Monday, November 25, 2013

Park City Weekend

Every year we go up to our time share in Park City around Thanksgiving time. I really enjoy it because even though there may not be any snow in Bountiful, there is usuall always snow up in Park City around this time so it makes it feel like the official kick off to the holidays.
This year we drove up Friday evening and spent the weekend with The Kattelmans.
For about 7 years, we have been keeping up the tradition to pick our a new ornament for our Christmas tree. We always go to the same Christmas store on Main Street. This year was the year of the Owl.

 We also walk up and down Main Street and visit the kid friendly shops and marvel at all the expensive ones. We even picked up some carmel apples from the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Delish!
It was 16 degrees outside with snow covering the sidewalks so we decided to go into the LDS Family Tree Center to get warm and to say hi to the missionaries. We ended up staying for about 45 minutes. The boys played on the computer, Kat looked up some ancestors and we even watched a 10 minute video on gratitude. They even took this picture of us and gave us a copy.

While we were up there, also went shopping, played a new game called Tsuro, drank Martinellis, ate at El Chubasco,The boys went sledding, drank hot chocolate, played video games, and watched TV and movies.
Both nights I could not sleep, but especially Saturday. I wasn't feeling very great and at 3 a.m., I puked all over the bathroom (how I missed the toilet, I do not know). I quickly cleaned up, Luke loaded our things (including our sleeping Oliver) and we drove home in the middle of the night. Finally at 4 a.m., I was able to get some much needed rest in my own bed. As much as I love going up to Park City, I can honestly say that I was so happy to be home.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Baby Ready

We have been trying to get ready for these twins arrival, but the procrastinators in us keep setting things aside for a another weekend or another night and we haven't been getting much done. Since Luke was at Ragnar over the weekend, I decided it would be a perfect time to paint the babies room (I don't let him paint). So over the weekend, I did. I knew that this was the push that Luke needed to finish their closet and get their furniture set up.
When he got home, he was so excited to see the room painted and complete. The following night, we assembled all the furniture and shortly after that finished the closet.

 Since then, we have been buying baskets and a few items of clothing for the closet and a few decorating accessories here and there.
I can't believe how close we are getting and having the room set up and getting filled with little baby items is making it more real to me. I feel them kick me everyday all day, but now having a place for them to come home to is what really hit me that these babies are on their way. Can't wait!

Monday, November 4, 2013

5 year stats...2 Months later.

We finally were able to get in to see Oliver's doctor for his five year check up. All weekend we had to prep him and talk to him about what the doctor was going to check and why AND that he had to get his shots. He was okay with all the check up information, but not the shots. We told him that it was important so that he could be ready for Kindergarten next year. That wasn't cutting it, so we proceeded to tell him that he needed to get shots so that he could hold the babies when they are born. He seemed more open to that idea, but was still pretty upset that he had to do it.
The morning of, I was worried that he was going to go kicking and screaming, but luckily he was super happy and excited about being at the doctors office. They checked his eyesight (which had me chuckling a little as he described the pictures on the eyesight board), they checked his whole body and then came the shots. Ever since he got his first shots as a new born, I have always gotten nervous and hot and sweaty right before they do it. I just hate seeing my boy in pain.. as weak of me as that sounds. The doctor told him to pretend to blow out a candle when they give him the shot and Oliver did just that. I held his hands and reminded him about the candles as they gave him 2 shots. The first one hurt him a little but he was so brave and didn't even cry. I was so proud of him for doing such a good job.  Later that night he was walking around with a limp and had a killer welt on his thigh. Thankfully the warn corn bag helped him feel better and he is doing just fine.

Oliver weighs 44lbs and measures 44 inches tall which puts him at about 60% for his age. He is growing great and developing right on track.

Sure do love this boy of mine. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Halloween Make-Up

After seeing Oliver's make-up, my nephew, Spencer asked if I would be willing to do his make-up for his orchestra concert. Since I like Spencer, I said that I would.
I told him that it would take about an hour so he sat and watched Paranorman with Oliver while I messed up his face.
I was pretty impressed with how easy it was to do so I thought I would share what I know in case anyone needs/wants to look like a zombie or so that I can refer back to for next Halloween.
Face rot/holes/bites:
First step was to throw some oatmeal and toilet paper mixed with liquid latex on his face to make it look like his skin was coming apart. For the toilet paper, used torn edges. Apply a thin layer of LL (liquid Latex) and then the toilet paper followed by more LL. After that I put a full application of liquid latex all over his face even on areas that do not have rot. When this dries and as the person moves their face, it will create a wrinkled look and look awesome.
Next I used the hair dryer on his face so that It would be completely dry before adding any color. When it was all dry. I used a brush and put a generous amount of powder on his face. A brush works better in the lumpy areas so that it covers all the cracks a holes. I mixed some BB cream (that I wasn't going to use anymore) and some grey and white Halloween cream to create a dead looking color and applied that all over his face. It worked best to load up your sponge with color and dab it in the holes and cracks.
Once I got the foundation, I was ready for some color. It worked best to use black eye make up rather than black Halloween paint for the eyes. I later learned (after Spencer's make-up) to get the inside corner of the eyes as dark as you can. Drawing black lines under where eye bags would be gave you more of a tired zombie look instead of just black cirlces around the eyes. I also did a layer of black on the temples, cheek bones (if they were exposed)  and around the mouth. I used black Halloween paint for that part.
Blood and color:
This was the fun part. I found that the best product to use for color was Wilton food coloring (in the wet paste form) mixed with corn syrup. I used real red, brown, light brown and black.  In the holes, I made sure to use black to really show the depth of the wound and lighten up around the edges with brown and light brown. There really is no wrong way of doing this part. After filling in all the holes, I ran around the edges with some red to really gore it up. Out of the large holes, I liked to get a combo of deep red and dark brown and make drips out of the wound. The nose was fun to black out to make it look like there wasn't much of a nose. This worked better on Spencer than Luke because I used some brown in his. 
Final touches:
I liked to use some of the red food coloring to dab on the lips to make it look like the zombie has been feeding. I also mixed some red and brown food coloring with some corn syrup and a little bit of water. I dipped the bristles in and vigorously shook the liquid around the face to make it look like blood splats. We also bought some tooth rot at walmart for about $2.00. Instead of using colored hair spray, we just used a lot of hair conditioner to give it a really oil-y look.  If you are brave enough you can shave chunks out of your hair. This worked well for Luke since he was just going to shave his head anyway. And don't forget the neck and ears. Those will be exposed too so make sure you rot them up.

Friday, November 1, 2013

On Halloween Day

Today for Halloween we got all dressed up in our zombie/zombie hunter best and headed out to Barton Creek to do a little trick or treating. Oliver was so sweet as he made his way through the all the elderly people collecting his candy. At every stop he would quietly say "trick-or-treat" and then follow that with a soft "Thank you".  There were a couple of residents that were shocked at Oliver's face and I don't think they liked the gore so much, but they still smiled and carried on.

Since grandma Wiggles wasn't feeling very good that day, she did not go down to pass out candy so we went up to visit her. I love this picture of them. Makes me laugh. 
Later that night after I got Luke ready, we headed up to Trent and Amy's. We usually throw our own Halloween party, but this year it sounded so much better to go to a party rather than host one.

 Here are my zombie boys...

Luke worked really hard on his costume and I think he did a pretty awesome job.

Luke walked around the neighborhood (ours and Amy's) trying to scare people.
That night we had so much good food. The Jensen's know sure know how to make good snacks and the husbands took the kids trick-or-treating. It was such a fun low key night. Oliver was so excited with all the candy he got and that he had so many kids to play with.
Happy Halloween from the Veigel family.