Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Pouty Face

Jack has mastered a pouty face! Check out the pictures below to see the transformation:


Doug says he gets this from his mom. So... how come he only responds when Jack does it? Probably because he's a lot cuter and can pull it off. Jack seems to do this face when he's getting tired or bored with something.
My parents and niece, Olivia, are driving here on Friday and staying for the weekend for Jack's blessing. I'm so excited to see them! Olivia's so excited to go sledding with her uncle Doug. Those two are so cute together! She's got Doug wrapped around her finger.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Remembering President Hinckley

First off, I just want to say how sad Doug and I were last night when we heard the breaking news about the president and prophet of our church, Gordon B. Hinckley. They announced at 8 PM last night that he had passed away about an hour previous. I almost had tears in my eyes when I heard this. In Sunday school, we had a lesson including information about how many new temples we've had since he became president. The numbers are truly remarkable!

Number of temples prior to him becoming the prophet in 1995: 47
Number of temples standing today: 124
Number of temples announced or under construction: 12

When I attended BYU-Idaho, I had the opportunity to sit about eight rows away from him as he dedicated the Hinckley building there. He was such an inspiring man with great goals, and it's sad that he's gone now. On a happier note, his wife, Marjorie, passed away a few years ago, so he's now able to reunite with her.

On a lighter note, Doug and I were invited over to our new neighbor's house, Clayton and Amber's, on Friday night. They have an 18-month old boy named Tyler, and he's absolutely adorable! He's got blonde hair, and has so much energy! Amber's also pregnant with their second boy, and she's due in April. Some of our other neighbors, Nick and Tanya, were also there. Tanya's pregnant with their first, and her little girl should be born in March. I brought my camera, but of course, forgot to use it. We had spaghetti, and played Yahtzee afterwards. Doug had never played before, and got a Yahtzee his first game. Way to go, Doug! Also, a couple times last week, Doug would come home and I'd say, "I heard Jack give me a little giggle today!", and he'd be so sad he missed it. Well, while we were at Clayton and Amber's, I called Doug over while I was changing Jack's diaper because he was giggling at me. As soon as Doug came over and intervened, he was giving us full-on laughter! It was the cutest thing I had ever seen. We've tried catching it on camera a few times, but every time we get the camera out, his attention goes toward the camera, and he loses interest in us. I'm bound to sneak that camera in at some point so I can post it on here.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Toy Time

Can't you just see the wheels turning in his head while he stares at this toy? I think he likes it a little...

Just Hanging Out

I had the opportunity to go to my old work (1-800 CONTACTS) the other day to have lunch and see all my old co-workers. They're so much fun! It made me realize how much I miss working with them. I forgot I had my camera with me for awhile, so by the time I remembered, I only got a picture of three of them: Anthony, Melinda, and Taryn.
You guys are awesome! (and thanks for letting me be your tag-along, Melinda.) If any of you are looking for a job, I HIGHLY recommend my old work. They have the best benefits I've ever heard of, and the people that work there are amazing.
Here he is, all snugly with Doug the night of that big storm.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Snowblowers, Schedules, and Sleep

We woke up to a HUGE snowstorm this morning. Doug took our SUV to work instead of his car; otherwise, he wouldn't have made it in. We've had to shovel the driveway at least once a week since Christmas, and today was awful! That's my handy shovel work you see in the picture. I'm ashamed to say it took me a whole hour, and I didn't even finish a path for Doug to get into the garage when he comes home! It makes it twice as hard to shovel when you run out of places to throw the snow, and have to put your back into it and toss it over the huge pile we already have surrounding the driveway and sidewalk. Yikes! We really don't have the money for it, but I think this calls for drastic measures: a snowblower. We're expected to get another really big storm this weekend, so I think it may be a necessity at this point. Too bad they're so dang expensive! I'll have to contemplate this one while I sit here and continue to thaw out.

I'm still working on that schedule I mentioned in the last post. Some days he does great at following it. Others, he just does what he wants. Yesterday, he had a half hour nap here and there, and then I finally put him in his crib to nap at 3:30. It took him about 20 minutes before he fell asleep. Then today, he followed the ideal schedule great! I put him down to nap at 2:30, even though he wasn't acting tired. It took him about a half hour to fall asleep. Is that good? Or should I have gone to get him after 15 minutes? At any rate, he's still asleep, two hours later.

I think I've reached the light at the end of the tunnel! The last two nights, Jack has had his last feeding of the day at 10, and has slept until 5:30! Doug and I have been so ecstatic about this! We have experienced a good night's sleep. What a milestone!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Hooray for Schedules!

I just re-did my header. Whaddya think? It's a picture I took in Cozumel last summer. Today is Doug's long day at work, 12 hours! He won't get home until after 9 tonight. I spent Monday cleaning out our basement. We had stuff everywhere! I can better organize it once we have more shelves to put stuff on, but for now, I was able to organize most of it into categories (camping stuff, seasonal decor, baby clothes, luggage, etc.) and find a few items like computer bags and an old golf bag that we can donate. I know it sounds like nothing, but I felt a sense of accomplishment afterwards.
Jack has started smiling a ton more, and I think I finally have him on some sort of schedule! That's so nice now because now I don't have to sit around for him, working around his schedule. He sleeps for 30-60 minutes in the morning (we're still working on this one, sometimes it takes him 30 minutes to fall back asleep once I put him down), and about 4 hours in the afternoon. What a long stretch! He's still a little fussy in the evening, but it has been getting better. Last night, he slept from 10 PM to 4 AM without waking up. Woo hoo! It was so nice to get a long stretch of sleep. He's been going 4 or 5 hours at night, so I think we're on our way to him sleeping through the night.
I'm heading out tomorrow with my friend Christy to look for a blessing outfit for him, and an outfit for his 3-month pictures next month. Can you believe he's already that old! Time sure does fly once they come. Hopefully I'll find some good stuff!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

My Social Life Does Exist

I had the opportunity a few times this week to hang out with my friends. It has been so nice to have a social life this week! On Monday night, Doug and I went to our friends Brady and Rachel's for dinner, and stayed over to watch a football game and socialize. They're so much fun to hang out with!

Wednesday, my friends Melinda and Heidi (two of my old co-workers) came over after work and we talked for awhile, then played that Ticket To Ride game I had mentioned in an earlier blog entry. Heidi had never played before, and she won! Beginner's luck. We also devoured some edamame in the process, yum!

Yesterday, I called one of my old college roommates, Cecily, who lives nearby. I don't get to see her very often, so it was so much fun to catch up and reminisce about our BYU-Idaho days together. I can't believe how funny we used to be, staying up until 2 and 3 in the morning every night. Was there really that much to talk about every night? Apparently so. We went to Chili's for lunch, then to Old Navy because they're having half off of their clearance items. I only found two things I was going to buy, and got in line. Their line went 3/4 of the way to the back of the store, no joke! After waiting in line for about 10 minutes, I decided it wasn't worth it as we were only to about in the middle of the store at this point. We left and headed next door to Target, where she helped me pick out a new sleeper for Jack (since that's mostly what he wears), some new bottle nipples (yes, he's almost ready for the next size up again!), and more formula. Isn't it ridiculous how much formula is? It's like $1 an ounce! Once we checked out, she came over where we played Sequence and caught up some more.

Hey Cec, here are a couple from college!
Ahh, good times!


Doug had some fun with Jack tonight; here's some proof of that when he stole my camera:




He enjoys staring at the sides of the swing when he's in it. What a goof! Have I mentioned how big he's getting?



Doug and I went to the information center at the top of the hill today to see when the community center will be done. We're supposed to have a pool, exercise center, fire pits, and a few other things in a month or two, the lady said. Our HOA will go up, and will cover our membership to it. We're excited to use it!

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Am I A Wuss? The Answer Is Yes.

I forgot to mention that Jack had his first shots last Thursday, which was something I had been dreading for a long time. I made the appointment in the afternoon after Doug was off work so he could come with me. He had his regular check-ups of height and weight gain first. His height measured in at 23.5 in. which is in the 71st percentile. He's a tall kid, and Doug and I have no idea where he gets that. His weight came in at 12 lbs. 4 oz., which was in in the 64th percentile. Chub! We also replaced all of his 0-3 month clothes with 3-6 month ones last week because a lot of it was already too small for him at 2 months. Anyway, after all of that and some chit chat with the doctor, I decided to go wait in the waiting room for the remainder of the appointment, while Doug stayed in with Jack and the nurse to get his shots. He got 5 immunizations in total, but only 3 shots, since two shots were combined. I knew if I stayed in there I would be balling, so like a coward, I left. I remembered at his first check-up, I was in tears after all they did was prick his foot to get some blood. I know, all you moms out there are telling me to suck it up. You'd think if I could go through labor without crying, I could at least stay in the room while my kid gets his shots. Oh well, I don't feel too bad this time since Doug was there with him. Doug was tough, as was Jack, who didn't cry for very long, Doug said.
Jack came home and slept, and was a little fussy for the rest of the night. Poor baby, I could tell he didn't feel well. Of course, as soon as I laid him down amidst the fussiness to change his diaper, and grabbed the camera to take a picture of the band-aids on his thighs, this is what I beheld:
A SMILE! What a poser!

Monday, January 07, 2008

My Niece, Brooke

Now, tell me this isn't the cutest thing you've ever seen! My sister Amy's daughter, Brooke, loves to sing, and sang "Popcorn Popping" for me. She's only three and already knows a ton of songs.

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Saturday, January 05, 2008

Happy New Year!



So I've finally gotten around to writing again. I know, about time! We left to spend Christmas with my family at 6 AM Saturday morning, after Jack's 5 AM feeding. The drive out there was scary in some parts, as I-80 had icy patches in spots, and there was snow blowing across the road the majorit of the way. That made for some bad visibility, also. We even passed a really bad accident going the opposite direction right before we hit Rawlins. It involved two cars that looked like they had crashed into something from the front, a semi truck, and a totally smashed black car that was unrecognizable as to what kind of car it was. It appeared that the semi had smashed it into a railing on the side of the road. How awful, especially before Christmas! Trevor, my brother-in-law, saw an article in the paper about it a couple days later. It turns out that the black car had a family of four in it; the parents and two daughters, 19 and 17. Everyone but the 17-year old were killed, and she was in critical condition. I can't even imagine being the only one in my family to survive something like that, and go on without them. How lucky I am to have made it home safely after a great Christmas holiday, and to have such a wonderful family!
Well, our Christmas was fantastic! I really enjoyed the time we had with my family. Everyone but my mom got to meet him for the first time.




Amy's kids, Brooke and Marnie, liked watching him get baths, and were pretty helpful.




We spent a lot of time playing this super fun board game called Ticket To Ride that Gwen got us last Christmas. Amy loves it, so my mom got her the Europe version of the game for Christmas. We played that one a ton, too. Our family used to do puzzles every Christmas, so we started up that tradition again, too. You know, the ones with like 1000 pieces? Doug wasn't much of a fan of puzzles, so he and Trevor bonded with the Xbox 360 and the Wii. As for Jack, well... he definitely got in enough sleep...



My parents took us all out for a steak dinner to Outback the Saturday before we left, that was SO nice of them! It was great to be with all the adults of the family for an hour or two, good times!

I have plenty of other pictures on the "My Pictures" link on the side, or click here to see the rest of the pics from this trip. Gotta go take care of the baby now!