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December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas



We went to go see Santa yesterday. This was the result. I knew he was not going to like it he wont even go to my grandpa.

While we were in line, he wanted to get down. I didn't see any harm in this so, we put him down. The next thing I know he is whining. We pick him up and he was soaking wet. Believe it or not it was pretty cold yesterday, 58 for the high, and we were in the shade. His pants were wet and cold. My mom decided that she would see if she could go buy him a cheap pair of pants. She went into Gymboree, because it was the closest. All the pants there were over $20. She found one for $10 but they were orange. So, she went to Dillards. Can you believe that Dillards is cheaper than Gymboree? She got them just in time, Carter was the next one in line.

December 15, 2009

One Year Pictures

My cousin Annie took Carter's one year photos and they turned out fabulous.
These are some of my favorite. We took family pictures as well but we are sending them out with our Christmas letter so I don't want to ruin the surprize.




December 13, 2009

So Sad, Too Little

On Thursday, Carter had his 1 year well child check up. He received more shots. I even decided to give him the flu shot and the H1N1. It was free why not and the doctor recommended it. So what the heck. Couldn't hurt. He is not walking yet but, he is close, well so they say. I think he will take a couple more months. He stands on his own for long periods of time and he squats. He still won't sign anything, I kinda think he does "all done" but, it is the same for bye bye. He is just stubborn.

He is also a spaze. He gets so excited he can't handle it. So, he tightens all his muscles and shakes and sometimes he squeals/screams.

What I really wanted to talk about was the fact that he is 29 3/4 inches and only weighs 19 lbs and 12.5 oz. Holy Moly, he is such a little guy. I feed him all the time too (well seems like it). Poor Carter he still has to be rear facing in the car seat. A couple more weeks then we will switch it... maybe. I am not sure that the car seat we have now will switch or if it is only for the rear facing.

This picture is of Carter at his baby blessing he is about 4 weeks old. He is so little. I was just reminiscing.

December 05, 2009

Birthday Boy

Happy Birthday Carter!

Carter woke up this morning to his birthday quilt, made with love by his Aunt Kaylinn. He got to open those gifts first. He was not sure about how to do it, by with help he was able to tear the paper off.

Carter LOVES the fish cracker so I made his cake to look like it. He was not sure he wanted to eat it. (Carter was teething today, that is why his cheeks are so red, he did not eat much and was really cranky, sad that it had to be on his birthday). Don't you just love his new look. He already wants facial hair (I think that it looks like he has a go-tee).

Now, he is opening his other gifts from Dad, Mom, and the rest of the family. He was side tracked when he opened the toys. He had to play with them. Good thing he likes them though. He did not open all of the gifts. That is ok he can open the rest tomorrow.

I can't believe that my baby is a year old now. Is he still considered a baby? I don't know but, to me he will always be my precious baby boy, so innocent and meek. As I was contemplating this morning when it was just me and Carter awake, I was remembering the morning of December 5, 2008. My water broke around 5:50 am and I had NO idea that Carter would be born that day. I did not even start labor on my own. Oh how life changes so quickly, I still had a week to prepare before he was supposed to enter the world. As I held him for the first time, my heart was filled with love and gratitude. I am so thankful that he came on December 5. A perfect day for a perfect child. I love Carter more each day and it is so fun to watch him learn new things.

December 02, 2009

Hurry Hurry

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One night (November 23), I was making dinner and dropped the bag of frozen peas on the floor. I was frantically trying to get what I was doing done so, I just decided to pick them up when I was finished. Mean while, Carter started playing with the bag. It kept him entertained and there was no harm in this so, I just let him. Next thing I know the peas are all over the floor. I look over and Carter is trying to eat them as fast as he can, shoveling them in his mouth. I laughed so hard and had to get the camera. Then I cleaned them up.

I am trying to catch up with all the November posts I did not do. Please bare with me.

November 30, 2009

Addicting

These SIMS games are really addicting. This one is for the Wii it is called SIMS Kingdom. It is really repetitive, but still, I am addicted. It is one of those games that takes forever to get done and I just want to get it all done. So, I play all the time. Sometimes I can't stop playing even when Carter wakes up from his nap, I am a horrible mom. Some days I vow that I would not even start.

Happy Birthday to Me


I had a great birthday it was so relaxing. My father receives rewards at work for going above the normal. From these rewards he was saving gift cards to The Keg. It is a "fancy" steakhouse. So for my birthday we all went to The Keg. Then came home to open presents and eat an ice cream cake. I am now one year older, well on the fourteenth of November.

Gettin' Jiggy With It

Carter has a love for music. I noticed it when he was 2 months old. We were at a orchestra concert of my sister Alyse. During the breaks of the songs he would move his arms and legs out of control like. When the music started he was as calm as could be, taking it all in. (I am a couple weeks behind so this video was taken the day after my brother got home.)


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Carter's dance moves are improving more each day, watch out Napoleon. He has also learned to stand on his own in the video you can see a glimps of this.

Welcome Home Elder Allen

My brother Shane came home from serving in the Jamaica Kingston mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints on November 6, 2009. We all met him at the airport to welcome him home and afterwards we celebrated he service at his favorite Mexican Restaurant "Mi Amigos".
Shane is an emotional guy here he is wiping away the tears.He was so happy to have served the people of Jamaica.

November 02, 2009

Happy Halloween

We carved pumpkins the night before. The big pumpkin is eating the little one. That is the one Dave made and I made the traditional face. Here is Carter in his costume. Since lately he has been really clingy to me, we decided to have him be static cling. His hair is spiked and clothing is sticking to him. He had fun dressing up and hanging out with the pumpkins.

But most of all he loved playing with the candy. I would not let him eat any of it. Poor guy he really wanted to. He sat there forever eating the wraper trying to get it open. He eventually got the kit kat open and was mad when I took it away.
We did not take Carter trick-or-treating because he gets so tired and cranky at night that is why his bed time is 6 o'clock. Next year it will be more enjoyable for him he will know more what to do.
We had a fun Halloween. We painted all day, ate candy, had dinner in a pumpkin, ate more candy, we played costume BINGO, and ate TONS of candy. I had so much candy, and we have so much candy left over. I am not eating any more candy for at least a month.
I hope that everyone had a fantastic Halloween.

October 27, 2009

Learning New Things Everyday

Carter is hanging out in the basket. He really likes when we pull him around in it. My parents house has stairs and Carter has learned to climb them. We might have to buy one of those baby gates. We have had a couple close calls. First, he was on the first step, and tried to sit down. He ended up plopping onto the floor. Then, when I left Carter with his grandparents he managed to climb up about 10 steps and as his aunt went to get the camera to take a picture he fell backwards. Luckily his aunt made it back and managed to catch him before he went too far. It was still really scary for him.Little stud. His church clothes were becoming high waters and the vest was up to his belly button. It was time for a bigger size. But the next size is 12 months, now the pants are way too big so I have to roll them 2 or 3 times.

Carter has finally learned to wave. We caught it on camera. He waves when he is going to bed or when someone leaves. He also waves to himself in the mirror.

October 23, 2009

5 Years Ago

I have been having writers block lately (even though I am the worlds most horrible writer). I have been all out of ideas for what to post. I got this idea from Kaylinn (she always has great ideas for blogging).

So 5 years ago this is what my life was like.
-I was in the college scene.
-Roommates, love them all. Some of my roommate and I are better friends now that we are not living together. I am still in touch with most of my roommates. One of them had super long hair and it was down to her bum. I thought it needed to be cut and I so badly wanted to give her a makeover. But it was her security and still had it super long when I saw her 2 years later.
-I thought that I was lactose intolerant. Even though I would take those stupid Lactaid pills I still had the symptoms (I love dairy). Boy, I am so thankful that I was not lactose intolerant. Although, that was the time when I lost the most weight. Maybe I should become lactose intolerant again.
-I had a crush on a boy who I thought liked my roommate. She even thought that he liked her. But he ended up being my eternal companion :)
-I lived in the coldest area in the USA. Just kidding. I just thought it was. It was my favorite time when it snowed, because that meant that the temperature was above 30 degrees F. If it was a sunny day the temperature could be below zero and I hated it.
-I worked at a daycare and loved the children who I worked with. I vowed that I would never put my children in daycare. I want to be the one who teaches my children not someone else.
-I never watched TV. To many things that were more important. Like my social life. Now, I watch TV ALL the time.
-No bills. Except tuition and insurance.
-Had to drive 30 minutes to a mall, Super Walmart, and Winco (which is were we did grocery shopping). The drive seemed like forever. There was no civilization.
-Had my roommates set me up on a "blind date" with my crush. I told them I would not go with anyone else.
-Driving a red cavalier. In the snow. Studded tires, no. Chains, no. Spin outs, 2. Accidents, none.
-Witnessed friends truck roll and land into the median. One of the scariest things. They were all ok, just scratches and bruises, and a little concussion.
-Went on a trip to Canada. At the border our car was searched. They almost did not let us through. But kiss my boyfriend at the time for the first time. Now we are married.

October 14, 2009

New Randoms

-We have made the move to Arizona.

-The first weekend here we went to a wedding of Dave's friend from high school. The wedding was lovely and very fancy. It was wonderful to see how in love they are. We even think that the cake was spiked because Dave and I felt a little buzzed after eating it. Dave had a blast seeing friends from high school. We also went to my cousin Alex's baby blessing. I am so happy we were able to be there. I just love seeing family.

-I have made a goal (with the inspiration of Kaylinn, she ran a half marathon but I am not ready for that) to run a 10K. I have about 5 weeks before the race and right now I can only run (by run I mean I am really slow so, it is probably just a jog) 2 miles. I have a ways to go. I really need to step it up. Does anyone have suggestions?

-Carter can officially crawl. He is so cute and much happier. I love it! I just love the little crawlers.

-Carter is still having a hard time warming up to my family. He has become so clingy to me. I don't know what to do. We have been here almost week. I hope he will not always be like this. What do I do?

-Dave is going back to California to finish up the pool cover he is designing. He will be gone two weeks. We will miss him, tons. But he'll be back just in time for Carter's first Halloween.

-Funny thing. Carter is a sleep crawler! Both Dave and I saw him doing it. I went in one night because he was crying (Carter has gotten to the point where he only cries if there is really something wrong). His head was smashed up against the edge of the crib and he was trying to crawl. When I picked him up to lay him back down he was still asleep. When Dave went in there the next night he sat him down first and Carter started to try to crawl again without waking up. Good thing he is in a crib.

October 06, 2009

The Blessed Fishy Cracker

I finally found something that made Carter go for it. Not the puffs, not a toy, not a bottle, not a blanket, not Grandma, Mom or Dad... It is the Goldfish cracker. I am so excited. I was a little worried. I read in a parenting book that you must stop swaddling your children at four months or it will hinder their motor development. I stopped at nine months. I have been so worried that he may never learn how to crawl and it would be all my fault. Carter is already standing, pulling himself up, taking steps with help, and he prefers to stand. But no crawling. Today was the first sign that he will get it.

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October 05, 2009

Making the Move

This week Dave and I are putting our foot into the dark. We are taking the plung. We are making a big and scary step. We are moving to Arizona. Some may say Arizona? and you live in California? The weather is so ideal here and the scenery is breathless.
Well here are some funny truths about where we are and where we are going.

You can live in Phoenix , Arizona where.....
1. You are willing to park 3 blocks away because you found shade.
2. You've experienced condensation on your butt from the hot water in the toilet bowl.
3. You can drive for 4 hours in one direction and never leave town.
4. You have over 100 recipes for Mexican food.
5. You know that "dry heat" is comparable to what hits you in the face when you open your oven door.
6. The 4 seasons are: tolerable, hot, really hot, and ARE YOU KIDDING ME??!!

You can Live in California where...
1. You make over $250,000 and you still can't afford to buy a house. And you think that $2100 rent for a 1200 sq ft house is a steal.
2. The fastest part of your commute is going down your driveway.
3. Your state issues an IOU for your tax refund.
4. You drive your rented Mercedes to your neighborhood block party.
5. When someone asks you how far something is, you tell them how long it will take to get there rather than how many miles away it is.
6. The 4 seasons are: Fire, Flood, Mud, and Drought.

September 29, 2009

Cousins Come To Visit

This weekend Tessa and her two cute boys, Macade and Braxton, came to visit. We had such a great time together. Carter loved so much having friends around. I think it was great for him to be around Braxton because Braxton can crawl. Carter learned a lot from him. He is so close to learning. Saturday we went to the Clayton October fest or as Macade would call it the "fair". They had some carinval rides that Macade rode on. Braxton and Carter were too little to ride them. There were also some booths with cute crafts and yummy food. It was a hot day, which made for a short visit.

I love my nephews; I have the cutest. They are so fun and Macade says the funniest things. I got a kick out of him.
Carter and Braxton had so much fun together. Even though Carter is stationary and Braxton is mobile they still had a blast.

On Saturday night we went to the woman's broadcast. Dave had the opportunity to watch all three of the kids and put them to bed. I just wanted to say he is the best. Thanks Dave.

September 21, 2009

Not That Bad

Carter has finally decided that being on his belly is not that bad. He spends quite a bit of time turning and moving backward. There is hope now, that he will crawl. For a while I was beginning to think he would never learn. He is already wanting to stand insted of sit.

September 19, 2009

Monterey Jazz Festival

For Dave's anniversary gift I gave him tickets for the both of us to go to the Monterey Jazz Festival. Yesterday we headed to Monterey, CA. The weather was perfect, no fog, no rain, and was not that cold. Just a light sweater in the evening. When we first arrived we found some food from the venues. We then ate to jazz music, live. We had such a great time there listening to talented people. Here Dave and I are waiting for Esperanza Spalding to preform. She was talented; she could sing, play the double bass and the bass guitar.This is Lizz Wright and her band, they were one of my top performances.

I know that this picture is random but, I really like this fork. Some greenie has come up with this bio-degradable plastic and has made plastic wear out of it. To me it is so fun to play with and tweak. It bends so easy. I was really excited that there were some there so, I could show Dave how cool it is. To my disappointment, he did not think it was a cool as I did.

September 15, 2009

Old Sacramento

On Saturday, Carter, Dave, Mom, Grandma Portlock and I took Amtrak to Sacramento. We departed from Martinez, CA.
Carter and Dave are waiting for the train. Carter is so excited he gets to ride the train. Dave did not want a picture taken of him.
Here we are boarding. Carter kicked Dave out of his seat. I don't think Dave cared because he just wanted to sleep.
Grandma and Mom on the train. While there we took a carriage ride to see the shops and sights of Old Sacramento. It was so fun I have never been on a carriage ride either. Lots of first for me. We had a great time looking at all the things to buy. Grandma and Mom bought some jewelry and hats; Dave and I bought some hats as well. We ate dinner right on the river. I love doing new things, it brings excitment to my life.

September 08, 2009

3 in 1

HURRAY FOR ME
Yesterday I actually jogged a mile without stopping. I can't even remember the last time I was able to. Before I was pregnant, I was in good shape, but never tried to see how far I could get without stopping. So I am pretty excited I can finally say I can.

WINCHESTER MYSERY HOUSE
This past weekend Trent, Jennifer, Dave and I ventured to San Jose. The Winchester Mystery House is why we went. We rushed out the door so fast we forgot the camera. So, this is the only picture we have and it is just of the brochure.
The mansion was crazy. Mrs Winchester was freakin crazy. Room that were unfinished, doors and stairs that led no where, and windows that you could see other walls. There was no structure to anything. The house would drive me crazy. After the house tour, we went on the "Behind the Scenes" tour. The coolest part of this tour was that we were the only four. It was as if we were on our own private tour. Our guide was a lot more energetic and up beat than the first tour guide. It was perfect to end on our experience on a fun note.

SAD DAY

We had to say our goodbyes. Trent left for college today. We are going to miss him. The summer went by so fast and I can't believe is has to end all ready. Good luck in your classes, Trent.

September 05, 2009

9 Months

Carter is 9 months today. How time flies. I have loved every minute of these past 9 months with the little guy.
Some funny things:

  • While sitting, he keeps his legs so straight his ankles are off the ground and he balances. As you can see in this picture.


  • He has only one tooth. 9 months old and has only one tooth. Of which he just got 2 weeks ago. And no signs of anymore anytime soon.


  • He still will NOT stay on his belly for more than 10 seconds.
  • Every time he sees us eating he thinks he has to.
  • I STILL have to wrap him up for naps and bed. He is just too wound up. (This next week we will work on this, I am scared because of last time we tried it)
  • He always has to be holding something. While I am changing his diaper, if he is not holding anything, he contorts his body just so he can grab an object.
  • When he is feeding himself he has to have something in both hands before he will eat one.
  • He knows the sign for milk. When I do the sign he starts to do a little half cry/whimper. This is what he does also when he sees the bottle. I have been doing sign language for awhile, even though he wont do the signs he knows what some of them are.
  • He gets fixated on the TV. When it is on he just stares.
  • He will not sleep in the car. It take a lot of work and total silence for him to nap in the car. At night when it is dark is when he will fall asleep.
  • He love the outdoors. He just get so calm and just looks around at everything.
  • He loves music. When music is playing he gets so excited if it is up beat. He calms down and just listens to the slower music.
  • He is so ticklish. When he is tickled on his belly he will move your hand away.
  • He is still so little. He is still in 6 month clothes. He has always been 2 months behind in the sizes. I have to tell a story before Carter was born. I was exchanging some clothes in the baby section because I wanted to get more newborn sizes (This was three days before he was born). The worker says to me that babies don't ware newborn sizes for very long and it is best to just get 0-3 month, especially boys because they have a fast metabolism. Then she asks how far along I am 6, 7 months. I tell her 9 months. Funny because Carter stayed in his newborn sizes until 2 months. I am glad I did not listen to her.

He just started doing the "pincher fingers." I thought it was so cute to see his little thumb and pointer finger picking up the food.


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We love Carter and are so grateful to be his parents. I love being his mom more than anything.

September 04, 2009

Shoes

While I was in Arizona this last time, back in July, Kim taught me how to redo shoes. We had such a blast but only had time for one shoe. I had the stuff to finish them at home and that is what I did. It just took me 2 months to get around to it. The shoes started off being stripped and are now red polka-dot. Thanks Kim for a fun project.

September 03, 2009

Whats Going On?

Now that I am feeling better, I started exercising again. Before I got sick I was doing the Jillian Micheals workout video Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism. It is a fantastic work out. So great, that I can't even make it through the whole video without dying from exhaustion. I needed a change this time around so, I found another work out from Jillian, No More Trouble Zones. I can make it farther in this video but after 2 days in a row of this I can't even get out of bed my muscles are so sore. I love this work out, she showed me an ab move that I am so in LOVE with. It works the obliques. Gotta try these videos she is a killer.

Carter has been sick the past week. I got sick and then he caught it from me. Poor little guys he wakes himself up with a coughing fit and his nose leaks constantly. He has been really whinny, also. I hope his little body will hurry up and win the battle.

Last night, I was playing SIMS 3, of which I was addicted to. I got to the point where I was just so sick of playing. My characters are boring and they make so much money that they don't advance very quickly. They have all met their life time goals. I am just done with them. If I am going to play again I need a new life.

Now for a little venting. I am on a drug called prednisone. I HATE this medicine, but I LOVE it at the same time. It fixes me so fast that is why I love it. Why I hate it, it messes with my brain. I feel like I am hungry ALL the time. Feeling full takes forever. I have not learned yet how to counter act this. So while on this medicine I gain weight and it is slowly. Because I don't realize how much I have eaten (I think this is how it works, if this makes sense at all). So this time around I am trying to be extra careful to beat this. I still feel like I am gaining and not loosing. Each day I have to constantly tell myself that is enough. To be honest I don't think that I have gotten my portion sizes corrected from the first time I was put on this drug. I hate this part. I feel like I am trying but at the end of the day when I evaluate what I ate and how much it seems like so much.

Flaw. Thank you cards. I really want to work on this. I have noticed my mother in law is flawless at this. It makes me want to do better. She write thank you cards for everything. I just need to buy a whole bunch so I have them around and it will be easier to send. I really am thankful for everything people do for me, I just am not that good at the thank you card. So this is a new year goal starting NOW.

August 30, 2009

Trip to Utah

The day after our anniversary we headed to Utah. The first couple of days were relaxing and grand. We spent all day/night Friday driving. Because of traffic and leaving late we arrived at 5 am. Saturday Dave and I spend so much needed time with Michele. It was so wonderful to see her and do some catching up. We ate lunch at the Mayan Adventure. The food was yummy and the show was spectacular. The atmosphere was incredible. It reminded Dave of something Disney would do. The restaurant was multiple levels that are tree fort like. All surounding a 75 foot cliff where divers would jump off into a 15 foot deep pool.
Dave and I in front. We just got done eating some mexican goodness.
This is us inside we were on the 2nd level. The bottom picture you can see the background better but we are blurry. After spending time with Michele we headed up to the Brewer's cabin for some relaxing before the storm. On the way out to the cabin we stopped to see the head stone where Dad's body lays. Althought it was good to see how the finished product looked, it was still tough to be there. We miss him tons. While we were there we set Carter in the grass on his hands and knees. He actually started to rock. He just might be getting closer to crawling than I think. Grandma wants him to crawl before we leave. So he is trying real hard to learn.
A new thing that Carter loves is riding on dad's shoulders. He always has a perm-a-grin and laughs non stop. Monday morning we headed from the Brewer's to Provo where we did some labor intensive cleaning. BYU condos: 2 girls, 1 guys, and a married appartment. We spent the first day on the guys. Here I am cleaning the carpet. Dave is doing some touch up paint. Whoever owned this one before painted the tops of the moldings and it look bad. Tuesday we did both of the girls, number 6 was first and it was a good thing. Number 6 was trashed. It was so dirty. Look at the kitchen floor, the white part by the stove is where Mom cleaned the black part is to show how gross it was. It was as if none of them moped for the whole year.
Then they said the vaccum did not work. So, we flipped it upside down and pulled out globbs of hair. One of the rooms was so bad we did not even clean the carpets. There was just too much junk. Number 11 was next and theirs was so clean all we had to do was the carpet and the windows (which was originally the only thing that was supposed to be done in all of them). This last picture is the finished product of the married condo. Looks so inviting. Funny story about the tree. In number 6 there was a tree that the girls wanted out of there. In number 11 there was also a tree that was not as full. Mom decided that since there apartment was so clean she would leave the fuller tree for them and take the other one and put it in the married condo. Since number 11 got on her good side they were offered one of the 3: new carpet, mirrored closet doors or ceiling fans in the bedrooms. They were to call the house when a decision had been made. We get back Thursday night with a message from one of the girls. "Hi it's, Rebecca (made up name) from number 11, we would like to have new carpet. And um, the tree... is missing and replaced by... this other tree... well... that tree is mine and I am wondering what happened to it?" HAHAHA. SO FUNNY.
On our way home we stopped to go the bathroom at the salt flats, such a cool view. We had a blast visiting friends and spending time together.