Wednesday, October 29, 2008

October Fun

I've been feeling pretty lazy about my blog lately, sorry about that! We've had lots of good family fun this month, so I thought I would show you a few of the highlights.

We made our annual trip to the pumpkin patch! The kids love it, especially the tractors. Beth was a big help choosing pumpkins this year, it was a fun family evening out. Now James yells "punkin" every time we see a puumpkin on someone's portch. Very cute.

We also took Grandma and Grandpa Owen with us to see the witches at Gardner Village. It was so fun! The witches are adorable, and of course the treat at the bakery was fabulous. It was cold, but lots of fun had by all. (for some reason it took me about 300 tries and a looooong time to upload photos to this post, so you are getting just a very small sampling of our fun...)


Its 7:57 am. I went to bed late last night, I should never do that. I'm tired. Apparently James is tired too (even though he slept 11 1/2 hours last night) because he's sitting at the kitchen table crying like I offended him and staring at his breakfast (which is what he asked for I might add). Tears streaming down his face. What have you done to me mother?? When I offer to help him eat the screaming begins. Oh how I love mornings like this...good thing he's so cute. Here is a picture of a better morning to help me remember that I like him.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Party Central

48 Cupcakes, 12 friends, lots of family, 8 goodie bags, 3 parties, 2 cakes, more little mermaid paraphernalia then should be allowed, balloons, treats, beaded necklaces, tiaras, jewelry...and we are finally done with celebrating for this week. I guess Beth likes to party like her mom!

It started Thursday with Beth's actual birthday. She woke up to presents and balloons. Then she had a party with her Joy School including princess movies and cupcake decorating. That evening we went over to Grandma and Grandpa Owen's house for Pizza, cake and more presents. Then today we had her big friend party with decorations galore, cheese rolls, more cupcake decorating, games, coloring, puzzles, and of course, more presents. What a spoiled girl!! She loved every minute of it though, and although it stressed me out a bit, in the end it was really fun to do all this for my little princess. It was just so fun for her this year. She was really into presents, really into friends, she was just thrilled with everything which made it more rewarding. I love my sweet girl!

Beth on her birthday. Told you, she's my princess! Please ignore the black eye...
Here's the cake I made for her party at Grandma's. She's really into Little Mermaid right now...well, any princess really.
I wonder what she wished for? Any guesses?
Do you see the look on her face? She was so excited about EVERY present! It was so cute.
Here's one of Beth's cute little friends showing off her cupcake creation at today's party.
Did I mention that James also enjoyed the partying? Cause if there is food and friends, James is a happy camper!
The Little Mermaid table and basket of goodie bags. I also had Ariel things hanging from the ceiling, an Ariel "Happy Birthday" sign, Ariel balloons, Ariel crowns for the guests, and a streamer "waterfall" in the doorway to the hall, not to mention the Ariel cups, plates, napkins etc. Sheesh. Can we say overboard! Like I said, party central!!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Birthday Girl!

Three years ago today I was going pretty much insane waiting for my baby to arrive. I had wanted her pretty much my whole life and I couldn't wait to meet her, and I was incredibly uncomfortable with my huge belly, so I was definitely ready for her to arrive!

After arriving at the hospital for my scheduled induction, I got in the hospital gown and tried to calm my nerves. My life was about to change forever. After 9 hours of antibiotics, pitocin, labor, and not a whole lot of progress the nurses and doctors discovered she was coming face first and upside-down so they determined that a c-section was the only way to get her delivered. I was nervous, but very ready.

After just a few minutes of being in that strange operating room, she was here. 4:46 pm, 8lbs. 13 oz. of beautiful baby girl. I couldn't believe it. And still to this day I can't believe I am lucky enough to be her mom.

She is dramatic. She is joyful. She is loving. She is TALKATIVE. She is social. She is so much like my sometimes it's scary, and yet so different too. She is sweet beyond words. She is my trial, my love, my joy, my everything. My baby girl. She's not a baby anymore though, she's a big, strong willed, opinionated, do-it-yourself 3-year-old. How does time fly so fast? How did she go from this?

To this?

To this?

To this??

In a blink of an eye? She definitely changed my world and I would never go back. I love her with all my heart despite the struggles she gives me sometimes. :) Happy Birthday my sweet girl. I love you and everything about you and I hope you always know that.

Friday, October 17, 2008

High School Tag

I got tagged again, it looked like a fun one so I thought I'd give it a try...

1. Did you date someone from your school? Yes. My first two boyfriends were guys from school. Well, one of them didn't really consider himself my boyfriend I guess, but I count him.

2. What kind of car did you drive? I had a 1982 white Mazda RX7. It was pretty cool even though it was old. It made some annoying noises sometimes though...

3. Were you a party animal? No. I didn't go to any wild parties. Lots of fun sleepovers with friends and stuff like that, but nothing wild.

4. Were you considered a flirt? I think I was a pretty lousy flirt, but I was pretty boy crazy in high school, so I tried a lot!

5. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir? I was a band geek, and I was in choir one year. I always wanted to do both, but I couldn't make it work most years.

6. What was your most embarrassing moment of high school? Oh dear, who knows, there were lots.

7. Were you a nerd? Probably a little. Band and honors/AP classes made me a bit of a nerd I guess. But I wasn't that bad...I don't think.

8. Were you on any varsity teams? My freshman year I was on the swim team. I loved it. I opted out my sophmore year in favor of marching band, I still wonder if that was the right decision sometimes.

9. Did you get suspended/expelled? No. I'm a rule follower.

10. Can you still sing the fight song? I can't really remember the words to any of them (I went to 3 high schools!) because I was always playing to fight song with the pep/marching band.

11. Who were your favorite teachers? I have a horrible memory for names...Senor Joven (Mr. Young) my spanish teacher. Mrs. Christensen my AP English band and choir directors. Lots of others too...

12. What was your school's full name? Wichita High School Southeast, Timpview High School, Brighton High School.

13. School mascot? Golden Buffalo, Thunderbird, Bengal Tiger

14. Did you go to homecoming, and with who? Yes. My Junior year I went with Robert Bolke, and my senior year I went with Ryan Wittenburg. Both were lots of fun! I loved school dances, and dressing formal is so fun!

15. If you could go back and do it again, would you? Yeah, I think so. I made some of the best friends anyone could ever have, and I learned a lot of good lessons. There certainly was a lot of drama, but I had an overall good experience.

16. What do you remember most about graduation? Just getting dressed in the gown and then trying to figure out when to leave the band and join the procession.

17. Where did you go senior skip day? No idea if we even had one. Nothing crazy i'm sure.

18. Were you in a club? I was in the Spanish club and one year I was in FBLA (future business leaders of America).

19. Have you gained some weight since then? I've gone up and down, I think I might be a little heavier now then when I graduated, but I really can't remember.

20. Who was your prom date? Junior year was TR Brooks and Senior year was Mike Piz. I didn't get to dance a ton at either of them cause of the line for pictures, but I loved going. Both were at the capital and I felt so glamorous...and we got to go to fancy places for dinner.

21. Are you planning on going to your 10 year reunion? Probably not. I was one of those strange people who didn't have a lot of friends in my grade. I had a lot of friends a year older and a year younger. I had a few friends my age, and there were people I liked in my classes and stuff, but I really feel like very few people would remember who I was if I went...we'll see.

22. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself? Enjoy yourself, don't stress about boys and dating so much, keep swimming, be more honest with everyone.

Tag: All the Emily's who read this (hehe), Jenny, Summer and anyone else who feels like it.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Christmas Cards

Hey all you friends out there, for those of you early birds who are beginning to think about Christmas presents and cards etc. I have something for you! My sister Debbie is a fabulous photographer and has begun making greeting cards with her amazing photos. They are so pretty! She makes all varieties but she is currently working on a line of Christmas cards that I know you will love! She is also willing to do custom cards if you have an idea that you want to put into life, she can help you do it! She also has prints and stuff if you are interested. Her site for selling is take a look, you'll like what you see!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Basement Update #1

So its been a couple of weeks now since we bought the lumber for our basement and I thought I would share the progress. Here are a few photos that show some of it.

Here is my wonderful Father-in-law who is helping us so much standing in what will be the bathroom. (there is more framing done now, this picture was taken a few days ago).
This is the entrance to the office/bedroom on the Left and the storage room on the right.

The framing is almost done!! There are just three small walls to put up and a few little finishing touches, but otherwise the basement is framed. It's really fun to see our vision coming to past. I've been describing to people our plans for almost two years now, but now you can really see where things are going to be and it's exciting! The framing should be done by tonight and then the work of electrical and HVAC begins. If there is anyone out there (especially the Aune's :) ) who wants to lend their expertise or time it would be appreciated! Fun times. I'll keep you all posted, so pretend you care. :)


My friend Emily tagged me, and I haven't done a good tag in a while, so I thought I would give it a whirl...

1o years ago I...
1- was boy crazy
2- lived in Sandy, UT
3- was a band geek
4- still hadn't kissed anyone
5- was making some of my best friends.

5 things on my "to do" list today...
1-Laundry. (one load down, 10 million to go)
2-Visiting teaching. (check)
3-Get Beth a hair cut. (check)
4-Drop stuff off to a friend. (check)
5- Be a better mom. (always)

5 Snacks that I enjoy...
1-Little Debbie Nutty Bars
2-Chex mix
3-Candy, just about any kind.

5 things I would do if I were a millionaire...
1-Get a massage weekly.
2-Get a housekeeper.
3-Build our dream home.
4-Buy a sports car for Ryan
5-Get a tummy tuck.

5 places I have lived...
1- Albuquerque, NM
2- Sacramento, CA
3- Provo, UT
4- Wichita, KS
5- Sandy, UT

5 jobs I have had...
1-Swim instructor
2-Computer Lab Assistant
3-Teacher at KinderCare
4-Data Entry at Dominion Insurance

I tag...
Jenny, Emily, Summer, Stacey, Debbie

Rules: Each player answers the question themselves. At the end of the post the player then tags 5 people and posts their names, then goes to their blog and leaves them a comment letting them know that they've been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person that tagged you know when you've answered the questions on your blog.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Adventures at the Doctor

Yesterday was quite a day at our house. In the morning James had his 18 month check up at the doctor. All went well, he's still my big and getting bigger every day boy. I was just going to give you his latest stats, but of course the paper has gone AWOL since i'm looking for it...I'll have to add those later. Anyway, so James gets his flu shot and we finish up at the doctor, I had both kids, so that is an adventure in itself. We had several other errands to run and then we went home for lunch and naps. I figured the most adventuresome part of the day was over, oh was I wrong. Shortly after the kids were up from their naps, I decided to practice my flute for some upcoming musical numbers with the primary program. I have this thing called a "pad saver" that stays inside my flute when it is in its case, of course I have to take it out to play, so Beth decided to play with it. There she was swinging the thing around and James walked up to her, and got a little too close! The blunt plastic end of the pad saver hit him in the face and he started to cry and was gaurding his eye. I promptly threw the pad saver where they couldn't reach it and picked James up to comfort him. To my horror, when he looked up at me he was bleeding from his eye! I have never seen such a thing and it scared me to death. He was crying blood red tears. So awful! I was of course totally freaked out. He wouldn't really open his eye so I couldn't tell where the blood was coming from or anything. Luckily the bleeding stopped fairly quickly and I hurried to call the doctor to see what I should do. They of course said I should bring him in, so I rushed the kids into the car, and back to the doctor's office. James was acting totally fine at this point, and his eye was a little red, but nothing horrific, so I was afraid I was taking him in for nothing. But when the doctor came in and got a good look at his eye she found a fairly deep laceration on the lower right corner of his eye. It was awful looking! Luckily, it is not in a part of his eye that will affect his vision at all. She decided that since she'd never seen something like this she wanted to consult with another doctor to decide on a plan of action. Both doctors came back in, asked exactly what happened, looked at the cut and discussed in very medical terms what was wrong and what they should do. They finally decided that antibacterial eye drops would not be enough for a cut this deep in the eye and he needed to be put on a full course of oral antibiotics to make sure he wouldn't get a serious infection. I have to take him back tomorrow to make sure it is healing well and not showing any signs of infection. I was proud of myself for holding it together and staying fairly calm, but it really did scare me. He really could have done serious damage to his eye! I kept seeing those bloody tears in my head over and over. I really hope I never have to see that again. yuck. Anyway, he seems fine today. The corner of his eye is still very red, but you wouldn't really even notice it unless you were looking for it. Hopefully all will be well. It'll be a long 10 days of medication, he hates the stuff, but we'll live and he will keep seeing well, so its worth it. Ah the joys of motherhood...