Saturday, January 30, 2010

Shopping Cart Cover

Ellie is big enough to sit up in the shopping cart, and she seems to really like being able to look around and play while we are shopping.  Greg and I had fun at Walmart today with Ellie.  I took so many pictures that Greg was (almost) getting annoyed with me.  I couldn't help it, though; Ellie looked so big, and yet so little sitting up in the cart.

Friday, January 29, 2010

I can't help taking pictures

I just can't help taking pictures of Ellie!  She is so precious and gorgeous.  She loves chewing on these little board books that she got at her book baby shower (from Ilene, I think?).

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Book Club and Pics of E

Last night was Book Club.  It is always a highlight to see my friends, and the best news is that Erin came for about an hour and filled us in on the latest in baby Camden's life.  He has actually had a set-back in the last couple of days, and has not been digesting well, so they backed him off to just IVs.  This is, as Erin said, sub-optimal, and so now we are all praying that Cam's body will figure it out, and they can get him digesting milk again, and that he will not have to have surgery on his intestines.  Erin also brought one of the diapers they put on Cam, which is the size of her palm, and these diapers are toooo big for him.  They have to roll them down.
Yesterday,  I dressed E in my latest D.I. find - a sweater outfit that was only $4.  Go bargains!  Ellie is getting close to sitting up on her own.  She can balance for a few seconds at a time, and then she topples right over...
Today Ellie was busily chewing on her turtle book, and again was moving around so much that she toppled right over. I am going to need to figure out a new picture-taking spot!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Petition to continue adoption tax credit

Currently there is an adoption tax credit in place on a state and federal level.  There is talk of that credit being eliminated after 2010.  Please go to and sign the petition to allow the tax credit to continue. To read more, go to the Families Supporting Adoption blog.  

I have already contacted my congressman and senator encouraging them to support adoption and adoptive families.  You can consider doing the same.


Monday, January 25, 2010


We had fun last night hanging out at Greg's parents.  Dave and Tanya cooked a turkey dinner and we played lots of games.  Cassie took over my camera and got lots of good shots!

When we got home, Greg tried an experiment and got in the big tub with Ellie, and put her in the Bumbo.  She was fascinated at being able to sit up and catch the water coming in from the faucet.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Rolling Over

My advanced baby just rolled from her tummy to her back 3 times.  Go, Ellie!

This super cute onesie was made by my friend Kathi.  She printed it with vinyl.  Her website is still under construction, but it is here.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Sisters & Husbands

I wasn't feeling very well this weekend, so Ellie and I hung close to home.  Greg's brother Scott and his wife Lisette had sent Ellie "Baby Signing Time" and we had a great time watching it.  I need to start using the signs as I talk with Ellie.  I hear it really works!  Robyn was in town for the weekend, so Saturday afternoon she, mom, and grandma came over to hang out.  Robyn was really cute with Ellie, and bounced her for quite a while.  My grandma also took a long turn holding Ellie.  Ellie loves being held by her great-grandma!

On Sunday, I went to our ward's Priesthood Preview.  We have a great group of 11 year-old boys, and they made the meeting very fun.  Our bishop is super nice, but tends to forget people's names.  Easton had an interview with the Bishop right before the event, and when the Bishop was talking, he kept on calling Easton "Eaton."  Finally Easton raised his hand and said, "OK, Bishop, you are killing me.  My name is Easton, not Eaton."  I thought Easton's parents were going to kill him!  The Bishop was very gracious, and the rest of us called Easton "Eaton" all night long.

Cassie and Rachel discovered that Ellie really likes stuffed animals.  I went to my favorite bargain place, and got 4 cute, cuddly stuffed animals at D.I. for 75 cents each.  After a trip through the washing machine, they are sanitized and ready to go.  Ellie loves the bunny the best.  There are so many textures: she loves to rub the satin in the ears, and pull on the ribbons, and stroke the fuzzy fur, and chew on the arms, legs, & ears.  She especially loves to put the bunny close to her face, or covering her face, which makes me nervous.  I always keep a close eye on her when she is playing with it.

Today I am especially grateful for Greg.  I was not feeling well this weekend, but on Sunday I had so many things to do that I just got through it, and then yesterday I crashed.  Greg just quietly stepped in and took care of Ellie and cooked me food, and I basically luxuriated in bed all day.  I was even able to finish a book, read another one, and get halfway through a third before the day was over.  That was amazing - I don't find a lot of reading time these days. 

And today I feel all better.  What a great husband!

Friday, January 15, 2010


Today I am most grateful for the fact that we have not had to deal with the trial of having a baby in the NICU.  Last night I was able to visit with my friend Erin.  She delivered a beautiful baby boy on Monday afternoon, and Camden entered this world at 2 pounds 5 ounces, and 14 inches long.  His little body is struggling to figure out how to make everything work.  Our prayers continue to be with Erin and Cam.

Erin amazes me!  This is her second baby (out of 4) that has spent significant time in the NICU.  She told me that at least she is a different hospital this time, so that it is a little bit different...Cam will probably be in the hospital for 9 weeks (until his due date).

I remember when Reece was in the NICU, I kept on telling myself that it was hard that I could not get pregnant, but it was not nearly as hard as having a baby born with an emergency c-section and then life-flighted before even getting a glimpse of his face.  Erin said this time, the doctor's were sensitive to her and pulled down the divider thingie so that she could look at Cam before he was whisked away.

As I was watching Ellie play today, my thoughts were continually with Erin and Mark and their boys.  I pray that everything will continue to go well and that Cam will stabilize (he is currently in critical condition) and that he will not need open-heart or intestinal surgery.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Funny Quote

The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans are suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they're okay, then it's you.
~Richard Bach~

Ellie has the cutest laugh

When we were in Montana for Christmas, I shot the cutest video clip of Greg getting Ellie to laugh. I have neglected to post it - until now!

Friday, January 8, 2010


I neglected to take Ellie's picture with her big turtle when I did her 5 month photo shoot (how could I have forgotten?).  She is getting so big, and supports herself pretty well now.  Ellie is trained to smile whenever I pull the camera out.

No, really, she is!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


Ellie is strong enough to sit by herself - at least for a few seconds!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


My sister-in-law Staci sent me this picture.  Don't these turtles look yummy?

On a side note, please pray for my friend Erin.  She has been having complications with her pregnancy and has been admitted to the hospital.  She is not due until March, but may deliver her baby any day.  Here is what Tiff had to say tonight:  "Today Erin had her check up at the Perionatologist.  The baby is measuring at 25 weeks and should be at 31 to 30 weeks.  Her placenta is at lower functioning level than it was last week.  They admitted her to Utah Valley Hospital for more tests and to monitor her and possibly for a long stay!!  So... I thought we could all up our prayers for her.  She will find out tomorrow if they plan on keeping her long-term, but it's looking that way."

Monday, January 4, 2010

5 Months Old

Ellie is 5 months old today.  Where has the time gone?  She was pretty snuggly today, which was nice for me.  We snuggled and played all day long.  Oh, and took a few pictures.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Another Blog

Inspired by Becky Higgins, I have decided to start a project this year to take a picture every single day that documents some aspect of our lives.  (I take pictures almost every day any way, so this will be a fun project!) 

To keep myself on track, I have started a new blog:  I will try to keep it interesting and minimal - just a picture and maybe a caption or a comment or two.

Friday, January 1, 2010

What a difference a year makes...

At this time last year, I had no expectations that our lives were going to change so dramatically in such a short time.  I prayed daily, hourly, that we would be blessed to welcome a child to our home.  I had hope, and I had faith in the Lord's timing, but I tried not to expect.

What a difference a year makes!  Our lives this year have been full of evidence of the Lord's tender mercies to us.  The biggest and most obvious tender mercy in our lives is meeting Tayler, and being entrusted to raise Ellie.  I have also recognized the support of family and friends this year, and have opened myself up to feeling the love that surrounds me.  Greg's business continues to provide for our family, and he has a hobby that he loves to do and is successful at (although why anyone would want to be yelled at by basketball fans is beyond me).

We are truly blessed!


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