Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tonight we went over to the Provo house to do a little yard work. We've totally been slacking on this, and we knew it had probably gotten a little out of hand...


Well, our great neighbor, Carl, had mowed the front lawn for us! Awesome, huh? He seriously probably saved us like an hour, and that is great. Not to mention the help with curb appeal =)

The back yard was another matter...




Amos was so cute, he sat beside me while Eric mowed the lawn and I pulled weeds. I think the lawn mower scared him a little, because he wouldn't let me get too far away from him.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

By Popular Demand

The link to Amos' crib escape video on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bh30n3UhZAM

Anyone willing to send it in to Ellen to tell her we should be on her show? =)

Another Weekend Down

Its been another really good weekend.

Saturday morning we worked a little bit in the basement. We have lots of guests coming this week, so we decided to get the guest room and bathroom as ready as we can, so everyone will be a little more comfortable. Pictures of that soon...

Saturday afternoon we went to the Bijou Market. They had some really neat stuff there. It was all handmade jewelry, art, baby stuff, etc. I especially liked these:



and this:

MDSparks

It was a nice way to get out and walk around on a beautiful day and we ended up getting to see a few friends we really like!

Saturday night we went to Chuck and Desiree's housewarming party. It was so fun. They have a beautiful home, and we hope that's just one of many times we're invited to visit it. It was fun to see old friends there too.

Tonight we have dinner with the Wrights and then its time to start another week. Its a short week though, cause its Eric's vacation week this week! He'll be off for 12 entire days! We have lots of fun things planned for the fourth and his vacation, so I am sure there will be more to post.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Miss Maggie

Maggie is a crawling machine. Ok, not really. But, she is getting better. My favorite thing that has happened so far: she crawled out into the kitchen, which is tile, and then got so confused about the tile. Since then she's gotten used to the tile, and she has figured out if she crawls under Amos' high chair there is a chance she'll find some food.

Maggie sits like this a lot now, I guess she's learned to be ready to crawl away at a moment's notice:


There was a day last week that when she woke up in the morning, she was just bigger and older. Its crazy how fast she is growing.


She's started making this funny face where she sucks on her lips. It must feel good, because she does it a lot. Maybe some teeth will fix that:

Friday, June 26, 2009

Toddler Beds and Cages

Amos' sleeping situation has gotten even weirder...

Since we've been home from Boise I set up the pack n' play in his room and he's been sleeping in it at night and taking his naps in it. Eric thinks this is in some way cruel. I am not exactly sure why, something about a caged animal? Anyway, Eric has made it his special project to "bed" train Amos. So, last night he put Amos into his toddler bed and said good night. Of course, we could hear Amos up playing in a matter of minutes, so Eric went in and put him back into bed. This happened a couple more times, but Eric kept at it. On a side note: one of the times we could hear him, but couldn't find him. He was looking out his window, so he was hiding behind the blinds. He went quiet when we called him, so we had to turn on the lights to find him. It was pretty comical. Anyway, this morning when I went in to get him I was surprised to find him in his pack n' play. I didn't think Eric would give up so easily.

So, tonight we put him into his toddler bed again. I checked him a couple times, and he was staying in it, although not falling asleep. He finally went quiet, so I went in to check on him and the toddler bed was empty...but WHERE WAS HE?Yeah, he was totally in the pack n' play! He has somehow figured out how to get into it, and wants to be in it? So much for Eric's caged animal theory...unless we broke him?

Paying Attention Update

Eric is seriously the perfect man for me. I have been struggling with a "paying attention to what I am eating and how much I am working out" backslide (ok, a BIG one), and he has been so funny about it.

We are im'ing right now and after giving me a little encouragement he said, "That's my fat counseling for the day. I'll send you a bill in the mail." Nice.

Seriously though, I am pretty disappointed with myself right now, but I am hoping to turn that into positive energy and not more of an excuse to continue to do poorly. I did workout #4 of the 30-day workout on the Active today, and it was so hard. I am pretty sure I haven't worked out that hard in a long time...JUMPING lunges AND JUMPING squats??? Sheesh.

Anyway, I am getting back on track. For reals.

My brother-in-law just dug up this picture of me and my sister from who knows where, and it makes me sad. Not that I expect to look exactly like I did at 18-19, but I am not that old, yet. I am taking off this marriage weight, college weight, etc. (I wish I could blame the babies, but it isn't their fault).Kate totally still looks that good too. And our apartment was a really ugly color? I liked it at the time...

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Stuck

Sometimes during the day I am overwhelmed by the urge to pick Amos up and hug him really tight. Today was no exception, and as he was driving by me on his truck, I scooped him up and hugged him really tight. His response:

"Stuck. I stuck."

That's right kid, you're stuck with me.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

It's On

Eric challenged me this evening, and in true 'Shaver' fashion I will not back down. The challenge:

No soda for one month.

Yikes! I am a diet caffeine free coke/pepsi addict. I realize its nothing but pure chemicals, but I really love it. I don't even drink the caffeinated kind, so its not like I am even getting that out of it. Anyway, game on. I think it is going to be really good for me, because it will force me to drink water, gag. We'll see how I feel in a month.

P.S. Day 2 of the 30-day Challenge down. Woot.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Active

I finally got my act together and checked out Wii Active today. I liked it. Its a little unfair to judge anything like this solely on the first day, but I'll share my $0.02 if anyone is interested...

First off, it is a way harder workout than the wii Fit, and I started on medium, not advanced, so it gets harder.

The resistance band is kind of a joke, but you could always get a stronger one and just use that.

Its REALLY nice to not have to stop and choose a new exercise every time, it automatically advances you through a whole workout not one exercise at a time like the Fit.I did seem to have some connection troubles. It kept telling me I was running too slow, regardless of my actual speed (I stopped completely, then ran as fast as I could and it didn't register any change in my pace).

I am not sure if I like the journal/record keeping side of the program. I think the Fit is superior here, and it actually weighed you, which I need.

Anyway, that's what I noticed on round 1. I started the 30-day workout today, so I'm sure I'll have more to say as that goes on. And, yes, I totally looked like this:

Sunday, June 21, 2009

My Baby Daddy


I just want to take a moment on Father's Day to talk a little bit about my baby daddy, and yes, it is Eric.

I knew I always loved Eric, from the night of our first date on I knew he was special. When we got married I was thrilled, but I don't think I knew how much I could really love him until I got to know him as a father. On one of our first dates he told me how much he wanted kids (and that he would love it if his wife died, and he was left alone as a single Dad. Weirdo! Don't worry, he's since retracted that statement). I wasn't so sure I was into kids, and I think that made him worry about me as a wife a little bit. Thankfully he got me to change my mind, because I know neither one of us could become the person we really need to be without becoming parents first. I am also very grateful for the balance Eric provides in our family. There are many, many things that he will introduce our children too that I would never dream of. I am glad he will take them hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, etc. He will even teach them how to start fires in the backyard.


Anyway, I love Eric, he gives everything he has for this family, and I am so grateful for that.

Family Videos

Between all the other stuff this weekend I managed to finish something I've been working on for a while now--our family videos. Its crazy, but all those little video clips have just been piling up on my hard drive, and I didn't really have a plan for what to do with them. I am a fairly decent video editor, so I wasn't worried about that, it was mostly how to get them off the computer. I am old enough that all of my video creating experience involves VHS tapes, and I know that isn't the way to go these days. I have had terrible luck burning DVDs from my computer, and in fact, I lost our wedding video that way...but I knew I had to figure it out. Finally, this weekend, after some troubleshooting and learning new things, I got our family videos onto DVDs!

So, for the first time, Amos and Maggie debuted on the big screen:



I still think there has to be a better way, I am not sure what it is. Maybe one of those video cameras where you record right onto a dvd? I really like being able to easily upload our videos onto the computer though? I'm not going to lie, I miss VHS tapes...you just pop them in and press play.

More Rodeo

As Eric posted before, we went to the Rodeo on Friday night. It was really fun. I have never been to a rodeo before, and I really liked it. I learned a lot too. It was really cool to see all the animals, cowboys, rodeo princesses, and rodeo clowns. I really think I was meant to be a rodeo princess =) We went with our friend Andrea, and new friends Julie and Phil. Its always fun to see Andrea! I should also mention that there was really good food! The rodeo was part of Pleasant Grove's strawberry days, so there were lots of really yummy strawberries and cream.

I don't think Eric will love this picture, but I think its funny, and he's a good sport. Like I said, the food was good =) Maggie didn't quite get the concept of leaning back for the picture, so she didn't quite make the cut.



The kids were both on their best behavior, I think there was so much activity they didn't have a chance to get bored. As usual, we bribed Amos with some M&Ms, but he didn't really need them:

These pictures are all from Andrea's camera, Thanks Andrea!

Happy Father's Day

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Brother&Sister

The Margarets


Maggie and Meg=The Margarets =) Aren't they cute?

Rodeo Season

Rodeo season has begun... and last night was Amos and Maggie's first...


A&M's future:


Waiting for the rodeo to start:


Amos in his hick-wear:


PRCA Officials:

Friday, June 19, 2009

JERKS

Since I last discussed the Provo house we have been on the worst roller coaster I can imagine. The buyers backed out completely (as I said before), and it should have ended there. Well, it didn't. They have been jerking us around for a week and a half now and I have. HAD. IT. I've been trying to describe the situation in words, and I just don't feel like I am able to properly convey the frustration and anxiety this has been. I know how lucky I am that this is my biggest problem/concern, but I am still really struggling with the situation. I feel like Eric and I have tried to do everything right, we worked so hard to keep that house in good shape, and to even improve it. I have been struggling to understand what we are supposed to be learning from all of this and last night it hit me, maybe this isn't a "trial," maybe this is a "blessing."

So, anyway, here's the story as best as I can put it into words:

First, there were three days of rumors that they weren't really backing out, but nothing written. Then they finally got us a list of written demands that was crazy. Pretty much they wanted the 1944 house they put an offer on to become a 2009 house all at our expense. These were not things that "had" to be done, they were things we lived with and that I am sure they would live with if they were the ones that had to pay for it too. In spite of their overly high expectations, we tried to compromise with them, because we know we're selling a house in a crap market, etc. They also had the added benefit of being able to keep their initial closing date. So, we agreed to fix most everything, but tried to split the costs of one ridiculously large request, and initially it seemed like that would work. But, in the end they wouldn't compromise at all...

So, we did the most liberating thing we've done in a while...we told them to go away!

I know, it seems so risky to hope for something better to come along, but I am telling you the deal we were working so hard for with them was not good. There really does come a point when its more worth it to not make a deal at all than to take a crappy one, and I am really glad we didn't let them frustrate/trick/confuse/pressure us into making a crappy deal.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

She's Crawling!

Maggie has been teetering on the edge of learning how to crawl for a while now, and this morning it clicked. Its incredible how good she's gotten in just one day. She does especially well when there is something worth crawling to, like the remote or her bink. I guess its time to put the baby gate back up =(


Go Maggie!

This is a good one

So, I am supposed to be out in the garage pulling stuff out for the neighborhood yard sale on Saturday, but I got totally distracted by a box of old photos. I found a bunch of my high school dance pictures, and I thought I'd share. I remember fighting my Mom so hard about having to wear a modest dress, but boy am I glad I did now. Its really hard outside of Utah to find "dance" dresses with sleeves, etc. so I ended up with some interesting choices, but I don't regret any of them. I am not sure where the pictures are from Florida, so I am missing my Freshman year.

Sophomore Prom. My first dance with a date! I turned 16 just in time to be allowed to date for the Prom, and I got invited by a Junior, so it worked out great. This dress seems like a really odd choice to me now, but I definitely loved it at the time, and I remember begging my Mom to get it for me:


Junior Homecoming. My Mom made that skirt for me, I really wish I had a better picture of it, because it was AWESOME. I really need to learn how to sew:


Junior Winter Formal. Amber and Jamie are probably some of the nicest girls I've ever known, and I remember that they took such good care of me before this dance (and during the transition to a new high school in general). That is definitely one of my all time favorite dresses too:


Junior Prom. Oh, sweet Rex. What a good guy:


Senior Homecoming. Uh, I might regret the cowboy hat a little. I do remember that it didn't even make it into the dance though, so we're good:


Senior Winter Formal. That was my best friend's (see next picture) boyfriend, Patrick. The winter formal was girl ask guy, and she was going out of town, and I didn't really like anyone at the time, so it worked out perfect. Going to a dance with a friend was really fun:


Senior Prom. My Mom will probably never live this one down, and she shouldn't either: I was voted a Prom Princess and I was sooo excited. I came home and showed my Mom the crown all giggly and hyper and she looked at me really disapprovingly. I was crushed. I couldn't figure out why she wasn't as happy as I was. I don't remember exactly how it came out, but eventually I figured out that she thought I had bought myself the crown (as opposed to being given it):


And then I graduated:


And, for whatever reason this was in with the dance pictures-My FAVORITE! My war wounds from an all out battle with my sister Anna. We got into the most ridiculous fight about her refusing to fold her laundry, and it ended up totally physical. I don't think we've ever hit each other otherwise, but it was BAD. She totally kicked my butt, and I pulled her hair =( The fight only ended when she pushed me down onto one of my mom's lawn ornaments (a dog) and I got a dead leg and couldn't get up. I broke the dog's tail off, and I ended up with this ridiculous bruise, that I still have traces of today. And yes, the fight started inside the house and somehow we ended up out in the yard???


So what have I learned from all this? I am REALLY excited to have Maggie to share all this with someday.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Dinner Plans?

I was going to wait to post about this little adventure until after we did it, but that would not be helpful to anyone else who might be interested.

For much of the summer Arby's is offering a "freebie" on Wednesdays. Next Wednesday is a free regular roast beef sandwich when you buy a soda. So, Eric and I are going to take our kids, sodas, and free sandwiches to the park for dinner. I am really excited about all this. If you end up at Arby's on a Wednesday, enjoy!

Here's the calendar for the rest of the freebies:

Let Us Be Men

My friend Andrea had this up on her blog this morning, and I am sure she won't mind one bit I am borrowing it.

Let's get the Father's Day ball rolling, shall we?:

Monday, June 15, 2009

Trampolines and Solid Foods

A little video from Grammy and Grampy's house:

video

Amos loved jumping on the trampoline with his cousins. Maggie, on the other hand, did not love Grammy making her eat rice cereal.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Lived a little

Well, we lived just a little this weekend. We got up and went to the Art City Days parade on Saturday morning, and I am so glad we did. It was really fun to see Amos get so excited about the floats, people, animals, etc. We taught him to run out and grab the candy they threw, but he wasn't so into tootsie rolls or bit o' honeys. He also HATED the sirens and the cops on motorcycles made him a bit nervous too. Eh, He'll grow into it. Maggie, of course, was a perfect little angel. She sat in her stroller and sucked on her toy the whole time. She did eventually fall asleep, and managed to sleep through all the bands playing, etc.

For some reason I mostly took pictures of Maggie:




And one weird one of Amos:


After the parade we came home and put the kids down for naps. We had every intention of going back out to Art City days when they woke up, but it didn't happen. We worked in the basement a little (with supplies we already had), and then had a quiet dinner at home. At 7 p.m. I was so tired I just wanted to sleep, so I decided I would take a nap, not caring that I was going to wake up at 10 p.m. ready to be awake all night. Well, I didn't wake up until 8 a.m. the next morning. Yes, that's right, I slept from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m.! Yikes. Its good to be me.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Gymnast

We may have a gymnast on our hands:
video

In other news, Eric and I both secured our names on facebook as usernames. We got Maggie and Amos theirs too. We love gathering up Internet real estate. We're dorks, we know.

The Horne family on facebook:
www.facebook.com/laurahorne
www.facebook.com/erichorne
www.facebook.com/amoshorne
www.facebook.com/maggiehorne (I had such a hard time choosing between "Maggie" and "Margaret," I hope I don't regret this one.)

Happy 200!

This post is Amos' 200th post. What better way to celebrate than with a picture of him wearing pink floaties?


Last week in Boise he had such a great time with his cousin Morgan. They are just learning to play together, and I think its the start of a beautiful friendship:


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Just some thoughts

I'm pretty sure I've joked with one or two of you about how I spend so much time blogging, eventually I won't have anything to blog about but blogging. So far we've been lucky, and I keep finding material, but I want to make sure I always have new material. Finishing the basement has been great, and we really enjoy it, but its been taking up all of our money, weekends, and energy for so long, I am growing a little weary of it. I guess maybe that's what I am supposed to take from this whole Provo house mess-since its out of contract (again) we need to put our basement projects on hold, and we're finding ourselves with some free time. We've made plans to go to Art City Days this weekend, and I am really excited. Its time we got out of the house and lived a little.

How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
~Henry David Thoreau

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

BLEH!

The Prove house is back out of contract again. YUCK. Its starting to look like its a bit of a dud house, but it really isn't, I swear. We keep getting dud buyers =(

Anyway, back on the market it goes.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Back in UT

We're on our way home from the airport. Our short 45 minute flight
seemed extra long today. We're safe though, so I can't complain.

Another test

Photo?