Friday, February 29, 2008

We're Back

Amos and I took a little vacation with my parents this week. My Dad has always wanted to see St. George, so we headed south. I wasn't sure how I felt about St. George as a tourist destination, but 60 degree weather and sunshine was just what I needed. I am so over winter.

We stopped at Fort Cove/Cove Fort? on the way down to St. George. It was a really cool place, with a cool history.

We saw all of the Church historical sites in St. George. The Temple was gorgeous. It stood out against the red rock in the most amazing way. I am a sucker for palm trees.

Grammy and her little buddy:

A hike in Provo canyon:

My favorite picture of all, Beanie was beat after all of the adventures.

Friday, February 22, 2008

This Little Piggy

I have become a Mod Podge Master. I have Mod Podged just about anything I could get my hands on. This month's project was a piggy bank for Beanie. When I was in Boise I found the cutest little Piggy Banks, and Grammy Shaver invested in a few. So far I only have one done, but eventually there will be one for both sets of Grandparents and Amos. This one is for my Mom and Dad. My Dad thought it would be a good place to put his change, and then when Amos goes to visit them, he can collect!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Things Fall Apart

A headline on CNN caught my attention today. "Things Fall Apart" still teaching lessons 50 years later. It reminded me of my past life, when everything was still only about myself. I read "Things Fall Apart" my sophomore year of high school. Ironically, things had just fallen apart for me. My family moved from Florida to Oregon, and the move was a lot more difficult than I had thought it would be.

I might not have been able to pronounce the name of the main character, but I really felt for him. I've never experienced colonization, but I do know what its like when things change, making nothing the same ever again. Things have fallen apart a few more times for me since then, and I am sure they will continue to fall apart, but things have a way of working out too.

I've claimed "Things Fall Apart" as my favorite book since I first read it, and I was reminded of that all over again today. Thank you Mr. Achebe.

For our Canadian readers, a link to an article from the Canadian Press, here.

Friday, February 15, 2008

The Best V-Day Ever!

St. Valentine smiled down on us once again and we had another great Valentine's Day yesterday. I had already given Eric his present a few days earlier (I painted the bathroom doors and they were impossible to hide), so there was no pressure on me.

Eric sent me gorgeous flowers from Artisan Bloom again (thanks Kellie!), and they are even prettier than the last ones.

Eric also made a fabulous dinner. Steak, butternut squash, asparagus, and mushrooms. He even gave me the big steak.

Amos fell asleep at 4 p.m., so we enjoyed a really quiet night with an amazing episode of Lost. I totally called Sayid as one of the Oceanic 6.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008


While I was writing my last blog I noticed the charge cord for my laptop seemed to be caught on something. A quick investigation uncovered a very cute culprit.

4 months old (give or take a few weeks)

Here are the new stats:

Weight: 13 lbs. (25%)
Length: 25.25 in. (75%)
Head: 40.8 cm (25%)

Taking a picture of Amos is getting a little more complicated. He has so many new distractions:


Grabbing his feet:

Grabbing other things:

Tuesday, February 12, 2008


For those of you who have know Eric and I for at least a minute you know there is a fierce BYU/UVSC (UVU) rivalry between us. For now, being the only degree holder, I have the upper-hand. Since Eric is getting close to catching up, I have started a new campaign called "Gems from Eric's Human Resources class discussions." (See lower right-hand column). It has come to my attention that during Eric's online class discussions some of the other students write/type/communicate like they are in the 3rd grade. Their educated arguments look like they are text messages. So, I am starting a list that I will update as the semester continues on. I promise I will only include real comments free from any kind of editing, because that's what makes them "gems."


Monday, February 11, 2008


Beanie spits up all the time. Seriously. It doesn't matter at all when he last ate. He will spit up 5 minutes after he eats, and 5 hours after he eats. I have tried everything to make the spit up stop, but nothing works. So, I have decided to make peace with the spit up.

Boise Again.

This past weekend we took a quick trip to my parents house in Boise. The Browns came with us and we had so much fun! We played with Beanie, shopped, went for a walk, the boys went shooting, and we ate great food. We also spent large amounts of time playing American Idol on the Wii. I only knew one song, the Titanic Theme "My Heart Will Go On," and everyone was kind enough to let me sing it 14 times.

Amos and Grammy had some good bonding time this weekend:

The walkers:

Britni wanted me to jump too...Beanie would have gotten SQUISHED:

The "purpose" of our trip to Boise was to help my Dad fill in a box at the Boise Stampede game (part of the Developmental League). We got crushed by the LA D-Fenders, but at least there were dippin' dots! My friend from Eugene, Laura, came to meet us, so that was definitely an added bonus too.

The game crowd: Eric, Grampy Shaver, Grammy Shaver, David Brown, Britni Brown, Laura Denner, and Meg Shaver.

Grammy and Grampy utilizing the box with Amos:

Amos loves basketball!

David watching the best part of the game, the beginning when they announce all of the players:

Wednesday, February 6, 2008


This picture was on CNN today, a story about a fire in Germany. Basically, the baby's Uncle had to choose whether or not to drop the 9-month-old four stories to a policeman waiting below. The Uncle dropped him, and saved his life. I just can't get over this picture. It makes me feel so grateful for our safety. I am a little bit sensitive to small babies these days, but I can't imagine having to do what the Uncle of this little baby did. Eric and I have talked a lot about what we do in certain situations to protect our family (mostly Amos). I am so grateful that we haven't needed to execute any of our plans. Seriously, go buy a fire alarm if you don't already have one.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

I Heart Amazon

One day, a few weeks ago, I went through all of our old books and listed them all on Amazon. A lot of the books have sold, but it got really exciting today. I sold an old text book (from my good ole' college days) for $25. $25 is not a particularly thrilling amount of money, but it was a book that the BYU bookstore refused to buy back because it wasn't worth anything to them. It was a broadcasting book, and I am not a broadcaster, so I didn't really need it anymore either. So pretty much, it was a magic $25 that appeared from 200 pages of uselessness. Woot.

Monday, February 4, 2008

My favorite Super Bowl commercial:

Me and the boys were talking about what to do with all this extra coin? Hehe.

Beanie is on the move

Amos has figured out his new trick a little better today. He did log rolls across the living room this morning. He keeps rolling off of his play mat, and then getting sad that he can't reach his toys anymore. I am so grateful that he figured out how to roll back over. It was getting a little tiring rolling him back over all the time.

Friday, February 1, 2008

100% Confirmed.

Amos rolled over, all the way. No little arms were stuck under him this time. He woke up screaming last night, and when we went in to check on him, he was on his tummy, flailing like a crazy baby. This morning we've passed the time playing with his new trick. He'll roll over and get scared and scream, and then I'll roll him back over. Then he does it again.