Monday, December 8, 2008
Here we are at Carl's parents' house. I think I look like I'm in the middle of a contraction.
Carl has been enjoying the fun of baby showers. We have had 4 of them, and Carl has been present at 3. He is already such a good dad!
In other news, we went to Moab Thanksgiving weekend. Here is Kane Creek Canyon where we went petroglyph hunting. I think I'd like to do this on bikes one day.
I know I look beautiful in this picture. We found this petroglyph of a mother giving birth to a breech baby (feet-first). Carl and I were thinking how amazing it is that through all the centuries and centuries of history, the family and childbirth have always remained a central theme in the lives of all people. That shows me that family is indeed sacred and needs to be protected.
Carl and the little petroglyph look disgusted at each other in this picture.
And here is one just for fun! I already sent this to a lot of you, but I can't get over it! I sent it to Robin, and she commented that OSHA would probably be upset with this clear violation of the patient's consent.
What else is going on? Carl is nearly done with this block of school. He's been working as an associate's degree RN, and is now working on his bachelor's RN through the Chamberlain College of Nursing. He will graduate in June. We're thinking of taking the GRE at the same time. Then all we have to do is apply for anesthetist school and wait around to hear back. Carl is enjoying working in the MICU @ the VA. Carl is also in charge of the Christmas program in our ward. He has done a great job picking music and arranging numbers. I am contributing by singing in a sextet, a trio, and playing the violin as long as I'm not in labor.
Me?? I have a new hobby. I sell stuff on the internet! Well, I sold one thing on the internet. . . our little loveseat. I love the concept! People come to your house, give you money, and haul away your junk. Why has it taken me so long to discover this joy?
In conclusion, we are planning on a waterbirth at the birth center here in Salt Lake. We're taking hypnobirthing classes at the U which have been really helpful in teaching Carl how to keep me relaxed and not freaking out as the contractions pick up. We watched a GREAT documentary on natural childbirth called "The Business of Being Born". You can get it through Netflix or at the library, and I think everyone would find it very interesting. Strangely, it is produced by Ricki Lake. She sure did a great job, though.
Okay, that's it for now! See you all soon, and Merry Christmas!
Monday, September 15, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Among the work we've found time to play. We took Enoch to the beach of Lake Champlain where Chase taught him how to go under water. We went as a ward so Enoch got the opportunity to terrorize the little girls a year older than him. He chased the brunette around the beach for a while eliciting tears from the girl but snickers from the parents. Later that week I took the Booger to Shelburne Farms where he chased chickens around for HOURS quickly learning he could dominate in the relationship. Through it all Enoch has developed DRASTICALLY in his verbal skills (over-dramatized wink). He's learning his colors while expressing his artistic side through a variety of mediums.
The Champlain Valley Fair opened August 25th and we were ready and waiting! The boy was thrilled to be able to experience his first rides (Enoch was pretty excited too)...
...I think. He was sad to get off the Mary-Go-Round but only because he didn't know we were going on... the "Spinning Dragons" next!
Followed by the KKK sheep and...
Labor Day weekend we took off for a camping/sailing adventure. We took our little sailboat out for her maiden voyage (as far as WE were concerned). We motored to an island in Lake Champlain, set up camp and wallowed in the joys of S'mores! Enoch is an awesome little camper. The next day was six hours of windless sailing. It was a beautiful day, turned out to be the last day that warm this year. Mmm-mmm-mmm! Noth'n like sitting on a boat with nowhere to go, relaxing reggae in the background and a toddler who loves to stay in the cabin! Last night as we were about to take Enoch upstairs to go to bed we asked for our usual "Goodnight Kiss." Enoch puckered his lips and held out his chin walking first to Chase, then to me and immediately to the banister at the bottom of the stares. To which he promptly gave a kiss and headed up the stairs for bed. Apparently there is a secret love between him and the banister. Here is the Boog playing you some songs as we bid you all farewell.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
After that Tiffany and I got engaged on Memorial day up at the cabin. I don't have a picture of it but I think Hilary has the first picture taken after we were engaged. We still had to take pictures for our invitation and we both started getting bored until we found some statues to play with. One is tickling me and it looks like Tiffany is about to lay one on this old metal man.
I sincerely hope that you enjoyed this sweet time with me. Thank you.
Friday, July 18, 2008
as you can see in the family picture at the fountain. We went to F.A.O. Schwartz where we finally found some little construction trucks for Enoch.
He also tried to play on the "Big," piano, you know the movie "Big?" That day was the 4th of July and we got to watch the Macy's firework show from Roosevelt island. We got to take a tram over the East river! Although it sprinkled through most of it, we had a great time, and Enoch slept on the subway the whole way home.
The next day we went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which didn't last long with Enoch...apparently walls of old pictures are not entertaining for a one-and-a-half year old. I caught a blurring pic of him standing in front of a Jackson Pollock painting though. That was after his tantrum in the VanGough room.
Before we left we took a ferry to the Statue of Liberty and to Ellis Island, two very moving memorials. A person feels connected at Ellis Island, connected to their past because their ancestry most likely walked those halls. At times it felt almost reverent.
Unfortunately all good things must come to an end, and so did our trip.
It was followed with more house renovations and a fun little discovery of blackberries in our backyard. Enoch B-lines for the bushes now whenever we go outside.
I thought that called for a real berry picking outing, so we went to a farm and picked strawberries. Mmm-mmm-mmm JAM!
It's rained pretty consistently the last couple months. One day we walked in the backyard where Enoch learned about the joys of puddles.
Things are going well in the east. We love you all!
Monday, July 7, 2008
Sorry to not be contributing much lately (ever). There isn't much going on here that seems of interest. We don't take our camera to work or the grocery store so I don't have any for now. Just to keep you all up on a few events:
I just got back from spending 3 days with Grandma K while Ken and Marianne were in Colorado helping Nathan and Charisse pull of a 4th of July neighborhood breakfast that Nathan got started in his neighborhood. She is doing well, walking every day up and down the foothills of Provo, hair appointments, doctor appointments, grocery shopping, cryptogram puzzles, reading, and generally keeping busy. We set up a quilt for Brian and Tiffany so Rosena and other family members can work on it while there with Grandma.
Dad and I are going to the Tetons this Wednesday for about 5 days (we'll try to take some pictures for you), and Dad is leaving for a week long training trip in Tucson the day after we get back. I'm having a hard time squeezing in one night a week to work.
Wedding plans are moving along nicely. I hope you all got your invitations. My next big priority is to get them addressed and send out between all the trips Dad wants to take.
Aunt Una Loy is having more severe problems with dementia and Grandpa still doesn't want to put her in care facility. She doesn't know him anymore but he is thinking he can handle it with cooking and cleaning help. We'll see. He still refuses to move closer to either family for help. It may take a car accident and losing his drivers license or other major disaster to get him to see that he needs more help than what an outside agency can give him.
We look forward to seeing all of you in August. I miss you all and love you all very much. You are the light of my life!
Friday, July 4, 2008
Joseph was a pretty happy camper the first day. He liked his little camping chair a lot, and he really liked the novelty of eating yogurt outside.
The next stop was something I really wish Jo's Dad could have seen. It is called the lava cast forest because a lava flow engulved a stand of trees and hardened around the trunks. Over time, the wood rotted away leaving these holes, or casts, of the trees that used to be there. Joseph fit nicely inside them.
This is what those shiny boulders look like close-up.
It was really hot and sunney the whole time we were out. Our camp spot was right next to the Deschutes River, which is very cold. When we got back to camp, I soaked in it for a bit and came out feeling numb and tingley all over. It was very refreshing. I felt very "alive."
Basically, a bunch of men sat around a central drum and all pounded on it together while doing some awesome Native American singing. The singing really grabbed me emotionally somehow. It just felt so viceral.