Monday, September 29, 2008

Our Life Right Now

So, I don't really have any individual thing to blog about so I thought I'd do an update.

Mario- He is still working at Lithia as Sales Manager selling lots (hopefully!) of cars. Yesterday he was set apart as Elder's Quorum President, so he should be nice and busy between work, his calling, and us. As always he is a wonderful husband and father, in fact, Tyler saves his biggest smiles for Daddy.

Linda- I am a busy work-at-home-raising-kids-mom (whew, thats a mouthful) and enjoy it. Somedays are so crazy that I kinda miss being a chemist...but then I get over that pretty quick when I think of someone else watching my darling boys. I wouldn't miss being home with them for the world. I have started working out 3 days a week at the Stake Center. It is a really hard work out and I have already had results after only one week! I also keep busy with Relief Society as the Secretary.

Adam- Adam has the good life. He has swimming lessons, play dates at the park or kid time, story time at the library, and a million other fun things. He is starting to get use to sharing mommy time with the baby. Today he was even able to swim by himself without floaties! He is a happy kid.

Tyler- He is cute as can be. He sleeps well through the night and only is fussy in the evenings. The rest of the time he gives us big gummy smiles. He is starting to look more like a baby than a newborn now. We just adore him!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Tokyo Steak House

I'm a little late posting some of these things...but I just downloaded a ton of pictures onto my computer so SORRY!!!

For my Mom's birthday (Sept. 10th) I took my Mom and Dad out to the Tokyo Steak House in Federal Way. It is one of those places where they cook in front of you. It was delicious and entertaining.

Here is our Chef

Adam used chopsticks!

The Birthday girl was obviously drunk...JK! (Wait, can you get drunk from Diet Coke?)

So Yummy!

Tyler slept through the whole show...

Goodbye Altima!

A few weeks ago we sold our Nissan Altima to Mario's brother. I was actually really sad to see it go! Mario was driving that car when I met him. It is the car we drove on our first date and many many dates after that. We even got engaged in that car. Might not sound like that romantic of a proposal but it was! Might as well tell the story...

The short version is, Mario pretended like he was breaking up with me (yeah, not very nice!) and wanted to take me on a drive to talk about it. It was well after BYU-I's curfew, but we went anyway. He told me that he wasn't so sure that we should get married and he needed to pray about it. So we ended up at the Idaho Falls Temple and since it was poring down rain and the middle of the night we stayed in the car. He said a prayer asking if it was the Lord's will if we got married. I am of course super upset because I thought we were breaking up, but then I open my eyes and see a ring. Mario laughed and said that of course he wanted to marry me but that he wanted it to be a surprise. I almost killed him but was thrilled!

I anyway.... we drove that car to Washington to get married and then down to California for our Honeymoon. We drove it to the hospital when Adam was born and Mario drove it to the hospital when Tyler was born. It has been on countless road trips and has never given us trouble.

I never thought I would grow attached to a car, but I'll miss you Altima!

(Maybe I'll miss it less when Mario replaces it with a new car

for me!)

The family that bakes together stays together....

A couple nights ago Mario mentioned that we should make carrot cake as soon as we got the kids down for bed. Well, once Adam heard that he of course wanted to be included and being the softies we are he got to stay up. Baking at 10 pm with a 3 year-old probably isn't the best way to parent...but we had so much fun! Just look at the way Adam is looking at Mario, that is true love!

Two Months!

Today Tyler had his two month well-child checkup. He is as healthy as can be! He is still in the 25th percentile weighing 10lbs 7oz and 22in in length. He had to have five immunizations! That's 4 shots and 1 that he had to drink. I had never heard of drinking immunizations before, but this is for Rotavirus and new since Adam was born. Adam and I both got Rotavirus a year ago and it was AWFUL, so I'm glad Tyler got the immunization. His doctor is Dr. Mills (the same as Adam) and we really like him. He never seems rushed and is very thorough. He likes to know our family well and remembers everything!

Tyler is such a happy baby! He smiles all the time now and is even sleeping about 10 hours at night, 7 of those hours in a row. But as soon as we got Tyler sleeping through the night Adam decided to back track and wake up all the time. Go figure....

Here are some pictures of Tyler I took today...what a cute 2 month old!
(This is Adam "helping" Tyler take a picture)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!

Yesterday marked 26 years since my parents were married. In this day and age 26 years is quite a feat and I can really tell that my parents love each other. You never hear them talking bad about the other or being disrespectful. In fact one of the only times I got in trouble as a kid was when I talked rude to my mom and my dad got really angry about it. That's when I learned that you always stand up for your spouse and support them. I always try to learn from my parents how to make my marriage even stronger.

Not only are they great to each other, they are great to us kids. Growing up I never doubted my parents loved for me and can't remember ever arguing with them. They taught us about Christ and that our family can be together forever. What more important thing is there to teach a child?

They are also amazing grandparents. Adam and Tyler love their Nana and Papa! Even though we live far away Adam talks to them several times a week. I'm sure they can't really understand what he says but they always listen. As a mother I always look to my parents for guidance and advice, which they always wait to give until I ask for it. I am so grateful for their love, support, and friendship!

So Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad! Here is to another 26 years and an eternity as a family!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

What I do when I have 4 loads of laundry to fold.....

1.What is your occupation right now? Mommy extroidanaire
2.What color are your socks right now? My feets are naked
3.What are you listening to right now? my deathcab for cutie station on
4. What was the last thing that you ate? diet coke
5.Can you drive a stick shift? yep.
6.Last person you spoke to on the phone? Mario I think
7.Do you like the person who sent this to you? Of course, I love Rachel
8.How old are you today? 24 and 11/12ths
9.What is your favorite sport(S) to watch? I like to watch Mario watching's hilarious
10.What is your favorite drink(s)? diet coke and cranberry slushes from sonic
11.Have you ever dyed your hair? yes, but it has never worked
12.Favorite food? spaghetti
13.What is the last movie you watched? Robin Hood
14.Favorite day of the year? Easter Sunday
15.How do you vent anger? Cry
16.What was your favorite toy as a child? I liked barbies until I was in Jr. High
17.What is your favorite season? autumn
18.Cherries or Blueberries? cherries, but not cherry flavoring
19.Do you want your friends to e-mail you back? sure
20.Who is the most likely to respond?No one
21.Who is least likely to respond?Everyone
22.Living arrangements? house with Mario, Adam, and Tyler
23.When was the last time you cried? Today I was reading The Diary of Ma Yan and it made me tear up
24.What is on the floor of your closet? hangers, clothes, lots of Marios ties, shoes, our dirty clothes hamper...
25.Who is the friend you have had the longest that you are sending email to? This is a blog not email...
26What did you do last night? Clean house, cook Taco's, pick up Mario from work, read, put kids through baths and to bed
27.What are you most afraid of? Rats, mice, bats....RODENTS
28. Plain, cheese, or spicy? Cheesy
29.Favorite dog breed? stuffed animal
30.Favorite day of the week? Sunday, because Mario almost always has it off
31.How many states have you lived in?3
32.Diamonds or pearls? Diamonds!!! What kind of silly question is that!
33.What is your favorite flower? Tulips

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The Robin Hood Craze

This may even be bigger than Adam's "Car's" obsession! We watch Disney's Robin Hood at least once a day. Nothing else has even played on our tv for about a week. It just cracks me up because the movie was made in the 70's and doesn't have any of the fancy computer generated images the Disney movies have now. Adam sings "ooo-de-laly oo-de-laly golly what a day" constantly. So of course he wants to be Robin Hood for Halloween. I was really hoping he would pick something easy like a mummy, but now I have to figure out how to make a robin hood costume....any ideas?

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Our Trip to Washington

Okay, I am so lame! It has been forever since I added anything to our blog. So much has happened! Adam, Tyler, and I went to Washington to visit my family for 2 weeks. We had a great time. It is always bittersweet because I love to see my family, but it makes me miss them even more when I drive the 8 hours back home.

Our first item of business was getting my siblings Adrian, Jennifer, and Daniel off to BYU-Idaho. Adrian had his friend Laura visiting so I got to meet her, which was great! Daniel was just starting his first semester so him and Jennifer drove in a VERY loaded down Archibald (their car). It was like a puzzle getting everything to fit! Good Luck at school guys!

Then I was able to visit one of my best friends, Amy Gabel. She has a little girl Jael who is just adorable. Her and Adam kept doing "Cheers" while they drank their juice. So cute!

I also got to spend a couple days with my good friend Rachel. We have been friends since Saghalie Jr. High and still keep in touch. She is in the Airforce and lives all the way in Belgium at NATO as a reporter for AFN. We had so much fun hanging in the F-Dub! We went to the SeaTac Mall and Dash Pointe Beach. Jennifer also came with us to the beach, it was great! I can't wait until she moves back to the states in November even if it is on the other side of the nation!

One of the not so fun parts of the trip was when my dad and sister Laura were in a car accident. They came away okay for the most part, but the car... not so much!

On Saturday we met up with some of the rest of the family, including Jacki, my cousin/best friend and her two boys, some of the Sirrine family, the Jeff and Val VanderHoevens, my parents and Laura. We went to Northwest Trek, which is kind of like a zoo but for native animals more specifically. There is a tram there that goes through the park where animals roam free. Adam was totally terrified to get on the tram but ended up loving it! Even Tyler loved the wind on his face and looking at the light patterns the trees made. After NW Trek we all met up at the Sirrine home with more of the family and had a fire in the backyard with yummy burgers. Conner and Adam fell asleep in the car but later enjoyed some ice cream!

I helped my mom decorate the tables for her Enrichment meeting. We used Dahlias so I was able to go to the Dahlia farm. The flowers were bigger than Adam and just gorgeous!

Mario couldn't believe how much Tyler had grown when we got home! He is smiling so big now that his toes wiggle, but it is so hard to catch it on camera!
We did like a million other things but I still need to add the pics to my computer. More to follow!