Thursday, December 20, 2007

Everybody Dance!


I caught the boys dancing the other night and had to pull out the camera and tape them.

A side note: I think it's so annoying that Owen says "CHEESE!" constantly every time I have the camera out. Who taught him that??? :)

Baby Time

Owen came in the office today with his baby in the stroller. He doesn't usually play with this toy, but I keep encouraging him to play with it to somewhat help prep him for the new baby. After climbing in the stroller and feeding it the bottle, he threw the doll into the pantry closet and ran away. What a good big brother!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Knitting, Knitting, Knitting

I have the fingers of an old woman. That's partly because of my Grandma Mitchie (my hands are just like hers; when I looked at her hands it felt like I was looking into my future) but mostly it's because I have been knitting so much. I have completed some really cool projects lately, but can't show them off on the blog on account of a few people seeing their Christmas presents.

Today I read this quote on a message board and I think it TOTALLY fits my knitting: Un homme a cheval va jamais voir ca... (Cajun French for "A man on horseback will never notice that.") I'm not so sure that my beginner knitting is gift-worthy, but I'm trying my best to knit well and save money this year! Anyway, all I have been doing for the past two weeks is knit, and my hands can prove it. I need some good moisturizer and a housekeeper STAT!

Friday, December 7, 2007

First Haircut!

After two years of waiting, our little bald baby finally had enough hair for a cut. Not that it was really all that long, but there was some growing over his ears and each day when Owen rolled out of bed, he looked a little bit more like a grandpa on Christmas morning! He didn't mind his haircut at all, because he got to sit in this adorable firetruck chair and play with the bells and whistles. The crying started as we were leaving, because Owen wanted so badly to sit in the other airplane chair, too. Poor baby!

All done...this little boy's not a baby any more.

Friday, November 30, 2007

That boy...

We put up our tree last night, and Owen was SO excited. This morning he ran into our room and woke me up by telling me about how he saw the Christmas tree again and had to show me how he could turn the lights on and off. Then today he spent most of the morning playing with ornaments. I put so many ornaments back on the tree this morning and was getting a little irritated, but I didn't mind very much. Then as Owen played, he climbed behind the tree and somehow the tree fell over. I tried to be loving and have patience as I strapped him in his high chair so that I could put the tree back up and clean up the pieces of broken ornaments and tree star. I was mad, but when the tree fell, it really scared him and I thought he had learned his lesson. I vacuumed the area and straightened all the bent branches, and then let Owen back down out of the highchair. After a while I started working on a sewing project, and it wasn't very long before I heard the tree fall down again. I stormed into the living room, yelling "NO NO NO!!!" but Owen was nowhere to be seen. I called for him but couldn't see him anywhere, so I picked up the tree, and there he was, laying under the tree, holding the forbidden Charlie Brown ornament we had put "out of reach" because he had broken off Charlie's head last night. Owen was fine, except his face was a bit scratched up and he seemed a bit traumatized. But I was so mad!
He refused to look at me as I took a picture of him holding the forbidden Charlie Brown head next to the fallen giant.

Ho Ho Ho!

Tim was asked to dress up as Santa for our ward Christmas party. They found someone else to do the job after he tried on the suit and found it to be a bit "formfitting". Besides being pretty old and a little smelly, the suit was made of very thin fabric, not at all what we expected for Santa. It must be Santa's summer suit. Maybe in 20 years Tim would make a good Santa, but for now we can only dream! Darn!
Owen insisted on trying the wig on, but once he had, he would NOT put it back on.
Aren't those boot covers nice with the white socks?

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Giving Thanks

We had so much fun with Susanna and her family and my parents when they all came to visit for the holiday. We gave thanks for food, football, shopping at 4am, golf, and family togetherness. Even though everyone has gone home now, they left a piece of themselves with us in the form of head colds! Here are some pictures that pretty much sum it all up:

Somehow, we all made it around the table we sat up in the living room. It was tight quarters!

Owen, Tate, and Blake played together during the day and woke each other up at night.
Mom and Dad experiencing the effects of Tryptophan and Black Friday shopping. Can you tell which did which?

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Owen's Birthday

Owen turned two on Friday. We had fun celebrating at Chuck E. Cheese on Friday and with Grandma and Grandpa Koford and Aunt Amber on Saturday.
Memorable gifts included a tool set and a potty, which Owen used simultaneously.

Friday, November 9, 2007


I love Fridays. I want to go out on a date! I really need to find a babysitter here in Visalia. But I have no one to sit with my boy for a few hours. That reminds me of an old Shel Silverstein poem that was my favorite when I was in third or fourth grade or so.

Mrs. McTwitter the baby sitter, I think she's a little bit crazy.
She thinks a baby sitter is supposed to sit upon the baby.

I think that's how it goes. How in the world do I still remember that poem, and why, of all the Silverstein poems, was that one my favorite? Today I'm so jealous of people who have grandparents in the same town to babysit for free whenever they want!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007


We got our car back last night, after more than a whole month waiting for a new transmission. Yay!!!! Owen and I got to go to story time at the library (for him) and Costco (for me). Mobility feels so good after being stranded for so long. Hooray!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Too Much Candy!

I think I've created a monster.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Tim's Costume

Okay, so Tim works in an office full of women. He is the only man, and being such, it was decided (by the women, of course) that for Halloween, they would all be goddesses and Tim would be Zeus. We came up with this costume last night. I tried to get him to go without a shirt, but he would have none of it. Can you imagine a kid coming in for therapy and approaching him that way?

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Happy Halloween!

Owen is dressing up as a little Alpine boy this year with real leather lederhosen! I borrowed the costume from Mindy, who makes amazing costumes for her kids. (Check out her kids this year, all the Marie Antionettes on the right column!) It is even cuter in person. I think this might be the cutest costume ever. But of course I am biased. Doesn't he look like Pinocchio?

Bill's Halloween Party

Ever been to a Halloween party with mostly old people? It was more like a barbeque with sparse costumes. Being up in Pine Flat at Bill's house was so nice. It was a beautiful drive up there. It was chilly out and the trees were all yellow with leaves all over the roads. We stayed outside most of the time. We had fun. We got there late, so I made Chad's kids them put their costumes back on so I could take a picture. Tristan didn't bring his costume, so I made him improvise!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Pumpkin Patch

We had a fun time at the pumpkin patch yesterday. The mother of Tim's friend from work, Christina, gave us a good deal on our pumpkins. Now to find the perfect design to carve next week....

Owen hated this weird-colored pumpkin, but I made him pick it up so I could take a picture.

We had such a hard time getting him to smile for the camera. He'd look down at his pumpkin, smile, and say "cheese!"

Friday, October 19, 2007

It's a Boy!

Our baby's ultrasound went well yesterday, and we are so excited that Owen is going to have a little brother! Our scanner isn't working, so I had to take a picture. He looks a lot like Owen did at this age. :)

Wednesday, October 17, 2007


I haven't even tried to teach Owen his ABCs yet, but last night when I sang it, he already knew a lot! I was so surprised he could sing so much, I had to catch it on video. Okay, now that we've got the ABCs TOTALLY mastered, we're working on memorizing the periodic table! This kid prodigy is going to make it onto Oprah whether he likes it or not! (Hey, what else do stay-at-home moms do all day?) :)


Thursday, October 11, 2007

I am a knitting MACHINE!!!

I finished the matching hat today. It is definitely not perfect. My next project is going to be a newborn cap.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

This Sucks.

The car broke down today. The one car we had left since Tim's accident. Transmission problems. That on top of the accident three weeks ago and Owen's hurt chin is enough. As if things couldn't get worse, we found out today that the woman who is supposed to sign off about two years worth of Tim's internship hours is in the hospital dying of cancer, and if she dies before she can sign them, he loses ALL those hours. I can't handle any more bad news! Join in this pity party at the Kofords' house. Be there or be square!

Update: It DOES get worse! We've got ants in Owen's bedroom!!!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007


Our little rambunctious boy was running around and collided with the desk chair yesterday. The result: four stitches and a new nickname: FRANKEN-CHIN!!! (He's okay, by the way.)

Owen also said his first prayer at FHE last night. He repeated "Dear Heavenly Father", then he just said "yeah" after everything else Tim said. He topped it off with a vibrant "amen!" at the end. So cute.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Not too bad!

I spent the bulk of my day yesterday, on and off, knitting these little mittens! Maybe there's something to say for being stranded in the house all day (with Tim's car totalled last week). As my second pair of mittens, they turned out pretty good. The cuffs are a little big for kids' mittens, so I guess I should use a child's pattern rather than and adult pattern next time. Or smaller needles? Hmm. Owen loves them. He likes to make the "biting" action he can do opening and shutting his hand. I think, also, that he can finally differentiate between his thumb and other fingers.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Miniature Golf

...with an almost-two-year-old was not exactly what we expected tonight, but lots of fun, nonetheless. Owen kept bringing our balls back to us as soon as we hit them. Who would have thought that even the "baby" golf club would tower over him? It was very cute. I think he can do so much, but I keep forgetting he's still really a baby. It always surprises me. Go figure!
By the way, if you ever wondered about Visalia's miniature golf offerings, go ahead and pass. Adventure Park's course is clean and new, but pretty boring for mini golf, especially at 7 bucks a pop. There isn't even a little door that opens and shuts on the buildings. Weak! I'll stick to Blackbeard's in Fresno. Their western and pirate courses are so much fun!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Dancing with the star

Can this boy work it, or what?

Art Time

Owen got to paint today. He loved it! A few things I learned:
1. Lay down newspaper. "Don't get paint on the table" is inneffective with a toddler.
2. Don't leave the room to fetch more paper. Or get the phone.
3. Have art time more often!!!

Here Goes...

Okay, so this is my second attempt at blogging. The first time I tried was not so successful. We'll see how it goes this time!