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...


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