Tuesday, September 29, 2009


On Sunday morning Claire absolutely WOULD NOT take her morning nap, which is very rare. She just cried and cried if we'd try to put her down. So after about an hour or so of trying (no, we didn't let her cry for an hour straight) we gave up and figured we'd just go to church and hope for the best. Since she is a rather finicky sleeper of course she didn't sleep at church, even though I could tell she was really tired. We came home, got changed, and sat down to eat some lunch. I had Claire in her high chair next to me and was eating and talking to Brady as he loaded the dishwasher. Meanwhile, Claire was eating, jabbering, and banging on her tray as usual. I turned away from her and back to my food for seriously about 8 seconds, and looked back over to her to see this:

Not only was she dead asleep- seriously, she was out- she even started snoring!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Story of my life...

This is just so cute.

Also, can I just say that I totally relate? Not with marshmallows, but put chocolate or bacon or something like that in front of me and tell me not to eat it...the agony!

Oh, The Temptation from Steve V on Vimeo.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Time for a change and I need your help

I need some new clothes. I hate all my old ones. Well, maybe not all of them, but enough of them. I got a gift card from work and fully intend to go hog wild and blow the thing on a new wardrobe. However, I want to stretch it as far as I can. So, my question is- where do you buy your clothes? I'm looking for nice, unique, fairly inexpensive items. Any suggestions???

Friday, September 11, 2009

1 year old pics

We had Claire's 1 year old pictures taken, and since I think she's so stinkin' cute and I'm one of those mothers here they are:

She wasn't ever in the mood to give us a big smile apparently, but I still think she looked adorable...

Thursday, September 10, 2009


I've decided to start another website. I like to write, and so this will be my place for that. While I realize I already have this blog, for some reason I feel more like it's a family journal of sorts than a place to write and express ideas, etc. Also, I've been wanting to learn how to set up my own website, so this has been a fun little project for me to figure out how to do all this stuff without using a site like Blogger (I know- NERD). So, if anyone is interested, you can find more stuff at this website:


Feel free to offer any feedback! I love hearing what others think.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Goodbye summer...

Well, Labor Day has come and gone, which signals that summer is coming to an end. I'm starting to get excited for the beautiful fall leaves and the upcoming holidays, but I will so miss being able to spend time outside.

Brady and I both started school again this last week and are uh, loving it...? Ok, maybe not, but we're trying to have good attitudes about it. I can't believe we're still in school. Kids, let this be a lesson to you! Pick a major and a school and stick with it until you're done! No lollygagging!

We tried to make the most of this last weekend by doing some fun things. Yesterday we got up early and did some bike riding while my parents watched Claire. In addition to it being a holiday it was also my dad's birthday, so we surprised him by taking him to the Miller Motor Sports park out near Tooele/Grantsville and raced around in the little go-karts. Way fun! Those things go fast! They totally put the go-karts at Boondock's to shame. Then we all went up in the mountains to roast hot dogs and marshmallows and enjoy one another's company. It was great.
Here's little Claire enjoying the mountains (and her Goldfish crackers- a staple of her diet these days).

We also let Claire have her first true experience with spaghetti on Sunday, which was certainly an adventure.

I must admit Claire has been a bit challenging over the last few days. She seems to have more teeth coming in and is quite unhappy about it. Either that or she's going through some developmental phase. Either way, she spends much of her time whining and clutching at our legs, but not much seems to make her happy. Poor girl. Poor us. The thing I love about kids though is that they'll drive you nuts most the day, but then do something that makes you love them even more. Case in point: this last Sunday was particularly challenging as she seemed impossible to please. I thought I was going to go crazy. But then we tried the spaghetti and listened to music during dinner, and she was just so stinkin' cute as she danced to the music and giggled and smeared food all over that I couldn't help but forgive her for all the whining and think she was the best baby in the world. Kids are great.