Sunday, December 28, 2008

Just What I Wanted

So today I got the best Christmas gift of all...a friend of mine let Emily into nursery 3 glorious weeks early. She has been going BANANAS at church for the last few months. Usually she is pretty good about sacrament and then Sunday School and Relief Society are madness. Today was an especially bad day in sacrament. We got there a little late and had to sit on the first row of the overflow. That means no pew in front of us to contain wandering little girls. Despite the yogurt, magnet board, books, slinky, dolls...I couldn't keep her entertained and wanted to sell her to the Gypsies by the end of the meeting. I told Ryan I was going home, when my friend said "why don't you take her to nursery today"!!!! Right then I decided we were not going home, I was going to sit and enjoy two glorious kid free hours. I could hardly contain my joy and Emily seemed to enjoy nursery. No crying, whining, or sad faces when we left her. When we peeked in the window she was sitting in a chair doing some type of actions with all the other kids. I don't know how they got the kids to sit, but I am seriously impressed. The cruel joke of having babies almost exactly 18 months apart is that, were it not for Emily sneaking into nursery early for the next few weeks, we would have kids with us in all three meetings for 3 straight years. I know I am a whiner, but seriously things have been madness at church since Emily started walking.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Merry Christmas

Some how today I got a good long nap, and I am now feeling like million bucks. Emily is still asleep and I am not sure where everyone else is, so the house is very quiet. Our Christmas was wonderful. We got SOOOOO much snow. Here is Ryan and my dad trying to clean it up. Thanks for bringing your snow blower dad.

Then last night we got even more. I don't think the pile will melt until May! This is what I found when I opened the front door Christmas morning....

Some of the snow fell off the door onto the door mat, and predictably I later found Emily trying to eat a snow cone. So gross, but I couldn't resist taking some photos.

Emily still was not sure about the presents. She found that opening the paper was a lot of work and she would rather play with the toys that had already been opened. We opened her final gifts around 7:00 last night. We didn't get her tons, it just took a long time to open. She has loved playing with her new toys though.

I am waiting to scrap until I get all the photos off of my mom's camera. Hope you all had a wonderful day full of family and friends.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Poor Santa

Last night heading over to my Sister-in-laws house I couldn't help but listen for Santa's bells. I'm pretty sure I heard them at least once. Looking at the lights of the copper mine reminded my of when I was a little kid leaving my Grandma's Christmas Eve party, going home and looking for Santa in the sky. By the time we left last night's party I would not have wanted to be outside for very long, and I definitely felt bad for Santa. If I were a reindeer I would have gone on strike. If you are missing some toys under your tree this morning, they probably blew out of Santa's sleigh.

I'm not sure if any snow has actually fallen, but I do know that the hurricane force winds have blown all of the nicely manicured snowbanks all over the place. I can't see out my front windows, or any of my windows for that matter because they are covered in snow. Everyone is supposed to come to our house later today to open presents and eat dinner, hopefully they make it. I seem to have this condition that makes it so I cannot sleep when the wind blows really hard. Those of you who live by me know that means that I don't sleep a lot in the winter. Since about 1:00 am last night when I finally tried to go to sleep, I have watched the Christmas Story, 2 episodes of Bones, stalked every blog I can think of, slept for a few hours with a pillow over my head, checked on Emily a million times, and got the sweet rolls out of the fridge to rise. I have a feeling it is going to be a long day.

Emily spent most of the night snuggled on the floor. At one point she rolled out of bed and started crying, by the time Ry got there to check on her the crying had stopped, but he couldn't find her. He could hear her breathing, but couldn't see her. Finally he found her fast asleep, under her bed. He put her back in bed and pushed the pillows under the bed. The next time she rolled out of bed she didn't even stir. I guess she was worn out from the fun time she had with her cousins last night.

Merry Christmas all. I hope you have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Farewell Good Friend

So last week Emily was throwing a fit (unfortunately this is becoming more typical behavior), so I put her safely in her crib where I would not hurt her and closed the door. She threw her fit for about 15 minutes, when I heard a big thud and even more hysterical screaming. I ran into her room to find her laying on the floor. That's right friends, at 17 months she pulled a Rocky the Flying Squirrel and flew out of her crib. That day I decided that I needed to lower the crib to the lowest setting, which I managed despite my frustrated attempts at remembering that "righty tighty" doesn't work when you are not facing the screw. I took the bumper pads out and hoped that all would be well.

So yesterday during another tantrum Ryan went in to check on Emily and found her over the rail hanging in mid air screaming for her life. We rescued her and hoped that she had learned her lesson.

This morning I went to get her out of bed and learned that in fact she had not learned her lesson and was hanging off the crib again. SOOOO, I got out my handy hex wrench and transformed my friend the crib into a toddler bed. Emily was delighted and wouldn't get out of it for about 30 minutes. I don't really want to think about what this means for bedtime. The good news is that she doesn't know how to open doors yet.

Below are some photos of Emily in her "new" bed. By the way if anyone has any good ideas for dealing with tantrums I am all ears. The last three days if Emily doesn't get what she wants she flies into a rage. I have been told to ignore it, but so far she has been able to outlast me, we are talking 20-30 minutes of hysterical screaming. Ryan is awesome about trying to help, but it seems all she wants is ME and I am about to loose my mind.

MErry CHristmas from Em....

Saturday, December 13, 2008

It's Beginning to Feel A Lot Like Christmas

I LOVE this time of year. Some how this year it has been especially nice. I have had time to work on gifts for family and friends, I have spent lots of time with Em, and I have made lots of Holiday crafts. I have not been so good with cleaning my house, making dinner, or blogging, but I am trying to do better. Below are some photos of the projects I have been working on and of Em in all her cuteness.

Here are Emily and New Baby's stockings. I was really happy with the way they turned out. I think New Baby is going to be named Chloe, but I am not certain enough to sew names on them yet :-)

Here is Emily playing in the snow. She LOVED the snow, and somehow decided that licking the ice on the concrete was a good idea, I know kids are gross sometimes.

Here was our Thanksgiving. It was a nice day spent with friends and family eating amazing food. Thanks mom for all your hard work it was fantastic. The table was pretty nice too. I promised to only take one photo, so I got one with everyone smiling, after this my mom went crazy with the camera, and I am not sure she got any this good because her subjects were not very cooperative.
Here is Emily before Thanksgiving dinner. She LOVES dogs, I mean she REALLY loves them. She found this stuffed dog at my moms, found an old camera strap and figured out a way to "walk" the dog. She dragged the poor thing around for hours. Scooter mostly liked to chase it and then when he caught it the two of them would fight over it.

This is Emily at Discovery Gateway. It is such an awesome place. We got a family season pass. I can't wait to go back again. The photo below is also at Gateway. I have tons more, but Emily is having a fit and I really need to put her to bed. Hopefully I will get a post or two in before Christmas.

Oh this photo (below) is one of my favorites. I walked into my room and found Emily and Ryan playing this game. Emily would stick the yellow block in Ryan's mouth and then try to stack more blocks on top of it. The two of them come up with some of the most imaginative games. Yes her hair is crazy, despite my best efforts this is how she looks at the end of pretty much every day. When she gets tired the pony tails are the first things to go. She is also very into things that go around her neck and LOVES necklaces.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Much Better

Emily finally seems to be fully recovered, with the exception of the mouth full of teeth she has coming in. Every time I look into her mouth it seems there are more little white teeth poking through her gums.

Emily LOVES my mom's dog Scooter. The two of them play together really well. Scooter seems to know that his life is on the line when it comes to Em, so he puts up with A LOT. Last week Ryan and I both had the day off on Friday so we went to breakfast. While we were waiting at IHOP Emily discovered the stuffed animals placed conveniently within the grasp of a toddler by evil marketing geniuses. Anyway, after serious consideration she settled on a little beanie dog, which me being the strong willed parent that I am totally caved to and bought for her. We were talking about her dog and I said "dog, like Scooter." After that she started calling the dog by patting her leg like she does when she wants Scooter to come. She also started to tell the dog "No Bite" and "No Bark" (which both pretty much sound the same). She says it in this very stern "I mean business voice," that I assume she has learned from listening to us. She doesn't make a dog bark noise but instead makes this strange panting noise. She is such a funny girl.

Monday, November 10, 2008

What do I do?

So Emily has been sick for the past 24 hours. I will spare the details, but let's just say it has involved a lot of bathing and laundry. Right now I am feeling like a super big jerk. Emily has had two very short naps today and I think that she needs another because she fell asleep on my shoulder, but woke up as soon as I tried to put her in the crib. So she has been sitting in her crib screaming for the past 1/2 hour and I am trying to decide what to do. The crying has subsided and I think that she might be falling asleep, but I still feel really bad. Yesterday she did this and I held strong. About an hour later she woke up and I discovered what she had been crying about, she had been sick and I made her sleep in it. I pretty much felt like the worst mom in the world.

She has been doing this thing every few nights where she wakes up in the middle of the night crying. When I go in she just wants to be held. I know that it is a bad habit and I should let her cry it out, but I feel so bad. She has 4 teeth coming in and has been miserable. Sometimes being a parent sucks because you don't know if you are doing the right thing or just torturing your cute baby. The crying has not stopped so I think that I am going to rescue my sick and sad baby.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Christmas Preview and other Misc. Thoughts

So this weekend Old Navy was having a big sale and I finally bought the dress that I have been eyeing for Emily for Christmas. I couldn't wait for Christmas though, so here is a picture from Sunday. Note the lovely drool marks, she has been teething again and hasn't stopped drooling for days. It looks like she has 4 teeth all coming in at the same time, ouch! She has been pretty good natured about it, but last night was clearly not happy with the world.

Yesterday I also went to the doctor and was told that I do not have gestational diabetes. I am not sure if this is good or bad news. The first time I was diagnosed I was devastated. I felt so guilty and sad, but what I didn't realize is that it was so good for me. I went on the diet they gave me and I felt about a million times better. This time I have been trying to eat the same as I did the first time, but it is much easier to sneak in a few treats here and there. I only have about 12 weeks left, it is going by SOOOO fast this time. I am not sure what we are going to do with two kids, but I guess we will figure it out.

I have been working on the new nursery a little, I haven't made as much progress as I would like, but I did get some of my vinyl butterflies put up around the room. They make it look much more girly and I LOVE them. Best of all my mom and I made them with her vinyl cutter so I didn't have to spend $70 at pottery barn. Next steps involve moving the office into the loft (yuck too much organizing), setting up the super cute crib we bought, and making the bedding (it seemed like a good idea at the time, now it just seems like a lot of work).

In other Emily news, she continues to become more and more "helpful" here are photos of her rearranging the bookshelf in the office (told you I need to organize) and helping me to unload the dishwasher. I can't believe how big she is getting. Probably her favorite activity is helping me with the laundry. As I am sorting clothes into piles she moves right along with me grunting and throwing clothes all over the place. When I move clothes from the washer to the dryer, she is very helpful in taking the wet clothes in the dryer and throwing them on the floor. Although she seems to be getting better, the other day she took all of the clothes from the dryer, one by one and handed them to me so I could fold them. I love this little girl so much.

Sunday, November 2, 2008


Halloween was tons of fun. Today my wonderful husband watched Em for a few hours so I could do some scrapping. There are a million stories I need to document, but this is all I have time for today.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Digital SLR

So I am seriously thinking of joining the throngs of digital SLR users. I have been looking at ksl classifieds and there are like a million used ones ranging in price from $150 to $1,200. The problem is that I have no idea what I am looking for. I am looking for something that is easy to use and takes great photos. Everything else I am clueless on, I took a phototography class in High School, but that is not much help now. If anyone has any suggestions on brands or what to look for I would love to hear them.

Sunday, October 26, 2008


So my mom and I took these photos at Gardner Village last week. I am really happy with them. I am not done scrapping but I really wanted to get a couple of the cute ones up. A friend just sent me a couple of sites with photo editing tips, I am eager to try to see if I can make them even better.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Milk + DVR = Near Disaster

So we have finally started the whole dangerous toddler phase. Emily loves to play in the TV cabinet, she opens and closes it over and over. She often hides her most prized possessions in the TV cabinet for safe keeping. Last night she was engrossed in her typical activities when I noticed that the TV went black and white, upon closer inspection I also noticed that her "non-spill" sippy cup had spilled on top of the DVR. Hoping first to avoid electrocution and second to save my best friend the DVR I rushed to unplug it, but before I did it turned off by itself, very bad sign. I unplugged the DVR, turned it upside down to dry out, put Emily to bed and spent the rest of the evening mourning the loss of our DVR. This morning when I got up I plugged it in hoping that it would work, and much to my surprise it seems no long term damage was done!

Emily is a seriously busy kid. At church it is especially obvious. She does pretty well in sacrament, but by Sunday school she has had enough. Today she spent all of Sunday school doing laps around the room saying "hi" to everyone and trying to get in the ladies purses. I swear she is half raccoon. Emily says hi to everyone, many random strangers have been surprised by the friendliness of my daughter. I have never seen her afraid of anyone.

Emily's vocabulary is also growing at an alarming pace. Yesterday I started counting all the words she could say and came up with about 23, since then she has learned touchdown, cat (or gat), rock, and open. If we say it over and over a few times and show her what it means she seems to be able to say it.

Needless to say I am totally captivated by this little one. She is so fun to be with, she makes the world so much more fun.

This fall I have become determined to build up our supply of food. My mom and I cut, peeled, and froze two boxes of the most amazing peaches you have ever tasted. We also made apricot and strawberry jam. Most recently we picked about 50 lbs of pears off of my Aunt Gloria's tree. The pears are SOOOOOOO good, but they also are a giant pain in the butt because you have to peel them. So far I have 14 bottles done, and I think that I am only about 1/2 way done. Oh well eventually I will get it all done. My mom was planning on helping, but ended up going to St. George to be with my brother and his family. My sister-in-law is sick and my mom is down helping.

Also I wanted to post a link to a friend's cousin's website . He is such a cute little boy and his family is really struggling financially since they don't have health insurance. If anyone is up for a 5k I really encourage you to donate. This really hit me hard. I can't imagine watching Emily fight for her life.

Friday, October 3, 2008


With Emily I felt like every week of pregnancy crawled by. It was the longest 9 months of my life. Since then my life has been in turbo mode. Every week seems like a day. I am always a little shocked to discover that another month has gone by. I have several friends that are pregnant and due about the same time I am. They have little count downs posted on thier blogs. Today when I checked I was relieved that we are still in the +100 day phase. I am totally not ready for this baby and need at least another 100 days.

Monday, September 29, 2008


My Apologies to BYU fans whom I may have offended. So it looks like, for now at least, that your team is better than my team. I am not sure what happened on Thursday, there are several competing theories. Jeff believes that the loss stems from his "exuberant joy" at UCLA having to market to Fresno State fans to try to sell tickets so they were not playing in a vacant stadium (still a funny story). Ryan thinks they got too cocky and didn't show up. Others have speculated that there is something in the air in Corvallis. I think that they are just a bunch of young college guys trying pretty hard despite having tons of pressure on them. Ultimately they didn't play as well last week as they had in the two near flawless games before. Damn the Pac10 bottom feeders who for three years in a row have been able to destroy our triumphant season. I held out hope to the bitter end that they would recover, but alas one too many interceptions sealed the deal. It was like de ja vu from two years ago. Today I am not a fan of Beavers and I am not sure if I am hoping that they beat Utah this weekend or that they loose.

Anyway enough about football. This weekend we went to St. George and hung out with family and went to my 10 year class reunion. It was fun to see lots of old friends and I was surprised by how many people I recognized. I was also surprised by how nice everyone was. It was like picking up where we left off 10 years ago. Mostly I was surprised by how many kids everyone has. Ryan and I are clearly not doing our part to multiply and replenish. Despite this I think that I will be very happy with two.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

More Documentation

So this weekend was excellent afterall, I got my house clean and Ryan got home in time for the USC game. Sorry Buckeyes about the outcome. I know it must have hurt. The good news is that my team is still awesome!

Yesterday I had some time to scrap and worked on the pages below.

I have been working on a little video clip but it seems to have crashed before I could publish it and Emily is waking up, so I guess I will have to post it later. Can you believe how much my little peanut has grown?

Friday, September 12, 2008

So Annoyed

Ok so it is Saturday, one of the sacred college football Saturday's where we are supposed to get up and watch college game day in our pajamas and then eat junk food for the rest of the day while watching football...The sanctity has been destroyed. This morning Ryan had to go clean the church so we didn't watch most of game day (and it was one of the best of the year since it was mostly about USC). Then Ryan left with Patrick to go to the BYU game (GRRRRRR). Leaving me alone with Nem in my dirty house, to clean and watch football by myself! Supposedly he will be back in time for the USC game. If not it will be a violation of the #1 rule of being a BYU fan (you can only be a fan when it doesn't conflict with USC games). I watched Ryan and Patrick drive away in my blue Honda (why did I think blue was a good color) each wearing their BYU shirts and flying a BYU flag out the window (in my car, are you kidding me). As they were leaving and I was pouting, Ryan grabbed the USC flag and said he would fly it on the way home; that made me feel a little better. Ryan went online and got the words to the BYU fight song and was singing it this morning...Holy cow it is SO GAY!!! It made me puke a little in my mouth. Ryan says that it is hard enough to be a BYU fan without my making fun, but I can't help it I still think it is funny when they loose. Below are a few photos of Nem from the first week of college football. Isn't she a cute little Trojan.

She is getting so big. Lately she is a little monkey. She is starting to imitate everything I say and do. Her new favorite words are baby, bubble, and apple. I can't believe how much fun it is to play and laugh with her.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

It's a Girl!

So after much patience exhibited by Tiffany (my friend who did the ultrasounds), we found out that we are having a girl! Ryan and I are both very excited. Emily is excited about everything, so I can't accurately judge her reaction, something tells me #2 will be her best friend and worst enemy, depending on the moment. Now the fun part (decorating the nursery, picking names, buying clothes) can begin. We decided to turn our office into the nursery and move the office into the loft. I decided that I want to keep the blue, green, white color scheme so I am going to attempt to make the bedding for the crib. It is a pretty popular color scheme right now, so I am excited to see what fabrics I can come up with. I think I want it to be more modern and I think I recall a very bold green and white fleur de lis pattern at Joanne's that would be fantastic for the bumpers. Wish me luck! Right now I have no idea on the name. We agreed to Emily's name in about 20 minutes, I think this one will take much longer. I can't even decide what name I like let alone getting concurrence from Ry.

Oh and I did get a copy of New Moon, thanks to all the willing lenders! I get to start it tonight, hopefully it will last a few days, but something tells me I will be looking for book 3 before long.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

New Moon?

I was at the bookstore Monday and finally decided to take the plunge and read Twlight. I try not to buy books very often, because I have a bad habit of reading them in just a few hours. I thought that Twlight would last a while because it looked pretty thick...It is now Wednesday and I need New Moon. Does anyone have a copy that they would mind lending me for a few days?

In other news, I think that I might jump off of a cliff if Emily's two top teeth don't come in soon. It has been over a month and she is getting more irritable by the day. Today she woke up grumpy and stayed that way. Fortunately she has been sleeping for the past 2 hours, while I finished my book. I am not sure what is in store for me for the rest of the day, but I am hoping for a happy baby for a few hours.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Wheeler Farm

So below are some scrapbook pages from Ryan's awesome company party last Friday night, I got some fantastic photos of Ry and Em, but I haven't scrapped them yet. The video is of Emily playing with her popper and also of her rocking out to the band at the party (she LOVED the band). Remind me not to take sideways video, sorry. The video is sort of lame, but grandparents assure me they like seeing Emilyin her natural habitat.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Football is Almost Back!

I love college football. I love the fall weather, I love cheering, I love waking up and watching College Game Day (even if the touching stories often make me cry), I love sitting in my pajama bottoms and SC shirt for most of the day while watching parts of every televised game, I love eating football game junk food, I love listening to football debates on sports radio, I love reading football stories by TJ Simers and Bill Plashke in the LA Times, I love watching UCLA loose and USC win, I love it all. I miss spending the whole day on USC campus waiting for the game to start, I miss watching Carson Palmer throw to Mike Williams (or Lineart to Bush), I miss Norm Chow (traitor), I miss buying carmel apples in the downtown market before the game, I miss the roaring of the crowd, I miss sprinting to the student section so we could sit as close as possible to the 50 yard line, I miss spending the day with close friends united in a cause.

Today was the first installment of College Game Day. It was excellent, even if Lou Holtz was smoking crack for most of the show (seriously Notre Dame winning 10 games, it will take more than a cupcake schedule to accomplish that feat, was he paying attention last year?). I got so excited for football next weekend.

This year Ryan has decided to become a BYU fan (secondary to USC of course). We tried to determine the rules of the fanhood e.g., when USC and BYU play at the same time you have to watch USC, when BYU plays a Pac 10 school you may or may not root for BYU depending on the school (Oregon Schools you root for, Cal schools you don't, Arizona and Washington schools are still undetermined), jerseys may not be purchased or worn but I think T-shirts are ok. We will see how it goes. I am cheering for BYU with a half heart for now. Sorry BYU fans I still think it is sort of funny when you loose, mostly because I can't handle listening to the fans that call into talk shows to discuss what happens when BYU goes to the national championship (beat someone real, then we will talk).

There was a major process involved in determining fanhood (it was about logic not love, that is how you can tell we are not real fans). The process involved ranking the U and BYU on colors, fight song, tradition, mascots... BYU was the clear winner. It helps that many of Ryan's friends are BYU fans and part of being a fan is about friendships formed while watching the game. We may even venture down to Provo to see a game or two. I love the whole stadium experience, but I am not sure I can deal with some of the weird things they do. I realize this is more evidence I am not a real fan. I love the Trojan weirdness and totally look down on the BYU weirdness.

For all you Buckeye fans out there (Amy and Dave), we love you but we don't like your team. Hopefully the team that has done so well in the last two national championships shows up at the Coliseum, but I am predicting an epic battle. Hopefully with the Trojans pounding the useless nuts.

Ok I think that I have it out of my system for now. I don't guarantee this will be the last you hear about football in the coming months.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Talking on the Phone

Emily is does so many funny things. Recently she started to "talk on the phone." Mostly she yells very adamantly at whatever object she has picked up and put to her ear. After watching her I am somewhat concerned about my phone habits. Here is some video.

This scrapbook page is devoted to the bed head phenomon. I put down a well groomed grumpy baby and get a happy little pixie with wild hair when she wakes up.

Monday, August 18, 2008

More Scrapping

Here are a couple more pages I have been working on. Hopefully I will be done with Em's first year book soon.

Last night Emily was super tired and just sat in my lap and cuddled for two hours. It was a new record and fun to have a cuddly baby. She normally is so busy she doesn't have time for mom and dad.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Back Again

So I HATE to do things if I feel like I have to. Things that were fun become drudgery. I started to feel that way about blogging and scrapbooking (gasp), so I took a little vacation. Then yesterday I read a friend's blog that was hilarious and reminded me why I do this. It isn't to prove that my family is cuter than everyone else's (which I didn't really think), it is to document the fun, funny, and adorable things Nem does for people that don't live close and so that I will always remember this time in my life. It really is the best time of my whole life. I am happier than I have ever been. Not everything is perfect, but some days it feels pretty close. Emily has been adorable lately she has so much personality. This morning she was walking around with her hands behind her back, she looked so grown up, I couldn't help but laugh. She loves it when I tickle her, especially when I tickle her with my hair. She is generally so cooperative, she eats well, sleeps well, and is usually pretty fun to be with.

The other night we went in for an early ultrasound to check the gender of baby #2. I have a feeling baby #2 is not going to be as easy going as Emily. When we went in for Emily's sex check it took about 2 minutes and the ultrasound tech was SURE it was a girl. Baby #2 however has been less than cooperative. First, I went to see Mary the neighborhood witch doctor (not really) who looks in your eyes and can tell you the gender of your baby, she has only been wrong twice. She looked and concluded that she could not tell. Then we went for the scientific method at the doctors office, after about 40 minutes she was 50% sure it was a boy and 50% sure it was a girl...foiled again. Fortunately the ultrasound tech at my doctors office is a friend and she told me to come back next week. I have a feeling this is a hint of things to come!

Below are a few pages from Emily's birthday, which I seriously neglected. Oh well, the good news is she didn't notice. I have a feeling this will not be the last sacrifice she will make for her little brother/sister. Also there is a page from her first week home. Hopefully I will get her book done soon and get it printed.