Monday, December 27, 2010

It's been a long December

I just got crap from my mom about my month-long absence from the internets. It's been a busy month and I will attempt to summarize it in as few pictures as possible. (Especially since we still have Christmas photos to sort through too.)

This is how Kaiya sleeps pretty much every night. It's a little ridiculous; each doll needs covers and a kiss goodnight from us. This particular night, Kaiya arranged everybody on her pillow, then got really worried and asked Brad, "Where do I sleep?" He made her some room.

A couple days later, she thought Ben needed a sleeping buddy as well.

Here's a photo from the crazy snowy days we had last week. This is the sidewalk in front of our house, and Kaiya is sporting this winter's BeanLee from aunt Megan. I LOVE IT!!

We invited the families over for Kaiya's second birthday on the 18th. I can't believe she is already two!! She is getting so big.

She got some help opening gifts from her cousins. Between both of our families, Kaiya now has eight cousins under the age of five. It was a zoo! (In a good way!)

Brad found this play kitchen on the KSL classifieds, along with some other great slightly-used play furniture, which we saved for Christmas. We repainted it and added some new coordinating knobs. It turned out pretty good and she's obsessed with it. When we brought her into the toy room to see it, she went nuts opening and closing all of the doors.

It came with some dishes and cookware, and she also got some toy food. The best part was when Papa asked her to cook him breakfast. She looked around and proclaimed, "I need food!" There was "food" - but it was all still upstairs - so we had a good laugh when she left the room and came back in with two Cokes. How fitting that they were the first inhabitants of her little fridge.

We scored with this little chair and ottoman too. It will make a phenomenal addition to our theater room.

Stay tuned for Christmas photos of my kiddos in matching jammies. We had a blast celebrating with Jake and Sarah at my parents' house.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


I took the kids to get pictures taken today. I should have booked the whole family to remedy our last fiasco, but I'm not that smart.

It turns out my children can turn out a decent picture or two. I guess they're forgiven. Some of these could use some more editing, which I'll get to eventually, but I had to share them anyway.

And no - we couldn't get a single shot of the two of them together.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Poor Ben

Family photos sure were a whole lot easier before we had kids. Why is it that in the pictures where Brad looks freakin' hot and my hair looks amazing (let's be honest - it totally does), our kids can't perform? I don't mind Kaiya's non-smile so much, but Benjamin looks kind of like a Troll.

But really, how hilarious would it be to actually mail this Christmas card? "Ya, we had a baby. Too bad we like to torture him regularly while showcasing our own vanities. Merry Christmas!"

Friday, November 12, 2010

All I want for Christmas is a complete REM cycle

It's a little unnerving to feel so busy and so tired and yet so unaccomplished. How is it possible that I've done everything and nothing in the last month?

Needless to say, life has been crazy around here... finishing end of term grades... receiving much-needed help from family and friends... running on pure adrenaline for weeks... I feel like I'm just starting to get a hang of this mom-of-two-kids thing.

Anyhoo, I should probably fill you in on what we've been up to.

Kaiya dressed up as a peacock for her first trick-or-treating experience. She was pretty stinkin' adorable.

She's been a good helper with Ben and it's been funny watching her use her new found skills during playtime. For example, I caught her nursing and then burping her dolly.

She also spent an excessive amount of time swaddling a squash (Yep. I said squash.)and rocking it to sleep.

Little Ben is doing really well. He's already gained a couple pounds and grown an inch. He's a pretty happy baby, too. We are lucky! Here are some more current pictures of our little man.

I love how tiny he looks all curled up on his tummy.

He found his thumb briefly. I actually wouldn't mind a thumb-sucker; then I wouldn't have to haul binkies everywhere.

I tried to get some pictures of him awake the other day. Why is it that babies suddenly develop lazy eye when the camera comes out? I took two dozen picures and these are the only ones where he doesn't look like Sloth.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Alicia is awesome for posting some pictures of Ben for me. It has been a crazy week and I'm finally getting around to looking at them myself.

So here's the story: I was adamant about not going into labor early... I actually had made a to-do list on Thursday, the length of which brought me to tears. What can I say? I've always been a procrastinator. Unfortunately, it looks like Ben has the Walkers' if-you're-not-early-you're-late mentality because he decided to come two weeks early just to teach me my lesson. At about one in the morning last Friday, I woke up to contractions. I didn't want to believe that's what they were and actually tried to go back to sleep. For five minute intervals. Anyway - after deliberating, waking up my hibernating husband (who, for the record, didn't believe me), and taking a very sleepy and confused Kaiya to Amy's, we made it to the hospital at 3:15. Ben was born at 4:01. (Yes, I barely had time for an epidural.) He is absolutely perfect, eating like a champion, and only woke up twice last night. Here's to hoping that lasts!

Here are some pictures from the hospital. Enjoy!
I love this one that Alicia took.

There's nothing more precious than a sleeping newborn! I'm actually holding a sleeping Ben right now while typing with one hand. It would make more sense to put him down but I don't want to :)

We never did get a shot of the whole family... sorry Kaiya.

Brad is a proud Daddy. I can't wait for that cast to come off so I can get some diaper-changing help!

Kaiya has been really cute with Ben. She went into my room today just to check on him in his cradle. She was up on her tiptoes peeking at him. This is lame, but it reminded me of the "La La Lu" scene in Lady and the Tramp. Except my daughter is human.

Hehe... look how excited she is!

Oh and day two in the hospital, I got a text from Laurel telling me that her water had broken! She delivered her healthy baby girl Saturday morning. She and I were originally due four days apart... I guess that Scarlett missed her cousin and wanted to come hang out. It was so crazy being in the hospital with my big sister!! All the nurses were making a big deal out of it; it was cute. My mom flew in Saturday afternoon to be with us and has been hopping from house to house these last few days. Good thing Laurel and I live so close to each other.

Whew. These last few days have just flown by! Ben already looks so different too. I will try to post new pictures soon.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

He's here!

Hey, it's Michelle's sister, Alicia.
Click here to see baby Ben.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

He'll be needing your condolences.

Brad sold his Acura RL last night (within an hour of listing it on KSL!)and has been moping ever since. I don't blame him; this car is amazing and so so pretty! We just need something bigger for our family. It looks like we'll be sharing the Accord and borrowing dead people vans from the mortuary for a couple weeks until we find something new.

Poor Brad... he's lost his motorcyle, his car, and a large portion of his former self this month. Be nice to him.

Friday, September 17, 2010

At least we know where her priorities lie.

Laurel and Jason were babysitting Kaiya today and managed to capture this moment on video.

That's my girl.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Our attempt at a backyard photo shoot

Kaiya looked so cute today all dolled up in her new fall duds. It's too bad she wouldn't quite cooperate for the camera. This is the best I could get before she ran away and fell head first into the ditch.

She cheered up again when I got her bike out... but still wouldn't actually look at me while smiling. Oh well.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

I spoke too soon.

Brad called me Tuesday night to tell me that he loved me.

Then he told me his bike was totaled and he was on his way to the hospital in Aberdeen, Washington.

He was able to catch a flight home last night with a broken arm, jacked up ankle, and wicked road rash in the one place he wasn't wearing leather (you know what those chaps do and don't cover from behind). But I think the thing that is most damaged is his ego.

We just might be done with the biking world altogether.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

I'm here. I'm lame.

I did find my camera (in my diaper bag - where I put it), but haven't had the time or energy or brainpower to post anything exciting. So, while reinforcing said unexcitingness, here are my last few weeks:

  • Both of the kids' rooms are repainted and adorable.
  • My nephews, Jake and Vance, had birthdays.
  • Kaiya's hair finally fits in pig tails. Kind of.
  • I moved my bookshelves into the family room.
  • None of my bras fit.
  • I ate Allyn's Swedish Pancakes and fell in love with the Walkers all over again.
  • I love my church calling.
  • My verbal diarrhea hit an all time low when one of the Mia Maids retold one of my stories at her dinner table. Good thing her parents have senses of humor. Word to the wise: don't talk about thong underwear at church.
  • I read The Alliance.
  • I read Mockingjay.
  • I loathe Box Elder bugs. Especially their babies.
  • School is well into its third week.
  • I think I found a substitute for my maternity leave.
  • I've discovered that little boy shopping might be more fun than little girl shopping, because there's more of a hunt involved.
  • I am fat fat fat.
  • I remembered why I shouldn't bother taking papers home to grade over the weekend.
  • I love Amy for offering to babysit my kids come January!
  • I re-organized my laundry room.
  • I'm in the process of re-organizing my DVD's. And yes, there are a couple rated R's that I just can't part with. (When Harry Met Sally doesn't count!)
  • I hung out with my dad when he was here over the weekend.
  • Oh, and someone's motorcycle caught on fire in Coos Bay, Oregon. Good thing it wasn't Brad's this time :)

Since it will probably be a while before I resume normal blogging behavior, here are some things I'm looking forward to:

  • Girls' Night!
  • Joining a neighborhood book club
  • Boating with the youth this Saturday
  • Megan's birthday!
  • Meeting my son in only seven weeks
  • Naming my son in only seven weeks (we're leaning toward Ben)

Here are some things I'm not looking forward to:

  • Creating sub plans for maternity leave
  • Creating "maybe" sub plans for early labor
  • Thinking about Christmas shopping and Christmas travel
  • Grading all the papers that are already piling up
  • Buying and operating a double stroller
  • Awkward doctor visits from here on out

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


This car passed Megan and me a couple weeks ago and I nearly caused a traffic accident while switching lanes to take a picture with my phone. It's a bit blurry... but it's not every day you see a couple boasting two dogs, four cats, and three (what I can only assume to be) fowl. I just wish I could read their names.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

My last hurrah

We spent last week in Washington visiting my parents. It was so much fun... I love it when Kaiya gets one-on-one time with any of her grandparents. I'm pretty sure she's the favorite. While in town, we were able to attend my friends' wedding reception and celebrate our five year anniversary! Wow.

My friends Ashley and Geoffrey got married a couple months ago in Maui (I'm totally jealous) and decided to celebrate with family and friends last week. It was so good to see everybody from home and catch up. It's funny to me that they're all getting married now (four of my best high school friends had/have weddings this summer!) when I'm chalking up anniversary number five and pumping out kid number two :)

Anyway, I left my camera at my parents' house. I think. But Brad took some pretty good pictures on his phone that are worth sharing. These ones are from some hiking trails around Round Lake (where we had our wedding party pictures taken). This pretty place is within a mile of my parents' house! Jerks.

While we were visiting, my dad had some business near Newport, Oregon, so we tagged along for an overnight trip and totally freeloaded off of his killer hotel room. Check out that view!

Hopefully my camera resurfaces so I can post some more. And, you know, not have to buy a new camera.

p.s. I go back to work next week. Sad.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

I leave her alone for one minute...

Kaiya ditched me in her room this morning and shut the door. Not a minute later I heard water running and found her in the bathroom.

Yes, she had climbed up onto the counter, into the sink, retreived her toothbrush and toothpaste, and proceeded to brush her teeth. She actually turned the water off before I snapped the picture, whining that her jammies were "messy".

Monday, July 12, 2010

Eating french fries is exhausting work.