Monday, January 31, 2011

A Naptime Miracle

Today we had a first...Amos and Maggie took a nap in the same room.  We've tried all summer to get them to sleep a night in the same room, and I think it worked three times.  Usually, they just played and played and played and played and played...

Which brings us to today.  They were "taking a nap" together in Amos' room while I was working on some other stuff.  I knew full well they were playing in there, but I didn't care because they were occupied.  Well, when I went to tell them that "nap time" was over, I found this:

Amos is behind the blue blanket on the left (see below)

They were out cold.  What I wouldn't give to be a fly on the wall to see how they ended up like that. 

I am glad to know I am not the only one who has been run ragged by our schedule.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

St. George 2011

Last week my parents came down from Boise for our annual trip to St. George.  Every time I mentioned our trip to St. George to anyone, they ask what we do down there...I still don't have a great answer.  We have a great time though!

Quite literally, we swim, eat, and wander around.  Oh, and we see the sun and 60 degree temps =)

The Polka Dot Sausage, not to be confused with the pink sausage.

$0.25 buys so much happiness

Audrey Anne with Cynthia Anne

Maybe one of these times we'll let Eric come with us.

Friday, January 21, 2011

First Laugh

Today the kids were snuggled up on the bed watching a movie when I heard an awesome sound.  Well, first I heard Maggie scream, then I heard an awesome sound.  Audrey laughed!  Amos told me baby Audrey laughed because he jumped on Maggie.  He insisted he needed to keep jumping on Maggie because baby Audrey liked it.  Maggie was not willing to take one for the team.

So, there you have it.  Amos officially evoked baby Audrey's first smile AND laugh.  They really are special buddies.  I just hope it's not always at Maggie's expense.

P.S. It's laundry day.  We do generally have sheets on our bed.

P.P.S. Yes, I could have wiped off Maggie's face before taking her picture.  That wouldn't have been real though.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Good Things to Come (Again)

I am working on my Blogbook for last year and I just came across this post.  Obviously, I know I shared this video already, but I watched it again tonight and found myself inspired all over again.


Trust God and believe in good things to come.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Travel gods

Wow, we had some traveling adventures this past holiday season.  Individually, none of the events were that crazy, but when you put them all together and throw a newborn and two toddlers into mix it's blogworthy.

First up, Thanksgiving:  We drove to Idaho to be with the Shavers, and our usual 5-6 hour drive took 9 hours.  The day before we were supposed to leave, there was a blizzard warning and things got a little hectic.  It ended up not being that much snow, but the wind blew around what snow there was, making driving conditions very poor.  We waited out the storm and drove after it passed, but it was still very slow going.  All through Idaho cars and trucks were littered in the median, many upside down from slide-offs the night before.  Once in a while there would be a fresh slide off too.  Our kids were amazing through all of it, and enjoyed A LOT of movies in the car.  On the way home from Idaho the storms had passed, but there was still a lot of trouble with snowdrifts on the roads.  We ended up sitting at the Idaho-Utah state border for about an hour waiting for the road to re-open.  We had front row seats to the re-opening.  The trip home only took 7 hours =)

In spite of BEAUTIFUL weather on the day we flew to Pennsylvania for Christmas, our flight managed to be 6 hours delayed.  Only after they started boarding our flight to Philadelphia did the flight crew notice some sort of mechanical problem and deem the plane not sky worthy.  We had to wait 6 hours for another plane to arrive from Chicago and then we went on our merry way.  Did I mention it was Christmas eve?  Because our flight was so late, we ended up flying through the dark.  It was so fun to tease Amos about seeing Santa Claus out the window of the airplane.

Our final run-in with the travel gods was the most tragic, as there was an actual casualty-my sister, Kate's, 4runner.  The 4runner, which Kate received as a graduation present when she graduated college, broke down while Eric, Audrey and I were borrowing it.  The transmission went out just as we were driving through Chester, PA.  By nothing short of a miracle, we did not spend much time stuck in Chester with baby Audrey, but the 4runner (or its transmission, really) died halfway into the driveway of Eric's parents' house.  Thankfully, Eric had the foresight when he signed us up for AAA to choose the higher level package and the 4runner was towed free of charge back to Delaware for us.

This concludes the summary of our disastrous holiday travels.  Pretty much anything that could go wrong did, but we had a good time through all of it.  The kids were really good sports and I am pretty sure they just think that's how its supposed to be.  We're traveling again in a couple weeks, so fingers crossed the travel gods have found someone else to pick on.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Lame-ness Interrupted

Yesterday Eric said to me,

"You haven't posted for a whole week.  Lame."

(If you've seen Monsters Vs. Aliens he said "Lame" just like Gallaxhar, i.e. Rainn Wilson).

Truth is, we have been SO busy.  Every time I sit down thinking I have a few minutes to myself, I remember something I am supposed to be doing.  For example, tonight Eric and I were so excited to have an in-house date night watching Iron Man and eating pizza.  The pizza was ordered and we were headed downstairs to start the movie when Eric's calendar reminded him he needed to go set up chairs at the church for tomorrow.  So, here I am, pizza all to myself, blogging.

Amidst all the busy-ness we've had some great moments with the kids...they are getting to be such little characters.

1. Today in the car Maggie was crying.  He said, "Maggie, you can hold my hand, will that make you feel better?"  (Sidenote: he was already holding Audrey's hand).
2.  Somehow he's picked up on the phrase: "a good deal" and when I say things like "it's nap time" he'll respond, "that's not a good deal!"
3.  His current favorite activity is to take a train ride (chairs lined up) to the elevator (his closet) that goes up to a party (us dancing in his room).  He imagined the whole scenario up, and we do it over and over.
4.  Last Sunday at church I was walking Amos to Sunbeams and he said very loudly, "I'm not picking my nose!" Everyone in the hallway giggled.  He just looked proud.

pre-haircut Oct. '10

1.  Loves stuffed animals. Her current favorite is a cat Nan and Pop gave her for Christmas.  If I happen to pick it up or move it she'll come running and screaming "My meow!"
2.  Maggie has picked up on me saying, "Do you want to go see Dada, OR NOT?" and if she doesn't like my proposal, like "it's naptime" she says, "Not! Not!"
3.  Loves to sit in baby Audrey's swing.  She climbs up in it and lowers the lap bar.  Today she even sucked on baby Audrey's bink while she did it.
4.  Still doesn't like to wear clothes.

Oct. '10

I am hoping I'll be a better blogger from here on out, because I really do love it.  Plus, it's my only chance at remembering all this stuff.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Audrey at 3 months

Uh, my newborn isn't such a newborn anymore =(  I can't believe how big she's getting.  The first three months of her life just blew by us!  For the most part, she still isn't "in the mix" as I like to put it.  She eats, lays on her playmat, and sleeps.  When we go out to dinner or a movie she just sits/sleeps in her carseat.

She has started to smile, but I haven't been able to catch a good one on camera yet.  Here is the tail end of one:

 She is such a little angel.  After taking her picture I went to get her a bottle and when I came back she was like this:

Why can't toddlers just fall asleep when left unattended?

See the rest of Audrey's growing bear pics here.

Thursday, January 6, 2011


Finally, right?  Our chaotic December led up to our best Christmas ever.  We took an extra special trip to Pennsylvania and Delaware to be with the Hornes and the Sookhoos for Christmas.  We are so lucky that my sister, Kate, and her family live so close to Eric's parents so we can see them all at once.  Meg flew out with us to be with Kate and Steve for Christmas, so we even had a true "Shaver" with us.

Christmas morning we went over to Eric's sister's house since Santa had made his delivery there ;)  Really, we all just wanted to see brand new baby Kennedy, who was born just a couple days before Christmas!  It was lots of fun to have the cousins together.

Totally oblivious to "Christmas" all around her

Dada's and their new girls

Aunt Laura at her best

Present opening

Nan and Audrey

Eric and his Mom, a.k.a Nan, a.k.a Grammy

Christmas morning chaos

Pop, Nan, and all the grandkids!

Cousins going for a ride

Nice hugs

After present opening we went back to Nan and Pop's house where the Sookhoos and Meg joined us for Christmas dinner.  It was so fun to share the time with so much family.

Aunt Meg and Audrey

Uncle Steve and Audrey

Shaver girls!

Aside from Disney on Ice, the rest of our trip was full of your basic, everyday shenanigans:

Cupcakes for breakfast (and in your eye)

Fires in the backyard

Surfing the 'net

We had a great trip and can't believe how fast it came and went!  Thanks to the Hornes, Moyers, and Sookhoos for being amazing hosts and making us feel right at home.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Disney On Ice

I've got A LOT of blogging to do.  We had an amazing Christmas with the Hornes and Sookhoos in Pennsylvania and Delaware.  I've got some photo sorting to do before I get to that, so I'll share the photos from my phone for now. 

While we were in Pennsylvania Nan and Pop took us to see Disney on Ice, which happened to be Toy Story 3, our favorite!  It was awesome.  I remember one of the first times I met Eric's parents we were flipping channels on the television and they blazed right past the ice skating.  I remember someone asking, "who would ever watch ice skating??  It's so boring."  

Who would watch ice skating?  This girl!  I LOVE it.  It was no secret that I was probably more excited than anyone to see the show.  Although, once Buzz Lightyear appeared Maggie was a close second. 

Buzz Lightyear:Maggie as Jonas Brothers:any 12 year old girl

Maggie threw her hands in the air and hollered when Buzz appeared.  I am never going to let her forget that her first true love was Buzz Lightyear.

Everyone else had a good time too, especially Nan who got to hold Audrey through the whole show.

We're so lucky to have an awesome Christmas and get to see an awesome show too.  We're also very lucky that he grandkid's excitement overpowered the "boringness" of ice skating ;)