Monday, April 28, 2008

I Don't Get It....

How does that shirt and those capri's go together?
According to Josh they make a great outfit.
This is just one of many "interesting" combinations that he puts together for Ava.
Lucky Girl!
Having a dad with such a great fashion sense isn't easy to come by.

A Great Weekend!

This weekend was so awesome! The weather was so great and we didn't have any plans, it was so great...I loved it!
Saturday we spent over 5 hours out in our yard weeding, trimming, mowing, edging, fertilizing, etc. Ava loved spending some time outside. She took a little snooze in her swing and was so happy to be outside playing in the grass and checking things out...until...Josh turned the weedwacker/blower on. She lost it and then was so jumpy at any sound for the rest of the day. We painted her toes for the first time. Her little feet looked so cute!

Sunday the weather was still so great! We decided to go down to a huge, beautiful park downtown. Our friends, the Buhrley's decided to invite themselves and tag along, we were glad they wanted to join us. We fed the ducks for a few minutes and then started walking through the park. This man was there with his birds, (he also has two on his shoulder), It was fun to pet the bird for a minute and then we continued our walk. We ended up at the playground so the Buhrley kids could play for a little bit. The playground was packed, as soon as a swing was available, I ran Ava over to it and we had a blast pushing her on the swing. She loved every minute of it. Make sure to enlarge the collage because her facial expressions in each of the pictures are so great.
We had so much fun at the park yesterday that we decided to plan a family night barbecue there with a few other families tonight. The weather is supposed to be the nicest it has been all year, so I am looking forward to getting out and enjoying it. Ava woke up with a runny nose and really whiney, she is down for a nap and I am hoping she starts feeling better so we can have a fun evening back at the park.

Quarter of a Century!

On the 22nd I turned 25 years old!!!! Wow, I am getting old. What a day I was seriously so great! It all started bright and early, at 6 a.m, when my sweet friends Jen, Sunny, Lindsay, and Amber arrived at my house to surprise me and take me to breakfast. We had such a great time at breakfast, where Lindsay gave me a cookbook she had made that I am already using and loving and two c.d's, both really good.

All morning I received phone calls and gifts from family and friends. My fabulous sister-in-law brought me Costa Vida for lunch, complete with a key lime pie dessert that was so so good. It was so great to have a care-free day where we could just sit and chit chat for a while.

That evening, a group of friends met up to go to Flatbread Community Oven Pizzaria, the food was great, but the company was even better, we had such a great time and laughed like crazy. Afterward, we went over to the Cromar's for a little birthday cake and icecream cake. Originally when I had started planning this night it was to celebrate Cromar's birthday, which had been a couple weeks earlier. Only after inviting a few people and going to write it on the calendar did I realize that I was planning Cromar's birthday dinner on my birthday. He was kind enough to make it a joint b-day celebration. I was spoiled with gifts: The Cromar's and Buhrley's gave me some great picnic gear and some beautiful flowers. Jenn gave me The Office season 3 DVD's and some delicious homemade goodies. My friend and running partner, Emily, gave me a great running mixed CD that she had made complete with my favorite song to run to "Hero" by Enrique Inglesias, and the best cinnamon rolls I have ever had, really they were amazing! My mother-in-law sent me a book that I am very excited to read, some cute crafty decorations, and a clip for my phone that I am actually more excited about than she probably thought I would be, it was actually the solution to a problem that I had been trying to figure out. Josh was so sweet and gave me $100 and a bank to start saving for the camera that I am dying to get. Hopefully I will be able to get it before my next birthday. I really feel blessed to have met so many wonderful new friends who we love spending time with. Thanks so much to everyone who took the time to make my day a little more special.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Uno, Dos, Tres, Quatro, Cinco, Cinco, Seis!

Today Josh and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary! Boy how time flies! Actually, I was just telling Josh the other day, it feels like we could have been married for ten years and not in a bad way, just in that I have a hard time remembering what life was like without him.

As we were walking into the grocery store last night, just the two of us holding hands, carrying Ava, it felt strange to think that after six years, it still felt like just the two of us but now with a little baby in tow. I had this feeling of not accomplishing much in six years of marriage. This lead me to start thinking of all the things that have happened in the past six years:

1 Ava

3 puppies

3 houses (1 rented townhouse, 2 owned homes)

2 moves (one in-town St. George move, one to Boise)

1 college degree

I new buisness (technically two if you count adding on to a business)
9 different jobs

5 different cars

Countless new friendships

That's all that is coming to mind right now, but we have created quite a life together. I love that we have had six years to get to know each other and create a life together. It has definitely been a roller coaster ride of a six years but I wouldn't trade it for anything. We are a perfect match and we just proved it last July when we had the cutest kid on the planet, sorry people, it's the truth. Hopefully in the next six years we well bring the second cutest kid on the planet into this world. :)

We didn't do anything too exciting to celebrate. Yesterday we went to PF Changs and topped it off with a little Coldstone. Today was church, followed by an evening of rest and relaxation. We went on a walk with Ava and the puppies. We took Ava to the park for her first go on a swing. She loved every minute of it. We forgot our camera and I am so sad because she was so stinkin' cute. Now we are getting ready to climb into bed to watch a little Dexter (great show for anyone looking for a new one. It is on Showtime I think, or there is an edited version on CBS).

Anyway, Happy Anniversary Babe! Here's to the next 6 years!

I Love You.

And now a few pics for your viewing pleasure:

Monday, April 7, 2008

1 Month Older and Wiser Too...

How can you resist that sweet little face? Boy have we enjoyed these last nine months! We couldn't have asked for a smoother nine months... minus our recent ear infection. Ava has made the transition into parenthood so much fun. She is a very laid back, go with the flow kind of gal and we have just loved her for it. We are now getting a little antsy for her to show us a little more of that energy that must be building up inside of her. She hasn't made much of an attempt to accomplish tasks such as rolling over, sitting up by herself, crawling, etc. We are excited for her 9 month dr. appointment tomorrow. We are looking forward to hearing what the pediatrician has to say and hoping that she has some advice for us to encourage Ava to be a little more ambitious when it comes to trying new things. No Red Robin birthday dinner tonight, but we did have a really fun FHE barbeque with our great friends in the neigborhood! Thanks guys for such a fun night!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008


To those of you out there, especially moms, upon reading the following post I am sure most of you will be annoyed at my level of complaining. Let me just say that I know in my calling as a mother, I will face a lot worse than I have today, I know that so far I have had it pretty easy, and there will be many many more sleepless nights. But for today, just for today, let me feel like I deserve to complain. After all,

"It's my blog and I'll cry if I want to!"

This Ain't No April Fools Joke, People...


Last night Ava and I pulled an all-nighter. After staying up until after midnight watching Prison Break with Josh (that show is almost as addicting as 24), and just getting settled in for a long winter's nap (yes, it still feels like winter up here), Ava decided to wake up. Josh spent the next hour up with her and then she decided to wake me up at 2:00 a.m. I then spent the rest of the night in the guest bed with her. I would finally get her to fall asleep and then ten minutes later she would wake up screaming, this happened all night long.

This morning when I woke up ( I mean decided getting any sleep was a lost cause and dragged myself out of bed) I called the doctor to make an appointment. I knew this had to be more than the pesky cold she has had on and off all winter because nothing has affected her sleep like this before.

Sure enough after a nice long wait at the doctor's office (which seems like eternity when you are exhausted and having to listen to other people's scah-reaming kids) and 10 minutes in with the doctor (5 of which required me to hold Ava down as she was fah-reaking out so the doctor could clean ear wax out of her ears so she could even see if there was an infection) the doctor said Ava had an ear infection.

We picked up her prescription on the way home and now we are hoping this ear infection clears up quickly.

Now I may be a bad mom, but I was not about to take pictures of my child while snot is streaming out of her nose and into her mouth, so I had to improvise. After blacking out the bunny ears (yah, sure you can say that I could have chose a different picture rather than blacking out the ears, but this isn't your sleep-deprived pity party, now is it? So BACK OFF!) leaving the glasses because they were just too dang cute, and drawing snot, tears, and a "back the fetch off" symbol, you can get an idea of what this sweet little baby looks like.

Here's to hoping that tonight is a little more successful than last. Happy April Fool's Day everyone, looks like the joke's on me!

I guess this is just a big, fat "Welcome to Motherhood, Lindsie!"

To that, I don't say anything, I just give it "the bird".