Sunday, July 26, 2009

These last couple of weeks Seth has been traveling. He went to Texas for about a week, and just left to go to Georgia for a day.
Aubrey has been busy with preschool and gymnastics. The summer preschool program did fun arts and crafts. It was a good way to prepare Aubrey for preschool in the fall.
Shannon made an attempt to put some things in a yard sale with a friend. The whole thing was a miserable flop! I lost more money than I made! The only thing that sold was some of Aubrey's old toys that belonged in the trash! Oh, well. Never do that again! Anything of value can be sold online, kids things can go to kid-to-kid, and everything else can go to DI from NOW ON!
For my 25th birthday, mom came to help with Aubrey and shop. I got a good nap, taught piano lessons, and went out to dinner with Seth and Aubrey to Corbin's. We came home, and put Aubrey to bed. Seth gave me a cd, and was trying to get the printer to work to print off a massage gift receipt. Then we were going to spend the evening relaxing and watching a movie. Instead, a World Financial Group guy from our ward stopped by to talk to us for 20 minutes. For some stupid reason we said, okay. Seth mentioned to him that it was my birthday. He wished me a happy birthday and talked to us for two hours! There went our evening together. Oh well.
On pioneer day, aubrey went with Mike and Sheila Browning to the parade in Salt Lake. SHe loved it. Seth put up storage in the garage and rearranged that. In the afternoon with met up with Kami and Eric Bullock and hung out with them.
Saturday 25th, we went to pioneer village with Grandparents Mike and Terry Martin. Aubrey got a horse ride and did crafts. She also did pretty good in a watermelon eating contest! Then everyone went out to dinner at Chuck-a-rama and opened presents for all July b-days.
It was a good day, but Shannon was sick with Aubrey's cold. Shannon and Aubrey are still sick, but it doesn't seem to affect Aubrey as much; she always has so much energy!

Aubrey Fixing Daddy's Spots

This happened about a month ago, but I still wanted to get it down.
One day, Aubrey noticed the spots on Daddy's legs where he's lost the pigment. She told him that he needed to wash his legs. Seth decided to let her see if that would fix the problem. He let her get a cloth and soap and scrub his legs. After a while, she decided that didn't work. "What should we do?" Seth asked. "You need, lotion," said Aubrey. "Okay, let's try that," said Seth. Aubrey rubbed Daddy's legs with lotion. After a while, Aubrey decided that that didn't work either. "What should we do?" Asked Seth. "You just need need new legs, Dad!" Aubrey is so smart!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

4th of July and Bear Lake

On the 4th we went to Evanston to see family and fireworks. Before we left, I remembered that I had to bring a jello salad. I quickly looked online for a recipe, found something that was a little time consuming but simple, and rushed to the store for ingredients. It turned out awesome! It was a complete rainbow jello and everyone raved about it! It was a huge hit!
Visiting was fun, and then we went up on a hill to see the fireworks. All of Evanston was lighting off fireworks! It was amazing! There was a family at the bottom of the hill from us that had a lot of big fireworks that exploded right in front of us--awesome view! Then the city lit off their show just a few hundred yards from where we were sitting! Once they did their finale, then the whole town really got going, and tried to one-up the city show! It was crazy! So far, Boston has been the best firework show in regards to latest technology, but Evanston, WY takes the cake for firework craziness!
The next week on the 9th we headed out to Bear Lake. We met Darren and Eric's families in Logan, played at the park a bit, and continued to the lake. Our condo was bigger than we thought, so everyone was happy about that. The kids jumped right in to playing with each other.
On Friday we played on the beach and got a boat ride. The water was really high this year from all the rain; it came right up to the weeds and covered all the sand! We still had fun. Shauna's Mom and Dad, Nancy and Gary, brought their boat down from Idaho for us. Seth went out with Darren to wakeboard. Then Eric's family, Aubrey and I went on the boat with Gary for a little ride. Aubrey said she wanted to drive, and Gary let her! Of course she just turned the wheel and honked the horn, but she loved it!
The next day I wanted to ski, but the boat died! It was so sad! I was hoping I could say I went skiing while i was pregnant... oh well. I hope they are able to fix it. We were so grateful to Nancy and Gary for bringing it down for us.
Of course we stayed up way too late every night talking, but it was worth it, and again a really good vacation. It's such a miracle to have these amazing people in our lives that we love and know we can count on for anything.

Vegas Trip

Vegas was very fun and just what I needed that week. It was Charlie's Angel-Day week, and I really wanted to leave town. We spent some time at the cemetary the Monday before to spend some time remembering our baby.
On Wednesday we drove to Vegas. On the way we made a stop at a bronzing place in Lehi to bronze the figures of Charlie's hands. They should be done in a couple more weeks. We also stopped in Provo so Aubrey could play at the park, and a stop in Cedar City so Aubrey could play at McDonald's. You'd think that would make her tired, but she didn't sleep until about 10pm when we were rolling into Vegas!
Debbie hooked us up with a killer deal at the Marriott for $45 a night! It was a suite with a kitchen, living room, bedroom, and bath! Thank goodness for connections!
Thursday we went to the Secret Garden to see dolphins, white tigers and lions. Aubrey really liked that. We also made a couple stops to see some free shows. It was a lot of walking, really hot, and exhausting!
That night Steve picked up Aubrey from our hotel on his way home from work. That left Seth and I free to see the Blue Man Group. We got a "deal" at $80 a ticket, but were extremely disappointed at the caliber of this Vegas show. It was a clean family show, but we were expecting a lot of percussion on things that weren't necessarily instruments, and a lot of fun. It turned out to be more of a lame comedy show with a little bit of talentless percussion segments. Oh well. Seth and I always like being together anyway; at least it was good company.
Friday we went to an old Vegas western town with a petting zoo. There was a little show in the town of a robber robbin' the bank and got hung! Of course, Aubrey loved the animals. She found a little friend there her age, and they had a good time together.
We came back to the Marriott and went swimming. Everyone at the pool loved Aubrey. One lady cheered every time Aubrey jumped in the pool. Another couple let her use one of there noodle-floaties and were going to let her keep it! Another man said he was a swim teacher, and was so excited to give Aubrey her first swim lessons! She made so much progress in the pool that day! She put her face in the water on her own, learned monkey-tree-rocket ship, and was treading water (doggy paddle) stronger than ever! We were so proud!
Friday was also Charlie's angel day, but I was glad we were busy having fun, and only thought of it for a brief moment at the petting zoo when Aubrey's friend's mom asked if Aubrey was my only child. I realized at that moment what day it was. The moment passed, and we went on having fun.
Saturday we met up with Carol's family, Steve's family, and Mom and Mike. We played at a park and went swimming again.
Sunday we went to church, and Seth started driving home to be back for work on Monday. Aubrey and I relaxed at Steve's house.
Monday we went to the chocolate factory. It was fun to see the factory, but I was not impressed with their chocolate and even less impressed with the price. I bought some m&m's. That night we went to Aliza's show "Seusical the Musical Jr." She had a pretty big part for such a young girl. I was so impressed with the talent of these kids! They all sang on pitch and were completely in character the whole time! Aubrey was getting tired, but I loved the show!
After that Aubrey and I got in the motor home with Mom and Mike and drove home.
Vegas was really HOT, but we had a good time, and I was so glad everything turned out the way it did.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Summer Plans

This summer I want to keep busy. We need to get the baby's room ready for Sam, and figure out what to do with Charlie's things. That will also entail finishing photo albums and keepsakes for Aubrey. Aubrey will start a summer pre-school program, continue with gymnastics, and have swimming in August. Seth and I are trying to eat less and exercise. I got a pass to the pool and am trying to go on walks.

As for summer vacations, we're not doing very much. We might be going to Vegas at the end of June. Aliza has a show she is in, and the family is going to watch her. I really want to go somewhere for Charlie's angel-day; I don't want to just hang around the house. I hope we plan something nice.

We have also planned a trip to Bear Lake with Darren D'Orlando's family and Eric Bullock's family. We are looking for ward to that in July.

My piano students are doing "summer olympics." They have different "events" to earn points, and if they can get to 500 points by the end of the summer, they earn a $50 gift certificate to the mall for school clothes. Hopefully this goes well, and they work hard through the summer.

We have also started a reading program with Aubrey. We were inspired by the "Your Baby Can Read" program. Since Aubrey is not a baby anymore, their videos were not very interesting to her, and the program is expensive. We decided to make our own videos with Aubrey as the star! She enjoys making the vidoes, and is excited to learn how to read. Some days she does very well, and some days she still gets distracted easily. It's okay if this doesn't work, but I want to give it a good effort; it doesn't hurt to try.

Seth has always enjoyed gardening, but he has taken an interest to square-goot gardening. This is our first year really planting anything, and I don't know how successful we'll be this first year, but we're working on it, and looking forward to our fall harvest.

So all-in-all it's not an extremely exciting summer planned, but it will be a little busier than usual. Hopefully, the time will fly by, we'll get everything done we were hoping to do, and baby Sam will be here before we know it!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Seth has been gone for over two weeks. I am so ready for him to come home. Aubrey is has been acting up these last few days, and i think she's really missing her Dad. I think our lawn and fish tank and a few other neglected things are ready for him to come home too.
Seth has been in Florida doing tests on the units he helped design for the military.
Aubrey and I went to a lot of places this past weekend. Saturday was Aisa's b-day party, and then going to Heather and Dave's house to watch Drew while they went on a date. We spent the night there, and went to church with them on Sunday. After church we went to Primary Children's Hospital for a Memorial Tribute for all their patients that have passed away this past year. It was nicely done, and a good moment for me. Some of my family came too; it was nice to have them there with Seth out of town. We went to the park after that for a picnic and back to Heather and Dave's for the night. Heather and i took the kids to the pool the next day, and we all loved it! Swimming is a nice way to work out when you're pregnant, and Aubrey was squealing the whole time. We finally came home on Tuesday, and have been just going along since; really, just surviving until Seth comes home.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

oh, yeah...Another thing we did this week was going to Diana's dance/gymnastics review. Aubrey got to play with her cousins most of the day. When Diana's class was dancing, Aubrey was crying to me that she wanted to dance with the other girls too! Also, a few days later, Aubrey wanted me to do her hair pretty like Diana's. I told her I wasn't sure if I could do it, and she said, "Well, Heather can do it!" (Heather did Diana's hair really awesome the recital night)
We also got a fish tank recently, and our black molly just had our babies. It looks like about 4 minos will survive! We have a fun and active fish tank.
Last Sunday we were finally able to get together with our friends Luke, Makayle, and their little girl Kaijsa. Kaijsa had a liver transplant, and they finally felt safe enough to take her out of the house and come have dinner and play Settler's of Catan with us. It was a nice evening.
Aubrey is still working on her potty training. We had some success with pooping in the toilet this week. Aubrey has a potty chart with 5 charts with about 30 squares in each chart. As she has success, the charts fill up with stickers, and she gets rewards. When each little chart fills up, she gets a treat: McDonald's kids meal, finger paints (bad idea), and this morning she filled up her 3rd chart. She gets to pick out any book of her choice at Barne's and Noble.
Aubrey also had success at gymnastics this week. Mom stayed after with Aubrey on the trampoline for a couple minutes to practice bouncing from your bum to her feet. She did it for the first time, five times in a row! It's a tradition to go to Grandma Sheila's after gymnastics; Aubrey likes visiting Grandma and playing with Marley.
Seth has been busy at work getting ready for a trip to Florida this coming week. He has had some late nights, but on Friday he got off work early. We took Aubrey to Discovery Gateway. I think Seth had just as much fun as Aubrey did. Aubrey liked exploring in water, the beehive ball section, and especially the helicopter. She really liked when other kids were in the helicopter with her to act out an emergency situation.
After Discovery Gateway, we dropped off Aubrey with Heather and Drew. Seth and Shannon went to Olive Garden in American Fork to have dinner with other heart angel parents. We enjoyed their company and the conversation. It was nice to be able to talk about our kids without the normal reactions of people, and just get a reaction like what I was saying was normal. We also discussed issues like being surrounded by kids the same age as what your child would've been, and answering the question, "So, How many kids do you have?" We also talked about not comparing trials; this one is really important to me. I think it's important to allow ourselves and others to experience our trials for what they are, and not say, "Well, it's not as bad as so-and-so's problems, so get over it." That's not fair to ourselves or anyone else. I have more thoughts on this that I'll share another time or on my personal blog, just not now.
Then on Saturday, we had a faily lazy day, and then rushed to get ready for our date before Aubrey's baby sitter got here. We enjoyed our dinner at Prairie Schooner (SO GOOD!) and playing pool at Fat Cat's. Now we are having an extrememly lazy Sunday; I'm not sure I like being this bored. Seth and Aubrey just went outside; there's a storm coming; oh, well. We need to enjoy this time before Seth goes to Florida on Tuesday.
One last good thing that's happened lately is we've received the inheritance money from Seth's mom's house. We no longer have any debt except our house, and look forward to having that paid off in less than 15 years! THANK YOU, LORRIE!
Life is good.