Sunday, February 26, 2012


Time just continues to fly by. Each day seems to get faster than the one before!

So, the "Homer Simpson" look is gone. So far, there's not any further damage. Well, besides a little bit of a bigger chip in his tooth. But it hasn't started to change color or anything yet. I just keep counting our blessings there. We've been back to brushing teeth and everything for quite some time now. I know it's silly, but I'm so proud of him. He's learning to spit in the sink after brushing for a little while. We may move to actual toothpaste sometime too!

We are in a slump again as far as the potty training goes. It seems that as soon as daddy had to go out of town he lost interest. Maybe it's more that I don't have the energy to battle it. I ask him often if he needs to go "big boy potty" and he always says, "no." So I just don't fight it. I kinda figure that when the new baby arrives that he would regress anyway. So if we don't have Haden all the way trained, there won't be much regression! I'm sure James doesn't feel the same though.

As for me, big steps in life are occurring. Yes, I feel like I'm getting larger by the minute! I will be 35 weeks tomorrow! I find that I'm having a hard time getting comfortable to sleep. I crave ice water relentlessly, can't seem to get comfy in my clothes, have found that it's hard to stand or sit for long periods of time. . . blah, blah, blah. I sound pretty whiney! Well, I guess that's just what I get. James says that I was uncomfortable like this the last time. I remember not liking my clothes much, but for some reason don't remember the rest of it. I wonder if I was just so elated over the "first" baby that I didn't notice these things. Quite possible in my state!

But here's the good stuff!!! I'm really excited. We received our tax refunds this week and were able to pay off all our credit card debt! YEAH!!!! That was a goal we have been working toward for probably the last year and a half or so. We wanted it to be complete before we took any other drastic steps in our lives. With that done, it's a bit of weight off our shoulders. No sooner did we pay off the debt, I was able to get everything caught up at work. I managed to write up step by step procedures for my duties. With these two big things complete, I was able to turn in my 2 weeks notice at work on Friday! That's the biggest kicker of all! I'M ACTUALLY GOING TO BE A STAY AT HOME MOMMY!!!! I'm still quite intimidated by the overall reality of it all. I know that with the support of my sweet husband and the faith that I have in my Savior that all will work out. I know that this will be a very humbling, trying experience for our family. But oh, the rewards! I look forward to them so much! I hope that Haden and I will have a good time together before the baby comes (and after, of course, too!) Mostly, I look forward to loving on my son and cherishing the newborn moments with my daughter. I loved Haden as a newborn, but was so set on getting him into a routine that would work with my work schedule that I feel like I forgot to stop and smell the roses. I tell you though, I'm going to smell the pieces out of our 2.5 year old and enjoy every moment that I can with our newborn! I may not be able to get that time back, but I can enjoy the current time and future with every fiber of my being!!!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Sporting the "Homer Simpson" Look

Being the crazy, active little man he is. . . Haden often finds himself in interesting predicaments. A few nights ago such an event occurred. It was right before bed. We had read scriptures and said our prayers. We've got a little step stool in the bathroom now that Haden likes to use to get to the potty and the sink. We were getting him ready to brush his teeth. H decided it wasn't quite time to settle down for the night and started crawling around like a baby. It was a very intense crawl which included a little bit of recklessness. He was on his way from his bedroom to the bathroom. When he made it to the bathroom he somehow slipped and took a face plant right into the tile! Oh, the blood & tears! It made me hurt for him. Daddy picked him up right away and we started to apply pressure to the bleeding area. After a little bit we got him to calm down and were able to assess the damage. He cut the inside of his lip, but not too deep, and chipped one of his front teeth a little bit more and probably bruised his two front teeth a bit as well. We gave him some ibuprofen to help with the pain and some benadryl to help him sleep. (Don't judge us! It helps every once in a blue moon!)

He's doing so well with it! He woke up the next day saying "Owie" and let us know each time it hurts. We asked him if he's like some medicine for it and each time he has said, "No." What a trooper! Check out the adorable Homer Simpson grill though!

He was actually smiling for us here!

I cannot get the picture to face the correct direction, but one can still see the damage.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Wow, so it has definitely been FOREVER!!! So much has happened since my last actual post. Just hard to keep up on it all. Things began happening and I thought, "I need to post" about that. Then another thing happened, and another, and another. Now I'm very behind, but hope to do much better.

So here's how it all is.......

* James is now a traveling man. He accepted a position in the Service Depart at S&S. Now he travels all over the world installing and servicing rides. So far he really has just traveled to China. He started in Beijing and has been doing a lot of work in Shenzhen. In 2011 he spent 150 days in China!!!! Crazy, huh? He's been in this position officially since about mid June. He's a trooper to do all this traveling and be away from us so much. But it will definitely pay off with some benefits!

*Haden continues to grow like a weed. He's so much fun to be with. He's nearing 2.5 now! He's such a smart little boy. Well, more of a technology nerd really. He enjoys playing with Mommy & Daddy's iPad to play his "Cars" game, or anything that has to do with "choo-choo's" and "fishes." He gives us perfectly sweet hugs and kisses all the time. His vocabulary is continually increasing and he is having a good time trying to go big boy potty.

*Now to Susi. Of course it's super easy to talk about myself! After just over 4 years of service in the Relief Society Presidency, I've been released. I'm now a leader with the Activity Days girls. It's so much fun, and a lot less work! I'm still working part time, for now. We are expecting our second child in April and I will move into a new position of stay at home mommy after the little one is born. That's news! I'm pregnant. . . 30 weeks already! Super crazy! This last summer I took a couple of cake decorating classes. I look forward to making fun and exciting cakes for special occasions for my family as well as a little bit of an at home business on the side. So far I've done one wedding cake and one birthday cake for commission!

I've decided that it's much easier to Facebook than it is to blog. So, one of my personal goals this year is to do more blogging. I can write my feelings here and use it as more of a journal. So, here's to more blogging and a little less Facebooking! I will also try to update with some posts from the time that we've missed. It's been a good eight or so months and so much has happened, so I will try to do some fun catch up posts.


Sunday, January 1, 2012

Work in Progress

Seriously, I'm gonna figure this out one day and get back to blogging!!!