Saturday, September 17, 2011


I burped at the table today without thinking. So, I decided to make an example of myself. "Oh, that was so rude! I shouldn't have done that at the dinner table. Excuse me!" Aydin say, "Yeah, you should do that in the living room!"

Made grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch. They may be more done than usual. Aydin says, "Mine isn't supposed to be like that." I say, "Yeah it is, it's toasty." She replies, "No, it's burned and too crunchy."

Friday, September 02, 2011


Jesse get up early for work and I remember that he asked me if I thought he could stay home. I was feeling very ready for this guy to be here, but we had already had two false alarms. We had even asked my parents to come over one night because we thought for sure he was coming. I had a couple of mild contractions, but I sent Jesse to work, a bit disappointed. I was beginning to think that I would go to my due date this time.

My dad had a business trip to leave for that afternoon. I was having a few more really mild contractions, so when he called to see if he could come visit before he left for his trip, I asked if he would like to go for a walk. We walked together with Aydin in the stroller for a while. My dad asked if I was having any contractions, because he couldn't tell. They were a bit more regular, but still really mild.

Jesse came home at lunch, as usual and asked if I thought maybe we could go to the hospital. He really didn't want to go back to work, but my contractions were still 5-7 minutes apart and fairly mild. We called the midwife who said, "Well why don't you just come in after lunch and we'll check you out."

We got to the midwife's office at 1. They checked me and were excited to report that I was 8 cen. dilated! The office was connected to the hospital, and we were told that I would be able to go straight to my room ("in a wheelchair!," they said.) Patty, my midwife, came bubbling into our room as soon as we got there. She greeted us, very excited, and then excused herself so that the nurses could do what they needed to do. As soon as I was ready she came back into the room (and never left again until after Rykin checked out okay) and talked over everything with me. She was so comforting and supportive. That was a little before three. Jesse sat behind me in the bed, supporting me the whole time and Rykin was born shortly after at 3:35 PM. I held him briefly while Jesse cut the cord, but he was having trouble breathing so they whisked him away to make sure he was okay. He was perfect! An 8# 11 oz., 20 1/2 " baby old man. He was so wrinkly!

The whole experience at the hospital could not have gone more perfectly. I loved Patty, a wonderful Christian woman, who has heart for the work that she does! Having an amazing birthing experience made Rykin's arrival all the more wonderful! I was so glad to finally have him here with us! And as excited as I was to meet our little guy, I was even more excited to introduce him to his big sister.


Rykin is one year old now! The year went by so quickly. He grew up way to fast for my taste, but it has been a fantastic year; watching him grow, his personality blossom, and his relationship with his sister become more obviously playful. The boy in him has come out, and adds a fun little twist to the daily routine of these two girls. He likes playing with cars, attacking pillows, and walking around house with his walker (little old man.) He is very determined, if not a tad stubborn. And he is a charmer. He loves to socialize, always sitting backwards in his highchair so that he can see all of the people around him. He will be the class clown I think. He is confident, but at the same time quite a mama's boy. He has completed our family! What a blessing!!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Reading about God

I had a "The Way to God" booklet sitting on the computer desk. Aydin found it, asked what it was and started "reading" it. I came out of the kitchen and heard, "...and mama says Jesus is nice! I love Jesus, she is my best friend. I love Mary too." Ha, ha. We're getting there!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Before and After!

We have been VERY busy this summer working on things around the house. We decided to put the back yard on the back burner, so to speak, this year since it is going to be such a beast to tackle. Instead, we decided to redo the front yard. The rocks were mismatched and the bushes were blah.

And recently, while Jesse and I were on a date night, we came home to a little flood in the bathroom. We had been planning on replacing the linoleum eventually, but were now in the position to have to move it up on the to do list. The old linoleum was not well installed and was bubbling up and peeling off the floors, so we replaced all of it in the kitchen, kid's bathroom, and entry way. We'll probably do our bathroom and the laundry room at Christmas break. So, here are some before and after pictures of our "little" projects:

(below is the only "before" bathroom picture that I could find.)

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Aydin's 3rd Birthday

Three years old now. She keeps mentioning how big she is. So big, with big arms, and big long hair. This past year has been extrodinary. I can't call it the year of terrible two, because although we have had our share of tantrums (both of us) we have learned so much about each other. We have both grown so much this past year. She is an amazing girl. Strong, independent, and unshakable. Love, love, love!
The quilt and book are our birthday gift to her this year.
She requested a black and white birthday so...

Saturday, July 30, 2011

On eating...

Aydin: "My oatmeal goes down my neck, and down to my tummy, and down my knees, all the way to my big toe. And some of my oatmeal goes down my arms, and to my elbows."

She hasn't taken a bite in a while so I ask if her elbows are getting full.

Aydin: "Yeah, and they are getting BIG (making "big arms"). Let me show you how big I am."

Me: "Well don't stand up. What if we measure you after you're done eating?"

Aydin: "Yeah, 'cause I don't want to be little anymore."

Friday, July 01, 2011


We have been busy this summer. We have been spending a lot of time outside shoveling rock this past week, so Aydin has been getting creative about finding things to do on the driveway. She is really good at washing toys!
Jesse brought the tractor out to help take out the bushes and save me a few hours of shoveling time.
After I had already spent hours shoveling rock into piles, I decided to put an ad on Craigslist for the rock in the front and three people responded and came to pick it up. The first two took about one ton each. The third lady that came brought a few guys with her and they cleared out all of the rest of the rock so fast. We are ready to start landscaping now. This is so exciting!! While it would have been nice to have pretty landscaping when we bought the house, this way it is more "ours." As it stands now we have dirt...
Rykin is growing up so fast! The difference between a boy and a girl is so funny. I've heard it before, but I just hadn't experienced it until now. He is old enough now that his "boyness" is really starting to come out. We don't really treat him any differently than we did Aydin when she was a baby, but there is no questioning that there is a natural difference there. He thinks it is funny to be rough with people. He was hitting Aunt Michelle the other day and just cracking up. He likes to growl a lot. And now when Aydin is a little too in his face he will yell at her, and then head butt her or push her face away, sending her crying and leaving him with a smile on his face. We tell him no, but it is a little funny to watch. I would maybe be a little more protective of Aydin if she wasn't asking for it so much, but she really picks on him sometimes. And at ten months he is starting to walk!! He has been pulling up on everything and moving from one peice of furniture to the next, but last night he stood up on his walker and just took off. I don't know if I'm ready for this quite yet. ( :

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Rykin had a "spot" show up on the white of his right eye two Sundays ago. This picture is the best one I have of it. I took him to the doctor, two Mondays ago, who thought it looked like a scratch and should go away on its own in less than a week. By this past Sunday it still hadn't cleared up, but had actually gotten worse. And there was a new spot on his left eye.

We went to see the eye doctor yesterday and found out that it is actually eczema. If the eczema gets worse or is not treated it can scar his eye. And if it spreads over the iris it can affect his vision. Also, this is a recurring condition, just like the eczema on his skin. He has mild eczema on his skin, and it flares up with the changing of the seasons, but I have never heard of eczema on the eye. The eye doctor asked if we have any pets at home...and when I think back, the spot on his eye appeared after the week that Abel started losing his coat. Jesse had mowed the lawn for the first time the week before as well. This eye eczema is caused by allergies, and whether it is seasonal allergies or an allergy to Abel, I am sure it is exaggerated by Abel either losing his coat or bringing clippings of weeds and grass in on his paws. The treatment, steroid eye ointment and removing the allergens as best as we can.

If Abel was healthy, I am sure this would be reason to find him a new home. However, we have been on the fence about whether it is time to say goodbye to Abel. He has gotten to where he has to lay down even to eat his food. So, I guess this situation has made a hard decision a little easier. Abel went to stay with Jesse's mom last night, and Jesse will make an appointment for Friday to take Abel in. I can't make the appointment. Abel is a very calm dog, so when he was in the house it was still pretty quite, but last night I noticed that there is just "something" missing when he's not there. This is going to be a rough week!

Monday, June 06, 2011


Aydin was sitting on my bathroom counter yesterday while I was getting ready for church. She started playing with my perfume and I was worried about her dropping it and breaking the bottle. I explained that what was in the bottle was special to me because it made me smell pretty and feel like a lady. She helped me spray it on and said, "Now you look like a lady!"

Monday, May 09, 2011


I was working in the basement today, while the kids napped. I could hear that Aydin was up, and she headed down to see me. When she got to where she could peek around the corner she looked at me and said, "oh mama, I just almost lost you!"

Tuesday, May 03, 2011


I just decided a second ago that I am going to start posting cute things my kids say. I always think I should write things down in her baby book so that I'll remember them when she is older, but I never do. I am thinking that it will just be easier to keep a record here and then some day when I have a lot of time (when will that be?!?) I can write them all down on paper. Anyway, this will be the first of what I am sure will be many quote posts.

Aydin (after giving me a big hug)- "You are my best friend."

Aydin- "Awww, you are so cute with yours purple shirt." She has been saying this a lot lately, obviously not about the shirt. I think she gets it from our church nursery attendant.

Monday, May 02, 2011


Just finished decorating the living room. A picture for Sherry as requested.
My two new favorite decor items. Above is a wool felt, woven pillow.

Monday, April 18, 2011

house and kids update catch-up

Well this post is LONG overdue! Yeah, Rykin is almost 8 months old and has grown up quite a bit since the last update I posted and we are all moved into our new house. Sooo, I should have done this a while ago, and this may be too long, but here goes.

New house:
We moved in April 2nd. I think the move went
pretty well. My whole family came and helped clean and move everything. We had a few unexpected things pop up, but nothing we couldn't handle. As of now we are all settled in, getting to know our neighbors, and getting started on homeowner things that we will be working on all summer (the yard!). Here are some pictures. I still have some more decorating "work" to do, but I am having so much fun getting our house set up just the way we like it. This place feels more like home already than our rented house did. We are lovin' it!
Aydin gets to have her kitchen in her own room. She loves knowing that the space is all hers.
Aydin: She is getting so big! She talks all of the time and has started pretending a lot. She is a little smarty. She is so excited about her new "friends," our neighborhood kids. She has a bike to ride in our circle, and we have already visited the parks quite a few times. She couldn't be happier in her now home.

Abel: He has some bad days, but enough good days that sometimes I question his diagnosis. But I know that we need to be preparing ourselves to say goodbye. The worse he gets, the more cuddly he gets.
Rykin: 7 months old already!! He is soooo much fun! A very happy kid. He really only gets upset if he isn't being fed fast enough, and sometimes when I'm not around. He is a mama's boy for sure. He "talks" a lot now and can say mama. He loves playing with Aydin. The two of them can really get each other going. She is his second mama. If he coughs she pats his back, if he has a runny nose she wipes it (kind of), if he cries she tries to make him laugh or asks, "are you okay broseph (Jesse called him that and she adopted it)?" He thinks the world of her, and he is very forgiving when she isn't the nicest. He is crawling everywhere and so fast, eating solids, and learning to drink from a sippy cup. I just can't believe we are going to be celebrating his birthday very soon.
We are so blessed. It really feels like everything is coming together.

Friday, March 04, 2011

Abels's Diagnosis

Our dog, Abel, started limping about a week ago. We thought, lets just wait a bit and see if it gets any better. Well, it hasn't and so I took him in to the vet today to see what is going on. At first she thought it might be his ACL, but she did an x-ray just to make sure. Turns out he actually has bone cancer. I thought, slow progressing maybe, he'll need some pain meds, but he'll be with us for a while still. She told me that actually it is very aggressive. Dogs who have gone to CSU for cancer treatments make it maybe 6 months past their diagnosis. I was shocked!! This was not at all what I was expecting when I took him in with a limp. I can't believe we could only have a few months left. I know that we aren't the best pet owners ever. We don't play fetch with him every day (he never brings the ball back anyway) and we don't take him for walks all the time, and we don't rub our faces in his fur and baby talk him, but we do love him, and we are going to be very sad to lose him. I was actually crying at the vet. I remember watching "Marley and Me" and thinking "it's a DOG people," but this is hard. He has been a part of our family for almost 5 years. And he's been such a great dog; really one of a kind! I don't really know what else to say.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Home is where the heart is!

So this happened pretty fast, but we are in the process of buying a house as we speak! We are finally in a place where we feel comfortable with it so two weeks ago we let our realtor know that we were ready to start looking at houses again this spring. Okay, so it is not even spring yet, but this house listing came up in a location that we like (Severance is just 5 min. away from Jesse's work) and we HAD to just take a peak at it. Well, turns out for the money that we can spend this is THE nicest house that we have seen (we have been through this process before, about 2 years ago.) And we made an offer. We won the bid with three other potential buyers by $100. $100! That was too close. I can't even believe that this is really happening. We had the inspection today, so we were able to take some pictures of the place. The inspection went really well. Now we just wait. Our closing date is March 31st. The next few weeks will be full of loads of cleaning, packing and HGTV.
This is it!! The back fence to our house is the fence for the neighborhood co
mmon area/PARK! Aydin is super excited about the little park!
There are two walk in closets in the master bedroom. This is just the back half of my closet!
The living room and staircase down to the basement.
This is a look at the entryway from the living room. The kids bedrooms and bathroom are off to the left at the front of the house, and the master bedroom is on the right.
It's just a fan, but....I LOVE it.
A look at the dining room from the living room.
And last, the kitchen.

It has a nice backyard too. There isn't any grass yet, so Jesse has some work to do this summer, but it is a huge backyard. Okay, not huge, but big as far as backyards are concerned these days. We are soooo excited. Can't wait to post pictures after we move in!

Saturday, January 29, 2011


Oh the old neglected blog. I have a little catching up to do. Here is all of our big news for the past two months...

I have started my own business. Sort of. Not from scratch. My boss at the company that I have worked for the past three years decided that he didn't want to continue to run one part of his company. Things had slowed down enough that it just didn't make sense for him to continue to employ someone to run it. So he just gave that part of his business to me. I was extremely nervous at first, but decided to take it on. My first business day was January 3rd. So far it has been going very well. I do real-estate/title related stuff. Not super fun, but it allows me to stay at home with the kids. I can do a little here, and a little there so it's perf

She got her cast off the week before Christmas. She was actually sad to see it go and asked to have it put back on. She healed perfectly! Our real news these days is that she is potty trained now. A friend suggested the 3 day potty training method. I tweaked it and we gave it a shot. You are supposed to throw out all of the diapers and stay at home for three days to focus on potty training only. She caught on so fast. I was completely prepared for the worst while we were out on the fourth day (3 cloth diapers lining the carseat and one in her bag for a quick clean-up at the store, 3 pairs of undies, 3 pairs of pants, and 3 pars of socks, as well as a plastic bag to put wet stuff in) and we still haven't had to use any of it!!! We started this two weeks ago, and this week she decided she didn't want to wear pull-ups to bed any more either. She has woken up dry two nights now. So proud!! This is big new because pull-ups/diapers for 2 kids is kind of expensive.

He is eating real food now! I started him on rice cereal last week and he LOVES it. It only took him a couple of days to figure out how to keep the stuff in his mouth and now he gets so excited when I put him in his Bumbo every night. He'll reach for the spoon and lean in for the next bite. I think we'll try out some apples and squash next week. He is also pretty much sitting up on his own now. He wobbles a little, but he is getting so strong!

Hmmmm, he got a helicopter for Christmas (a little one.) That's all I can think of that would be big news right now.

Whelp, that's it.