Monday, October 5, 2015

Potty training and Sick Lizzie and Alexander Hamilton

As you can see from the title of the email, we started potty training Jack this week. He has pooped on the ground twice, in his undies once, and in the potty once. And he pees pretty much all the time in the potty! We are proud of his accomplishments.

Lizzie got sick yesterday :( It is so sad. She just keeps doing these sad little "ooohs" with sad eyebrows.

​Anna and I took Jack to Thanksgiving point. He loved the horse drawn carriage and said "Thank you horsies" when we were done. 

So! I found an amazing new musical. It is all about Alexander Hamilton. It is like a mix of rap and Broadway. Sounds weird, but it so good. It's hard to really convince you that it is good without you being able to hear the music.

So tell me about what you're doing! Do you need me to send you more exercises? Who is your favorite missionary? Will you be able to watch conference? Did you see Women's Conference? Ukdorf's talk was amazing. Does anyone have lice?

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Lazy Eye

So in order to not be seasick I took this medicine in the form of a patch behind my ear. Well, little did I know, but one of the side effects is after like 48 hours it can make your vision blurry! well guess what happens to my eyes when my vision gets blurry? That's right, 'ol lazy eye came out to play. My eye was pulled so far to the corner that it actually hurt. As if I needed to look more like a weirdo to the Barber family! I'm sure they were just like "Are you always falling apart?"

Anyway, I took the patch off and the next day my eye got better. And I never got sea sick!
Here is a video of me making my vision blurry and then trying to focus.

Another Broken Toe

So it is Thursday and I'm packing up for the cruise (we left at 11 on Friday). Garrett is coming home and I'm finally going to use the pedicure he gave me last year for Christmas. I haven't been able to use it yet because my foot is always broken! I am on the phone with Garrett and Jack is yelling at me to do something on the computer and Lizzie crawls right in front of my feet, so I sort of jump over Lizzie and lightly bang my pinky toe on the suitcase on the floor. And then I look at my toe.

I'm still on the phone with Garrett and I'm like "Oh my gosh, something is wrong with my toe! I think I broke it! GET HOME NOW." He comes home and I'm pretty sure it is just dislocated, because that is what it looks like. Richard the ER doctor also thinks it's probably just dislocated, which he says we should hope for because that heals in like 2 days. We contemplate having Garrett just try to pop it back in to place, but we decide to go to instacare (because of COURSE this happens like 20 minutes after normal doctors close their offices). 

The instacare doctor says she is like 80% sure it's just dislocated, but let's take an X-ray just in case. The X-ray comes back and she is like "Holy cow, it is REALLY broken. See this bone here? It is NOT supposed to be there. Your toe is basically broken in half." 8 WEEK RECOVERY. 

And then she says I need to go to an orthopedic surgeon asap. I was like "I'm leaving tomorrow!!" and she's like, "Ok, I'll do it then." She has to set my toe in place. She said, "You can get a numbing shot or I can do it without the shots. Either way it is going to be extremely painful because the shots really hurt." So I thought "Well, I just had a baby un-medicated. I'm sure I can handle it without the shots." Plus, shots right in the foot? That just makes me sick. Keep in mind the whole family is in this little room with me. Jack kept saying "It doesn't hurt, mama! It doesn't hurt!" because he didn't want it to hurt. 

Anyway, the doctor was like "Are you ready?" and then she grabs my toe and tugs up for like 45 seconds straight. Tug tug tug. And it hurts so bad I think I might black out. I am sweating. And then she says "I didn't hear the pop. Let's try it again!" And so she tugs tugs tugs and it pops back in to place. 

And now I am stuck in a boot AGAIN and it is ruining my life :)

Friday, September 4, 2015

Letter to Alex 8/31/2015

This week I did pigtails on Lizzie and it was amazing. Just as good as you can imagine. I'll send you a picture so you can do more than just imagine how wonderful it is. She is also clapping, signing all done, more, and milk, and saying "mama". And she growls a lot.

Jack is getting good at doing puzzles. The other day Nate kept pinching Jack's nipples and saying "beep" and it was making Jack so mad! He kept saying "No Nate! No beep beep!" But then later I saw Jack pinching his own nipples and saying "beep" to himself. Jack asked Dad if he could watch Monster's Inc and Dad kept saying "Monsters Stink?" and Jack was like "NO! Monster's Inc!" but of course it sounds the exact same, so that was frustrating for Jack but so funny for all of us.

Jack watched a little Walking Dead with us last night and he saw a guy with blood all over him and he said, "Oh, he dirty. He needs a bath."

Mom and Dad are going to NYC today and I'm watching Nate and Anna until Saturday.

I did a spin class today for the first time in 2 weeks (the gym was closed for floor remodeling). They are so hard! The instructor is like 20 weeks pregnant and just kicking my trash! I thought I was going to have to run to the bathroom to throw up, but I didn't, so success! Crossfit last week was pretty good, pretty hard, but mostly arm stuff so I like couldn't even challenge myself because I was just too weak. They were like "Do as many pull ups as you can in 4 minutes" and I'm like "I can do 1 pull up in 20 seconds and that is all I can do." So I didn't get great workouts. Except on FRIDAY we did a million squats while holding a bar with weights and I couldn't walk for the next 2 days. 

Well have a fabulous week! Be safe! Trust your instincts! Don't let guys catcall at you just to be polite. Mom just told me a story of a girl who asked to be transferred out of Mexico because she was being groped too much. So stand your ground sister!

Lizzie puts up with a lot. Her face here is just like "I'm done."

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Goofy's Kitchen

Going to Goofy's Kitchen was the best way to get over my Disneyland blues :) It was amazing!
 This was my parents' birthday presents, so it was just my little family and them. It really was great--it was a huge buffet inside the Disneyland Hotel and there were a bunch of characters there the whole time. The only bad thing was the lighting--it was very shadowy. But whatever! It was hilarious to watch the kids interact with the giant characters. Jack was pretty nervous around the chipmunks, but loved everyone else.

 Lizzie wore her Minnie Mouse shirt

Lizzie is ready for more

 The buffet was actually really, really good. I wasn't expecting great food, but wow! Mickey shaped waffles--delicious. Cream cheese bananas foster crepes--YUM. Ice cream machine for breakfast? Don't mind if we do.

My mom wore her birthday button! This button was so magical--every Disney employee said happy birthday to her. Like, in the middle of whatever they were doing they would stop and say it. In line for Tower of Terror (while Derek and Ali watched our kids--thanks guys!) the elevator operator was saying his scary spiel, "Welcome to our HAUNTED hotel. We hope you don't DIE of anticip--Happy Birthday!!!!--ation." 

Anyway, the birthday button got her a free treat at the Blue Bayou and here! And everyone sang to her.  

 The restaurant was super super fun. Every few minutes all the characters would get up and dance and we would all wave our napkins over our head. My dad got a little too enthusiastic and his napkin ended up flying out of his hand, which Goofy made fun of him for later :)

And even though Jack is not smiling in one single picture of our whole trip, I swear he really did like it and I'm not making that part up. He was very excited to show Goofy his little Goofy stuffed animal. And he kept asking for more ice cream for breakfast.

So that was our trip! I seriously can't wait to go back.


We were prepared for Disneyland, clothes-wise
 Especially Princess Lizzie! She got many comments in the park, like "Look at that baby! She's dressed like Snow White! So cute!" and they would wave at her. I really wish I had taught her to wave before the trip. I didn't realize it would be so necessary.

My friend Elise drew this picture of Lizzie in her costume! I got it while I was in line at Disneyland and it was such a nice surprise. I love her chunky legs and the hidden Mickeys in the background. I'm excited to get it printed!

 Best part of the day: Eating at the Blue Bayou! It is the restaurant in the Pirates of the Carribean ride. We thought we would have to split the group up, but we all got seated together right by the water! The food was incredilicious--jalapeno corn bread, Gumbo, and the Monte Cristo sandwich I've been dreaming about.
The day had some rough patches, but it was still really good. I really really wanted to get a picture with Lizzie and Snow White, but it didn't happen. It's a really silly thing to care about, since Lizzie couldn't care less. We didn't get to hang out with the group very much since they got there about an hour earlier and so our fast passes didn't match up. Plus they were just doing the big kid rides and we stuck to the baby rides mostly.

My parents, and a lot of the time Anna, were so great to hang out with us a lot of the time! They also offered to watch the kids while Garrett and I ran off to do a big ride.
 Anna took Jack on another carousel!

Garrett and I got to take Jack on the Dumbo ride together.

Here Jack is talking about the Storybrook River ride, which I had never been on. I thought it was so lame, but Jack loved it and talked about it the rest of the day. You sit in a boat and go through the big whale (or shark as Jack thought it was) and then look and miniature versions of some movies.

One fun part was when I took both kids by myself and went on It's a Small World. I've never really liked that ride, but Jack loved it! So that was fun. I got off the ride and realized my phone was DEAD and I didn't know how to contact the rest of the group. And then I turned around and they were all right there!

Jack enjoyed the Disneyland Electrical Parade, which is very loud and bright. We decided not to stay for the fireworks because Jack was asleep, but I super regret leaving. :( I just have to keep reminding myself that we will go back!

I bought Jack a spinny light up Buzz Lightyear

 As we were leaving the park I had a little meltdown and started crying. I was just so sad to be leaving! The rest of the family had another day at Disneyland but we were leaving to go home. I had just spent so many months getting Jack excited for Disneyland and I had been looking forward to time with Garrett and the kids away from work that I was just so sad it was over.
I know we'll go back though! This is just the beginning of a Disneyland Era in our little family, and I think it's going to be even better next time!

Beach Day!

In between California Adventure and Disneyland we went to the beach and roasted hot dogs
 I was worried Lizzie would hate the beach because she really hated it in Florida. I dressed her in pants so she would get as little sand on herself as possible.
 But I shouldn't have worried because she LOVED it! Maybe it's because she can crawl around now, but she was having the time of her life in the sand. She didn't even eat it like Jack did at her age. She just crawled and crawled.

 And the hot dogs tasted so good. I feel like this was one of the only times on the trip we all got to hang out, since Garrett and I and the kids were in one hotel room and everyone else was in the other. So it was fun to see everyone! I tried to get a game started but someone wanted the fire pit and we had to leave. Luckily we all see each other a lot in Utah :)