Monday, August 26, 2013

Funny Ollie Guy

These may not be very funny since you didn't get to hear his cute little voice, inflection, and timing, but Ollie sure had us cracking up a few times yesterday and I wanted to document it.

At dinner with family yesterday Danny sister Chari was talking about how her daughter Lydia is often just 'Bug' instead of 'Lydi-bug' anymore, and her 6 year old Andrew commented that Lydia is a bug and Nora is a beast....because we call Nora a beast. Because she is. Danny then asked Ollie what he was, and mis-hearing him he said "I'm good." That was cute enough, but Danny asked him again and Ollie got a little smile on his face and said "I a poopy diaper."

Last night when we got home from dinner, my little brother Conrad came over to play games with us and got there right at bed time. Sitting and talking with Ollie he asked him, "Ollie, what's your favorite thing?" and Ollie immediately replied, "I like scooters!" It was so funny, we've never talked to him about what his favorite thing is, he doesn't have a scooter, and he had no hesitation whatsoever. Cracked me up.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Second Trimester!

Yesterday, I woke up feeling great and ready to write a blog post celebrating the wonderful time that is the second trimester of pregnancy. I had slept through several nights in a row without waking up needing to go the bathroom, and I hadn't been nauseous in days. Then, a headache from heck set in that lasted all day long. Then today, I had to pull my car over to the side of the road to vomit. Turns out I'm not out of the woods yet.

(Side note: turns out apples make me sick every time. And I just bought 40 lbs of them. So if anyone wants to buy some apples...I'll make you a deal...)

But still, yay! Second trimester! We're having another baby everyone! Baby is due February 11, 2014, and I'm not at all worried that Danny has a research conference at the end of January in California, or that both sets of our parents are considering taking the same cruise together sometime mid-February while I am home with Ollie, Nora and a newborn and Danny is studying his brains out for boards. Maybe a little worried. But that is a long way off - we are good!

This pregnancy has been different from the last two. As in, I've been really sick. I never got more than fleeting morning sickness with either Ollie or Nora, but this time  I was pretty much on the couch and incredibly nauseated but not throwing up for 6? 8? weeks. I can't remember exactly how long because it felt like forever. But that lightened up several weeks ago and now it feels like time is flying. I am currently 14 1/2 weeks pregnant.

Ollie was really curious about what I was doing taking a prenatal vitamin every morning so I told him a month or so ago that we are having a new baby! After it snows and after Christmas! It's so exciting! So exciting that he told all Danny's friends at a BBQ we went to with some of his classmates awhile ago that we are having a new baby in mommy's tummy after it snows - that was funny. Ollie is really excited about his new sister, and is adamant that he doesn't want a baby brother, just a sister like Nor. And he will teach her to walk and to laugh.

We're very excited about our growing family!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Nora is One!

Our little Squisher turned one last Sunday. We had our local family over for enchiladas and I made her a pretty cake. It was a pretty low-key family fun kind of party.

-  is opinionated! Danny says she is a one-year-old-going-on-teenager. She shakes her head and says "no no no."
- loves to give big open-mouth kisses right on the mouth
- waves hello to the telephone and holds things ie remotes, toys, and real phones up to her ear like a phone
- is very distracting in Sacrament meeting. She likes to turn around on the bench and flirt with the whole congregation behind her.
- takes 1-2 falling steps before she goes all the way down
- can go up and down stairs
- likes to play peek a boo and chase with Ollie
- can fold all the way in half when she gets upset. She'll be sitting on the floor crying and then next thing you know she is laying flat on her own legs. Also, when she gets upset, she will sometimes draw in air and hold her breath for so long that she passes out for a second.
- has 5 words down: Mama, Dada, Nana, no no, and uh-oh.
- likes to play in the blinds. We have lost more than half of the slats in the blinds over our glass sliding door.
- is small. She weighs just under 18 lbs and is in the 5th percentile for weight.
- gets so excited when Daddy comes home. She crawls straight for him and puts her arms up to be picked up.
- has one tooth! It came in the day before her birthday.
- likes to climb. One of her favorite spots is sitting inside of the lid drawer.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Spring Break

My sweet husband wanted to make sure we had fun while he was on spring break, even though he had a big batch of tests the Monday he got back. We played soccer outside, Danny took Ollie to an indoor trampoline center, we went to breakfast at the cafe by the little airport across the river from us to watch the planes come in and take off, went bowling with fun friends, went out to eat at the Brazilian grill in CDA, to story time at the library, and to movie night at Grandma's house for pi day. Also, my sweet Grandpa Martell died this week, and while it is always sad to see someone go, he had been sick a long time and wanted to be with my Grandma. So the funeral was more of a family reunion and celebration of his life than a sad time. All my aunts, uncles, and cousins and their families (minus one spouse) and my two brothers were able to make the trip to Tri-Cities and we had a great time catching up with everyone. 

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Ollie told me his first story this morning

My parents baby sat for us last night so we could go to the temple and I left some cupcakes for them. This is what Ollie came and told me upon waking up this morning.

"Nana Papa cake. Ollie eat cake. Ollie messy. Nana clean it up."

Cutest thing ever. He often tells me little things, but this is the most detailed story he's ever told me.
I loved it.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Eating babies.

 They are eating. Not being eaten. Just some funny pictures.

Look how thick and chunky Ollie is compared to our tiny Nora-squish.

Also, here is a funny bath time picture.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

"It's food!"

Ollie walked past me to the kitchen with three stacking cups with racquetball balls in them. "It's food" he says. "What kind of food?" I asked him. 

"Balls food."

Sure enough. 

"It's nummy balls."

In other, more exciting Ollie news! He went to the bathroom for the first time of his own volition today! He has been doing it as I tell him for a long time but today I was upstairs for a minute and when I came down he was on the potty. Hooray for us! 

And here is my sweet Nora doing her favorite trick. Unloading the bookshelf. She has also on occasion pulled those bins below the books off of the shelf and climbed up them to reach a higher shelf. Yikes!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

I want to blog... you get the random thoughts in my mind because I don't have anything planned out. And I don't have any pictures.

My kids are the best. And I guess I tell them that pretty often. I was wrestling with them on the floor the other day and one of them climbed on my face and I said "oh my goodness." And Ollie responded by saying "best kids!"

Nora is so funny. And getting so indignant about things! That is one opinionated little lady. She changes her mind daily about whether she would rather eat baby food or table food. She really only likes one or the other each day.

Ollie is potty training and does well about every other day. One day he will have no accidents and the next day he'll have six. He gets to "play" Mario on the Wii when he has no accidents. And by play, I mean he watches Danny play. It's what he likes more than anything. It works way better than bribing him with ice cream did.

Danny and I both started on indoor soccer teams last week. It's fun and a good workout. But we've been mostly been creamed so far. And the games are so LATE! And Danny also started church basketball last week. More late nights.

I'm so proud of my husband. He works so hard at school, in his calling, organizing soccer teams, playing with and helping out with our kids, he made dinner tonight, and he's just working so hard all of the time to be a better man and closer to our Heavenly Father every day.

I'm excited about our life. I love that we are an eternal family and we have the chance to progress together. I'm grateful that my husband wants to be a doctor and that we are going to have a long road until he is a professional. It will be hard. But it will be worth it. It's what he wants to do. And it will stretch us and cause us to grow. And it will make it so that we are financially able to serve in the church and community. A lot. I'm so excited to serve missions and help build organizations that will serve our community.

But before any of that. We have little babies. And we will have more of them. And it's our job to teach them how to to be everything. How to do everything. But most importantly, how to love, respect, and obey the Lord. It's a wonderful and exciting and difficult challenge. I went to the Church Distribution Center today and bought a copy of the nursery lesson manual Behold, Your Little Ones. I'm really excited to study it and get some good ideas for teaching my babies the gospel.