Friday, April 29, 2011

Funny Video, Must Watch

Funny Video Eh?

Well, it looks like we will be having a family full of girls...for now. Ada is going to have a little sister.

Let's just hope that we don't have a "Judith" in the fam!

The Tech was 85% sure that the baby was a girl. She was very squirmy! We are very excited, though!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Egg Hunts, Easter Sunday and More

So last Saturday, I was packing. I had pulled all of my winter clothes out of the closet, was stuffing them in a suitcase while trying to entertain Ada at the same time when my friend, Tiffany called me up and told me about an underwater egg hunt. So of course, I left the mess, threw on a swimsuit (okay, I shaved my legs first), grabbed some snacks, and Ada and I took off.

We had a great time.

Ada and the boys posing for a picture. I am glad that no one cared enough to say anything when I cut in line.

Ada waiting patiently for the hunt to begin.

The pool has a beach feel to it. It slowly starts to get deeper. The lifeguards had hundreds of eggs that were filled with toys (no treats for me to snack on, dangit) and when they let the eggs out of the bags, they floated on the water for the kids to grab. I held Ada the whole time and she had her little bucket. She learned really quickly what needed to be done.

Her spoils

Easter Sunday. We splurged a teensy bit and bought Ada a dress.

I love that she can finally wear pigtails and they actually stay in. Take that lady who thought she was a boy because she didn't have a lot of hair!

Some friends from church invited us over for Easter Dinner. I debated and debated if I wanted to attempt to make my mom's (and sister's now) famous rolls. They are very tricky and I hadn't had much luck in the past. I did, however, learn how to roll them (which is the hardest part) during the summer, so I decided to give it one more go. Look how beautiful they turned out. And they were pretty tasty too!Mommy's little helper. Okay, not really, but this kept her occupied for a few minutes.

The two lovebirds at it again.

Tristan surprised Ada (well his parents did) with a big Easter Basket filled with all sorts of goodies. Sidewalk chalk was one of the treasures. So yesterday, we took a little walk outside for the kids to give it a try. They liked scribbling for about 2 minutes or so, then enjoyed running away from me the rest of the time.

Ada displaying her artistic abilities.

And who DOESN'T wear goggles in the bathtub?

Sorry, my lame blog did that weird spacing again so if you so desire to post a comment, just scroll WAY down.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Oh How We Love This Girl

We introduced Ada to the movie Tangled a few weeks ago, and now she can't get enough of it. Within minutes of waking up from naps or in the morning, she asking for, "Neigh." There is a horse in the movie that she loves. We have to fast forward to all of her favorite spots that include the horse. Here we are enjoying a bit of the movie before bedtime. Ada and Dad watching, "Neigh." Ada loves saying, "Hat!" She won't wear one for very long, but she sure loves saying it.
I was in the kitchen probably preparing snacks and I came out to check on the kids and this is what I found.

So sad to be separating them in a few weeks. They really are best buds (And yes, Yo Gabba Gabba still keeps me up at nights and haunts my dreams).
The kids often wrestle. Their new favorite is Tristan will grab on to Ada's shirt from behind and she will take off running. They usually crash to the ground after a few seconds.
I adore these two kids.

Funny story about this day. I took the kids on a walk to the grocery store (I know, exciting). I had them in the double stroller and on the elevator this lady looks at both of the kids and says, "Two boys right?" I wasn't sure if I heard her correctly so I had her repeat herself. She looks directly at Ada and says, " He's a boy, right?" Did she not see the striped dress that Ada was wearing and her pink shoes?? I told her that Ada was a girl and the lady says, "Oh, well her hair will come in soon enough."

Yeah, usually it doesn't bother me TOO much when people mistake her gender, but this particular time it did. Not only was Ada wearing a dress with "girly" colors, but she wasn't an old person that made the mistake. She was OLDER but not like the old people that usually get mixed up. Oh well, at least her hair IS finally coming in. Gotta give the lady that. I think that Ada looks like a girlI hope we find a "Tristan" in California. They play so well together.

These kids crack me up!
She is starting to say some more fun things like:

I climbing (when she is climbing on the coffee table)

I go (when she is ready to leave)

Hot Wawa (hot water)

I close (when she wants to close the door)




There is probably more that I am missing, but for now, that is what I will write.

As much as she wears me out sometimes, I am crazy about this little girl. She is so funny and I love being her mom!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

My Ramblings

I have had a lot of things on my mind lately. I am not one for a lot of fancy writings, or using creative words, but I just need to write (type) some thoughts out.

So, most of you know that Scott is graduating law school in May. We have been praying and praying and PRAYING that he would find work soon. We had also been praying where we needed to be and live, what would be best for our family, etc. After a lot of prayer and thought, we decided that Sacramento would be the best place for us while he studies for and takes the bar, with the hopes that he will find a job soon after. Why am I writing about all of this you may ask? Bare with me, I am not quite sure yet either, but I know it will come as I continue typing! :) We are in what I have been calling, Limbo. We don't really KNOW where we are going to be working, living, settling down, etc. All we know is that we are moving to Sacramento. Scott had an interview out here in Florida weeks ago. It went really well and we actually felt really good about it. Then after a few days, I just started having a sinking feeling, a feeling that made me wonder if Florida is where we wanted to stay. Visiting family on the West coast would be practically breaking the bank any time we came out and the closest family to us would be a 19 hr car ride. To be honest, as much as we have enjoyed our three years in Florida, we never came out here with the intention of staying (I hope I am not offending any of my Floridian friends). So I started secretly hoping that he would not get the job because I just was feeling uncertain about it. We talked about the great opportunity it would be to work at this small, one-man-show, firm and the endless possibilities, but something just wasn't feeling right to me. We have not heard back from the lady he interviewed with, but I am not at all anxious about it, like I usually would be. I mean, this is WORK. We NEED a good job. I have just been more curious to see if she does get back to him in the time frame she gave him and what she actually says.

Okay, back to limbo. So, we are TOTALLY in limbo. Some days get a little scary for me because my mind goes to all of the "what ifs" and "whens" and "CRAP, we have student loans to pay off!" It doesn't help that I have all of the extra hormones surging through my body too! Anyway, we have been praying that we will know what we need to do and working hard on being worthy of the spirit so we can receive revelation.

My next thought.

Conference helped me in so many ways. It helped me in regards to my feeling of Limboness (I know, not a real word), and it helped remind me of what is most important. Usually I feel like only a few of the talks pertain to me and the rest are probably perfect for someone else, but honestly, I felt like I truly got something out of every talk (okay, there may have been one or two that I didn't get as much from because we were trying to entertain Ada). President Uchtdorf talked about the importance of taking tiny steps towards building our faith, rather than expecting some huge, experience like Joseph Smith or Saul had. He said, "They want some dramatic event to compel them to believe." I have been that person before. I hope that I know better now, but I surely know that in years past, I have wanted the heavens to open and tell me what I want to know. He talked about waiting on our road to Damascus like Saul. That too many of us wait in hopes for something magnificent to happen, when in actuality we can be building our faith one step at a time. I know that I have found myself "waiting" during this last year. I feel like I have wasted a lot of time waiting to truly believe that things would work out to how I wanted things to work out (this is in regards to a lot of personal things, including the job search). Listening to him speak, though, made me realize that I am on a good path! That we are going to be okay. We may not find that job right away, we may have to live with my parents longer than we want (hahaha, Mom, you know we totally love you guys and appreciate your help!!), we may not get all of the answers when we want them, but I feel like after this weekend, I have a brighter hope. I feel stronger and more uplifted than I have been in a long time. I have a stronger desire to have a more solid testimony and faith in Heavenly Father. I am okay right now to be in Limbo. I am okay with a lot of things.

"He Loves us, He loves you. When necessary the Lord will even carry you over obstacles as you seek His peace with a broken heart and a contrite spirit. When necessary the Lord will even carry you over obstacles as you seek His peace with a broken heart and a contrite spirit."

So, why did I write all of this? Well, one thought I had is that it is MUCH easier to type my thoughts out rather than write them. My penmanship has gone down hill during this computer era and I find that my typing flows much better (and you can actually read it!). Another thought, is because I don't talk a lot about my thoughts on my blog. I will call this my blog since Scott does not contribute ( Although, I know he reads it. Love you Scott!). :) I sometimes am afraid to write down what I am thinking and for so many reasons. But, this particular post has been on my mind all week. I don't expect many, if any (ha) to read this post. It was for me. It was something that I needed to do. I guess that last reason is why I wrote this post. And, for those that just want to see a picture...

We took a family walk in between sessions, to one of my favorite places. And to top off our experiences here in Florida, Scott finally saw a Manatee. Two actually!

Friday, April 1, 2011

A few of the many faces of our little (big) 18 month old

Ada had her 18 month well visit yesterday. As of now her stats are:

Weight: 28.5 lbs-95th percentile

Height: 33 3/4"-90th percentile

(I might have swapped the percentiles. My pregnancy mind just kicked in as I as typing this out. But close enough, right?)

Ada's sweet face. The one that says, "I am a little angel, always. I never scream, yell, hit or throw tantrums." For awhile now, Ada has been making this particular face. I did not, however, snap the picture in time for the full bloom face. She usually gets her neck veins to stick out as well. She makes this face when we tell her something exciting, or when she is trying to be funny.
This is her, "I love my mommy SO much," face
Ada's "Crazy Baby" face
Her, "Don't take my picture," face, "Because I will close my eyes tight if you do."
Ada's "I am very interested in what I am doing," face
Her, "Look Momma, I am making a mess," face

Ada's, "I'm about to throw a tantrum," face, "If you take that picture!"

Some of Ada's favorite things are:

1. Yo Gabba Gabba.

She is so obsessed with that show. I finally went out and bought another series of it because I honestly go crazy hearing the same songs everyday. In fact, when I wake up in the middle of the night (have been since I found out I was prego), I will get one of the songs playing on repeat, in my head. It will keep me up. But, nevertheless, she loves it. And I love watching her watch it because she get so excited.

2. Dancing:

I tell you what. I'm not going to lie, but this little girl has moves. Maybe she learned them from her Momma!! Anytime any music comes on, she will raise one arm in the air and start dancing. Her moves have started getting a little more crazy lately, for example, she will turn around, lay on the ground then lift one leg up. Quite entertaining.

3. Books:

I am thinking that she got her love of books from the Foley side, because I have never been a huge reader (I definitely am more so now). One of the first things she does in the mornings is go to her bookshelf, pull off the books and start, "Reading." She will now grab a book, run up to me and say, "I read." That usually means she wants me to read it to her. My favorite is when she reads the book herself. She will talk out loud and totally blabber, but she really seems to think she understands her gibberish.

4. Parks:

If I pass a park and Ada sees it, she will yell, "PAR." If I don't STOP and take her to it, there are many tears that come. She loves the slide. In fact, she has no fear of them. There is one park in particular that I take her to. She will climb up the equipment (all by herself) and head up to the slides. She thinks it's funny when I run around the equipment to the slide to make sure she sits down. There have been many times she has started to walk down the slide, which would make for a nasty fall. She gets going pretty fast, and will go right back up. There have been times that she tried walking back down the steps and I was not close enough to help her and she has fallen off of the equipment (not very big falls). The few times that she fell, scared me to death. And her. But what I loved most is that she would climb right back up.

5. Climbing:

She climbs on to anything that she can and it drives me nuts sometimes because I am paranoid that she will fall

6. Baths:

As soon as dinner is over she will yell out, "BATH!" She doesn't cry when I pour water over her head, instead she will look at me with her half closed eyes and smile. Then I take a towel and wipe her face. For some reason, the water just really doesn't bother her. She likes to take the cup we have in the tub, fill it with water, then drink. I probably do not need to mention that Scott and I DO NOT like it when she does that. Whenever I ask her if she is ready to come out, she shakes her head, "No."

7. Throwing her food:

She will throw her food or milk off of her tray and then say, "No, no," after she does it.

8. Talking:

Whether it makes sense or not, she loves making noise!


1. Being told what to do:

She gets so mad at me when I tell her, "No," or will mock me. She is definitely getting to be very independent.

2. Being comforted:

If she gets hurt, she gets mad and will run away from me, hitting things on her way.

3. Car seats:

Oh man, we knew that we were doomed the day we brought her home from the hospital. She screamed almost the whole way home. I used to get anxiety anytime we had to get in the car because I knew it was going to be a VERY long ride. She does a little better now if we have snacks or with long rides, a DVD player.

4. Food that I make:

It is very insulting when we sit down for a nice cooked meal and Ada turns her nose up to it. Okay, not insulting (cause let's be honest, I am not the worlds BEST cook) just annoying because then we have to figure out what else we could give her.

5. Me or Scott brushing her teeth:

She wants to do that all by herself, which usually includes biting on the toothbrush and sucking off the toothpaste.

6. Stickiness on her hands: She is her fathers daughter! No need to explain

7. Anything on her climbing space:

If our feet our on the coffee table, she knocks them off (even if they are not near her), or toys, books, whatever. Nothing can be on or near her climbing space.

That's all that I can really think of right now. I am sure there are more dislikes/likes, but I can't think of anymore. She is a very funny girl, and VERY strong minded. She does not obey very well at all, in fact, she KNOWS when she is being naughty. She will get this little smile on her face as she is doing something bad.

But, we sure do love her and have so much fun learning how to parent her.