Monday, December 14, 2009

"He'll be fine"

"You're so lucky"
"I wish mine didn't move yet"
"Once he starts moving, you'll long for the days when he didn't"
"He'll move when he wants to..."

...really? Will he? These are all the statements I get in regards to my 10 month old child not moving yet. Not only is he not moving, he doesn't even attempt to move and shows zero interest. no rolling, no scooting, no pulling up, nothing. (He can roll over if he tries REALLY hard). I have tried everything in the book, but when you have a child that screams when you put him on his tummy no matter what and instantly rolls to his back, it's kinda impossible to teach a kid to crawl.

At what point do doctors officially become worried/make you take action (like physical therapy) etc. for babies not moving. 10 months? 12 months? 14 months?

I just want to see SOME progress, and we aren't getting any these days...

Note: I do have a large baby with a big head and cautious nature...I've heard those contribute to late moving.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Baby, it's cold outside

It's been really cold the past week. Since we aren't very prepared clothing-wise for 30 degree weather, I had to put together a winter outfit of my own for Colton. Here he is ready for our weekly jog complete with:
  • my over sized BYU beanie (but not too over sized, the kid had a big head haha)
  • zipper jacket
  • adult gloves (which he proceeded to just flap his hands until they fell off)
  • socks (he doesn't own any shoes yet...hey I know he's almost 10 months, but the kid isn't even close to crawling yet so why bother?)

We need some warmer clothes. But, he does look pretty DANG cute in mine :)

Don't worry, I had him wrapped up in a fleece blanket also!

Monday, November 30, 2009


I love this time of year. I've been excited for Christmas since about June. This year is our first Christmas with a baby of our own, and it makes it 20 times more fun. The morning after I set up for Christmas, Colton's eyes darted around everywhere with excitement to see all the new decorations. He just sits there and stares at the tree all lit up. I love it.

So bring on the cookies. hot chocolate. christmas lights. presents. music. nativity scenes. cards. bring it all on!

Thursday, November 19, 2009


The following conversation occurred today at the Dr. office between me and the receptionist:

Receptionist: "Aw, your baby is so cute."
Me: "Thank you, he's my big boy."
Receptionist: "What nationality is he?"
Me: "What?...him?" pointing at my child with a confused face.
Receptionist: "Yeah, he looks like he has some other nationality in him."
Me: "Uhhh...white and white, his dad is a red head and I'm blonde. We are both as white looking as they come."
Me continuing: "What nationality did you think he had in him?"
Receptionist: "I don't know exactly...something different."

WHAT? haha. What ELSE could be in him? Does he look part Hawaiian, Asian, Hispanic, Black? That conversation was a first (and probably last). haha.
and just is a picture of what Colton has looked like recently (taken a couple mo. ago). 4 teeth in 4 weeks, and no mobility/crawling yet will do that do a baby.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I have one

I have a ticket! A ticket to see New Moon this weekend. I never see movies, they cost too much...but a bunch of girls from my ward are going to see it so I figured might as well. It should be fun.

Maybe I should go out and buy a Team Edward shirt and vampire teeth...and scream and jump up and down when Edward comes on the screen...just kidding :)

I hope it's worth the money!

Sunday, November 15, 2009


Hate is a strong word. But, it is the way I feel about daylight savings. I mentioned a few days after daylight savings that Colton was waking up way early. 2 weeks past the switch, Colton has shown NO signs of improvement or adjusting.

Today- wake up time: 5:10 am
Yesterday- wake up time: 6:20 am
The day before- wake up time: 6:00 am

This is coming from the kid that usually slept until 7 or 8.

HELP! I am NOT a morning person. Advise please?

Friday, November 6, 2009

My First Project!

I finished my first actual sewing project today, and I LOVE IT! I never knew I could be so excited about a stocking. Here is Colton's Christmas stocking, complete with: outside fabric, batting, AND lining...cuff...and cute decorations with some embroidery. And I made up the pattern all by myself.
You like it? (I am very proud of myself if you couldn't tell, so don't tell me that you don't like it...or else)

Close up of the fabric and cute star (note the basic embroidery)
The lining (it even has little white stars on it). Isn't the stocking so perfectly fluffy?
Love love love it. I had so much fun making it. Only problem is, now I want coordinating ones for me and Mike...

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Daylight Savings is stupid. Here are the top 3 reasons I hate the hour change:

1. Colton now wakes up at 5:55 am every day (one hour EARLIER), but still goes to bed at 7:30 pm. Tell me how that works.

2. It is pitch black here by 5. Five! Not cool.

3. Colton is super fussy in the evenings. I mean non-stop whining. I've resorted to taking him on walks outside in the pitch black.

Do children EVER adjust to the time change?

Thursday, October 29, 2009

And now presenting...

Colton the PIRATE. Arrrr....

Cutest pirate ever? I think so.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

It's official!

I am officially part of the "Mommy Club". How did I officially become a member you ask? Because tonight, I officially lost my mind. I spent 3 hours at a church activity tonight without even realizing that I was wearing 2 DIFFERENT SHOES.
Proof below (black and brown--not even close):
The story of the mismatched shoes:

Tonight was Young Women in Excellence, a big night for the YW. I was in charge of all the musical numbers and hoping for a smooth night. I was feeling very proud of myself, all freshly showered, with no spit up on the shoulder, make up on, and hair straightened. Looking good. As I'm leaving, my child is screaming for me (very common these days as I am the only one that can calm him down) and so while holding him--all 22.5 lbs of him-- I finish getting my things to go out the door. No hands, I open the closet and dig one foot into the pile of shoes and put a shoe on one foot...I then dig with the other foot a little more and put another shoe on. Peep toe...heel...check.

Fast forward 3 hours until activity is over...

YW leader: "Angela, did you realize you were wearing two different shoes?"
Then one of the young women piped in: "yeah, I noticed that during the program. I didn't tell you because I figured there was nothing you could do about it. I told a few of the other girls though."
Then, trying to make me feel better she said: "It's okay, it happens sometimes."
To which I replied with: "I actually don't think it does happen...ever..."
End of embarassing story.

I was laughing so hard I was crying. So, maybe I've lost my mind...but at least I haven't lost my sense of humor! Anyone else ever have mommy moments like this?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Pumpkin Patch: Vegas Style

So, me and my friend Brooke decided to go to a pumpkin patch today. We knew Vegas didn't have the best pumpkin patches (okay, let's be honest. Vegas fall stinks. It doesn't exist), but figured it would still be fun to at least get the classic "cute pictures of my baby on a pumpkin" picture.

However, it's a little harder than we thought to find a pumpkin patch. Here are our attempts this afternoon.
Pumpkin Patch #1: Some orchard. We were very excited..."oooo an orchard. How cool." Right? No not cool. Only open Tuesday, Thursday and Sat from 8 to 12. AND...from what we could see, there were random, tiny half-smashed pumpkins in this open scary field.
Pumpkin Patch #2: Deserted looking shed with lots of "Closed" signs. Same story. Not open. (looked more like a haunted house than a pumpkin patch)
Pumpkin Patch #3: I called Mike and he checked the one by my work...closed after noon. It's in a dirt lot right by an intersection.
Pumpkin Patch #4: WALMART! Yes, they are ALWAYS open and were bound to have pumpkins. Happy Halloween Colton. I hope your first pumpkin patch experience at Walmart was a good one ("unbeatable" even...see above picture)!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Sneak Peak

Here is a sneak peak at Colton's Halloween costume.

Be excited for Halloween. Be very, very excited.
And just to get in the spirit of things, here are the first few pirate jokes I found while searching the Internet:

Q: How do you keep a pirate from robbing your house?
A: Fill your lawn with beavers! (Angela commentary: What? As in, they'll eat the wood of the boat?)

Q: Why did the pirate visit the Sistine Chapel?
A: To admire the ARRchitecture! (Angela commentary: That's not even funny. Architecture and pirates don't combine for humor, neither does emphasizing ARR in words.)

Q: What kind of phone calls do pirates make late at night?
A: Arrr, they be makin' BOOTY calls! (Angela commentary: Okay, that's just inappropriate. haha.)

Q: How many pirate jokes are lame?
A: Most of them ARR! (Angela commentary: I couldn't agree more.)

Q: Why did the pirate cross the sea?
A: To get to the other tide! (Angela commentary: Really? REALLY? C MON. That just makes me mad.)

Q: What is a pirate's favorite cereal?
A: Cap'n Crunch! (Angela commentary: Now, THAT'S a good joke.)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Loved it.

Last week we all went to Utah for Colton's first visit! We had a blast and it is the perfect time of year to visit Utah...autumn, changing leaves, football, it.

Here is the week we had in pictures:

Sundance trip. It was so beautiful, all the leaves were bright colors. I was pretty terrified holding Colton on the ski lift to get to the top however. Talk about a tight grip on the little guy! Shouldn't they have more safety features on the lifts besides a little bar?
The NEW and improved Cannon Center with my brothers. It's awesome! Seriously, forget the "Freshman 15"...because it's now the "Freshman 25". Very cute picture below, so cute you should probably zoom in on it.
BYU Bookstore and Colton looking cute in his jacket! I got a great new Nike BYU it (it's the one I'm wearing in the Sundance pics) I even got a Jamba Juice. Yumm...
NOT PICTURED: Kneaders French Toast. It deserved a picture because it was so good.

Fun with family. Colton got to hang out with his grammy and grandpa and Great grandma and grandpa...also tons of cousins, aunts, etc. It was great! Colton thinks his grandpa is pretty funny, and gives the best smiles to his grammy. We miss them :(
Enjoying nature. We ate dinner with the family at a cabin in the canyons. It was beautiful! (I vote the below picture one of Colton's fat pictures. Camera adds 10 lbs babe, don't worry)
Seeing old friends. We hung out with byu bball friend Jimmy Balderson and his wife, while watching the football game AND eating a BBQ. Does life get better?
WOW, that's a lot of drool Colton.
BYU football. I even got my favorite hot chocolate...AND burned myself, as always.
Loved it. Loved it Loved it.
Oh, and I publicly apologize to ALL of you in Utah who attempted to hold Colton. If it makes you feel better, he screamed after 10 seconds for everyone :)

Thursday, October 1, 2009


I am pretty sure I have only 1 family picture of all of us since Colton was born. That changed this week when we got family picture #2 taken. This one makes up for our lack of pictures over the past 7 months. I love it! Mike's aunt snapped it and it only took 30 seconds. Thanks Joeen.
Feel free to ooo and ahhh.

Friday, September 25, 2009

funny kid

I love my little Colton a ton and think he's the best, but I still realize the funny things about his personality. I've mentioned before how he hates public. No joke, EVERY time I run an errand he screams at least once during the outing.

Ward activity.Last weekend at our 5k, he's in the stroller and barely keeping it together as long as no one acknowledges his existence. A friend comes up and says "oh, hi Colton! Look how big you're getting" which he looks at me and Mike, turns his lip out and screams (with no build up).
Church. Sacrament meeting is over, Colton is on my hip. A lady walks by and says, "Wow, he's sitting up on his own and everything" which Colton looks at me, turns his lip out and screams.
Kohls. While walking out of Kohls an older lady looks over at us (she made the mistake by noticing Colton, who likes to go unnoticed) and mentions "I have 20 grandchildren" which....YOU get the idea.
Is this normal? haha. Maye he is:
Extra sensitive? Shy? Just a baby?
Funny kid.

Friday, September 18, 2009


I decided I want to start doing fun projects. I figure since I got a sewing machine for Christmas, I could start with something easy. Any ideas? I was thinking of some kind of blanket or baby blocks...

While looking for easy sewing projects, I stumbled upon these suggestions for beginners and cracked up. Really?

1. Grocery bag caddy (I rename this: Poop Look-A-Like Thing)
2. Bitter Cold Face Warmer (I rename this: Old Western Dust Blocker OR Hostage Shut-er Up-er)
3. Checkbook holder (I rename this: Most Worthless Item Ever)
4. Removable Money Hiding Bra Pocket (I rename this: Whaaaaat?)

Please help me. I want a fun sewing project. These will NOT do.

Monday, September 14, 2009

"Of life"

(Pictured above: me holding a portion of the weed of life that I sawed down today.)

Whenever something is really big, I like to add "of life" after it. So...I present to you the

Today I finally gave in and sawed down a weed in my neighbors yard that was practically a tree. It was approx 6 ft. tall and the truck was 3 inches in diameter. Can you say Nasty. Na-haaaaa-styyyy. I had to take action as the owner only comes to visit 2 times a year from CA (yes, this is the same house from the post with the creepy ghost looking thing in the backyard).

Please please people, keep your weeds under control. Hint: weeds are officially OUT of control once they start consuming neighboring yards and when people start mistaking it for a tree.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Mr. Personality

I know, I know. Post overload. Mike was out of town, so that is my excuse. Here are a few short videos of Colton showing off his little personality.

1) Talking and gurgling. Colton likes to talk a lot and explore with different noises. Mike and I thought this noise was particularly funny.

2) Food preferences. In this video I ask Colton if he'd like some more peas, to which he responds with a head shake and furrowed eye brow. Funny kid. Probably not intentional on his part, but still funny.

and save the best for last...
3) Lack of mobility. This is proof that my kid is lazy with moving. Just watch. It's pretty funny.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

I think...

...Mike is pretty happy right now (here are the pictures he sent me from the BYU OU game)
...I am pretty happy right now
...BYU fans across the country are happy right now

Awesome game. Go Cougs!

Mike picked the perfect time to do a guys trip. Not only did Mike get to sit in a suite at the BYU OU game, but he also got to play in a BYU alumni golf tourney (and win), tailgate, hang out with byu freshmen friends till 4 in the morning, and cheer as BYU beat OU. Glad you had a great boys trip babe!
Oh, and you owe me :)

Friday, September 4, 2009

Flattered or creeped?

I just got back from running with Colton. On my run I ran past an older man walking a dog. The following conversation occurred:

Man: "If you was my wife, I'd tell you that you looked good and didn't need to run."
Me: While continuing to run and not look back, "Maybe I look good because I run."
Man: "Could be true. But you look great for having just had a baby."

Should I be flattered or creeped? I think I'm more creeped. Where do people get off thinking they can just say things like that. And YES, I was tightly holding my can of pepper spray.

Note: Don't worry about my safety. I ran at 8:30 by a road with lots of cars going by and children going to school.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Is it just me?

I love cereal. Cold, crunchy cereal.

I actually prefer it to any other breakfast. Really.

When I lived at the dorms at BYU and had the entire Canon Center at my disposal, I still chose to eat cereal. When I'm at a hotel with a breakfast bar, I always grab the box of cereal. It's actually the only thing that can get me out of bed in the morning...knowing I can go downstairs and eat a bowl of cereal.

In fact, I also have to eat a bowl of cereal every NIGHT before I go to bed.

Sometimes when Mike announces we should just "scrounge around for dinner tonight" I get excited because that means I can just have a bowl of cereal. Pathetic, I know.

I have this problem with cereal however. I finish the cereal, but still have leftover milk...sooooo I poor more cereal in the milk to finish it up...but then I need more milk for the cereal...and the cycle continues until I've had about 4 bowls.

Am I alone on this? I hope others share in my cereal love.

Here are my cereals of choice at the moment:
Breakfast: Frosted Mini Wheats, Raisin Bran, Honey Bunches of Oats
Nighttime snack: lighter cereals such as Rice Krispees, Special K

Thursday, August 27, 2009


Colton turned 6 months this week. Time is a funny thing. Especially in the world of babies. Time seems to tick on minute by minute and day by day so slowly at first..."I'll never sleep more than 1 hour at a time" "my baby is never going to learn how to smile" "he'll always need me to bounce him on the exercise ball to fall asleep". But then, looking back it all seems like it went by so fast. In just 6 months my child grew 6 inches, gained nearly 13 lbs and is almost (I know he's a little behind) rolling and sitting up.
I look at these pictures below and remember the emotions I was going through at this time. The nurses placed him in my arms and we just stared at each other. I was so scared. Colton was darling, but such a little stranger to me. Now 6 months later, he is a whole little person complete with a personality, likes and dislikes, favorite toys, rolly arms and legs, and our little buddy.
I'll keep kissing these cheeks as much as I can, because apparently one day Colton will grow up and won't let me. I don't believe it though.
What great adventures lie ahead in the next 6 months?...rolling...crawling...walking...talking. We have a lot of learning to do!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

One week.

It's been one week since my child has gone #2. Poor kid.

Like I've said, eating solids is WAY overrated. I know...gross post. But, I'm concerned.

AND tomorrow he gets his 6 month shots.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


(view from the front yard)

A couple weeks ago we went to Michigan and stayed at my brother-in-law's lake house on lake Hamlin with my family. Life doesn't get much better than this. Nothing is better than no cell phone reception, 70 degree weather, water skiing/wake boarding runs, sand dune jumping, tubing, pool noodle wars, family, golf, sunsets and food...the epitome of relaxation. Paradise.

I'll let the pictures do the rest of the talking.