“Just remember, you can do anything you set your mind to, but it takes action, perseverance, and facing your fears.” ~Gillian Anderson

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Sophie One Year Stats.

I forgot that put on here what Sophie's stats for her one year check up.

Weight: 17lbs- 3rd%

Height: 27"- 7%

As you can see she is a tiny thing. Nine month clothing barely fits her. The doctor told me that her being on the steroids would be partly to blame for her small size. Although Olivia was a little thing too, but not quite this little. Needless to say we will be going to the doctors about every 4 weeks for them to monitor it. We get to now stuff her face until she is absolutely can't eat another bite.

Yellowstone Part 1

We decided about a month ago that we needed to take a much needed family vacation during Damon's next break in school. We knew that we didn't want to travel far with the kids, but we wanted to get out of Utah, we picked Yellowstone. On Sunday we got to Yellowstone and didn't actually go into the park until Tuesday. We are loving it though. There is wildlife everywhere. I thought growing up in Lakeview that I have seen my fair share of wildlife, but it is nothing compared to here. So far we have seen tons of Buffalo, tons of Elk, some coyote, a wolf, a few bears and bear cubs, a fox, oh and a few ground squirrels. The pictures below are from our first day in the park. We went and saw Old Faithful, which we got there just in time otherwise we would have to have waited another 90 minutes to watch it go off.
The first day there we passed a road saying river drive. Damon, thought we should go that way but we didn't. On the way back to the condo, we decided to go that way and saw that there where a bunch of cars parked and a park ranger. We had been told if there is a park ranger you need to get out, because there is probably something good going on. Well come to find out a pack of wolves had killed a buffalo and had been eating on it all morning and early afternoon. Right as we got there they had taken off. We were pretty bummed to say the least. The Park Rangers did tell us though if we came back a dusk we might see a bear come and maybe take a nibble on what was left over from the buffalo. So with that being said we headed back to where we were staying and had some dinner. Then we headed back to see if we might see some kind of wildlife.
When we get there, there was a few cars with people with there cameras out. Damon and I get excited thinking maybe there was a bear. No they were just taking pictures of a bald eagle up in a tree. But we get out and I walk up ahead to a good viewing spot with Olivia. Right then a lady points out something to her husband swimming across the river. I look and think its a coyote, but its a WOLF! I yell to Damon and he runs over. So for the next 40 minutes we got to watch a wolf about 100 yards from us nibble on whats left of the buffalo. It was so COOL!

The buffalo are everywhere.

Olivia and Sophie in front of a steam pocket. Sophie spent most of her time in the stroller or the car seat.

Olivia in front of Old Faithful.

The wolf getting a drink of water.

Taking some bites at what is left of the buffalo.

Damon and Olivia watching the wolf. You didn't really need binoculars to watch it only if you wanted a real close up look.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

New posts.

I have finally updated the blog, so look below for new posts!

Megan and Tim's wedding!

On May 8, 2010, my little sister Megan married Tim Ellertson in the Ogden, Utah Temple. It was a beautiful ceremony and a gorgeous day. Here are some photos from the day.

They had a breakfast the morning of the wedding for everyone who was going to the sealing. It was so nice, with a couple of musical numbers from siblings on Tim's side. They are really musical. Than in the evening we had a reception down in Provo in Tim's parents backyard. It was gorgeous and tons of people came to celebrate with Megan and Tim. The reception ended with a bang with fireworks!
The happy couple!

Olivia took her responsibility as Megan's maid of honor very seriously.

Sophie celebrating.

These two have a had a really special relationship since Olivia was born. I have always felt like they have known each other for much longer than 4 years.

She loved her flowers. Good thing they are silk so she can keep them forever.

I have a 4 year old!

I really can't believe that Olivia is 4! Where has the time gone. The week of her birthday was crazy busy. Damon and I's anniversary on Wednesday the 5th, than Sophie's 1st birthday on the 6th, Olivia's birthday on the 7th and then my little sister got married on the 8th. It was a hectic week to say the least. Thursday for Sophie's birthday Olivia wanted to open her presents with her. So Olivia thought her birthday was on Thursday after that, we tried correcting her at first but she wouldn't budge, so we gave up trying.
Olivia is my independent child. She is stubborn but very sweet. She always wants to help people and gets her feeling hurt very easily. She adores her sister and wants to play with her all the time. She LOVES the water, and would spend hours in the bath if I let her. She loves to be outdoors running around. She loves movies and popcorn. Since she was a baby she has been obsessed with shoes, just like her momma. She is my girly girl and loves to put on make-up. I can't put on make-up without putting some on her. She doesn't like to be left out of anything. She loves to sleep next to people, either me or Damon, or Megan my little sister, or my mom. She is a snuggler, its too funny. We love her so much and our so glad to she joined our lives two days after our first anniversary.

I decided this year to start a tradition where I do a birthday interview with her, I have had friends to do it on their blogs and I love it. So here is Olivia's birthday interview.
What is your favorite color? I will like pink. How bout pink. That's my favorite, pink. Strawberry pink.
What is your favorite food? I like french fries. Or how bout salad. I like different foods, like macaroni and cheese.
How old are you? I'm 4.
How old is daddy? I don't know. I need to grow up and I'd know. Umm 75 or 95.
How old is mommy? Umm, 25.
Favorite toy to play with? Ariel (doll from Little Mirmaid).

What is your favorite drink? I like soda, Sprite. But waters really good.
What is your favorite song? All the Single Ladies (this really is her favorite song).

What do you like to do with Nanny and Grandad? I like to go on dates, I like to go to Donald's (McDonald's), and go the movies.
What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to be a princess!

Look Who's 1

I can not believe that a year has already gone by since this sweet little girl has entered our lives. Sophie is my sweetheart. Such a blessing she has been in our life's. She turned one on May 6th, and we had a small celebration. She loved her birthday cupcake, and thought that was about the best thing ever. She isn't walking yet but has got the crawling down. A couple of weeks ago she started pulling herself up and standing. She is joy in our lives. Her first year we have spent a little more time in the hospital than I wished to have. Sophie is still on oxygen, but just when she is sleeping so that is a big improvement. I don't have her weight or height, her one year check up is tomorrow. She is a little thing though. Damon is always commenting on how short she is, I just tell him that I did have great grandmother who was 4'10", so she might have inherited the short genes. We are so glad we have her in our family and couldn't imagine life without her!

5 Years!

Damon and I celebrated five years last Wednesday, on 5-5-10. I can't believe that we have been married five years, where has the time gone. We were able to go to dinner by ourselves, SWEET! Other than that, that was the extent of our celebrating. I guess that's what it's like when you have two kids. Oh and that week was crazy busy for us. Here's to another five and many, many more to come!

P.S. Doesn't Damon look so young! Oh and I look much less sleep deprived!

Saturday, May 1, 2010


I bought sponge rollers the other day and Olivia was very anxious for me to put her hair in them. She did very good sitting still and didn't even complain about sleeping with them.

Here she is with them in. Giving me her best smile.

After with the curls. I put in all the different sizes of curlers in her hair to see how well each one would curl. The straight pieces were the large curlers. The small rollers gave her hair a corkscrew, it was pretty cute. Here she is striking her model pose.