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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Jazzin it up!

My friends, Jamie and Maranda, and I decided we wanted to take a dance class(offered by the city)together. Our first choice was a hip-hop class but when we went to sign up it was already full. So Jaime decides we should take an adult jazz class and I, never having taken any jazz, said that that would be fun. Wrong! Okay, in all fairness, it's not that it wasn't fun, it's that my body hurts and I was brutally embarrased the whole time because I couldn't do the jazz walk across the floor or the spinny in circle things across the floor. (Hence the reason I wanted to take the hip-hop class-no spins or leaps required!!) We actually just did a conditioning warm-up for the first 45 min and only danced for the last 15. The class was Tues. night and I am still sore today! But it's a good soreness, the kind that reminds your body it feels good to move your muscles and you should probably do it more often! And it's fun to do "excersizy" things with your friends, even if it is embarrassing! We had a lot of good laughs and I honestly can't wait to see what's going to happen next week! Thanks for the fun girls!

Monday, January 28, 2008


It's been awhile since I've made a post with pictures so here are some pictures from a couple weeks ago when my awesome S-I-L Rebekah was here. (Thanks for the pics :) )

One night we went out to dinner and Rebekah pointed out that Bobby, Tyler and I were all wearing pumas!

Awesome sunglasses from Aunt Rebekah and Uncle Nathan

For some reason Tyler loves to climb inside the kitchen island

Tyler loves mickey mouse!

A Christmas gift from Bobby's Aunt Alice. Tyler loves the birds because they're so colorful.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Our Beloved Prophet

At 7 pm today, in his Salt Lake home, our dear President Hinkley passed away at the age of 97 with his family by his side. I feel a bitter-sweet sadness at this time because I know that Pres. Hinkley was very much ready to leave this life and return to Heaven to be with his Savior and wife and is very, very happy now, but at the same time I cannot help feeling so sad because he was an amazing man and prophet of the LDS church for 13 years and I will miss his tenderness, his charisma, his guidance and his testimony. He was truly a witness and disciple of Christ in these latter days and has made a very large impact on my life that I will forever carry with me.

We had just finished giving Tyler his bath and were in his bedroom saying prayers. It was my turn to say the prayer and in it I had asked that Heavenly Father bless Pres. Hinkley, not even realizing he had passed away just an hour before. Minuets after we laid Tyler down we received a phone call from a friend letting us know of Pres. Hinkley's passing. The Lord truly does watch over his sheep and has indeed blessed Pres. Hinkley.

I am so thankful for my testimony and knowledge that we will see those loved ones that we have lost again one day and look forward to the time when I will be able to kneel at my Savior's feet and kiss His hands in thanksgiving for the sacrifice He has made for me.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Day 1...again

So, this "goal" is way harder than I thought it would be. I started over with day 1 yesterday and did great...until Bobby came home from work. He had a problem with a co-worker at work and was venting to me and I jumped right on the bandwagon and put in my 2 cents. I mean, I had to stick up for my man right?! And before I knew it I had blown my whole day's worth of no gossiping! UGH! So once again I am 1!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Gossip Diet

I was watching Rachael Ray this morning and she had 4 guests on her show that went on a 7 day gossip diet. They were 4 girls that were best friends and had major problems gossiping so Rachael challenged them to not say 1 gossipy thing or spread any gossip for 7 days and if they slipped they would have to start the 7 days over! I decided this is something I should definately try to do.

I don't have as big of a problem gossiping now as I did when I was single and had lots of girlfriends to gossip with, but I know I still do it way more than I should so I am going on a gossip diet! Today was day 1 of the 7 but I already slipped up, so tomorrow will be day 1. I think this is going to be a LOT harder than I thought. When you put that much focus on one bad habit you realize how much you do it!

I'll keep you posted on how it's going. Hopefully this won't be one of those things that turns into a year long goal!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Best by...

So I found out today why there are definately dates on food such as, "Best By: Jan 17 2008". I was digging through the cupboards today trying to decide what sounded good for lunch. I found a box of macaroni and cheese that for whatever reason sounded good. I think I eat mac-n-cheese once a year, so I knew I hadn't bought that box recently, but mac-n-cheese is good forever, right?! Not exactly.

As I was stirring the noodles in the pot of water I was glancing over the box and happened to notice the "Best By" date on the top. April 2005. So what, like 3 years old?!?! Well, not wanting to throw food away I decide it's not something I need to be too concerned with since it's just noodles and powdered cheese (what could possibly have already gone bad?) and proceed to not only finish making the food, but serving myself up a big bowl. BAD IDEA! It was the grossest thing ever!

Here's the other funny thing about that. If that box was almost 3 years old, that means we bought it pretty soon after we got married, which means that we have packed it up and moved it with us to 3 different apartments. How did we not notice after the 1st move that this box was old and throw it away?! Now you see why I am such a pack-rat...I can't even throw away an OLD box of mac-n-cheese (which is what, like .99 cents to buy a new box?!) until I make it and decide it tastes bad enough to throw away!

Needless to say, I settled for a good old fashioned PB&J. It was delicious!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008


These pictures are from some time last week, but I'm just getting a chance to post. Since Tyler has started walking he constantly has at least one bruise on his head. This particular day he had bruised himself by tripping over the wheel of his high chair and landing face first on the tile floor. Nice purple bruise smack dab in the middle of his forhead. Next day, he was trying to run away from me because I was chasing him and he tripped over his legs and smacked the side of his head on the door frame which left a pretty yellow bruise. So he now has 2 big bruises on his face!

Not more than 2 days after the bruising we were at The Gap and Bobby was "watching" him when I heard Tyler screaming from across the store. I run over and see blood pouring out of Tyler's mouth. Apparently he had been pushing his stroller and the stroller was rolling faster than Tyler could walk, so down he went and busted his lip open. The people working were really nice and gave him a popsicle to suck on to numb his lip and help with the swelling. It looked a lot worse before I had a chance to take this picture, but you can still get the idea. Ouch!

Just because I think he looks so darn cute in his camo outfit!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Impromptu weekend in Idaho

Last Thur. Bobby's sister Rebekah came all the way from TN to spend a couple days with us. It was the first time she'd seen Tyler (besides pictures) and we had lots of fun together playing games, eating out and shopping in Park City!!! (Thank you so much for coming :) )She really spoiled Tyler and brought him a whole bag full of clothes for his Christmas present, he's so lucky to have such nice aunts!

Rebekah's best friend lives in Rexburg, ID and was blessing her little boy on Sun. so Bobby was going to drive her up Sun. morning so she could be there for the blessing (12:30) and spend the next week up in ID with her friend before she had to go back home to TN. Bobby was just turning around and driving straight back. Well Sun. morning I woke up when Bobby woke up (6:30) and decided that I didn't want him driving back alone so I made a spur of the moment decision and told him I was going with him. We had to leave by 7:30 to get Rebekah there on time so we packed up super fast, (anyone who has a baby knows going on any kind of trip-even the grocery store-is an ordeal. You can't just jump in the car and go, you have to make sure you have toys, food, diapers, wipes, blankets, etc) woke Tyler up, dressed him, and were out the door at exactly 7:30.

The drive actually went REALLY well, considering the last "trip" we took with Tyler in the car in July for Bobby's family reunion. He only cried when he was tired and fell asleep within minuets so we were so thankful! We don't know anybody who lives in Rexburg or we probably would have begged and paid lots of money to stay the night so we didn't have to drive straight back! I don't know how long the drive from Orem to Rexburg usually is, but with all the snow it took us 4 1/2 hours each way. The roads were actually more clear in ID than they were in UT which was a good surprise and by the time we were heading home all the roads were clear of snow and ice. And I don't think I have the right to complain about the cold in UT anymore, Rexburg was freezing!! Bobby has a mission friend that lives in Pocatello so we stopped there for about an hour and visited with him, his wife and their baby boy whose just a couple mo. younger than Tyler and it was a really nice break in the trip. They are an adorable family and gave Bobby lots of Malta so he was really excited! (Malta is a South American drink that is horribly nasty, but supposedly all missionaries that served a south american mission love it) So we got home at 8:00 that night, which made for kind of a long day but I have to say I really enjoyed it! I don't think I could ever live in ID, but we're hoping to go back this summer to to some "outdoorsy" things with Bobby's friend and I'm looking forward to it!

ER story

A couple of you were asking about my "ER story" from last Christmas so I thought I'd share. It's actually not that big of deal, more embarrasing than anything else.

As a lot of you know, I had a really hard pregnancy from week 1 to week 40. At Christmas I was 7 1/2 mo. pregnant and had finally got past the "morning"-all day/night/and everything in-between-sickness (as of about 6 mo.) and past the majority of my heart problems, and was finally settling into pregnancy. A couple of days before Christmas I ate some Chicken Salad we had purchased from Costco without realizing it was about 2 weeks old until after we came home from Christmas. Needless to say, Christmas eve I was horribly sick and couldn't stop throwing up. The next morning it was worse and I could tell my heart was racing really bad (due to previous mentioned heart problems) and had no idea it was just food poisoning because I didn't know the salad was bad at this point. So Bobby (who LOVES the doctor and goes for anything v. me who NEVER goes to the doctor, ever, no matter what) really wanted to take me in because he was worried (what a sweetie) and just wanted to make sure everything was fine with the baby.

As soon as we got there they rushed me into a room (apparently I didn't look too hot) and a doctor came in, checked my heart rate, and rushed out of the room. Not more than a min. later there were 8 doctors in this little closet of a room rushing around, hooking me up to machines, poking me with needles and asking me tons of questions. Then I see Bobby look at the computer screen and his face went white. That totally made me panic and I started crying hysterically because I had NO idea what was going on. Nobody would tell me anything! The doctor tells Bobby to calm me down, so he grabs my face between his two hands and looks right into my eyes and starts telling me how important it is that I stop crying and he was telling me he loved me and that everything was going to be okay but I HAD to start taking slow, deep breaths. I guess that did the trick because when I started breathing normally again everybody in the room calmed down and the doctor finally explained to me what was going on. I guess my heart rate was jumping between 160-170 bpm (beats per minute) the whole time I was in there; which for those of you who don't know a lot about that, my normal resting heart rate during my pregnancy (which is what it should of been because I hadn't done anything physically active that morning) was usually around 80 bpm. So it was double what it should have been and apparently that's not good. After all that, he hooked me up to an IV because I was seriously dehydrated (they put 2 liters of water into me and I still didn't have to pee!) They wouldn't release me to labor and delivery until I peed...ugh! So they gave me a bunch of water to drink and I finally did the deed and they said I could go.

Problem #2...labor and delivery (which they had to send me to because after all this they wanted to monitor the baby to make sure he was okay) is at another hospital. We were in St. George and had no idea that the ER and labor and delivery weren't in the same building. So they send for some medics to come get me and transport me in an ambulence. I was SOOO embarrased because by this point I felt totally fine and didn't want them to make 2 people come in and work on Christmas when it wasn't absolutely necessary. But for legal reasons they had to, so I sucked it up and in walk these 2 young (and very attractive might I add-don't worry this part really makes Bobby laugh!) guys who have to lift me onto the stretcher and wheel me out to the ambulance. First of all I'm wearing one of those hideous hospital gowns with the wide open back for all to see my goody-goods and second of all it's winter and I'm 7 mo. pregnant which means I havn't shaved my legs in...weeks. And they noticed!!! Gross! I was at labor and delivery for about 3 hours because I was having some contractions and they wanted to monitor them, but after a couple hours the contractions stopped and they let me go home. It was a Merry Merry Christmas! :)

Anyway, in the end everything was fine with baby Tyler and everything was fine with me so no big deal, but I will never eat chicken salad from Costco again!

Saturday, January 5, 2008

When life gives you LEMONS make lemonade!

When we were in St. George for Christmas we went to lunch one day at Olive Garden(double yum!)and Tyler started picking at the lemons inside the water glasses. I got tired of having to keep taking them out of his hands and finally just let him put one in his mouth. My friend Stacie had her camera and well...priceless!

Sorry there are a lot of pics, I couldn't decide which one I liked the best! (I don't know why they look like they're cut in half-sorry)

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year!


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