Monday, May 18, 2015

Easter 2015

Easter is so much fun with kids!


 Jack got some $$MONEY$$ at the Easter Egg hunt at my parent's house

But he was even more excited about the candy

 I love Lizzie's Easter dress. And I love how it looks like she's delicately holding her basket here.
 I tried to get a picture of the both of them



Tuesday, April 7, 2015

March 2015

It's been a good March. Here's what we've been up to!
 This little 5 month old lady has gotten bigger and bigger! She accomplished a big milestone this month--rolling over! She is now in that awkward stage of always rolling over but never wanting to be on her tummy. She also outgrew her bassinet and her swaddle blankets. She is too big for 6 month clothes and actually fits well into her 12 month swimsuit. She is always gnawing on her fingers and teething toys, so I think a tooth is on the way. I can't believe it! She still gets up a couple times between midnight and 6 am to eat. She has such a great smile and loves to be held and played with.

She also loves her jumperoo.

And of course so does Jack.

Jack is very cute and very naughty these days. He talks all the time, sometimes just babbling and laughing at himself. He is extremely good at saying thank you and sorry and he knows how to get out of trouble. Like, yesterday he hit Anna in the face and I said "Jack! Poor Anna! Say sorry!" And he said "Sowwy poor Anna". Of course no one can be mad at him when he is so cute. The other day Garrett was being very stern with him and got in his face and said "JACK" He was about to say more, but Jack leaned in and gave him a tiny kiss on his nose. Darn his cuteness! 

His favorite thing is to grab my phone, navigate to YouTube, and watch his favorite videos. I don't know how he does any of this, since I have a pin code on my phone. He finds the most annoying videos to watch. His favorite thing to watch is "Play-doh". He likes watching these people play with play-doh and review it. Not little kids playing--adults. So weird. Unfortunetly, Jack eats play-doh so he can't play with the real thing very often. He'd prefer to watch it anyway.

We started showing him all the Disney movies in anticipation for going to Disneyland this summer. He will sit through most of them, but of course he loves Frozen the best. "Watch Elsa? Elsa Olaf Anna?" He knows many of the words to most of the songs to Frozen, which pretty much proves he's a genius. 
 We watched Jace while his family went on a cruise from Friday to Sunday. There was a lot of cousin bonding going on.

 I traded in my City Select double stroller for the Double Bob. Which mean, yes! My broken foot is healed enough to run! Garrett and I are planning on doing a triathlon at the end of the summer. Which means, yes! I have finally learned to swim. I can comfortably do many laps.
 Jack got sick, which was sad, and he gave me his bug and then it turned in to STREP, which was a nightmare. I couldn't swallow for 5 days straight, which made sleeping almost impossible. It was SO painful. One of the worst days unfortunately happened when Scott proposed to Shelby. I was supposed to help and I really did nothing. We set up some fondue in Paula's backyard and put up a bunch of lights and tiki torches. I did take some pictures:




Garrett turned 29 and got many presents. 
 He got this really cool leather ball for Quidditch.
Logan came to visit and we went to the Museum of Curiosity. I can't believe I don't have a picture of Lizzie and Raegan next to each other, because it is really funny. Lizzie is a few months younger and like 7 pounds heavier.  
We lost our dog Rolo this month to cancer. It was really sad to see her get more and more sick and very emotional to say goodbye. We know we will see her in heaven!
 I am still working and another accomplishment is I finished all 7 seasons of Gilmore Girls on Netflix. Alex, Anna, Garrett, and I watched the series finale together and had a little Gilmore Girls style party with lots of yucky junk food. I also kept these two babies alive.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

A Typical Night

I really don't need to keep a daily journal, because my life is basically the same every day! This may be boring, but I just wanted to write down the boring details of my life. Starting with nighttime:

9:30 pm: Brush teeth, wash face, take prenatal vitamin. I've missed that routine like 2 times in the past 4 years. Garrett goes to sleep and I find something to do until 11, which is the last time I feed baby Lizzie. Maybe I'll do the dishes (but probably not). Probably I'll watch Gilmore Girls or read a book.

11 pm: I hope that this is the night Lizzie sleeps until 7, like she did a couple months ago. Maybe if I wish really hard....I lay in bed and know I should just go to sleep, but I usually end up reading my phone until my eyes close. And I don't even read anything interesting--just scroll through facebook or read headlines. I know it's dumb.

1 am: I hear the cluck cluck clucking of Lizzie revving up for her big wail. I scurry into her room before she can yell loud enough to wake Jack in the next room up, guided only by the light of my phone. My healing-from-a-break foot is extremely stiff and sore at this time of night, so my hobbling across the apartment probably looks kind of funny. Luckily Garrett never wakes up.

I scoop Lizzie and a blanket up and sit in my big cold leather rocking chair, help Lizzie find her midnight meal in the dark, and decide whether to read my phone or try to stay sort of asleep. I decide to scroll through Pinterest and look at bathrooms. Scroll. Scroll. Scroll. Switch sides. Scroll. Scroll. Open my eyes and realize we had both fallen asleep, so I put her back in her pack n play and cover her with a blanket, then tiptoe out of the room and back to the bed. My head hits the pillow--ahhhh--and then "cluck cluck cluck" and my heart sinks. No! Please go back to sleep! Maybe she'll go back to sleep? No, she's not going to. Back up down the hall into the room and I put her binky in, praying it will stay in. I stroke her cheeks and try to infuse calmness and sleepiness into her, Giver-style. Back to bed.

3 am: I hear Jack yelling, "No! No! NO!" which is the disturbing way Jack wakes up in the middle of the night. I let him cry it out for a minute and he goes back to sleep. Hurray!

5 am: Garrett gets up to get ready for work. I roll over and stretch myself across the whole bed. Then "cluck cluck cluck" and Lizzie eats for the last time until she gets up for good.

5:30-7:30: My best sleep of the night! I only get up when Jack starts yelling for me/screeching as high as he can. A lovely way to wake up.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Elizabeth: 4 Months

Weight: 16.5 lbs (87%)


Length: 25.5 in (85%)


Head 16 in (46%)
So she is a big gal, but "perfectly proportioned" as the doctor said (since she is in the 86th percentile for weight and height.) My favorite thing to do is squish her thighs and kiss her arms. 

She eats every three hours, stays up for about an hour, and then naps. She is in 9 month clothes, which is unfortunate because I thought she would be in 9 month clothes in the summer, so none of her clothes are season-appropriate. She has a huge smile and is pretty ticklish.

Nicknames:
Lizzie
Busy Lizzie
Dizzy Lizzie
Busy Dizzy
Ms. Lady
Big Lady
Big Girl
Sissy (Jack)

She loves:
Attention! Especially peek a boo
Rattles
Diaper changes
Jack, Grandma, and Grandpa

She hates:
being buckled in to her car seat 
Feeling ignored/not being held and gooed at constantly
Startling noises
Getting her nose wiped
headbands

She also loves when we get her up in the morning and sing the Good Morning song. I love how when we unswaddle her she immediately starts stretching and makes the funniest face. Jack wakes up and the first thing he wants to do is get Lizzy up: "Mama! Baby awake! (sings) Good Morning"


Friday, February 20, 2015

Valentine's Day 2015


This Valentine's Day I was in charge, and I decided to make it a "Paris" themed night. I made Monte Cristo sandwiches, which I thought were French, but now I think they are more "New Orleans" whatever they were amazing. I also decorated the house with lots of candles and hung some sheets up to make it feel fancy. I even took all the diapers and other baby things out of our room!

I didn't take any pictures, but it looked good and not as silly as it sounds. I also got a KRONUT from the French Bakery. A Kronut is a croissant donut with cream filling, and it was ridiculous. And I got Garrett a little bottle of Aqua Di Gio, which is a very nice smelling cologne.

And $5 for one. We listened to the Paris Cafe station on Pandora, and it was all very fun.



My dad also wrote us his classic Valentine's day poems!


Nicole

With two little kids

There’s so much to do

With cooking and cleaning

And changing diapers of poo

And don’t forget

She’s a working woman too

But it’s the simple things that bring her joy

Of hearing Jack say moo

And Lizzie say a-goo

When she hides her face

To say peek-a-boo

Or hearing Garrett exclaim, “I love your stew!”


Garrett

Business is booming

The trucks they are zooming

The money is flowing

So house hunting he is going

To make a nest for the family that is growing

And a little garden he soon will be hoeing

Soon grass he’ll be mowing

And paying taxes he’s owing


Jack

Jack is pretty smart

And his verbal skills honed

He can throw a remote

Or the nearest cell phone

He’s a helpful brother

Mean words—he don’t mean it

And Lizzie’s pacifier, in his own mouth,

Always willing to clean it


Lizzie

Lizzie our cute, precious, full-figured gal

Is a welcome addition—my new snuggle pal

She’s learning to smile and smells sweet as a clover

But watch her real close cause she’s about to roll over

Derek Got Engaged!

We helped Derek propose to Ali in January which we were all very excited about. He had waited for Ali for 18 months while she served a mission in Tallahassee. Helping was so much fun! We built a little fort in a park by covering a jungle gym with black plastic.



Inside there were blankets and pillows and candles and flowers and chocolate fondue.

Derek had taken Ali to Log Haven, which is an awesome restaurant in SLC and he was on his way over when we noticed the top of the fort had fallen off! I actually notice it in the end of this video. Derek didn't realize we weren't ready yet, so he pulled his car up behind our parked car at the park and started honking at us. Ali was like, "What are you doing? Stop!"

So Garrett called Derek to tell him to delay, but Derek answered it on speakerphone, so he answered and said GARRETT YOU'RE ON SPEAKERPHONE!! which was very smooth on Derek's part. When Ali asked why Garrett had called he was like "...It's a secret."

But anyway, she said yes! And we are all so happy

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Jack's 2nd Birthday

Jack turned 2 on 2/2/2015, so this was his golden birthday!
 He got lots of fun gifts from Mimi and Poppi in the days leading up to his birthday.

I took him to Thanksgiving Point for his birthday (we had the actual "party" on Saturday). He loves this horse ride at Thanksgiving Point Farm and says "Giddyup Housies!" He also calls himself Cowboy Jack.

video

Jack approving the birthday cake


 He loves "tractors", so how could I resist? Also, Garrett said this was the most delicious cake he had ever eaten. It was just a cookie dough ice cream cake with Oreo crumbles.

We had all the aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents in Utah over for dinner. 
 The cousins had chicken nuggets and apple slices and we made wings and a huge bowl of Mac and Cheese for everyone else, plus my mom brought a salad.

 There was sort of a construction theme

 Jack loved being sung to. We had practiced this moment many times, and he insists on watching this video on my phone often. We actually did this three times, and the first time, Uncle Derek was very helpful with the candles :)

Jack finally got what he has wanted so badly: a GEE-TAR. He opened it and then looked at my dad and said in the cutest little voice "Tank-koo pa pa" My mom, who had actually gotten him the present was like "what about me" and he just gave her a little wave of his hand :) He also got a flashlight and a great ABC puzzle, and a cool little bug toy from Andrea.
I tried not to go overboard on the party, but it is so fun to celebrate my favorite little guy! He was so excited about every little thing: the balloons, the cake, all the people, blowing out the candle, and the new toys. It was a really great year with Jack!