Thursday, June 25, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
In January, Steve moved the lab into office space. This was HUGE for us. At first I had mixed feeling about it but now over all I LOVE it. Steve has managed to completely replace me from working with him. This was no small task since he relied on me for so many different aspects of the job and we tried a few people in my place and it was a nightmare. So now lucky for me I just get to be a mom and I absolutely LOVE it!
In February, Jett turned 2. We didn't do anything big we just had family over for cake and ice cream. Most of my pictures didn't turn out very well though because a certain nephew, who shall remain nameless, kept flailing his arm into the middle of the picture. But here are a couple that are ok.
In March, I finally got some movitvation and started exercising! Since then I have even signed up for the Hobble Creek half marathon and I am planning to run the Top of Utah Marathon. YIKES! I am kind of excited and nervous about it but mostly excited as I have already seen myself accomplish things I didn't know if I could.
Also in March we had a family reunion in St. George. It was a TON of fun. The weather was beautiful and the company was great! The purpose of the reunion was to see a statue of Steve's great great Grandfather dedicated in the middle of the city. It was really neat to hear about all of the amazing things this man did.
In April I started taking a photography class. Not because I want to become a professional photographer or anything but because I wanted to be able to take better pics of my family. I absolutely loved the class and learned so much. That class was priceless and now I just keep practicing hoping that I am getting better. So thanks Jen for sharing your knowledge with me.
Also in April, Raleigh turned 5! I can't believe I have a 5 year old. Where did the time go?! His birthday was like the never ending birthday since we had like 3 parties. I think I would have loved this as a kid. A short story about his birthday is that on that morning I told him I had a special "machine" for him. He got so excited and kept asking where it was. I replied that I would tell him after he ate breakfast. He was so excited that Steve started saying that I needed to quit building it up because he was going to be mad and disappointed when he found out what the "machine" was. I just ignored Steve and kept telling him to be excited about the "machine." When breakfast was finally over we walked into the family room and Steve, my sister and I stood in a line and told Raleigh to get down on his hands and knees, close his eyes and then start to crawl through our legs. As he did we proceeded to spank his bum and laugh saying he had just gone through the "spanking machine" I didn't know how he would react but he completely LOVED it. He even asked to do it again and again. It was hilarious. That night when we were with family he even wanted to make a longer "machine" and do it again. We were laughing so hard because what kid actually likes that spanking machine. Anyway, we had fun!
Well that is an update of lives over the last few months in a nutshell. Who knows when I will post again but for those of you still reading, check back soon you never know I may amaze you and update again soon.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Me & Jett on one of the slides
Marianne and I
Steve, Raleigh and Mike playing arcade games
We also went to Temple Square to see the lights. It was really cold but fun to see the beautiful lights and temple with my family.
Raleigh had his preschool Christmas song program. He had been singing the songs to me for weeks but when it came time to sing them for the program he got really shy and would hardly sing.
Doesn't Raleigh look so happy to be here
As Christmas drew closer it was pretty much all Raleigh talked about. He was so excited and he finally really understood about Santa this year and it was so fun for me to see and experience his excitement. Sometimes I think I enjoy Christmas and get just as excited about it as the kids do. On Christmas Eve morning Raleigh came to me and informed me that we had to make cookies for Santa and that night we needed to sprinkle the reindeer food out in the yard so they would know where to find us. It was so cute. That night we went to Steve's parents house and had a wonderful Christmas Eve filled with a fabulous dinner, spectacular Christmas message given by his Dad, and fun gift exchange. On the way home that night it was fun to tell Raleigh and Jett they needed to quickly go to sleep because Santa would be at our house soon and if they were not asleep he would not leave them any presents. They definitely went to sleep pretty quick. Christmas morning came early at our house as we heard both of the boys awake at 6:20am. I loved watching Raleigh quietly come out of his room and look over the upstairs railing to see if Santa had come yet and then go back and forth between his room, our room and the railing trying to decide what to do. After a few minutes he came into our room and asked us if it was Christmas yet. We said yes and that he should go make sure Santa had left us some presents and check to see if he had eaten the cookies we left for him. He quickly ran down the stairs and you could hear him gasp as he notices the presents under the tree. I can't say enough just how much I enjoyed every second of this.
Cookies and Milk for Santa
Waiting to open presents
"Cool swords"After making the kids wait patiently for about a half hour to open presents we finally all made it down around the tree. Jett was excited but still didn't really understand what was going on he just saw some things he thought were cool. Raleigh on the other hand couldn't wait to tear into all of "his" gifts. He would specifically look for the gifts with his name on them and if it was someone else name he would set it aside. The boys thoroughly enjoyed Christmas morning.
Jack's not sure what is going on
When the presents all seemed to be opened I told Steve to go check the closet upstairs to make sure I hadn't missed anything. Little did he know what would be waiting up there for him. I surprised him with a blu ray dvd player. He had talked about wanting to get one and I acted like I was never listening, all with the intent to surprise him. It worked like a charm. He had no idea. It was awesome to see the look on his face.
My favorite gift from Steve was a homemade coupon book. Inside it had coupons for back massages, doing the laudry, cleaning the kitchen, dinner coupons, finding a babysitter for a night out etc. It was a great gift and I fully intend to use all the coupons. The rest of the day was spent at my parents house where we played games and opened more gifts. Steve and I both agreed that this was one of our best Christmases.
Other events or should I say incidents of the week include Raleigh smashing his finger in the door and later in the week falling off a stool at my parents house and cutting his eye.
The bruised finger is now more black then purple
For New Year's Eve we went to my parents house again to have a long, fun night of games and lots of junk food. I am not one to stay up late very often and I can usually fall asleep at the drop of a hat after 10pm but amazingly I was able to stay up until 3am. I also started my New Year's solution to get in shape. I had my awesome brother-in-law Doug, who just became a personal trainer in Idaho fit me with my own workout plan. so I fully intend to get myself in shape, lose all this baby weight and make myself look GOOD again. Wish me luck on this. Anyway, I wanted to wish you all a happy new year and I hope that 2009 is at least as good as 2008 if not better.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Raleigh loves to lay by Jack and snuggle up close to him.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Also I need some advice on Jett. He is 16 months old and refuses to eat any table food other than cheese, bread and fruit. I have quit buying the baby foods that he loves and won't give him anything but what we are eating but then he just refuses to eat. Yesterday all he had to eat was oatmeal in the morning and water the rest of the day because he was to stubborn to eat anything else. I mean if you are lucky enough to get other foods in his mouth then he will just spit and spit and spit until ever last drop of that food is out of his mouth and then he will not open his mouth for anything else. When Jett got up this morning he was so lethargic he could hardly pull himself to stand in his crib and he was dry heaving because he was so hungry. But now that I have given him some food he is his normal self again. Does anyone have any ideas on how I can get Jett to eat normal foods?
Sunday, June 22, 2008
I got a new calling at church a couple of weeks ago. They must think I don't have enough to do or something. I already have the calling of activity days with the 8 & 9 year old girls and I am a permanant sub in the nursey until they find someone to help Steve (this has been since the end of March). I am not complaining or anything because I enjoy my callings but I never expected the next one. So I got called in to talk with a member of the bishopric. They ask me to be an assistant ward organist. Well that would be great if I knew how to play the organ. It is so different from the piano. So I tell them I don't know how to play the organ and he tells me, that's ok the current organist can teach you. Well I accepted the calling even though I was scared to death. This isn't exactly one of those callings that you can hide in. You can either play the organ or everyone in the ward is going to know just how bad you suck at it. Well today was my first official day to play the organ for sacrament meeting. I was nervous but I felt like the Lord definitely helped me out and made up for my short comings. I guess this is just a testimony that when you are called to do something the Lord will give you the strength and capability to do so. I also have to give a huge thanks to my awesome husband who gave so much support to me and so willingly sat with the kids by himself during sacrament meeting. He is the best and I love him so much. Anyway, I just wanted to voice my thoughts on this day a first of many Sunday's to come of playing the organ.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Thursday, April 3, 2008
1. Don’t cut bangs in Jr high, you will look like a complete dork.
2. Warren W. had a crush on you but it is better to just stay friends.
3. Slapping people on the butt for wearing guess jeans and saying “Guess Butt” was a really stupid game. Plus you just looked dumb doing it.
4. Be nicer to Becca J. because she is a really cool girl.
5. Learn how to study and do better in school so you don’t have to feel so dumb all the time.
6. Write about more than just boys in your journal. Your posterity will want to know more about you then just your latest crush.
7. Don’t take your flat stomach for granted because after kids you won’t have it any more.
8. Your last semester at Ricks go out more instead of being depressed over a dumb boy.
9. The “Mexican Drug Dealer” or so he was labeled, is a player. (He is not mexican or a drug dealer, as far as I know, but the look of his car made him appear that way to some) Have fun while you date him because you learn a lot and become a stronger person because of him but beware that he is not what he appears to be.
10. Don’t worry about Steve’s indecision about your dating/non dating relationship, just hang in there. It all works out in the end and it is TOTALLY worth it.
11. The night before your wedding don’t let Dad climb a ladder in the cultural hall but if he decides to anyway know that even though it is a hard time he will survive and eventually be back to normal with the help of many doctors.
12. Don’t make such a big deal out of dating. Just go have a good time. On that note your life doesn’t need to revolve around boys.
13. Be nicer to the guys you go out with that you don’t think are your type.
14. Spend more time with Muffy. She is awesome and you will both miss getting to spend time with each other after you are married.
15. Finish college and don’t skip class just because you don’t feel like going.
16. Not making the basketball team in 7th grade is not the end of the world. You make it in 8th and 9th grade.
17. In 6th grade when Mrs. Gerry tells you that you sparkle when you sing, yes, it is embarrassing but if you make it into a joke before she gets the chance to make it worse by turing it into a role play for the class, the end result might be better. Good Luck!
18. Don’t play the bounce game on the trampoline with Tyson and Jaron. When it breaks Muffy will never let you live it down and will give you a hard time for the rest of your life.
19. Work harder and do more to accomplish your goals.
I am sure there is a lot more I could write but I can’t think of anything at the moment. Remember you have a great family and awesome friends. Never forget how much they have influenced your life and do a better job at keeping in touch with them.