Sunday, August 29, 2010

Family Portrait

Yeah, it has seriously come to this...I posted about this picture on my facebook status like a month ago with a promise to post it on the blog.  Well, I couldn't ever get either of the two scanners in the house to work, so I finally decided to take a picture of it with the camera. 


So, in all its glory, Amos' family portrait including: Amos, Dada, Mama, Baby Audrey, Maggie, and Amos' golf clubs.


That's right, our family isn't complete without Amos' golf clubs (in their bag, in case my drawing skills confuse you).

Eric is Awesome

(but you knew that).


Seriously though, do you read People Magazine?  No?  Us either.  BUT, the company that Eric works for (Ancestry.com) got a page mention in the current edition (that one, up there, with Elin on the cover).  AND, it happens to be for a project that Eric was the product manager for (read: in charge of). 



On a side note, in a recent survey that asked "the Horne family member most likely to be directly associated with an article in People Magazine" 0 out of 10 people chose Eric =) 

Seriously though, our Dada works hard and we're proud of him.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Party Time

Amos keeps asking me to go to a party...not to be confused with the "potty" (which he does not want to go to at all).  Anyone up for throwing a party?

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Fun, fun, fun

We just finished an extra special visit.  Grandma and Grandpa Shaver came to visit, which is always exciting, but they brought with them cousins Morgan and Carrie, and Aunt Anna.  We had a full house that tested the capacity of our guest quarters, kitchen, and cars.  We had such a great, worry free time, and I hope our visitors did too.

Their trip was quick, but we packed in a ton of activities (most of which I didn't take pictures of).

The travelers arrived Sunday evening just in time for dinner and a little belated birthday cake for Aunt Meg.

Monday we went to Park City and enjoyed a beautiful day at the Alpine Slides.  All of the kids were good sports and tried the slides.  Turns out they all loved it, so they went again and again.  The big kids loved the zipline and the roller coaster too, and the little kids loved the other rides like the carousel, train, and airplanes.  It was a perfect mix of big kid/little kid activities and everyone had fun.








Tuesday we tried to go to Seven Peaks, but so many of the rides were closed it didn't seem worth it.  So, we came home and played in the kiddie pool in the backyard.  We also visited BYU campus and checked out the bookstore, library, and the creamery.  Tuesday night we headed up Hobble Creek Canyon to "our" spot for tinfoil dinners, rock throwing, and general outdoors-ness. 


This morning everybody cleaned the house and then they headed back to Boise so Carrie could go to her middle school (!) orientation tonight.

The rest of our time was full of cousin sleepovers, movies, playing in the playroom, and eating =) We're glad they think we're worth the drive, we loved having them!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

33+

Things have been quiet around here.  I am 33+ weeks pregnant now (between 33 and 34 weeks).  Today we had a good check-up with the doctor.  He said that another half week and he won't stop labor if it starts on its own.  Wild!  I don't think this baby is coming early, because if she's anything like the other two we'll have to force her out, but its crazy to think it could happen so soon.


On another note...on the way home from the babysitter Amos kept asking my why I went to the doctor.  I was a little distracted, and I told him so I could check on baby "Maggie."  He thought it was so funny, and said, "not baby "Maggie," baby "Audrey!"  He gets it.  

I probably should include a picture of myself with this post, but I think I've passed the point of photographing with this pregnancy =)   


Sunday, August 15, 2010

Wiggle Dance

I was looking for something else tonight and I came across this video of Amos:



I had forgotten that Amos used to do that funny wiggling.  It made me really miss "baby" Amos.  I love the kids my babies have become, but I am really looking forward to having a baby in the house again.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Sleeping Situation

We're still working on the whole shared room situation.  Amos and Maggie absolutely love it, but they're not sleeping enough at all.  They play until they drop at night, and then they wake up crazy early and start playing some more =(
Maggie has been temporarily relocated back to her crib...she's taking it ok.  Amos is pretty heartbroken that we took his buddy away though.


Amos has been crashing during his nap time every afternoon.  We have to wake him up for dinner, which makes him a super pleasant dinner guest.

**Amos doesn't always sleep with a Faith Hill cd booklet.  He thinks that's "Mama" in the picture though =)

We're thinking our next experiment will be to put Maggie in a crib (as opposed to toddler bed) in the same room with Amos.  If she can't run around like a hooligan they might settle down sooner.  Might. 

Either way, we have enough baby/toddler furniture to stock a day care now.  Oh wait, soon we'll have enough babies/toddlers to be a daycare.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Yum

I know, I've been a bad blogger.  I have been a very good mother and wife though =)  I've been busy keeping up with all things domestic (which is so hard for me!).  Truthfully, I don't have a domestic bone in my body.  I really don't know what Eric was thinking when he married me.  I didn't bring much to the table aside from some takeout menus.

Last month I started planning a monthly menu and sticking to it.  I think we only ate out 4 times, which is a miracle!  We've had some really good meals, and some not so good ones.  I am learning a lot though.  This also fits in with my New Year's Resolution to challenge myself.  If you're laughing because cooking dinner each night should not be challenging, well, boo to you.

**One of our favorite meals came from the cover of the Real Simple last month.  Yes, it was a "spectacular three ingredient recipe."  Baby steps.

Its a good thing the kids are young, so they won't remember all this learning.  By the time they can remember, I'll always have been Martha Stewart =)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Getting Ready for Baby...

We're still working on the transition to Amos and Maggie's shared room... 

Tonight we were separating Maggie's things from the things we're saving for Audrey, and we kept telling Amos they were the baby's things.  He'd say, "ok, I'll save them for baby Audrey.  I'll watch them for her."  By the end of the night, he had a whole bunch of her things tucked away in his basket.


My favorite moment though, was when out of nowhere, he told me: "the baby is going to try to take my gygis (blankies)."  He told me she would want them and he would share!  

Forever S.T.R.O.N.G.

This year was stake girls' camp, and the theme they chose was Forever S.T.R.O.N.G. (Stand Together Righteously Our Noble Generation).  It fit in perfectly with the 2010 mutual theme: "Be strong and of a good courage" (Joshua 1:9).

The girls had a great week and I think the themes of courage, strength, and bravery were exactly what we all needed to hear.  I am constantly amazed at the things the girls teach me, they really act more like adults sometimes.

We had 11 girls and 4 leaders, which made us the smallest group there by far, but believe me it is quality, not quantity.  We didn't have one ounce of drama (which is a girls' camp miracle).  The girls left behind their families, friends, cellphones, facebook, twitter, etc. and just enjoyed a week at beautiful Heber Valley Camp.    

I'd heard A LOT about Heber Valley Campground before camp, and I now know what all the excitement was about.  It is truly an impressive place.  Pres. and Sis. Hinckley came up with the idea for Heber Valley Campground specifically to accommodate the girls camp program.  No detail was overlooked and the facilities are immaculate.  Senior missionaries (retired couples who volunteer) run the campground now, and they seem to be having the time of their lives.  It is my dream to get to serve lots of missions with Eric someday, and I am thinking Heber Valley Camp would be a pretty awesome place for one of them.  Eric would fit right in at girls' camp ;)   

YW Leaders: Alisha Chapman, Alecia Cardon, Jeani Tolboe, & Laura Horne

I had a great week, and if anything, I learned that there really is peace to be found when you leave the world behind. 

**Aunt Anna is really paying her dues this year.  I owe her big for running Camp Aunt Anna with Amos and Maggie so I could be at camp worry free.  Sidenote: when we entered Heber Valley Camp they asked us if we had any firearms or children under 12.  Apparently both are dangerous =)

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Ch-ch-ch-changes

We're back!  I had a great week at Girls' Camp (post to come), fought off a wicked 24 hour flu bug (no post on that, sorry), and settled back in at home (read: 24 hour laundromat).  After all of that, Eric and I felt up to a little more excitement tonight: moving Amos and Maggie in together. 
Yup, they're sharing a room.  We've been practicing and they've officially spent two nights together, but this is the first night with Maggie's new bed.

We've got a lot of work to do on the set up of the room, but that's the fun part.  Hopefully next weekend we'll get them all organized and settled. 

Amos running wild with excitement:

So far, we've been hearing a lot of playing coming from their room, but we're hoping the excitement will all wear off soon (at least before the new baby comes). 

And, live action: