Thursday, January 18, 2018

Michelle's Shower for Baby Emmett

During the week of Thanksgiving my sister Lisa, my mom, and I threw a little family baby shower for my sister Michelle. We had brunch at Le Parfait Paris, a super cute French cafe in Downtown San Diego.  The food, especially the desserts, were excellent and Lisa did such a good job of decorating to match the theme of the restaurant.

I'm writing this a late so Emmett actually arrived yesterday at 5am! We're going to go see him in a month but for now I'll have to satisfy myself by looking at the pictures Andre has sent me.

The guest of honor.

One of the shower games was matching ways to say I love you in different languages.

Friday, January 12, 2018


November went by in a blur. I've heard people say that as a stay-at-home parent the hours are long but the weeks fly by, and I've found that to be very true. Most of my days are spent between entertaining Charlotte (she's easily bored and loves attention, especially from strangers), keeping our house livable, going to contractor meeting for the house we're building, and working on my Sunday School lessons.  Life has a good pace right now.

Our average days were spent here a lot, playing on the floor. 

Park stalker. 

I went to visit my old school and fellow teachers for the annual Mountain Man Day. It's one of my favorite activities! I used to be in charge of the marshmallow shooting range and would play Hill Billy music for the kids.

Apparently someone wasn't happy about the visit ;)

The picture where we realized how much Charlotte looks like me (besides the eyes). 

Cold walks outside now require the Snozu snowsuit.
Charlotte and I visited the Harry Potter Themed center of South Towne Mall, which was actually kind of lame. At least it got us out of the house. John said my pictures made it look cooler than it actually was. We just need to go to the real one in Florida one day.

Visit to our empty lot.  One day Charlotte can look back once everything is developed and see what it used to look like. I always wish I had pictures like this before my childhood house was built.

John's holiday work party at the Provo convention center. Bamboo HR always has theirs early in the season. This was also the night we had our first non-family member babysitter.

Turns out most Mormons don't know how to gamble (including myself) so they set up a bingo room that was very full! John found out he was pretty decent at poker which we think might come from playing bridge.

We met up with Rick and Carissa at Leatherby's. Their little boy is arriving in March and we're so excited for them!

Fall walks along the Jordan River before it got too cold.

Early 5pm dinner at Pizzeria 712 means we almost had the whole place to ourselves.

Post-bath baby Pope.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Pumpkin Patch and a Pink Dinosaur

My friend JP invited us out to a pumpkin patch at Pedersen's Farm with her and her family. Even though it's really close to our house, I was glad she asked us to go because we hadn't done anything that was festive for fall or Halloween and wouldn't have gone otherwise.

I always imagined that once I wasn't working and staying at home with kids that I'd have all this time to do the fun things I felt like I missed out on when working. Turns out that's not quite true yet. Maybe when Charlotte is older we'll be able to take her out to do more activities, but as a baby by the time we she's changed, fed, and dressed, she doesn't last very long before she needs to go back to sleep and lasts about an hour out before she's done with it. I did finally decided to buy an aquarium pass for this winter so we'd have somewhere with more space to go when the weather is cold.  It's been great because it's close by and gives me an interesting place to go walking and not freeze. It also has a nice indoor play place where she can now crawl around.  Now I just need to find someone else that wants to go with us for company!

Playing in the corn pit with Eva.

We decided that Charlotte was definitely too little to trick-o-treat this year so instead I took her to John's office to hang out and people watch during the company trick-o-treating. Afterwards we ate Korean at Sam Hawk down in Provo.

Charlotte didn't actually eat any candy but she liked to chew on the packages because they made crinkly noises.  The only thing about Halloween costumes for the babies is that you basically only use them for an hour and then you're done. The same goes for blessing clothes, Christmas outfits, etc. Such a waste of money. Good thing this one was cheap.