Monday, August 29, 2011

Averi Kay Dix is here!

Averi Kay Dix is here, she came about 3 weeks early on August 16th. She was 6lb, 10oz, 19 inches long. She is very healthy and quite a perfect little girl! We are so happy to add her to our family!
One of my life-long friends, Brianne, is a nurse at the hospital I delivered at. She was able to stand in on the c-section and be Averi's first baby nurse and wash and take care of her. It was a super special experience to have Brianne there, and she helped me in many ways. We were glad to have her during that special moment.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Texas Fun!

My sister, Angie, moved to Texas this past summer. Logan and I decided we would go visit her. It was super fun, and she was beyond accommodating to my finicky child. Logan had so much fun playing constantly with his 2 cousins. I think now that we are back, he will be kinda bored. Her fabulous husband would watch the boys every night, so we could go out and play. We miss them lots, but we were glad to visit. Here are a few pics of the fun things we did....

An outdoor garden park close to Dallas:

Dallas Zoo:

Fort worth Stockyards:

Logan ask to ride this the whole time we were there, so finally at the end Angie convinced me to let him. He liked it at first, but then he got really nervous. Here is a video of it..

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A few things we have done...

Logan put a jar of Vaseline in his hair, about 5 washes later with Dawn dish soap, it pretty much came out. Pretty sure he thought he was putting in hair product like his Dad does.

Had an end of summer/really late house warming BBQ that we had Brandon's long-time friends and there families over. Logan quite enjoyed this cupcake, that our friend Ashley made.

We went up to Cascade Springs with Brandon's parents, to see all the beautiful Fall colors. Logan had so much fun!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Logan's Addiction

My Child is an addict...He is approaching 2 rapidly, and I feel like I might be taking away a piece of his soul if I take his binkie away. Any idea's?

Thursday, August 5, 2010

A perfect answer to a long awaited question...

I am not usually the kind of blogger that gets all preachy and heart-filled, but I came across this and I just think Carolyn's answer is perfect. I have often been asked the same question and never quite know what to say. This was written to Carolyn, a Q&A writer for "The Washington Post".

Best friend has child. Her: exhausted, busy, no time for self, no time for me, etc. Me (no kids): Wow. Sorry. What'd you do today? Her: Park, play group . . .
Okay. I've done Internet searches, I've talked to parents. I don't get it. What do stay-at-home moms do all day? Please no lists of library, grocery store, dry cleaners . . . I do all those things, too, and I don't do them EVERY DAY. I guess what I'm asking is: What is a typical day and why don't moms have time for a call or e-mail? I work and am away from home nine hours a day (plus a few late work events) and I manage to get it all done. I'm feeling like the kid is an excuse to relax and enjoy -- not a bad thing at all -- but if so, why won't my friend tell me the truth? Is this a peeing contest ("My life is so much harder than yours")? What's the deal? I've got friends with and without kids and all us child-free folks get the same story and have the same questions.
Tacoma, Wash.

Relax and enjoy. You're funny.
Or you're lying about having friends with kids.
Or you're taking them at their word that they actually have kids, because you haven't personally been in the same room with them.
Internet searches?
I keep wavering between giving you a straight answer and giving my forehead some keyboard. To claim you want to understand, while in the same breath implying that the only logical conclusions are that your mom-friends are either lying or competing with you, is disingenuous indeed.
So, since it's validation you seem to want, the real answer is what you get. In list form. When you have young kids, your typical day is: constant attention, from getting them out of bed, fed, clean, dressed; to keeping them out of harm's way; to answering their coos, cries, questions; to having two arms and carrying one kid, one set of car keys, and supplies for even the quickest trips, including the latest-to-be-declared-essential piece of molded plastic gear; to keeping them from unshelving books at the library; to enforcing rest times; to staying one step ahead of them lest they get too hungry, tired or bored, any one of which produces the kind of checkout-line screaming that gets the checkout line shaking its head.
It's needing 45 minutes to do what takes others 15.
It's constant vigilance, constant touch, constant use of your voice, constant relegation of your needs to the second tier.
It's constant scrutiny and second-guessing from family and friends, well-meaning and otherwise. It's resisting constant temptation to seek short-term relief at everyone's long-term expense.
It's doing all this while concurrently teaching virtually everything -- language, manners, safety, resourcefulness, discipline, curiosity, creativity. Empathy. Everything.
It's also a choice, yes. And a joy. But if you spent all day, every day, with this brand of joy, and then, when you got your first 10 minutes to yourself, wanted to be alone with your thoughts instead of calling a good friend, a good friend wouldn't judge you, complain about you to mutual friends, or marvel how much more productively she uses her time. Either make a sincere effort to understand or keep your snit to yourself.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Brandon's Graduation Party!

Brandon is Graduating from UVU this week. I had a surprise party for him last night at Classic Skating. It was 80's themed. He was actually surprised, I thought for sure someone had leaked it to him. Thanks everyone for coming and all your help. It was so much FUN!

Brandon's surprised face!
Brandon's sweet outfit.

Here are a few more pic's of some of the awesome 80's outfit's.
We had many other family and friends come, so sorry all of your pic's are not up


My lifelong friend, Julie was kind enough to get married in Sweden, so I had an excuse to go! My Friend Hillary and I went to Sweden last week for 1 week. We were able to do some great sightseeing, relaxing, and just visiting with Julie and her family. I had so much fun and I am really grateful for everyone who took care of Logan while I was gone. I really missed Brandon and Logan, but I am also glad I did not have to deal with a baby adjusting to a 8 hour time change. Julie was one of the most perfect looking brides, and it had nothing to do with me doing her hair and make-up. Her husband Johan is amazing and I am so happy for her! Thanks Julie for having us!

Hillary and I had a layover in Paris, so we did a little sightseeing.

This is in Stockholm, I loved the new and old look of this building!

This is a church I thought was really pretty in Upsalla.
This was inside the church in Upsalla.
This was on the beach, which was just a few blocks away from the summer home of Johan's family's, where we stayed.
Julie and Johan
The up-do I did for Julie's wedding.
Me, Julie, and Hillary outside of the church after the wedding.

This is in Stockholm.