Thursday, January 31

All about the baby

Ok, so I really do try to make this blog not ALL about our adorable baby, I mention books and other things we're doing, but there are just so many good pictures of Addie that I have to include them. Besides, I'm primarily a mom right now, so that's what's on my mind. Anyhow, enough justification. I've included a picture of her first two teeth, Jason's family wanted to see them. As for the other picture, my friend mentioned to me yesterday that she loves her baby's bare bum and I realized I hadn't taken any pictures of mine (I realize that may sound strange)! Well, for the heck of it, I took some and got one priceliss picture. Sorry it's a naked one.

Tuesday, January 29

TV Fast

This week I'm enjoying a daytime TV fast. It's only the second day, but I feel so much better about myself already. Our kitchen is cleaner, our living room is picked up, I've finished a good book, my journal is up to date, I went running this morning, and Addie is happier. After this week I will probably start watching The Price is Right again, but besides that, there really isn't anything else decent to waste my time on. It's been nice to reset my priorities. I would highly recommend a TV fast to anyone!

Thursday, January 24

kitchen utinsel fanatic!

We were at a friend's house last night and Addie was getting restless, as usual. They offered her a spatula to play with and she was set! I thought it would be fun to post pictures of her with the kitchen utinsels that she likes best. We've found they're always a hit, and are cheap to boot! It's a good thing she's going to be a chef, especially since I find very little myself to enjoy about cooking.

Honeycomb dipper and a military haircut look-alike.

Christmas dog spoon from Grandma and Grandpa. Always a big hit.

Naked baby and the whisk, or is it a beater? There is a difference, according to my sister-in-law who is in culinary school. (Apparently it has something to do with the weight of the item.)

Salad spoon, her very very very favorite toy of all!

Monday, January 21

only $2.39!!

On Saturday I had my most impressive coupon run yet...I got all this for just $2.39! I'm learning the art of coupons, and as silly as it may sound, it really can save you a lot of money. I enjoy scouring the newspaper ads for good deals, and I am elated when I leave a store knowing I just got an incredible deal. Yay for coupons!

Saturday, January 19

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Our book club book this month is The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte. It is a Victorian novel and is written by the sister of the more famous Bronte's, Charlotte and Emily. I'm having mixed feelings about it, and while Jason must be getting tired of me discussing them with him, the blog is now my outlet.

All along I have been drawn to the characters in the book as well as the plot. It is said to be one of the first fictional feminist texts ever written, as it discusses several radical ideas at the time: a woman's role in marriage being more than just the housekeeper and socialite, the responsibilties of the husband towards his wife and family's emotional well-being as well as temporal, and the true meaning of one's "duty to God." It is about a woman in a horrible marriage, trying to figure out how she can take back her life and that of her son's. I feel for Helen and yet I am struggling to finish it.

The author is e-x-t-r-e-m-e-l-y l-o-n-g-w-i-n-d-e-d, and the story itself is written in a rather silly way. It's a letter from Gilbert to his friend explaining how he meets Mrs. Helen Graham, and the remaining 3/4 of the book consists of Gilbert copying verbatim Mrs. Graham's diary for his friend to read (where she verbosely records all dialogue with her first husband and her miserable existence). It's so unlikely (no, it's impossible) that anyone would, first of all, write down exceedingly long conversations with others in their diary, pass it on for another to read, and then have that person copy the diary in its entirety for someone else. It bugs me. I only have about 60 more pages to go, and while I'm excited to see how it all ends, I think it could have been concluded 30 chapters ago.

Thursday, January 17

Addie with attitude!

I had to post this video of Addie, I think she's so cute in it. Enjoy!

Sorry I didn't write much this time, but I hope all is well with all!

Your friend and compadre: Smoky Fillmore a.k.a. Jason

Wednesday, January 16

latest trick

Here is a video of her latest trick. She won't do it all the time, but I think it's so cute when she does!

I hope y'all appreciate it because it is such a chore to load the video on these posts. Our connection must be horrible for that type of stuff.

Monday, January 14

my schweedaht

I would like to take a minute and express my love and gratitude for my wonderful husband. I had the stomach flu this weekend (thankfully I feel much better now) and he took care of me and Addie without any complaints. From catching me while I fainted, to changing the nastiest poopy diapers, he did it all. And to top it off, he baked a cake just for the heck of it!

Honestly, though, I am one lucky wife. Jason is patient, kind, hilarious, intelligent, and he never leaves in the morning without kissing me and Addie goodbye. I am finding that the joys of having my own family are seemingly without end.

Wednesday, January 9

how embarrasing...

Well, Roy is dead. Dead, dead, dead. It's a good thing we didn't get a dog.

Monday, January 7

Meet my new little brother

Mom and Dad finally got me a little brother for my 6 month birthday. Everybody, meet Roy Junior!

Tuesday, January 1

We're baaa-ack!

We hope everyone's Christmas and New Years was as relaxing and memorable as ours. Here are the highlights:

-Addie and I got to spend time with my very pregnant sister, Kari, and my hilarious grandparents.
-I was able to see several good friends in Provo. I wish I had been able to visit with the Payroll Office longer, though. Sorry, guys!
-We were able to successfully cram 2 babies, 3 adults, all their luggage and Christmas presents into a small car for our 4 hour trip to Idaho. (I was skeptical, but Will loads like a pro.)
-Jason played football on Christmas Eve, loved it, but now complains of knee problems.
-Addie was forced by her Uncle Aaron into becoming a Steeler's fan.
-We played Texas Holdem nearly every day in Idaho. -Addie learned how to sit up over the week of Christmas! She's still shaky, but is getting stronger every day. -Addie met her new cousin, Chaela, and they hit it off from the start. -I ate tasty meals in spite of gall stones (thanks to my great mother-in-law) and didn't have one attack! This is her at her usual post cooking in the kitchen.
-Adelyn had her first Christmas, maybe next time she'll understand more of what's going on. This dog spoon from Grandma was the biggest hit of all.
-Grandpa discovered Addie's love for birds (particularly Jack, the cockatiel). -All the women in the Hair family were given gorgeous leopard socks and outfits from Aunt Sherry! -We were able to spend a lot of time with our family. We miss them dearly now that we're here in the South.