Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas 2011

We went to St. George for Christmas this year.  It was weird to have no snow on Christmas, but I'll be honest....spending Christmas break going to the park and not needing a coat was pretty great.

Ellie wanted to take pictures by Nana's snowman.  What a cheese ball.

We made a gingerbread house but the sidewalk leading to the house kept losing its cobblestones.  Wonder how that happened?

And I didn't take any pictures on Christmas because it was too fun and my phone died but here's the video of Ellie coming down the stairs on Christmas morning.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Happiest Kid

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Finding Dwight

Ellie's "Elf on the Shelf" is named Dwight.  We love Dwight and Ellie loves finding him.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Riding the "Neighs"

Ellie loves "neighs" (she can't say horses - although she can say penguins and hippos...)
We have an annual pass to the Thanksgiving Point farm and Ellie loves feeding the goats, llamas, cows.  Until she sees the "neighs".  Then she has a one-track mind.  She has to ride the horse!
Thanks to Grandpa and Ruthie for the fun pass!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

My Favorites

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Mommy/Daughter Date

Ellie and I went on a little date one day while Scott was in school.  First we went to McDonald's.
This girl loves fries, nuggets ("bock bock"), and root beer.  Just like her mama.
She was fascinated with Ronald for a few seconds.
And then she got really, really nervous and wanted nothing to do with him.
 She was also too small to climb around on the playplace thing so we left and got....
Ice cream!
I love spending all my time with her.  She's such a good little friend.

Saturday, November 26, 2011


Because I like her...and she's already changed soooo much since these were taken this summer.

Love her.

Friday, October 28, 2011


Scott and I escaped for a few days in August to celebrate our three-year anniversary.  We had too much fun and played way too hard.

We flew into Long Beach and got in our super sexy rental car.
The bright yellow Chevy Aveo.  It was tiny but worked for just what we needed.

We drove to San Diego and stopped by the San Diego Temple to eat our lunch.

That night we went to dinner with a couple of Scott's friends from high school and their girlfriends.  It was fun to meet some of the 301 boys and wish we had remembered to take a picture.

We spent the night at the fancy W Hotel and spent a lazy morning walking around downtown San Diego.

We went to Sea World that afternoon.  It was fun.  But probably only because it was free (hooray for military perks) and we were only there for two hours.  It was cloudy and cool but I got a horribly ugly sunburn that luckily wasn't that painful...but it sure did look funny.

Then we drove back to Anaheim to go to an Anaheim Angels baseball game with Matt and Tazbaa who live in Los Angeles.  It was so fun to see them again and spend a little bit of time with them.
We drove them home and got to see their cute apartment, Matt's office building, and Tazbaa's school.

The next day we woke up early and got to the happiest place on earth when it opened.

Yes, this is the second time in three years of marriage that I have made Scott take me to Disneyland.
No, we did not take Ellie.
Disneyland is all for me.
We'll take her next time, I guess.

Anyway, Disneyland is the best.  We went on every ride we wanted to (except the Matterhorn which was closed) and hardly waited in any lines - although as soon as we would come out of a ride the line would be forever long...I guess we just kept getting lucky.

Scott was unhappy I stopped spinning to take pictures.
But I got tired.
Oh well, we went again the next day, too.

We started doing the goggle eyes and couldn't stop.  It was too much fun.

We had so much fun.
We were exhausted by the time we had to leave.
We drove to the airport two hours early and just waited.  And rested.
We're wimps now.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Happy Anniversary

to this guy:
Life with him is better than ever.
Hooray for three years!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Happy Kid

This crazy girl LOVES the pool. We just have to try really hard to keep her face above water. She has no fear of drowning, but I'm not interested in another bout of pneumonia. What a funny kid.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

My Girl

Snuggling with my cheesy girl while Dad is in class. Love her squinty response to picture taking.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Spaghetti Face

Ellie prefers baths in Grandma's baby pool.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Dada's Day

Idea via here...but my photography and editing skills are pathetic.  Be nice, don't compare.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Wild West Show

Last weekend, we went to Spanish Fork's Wild West Show with the Lovejoy fam.  It was an interesting show (Cowboys doing tricks = makes sense.  Irish dancers = doesn't make sense) but Ellie liked seeing the cows ("moooooooo!) and we had fun being together.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Snuggle Puppy

Every few weeks, Ellie decides she needs us to sleep with her.  Since we don't fit in her crib, she ends up in our bed.  And then nobody gets any sleep because Ellie wants to sleep sideways with her head in someone's ribs and her feet on someone's face.  Last night, I decided I couldn't sleep in bed with her, so I laid out her blanket on the floor in front of the couch and put her there while I slept on the couch.  That worked for about 30 minutes before she needed me again.
I'm very tired now.  But at least we got a cute picture out of it.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

If You Give a Toddler a Bowl of Cereal, She's Going to Ask for Some Milk

 She had a bowl but after she dumped it's contents on her tray, she dropped the bowl on the floor.  At least she emptied it first, I guess...

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Vacation That Wouldn't End

A couple of weeks ago, Scott, Ellie, and I left for a long weekend down to St. George.  We had a great time:  golfing, swimming, going to the park, eating at Nielsen's (a shameful number of times in just a few days), and spending lots of time together.  

On Saturday, I asked my mom when she was going home (wondering if it was Sunday or Monday) and she said she wasn't leaving for a whole week and asked me and Ellie to stay.  So, we decided to send my dad and Scott home to go to work and school all week while the girls stayed back to play.  Or so we thought.

Ellie woke up on Sunday with a little cough but she acted fine so we weren't too worried.  After church, we kissed Scott goodbye and started to really relax.  That night she woke up coughing every half hour.  I brought her into bed with me so at least I didn't have to go into another room to comfort her.  It was so sad and we were exhausted in the morning.

But she still acted okay so we tried to go to the pool for a few hours.  We had lots of fun and then I put her down for a nap and went back outside (with the baby monitor in hand) and read People Magazine's coverage of the Royal Wedding.

Ellie woke up from her nap with a 102 degree fever.  And it all went downhill from there.

We went to Instacare on Monday night and three hours later she left with a chest x-ray, diagnosis of pneumonia, and a fatty shot in her little leg.

Went back on Tuesday to Instacare and they sent us to the hospital.  More chest x-rays, an IV of fluids and powerful antibiotics, and four hours later, we went home with a tired little girl (who now hates all doctors, nurses, and anyone resembling medical personnel).

Returned to ER again on Wednesday for yet another chest x-ray (which is actually worse than a shot because we have to hold her arms above her head while she screams...which makes her move...which leads to repeating the x-ray until over and over again until we get a clear one), a shot in each little leg, and vowed to never, ever, ever get sick again.

That week:
  • We watched Tangled at least twice (from start to finish) each day
  • I let her nap on the couch and sleep in bed with me because she refused to get in the crib
  • We were grateful for righteous strangers who were able to give Priesthood blessings
  • She ate raisins and apple juice and almost nothing else
  • We learned that Ellie inhales pool water when she goes under which can contain germs which can cause bacterial pneumonia in a little girl.
  • We learned not to let Ellie's head go under the water when you take her swimming.
I have never been more ready for a vacation to end.  Scott and my dad both came back down the next weekend and we finally made our way home on Sunday.  Ellie was ready for her own place again, too.  She actually squealed when we pulled into the neighborhood.  Scott and I were both blown away with how happy she was to be back in our house with her toys, her crib, all safe and sound and healthy.
Hooray for being healthy and for being home again!
PS - Sorry we put such a damper on your vacation, Mom.