Friday, December 10, 2010

project: scrapbook

A few years ago, my friend Jordan showed me her scrapbooks. I was so impressed. They were beautiful. They were wonderful memories. They were just plain cool!
I had never scrapbooked before. But when we got married I decided that I was going to make one. And I did. And it took two years to finish... And I'll never make another one. :)

Yes, I am really glad I did this one because it will be a fun memory of all the details, but I decided scrapbooking just really isn't my thing. I am a photo book person. All the paper and cutting and stickers and ribbons and stuff are cute, but just too much for me.

So in case anyone cares, I took pictures of some random pages. (Sorry the photo's aren't cropped... call me stupid, but I don't know how to crop them!)

(cover)
(each of our versions of the engagement & the announcements)
(engagement photos)
(details and pictures of the bridal showers)
(some of my favorite cards from the showers)
(picking the dress & bridals)
(making the skirts & receiving my endowment)
(heading to nauvoo & getting the marriage license)
(first husband & wife photos)
(random wedding party pics)
(hotties)
(more faves)
(heading out to take pics around the flats)
(around the flats)
(wedding dinner)
("honeymoon")
(reception prep & colorado reception)
(utah reception & "signing book")
(our first apartment)

So yeah, another project done. I hope that if nothing else, our kids will enjoy looking through it and seeing mom and dad as young bucks. :)

Friday, December 3, 2010

sitting pretty

Practically overnight, she became a full-time sitter at 4.5 months!!!!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

billy

Have you ever heard a funnier word?!

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(It is dark because she was supposedly taking a nap.... I'll take giggles over naps any day!)

Uncle Dan is definitely going to be missed. He's headed to serve a mission in Guadalajara Mexico!

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We'll see if Uncle Brad (who comes home from his mission tomorrow) can take the place of Uncle Dan!

Friday, November 19, 2010

leaf girl

Isn't this jacket just unbelievably cute?!

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Love her.

Monday, November 15, 2010

cereal 2

For some reason this wouldn't upload yesterday.

Here is Eliza eating yesterday morning. Talk about a mess!!!

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

cereal yum yum

I thought for sure I'd be one of those "absolutely nothing but milk for the first six months" type of moms, but I found out I'm not. (At least not yet!) I've been wanting to give rice cereal to Little E for awhile now mainly hoping it would help her sleep longer and better. So after our 4 month appointment and the go-ahead from the pediatrician, we gave it a go. And it's been fun . :) She has been sleeping better but who knows if that is the reason why!

Side note: 4 month stats-- 14.5 lbs (68%ile) and 26.25" (98%ile). Poor girl is going to be a lerp just like her mom!

Here's a video of the first time. I love the look of absolute disgust!

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We've been giving it to her once a day and she's started getting the hang of it. It is a VERY messy process though!
We discovered what happens when she sneezes with food in her mouth... :)

I'll go ahead and admit that that pic is DANG CUTE. :)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

au naturale

I came across this blog while I was pregnant and enjoyed reading the birth stories of these women. Hearing so many different stories really helped prepare me.

I thought I would post the link in case any of you are wanting info on a natural birth.
And some of you may wish to add your stories to it.

http://naturalbirthstories.blogspot.com

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy Halloween!

It's been a good Halloween season!

Some of you know Ueford. Ueford became mine my senior year. I got him as a white elephant gift. And I can't part with him. He's a good friend. :) We thought we should introduce Eliza to him.


And as you can see, it went REALLY well!

(Yes, we're weird.) :)

We also decorated cookies. I'd add more pictures... but they're not very flattering so I didn't. Yum yum!

We carved our pumpkin! I chose the pattern in memory of Willie the Cat who died last week. I've decided I love to carve pumpkins. Kinda random.

And of course Halloween means dressing up!

We had a fun ward party that we went to!

We love our little flower! Thanks to Great Aunt Sue for the costume!


And, as you can tell, she thought my joke was funny!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Rogaine?

I'm not the only one losing hair around here these days...



That's a pretty sweet bald spot/stripe if I do say so myself. :)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Jotting Random Thoughts

I have a much longer commute these days which leads to a lot more thinking time. Not sure if it's a good or bad thing... I'm not sure why I'm sharing them, but then again why not?

1. This move has been wonderful. It's amazing how the Lord watches out for us. For months we'd been trying to find an apartment manager position so that our rent expense could decrease and so hopefully I could stay home with Eliza. We applied and tried for multiple things but they all didn't work out. We were so bummed because we couldn't think of another way. Then, out of the blue, we were approached asking if we would be caretakers of this home. WHAT!?! We couldn't believe it and are so grateful for Him watching over the details of our lives. Initially we were just excited to move out of our 600 sq ft place and have room to move around! But now that we've been here a few weeks, we are THRILLED. We were content and felt blessed to have been where we were, but moving here has just made us feel like real people! We have closets, a normal size fridge, a front room and sofas, a tub, a kitchen, and windows that look to the world... all things we didn't previously have. We hope things work out and we can be here for a long time.

2. When it comes to dates, we're different. A date to us is sitting together for a few minutes, going on a walk, cooking a meal, or playing a quick game. We rarely go out for entertainment or even go out to eat. Truth be told? I LOVE to go out to eat. And in the future if we have the funds to go out weekly, I'd love to do it, but for now, cooking together will do. Date time can even be defined as being in the same room... even if he's doing homework and I'm working on a project. It's just nice to be near each other since we rarely see each other. Don't take me wrong, we do occasionally go out together to the temple or for our anniversary, but for the most part we're okay to have our dates at home.

3. This "outrage" over President Packer's talk is, in my opinion, a bit ridiculous. Nothing he said was new news and plus that, he was in his own church building sharing his beliefs. When I was young I wouldn't have put any thought into the debate because I didn't know anyone personally who was gay. Now I know a gay person very closely and have thought about his lifestyle quite a bit. And in all honesty, it seems like a lonely and more of a selfish lifestyle because all time and money doesn't go to raising a family... it goes to himself. He is a wonderful person, but I feel he has missed out on many wonderful things this life offers. Comments have been made that we need to accept this lifestyle because it is the way of the future. How can the death of our civilization be a good thing? I am so grateful to have the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my life that brings me such happiness because of temples and eternal families. I have nothing against the sinner, just the sin.

4. I love Little E. At times I just want to get stuff done, but then I think about missing these moments and try to focus all my attention to her. The moments where I look down and she's staring at me, when she holds onto her links with a deathgrip, those bulldog cheeks, each little squeal and occasional giggle, the way her life revolves around her binky (especially since she couldn't suck for the first 1.5 days of her life!) and the ever-growing thighs. I'm still checking on her 10o times a day. I hope we will be blessed with more sweet spirits.

5. And speaking of Little E... this girl has opinions. Mainly on sleeping and eating. For sleeping... sleeping is really not that cool-- especially through the night. And for eating, she refuses to nurse. For the first couple months, it was occasional fits. But starting at two months, she started to scream and refuse to eat from me more and more often until it became every meal. I kept trying but the stress of the screamfest was just not worth it to me. So for now I am strictly pumping and she is much happier. I'll occasionally try and am greeted with the same hate. At first I was really frustrated and almost mad about it, but now my focus is on how grateful I am that I am still producing milk for her and I hope that I can continue to do so.

6. We are so dang blessed. We have each other and we have a daughter. We are taking care of a home. Aaron is in a good program at school. I am able to work a few hours a day to provide for us. People have been so incredibly generous with giving us hand-me-downs for Eliza that we've barely purchased anything but necessities so far. But of course, we are also nervous for our future... will Aaron do a PhD?, will he be able to get a job?, will I be able to stay home with hopefully more children? But we are doing our best to focus on faith. We've been watched over so far; we need to trust He'll continue to bless us.

And those are my thoughts.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Blessing Day

It has been a month, but things have been bizzay! Between working and school and moving on short notice to a wonderful house (pictures to come) and having had a terrible internet connection at our apartment, I am finally posting. Hopefully I'll be able to catch up on all of your blogs and my posts will be more common now. :)

Aaron blessed Eliza on September 5th. It was such a wonderful and special day!
Aaron and I both wanted to keep the blessing small so we only had our immediate families and one set of great-grandparents there. Her dad, grandpas, an uncle from each side, and her great-grandpa were in the circle. We really enjoyed it.
I made her little dress and I thought it turned out beautiful. It is silk and cost $15. Not too shabby! I saw a picture on The Lazy Organizer (I think) that gave me the idea for the look and then I just took some of her clothes and made a pattern off of them. I feel really blessed that I was able to make it; it made me happy.
I know that these pictures are a bit overkill, but I might as well just post them instead of stressing over which ones to delete. :)



Great Grandpa Jack


Uncle Ryan


Favorite Uncle Dan (I swear she has a crush on him!)


(You can see Dan's head at the bottom... he was trying to get her to smile and then ducking!)

Great Grandma Donna