Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas, from our family to yours!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Ambo "I" Post

Ashwey tagged me a few days ago and it was surprisingly fun to fill out--- happy reading!
  • I am a daughter of God. How great is that?
  • I want to get some new jeans with the Old Navy gift card Greg got me for Christmas (we had early Christmas this morning because we're going to California).
  • I have one last present under the tree---which I made--- for a little Green baby! :)
  • I wish drivers would use common sense; do you really think you can see out of your back window with A FOOT of snow on it?!?! Last time I checked, that's how accidents happen. Trust me, I know.
  • I hate answering machines. They never do me and my message justice. I don't do talking to machines.
  • I fear that I'll be a bad mother and wife; I don't like to disappoint or mess with someone's life.
  • I hear Greg talking to Hertz in the background.
  • I search for a new car--- 90% chance of the Pontiac being totaled.
  • I wonder if Greg will get the Texas job.
  • I always look for ways to be better. Sometimes, I fail, but I do my best.
  • I’m usually up for a good conversation; even though I dislike
  • I’m not done with my Semester in Nauvoo scrapbook; I still have two pages to do.
  • I dance to Frosty the Snowman and Jared cracks up. Happiness is...
  • I sing wherever and whenever I can. Greg and Jared don't seem to mind.
  • I never understood the true capacity of love until I met Greg; then had Jared.
  • I rarely get the chance to shower before Jared gets up; it's not so fun.
  • I cry over a lot of things; I'm an emotional basketcase---ask Greg.
  • I’m not always willing to clean the bathroom. Who is?
  • I lose Jared's shoes a lot. Why does he need shoes, you ask? It's cold here!
  • I’m confused about why Wisconsin drivers don't know how to drive in the snow--- honestly! (sorry about the car theme)
  • I need more sleep--- I have to agree with Ash on this--- Jared's teething again---
  • I should do the dishes and finish the laundry; it's not like we're going to California in a couple days...
  • I dream about the possible future; it allows me to hope.
  • I tag Gweg, Megbo, Emily, Bish and anyone who is willing! ;)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Ambo: Have You...?

Jenni Elyse & Ashwey both tagged me, so I'm obliging today and tomorrow. On this list you must bold all you've done. So, here goes...
  1. Started your own blog (hm... I wonder...)
  2. Slept under the stars
  3. Played in a band
  4. Visited Hawaii (I wish *sigh*)
  5. Watched a meteor shower
  6. Given more than you can afford to Charity (is it really charity when I'm admitting this?)
  7. Been to Disneyland or Disneyworld (only Disneyland... *another sigh*)
  8. Climbed a mountain
  9. Held a praying mantis
  10. Sang a solo
  11. Bungee jumped
  12. Visited Paris
  13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
  14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
  15. Adopted a child
  16. Had food poisoning
  17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
  18. Grown your own vegetables
  19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
  20. Slept on an overnight train
  21. Had a pillow fight
  22. Hitch hiked
  23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill --not proud of this--
  24. Built a snow fort
  25. Held a lamb (at a State Fair, no less)
  26. Gone skinny dipping
  27. Ran a Marathon
  28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
  29. Seen a total eclipse
  30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
  31. Hit a home run (in the park)
  32. Been on a cruise (alas--- *yet another sigh* I could kill two birds with one stone and go on a Disney Cruise--- in my dreams)
  33. Seen Niagara Falls in person **TWICE, both times while in route to Church History sites**
  34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
  35. Seen an Amish community **Good ol' Semester at Nauvoo... I even dined at an Amish restaurant and then went to the Mannonite Visitor's Center.**
  36. Taught yourself a new language
  37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
  38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
  39. Gone rock climbing or repelling (only repelling)
  40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
  41. Sung karaoke **Ashwey, remember Dixie Chicks at the community center? :)**
  42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
  43. Bought a stranger dinner at a restaurant
  44. Visited Africa
  45. Walked on the beach by moonlight (I vote we do this next week, Gweg)
  46. Been transported via ambulance
  47. Had your portrait painted/sketched
  48. Gone deep sea fishing
  49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
  50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
  51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling (snorkeling in the Bahamas with Pops, so cool)
  52. Kissed in the rain
  53. Played in the mud
  54. Gone to a drive-in theater
  55. Been in a movie or play
  56. Visited the Great Wall of China
  57. Started a business
  58. Taken a martial arts class
  59. Visited Russia
  60. Served at a soup kitchen
  61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
  62. Gone whale watching
  63. Got flowers for no reason
  64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma (thanks again, Nauvoo!)
  65. Gone sky diving
  66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
  67. Bounced a Check
  68. Flown in a helicopter
  69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
  70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial (how about Lincoln's grave in Springfield, that's a memorial to him!)
  71. Eaten Caviar
  72. Pieced a quilt
  73. Stood in Times Square
  74. Toured the Everglades
  75. Been fired from a job (well, technically I just never showed up again... give me a break, I was in high school)
  76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
  77. Broken a bone (one of the tiny wristbones and my pinky toes a couple of times)
  78. Been on a speeding motorcycle (another fond memory of Pops, although I was scared at the time)
  79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
  80. Published a Book
  81. Visited the Vatican
  82. Bought a Brand new car
  83. Walked in Jerusalem
  84. Had your picture in the newspaper
  85. Read the entire Bible (I've read the New Testament, and most of the OT... this is a goal..)
  86. Visited the White House
  87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
  88. Had chickenpox (when I was 12, not fun)
  89. Saved someone’s life
  90. Sat on a jury
  91. Met someone famous (John Stockton, Thurl Bailey, President Eyring, President Uctdorf, Elder Scott, Paul Bishop :), and various members from NSync waved at me during a concert)
  92. Joined a book club
  93. Lost a loved one
  94. Had a baby
  95. Seen the Alamo in person **who knows, I might do this again in the near future...**
  96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake **stunk so bad afterwards**
  97. Been involved in a lawsuit
  98. Owned a cell phone
  99. Been stung by a bee
  100. Read an entire book in one day
  101. Fallen in Love
I tag: Ashwey, Gweg, Bish, and anyone else wanting to complete this self-examination. WARNING: it creates a desire to travel and complete the list.

Accident update:
Gweg & I are achy so we're going to the doctor tomorrow. We're driving a 2008 Toyota Rav-4 (so nice). Neither of us realized how much we miss being so high and having four wheel drive. The insurance company and body shop will tell us in a month (or hopefully less) if the car is totaled. Here's hoping for sooner, so we don't have to car shop (if necessary) and move at the same time.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Wintery Madness

Snow + other 'summer' drivers = Greg & Jared's first accident

We got in an accident on the way to our temple recommend and tithing settlement interviews. We live five minutes from church and it wasn't close enough. A gentleman in a red truck decided he could turn left and make it before we got there, too bad there was fresh snow and ice on the road. We hit his wheel head-on bending the hood, busting the bumper, and blowing the airbags (which may have totaled the car). The wonderful woman in the lane next to us stayed to be a witness, just in case, and let our little disheveled family keep warm in her truck. We were all a little shaken up; Greg got thumb bruises (Mythbusters was right) and Amber's shoulder/neck is a little sore, but that's it. A bit inconvenient in the midst of Greg's last finals week (he'll officially have a Master's degree by the end of the week), but at least we're all safe!

Just a little pre-Christmas adventure... yay...

Friday, December 12, 2008


Jared pulled himself up my legs and I told Greg to snap a picture. He didn't understand until I showed him this.

Like Father...

Like Son....
I absolutely adore these pictures of my boys. They really capture the personalities of them both. Mischievous, curious, and always into everything! Jared finally noticed the presents under the tree once Gramma Barb's box came; I have to keep reminding him he has another week. :) Jared finally re-regulated, in time to start cutting another tooth... yay.

Life with a baby is never dull...

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Seven Short Months

Time flies with an adorable little boy! I can't believe he's already seven months old and 20 pounds! He's been crawling, babbling, standing up and shifting (down the couch side) for about a month and a half now. His crawling picked up speed in the last week and I spend a lot of my day pulling him multiple times from the TV stand, blinds, and sometimes the Christmas presents.

The picture above is how we find him most mornings and post-nap times. He gets a major kick out of standing up; in fact when he has a choice between the couch and his toy bin, he'll pick the couch probably 70% of the time. He's a hoot and a holler; we can't get enough of him!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Seattle Turkey: In Pictures

Gma get the credit for most of these pictures, thanks for the memories!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Seattle Turkey: Days 4-6

Happy 200 posts! I guess I have a lot to say, I hope ya'll enjoy it (even though no one comments anymore--HINT HINT--- we like to read the comments)!

Day 4, Wednesday: Happy Birthday, Parker! The great thing about going to my folk's house for Thanksgiving (besides Mom's cooking) is being able to spend Mom & Park's birthdays with them. Big Glenn & Gpa flew in that afternoon, so we decided to dink around downtown Seattle until their flight came in. We drove by the Space Needle (smaller than I thought it would be) and walked around Pike's Market, home of the famous flying fish. We saw the fish fly and Mom bought veggies for Thanksgiving the next day. I wanted to get a whole Alaskan King Crab, but Gweg vetoed since it would be hard to travel with. :)

After the fellas flew in, the whole gang went to a fantastic sushi joint called Blue Island Sushi & Roll. This place was fantastic. First off, the atmosphere is marvelous. Everything on the menu is made in the center of the restaurant and then placed on a conveyour belt which travels in front of the patrons. The price you pay depends on the color of the plate and how many you end up with. Everyone was pretty adventureous and tried new things, even three-year-old Taylor. I ate raw tuna and salmon (big thing for a fish hater like me), but I wasn't as crazy as Meg and Park who tried sea urchin---crazy, I know. Jared was great, mostly because he slept in Greg's arms the whole time (so adorable).
Day 5, Thursday: Happy Turkey Day! Turkey Day was classic turkey day. Lots of relaxing, watching parades and football, cooking and eating. I wanted to help more than I did, but there really wasn't much to help with because Mom & Glenn had the bases covered. Since Pops had to fry the bird, I did make his classic Cream Cheese pies. After dinner, we played Wii, met Z's girlfriend Amy (so cute), and took the all important four generation picture. Everything was delicious and I wish we were there to enjoy the leftovers, but alas, we left Friday because it was cheaper...
Day 6, Friday: We spent the morning soaking up our last possible moments together, until we realized that Mom took the carseat and stroller with her to work. Mass chaos then insuded, Mom's phone died, the septic tank clogged, and some adventured out into the Black Friday crowds to try and meet Mom half-way. Mom ended up coming back home, lingering with her grandson, before she left to be later for work (sorry Mom). Since we had to leave for the airport, we missed saying goodbye to the BF crowd; We love ya'll! Our flights were great; Jared slept, played and made more friends. When all was said and done, we were back home around 1230 am, exhausted, but grateful for the blessing of going to Seattle.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Seattle Turkey: Days 1-3

Around Jared's birth, my folks moved to Seattle; so since it's their year for Thanksgiving we made the trip to the pacific northwest. Overall, we had a wonderful time. Thanks, Mom & Pops, we can't wait to come out again! In fear of abnormally long posts, I've split the trip. Today, days 1 through 3--- tomorrow, days 4 through 6--- Thursday, extra pictures! So, stay tuned!

Day 1, Saturday/Sunday: Our flights went great. Jared was in awe of all the new things at the airport and wanted to explore it all (happens with a crawler). On the actual plane, he did great. The flight attendants LOVED him and fellow passengers kept telling us he was adorable and/or cute. The only got semi-fussy because he was hungry and/or tired. I broke my golden rule of nursing him to sleep, but I figured it was better than Mr. Fussypants. I planned on getting a picture of him on the plane, but we were a little pre-occupied. :)

Our flight didn't get in until 1130 pm, which meant it was 130 am bodytime. By the time we went to the store for baby food and got home the Utah clan had arrived and we didn't get to bed until some horribly early hour. Mom & Pops have 9 am church, so we didn't quite make that... We spent the day introducing Jared to his extended relatives and surroundings; basically just enjoying each other's company, truly a day of rest.
Day 2, Monday: Pops had to work a half-day, so we lounged about the house until he got home. We wanted to walk down to the beach (they live RIGHT on the sound which means their property includes part of the beach) but Gweg and Jared only got half-way before getting tired. When Pops got home, we saw Twilight. By 'we' I mean Pops, Z, Park, Gweg, Megan and I. So we left little Jared with Great-Gma and Nett (thanks again) and off we went. Now, Meg and I are the Twilight saga fans---read the books, know the characters, etc.; Pops, Z, and Park kind-of wanted to see the movie because of the vampires and Greg, well, he just wanted to get out the house.

With that said, Meg and I fully enjoyed the movie; the books are still better (aren't they always), however, Rob & Kristen captured Edward & Bella and I absolutely adored all the Cullens. We (Meg & I) enjoyed it to the point that we giggled, smiled, sighed, and gasped our way through each scene. All the while, the men took turns looking down at us and shaking their heads. They should have known what they were in for when all the trailers (except Harry Potter) were all chick-flicks! :) At the end, Gweg looked me right in the eyes and said, 'really?' Pops, Z, and Park looked a little shell-shocked but they all enjoyed it enough. Pops even asked questions about the vampire world on the car ride home.
Day 3, Tuesday: Happy Birthday, Mom/Oba! Mom had to work again, so we spent the day getting presents and making the house birthday-ifed! In the middle of our errands, we ran a grandson-delievered birthday balloon to her work. She showed off Jared more than anything. After that, we met big Jared/Pops at IKEA to get her birthday presents. Oh IKEA... Who wouldn't be happy with doors and a shelf? We wanted to have the doors put up and the place decorated before she got home, so the race was on! Pops & Gweg installed the doors, while the rest of us (mainly Nett and I---Park and Meg helped while sitting) decorated. I flung the last crate paper roll over the rafter as she walked in. We spent the night eating cake (Jared wasn't sure about the candles) and watching Ninja Warrior; trying to save our batteries for the downtown Seattle trip the next day...

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Gratitude Turkey

Happy Anniversary Gpa & Gma!

In honor of Thanksgiving, we spent November writing one thing we were grateful for each day. It was a great way to see what we've been blessed with. It especially helped on those days when we had the hardest time writing something down. A few days we wrote one thing for the three of us causing the string of same answers. This will definitely become a tradition. Here are some of the things we are thankful for:
Gweg: Ambo, Jared, separation of church & state, scriptures, medicine, snow, central heating, church, holidays, seasons, right-thinking people, hoodies, shots, dates (with Ambo), coupons, Mexican food, opportunities, good food, family, good impressions and combustion.

Ambo: Gweg, Jared, right to vote, pictures, reading good books, sleep, plastics, music, coupons, temples, WiiFit, sweaters, shots, dates (with Gweg), sports, juice, tools, airplanes, quiet time, decorations and Saturday.

Jared (via his parents): Daddy, Mama, sunshine, diapers, pretty colors, bananas, socks, teeth, toys, electricity, legs, new skills, shots, dates (to enjoy new people), coupons, muscles, clean clothes, baskets, baths, vocal cords and rings.

Happy belated Thanksgiving! Always take time to be grateful! :)

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Back Home

We're back and we've been busy straightening up the apartment and unpacking...

I'll post vacation pictures after we re-regulate to Central time. :)

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Leavin' on a Jet Plane

Earlier in the week we changed our Seattle flights so we're leaving TONIGHT. Just spending the rest of the day packing our bags and decorating the apartment (since we'll be gone for the day after Thanksgiving). Wish us luck on traveling with Jared! :)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Little Helper

Dear Daddy & Mama,

Can you believe how fast I'm growing? Just to show I'm growing, here are some things I can do to help around the house. I can...

do laundry,
feed myself,
use the big bathtub,
and drink out of sippy cup.
Okay, I'm stilling working on these things but at least I'm trying. Thanks for taking care of me, especially when I'm booger-y and poop-y.


Monday, November 17, 2008

The Battle Continues

DeDa wrote a follow-up article to In the Face of Hatred. Gweg even used the last section as a supplement to the EQ lesson he taught on Sunday regarding the Second Coming. As DeDa said, "did we expect the Adversary to stay curled in his hole licking his wounds?.... Did we expect the Adversary's attempts to knock us from the straight and narrow path to simply cease?" We are living in the last dispensation. It is Satan's last stand to thwart something he's been against for a while; think of all his pent-up anger against those of us who actually chose to be here; especially those who fight for righteousness and the kingdom of God. The days are going to be tough, but with faith, everything will work out.

Check out the rest of the article here: The Battle Continues

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Six Months

It's hard to believe that Jared's already six months old. He's a great little boy; we love him to pieces. Here's a few facts about Jared:
  • At his appointment he was 19 lbs 9.6 oz (83%) and 27.5 inches long (84%)
  • He enjoys his solid food, so far, he loves: oatmeal, pears, apples, bananas, sweet potatoes, squash, and prunes
  • He likes: rice cereal, carrots, and peaches
  • He's not sure about peas. The verdict is still out on whether he likes them or not. One day he'll eat them and the next he won't. I guess we'll just have to watch and wait...
  • He gets up every morning at 8 and goes to bed at 9. In between there's lots of eating, crawling, napping, and pooping. :)
  • He's determined. Once he sees something and wants it, he'll do his best to get it.
  • He loves to crawl---really crawl---and sit up; we know this because he always has a smile on his face when he does both.
  • He's ticklish; his favorite way to be tickled is mouth to belly.
  • He loves to laugh at and get the baby in the mirror (so cute)
And so many more! We can't get enough of our little boy!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Night. Date Night

Technically, it was a date day---but that doesn't sound as cool. Jared spent some time with ward friends while we went on a date for lunch and a movie. We saw this...
The movie was fun and Bond-tastic! We watched Casino Royale last night, to get in the Bond mood; it helped because the plots are connected. Plus, it was nice to spend some quality time with each other. :)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Hot Tubin'

After his prun-tastrophe last week the tub was not fit for the baby bathing that evening (don't worry we didn't leave poop sitting there, we just wanted it cleaned before Jared bathed it again). So... this was his bath that night....Adorable, no? Greg thinks he's hot tubing--- relaxing and enjoying his p-sizzles (parents). Fo' Shizzle!!!

p.s. Crawling video to come!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Creative Cookie

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away I did the BYU Semester at Nauvoo program. It was one of my best college experiences and I would tell anyone who had to chance to go to do so, but the program was canceled a couple years ago.

Any-who, one of my friends from that semester has recently started an online business called Creative Cookie. It's full of lots of creative things designed to inspire the readers/customers to make their lives easier.

As apart of the grand opening she is having a giveway and I wanted to give her free promotion on our blog (plus by doing this I'm entered in the giveway--- insert laugh here). Join the giveway and check out her labor of love!

Check it out under my 'non-blog links' or here.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Forever a Family

Six months ago, our lives changed forever. This is in tribute to that wonderfully long and painful day. The green totally brings out Jared's rapidly morphing red-hair. Get ready for some serious heart-meltage!

Grandparents--- we ordered a couple pictures for you and the great-grandparents, however, I'll email you the link to actually order them.

To answer your question, Megan, we got them taken at Sears. How do you think they did?

In the Face of Hatred

Jared's DeDa (Greg's stepdad) is a LAPD detective, an avid writer, and a member of the Church. Being all these marvelous things, he has a unique perspective regarding the Prop 8 protests going on outside the LA temple and chose to write about it. Whenever I read any of his articles, I have a new resolve to become a better person. Click on the link below to read the article. We love you, DeDa, and thank you for sharing.

In the Face of Hatred

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Too Close To Call

Jared has been involved in a few battles over the past week and we're still not sure who to declare the winner. What do our readers think?

Jared after eating sweet potatoes for the first time.
He has some on his arms, onesie and hair.

This time the opponents are prunes. I think this one is more dramatic because of the color-- I don't need to explain where he got the prunes---
AND they also cause further damage later in the digestive process.
No matter what, he's definitely having fun with his ever-expanding menu!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Family Pictures

We had our picture taken today since Jared is now six months old (geez---time flew). He did great; didn't quite get his enormous smile, but he was a little shell-shocked so it's okay. The two in the title are not the only good ones, you'll have to ask nicely to see the rest. :)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Ghoulish Halloween Feast

I love having people over for dinner, games, etc., since we had Jared I haven't had many opportunities to play hostess--- except for the August blessing invasion :) So, in the middle of the summer, I finally made a promise to myself that we would have the missionaries over for dinner at least once a month. I think it was the mom/big sister in me wanting to take care of them (most of the missionaries now are my siblings' ages).

I usually run the menu by the missionaries before hand, that way I'm able to dazzle them into thinking I'm some exotic chef (I made Yakisoba & Katsudon for the first two meals). When I went book our October date with the missionaries, I noticed that Halloween was rather empty. Swallowing my anxiety and trying, but failing, to mask my growing excitement and need to top my previous dishes, I signed our name to the holiday.

In the weeks that followed I searched the internet far and wide for Halloween recipes--- I was determined to make this meal/evening/holiday memorable---I even got the missionaries Nerds candy as a treat to take home. I had a hard time containing myself and thanks to Gweg's editing eye, I didn't crash and burn when the meal preparation began. The missionaries had fun. They thought the meal was awesome and made it feel like Halloween (direct quote).

The menu included:
  • Bacon-Wrapped Mummy Dogs with blood cheese sauce
  • Ghoul's Eyes (deviled eggs)
  • Witche's Brew (homemade tomato soup)
  • Jello Test-tubes (Gweg made the comment that I was serving the missionaries Jello shots--- oops)
  • Halloween Jello Jigglers, and for dessert...
  • Bloody Graveyard Cake
It was so much fun. Gweg and I agreed that this meal would be a Halloween tradition in our family and I can't wait to make it again!

P.S. Did anyone notice Zero on Jared's pumpkin? I thought someone would comment on how cute it was! Zero is Jack Skellington's (my pumpkin) dog and then Gweg's pumpkin was 'pumpkin pie'--- get it---

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

New Shower Head

On the way home from scouts Gweg bought a shower head with a hose attachment for Jared's bathroom. Why, you ask? Jared had two major blowouts today, not even two hours apart. I guess Mama fed him too many prunes, go figure.

Memo to other Mamas: Don't feed your baby a container of prunes, rice cereal with prunes and apple prune juice in one twenty-four hour period. If you do s/he will christen those diapers so fast, make all kinds of funny faces/noises, and make you appreciate the words 'hose off.' I am grateful he chose to wait until we picked Daddy up from campus--- I don't even want to imagine the potential mess there.

We been sick the past few days, I promise to put Halloween dinner pictures up tomorrow.

And, yes, we did vote yesterday--- Jared sat nicely in his stroller while we performed our civic duty and exercised our rights. I sure do love this country.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Get out and VOTE!!

My MIL sent Gweg & I these articles by Orson Scott Card. I thought they were fantastic and I good thing to share with the blog universe that I touch. Think of it as a gentle reminder to go out and VOTE tomorrow. Gweg and I will go early tomorrow morning and show Jared what he should do when the time comes. Here's hoping the country doesn't get too messed up tomorrow!

Disagree but Don't be Unkind
: This is about California's highly contested Prop 8. Card explains how the church's views of the prop are misinterpreted. We may not live in Cali, but it's still a pre-curser to what could happen around the rest of the country.

Uphold the Constitution: Card discusses how the process of amending the constitution has changed, for good or bad, and how it may affect our future. If you don't read the whole article, at least read the last section about Obama.

My whole reason for this post----- get out and VOTE tomorrow!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

From our family to yours--- have a happy and safe holiday! We already have the primary activity under our belts (Jared is recovering from his second battle with the dragon i.e. napping) and I'm off to start dinner for the missionaries! Pictures to follow in a few days! Happy Halloween!
P.S--- Major props to whoever can tell us why the pumpkins are so awesome! Mama gets the award again for most complicated pumpkin. Daddy's is most subtle. Jared's is, of course, the cutest (Gweg was the artist).

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Halloween Funnies

I think the second one says it all...

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A Weekend in St. Louis

Since Addie's birth, Gweg and I had been trying to figure out when we could go down to St. Louis again. This proved to be rather difficult because of Gweg's crazy semester schedule. Earlier in the month we figured out that we couldn't make it down until December. So, to my surprise Greg turns to me and says we should go down to St. Louis this weekend since it's Stake Conference so I don't need a sub. I emailed Ash & Tracy (still feels weird calling her by her name) to see if it was a go--- one email and phone call later, we were clear for departure AND, just our luck, Jer was blessing Addie because their stake conference is next weekend AND their ward was also having a truck-or-treat on Saturday.

One week and finished costume later, we were off! Besides the drive down and not being able to play Texas Hold'em, this weekend was wonderful. Jared & Addie had slightly different schedules, but we were able to capture a few great moments of them together. They were both amazed with this other little person, except Jared could try to do something about it. He tried numerous times to grab her and Addie would just look at him wondering why this strange person was trying to touch her.

At the Truck-or-Treat, Jared debuted his KNIGHT in SHINING ARMOR costume. We got him a stuffed dragon on e-bay, just in case others couldn't figure it out. (Random note: Greg and I wanted to get him mini coconuts when he first tried on his helmet because he looked like Patsy from Monty Python and the Holy Grail). Addie dressed up as the cutest pumpkin around (I wish I would have got a picture of just her) with her pumpkin hat, onesie, socks and fuzzy orange blanket. While the men stood guard at the truck, Ash & I took a stroll around the parking lot with the sleeping pumpkin and over-stimulated knight. Yes, they may not remember they're first Halloween or eat their own candy, but dog-gone-it, they had to go to a couple of trunks---which was, conveniently, how long Jared lasted.

The next day was Addie's blessing. She wore the same dress that Tracy, Ashley, and Madison were all blessed in and looked adorable. I'm so glad that we were able to come down for it. Jer did a wonderful job. I found myself thinking of the past 11 years and how much Ash and I have been through. Like any other famous pairs, we've had our ups and downs, but I'm so grateful for her friendship and love. She's always been there for me and I don't know what I would do without her. I'm so glad she has a great husband and an adorable little girl. She means the world to me and I wouldn't want it any other way. I know you're reading this, Ash-ber, so, Amb-ley says thanks for this past decade and I can't wait for the next one. I love you dearly and I'm glad we became Moms together! Jared was nice enough to not be hungry until after the blessing, unfortunately he started to lose it right in the middle of the sacrament prayer (a first for him).

We spent the afternoon/evening playing games, feeding babies, eating food and hanging out at the Mo's. The only things missing weren't even a things---Elder Moniz and the Jackson 5 would have made that evening perfect (Oba & Jiji--- Tracy and Mike miss you and kept loving on Jared in honor of you). Every time we go to St. Louis, it feels as though we didn't stay long enough. I'm reminded just how much I love the Moniz and Green families. We love them dearly and hope to make it down once more before we move to who knows where.... the adventure continues...

St. Louis: In Pictures

My Twilight Heroine

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Ambo or Gweg?

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Great Escape

At the end of his nap Jared loves to gibber-jabber, in a good way, to let me know he's awake and ready to be out of his crib. The other day his talking sounded more like shouting, so I walk in his room and see this:Since Jared has mastered scooting, he has been attempting to pull himself up using his play seat, the couch, table, and now his crib bumper. Since then, the bumper has found a new home in storage and his crib looks kind of bare--- oh well, it was good while it lasted.

First Costume Complete

I did it. Something I didn't think I would ever be able to do. It took two months, many hours, and a few tears--- but I did it. I made a Halloween costume. My son's first. I feel like I ran a marathon and came in first. It may not be perfect but I tried. Isn't that what matters? It's done, and who knows if I'll do one again.

Would you like to see a picture? Too bad, so sad, not until after this weekend when Jared christens it at a Trunk-or-Treat in St. Louis.

I still can't believe I actually finished it--- yay.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Ambo's Crazy Eights

I was tagged by Jenni again. It sounded fun since I can't sew while Jared's asleep (almost done with his costume-- woo hoo!)

8 Favorite TV Shows

  1. Pushing Daisies
  2. Heroes
  3. Bones
  4. My Boys
  5. Burn Notice
  6. Mythbusters
  7. Jon & Kate Plus 8
  8. Project Runway

8 Favorite Restaurants

  1. In 'n Out
  2. Takara Japanese Restaurant
  3. Hubbard Avenue Diner
  4. Panera Bread Company
  5. P.F. Chang's
  6. Sonic
  7. Wendy's
  8. My own experimental kitchen

8 Things that Happened Yesterday

  1. Fed Jared
  2. Played with Jared
  3. Changed Jared
  4. Picked up Greg
  5. Made Dinner
  6. Tried to thread a bobbin (had a brief 'Homer' moment)
  7. Bathed Jared
  8. Watched The Right Stuff with Greg

8 Things to Look Forward to

  1. Finishing Jared's Costume
  2. Going to St. Louis this weekend
  3. Making Halloween memorable for our missionaries
  4. Getting Family Pictures at Jared's 6 month mark
  5. Thanksgiving in Seattle
  6. Jared meeting more family members
  7. Christmas in California
  8. Moving to ??? in January

8 Things I Love about Fall

  1. Leaves Changing colors
  2. General Conference
  3. Light Jackets
  4. Pumpkins
  5. Corn Mazes
  6. Halloween
  7. First Flakes (which we might get this week)
  8. Extra hour of sleep

8 Things on My Wish List

  1. Various Movies
  2. Smaller stroller for Jared
  3. Disney Think Fast (Wii game)
  4. A couple long-sleeved shirts
  5. Newer Kitchen Tools
  6. Job for Gweg
  7. Disneyland trip
  8. Various IKEA nic-knacks

8 Friends I Tag

  1. Ashwey
  2. Gweg
  3. Bish
  4. Nett
  5. Megan G.
  6. Mitzi
  7. anyone else who wants to do it... have fun!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Pumpkin Farm '08

Since we had a great time last year finding our pumpkins, we decided to go back to the same place this weekend. Last year's post I expressed my desire to find all maze punches this year no matter what, well, five months of motherhood cured such desire. I did not want to put Jared through the torture, so I figured we shouldn't even try the maze--- Gweg thought differently. He had the confidence that we could get through the maze, as long as we gave up the hole punches. Sacrificing my battle for the overall war, we started on our journey. In the beginning the corn seemed too tall to overcome. However, forty-five minutes later, we made it, everyone still in one piece physically and emotionally. Part one of our day completed, we ate and geared up for part two--- the pumpkin patch.

Since Jared didn't sleep on the way to the farm, it was around this time when I started to get antzy. I worried that one thing would scare the little boy and send him into a tired talespin. I worried for nothing because the pumpkin patch turned out to be a lot of fun. At this farm, there is a hayride to the huge pumpkin patch. Our wagon teamster was the owner of the farm himself and, in one five minute hayride, he told us all about the history of his farm. It was really neat to listen to his family history.

After our brief history lesson, we were off in search of the perfect pumpkins. It wasn't hard. Almost every pumpkin we walked by was the perfect pumpkin. (It happened that way because of the late spring flooding. They lost the first crop, started a new one, then had to irrigate because it stopped raining--- irrigation=larger pumpkins and fuller corn). We then decided to hunt in the pumpkins still on the vine. Success, we even found a baby pumpkin for Jared. After the hayride back, we cleaned our pumpkins and decided to head home. On the way out to the car the people coming to the farm had huge smiles, some even giggling, when the gazed at Jared. I thought, as usual, they were just smiling at our happy little boy. When we got to the car I turned around and saw why some were on the verge of giggling: Jared passed out in his carrier. We tuckered the little boy out with our fun-filled autumn day.

All in all, we had a wonderful time. Even though Jared won't remember it, we'll still have the memories of taking him to get his first pumpkin.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Do You See...

What I See? There are two little teeth on the bottom front of his mouth. I've been trying for days to get a picture and this is the best I got. Can you see the teeth?

HINT: If you click on the pictures, his teeth are really easy to see and you get a close up of a really handsome boy!


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