Sunday, September 30, 2007


Friday was my last day of work =( Although I was very tired, and very much needed a break, it took me about half a day to become very bored and very sad that I won't be going to Sundance on a regular basis.

I know I am supposed to be enjoying these last couple of pre-baby days, but I feel kind of silly quitting my job to sit at home waiting for Amos to come. Relaxing seems pretty much impossible at this point.

The up side here is that you can all expect many more blogs from me! In fact, Eric just committed me to one a day.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Eric broke the rules...

He took the camera out of the bag!

When there aren't any pictures of our son in the hospital, lets all be grateful for the fishing pictures.
David and Jason
Eric and Chris

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Text Only

Our camera is packed in our "going to the hospital bag," so my blogs are going to be picture-less for a little while...

Yes, you might think that I could just take the camera out, take a picture, then put it back but I am not that responsible. With how scatterbrained I've been lately I am sure we would rush off to the hospital, leaving the camera on the kitchen table where it won't be able to take any pictures of our new baby.

If I were to take pictures, this is what you might see:

1. The very large brownie I ate for breakfast.
2. Eric's new haircut. See Eric's blog if you need to know just how serious of a thing it is to him.
3. The buns, because it has been way too long since they've had their picture taken.

Monday, September 24, 2007

39 Weeks

Only "1" week left. We'll see what Amos has to say about that. He still isn't showing any sign of wanting to join us.

In other news, we bought a juicer. I used 10 oranges for one glass of orange juice. Now that's practical. Eric opted for limeade. He learned the hard way that you still have to add sugar.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Much smaller projects...

Eric and I worked on much smaller projects this weekend...

I painted letters for the door to the nursery:

Eric created this amazing picture of the Horne men, including the first three Amos Johnson Hornes:

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


How I ever existed before Ikea is really a mystery. Aside from being very inexpensive, its so well coordinated and thought out. All of the pieces "match" so I can mix and match to my heart's content. We're working on the finishing touches in our bedroom now, and it is going well.

We've come a long way in one day...carpet, a bed, and "matching" bedding! We had that lay in bed and stare at the ceiling moment too. It was as great as expected. We've even already had a nap.

The Finished Lower Level

I recently read an article (on CNN) that suggested you refer to your basement as a "finished lower level." I thought it was really silly, except that it really does sound much better. Now that I have a FLL, I am completely convinced.

There is carpet in our basement....which means it is now completely livable! I never thought this day would come.

Now if only Eric would come home from work so we could start moving some furniture!

The "Bed"Room

This past week we've slept in three different rooms in our house. Amos' room, the guest room, and my office have all been graced by our presence. We've moved our bed from room to room to make way for the new improvements, and it has just gotten ridiculous:

I will always stand by our choice for a king bed, but it does have its downsides. When Eric comes home today we'll move into our fourth and final room. We used to talk about how when the basement was finished we'd lay in bed and look up at the ceiling that we built and be so proud. Well, tonight is that night!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Busy Weekend

Last weekend was fantastic! Cindy Shaver graced us with her presence, so pretty much nothing could have ruined it. Yay Mom!

It started with dinner at the Foundry Grill with the Browns and my Mom for date night. Dining at Sundance is always a pleasure. After dinner there was a rousing game of Phase 10, in which Britni kicked our butts.

Saturday was a big day for Eric, he got his concealed weapons permit. His thoughts on the subject: "I'm not really sure what I'm going to do with it. I can't see myself carrying a gun around, but I'm not one for restrictions. So I figured it would be better to have it and not carry the gun then to want to carry a gun and not be able to. So next time you see me, I may just be 'packing heat', gangster style!" Eric also used the class to find an excuse to buy another gun...big surprise there.

Saturday was also the most amazing baby shower ever! I am so lucky to have wonderful friends like Bonnie and Susan to throw it for me. Everyone was so great to come, and the gifts were so thoughtful. Such experienced parents passed on great ideas. Amos is a lucky boy to get such fun stuff! There was also the most amazing chicken salad and fresh peaches ever.

Saturday afternoon we spent a solid three hours at Ikea. We got some amazing stuff, including our first bed ever. We've had a mattress on the box spring on the floor for the past 1.75 years. Pure class. We had to tie a box to the roof of the car, and then drive home on the frontage road (who knew there was a frontage road all the way from Draper to Provo?). Again, pure class.

On Sunday I taught Relief went better than most of my lessons, so I'll take it. Marriage is always a tricky topic. Eric made us dinner Sunday night, and then he made us cookies while we watched the Emmys. Hello "Husband of the Year."

This morning we had a doctor's appointment...Although I am checking out well, Amos is showing absolutely zero sign that he is interested in joining us anytime soon. I am buckling down for the long haul now.

Tomorrow the carpet gets put in the finished lower level (i.e. basement). I am sure that will warrant its own post.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

The Nursery

We did a lot of work in Amos' room today...he has a bed, drawers, and a place for Mommy to sit while she holds him. He even has a few friends in there awaiting his arrival. If anyone can remember the puke green room, this is it! No longer puke green, and it has freshly cleaned carpets.
The "IV" stands for the fourth, as in Amos Johnson Horne, the Fourth. Eric wants him brainwashed from a very young age the importance of his name. Eric painted the letters himself.

Monday, September 10, 2007

37 Weeks (as in 3 left!)

I am having some very strange empathy pains for Britney Spears. Poor girl. And yes, that is me behind a stroller. Too weird, I know. At least its a "cute" stroller. Its like rocket science trying to figure the thing out, and the car seat is just downright impossible.

I can't wait to have this baby and to start getting back into shape!

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Yard Sale

Yesterday we held our first ever yard sale. It was really fun, and not at all hard. I would highly recommend the process to anyone. It might have helped that our prices were very low, but it was a very pleasant experience with no bartering, negotiating, etc. Eric's stuff sold waaay better than mine did. I was kind of surprised at the things people bought right away, and the things no one seemed to want. The important part is that we got rid of it all, and by 11:30 a.m.! I didn't even have to sit outside all day.

If you're interested in having a yard must check out the queen: Yard Sale Queen

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Stolen blog

Eric refuses to post on "our" blog, so I have stolen a post from his blog:

This Old House

As many of you know, Laura and I are renovating our house for the arrival of our son (and for some sweat equity). We added a master bedroom, walk-in closet with attached laundry room, master bathroom and converted our current bedroom into the nursery. The project started in January and is just now coming to an end. The progress went like this:

  1. Prep work (January –March) – I moved/installed plumbing and electrical lines to facilitate our new rooms.
  2. Framing (June) – We framed the new additions and ran the necessary utilities through the walls.
  3. Drywall (July - August) – We began the arduous task of dry walling, mudding and taping.
  4. Finish Work (August – Current) – Ahhh… the fruits of our labors… having sanded and painted the walls, we've begun the finishing phase. I installed the baseboards, bathroom appliances, the shelves in the closet and we're waiting on the carpet. Within a week or so, the rooms will be fit for habitation and we can move out of the nursery into our bedroom.

Several random statments:

Statement 1 - I have to say, we're cutting it really close. Laura is 36 weeks, which means she'll be full term in a few days. This little bugger could come at any moment. I don't want to suffer the wrath of Laura if our son doesn't have a nursery to come home to.

Statement 2 - I had forgotten how much I enjoy working with my hands. My soft, I work with a computer hands have been replaced by the tough, calloused hands of my past. I think I missed my calling in life, I should have been a contractor, but I think I like money too much to live that lifestyle.

Statement 3 - Laura and I have really benefited from the project. Laura never new she could build entire rooms and I never realized how tough my wife is... I wouldn't want to mud and tape a ceiling at 7 months pregnant. No matter how many times I tell her to take it easy, every time I come home from work I find her doing some ridiculously difficult task. AJ may not only have his own nursery, but he may be born in it too.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Mommy haircut

I went to get my hair cut today, and ended up donating 10 inches to locks of love. I was looking for lighter and lower-maintenance, and I got just that! Yes, I know, I need some sun.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Our garden

We planted a garden this summer (new homeowner's ambition). Its been really great to have fresh vegetables, and I have definitely eaten my share. We planted: tomatoes, green beans, peppers, spaghetti squash, zucchini, and cucumbers.

The best part is that the buns have an open snack bar all the time.

Baby is happy!

There is finally a toilet in the bathroom in our basement! No more trips upstairs all night long.