Wednesday, September 30, 2009


It was cold for the first time this year, so I was able to dress Ellie in this adorable outfit - another gift from Darci (and part of Ellie's first ever gift).  After she was all dressed up, Ellie went to Institute with me for the first time.  We picked up Gwen and went to Brother Wilcox's class (he is doing the New Testament this year).  I took Ellie in and showed her off to all of Cheryl's daughters (the ladies we have sat with for the past year), and she was a big hit (but no one is surprised by that).  Then when class was about to begin, Ellie and I excused ourselves and went in to the foyer.  It was lunchtime, and Ellie was a little noisy, so I went in the mother's room (wow, I went in the mother's room - with a baby - to do what people do in the mother's room) and it was fabulous.  The sound is piped in, and I liked it better than the foyer.  Ellie and I rocked and listened, and there were no distractions.  I think we will go in there every week from now on!

Class starts at 1:30, and at about 2:15 all of the power went off.  We hung around for a few minutes, until Bro Wilcox said that a phone call had been made and the power would be off for at least an hour.  So we came home.

It was great to hang out with Gwen. I have not seen her since before she went on her Alaskan cruise, and I have missed her!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Free book downloads from Deseret Book

Jonette just texted me a great tip.  Go to to download 8 books as pdf files - for free.  There is a good selection!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Catching Up

This week has reminded me of how many things I am grateful for, and the daily evidence of tender mercies in my life. At Book Club on Wednesday, Erin told us of the tragedy facing her family that she had just found out about -- her 21-year-old nephew had been hit by a drunk driver and was in critical condition. Then she found out that even if he lived, he would have to live out the rest of his life in a nursing home-type facility. And then on Thursday she emailed us all and said that she was heading down to New Mexico because he was being taken off of life support and would not make it much longer. This really hit home to me that we never know how long we have, and it is important to soak up every minute of life. I think we all know this, but it takes events like this to remind us. My thoughts and prayers have been with Erin and her family the last few days as they are facing this difficult time.

Greg has been out of town for the first time since Ellie was born. It was fun to hold Ellie as much as I wanted, and not have to share her with him. And yet, I really missed him - and it seemed like Ellie did as well. I was able to get all of the basic things done with him gone, but there was no time for extras (like blogging). As soon as I thought I had a minute after a shower or doing the dishes or switching the laundry, Ellie would wake up and we would play again. So, as fun as it was, I do not want to be a single mom. Greg is back now and has not really put Ellie down since he walked through the door. She is all snuggled up with him in the rocker and they both look pretty content.

I try not to have anxiety, because I know I cannot control things like drunk drivers and airplane crashes. But it is nice to have him home safe and sound.

Our beautiful and nice neighbors have finally made it home from Florida with the newest addition to their family. Ellie and I went over on Thursday to visit Hope. These adorable and sweet girls are about 5 weeks apart in age, and live next door to each other. They are destined to be best friends! Hope was 3 weeks early, and weighs about 6 pounds-ish now. Ellie is about 9 pounds. In person, Ellie seemed to dwarf Hope, but it is not so pronounced in this picture. Maybe only because Ellie is kicking her legs!

Tayler and her family came over yesterday to catch up and visit with Ellie. Poor Greg missed their visit (for the second time in a row). Tayler was excited to push Ellie in the stroller, so we took a little walk through the neighborhood. Tayler has a namesake in our neighborhood, and that Taylor was outside playing. It seemed like destiny that they meet! They have the same name, and their birthdays are only 6 days (and 7 years) apart .

After Tayler left, I went up to my mom's house to have Book Club and watch the Relief Society broadcast with Mom, Bobi, and Teri. It was nice to get together and get caught up. I managed to capture Ellie making a couple of funny faces!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

2 More Baby Showers

Last Monday, the kind ladies at my work threw Ellie her 3rd baby shower. It was great to have Greg and Ellie come to work with me and see all of the nice people in my department. Ellie was passed around, and was definitely the star of the show. Some people brought cute outfits or snuggly blankets, and the rest went in together on a group gift - a fabulous gift certificate to Babies 'R Us. Greg and I went shopping Friday night, along with Tanya, Dave, & Andrew, and picked out the cutest pink bouncer, an activity mat, and a jumper activity center (for when Ellie is older). Here are some pictures from Ellie from the first couple of times she has been in the bouncer. She already loves it - and loves to bat at the toys and watch the blinking lights.

On Saturday, Ellie had her 4th and final baby shower. This one was thrown by the Book Club Ladies, and Kelly had the fabulous idea of having it be a book shower! Ellie scored so many books - and now we just need to buy a special bookshelf for her room.

There was a great turn-out, and it was wonderful to catch up with people from the "old" neighborhood. The surprise guest of the day was Laurieann, who told me she would not be able to make it - and then she did! Luckily, Laurie and Steph hit it off, and chatted the whole time.

I have said this before, and I will say it again: my book club friends are the best! I look forward to seeing them every single month. We have scored this month, because we went out to dinner on Thursday night to celebrate the birthdays of Erin and Kandice, and then we saw each other at the shower, and then book club is next Wednesday. What a month!

Michelle said that she wanted to see every single picture I took on at the shower on my blog. To follow her instructions, I have posted almost every picture below!

Ilene, Kelly, Erin, Stephanie, Heather, Tiff, and Kandice
Ilene, Kelly, and Erin

Steph, Laurie, Tiff, Kandice, and Corinne

Kinz, Saydree, Ann, and Syreese

Christine and Kaylee (or is it Shaylee? or Baylee? or Hailey? - just kidding, Kaylee!)

Michelle, Mikayla, Shanelle (my former Beehive is a junior in college now!), and Melissa

Nikii, Kandice, and Corrin

Eva, Kimberly, and Becky

Friday, September 18, 2009

Snooze Button

From the very beginning of our marriage, Greg and I have never agreed on the true purpose of alarm clocks. To me, sleep is very precious, and I want to stay in a deep sleep for as long as possible. So I always calculate the exact minute that I need to get up, and when my alarm clock goes off, I roll out of bed and in to the bathroom to get ready for the day. To Greg, he likes to wake up gradually, and will set his alarm clock earlier than he needs to, so he can hit snooze for a while before actually getting out of bed.

It used to really bug me (when I would wake up with Greg's alarm clock) because I woke up earlier than I wanted to. But, I have converted to his way of thinking a little bit, and sometimes find myself snoozing my alarm. And, he has converted to my way a little, and sometimes just sets his alarm for the time he needs to get up.

I was thinking about this the other night during a 5 a.m. feeding, that maybe my sleep style has been preparing me to get up with a baby in the middle of the night. When Ellie has a real need for food or a diaper change in the middle of the night, there is no snooze button that I can hit. I just roll out of bed and take care of her.

On Wednesday night, we tried Ellie out in her crib for the first time. I was a little worried that I would not hear her when she needed me (even though she is only a few feet farther away in the next room). I should not have worried! I definitely heard her when she was ready to eat. And, I did not hear her when she made her little grunts and squeaks (that she makes all of the time when she is sleeping [and I really should not be so parenthetical]) so I got a great night's sleep.
It is so fun to dress Ellie in the little outfits that she has received for presents. This cute pink dress came from Ilene. It is a Newborn size, and still fits great. I can see now why people say that dresses are the best, because babies can wear them a long time! I love this picture, because Greg set Ellie in the corner of the couch (for the first time ever), and she promptly slid right down...

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Calling for Updates

I just "borrowed" this picture from Jonette's blog. I did not know she had a new family picture taken or posted until we were visiting them (when I got to see the whole photo shoot).

Don't you think they are a beautiful family?

Don't you think Jonette should update her blog? It has only been a couple of months since she posted...

Speaking of updates, when is my funny, gorgeous, talented sister Amy going to update her blog? With pictures? With all of that downtime, I should think she would keep the rest of us apprised of her comings and goings....

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Our Baby Is So Advanced...

Someone told me once that it is OK to brag about adopted babies as much as possible, because it is not bragging about yourself. I did not give Ellie her genes, so if she does ____, then it is not a reflection of myself.

That being said, Ellie is one advanced baby! A couple of days ago, she held her bottle all by herself. No, really. At less than 6 weeks of age.

OK, OK, it was a fluke - but she did it! Ellie is starting to grasp things, and she just happened to have her left hand kind of propped under the bottle, and her right hand grasped the bottom of the bottle. I moved my hand out of the way, and voila, she was holding it all by herself.

And, twice in the last 3 days, she has rolled up on her side. As soon as I grabbed the camera, she had gone back over a little bit, but she did it. No more sleeping on the couch for her. Greg concocted this "safety zone" for little Ellie Bellie, so she will not fall off.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Pretty Flower Headband

Today I dressed Ellie in a cute outfit, but after I put it on her it looked a little boyish, so I added the cutest flower and headband (thanks Collette!). I love love love this flower - and luckily, Collette gave Ellie about a gazillion in different colors. I had to take a picture because Greg absolutely adores headbands and giant flowers. He thinks, the bigger the better!

Oh wait, that's what I think...

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Amazing Photos By Kelly

Kelly is amazing. She took so many wonderful pictures of Ellie, Greg, and I at Ellie's 1 month old photo shoot that I had a really hard time picking my favorites. I especially love all of the special treatments she gives the pictures. Some day I aspire to have a camera as nice as Kelly's - and skills as good as hers as well.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!


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