Thursday, July 31, 2008

Goodbye Elkhart, Hello Vegas

Torilynn, Ellalyn, and I are headed to the airport here in about 20 minutes. I am sad to be leaving Jared for three and a half weeks but I am super excited to see family and friends. I am most excited to see Landon. I can't believe that it has been 4 weeks since I last saw him, way too long. It will be nice to have my boy around, I have really missed him!
I will be sure to keep you all updated on the adventures that we have while in Vegas!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Quick Update

Nothing exciting has really been going on with us but I got the urge to update my blog so here I am. Jared has been working preparing for Comps and he has also bee putting together an Eagle Court of Honor for two boys in the ward. The girls and I have have just been hanging out and going over to friends in the ward every so often. I am pretty sure that you all wish that your life was as fun and exciting as ours ;). The girls and I will head out to Vegas on Thursday. I am super excited to see mine and Jared's family. I am especially excited to see my brother Matt who got off his mission in May and of course I can't wait to see Landon. I have really missed and it makes me happy that I will see him in a few days. Anyway that is what has been going on here. I will leave with some pictures of the girls. Ella is getting bigger by the day. She has started to smile and coo a little but it is still hard to tell if she is smiling at us or if she is just moving her mouth.

Here is Tori dressed for church today.

And as a special treat here is a video. I know a lot of you don't care to see random videos of my children but for those that do I hope you enjoy.

P.S. Sorry about the crying baby in the background

Sunday, July 13, 2008

My Baby Girls

I have really missed Landon this last week. It just isn't the same without him here. Sometimes I'll hear or see something that reminds me of him and it will make me a little sad. Having said that it has been nice only having to deal with the two girls. I miss Landon and I will be so happy to see him in a few weeks but I am enjoying my life with 2 kids at the moment.
Here are some pictures of the girls that I took over the past week. Tori likes sitting in the swing when Ella is in the bouncy seat. When Landon was here it was a fight between him and Tori as to who got to sit in the swing.

The other day I had a fun time playing with different hair styles on Tori. I know she doesn't have a lot of hair but she has enough that I can start doing some fun things.
The hair clipped to the side look. Very cute but it didn't last long
The multiple ponytail look. I really don't know what I was going for here, but it was fun playing around.
A view from the top.
We finally settled on classic pig tails.

Here are some cute new pictures of Ella

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Husband Tag

1. What is his name? Jared
2. Who eats more? Jared but you couldn't tell by looking at him right?
3. Who said I love you first? Jared did
4. Who is taller? Jared
5. Who is smarter? hmm...tough one :) j/k Jared is so smart. He is probably the smartest person I know, plus he married me so that was pretty smart of him :)
6. Who is more sensitive? I am hands down. I have only seen Jared cry once. But having kids is making him a little soft.
7. Who does the laundry? Me. But sometimes he will do it if he is sick of waiting for me to get around to it.
8. Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? Me
9. Who pays the bills? I make sure all the bills are paid, but Jared earns the money.
10. Who cooks more? I do but Jared did a great job making sure we had dinner after I had Ella and the meals from the ward stopped coming.
11. Who is more stubborn? hmmm...probably me
12. Who is the first to admit they are wrong? I think we both have a hard time admitting when we are wrong
13. Who is more clean? Jared probably
14. Who has more siblings? I have 7 Jared has 4
15. Who wears the pants in the relationship? hmm...we pretty much are on equal ground in our relationship.
16. What do you like to do together? Talk, play with the kids, watch The Office, mostly just spend time together.
17.Who eats more sweets? I do. Jared will eat them every so often but not a lot. He really doesn't like chocolate. Who just doesn't like chocolate?
18. Guilty pleasures? steak and bacon
19. How did you meet? We met at a church dance a long long time ago when I was 14 and he was 16. I then started high school that coming fall at the same school that Jared attended and that is when we became friends.
20. Who proposed? Jared
21. What is his best feature? he has great eyes and eyelashes.
22. What is his greatest quality? I love that he is so smart and funny. He is a great husband and father. One of his qualities that I am most thankful for is that he is so easy going and level headed. When ever I am stressed out or in a bad mood he stays calm and is able to help me feel better. I really am a lucky girl.
I tag Shayla, Ariane, Theresa, and Jodi

Sunday, July 06, 2008

The 4th of July and Ellalyn's Blessing

We actually didn't do anything for the 4th of July but our ward did have a 4th of July party yesterday and it was a lot of fun. Our ward is awesome and it was great to visit with other families and eat delicious food.

Jared with the girlsMe with the girls

Ellalyn turned one month old yesterday. She still isn't doing much but eating, sleeping, and crying but she is getting bigger and cuter each day. Also today I think she smiled at me, though it very well could have just been gas. Either way it was super cute. We had her blessed today and Jared gave her a very sweet blessing. We wish that we could have had family here for the blessing but it was really nice regardless.

Isn't she beautiful?

We are really missing Landon around here. The house is so much quieter without him around. But it looks as if he is having a GREAT time with Grammy and Grandpa so we are happy.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

A Visit from Grammy

Last Thursday Grammy (Jared's Mom) flew in for a visit. It was SO nice having her here. She was such a great help around the house and with the kids and the kids obviously loved getting to spend some time with their Grammy.We also had a ton of fun! Jared's mom is so fun to talk to and we able to do a little shopping while she was here too. She took the kids to the park, the Zoo, and Amish Acres which gave me some one on one time with Ella. I am so thankful to have such a great Mother-in-law and I was very sad to see her go today.
Landon and Jared at the Zoo. From what I hear Landon was not a fan of the Pony ride and cried pretty the whole time. What can I say my boy is a scaredy cat.
Grammy and Tori at the Park. I am so appreciative of all the attention that Grammy gave Tori. Tori has had a hard time adjusting to having a baby sister and having Grammy here helped a lot.
Landon pushing Grammy and Tori in the swing.
Fun at the park!
Cute kids with their cute Grammy!The girls love Grammy.
In other news not only did we say goodbye to Grammy today but we also said goodbye to Landon. Landon is flying back to Vegas with Grammy and he will be there for 4weeks before I fly out with the girls for my sisters wedding. I have not been away from Landon for more then a few days at a time ( while in the hospital after having Tori and Ella) and I am so sad that I won't see him for so long. I know he is in good hands though and that he will enjoy getting spoiled and being the center of attention in Vegas. I really am sad for Jared though. He will not be able to come out to Vegas with the rest of us and since we will not return home until the 24th of August Jared will have to go almost two months without seeing his son. We love Landon so much and it will be a little sad around our house without him.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Gone Swimming

Today, Jared, Landon, Tori, and I went over to a family in our wards house to go swimming (Ella stayed home with Grammy). Landon was pretty much afraid of the water but he enjoyed squirting the squirt guns and floating around in the boat. Tori was not afraid of the water and enjoyed playing in the pool. Jared played with the kids and I sat on the side of the pool and took pictures. It was a beautiful day and perfect weather for a swim. We also had a great time visiting with our friends Adam and Lisa, they are expecting their first baby in August and so they got a lot of practice in today playing with Landon and Tori.