Monday, March 31, 2008

San Francisco- Day 1

Thursday night we left for our grand adventure to San Francisco. Our car was packed to the rafter with Ryan, me, Beth, James, my niece Chelsie, and my Dad. It is our first attempt at a family vacation and we were a little nervous, but it was fun, despite the rough patches here and there. We drove through the night with the help of my wonderful father. The kids did great. James was a little restless the first couple of hours but then fell into a nice deep sleep and slept the whole rest of the way. Beth slept most of the time. She woke up for gas stops and such but always was very sweet about it and went back to sleep quickly once we got back on the road. The there was fairly uneventful as far as roads or weather go, so that was very nice. We arrived in glorious California around 6:30am on Friday morning. The sun was shining over the bay and it was gorgeous. Our hotel sits right on a little penisula of the bay, so pretty! We took the first day pretty easy since most of the adults got very little sleep on the drive. We hung out at the hotel pool and napped and enjoyed the walking path around the bay. The evening and the following days brought more adventures, I don't have the pictures yet (my camera drives me too crazy, so I let my mom be in charge of pictures) so when she gets them to me I will blog the rest of our adventures! Enjoy some of our first views of the bay!
This is the view directly in front of where our hotel room was.
There is a great walking path around the bay and this in the view of our hotel from across the bay.
Beth and I on a walk around the bay. Isn't it beautiful? It wasn't super warm, but the sun was sure nice!

Easter (a little Belated)


Easter this year was lots of fun. Last year we did nothing! I had just gotten out of the hospital with James and I had totally forgotten about Easter so we didn't end up doing anything, no baskets, nothing. I was really sad. So this year we turned things around and went all out! To make things ever better Ryan's brother and his family were here from Washington State. They have a son just 6 weeks younger than Beth and they got along SO well! They also have a brand new baby girl who was precious as can be that made Easter even more fun. The Saturday before Easter we had a big Easter Egg hunt at Grandma's house. Beth took a few minutes to figure it out, but once she did, she thought it was so great! Then we had a lunch with extended family and lots of fun for the kids. Including a blow up bouncy slide.










Sunday the kids got decked out in their new Easter clothes (one of my favorite Eater traditions). After church we went over to Grandma's again for a ham dinner and more fun and lots of picture taking.





I love being with family on Easter. It made me miss my mom and dad lots, but luckily I got to see my whole family on the following monday and then we went to San Francisco to visit my parents the same week (post to follow shortly!). Happy Belated Easter everyone!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

Today is our 4th wedding anniversary! I wish I had wedding and engagement pictures to put on here...I guess I could scan some in, but that would be way too much work at the moment, so I'm just going to say a few things that I loved about our wedding day and that I adore about my husband!

Our wedding day was the best! My most stressful moment was that the hair dresser didn't answer her door for like 15 minutes so I thought I was going to have to do my own hair and it threw me into a panic for a while, but she eventually came to the door and all was well. Our whole wedding day took place on South Temple downtown so once we got there we didn't have to travel all day, which was fabulous. It was a nice overcast day, perfect for pictures. Our ceremony at the Salt Lake Temple was perfect, our luncheon was at the Inn at Temple Square (so sad its gone now!), all of our favorite people were there and it was wonderful. Our reception was in the Wasatch room at the Joseph Smith building and it was beautiful! My favorite piece of the whole day was my flowers! They were better than I had dreamed. When I first saw my bouquet I almost cried it was so gorgeous. They were beautiful multi-colored roses. Reds and oranges and whites...oh so beautiful! Sometimes I still pull out my wedding album just to look at my flowers because they make me so happy! After the whole day as over Ryan and I walked hand in hand down the street to the Inn and spent our first night there before jetting off to California and our awaiting cruise ship to Mexico. It was the best day and week of my life!

**Here are a few pictures. My scanner has issues too, so here are pictures of pictures, the best I can do...





Of course the very best part of it all was my new husband. Ryan is the best thing I could ever have asked for. He is so sweet. He is so helpful. He is so kind. He is so caring. We laugh a lot. We get silly sometimes. He works so hard to take care of our family and yet he is so quick to help me with the house and the kids. My life has never been the same since the early days when I started the recognize my feelings for him. I knew very early on that he was someone that I could spend my life with, and I have never doubted that decision. He is so conscious of my needs and has made the last 4 years the best years of my life. I don't know what I would do without him and I hope I never have to know! Thank goodness for eternal marriage! I love you so much Ryan! Happy Anniversary! Here is to many many many more years of joy together.

Love ya!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

A lot of catching up to do...

Okay, so my computer was being stupid and wasn't letting me upload photos, so i've been putting off blogging until I had some pictures, so now I just have to try and remember everything I had to blog about and catch up a little...we will have a VERY brief overview of our highlights.

- Another trip to the Aquarium.


- More haircuts at our favorite place. James even got a big boy haircut with the clippers. He did so well. I can't believe how big he is getting!


- My kids have discovered the joy of funny faces. Well, actually, James is just a cheeser and has decided that it is great fun to make these halarious cheesy grins, but Beth loves to make silly faces, it so great.


- And. we enjoyed celebrating Ryan's birthday! He turned the big 27. Ryan and I got to celebrate on our own that night but we had a big party the next Wednesday night with his family and this past Monday night we had a mass birthday party with my family for all the people with birthday's so far this year!


We also, of course, celebrated Easter, but that will have to be another post of its own because I have TONS of pictures and stuff about Easter weekend, and I have other things to get done tonight, but at least I am no longer a total blog slacker!

Friday, March 14, 2008

I Hate Waiting


Patience is my weakest virtue I think. Most of the trials in my life have had to do with being patient. I think someone is trying to teach me something! But, now that I have admitted that, I am going to complain about waiting. Ryan and I have been getting estimates from landscapers to do our backyard. One of them had his secretary call this morning to say he would be stopping by to give us his written estimate. That was 2 or 3 hours ago. I assumed that she meant he was coming soon. So now i've been sitting around waiting, I've passed up all of my good morning opportunities to shower and i'm still in my pajamas. I know if I get dressed I won't take a shower, so I just keep sitting here dirty and grungy. I know the second I decide he's not coming for a while and get in the shower he will come and I will miss him. I hate that! Oh well...waiting it is.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Junk Food!

Do you ever have those days when you go to the grocery store for one of two little things and end up spending $50 bucks on junk food? I had one of those days yesterday. I had gone grocery shopping on Tuesday for all of our major stuff, you know, milk, bread, cheese and the like. I didn't really need anything, but I had gone to a different store than usual so I wasn't able to go to the pharmacy for my refills so I had some time and some fairly happy kids yesterday morning so we went to the pharmacy. But, of course, you have to wait for prescriptions, right? And you can't just sit there for 20 minutes with two toddlers, so we wandered around the store. This particular store gives free cookies to kids so I told Beth we would go get a cookie and then I knew there were a few things I had forgotten to buy the day before so we could wander and find them. So what, you may ask, did I buy? Well on my healthy list was strawberries and nutri-grain bars (you can argue about their nutritional value, but Beth will eat them, so whatever). On the unhealthy list of things I bought? Doughnuts, Poptarts, brownie mixes (for Ryan's birthday party), cake mix and frosting (for James' birthday), chocolate sauce, butterfingers, muffin mixes, frozen french fries (there might be more, I can't quite remember)...I should have taken a picture of it all, it was really quite sad. You definitely would have had no idea our family is working on losing weight from that grocery cart. But that is not even the worst part. Remember those prescriptions I went to the store to get in the first place? They weren't able to fill them and I had to leave without them. That's right. 1 shopping trip, $50 worth of junk food, and 0 prescriptions...not my proudest day.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Big whoops!

Okay, we've all made mistakes when we've done laundry. Right? We've all accidently washed a kleenex (lots of times) or a tube of chapstick that we left in our pocket or something. But today, I managed to wash a DIAPER!! How in the HECK did I manage that one??? I was half way through moving the clothes to the dryer and realized there was some weird substance all over everything and then I recognized it as the stuff that comes out of the diaper when it gets too wet...Its all over EVERYTHING in the load! So everything went back in the washer. Hopefully it washes off now that I removed the diaper and everything will survive this big whoops. I feel so dumb. There were some brand new clothes in the load too. Dang it all!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Book Tag

My Cousin Emily did this on her blog and it looked fun, so even though she didn't tag me, I'm doing it too!

Grab the book nearest you.
Go to page 123.
Go to the 5th sentence on the page.
Type in the following 3 sentences.

Here is goes:
"What indeed, ma'am! It is a melancholy consideration. Born to the prospect of such affluence!"

From Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (In the book of her complete works.)

I now tag Emily Aune, Emily Benson, and Summer. :)

Kids say the darndest things...

So, I'm in desperate need of a pedicure. I am aware of this, anyone who looks too closely at my feet is aware of this. But when a 2-year-old points it out to you...

"Mommy, your feet are dirty."
"No, they are just dry honey."
"Uh-uh mommy, they have crumbs all over them."

This was just after I got out of the shower, and I assure you there were no crumbs on my feet, but Beth tried desperately to clean them off for the next 10 minutes. I now have plans for a pedicure. It was supposed to be last night but my friend Emily and I took too long at dinner and got to the nail place after it closed...whoops!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

My Sweet Girl

This morning I was having a bad time. Actually, that might be an understatement. I kind of had a total breakdown. There are a bunch of things working together to make me miserable. I have a horrid stomach ache, the phone rang just as I got James to fall asleep for his morning nap and it woke him up and now he won't go back to sleep, I have to go to the dentist today (for those of you who don't know I am one of those people with a horrible phobia of dentists) and Ryan was supposed to work from home so that I could go during the kids naps and not have to get a sitter, but of course he got called into work so now I have to figure something else out. That was just the last straw, he got ready to go and I totally lost it. Full on sobbing. I hate when I get like that. Anyway, Ryan had to leave right in the middle of it, so I just ran into the bedroom and curled up on the bed to finish my cry. In came my sweet girl. She climbed up on the bed and said "Mommy are you sad? It's okay mommy." And proceeded to stroke my hair and let me cry. She just kept repeating "It's okay mommy." She didn't try and make me stop crying of bug me too much, she just sat there comforting me. It was almost impossible to keep crying when she was being so cute and sweet. When I was done she gave me a hug and kiss and snuggled up with me in the bed for a few minutes. I'm lucky that she is so sweet and sensitive to what I need. Of course it doesn't solve all of the days difficulties, but it helped. Thank goodness for Beth. I sure love her.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Party Hardy

On Saturday we were invited to a birthday party for the son of one of Ryan's mission friends. At first I thought, oh yippee, a 2-year-olds birthday party. But they sent Ryan the address and it was at a church in the cultural hall. I thought, this must be a serious party! Ryan said, these people are latin, they know how to party! He was right! The room was decked out in Thomas the tank engine, which made Beth very excited. There was a ton delicious food, latin music, and not one, but two pinatas! We had a great time. It definitely made Beth's birthday party pale in comparison. The kid (Landon) even dove into the cake and covered himself in green frosting. It was great. Here are a few picture sof our good time.


Beth taking her whack at the pinata.
Poor Thomas took a serious beating before he gave up any candy.

Candy!!
Enjoying the fruit of her labor.
We thought this piece of the star pinata made a great hat.
Beth loved her "lellow cake with jam"

Adventures

Last week we had a lot of fun. It was nice and sunny and warmish so we took advantage and spent some time outdoors. I forgot how nice it is to be able to go outside and play and enjoy. We also got to go to the living planet aquarium. Beth was pretty fascinated. She was a little nervous about the jelly fish and got a pretty good scare when a shark swam right in front of her face, but overall it was a good time. We went with my sister-in-law Summer and her three kids. Beth loves her cousins! Afterwards we went and had a little picnic at the park. It was lots of fun.
Here are Summer and the kids...well, their backs at least.
The sting rays, you are allowed to touch them, but none of the kids were brave enough.
Octupus. Cool, huh?
These were my favorite, they are really cool jelly fish.
James couldn't get down and crawl around, but he was such a good boy anyway. Isn't he cute?

Here is some of our park fun. Beth is so brave now. She will go down all of the slides, even the big twisty one. I can't believe how big she is now!