"Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely."

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Trendy Toddler?

I know large sunglasses are in right now, but this is just a little bit of rediculous if you ask me...
Yeah, I think he knows he's cool!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

bubbles, anyone?

Last weekend Weston wanted a bubble bath. Jason had the brilliant idea of turning on the jets in the tub to make it a little more fun... but we had no idea just how many bubbles those jets would actually make. The poor little guy was buried!!
After trying to stand up a few times, Weston decided it would be more fun to sit on daddy's lap and make him a beard!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Just Three Years Ago...

Jason and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary on Tuesday. I really wanted to find some cute pictures from that day, but quickly realized they are all in storage at the moment. That didn't prevent me from taking a trip down memory lane anyway though! Just before we were married, my mom and I went to London on "business." (Why the quotes? Because we ended up doing almost no business at all!) Here we are with one of my mom's dear friends, Hannah. I can't help but thinking that I looked younger. Please everyone, lie to me and tell me I look EXACTLY the same now! This next picture makes it clear why you'd have to lie to tell me that: Here I am on that same trip with another lovely friend outside her home. I know this is a little self-indulgent, but I'm sharing this picture to say, "holy cow I was skinny!!" Is there any hope of regaining that figure after baby no. 2? I'm feeling pretty motivated right now, but I have a feeling that when post-birth exhaustion sets in, working out will be dead last on my list of priorities.
* sigh *
Back to the engagement... this picture was taken the night Jason asked me to marry him. He gave me a gorgeous diamond necklace before we went out that night in hopes that I wouldn't be suspicious he was about to pop the question.
It didn't work, but seriously, is there such a thing as receiving too much diamond jewelry in one night? Working on wedding invitations... aren't we cute?Goofing off:I almost couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this picture, but then I realized Jason was not, in fact, helping with the dishes. He was just hanging out with me while I did them... gee, not much has changed! :)Our first place together... moving in:Enjoying a Sunday afternoon in my mom's beautiful backyard:
She actually didn't have anything in her yard but dirt until we got married... I guess our impeding reception was just the impetus she needed to go for it. This is what her backyard (and I use that term loosely) looked like before she had it landscaped for our wedding:
A lot has changed since then, but my happiness with Jason is not one of them. My love for him continues to grow... just look at that loveable face!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Best hubby ever

For Mother's Day, Jason told me he would make me whatever I wanted for dinner. Why did I say pizza? It is certainly not the most elegant dish. But after 10 years of not eating wheat, I have yet to find an edible pizza crust... and that is a LONG time to not eat one of your favorite foods!!
My husband is not a cook, he is a chef. He can do anything in the kitchen, so I knew I was in for a real treat. Just look how delicious the pizza turned out: okay, so you really can't tell how amazing it was by looking at a picture, but I am telling you, it was nothing short of divine! We also had a beautiful salad, artichoke (which I constantly crave while pregnant), grilled corn, and grilled Ahi Tuna. The grilled fish was made especially for my mom, because that was her main entre of choice for mother's day. So not only did Jason create a perfect feast for me, he went out of his way to spoil my mom too. Jason's mom came over for dessert a little later, and we all pigged out again! :) Oh... and I received these gorgeous flowers too. The lillies didn't start opening up until the next day, just look! I wish I could capture their intoxicating aroma and post it on my blog too, but I guess you'll just have to imagine.
And while on the glorious subject of Mother's Day, I thought I'd post this picture of my with my mom. I came across it the other day - what a happy memory! We were in London for a quick trip shortly before Jason and I got married.
I am a blessed lady, and am grateful for my amazing mom. I used to think we weren't anything alike, but being a mom has enlightened me as to just how similar we really are. I hope all of you moms were spoiled rotton and pampered shamlessly on mother's day. You deserve it!!!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Catching Up

It all started the last week of March. We found out that the very lovely house we had been renting (and absolutely LOVED) for the past 10 months had gone into forclosure. Fortunately, the bank that bought it didn't force us to move out immediately... they gave us three weeks. They even had us sign a contract that if we left the house clean and didn't destroy anything before vacating, they would pay us a little chunk of money. I have to admit, that did ease the pain a little!
Goodbye 1814 Leonor Court...we sure do have good memories of you!
Happily, we realized that this is a good time for us to buy a house. The dilema? How to find a house, close escrot, and move in within three weeks. Yeah, that is pretty much not possible. Thankfully, my mom offered for us to stay with her for the time being. And what a wonderful blessing it has turned out to be! She lives alone and has a good sized house, so we are very comfortable here... and comfort is becoming increasingly important as the stress mounts!
What stress you say? Hmmm... well, for starters, I was recently called as primary president. Trust me, this is no small task! And while a person is usually released when they move out of the ward, our bishop insists that we are finding a house within the ward boundaries. So while we are in limbo, we are still doing our callings and going to our ward. (Jason is the executive secretary, and I don't think the bishop is too keen on giving him up either!)
Then, there is the stress of finding a house. At first, house hunting was tons of fun. We started as soon as we found out we were being evicted, and have gone looking several times a week since. We even went house hunting and put in an offer the weekend we were moving! It has been really nuts.Thirdly, we feel a bit of pressure to hurry up and find a house since it is Jason's busy season of work... and I will soon be seeing very little of him. Which means that after mid-June, it will be impossible to move until August..........
Which brings me to the fourth major stress. Our baby is due in August! I definately don't want to be moving then. Oh, and I'm starting to feel rather large and uncomfortable already. Well, I am six months along - I suppose it is to be expected. I had Jason take a picture of me yesterday to show my belly. The picture is hideously unflattering though, so my vanity overtook me and I took a picture of my own belly. Of course, I had to take the picture at an odd angle so it makes me look smaller than ordinary. No complaints here... unless that means that you are going to have less sympathy for me! By the way, did I mention we are having a girl? Amidst all the stress, I feel extremely blessed. Living at mom's temporarily has been a lovely thing. Even our lemon tree is loving it. (And the white cat certainly enjoys our lemon tree!)There are quite a few perks, actually. For starters, my mom has a great back yard, with plenty of room for Weston to run around. Here is the view out our bedroom window (a vast improvement from the last house I might add.) Weston could not be happier... he has so much room to run around and play! I am beginning to think I simply *cannot* live without a yard ever again!The first weekend we were here my mom had a barbeque and invited over some family friends. The kids all had a great time together. Here is Weston with his Auntie Shae-Leigh and Taryn, who were making friends and talking about what they look for in a guy. (does 10 and 11 years old seem a bit young for that, or is it just me?)
One of Weston's favorite things to do at Grandma's is play in her garden... a bad thing since Jason just planted the whole thing with vegetable seeds and plants last week! Weston knows it is off limits, which is why he has a grumpy look on his face in this picture. He KNOWS that he is about to be in trouble for not only stomping on our delicate little sprouts, but for digging them up! He also enjoys picking strawberries and eating them. I think he has finally learned that mommy needs to wash them off first, but for awhile there he was popping those things in his mouth so fast and eating them that he didn't seem to even notice the dirt or the green stems! Overall, I would say the transition to Grandma's house has been a pretty smooth one for Weston. Here he is today, having a good ol' time on the piano - not just playing, but singing too.

It occurs to me that I have nothing witty to say, and no interesting way to wrap up this post. I just wanted to let everyone know that we are still alive and kicking. (You know, because I'm sure you were terribly worried!) I'm looking forward to diving back into the blogging world and keeping up with some of my favorite people. Hope that you are all doing well!