Sunday, December 28, 2008

Our Christmas Adventures

We decided we love going to Rexburg to visit my family because it is so much fun and there is always soooo much to do! It's great! We didn't watch TV, any movies or anything else of that nature. (Okay, on Sat. night Jacob and Mat watched the new Warren Miller movie (Playground) we got Mat for Christmas, but that's hardly a movie!) We arrived kind of late on Tuesday night, and basically chit chatted for a few minutes and went to bed. On Wednesday, Christmas Eve we had a bunch of fun! Jacob and Mat disappeared for a few hours and rode the 4-wheelers. Mat got stuck a few times (there is was so much snow there!) and Jacob tipped his!! Anyone who has seen our beastly 4-wheelers knows this isn't an easy task. Luckily neither him nor the ATV was hurt. Jerry, Aley, and Julie all came over on Chirstmas Eve and participated in our little Christmas program with us and that was a bunch of fun. Christmas morning was typical.. open presents, eat breakfast... And we got to talk to Ty on the phone!!!!! The 40 minutes went by way too fast, and I can't wait until Mother's Day to talk to him again.

Little Sammie asleep Christmas morning on the chair surrounded by presents.

Then we played Life that Ang and Michael got for Christmas from his parents. Then Jerry Aley and Julie came over again and we decided to go sledding.
Anyone who was around Rexburg on Christmas day can probably remember the snow storm that was going on allll day long. Ha, mother nature couldn't daunt us. We set off on the unplowed roads for the dunes -obviously the best place to sled- Michael, Ang, Jerry, Aley, Julie and sleds were all in the tahoe and me, Jacob and Mat were all in the civic, which is actually a pretty decent car in the snow because of the snow tires. Grandma and Grandpa stayed home to babysit. About halfway to the dunes, the snow got so deep that the civic started acting as snow-plow and we had a constant stream of snow flying up into the windshield. Then finally and inevitably we got stuck. The civic was unable to keep plowing and high centered. Jerry and Michael ran back to us from the tahoe and got us unstuck and pushed us to the side of the road and we crammed into the tahoe and were on our way again! Right before reaching the place we like to sled it became impossible to see where the edge of the road was so we got out and treked the rest of the way. We stayed there for an hour or 2 and sledded and had an all-out snow ball war, very fun!

This is Angela and Michael sledding.

When we got back to pick up the Civic, it took us a few times to realize that every time we stopped to get the boys back in the car we got stuck again. Soo.. I leaned over and pushed the gas pedal with my hand and Mat, Jacob and Jerry all pushed the car until it was going nicely again, then Jerry ran back to the tahoe and Mat and Jacob hurry and jumped in the civic while it was still in motion! We went back to my parents house and enjoyed our Christmas dinner then lounged around and played Catch Phrase... oh my gosh did we have fun playing that game!! WE played for hours and it was funny because it was getting so late but none of us wanted to stop! very fun group to play with. Jerry and my dad were soooo into it. Finally the boys took off downstairs and us girls stayed up and talked for forever.
Friday was again, a bunch of fun. The boys went shooting for awhile and us girls just took care of the babies and hung out. They got back and announced they were going to Dubois to visit Larsen Farms (some huge and famous farm???? Mike loves farms) so we sent Sammie with them so she could get some sleep and we took Landen with us and went out to lunch to celebrate my mom's birthday and then went shopping so I could spend my shopping money I got for Christmas. That evening I went to my annual girls Christmas party that my friends and I from high school have been doing every year since we were 15 or so. It was great to see everyone and catch up! About 1/2 to 2/3 or so of us are married now and Sara and I both have babies... it's so weird, we're getting old. The family played The Family Farm Game while I was gone, which was another game the Busselbergs got for Christmas and Mat won that one. On Saturday Mat, my dad, and Jacob and I all got up early and went skiing and snowboarding all day. Soooooooo fun! Jacob did really good this time, I was so proud of him!
It snowed allll day long while we were there!

Jacob and I on the lift

Me, coming down

Jacob doing soooo good!



Afterwards in the car waiting for my dad and Mat to come back

We got home around 5 to celebrate my mom's birthday with my grandma and Floyd, who came up and brought cake, then I crashed on the couch. Today we packed up, went to sacrament meeting with the family then came home. The roads were awful all through Idaho, but oh well. . All in all it was a great trip, there wasn't time for Jacob to go duck hunting with my dad and Mat like he wanted, but I guess there's always next time and it snowed about a foot and half while we were there!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

2 month checkup!

Well, our little baby turns 2 months on Saturday, but with the blessing and the holidays we took her in today for her checkup. She is 10 pounds 4 ounces and 22 1/4 (man, I came out of the womb longer than she is now!!) inches long. She is in the 39th percentile for weight and the 47th percentile for height. So she's definitely gotten chubbier, but relatively speaking, she isn't as chubby as some :) Doctors say she looks great! She definitely hated getting her shots and was screaming so hard she could hardly breathe, haha! I had my first ingrown toenail (gross, I know!) and had to get it removed today. Ouch. No, big time ouch. Jacob got back a large sum for his textbooks so now we aren't going to be completely and utterly broke after Christmas (yay!), so that's good.
Happy happy news-- my really good friend from forever (since junior high) is in the hospital pushing out her baby!!! Yay!!! Haha, when she texted me this evening, I was surprised by how thouroughly happy I am for her! I seriously can hardly contain myself! I think it's because I went through it so recently and it is SUCH a neat neat experience, I am so excited for her! I can just remember all of the feelings and emotions I had when little Samantha came out... amazing. There is nothing like it. Anyway so happy day and Congratulations, Sara and Jason!!!!
And I am soooooo excited for tomorrow when the Winegardners get here (for the blessing), I'm excited because only Mom and Dad and Briana have seen her, so the rest of the fam gets to now! And she is the first grandchild/ niece or nephew on that side, so that makes it even more exciting. It will be fun to see everyone gush over her, haha!
Oh, and because of some complications that came up (random spontaneous stake sacrament meeting this week) we have to bless her at our home. So that will be at 3 for those of you who read this and are coming :) Interesting. I've never been to a baby blessing at a house before, but apparently it's just fine.
AND--- I got my haircut!! Talk about long overdue... sheesh. So I'm excited to have back my short hair that I love so much more than long! I have the best haircutter.. she is great! (Plus, the $11 price doesn't hurt!)
Well, in case I don't make another post before Christmas, Merry Christmas and everyone travel safely!!!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Pictures of our angel

Samantha loooooooves her baths!

I had to put this last one in, she just looks so funny.

pictures from Thanksgiving

Sammie loooved the lights when we were decorating our tree (Sat. after Thanksgiving- don't worry they're LED)
hangin with her cousin Landen on Thanksgiving

Sammie, grandpa Williams, and Landen

Monday, December 8, 2008

It's been awhile..

So it's been awhile since I last posted. Oops. I was waiting on pictures from Thanksgiving, and I still don't have them, so maybe I'll add a few from then some other time. Thanksgiving was so much fun, we went to my grandma's house in Preston. My family was there and so was my sister and her family. Thanksgiving was, of course, delicious. We also went to Best Buy to pick up a few things on Black Friday at 5 in the morning.

I don't have very much to write about, not a whole lot of excitement in our lives. Sammie is so much more aware of things now, she gets excited when it's time to eat, and she has also been grinning at us a lot more.

So, in our apartment we have a fireplace- our landlords told us not to use it, but Jacob decided he wanted to get it to work... so he climbed up on the roof and got it so that the smoke would go outside (rather than in the house where it was going). So we had a fire going for a little while and it wasn't getting any warmer so we decided to let it die down. It started smoking more, and smoke started pouring into our living room. We ended up opening the window and door and turning on our fan to let it air out. Then this morning when I was doing my workout my lungs started burning really badly and it still stunk of smoke so I decided it needed more airing out. Soo Sammie and I spent the day in our bedroom where we kept it nice and warm and out in the kitchen/ living room we had the window open with the fan in it all day long and it was FREEZING. So thats been our excitement.

I'm getting so excited for Christmas (especially now that it's finally snowed!!) and Samantha's blessing. We are blessing her on the 21, and Jacob's family is going to come the Thursday before and stay until Monday (when my family is coming is still undecided) and then we are leaving the following evening to go to my parents house for Christmas! Yay! Hopefully there is enough snow to go snowboarding, because we really want to go a couple of times while we are there!