Friday, December 31, 2010


Our little family flew to Detroit for Christmas this year. Matt has a sister and brother who live an hour apart from each other, so almost all of Matt's family flew to Detroit, except one brother. So, it was fun to have almost everyone together for the first time since we've been married. We spent Christmas Day at Amanda's house, and here are some pictures:
We got Scotty some Matchbox cars in his stocking.
And we bought him a bunch of books because we were getting sick of his other ones.
We found a board book of Star Wars heroes--how could we pass it up?
Another book. He was starting to understand the unwrapping process by this time.
He got some Tonka trucks from Matt's Uncle Tom and Aunt Jan. So cute.
His cousin, GK, got him three magnetic train cars...
that were immediately interesting to his other cousin, Addy, which was fine, because Scott kept going to play with her not-new toys in the corner of the room.
Here, I've captured some wrapping paper mid-air. This was a Tonka truck carrier from Scott's Aunt Heidi. Thanks!
We had fun at the hotel, too. Here's Scott spinning in the office chair.
And wearing Matt's slippers.
This is me at 16 weeks pregnant. MUCH bigger, than I was with Scott at that point. Ah, second child syndrome... or that's what I'm telling myself to make me feel better.
The reason I'm dressed up is because we went to Scott's oldest cousin's (on Matt's side) baptism. That was part of the reason we all decided to converge in Detroit. It was nice for us all to be together for such a special occasion. Congratulations Mason!

When we got home, there was a package waiting for us from my mom. She made him a new quilt. He loved it immediately, and laid down for a nap (not pictured). He was really tired.

We kind of stopped taking pictures prematurely on the trip because we ALL got sick with a cold and stopped sleeping at night. It was rough. We went to the pharmacy and talked to the pharmacist about what Scott could take, and what I, the pregnant one, could take, and we started feeling a little better, but we are just now, three days after arriving home, starting to get back into a good bedtime routine with Scotty. We did have a wonderful time visiting with family, but I have to admit that I pined a little for my childhood when vacationing wasn't work. Any other parents with me on that?

Merry Christmas to all of you, and Happy New Year!
[We aren't really celebrating, so there won't be a post for that--we need all the sleep we can get and now that we're on the East Coast, we can't watch the ball drop in New York at 10pm. Lame! Oh well.]

Friday, December 17, 2010

The pre-Christmas part of December

The first Saturday in December, it was time to rake the leaves. We had been waiting for all of the leaves to fall so we could do it all at once. This is Scotty and me sitting in the leaf pile. I was going to stand up, but I was really tired and sat down while Matt ran in to get the camera.The rest are mostly just cute pictures I took of Scott while he was playing with random things in the basement or outside.
Matt thinks it is so awesome that Scott already holds the controller correctly. He puts his thumb on the joystick and everything.
On my birthday, Scott and I went to the mall so I could get some shoes for my outfit for Matt's work Christmas party on Saturday. We also got a hat and some mittens, so when we got home, I had to try them out.
Scott soon realized the trouble with mittens--he couldn't pick anything up and got pretty annoyed.
Matt made some gluten-free pizza for me on my birthday night. He made 4 small pizzas: chicken alfredo, bbq chicken, ham and pineapple, and pepperoni.
A few days later, I was outside with Scott, and he got his first real boo-boo. Do you see the tear under his eye? He was trying to pick up that big stick and lost his balance. He fell right on his face on the pavement. He has a bruise already starting to form on the right side of his forehead. Poor guy. I have to admit, though, when I saw him totally biff it, I did chuckle a bit before he started crying.
Scotty enjoying some M&Ms. The blue one made such a mess--his fingers and lips were stained for a couple of days.
And here's one of Scotty and me, with Monkey. And if you look close, you can see Scotty's molars.
We got to go to Cirque du Soleil on the company dime on Dec 11th. It was awesome. We couldn't take pictures, obviously, but I just have to say that if you ever get the chance to see them, I would go. We were blown away. My favorite act was the foot jugglers. They were incredible. They laid on the backs and spun things with their feet and passed things to each other and even tossed people from one person's feet to another. I can't even count how many times I caught myself with my jaw completely dropped in amazement. I don't think Matt will be leaving this company any time soon--they treat their employees very well!

What happened to November?

It's been a long time since I blogged... sorry about that. I don't even really have any pictures from November. So, here's what happened: in the first week of November, we found out that I'm pregnant with our second baby! I had been feeling queasy for almost all of October, so I had my suspicions, for sure. We got to see the baby on an ultrasound and see the heart beating, which is always reassuring. Then Scott and I went to Florida for three days before Thanksgiving to visit my brother and his family. My mom and dad also flew in. It was fun to see Scott with his cousins. I think the highlight of the trip for me was walking barefoot on the beach in November. The sand was very soft, and the water wasn't too cold. Scott wasn't too fond of the sand or the water, but he didn't hate it. He also traveled SO well. He slept for both one-hour flights. I had been really nervous about it because it's the first time we traveled since Scott started walking, and I was worried he was going to want to run around on the plane, but the white noise of takeoff put him right to sleep both times. We flew home on Thanksgiving morning and then went to Matt's boss's house for dinner. Scott did great with all of the unfamiliar people until we all sat down to dinner. He was the only kid and he would not sit. Matt and I took turns eating at the table and walking around the house with Scott. Matt was a little embarrassed, and we left before dessert. You can only ask so much of a one-year-old. He needed more time at home before seeing more people, I think. Poor kid. To be honest, it was nice to come home--I felt how Scott was acting.
And that was our November... sorry no pictures. There are going to be plenty in the next post, coming very soon.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween 2010

My original plan was to be Mario, Matt to be Luigi, and Scott to be Toad or a turtle or something, but I couldn't figure it out and overalls for Matt would have been $35, and he'd never wear them again, so when I saw this Yoda costume at the store, I had to have it. Then we figured out a way to make me Leia and Matt to be Darth Sidious/the Emperor.
The red light saber is actually for Matt's costume, but Scott liked it. And then right before we went to the ward party, we found this blue glow sword that was more Scott's size. It's supposed to be green, but what can ya do?
Scary Darth Sidious...
Leia and Yoda.
A half-hearted battle...
And our awesome pumpkins. I did Yoda and Matt did Darth Maul.
Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

1 year stats

height: 27 inches -- less than 5th percentile
weight: 18 lbs -- less than 5th percentile
head circumference: 49cm -- 98th percentile

I waited to post these because Scott's new doctor wanted us to go see a neurologist to make sure Scott was okay even though his head is massive and his body is not so much. I went to the neurologist today and they said that Scott is great. They watched him toddle around and checked his eyes and did a basic exam and said they didn't even want to do a scan or anything, but they want to see him again in 6 months just to make sure. They asked if there were any big heads in the family and I said that my brother had a big head and at least one nephew had a big head on my side. They measured my head and said it was normal--53cm. They sent me home with a tape measure to get Matt's head circumference--60cm. I called to report my findings on an answering machine, and that is that. So, there you go. All is well in Zion, Scott just has what the nurse practitioner calls, "Familial Big Head Syndrome," you know, FBHS. Awesome :)

Friday, October 1, 2010


Scott is bigger than he was a year ago!

I saw this picture when I was making his birthday post yesterday...
So I decided to take a new one...
What a ham :)

Thursday, September 30, 2010

What a YEAR!

One year ago today, a six-pound cherub joined our family.A lot has changed in our lives since then. I can't really imagine life without Scott. He is our favorite person.

So, to celebrate him today, I made some cupcakes:
And gave one to Scott tonight:
And watched him smoosh the frosting with his fingers:
and shove some in his face:
and pretend like he's all done...
when 90% was dropped on the floor, intentionally.
I think tomorrow night, I'll try feeding it to him on a fork and see if he enjoys it a little more. He didn't really understand how to eat it.

We also went to Ikea to buy Scott a few toys. The cobbler's bench was one of my favorite toys they had at church when I was little, so we got him one.
He's still a little young for it, so he wanted to eat the hammer instead.
Then he went to bed. Pretty uneventful day, but since he doesn't really know it was his birthday, I think that's okay.

Happy Birthday Scott! Thanks for joining our family! I can't wait to get to know you better. I hope we'll always be friends.
Love, Mom

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Our New Home

I would have loved to take pictures of the house when it was empty, so you wouldn't see how horrible I've been at unpacking and stuff, but I needed to do it some time, and if I waited for it to be clean, it wasn't going to happen. So, take it or leave it:

There is also a room behind the basement area where the bowflex is right now, and then the rest is unfinished. Hope you've enjoyed your tour.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Emptying the Camera

I'm having trouble sleeping tonight, so I thought I would take the pictures off our camera for the first time in over a month so I can be prepared for a blogpost of our new home and Scott's first birthday... Scott likes to empty the dishwasher...
The future face of my bib business blog... if I ever get that serious.
These next ones are all of Scott in his Sunday best. He's so cute when he's all dressed up!
This is, "I want to sit down..."
We took this kind of tilted, so when I put it aright, a corner was missing. Sorry!
This is the sidewalk in front of our apartment in Santa Fe. I love how big Scott's shadow head is. I love him!
Hope you enjoyed. My plan is to blog more soon, but don't hold me to it.

Monday, September 6, 2010

First Steps!

This is the first time that Scott has taken 4 consecutive steps by himself. He isn't walking for real yet, but I thought you'd want to see his first steps! The video was 7 minutes long, so I just showed you his best success :) Enjoy!

Sunday, August 15, 2010


I was having fun watching Scotty play the other day and took out the camera to capture the moment. This, of course, distracted him from playing... but I got some good shots, and thought I would share them with all of his adoring fans.Square peg. Round hole. No problem.