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 :)