Friday, October 31, 2008

trick or treating for 3 month olds.

We went to Nick's work...mostly to show off Claire to all of Nick's office buddies. I didn't bring a basket or anything to go trick or treating with, but none the less, they forced the candy on us. I kept saying things like, "who do you think is really going to eat this? It's not Claire...unless you mean in a secondary way." they thought I was just joking.


I have had such an awesome week! Nick will come home and grab Claire and talk to her. I was making dinner while he grabbed her on Wednesday and this video is what he was doing. He has also been working on getting her to rest her head on his shoulder. She won't do it! She's too interested in what's going on around her. Nick tried to help her learn and gently pressed her head to his shoulder while he was laying on the couch. Immediately, she let her legs come up into the air, almost like she's a see-saw! We couldn't stop laughing, so we had to make her do it again. This morning, she woke up a little early. Nick LOVES to get her out of bed so he can pretend that she only wants him. Well, I'm sure that would be true, except I have all the food, so probably not...yet. I have terrible eye sight, so last night, Nick was filing her nails down. The most adorable picture in the world, and I missed it. Hopefully I'll get one next time. Daddy giving Claire and manicure. I'm sure there is nothing better. I love my little family... Today we get to go up to Nick's work for a Halloween party. She is supposed to dress up.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Halloween Costumes...

Wow, I was trying to come up with a costume for quite a while. Finally, I was shopping at Shopko for a diaper tote (which no one seems to have, btw) and found this CUTE hat and glove set for Claire that look like lamb wool with ears. I decided on that for a costume. I am a very poor seamstress, but I did my best. It is one of the most patchy jobs of sewing anyone can imagine, but the overall affect is pretty adorable---if nothing more than it being Claire that makes it so. Anyway, we took her to Old Navy (costumes were on sale for $5. For next year, though). If she came all dressed up, we were to recieve a coupon for a free tee shirt. So, Nick got a shirt for $6, Claire got a costume for $5 (normally $30---woohoo), I got a shirt for free and I got to show off Claire in her homemade costume prior to Halloween.
Nick was dressing her init this morning and he mentioned that it should come with instructions because it was so poorly designed. I'm sure it's true, but he did a good job getting her into it anyway. Isn't she adorable!?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


The presidential elections are coming soon. So far, I am not interested in either of the contenders for the presidency. My cousin sent me this:

No matter your religious choice, please, please view this and please forward it on. It’s a very powerful message for all and it’s an amazing video.

I hope all of you will go to this site and see what the Catholics have done to encourage their 67 million people on Election Day. They don't tell them how to vote, but they sure do get their message across. I believe this is an inspiring message for this coming election, so I’m sending it to you.

This only confirms the NEED to vote, but not who to vote for. Any suggestions?

Monday, October 13, 2008


Claire is so cute in the bathtub. She splishes and splashes! We have struggled finding a good bathtub for her because the one she has, she can scoot her tush right over the top of it and then she is free floating in that tub. Here is one of my fav videos of her in the tub-splashing...this is before she learned what we call the "bump game".

This is another 'tub' we tried. It's just a Bumbo(r) that helps her sit up before she is actually capible of it on her own. We stuck it in the bathtub, but the water would only get so high before it would start to float---making it super dangerous. It makes me giggle, all the same.

attempting to giggle...

Daddy has been so amazing with Claire-bear. She has had a hard time sleeping the past couple of nights...needless to say, that means I have also had a hard time sleeping. Yesterday I woke up from a nap to hear Daddy taking care of Claire. He decided to interview her. This is part of it.
Earlier this week, we recorded this. Nick has found that Claire's collarbone is ticklish. We have been trying to record her giggling for a few weeks, but most of the time if we stick a camera right by her, her attention tunes into the camera and not giggling. Nick had her giggling a TON right before this was taken and I tried to stay out of the way so she wouldn't realize there was a camera. Unfortunately, I think she was done 'showing off' by this point. It's still cute, though.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Important October dates

Oct. 4-Amy's bday
Oct. 9-Nick and deb's anniversary
Oct. 10-Lies' bday
Oct. 12-Emma's bday
Oct. 23-Tamme's bday
Oct. 27-Ben and Tamme's anniversary
Oct. 30-Tim and Jill's sealing

We have Cristi and Kathy's bdays here too, I just don't remember which days.

TODAY IS LIES's BDAY! I just had to tell my sister how much I love her. I will never forget the days of her getting me down in the living room in the Grandview house. She would sit on my chest and pin my arms under me all the while tickling me (which I had a hate/love relationship with because I loved the attention and hated the tickeling) and then she would make me declare her Queen and THEN declare myself as her lowly peasant. To this day, she still calls me "Zant" for short. I love you, Sis. Hope you will do that with Claire.

Happy Anniversary #4

This year went as such...Well, the important parts: I scheduled a night out for last Friday as a surprise to Nick. My good friend (whose prego and forgets things in her newly found state of mind---I call it placenta brain), let it slip to Nick the day before we were supposed to go. Then my babysitter called to cancel and I was so bugged! Well, maybe not so bad---I hate being away from Claire for even a few hours, the dread of a nursing mother aside. when she's asleep, I long for her to wake up and while I could use a bit of a break every now and then, I get to that moment and dread leaving. Am I crazy?
So, we opted to just go out the following week on our actual anniversary and save the money we would have spent on the babysitter and dinner out.
On our anniversary, nick took me to my fav local italian resuraunt and then to a string quartet concert afterwards...a very 'me' evening. I felt very spoiled. My bishop was there with his wife and bored to tears. he and nick kept exchanging glances. Nick is so good to put up with what I enjoy.


Wednesday, October 8, 2008


Okay...I'm reading Brisingr by Christopher Paolini...very strange...I keep getting the impression that he is LDS. In the last CHAPTER, he has mentioned how all present religions have a sliver of truth, metal bows...etc. It's really kinda odd...does anyone KNOW if he is? It really doesn't matter, he's just sparked my curiosity.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008


Not as easy as you might think! Now copy or forward, change the answers to suit you and pass it on. It's really hard to only use one word answers. Be sure to send back to the person you received it from!

I don't follow directions so you don't have to either.

1. Where is your cell phone? desk
2. Your significant other? Nick
4. Your mother? Rosi
5. Your father? 'Bill-van'
6. Your favorite thing? Claire
7. Your dream last night? dropping Claire while feeding her---nightmare, actually
8. Your favorite drink? water
9. Your dream/goal? finacially sound
10. What Room are you in? bedroom
11. Your hobby? right now...nursing and reading
12. Your fear? ...not sure...
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? in my own home
14. Where were you last night? dollar store?
15. Something that you aren't? lazy
16. Muffins? PUMPKIN!!!!
17. wish list item? setting aside money for future
18. Where you grew up? Utah, mostly
19. last thing you did? shower
20. What are you wearing? undies
22. Your pets? not allowed....
23. Friends? You
24. Your life? full
25. Your mood? overwelmed
26. Missing someone? Rosi
27. Your car? Saturn
28. Something you're not wearing? hat
29. All time favorite snack: Claire sandwiches
30. Favorite movie: Live free or die hard
31. Favorite season: fall!
32. Your favorite color? green
33. When is the last time you laughed? reading krista's answers
35. Who will resend this? no one
36. Four places that I go to over and over? the zoo, box elder high school, my home, the grocery store
37. people who email me regularly: hmmmm...Chayla?
38. My favorite place to eat: someplace with more on the menu than meat.
39. Four places I would like to go right now: NYC, Europe
40. Four people I think will respond: blah, blah, blah and blah

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

I've been can blame Shayla

For all of those who are 'tag-challenged' (I didn't know what this meant!): If I'm tagging you it means you are to copy this to your own email/blog/whatever and answer the questions.

TV shows I love to watch:
1. Ummmm...Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicals
2. Heroes, sometimes
3. WEST WING!!!!!!!!!!!
4. Friends
5. John Adams (HBO one, really really good)
6. Oh, this one is good: ______________ (fill in your favorite)
7. So is this one: ____________
8. I just LOVE TV, that is why we have it (or don't)
8 places I love to eat:
1. Wendy's! best Chili and Ceasar Salad around
2. Red Robin
3. Anything Italian: gnocchi is yummy
4. Cold Stone---Dairy products, so good...
5. Winger's
6. Mimi's Cafe'
7. Most places that don't serve meat: AKA nowhere Tamme would eat
8. Bagel places...carbs, yum.

8 things that happened yesterday:
1. Changed a diaper or 12
2. Worked out
3. changed some more diapers
4. did some laundry
5. taught
6. folded that laundry
7. scrubbed poop out of clothes
8. woke up 5 times to feed Claire...I hate growth spurts!

8 things I look forward to:
1. Giving Claire a bath...she's such a splasher!
2. General Conference this weekend
3. Cleaning up poop at the zoo and at home (I don't know if I look forward to this, but I do have it as a pinnacle in my mind as something that I must do).
4. Nick finishing school
5. Having my sister (Lies) make me a scrapbook of Claire
6. Joining Craig Jessop's choir up here
7. Getting back at Shayla for this ridiculous blog
8. Raising a family, yeah.

8 things I love about Fall:
1. Leaves...all leaves (except when raking the 15th or 16th truckload at the zoo)
2. A pumpkin flavored world
3. sweaters...most appropriate for the sweater song
4. anything chocolate, hot cider
5. my anniversary
6. school starting (one of the first where I'm not starting school though---boo hoo!)
7. Watching things change and prepare for winter.
8. something else to go here that I can't think of...

8 things on my wish list:
1. not owning a van (but I will probably cave...suv's mpg is scary!
2. Buiding a better testimony
3. growing my own garden
4. paying off all school loans!!!!
5. nice home
6. living close to family
7. feeling great about my body...does this ever happen to anyone?
8. being happy

9 people I'm tagging:
1. Shayla (yes, you get to do this again! I'm evil!)
2. Tamme
3. Riss
4. Marisa
5. Marlies
6. Becky Jane
7. Krista
8. Amy
9. Jill