Friday, October 31, 2008
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
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
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...
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Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
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
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
- Pushing Daisies
- My Boys
- Burn Notice
- Jon & Kate Plus 8
- Project Runway
8 Favorite Restaurants
- In 'n Out
- Takara Japanese Restaurant
- Hubbard Avenue Diner
- Panera Bread Company
- P.F. Chang's
- My own experimental kitchen
8 Things that Happened Yesterday
- Fed Jared
- Played with Jared
- Changed Jared
- Picked up Greg
- Made Dinner
- Tried to thread a bobbin (had a brief 'Homer' moment)
- Bathed Jared
- Watched The Right Stuff with Greg
8 Things to Look Forward to
- Finishing Jared's Costume
- Going to St. Louis this weekend
- Making Halloween memorable for our missionaries
- Getting Family Pictures at Jared's 6 month mark
- Thanksgiving in Seattle
- Jared meeting more family members
- Christmas in California
- Moving to ??? in January
8 Things I Love about Fall
- Leaves Changing colors
- General Conference
- Light Jackets
- Corn Mazes
- First Flakes (which we might get this week)
- Extra hour of sleep
8 Things on My Wish List
- Various Movies
- Smaller stroller for Jared
- Disney Think Fast (Wii game)
- A couple long-sleeved shirts
- Newer Kitchen Tools
- Job for Gweg
- Disneyland trip
- Various IKEA nic-knacks
8 Friends I Tag
- Megan G.
- anyone else who wants to do it... have fun!
Monday, October 20, 2008
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
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!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
We only give him a little bit, but we're glad he's getting something different. Jared will now get bananas once a day with one of his 'lunch-times' for a week or two, then we'll try some oatmeal or peas next week. The whole cereal seemed to cause more stress then needed... I know it's supposed to help his system get used to new foods, but he seems to be doing just fine. Why does the transition have to be so complicated? I bet it wasn't this complicated in years past. Oh well... can't say we didn't try.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
(too bad she didn't realize his teeth were strong enough to scratch them)
Daddy's clean jeans
His highchair placemat
(got this taken away when Mama noticed he was actually widdling at it)and... our favorite...
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
get out of my chair when you're in the shower or doing the dishes.
Also, I can...
balance on all fours! I'm so mobile!
And because of this you now put these on my thighs....
stylish legwarmers! They stop me from getting rug burn,
although I don't think they're very manly!
Look, I'm changing everyday to enjoy this crazy thing we call life!"
Monday, October 6, 2008
I really liked President Monson's talk in which he said: "There will be no tomorrow to remember if you don't do something today." We have that written on the top of our bathroom mirror from one of his older addresses. If the prophet feels the need to repeat something, I know it's important. So, hopefully, in our family, we'll have very few empty yesterdays.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Tooth Update: It's visible now... and it hurts when he bites...
Solid Update: Tried rice cereal again today--- it went better...
Coming Soon: Scooting video and Jared's first swing
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
After the RS meeting this past weekend I thought it would be a nice thing for fellow wives (and encouraging husbands) to read. Don't beat yourself up if your talents are different than others. Each woman is marvelous and our individual medley of talents enhances our own families.
Check it out: Bad Wife or Just a Busy One?
Funny tidbit-- I messed up dinner right after reading this article and I was really beating myself up over it and Gweg came up to me, looked me in the eyes and said, "are you baking bread?" Oh boy, do I ever love him.
SICKIE update: Jared still has a cough and now a tooth is starting to poke through. AND he got his Mommy sick with a cough and fever... oh joy...
SIDE NOTE: Our thoughts and prayers are with the Maughan family. My uncle's father passed away suddenly yesterday and we're thinking of them. We wish we could be there to mourn with you. We love you!