Friday, December 28, 2007

Camera Cord Found

It took me forever to organize the pictures from Christmas on my computer, so forgive me for lack of organization here. They are in no particular order, but are all from our week in Boise. At least there will be descriptions.

Amos and I in Boise at the Qwest Arena before a Boise Stampede game:


Anna, who is on her mission in Taiwan, got to call home on Christmas day. Here we are talking to her on the phone at 6 a.m. (hence, no lights):


Amos got the cutest little nike tennis shoes for Christmas...they are shox:


I made a perfect snow angel:


Wow:


Mrs. Claus:
My little sister Meg is so beautiful:


Grammy knows how to enjoy a basketball game, ice cream cone in one hand, sleeping baby in the other:


Eric managed to find some time to hunt (and fish) with my Dad and Brother-in-law, Josh (pictured) last week:


My nieces are awesome! We get along great:


Yep. We totally dressed Amos up as Santa Claus. Yep. He totally hated it:


The hand eater:

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Wii like to play

My nieces were very surprised by a Wii this Christmas. Eric took right to it and enjoyed some High School Musical singing. Sorry we've switched exclusively to video, we can't find the cord for our still camera.

A Shaver Family Christmas

Classic Shaver family entertainment: My brother-in-law, Josh, tied two sleds/saucers to the back of the four wheeler and towed my little nieces around. He didn't realize he was going to attract the attention of every dog in the neighborhood, causing one minor, but very funny, accident. Watch the whole video, its worth the wait.

Monday, December 24, 2007

More Boise

Its been snowing *a lot* here. Not really *a lot*, but enough to build some snowmen.

My Dad, and nieces Carrie and Ali

We've been playing *a lot* of games. Including: The Mexican Train Game, Settlers of Catan, Phase 10, Chicken Foot, Cranium, and Pit. This time it really is *a lot.*

Brother In-law Josh, Morgan, Meg, Me, and Eric.

Cousin Morgan quit playing with Amos and just started playing with his toys.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

It's Been A While

We're in Boise at my parents house for Christmas. Amos has been busy getting loved by Grammy and Grampy and playing with his cousin Morgan.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Christmas came early

Tonight I convinced Eric to let me open my Christmas present early, not that it took much effort. We've never actually made it until Christmas, so why start now? Here is how it went...



My little sister Meg is in town, she is the third voice and camerawoman.

Laughing Bean

Amos has started to laugh, its really funny:

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Fuddruckers

A few of you know that on our wedding day Eric and I (and our closest friends and family) went to Fuddruckers. I was determined to not be a hungry bride, and I wasn't. We got married in Lake Oswego, Oregon and then had a two hour drive to Eugene, Oregon where our reception was later that same night. We had to get something to eat in between the two, and Fuddruckers was the only logical choice.

Tonight we went back to Fuddruckers, with some of those same friends to celebrate before Christmas. Its crazy how much had changed in the last two years (a marriage, an engagement, new jobs, new houses, and a baby for crying out loud!), but there we all were again.

Rob (this picture isn't at Fuddruckers, but Rob was at Fuddruckers, so I couldn't leave him out)

Deveney and Andrea

Josh

Kendra and Desiree

Monday, December 10, 2007

Christmas is coming


I am working on my Christmas cards and I realized I am seriously lacking on my address list. (I blame the Internet). Will you all please email me your mailing address so I can send you a card? I'd love it! I'm too lazy to be a stalker, so there's really no bad that can come from this. =)

LauraAllison@gmail.com

New Stats

Here are the little runt's new stats:



W
eight: 10 lbs, 1 oz. (20%)
Length/Height: 23.5 in (75%)
Head circumference: 38.9 cm (25%)


The shots were just a traumatic for me as expected (Amos did fine). Luckily, Eric showed up at the appointment and surprised me. I was very grateful for the support. He brought me a smoothie to help me feel better too. Amos is happily swinging away now, we'll see how the rest of the day goes.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Bad news for Grandmas everywhere


Our camera broke today (yeah, talk about irony with my little blog about not being into picture-less blogs). There are a few pictures left on the camera, but there aren't going to be any new ones until we get a new camera. This puts a big damper on the digi scrapping too. I wish I had a camera to take a picture of the broken camera, because I haven't ever seen anything like it. The screen just sort of shattered from the inside. I guess its time to start looking into cameras, I've had the same one for a couple of years, so I don't even know what to look for.

The passing of this camera makes me think of all of the places we have been together. I took it to EFY a couple summers, which means it saw a lot of different college campuses (UCSB, Lewis & Clark, Boise State, Sonoma State, Kansas State to name a few). It took some great pictures of Kris wearing Brett's pants, and Brett wearing Kris' pants. I had it when I started dating Eric, it took a lot of pictures of that. It was at our wedding, and went on our honeymoon with us. It documented our first two years of marriage, and the birth of Amos. (Maybe that's why it broke? We took too many pictures of Amos! ) At least this camera had a good long life, with lots of happy memories stored in it, if only temporarily. R.I.P. little buddy.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

I haven't written since Wednesday

There are many things to blog about, but our camera battery died and we don't have the appropriate accompanying photographs. I only believe in picture books, so I guess I only believe in picture blogs too.

I am really digging all of this new snow, except when I have to drive in it. Luckily I have my private chauffeur, Eric.

I am getting really anxious for Christmas, mostly because it will help me measure time. I realized last Thursday (or was it Wednesday?) that I had no idea what day it was, much less the date. I do still know the year, but I bet it takes me a lot longer to adjust to '08 than any year before.

Those are all of my current thoughts, without pictures. This is why I only believe in picture blogs.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Swing Baby is 9 weeks old

Amos is 9 weeks old today! I can hardly believe it, except that he is getting a lot heavier. He has a check-up next week (yes, the dreaded "get his shots" check-up), so we'll have some stats on the little bean soon.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Our First Christmas Tree


We did it! We finally got a tree, put it up, and decorated it. I've been buying ornaments for years, and its about time I had a tree to put them on. Its the first tree we've had since we've been married, and our first Christmas in our house, so its all very exciting. Not too mention that its Amos' first Christmas too! He doesn't know what is going on, but he loves to stare at the lights and sparkly ornaments.


We opted for a native Utah tree...so it looks a little different than the ones I am used to seeing. I love the way the ornaments actually hang off of the branches (as opposed to being buried inside the tree). My favorite ornament of all:

Sunday, December 2, 2007

I'm Addicted

To Digi Scrapping. Ridiculous, I know. How many of you said I would turn into a scrapbooker, and I adamantly denied it. I was sure I wouldn't get into it, because I am horrible at it. It is also a very expensive hobby. Digital scrapbooking, however, is something I can handle. If there is one thing I know, its computers (thanks to a scheduling mix-up in the 6th grade that put me in a computer class meant for nerds). I have also found access to many free downloads of "supplies." So, if I'm not blogging, you can bet I am Digi Scrapping.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Amos is going to be famous

Yeah, I've been thinking of that title for a while. Anyway, Eric's company publishes the "Ancestry" magazine, and last month they asked for pictures of angry babies for an article they were doing. Amos was born with a crank face on, so we figured we'd try. We submitted a picture and it got chosen for the magazine. The best part is the subject of the article: Bad Baby Names.

Yes, we're well aware that Amos might be a bad baby name. We like it though. Here's the "famous Amos" picture:

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Dad's Take on the Lil' Sheriff

Eric got home from work and said, "this is great" as he picked Amos up by the overalls. Amos didn't seem to mind.


The Lil' Sheriff


My sister Liz got this ridiculously adorable outfit for Amos. It just occurred to me he is probably big enough to fill it out, so I put it on him and we had a photo shoot.



The back of the jacket is the best.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Happy Anniversary to Me!


I absolutely love flowers, and my sweet Eric knows that. While I was working at Sundance I saw dozens of gorgeous bouquets from Artisan Bloom come to our guests, not to mention the arrangement that sat on my desk all of the time. I've always wanted an arrangement from Artisan Bloom, and yesterday was my day! Thanks to Kellie for helping and extra thanks to Eric for remembering I love them.


Monday, November 26, 2007

2 Years and Counting

Today is our second anniversary! (As opposed to last Saturday, Mom). I can't believe it has only been two years.

Our little family, November 2007

Now for the walk down memory lane...

Our engagement picture, August 2005.

I can't really remember what we did the first year. We worked a lot. We traveled a lot. We hung out a lot. I graduated from college and got my first "real" job at Sundance. Eric continued working on GenBookSource and built it into a swinging business. We had to buy a lot of furniture. We lived in a great little apartment in Orem. We took full advantage of our DINK (double income, no kids) status and did all sorts of fun things in preparation for year two...

Us in Honduras, February 2006.

The second year had some big landmarks. I spent the majority of it pregnant, which means Eric spent the majority of it treating me like a princess (kind of like the first year). We moved into our first house, and finished the basement ourselves. Amos was born, which made the first year and 3/4 a big blur. We got to go visit both of our families in Pennsylvania, Oregon, and Idaho. We babysat Anna until she left on her mission in May. We got our first pet, and lost our first pet (rest in peace Blueberry Horne). We got our second and third pets (hello Roger and Sonic).

Our finished basement, September 2007.

If I've learned anything from the last two years, its that I couldn't possibly imagine all of the things that will happen. Fingers crossed that year three goes just as well as one and two. I love you Eric!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Amos loves Nan and Pop

and Nan and Pop love Amos.



Amos on Parade

Thanks to Nana Horne (and her awesome camera) here are some great pictures of Amos: