Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Quints, Quints, 5 times the fun...

My sister Cathy randomly found this blog the other day.

This girl (A fellow BYU alumni) just had FIVE BABIES this morning! She is from Texas, but moved to Phoenix for her pregnancy and delivery, since the best multiple-birth doctor in the nation is here. She broke the record for the highest combined birth weights of quints. Crazy, huh?

Friday, July 13, 2007

The New Kid in Town

Congratulations to Danny & Lindsi!

Ellie Jane
was born last night around 6:30.
She weighs 7lbs, 7oz.

Here's the proud Papa with his new baby, about 2 hours old.

She's quite tiny (a lot smaller than Sophie was when she made her grand appearance), and super cute. Sophie and Ellie met this afternoon. Sophie approved of all of Ellie's new toys, but was a little wary of Ellie herself. She did end up making a few grabs at her legs and face though, so I think they're going to be fast friends.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Good Times in Utah

Sophie, Jake, & I spent last weekend in Salt Lake City to celebrate Jake's grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary. Sophie & I were fortunate enough to be able to fly there with Grandma Kim while Jake, his dad, & his brother Sam drove.

Sophie fell asleep as we rose into the air, and woke up as we lowered back to the ground. Cutie, huh? Once we got to our hotel, we changed our clothes and headed right to Raging Waters water park.

Sophie was an absolute angel there. She loved hanging out on her quilt, playing in the kiddie pool, trying to eat the grass, and just spending time with everyone. She even managed to fall asleep for a little bit in the afternoon.

(don't worry-this slide looks a lot steeper than it really is)

The next day we headed up Big Cottonwood Canyon, and had a picnic with almost the entire family on Jake's mom's side.

Sophie had a great time there too. She was quite popular among the little girls.

We tried to convince her to take a nap in her Pack-n-Play by blocking off some outside stimulation with towels, but as you can see, she didn't fall for our trick.

The next day was our last full day there. We decided to just hang out all day. We went to Gateway and watched the kids play in the water, drove around some cool neighborhoods in Salt Lake, ate dinner with Jake's brother Adam & sister-in-law Michelle, and then headed over to visit our friends Mike & Makell.

Mike & Makell have a kitten and the kitten and Sophie loved each other, even though it isn't really apparent in this picture.

We had a great time, and traveling with Sophie was quite uneventful, so we may just do it again sometime.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

I'm A Sewing Genius

Today I made these shorts *cough* out of pants *cough* for Sophie. Aren't they super cute? She's experimenting with her 9-12 month wardrobe this week. Some things (like this onesie) fit perfectly, while others are still quite large. She's had these pants for some time now, but nothing ever matched them until today.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Journal Jar #15: Pets

What pets have I had?
Which one was my favorite?

My family has had a slew of cats, one dog, 4 birds, various hampsters, tadpoles, fish, a turtle, and a rabbit. The hampsters never lasted long (remember, we had cats), so I don't even remember their names. The turtle was a found turtle, and if you can imagine: it escaped. Our neighbors found it down the street, and said it was their turtle, so it just stayed with them. The rabbit we owned for about a day (another found animal). We named it Fast. He escaped too.

The cats started with Peter. Peter was part of the family before any of the children were. He was born before my older brother Mike, and lived until Mike went on a mission at 19. During Peter's life, we also had Paco, Waldo, Figaro, and Tina; but Peter outlived all of them.

After Peter's time came Fred. Fred is mellow and lazy. He got hit my a car as a kitten, and has a limp tail because of it. This is good for babies and little kids because you can squeeze it and pinch it all you want, and Fred doesn't feel a thing. After a while, we decided to get another cat, so along came Ethel. Ethel is a very non-affectionate fluffy kitty. One day, she became quite affectionate, and we realized she was pregnant. She had 4 cute kittens. We decided to get her spayed once her kittens were given away. However, she had different plans, and before they were out of the house, we had a pregnant Ethel again (the little floozy). That time she had 6 adorable kittens, and 5 were adopted. The 6th one was black (a less desirable color), and never left the house. His name is Lucky. So yes, my parents have THREE cats, but quite by accident.

When I was 6 or 7, my family got a golden retriever named Ranger. Ranger was an awesome tennis ball catcher. At one point he could fit 3 in his mouth at once. He also loved water. He loved the hose, the retention basin after a rain storm, and he knew where every pool was in the neighborhood. Ranger used to put Cathy to bed. He would wake her up if she fell asleep on the couch, walk her to her room, lay on her bottom bunk (Cathy slept on the top bunk) until she fell asleep, and then leave and go sleep in the hall. He lived to be about 12, and it was very hard for our family (especially Cathy) when he died.

In high school, my dad built a bird cage outside of my bedroom window. I had 4 cockatiels in there for a while that I loved.

I would have to say that my favorite animal was Ranger. He was a good dog. However, I can't wait until I can get a cat. I love kittens, and they're much easier to take care of. Jake, who was an anti-cat person when I married him, has also warmed up to the thought of a cat, now that he's spent time with my parents' cats. I'm sure our family will have a dog someday, but it will be a while.