Sunday, January 25, 2009

Decision Time

Eric pointed out today that it has been 3 WHOLE DAYS since my last blog, and it was time for another one.

I don't feel like I have anything to blog about it, when really we're about to make a very big decision. Our tenants that were renting our Provo house moved out this week, and we've been cleaning, repainting, and repairing all weekend. So, here's the decision: re-rent or SELL! Ok, I am a little biased. I think we should sell. I know, you're all thinking I'm crazy to sell a house in this market. I may be, but Eric and I feel like it is the right decision for us. Things may have slowed, but there are still people out there looking for the perfect little house, and who I am to deprive them of that? I will also mention that we were very fortunate to get a very good deal on our little house, so we're in a good position.

Anyway, that's what we've been up to. Here's a picture of Maggie, just because she's cute:

Thursday, January 22, 2009


Maggie is such a good baby its ridiculous. She's starting to have more awake time, and we've been trying to transition her from lying on the couch to the floor. The floor is much safer because she can't roll off of it, but its much more dangerous because Amos is running wild around it. He's getting much better, but every once in a while he'll run right over her. He always seems to drop his toys when he's right over her too. She is going to be a tough little girl with a big brother like Amos.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

God Bless America

Today is one of those days that I'll tell my kids about forever ("I remember when the first African American became president, Amos was standing on the kitchen table and Maggie was asleep in her swing..."). I wish I was more excited about Barack Obama, but I am very excited for what he represents. I may not agree with his politics, but I think an African American president is a huge step for our country, and I hope it opens the door for all people.

I really hope Pres. Obama can do all the things that are expected of him, and if not, I hope the American people will understand that he is human and our nation's problems can't be fixed by one person. I can't help but think about Amos and Maggie, and what this may mean for them. At this point no one knows what changes will come, but I hope for the best.

Let freedom ring!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

My boys

I just found this picture on my camera and it reminded me of another picture taken a year ago. My, how things have changed. I should mention both pictures are taken on the couch in Grammy's living room, but its even a different couch.

Friday, January 16, 2009

15 Month Check-up

Amos had his 15 month check-up this morning. The doctor said he was pleased with everything, even though Amos isn't gaining very much weight. It might have something to do with Amos running circles around the doctor while we talked, but the doc said he's pretty sure he's not gaining weight because of his activity level.

New stats:
Weight: 20 lb, 14 oz (5%)
Height: 31 in (50%)
Head: 46.7 cm (40%)

After we got home from the doctor, Amos disappeared and got real quiet. I found him sitting in a pile of toys reading a book. So sweet.

A Whole New Level of Crafting

I got a cricut from Eric for Christmas this year, and I am just now finding time to play with it. I am by no means a natural crafter, so I am enjoying being able to cheat a little bit. I've done a few projects to help me get acquainted with the cricut's capabilities, and here they are:

My first project was new "art" for the frames in our living room. Eric said, "Its a good thing its says 'home' or we might not know where we are."

Project #2 was a keepsake box for Princess Maggie. She is going to be spoiled rotten because I can't say no to pink. Or cuteness.

Project #3 was by far the most difficult. I made a vinyl sign for my laundry room wall. Eric is extremely opposed to vinyl on the walls, so I chose a room where he wouldn't have to see it. It took forever, and it was expensive. I could have bought a sign for cheaper. Oh well, it was good practice.

A special thank you goes out to Eric, who let me go to Roberts craft store pretty much every night this week, and who loves all my crafts whether they are good or not.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009


I was feeding Amos lunch today when I got distracted by the breaking news that a plane had crashed into the Hudson River. Amos, on the other hand, didn't miss a beat. He grabbed the pudding right off the table and had at it. Such a mess!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Mean Pea McGee

This is really not typical, but this picture was so funny I couldn't resist. Tummy time can be hard...

Sweet Pea McGee

Maggie is getting to be quite the little smiler. I thought Amos was a happy baby, but Maggie is showing him how its done. I catch her smiling at absolutely nothing all the time. Its really sweet, hence, Sweet Pea McGee. P.S. check out that chin!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

There's Nothing Subtle About the NRA

While I was cleaning out the pantry Eric went to the gun show. He came home with a free hat:

Early Spring Cleaning

I've decided to start on my spring cleaning early, since its likely to take me 4x as long as a normal person. Today I cleaned out our pantry. It was incredibly eye opening. We haven't even lived here a year yet, and it was so dirty and disorganized. It was a lot of work, but I am glad I did it, because we had food I didn't even remember. I'm feeling much more familiar with our food now. I think it will be easier to think of things to make for dinner, and easier to find the food now.

Everything emptied onto the counters:

And the "after":

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Oh, Amos.

Its no secret that I really like my son. Because I forget things really easily, I want to take this opportunity to document some of my favorite things he does so I can re-read them when he's 16 and infuriating.

1. He kisses EVERYTHING, including, but not limited to: silverware, Maggie, his yellow socks, his bears, windows, cotton balls, Grammy and Grampy's dogs, and the remote.

2. He has started running into his room and standing by his crib when I ask if he wants to take a nap. Sometimes he'll pick up a bear or blankie he wants to take with him.

3. He is already showing signs of being a great big brother. Along with the previously mentioned kissing, he takes good care of Maggie. He likes to put her bink in her mouth when it has fallen out (whether she wants it or not) and he likes to cover her with her blankie. If she starts to cry, he'll run over to her and point at her.

4. Today I was dusting the blinds in his room. He watched quietly for a minute, then ran off. He came back with a tissue and started dusting right along with me. Let's hope that helping attitude sticks.

5. **I apologize, this one is a little gross, but I want to remember it.** He has started to bring me his boogies. He gives them to me and says, "Ew."

6. The other day I caught him trying to eat fruit snacks with his toes.

7. When he hears music he starts to dance. It doesn't matter where the music is coming from, he is dancing.

8. He is obsessed with t.v. He especially likes Sesame Street, but I've seen him seriously watch C-Span too.

9. I think he sleep walks. He does weird things in the middle of the night with his eyes open. Its like the lights are on, but nobody is home.

In case you're wondering, Eric gave Amos the entire pot of peas to eat out of. He loved it.

Oh, Eric.

Just thought I would share the Horne family bonfire. Eric "accidentally" missed trash day the week before Christmas, causing some serious trash debt (i.e. more trash than fits in the trash can). Don't worry though...he took care of our excess trash.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009


So, it turns out the park in our neighborhood is the most amazing sledding hill. The day after Christmas we just had to go to Walmart to buy a sled so we could take Amos. He loved the sledding, but he also loved just wandering around in the snow. We're in trouble with him, because he already is so interested in the big kids and what they are doing.

(For the record, everyone was so anxious to go sledding they couldn't wait for me to finish my lunch. Hence, the sandwich in my hand.)

Christmas 2008

I can't help but think that this was the best holiday season I've ever had. I suppose we earned it after the very difficult month of November.

My most favorite part of December was that Eric got 12 days off of work. I love having him around, and so does Amos. Maggie doesn't really notice =)

Eric's parents came for Christmas. It was the first time I got to experience Christmas with anyone besides my original family (the Hornes are my family too now), and I loved it. We had a great ham dinner on Christmas eve, and then a prime rib dinner on Christmas day. It was the best leftovers my fridge has ever seen. Present opening was the best. Amos is such a cool kid, and seeing him so thrilled over his new toys made me very happy. Nan and Pop were so generous, we're very lucky to have them!

Amos got so many great presents, I couldn't pick a favorite. The singing Elmo was a big hit though:

My favorite present Maggie got was this pink horse. It is so cute!:

I found this picture on Nan's camera, and I thought it was really funny. There's nothing like a baby ornament:

Santa even came to visit us:

We started the Christmas pajamas tradition this year, I know everyone does it, but I really like having new pajamas, so any excuse works for me. This year Amos and Maggie both got Christmas pajamas.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Growing Girl is 2 Months

Maggie had a doctor's appointment today, she is getting so big. She had the first of her shots, and now she is just sleeping the afternoon away.

Stats from her check-up today:
Weight: 10 lbs. 7 oz. (25%)
Height: 21.5 inches (10%)
Head: 37.2 cm

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Home Safe

We made it home safe from Boise. Hopefully sometime this week I'll catch up on my blog "journaling" of our holidays.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, need I say more?