Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Four Years Ago Today...

...I married my sweet husband. Happy anniversary to us!

We have sort of a fun "story," which some of you have heard, and some haven't, but I am going to share it here either way!

We met in 1999 or 2000 or sometime around there. I knew him through friends, and neither of us was terribly impressed with the other. (I actually didn't have much of an opinion on him, but he didn't like me, and it showed, so we avoided each other.) So, we didn't have too much interaction until later.

In July/August 2001 I was a junior and Greg was a senior in high school, and my 16th birthday was imminent (background, if you don't know: in my family, and in most families in my church, kids wait until they are 16 to date). We had our lunch period at the same time, and we sat together with several other mutual friends. He decided that he had been wrong about me, and that he in fact was interested in me. He flirted with me so much that even I could tell that he liked me, and I had never been terribly savvy about that kind of thing. So, when a mutual friend told me (we were in the bathroom at church, ditching Sunday School, to be exact) "I know someone who likes you" I knew it was him. However, a friend of his and I sort of liked each other, so I didn't expect much to come of it, as I supposed I would start seeing his friend when I turned 16.

Towards the end of August, Greg was walking me to class after lunch, as he usually did, and he said "I want to ask you out, but I have to ask my friend [the friend referenced above] if it's okay, but if I were to ask you, do you think you would say yes?" I still tease him about that. Way to sweep me off my feet. I want to ask you out, but I am not doing so right now, but I want to get some encouragement for when I do. Anyway, I sort of stuttered that I would say yes, but internally I was slightly concerned because of this other guy. Either way, I wasn't allowed to date for another few weeks, so I didn't worry too much about it. However, he has always been a champion of follow up, and a few days later while walking me to class he asked me to go to the homecoming dance with him, which was on October 6, 2 weeks after my 16th birthday. I said that I would, and he said "Okay, great. Well, I am not going to walk you the rest of the way to class because otherwise we would be awkwardly silent, so I'll see you later." We still laugh about this too. We were winning conversationalists in high school.

On my sixteenth birthday, Greg approached me before school and gave me the hugest bouquet of pink roses I had ever seen in my life. I was totally mortified carrying them around for the rest of the day. People came up to me and said things like "Oh, did Greg Ashcraft give those to you? I thought he was going to propose to random girls in the quad." So that gives you a little bit of an idea of what a goon he was in high school (albeit a sweet, darling, lovable goon).

A couple weeks went by and he took me out on my first date. We went to a restaurant in Temecula on a double date with a couple friends, and then headed over to the dance (in Greg's iconic PT Cruiser. Half of my high school memories involve that car, which I used to make fun of so much. But I missed it when he sold it before his mission!) During the dance, (I still remember it was while they were announcing the homecoming court) he held my hand, and I don't think let go of it for the rest of the night (we couldn't clap for the court because we were holding hands. Although I just remembered that he did let go to clap for one guy because they were friends. Ha! Funny the things you remember years later...) Later in the night he asked me to "go steady with him." I took issue over this for a number of reasons, one being that it was 2001 and no one had used the phrase "go steady" in like 40 years. Also, because it was my first date and I thought I would play the field a little. However, I didn't want to be mean, so I tried to blame it on my parents and say that I wasn't allowed to have a boyfriend (which was basically true) but that I did like him and wanted to go on dates with him (also true). He said that I didn't have to answer right then (I thought I had already answered...?) so I hoped that maybe we just wouldn't have to bring it up again.

And we didn't.

And so we got married five years later.


Okay, it didn't happen quite like that. But after that first date, we were just sort of inseparable for several years (one bout of "break up" the summer before I was a senior that lasted about 6 months while he re-focused on preparing for a mission, but ended when I went on a date with this other guy and Greg decided he didn't like that too much. That is, the break up ended, but don't worry, the mission prep did not.) We didn't really define the relationship for a while there at the beginning, probably because Greg figured out that if he insisted on being my boyfriend I might not, but as long as he didn't bring it up, he basically was. I still remember this conversation I had with my best friend. She said "are you seeing each other, going out, dating, boyfriend and girlfriend, or...?" I had no idea. At some point though, we were together enough that he was my boyfriend. (My parents weren't thrilled with the idea of a boyfriend, but they did like Greg. And my brothers adored him because my parents mandated that we weren't allowed to go places by ourselves until I turned 18, so one of them would have to "chaperone" us all the time and he ended up getting hooked up with countless movies, ice cream cones, and fast food.) Greg was in a band in high school, and I was an official groupie. Some songs he wrote for me still exist to this day on amateur recordings they made! (Including one mean one from aforementioned break up - but we don't need to bring that one up.) Eventually Greg went on his mission, and I waited (and dated, for the record; I don't condone waiting at home for two years while a missionary serves). When he got home, I was headed up to college, and I told him that I was going to date and all of that when I got there, unless he had something to say about it. We decided to get married instead. I remember he got home on a Wednesday, we decided we were getting married on Saturday (and I think we picked out the ring that day too...we are very task-oriented), he asked for my "hand" from my dad on Monday, and my mother woke me up at 6:00am on Tuesday morning with the temple on the phone scheduling the wedding. (I am fairly certain my mom had the wedding planned in about 48 hours.) The next day, Wednesday, I shipped out to BYU for the semester, and we barely made it through, but we managed (I don't think my roommates were thrilled with my love sickness though). We got married December 30, 2005.

Life isn't perfect and I think I probably drive Greg crazy most days (he only drives me crazy some days, but he is much easier to live with than I am) but I am happy to say that after 4 years of marriage and many more years of togetherness, I am still just as sure about Greg as I ever was. He really is my best friend and I am so glad that I married him. I think we have the best family ever, with us, and Charlie, and baby-to-be-named-later, and our annoying little cat. Happy anniversary to my wonderful husband, thanks for marrying me, and thanks also for our wonderful family, and all you do for us.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Santa

Santa visits the Town and Country Hotel (where I work) every year and invites all the employee's children and grandchildren to party with him.
When we first sat on Santa's lap Charlie was smiling and laughing but I couldn't get the camera to focus properly. By the time I got a picture to work he was sort of upset. Still, he was happy to get his candy cane.

Cheeeeeese

After we saw Santa Charlie and Greg came back into my office (Charlie was eating a hot dog, his new found favorite food; he kept yelling DOOOOOOOOG!). I was putting the camera away and Charlie kept saying CHEEEEEEEESE, so I had to take some pictures. Too bad he wasn't cheesing it up when he was on Santa's lap.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Book Survey

Tagged by Kiersten!

1. What is one of your favorite genres
? Adolescent girl books. Does that count? =)

2. What is your least favorite genre? Textbooks.

3. What is your all-time favorite book? High Fidelity.

4. What is the first book you remember reading? Bearenstein Bears?

5. Do you prefer books or audio books? Books.

6. Who are your favorite authors? Hornby. Dickens. Austen. Meg Cabot. CS Lewis. Lots.

7. How many books do you read in a year? Plenty when I'm not pregnant.

8. Do you buy books or borrow them from the library? I have a book buying problem.

9. How many books do you own? We have 4 bookcases (two small and two big. So maybe that counts as 3.) A LOT.

10. What is your most prized book? I have this children's book called Alphabears that my great aunt gave me the day I was born. A lot of my books from my childhood seem irreplaceable because they have inscriptions from my grandparents or whatever.

11. What are the worst books you have ever read (or tried to read)? Dang, I'm not sure I can think of one. I might be a philistine, but John Steinback makes me crazy. Does that count? But I can't call it the worst book because I recognize that he is an excellent author.

12. Have you read any modern day sequels you liked? Kiersten, I think this is referring to all those authors who take characters from classics and write sequels. There are like thirty million sequels to Pride and Prejudice, for example. I have read a few and haven't loved them. They were okay. I sort of want to read the zombie Austen books though. Don't they look funny?

13. What is your favorite quote from a book? There is a long exchange in High Fidelity that is absolutely my favorite part of a book ever, but it is too long. It talks about the reality vs. the fantasy of being in a relationship. There is an interlude about lingerie, for example. Ask me about it and I will tell you because I love it.

14. Who is your all-time favorite male character? Sydney Carton from A Tale of Two Cities. Everytime I was allowed to write a paper on anyone I did Sydney, the love of my life.

15. Who is your all-time favorite female character? Hmm... possibly... Emma? I don't know. Elizabeth Bennet is too obvious. I love Princess Mia from the Princess Diaries but I don't know if I can go all time best with her. Can't think of one. OH MISS HONEY from Matilda maybe?

16. What highly recommended book have you not liked? Grapes of Wrath. I know, again with the Steinback hating. I didn't like Harry Potter for a while, but I gave him a second chance and then loved. I didn't love Freakanomics as much as everyone else did, but I liked it. Oh, and I resisted the Twilight books for a while, but that doesn't count, because once I read them I loved them, and also because it was before they were like the most loved books of all time or whatever they are now, so they were highly recommended but not by EVERYONE just by one person.

17. A character you love to hate? Maybe Madame Defarge from Tale of Two Cities?

18. Do you belong to a book club? Theoretically there is one at church. I only attend occasionally.

19. What was the last book you purchased? Can't say due to it being a Christmas present. Oh, wait, Charlie doesn't read the blog. I got him three books about having a new baby for Christmas. One was Bearenstein Bears, one was Mercer Meyer, and one was Arthur. I forget all the titles though.

20. What are you reading now? Heat Wave by Richard Castle (who is a fictional character from a TV show, so it is really by some ghost writer, but whatever). (Also, since I started this quiz on Friday and finished that book last night, Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby.)

21. What book made you cry the hardest? Where the Red Fern Grows perhaps. I don't usually cry in books but I did in that one as a kid. I have cried since then but I forget the books.

22. What book made you laugh the most? Most recently, one of those books by Jen Lancaster. Maybe a David Sedaris book.

23. What is your favorite children's book (one you would choose to read to your kids)? MILLIONS!!!! I am obsessed with children's books. But some of the favs to read Charlie are the pidgeon books by Mo Willems, Audrey and Don Woods books (The Napping House especially), and Dr. Suess. When you are getting a little older I would definitely say Roald Dahl and the Anne of Green Gables Books.

24. If you were to choose a book to give as a gift, what would it be? I give the book High Fidelity as a gift a lot.

25. List 5 books you have read more than once: Pride and Prejudice, Tale of Two Cities, High Fidelity, Anne of Green Gables (1-7), and Danny the Champion of the world.

26. What is your favorite book made into a movie? I actually love movie adaptations. I think that makes me less intelligent, but it is true. But you know what movies I really love? The Harry Potter ones. I know, THAT makes me less of a fan. But Alan Rickman as Snape....It's love. Oh, and I love the Princess Bride, both book and movie.

27. Did you like the book or movie better? I like the books better, of course.

28. What book would you like to see made into a movie? Grrrr I cannot think of a good one to put here! As I said though, I really do love movie adaptations (even the ones that aren't true to the book, I don't have a problem compartmentalizing liking the book in one way and the movie in another way) so I figure I would like to see any book made into a movie! Oh, but sometimes I lament that they haven't done Danny the Champion of the World into a movie yet. What are they waiting for?

29. Do you prefer hardcover or softcopy? Since I have an obsession with my books looking good, hardcover. I barely open my soft cover books so that the binding remains pristine. Greg and I cannot share books for this reason.

30. Do you leave the dustcover on while you are reading a book? Not usually, unless I am solely reading the book in my bed at night. I like to leave the covers on because I use the flaps as bookmarks, but they usually fall off in the end.

31. Where do you usually read? Usually in my bed before I go to sleep.

32. When do you usually read? The hour between 9pm (Charlie going to bed) and 10pm (my bedtime). Occasionally until 1, 2, 3, or 4 in the morning though.

33. Do you keep a TBR (to-be-read) list? I am so happy with my discovery of goodreads! But I also love to just get whatever books are discounted at Target for Target's book club, so a lot of books I plan on reading get pushed to the bottom of the list with other books being in my hot little hands.

34. Do you usually have more than one book that you are reading at a time? Often.

35. Do you remember how you developed a love for reading? My dad read to us every single night as kids. I am pretty sure it stems from there.

36. Who do you tag? Stacy, Kirsten, Megan, Tera...... any of my friends who love to read!

Finally...

Stacy, I am finally posting some pictures on here! =) Here is the tree decorating merriment from a couple weeks ago. I think he looks like one of my brothers in this picture. I don't know if it is just the mischievous look that reminds me or what. And check out the oatmeal caking his hair. Lovely.


Our tree (sans topper. Somehow the topper never made it out of storage.)
A couple of ornaments that make me smile:

This Eskimo says "To Rachel, Christmas 1986" on the back. I love the little legs that move.
Charlie's first ornament.
My aunt always gives the kids over 18 an ornament each year for Christmas and I got this one a few years back because I love to read. (Hey, Brittini, I was looking at it yesterday and one of the books is called "Ladybird." YESSSS!)We got this one on our 2nd anniversary, which was spent at the lovely Avila Beach. It is made of seashells and is totally beautiful.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Charlie Update

Some of our friends have heard part of the story, so here is the whole spiel on Charlie:

On Friday around 1pm, my grandma (who was watching Charlie) said that he wasn't walking around. I thought that he just didn't want to go anywhere and was maybe coming down with a cold, so I didn't worry about it. When I picked him up after work, she said he was crawling around, so I thought "I guess it isn't that he doesn't want to go anywhere..." I decided I would take him to Urgent Care the next morning if he still had symptoms.

That evening, he seemed to be in some pain, and I realized that he would need x-rays if it was a break, so I decided to take him to the ER instead. Greg had a scout thing going at our house, so Charlie and I went to the ER right here at Pomerado at around six, and got checked in about seven. Since he would scream any time the doctor even thought about approaching him, they couldn't get a read on where he was hurting (although since he is such a big boy, they were sort of disbelieving of the fact that he couldn't tell them exactly what hurt and what happened. I kept saying, "he's only 21 months!") so they decided to x-ray the whole leg. At that point, we had to pull Greg away from his scout activity, since I couldn't assist with the x-ray due to pregnancy. They did the x-ray around 8, and read it at about 8:45. They didn't see any breaks, so they took blood. At about 9:15 they told us that the blood test showed an elevated white count, which could indicate some kind of infection in the knee or other joint. They said that they would like him to go to Children's Hospital for further tests. Also, apparently it is hospital policy that if you go from one hospital to another, you have to go by ambulance. So, they called an ambulance which arrived around ten. They strapped Charlie in, but he was so upset that they let me ride in the back with him, instead of up front, which was a blessing. We drove down to Children's and checked into the ER there. They did more x-rays and still didn't see any breaks, so they sent us home about 3am (Charlie didn't fall asleep until TWO FORTY FIVE that morning!) and told us to follow up with our primary.

Saturday and Sunday he still wouldn't put any weight on it and was not eating or sleeping like he ought. He has also been a lot crankier than normal (since he is normally pretty easy going.) This morning I took him to his primary, who is wonderful. He said it is probably just a bad sprain or a muscle strain, and to just keep doing what we are doing. If things aren't a lot better by Wednesday, we will take him into an orthopedist. I took today and tomorrow off, and Greg is taking Wednesday off, so we are happy to be able to be home and watching him. He is mostly in a good mood today, which is nice (as long as there are no doctors around...). We are just hanging out and relaxing. (Don't have energy for much else since we were up a lot of the night!)

Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers as little Charlie is dealing with this. I will get some pictures of him crawling around later today, because it is so darn cute, and sort of pathetic. Reminds me of when he was a little(er) guy. He is using his weakened state to demand obscene quantities of fun fruits and Yo Gabba Gabba.

Speaking of little, with all the doctor's visits, we got some updates on his stats. Charlie is officially 30 pounds! (They gave it to me in kilograms, so between four people and a calculator at the church Christmas party, we worked out that he is 30.2 pounds. And we were ashamed that we can't do simple multiplication. But not that ashamed because why else were calculators invented?)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

A little taste...



We had family pictures done for our Christmas cards last weekend, and here are a couple. I haven't decided which one is going out in the mail, so that is why there aren't any group shots posted here. But Kristin did a fabulous job, as always. Thanks!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

The results are in...

The poll was right! Baby #2 is a girl!!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Cast your vote...

We are going to try and find out what the baby is on Saturday! We will be 17 weeks, so it is a little iffy, but I think we might get lucky. =)

Thursday, November 26, 2009

I am thankful for...


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Monday, November 23, 2009

Some Thoughts

1) I wear contacts. I replace them at the beginning of each month, so I know that I am using them long enough to feel economical (they are the 2 week disposables) but not so long that they will cut my eye (I have had contacts cut my eye twice. One of the times I had to wear an eyepatch. I was super scurvy. But the kidlets that I babysat for thought I was awesome.) Anyway, when I lose a contact (happens when you are naughty and wear your contacts to sleep sometimes....) I used to throw both away and either wear glasses until the next time came to change them, or I would just put new ones in. A few years ago I decided to keep the contact that I didn't lose and just replace the lost contact, figuring that it would all even out eventually. My eyes have different prescriptions (dramatically different. My left eye is twice as blind as my right) so I have a different box for each eye, but, as I said, it would all even out eventually.
I have discovered that I have NEVER lost a left contact, but that I lose my right contacts all the time. My box of left contacts is significantly bigger than my box of right contacts. What causes this anomaly?

2) I am feeling much better in the pregnancy. I am around 15 weeks now, and I haven't thrown up in something like two weeks! And, I didn't go to bed before 9pm ONCE this weekend! Whoo!

3) This was my husband's big idea of the day. My sister was calling me all throughout and I was JUST as stressed as she was! And still, my husband gave me no inclination that he was going to do that. Naughty.

4) Poor Stanley was ousted from his home the other day when he spread his web across our door frame and some visitors came over and couldn't get in the house. I said "oh, just walk underneath, I will get him later." And they laughed and said "like we would." They stood outside while I rescued them from the spider. Two. Grown. Men. Whatever.
In any case, I brushed him down with a broom, thinking he would learn his lesson and be less forward with our doorway. But he took offense and has apparently taken up residence somewhere completely different. I sort of miss him. At least for showing Charlie everytime we walked in the door.

5) (a) We are getting a new Christmas tree this year! Our first tree (pictured here), which was $16 from Walmart, by the way, has served us well, but my mother got a monster tree this year and is hooking us up with her former tree. It's pre-lit. I am pleased.
5) (b) Um. Christmas is almost here. I am not ready.

Friday, November 6, 2009

My favorite thing.

Reading is my very favorite thing.
Here are some of the delightful books sitting on my nightstand right now.
Being completely ignored.
This is because where I used to put Charlie to bed (and lets face it, usually Greg around the same time) and then have an hour or so to myself to read, I now barely make it to 9pm (Charlie's bedtime) before I fall flat on my face and succumb to exhaustion.
^This month's book club. Don't think I will make it.
(This one I am actually 1/2 through but it is SO LONG I don't know if I will ever finish it. I like Lund and this is a great story, but I am starting to skim a little bit. Two bajillion pages are quite enough.)


I so want to read all these books. Especially the Nick Hornby (my favorite author and no-so-secret love of my life after Greg.) and the Richard Castle (does anyone watch the show Castle? They actually published the Nikki Heat book!) and ALL these books so I can get started on new ones.

I am ashamed. My goodreads account is growing virtual cobwebs.

Here's to an energy filled second trimester!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Halloween

We only took Charlie to a few houses (our loss, since we didn't end up with that much candy - the Trunk or Treat candy went into the "pass out" bowl, so we didn't get that, and then we didn't get too much around the neighborhood) but we had a great time on Halloween. Charlie did get to eat several pieces of candy, and was found climbing on the table to get into his bucket and into some nerds. He even figured out how to open the box and was downing the candy when we found him (and let him keep them - hard work should be rewarded).

We spent most of Halloween at my sister's party, Charlie spent it in the lap of luxury with his gramma (the party was at Greg's mom's house) and occasionally making trips downstairs to woo all the ladies with his dance stylings.

Anyway, Halloween was delightful. Can you tell what we all were?

It happened...

We knew it was coming.


Charlie took a nose dive out of his crib last night, instead of going to sleep.




Now what?


PS, He was fine. As soon as we fetched him and let him sleep in our bed, I think he figured out that jumping out of the crib was totally the way to go. Shoot. Now we are really in for it.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

C is for Cookie

Normally Charlie won't smile so sweetly for the camera (see all other posts for proof) but yesterday Greg was playing Sesame Street clips for him, so he gave me a cute smile.

Along those same lines, a few nights ago I put on his favorite song, C is for Cookie (he loves because we sing C is for Charlie, and also because he copies Cookie Monster and pretends to gobble up cookies at the end of the song) and then walked away to do some dishes. I heard the song end and then I heard it start up again. I assumed it was on some kind of loop but when I heard it start the third time, I investigated. I hadn't moved the mouse from the play button I had pushed earlier, so it was just hovering over the play. Charlie had been clicking the mouse to get it to restart. I would be kind of proud that my one year old can operate you tube, but the pride comes with a certain amount of trepidation. What does this mean for his future? =)

Future Rockstar

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Boooooooo!

I have a lot of delightful friends who go all out for Halloween decorations, and have done a great jb and then posted their masterpieces on their blogs. I was feeling left out, except I do not happen decorate for Halloween (well, we bought some pumpkins, but we have yet to carve them and Halloween is in like 72 hours, so it is questionable if it is going to happen). This is for the following reasons:

1) I only have one Halloween decoration (hand me down from my mother).
2) I keep said decoration in the Christmas decorations, because where else am I going to put one lone decoration?
3) I don't have the Christmas decorations out at Halloween time.

Therefore, my house isn't decorated in the traditional sense. But I do have one thing to contribue.

Huge spiders. Everywhere. This one is Stanley, and he lives on our little porch light. He isn't hurting anyone, so I just leave him there. Usually there are at least one or two fist sized daddy-long leg type spiders lurking around my house, but I guess I must have gotten them recently (I capture them and free them outside. Probably why there are always more in my house, because I don't nip them in the bud. But it isn't their fault they are spiders, so I am not killing them for it) because I couldn't find any for the photographs, so Stanley is all you have to see my Halloween decor.

And don't lean too close to our wall when you ring our doorbell, or he may come after you.

Preview of what is to come...


Zoo

Greg had Columbus Day off (lucky) and so and Charlie went to the Zoo.

He was really interested in why the elephant was lifting up his foot. Greg said he spent a good five minutes looking under there.
Camels, for Aunt Stacy.
And, as always, if Greg is the one dressing him, he will be wearing a Chargers or BYU jersey.

BYU/SDSU Game

Okay, its possible that the BYU team has had better seasons, but we still bleed blue and white, so I am still posting these slightly out of date photos of when we went to the game a few weeks ago. We got free (!) club seats from my boss, which was simply delightful. The seats were PADDED. We were living in style. Plus, we got these VIP passes to the Championship tent where we got free food. So it was pretty happening.




Go Cougars!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

FAQ

(Q) Is it true that you are pregnant?
(A) Yes.

(Q) When are you due/how far along are you?
(A) I am due May 14th and I am eleven-ish weeks along.

(Q) Why are you telling before you are twelve weeks?
(A) I threw up in my boss's office (in the trashcan, as delicately as possible) when I was about eight weeks along, and I had to announce the news to her (and to her boss, who was in the room at the time. It was during a meeting about Union Negotiations, so it was official business I interrupted) to avoid getting quarantined for swine flu. Then, I didn't like having my boss know and not my family, so we told our family. Since then there has been a sort of whisper campaign going, where people are hearing through the grapevine, which brings us to date.

(Q) Are you going to find out what you are having?
(A) Yes, probably sometime around Christmas.

(Q) Do you have a preference on boy or girl?
(A) Of course we would be happy with either one, although it seems like it would be easier to have another boy, since I already have all the clothes and stuff. But I don't know if that is a good enough reason. Greg has an uncle who says he is psychic, and he has predicted a girl, so there you go.

(Q) How do you feel?
(A) I think I said this in my first pregnancy, but the whole concept of "fine" takes on a different meaning when I am pregnant (and I think the same for a lot of others I know). In other words, I am avoiding the hospital or any other serious complications, so I am very blessed and lucky. But I feel sort of wretched. In addition to the unfortunate physical state of being pregnant, I feel extremely happy, eager, and excited.

(Q) Any weird cravings?
(A) Thus far, I haven't really wanted that much that I don't normally like. My desire for bagels and cream cheese has been perhaps more intense (I don't normally cry over cream cheese, but I do like it even when I am not pregnant). I drink Capri Sun like it is going out of style. I have found myself incredibly susceptible to TV advertising though. This brings Greg joy. It has made me avoid commercials at all costs.

(Q) Where do you plan on delivering?
(A) We had Kaiser with Charlie, and we don't anymore, so we will be trying out a new hospital. We will deliver at Pomerado Hospital.

(Q) What number grandchild will this be?
(A) For Greg's mom, this will be #2. For Greg's dad, #18. My parents, #5. Great-Grandma H, #5. Great-Grandma and Grandpa M, #10. This new baby will be coming into the world with lots of little friends.

(Q) Do you already have names picked out?
(A) No! I have a friend who is already sending me emails with name ideas as they come to her, and I encourage you all to join in. She says I ought to create a google document of ideas so people can add to it online. I do not know how to do this. Therefore, you have to give me your ideas organically.

(Q) What are you calling it in the meantime?
(A) Squirt, per my sister's naming ritual. When I was pregnant with Charlie, I think she called him tater tot before we knew he was Charlie.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Friday, October 16, 2009

Pumpkin Patch

We headed over to Bates Nut Farm a couple weeks ago to hit up some pumpkins and check out some animals (Charlie said MOOOOOO indiscriminately to all of them with four legs).

I got a lot of pictures but blogger is bothering me, so I am just posting these.
Sadly, this year, we did not go with the enormous pumpkin, and opted for three little ones. We told Charlie he could get whichever he could lift, and, while he made a valiant effort with the one pictured aboved, he ended up with one of the little baby ones.
Now we just need to carve them!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

HOORAY!

Spencer got his mission call!!!!
(Drum roll...)

He will be serving in Mexico City North, Mexico, and he enters the MTC on February 3rd. He is thrilled and we are all very excited for him!

Good job, Spencer!

His mission will be two years long. The first six weeks will be spent in the MTC (Missionary Training Center) in Provo, Utah, where he will get an immersion course in the Spanish language. Then, he will ship off to Mexico, where he will be serving the Lord 24/7, including talking with members of the church, going door to door to teach people who are interested, and doing service projects. He will write letters (and possibly email, if it is available in his area) and he gets to call home twice a year, Christmas and Mother's Day. Spencer won't be paid, in fact, he and my parents will pay for him to go. It will be a big sacrifice to him, and for all of us to say goodbye, but we are so proud of him.

Monday, September 28, 2009

To my sweet husband...

...thanks for being born!



Am I embarrassed that the most recent photo I have of him alone is his mission? Yes. Actually, I think I have some from our wedding of just him, but not on the computer. Still, even that one would be almost four years old. I think we need a photo shoot.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Recently

My sister has complained of late of my lack of blogging, but, if you can believe it, nothing is going on. But Charlie got a haircut. So that is what you are getting, Stacy.
Here is a before. This is Saturday at Aunt Jill's house. And that is a BYU jersey. Greg dresses him in jerseys every Saturday. Here he is nursing his capri sun Monday night.
Here he is checking it out in the new mirror (my delightful birthday present. And we are working on the "no touching!" and my little brother stole my glass cleaner, so ignore the smudges).
Remind you of anything? No? I am just too into Harry Potter?
I think he likes it.