Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Birthday Weekend

The time has come where I'm no longer 25. Say hello to the big 2-6! Weird. Time sure does fly. So earlier last week, I had a little plan for the front porch, which won't be complete until we purchase the big pumpkins, but here's what I've come up with so far:
I found the basket at Thai Pan Trading, and the scarecrow thingy and hay bale at Michael's.

I was sick on my actual birthday right alongside Jack, so that kind of sucked. And somehow, my sickness turned right into allergies somewhere in there. I have been completely miserable with those for the last few days. I have an allergy to sagebrush, which is funny because a lot of the land behind our house is covered in sagebrush. I didn't really think that through when buying this house, did I? Moron. It was funny last night because we were watching the news, and right before they started into the weather, they were mentioning the pollen in the air. And the reporter started going off about how bad the sagebrush pollen is right now. I was like, "Yeah, thanks!" My eyes just itch like CRAZY. I've tried Allegra, Claritin, Claritin-D, and even Rx eye drops. NOTHING seems to help. Anyone have any other ideas I could try, besides moving?

On my actual birthday, Doug left for work at the normal time (or so I thought), and he showed up about 45 minutes later with donuts, flowers, and some really sweet cards. In Jack's card, he said that he'd be getting up with Jack Friday, Saturday, AND Sunday. I tell ya, that was one of the best presents, getting to sleep in all three days in a row. It's been so long since I've been able to do that. It meant so much to me that he surprised me like that on the morning of my birthday. I really appreciated the thought he put into that. Later that night, we were both able to watch the premiere of our shows: Grey's Anatomy and The Office. Thank goodness for DVR's, because they're on at the same time!
On Friday, we went shopping for a few presents, where I got a new pan with a lid, some new pajama pants, a rug for the kitchen, and some new shoes. We had our very first paid baby-sitter come over Friday night (which we were both nervous for), while we went to Market Street Grill for dinner. I got their fried shrimp, and Doug ordered their yellowtail. They were both yummy!

Doug's family came over Saturday evening where Doug cooked up some of his delicious ribs, and we had those for dinner. He also made my cake, which was special to me. Nice work, babe! His family hooked me up with a JC Penney gift card, a Kohl's gift card, and one of my favorite movies, The Holiday. My parents mailed me some good money, too, so I have yet to spend that!
I spent my gift cards yesterday on some socks at Kohl's (I know, sometimes you just gotta buy stuff you need), and I'll have to spend the rest later. I spent my JC Penney one on some rugs and towels for our bathroom, which isn't quite complete, so I haven't taken any pictures.

My energetic niece, Alex (pictured here getting a makeover with my make-up earlier this month), picked out a birthday card for me, and it came yesterday. My sister said that Alex was like, "This will be her most favorite card." She also mailed a piece of gum with it. Thanks, Alex! Although, I don't see why Jack didn't like it so much. Funny kid!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Best Laugh Ever

I've been meaning to post this for months, but it was on our video camera, and we hardly ever use that anymore. This is the best laugh we've ever heard from Jack.

Monday, September 22, 2008

It's A Long Story To Go With My Long Day

Let me say: Today is just one of those days where you wish you had an extra set of hands.

Jack woke up with a runny nose today, which made me think he has a cold. He's been really clingy the last few days, so I thought we'd just have to tough it out. So, this afternoon, we needed to run to the grocery store for some necessities (bread, milk, etc.) Have you ever been somewhere and hear a screaming child, and just think, "Gol, why would you bring your kid out during naptime" or, "Shut your kid up, that's so annoying!" Well, today I was the parent of that child. A couple minutes after I got there, Jack just starts crying. Uncontrollably. For the rest of the time. He was reaching for me in the cart, so I took him out (which usually comforts him enough.) He's in my arms, screaming and crying at this point while I'm rushing around the store, just going for the bare essentials at this point. I run over to the pharmacy, where I ask the pharmicist if there's anything I can give my screaming infant for a cold. He answers me in a normal voice, so I can't hear a word he's saying since Jack is crying into my ear. It's a good thing I could read his lips, where he tells me to call my pediatrician. Thanks, dude. Now I have one hand holding Jack, and one hand pushing the cart, making a mad dash to the checkout. At this point, I feel so bad for him because I know he doesn't feel well, and there's nothing I can do to help him! On top of that, I'm a little embarrassed because my kid is hysterical, and everyone is staring at me.

I make it to the checkout, where every line has like two people in front of me already. As soon as I pull into the line, all three women in front of me (including the cashier) are staring at me and my screaming baby. I'm thinking, "I'm so sorry, I'm trying to get out of here!" And I think they're all glaring at me because of Jack. The woman directly in front of me comes over and says, "Oh, he's having a hard day!"
I say, "Yeah, I think he's sick."
The woman in front of her says, "Did you notice he's tugging on his ears?"
"Yes, I'm going to call the doctor as soon as I'm out of here and can put him down."
The woman in front of me comes over to me and says, "Can I help you out?" and she starts loading my groceries onto the conveyer. Of course, then I start crying because I'm so overwhelmed, and I'm so grateful that this woman chose to help me out instead of just roll her eyes at a screaming child. She says, "I hate when they don't feel good. It's like there's nothing you can do for them."
I say, "Yeah, I feel pretty helpless right now." Once the lady in front of her checked out, she asked the cashier if I could go in front of her, and she let me cut in front of her. I'm so thankful for that woman for helping me out, whoever you were! That really touched me and made my day.
People were staring at me the rest of the journey out of the store, but whatever. I went out and called the doctor, and we were able to go right in. He doesn't have an ear infection, but he has a bug where his throat will be sore for like the next week, and will have a runny and stuffy nose to go along with it. Poor kid. At least I know what's going on now. All I can give him is some Motrin, but that should comfort him somewhat.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Weekend Update

Doug and I were finally able to pay off the rest of our 2002 Montero this week. And wow, what a relief it is! That's one less car payment for us now. This was the first car we bought together after we got married, because Doug's 1988 GMC Jimmy was, let's face it: a joke. It was so old that when it rained, it would leak through between the roof and windshield, leaving a soggy mess for you to sit in. It was so old that I can't even find a picture of one when I google it. I'm only going off on it because Doug is still so proud of that car. Anyway, this Montero has served us well. Thanks, Monty!

We were out running some errands yesterday, and Jack was so ready to go home and take a nap. We had to stop by this place to fill up our propane tank, and we were there for probably twenty or thirty minutes. Ridiculous! The video below is of Jack crying, but I'm trying to entertain him and make him laugh while we wait for their slow butts.

We went out today to get my ring cleaned (I love how much it sparkles after we get it cleaned and rhodium plated!) and we stopped by Toys 'R' Us to get some birthday presents for the Jackster. His birthday isn't until November, but we were out that way, anyway, so figured we might as well pick up what we had planned on getting him. I'm sure you'll see pictures of it in his birthday post.

We came home and hung up the photo collage I've been working on all week. It looks and feels so nice to not have a bare hallway upstairs anymore. The rest of our walls still need some love, but we have to get around to it when we can.

Keepin' It Real

I just want to give a cheesy, albeit necessary shout-out to all my real friends out there. You know who you are! The ones who are there to help me out when I'm down or in need. The ones who KNOW when I'm down or in need. The ones who call back when I call, or even bother to call at all. The ones who still want to hang out, even though I have a needy little boy with me at every minute now. The ones who are sincere and geniune. The ones who want to talk about anything and everything together. You're rare to me these days, unfortunately, and I just wanted to say thank you, and I hope you can count on me, as well.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Randomness, Anyone?

Monday is here again, which means Doug is gone for 11 hours before I see him again. I hate Monday's and Wednesday's for that reason. Anyway, here are some random pictures from last week.

We found this snail that had crawled up our two front steps, and right in front of our front door. I didn't even know we had snails around here. It left this dotted path behind it. Weird!

If you look closely, you'll see that Jack has a new fetish... biting himself. What's that all about? He doesn't cry or whimper or anything when he does it, and then I find these later. These bite marks were still visible hours after he had bit himself all over his arm.

The next two were taken at IKEA on Friday. We found a little corner in the closet section for kids. Although, this activity was still a little advanced for him.

Jack took a nice break from the cart to go wander about the closet section halfway through the store. See ya, Jack!

We found this area rug there for only $17.99, but haven't found an exact placement for it yet. We also got that cabinet in the background to put our xbox, DVD player, and DVR on, to reduce clutter piling up by our TV. Who doesn't love organization? It only took us... 4 hours to build. Yeah, there were a few setbacks.

Ah, much better than before!

We also got this at IKEA while we were there, so I had a lot of fun on Saturday finding pictures to put in it. My upstairs picture wall finally has something to hang on it. Woo hoo!

And last, but certainly not least, here's a little clip of Jack's latest workout, pre-walking. He does this quite often, which makes it even more funny. He sure is proud of himself!

Kinda reminds me of this scene from Poltergeist when I enter the room again...

Pyramid of Chairs
by FreddyRis


Saturday, September 13, 2008

Twilight Series


Can you believe that I'm actually talking about something other than my son? I know, I never thought I'd see the day. So, I finished Breaking Dawn a couple weeks ago... probably while the rest of you were reading it for like the 4th time. I have to say, I don't know if I loved the ending. My favorite part in the series was in Eclipse; the tent scene. And, pretty much most of the first book. I think they talked a lot about a fight that may occur toward the end of the book, and I was sorely disappointed in the outcome. I think I preferred Jacob for Bella toward the end of the 3rd book, and it seems like he was a totally different person in the last one. Overall though, I enjoyed finally reading again for the first time since, like, college. And I'm excited for the movie to come out in December. Who wants to go see it with me (given that it's not a midnight showing because I'll be sound asleep by then)? What's a good recommendation to read now?

Monday, September 08, 2008

September Colorado Trip

Doug and I decided a few days before my parents came to visit last weekend that Jack and I would drive back to their house with them on Labor Day. Jack and I spent the week seeing his grandparents, cousins, aunts, and uncles that doesn't get to see very often. It was so funny and cute the way he clung to my dad while he was there. He'd see him come into the room, and crawl right for him.
Doug joined up with us on Thursday night. On Friday, Jack's twin cousins, Alex and Cody, enjoyed pushing him around in his new umbrella stroller in the mall so much that they fought about it the whole time. It was so funny that they had so much fun doing that! We also got Jack a forward facing car seat, which I think he enjoys riding in better. The con is that he can't sleep very comfortably in it because his head just falls to one side. We went on a double date with Eliza and Jon on Friday night, where we ate at Texas Roadhouse, and went and saw Traitor afterwards. Jack stayed home with his grandma and grandpa, where he threw up twice and went through three different pajamas. We're not sure why he was sick. Poor guy! I felt bad for my parents. We were able to attend Olivia's 6th birthday party on Saturday night, where we got to see all of my Colorado family, before we came home on Sunday. What a loving husband I have to help Jack and I spend more time with my family where possible. We both had so much fun!

I uploaded all these pics (and a few others) to My Pictures on the side, so if any of you fam wants a copy of any of them, check that out. Thanks for a fun week!

Catching Up

Wow, it's been awhile since my last post! I'll try to squeeze it all into one post here, pre-Colorado.

Jack getting into the toilet papaer

More T.P. fun had by Jack

Jumper fun, posing for the camera

Helping daddy brush his teeth

I got this down, dad!

Installing those darn baby-proof cabinet things I was telling you about

Playing xBox with dad

Posing for mommy after a nap

Posing for daddy. He has started to smile and squint every time we pull the camera out. How funny!

Idaho was awesome a week and a half ago. I was able to see a lot of my extended family that I don't get to see very often. My cousin gave a superb talk at church. I'm going to miss you Katie, and good luck in San Diego!

Wednesday, September 03, 2008


Jack and I are in Colorado visitng my family until Sunday, so I won't have any new pictures or interesting blogs until next week. My parents drove to Utah last Friday, and I drove up to Idaho with them Saturday to hear my cousin's farewell talk on Sunday. Then we drove back to my house Sunday, and drove to Colorado with Jack on Monday. Wow, we were all so sick of the car! Doug will drive out on Friday and meet us for a quick weekend away, and then we'll all drive back to Utah together. We miss Doug already, and are excited to see him!