Monday, December 10, 2007

Last Year of Christmas Slacking

I am ashamed to admit, but since Foote and I have been married we have been holiday slackers. We have never put up a tree mostly because we are usually with family for Christmas and they have a tree, and until last year it was jut the two of us and also because we don't really have a lot of space in our little house to store an artificial tree and we have just been to cheap to buy a real one or go cut one down. Foote has a coworker who's little girl wanted to know all about his Christmas tree and decorations and when he admitted that we don't have a tree and that we really don't have many decorations up (mostly because a lot of the decorations I have been given are either ceramic or breakable and since we have limited up high space I didn't put everything out this year) she began to call Foote the Grinch.

So over the weekend, to save Foote from being the Grinch we broke down and bought a little artificial tree (4 & 1/2 feet) and decorations. It is our compromise since it won't take up much space to store and the girls can have it for their own little tree to decorate in the future. Don't get me wrong even though our house may not be decorated Alyson has still had the experience of decorating. Over the last few weeks we helped decorate Bammer's tree, Grandma Hickman's tree, and decorated Grandma Foote's tree.

I didn't realize how much of a slacker I had been on getting the girls ready for Christmas until we were out shopping and every time Aly saw Santa decorations she would yell NOAH! NOAH! and I would have to stop and explain that this was Santa and that he just has a beard like Noah. I guess its a good thing that she gets Santa confused for Noah and not the other way around. We were going to take her to sit on Santa's Lap on Saturday so I thought I should start prepping her for the experience so we checked out "How Elmo Saved Christmas" from the library since Santa is in it. In the movie Elmo puts cookies out for Santa. So on Friday night when I told Aly we would see Santa tomorrow and she could sit on his lap she kept insisting that we needed to take cookies. It is just so funny to watch her little mind process all this Christmas stuff.

So this is the plan for this year. We will wait until the girls have been put to bed Christmas Eve and then we'll put up the tree, decorate it and put the presents out. Aly is the target in this charade, she's has been noticing all sorts of things lately Foote's hair cut, the new picture we hung, things I don't notice, and so to add to the excitement of Christmas we thought it would be fun to watch Aly come down the stairs to see, not the living room she left when she went to bed, but a spectacular Christmas wonderland full of magic and surprises and presents. Then I guess next year we'll join the rest of the world and decorate after Thanksgiving so we can enjoy the festive holiday spirit for more than just Christmas day.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Hello from the Eiffel Tower!! Nearly every year we go to visit Foote's grandparents in St. George for Thanksgiving or around that time, and seeing the Las Vegas is just a short drive from there we usually take a day and go see the sites. Last year Foote took Alyson and I to the Top of the World for dinner in the rotating restaurant atop the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino more than 800 feet above the Las Vegas Strip.

I had to laugh when I was looking at this picture of Aly and I from last year. It is just funny to think how fast things change I am almost five months pregnant in this picture and completely clueless that I am expecting and now a year later Brooklyn is here and almost six months old.

This year it was a trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower overlooking the Bellagio fountains as well as the rest of the strip. Footes parents were with us so they watched a fountain show with the girls while Foote and I were on the Eiffel Tower watching the sun set.

We spent a lot of the day seeing all the sites. The girls made it about half the day and just crashed hard. I know that I have blogged previously about the strange places that Aly can fall asleep, but this one takes the cake she fell asleep on grandpa's shoulders while checking out the atrium at the the Bellagio.

Apart from the Vegas trip, we had a great time with Deem and Bammer(Thats what all the grand kids call Foote's grandparents). We took a couple walks each day in the warm weather, mostly to put the girls to sleep.

And Aly made a couple new friends, A frog that croaks when you walk in front of it, and a plastic Rhino. She loved the frog, she would sing to it, tuck it into bed and rock it to sleep, try to feed it, then try to change its diaper. She and her little frog became inseparable. Too Cute!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Vengeance Will Be Mine

Foote and I play practical jokes on each other all the time. I am not sure why but changing his shower from hot to cold is one that never gets old for me I probably do it at least once a week and it is still always funny to me. Another one I do a lot is to use my cell phone to call the house phone so that when Foote gets up to answer the phone I can take the prime place on the couch.

Foote likes to jump out of the dark and scare me which I hate because I can't stand anticipation. I hate when you know something is going to happen but you just don't know when. That is why I can't stand to open those rolls that come in the canister and pop when you peel them down far enough, they make me jump every time. After being married for four years I am surprised that I do not have a nervous twitch from how often Foote has jumped out to scare me. Foote also thinks its hilarious to snarf me, which he explained in a previous post so I won't go into it here lets just say not much fun for the recipient. I have tried to snarf him but I'm always unsuccessful usually because I usually attempt when he is sleeping and start laughing as I get close enough and he ends up waking up and ruining my plans. Well this week I of course turned his shower to cold and once again it was funny. Then later I went upstairs to dry my hair and when I turned on my hair dryer a huge cloud of white sprayed out all over me and it smelled like burnt bread. He filled my hair dryer with flour. Needless to say VENGEANCE WILL BE MINE!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

I've Been Tagged

I was recently tagged by my cousin Maggie to write 7 things about myself and then to tag 7 people, and let me tell you why this is not fair. I don't have 7 connections in the blog world and the ones I do have either tagged me or have already been tagged. This will be a challenge. So on to the 7 things about me.

1. I am the ultimate cheapskate. I am the queen of coupon shopping. I'm addicted. I love getting things for free. Last year I went so overboard with coupon shopping I walked out of King Soopers with 20 cases of Apple Juice for free. The checker kept saying. "I can't believe you are getting all these for free." I am so bad it is hard for me to let Foote pick up anything at the store because I always have to ask "how much did you pay for that." I am getting better. For example, I used to eat at buffets and calculate out exactly how much I would have to eat to pay no more than a dollar a plate. I dress my girls almost completely from craigslist, garage sales and hand-me-downs so often people will say, "Oh that is a cute dress" and my reply would be "oh thanks it was a quarter". It is so bad that one time Foote and I were driving around town and heard on the radio that to celebrate its anniversary Wendys would be offering free junior frostys all day long and I was so upset because Foote refused to go home and get a cooler and just go to different Wendys all day long and stock up on frostys. (probably would have cost twice as much in gas anyways)

2. I am compulsively competitive about really bizarre things. I do pretty good for a while then fall into a relapse. In college I used to have this guy that was in the library at the same time as I was and I would say to myself I can't leave the library before him so there were some nights when I would be completetly done studying but would just stay in the library because he hadn't left yet and I didn't want him to win (of course he had no idea he was part of my little competition). Even now when I go to the gym I find myself looking around at all the other women in the class to make sure I am lifting the most weight or doing the most reps.

3. I am addicted to hot chocolate, but not just any Hot Chocolate, none of this Swiss Miss blah blah or the bland hot water with a hint of chocolate, they might as well call it warmed chocolate flavored tea and you would have to sip it with your pinky extended. And only from about late September to mid-April. We have hot chocolate everynight after we get the kids to bed. (Foote makes the best hot chocolate with different flavors and whipped cream on top) so he makes us both a cup and we either sit out on the porch sipping hot chocolate and talking or watch a movie but, bizarrely when the weather warms up in the spring I am ok to only have an occasional cup until it cools down in the fall.

4. I am an anti-project person which explains why I have never enjoyed crafts. I have tried scrap booking, sewing, crosstich the list goes on and on and I have to admit I find more stress than joy in any of these activities. I hate the feeling that they are never done there is always more you need to do and then there is always a new project to start, its overwhelming. I hate unfinished projects so the best solution for me is to not start them. This applies to my house as well. I know a lot of people like to fix up, paint, and decorate. I have to talk about a project like this for about a year before I can motivate myself to take the plunge.

4a. In relation to number 4, I do make a decent foreman. I'm reasonably skilled at telling Foote what I want done, and Foote is great at completing projects, i.e. the 1 AM Tuesday morning celling fan installation. Me - "can't we just go to bed and finish in the morning?" Foote - "If I don't finish tonight I might not finish for a week and I don't want this continually on my to do list. Besides I'm almost done" Me - "thats what you said at 11:00" Foote - "can you hand me the screw driver" (The above paragraph was inserted by Foote I prefer "project motivator" instead of foreman)

5. I have not consistently slept through the night in over five years. In college I worked on a janitorial team and had to be up at 3:00 to get to work. When I came home from school I worked at a company from 11pm to 7am. When Foote and I were first married we both threw a paper routes at about 3AM. I had Aly and as soon as she was sleeping through the night I picked up a route again until I was 8mos pregnant with Brooklyn and now I am up most of the night with her. I think my body has permanently adjusted.

6. I have a bizarre ability to make anything electronic or technological stop working or begin working strange it is kind of like a super power (I should be on Heroes) I can't control though and it drives Foote crazy because his life revolves around these types of things. Just a few examples. He gave me a camera that worked great and than after I used it for about a week the batteries would only last about an hour. My iPod, after using my powers on it I could push play and it would take me back to the main menu and I would have to search for the play list I wanted all over again. For a while it seemed like every night I would have to get Foote to fix my laptop because my electro magnetic aura confused it to the point that it could no longer connect to the internet or print or some other malfunction. Even the car, after I drove it for a couple weeks the blinkers quit working, and this is where it gets weird, Foote would drive it and they would work, then I would drive it again and they would work a couple times and quit again until I my invisible forces completely overpowered it, now it won't even work for Foote. But sometimes when he puts on the blinker the check engine light flashes on the dashboard as if it is trying to indicate the direction we are turning. I can't even count how many times he has said "What did you do?" "How do you break everything?" If only I could find a way to harness this power and use it to benefit humanity.

7. I love heels or high shoes in general. I think it is because I was suppose to be 5'9 with long legs but someone messed up and I am 5'7 with short legs. I remember I used to make my little brother Dan pull on my legs hoping that the constant stretching would add another couple inches and if he pulled on one leg more than the other I would accuse him of plotting to make me lopsided but alas (always wanted to use that phrase) I am still 5'7. My solution has been to wear two inch heels and long jeans and just pretend like I am 5'9 with long legs.

So now it is my turn to tag others I am going to tag all my sisters-in-law (Kari, Jenny and Shanda) because I am really curious to know what seven things they would pick about themselves. I am also going to tag Foote which might sound cheesy, but when it comes to things like this even after being married for four years I find his responses entertaining and am still sometimes surprised (plus it means he has to update the blog next hahaha).

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

update from a slacker

I feel like I dropped out of the blog world for awhile. A combination of things have kept me from blogging so this will be the update

First of all about two weeks ago I received an e-mail from my sister-in-law Kari with info on how to make some money from home and in my limited computer time I have been doing surveys for GPT sites (get paid to sites) and getting paid for them It is a great way to make a little extra cash. Perfect timing since Christmas is right around the corner.

I decided to blog about it because I thought it might be something other stay at home moms or students might be interested in doing. It is really easy and you can do as much or as little as you want to. Which I think is nice since right now with two little ones I am more on the little end. Most sites also pay you for referrals so you can refer family and friends that might be interested and make a little from their efforts. Foote fills out surveys while he is on hold with banks at work and has made about 40.00 in a week of just hold time which isn't a lot but can add up over time.

Kari has put together some great information of tips and tricks to use on GPT sites and it has been so easy to follow. It is to long to put in a blog so if you are interested or want more information just leave a comment with your e-mail address or e-mail me and I will send it to you.

second, our house has also been in pieces we were having our floors redone so we had all our furniture in the garage for about a week between tearing out the old floor and installing our new wood floor (yeah!). Aly thought it was great to have the furniture in the garage and loved to hang out on the furniture in the garage more than she does when it is in the house. We also put in some new furniture including a new 50 inch plasma TV that Foote received as a bonus for closing three houses with the same builder. (alright Foote!) Its kind of funny we are still in our townhouse so it looks a little out of place, but no complaints here.

And last week was Halloween and between parties, trick or treating and putting my house back together I was lacking in blogging motivation.

Halloween was a lot of fun Aly went dressed as a Lady bug and Brooklyn was a cow. We went to a tri-ward trunk or treat. I have to say I love the trunk or treat concept it is like the Readers Digest version of trick or treating, it's trick or treating with half the work and time. I couldn't help but feel a little cheated that we didn't have trunk or treating when I was a kid trick or treating, we actually had to work for our candy going to each door individually.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Bath Time with Aly

The other night I was bathing Brooklyn, and Aly felt neglected and wanted to get in the tub as well, This was a problem because she hadn't had dinner yet, and she is such a messy eater that it's pointless to bath her before dinner. So I get Brooklyn or Ney as Aly likes to call her, out of the the tub and start getting a new diaper on her I hear a splash. Yep you guessed it, Aly had climbed into the tub, clothes and all. I was torn between fury at her and hysterical laughter.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Family Pictures

This last weekend was family picture weekend. I really wanted to get a good family picture in the fall colors, but didn't want to have to pay for a professional to come out and take them so we decided we would just have Foote's parents come and take a ton of pictures and hopefully we would be able to get one that looked good. What was I thinking I must of been in some kind of mom fantasy land. Brooklyn and Alyson were done taking pictures after the first ten shots so needless to say it was a very interesting day. So I have decided to post all the pictures of our not so happy moments so that when you get a nice cute family photo on our Christmas card you can appreciate it as much as I do.

Never A Dull Moment

I have a bad habit of writing blogs and than saving them as drafts and taking forever to publish them. So by the time I go back and review the drafts its been about a month or longer. I know that it probably seems strange but I am not a big fan of editing or taking time to add pictures or clips to a post. Most of the time I make Foote do these things for me. So this post is a little old and I was just going to delete it and move on, but I decided that maybe some other mothers would appreciate it since you can all relate to how what starts out as a good day can go downhill so fast.

I have decided that I will be labeled as the mother with good intentions, that was just never able to get things to work out as planned. Today was storytime at the library and since I have been going back to the gym it has been harder for us to make it to storytime and we have been missing it a lot. So today I thought I should take a break from going to the gym and let Alyson go to her storytime. So I hurried and got both girls ready and loaded up into the car so we could make it to storytime. When we arrived I got Aly out of the car to put her in the stroller. I went to get the stroller out of the trunk and, whoops not there, I accidently left it in Daddy's car. Oh well I will just have to carry Brooklyn and hope I can get Alyson to hold my hand. I decided I would leave the diaper bag in the car since I already had to haul two kids around and I thought I better get my library card out of the diaper bag. I set Alyson down on the ground as I rummaged through my diaper bag to find my wallet with my library card. Just my luck I forgot my wallet. Now I don't have my library card so we will not be able to check out any books. Oh well at least we can still make story time.

While I am trying to dig up the missing library card Alyson decided to play with the buttons on the car door and locks the door and of course I didn't notice. So I close the passenger door after being unable to find my library card and go to the back door to get Brooklyn out of the car. Thats strange I thought, the door is locked. All the doors are locked and Brooklyn is locked in the car and naturally her seat is right in the sun, luckily she is asleep. Sprinting into the library we go. Since my keys and cell phone are locked in the car I will have to call Foote from a phone in the library to bring the spare key. So I called dad's cell twice and only got voicemail so I left a message and decided to try and call his office directly but I don't know the number so I tell the reference lady the situation and ask for the phone book, but instead she calls security.

So the security gaurd and I walk out to the car where he tries all my doors. (As if I didn't already think of that.) He decides that he will call 911 and I say "Well let me just call and see if my husband is on his way", but since this is the most excitement the library security gaurd has had in a while he doesn't even listen to me and calls 911 anyway. --(Now just a side note while he was on the phone with 911 informing them that a baby is locked in the car they ask exactly how old is the baby? Does that sound like a weird question? as if there is an age limit on wether they will or will not come and unlock the doors. "Oh you said the baby is 10 months sorry we will not be able to help you your baby exceeds the age limit.")---Anyway so a few minutes later here comes the fire engine with all it sirens going off and a team of rescuers jump out to unlock my doors. When I explain what happened I get that look like "yeah right blame the kid" As they pull Brooklyn out of the car she starts to wake up and looks around at all these strange faces like "Who are you? What are you doing here?" And just about this time Foote pulls up with the spare keys. (perfect timing). Well at least I put some excitement into the day of a library security guard and I am sure storytime was great for those that made it. Maybe it was a story about a little girl who locked her baby sister in the car by accident and put mom in a frantic situation while the whole town tried to help. Then we wouldn't have really missed anything.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

A note from the Editor

I have been asked by Camille to insert a post occasionally. It's True. This is funny to me seeing that less than a month ago, getting Camille to post something on the blogsite was much akin to teaching a goldfish to floss. Not only did she lack the motivation, but she is also expert in the divers ways of procrastination justification. "how can you expect me to write a blog when I need to take a nap" she would say. But then there was a glimmer of light, sparkling gently off in the distance. And suddenly we find ourselves in the matrix of the blog world, every event that takes place is a potential blog. every funny thing Aly or Brooklyn does. We must be vigilant, always prepared with the camera and thesaurus, one cannot predict when the opportunity might arise to get material for the blog site.

Now let me try to explain why this is exciting to me. I am a techno junky. I live and breathe by the laptop, iPod, multifunctional mobile phone, flat screen, High Def, internet accessible, WiFi, Bluetooth, RF, wireless, high-speed, broadband, gigabyte, downloadable, transferable, networkable, GPS, FTP, digital stuff. I want to be able to check my email, listen to music, watch movies or live TV, surf the internet or take a picture, all with my phone, camera, GPS, watch, iPod or even my laptop.

I would say "look honey, I got you a phone that can take pictures, check your email, keep a calendar, get online, you can even program it to be a remote control for the TV..... It's Red..... It has a hands free bluetooth earpiece..... are you in a comma?

"can I make and answer calls with it?" She asks.

"well it is a phone, you know, that is its primary function. In fact, not only can you make and receive calls, but you can import the entire ward or even stake directory onto this baby, all our family's numbers IM's and Email addresses in alphabetical order with a picture, so you can see who's calling you. And our plan has unlimited texting, so you don't need to worry about that,. Just imagine, you could be out at the park and Aly learns to do something funny or cute, just whip out your cell and capture it on video, then you can even send it with picture mail or email it, heck you could even upload it to youtube if you wanted to..... I've lost you again haven't I?"

"I forgot what my question was?"

I feel so alone sometimes.

At least Aly likes to play with my high tech toys.

I have been patient, my longsuffering is paying off. It is a long road and I realize that I am still only at the beginning, but the clouds are parting and the sun is peeking through, light is spilling all over my domain.

Camille asked me the other day, "can you teach me how to put a video clip on our blogsite?"

Joyous bouts of excitement erupt within my soul as I excitedly begin to instruct her with our state of the art technology.

"Now when I said teach me, what I meant was will you do it for me?"

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(not really HTML, just meant to be a pun)

Well at least she is getting past saving half a thought as a draft.

it's a very small victory and I'll take it.

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Monday, October 8, 2007

Overplayed, but still a classic

Wednesday night we were at Walmart and Aly fell asleep in the cart. Everyone has these classic shots or videos of the child falling asleep in the carseat or highchair, but for some reason they are still funny. Foote tried to take a video of her head nodding with his cell, but just ended up getting a picture. It was to classic I was sorry we didn't have the camera for a video. We were to busy laughing at her that we didn't bother waking her up and she did a major head bob and almost knocked herself out on the cart. So for the rest of the night she had a big red mark on her head and every time I looked at her with her mark I just had to laugh. (so much for being the sympathetic mom)

Just a few days later we were at Lowes and Aly fell asleep in the cart again so this time we were able to get a video. I can't believe the places she can fall asleep.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

The Joy of Traveling with Kids

Well I am sure that almost anyone with kids has one of these stories to share and if not they are the lucky ones. During our recent trip to Utah Aly got sick in the car now I think as parents we all know that eventually this is going to happen, and we just hope it happens when we are in our own town where we can go home clean the car and put the child in the bath. Unfortunately Aly's timing was a little off. Foote had a closing in Denver so our plan was to leave from his closing to Utah so that we wouldn't arrive to late. So I dropped Foote off at the title company and decided I would kill time by taking the girls to breakfast and than to the park. So we had breakfast and just as we are pulling in to the park when Aly gets sick and it is everywhere all over her and the carseat. I see some buildings at the park so I figure no problem I will just clean her up in one of the bathrooms.

Anyone has two kids close togeather can appreciate how much of an issue it is just to get in and out of the car so I finally get them both out of the car and over to the park bathrooms to find out they have no running water or paper towels. So I get Aly changed at least and some what cleaned up with baby wipes, but I still have to figure out how to clean up the car. Aly in the meantime is very upset that we are not staying to play at the park and begins to throw a tantrum and Brooklyn decides that she is ready to be fed and just begins to cry so I am holding one crying baby and dragging the other to the car. And everyone is giving me that look like I am so glad that I am not you.

I get to the car and realize I can't put Aly back in her carseat because she will get her mess all over her clean clothes so I just buckle her in the seat between the two carseats in the back seat and figure well it is probably only a couple blocks to a service station. So On our way to the service station Aly wiggles herself free of the seatbelt so she can stand up and wave to any cars that might be behind us or on the side of us. I am trying to watch the traffic and yelling "Aly sit down!" and finally reach the service station where I am able to borrow a cup of water and some towels and clean up the mess. While I am cleaning all our windows are down because of the smell and Aly is yelling hi and bye to any customers visiting the service station and Brooklyn has now been fed, but is very unhappy that she is still in her seat is crying and crying. And everyone is giving me that look like "I am glad I am not you".

Just as I finish cleaning I get a text message from Foote saying he is done and ready to be picked up. so I put a blanket over the semicleaned carseat buckle Aly in and rush off to get dad. Now the only thing lingering is the smell and we still have at least a 8hr drive to go. I pick up Foote and about 3 hrs into our drive the smell is just to much so we stop at a car wash and hose off the seat and buy some air freshner. This is one of those blogs that does not include pictures. Aren't you glad?

Monday, October 1, 2007

"Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot little puppies."

So we spent the last weekend at Brad and Jenny's house. I used to roll my eyes when people would say I feel like my dog is my child he/she is always wining, into something etc....

But never again after spending the weekend with Brad and Jenny and their new puppy Aspen I finally understand. Trying to keep peace between Aspen and Aly was like separating two year olds that refuse to play nice or share. I felt like we were constantly telling one or the other to "play nice" , "be gentle", "don't get up there", "you need to calm down", "Do you need a time out?"

It was funny that so many things Aspen did were things that Aly would do for example whenever someone is eating Aspen hovers at their feet hoping for food sad to say Alyson was right there beside her signing eat please.

Brad was trying to get Aspen to go outside and she just wanted him to chase her. This is a daily occurrence in our house everytime I try to get Aly to get in the tub it immediately becomes a game and she wants me to chase her and just laughs and laughs.

Aspen's favorite game currently is hide and seek she loves for Brad and Jenny to hide in the house and to go and find them. This game is also one of Aly's favorites she loves when Foote or I to hide from her and than jump out and scare her.

Everytime Aly picked up one of Aspen's toys that she was not playing with that immediately became the toy she wanted. Aly is also in this phase where sharing isn't so easy.

And there were even a few times that while I was doing diaper duty Jenny was cleaning up Aspen's kennel.

So sorry dog people I had no idea how similar child duty and puppy duty could be.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Families are like fudge - mostly sweet with a few nuts. ~Author Unknown

Well its been a crazy couple months, but it has also been a lot of fun to see family. Brooklyn was blessed the 5th of August and we had a lot of family come. It was great to see everyone and we appreciate everyone that has come such long distances it really means a lot to us. Over Labor day weekend we went to the Smith family reunion and were so excited to be able to see everybody. I know that Aly loved it, there were so many people to pay attention to her she didn't know what to do with herself. A week after we came home from the reunion Aunt Jenice was in town and Aly and Brooklyn had so much fun getting loves and attention from her. And this last weekend we went to Utah for Bob's wedding (Andrew's brother) and had a great time being able to see even more family. We feel like we have been spoiled it is like we have had an early holiday season and it is fun to think that only in a few months everyone will be back out for Christmas.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Alyson Signs

Well I promised a video of Alyson showing off her sign language skills.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

A shout out to all my peeps

Saturday Night, September 8th the year of our Lord two thousand and seven.

So there was a pot luck event for some of the finest Real Estate Agents in Colorado Springs, maybe even the world. Somehow Camille and I were invited and we had a blast, great food and great company. We were able to mingle with some people I worked with at Century 21 who have all moved on to bigger and better things. I was surprised to see the turn out. I left C 21 over a year ago, and showing up at the party was almost like stepping back in time, except that everyone has progressed and changed a little. For example, Since I've left C 21 Camille and I had another little girl Brooklyn, 15 months after Alyson was born. Apparently I have failed in my attempts to notify everyone, therefore the purpose of this blog.

This one goes out to you guys.

First a quick tutorial, on the left on this page is a series of links to previous Blog Posts, feel free to reminisce. Also a photo album, and links to some family Blogsites, I think most of you remember Preston, well he's married and he and Shanda have a beautiful little girl Talia. Be sure to check them out.

Side note - Preston has been promoted in Carpet Direct, so the number you have for him is no longer his number. Preston is now in the administrative realm in charge of training agents and improving other brokerages. He can still be your carpet contact just with more power and resources to ensure the quality of your carpeting experience.

Now that we have that out of the way. Here is some pictures of the girls. I just really think they are too cute for words.

Stay tuned, Next week Alyson shows off her sign language skills.

P.S. Feel free to leave comments just click on the link called "Comments"

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Who Do they Look Like?

Since Brooklyn was born we keep having everybody ask, "who do you think she looks most like?" So we decided to scan in both of our baby pictures and Alyson and Brooklyn's pictures and let everyone else decide for themselves. You be the judge.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Camille's Thoughts for the week.

Not a lot of new exciting news but I thought I would post a few recent pictures to demonstrating how I am able to get by day to day despite how crazy things get at home sometimes.

First the swaddle I don't know how I would survive if I did not know about the secret of swaddling there is nothing that works better to keep Brooklyn happy. I have found it works great on Aly to to keep her out of trouble unfortunately she does not like it as much as Brooklyn. She decided it was fun at first but it did not take long to get old.

Second, Brooklyn likes to be held all the time unfortunately that makes it difficult to get anything done including getting ready in the morning. We discovered that she does not mind being put down in the bathroom sink as long as she can observe what is going on and only if it is not for to long.

Last, I have to say keeping up with the laundry and the house has been a little more of a challenge, but I have also discovered that leaving laundry on the floor is not such a bad thing Alyson is entertained for hours putting on different clothes and taking them off again I never knew getting dressed could be so entertaining. In fact if Alyson is at home she is more often than not walking around with an additional shirt on her head. In the picture she is wearing a dress of Brooklyns as you can see it fits really nice.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

July is HOT.

Well I am finally getting back into the routine of things. Sometimes it is hard to be motivated to get out and do things when you know it will be so much easier to stay home where you don't have to worry about naptime, nursing time, diaper changes, and tantrums in public. But I also promised myself when I found out that I was pregnant again that I wouldn't make Alyson miss out on fun things just because it would be easier to stay home.

It has definately been an intresting week, but I think I am getting the hang of things again. I try to get out of the house at least a few hours everyday. Alyson is such an outdoors child that if we don't get out of the house she gets very grouchy.

I decided to start small so on Monday we went to the park closest to our house. The challenge was that I only had a single stroller which I was using for Brooklyn so I was hoping Aly would just hold my hand or walk next to me no such luck if I held her hand she would pull it away and than make a mad dash in the opposite direction or just stop and sit on the ground to play with the ants so I think we spent more time getting to and from the park than actually playing at the park. And in the end I ended up pushing the stroller and carrying Aly at the same time. Some good did come from our frustrating little adventure a sister from my ward happened to pass us and saw me trying to carry Alyson and push Brooklyn at the same time and offered to let me borrow her double stroller since she has one she does not use. I picked it up from her on Wenesday, but wished I had it on Tuesday.

On Tuesday we went to toddler time at the Library and since it is summer time the kids room was packed with diffrent childrens clubs and groups it was so crowded. While I was in the process of checking out books Alyson did one of her mad dashes in the ooposite direction. It took me a minute to get situated so I could chase her down and when I went looking for her she was nowhere to be found. After about five minutes of looking I started to panick only to find her sitting at a table working on a puzzle. So needless to say I am very grateful to now have the double stroller.

I was so excited to have a double stroller that I got really ambitious and decided to walk a couple miles to grandma's house for a visit. Obviously this was a little to long to be in the stroller for Alyson and Brooklyn both fell asleep both on the way to grandmas and on the way home.

Brooklyn is growing like a champ we went in for her one month check up this last week and she weighs in at 10lbs 7oz her birth weight was 8lbs 7 oz. She is a pretty good baby and loves to be held. Here are a few pictures of her over the last couple months for those of you (Jenny) that were requesting more pictures.

We went to the Uncle Wilbur fountain on Saturday. It is a fountain in downtown Colorado Springs that kids can play in and every hour Uncle Wilbur come out of the fountain and plays music and dances. Alyson did not really want to get in the water because it was a little colder than she likes it, but she loved to dance to the music and watch all the other kids get wet.

China and Taylor came to grandmas to visit and Alyson loved to have new faces to play with and show off for.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Our Week in Avon

It has been an eventful week. We spent the week at our timeshare in Avon. It was our first road trip with Brooklyn and Alyson so that was an adventure by itself. Luckily the trip is only about three hours away so it was not to bad.

Alyson loved being able to go swimming everyday. We found that if we went swimming right before nap and bedtime it made our job a lot easier. She is becoming quite the swimmer she loves to go under water over and over again and is really good at holding her breath. She also loves to jump off the wall to dad and no matter how many times she does it never gets old.

On Wednesday we spent sometime up at Piney Lake. Although it was beautiful and we would of loved to spend hours hiking around it did not take long for the girls to decide they had enough wilderness time, but it is definitely on our list of places to return to.

Foote was determined to get in some fishing time, but unfortunately Aly does not make a very good fishing buddy every time he cast his line out and put his pole down Aly thought it meant it was her turn to play with the fishing pole. She was not very happy when she was told she could not play with the fishing pole. Foote did finally catch something. He decided to try his luck at night time fishing he cast his line out and than he felt a bite on the line he began reeling in but the strange thing was that his line was coming in from an upwards direction. He finally realized that a bat had snatched his lure out of the water and he was reeling in a bat. He decided to cut the line.

On Friday we spent sometime in Vail and were able to ride the gondola up and enjoy some of the beautiful views from on to of the world.

On our way home Saturday we spent some time in Central City. It is a little gambling town outside of Denver. It has a lot of amazing history we were able to tour the restored opera house and some other historical sites although our timing was not very good we
Were there on the opening night of the opera season and things were really crazy so the tour guide informed us we could do the tour but we did not have much time before they stoped giving tours for the day. So we said no problem Brooklyn was asleep and Alyson was being really well behaved or so we thought. We started the tour and we had not even got through the first part and Brooklyn woke up messed her diaper and was crying to be fed and Aly decided the tour was not moving at a pace that she approved of so was randomly screaming every few minutes to let the tour guide she was bored and we should move on to the next room of the tour. Needless to say it was a long afternnon and left me remembering why we don’t make stops on the way home.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

New favorite commercial

Now that Camille is a Mom of 2 its time to check out the Mom fashions.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Happy Birthday to Camille

Camille is 27 today, Hooray.

On this day in history...

1772 - Slavery was outlawed in England.

1868 - Arkansas was re-admitted to the Union.

1870 - The U.S. Congress created the Department of Justice.

1911 - King George V of England was crowned.

1939 - The first actual telecast of beauty contest took place from Flushing Meadows.

1939 - Joe Louis defeated Max Schmeling in 124 seconds.

1946 - Jet airplanes were used to transport mail for the first time.

1959 - Chuck Berry's "Memphis" was released.

1959 - Eddie Lubanski rolled 24 consecutive strikes in a bowling tournament in Miami, FL.

1963 - The Safaris' "Wipe Out" was released

1964 - Principal photography began on the Elvis Presley movie "Girl Happy" at MGM Studios. Visitors to the set included George Hamilton and his then girlfriend Lynda Bird Johnson, daughter of President Lyndon Johnson.

1964 - The U.S. Supreme Court voted that Henry Miller’s book, "Tropic of Cancer", could not be banned.

1969 - Judy Garland died from an accidental overdose of prescription sleeping aids. She was 47.

1970 - U.S. President Richard Nixon signed 26th amendment, lowering the voting age to 18.

1977 - John N. Mitchell became the first former U.S. Attorney General to go to prison as he began serving a sentence for his role in the Watergate cover-up. He served 19 months.

1980 - Mike & Marsha Hickman gave birth to Camille Hickman.

1981 - Mark David Chapman pled guilty to killing John Lennon.

1990 - Billy Joel became the first rock artist to perform at Yankee Stadium.

1995 - Michael Jackson was presented an award for his humanitarian work at the VH1 Honors. The award was later renamed the "Michael Jackson Special Award."

1998 - The 75th National Marbles Tournament begins in Wildwood, NJ.

2001 - The final episode of "Xena: Warrior Princess" aired.

2003 - Michelle Wie won her first USGA title at the age of 13. She was the youngest person to win any adult USGA event.

Happy Birthday Camille!

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Sunday, June 17, 2007

We Survived the first Week!

Brooklyn is a week old and mom is just so relieved to have the first week over. I have to admit I was a little worried about how crazy things might be once I was back at home and trying to figure out how to juggle the needs of two babies. Fortunately, Brooklyn sleeps most of the time so it makes things not so crazy. Alyson is so good with her little sister she is constantly giving her kisses and trying to help in any way that she can.

Things for the most part have gone smoothly. We have had a couple sleepless nights and we just hope they are the exception instead of the rule. Brooklyn is a little bit of a night owl so the other night I was up with her until about 11:30 and she finally fell asleep at which point Alyson who is having no problem sleeping through the night woke up and started crying it took about an hour to get her to calm down and go back to sleep at which point Brooklyn began fussing I got her out of the crib just in time to hear the sound of a definite, earth shaking, blow out. I did not want to turn on the light and wake up Andrew so I went down stairs to change her sure enough she was a mess. I was trying to clean her up and she was not happy she was crying so loud that once again Alyson started crying again. I hoped that she would just cry herself back to sleep so I finished cleaning up and feeding Brooklyn I finally got her back to sleep but Alyson was still crying so I spent about another 45 minutes trying to sooth her back to sleep needless to say by the end of the night (or should I say morning) I was so tired I thought there is no way I can do this every night but luckily that has really been the worst of it so far.

Alyson has been a little restless being cooped up at home this last week so we decided to buy her a little wade pool so she could get out of the house and have a little break. So we are now settling more into the routine of things.