Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Only in Utah

Well, we did it. We sucked it up and loaded our junk into a trailer, the bed of the truck, and our little car and moved back to Provo. Can't say it has been a joy to be back, but at least we have a sense of humor.

On that note, we decided to take a break from cleaning out the remnants of the previous tenant from our new place (a whole exciting story in itself and wish to do it justice) and decided to go to the mall... mainly because there is nothing else to do. While we were driving and trying to find a decent radio station to listen to (a tough task) a commercial came on for U.T.A. bus passes. They were very pleased to announce their new family passes... for, and I quote, "up to 6 children and 2 adults."

Now, where we come from family passes are 2 kids, 2 parents, going along with the whole 1.8-children-average-American idea. But, no. Utah has really outdone itself this time. Guess they had too many complaints with people having to buy multiple "family passes" for their small army. In fact, a family pass for 8 is enough to cover a sports team - 2 coaches, a basketball team, and a sub. Cheapskates.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Picture of the Day

One of the (many) things I love about my baby is the funny faces that she makes. She has become increasingly more expressive, and it is such a joy to see her experimenting with her facial muscles... especially when she cracks into a mischievous, cheeky grin! That grin she got from her daddy, of course.

Growing up I perfected the looking-innocent-when-guilty look and the "And, you are...?" look. Ask anyone; they will tell plenty of stories I am sure. Evan, from what I can gather and from the pictures I have been shown, had the cheeky smile. Baby, it seems, has inherited the cheeky smile - and now we are doomed to never being able to discipline her because she will make us laugh when we are trying to be mad.

Another look of Evan's that Baby has inherited is the one I snapped below while they were playing in the pool the other day. I think this is one of my favorite pictures of Evan and Lena together - I love her little lip - and what makes it even better was that they both looked at the camera at just the right time... I was having such a hard time before that of catching Baby's attention while she was having so much fun in there! Therefore, I have given this picture the 'Picture of the Day' award for being spontaneous and, in my honest but biased opinion, too dang cute!

Mobile Baby

Well, to add to a post a little while back, Lena has learned to mobilize herself. Really mobilize rather than the turning around on her tummy tricks that she was doing. I think it is safe to say that, really this time, NOTHING is safe now! (Yesterday I found her playing with the fan we have on the floor, and then with a socket in the wall... needless to say she and the fan were moved, and the sockets blocked off with those cool little plastic thingys, which Evan and I have now vowed to invest good money in.)

She is 'crawling' now... getting herself up on all fours and then flopping down again because she hasn't figured out how to move her arms yet. It is really cute!

Check out this video:

Monday, August 13, 2007

Our Cute Garden





I have finally posted pictures. They can be found here or by clicking on the flickr badge to the right!

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Our Car

We have a new car. Yes, it is true. We decided that as much fun as our 95 VW Golf III was it just was too old and too small for our ever growing little (big?) girl. Besides, it's only a 2 door and we didn't want to have to deal with strapping in an unwilling toddler into a car seat in the back at awkward angles... it just complicates things. So we traded out and moved on to bigger, better, and newer things. So now, instead of a little black fuel-efficient VW Golf we have... a little black fuel-efficient VW Jetta. I know, I know... it's just a Golf with more trunk space, but we liked our Golf and we needed the extra two doors but didn't want something big and heavy. We love it.

So, now we are all grown up and entering the real world... I mean for reals this time because getting married and having a kid wasn't really the real world. No, it is only now that we are buying a car to suit the needs of our family and making old people decision as it relates to safety and whatnot that we are embarking on a new chapter in our lives: Real Responsibility. And I hear it only gets worse from here on out. The joys of life.

I will miss our old car. It has been trusty and faithful and it is a wrench selling it because it, in a way, represents the life that Evan and I have had together this last year or so. But all good things must come to an end...

Oh yeah, and I passed my drivers theory, and am taking my test in about 2 weeks. Yay me!

Monday, August 6, 2007

July in Review...


A lot has happened in the last few weeks! So much in fact that we haven't had time to update our little blog to let you all in on the fun! One big rap on our knuckles for being slackers.

So, in review (pictures will follow sometime):
- San Diego County Fair
Otherwise known as the 'Del Mar Fair' for those hard-core San Diegans. Highlight: Baby in the livestock petting area with sheeps and goatses. It was kind of around the time that she was mastering the reach-out-and-grab skill and she certainly had a blast. Also worthy of note was the root-beer float that I had because of the bad-for-you food I had that day it was the only one that tasted any good.

- 4th of July
While we weren't in Boston to celebrate high treason to the crown, we did have front row seats to the fireworks display at Poway High. It was great to spend the evening with family and friends (not to mention getting a paid day off work for Evan... sadly there is no end to my work), but most of all it was great to have a baby that laughed at giant explosions and then was lulled to sleep by them. Awesome. Did I mention we have the best baby ever?

- Grandma P Comes to Town
...Finally. Grandma spent a good 10 or so days with her first (and therefore best) granddaughter and introduced her to the joys of babysitting, giving Mummy and Daddy a chance to go on some much needed dates. It was also really nice to have Grandma in town because it let us do two additional things...

- New Garden
First of the two things... Our landlord finally put up a dividing fence so we spent $100 and put down a new lawn, new flower beds and planters (complete with flowers... imagine that!), and a flagstone and pavers. It looks rather good now if I might say so myself and now that we have a hammock in there we will be VERY sorry to leave in 3 weeks.

- Temple with Family
Second of the two things... Thanks again to all who were able to make it. It was extra special to be there with family!

- Kitty's 1st Birthday
Congratulations to our cat who turned the ripe old age of 1, and is now fully grown. She is also reaping the benefits of having a new back garden since, with FeLV, she wasn't allowed outside before. She has become rather accomplished at chasing and eating flies, and loves to sit in her corner behind the big rock.

- Family Trip to Mexico
Lots of fun and more enjoyable than the last trip because the sun was out and it was warm and the beach was sandy. Oh yeah, and we had food. I quite enjoyed it down there, and if you turned a blind eye to the 3rd World poverty, the place where we were kind of had a Med holiday feel to it. I would have liked to have stayed longer, but sadly Evan just got the one day off work. Tijuana was interesting... I had my first Mexican Popsicles in the border queue, which, once I forced myself not to think about the hygiene of the place they were probably made in, weren't all bad. Coming through the border was interesting too. They were being pedantic and seemed to think I was violating my Student Visa, which i haven't had for over a year now. So we got sent to secondary inspection with a screaming baby who was hungry and hot and tired to wait for 20 minutes (in the car) only for them to come back to us and not apologize for wasting our time and being wrong. Jeez!

- Baby keeps growing...
The news you all really came to see. Our baby, it seems, does not stop growing. We fear she is at the point where we need to look seriously at buying the next size car seat, and soon. Her mobility has improved... she can scoot herself around, and gets herself on all fours and kind of sway precariously before flopping down (she has worked out that if she does this it actually moves her slightly forward). However, she is lazy and moving around mean that you have to... well, move. Exert energy. Oh well. At least she is causing minimal trouble right now. She is sitting up almost unaided and very much enjoys the bead rollercoaster at Grandparents T's place. She has mastered the grabbing and reaching thing, and has also mastered the hand-mouth coordination, so when the two combine things get interesting. She loves her sippy cup (thank you Guin!) especially now since she also has teeth... little razors. She cut her first one last week, and then the next day the one next to it cut. So, she has two little pegs on her bottom gum right at the front. It is really cute... until she bites you. She is loving solids (and we are paying the price with her nappies) and she is weighing in a healthy 19lbs and about 28in. Thank you Evan!

Well, I think that is it for now. Pictures will come later... promise!