Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Fun pictures

Jacob decided to take
a blowdryer to Sam's
hair after her bath on
Sunday, and this was
the result!

Oh and yesterday during tummy time she rolled over for her first time! I think it was more like she lost her balance and rolled, and I doubt it will happen again anytime soon, but it was fun to see her so surprised!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Living Planet Aquarium!

Our little baby is now 3 months old! I can't believe how big she is getting!! She has very few clothes that fit her right now, because she is getting soo long! She hit her 3 month growth spurt about a week ago and grew out of all her clothes! She is super smiley and giggles all the time and is still a great little sleeper and sleeps every night til 6:30-8.

Yesterday was Jacob's day off and it was such a GREAT day!! We had so much fun! We started off going to the temple then came home and went to Salt Lake for a little surprise Jacob had for me... but first, as we went over point of the mountain, this is what we saw..
those aren't clouds, that is the disgusting smog that is covering salt lake valley so you can't see the mountains or buildings or anything! sick. and you know the signs they have that tell you how many minutes to whatever exits? Well, this time it said Air Quality Hazard then said something about limiting driving and not going outside. I miss my clean Idaho air!

Anyway so my surprise was... The Living Planet Aquarium! I love aquariums and have been wanting to go the one in Salt Lake for a long time, so I was pretty excited!
Upside-down jellies- very neat

Jacob next to some pretty cool and tiny jellyfish

Me in front of some jellyfish

a seahorse!

a few seahorses wrapped around... coral maybe?

Probably the coolest starfish I've ever seen

Us in front of one of the tanks

She was soooooo curious and fun to watch look at the tanks!

Super cool giant octopus!!

We had a ton of fun, I'd recommend it to anyone who likes aquariums :)

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Happy Birthday Jacob!!

Today is Jacob's birthday!! He is now 25 years old!
He is the best husband and father ever. (yeah, I know everyone else thinks the same thing about their husbands but oh well!) He is sooo caring and always so aware of how I'm feeling. We have had some good times since we've known each other! He is such a good example to me and so supportive of me. He's so selfless and kind. He loves playing with his daughter and is always so willing to help me out with her. He is also very helpful to others. When he sees someone in need, he doesn't hesitate to lend a hand. He can also be really silly at times and makes me laugh so hard! He is the best husband in the world and I'm so happy I get to spend this life and the next with him by my side! I love you Jacob!!

age 21, March 05, right before he came home from his mission (he served Mexico, Merida)
Us in Feb. 2007 all decked out ready for an 80's dance
President's Day Feb. 2007 at Rock Canyon Park
Us at Disneyland when I went to meet his parents for the first time- end of April 2007
Us on the trail up towards Stuart Falls May 2007
Us in Yellowstone with my fam (minus my sis and bro-in-law) right after we got engaged May 2007
Us in West Yellowstone July 2007
Us at temple square Dec. 2007
Jacob holding a miniature snowman Dec. 2007
Playing in the snow Dec. 2007
Jacob's 24th birthday at our old apartment
With his parents in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building celebrating their silver anniversary, president's weekend Feb. 2008
Us at Craters of the Moon Memorial Weekend May 2008
Hogle Zoo Aug. 2008
The best dad in the world Oct. 2008

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


Know how I said Sam was sleeping til 6:30? Well, now she's sleeping til 7:30-8ish... She isn't even 3 months old!! I love the babywise book. :)

Sunday, January 11, 2009

More Pictures of Sammy!!

Nicole was putting a head band on her and she wasn't sure she wanted it on or not.

Just chillin on the couch.

"Camera? What's a camera?"

We finally caught a few of her smiles on camera!!

Here is the noise Sammy makes when she needs to sneeze but doesn't quite make it, and the way she sticks her tongue out at every body.

It's a good life!

So life is going pretty good right now, and I owe gratitude to other people for it all. First, I'd like to thank Gary Ezzo- author of On Becoming Babywise
What a great book! We had some friends recommend this book to us when I was about 4 months pregnant, but my sister read it and wasn't quite as impressed so I put off buying it (I don't know why, I bought it on amazon for $.01 + 2.99 shipping). anyway it's worked wonders for us! Samantha is about 2 1/2 months old and has been consistently sleeping through the night for over a week now! We put her to bed about 9 and she wakes up at about 6:30. No, she doesn't sleep til 8, but she's getting there :) Anyone who doesn't want to spend the 3 bucks is welcome to borrow it, it's a fast read.

I also owe thanks to Jillian Michaels (from The Biggest Loser), haha! Soon after I had Sam, I desperately wanted to start working out so I could lose my baby weight and get toned. So, we purchased her 30 day shred video
It was only $9 at Wal-Mart. I think I did lose 20 pounds in 30 days, but that's only because I had baby weight to lose.. I don't think your average person would unless extremely dedicated to this and her diet program that goes with it (that part is in a book, I believe). Anyway it is a GREAT workout- She combines differet moves for maximum calories burned and it's only 20 minutes but if you do the exercises right, you'll be dripping sweat by the end (plus there are different levels)! And no, I don't look nearly as good as her, but more importantly I FEEL good and have way more energy! Here, I also owe thanks to my dad who always taught me -sometimes through words but mostly by example- how important regular exercise is. He also taught me to enjoy a good sweat by taking me with him to workout when I was in middle school and jr. high. Thanks to Both of my parents for teaching/showing me about portions and how they are so important in weight maintenance, and also my grandma for teaching about eating healthy. I really hope I can teach my kids about eating healthy and exercise too!

I also need to thank my handsome husband! He is so great and is so understanding of my need to get out of the house after being cooped up in it all day, and who takes me on dates regularly! And who surprised me yesterday with a beautiful rose! :) He is such a sweetheart and always thinks of me before himself. I really don't deserve him, but he picked me so I'll take it!!

This picture was taken a few weeks ago right after Sam's baby blessing.

Most recent pic of Sam- wearing one of her super cute jackets asleep in the car seat

Thanks to Briana for being probably the world's best babysitter and for doing it simply for the cost of us letting her use our washer and dryer. She's so great and doesn't even roll her eyes at me when I'm a paranoid mom and I tell her how to take care of Samantha, even though we both know she already knows how :)

Also thanks to my ward! What a wonderful ward! I love the bishopric and all the women in R.S. Thanks to everyone for being so nice to me!
Also I am very grateful for Angela. What a great sister! She always tells me what I need to hear and has such good advice.

And my inlaws- they are great! Thanks to my mother in law who doesn't simply tolerate me, but really loves me, and my father in law who is so aware of our needs (thanks for the nylons by the way! :))

And of course Ariel for always making me laugh and just being so much fun!

And my little brothers-- Ty for serving a mission and Mat because he's a ton of fun and SUCH a good uncle.

My friends-Mary in particular right now! She always listens to me vent and complain and is sooooooo much fun to hang out with!

And of course I need to thank my Heavenly Father. I am so so blessed! I have a healthy, happy family. I'm married to a man who honors his priesthood and treats his wife and daughter right. Jacob has a GREAT job for not having his degree yet, and I'm so blessed that I get to stay at home with our daughter! And so blessed to have the gospel in my life and a temple sooo close! There are about a billion more things He has blessed me with, but we'll leave it at this for now.

And thanks to those who read my blog.. I know I'm not the most interesting writer, but you read anyway :)