Thursday, October 30, 2008

Trunk or Treat

Last night was our Ward Trunk-or-Treat. It was my first time at a Trunk-or-Treat, and I thought it was great! It was so fun to see all the kids come around, so excited about their costumes and candy.

Amos and Eric were supposed to do the circuit while I passed out candy, but our little pirate was more interested in playing in the grass. Its for the best though, because I gave out all my candy, and didn't get any more.

Amos did get one bag of m&ms somewhere, and that was definitely enough. He was pretty riled up when we got home and it took him a while to settle down for bed.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Anna's Here

Anna (Sis. Shaver) returned home safely last night from her 18-month mission in Taichung, Taiwan. She arrived at the Boise Airport at 9:00 p.m. We wanted to be there so badly, but there's something about having a baby out of state without full insurance coverage that is prohibitive =( Anyway, I am pretty sure she had enough going on without us there too.

Morgan hadn't seen Anna since she was a couple months old, so she took a little getting used to.

She was anxious for some Mexican food after a year without it, so they took her right from the airport to Taco Bell. Nothing but the best after a year and a half =)

Anna remembered to come home bearing gifts, the universal Shaver sign of love.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

She's Back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I just got off the phone with Anna, and she sounded soooo good! She just landed and there was a lot of commotion, but she sounded just like Anna. My parents, Meg, and the Iversons went to meet her at the airport, so hopefully somebody remembered to take a picture.

(FYI--Anna has been on a mission for our church in Taiwan for the last 18 months).

Painted Nursery

Last weekend I finally painted new baby Horne's room. I have been putting it off forever (well, officially since Labor Day when we bought the paint). I stole the stripes idea from Brett and Derek, and I am glad I did. I am "nesting" in slow motion, so what should have taken a few hours took a few days, but its done, and that's what counts. Note: Eric gets full credit for measuring the stripes.

As for the new baby Horne update, she will be joining us next week. We will pick a day to induce her at our Monday appointment, but it will be next Thursday at the latest (11/6). Pretty crazy. We have one weekend left as the parents of one child!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Big Victory for Me Today

If I thought I had anxiety over floral design class, it was nothing compared to the anxiety I felt about getting my car registered in Utah. I have seriously stayed up at night worrying about getting it done. Most people would just go do it, but I put it off as long as possible. With my registration expiring in a few days, and baby girl Horne coming any day, I knew I had to do it soon.

Well, today I took control and further became a Utahn. I now have Utah plates to match my Utah driver's license. Truthfully, the most difficult part was finding a parking space, but I still feel very, very accomplished today.

Monday, October 20, 2008

The Snuggler

Amos has become quite the snuggler within the last week. I am not sure if its the death plague, his most recent round of shots, or that he can sense little sister coming, but he is so lovey! It is really sweet, and it gives me a great excuse to not do any housework.

I am glad Amos seems to be taking full advantage of his last little bit as an only child.

Friday, October 17, 2008

One year check up

Amos had his one year check-up. Here are the new stats:

Weight: 19 lbs, 6.5 oz (10%)
Height: 30 in (60%)
Head: 45.8 cm (40%)

He's having trouble gaining weight...which makes me think, maybe he's not my son.

Eric is my hero/Costco run

This week has been a little nuts. Early in the week, Amos and Eric came down with the death plague flu. I had my flu shot on Monday, so I thought I might be exempt. No such luck. Eric looked extremely miserable while he had it, and I tried my best to help him, but it wasn't until I had it myself that I wished I had done a lot more for him. While he was sick, I got him 1 glass of water from the kitchen. While I was sick, he went to Walmart at 4 a.m. for medicine, ginger ale, and apples. While he was sick, I let him go to bed early. While I was sick, he cleaned the whole house, did laundry, and made dinner. Sadly, I could go on comparing the inequities of our bedside manner, but I'll stop for my own sake.

Today we're all feeling better, so we ventured to Costco to do a little pre-new baby stocking up. (We tried to keep the remainder of any germs we might still have to ourselves.) Amos pretty much hates sitting in the cart, but today we discovered if you put a bag of raw cranberries next to him, he will burrow in it until he can get them out. Then, he will eat them. Happily.

For the record, there is such an excessive amount of diapers in our cart because there was actually a coupon for diapers this month at costco. There are NEVER coupons for diapers, so I had to take advantage of the opportunity.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Life With a 1-Year Old Is Great

The closet cleaning continued today. Once again, as I went to put something away I heard Amos start to scream his "wild bears are eating me" scream. He sounded like something really bad had happened--First my heart stopped, then I ran (as well as an 8 months pregnant woman can) back into the room.

Here is what I found:

Amos had climbed into his walker and gotten "stuck." The ironic part is I had to take the walker away from him a month ago because he had learned how to climb out of it. You better believe I went to get the camera...he about gave me a heart attack.

Floral Design Class

This week I took a Floral Design class through the Springville Community School (adult education). I have been looking for classes like this to take for a while, and this is the first time one has worked with mine and Eric's schedules (and some help from the Browns!).

The first night we went over the basics, like how to cut a stem (oddly difficult for me). We practiced on some gorgeous long stemmed roses and st. john's wort.

The next night we actually made an arrangement. It was hard to know where to place stuff so it would look good. We used: leather fern, sunflowers, cattails, mums, st. john's wort, and fall leaves.

I got a little anxiety over it, but it was really fun and I am glad I made the extra effort to try something out of my comfort zone. Thanks to Eric for supporting me, even though it seemed like a small thing to him, it was a big thing to me!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Old Toys Revisted

Since the hoop-la surrounding Amos' first birthday has settled I have decided to start working on Baby Girl Horne's room. Her room will be what is currently serving as the guest room, so the biggest thing was to go through the closet and start getting better organized. We've been piling miscellaneous stuff in there since the day we moved into this house. A majority of the stuff in that closet is "baby" stuff Amos has grown out of. While I was working on it today Amos was helping. At one point I left the room to put something away somewhere else and when I came back he had climbed into his old bouncy seat and was making it bounce. It was so cute!

I had to go find the camera, so this isn't exactly how I found him, but still cute.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The Pumpkin Patch

Our final activity of the birthday "weekend" was a trip to the pumpkin patch on Monday night. We took Amos last year when he was just a few weeks old, and he stayed in his car seat all bundled up the whole time. This year was a lot different! He was all over the place, mostly picking up dirt. Nan and Pop were with us, so we got some more great pictures. I think I see a great tradition starting...

There was also a corn maze, that Amos was a little scared of, but with some encouragement he found his way out.

Grandparents' Weekend

Birthday party aside, we had an awesome weekend with my parents and Eric's parents all able to come visit. Eric and I were talking yesterday, and we decided we couldn't ask for a more perfect weekend. Amos loved the attention, and he saw more of the great outdoors than ever before.

On Sunday we went for a hike in some canyon that Eric knew about. It was beautiful (and I did not go into labor):

Hornes hiking:

"Shavers" hiking:

Amos and Pop by the river:

Amos and Pop Horne at the park:

Amos and his Grammy Cindy:

Amos and his walking stick. He is sporting his gator outfit in honor of Papa Shaver's medical school alma mater:

Bean Party

For Amos' first birthday we had a fun party with a "Bean" theme. We ate: bean soup with rolls (made by the fabulous Kelli), bean dip, beanie weenies, jelly beans, and birthday cake with vanilla bean ice cream. Yummy! I have now sorted through the 273 pictures on Grandma Nancy's camera and have chosen a few to share (nowhere near 273).

Amos was only slightly interested in his cake. He did eat two cupcakes though:

Amos is a good sharer. I am gagging a little thinking about this:

Amos actually opened a few of his presents himself. He really liked the tissue paper:

The birthday boy with Mom and Dad. We're into stripes:

The food table:

The party people:

Dad and Amos eating jelly bean cupcakes:

Good Things Utah Appearance

So, I am still not ready with the birthday here's another one to hold you over. I sent in Beanie's picture to Good Things Utah (our local version of "The View") so they would show it on his birthday. Here he is on the big screen:

Monday, October 6, 2008

The Party is Over =(

Amos' first birthday party was on Saturday, and it was so fun! I have been getting ready for a month (because I am slow, not because I am on top of things), and I can't believe its over. I have a lot more pictures to post, but here's one to hold you over.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Finally, Finally!

This time last year Beanie was born! He was one angry little dude after his long battle to get out.

Happy Birthday Beanie Baby! We love you!


This time last year we were FINALLY admitted to delivery at Orem Community Hospital. It had been a very long couple of days leading up to this moment. I had two morphine shots, hadn't eaten, and hadn't slept for most of the previous 48 hours. Bleh. I got the epidural around 4 p.m., but still had a long wait ahead of us until Beanie would arrive...

Thursday, October 2, 2008


Trying to clean the house with a soon to be one year old "helping" is infuriating. I don't know why he is so much faster than me, but he can pull stuff out a lot quicker than I can put it in.

Follow up to the last post: This time last year I was STILL in labor, we'd been to the hospital once, gotten a morphine shot, and were back at home. Eric took the day off work so he could time my contractions, and keep me company.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

One year ago today... contractions announcing the arrival of baby Amos were starting just about this time. We'd been to the doctor a little earlier in the day, and at that point I hadn't had any contractions yet. He did give us the wink, wink as we left though, and said he'd be surprised if we made our next appointment.