Sunday, May 31, 2009

The Great Bang fiasco of '93

I promised a few journal entrys and here is a classic! (12 yrs. old)

September 4, 1993
Yesterday I tried to do a back flip on the trampoline and just couldn’t do it. Dad went to the flower mart on his way home from work and bought roses. He spent $20.00 and if we sold them all we would make $70.00. We went door-to-door for 3 hours and made $25.00. Waste of time. The BIGGEST thing that happened today was I decided to get my bangs cut in time for 7th grade to start. I haven’t had bangs for three years. Mom didn’t think I should cut them, but I insisted. So everyone watched while Mom cut them. I asked, how do they look? Then everyone started laughing! I felt them, screamed, and ran to the mirror. They were so so so so so so short! They we like an inch long. I broke into tears and started sobbing. Three years of growing them out and now they looked so so so so bad! I was in a mad and sad rage. Mom felt really bad. Dad came in my room and hugged me and that made me feel a lot better. Mom said she was sooo sorry and that everything was going to be alright. Mom took another piece of hair and cut it longer so it would help cover-up the short piece. It looks a lot better now. I regret cutting them. I should have listened to Mom. Tomorrow is fast Sunday, bummer. P.S. I rearranged the furniture in my room and it looks cool.

I don't have a picture of the short bangs (for obvious reasons) but here is one from Halloween '93 once they grew out a bit!

Friday, May 29, 2009

6 Month Check-up

Height 28 inches (90%)
Weight 18 lbs. 5 oz (61%)
Head Size 44.3 cm (62%)

Here are some pictures I took this morning after Carson woke up.

Pictures from the Bogners

Laurel and I on the trampoline with baby Ryan and Carson.

Steve tossing Carson a little too high and he is loving ever second of it!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Jon and Kate

So I know this is my 4th post in 2 days, forgive me. I just finished watching the Jon and Kate Plus Eight premiere and it was heartbreaking. It is so sad seeing Jon and Kate so unhappy and that there is talk of divorce. I feel bad for the kids. They talked about how they don't know what the future holds (if they will be together or not) but that they love their kids and will always have their best interest in mind. Rarely is divorce in the best interest of the child in my opinion. It has got to be so hard for them to be in the public eye all the time and under so much scrutiny. I remember Jon and Kate saying several seasons back that whenever anyone in their family does not want to do the show anymore they will pull the plug. Last season's finale Jon said that he didn't want to do it anymore, but Kate did- and look they are back on the air. Hopefully they will work it out. If I ever am asked to do a reality show (which I'm sure I won't be) remind me to say no. It is too hard on a marriage. Some of you will probably make fun of me for this post. I don't know these people personally but I feel so sorry for them anyway.

And it has begun...

Anyone who tells you "the pregnancy weight just falls off if you are nursing" is lying! At least that is how it is for me. The initial 25 lbs came off fast, but since then it has been slow going. Drastic times call for drastic measures my friends. Starting today no more sugar. That's right, no more candy, baked goods, treats, etc. I eat pretty healthy, it's just sugar- it is my downfall. Wish me luck.

Monday, May 25, 2009

What a Weekend!

It has been a full and busy weekend. Maybe weekends just seem more productive now because I am stuck at home all day. Anyway, I feel like I have to write about it because it was so busy. Steve had Friday off so we went to Armijo (the high school I teach at) in the morning to say hi to the kids and show them Carson. On our way home we went to the court house to pick up Carson's birth certificate. Steve and I both thought that they mail it to you-but realized it never came. $20 later he is now officially ours. We came home for Carson to take a nap, then headed for the Oakland Temple. We hadn't been since Carson and thought it was about time. We thought we had a babysitter for him, but it fell through so he ended up coming with us. Steve and I took turns going in for an hour while the other one played with Carson outside. It was a beautiful day and it was so nice to be on the beautiful temple grounds. That night we got a babysitter and saw Star Trek. Growing up with a Trekie father I appreciated the movie.

Saturday morning we did our semi-monthly Super Walmart grocery shopping trip then headed to Walnut Creek to the Bogner's house. Laurel's nephew was having his 1st birthday party. We hadn't been to the Bogners since Laurel and Ryan's wedding. It is always fun at their house. We rushed home because I had Bunco. A few months ago I decided now that I am a mom I should start a Bunco group with my friends. We meet once a month and have a blast together. Everyone is assigned a food item for dinner and there is a theme (last night was 80's). The person hosting is in charge of getting prizes. I ended up winning a manicure. I am trying not to bite my nails so the ladies don't scold me! I always feel so judged at the nail place.

Sunday was church, then a picnic with friends at a park until 7:30. I haven't played tug-of-war in years. Today, Monday was blessed because Carson slept until 6:40 am. It is such a great feeling to sleep the whole night through. We went to the mall this morning and two parties/BBQs this afternoon. We have made such great friends here. We love living here and feel so lucky.

Sorry no pictures, I was too busy to take any! =)

Sunday, May 24, 2009

A trip down memory lane

I have been an avid journal writer ever since I was given my first journal at age 12 when I graduated from primary. With all this seizure stuff and the thoughts of brain surgery one of the first things that popped into my head was "if I die I'll be so embarrassed when people read all my old journals with all the spelling mistakes and sloppy hand writing- etc". Luckily I'm not dying, but from that thought I decided to take all of my journals (10+) and type them out. Hopefully I can stick it out and do them all. After all I have 2 more months without driving. Right now I am at August 27, 1993. It is so funny to read about what I was like as a 12 year old, especially because I teach the Beehives (12-13 girls) at church. Maybe while I am transcribing I'll put a few entrees on the blog.

Thursday, May 21, 2009


This picture is for Laurel. She gave Carson this elephant stuffed animal when he was born. I had to take a picture because he is wearing his elephant "I'm a really big deal" shirt. When I pulled out my camera he made this big cheesy smile. So funny.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Six Months Already!

Where has the time gone?

Yes, those are remnants of carrots in his nose. I love it when he sucks on his bottom lip!

He looks so proud of himself in this one.

Mom and Dad just love watching me explore my world. Mom and I spend a lot of time in the back yard lying on a blanket. I love to watch the birds and see the trees sway in the wind. I am the happiest when I am outside. I am the angriest when I am in the car. I hate being in the car, strapped into my car seat and you better believe that I let everyone know it! It drives Mom and Dad Crazy.

Each day I seem to discover something new that my body can do. I can roll over from my tummy to back and then onto my tummy again. I don’t do it very often because it is still a little tricky and I get frustrated. Mom makes me practice every day though. It shouldn’t be much longer before I can sit on my own. I am a very happy boy. I love to be tickled and love to smile and giggle. Mom and Dad call me a drool monkey, because I drool all the time! My shirts are usually drenched. At least I am not spitting up as much.I started eating solid foods this month. Mom gives me a little bit of baby food fruit or vegetables mixed with rice cereal every morning. I am still a little unsure about solids, but am starting to come around.

My favorite thing is when Daddy takes me outside in the Baby Bijorn. If feel so proud of myself when I am up high with him. It gives me the best view of everything. I still love to be in my Johnny Jump-up. I am getting really good at jumping high. I squeal in delight whenever I accomplish a particularly cool jump. I love watching my Baby Einstein- Mozart DVD Aunt Laura got me for Christmas. It is 30 minutes long and I am completely captivated the entire time. I could watch it over and over if Mom let me!

A few times a week I’ll sleep through the night, but I usually wake up around 5:00 am to eat, and then fall asleep again. Mom knows I am capable of making it through the night, but she doesn’t have the energy to let me cry it out. I am a very stubborn little boy and will cry for over an hour if needs be! I always seem to wake up at 6:30 and Mom lets me hangout in my crib until 7:00. An average day consists of an hour or so nap at 8:30am, a two to three hour nap at 12:30pm, and an hour or so nap at 5:30pm. I go to bed at 8:30 pm. I always wake up happy and smiling because it is so fun to start a new day!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Beach Day!

Yesterday it was 89 degrees at Stinson Beach (about 1 1/2 hours from our house). I am not used to warm sunny beach days in northern California. So we got a group of friends together and spent a wonderful day at the beach. We were a little worried about Carson, but he loved it. On a completely other note The doctor finally compared my MRI from 4 years ago to the one taken a few weeks ago. The calcification has not grown or changed, which is fabulous news. We were worried that it had grown which would have meant brain surgery. So as far as brain problems this is the one you would want. This whole seizure and not being able to drive thing really sucks, but I am so blessed that it is nothing worst and that I am doing well. I have a wonderful husband, beautiful baby boy, a loving family, and great friends. What more could a girl ask for! Thank you for all the phone calls, prayers and concern. I really appreciate it.

Mastering Solid Food

What do you think, does it look like he has?

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

What's up blogging friends?

I swear, people haven't been blogging as much lately. I miss hearing what is going on in everyone's lives. Can everyone take a moment and update their blogs? (A few pictures would be nice too)... Give me a few more days and I'll hopefully be able to update you all on my brain drama. Wishing for great news.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Little Family

Here are some pictures my mom took while we were visiting her and my dad in San Fransisco. They stayed at the St. Francis for a few days after she helped take care of me.
Carson giving "kisses", more like sucks on the face, but it is done with love!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Smarty Pants

For all of you who didn't know I am taking graduate classes at Sonoma State to clear my level II special ed credential. I just finished my 1st semester and have one more semester to go before I finish. (Then I'll only be 5 classes away from my masters if I end up wanting to do that). They make it ridiculously hard to be a credentialed teacher in the state of California. Anyway- I had to do a applied field project for one of my classes. I submitted my 19 page APF paper and got a 95% on it. That's right, I'm a smarty pants (sarcastic, joking tone in voice should be noted)...

Monday, May 4, 2009

Carson's 6 Month Pictures


Okay, so he is not 6 months for 2 more weeks, but I thought I should take advantage of having a driver around while my Mom was here. The little stinker didn't smile for any of the pictures, but I thought they turned out pretty cute anyway. Here are a few of my favorites. Let me know which ones you like! The last one with his foot popped up in the air is priceless. They had me sign a waver so they can use it as a display in the store.

I don't know how my mom did it!

Monday was my sister Annie's 25th birthday. Happy birthday Annie. For the next 6 Day's until my sister Regan's birthday our ages are: Regan 28, Leah 27, Becky 26, and Annie 25. Can you imagine 4 little girls all under the age of 4! Wow Mom, you are amazing! After us 4 she spaced the last 3 a little more. I was trying to find a picture of "the 4 big girls" as we were referred to while growing-up, but all the pictures I have is with all 5 of my sisters. So here is one on my wedding day with Steve's sibling's girls.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

What more could a baby boy ask for?

Every year our neighborhood has a huge community garage sale. It is out of control. There are so many houses that participate and so many shoppers! If you didn't know garage sales are the place to buy baby stuff. We scored this year with a new jogging stroller, jumpy (see video below), an elliptical machine, and so much more. My sister Becky is prego and we were able to get them a bunch of great baby stuff too including a matching jumper like Carson's. He LOVES it by the way. He jumped non-stop for 45 min. yesterday. So...I'm not ashamed to admit it, I heart garage sales! The neighborhood a few miles away is having their community garage sale the first Saturday in June. Come with us, you won't be disappointed =).