Thursday, November 29, 2007

So Much Going On

Life has been crazy lately. I am posting some of my favorite photos from the past week. The photo below is of Lexie (Ryan's niece) holding Emily. You can see the friendship forming already :-) It was so much fun having Ryan's family visit for Thanksgiving.

We went to the Doctor on Tuesday for her 4 month check up. She is a very healthy baby, she is 13.4 pounds (48th percentile for weight), 25 inches long (74th percentile for height), and her head was in the 60th percentile (big enough to hold her big brain :-) ) The doctor advised that I stop feeding her at night. So far it has been two nights. The first night she woke up about 4 times, but went back to sleep when I gave her a binky. Last night she slept until 5 am. Then I gave her the binky again and she slept until 7 am. The whole waking up to give her a binky thing is going to get old, so my next step is to let her fall back to sleep on her own. She has done it a few times, I just have to let her cry for a few minutes. I am encouraged that I may sleep through the night again some day soon. Also he advised to start feeding her solids. The photos below are from her first feeding of applesauce. She wasn't quite sure what to think at first but I am amazed how quickly she is learning to eat off of a spoon. The first time she tasted it she made the cutest grimace the pictures sort of capture it. This morning she ate a WHOLE jar of applesauce and seemed to really enjoy it. She is really starting to interact a lot more. She is really smiley, she is starting to sit up, and can hold her head up during tummy time, she can hold toys, and watches everything. She is such a happy and mellow baby. Gary, Ryan's brother, calls her our starter baby because she is so easy to deal with it will make us want another one. She is so good natured and will entertain herself for hours while I work. I adore this little girl.
If you know Ryan you will see that these pictures epitomize him. He and his brother Gary were playing a very competitive game of Wii tennis. Ryan ultimately won and I documented the victory dance afterwards.

I love these pictures. The other morning I went in my bedroom to find Ryan and Em cuddling and making faces at each other. He is such a good dad and adores Emily. You can see from the photos they were both still a little sleepy :-)

Saturday, November 24, 2007


Thanksgiving was so much fun this year. It was at our house and we had 14 people for dinner. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It reminds me of my Grandma Bassett, who always had glorious dinners. She prepared for weeks so that everything would be perfect. I think that my grandma would approve of this table. Most of my favorite dishes have been handed down to me from family members. Using them was a nice way for me to remember them even though they were not there.

The plan was to have dinner at 1:00...well at about 4:00 we finally sat down to the table. Thank goodness Lisa brought appetizers around 12:00 or we may have starved waiting for dinner :-) I got up at 8:00 to put the turkey on the you can see in the photos there was a lot of turkey wrestling to get it weighted correctly, but alas turkey #1 was determined to be too big for the rotisserie motor. At about 10:00 turkey #1 went into the oven and Kim went to buy a smaller turkey #2 and Ryan went to buy a roaster oven for turkey #1 so that it wouldn't occupy the oven all day. By about 12:00 both turkeys were finally cooking. The rotisserie turkey turned out beautiful. I now have a TON of left over turkey and I am looking for good turkey recipes if anyone has any. I am super excited about cooking chicken, turkey, beef, and anything else I can think of on our new BBQ.

Yuck raw turkey! The finished product is worth it though.

Kim, Pat, Lisa, Alyssa, and I spent most of the day chatting hanging out, cooking, and doing dishes. It was lots of fun. The boys made cameo appearances in the kitchen to mash the potatoes, round up chairs, and other various tasks. Mostly they spent the day playing video games and watching football.

To cap the day off USC beat the pants off of Arizona State. Ryan's dad assured us that USC would pound Arizona State before the game. This incited Gary (Ryan's older brother who is NOT a USC fan). The first several quarters were very tense and ultimately I decided that I could not handle watching a USC loss (I know I am a fair weather fan), so I took a bath. When I came back USC was up by 20 points and the game became fun to watch again.

By 10:30 Em and I were unconscious. Everyone else stayed up to play with the Wii. Overall it was a great day.

Emily with her cousins. Can you tell they are related?

It appeared that Lisa REALLY loved the stuffing. Unfortunately the finished product was a little scary and not so tasty.

Can you tell Lisa and Alyssa are related?

Lexie was a very good mommy to Tananna (sorry for the spelling). She spent a lot of the weekend trying to convince Kim that Tananna needed a swing at their house.

Brayden and Lexie.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Sitting Pretty

So Em has recently decided that sitting in her Bumbo chair is sort of fun. I think she is SO cute in it (see picture below). She doesn't like to sit in it for long periods of time but likes to look around for five minutes or so. In the picture below you can see she has her adorable Robeez snowflake shoes on. I love them because they are cute and she cannot get them off. Ryan is not such a big fan of them. I think I want to get her another pair in pink or white so that they will go with more of her clothes.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

A Beautiful Sight

So Em is not sleeping all that well these days. She started out as an awesome sleeper and seemed to get better every day. At two months she was sleeping through the night and I was feeling bad for all the other new moms that I knew that had babies that were not sleeping through the night. Now I am that mom. Last night Em woke up at 12:00, 4:00, and 7:30. It seems like she is getting worse every night. I even started feeding her half formula half breast milk at night in hopes that she would make it through the night, or at least for more than 4 hours...No luck. I'm not sure what to do, or if it is just a phase. Anyone that knows of good books about getting your baby to sleep, or anyone with advise, I would love to hear it. Right now she is taking a nap and it is a beautiful sight.

Another beautiful sight is the progress on our new ward building. For over a month it was stalled as they were working on getting permits from the city. They now have permits and they seem to be getting serious about building it. I am now optimistic that it will get done before the end of next year.

Friday, November 9, 2007

The Music of My Life

If you were to drive around with me you would likely notice that I listen to three radio stations almost exclusively. All three are sports talk radio. I started listening to a lot of sports talk radio about the time that I got my new car and stopped carpooling with Ryan. Originally I reasoned that this was because I was lonely and looking to listen to humans speak with each other. I first started listening to political talk radio, but quickly discovered that I hate listening to the emotional rants and hearing the host tell everyone that they were smart and everyone else was dumb. Now I listen to sports talk radio. I rarely care about the topic Barry Bonds, Ute/Cougar football, the Jazz...I don't really care, but for some reason I keep listening.

Today as I was getting ready to teach my blog class I figured that I better figure out how to put a music player on my blog (it is pretty easy by the way). I sat for several minutes trying to think of what music I wanted. Then I realized I LOVE 80's music. More specifically I love 80's New Wave, Depeche Mode, The Smiths, Erasure, and New Order are my very favorite. A little Madonna and Cyndi Lauper should also be thrown in for good measure. I also have recently discovered that I like hair bands (e.g., Poison). You have to be careful with hair bands because they are not all created equally lots of them suck. I don't listen to the radio very often because they don't typically play music that I like. In fact I really can only think of three people I have met that like the same kind of music I do, Lori Musso-Schroath (who originally introduced me to New Wave), Steve (my brother in-law who likes ALL music), and Andrew Plew (a friend from college).

I posted the music player to my website and now you all can enjoy (or endure) a little New Wave. Note that some of the versions of the songs kind of suck. I am going to have to find better ones when I have more time.

Giving Thanks

I love fall! I love the weather, I love football, I love fall colors, I love the trees changing colors, and I love decorating my house with leaves. This year we are having Thanksgiving at our house with Ryan's family. I am very excited about it and need to start getting ready. It seems every six months or so I totally let my house get out of control then I clean for days. I guess it is time to get cleaning. I think this time it will take more than days :-) I look at the closets and cupboards and realize that I either need to get organized or move! Moving is the best form of organization.

Lately I have been contemplating how perfect my life is right now. I have a wonderful husband who I adore. I have an adorable angelic baby, who is currently taking a nap. I get to work 10-15 hours a week (just enough to stay fun without occupying every moment of my day). I have a house that I love. I get to hang out with my mom almost every day. We live close to almost all of our extended family. Things are just going really well. It seems that the big things (vacations, houses, cars...) are nice, but it is the little things that bring satisfaction and true joy.

Today as I am preparing for the blogging class I decided to give the old blog a fall face lift. I am pretty happy with the results. I have been getting into digital scrapbooking and I LOVE IT. It is way better than the paper version. I would post some of my creations, but they are top secret for now!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Waking Up Happy

So Emily started sleeping through the night and I was in heaven. Recently she decided that sleeping though the night is not really for her, so she usually wakes up around 2 or 3 and then again between 5 and 7 to eat. After the second time she wakes up she goes back to sleep again. The other day it was 9:30 and I said to Ryan "I can't believe that Emily is still asleep." He walked into her room and said "that is because she is not sleeping." I walked in to see a very happy baby with big blue eyes staring at me (see picture below). I have no idea how long she was awake, but she was happy and I got to sleep in, so I was happy too. This morning she did the same thing. I love to pick her up out of her crib in the morning because she is SO happy and smiley. It is like I have come to rescue her.

In other news it seems she is not going to escape infanthood without loosing her hair. A bald spot has started to appear on the back of her head and this morning when I looked at her sheets they were all hairy:-(

Today was the first day of the new church schedule 1:00-4:00. It is not Emily's favorite time of the day and she was not the angelic baby I am used to, but that's ok she is still pretty cute.