Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Murder Mystery Madness




This past weekend, Doug and I hosted our very first murder mystery dinner. We had so much fun! We invited all of our good friends to participate, and had a fun-filled evening. I even got to use my china for the very first time, and it was a hit! The murder mystery was seven rounds, and so we had seven different foods (one for each round.) with a menu that listed foods like "swamp water" (minestrone soup), "Witch's apple nectar" (apple cider), and "Road kill on a stick" (beef and vegetable kabobs.) Doug and I played cooks and waiter/waitress, and stayed plenty busy. But it was still so fun! I wish I would have taken a picture of all the decoration we did... we put caution tape all over the door, spiderwebs in the corners of the room, skulls as centerpieces along with "blood dripping" candles, candy in the shapes of body parts, etc. Thanks to everyone who participated and brought something. I think it turned out really successful.

Monday, October 27, 2008

These Things Are The Coolest* Revised

The lawn mower walker
(courtesy of Amber and Clayton. Thanks, guys!)
Flushing the toilet

The REAL lawn mower, SO loud!


The vacuum

Other mentionable "cool" things not pictured:

-Turning on mommy and daddy's tub

-The dustbuster

-The broom

Friday, October 17, 2008

Oops... I Did It Again

So, I'm 7 weeks along right now, and I took the test at 5 weeks. Doug wasn't home when I took the test, he was at a Utes game with his brother. I made him guess the secret the next morning by saying it was a surprise for our anniversary. It was hard to answer his clues without giving anything away. He was asking things like, "So, it's something you made? You didn't buy it?"

The morning sickness is here, and has only lasted all day, well... today. It must mean that it's upon me now. I think it went away with Jack about 14 weeks. My wonderful mother-in-law came over on Monday to help out with Jack (who has been sick), and I was able to take it easy. I think that really helped me feel better. She even brought me some Subway for dinner, which was SO nice because you know when you don't feel well, the last thing you want to do is cook. Thanks, Gwen! The hardest part of my last pregnancy came in the third trimester when I had cholestasis of pregnancy and hypoglycemia, so we'll see if either of those show their face again.

Since my insurance is different than my last pregnancy, I have to see a different OB this time around, which I'm kind of bummed about because I really liked my last female OB. My cousin used to work at Timpanogos Hospital, and she recommended me to a male OB in American Fork. My first appointment is on October 27th, but isn't with the doctor himself. I'll give another update when that gets closer.

Back to my usual obsession, here's a picture of what I found when trying to get Jack to sleep the other day when he was sick. How in the WORLD did his pants end up off?... Twice?
I feel so bad for him when he gets a cold because he can't breathe out of his nose at all. He usually takes a pacifier when falling asleep, so when he's sick, the pacifier makes it impossible for him to breathe, thus taking forever for him to get to sleep. I think he's finally starting to feel a little better, so that's good. Doug and I may get a decent night's sleep again sometime soon!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

P.S.....

We're pregnant with number two. Woo hoo!

First Snow

We woke up to the first snow of the season on Sunday! Jack had fun watching Doug shovel it off both the porch and the deck with our half-broken snow shovel. He loves watching what his daddy is doing. So cute!
We also had the chance to go to our friends Christy and Ryan's baby blessing. Congrats, guys! Jack was acting up so much that we had to leave right after the sacrament. We found out the next day that he was acting like that because he was getting sick. That's right... ANOTHER cold. I feel so bad for him because he can't breathe at all through his nose! Anyway, so we're back to those nights where we all get like minus 3 hours of sleep because the kiddo wakes up so much, not being able to breathe, hence having a hard time getting back to sleep.
Later that day, we decided to take advantage of the remaining snow in our front yard and pulled Jack around in it to see what he thought. We loaded on his winter coat, shoes, hat, and improvised the snow pants and gloves by using wind pants and socks. He absolutely LOVED it! I got on the sled with him and Doug pulled us around a few times, and he was laughing so hard! It was so funny. I can't wait to take him on a real snow hill.

Monday, October 13, 2008

In Loving Memory

Richard Owen Thornton

Richard and Jack

Friday evening was Doug's grandpa's viewing, and Saturday was the funeral and luncheon. Doug's grandpa was such a special man. Everyone in the funeral kept saying how he was always serving. There was even a story by someone who said that instead of going to home teach, and asking, "Is there anything we can do for you?", he would be proactive and say, "I noticed your front porch light is out. My partner will go change it for you while I teach the lesson." He would find a way to help where he could. He had even been serving at the cannery a few hours before he passed away. You rarely hear of people serving so much anymore these days, which is sad. It was really inspiring to me to try and help others as often as possible.

The service was beautiful, and there was a lunch immediately following the cemetary. I went and got Jack at our neighbor's, Amber and Clayton's, and came back with him. We were able to visit with all of the Thornton aunts, uncles, and cousins. The lunch was right during his afternoon nap, so he was very cranky. This is him on the way home.

Doug's grandpa's wife, Marie, is also one of the sweetest, most generous people I have ever met. She's always been so kind and genuine to me, and is always offering to help out wherever she can. Doug never comes home empty-handed from their house. He always has fresh flowers, jams, or vegetables from their garden whenever he comes back from their home. They had eight children together, and another three that passed away as babies. I can't even imagine losing my sweetheart or children, I mean, that has to be one of the hardest things we'll ever have to go through in this life. I wish Marie all the love and comfort she needs at this time.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Things I Like

Lights... any type

Mascara

My chub


The stories:

Jack loves any lights! He gets excited when he sees them. He was so mezmerized by the candle in the picture above, he just stared at it for a few minutes.

I let Jack play with my mascara tube the other day in the car. I turn around a few minutes later, and he had unscrewed the top, and had it all over himself! He's a smart kid! I guess no more mascara for him.

Jack still doesn't handle solids very well. He even threw up after a couple pieces of bread at Chili's the other day, so we had to remove his shirt. He then started playing with his stomach chub, and thought that was pretty neat.

Doug and I had our anniversary yesterday. Four years already; I can't believe it! Time sure does fly. He got me the beautiful roses pictured below. We also went to Chili's for lunch to celebrate. Happy anniversary, babe! Love you and am so glad to have you in my life. We didn't have time for much else due to the passing of Doug's grandpa earlier this week. The funeral is tomorrow. More to come on that.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Fun Family Weekend

This weekend was the best! My little family and I were able to stay home all weekend and watch conference together. It worked out well because Jack napped through most of the talks, so we could listen. Wasn't it amazing? It was so relaxing and spiritual. I especially enjoyed Elder Wirthlin's talk. It was so funny!

While we were at CostCo this weekend, we got a sled for Jack to ride on with us this winter. Doug took him for a spin around the dining room table a few times, and that's one of his favorite things to do now. Funny kid!And here are my two favorite men in the world, sitting on one of Doug's new toys that he's borrowing from his brother.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Lunch Dates are the Best

This week, I had the opportunity to have lunch with my old co-workers on Thursday, and then my friend Christy on Friday. It's so nice for both Jack and me to get out and socialize. Lunch at 1-800 CONTACTS made me miss all my old co-workers so much! They're an awesome group of people, and I hope to weasel my way back into the company at some point. I miss all of them! Jack was going to everyone with no fear, which made me happy that he still has no stranger anxiety.

I met Christy at her house yesterday because she was getting a couch delivered at the time. Then we drove to Sweet Tomatoes and had lunch. It really hit the spot! Jack was kinda funny with her baby, Kate. He was really curioius about her, and I think he thought Christy was feeding Kate his bottle, because they have the same bottle. He started fussing when he saw her with it, and was reaching for it a little. Uh oh... does this mean he's reaching that selfish phase?

And then here's a random picture I took this week of Jack discovering the washer. He was fascinated about how the inside of the washer would spin.