The Farrells

The Farrells
Matt, Nicki, Owen and Nora live in the San Francisco Bay area. Matt is a research analyst at CBRE and is loving his job. Nicki spends her time playing with Owen and Nora, reading, crafting, and taking lots of pictures. Owen loves to read, sing, throw toys, and quote movies. Nora is growing quickly and loves to be the center of attention. We have a wonderful life!

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Lots of videos

Owen has been learning lots of different ways to move recently - he's learned to jump and turn around, and he loves to dance. Here are several videos of various dancing and jumping sessions... they're pretty hilarious.

This is what Owen's dancing normally looks like... tons of jumping and arm waving. He likes to dance to the music on our Kung Fu Panda DVD - there's a "Dreamworks Jukebox" with songs from the Dreamworks animated movies.

This is when he really gets his arms moving - sometimes he spins them around so fast that his body follows and he falls on the floor.

This is a relatively new trick - spinning around. We have to watch him really closely when he does this, because he has a tendency to get really dizzy and fall into the sharp corners on our tables and TV stand. Silly boy. :)

Learning how to jump. :) This was last week, when he would only get off the ground every 1 out of 4 or so. Now, he gets off the ground almost every time. Jumping is one of his favorite things to do.

Friday, March 19, 2010


One of my favorite words that Owen says is "snow". Although he can say "s" and make an "s" sound, he replaces the "s" in "snow" with the sound of exhaling through his nose... it's quite hilarious. See if you can catch it in this video.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

It's way too quiet in here...

Owen has just arrived at the stage where he has started being really quiet when he's doing something he knows he shouldn't do. Before, I could always hear exactly where he was and what he was doing - pulling all the movies out, emptying the silverware drawer, etc. But this past week he has become really sneaky. The other day, I was doing the dishes and noticed how quiet it was. I walked in the back room to find Owen totally frozen in place, holding the cornstarch that I had been using as baby powder in his hands. Most of it was on the floor, his shoes, and all over his clothes. I cracked up as soon as I saw him, because he was holding totally still - he knew that whatever he had done was wrong, but wasn't about to come tell me... he was still in the process of figuring it out himself. A few days after that, I came out after blow drying my hair to find that he had scooted a kitchen chair over, climbed up on it, and emptied the salt shaker in a big pile. He was in the same frozen position as with the cornstarch... it was so funny.

As stressful as this stage is (I never know what he'll get into... in fact, I don't think I know fully what he's capable of getting in to - he surprises me every day), I love it! I love finding him in the goofiest positions, contemplating what to do next. I love all the surprises. I love all the words that he comes up with to explain to me what he's doing. Basically, I love my life and I love my little buddy. I can't believe he's already so big and talking to me all day long. Every time I look back at pictures of him, I miss the baby he is in each picture, at each stage and every age, but at the same time, I'm loving watching him grow and learn new things and become his own little person.

Here's Owen wearing his favorite hat, with his favorite cup,
wrapped up in his favorite blanket. Love this kid.

Peek-a-boo! (or pee-boo, as Owen says)

Owen + peanut butter and jelly sandwich = true love.

After Matt surprised him with a crib full of balloons.

Wearing mom's apron. He loves finding clothing of ours
(shoes, coats, hats, socks, you name it) and wearing it around the house.

With the duckies that he loves.

Saturday, March 6, 2010


I started making an advent calendar at the beginning of last November... but with my sewing/crafting time taken up by making my bridesmaid dress for my sister's wedding, I didn't get around to finishing it until a couple weeks ago. It took a lot of time - I decided to hand-sew around all of my pieces - but I'm really happy with how it turned out. I also got together with some of the girls in my ward to make a quick little 'crayon roll' a couple days ago that I think is pretty darn cute. Both of these ideas came from my friend Jenn, who is the craft inspiration for all the girls that live in my ward.

I covered the frame in batting and fabric. Each number is a pocket to hold one of the pieces. The background is a sheet of metal with fabric ironed on with iron-on adhesive paper.

Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus. I think he looks like a jelly bean. You can see the hand-sewing I did on each piece.

My three wise men. The black-haired one kind of looks like Hagrid, which bugs me, but not enough that I want to go back and fix him. :)

One of the wisemen in the pockets. I sewed around the numbers, too.

Angels and the star. Each of the pieces is mounted on felt and has a magnet glued to the back so it sticks to the sheet metal.

Sheep, a shepherd, and a cow. Aren't the animals cute?

Camels. These are my favorites of the animals.

Here's the crayon roll.

...and the inside. Way cute than a cardboard box or a plastic bag, don't you think? Perfect for keeping Owen quiet at church.

My next project will be finishing up the wall hangings that I started for Owen's room a year ago (I know.... so much procrastinating). I'm excited!