We got lots of snow today. Probably over 7 inches; so we decided it would be fun to go play in it. Besides the occasional glove coming off or losing a boot (both by Bridget) it was pretty fun. It still isn't good snowman snow for me. I'm not sure if anyone else has trouble with it but the snow in Washington was always good snow for rolling and making snowmen. Maybe I've just lost the technique since I was a kid, who knows.?
Monday, December 22, 2008
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Posted by Dave and Amber on Monday, December 22, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
So I've had some requests for a picture of Amberlee and her new smile. This is tooth number 3 that came out. So I will have to take a current one soon. She is up to 4 almost 5 now.
So here is the 5th tooth that came out last night. You can kinda see she lost her front bottom 2. then 1 top and then the one next to it(on the left looking at it) and then last night the one on the bottom (left looking at it) She still needs to lose her other front top, that one is wiggly too.
Posted by Dave and Amber on Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Not much excitement around here lately so I haven't been blogging. I thought it was about time though.
We hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving!
We got our tree up Friday night and got the lights put on today. Dave also put Christmas lights up outside Friday night.
Oh, and a kinda funny story. Last night Bridget had a nightmare. Most kids are afraid of monsters, spiders, and sometimes even an octopus; but Bridget was crying about ladybugs. Yes, that's right, ladybugs. "Amberlee ladybugs" she said as she was crying and trying to get them off her back. Dave went in and told her it was okay and that is was a dream. She flipped over and went back to sleep. She is too funny.
Posted by Dave and Amber on Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Amberlee was a gypsy, Bridget was Super Girl, and Travis was Anakin from the Clone Wars. Bridget had a bunch of costumes to choose from...Princess, ladybug, Dora, and a Mouse. We had a hard time getting her into any of them. Finally Dave found more options. Travis had some old Batman and Superman PJ's . She was really excited about Superman so that is who she was. Zach was a little pea pod.
We went to our wards Trunk or Treat then went to the houses from the church back to our house. The kids got lots of candy and their buckets were mostly full. They had a fun time trick-or-treating. I'm sure Bridget will be more excited next year since she knows what to expect now.
This years pumpkins turned out pretty cool. The bat and moon is Travis', Bridget really wanted the spider, and Amberlee wanted a cat on her pumpkin.
Posted by Dave and Amber on Friday, October 31, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Here is Amberlee playing with Zach and making him laugh. Sorry it is so dark.
Posted by Dave and Amber on Monday, October 20, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Zachary turned 3 months yesterday. On top of that, last night Zach laughed his first real laugh. So cute! Also, he slept through the night. Woohoo! Of course I'm not expecting it to happen ever again but it sure would be great if it did! He is growing so fast. He sure is loved by his brother and sisters and of course mom and dad. He's pretty cute too. Maybe I'll try and get a video of him laughing.
Posted by Dave and Amber on Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Well since Dave isn't gonna tell what happened to him I guess I will....
He was up in SLC at Trolley Square in the parking lot waiting for a space to open up on his left. In the meantime an SUV was backing up on his right. I guess the guy forgot to look behind him. Dave saw him backing out and honked so the guy would see that he was there. He didn't have anywhere to go since there was a truck ahead of him and couldn't move. Sounded like the SUV guy may have hit the gas instead of the brake. This is the result. Dave also had a friend in the passenger side, so lucky for them no glass broke or airbags didn't deploy. Anyway, I guess the friend was a little scared and tried to scoot over as far as he could.
The SUV guy didn't even feel bad about hitting Dave since it wasn't his car or insurance. As it turns out he was off to catch his flight so he was driving a rental car. Oh well. The rental company seems to be taking care of it. Not sure if the whole door will need to be replaced or what but while it is getting fixed Dave will have a rental to use.
So the good news is no one was hurt. Bad news is of course our car needs repair.
Yeah, so my little scratches are nothing compared to this. If you missed that story you can click HERE
Posted by Dave and Amber on Sunday, September 28, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Stephen and Shanelle, Me, Dad and Linda, and Dave. We are so glad you were able to come out and visit. We miss you!
The boys: Zach in the green carseat, Sean to the right and Braedon on the treadmill.
Zach and Braedon's blessing day.
Posted by Dave and Amber on Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Zach had his 2 month check up, while Bridget went in for her 2 Year...
Bridget's stats: 32" which puts her at 10% for height and 22 lbs. at 3%.
Zach's stats are: 22 1/2" which is 25% and weighs 11 lbs 3oz. which is 50% for kids his age. Yep my kids are small, but at least Bridget still made the chart!
Both are doing great.
Posted by Dave and Amber on Friday, September 26, 2008
Use the first letter of your name to answer the following. They have to be real places, things, names...nothing made up! Try to use different answers if the person who tagged you had the same first initial. You can't use your name for the boy/girl name question... Here goes!
Your name: Amber
4-letter word: axle
Pro sports team: Athletics (Oakland)
Celebrity/band: Angelina Jolie
TV shows: American Idol
Boy name: Andrew
Girl name: Ashley
Something you wear: apron
Something you throw away: apple core
Something you find in a bathroom: aftershave
Reason for being late: an accident
Something you shout: Awesome!
You know you wanna play, Happy Scattergoring!
Posted by Dave and Amber on Friday, September 26, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Just thought I'd share a few funny things about Bridget. Her birthday is coming up on the 29th and she will be 2. She's a talker but it's not always super clear and still has a hard time with words. Sometimes she will mix the letters around... example: she calls grandma "maga". The one that cracks me up is what she calls Amberlee-- "gaga" I guess she isn't even going to attempt it. She is such a funny girl. She was in the kitchen with me yesterday as I was deboning the chicken for dinner, and as I put it in the bowl she was taking some out to eat saying "I try". It was pretty funny but maybe it was a 'had to be there' moment. Then she was sitting on the floor in the kitchen singing(which she loves to do), then she started putting her head in her shirt and popping it out playing peek-a-boo with herself.
Cutie messy girl after some yummy chocolate pudding! (And no smiles for the camera of course)
Also in the photo you'll see she is putting her shoes on the wrong feet. After they were on she noticed the problem..so she switched them. Travis STILL has a problem figuring out which shoe goes on the right foot. Oh well, hopefully he'll figure it out before he goes to school.
She is our sweet, lovey girl and has Dave wrapped around her finger.
Posted by Dave and Amber on Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
Posted by Dave and Amber on Monday, September 01, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Off to first grade!!
She really enjoyed her first week of school. We'll see how she likes it once she starts getting homework. She was worried about going to school all day but I think she likes having 2 recesses and eating lunch at school.
Amberlee is into High School Musical stuff right now. That is what is on her new backpack. Go Wildcats!
Posted by Dave and Amber on Sunday, August 24, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Here it is.... Amberlee's purple room, and her new pretty day bed.
ok, so there's a few little things still to do like put the light covers on and maybe eventually put nicer carpet in. It turned out pretty nice considering what it looked like before. Good job Dave!
Posted by Dave and Amber on Thursday, August 14, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Sometime in May Stachio our cat went missing. We were't sure if he got picked up or what. Animal control had been in our neighborhood around then and I noticed a lot of the cats weren't coming around for food anymore. Not that we were purposely feeding them but our kitty was an outdoor kitty so that is where we fed him. Anyway, I thought maybe he was one that got picked up too. It also crossed my mind that he went off to die since cats do that and since he was 10 years old...
Well tonight our neighbor (that lives in Ca) came by to see if we wanted a door. He mentioned that there was a dead cat in his garage, so Dave went to take a look and sure enough there was Stachio. So Dave went back to take care of him. Thanks hun! I didn't want to see him.
Rest in Peace Stach
Posted by Dave and Amber on Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Zach is 2 weeks now. He had his appointment today. He is now 7 lbs. 14 oz. (6.10 at birth) 20 1/4 in. (18.5 at birth) he's growing like he should and all is well.
Also, Bridget's binkies are done. We did it the cold turkey way (same as the other kids) and she took it better than I thought she would. She asked for them a few times but she is doing great. It has been about a month now.
Posted by Dave and Amber on Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Is close to being done! As you can see all the sheet rock is up, is taped, and it has the texture on the walls. Amberlee has been sleeping on the couch so I'm sure she is excited to have a room again. There are a few things that need to be done before we paint, like the caulking around the trim and puttying up the little nail holes in the trim. Then we can prime it and paint. Plus we (Dave) need to add the blinds, heater and ceiling fan, then we can start moving her in. Dave picked up some dressers at a yard sale on Saturday and our neighbors gave us their old set of bunk beds so we are all set. Anyway, we are hoping she will be in this week. Then we can start getting things organized again. Only about 3 more weeks of summer, then school starts. Can you believe it?
Posted by Dave and Amber on Sunday, July 27, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
After 2 unnecessary trips to the hospital on Saturday night and Sunday night, I told Dave I wasn't going again until I say. (Those 2 trips were his ideas.) Even though I was having contractions all day Saturday and Sunday, I knew they weren't strong enough or very regular so I wasn't expecting to stay, but after being sent home twice I was going to wait until I had regular contractions or my water broke. Sunday night I slept in between contractions but they were getting really bad. I tried timing them but they were still like 10 minutes apart sometimes even further apart but they were extremely painful! I tried holding out as long as I could. Finally at 5am I was ready to go to the hospital. Dave was still sleeping so I woke him up and he was excited to go. We get to the hospital but I make us stay in the car for a little bit, (I wanted to make sure this was really it) I get another contraction that reminded me why we were there and I was going in no matter what even if it was for pain meds.
So by now it's 6am, we go up to L&D to be monitored and still contractions are way far apart but I am now 4 1/2 cm and they admit me. I get into my room around 7ish. Just in time for all the staff changes. A new Dr. is now on call but luckily my Dr.s office is just down the street. They let him know I'm there and he comes in before work to break my water. It is 8am by now. I was surprised they did it so soon since I needed to have medication for at least 4 hrs for GBS. I was thinking I might try and go without an epidural this time around but no chance! I don't remember my contractions ever being this painful or long before with the other kids so I call for one. The anesthesiologist lowered my dose since it didn't turn out too well the last time with Bridget. It was wonderful! (besides being stuck twice, everything was smooth) The nurse was going to check me again around 10am but for some reason we had her check a little sooner maybe 9:45 and I was 7cm. At 10 am she checked again 9 1/2cm now and said oh he's right there, and told the other nurses to page the Dr. to get there fast. Zach's heart rate also kept dropping and they were concerned so they also called up 2 other nurses/Dr.s just in case. My Dr. finally showed up but he wasn't too happy. He said he was paged only 2 minutes before he showed up so he was kinda upset with the nurses. Anyway, he thought maybe the cord was around his neck by his heart rate so they wanted him out fast. He even asked for some forceps but thankfully didn't have to use them. He had me start pushing but I was having a hard time feeling anything since I had gotten my epidural just shortly before. I pushed for maybe 10 minutes and he was out. No cord around his neck so they aren't sure why his heart rate was doing that but they took him over to the specialist people to make sure he was doing okay and cleaned him up a bit before handing him to me.
Zachary was born at 10:25am weighed 6lbs. 10oz. 18 1/2 in. long. He's a great baby. Not much of a cry er yet but I'm sure it's coming. :) Breastfeeds like a champ.
Posted by Dave and Amber on Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Posted by Dave and Amber on Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
To Shanelle and Stephen on the arrival of their new baby boy, Sean. Born Sunday, June 15th (Happy Father's Day!) weighing in at a whopping 9lb 2oz! Can't wait to see more pictures of that cutie.
And to Sherrie and Troy who are having their baby girl today June 17th! Can't wait to hear of her arrival and see pictures! UPDATE: She is beautiful! and weighs 8lb 15oz :)
So I'm a little worried how things will turn out in the next month or so. Why? you ask?? Take a look... I turn around and here is Bridget sitting in the swing. Yes, that is LEANING against the wall... what a nut!
Oh yeah, see that box next to the swing? That would be our carseat and stroller that we still need to assemble. Yikes only 4 weeks left! Plus I need to get the clothes from the shed and get them washed. I'm hoping it will be 4 weeks till he comes since this time I'm just not ready!
I am also hoping that Bridget's binkie will be gone soon. She is the most attached so far. It was easy to break Amberlee and Trav didn't care for them much anyway. I'm thinking we might use the baby as a way to get rid of it. Do you think it will work? Hmm... any ideas would be good. :)
I'm pretty sure Bridget will love her baby brother I just don't know how she will do sharing mommy all the time. She has a baby she takes everywhere now and she's always kissing and hugging it. She's such a cute little mommy to her baby.
Since we keep having more kids our house seems to be getting smaller. We have a room in the back of the house that we have not touched since we bought this house in Nov. '02. It was once a salon so it had a sink in there at one point.
We did add some carpet so the kids could have a playroom. (But no major work in there.) This will be Amberlee's new room. We'll probably have Travis and Bridget share for a while and the baby will have his own room.
Here are the kids at work trying to take down the wall.
Here it is a little later with the sheetrock out.
Might as well do the ceiling while we're ripping out the walls. With a little tug a big chunk fell off. So it's a good thing we decided to replace that too!! And look at that... ceiling tiles under the sheetrock. Very interesting!
The latest progress would be the framing against the brick wall and the wiring is done or at least most of it. Dave has been working on it after work when he's able. And doing a great job by the way! He is taking it kinda slow since doing the whole house last time (also while I was pregnant) was really hard on him and caused his pains everywhere that he is now going to physical therapy for. That was a much bigger project.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Posted by Dave and Amber on Sunday, June 08, 2008
This is a story of conflict, of passion, and of revenge. Before I tell you the current tale, I must begin in the past. This story starts with a certain red honda prelude and a lawn mower. The event occured sometime in 2006. Amber had moved the lawnmower, out of her way in the garage, and put it diretly in the path of where I usually park. At the time I always backed my wonderful red car into the garage. It presented the prettiest part of the car (the front) and also allowed for a quick getaway, if the need ever arose. Well, I started backing in, and hit the lawnmower in it's unusual placement... backed right into the handle. This put two little dings on my trunk, and I freaked out... a little. Needless to say I demanded an appology from Amber, but had failed to hear her little whispered appology as she put away the lawnmower. My stupid mistake of demanding an appology cost me 30-40 min of my appologies to receive what I had thought was forgiveness... boy was I wrong.
In my honest effort to align our finances in their current state back in April I sold my truck and bought a $600 honda accord. There was a certain fun factor in fixing something up and making it look beautiful. I am still young, and my memory is pretty darn good. The only comment my sweetheart made to me was, "why don't you buy something a little more expensive, but reliable. But do what you want." So I bought this $600 beauty, and was loving the learning experience I gained from it. With the sale of the truck I was comfortable in purchasing the Mini-van of her dreams. Well this "sweet deal", just kept getting sweeter. I replaced/ had replaced the front springs & struts, timing belt, water pump, clutch, clutch master cylinder, clutch slave cylinder, 3 power window motors, 1 window, 1 rear view mirror, countless hours cleaning the interrior and performing other various cleaning acts, replaced various oil seals to get it to stop smoking so bad, replaced both front upper controller arms, both front bearings, front and rear sway arm bushings, passenger side strut bushings, fuel filter, spark plugs, air filter, steering wheel cover, and floor mats... $3000+ later. Blue book on this puppy, isn't even close to that... Maybe half, if it was in good shape... the exterior still looks like junk. Most folks would have given up... but not me. So, $3000 plus later I am driving it. It sadly gets 28-30 mpg, and feels like it is ready to give up the ghost half the time. I noticed small rips in the CV boots on both sides, and they are starting to leak grease. The window I replaced and had to re-glue seems as though it has sensed the condition of the car and determined it could safely lower it's operating standards... i.e. it doesn't really go up well (it takes 5 min to get it up, and it leaks, because isn't tight. The trunk leaks, and anything left back there will suffer water damage. This leads to the pleasant smell greeting its passengers everytime they open the door. So, recently I had decided that the "fun factor" had finally wore off. I was done. After consulting much with Amber, and listening to her snide remarks about how she told me to buy something nice we decided to start looking for cars.
It was a pleasant day on Saturday the
Little did I know, but the clouds were settling in around me. I was blinded by the shiny blue beautiful car. They finally finished washing it and bringing it out front. I got Amberlee and Travis all buckled up. There was so much excitement in the air. The brakes were really grabby since it had just been washed. I drove the car to the exit of the parking lot, with Amber in tow. The coast was clear, but I was attempting to adjust the mirrors. I had an opening, but hesitated when I saw an approaching car. What happened next I thought only happened to poor suckers in movies. Some say they heard an evil laugh at that moment, that tires were squealing and smoke pouring out from the front tires of this vicious white mini-van. Some say that there was a bee in the van. Due to the history here, you and I know the truth to the events that ensued. To my horrific surprise a loud bump echoed through the car, and my head suddenly hit the head rest. Amberlee let out a, "what the...", I was so glad she didn't finish that. I couldn't believe it! I just got rear ended!... by... by... my wife! I hadn't even made it out of the parking lot! I got out, and the only damage was 2 little circles from her front license plate screws (which I normally boycott the front license plate because of the look/ if you don't have the front plate those radar cameras can't get you... but on the van I decided to go legal = irony).
I was surprised, but I wasn't mad at all. I looked up at her and her eyes were wide like dinner plates. Either it really was an accident, or she is a pretty darn good actress. I was defensive in that I figured she would try to blame me for it. Without a word I walked back to my newly attacked car. I thought to myself, do you think I should call a cop. I quickly chided myself for that stupid thought, then jokingly thought, maybe we should exchange insurance? I got maybe 150 feet down the road before I really started thinking about her feelings, and knew we had to pull over and I needed her to know it didn't matter. We pulled into the petsmart parking lot, and I got out and just hugged her. I let her know that it didn't matter to me, but that I thought it was kinda funny. I may have started the conversation out with a smile and a, "now you know that any cop would have cited you with the ticket right? It wasn't my fault." I'm such a moron. I instantly regreted saying it, because she obviously felt bad, and said, "I know" She explained that she thought I had already gone, and was scooting up. I was reminded of the time I rear-ended a car at a stop sign in the same manor in Dad's accord when I was 15. I was grateful that the lady was understanding and that I didn't have to tell Dad (sorry Dad). Amber cried for a little bit, I figure just to soften me up some more. In the end, I passed the test. I bought a pretty car, and kept perspective on the things that really mattered. I consider it a love tap from my hunnie. I love her very much, and have to add that I may have dramatized things a bit for the sake of the story.
I didn't quite know how to respond to Amberlee's question of: "why did mommy hit us?"
OK so in reference to the Prelude and lawnmower incident I did feel bad and said I was sorry for leaving it there. But seriously, who backs in every time!? (He's learned his lesson, he no longer does this. haha) Again, I'm sorry hunny for not putting it away like I should have.
Now about the $600 car- yes, "I told you so".... I suggested a litle more expensive, reliable but as Dave said, he wanted a fixer upper. I'm not sure how many times I suggested the other option he just wasn't listening. I think he used to remember his days when he was single and it was a fun hobby for him. I think he's finally realized that since the kids are still small and with his new job he just doesn't have time for things like that anymore. Finally I said it's your car, you have to drive it, get it if you want. So he was excited and bought it. Finally after all his fixing of literally everything, he says (about a week ago) that something else was breaking. I go back to the classifieds to look for another car to replace "black "beauty" I like to call her. We go out looking for fun (I thought) and headed over to the dealership where we ended up hanging out for 3 hours since we found "the one". The kids got their fill of popcorn and soda while we were waiting.
As for the accident in the Honda dealership parking lot. I have nothing more to say about it. It was my fault and again very sorry for the dings on the new car. Very happy with Dave and how well he handled it though! (He has deep feelings for his cars.)
So Dave was pretty accurate in most of the story so I didn't have to correct too much. Just thought I'd add my two cents where I thought he was maybe a little off.
Posted by Dave and Amber on Sunday, June 08, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
As some of you may know Dave has been having shoulder/ arm pain. He has finally been to the Dr. and it turns out he has mild arthritis in his neck and is now going to physical therapy for it. They also discovered that he has carpal tunnel in one wrist and a pinched nerve in his elbow (other arm). So at least he has a diagnosis now. We went to Wal-Mart the other day to pick up a splint thing for his wrist. We are just waiting on the other brace thingy for his elbow.
Anyway, while we were at Wal-Mart we found the clearance isle... (this may bore you folks but it's exciting stuff for us! LOL) We found a color printer/scanner/copier. (Awesome right!?) Not even the best part. only $35!!! marked down from almost $90! Anyway we thought it was way cool. Dave also got another DVD drive for $7.
I had a Dr. appt. today along with ultrasound since I am measuring a couple weeks behind according to the tape measure but fine from the ultrasound but it's been the same with past pregnancies. I just have small babies or just hide them well. Anyway we got a few pictures so I'm trying out our new scanner and hopefully this works. The first picture is of his fist. Second one is a face shot where you can see an outline of his eye and nose. Third is a foot (with 1 toe?). Hopefully only about 6 more weeks left!
Posted by Dave and Amber on Friday, May 30, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Mom, Mommy, Mama, Ma
Dad, Daddy, Dada, Pa, Pop
JOB DESCRIPTION :
Long term, team players needed, for challenging,
permanent work in an often chaotic environment.
Candidates must possess excellent communication
and organizational skills and be willing to work
variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends
and frequent 24 hour shifts on call.
Some overnight travel required, including trips to
primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments
in far away cities!
Travel expenses not reimbursed.
Extensive courier duties also required.
The rest of your life.
Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily,
until someone needs $5.
Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly.
Also, must possess the physical stamina of a
pack mule and be able to go from zero to 60 mph
in three seconds flat in case, this time, the screams
from the backyard are not someone just crying wolf.
Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges,
such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets
and stuck zippers.
Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and
coordinate production of multiple homework projects.
Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings
for clients of all ages and mental outlooks.
Must be a willing to be indispensable one minute,
an embarrassment the next.
Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a
half million cheap, plastic toys, and battery operated devices.
Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst.
Must assume final, complete accountability for
the quality of the end product.
Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and
janitorial work throughout the facility.
POSSIBILITY FOR ADVANCEMENT & PROMOTION :
Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without
complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills,
so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE :
None required unfortunately.
On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.
WAGES AND COMPENSATION :
Get this! You pay them!
Offering frequent raises and bonuses.
A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because
of the assumption that college will help them
become financially independent.
When you die, you give them whatever is left.
The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that
you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.
While no health or dental insurance, no pension,
no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and
no stock options are offered;
this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth,
and free hugs and kisses for life if you play your cards right.
** AND A FOOTNOTE 'THERE IS NO RETIREMENT -- EVER!!! **
Posted by Dave and Amber on Saturday, May 17, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Posted by Dave and Amber on Tuesday, April 29, 2008