year, he said he didn’t want to be a “W” costume anymore. ūüė¶

He wanted to be a dinosaur. Specifically, a Spinosaurus. Yep, it’s a real dinosaur. ¬†He picked Spinosaurus because he’s scarier than all the rest. (According to Walter.) He made sure it had the proper amount of fingers and toes, and requested extra scary red eyes. I followed a tutorial on youtube to make the eyes, with the exception of the epoxy. (I used clear spray paint.) His teeth and claws are felt filled with hot glue, and everything else is gold Lam√©¬†and a little bit of egg crate foam in the tail.

A Spinosaurus.

My kid is awesome.

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Christopher Robin

I have a neighbor, Miss Natalie, and every time she sees Walter in this outfit, she says he looks like Christopher Robin.

While I was outside taking Walter’s picture, we heard some loud pheasant noises and went to investigate.

Tulip Festival

We went to the tulip festival on Walter’s actual birthday.

There was a fish pond where you could feed the fish. Walter loved it, but I was a little freaked out by the sheer number of fish!

The flowers were beautiful.

Becky managed to get a picture of me with Walter.

They had a really cool children’s park, with lots of nature discovery-type activities.

A cool cave where you could see the waterfall from behind.

Walter liked the animal statues and the animal tracks in the concrete.

A cute bird house.

New Bike

Jonathan picked out a new bike for Walter’s birthday, and we surprised him with it. Walter handed¬†off Eeyore for the bike, and Jamin looks reaaaally excited.

Doing good!

The dip for the driveway entrance looked a little tricky….

….and it did get the better of him!

But, with a little encouraging, he got right back on!!!


We celebrated Walter’s 3rd birthday a few days early so Uncle Jamin could be there. I made a gluten-free cake, and Walter was super excited.

He had a hard time blowing out the candles…

When he started unwrapping his gifts, he didn’t want to tear the paper.

He got some magnetic fish and a fishing pole. (and a mermaid, of course)

The much awaited Annie and Claribel.

Emily and her tender.

He had one more big present to open, but he was so excited about fishing, that he didn’t even notice it.

He asked for the Roundhouse for Christmas, and we waited until his birthday to get it for him. (From Gin and Mommy)

Jamin helped me make some crazy tracks for Walter to fit his new Roundhouse, and we managed to fit almost every Thomas piece he owns on the table.  Here, Walter is counting how many trains he has. Jonathan thinks too many, haha.

Dinosaur Museum

We went to the Dinosaur Museum with Uncle Jamin and Great Aunt Becky.

Walter spent almost an hour at the fossil dig area.

It was hard to tell who liked it more. Walter or Jamin?


Walter pretty much ran through the museum, but he wanted me to take a picture of the Protoceratops fossil.

At the end, Gin and Uncle Jamin read books to Walter at the little museum shop. He was so tired, he about fell asleep before we left!


I sat him down to talk about a haircut. He wasn’t so sure.

I cried after it was cut. Something about his floppy hair… It made¬†all the floppy-ness¬†in his personality seem more fun loving.

Here he is all shorn.

Christmas Mouse

So, when I was a kid, we has these AWESOME christmas mice. I remember having two of them, but most specifically, a Mrs. Clause mouse, handmade out of felt and full-on lace bonnet and frilly christmas dress ala 1980’s. She had bendable arms and legs just like those elf-on-a-shelf and I thought she was the coolest ornament on our tree for many years of my childhood. I particularly thought it’s tail was cool because it felt like a real mouse tail. (Our cat, Mittens often left us sad mice offerings on our doorstep…) I’m thinking the original looked more along these lines, but, the legs were long and slender with wire in them. We use to wrap the legs onto the tree branches to help her sit.

Anyway, I’ve emailed my Mom a few times about the famed Christmas mouse, but I haven’t been able to describe the mouse very well, and it’s probably buried in a box of ornaments somewhere random and inaccessible. So, I decided to try to make my own.

Attempt #1

She’s a lot more contemporary than I remember the original, and she’s made out of silk duppioni, not felt. I think her head is larger and her arms are smaller. I may have made her legs a bit long.

Walter really likes her. He said she likes to run.

I put the mouse IN¬†the house, and Walter said, “Nooooo. ON the house.”

Did anybody out there have a christmas mouse as a kid, too?

Halloween 2011

Happy Halloween! We decided Walter would be a waffle this year in tribute to him learning to say his name. He called himself waffle for a few months. He’s worked it out by now and says Walter pretty well by now.

At every door we trick-or-treated at, the homeowner would say, “A waffle!”, and Walter would reply, “No, I’m Walter.”¬†He’s so literal. ūüôā

This costume was a little trickier than I thought it would be. Who knew a walrus would be easier than a waffle? Thank goodness Jonathan had some good ideas that made it easy for Walter to take on and off.

“Marching” in a “parade”.¬† Total chaos was more like it.

On actual Halloween Day, we added some syrup at Walter’s request. Yum.

(just a phone pic… sorry!)

Officially Fall

We made a BIG pile of leaves at the bottom of the slide on Walter’s treehouse. He like the sliding part. The leaves, not so much….

He loves jumping on the trampoline, but is a little obsessed with the springs. He talks about them being “coupled-up” all the time. Total Thomas the Train reference.

Oh! And how totally awesome is the treehouse that Jonathan built for Walter? I imagined something up and Jonathan made it exactly as I saw it in my head. Our neighbor Mike helped as well as our friend Matt. I hope Walter enjoys it for many years!

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(I’ve never done a slide show¬†on here before… I wonder if it will show up on the iphone? If not, I guess I’ll upload the pics one by one. Trying something new.)


After an unfortunate mirror-crashing/Walter accident on my former living room rug, I saved my pennies for this new one… Clearly, Walter approves.


The making of a waffle.

These are the only photos I took while I was making Walter’s Halloween costume. There were several requirements we had for his costume: It had to come on and off easily, so he felt in control of it, so as to avoid a meltdown. It had to be soft. It had to start with a “W”. (We’ve already done a Walrus and Wall-e costumes.)

Step 1. I had him lay down on some pattern paper, and I traced around him. This part was fun. Walter insisted I draw in his face and toes. A pattern-boy must have toes!

Step 2: Draw a circle in the size that looks proportionate to pattern-boy. I drew several after this photo was taken.

After this photo was taken, there was much debate about how to make the waffle 3-d, with the least amount of sewing needed.

3. I drew out my waffle grid on the pattern paper and cut it out

4. Lay out the pattern on the back (non-bumpy side) of an egg-crate foam, and trace it.

5. Cut out the inside, lower parts of the waffle.

6. (sorry, no more photos) I placed my foam sandwiched between two pieces of fleece and pinned the insides of every square shape, and stitched right at the edge of the foam using a one-sided zipper foot. Lastly, I stitched all the way around the edge, smoothing as I went along.

7. Apply syrup and butter to taste.

Here’s the finished product:

HeeHaw Farms

Walter had the opportunity to go to HeeHaw farms with some new friends! There were so many things to do, we were both pretty tired by the time we arrived home.

There were 10 or so baby piglets¬†about the size of this pig’s head in another pen that were only a week old. The mother was probably the size of Walter’s toddler bed. It was huge! Wish I had a picture of that big pig!

He LOVED this giant hill slide.

A mid-slide mug. Haha

Walter Cow.

Corn pit. Kind of like a sand box, but corn. I grew up near some pretty big farms and corn fields, but I’d never seen this before.

Walter searching for the perfect pumpkin. He wanted a really small one, and kept passing by tons of pumpkins until he found what he wanted.

The PRIZE pumpkin.

Thanks for inviting us, Brittney!

Little Painter

When it’s a little too quite, you should always check and see if your kid has decided to “help” you choose the paint colors for your husband’s office. Thankfully, the new carpeting was completely covered with plastic!


It’s started again. Every fall, the crab apple trees drop their rock-hard apple bombs, leaving a sticky mess all over my deck, and littering the backyard with too many apples to avoid stepping on. Not to mention the occasional apple to head impact.

What a mess! The deer love it, but after a few weeks, my backyard starts to smell like a brewery of fermented apples. Gross!


Long awaited

A long, long time ago, some one visiting my house said the carpet in my basement looked like a dead muppet. The saying stuck, and as the house remodel progressed, there were many sarcastic remarks about the blue dead muppet carpet… It was really bad blue shag…

This week, we finally had new carpet installed. It is brown. No more blue shag.

The new carpet is very plush, and the installers said I would need to vacuum a few times. I had no idea it would look like a cat was sucked up by my Dyson!

Provo Beach Resort

We went to the Provo Beach Resort and Walter must have ridden the carousel 10 or more times!

Not sure why my phone turned Walter yellow in these pics, but his surfing was hilarious! Jonathan stuck him on the board and he had no idea what to do.

Doesn’t he look so confused? Ha!

Too Quiet

Another too-quiet parenting moment. I snuck around the corner to see what he was up to, and found Walter with perfectly placed dots of foundation on his forehead, nose and both cheeks. Clearly he’s watched me apply my makeup a few times. This was the aftermath…

Sailing on Utah Lake

Jonathan’s friend Matt took us sailing on Utah Lake. It was Walter’s first time on a boat, and my first time on a bigger sailboat. It was so much fun! Walter loved it, and Matt made the ride nice and slow (just my speed). The water was pretty smooth and the sunset was pretty.

Thanks Matt!

Pioneer Day

Pioneer Day: a good excuse for the neighborhood men (including my husband) to act like teenagers and purchase dangerously large amounts of fireworks.

It was SOOOO pretty!!!

This is the last shot I took before Pioneer Day Pandemonium 2011 broke out. (turn away if you are squeamish…)

So, I was so proud of myself for shooting fireworks in manual mode on my camera, I was using my big 70-200 lens and had the camera pointed up, waiting for the next shot, when it felt like I’d been slugged on my forearm with something very hard and very hot.

So, while I was waiting for the next shot, the box of aerial mortars tipped over and fired right at me. Jonathan grabbed Walter so fast, that he actually ran in front of me before I was hit. No one out of the 30 or so people there were hurt besides me, unless you count the neighbor’s scorched yard…¬† You should have seen everyone scatter! I’ll spare you the other photos of the clumps of hair that burned and fell out, the holes in my sweatshirt, the burns on my upper arm and hip. It doesn’t look too scary, but fireworks burn faster and hotter, and produce deeper burns than they appear to be. Anyway, I’m so glad no one else was hurt (especially Walter!). I now have a newfound respect for fireworks, and perhaps next year, I’ll stick to viewing the city-run explosives from a much safer distance.