Sunday, December 13, 2009

Thanksgiving 2009

It was Morgan's 1st Thanksgiving! Our holiday was spent at The Parents' House with family, friends, new faces, and food. Sadly, there were no left-overs which is really the only reason to make all of that food. Cold turkey sandwiches are my favorite.
Happy Holidays!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Halloween 2009

Yep, that is my son in a Raggedy Andy costume.
McKenzie wanted to be a Little Mermaid.

I found the costume online and I could not resist!
Also, they can be used as blackmail pictures later.

We went Trick-or-Treating, the real way- not the fake "out of the back of the car-treating". McKenzie had a blast- we all did.

Friday, October 02, 2009

...I Still Live & Breath...

Life is fun. I promise I didn't drop off the face of the earth. School is my life right now, besides my family and work- all of which keep me very busy.
Heath takes care of both of the kids while I go to school everyday in the morning. I have a wonderful husband who isn't afraid of being with his two small children. I appreciate his love and support.

I am taking 16 credits this fall- it's a lot of work. I get to start teaching with my partner, Heidi, in November. I am really looking forward to it (knock on wood).

McKenzie is a lovable yet challenging little 3 year old. I can't believe how hard it is raising a toddler. She is taking dance classes once a week- SHE LOVES IT! She has quite a personality, already. Who said girls are easier?! Did someone really say that?

Morgan is one of the sweetest babies I've ever met. :) He can roll from front to back and back to front. He likes to talk and laughs a lot. He is eating rice cereal, oatmeal, and formula. I'm not sure of his exact weight but he is very large and handsome.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Pecked to Death by Chickens...

Dearest Daughter,

I CAN'T believe you are three years old! Your strong will and gigantic personality keep all of us on our toes...Remember, no matter what, you are LOVED and CHERISHED by your family and friends (with the exception of an accident every now and again- you are potty-trained)...
Thank you for bringing love, laughter, happiness, excitement, adventure,
and sometimes challenges into our lives...

Thursday, July 30, 2009

My Heart Is True As Steel

My BEAUTIFUL little girl
Every woman: should
have a princess day...
And bask in

-I CHerish HER-
-I WondeR Her-
-I BelieVe HeR-
-I LoVE hER-

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

July 8, 2009

Morgan is 3 months old today!

Weight: 16 lbs.

Height: 25 inches

He sleeps through the night, mostly. He laughs and coos A LOT.

Smiling is his favorite pastime.

What a strong boy he is- holding his head without help and kicking his legs like he's running a marathon.

We love him so much!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

RIP Michael Jackson

I am not a perfect person, I know this. Not everyone I know believes the same things as me, thinks the same way I do, or would make the same decisions I've made. Here are some things that I've been thinking about the past few days...

1. Shampoo: Is there really that big of a difference between all of the shampoos? I buy the not cheap/not expensive kind that is meant for blonds-natural or not. What is the ingredient used that makes it exclusively helpful for blondies? Or is this an example of the consumer (me) falling for the crap being fed to her? There probably isn't a difference- it is all psychological.

2. Facebook.

3. I have watched every episode of Jon & Kate Plus 8. Is it stupid that I liked this show? Don't answer that. I feel like such a sucker, because now it seems like Jon & Kate are purposely exploiting their small children for money, when before I thought it was just a way for people to see what it was like to raise multiples. What happened?

4. Since when did manners go out the window? Would it be too much to ask for someone to appreciate the nice things people did for them- all out of love? Seriously- a bunch of persons that I know did something really great for one particular person this weekend and I don't think any of them were ever thanked. NEVER underestimate the importance or weight of a heartfelt "thank you."

5. Speaking of weddings, I have been presented with a somewhat peculiar request (more than once), I am wondering if it is normal or if I am justified in being a tiny bit annoyed by this reoccurring scenario: I have been invited to a bridal shower for someone I have never spoken to in my life, and this person is having a "small" wedding- which means that I won't be invited to the reception. Now this may not seem like a big deal to most- this is the FOURTH time this has happened to me- being invited to the bridal shower and not the reception and a couple of times I didn't even receive an announcement so I'm not even sure the couple went through with the wedding and what really happened to that ten dollar gift that I gave you that took me 4 hours to find because the parking lot at target was filled with toddlers running everywhere and forget trying to get the damn registry thing to print and is this the right color of towels or is it the darker shade of red and why can't I find the matching dishcloths? Perhaps this is a new thing to do- even though I believe it to be a smidge (that's right, I wrote the word smidge) on the side of tacky. If you aren't going to invite me to your wedding then I'm probably not important enough (and I'm not) to be invited to your bridal shower- you must be slightly desperate to be inviting me anyway since I have no money and can only afford to get you a "small" gift. Maybe these people feel sorry for me because I have like three friends and think that I have no life which is obvious after reading this post and in that case: I'd rather not receive your pity-invite thank you very much.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Take That Chuck Norris

The month of May has come and gone.
It has brought about our five year anniversary, the one month status of our son, a fun party at my Mom's house, a visit from Heath's parents, going back to work from maternity leave along with the last day of school, a trip to TPI, the arrival of my AS diploma, and the start of a new job. Everyone is healthy and oh yeah- we are surviving just like everyone else.
McKenzie is a vigilant helper. Whenever the baby starts to cry she shoves something, anything in his mouth. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
Morgan is now 1 month. He sleeps up to six hours during the night. He eats a lot. He cries when he is distraught.
Our trip to Thanksgiving Point: the car show, and a pony ride. The candy store sure has changed...

Dave & Carol meeting their new grandson for the first time! I love this picture- I think he was a little surprised by the camera flash.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Five Years

Happy Anniversary to my sweetheart.
I am a lucky woman to have a man such as yourself.
I can't wait for the next five years!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

It wasn't a girl...

This is our son, Morgan Lee. The birth story is nothing too exciting- I was induced and around 12 hours later I pushed this big guy out (with the help of my friend Mr. Epidural).

He was: 8 pounds and 15 oz.
20.5 in.

He really is such a sweet boy. On Easter we found out that he has jaundice and he has had to be under the bili lights ever since. It has been hard on all of us. Thank you to my parents and wonderful husband for taking care of McKenzie and me!

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Another update...

I had my final Dr. Apt. today before the baby comes. I am almost fully effaced and dilated to a three. We are hoping the baby comes on it's own (possible this weekend and all positive thoughts are welcome) but if it doesn't- I will be induced on Wednesday morning.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The longest post I've ever written...

I really do like blogging still. The problem is, I've been so busy that it has been last on my priority list.
Here is an update of what is going on:
1. Still in the process of potty-training, she does ask to go to the bathroom about half the time and only for #1. I'm still debating about starting her in preschool this fall, I wish I could see into the future: that way I could know for sure if she will be ready. Such a hard decision.
2. She sleeps in an actual big-girl bed now and loves it! (knock on wood)
3. I think she is in for a big shock when our little baby arrives.
1. If anyone likes warm weather, it is my husband. He is not the type of person who can stay inside for long periods of time without becoming "cranky". This winter has been hard for the two of us and we are especially looking forward to it being over.
2. He is enjoying flying at Diamond more now.
3. His boss bought him a share of an airplane which he uses whenever he can, honestly he can't get enough of it.
1. My due date is April 5 (this Sunday). I have small contractions every now and then, nothing constant. I've decided not to have my cervix checked which my doctor is fine with so I have no clue if I'm dilated or effaced. He seems to think this baby will be about 7.5 pounds possibly a bit bigger. The heartbeat sounds good and it kicks A LOT. I can tell that my body and mind are preparing to give birth what with the CRAZY organizing/cleaning. All I can think about is making sure everything is ready for my trip to the hospital. I don't sleep well at night and leakage of bodily fluids from pretty much every orifice of my body is occurring. I can't complain though, this pregnancy has been a breeze compared to last time and I'm enjoying every lasting minute. I think we are all excited to finally see the baby and know what it is. (I want another girl, Heath of course wants a boy). We have no names officially picked out. I wanted to deliver in April because I think diamonds are a fantastic birthstone (I know it's vain) and my Mom's birthday is April which will make it twice as special!
2. I work everyday still and all of my coworkers are so nice to me. There are bets being put on my delivery date. I plan on working until the end of this week which will start the beginning of spring break.
3. My school term is over at the end of April and my instructors have been very understanding. I have been accepted into the teaching program for Fall 2009, which I'm so excited about!
*I will post something as soon as I can (as far as the baby is concerned). My doctor is leaving next Thursday for an Easter vacation and if the baby isn't here by then I'm thinking of inducing- I don't know for sure.
Thanks to everyone, I hope you are all doing well!

Friday, March 20, 2009

The Worst is Over...

It's Spring, I can't believe it.
I'm so happy!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Sweet Dreams

Let us hope that the next child loves to sleep as much as this one.
So peaceful...

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Dual Immersion, I Had to Say Something...

Dual Immersion. You see- this is why I love living in a small town, everyone seems to have an opinion about everything (including me). Especially when it doesn't directly affect them. Of course without differing opinions our world would be a depressing and bland place to live. Recently an elementary school in our community announced that it will implement the Spanish dual immersion program starting next year. This simple and seemingly harmless topic brought out some interesting and conflicting view points. I personally don't see the problem with children being encouraged to learn two languages, considering the fact that many Spanish-speaking students are already doing this. Why shouldn't English-speaking children have the same opportunities? Knowing multiple languages could only further a person in any career/field. Am I missing something? Not everyone agrees with my viewpoint. That is fine. What I don't understand is why they must impose their contradictory thoughts on everyone else? If you don't like- fine, but let's be fair. Let students/parents decide for themselves what is best. I wonder if these same people who are against dual immersion would feel the same about another language, something other than Spanish? Certainly they wouldn't frown on an excellent educational opportunity because of their ignorant and downright nasty prejudices? No of course not, people couldn't possibly be that unreasonable, so it must be for some other reason I'm just not noticing at the moment. Silly me.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Mahalia Mouse

I never know what is blog-worthy. Do people really care? I just don't know. I try not to get over zealous with the posts about so-and-so blowing their nose and what I saw on T.V. last night, etc....
John Lithgow is a children's book author (a good one if you ask me). I must say, I really liked this book and his reading of it was excellent. That's it, for my boring post of the day.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Number 44

So, watching the inauguration with 26 kindergartners turned out to not be as successful as one would imagine. That is what youtube was invented for, right?
Congratulations to the new President.
He certainly has his work cut out for him.
It will be nearly impossible for him to live up to all the hype surrounding his administration, he would have to be magical- which of course he isn't.
The most exciting thing to me is that the President listed in our new baby's book at the time of his/her birth will be
Barack Obama.

Monday, January 12, 2009

The Praxis.

I had to take an all-important test last Saturday. Hello 5:30am in the morning to drive to Orem by 7:00! P.S. Pregnant people should not have to wake up that early, ever. I am not a good test-taker. I over think. I knew (well, not 100% knew) that Lyndon Johnson was the President in 1965 but I second guessed myself at the end and changed it to Kennedy- wrong! Praxis II is the test perspective and already licensed Elementary Educators must take- it is 120 multiple choice questions that consist of material you would see featured on the show, "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader". Stupid tests.