Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Horrible Weekend Thing

Greg's cousin, who was the same age as him, passed away in a motorcycle accident this past weekend. We wish we could be there to mourn with and comfort the McTee/Miller families. We love you all!

Personally, I wish I could have had the chance to meet her and feel so horrible that her life was cut so short. Through the gospel, we know she still lives and waits for a precious reunion with her loved ones right next to her Uncle Jay. Mortality is so fragile and an amazing gift. I hope we all cherish it.

Click here or here to read the story.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Two Weekend Things

I promise to post apartment pictures soon; this weekend was just a little crazy! Why, you ask? Two things:

#1: Jared took his first steps on Friday! That night, we tried it again when Daddy was home with no such luck. Most of the weekend, when we tried to get him to walk for Greg, he'd only do it when Greg was looking away, stepped into the bathroom, kitchen, etc. It was sad, but funny. Finally, last night he walked between Mama and Daddy a couple of times. So cute!

#2: We reserved a lot and signed a contract to build a home! We wanted to stay in our new ward, so most of our options were out of our price range. Until we were guided to a subdivision that was just right. So, mid-summer the construction begins and the earliest we'll be in our new home will be October 1st! Just in time for the holidays! We're so very grateful for this amazing blessing and hope that the Lord will continue to guide us in this process. Here's the floor plan (it really doesn't do the home justice):

Friday, March 27, 2009

A Master

Greg got this in the mail last week...


We're so proud of him and all he does for our little family. I promise to get a picture of the man himself; he's usually at work when I remember. :)

Yay for Gweg!

Monday, March 23, 2009

More Seattle

Here's the rest of the Seattle pictures. I'm glad the baby and I had the chance to go our there for Jiji's birthday; especially since we had not seen them since November. Enjoy!

Apparently, I can't spell, lounging---whoops. :)

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Update

Greg's getting more involved at work.

Jared's getting closer to walking.

I finished a Christmas project this week and made a friend at church today. :)

My brackets are 'okay' for my rookie season; they would have been better if I just did one and put the good picks together. Greg's is getting worse, but he just randomly picked people so it's okay. :)

We started looking at homes this weekend and plan to be in one by the end of the year.

Greg was nice enough to go to Target with me to buy Twilight yesterday; then we went home and watched it. :)

The video I promised wouldn't post---fate was on your side, Z and Park.

We had dinner with the Barr family (my first cousin once-removed, we think) and it was fantastic! Thanks again!

I've haven't posted apartment pictures because I still haven't taken them---whoops.

I'll post the rest of the Seattle pictures soon.

Oh---we still love Texas.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Seattle: Southworth Ferry

On one blustery day in Seattle, Pops and Park decided it would be fun to take us on a ferry. Z had never been on one either, so off we were. It was either that or drive to Port Angeles and I didn't want to leave Meg out of that excursion; plus I was the only one who really wanted to go and I didn't want to have a cranky baby or men on my hands :).

At first we tried to get to the longest ferry, which would take us to downtown Seattle. By the time we got there, Z would have missed work, so that was a no-go. We did the next best thing and took the ferry from Southworth to Fauntleroy (south Seattle). It was a lot of fun. Jared loved watching the birds before we boarded. We also spent some time looking at the water and feeling the engine rumble. He seemed quite content; he even danced with his uncles, which I'll post tomorrow! :)

For now, here are some pictures of the ride:

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

So Glad When Daddy Comes Home

I've discovered on the days Jared sees Greg leave for work, we have a mini-battle. Jared knows how to get out of the apartment, so if I'm not carefully watching him this will happen:

He wants so bad to find Daddy... or go out. What I have to be careful about is when my climber tries to use all his weight to attempt a break-out. All I have to say is yay for strong baby gates---especially if your baby is a climber. And, memo to future me: don't let Jared see Greg leave.

Luckily, we go out most days to take a walk to the trash or mail. So, it's not too traumatic. What's adorable about this whole connection is when Greg comes home. Our front door makes a lot of noise when it opens and shuts, so when Jared hears the door it's off to the races. I never see him crawl quite as fast as when Daddy comes home. I love it and I know Greg does too.

Monday, March 16, 2009

1314

Almost a month ago we moved from Wisconsin to Texas. 1,314 miles to be exact. Everything went pretty well. It took a day for the movers to finish our packing job. Later that night, we enjoyed our last night of frigid weather without our coats because they were packed (whoops) and ate at our favorite Japanese joint for dinner.

The next morning we started our journey. We decided to split it up into three days; so Jared didn't have to spend more time than needed in the car; this made our total drive time per day about six hours. We stopped in St. Louis, MO---Muskogee, OK---and Austin, TX.

Why stop so close to our goal, you ask? Barb lives in Austin so we decided to spend the rest of the weekend with her before heading further south. Plus we had to wait for our move-in date and our stuff to get here.

We were so glad to stop in St. Louis before heading out. The Mo's have been extra fantastic ever since we moved back (for me) to the mid-west. They've let us come and visit multiple times and we're truly going to miss those St. Louis get-a-ways. Plus, it was great to see Ash, Jer and now, Addie. We miss them, and living close to them, terribly and hope they decide to come down here one day!

Jared did great the whole way. We'd leave at his morning naptime, so we could get a couple good hours in before he needed attention. Then, I would climb in the back (I love having the Highlander) and keep him company. We're very grateful for a good natured baby.

So---long story short---we survived, but you knew that already, didn't you?

Friday, March 13, 2009

Temples: An Eternal Purpose

I saw this on a friend's blog and I wanted to take the opportunity to put it on ours as well; the video briefly explains why temples are so important to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (or Mormons as the world knows us). In our family and religion, we love and respect the temple and all the holy ordinances which occur within it's walls. It is truly the house of the Lord. Enjoy. If you have additional questions, click here.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Cease Travel

We have been doing so much traveling lately and I am so done with it. I'm waving the white flag and calling for a 'cease travel.' Jared and I just got back from a fantastic trip to Seattle for my Dad's birthday. We had LOADS of fun, but missed Daddy terribly. When we got home, Greg told me to never go away for that long again (Confession: Those five days were the longest we've ever been apart). Done and done.

I need a break. A break from planes and airports. A break from suitcases and hotels. A break from vacations. A break to establish our routine in our new home. Since Greg will need to build vacation time anyway, I now issue a decree that anyone who wants to visit us may, but it will be a while until we're ready to visit others again.

I want to feel at home with my family. And so do my boys. What kind of wife/mom would I be to deny them the feeling of being home? Shouldn't that be my number one priority? Done and done.

In honor of the 'cease travel' declaration, here's a couple pictures of traveling baby.

Crawling under the stroller at the SLC airport.
Enjoying the leg room on the plane.
Stay tuned for moving (finally), Seattle, and apartment posts.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

February Trip: California

The second half of our trip was to California. The main reason was so Greg and his Grandpa could celebrate their birthdays together; Greg being 27 and Grandpa being 90. Here some of the pictures. I say some because it's late and I need to get to bed because I have a long day of traveling alone with the baby tomorrow. Jared and I are going to Seattle for my Dad's birthday. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Too Fast

When Jared and I were in the hospital we had friends who gave us an adorable one-year-old outfit. He looked so tiny next to it I remember thinking, "it'll be a long time before my baby fits in this." Well, the long time has come:

May 11th, 2008
March 3rd, 2009
He's also in size 4 diapers... sigh... my baby is such a big boy...

Monday, March 2, 2009

February Trip: Utah

Before we moved and Greg started his job (which he's at right now, yay), we decided to visit Utah and California (see post). We went to Utah---via California---first. Jared loved seeing family, or so he ba-ba-ed to me. He had loads of fun with his cousins, celebrating Great-Grandpa's birthday, sleeping while Mama & Daddy played Settlers with Jenni & Megan, and laughing at the cooky man known as Grandad. Here's the proof:


Stay tuned for California & Moving Antics!

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