Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Almost Missed

Here are some small, but treasure family moments over the last two months that we didn't want to miss:

Annabelle had her first real bath the night before Oba & Jiji left. She has continued to love bath time, but not as much as her brother.
Daddy built Jared a box fort out of some of our boxes from the move. It stayed up in the playroom until Christmas Eve, when it was retired because it was pretty much destroyed. This is Jared passing me by in a moment of play...

Jared climbed into Belle's carseat one Sunday after church---I think he's allowed a moment of regression...
Taken on the 21st... just wanted ya'll to know who she was rooting for...
I went upstairs to wake Jared from his nap and this is what I found... so cute...
Daddy cuddles...aka my world, loves and life (for all who care, Belle's wrapped up in my baby blanket)... and yes, Gweg has a goatee---don't worry, it's filled out :)

Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas 2009

Christmas this year had a lot of firsts: Annabelle's first, Jared's first as a toddler, first one not going anywhere to visit which means it was our first at home---with just our family in our home. As I said before, this had pros and cons, but we definitely made it memorable filled with things we hope to keep as traditions in years to come.

Christmas Eve, we had our friends (and neighbors) over for dinner and a movie. We had a great time and the dinner was great! Since our kids are so young, we had traditional Christmas eve jammies early; Daddy even got some new slippers! Jared needed to be reminded what to do with wrapping paper; he was very mesmorized by the Cars on it, I almost thought we'd have to open it for him--- almost. I showed him how to start and he went to town---very promising for the next morning.

Literally two minutes after putting on his new Lightning McQueen jammies, he tripped on Belle's chair and busted his lip open. It was so sad, so I took pictures---memories, right? After settling down and cuddling with both Mommy and Daddy, we read his book about the First Christmas--- and then put baby Jesus into our little advent calendar. (Side note: Jared got way into moving Mary & Joseph to the manager; he knew exactly what to do when I told him it was time to move them. In fact, he was really upset when we put them away). Then, it was off to bed.

The next morning, Gweg and I got up a little before Jared's normal awake time of 730 to start breakfast of Monkey Bread---oh so good, but since it's not so healthly we decided that it only gets made Christmas morning and if it's a birthday breakfast request. Then it was time to wake the boy.

Jared barely got to the bottom step before he ran over to the car mat Santa had left him. Santa was even smart enough to leave a couple of Jared's car out on the mat and he automatically started playing on it. Once we pulled Jared away from the mat it was stocking time in which he got an orange, among other things (Santa remembered that Jared's mommy used to always get those in her stocking so he started doing it for her kids). Santa left Daddy some desk things and Reese's cups and Mommy got Lindt chocolates.

These kids are insanely spoiled--- FYI: Grandparents--- we love that you want to get them everything you think they'll, but you don't need to. :) Their haul (including what we spent his giftcards on): blocks, Little People airport and garage, a cozy coupe, clothes, piggy banks, stuffed Sesame Street characters, Monsters, Inc., a singing book (thanks, Great-Grandma---that toy isn't annoying at all), Cars coloring book, Lightning McQueen car, McQueen cell phone (sense a theme), a art table for the playroom, and some books (another carl book and the very hungry catapillar---two new favorites--- to name a few).

Gweg's big gift was a nice tool chest; he knew all about it because he was there when we bought it on black Friday. Since he was there and knew, he wasn't allowed to open it up until Christmas Day. My big present was a Best Buy gift card because I "complained about all the new CDs I wanted and Gweg couldn't remember the names." It was very thoughtful.

Gweg and I got some clothes and a lot of gift cards. With the gift cards we got more clothes, garage shelves, New Mario Bros. Wii, CDs, crafting supplies, Belgian Waffle Maker, Star Trek on Blue-Ray to play on our BlueRay player. Yes, yes movie parties at our house!

We spent the rest of the day relaxing and frying another turkey to go with our Christmas dinner; only this time we didn't have my parents here to help us with anything. We had our friends over, yet again, and from the general mood of things---it was a success!

Writing this out made me realize just how blessed we were this year. It also seems like a bit much; we tried so hard to keep Christ in our Christmas, to develop new family traditions, and it doesn't seem like we succeeded when I write it down. We did the best we could; the kids only got one present from Santa and two from us; so the rest was grandparents. Don't get me wrong, we're very grateful that so many people love our little family, but we hope that our kids never lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas. Celebrating the birth of our Savior and finding the joy through giving to others like the Savior did.

It was a great Christmas; we did remember our Savior and we did create many new traditions that I cannot wait to do throughout the years.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

We love you all! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year (I make no promises about blogging between now and 2010)! For your enjoyment:

See ya'll on the flip side!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Stocking Stuffer

Santa left us the cutest stocking stuffer this year...

Isn't she GORGEOUS!!!
She started smiling this past week and I'm trying really hard to get it on camera...maybe I'll get it Friday.. :)

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Getting Ready

We've had so much fun decorating our house for Christmas. Since Belle's due date was so close to the holidays (and it's getting harder to travel) we decided not to travel this holiday season. There are pros and cons to doing so and the biggest pro is we get to celebrate Christmas for the first time in our house. We get the chance to establish traditions our kids will be able to always remember with Christmas; and it's definitely made all of us excited this month. Even if we don't get snow on the ground, it's still feels like Christmas.

Here's looking from the kitchen to the living room
Our long wall
The stockings on the staircase...
My freezer paper addiction strikes in our decorations... and...
The outside and all it's glory... Santa won't miss our house :)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Extra Touch

Since moving into the house I have come to believe paint adds the extra touch; it adds a little bit (or a lot in our case) of personality and uniqueness, making a house YOUR home. Granted, when the time comes to sell (in the much distant future), it may be difficult to pull buyers in, but I think it's worth it.

While my parents were in town we had a goal to get Belle's room painted. She'll be sleeping in there soon and we wanted to give the paint time to settle. After figuring out we were missing some needed tools, my mom and I cranked it out in a few hours (two coats). We even had a little helper (right). It was fun to be dirty and paint; plus it gave my mom and I time to ourselves to talk which has become so much more meaningful since I became a mom. Here's the result:It was so nice to have it all done when Gweg came home so he didn't have to do any of it. While we were sitting around that night, my mom turned to me and said, "what do you have planned in Jared's room?" Uh oh... Well, this led to that and my mom and I had a plan for the next day and we didn't tell Gweg. So, when Gweg came home after work he came home to this:Actually, it wasn't done. We all pitched in (even my Dad) to get it done that night. Each room still has a little bit more to go, but we'll take a break until after the holidays when Jared finally gets his big boy bed. :)

If, we didn't say it before, thanks Oba & Jiji for helping. Now every grandparent has helped paint somewhere in the house which, again, makes it feel more like OUR home. :)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Hot Rod Angel

Jared loves Little People. Since last Christmas, he's built a collection and, rumor from the North Pole is, he's getting more next Friday. The nice thing about Little People is that no matter how many different sets you have, they'll all work together (keep that in mind).

This year, to hinder his inquisitive little nature from destroying any fragile decorations, we bought the Little People Nativity. It's worked really well, nothing's broken and I'm finding sheep and wisemen everywhere (which is sign he really likes the toy).

Last week, after putting him down for his nap, I came downstairs to find this:
Apparently, the Angel is going to spread the glad tidings of Baby Jesus' birth in style.

Sunday, December 13, 2009


Since Belle was born 18 months, to the day, after her big brother, I never really got to post a little about our big boy and his year and a half milestone. So, in honor of our eldest, here are some facts about our 19 month old (thanks for the inspiration, Ash):

Weight: 27 lbs---as of last month
Height: 36 inches--- I can rub his hair when we stand next to each other
Head Circ.: I honestly don't remember but it was in the 90+ percentile---his head is huge
Hair: light brownish red
Eyes: dark amber brown---no joke, Gweg's are the same color
Teeth: All except the 2yr molars---it makes his smiles that much cuter
Likes: Elmo, Annabelle, his blue blankie, Little People, going on walks, bathtime, spinning, dancing, nursery (or so we hear), Chickens (don't ask me why he starts to giggle everytime he sees them)
Dislikes: good ol' Vacuum, getting his toothbrush taken away when he's done, being told no
Favorite Food: anything except peas, mushrooms, and olives ---seriously though, this kid packs it away. Half the time I have no idea where he puts it because he just keeps eating. Parents always talk about how teenage boys eat them out of house and home, I would submit the pits become bottomless in toddlerhood.
Favorite Toys: Any kind of ball, Indiana Jones PotatoHead, Little People Navitity & Race Car
Favorite Books: My Eyes, Body, & Toes: Pick-a-flap book, Barnyard Dance, Hop on Pop, Thomas the Train's Find the Freight, Good Dog Carl
Favorite Things to Watch: Sesame Street, Phineas & Ferb, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Disney/Pixar's Cars (he has a Cars poster in his room and exclaims 'car' every time he wakes up---we've already watched the movie a couple times this month and I'm pretty sure we'll watch it again soon).
Signs: Please, Thank you, more, help, all done, hungry/food, hurt, folds arms for prayer. Over the fall, we've taught him how to do the 'touchdown' and 'first down' signals. I'm not going to lie---it's awesome
Words: Da, Mo, Ah-ba=Annabelle (it's really cute to hear him yell for her), peas=please, uh oh, boo-ba=boom, baby!, dan-que=thank you, Sa Ca= Santa Claus, car, up, nose, eye, mou, ear, duck, Cookie, cat, truck, no, key=mickey, and many more. He's gotten good at mimicking what we say to him, so he's said a few dozen more. He's also told Greg 'down peas.'

How he drives us crazy: He understands a majority of what we say, so he knows to run away or fight when we want him to do something. He's definitely figured out tantrums, and it's not too bad unless we're in public. He hasn't quite figured out volume control, so we've had a few instances of random loud scream.

Why he's so awesome: He's really into helping right now. He's helped clean, unload the dishwasher, take Belle's diaper to the trash, swiffer the tile, change the laundry, and pull the weeds. It's been so nice to be able to communicate with him; we have been able to give him simple directions for five months now and it's fun to see him understand and fall into a routine. It's also been fun to see him develop more of a personality; actually knowing he'd prefer to watch Cars or go for a walk. He's already a fantastic big brother. He loves her and shouts for her when we come down in the morning.

These last 19 months of Jared have been so fun and challenging. We've fully enjoyed being his parents and are so grateful to have him in our family.

Friday, December 11, 2009

A Month of Belle

We can't believe it's already been a month (even though it feels like she's always been here). The picture above was taken just before church on Sunday--I like it because her eyes are open. As of today, these were here stats:

Weight: 9 lbs 1 oz
Height: 21.5 inches
Head Circ: 14.5 inches

I didn't bother to ask the percentages because, frankly, it doesn't matter. As long as she continues to grow between appointments, then I'm happy. She's a wonderful little baby. We can count on one hand how many times she's 'cried.' She's incredibly patient with her brother's kisses and many attempts to give her hugs. We know when she's hungry because she basically just grunts and breathes a little faster---it's rather cute---and louder than you think. She has a little reflux, just like her brother, but nothing will be done about it unless she starts to show signs of distress.

Quick story about her name. Annabelle was the name of my great-grandma (Dad's Dad's Mom) and Leigh is my middle name. Back at BYU, I took a Family History class and discovered the name; from that moment I knew I would name my first daughter Annabelle---if any of my older cousins didn't get to it first. Before we were married, I actually asked Gweg if he wouldn't mind giving our first daughter this name; good thing he passed the test.

As for what we'll call her, we really don't have a preference: Annabelle, Belle, Annabellee, and Bellee (last two are a moosh of her first and middle names) have been our favorites. When she gets older she can choose which one she likes the best, and that's fine by us. Ya'll can call her any variation of her name, except for Bella---she may have a Twi-Mom for a Mom, but she's not named after the book. :)

Coming Soon: Jared at 19 months, Painted Rooms & Christmas Decorations---so stay tuned!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Riverwalk Lights

On the Saturday after Thanksgiving we took my parents to see the Riverwalk lights. It was very crowded because the holiday and an impending cold/rainy front coming through town the next day. We had a lot of fun. I carried Belle in a wrap one of my friends gave me and I kept hearing comments like: 'aww there's a baby in there' or 'is that a baby.' I thought it was rather amusing.

We had plans earlier in the day to go the BYU/UoU area tailgate party but we realized it probably wouldn't be good with a toddler, newborn, and healing mom in tow. So, since we couldn't watch the game, we listened to it on my Dad's iPhone including the exciting conclusion while walking along the river. I even started singing the fight song! What a memory! Go Cougs!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Turkey Day

We very much enjoyed our first Turkey day in the house. I wanted to help with the dinner, but no one would let me because I was still recovering. It was a good thing too because my body reminded me the same thing in the middle of the day.

Jiji & Greg worked on the Turkey. We bought a fryer before Annabelle's birth and Greg broke it out of the box that morning. Oba took the reigns in the kitchen and gave me a play-by-play so I could do the same come Christmas.

Barb, Nick & Trish all came over to celebrate with us. Unfortunately, Trish was still pregnant but everyone seemed to enjoy themselves (and baby Parker joined them a few days later). Jared tried to help in the kitchen, but wouldn't try the cream cheese filling. Now he won't try anything white; I think he's afraid it'll taste the same. He also full-heartedly enjoyed the dinner. Belle just loved being loved.

All in all, our day was great and here's the proof: :)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Newest Family Pictures

Sorry for the lack of posting; my folks came to town for a wonderful visit and I haven't had much time for blogging. We had lots of fun Christmas and house decorating, deep-frying and eating turkey, visiting relatives, going to see the Riverwalk lights, and painting the kids' rooms. Jared had a blast and walked around the house this morning looking for Oba & Jiji. Anywho, I'll post about all of that after I post these... our newest family pictures. Here they are:

For many reasons, Annabelle never got newborn pictures taken at the hospital. So, in part to get those done and also to have updated pictures, we had our pictures done when Annabelle was 10 days old. We got some great shots.

These pictures made me realize just how big my little boy is. He's growing up and I don't know how it went by so fast. :) Cute moment: Jared started to have a meltdown during the white background pictures and I didn't think we'd get a picture of the both of them. Luckily, as I've said before, Jared loves to give his little sister kisses. So, when I asked him to give her kisses, the photographer got some great shots.


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