Thursday, December 4, 2008


Well, our Koren visitor left for home today... he's in for a very long flight. He was so pleasant to have stay with us. He became part of our family very quickly. Ada loved him.

I have a story about that actually... Jer was in the office working while I was off running errands. Ada was sitting in the office doorway watching Seung Mo go from his bedroom to the bathroom and back several times. After watching him for a while, when he closed a door she would walk up to it and start knocking till he opened the door. Then he'd go to the other room and close the door and she'd start knocking on that one till he opened the door.

For her birthday he gave her pink legos... and if he came home while I was making dinner and Ada was throwing a tantrum, he'd get down on the floor and play with her until I was done.

He's a good guy and I wish him the best!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


So I have a million things that I want to catch up on with my blog posts, but I only have a minute before my piano students start showing up for the afternoon... so, the most exciting thing that I want to write about is my ultrasound. No we don't know what the baby is yet, but seeing the baby and watching how it's ultrasound is so different from Adas' just brings everything just a little closer to home for me. I'm having another baby. It's going to be totally different than Ada, but watching it's arms move around and watching the baby grab its toes made me love it all that much more. I guess we have a lot of challenges ahead with a new baby but, I'm excited!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

I love talking babies...

Ada is at that stage where the whole talking thing is really cute! Extremely cute actually... And she says new words all the time that I had no idea that she even understood. My favorite is that she has started walking up to the pantry, pointing and WHISPERING!!!! "Cracker please". I think my favorite words are the ones that she whispers... I think she does it because those are the words that I try to get her to say instead of throwing a tantrum... so I try to say them nicely and maybe even quietly! It's hillarious!

Another thing that recently happened, we were watching Kung Fu Panda and in the trailers is one for the Madagascar 2 movie... Ada will watch a little bit of movies but usually gets distracted before to long... but not with this trailer! She was so excited about it that she even started giggling... I've never even seen the first one, but maybe I should if it's something that Ada would enjoy.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Hurry! Grab the Camera!

So I don't know if anybody read about when Ada and her friend Lizzy hijacked the graham cracker box... but we had those same friends over tonight to play games... so Ada and Lizzy were playing again. When we finished our game... we all looked over and saw that they had completely emptied four boxes of Capri Suns onto the floor and had detached all of the straws from the pouches... luckily they hadn't tried stepping on any of them or anything... but we just had to get a picture... it was too funny.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Cutest Cousins

We're watching our neice Grace for a couple of hours, and she is so cute! I love the way that she and Ada smile at each other and laugh. I had Grace in the high chair, and she had some finger foods that she was munching... When she saw Ada, she held one out for her... Ada sure was trying to getting from her and was giggling the whole time. They finally both gave up and Grace literally gave a little shrug and kept eating.

Girly girl

I think Ada's turning girly on me... I went to get her dressed the other day and when I opened her closet she saw the dresses and said "Pretty!" So I picked one out and got her dressed in it... later when she saw herself in the mirror she giggled and said, "Pretty!"

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Where's the baby?

Since I got pregnant, I've started talking to Ada about babies. I even tried to get her to pat my belly and say baby. She never did do it, but the other day, my sister was playing with her and asked her where the baby was and Ada patted her own stomach... it was the cutest thing ever!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Oh, by the way...

I'm pregnant! Due in early June! And that's great news because it means that Jer doesn't have to have another surgery for a while!

The Terrible twos at one year old...

So I think that on her birthday Ada thought that she was turning two instead of one. She has been grumpy and whinny for no apparent reason. She doesn't look like she has any new teeth coming in... and it's almost like she's decided to be grumpy on purpose. For example... we have 20 some odd cabinets in our house that are unlocked and that she is free to empty and play in to her hearts content... but what does she choose to do? Try to pull open the 2 that I keep locked for her safety and scream that she can't get them open. And where she has never been a picky eater... she is now very choosy in what she will eat and in what order she will eat them... "I know I like green beans... but I won't eat them until you give me peas first, then the beans are okay..." All my friends say that this stage passed for their kids within a week if they just ignored the tantrums and gave them time outs for the inappropriate behavior... I sure hope so because I miss my Ada.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Multiply and replenish the Earth

We went to watch my cousin get sealed on Friday. The Sealer was talking about multiplying and replenishing the earth. Jer leaned over to me and whispered... I don't know about the multiplying, but we've done the division... there's one of her and two of us.


Ada has been at that point where she stands by herself for a long time, but she's been too afraid to walk. Today during conference we were watching it with my brother's family. She watched her cousin Aubrey walking around and by the end of the night she was taking 4 or 5 steps at a time! It was so fun to watch her face as she got so excited while she moved all on her own! Love it!

Friday, September 26, 2008


Ada's vocabulary is just exploding! I love to hear her babble and experiment with words and it's even greater when she gets them extremely wrong. She says Daddy, Mama, Dog, Ball, Baby as well as several animal sounds. One that she did today... she was sitting in the doorway playing with our dog on the back porch, besides offering the dog her binky she tried saying doggy instead of just dog... it came out as "pug-dy", and she kept saying over and over so proud of herself... until I pulled out the video camera, then she wouldn't say it anymore. Go figure.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


Ada's hair is "in-style". She never lost her long newborn hair like some babies do, but it has gotten longer and thicker... so what used to be the cute - fluffy - look is now the Emo-doo. It's really long in front of her eyes and she keeps getting food stuck in it when she feeds herself. I try to clip it to the side, but as soon as I put the clip in she shakes her head side to side and giggles... which means that I'm putting the clip in again about a minute later... oh well. I guess she just won't be a girlie girl. And I guess I should be cutting her bangs soon... maybe I'll do it while she's sleeping so that she stays still!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Clean floors... no longer

Ada has always been a good eater... she'll eat anything that you put in front of her with gusto and usually asks for more... in fact, we weaned her from a bottle without any fuss. But she had the flu last week and has been picky ever since... she throws most of her food on the floor and sorts her food into the piles of "will eat" and "won't eat". I don't mind a little pickiness... but what do you do about throwing food on the floor? She always manages to do it with the worst things right after I've mopped too. Jam, green beans, spaghetti, etc... I guess we'll keep working on this newest challenge.

Saturday, September 20, 2008


Just a couple of funny stories about Ada and her cousins. She has 8 cousins from both sides of the family that are about the same age, so she gets to play with babies a lot... which means that she wants all the same toys that the other kids want. Two stories about that...

At least three months ago, she was playing with her cousins Aubrey and Devin. They all wanted the same toys. Devin got them by taking them from the other person and throwing them out of everyone elses reach. Aubrey got them in her strong grasp and wouldn't let go of them. Ada got them by pretending to not want them. Aubrey was playing with the one that Ada wanted and wouldn't let go of it, so Ada picked up another toy and started playing with it... I thought, "Oh good, she's learning not to fight over the toys." Then when Ada was sure that Aubrey had seen the toy that she'd been playing with she carefully laid it to the one side. When Aubrey went for that toy... Ada took the opportunity to get the toy that they had originally been fighting over. My mom's comment was, "I don't want to play chess with her when she grows up."

The other story is less about a toy, and more about playing with cousin Grace's eyes. She had just decided that eyes were really neat and she wanted to touch or gouge out everyone's eyes. She was sitting next to her cousin Grace and saw that Grace had nice big eyes. She tried playing with them. Becca told her "No", so Ada stopped. Then she reached for Grace again... Becca told her "No", so she stopped. Ada started watching the TV and without looking away from it, she started reaching for Grace again... So I guess that just because she's not looking Grace's way means that she's not touching her eyes right?

We love Lucy

Our dog's name is Lucy... and Ada just loves Lucy. She will sit there for at least a half hour a day and try to pet Lucy's muzzle. My favorite is watching Ada feeding Lucy dog treats. I give it to Ada, Ada crawls over to the door and gives it to Lucy. The other day she started teasing Lucy with one though. She would hold it out for her then pull it back as soon as Lucy would sniff it... then she'd hold it out again and pull it back. That lasted until Lucy decided that she wanted the treat more than she wanted to play.

It has started...

I forgot that I used to clean my house... it used to be clean... but now I've got a one year old leaving cheerios in the office carpet, unfolding all the folded laundry, and deshelving all the books in her reach!

Big Daddy-o

Jer has joined the ward volleyball team. It's fun to go and watch. Ada really enjoys it too, and even though it's late at night she likes to watch the ball go back and forth and clap whenever everyone starts to cheer. Well, I decided to take her out into the hall and let her crawl around where I didn't have to worry about whether or not she was going to get pegged by a volleyball. As soon as I put her on the floor she was on her way back into the gym saying, "Daddy - oh, Daddy - oh!" (I think that she got the "oh" part from the way that everyone kept saying "Oh!" everytime something exciting happened in the game.)

Moments that make it worth while

I'm just getting ready for Ada to turn one... I try to remember that she's not that little of a baby anymore, but to me she's still my little baby. I sure hope that she always has a tender spot for me in her heart as she grows up and goes on to have her own family.

The other day we were at Jer's parents house past 1 am. I was carrying a sleeping Ada out to the car. It was kind of funny because she had the biggest frown on her face as we left... whether she was having a nightmare or just didn't like being moved in the middle of the night, I don't know. But, I started whispering to her to try to get her a little more relaxed and while I was talking to her she reached out her hand to my face and started saying, "Mama." My chest about burst with joy knowing that she trusted me and that she knew me even in her dreams!

Monday, September 15, 2008


Ada has been in this phase where she wants to try to fit as much in her hands as she can... I was working in the office and she found Jer's candy jar in a box on the floor. When I turned around, she was standing there with two or three pieces of candy in each hand and a grin on her face!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Just plain cute

I go walking with a few of my neighbors every morning. This morning was really fun because 2 year old Lizzy decided that is would be fun to tickle Ada. Every time their strollers got close together Lizzy would grad Ada's foot and say, "Ticka, ticka, ticka!"

Monday, September 8, 2008


I'm so excited! We got a piano, our very own... beautiful... wonderful... piano! It needs to be tuned still, but I love it... Jer also got a keyboard, which he likes but feels guilty for having it... I guess he'll have to live with his guilt and enjoy the thing anyway!

She likes to push my buttons!

Recently Ada has discovered the joys of light switches and buttons. She crawl up to me and point to the light switch so that I can hold her up to play with it, or she'll play with the buttons on the TV or the reciever... I work from home and that means that I'm on the computer a lot... Ada wants to type with me and play with the mouse, but today she was crying because her drink was gone... so I was ignoring her. She crawled under the desk and hit the on/off button on the power strip... which lost what I was working on in Word and it cancelled the print job that was going through the printer... 750 flyers... which meant that she went into time out while I counted how many flyers had finished and tried to recover my work off the computer.


So Ada has a two inch Snoopy stuffed dog... I gave it to her in the other room to play with. I went around the corner and I could hear her barking behind me. When I heard her crawl into the room, I turned around and she had the dog hanging from her mouth while she crawled. I thought.... who's the dog here?

Thursday, September 4, 2008


We had this guy come and try to sell us a new water softener system. Just for listening to him he gave us the choice between a 3 day vacation and $25 in gas each month for four months... well, the vacation packages have never worked out for Jer and I so we choose the gas one. We read the rules and all you have to do is send in all your receipts for gas to a certain address every month for four months and they'll send you four $25 gas cards. One for every month that we spend over $100 on gas. Here's the hitch... Jer and I spend maybe $80 a month on gas, so to get their promotion we'd have to spend an extra $20 every month so that we could get $25 for free... go figure.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Of Cats and Pillows

So our cat has adopted the neighborhood. We think that we need to get a collar for him saying that he's the property of the Timpview 6th Ward. Out of the 7 days of the week he spends maybe 2 with us. He lives with our neighbors cats for a couple of days, and another neighbor's dogs for a couple of days, and helps Marjorie weed her flower bed. Oh well, you can't say that he's high maintenance... just that he has places to go.

Ada was pretty funny today. I was trying to distract her for a minute while daddy left the room... so I threw a pillow at her. She smiled, picked it up, and handed it back to me. We did that for a good couple of minutes... I never thought I'd be having a pillow fight with my 10 month old.

This entry was actually inspired by Becca... it is just amazing how much babies change! Here's an example... This first picture was taken Dec 2007...

And this second picture is of the same 5 babies 8 months later. I'd say they've changed a bit don't you?

Partners in Crime

Everyone needs an acomplice to pull off anything successfully. Ada's best friend is two year old Lizzy from down the street. They were playing while I was working, when I noticed that the box of graham crackers that I had on the desk was missing. I ran down the hall and found that Lizzy had taken the box down and her and Ada had gone around the corner and dumped out the box all over the floor... They were both very busily and happily munching on all of them... I can't help but laugh and remember my sister and I being partners in crime.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

The best husband ever

I think that I married the best man in the world. He loves me... that makes anything good... but get this... I've been so busy for the last month or two that I've have a hard time getting anything done let alone cleaning the house besides the bare essentials. The other day he started doing one chore a day for me right after he got home and before he did anything else. Talk about a life saver. The house is still a mess, but I don't feel bad about it, because it'll get done at least one chore at a time even if I still don't get anything else in the world done.

Baby talk

adau ueff blea bable should be a real sentence shouldn't it? Listening to Ada in the background while I'm trying to figure out what to write makes me laugh. Ada is in that stage where she has to point to everything. The dog, her food, the light, the wall, the trees, and my favorite is when I really can't tell that she's pointing to anything specifically. I went to wake her up to get her ready for church last week and she was so tired still that she didn't really wake up... but she did her usual thing of starting to point at any which thing that was around as soon as she was in my arms. What cracked me up was that she still had her eyes closed while she was doing it.


So I was baby sitting my brothers twins the other day. They are just turning 1 and Ada is almost 11 months... that means that they are all about the same age, but boy are they all different. I had them for about 3 hours, and the one thing that they could all agree on was that it was fun to eat each others cheerios and that climbing the stairs was the best thing ever. It was fun to watch three diapered tushes wiggle up the stairs, then watch what each of them did from there. Devin would turn around and come back down, Aubrey would go up on her knees and reach out for me with a big grin on her face, and Ada would take off down the hallway giggling. We had a lot of fun with them all together. Aubrey took a step or two on her own, Devin pushed our walking toy on his knees, and Ada jealously guarded her blankie from being pulled into the action.