Tuesday, January 31, 2012

we're alive!!

Remember when you were little and accidentally walked in front of the swings and the next thing you know, you've been kicked clear of the sandbox and the wind is knocked out of you?  That's a little how this past week felt.  Everything was just fine, when, bam!  We took a kick to the stomach.

Lincoln had a fever with a temp of 103, and I had a fever from a baby permanently attached to my hip (and boob).  Besides helping Lincoln recover, we've been up to diddly.  As in diddly-squat.  I may even admit that I enjoyed having my squirmy almost-one-year-old cuddle up to me for a few days.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

lincoln walking

I'm enjoying these baby steps, they're so cute!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A few updates and highlights from the past week

Lincoln's walking!  He took his first few steps on Saturday and has been working on his stepping skills since then.  No big falls to report (yet).

January has been the coldest of the winter months so far, finally giving us some snow.  Oddly, our apartment's temperature feels closer to, I don't know...Hell?  Since we're the top floor, we get all of the heat from our neighbors living beneath us and you'd think it would be nice, but it gets so hot we have to open windows.  On the upside, our gas bill was $9.00 last month.

Nursing has become more difficult because Lincoln cannot bear to sit still longer than 2.34 seconds.  When I've run out of head-bopping/singing juice, my occasional solution is playing clips of Sesame Street songs on YouTube while angling a nursing Lincoln so he can see, be entertained, and sit still long enough to eat.  We call this a "tv dinner."

Since we initiated sleep training two weeks ago, Tyson and I have been somewhere near heaven.  Lincoln goes to bed at 8:30 p.m., wakes up at 8:00 a.m., and takes two naps during the day.  Boo-yah!  In yo face, exhaustion!

Greg is back with The Wiggles!  Okay...maybe that's just big news around this house, but we're all pretty excited over here.

So now you know.

Monday, January 23, 2012

all grown up

Carly has been one of my best friends since I moved to Utah.  We met while living in Provo and our souls kind of went, "dude!  I've been looking for you!" The following few years we became inseparable and were there for each other through bad relationships, break ups, finishing school, and meeting our husbands.

We both got married (in the same dress), had babies, and started worrying more about play dates and (a little) less about shoes.  Carly somewhat recently moved back to Salt Lake, so over the weekend Lincoln and I went to say hello.  Carly's son, Cameron, is 10 months older than Lincoln, so it was fun to watch them play together, especially since they don't see much of their own age group.

Friday, January 20, 2012

it's just one of those days

where no matter how long I talked with my mom, I still had more to say.  Luckily, seeing her face via Skype helps alleviate the long distance between us (and I'm sure she appreciates seeing Lincoln).  After chatting about things that don't really matter and things that really do matter, I hung up feeling much better.
It doesn't hurt that Spencer, my youngest brother, is such a good lookin' kid too.  We're crossing our fingers that Lincoln will grow up and look as handsome as Spencer does (since their baby pictures look very similar)!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

If you give a baby a cell phone...

This past week Lincoln has been practicing his balance skills, but always with my arms or the couch nearby.  I usually don't allow Lincoln to play with my cell phone because he immediately tries to eat it (exhibit A), so when I gave it to him he got so excited he stood up without any "security arms."  I guess I should be enjoying the last few days of a crawling baby!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

smart blonde

It's official.  I sincerely miss my blonde hair and have decided that brunette is not for me.  So let it be written, so let it be done.  I'm scheduling a hair appointment to bleachity-bleach my hair back to unhealthy heaven.

Saturday, January 14, 2012


A few nights ago we watched the movie Hook and it was a completely different movie as an adult and a parent, but just as good as when I was little (which is very rare for childhood movies).

Throughout the entire movie Tyce and I kept making comments about how amazing this line was, how we remembered that scene when we were little.  How it's so nostalgic and brings back the magic of childhood.

And so many good lines!  I thought about including a few of my favorites in this post but I became overwhelmed by how many there are, so instead I'll just strongly encourage a movie night.  I can't wait until Lincoln is old enough to follow the story because then we can put it on replay.  I'm serious about my Hook.

Friday, January 13, 2012

a "slice of heaven" or, "regular apple pie."

Don't you hate when you pay an entire $4.99 for a slice of supposed "heaven," only to find out you made a better tasting French Apple pie yourself?  Me too.  It was one of those days where I had serious cabin fever and needed to leave our apartment (or die), so we drove a block away to Marie Calendars and had dessert.

 Yes, I could've made (much) better dessert at home.  Yes, it was a ridiculous way to spend money...but in the end, I didn't die from I've-been-in-one-room-for-too-long syndrome, and isn't that worth something?  I think so.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

C is for cookie

My mom gave me a delicious recipe for oatmeal cookies.  I've made them twice and can't get them to taste as good as they did when we made them in my mom's kitchen.  Why is that?  It's rude, I tell you!  We make half with raisins (for me), half with chocolate chips (for Tyce).  After they're out of the oven, I don't like them touching each other; I enforce segregation of the chocolate chipped - I don't want their melty brown goo to get on mine!

This video was what inspired our cookie craving, so we put it on replay while we mixed ingredients.  We know the neighbors appreciated our music choice.  Who doesn't love an off-note singing monster?  

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

looking horribly uncomfortable while dreaming

For the past two nights, this is how Lincoln has fallen asleep.  After I sneak in and take a few pictures to document how insanely uncomfortable this looks, I re-situate him in a more aesthetically pleasing sleeping position.  The flexibility of a baby's body baffles me!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


We made a little donation to the Utah Food Bank.  We planned to donate baby food for Christmas but December became too busy.  Better late than never though!  Lincoln was so tired he didn't wake up once the entire trip, even when the food bank workers were helping us unload and didn't realize there was a baby in the car to be quiet for.  Success!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Our sweet setup.

It's the week before school starts again for Tyce, so we've been watching a lot of movies and probably staying up later than is responsible.  While our PC has a larger flat screen, it has also decided it can't read anything we put into the cd drive, so we're stuck with one little option: my laptop.
I'm just gonna come out and say it - we're so ballin'.  High rollin' ballers.  Typically we don't like to brag and flaunt our ability to turn any room in our apartment into a full blown movie theatre...but I thought...just this once.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Did you know

that In-N-Out is dairy and gluten free (including their spread)?  Since I am banned from all things dairy this was serious news, so we ate In-N-Out two nights in a row and I finished every fry and every last bite of delicious greasy hamburger without any guilt.  Both nights.

I present to you, Night Number One:

And Night Number Two:
We finished the nights with apple pie, then came home and slipped into food comas.  

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

homemade pizza

Unfortunately, I don't own as many cooking ingredients as I should, so most recipes I find I can't make without a trip to the grocery store (ugh).  I'm still learning and figuring out what we like to eat, but a large part of that discovery is actually purchasing the spices, ingredients, and cooking tools which I still don't own.  It's an investment, who knew (obviously not me).

While I was home I was excited to try a homemade pizza recipe (found here) because my mom's kitchen has everything (including a Bosch) I would need.  We made bar-b-que chicken with fresh mozzarella, a white pizza (which had alfredo sauce, cheddar, ricotta, and mozzarella cheese), an "everything" pizza, and a Hawaiian pizza.  I don't think I'll invest that much time into pizza again, but it was a perfect meal to get everyone involved!

Monday, January 2, 2012

oh Mr. New Year...

2011 has flown by, sadly.  It was a year of falling in love with a new baby boy, celebrating our first year of marriage together, and attempting to readjust our lives and begin our own family.  Every new year I look back and wonder how it went by so quickly, but having a baby really speeds things up.

Witnessing the first year of a child's life is like watching a movie on fast forward - every week there is a difference, every day there is enormous growth.  It helps me appreciate every short day, look forward to the quiet moments I get to spend with my little family, and be grateful for our happiness.

I keep telling myself that 2012 will be the year I "catch my breath," maybe slow down the major life events?  I'm sure having a toddler, possibly beginning Graduate courses, and having Tyce in school and work full time will keep us busy enough!