Monday, November 29, 2010

Thanksgiving in Arizona

This year for Thanksgiving we spent it with my family down in Arizona. I was super anxious to get down there and have a week to spend time with my family, and to mostly be able to spend time with Andrew while he had a little break from homework. Friday night before Thanksgiving we loaded the car up with a little bit of stuff for me and andrew, a little bit for jason and francisca, and a ton for colby (can't believe such a little guy demands so much room!), and the 5 of us headed out on our 15 hour journey to beautiful sunny, hot arizona (only it was kinda cold). we made it a night trip so that colby would sleep most of the way. he was such a little angel! i'm so impressed with how good he was for being in a carseat for so long. the only time we struggled a little with him was when we were only 15 miles away and he woke up hungry, i didn't want to stop to feed him so we tried to distract him, and it worked for the most part!


Arizona was full of family, hiking thunderbird mountain, FOOD, shopping, card games, and SUNSHINE! We even got our family pictures taken. it was such a great week! i loved being able to actually spend time with my hubby. we held thanksgiving day at my parents house and there were 36 people there! CRAZY! so exciting though. my only regret is only having one slice of pumpkin pie :( we had so much food that i forgot to eat more! at least there's always christmas!


on the flip side of our wonderful vacation...there was colby. he was sooo entertaining during the day. and then there was the dreaded night. he was sleeping in the same room as me and andrew, and apparently he didn't want to let us forget that he was there. he was waking up every 1 1/2 to 2 hours just SCREAMING and the only way to calm him down was to feed him (which he wasn't even really hungry). i was so confused and getting sooo incredibly emotional from the lack of sleep. we were giving him a binky for his naps because i didn't want anyone to have to deal with the crying during the naptimes, so i was worried he was completely hooked on that, but in the back of my mind i was thinking maybe he just knew we were in the room with him and wanted attention. after a sleepless week, i found out why he was such a pill! little man has a tooth! it popped up on friday when we were headed back home! i can't believe it! (and i'm sooo glad there was a reason for his sleepless nights). apparently diarrhea is a symptom of teething - do you have any idea how fun that is to deal while in a car when he blows through his diaper?



on our way home we were going to make another night trip saturday night, but we heard there was supposed to be a storm on sunday in utah and idaho, so we left at about 10:00 on saturday morning and i was worried colby wouldn't do so great during the day. WRONG! he was even better! he didn't even cry when he was getting tired, he would just close his eyes and fall asleep. he was sooo good and that made me soo happy because i have always struggled with getting him to sleep. on our way home we wanted to see the hoover dam, but they built a new bridge that had the walls too high to see the dam, and we looked at the exit and saw an endless line of cars that would take hours to get through so we skipped it (sorry jason and francisca - we'll see it another day!) we were driving up to salt lake city and staying there saturday night and i was so excited! i've never seen the christmas lights at temple square! we were cutting in close though! they turn the lights off at 10:00 and guess what! we got there at 10:00 - so we saw them close the gates! (we'll have to do that another day too). but we saw the city lights and they were so pretty! Andrew's parents were on their way back from spending thanksgiving in colorado and stopped in salt lake that night too, so we were even able to see them and andrews neice and nephew, Daniel and Alli. they were sooo cute with Colby. Everything he did just cracked them up and they'd fall on the bed laughing. we woke up to lots of snow and we went to breakfast with andrews parents the next day (yes it was sunday....i payed for that later). and then we headed out (dan and britt also stayed in the same hotel so we were all able to caravan). the roads were HORRIBLE! i was scared for colby's life, not to mention i wasn't feeling well (probably from lack of sleep) and i just wanted to get home. once we got home it hit. yes, i was going to pay for going out to eat on sunday. i couldn't unpack, i could hardly hold colby. all i could do was lay on the couch and run for the bathroom. i couldn't keep my food down! poor andrew had to deal with colby while trying to get his homework done because i couldn't take care of him. it was so nice though! i went to bed at 9:00 dreading the night (i was thinking colby was going to keep waking up like he did in arizona). he only woke up once in the middle of the night to eat, and then he slept the rest of the night! oh i am one happy mom! plus i'm feeling much better, so i'm hoping it was that belgian waffle i had. i really really don't want to get colby and andrew sick.







chillin in the carseat


after one of his explosive diaper changes, Colby drove over to the dumpster


Aunty Kami with colby and a cute hat


4 Generation picture


Papa reading to Colby

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

little blessing

This morning i was cooking myself some breakfast (actually heating up oatmeal) and i couldn't stop smiling. i could hear colby through his monitor just laying in his crib cooing. usually i'm welcomed in the morning with a desperate cry to get food, i was pleasantly surprised that he was just in there talking to himself. so i let him talk to himself for a while until he started to cry, when i went in there he had rotated himself and was facing the wall just talking away. when he saw me he got the biggest smile on his face. (i totally forgive him for crying for hours last night instead of sleeping). this was the first morning he woke up happy and i LOVE it :)

he also had to get his 4 month shots today. sooo sad, but he's a trooper!


always trying to chew on his hands


still being adorable

here's his stats at 4 months:

weight: 12.1 lbs - 6%
height: 25.5 in - 73%
Head: 16 in - 14%

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


what a great trilogy! i can't believe 'back to the future' came out in 1985 and i had never seen it before! guess i thought they would be super strange, but they were so good! i highly recommend them.

it officially started snowing monday, i was going to get a picture of us outside for colby's first snow, but by the time andrew got home from work to take the picture it was dark, not to mention it's freezing out there! the snow doesn't seem that bad this year, i guess it's because i see an end to the snow.
10 days until arizona.
39 days until we say goodbye to rexburg forever.


Monday, November 8, 2010

Colby's blessing

Alright I know this is just a few months late, but i'm finally blogging about Colby's baby blessing! I just recently got some pictures from the blessing (i, of course, forget to take pictures with my camera that day) We had the blessing on September 26 after church in the clubhouse here at our apartment complex. we had a lot of family and friends that were able to make it. andrew gave an amazing blessing, and colby helped make it memorable. colby decided that right in the middle of the blessing was a good time to fill his diaper...loudly! (apparently the 2 minute long blessing was much to long to hold it in) it was way hard to keep from laughing, but andrew somehow managed to make it through the blessing and we all had a good laugh afterwards (and some even had a good laugh during the blessing). overall, it was a great (and very memorable) day.



It was really hot in the clubhouse, so we ended up just taking his blessing outfit off


Thursday, November 4, 2010

so busy being a mom

Just showing off our attractive side :)




Monday, November 1, 2010

Colby is growing so fast and is so much fun! he's a huge blessing in our lives and we just love him to death! Here are few things that he loves doing at 3 1/2 months old -

- sitting up (with help of course)
- attacking his toys
- talking and mimicking us
- standing up (with help)
- chewing on his hands (both of them at the same time)
- tummy time ( actually he hates it, but he's doing much better! still not rolling over completely on his own though)


He's still sleeping the majority of the day, but i love those precious moments when he's awake.


He just loves his daddy

He's actually hooked on the TV here


His new best friend and the first church outfit he fit into



Spending time with daddy



Tummy time - he's not sure if he likes it or not


It's hard to get a picture of him smiling - might have something to do with the bright orange focus light that comes on, but he LOVED the box



He twitches so bad that he has to be swaddled, but dang it if he's gonna try and break free! He always gets his hands out



Our pumpkins!

i was getting anxious to put him in his johnny jumper - apparently he's still too little


video

So maybe this is mean, but we just love his reaction when we blow in his face


video

Copying his daddy - so cute!