Monday, June 27, 2011

See My Vest!

First off...I'm OBSESSED with Pinterest.  Every commercial break I get I'm on there!   I love that I can keep track of all the awesome things I see on blogs and such....even if I never do even half of the ideas.  But I DID do one thing this morning.  And it amazingly only took me 2 hours, and one screw up.  I was impressed.  I didn't even need my sis to help me!!!  Point for me!  I love it, and it turned out so cute.  I think I might have Balian wear it for our family pictures this weekend.  I'm a little bit proud of myself in case you can't tell. 

Balian loves it too

It just doesn't get much cuter than that!  I seriously want to make like 10 more and dress him only in vest onsies.  He'd be stylin'

And no I didn't punch my baby in the eye.  I'm pretty sure he got bitten by a mosquito. Poor little guy. 

Monday, June 20, 2011


Ahhhhh father's day.  I first wanted to give  a shoutout to my own pops.  He's pretty much the best.  I may not have always thought so....but in hindsight looking back, especially as a parent now, I'm grateful for everything my dad did as a parent to teach me.  My dad has taught me so much. 

 He's taught me everything to know about finances, how to budget, how to save, living within your means, the importance of tithing, EVERYTHING!  I think Stephen is MORE than grateful for this. haha  I just ASSUMED that the man was supposed to be in charge of finances in the family.  How naive of me.  I handle all the bill paying and finances in our family, which I LOVE!!  But I have my dad to thank for that. 

My dad is funny, really funny.  And along with funny comes a very unique laugh that Stephen loves to impersonate.  That also is pretty funny.  haha  I appreciate that my dad taught me to be easy going and just laugh, especially at myself. 

My dad has an amazing testimony.  He made us get up every morning, even in the SUMMERTIME!!!  at 6:15 am to have family scripture study.  Can you believe that!?  I know.  But he has taught me so much about the gospel and helped strengthen my own testimony, and I'm grateful for that.  I guess God is getting back at him for all those summers now that he's the bishop!!  Karma dad...sorry  haha 

My dad is an awesome husband.  He taught me so much about marriage.  He was always so supportive of my mom.  We have a bit of a tear duct syndrome in our family, passed on from my mom and her side of the family.  But that never bothered my dad.  He would bear through all us women bawling for no good reason, especially my mom.   But growing up I can think of only a few occasions where I saw my parents fighting.  I'm sure they had more arguements out of our presence, but what I remember most is them going on nightly walks, always snuggling on the couch, always sitting by each other in church, always holding hands, and my dad always giving my mom a kiss when he left or came home from work. 

Thanks for being such an amazing dad.  I know that I can always come to you for sound advice on anything.  Thanks for always being there for us kids, for always supporting us in everything we did.  Thank you for always making family your first priority.  Happy Father's Day. 


Few things make me happier than seeing Stephen in daddy mode.  One of my favorite things to do is mute the TV while I'm working and listen to Stephen playing with Balian.  He loves that babe more than anything....except maybe me.  :)  

Stephen is an amazing father.  When I first had Balian, Stephen took four months off work because I didn't get mat leave.  And I think during this time he and Balian really bonded.  Balian LOVES Stephen.  He lights up and laughs whenever he walks in the room.  I think if Stephen could, he would totally be a stay-at-home dad.  I honestly would be fine with that.  Because I work evenings Stephen has to feed Balian supper and bathe him and get him ready for bed most nights.  I don't tell him enough how much this means to me, but it's so nice to know that Stephen is there to play Mr. Mom when I'm working.  And he's really good at it!!

Thanks hun for being such an amazing father and husband.  Balian and I made Stephen a little gift for him to take to work for his office.  It actually turned out a lot better than I was expecting. 

Thank you Stephen for being such an amazing father and husband.  I know that Balian will always be able to count on you for laughs, support, your trust and advice.  We love you!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Picky, picky...

So Balian has been eating rice cereal since he was 4.5 months.  LOVES it.  And I just felt like he's starving allllll the time.  He still nurses like every three hours during the day as well, but he just never seems satisfied.  So I thought for sure he would love baby food.  Not the case.  I tried just smashing up my own bananas two weeks ago.  He was just plain insulted by that.  So I waited a couple of days and tried smashed up carrots.  He thought about it....for about 2 seconds....decided it wasn't for him.  Great.   So I waited until this week to try some baby food.  I gave him sweet potatoes yesterday and he actually did quite well.  Well...what a tease.  That's all I have to say.  He wouldn't even give them yams the time of day today for lunch.  And the bananas were just a joke.  Check out the video though.  It's so cute.  So i think we'll just wait a couple of more weeks.  In the meantime...I got a stash of baby food from here to the moon because I thought he would love it!!!  Oh well.  I'm in no rush for him to grow up, so we'll just wait.  

This is my first video, so hopefully it works!!


Can anybody tell me how to upload a video to blogger????  I have a mac if that means anything.  I've tried like ten different times/ways and it's not working!  I have the cutest video of Bails to upload and this is driving me crazy!  Pleeeeeease help.  You won't regret it!


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Faaareeeeeeaaakkk Out

Holy cow it's been a while since I blogged last.  I've been trying to think of something to blog really hard.  Our lives are just so monotonous. WHOA!  Big word.   I like big words.  But only when I know what they mean.  Anyway, like I was saying, our lives are boring.  Our lives revolve around Balian and work, which is fine, it's just not very fun for the blog.  So I've been trying to think of something to blog about that doesn't involve Balian...even though he's six months today!!!  CRAZY!!!  So I couldn't think of anything.  It was getting to the point where we were specifically thinking of something to do (i.e. a project....most likely involving assembling something from IKEA...because that always goes sooooo well for us)  just so we could blog about it.  How pathetic is that!?!?!  Words can't express. 

So anyway, luckily I solved our blogging issue, and our only blogging about Balian issue. 

 I honestly don't get stressed about too many things.  I'm usually the calm, realistic, optimistic, everything happens for a reason one in the family.  Except when it comes to cooking....specifically cooking desserts (technically I guess that makes it baking, but who cares).   It's kinda my hobby I guess you could say.   I dare you to try to find someone with a bigger sweet tooth out there than me.  Honestly.  It's an issue.  And if it weren't for my crazy metabolism right now due to nursing, I'd be lurking upon 150 pounds.  

 Anyway, I look for any excuse to make desserts, I ususally like to go all out when I'm making a dessert for other people.  So thank the heavens above my aunt asked me to make dessert for a family gathering we were having this past weekend.  I was jumping for joy!!  I knew just what I was going to make.  My friend Noelle posted it on her blog that week, and I had been eyeing it for quite a while even before then.  And now was my chance.  I had all the ingredients bought and ready to go.  I decided to make it Sunday morning before church.  Plenty of time.  Then something terrible happened.  The oven broke.  Believe me, we flipped every switch in the house to try and get that oven to work.  No good.  Cue meltdown.  When I freak out, I get rude.  Which means Stephen has to be even more rude to get through to me.  You'd have serious doubts about our love for each other if you heard us talking during my infamous meltdowns.  We always have a good laugh about it afterwards though.  I'm just stubborn like that.  I'm working on it okay!

So after Stephen slapped some sense into me....not literally....almost though...we made our way over to Stephen's brother's house to use their oven. about simple solution.  I'm an idiot sometimes.  Any logical level headed person could have come to that solution in mere seconds.  But I'm different.  Deal with it. 

And in no time I had this little diddy whipped up to perfection!

Oh snap!!!!  It tasted even better than it looks.  And I got compliments galore on it!!!  We ate half of it at the dinner, and I'm currently working on the second to last piece.  YIKES!!!  I need an intervention. 

And here's my rude husband.  Aren't we so cute in our matching chef's jackets!  We like to cook and bake.  Maaaaaaybe we have a secret dream to open a restaurant.  No big deal. 

So there you have it.  A new blog, and it wasn't about Balian.  But he's still the cutest stinin' kid on the face of the earth.  AND HE'S SIX MONTHS!!!  I love him.