Tuesday, September 30, 2008

35 Days

It's that time of year again. The air is crisp, the pigskin flying (how about the Chiefs getting their first win--woot yeah!), the leaves are changing and the time will soon come to... VOTE.

Now, I'm not going to use our blog to tell people how they should vote unless I'm passionate about it. This election season, I've had a real hard time getting behind anyone. I have a hard time because I don't like being lied or talked down to and that's exactly what the majority of politicians are all about. I feel as though I'm being forced to choose the lesser of two evils, but I digress.

I absolutely love the country I live in. It gives my family and I freedoms that are not readily enjoyed around the world. I believe in the government as the fore-fathers set it up. With that said, Gweg sent me a link to an article that does a fantastic job at describing the difference between the Popular Vote and the Electoral College.

Enjoy: "Popular Vote" Claims Just a Myth

Monday, September 29, 2008

Computer Cutie

Our little man loves (and I mean L-O-V-E-S) Mama's computer. Anytime she pulls it out near him this is the result.

Do you think he's too young for his own?

Oh---did anyone notice that he's still up by himself? Yay for Jared (he fell over a few seconds later)

SICKIE update: He's still got a cough, runny nose, etc. We went back to the doctor to get a different mask for his machine and it seems to have helped. He seemed better today, so here's hoping and praying he's done in a day or two.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Solidly Sick

Jared had an eventful weekend.

First, he tried rice cereal for the first time. We decided to give it a go because Jared has now gotten into the habit of grabbing for Mama & Daddy's food--- cute, but no so much good. Even though he's always excited about our food, he didn't take to cereal very well. Gweg and I were very entertained with his reaction. He was excited to eat and LOVED his bowl, but he only took a couple spoonfuls of cereal. It probably had something to do with his other event...

Jared is now the proud owner of a nebulizer. He got a cough. It got so bad that when he started to cry he wailed because his chest hurt so bad. When he has a coughing fit we feel so helpless. In the past, we're able to doing something to ease his pain or anxiety, but with a cough you can't.

We took him to the doctor the next day and she said it was a cold. So, she had him do a treatment at the office and it seemed to help which meant we got to take one home to call our very own. Jared does really well with the machine as long as he's doing something else too. We're still doing the treatments because he still has a cough. I can't wait until his cough goes away...

Monday, September 22, 2008

Gweg: In Images

Megbo tagged me, Ambo persuasively told me to do it:

My Favorite Vacation: Yosemite. Pretty much I like hiking. And I like nature. I especially like to peer over the edge of really tall things.


My Favorite Color: The picture says it all!


My Current Age: How big are your rims?


My Favorite Treat:


My Favorite Food: mmm bbq goodness...


My Favorite Animal: puppies, they are like babies, only they can communicate better... perhaps not as fulfilling in the long run, but hey, they sure do like their food!


The Place I Want to Travel The Most: Carlsbad Caverns. I like caves. Being an engineer, I have a natural aversion to sunlight.


The Place I Grew Up:


The Place I Live Now:


Last Name: I guess Dave is a Dodger


Middle Name(s): old cursive is hard to read, but they are here somewhere...


First Name:


Something I Used to Love: fast-food is on the way out...

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Ambo: In Images

Jenni tagged me, so here it goes:

In order to complete this tag, you have to search the answers on an image search engine and then post a picture from the first page of results with the answer. It's lots of fun, so anyone who hasn't been tagged and wants to do this, I TAG YOU!

My Favorite Vacation: Our trip in Nassau, Bahamas in January 2005. Mom & Pops sent us all out there for a Christmas present. It was the perfect time of year to go because it wasn't too hot, we could still swim (and sunburn), and it wasn't hurricane season. I recommend it completely and I want to go back bad! Below is the Atlantis Resort.
My Favorite Color: The primary colors are one, two, three--- red, yellow, and blue. I love these colors. They're fun, exciting, and represent so many things!
My Current Age: Go, figure...
My Favorite Treat: It's a toss up between Reese's Peanut Butter Cups & snickerdoodles. Snickerdoodles are comforting and oh so delicious. Reese's are good in anything and heavenly by themselves!












My Favorite Food: Japanese. I love everything about it; all because my Pops went there on his mission and brought back his love of the food. I cook it and crave it. Oh so good... Gyozas have to be my favorite within the favorite.
My Favorite Animal: For the longest time it has been the Tasmanian Devil. Cute and cuddly, but crazy when it has to be!










The Place I Want to Travel The Most: Disney Cruise Lines. I've never been on a cruise and I want to go a-la Disney style. It would be nice to take a Caribbean one mixed with a Disney world pass because I've never been there either.
The Place I Grew Up: Utah & Missouri.












The Place I Live Now: Wisconsin--- This is the Wisconsin state flower: Wood Violet
Last Name: This professional poker player has the same last name...
Middle Name: A town in the United Kingdom is called Leigh-on-the-Sea.
First Name: Oh, to be tree excrement
Something I Used to Love: Jem & the Holograms---old 80's cartoon. I had all the dolls and playsets. It even came out on DVD for a short time and I missed it--- I still wouldn't mind owning it.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Four Months

That's right---our chunky monkey is now four months old and full of energy and life. Jared is still growing like a weed. At his doctor's appointment he was 17 lbs and 26 1/4 inches long. He's so long now that he almost exclusively wears 6 to 9 month clothes.

Over the last month it seems as though Jared learns to do something new every day. Even if it's a new babble or shaking a toy, he always seems to be exploring and learning. Maybe it's easier to notice now that we're not getting up in the middle of the night to feed and change him. I feel blessed to be his mother and watch him grow each day. We've noticed a few things about him just in the last few weeks, they are:
  • Jared absolutely loves being on his tummy---in fact, that's the only way he sleeps now (bugs me so bad because I worry). When he's awake, put him down on his blanket and he'll lift his little legs and bum in the air and roll right over. He's now a pro at rolling from his back to his tummy---he's just learning the other way.
  • The reason Jared sleeps through the night is because he has found his thumbs and loves to suck on them. I've found him a couple of times sleeping with a thumb in the mouth---so cute!
  • Jared loves to scoot! While on his tummy, he learned that if he shifted his weight on his arms he can pivot around and face a different direction. Both Greg and I have found him positioned in all kinds of directions in his crib. So, the boy can make a full circle but hasn't quite figured out how to go forward. Heaven help me on that day :)
  • He's trying to go forward. He loves pushing his body up when he's on his tummy. He's so good at it now that whenever he makes eye contact with me mid-push-up he flashes me a huge gummy smile.
  • He's starting to teeth. Where his bottom front teeth will be have changed in preparation to come in. As a result, he's a little more moody, way drool-ly, and chews on anything and everything.
  • He can chew on anything and everything because he's gotten way better at grabbing things. He loves grabbing and holding Mama's hair---especially when I blow raspberries on his tummy.
  • He's already developing stranger anxiety. When we went to the doctor's office he got really testy with her when I wasn't in his line of vision---it was cute, but sad at the same time.
  • He loves to babble and make all kinds of noises--- his new favorite is the screech and raspberries.
  • He laughs out loud at least once a day usually because Mama or Daddy does something funny to/for him. The best time he laughed happened when he sat watching me write a recipe list on our kitchen notepad. I only wrote a couple of words and he thought it was the funniest thing in the whole world---Barb was in the other room and asked what I was doing to make him laugh so hard. I guess he was amused that I'm attempting to be a cook. :)
  • He loves mirrors---instant smile when he sees himself, Mama or Daddy in the mirror. Happy screech if Mirror Mama kisses Mirror Baby.
  • He loves magazines and books. A couple of times he has tried to eat the Ensign. I gave him the past Church News to placate him---five minutes and a few soggy paper pages later I had a baby with newspaper hands and face. I tried really hard to take pictures, but they didn't turn out.
  • He likes my laptop---or just keyboards in general. Whenever he sits with Mama or Daddy at one of the computers he tries desperately to get to the buttons. There's a Fisher-Price play set that has a play laptop that has Christmas present written all over it. I'm already excited.
Sorry this is so long, but I haven't posted about Jared in a while, so it's only fair. Jared is a blast. We enjoy every little bit of him. The doctor says he's doing great. I'm sure he'll continue to learn more skills. I'm doing my best to get a laugh, a scoot, and mirror time on video---so stay tuned for that. Also, we're going to start solid foods at the five month mark so that's another adventure to watch out for. As for Mama, I'm attempting to revamp my sewing skills by making Jared's Halloween costume. I've already started in order to give myself enough time before hand to finish---so far so good, but wish me luck.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Today: A Year Ago

A year ago, we were having a rough week...

Jay, Greg's father, passed away from complications due to Lung Cancer on the 9th. We were both having a hard time, emotionally, getting through the week of school and work before heading out for the funeral---then we had to face what would have been Jay's 64th birthday on the 12th.

The days between the 9th and 12th I felt miserable---physically---and I chalked it up to dealing with Jay's passing. The night of the 11th, I had suddenly remember that my 'monthly woman time' was now a week and a half late. I disregarded this earlier in the week because I had been late since we started trying and I didn't want to set Gweg and I up for another emotional heartbreak.

So, on the morning of the 12th (Jay's birthday), I added a pregnancy test to my morning routine. Low and behold, we were going to have a baby. I calmly walked over to Gweg and told him--- he didn't hear me because he was sleeping. So, I turned on the light. Once it hit him, we had a moment of tears because Jay had sent us Jared. He sent us Jared to remind us just what life on this earth is all about. It was at that moment that I knew if the baby was a boy he would be named after our fathers--- it only seemed right.

Now it's a year later and a lot has changed. Our little boy is now enhancing our lives with his wonderful spirit and there isn't a day that goes by when I privately thank Jay for our little boy... then I remind him just how much he is missed.

Facelift

What do ya'll think?

Gweg & I came together to decipher a little bit of HTML to get our blog designed just the way we like it. Yay for being able to have enough computer skills to play with HTML.

However creative we may be, the design would not have been possible without a fantastic digital scrapbooking site called DigiScrapDepot. They have anything and everything---for sale and for free. Everything I used for this facelift came from this sites' freebies.

I also got blog tips from Cutest Blog on the Block. This site also has freebies and kits to purchase, however, these ones are premade--- so all the user has to do is fidget a tiny bit with the HTML. I used the advice on how to make our own background.

You can click on the links above to go to the sites or I have them both under our "Non-Blog Links" list.

Oh, my question above is serious... what do our readers think?

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Under Construction

Our blog is amidst a major renovation project.

Faithful readers, please be patient; for our blog's new look will be completed shortly. (random readers will have to be patient too)!

Thanks.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Did It Feel Good?

Greg, Jared, and I went a baptism today. Jared did great; he fell asleep in daddy's arms then woke up to play with another four-month-old and some primary kids.

We went mainly because it was the family's last Sunday in our ward. The boy's big sister was in my primary class and I wanted to see her and her mom one last time; she was my shining light of sanity--- I now have a class full of nine-year-old boys. Now, I hadn't been to a baptism since my little brother's (he's about to go on a mission) so I was pleasantly reminded of the spiritual nature of such a wonderful event.

I loved watching the mini-events entangled with one boy's choice to be baptized. Other families watching trying to keep their kids in a reverent state of mind. The young men laughing at the one-year-olds attempt to walk. The missionaries asking me (of all people) about the start of football season (I guess I have a reputation). A baby sister gasping for her big brother, getting to him and then deciding she wants the other big brother. The swarm of primary kids hovering over the font watching the boy happy to get in the water with his dad. And, the actual baptism followed shortly by a little voice in the primary crowd saying, "did it feel good?"

The crowd all smiled and giggled. This little boy's question got me thinking how good it really was for all of us there---of course he was asking if the water felt good---but I thought of other ways. I at this family we were all there to support. His mom telling him how proud she is; baby brother napping on a family friend and sisters saying prayers and leading music. Not to mention Dad baptizing and conferring the Holy Ghost upon his first born son who couldn't have been happier. It was then I glanced at loving husband cradling our son---my own family---and, I realized, this is what life is all about. The little boy Greg and I are desperately in love with is completely dependent on us right now--- physically and spiritually. It is up to us to show him just how much we love each other, and the gospel. Then it's up to him. What a marvelous plan Heavenly Father has set in place for us.

Through one question we were all reminded just how good it feels--- and by good, I mean, great.

p-s- this is our 150th post---wow!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Endless Bike

So some friends from church got together for a fun bike ride 2 weeks ago. I said, sure! I like fun rides, I like to ride my bike. I could use some friends to bike with to keep me motivated about staying fit. So we meet at the church, common location everyone can find, and head out. I jokingly say, I am not up for a really long ride as I need to be home in about 2 hours. Sure, fine, no problem, this is just a short ride came the reply. So at the halfway point I am really tired. I can bike the 7 miles to school just fine, but this was a test of my flabby self. Turns out the other three riders that showed up like to ride 50 miles for fun, and 100 miles for sport. The ride was grueling due to Barlow Hill at the midway point. About halfway up the hill the slope maxes out at about 16%. For you who know about inclines that is huge!!!. Oh well, I made it home... eventually. And it only took 3 days to recover. Almost broke me of bike riding, but tomorrow I think I will tackle another ride.


Route Length: 23.5 miles

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Effigy Mounds

On Saturday, we went exploring more of Wisconsin. We took a nice drive west toward Prairie du Chien, across the Mississippi, and hiked Effigy Mounds National Monument. It was very fun and peace. Greg wore Jared in the Jeep carrier and they both did very well. Jared even fell asleep during the hike. We're definately needed the exercise and it was nice to be able to relax and enjoy nature before the semester started.

Here are the pictures:

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