Monday, June 30, 2008

Hike and First Baby-sitting Experience

Doug bought a baby back carrier while I was in Colorado, and we were able to use it for the first time this weekend! It hurts our back a little, but it sure beats trying to carry Jack around with us. It's a great investment because we both need more exercise, and what better way to do it than walk out our backyard and get on a trail? Unfortunately, the trail is a little rocky and uneven, so I think we may search for a smoother trail. It just made us a bit nervous with a baby on our back. We went in the morning after Jack's first nap since it was supposed to reach 95 that day. That explains the lack of make-up on my part.

We found this wicked spiderweb on the trail. Creepy!

Buddy was so hot, it was almost funny! He's like "adventure dog" when it's all downhill in the beginning, but when it's time to hike back up, he's totally out of breath, and tries to find shade wherever he can. He was panting like this like the whole way up, even though we gave him water every 5-10 minutes. I don't know if he can hack it again!

Also, Doug and I took our first baby-sitting experience this weekend, and went on our first date without Jack. My good friend, Cecily, and her husband came over and watched him while we went out. We're both still a little nervous to leave him with one of the young women in our ward. I'll admit, I did miss him a little, but it was so nice to actually eat a hot meal together. We went to Winger's and chowed down on their delicious wings. Then we went to see Wall-E. I thought it was okay. Worth seeing, and a great message, but a little slow in parts.

On the way home, it was so great to totally blast the radio. I haven't done that in so long! You can't really crank it up when there's a baby in the car, you know? And I always have Jack with me. It was fun to see Jack in a good mood when we came home, and Cecily said he didn't cry at all. What a good little boy! Anyway, thanks for watching him, Cec! I may have to take you up on that again soon.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Pretty Fun Tag

This was a very unique sort of "tag" that I haven't seen before. This tag probably shows your "true colors" in the cleaning department for some people. Sad! I hope I'm not one of those people where you see it and go, "Ew, gross! What a slob!" Anyway, thanks for tagging me, Janaca!
Here are the "rules" for this game of tag. You are supposed to take pictures of the following things just as they are - no stopping to clean, straighten, or to wipe a child's nose: The kitchen sink, the fridge, the toilet, the closet, the laundry room, your favorite shoes, your favorite room, and your kiddies. No cheating!

Those clean dishes brought to you by Doug. Thanks, hubby!

No pink rings in the toilet, that's always a good thing!

You can't see it, but the clothes to the left of the picture are organized by color. Is anyone else that obsessive? Probably not.

I got that new "Laundry" sign on the right this last week. I was so excited to hang it! Doug is going to hang some hooks in there too, so I can hang up the ironing board on the wall there.

Good old GMA (Good Morning America) on in the background in the morning.

Not necessarily my favorite shoes I guess, they're just the best ones to slip on when I go out to run errands. I like my dress-up shoes too when I go out.

Ahh, he looks so innocent when he sleeps! I'm glad the camera click didn't wake him up, I would have had your head, Janaca! Not really.

I now tag Heather, Cecily, Amber, Eliza, and Ashley B., and anyone else that wants to!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Front Yard... Check!

I feel like I have so much to catch up on when I don't blog for a whole week! Well... on Friday we went to Glover Nursery and spent our certificate for trees and shrubs, and just about finished off our front yard. That certificate was a big help! Toward the end, I had to take Jack back to the car and try to cool us off. It was so hot! I feel so bad because his arms got a little pink. I'm so sorry Jack! Here he is trying to drive while we wait for Doug:
Watch the road, Jack! And no Britney, I don't shave his head. His hair just hasn't come in very much yet.

We came home and planted just about everything. Finally, we have a yard and not just dirt! Here's what it looked like before we moved in last summer:

And here's what it looks like today:
Nice work, team Nelson! See those hanging planters? Only $9.99 at IKEA. Thanks, IKEA!
Doug and I were going to go to Winger's on Saturday night, but their power was out. They gave us a free wings appetizer for next time we go. Sweet! So we went to Olive Garden instead.
He was laughing until Doug took the picture, of course. We decided that this might be the last time we take Jack with us when going out to dinner for awhile. He always wants to be held when our food comes, so the "eating in shifts" routine is still in play. Luckily, I sat by a lady in our ward that is in the young women's on Sunday, and she gave me a nice list of good baby-sitters in the ward. What's the going rate for baby-sitters these days? Any ideas?

Also, we had to move Jack's crib mattress down because he finally started sitting up last week. Since we have to be able to lift the side of the crib up and down now, we had to remove the bumper. Now, things like this are starting to happen, which makes his falling asleep that much harder.
Oh well, hopefully those chunky legs will keep filling out so he won't fit through the bars soon. Jack still barely has his cold that he started in Colorado, and he thought it would be nice to share it with Doug on Saturday night. So Doug has been sick since Saturday, and has had such a sore throat. I hope he feels better soon!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Our Trip to Colorado

Jack and I had so much fun in Colorado! He did awesome on his first plane ride, and was ready to be out of his car seat by the time we got to my parent's house. His grandma and grandpa Mondy had so much fun with him, and it was exciting for all of us to spend time with them so they could get to know him. Eliza's oldest girl, Olivia (a.k.a. Obo) immediately fell in love with him, and she entertained him every time we hung out. We often heard his belly laughs when she was around. She even said once, "I wish Jack was my brother." What a cute girl! Obo and the twins always fought for his attention, which was really cute. Jack loved all the kids around.

Eliza and I took our kids up to Estes (pronounced Ess-tis) Park one of the days we were there. It's a beautiful mountain town that has a bunch of tourist shops and other activities. The one we enjoyed most was the tram! Here's a quote from Eliza's blog about it:

"The tramway was an experience. It was fun but a little stressful. First off they take you up in these pretty small gondola like cars that have been there since they opened in 1955. It is a pretty steep climb up the cable and with the wind blowing through the cars it rocked back and forth. I was frightened, I am not going to lie. Plus Toni and I are both scared of heights. Not deathly afraid though. Acrophobia is the word Toni. We were trying to think of the actual "phobia" it was but neither of us could remember. So at the top of the mountain they have these trails to hike around on and then you can buy peanuts to feed the chipmunks. Of course the kids were totally into this. They are so tame from everyone being up there and feeding them."

Sorry for the stress, Eliza! There were a lot of drop-offs around the top, so it was stressful for us that the kids were close to those. Also, the Stanley Hotel in my slide show was the same hotel they filmed the new "The Shining" movie at, and parts of "Dumb and Dumber." It's a beautiful hotel!

I participated in Loveland's Relay for Life on Eliza's team, entitled "We Cancer-vive." I walked for an hour on the track while my mom watched Jack. All the luminarias really made me sad about how many lives cancer has affected, and made me so grateful that Eliza survived it. Olivia started asking me a ton of questions about cancer when she was walking on the track with me, and it was hard to know where to draw the line of what you should and shouldn't tell a 5-year old. Especially when she was asking questions like, "But why didn't the people that died from cancer get medicine so they could get better?" What a tough subject. She about made me cry when we were done talking about it. She said something like, "I wish that all the people in heaven that died of cancer could come back." What a sweetie!

My mom did a dinner for all my family that lives there, so I was able to see everyone at least once. Their kids are all getting so big! Jack got his first cold while we were there, so I didn't get many great nights of sleep. In fact, last night was the worst! He wouldn't sleep at ALL unless I was holding him. So, I'm sure he slept great last night, but I sure didn't. Isn't two weeks long enough for a cold? Come on!

I know, I'll be the first to admit it... I'm a nerd. I just love those huge 1000-piece puzzles, as long as they have lots of different colors in them. My parents and me completed three of them while I was there. The first one was really poopy because a lot of it seemed to be about the same color, which made it really tough. My dad and I went and picked out a couple new ones at Wal-Mart after the first one, and had a blast doing the other two the last two days I was there.

It was great seeing friends from high school. I met my friend Katie's husband at their wedding last September, but you know how weddings are. I was introduced to him, and then we had to move along through the line. I spent a couple hours with her husband, Chad, and her, and I had a great time! I was also able to do lunch with my friends Leigh and Allison. Allison told me that her father was recently diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer. When he was first diagnosed, they said he only had three months or so. He's done some chemo, and now has more time than that (though they don't know how long for sure.) We had a "cancer" moment in the restaurant. Of course, right in the middle of it, our waitress came up to take our order. I love you Al! Katie's little sister also had a cancerous lump in her throat a couple years ago, but has survived. It's so ironic that cancer has touched all of our lives closely. That just goes to prove my point: Cancer sucks!

Seeing Doug at the airport on Saturday was so exciting! Jack wouldn't look at Doug, but enjoyed being held by him. I sure missed him while I was away. It's nice to be back home with him. He did so much landscaping while I was away! Here are a couple before and after pics of that:

Nice work, Nelson! I'll update before and after pics of the front yard next week after we've put some trees and shrubs there. We still haven't decided for sure what to do on the raised landing in the back yet. Good times!

On one final note, I heard last week that Kevin McCallum, the VP-turned CMO of 1-800 CONTACTS passed away. I remember from when I used to work there that he was an awesome story-teller, and was always super nice and respectful to everyone. I even presented ideas and quarterly presentations to him a few times. My thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family. Goodbye Kevin, you will be missed!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Sneak Peek

Here are a few pics of Jack's and my trip in Colorado so far. We're having so much fun!
Jack's first plane ride and loving it! (this was taken right after taking off). He stayed awake the whole time, until we started descending. At least he was content the whole time, though!
Jack and grandma playing with a beach ball for the first time. Look at that excitement!

Me, Jack, and my best friend from high school, Katie

Enjoying the outdoors

Jack falling out of the slippery high chair

Jack in attack mode

Ally watching a movie, and Olivia falling asleep next to her new best friend (Jack)

My grandma Mondy, Jack, and me

And the grand finale, the "Jack Attack" with his grandpa Mondy

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Good Laughs

How can you tell if Jack is tired?

When he laughs like this...

Monday, June 02, 2008

Busy Week

Last week was so crazy, but so much fun at the same time! Monday was Memorial Day, I hope everyone had a safe holiday. Doug wasn't able to work on the yard because it was rainy... again. Jack is getting so close to crawling, he can get up on his hands and knees when we put him on his stomach! He's such a roly-poly now!
I believe Tuesday was the only normal day. Wednesday, Doug took off work because his youngest sibling, Kolton, graduated high school. Yay Kolton! After his graduation ceremony, we joined his family for lunch at a japanese restaurant in Provo (I think it was called Osaka). Jack sat at his first high chair in a restaurant, and just wanted to grab everything within reach. I got one of his books out, and he had never been more interested in the pictures on it. Funny guy! Kolton left the next day for Oregon where he's selling satellite TV for the summer. I heard he's already made a couple sales. Way to go! He won't be back until September. We'll miss you, dude!
We invited our friends Amber and Clayton over for dinner on Thursday night, and we had that costa vida chicken and pork. It was yummy! They have the cutest little boy named Tyler, and just had another adorable little boy named Mack. There was a really cute moment when Tyler laid down on the floor by Jack, and was holding his hand, but I wasn't quick enough with my camera. This is just right after that.
And Ty kept grabbing Doug's hand, and wanted Doug to go play with him. He's so dang cute! I didn't get any pics of the rest of their fam, so I'll have to do that next time they're over. They're so much fun to hang out with!
This weekend, we had our first family "vacation" together, just the three of us. We bought a membership to this resort in Midway, which included a buy one-get one free at their super nice golf course (which Doug said included a golf cart with a sweet GPS system on it and tips for each hole), and some overnight stays. We hadn't used either of these yet, so we took advantage of them this weekend. Doug went up and golfed with his brother Friday afternoon, and Jack and I met him up there at check-in time. I took Jack swimming for his first time at their pool. The water was a little cold, Jack's lips turned blue after about 15 minutes! So, we didn't swim for very long. I took him back to the room and fed him dinner and gave him a bath. Then Doug met up with us and we went to their restaurant called Matti's Bistro and had dinner. After dinner, we went back to our room and put Jack to bed, and watched National Treasure 2. Jack woke up about 20 minutes into it, so I picked him up, and he just laid on me for like 15 minutes just sitting still, then fell asleep. I just kept him there with my hand over his ear so we could turn up the TV and hear the movie without him waking up. The movie was decent, I thought the first one was better.
We both took Jack swimming the next morning, and the water was a little warmer then. I'm pretty sure he liked it!
You can see the rest of the pics from this vacation (I know, more pics. Can you believe it?) here or by going to the My Pictures link on the sidebar. Saturday, we came home and unpacked, and tried out Jack's jumper for a second time. He still needs to get the jumping motion down, but he had fun twirling in there for a little while while mom and dad rested.
Then we had Buddy and him up on the bed with us. Jack got a hold of Buddy's fur, and was hanging on for dear life. Buddy let out a loud yelp, and Jack thought it was the funniest thing ever! It's a good thing Buddy knows not to bite Jack because he doesn't know better.
Wow, what a busy week! Jack and I leave for Colorado on Wednesday, and won't get back until the 14th. I'm so excited to see everyone!

The Deer are Back

Here are some deer I snuck a picture of in our backyard last week. It's so fun when they get close! Jack just stared at them, like, "What are those things moving around back there?"

6 Month Pictures

We got Jack's 6-month pictures back a week and a half ago, here's how they turned out:

Also, here's a panoramic view out our back porch of a storm coming our way on Memorial Day. Doug and I are both refinishing a piece of furniture, so I'll post before and after pictures of both of those when we're done.