Saturday, December 27, 2008

Merry Christmas!

We definitely enjoyed our first Christmas with little Claire. I think she enjoyed it too. She loved all the people and watching everything going on. It was interesting for me to reflect on last Christmas. We had just found out we were expecting and shared the news with our family. I remember looking forward to this Christmas and thinking how crazy it would be that I would have a 4 month old. Turns out I have a 5 month old instead, and I had no idea what I was in for! I'm exhausted and overworked, but Claire has brought more joy to my life than I could ever imagine! I look forward to many family Christmases to come. It was great to spend time with our families, and it was especially great to have some time with my husband and little girl. I couldn't ask for anything more. Hope your holiday was great! Here's lots of pictures :)


Sitting on Santa's lap at the G-Ville family Christmas party.


Watching the excitement. Love those cheeks!

About half of the G-Ville crowd.
Claire and cousin Cruze ignoring each other.
Christmas morning. Can you tell how tired we are?What could it be?A cute hat! Thanks Grandpa Robert!On to the next one...Chillin with aunt JessieAnother cute hat!What a fun day!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Pardon me...

...for this grumpy post.

Usually I love the company I work for. I've been here for almost 6 1/2 years. They treat the employees well, good people are here, it's close to home, etc. Normally no complaints.

However, this week, and especially today...

I. HATE. WORK!!!!!!!

AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!



The end.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Lots of happenings

A lot has happened lately but I've been too tired/busy/lazy to write about it, so here goes:

On the 4th Brady's work had their big Christmas party up at the Cliff Lodge at Snowbird. They had a big dinner and dancing. We got a room there for the night, left Claire with Grandma Janet (first time leaving her overnight! I thought I did pretty well. Oh, and she did fine too!), and had a grand old time. We actually danced and had lots of fun. They had an open bar, so we were entertained by the tons of drunkies walking around (seriously, I think there were maybe 15 sober people in that whole crowd), including the owner who apparently every year gets totally smashed and then carries a microphone around with him all night. This year was no exception. Picture an old man with glossy eyes, roaming around the ballroom all night slurring strange things into a microphone and giving out money right and left ("If you can drink 3 shots in a row, I'll give you $100!"). Good times. We didn't get any money from him sadly, probably because we weren't doing shots off the ice sculpture, but oh well. Before diner we went in the hot tub outside which was so nice because it was snowing and so pretty. In the morning we went to breakfast and unfortunately had to hurry home so we could get to work. It has been a long time since we've been able to relax like that.

Getting ready to head down to dinner:
Then this last Monday we went to The Forgotten Carols with my family. I've never been before and I really liked it. Helped me feel more Christmas-y. I really admire Michael McClean and the message he tries to get across in his music. After the play (which he starred in), he played some songs for us and joked around and got the crowd singing and all emotional and stuff. At the end he said that he didn't want any more applause, but had the crowd start humming "Silent Night" together. He told us he loved us, and Merry Christmas, then walked off the stage as the crowd finished humming. It was the neatest thing! Such a great way to end the night. I was glad we could go.

Then last Thursday Brady won tickets to the Jazz game from work, but he won tickets to the Jazz suite. Heck yes! I've never been to the suite before. They had a bunch of yummy mexican food and drinks and snacks. It was a lot of fun. It was a late game so we were exhausted when we got home, but it was nice again to go to something fun. And for FREE! That's the best kind of fun.

As if we weren't tired enough from the week's events, Saturday was my birthday. The big 2-5. Ugh. It feels old. A quarter of a century, as my younger sisters like to say! Nice. Brady had to work all day, but wanted me to still have fun, so being the king of surprises that he always is he arranged for me to go to a dance performance by the Ririe-Woodbury dance co. with my best buddy Lisa (our other best buddy JaNae couldn't get off work and we missed her, but that's ok!) and then to lunch afterward. He had his mom and sister drive out from Grantsville to watch Claire. I felt bad because it was a blizzard that day and the roads were awful. It was so nice of them to come. Lisa and I had a good time at the performance, and when I got home my house was sparkling clean, with candles lit and everything. The week before I had mentioned to Brady that all I wanted for my birthday was a clean house, so he had arranged for his mom and sister to clean it. They seriously are amazing. I have never seen two people clean so thoroughly and so quickly. Even our pantry, refridgerator, and basement laundry room were spotless! It was so nice. I'm kind of embarrassed because I try to keep the house clean but don't have time to make it look like that ever. Plus, they did a bunch of laundry and folded it and everything, and I uh, wasn't planning on having my mother in law see all the items that needed washing, but it was still super nice of them to help out :)

So all in all, things have been busy but fun for the most part. In the meantime, Claire started eating rice ceral at night! I wasn't sure how she'd take it, but she's actually done really well with it!Bright flash!
"Mom enough pictures already!"
The poor girl has yet another cold! I don't know how we're going to keep this child healthy through the winter. Luckily this time isn't as bad as the last cold, but I still feel so bad for her when she's all congested. Just when she was starting to get back on a decent sleep schedule too...Bah! She sure is a cute little thing though. Lots of smiles and "talking". It just melts my heart. I'm still amazed all the time at what a miracle a baby is. It's amazing the difference such a tiny person can make in your life and home. I feel very blessed to be experiencing it.

Now hopefully we can all stay healthy through Christmas, and Brady and I can survive work!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

R.I.P.

A few things I have learned I just need to say farewell to and move on:

Sleep (oh, how I miss you!)

My abs :(
(I realize I'm ghost white in this pic- it was February. But I can probably say goodbye to ever having a tan again too, considering I don't want to be seen in public in anything less than a snowsuit lately)
Back in the day:

Then this happened:


A clean house


Maybe someday we will meet again. Someday...

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

4 months already!

My little girl is already 4 months old, I can't believe it! In some ways it seems like she's been part of our family forever, but in other ways it goes so fast. She's getting so big it's hard to remember how tiny and sleepy she was when she first came home. Part of me misses that, but I love the stage she is in right now. The poor little gal had to get her second set of immunizations yesterday. It made me so sad to see her hurting, but I held it together (whew!) and she calmed down pretty quick. She's been a little fussy because her legs are sore, but she's taken it well. The doc said she seemed healthy and doing well, which is what every paranoid new mother needs to hear!

Even though she's getting much bigger, she's still just a little thing. She measured at 23.8 inches long, which puts her in the 30th percentile on length. She weighed in at 12 lb 4 oz, which puts her in only the 21st percentile on weight. I was totally surprised because she has these big old chubby cheeks, little thunder thighs, and a Buddha belly. Of course I automatically start to assume I'm a horrible mother for not feeding my child enough (I swear she seems satisfied!), but the doctor was kind enough to reassure me that she has always been small naturally, has been sick for the last week and not eating well, and she is perfectly fine. So I guess I'll relax about it. I like having her tiny. She still wears most of her newborn clothes and is just barely starting to move into the 3-6 month clothes.

Anyway, at 4 months old these are some of Claire's favorite things (not that any of you care, but you can read them anyway!):
-Bathtime!!! We get soaked now from all her gleeful kicking.
-"Talking" Sometimes she talks so loud I can't hear over her.
-Getting her diaper changed. This is strange, I know, but it's when some of her best talking happens.
-Snuggling with daddy in bed in the morning.
-Being swaddled tightly at night and cuddling with mom before being put down to sleep.
-Staring at the fire.
-Eating, of course.
-Being outside.
-Laying on the couch and wildly moving her arms and legs.
-Just having someone smile and talk to her.

Oh, and while I'm thinking about it...make sure you get your kids immunized! There are more and more people choosing to not immunize their children because they are afraid of it causing autism down the road. However, multiple studies have not been able to find a link between immunizations and autistm. Plus, a child will not die from autism or spread autism, but could easily die from polio or measels, and pass it on to others as well. Keep your kids healthy and get them immunized! It's one of the best ways to protect your little loved ones.

Monday, December 1, 2008

The Reason for the Season

I hope everybody had a very nice Thanksgiving! We spent it in good ol' G-Ville. Brady had lots of fun playing in the family Turkey Bowl and is still having a hard time moving around, hehe. Claire was a little cranky still from being sick but was a good sport. I took her to the dr the day before because I was worried that she had an ear infection. It had been a week and she still was really unhappy. The doc said her ears looked "stellar", but she had an irritated throat, hence the crankiness. Poor little gal.

As of yesterday our tree is up and our house is in the process of being decorated. I'm excited for the holidays this year! I'm determined to make Christmas as fun and meaningful as possible, because last year I feel like I kind of let it slip by without doing much. It's such a great time of year and I'm excited to spend it with loved ones, especially my new baby girl.

Around this time of year though I always get a little annoyed by the increasing emergence of materialilsm. See my rant from last year to get an idea of what I mean. It makes me so sad that such a simple, sweet holiday becomes something so stressful, competitive, and superficial. I wish we could all take this time to think about our Savior, make memories with our family, and slow down a little to enjoy the good things in life- such as frosted sugar cookies and Christmas music while sitting by a fire. My favorite!

This year I'm especially sad because of something I heard in the news about shopping on Black Friday. Turns out that people were so desperate to get a good deal that 3 people died. See this article about a Wal-Mart worker that was killed in a stampede of 2,000 shoppers. Other workers were trying to save him but kept being pushed out of the way by the crowd. Even after it was announced that the store would close due to the death frantic shoppers just kept stepping over his body trying to get in the store. How incredibly awful is that? A man lost his life so people could get some cheap DVD's.

My mom also told me about some people that had been camping outside of stores since Wednesday to be first in line for the shopping on Friday. As a result, they missed Thanksgiving! What?! Why is shopping more important than spending time with friends and family and giving thanks for all the blessings we have been given? I realize for many they love the rush of Black Friday and it's a family event, but has our society really gotten so greedy that we will miss meaningful holidays in pusuit of a discount? So sad.

So to anyone who happens to read this, please make this holiday wonderful by skipping the piles and piles of gifts (just a couple will do), and reaching out to someone instead. Let's be a little kinder, a little more humble, and make things a little more simple. If more people can do that, I think it can be a very merry Christmas indeed :)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Latest happenings

Twice a year my work does an awesome movie festival for all the employees and their families. We've seen lots of good movies for free thanks to them: all the Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter movies, Spiderman movies, Star Wars, etc. This year they decided to show Twilight as one of the movie options, and they did it the night before it opened (something I'm sure several women/teenage girls/tweens would've killed for). Here are my thoughts on the event:

First of all, we were not allowed to take any cell phones/cameras into the theater. However, people were not informed of this until everyone was lined up to go get there seats. Nice. They actually used metal detectors (!) and searched your pockets and purses to make sure no one was violating the rule. Seriously? They think I'm going to use my crappy Razr phone to take a whopping 15 seconds of fuzzy video and post it on YouTube 2 hours before the movie is released? (Let me just say this is not my work's fault, so I am not bashing on them. I think they're fabulous for doing something fun for the employees.)

Anyway, as far as the movie went....meh....sorry y'all, I did not love it. To be honest though, I didn't really expect to. I have read the books and I enjoy them. I thought the story was entertaining and interesting and I, well, enjoyed it. However, I did not love, LOVE, LOVE the book (I know, go ahead and hate me...). I love to read and I'm sorry, but in my humble opinion there are much better books out there. Call me crazy, but there you have it.

Anyhoo, the movie was ok, but it could've been way better. It was obviously low budget. I have nothing against low budget films, unless it's really really obvious that they are. For some reason the music in it drove me bonkers. I didn't like how it seemed like one day Edward and Bella met, and then BAM, the next week they were hopelessly in love. Lame. I liked the girl that played Bella, but oh my heavens, the choice for Edward? Sorry dude, you may be decent looking in normal life, but in fancy vampire life, no bueno. At the very least he could've made the effort to work out a little bit before they started filming. And he didn't come off as sweet and intense and intelligent, just weird and kind of stupid sometimes. The whole time Brady (yes he came with me :) thought he was creepy instead of charming. All in all, there was a whole lot of hype for very little substance. Ugh.

Speaking of disappointments (wow, sorry to be such a downer!), BYU lost to the U of U. Oh well, next year we'll come back! Brady got to put his new "man cave" in the basement to use, projection system and all, and had a bunch of friends over along with lots of manly food. Little Claire joined in as well:
And speaking of little Claire, she has been suffering from her first cold this last week. It makes me so sad! That first day she was completely miserable. She was so congested and it seemed to be draining down her throat, which would make her choke and gag and gasp for air, to the point where she'd actually throw up (not just spit up, but vomit). It scared the heck out of me. No one trains you to handle this kind of stuff! She's doing slightly better now, but is still pretty stuffy and uncomfortable. It also looks like she is possibly cutting a tooth, which is crazy because I didn't expect that to happen already. So all in all she is one unhappy little girl. It's so hard because there is just nothing I can do to help her. I try to comfort her as much as I can, but all I can do is hope and pray she will get over this soon. She's a little trooper though. Even though she feels awful, she'll still give me a big grin when I talk to her. Oh how I love that little smile!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Birthday boy

Brady's birthday was this last Sunday and we went out to good ol' G-Ville to celebrate. I feel bad I didn't really plan anything super fun (this year kinda got away from me...) but I think he still had fun going to dinner with friends and hanging with the fam. So, to honor his 28th birthday, here's 28 things about my man:

1- He's an awesome tennis player.
2- He loves to travel, especially to the beach.
3- He would probably DIE without sports- especially Jazz basketball, BYU football, and Yankee baseball.
4-He doesn't like snorkeling because he's afraid a fish will touch him.
5- He's a really nice dresser.
6- He has great taste in women's clothes too. All the clothes he's picked out for me are the ones I get the most compliments on. Go figure.
7- He's a really good cook and often makes up his own recipes.
8- He's sold pretty much everything under the sun. Vacuums, security systems, knives, cell phones...the list goes on and on.
9- His customers love him (especially the older ones) and often give him gifts. Don't ask me how they got on the subject, but he started talking about gardening with some guy. A few hours later the guy returned to the store with 20 onion bulbs for him to plant!
10-He's actually a little shy and rarely likes to be the center of attention.
11- He loves teaching primary.
12- Even though he drives like a maniac he's never gotten in a car accident.
13- He loves sushi.
14- He is thoughful. For example, when my headaches start getting bad he schedules a massage for me.
15-He doesn't like horror movies (which is great for me, I hate them!)
16- He was quite the ladies' man growing up.
17- He really likes stand-up comedy, especially Jim Gaffigan.
18- He HATES being cold.
19- He rarely listens to music on the radio, he always listens to sports radio instead.
20- He's always thinking of ways to do service. He loves taking meals to people in the ward who are sick, or doing Sub-4-Santa.
21- He hates spending money and almost always packs a lunch to take to work.
22- He's a good golfer.
23- He loves to cuddle.
24- He's rather forgetful. Every time we go to a family function we have to review the names of my aunts, uncles, and cousins before we go in.
25- He's a VERY hard worker.
26- He's romantic.
27-He has a lot of faith. I've learned a lot from his example.
28- He is honestly one of the best fathers I have ever seen. I feel so lucky that my kids have a dad like him. He gets up in the night with Claire, is gentle and patient and involved. He loves being a dad.

Happy birthday babe, I love you!
Sorry ladies, he's TAKEN!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Cute as a button

I was so excited the other day, I finally got some pics of Claire smiling! She's always so happy in the morning when she first wakes up. (Definitely something she did not inherit from me!)

Enjoying some tummy time:


The other night we went out to dinner with Brady's family to celebrate his birthday a little early. It was the first time we'd had sushi in about a year. Yum! I'd heard all about these Bumbo chairs and decided to buy one for her that day. Here she is at the restaurant sitting on her little throne:


Hanging with cousin Cruze. I don't think either of them were particularly interested in what was happening:


I know, I know, I've become obsessed with my baby! Can't help it though, she's just so darn cute :)

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Gratitude

November is the month to give thanks, and I'm getting started early. Today I can't help but feel so thankful for a Heavenly Father that knows me better than I know myself, who has never and never will abandon me, and who is always trying to teach me and help me grow. As I have recently gone through some personal trials, there were times I didn't know where to turn. I'm so grateful for prayer. I'm so glad that when I feel alone and confused I can get on my knees, and feel like I am talking to a friend. There were times this last week as I prayed that I had distinct impressions that my Heavenly Father was aware of my situation, and he would be there to support me. I know that trials are given to us not to punish or to make us sad, but to help us grow and become better. I feel like I have learned more patience, learned how to trust myself, and realized the blessings I have. Last week in Primary during singing time we were singing my favorite Primary song, "A Child's Prayer", and the words hit me like a ton of bricks:

Heavenly Father, are you really there?
And do you hear and answer every child's prayer?
Some say that heaven is far away,
But I feel it close around me as I pray...

...Pray, he is there.
Speak, he is listening.
You are his child.
His love now surrounds you...

I felt overwhelmed as I listened to those sweet and innocent kids sing these words, and I couldn't have been more grateful for the message. I'm grateful for the Atonement and that not only can we be forgiven, but it enables us to forgive others and to heal. My hope is that I can teach my children of this wonderful blessing, and that when they come across challenges they can know that their Heavenly Father loves them just as much if not more than their earthly parents, and they are never alone. I am grateful to have learned that myself.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Good times

We've had the chance to do some fun things the during this last week. On Monday my mom and I went to Gardner Village to do a little shopping and enjoy the beautiful weather. I haven't been there for years and had forgotten what a fun little place it is. I bought this super cute hat for Claire :)

Then on Friday night we went to eat Indian food with my parents, and then went to the Jordan/Alta football game to watch my sister perform at half time, as well as enjoy the game between the two rivals (GO BEETDIGGERS!). Sadly, Jordan lost in the last few seconds. Dang it! We gave Alta a pretty good fight though, which is more than other schools could say this season, so I'm proud of them. Claire did great despite the cold. We did our best to keep her bundled up.
Diggers are #1! Woot!


Yesterday Brady had the chance to go to the BYU game with some friends, and that night I was fortunate enough to go to a private Goo Goo Dolls concert with my sisters. Way fun! I used to go to concerts all the time but haven't done it as much in the last couple of years. I remember now why I loved going! And I've always loved the Goo Goo Dolls. We were right up front, about 15 feet from the stage :) Oh, I didn't even mention the best part: it was FREE! Yeah!

Good thing we've been able to get the fun stuff in this week, because tomorrow I go back to work. And work=NO FUN! Blahhhh. Oh well, it was good while it lasted.

Monday, October 20, 2008

School woes

So I've been a college student going on 7 years now. Awesome, right? Not really. I guess that's what I get for changing majors twice and changing schools. I have a million credits to my name, but no degree. Sad! I started at Westminster as a biology major with the plan to go to medical school, but I realized that being a doctor is pretty demanding, and I wanted to be a good mom too, and I didn't feel I could really do both. So out with that idea. So I switched to a nursing major, got accepted to the nursing program at Westminster, and then for some reason felt really strongly that I shouldn't go there anymore, even though I loved it. Turns out I had to go to UVSC to meet my future husband on my first day there. Come to find out UVSC (now UVU) has a big old waiting list for the nursing program and I'm tired of waiting for my degree, so about a year ago I decided I just needed a degree, ANY degree at all so I could finally be done. So I left work early and drove half an hour to campus to meet with a counselor to figure out what I should do. Here is an idea of how the meeting went.

ME: "Hello, I have a ton of credits but no degree. I'd really like to find out which would be the quickest degree for me to complete at this point, given the classes I've already taken."

DUMB COUNSELOR: "Well, what would you like to major in?"

ME: "Um, I don't really care at this point, just whichever degree would be quickest to finish."

DC: "Well, it really all depends on what you would like to major in."

ME:"...Right...really, just whatever is quickest."

DC: "Well, here's a list of our majors."

ME:"...Right...um, maybe you could look up my transcript and tell me which degree would be quickest to complete, based on the classes I've already taken?"

DC:"Oh, ok, let's see...Hmm, looks like you have a lot of biology classes, would you like to do something like that?"

ME: "Well, which one do I have the most credits for at this point?"

DC:"Oh, well, that all depends on which one you'd like to do. You could finish a biology degree, or maybe going in to nursing..."

ME:"Uh huh, well, maybe. I've already kind of pursued those paths. What else is there?"

DC: (excitedly)"Have you thought about pharmacy?"

ME: "Yes! That might be good!"

DC: (shaking her head) "UVSC doesn't have a pharmacy program."

ME: ".....(blank stare)....Ok....what school does?"

DC:"Well, the U does, you'd have to talk to someone there."

ME:"Ok, do you have a phone number or anything?"

DC:"No, you'll just have to look it up online."

ME:"...Right, ok...well, any other options?"

DC: "Have you gone to our website to do a degree evaluation? That's probably the most helpful."

ME: "Yes, I've done that, I just figured talking to someone might offer a little more, well, you know, guidance (considering you're a GUIDANCE counselor! At least that's what it says on the door!)"

DC: "Well, thanks for coming in! Good luck picking a major! You'll really just want to look around online."

Fabulous! I'm so glad I drove 30 minutes each way to talk to you about nothing! The woman couldn't even look up a phone number for me! One of the most frustrating 20 minutes of my life.

The reason I'm thinking of this story is because apparently I need to go talk to a counselor again so I can finally get this whole school thing behind me. (For those of you wondering, I'm working on completing a community health degree). Let's hope that this next meeting is much more effective!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Long time, no tag...

I haven't done a tag for a long time, and since I really don't have anything else to write about lately, here goes!

1. Post the rules on your blog
2. Answer the six "8" items
3. Let each person know they have been tagged by leaving them a comment

8 Favorite TV Shows:

1. Seinfeld
2. Scrubs
3. The Office
4. So You Think You Can Dance
5. Everybody Loves Raymond
6. The Soup
7. America's Next Top Model
8. Lost

8 Things I Did Yesterday:

1. Went to work and did performance reviews
2. Went grocery shopping
3. Went to the bank to deposit some checks
4. Went to the Draper Library, but couldn't find any of the books I needed.
5. Went to a wedding reception
6. Bathed Claire
7. Ate at Sonic
8. Hung out with Brady

8 Things I Look Forward To:

1. Bedtime!
2. The holidays
3. Having all Claire's medical bills paid off
4. Brady coming home from work each day
5. Hanging out with the fam
6. Girl's nights!
7. Claire's nap time so I can get some things done
8. Fitting into pre-pregnancy jeans someday

8 Favorite Restaurants:

1. Olive Garden
2. Wingers
3. Red Robin
4. Happy Sumo
5. The Roof
6. Tao's in NYC
7. Casa Del Rey in Grantsville
8. JCW's

8 Things On My Wish List:

1. Pregnancy weight gone!
2. To be debt free
3. For Brady and I to be done with school
4. Shopping spree for new clothes
5. To work from home
6. An awesome tropical vacation
7. A healthy and happy family
8. Claire to consistently sleep through the night

8 People To Tag:

1. Anyone
2. who
3. feels
4. like
5. filling
6. this
7. thing
8. out :)

Another tag I thought was kind of fun is to post the 4th picture in your 4th folder. It's fun to see what random pictures pop up! Here's mine...
She was such a cute little puppy! Now she's a big smelly beast, but she's still cute in her own way :)

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Thoughts on politics...

Why, oh WHY, would anyone want to run for president at this point in time???? Seriously, I think you have to be certifiably (is that a word?) crazy to want to take on the bazillions of problems facing the good ol' US of A these days. That's pretty much my overall feeling regarding politics at this point. I guess it's good people still have the desire to do it, otherwise we'd really be in trouble, but I would HATE to be the one running the show, because president= taking all the blame for crappy stuff going on. You gotta think that whoever is in office doesn't ever get a good nights sleep. I feel like my life and problems are stressful enough. I don't need millions of other peoples' problems to be my responsibility too. Yep, you'd have to be out of your mind to want to do it.

That being said, I'm not a very political person. I really should be more involved and follow things more closely, but it's exhausting and confusing and frustrating to me. However, based on what I have researched, I may be leaning a little more towards McCain than Obama. Not because I like or even agree with McCain on everything, but because Obama seems to be a lot of show with little moral substance (in my humble opinion. Feel free to disagree- that's the beauty of America). Obama is much more charismatic and inspiring when he speaks, but without going into specifics and making this post uber-long, I do not feel his moral character is in line with what I would like to have in a president. I wish McCain would be more concerned about the economy, because let's face it, it's looking pretty dismal. I also don't necessarily feel that we should still be in Iraq. I understand that as a strong nation we feel it is our duty to help others, but how can we help another country when things are falling apart at home? And do we honestly feel that we will eventually "win" the war? At the same time, do democrats really believe that with a democrat in office we will be able to pull out of Iraq right away, with no problems? I really do not feel that Obama is willing to show his true colors and just says what people want to hear.

Why does it have to be so one way or another anyway? Can't the parties work together and compromise? CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG??

Anyway, I am the last person that should be doing a post on politics, so that is the extent of what I have to say. Forgive me if I have made things too simplistic or am completely off base, but that's the way I currently see things. Let's hope that whoever ends up in office will be inspired to lead our country the way a true leader should.

Monday, October 6, 2008

This and that



So the last few days have been pretty busy.

On Thursday I got together with my 2 best buddies from high school. Lots of fun, great memories, love ya gals! (I look nasty in this pic, but oh well)

On Friday Brady's family came over to dinner as well as our good friend Robert from NY. He flew in to see the babies. Such a generous and great guy.

Then Saturday was my favorite day in a long time. Brady actually had the day off and we got to be lazy all day together and watch Conference. Loved it! Between sessions we got to take a nap (rare these days) and I loved laying there listening to the rain outside and being all warm and snuggly under the blankets with my man. That night I went to a baby shower with my mom and extended family which was fun too.

Then Sunday was more Conference and more laziness. Claire didn't seem to be feeling so hot and Brady and I were out of sorts because we were so tired from the difficult night before. I went and sat on the back porch to feed Claire and enjoy the last bit of sunshine. While we were out there she fell asleep in my arms and I just sat there and stared at her perfect long eyelashes resting on her cheeks. She looked so peaceful and perfect and I just wanted with all my heart to remember her exactly that way, because I know one day I'll turn around and realize she's all grown up and moving away, and I'd do anything to hold her again and see her sleeping so peacefully.

So as I sat out there I started reflecting on the last few days and how nice they had been and I guess I was just in a sentimental mood or something. I realized that sometimes I wish I had a nice big pretty house and a fancier car and lots of nice clothes and perfect abs and all that stuff, but really, that's not what makes me happy. The last few days I had felt so happy, and it was because of the people I was with, not the stuff I had. Really, all the stuff doesn't matter and I don't know why I even let myself get caught up in all of that. It's the simple pleasures that make life worth living and I'm really glad I had the chance to realize it and enjoy it this last weekend. I've made a goal to slow down more and to just love the moment and love the people I'm with.

Anyway, I just thought that maybe if all of us did that we'd be a heck of a lot happier, and maybe the world could be happier too. I know that sounds all beauty-pageant-ish, but hey, it's true! So, there ya have it. Sorry for the sappy post, but if it makes someone else happy then it was worth it :)

Growing like a weed

Claire had her 2 month checkup this last week as well as her 2 month vaccinations. She's healthy and doing great and is definitely growing! When she was born she was 6 lbs 3 oz and only in the 12th percentile on weight; she was also 18 inches long and only in the 5th percentile in height. Now she weighs in at 10 lbs 8 oz which puts her in the 42nd percentile. She's catching up! She's still a shorty though. She's now 21.5 inches long, which puts in in the 12th percentile for height. My little roly poly girl. The doctor came in and said, "I see she has BBC." "BBC??" "Yeah, Baby B Cups!" Haha, so true! I love all her little chub though. I think the old lady arms and little thunder thighs and little potbelly are just wonderful!

I felt so bad when she had to get her shots. She was in a really happy mood and was cooing and looking around. Then BAM! She gets poked 3 times in her little legs. The nurse was incredibly fast though and had all 3 shots done before I could even register that she'd done it. Poor Claire started screaming of course, but she calmed down quickly and handled it well. I was pretty proud of myself for holding it together too.

My little tiny girl is disappearing before my eyes and is getting big so fast. Sometimes it makes me sad, but in reality, that's what we want her to do. I just need to take the time to cherish all the little moments before they're gone.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Throwing in the towel

Ok, I give up! I've decided that trying to breastfeed has become a huge burden and I'm done. It makes me sad that it didn't work out, because I really wanted it to, but I've done all I can. Actually nursing her didn't work (as you know from previous posts), so I've been pumping and feeding her with a bottle. However, my body does not produce milk. I've tried everything to increase my milk supply, including prescription medication, but nothing has really made a difference. They say that it is just supply and demand, but apparently my boobs are defective. Dang things have been a disappointment my whole life! I'm lucky if I can get two ounces- total!- each time I pump, which is pathetic. So, I've determined that I've done the best I possibly can, but to go to so much effort for only a few measly ounces is just not worth it anymore. I'm glad Claire at least got some for the last two months though. To be honest, I can't help but feel like I've failed somehow, but I'm trying to not be too hard on myself. I'll try again with future babies, but for now- I quit!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Blessing day

Yesterday was Claire's baby blessing. It turned out to be a great day! For the last few weeks we have been working feverishly to get our basement finished and our house ready for the baby blessing, so I've been pretty stressed. The blessing day was this big weight on my shoulders and I couldn't wait to get it over with! Turns out I didn't need to stress as much as I did! Everything went so smoothly, I couldn't have asked for anything better. We got a ton of help from our families in the last couple of weeks and I am so grateful for their generosity and hard work!

Our church starts at 8:30 AM (which feels SO early on a Sunday), and we made bright and early to church. Claire was an angel during the whole meeting. I thought for sure she'd scream during the blessing but she did great. Brady did a wonderful job and I'm so proud to have him as my husband. I am so lucky to have such a great little family. Afterwards everything went well with the food, the weather was nice, we enjoyed being with our loved ones, and there were no catastophes! Hooray! All in all it was a very special day. Claire wore the blessing dress that I was blessed in as well and she looked cute as can be. She's getting so much more alert and just watching her is such a joy. We were so glad that so many we cared about could be there with us, even though it was early! The older I get the more I appreciate family and I love any chance I get to be surrounded by them.

It's nice now to have all that behind us and to relax and enjoy our clean house (a rarity these days). Here are some pictures from the day: