wife, mom, scrapbooker.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

The object of our affections...

He's officially six months old today! HOW did that happen?! He's sitting up, rolling around, eating like a champ...growing up too fast! Jake is one spoiled little dude! Being the youngest member of the family, that's to be expected. I thought Ally would be jealous of all the attention he'd be getting, but she's been great. She adores him. We all adore him. What a cutie! He makes me not-so-anxious about having a boy. I hope my little Jackson will be as sweet and smooshy and cuddly as this little monkey boy. Happy half year, Jakey-boy! :)

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Mommy in training?

I walked in to the living room just a few minutes ago. Ally was feeding her "baby Maddie" a pretend bottle of juice. "All done!" she said, then lifted her dress. "Time for milk now." Well! She "feeds" her baby, with the most serious of faces. Nursing a plastic baby is serious business, don't you know? ;)

Ally is very observant...she watches every move of her littlest cousin, Jake. Apparently, she watches how he eats, even. :) I think it's funny..and cool. My little mama in training.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Round & round & round we go...

My belly, that is. I was really depressed the other day after posting a photo of my belly on the "Pregnant Pubsters" thread on Two Peas. I am huge...bigger or as big as people MUCH further along than I am. It didn't help matters that on Saturday I attended a baby shower of a friend in the ward (who is due in early August), and her belly was smaller than mine. Not only hers, but the two others who were due BEFORE me. I know that I get big (thanks for the genes, mom)...but I really thought this pregnancy would be different. I was so much bigger with Ally so much sooner. But I've definately made up for that. I am 135 pounds (10 pounds gained)and looking like I'm either carrying multiples or much further along than my 24 weeks.

I wasn't OK with this until yesterday. I got tired of whining to deaf ears. (Greg, my sister, my mom....) I got tired of feeling sorry for myself when I should be nothing but grateful that we're being blessed with another child. I'm not sure anything in particular got me away from feeling sorry for myself. But I'm glad to be over it. SO what if I'm big? It won't be like this forever. :) So here I am, in all my glory.....

Friday, June 17, 2005


This is the face of one proud little girl!
If you'll remember, a few weeks ago there was an incident while my sister was watching Ally where she nearly drowned. Since then, Ally has been terrified of any water deeper than the standard 1 1/2 feet found in baby pools. Reassuring her that we would take her in to deeper waters and NOT let go did nothing. She'd scream bloody murder. Who could blame her for being afraid, really? So before the said incident, I had signed her up for swimming lessons that began yesterday. We have been preparing her for the past couple weeks, reminding her that she would be safe with her teachers. She kept saying that she didn't want to go, and would proceed to give me her infamous pout. I was this close to withdrawing her from classes and being out $50. I'm not a parent who likes to force things on my kids...especially when it comes to things they're afraid of. (Who am I kidding? I dare anyone to try to force ANYthing onto the world's most stubborn 3 year old..) Anyway, on Wednesday, I picked up Ally from Rebecca's (my sister) neighborhood pool where they had been swimming all morning. My sister immediately ran to me and said, "Come watch Ally..you won't believe it!" I didn't know what to expect, but Becca said to Ally, "Ally, show me your bobbies!" Ally then smiled, and bobbed UNDERWATER for a good three seconds. I wasn't hallucinating, my child went underwater voluntairily! I asked my sister HOW she got her to do that, and she said that Ally just saw her cousin Matthew doing it, and she did it too. Wow.
Needless to say, Ally went to her first swimming lesson yesterday..and LOVED it. I snapped this picture before we left. My proud little girl..if you could see me, my smile is twice as wide. :)


i am a sucker for these lists! agh! by the end of all of this you'll probably know more about to than you wanted to.... ;) (thanks Chris)

Me - from A to Z

A - Act your age - 26 going on 21
B - Breast size - Umm....does this really need to be public knowledge? If this is a deep burning question you want answered by me, email me. LOL
C - Chore you hate - Apparently, cleaning my studio...
D - Dad's name - Robert
E - Essential makeup item - Loreal Voluminous mascara
F - Favorite singer - Josh Groban, hands down.
G - Gold or silver - Silver
H - Hometown - Dallas, Texas
I - IceCream - Anything without nuts and/or mint flavoring
J - Job title - Amy Momwifehomemaker, M.D. (hehe)
K - Kisses, what kind do you prefer - Not messy...
L - Living arrangements - 2500sq ft pad in suburbia (me too, Chris)
M - Meat, favorite kind - None...although I will eat chicken/turkey on occasion...
N - Number of kiddos - 1 & another on the way
O - Overnight hospital stays - OH wow...um...3 when I was pregnant with Ally...3 when I had Ally...4 when Ally had RSV...and 4 more when she got ITP. So that is...about 14.
P - Packing habits - I pack my gloc...oh wait..LOL I hate packing. Greg usually does most of it when we move. Suitcases...I always pack WAY to much. Better safe than sorry, right? :)
Q - Quote that you love - There are really too many, and I'm feeling indecisive...
R - Religion - LDS (Latter-Day Saint)
S - Siblings - 3 brothers, 3 sisters.
T - Time you get up in the morning - Between 6:30-7am (TOO EARLY)
U - Underwear of choice - Again, if you really need to know....email me. LOL
V - Vegetable you can't stand - Asparagus...ew.
W - Worst habit - I have a lot of these...but biting my nails comes to mind.
X - Xrays - How many? No clue!
Y - Yummy food you make - Everyone seems to flock to my house when I make my crock-pot tortilla soup & peach cobbler. (not at the same time, of course..)
Z - Zodiac sign - Libra

Have a GREAT day!

Sunday, June 12, 2005

hey, me too...

I'm stealing this from Carrie Owen's blog...and she "stole" it from someone elses..and so on... :) I LOVE these things...

LAYER ONE: On The Outside

Name: Amy
Nicknames: Ames, Amos, Am
Birthdate: October 12, 1978
Birthplace: Dallas, TX
Current Location: Frisco, TX
Eye Color: blue
Hair Color: Light brown?
Height: 5'3"
Righty or Lefty: Righty
Zodiac Sign: Libra
Religion: LDS
Sex: Female

LAYER TWO: In The Inside

Your heritage: Danish, Swedish, English, Dutch
The shoes you wore today: None
Who you look like: I'm a good combo of mom & dad
Your weakness: Do we have all day? ;) If I have to pick one, I'd say patience.
Your fears: Bridges, spiders, snakes, airplanes, public speaking...
Your perfect pizza: Cheese, pineapple, black olives on a hand tossed crust. Mmm!
Goal you'd like to achieve: To get over my fears!

LAYER THREE: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

Your most overused phrase on AIM/MSN: "I know, right?"
Your thoughts first waking up: I'm hungry.
Your best physical feature: My eyes, I guess?
Your bedtime: The past couple weeks it's been at 8:30pm! Usually around 10:30, though.
Your most missed memory: Family trips down to Aunt Barbara's house in S. Padre Island....driving down the beach in the VW bus to go fishing with Uncle Larry...crossing the border into Mexico for shopping and not minding the heat...


Pepsi or Coke: Coke, I guess. I really prefer Dr. Pepper, though.
McDonalds or Burger King: Burger King. Can we say Veggie Whopper with cheese?
Single or group dates: What's a date? hehe (usually single)
Adidas or Nike: I like Adidas clothing better, but Nike shoes better.
Chocolate or vanilla: Chocolate and vanilla. :)
Cappuccino or coffee: Neither, thanks!


Smoke: Gross...NO.
Curse: No.
Sing: I sing, but not well!
Have had a crush(es): Well obviously! :)
Think you've been in love: Sure hope so. ;)
Want to get married: Already am.
Believe in yourself: Sometimes. But I can be pretty insecure.
Motion sickness: YES.
Think you're attractive: Not usually!
Think you're a health freak: Not at all.
Get along with your parents: I try. If you knew my mom, trying to get along is heroic. hehe
Like thunderstorms: LOVE them! I missed them so much when I lived in Utah.
Play an instrument: No, unfortunately. I can play at about a Primary level in piano...

LAYER SIX: Have you ever...

Smoked:Yes. I was quite the rebellious teenager...
Done a drug: See above. I am embarassed to be admitting this!
Gone to the mall?: Gosh..probably two-three times a week.
Eaten an entire box of Oreos: Yep, and in a sitting, too.
Eaten sushi: No way no how.
Been on stage: Yes. I liked it at the time...it helped me come out of my shell a bit.
Gone skating: Yeah, but it's been SO long!
Gone skinny dipping: Nope!
Dyed your hair: Yep. Just stopped getting highlights last year. I like my natural color now. :)
Stolen anything: Um, yeah. Not since adulthood, though. hehe
Played a game that required removal of clothing: Nope.
Been caught "doing something": NO..thank goodness. :P
Been called a tease: All the time.
Gotten beaten up: Nope. Unless you count my mom?
Shoplifted: Yes...once. I was 12. And I got caught...and beat. Stopped those sticky fingers!

LAYER SEVEN: Getting Older

Age you hope to be married: I was married at 22. :) I always thought it'd be a year earlier...
Numbers and Names of Children: 2 kids, Alyssa (3 years) and Jackson (due October 15th).
From first to last birth - Ally will be 3 years and about 9 months when Jack makes his appearance. :)
Describe your dream wedding: Wanted a temple marriage, got it.
How do you want to die: Does anyone really WANT to die? I'd prefer something painless...
What do you want to be when you grow up: I am what I am...a mom, wife, scrapbooker. Good enough for me!
What country would you most like to visit: Greece.

LAYER NINE: In a partner

Best eye color?: Blue/hazel
Best hair color?: Dark brown
Short or long hair: Short, please. Although if Greg looked good with a haircut like Josh Groban, I'd be ALL over that!
Height: 6'
Best articles of clothing: Nice jeans, nice belt, nice shoes, nice shirt (TUCKED IN).

LAYER TEN: In The Numbers...

Number of drugs taken illegally: Gosh I don't know. I want to forget it happened at all!
Number of CDs that you own: NO clue!
Number of piercings: 1 in each ear
Number of tattoos: I have 2. Regret them both. Blasted teenage years!
Number of times my name has appeared in the newspaper?: Never, that I know of...

That was fun!! If you copy this in your blog, link it in my comments! I LOVE reading about people! :)

Have a good Sunday!

Friday, June 10, 2005

Poor Ally...

Note to self:

NEVER, I repeat, NEVER spend three hours outside in the pool when not wearing sunscreen. IT HURTS.

I have such a horrible sunburn, that I slept MAYBE 2 hours last night. When I'd wake up, my back would be stuck to the bed covers...rather the puss from my blistered back stuck. Yes, disgusting and painful. Lesson learned. :)

Looks like I missed some spots on poor Ally's face...OOPS!

I love...

  • My body allowing me to sleep in late. It doesn't happen often, so it's a treat!
  • Flowers & stripes...on paper, that is.
  • Sonic (specifically Cherry Limeades). I think I've gotten a Cherry Limeade every day in the past two weeks. Oh, and their breakfast Toasters ROCK at any time of the day! (and having one right around the corner isn't good for my butt!)
  • Brighton (Even though I NEVER wear jewelry, my sister, the Brighton freak, has bought me two of their charm bracelets, one the Breast Cancer one, and a Texas one. I LOVE them!)
  • Chatterbox and KI Memories. Between the two, I can always seem to get ANY layout I need done.
  • My Nikon D70. It has made me a better photographer. Rather, owning it has made me proactive in improving my photography skills. (As any $1300 purchase might do..)
  • My Greg & Alyssa, and now my little bun in the oven, Jackson.
  • My family. Always there.
  • Although I've had my struggles throughout my life with activity, I love and believe in the Church.
  • The alphabet. I just love letters. Odd? Perhaps!
  • Creating Keepsakes & BHG Scrapbooks Etc., always my first two sources for creative inspiration.
  • Standing for Something, by Gordon B. Hinckley... It always seems to lead me where I need to be when life gets rough. A great book for ANYONE to read.
  • Authors JK Rowling & Dan Brown. They both know how to appeal to me! When I read a book by either, I can't put it down until I'm done!
  • Mark Burnett, the creative genius behind Survivor, the Amazing Race, and the Apprentice. Need I say more? :)

Wow, anytime I am feeling low, I need to come back here and see how much I have in my life to LOVE! :)

Friday, June 03, 2005

don't you hate it when....

  • you get so busy with "things", that your house gets so messy that you don't know where to start cleaning?
  • you get up to pee in the middle of the night? (several times)
  • you forget to pay the 2nd car payment and the finance company calls to remind you?
  • you wake up at 3am thinking you've forgotten to send your layouts that were supposed to be there today? then realize, that oh...they don't have to be there until next week. DOH!
  • you can't go back to sleep after above incident. (thus my mood)
  • your husband leaves his dirty socks EVERYWHERE. (i mean everywhere)
  • you dream about some awesome layout ideas, then wake up, and can't remember!

ok, well obviously i'm tired today. as greg would tell me, he can tell i didn't sleep last night because of my negative attitude today. a weakness of mine. i tend to be negative when i don't get enough sleep, particularly when i'm up earlier than 6am. but i'll get over it.

so the second part of my post today is going to be kinda fun. (for me anyway..heh) i'm into lists lately...so i am gonna list some things that are "odd" about me. my quirks, if you will. :)

  • when i laugh, i cover my mouth. i don't know why, i just do!
  • i talk/cry in my sleep. i've actually woken myself up doing so.
  • i HATE being barefoot outside. especially on garage floors. don't ask me why. oogs me out. but i love being barefoot inside.
  • i drink a V8 everyday. mmm. i don't think it's a quirk, but everyone comments that it's strange?
  • before i can eat a piece of pizza, i have to dab the grease off the top with a napkin.
  • when i sit at my desk chair, i sit on my right foot and my left leg is curled up to my chest. (gotta take advantage of this flexibility while i can!)
  • i am up & down with my workout regimen. i will work out like a maniac for 8 months of the year, then get too burnt out to continue for the other 4 months. happens every year.
  • i love overalls. i could wear overalls every.single.day. my family makes fun of me for it, but i'm all about COMFORT for me!
  • i can't *really* swim. i wouldn't drown thrown into an ocean, but i can't swim..the way you're *supposed* to. i've tried to learn, but i guess i'm slow because i can't do it!
  • i have panic attacks when i have to get up in front of people. (which is why i never do it) even introducing myself to a crowd causes blood to rush to my face and is enough to make me feel faint.
  • i...can..NOT..touch...anything...wool. UGGGGGGGGGG!
  • i have to sleep with cotton blankets. another thing where i just don't know why!

there you have it!

have a great day, people!

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

fear & paranoia

we helped my little sister move from one apartment to another on monday. in order to help, we had to bring ally and my other sister had to bring her three older kids. they were pretty much all bored and unable to do much (other than whine & get in the way..hehe). SO, my other older sister (the one with no kids) offers to drive back to my house and pick up swimsuits and come back to the apartment complex's swimming pool. great! the kids are out of our hair so we can get something done & they'll be have fun, too.
two hours pass. we're done moving and the guys go pick up some chipotle for lunch and bring it back. the sister who took the kids swimming switches off babysitting duty with my dad. she walks into the apartment fully clothed, but soaked up to her chest. "um, ok.", i think to myself. she turns to me and says, "before you hear it from someone else.." (i am thinking, "OH crap...") she continues, "i was watching the older kids to make sure they weren't diving into the pool and ally was on the steps in the hot tub. i guess she slipped sometime in the 15 seconds that i wasn't looking, and when i turned around, she was underwater, drowning. she coughed up some water, but she is fine." i simply said a stunned, "oh...". but in my mind i am thinking "WHY on EARTH would you leave a three year old who cannot swim alone in water that is deeper than she is tall?!" i went to the pool immediately to bring ally back home. she seemed a little shaken up, but physically ok. (she is refusing to attend her swimming lessons that start in two weeks now, too...ugh) it didn't hit me until we were leaving that my daughter, who cannot hold her breath or swim, was esentially drowning for 15 seconds. she could have DIED if my sister hadn't turned around when she did. it sounds dramatic, but it's true! i cried about it that night when it really sunk in. every single night since, i have woken up in a panic, worried that something has happened to ally. this morning around 5 am, the house smelled like the windows had been open all night, and instantly i thought that someone had broken ally's window and kidnapped her. (she was, of course, sleeping soundly in her bed and it was all in my imagination.)

so has something so traumatic ever happened to you that it turned you into this paranoid basketcase? seriously...i need to find a way to get over this!