Thursday, July 30, 2009

Published

Its been like Christmas in July this week and I am loving it. I used Blurb to make my blog into a book and ordered it a couple weeks ago. Our book showed up on my doorstep yesterday and it totally made my week.

Eric might be better at family history, but I pull my weight when it comes to journaling. Here it is, 240 pages of Hornes:




I plan to do a new book every year, so this is volume one. So cool. Its just like a yearbook, only this time I get to choose the pictures of me that go in there. If you have a blog and are interested in printing it, I highly recommend blurb's services. Their software is incredibly easy to use and the finished product is awesome.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Company

My friend from EFY/college, Deveney, and her daughter, Paisley, have been staying with us for the last few days and I have LOVED having them. The kids are having such a blast together. The girls have left us for a couple days, but they'll be back on Friday...

This is the only picture I took so far, but I think its a pretty good example of the kids playing together. Amos and Paisley playing together, and Maggie making a run for it. Perfect:

Double the pleasure, double the fun...

The carpet in the basement went in today, and with that, the size of our house has doubled. A year and 2 months and lots of blood (that thankfully the paint covered), sweat, and tears and its finished. Now that all is said and done we have added three bedrooms (functioning as Eric's office, a guest room, and the playroom), one bathroom, a storage closet, and a family room.

There is so much to be said about the project that has taken up all of our free time, energy, and money for the last year, I don't even know where to begin. We owe the success of our project to pretty much everyone we know in one way or another.

Special thanks goes out to:
The Hornes/Pop and Nan/Bruce and Nancy
The Shavers/Grampy and Grammy/Rodger and Cindy
David and Britni (and both sets of their parents)

So, on to the good stuff-pictures!

The family room. The couch, t.v. and family hangout spot:


Attached to the family room is a bedroom that we will use as the playroom for now:


Looking out into the family room:



The "foyer" as we like to call it. This is the area immediately at the bottom of the stairs. Eric's office is on one side and the guest room is on the other. I hope to put in a built-in craft area/study someday. But, its a bit early to be thinking about the next project:


The french doors that open into Eric's office (the carpet wasn't installed yet when I took this picture):


Eric's office interior:


Downstairs/Guest bathroom vanity:


The shower that Eric tiled so beautifully:


Through the bathroom door from the family room looking through the bathroom into the guest room:


Believe it or not, we still have a lot of work to do moving furniture, cleaning, decorating, etc. but it couldn't be better work to have to do.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Tornado

We were robbed:

Just kidding! Just the aftermath of nap time today.

I thought this was a fun little discovery in all the rubble:


Hot Date

Because of the "holiday" (Pioneer Day for non-Utahns) not much was going on at Eric's work and he was able to take Thursday off, as well as Friday. I took full advantage of Eric's day off and I went out on a date with my friend Desiree. If there is someone I can count on to make time to have fun with me, its Desiree.

We went to Happy Sumo for lunch and then went to see a movie. We saw I Love You, Beth Cooper and it was HORRIBLE. Seriously, if this kind of thing appeals to teenagers today we're all in trouble. Luckily we were the only ones in the theater, so we could talk and mock to pass the time.


Anyway, thanks for the hot date Desiree!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Done.

I did it. One month sans soda and boy, am I glad that's over. I wish I could say I was reformed, but I'm not. I will be drinking lots of soda to make up for lost time.

Even though Eric claims I was in a bet with myself, he went out and got me a special fountain soda to celebrate and counted down to midnight for me =)


(Sorry there's no makeup and a messy shirt, I was working in the basement tonight.)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

"Rucks!"

We sat down to dinner tonight and Amos' plate looked like this:




Even Maggie got in on the action:



There isn't flat surface in this house that does not have a "ruck" on it.

P.S. Eric and I are totally staying up until midnight so I can drink a soda. 29 minutes to go...

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Nicknames

Amos has been "The Bean" since he was about 3 days old. There have been variations like "Beanie Baby" used, but he's been pretty consistently nicknamed "The Bean." Maggie, on the other hand, is a girl of many nicknames. I thought I would document a few and their origins.

Prune face. Yes, prunes.

Peanut Butter: When Maggie was just a couple weeks old Eric brought her into me one morning while I was sleeping. He put her in my arms, and I snuggled up and said, "Mmm. Peanut Butter."

Maggles: This one came from Eric. I think he just liked it.

Moo Moo: "Maggie Moo" just sort of rolls off the tongue, and it was eventually shortened (?) to "Moo Moo" or just "Moo."

Crazy Cracker: Probably my favorite, this describes a certain behavior of Maggie's. When we go in to get her after a nap she goes nutso. She squeals and crawls around as fast as she can in circles. Sort of like "Peanut Butter" this one just popped out one day and stuck. (Note: we mean cracker, like the thing you put your cheese on, not the perjorative version. We have a definite food theme going here.)

Cheesy Bread: This is the follow up to "crazy cracker". A while ago there was a Pizza Hut commercial promoting free cheesy bread. As part of the commericial a little girl overhears her parents saying the cheesy bread was free, so she takes it out in the backyard and tries to set the cheesy bread free while saying, "You're free cheesy bread, you're free!" So, when I let the crazy cracker out of her crib I say, "You're free cheesy bread, you're free!"

Maggoo: When texting about Maggie, my iphone always tried to correct her name to "Maggoo."

Baby: We probably refer to Maggie as "Baby" like 70% of the time. This is what Amos calls her, so when we're trying to tell him something about Maggie, we always say "Baby."

I just love this dazed look. So goofy.

When Amos had his "Bean" themed 1st birthday party my Mom joked that we better nickname the next baby "Chocolate." At this point, I think "chocolate" might be the only nickname that hasn't stuck...I'll have to work on that.

Dear Craig,

Thank you for your list.

Sincerely,
Laura

Seriously, I hate craigslist, but I must give credit where credit it due. I hate the idea of having to go to someone's house to look at whatever it is they're selling, then deciding how to tell them you don't want it, or even that you do want it. I really don't like the idea of strangers coming to my house either (it goes both ways). Those initial contact calls are always SO awkward. Anyway, onto the treasures...

I browse Craigslist out of boredom most of the time, because we don't really need anything. But, with the opening of the basement right around the corner I have been looking a little more seriously. Yesterday I found this dresser and nightstand for Maggie's room:



Yes, she now has the nicest furniture in the house. I was totally hesitant about driving all the way to Highland to look at them, but it was worth it. I really owe it to Eric who made sure I didn't chicken out. The suburban proved itself yet again, and we got all the stuff home in one trip. I forgot to take a picture of the suburban all packed, but basically we all had little airpockets to breath out of and that was it.

I think the real thanks here goes to the people in Highland who couldn't fit these treasures in their mansion (seriously).

Monday, July 20, 2009

Time Flies

We've been busy! Our weekend just flew by, and now its already Tuesday. It was a quiet weekend with some furniture "window" shopping, a bbq with Eric's work buddies, small basement projects, nap taking, movie watching, and family time.

Updates...

Amos: Obsessed with "rucks" (in adult speak: trucks). I hear about every "ruck" Amos ever sees multiple times. He plays with his "rucks" all day and I find little lines of them everywhere. Lately he's started to mimic what I say. Its funny because he won't say any of the words, but he'll mimic my intonations, so I know exactly what he's saying.



Maggie: Has the big news! She learned how to pull up on things AND she has two teeth now. She's been generally ornery the last few days and it was sort of frustrating, but the teeth explain it all. Poor thing, teeth came in two at a time just like Amos' did. They are only bottom teeth though, so I am worried about the top teeth.


Amos is having a little trouble with Maggie's new accomplishment, it seems to bother him for some reason. He likes to pull her down =(

He's still a great brother though, helping out with the bink:


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Waterfall

On Sunday afternoon we went up a canyon (somewhere?) and hiked to a really cool waterfall. It was a little more crowded than when Eric, Pop, and Amos had seen it before, but it was neat to see anyway. We stuck around and did a little fishing and playing in the stream too.





Oquirrh Mountain Temple Open House

While the Hornes were here we took an afternoon to go to the Oquirrh Mountain Temple Open House. Since we all had our church clothes on we figured we'd better document it:


Three generations of Horne men:

More Maggie

Just some cute ones of Miss Maggie:

Solid Foods


Maggie has finally decided she's interested in eating solid foods! Nan and Pop did a great job of feeding her oatmeal, sweet potatoes, and peas.

Outside

During the Horne's visit we spent lots of time playing in the yard, drawing on the sidewalk with chalk (thanks Aunt Anna!), having fires, and enjoying the beautiful weather (at night, after it cooled off a bit). We got some great pictures (in no particular order):

Smores:


I should point out that with Eric's fires, there is no sitting and relaxing. You have to be prepared at a moments notice to get up and run away from the flames:


Goodbye trash debt:

Sweet Maggie and her Dada:


Going down the slide:


Just having a good time:


BFFs:


I only ended up with one broken pinwheel:


The best kettle corn:


So close to Christmas card quality...Maggie: