Thursday, January 31, 2008

Wind Storm and more

Yesterday was so windy! Seriously so windy. In fact our gate broke in half. It is kind of sad becuase Tyler and I spent a lot of time painting that gate and I like having it in the summer so I don't have to worry about the kids leaving the yard. At least it was just a gate.

I was at the store the other day and I bought Tyler his birthday present. I have been wanting to get him a cheap guitar for his birthday and I found one. I kind of gave it to him early. Three months early. He loved it. I just hope he doesn't mind not getting anything on his birthday (it's our anniversary too so we will still be celebrating).


I had a doctors apointment this week and Garret was sure I was going to bring home a baby. He provides me with constant entertainment these days. He also thinks Tyler is a giant and that I am a "big boy" becuase I use the "potty". So much fun!


Something else exciting!- We were able to find the blogs of some of our really good friends from BYU-Idaho. I think you can really tell when people have impacted your life by the way you feel about them years later. All of Tyler's roommates from his first semester at BYUI met the people they were going to marry the same semester so we all shared those fun times together.
Garret has named Josh and Kandis's baby Harvey. They found out today that Harvey is in fact a boy! Tyler's sister Tia finds out what she is having today as well. We haven't heard yet but are anxious to here. Garret and Spencer will love having a cousin on that side.

Monday, January 28, 2008

President Hinckley

I have read a lot of my friends posts about the passing of our Prophet. I normally try not to copy others but I decided to write my own tribute anyway.

President Hinckley passed away last night. He became the prophet of the church when I was 11 and I remember being intrigued by his calling. At the time I had no idea what an impact that man would have on my life. His council has guided me through my teen years, college years and early years of married life. I have had the privilege of being in the same room as him on a couple of occasions and although I have never really met him- I know him. I know of his goodness, his optimism and his spirit. I know that when he enters a room the spirit comes with him. What he said when he spoke were the words of a prophet of God.

I will forever remember his guidance to attend the temple, be a little better, love one another, the 6 B's, and so many other lessons. When I have heard him speak I do not doubt that he is God's Representative on this earth. That he was a man chosen to lead and guide us. I think we are so blessed to have a prophet here on earth. He is a guiding light in this chaotic world. I will miss hearing his council and seeing his smiling face- but I am happy too because I think of how much joy he has now that he is with his wife again. I will always remember and honor his memory and the impact he had on my life. I love our church I love that when something happens, when the world goes through crisis or when a prophet dies- we do not have to fear, the Lord will call another man to be our Prophet! His work goes on!

I found President Hinckleys testimony on a friends blog and thought I would put it on mine for us to read- What a great man!

27 January 2008 "I hope that all of you will remember that on this Sabbath day you heard me bear my witness that this is God's holy work. The vision given the Prophet Joseph in the grove of Palmyra was not an imaginary thing. It was real. It occurred in the broad light of day. Both the Father and the Son spoke to the boy. He saw Them standing in the air above him. He heard Their voices. He gave heed to Their instruction."It was the resurrected Lord who was introduced by His Father, the great God of the universe. For the first time in recorded history, both the Father and the Son appeared together to part the curtains and open this, the last and final dispensation, the dispensation of the fullness of times."The Book of Mormon is all that it purports to be—a work recorded by prophets who lived anciently and whose words have come forth "to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations" (Book of Mormon title page)."The priesthood has been restored under the hands of John the Baptist and Peter, James, and John. All the keys and authority pertaining to eternal life are exercised in this Church."Joseph Smith was and is a prophet, the great Prophet of this dispensation. This Church, which carries the name of the Redeemer, is true."I leave you my testimony, my witness, and my love for each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen."President Gordon B. Hinckley
April 1, 2006, Sunday morning session of the 176th Annual World General Conference

Saturday, January 26, 2008

The Little Ones


Spencer has been sleeping 11-12 a night almost every night now. It is so nice getting to sleep all night. He goes to bed around 7 and usually wakes up around 7 unless Garret wakes him up at 6:30. He is getting 3 new teeth right now and is pretty fussy. I hope he gets them in soon for both our sakes. He is sitting up for a couple minutes on his own now and can roll over- he just chooses not too most of the time.


Garret is always coming up with funny things now- here are a few favorite quotes-

Me- Maybe someday we will have another baby

Garret- (almost in tears) no baby spency garbage can- keep ever (that means forever)


Me- (Singing) You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. . .

Garret- me no big boy- me sunshine (he insisted on being called this for a day or two)


Garret- Me get big, like dad, leave mommy go to school

Me- aaaaahhh! Please don't grow up and leave mommy


Garret- me like Chase, funny pink potty- yeah pink potty!


Garret- Ella over. . .please. . .Ella Jane. . please. . .me kiss Ella. . please


to be continued. . .


- We watched the movie the bucket list last night- its really good you should all watch it.

One final thought- if you get the chance play games with Kristen- it is really entertaining!!!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

6 long days and 7 tests later. . .

I'm not pregnant. Some of you may not enjoy this topic but I have got to write about it. The last 6 days have been so stressful. For whatever reason I was 6 days late. I have been freaking out. I have been taking tests (most from the dollar store) like crazy because I have been so nervous. I love my kids but if I had been pregnant I would have had 3 under the age of three. I think Tyler got sick of me going off on how worried I was. I was trying to figure out where in the world I would put another one and complaining about all my plans that were going to get thrown off etc. To make a long story short. . .for the first time in my life I was praying to have a period (literally) and for the first time in my life I wanted to throw a party when it showed up!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

I don't wanna grow up

Friday night Tyler and I went to dinner and then to the play Peter Pan (it was definitely not the best play we have been to but it was fun). The whole time I kept thinking "oh I wish Garret were here". Tyler and Garret just finished reading a little chapter book of Peter Pan and Garret loved it. It's funny how even when I am apart from my kids they consume my mind. Here are some silly pics of Tyler and I before our date-







On to other things-

Today we went sledding with a bunch of friends (there will be more pics coming- You have got to see the "pile-up"- I will write about that later). Garret was so excited to go. He went down with Tyler, got snow in his face the first time but they figured out better ways as they kept going. He wouldn't go down with me. It was a lot of fun and always fun getting together with friends.


This is Garret's smile he does for pictures now (sometimes he still just runs away, so this is better than that).
Garret and Spencer play together more and more everyday- Love it!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Book Club- "These is my words"

For book club we read "These is my Words". I had never heard anything about this book before and it took me a little while to get into it and used to the format it was written in. Once I was a fourth of the way into it or so I really liked it. It was the story of a pioneer woman, it is written as her journal (this format limited you to seeing only what she saw and thought, sometimes it would have been entertaining to see things from an outsiders perspective but it was good for getting to know and love her character and you feel very close to her). At first she is trekking across the plains, they eventually settle in Arizona. You get to see what life was like for them and some of the struggles they went through and you get a real sense of how strong they were. I also enjoyed her relationship with Jack Elliott. Whenever I see pictures of pioneers they look so cold and serious that I have trouble picturing them falling love but they did (at least some of the time) despite the conditions they lived in. I would definitely recommend the book.

At book club we didn't actually spend much time talking about the book but it is always so nice getting together. Last night I carpooled and we decided not to stay to long- I think we were there til 12:30- I think we forget how much we love being around other adults with no kids until we get together. Getting up this morning was not the easiest thing but it was worth it to get together with friends!

Tonight Tyler and I are going out in honor of our five years since our first date! (we couldn't go Wednesday because I had to help with Young Women's). I am so excited to go on a nice date with Tyler!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

1826


Rachel and Tyler - Fall 2003
1826 days ago (5 years) Tyler and I went on our first date. I have been looking everywhere for a disc I have with both of our versions of our story on it. After we had been married for about a year we decided we needed to record our Courtship- I can't find it. So here are our new versions- I am pretty sure that Tyler's (the blue version) has changed drastically over the years- but mine is still very accurate so if there is a contradiction refer to mine (the red version)Warning to the reader- the following is likely to be lengthy and extremely corny and cheesy- but oh well it's our story all the same!

Ashlee, Stephanie, Leah, Rachel and Tyler
Proudly displaying our mardi Gras beads (No we did not flash anyone- my Sister served her mission in the south)
Well if you want to hear the real story and not the National Enquirer version DO NOT pay attention to the RED comments. It goes a little something like this: I had just got back from my mission about two and a half months ago and I was up at BYU Idaho. I new student, timid shy, not really knowing very many people. I had actually only come to BYU Idaho because it had been along time since I had really got to spend time with my sister and so I came there to be by her. I didn't really know what my plans were but I was pretty sure that I didn't want to stick around Rexburg, Idaho. So I was just taking some pretty chiller classes. One of them was christian history (which actually turned out to be a little challenging). I came to classes the first day and was kinda nervous because I still felt a little dorky, you know, the post mission weirdness was still wearing off. So in class I met this girl named Rachel, she was one of those girls that likes to flirt, and date, but is not really serious about relationships. I knew her type from the start. She would flirt with all the guys around her and then wonder why they would ask her out time and time again. She of course shot most of them down especially this poor guy named Derek. We would talk every once in a while and she would have little witty comments that she thought were totally innocent. Well I have a bit of a confession to make after a couple of days I actually forgot what her name was and I didn't know what to do. I wanted to ask her out because she seemed like a fun date, someone who didn't want to get too serious, and my roommate told me to find somebody so I could go with him and his girlfriend to a concert (string quartet) that they were going to that night. So I figured out her name in class that day, and when class was over I got up the guts and as we were walking out of the building I said, "Hey Rachel I was wondering if you would want to go to a concert with me. My friend and his girlfriend are going and I don't want to be a third wheel. So what do you think?" She replied, "Oh sorry, I am actually going to be out of town this weekend, but thanks for asking maybe some other time". Then I said, "When the concert is actually tonight so if you want to go that would be great, if not that's cool too". She inevitably had to say yes I had her trapped in a corner. So she said sure and I said great and we went our separate ways. I got ready later that night and I looked pretty sharp if you must ask. I got her a flower because come on, I'm a gentleman. I went to go pick her up and she looked beautiful. It was weird because it was like I was seeing a new person that I hadn't fully noticed before. The words "hot" and "snuggle" and "wow" just might have run through my mind, but still it hadn't hit me quite yet. So we went to the concert, which was great, and then we went to an ice cream place called Hogi Yogi. She pretty much teased me the whole night, but I thought it was fun that she wasn't nervous around me. So on the way back to drive her home, being the romantic I am, I got an idea to pull over to the side of the road and we all got out and I dance with her for the first time to an Josh Grobon song. Call me sappy, but at that moment I knew that I would marry Rachel Beck, come to find out it would be a little later then I thought, but lucky for I stuck it out. Now this is where it gets juicy. The next day she calls me up, yes SHE CALLED ME, and don't let her tell you anything different. We talked about stuff and a part of our conversation went a little something like this, (a little background, previously in our class we had made a little wager and I had lost so I owed her something) Me - "Well i hope you had fun last night", Rachel - " yeah I did", "hey about that bet from class, I need to pay up on it, so is the price going to be?" Rachel - "well maybe I will just have to get some more of what I got last night" NOW DOESN'T THAT SOUND LIKE SHE WANTED TO GO ON ANOTHER DATE? To this day she denies that but I am totally telling the truth. I am not saying that I didn't want to go out with her again because I did, I am just saying that it wasn't one sided. So I will go to the grave with this story. Well I hope you enjoyed the real version. I in all honesty will be grateful for all time that I was blessed enough to find and marry the best friend I could have ever hoped for. Thanks for the first five years love, I am looking forward to them all. I love you FOREVER!!!

Before a dance- Tyler decorated his living room with pictures of us!
Winter semester 2003 at BYU-Idaho, Tyler and I both took a Christian history class. Tyler sat in front of me and we quickly became friends (He was such a flirt). On January 15th Tyler's roommates talked him into getting a date for a symphony the next night. When he came to class he felt like he should ask me to be his date. I tried to get out of it because at the time I had no interest in dating anyone (I was 19 so I did not want to date a RM). I told him I was busy that weekend and he said that's fine because it's tonight (Thursday January 16th). I had no excuse so I agreed to go.


Before Sweetharts Ball
When Tyler picked me up for our first date he was wearing his suit and I will admit he looked pretty good (until this point I had not realized what a catch he was)! I went into the date a little reluctant but as the concert went on I started really enjoying myself (I still remember thinking he was a little odd because he was really proud of his knock off watch). We had no trouble finding things to talk about. After the symphony we went to get ice cream (Hogi-Yogi) and I had a lot of fun teasing Tyler. He took it surprisingly well and even tried to dish it out. When we left the restaurant and headed for home, Tyler pulled the car over and turned on Josh Groban and asked me to dance right there in the parking lot (how romantic!). While we danced I looked up at him and according to him that is when he began to fall in love with me (it took me months and months to catch up- but I am glad he stuck with me).

Showing off the "Ghetto" Sweats
When I got home I told all my roommates what a good date I had been on. I did not really know where it would go but I had enjoyed myself. The next day I was not expecting a phone call but when I got home from class there was a message for me (Tyler will deny this to the grave but he called and if I could find our older version of the story he admitted to it- maybe that's why I can't find it he destroyed the evidence). So after much contemplation I called him back- and that is how our story started.


But why stop here- I will give a very abbreviated description of our dating adventures-

At Josh and Kandis's wedding (hey Kandis were you at our wedding?!)
We became really good friends and started going for walks at night. We talked about everything and realized we had a lot in common and that we never got tired of one another's company. We started dating and went on lots of fun memorable dates (check out the pictures). We had our first kiss in his car but we don't count that one (it was not a very good kiss), the next was right outside of my brother Dan's apartment (we consider this our first real kiss- it was much better). In March of the same year we took a trip to Utah to visit friends and family. This was probably one of the best weekends we have ever had. I think this is when I realized I loved Tyler- I wasn't ready to admit it but I did (While we were on this trip I mentioned to Tyler that I would love to see my Grandma's grave we were not sure where it was and he went out of his way to take me there and was so kind to me when I got all emotional and I realized I wanted to be with someone that recognized when something was important to me and thus it was important to them). Horseback riding at my cousins
The semester ended all too quickly and we went our own ways for the summer. I was in Washington and Tyler was in Colorado. We left as just friends but ended up talking basically every day on the phone. In late summer Tyler came to visit me - he showed up a day early- he surprised me at work. He walked in with a huge bouquet of flowers and totally took me off guard, I could go on and on about all the sweet, romantic, thoughtful things Tyler has done while we were dating and since! (Being apart for the summer really helped us realize what we wanted and we got to know each other really well by talking all the time)Tyler hiked Mt. Eleanor when he visited me the summer we were dating (Check out how in shape he was- so hot!)
We spent Thanksgiving in South Dakota (I guess we thought it would be fun to do a little kissy kissy in front of the old guys)
Before we knew it the summer was over and we were both back at school. This time we came back ready to see where things were going. We dated all through September and then in October Tyler proposed. Being the romantic that he is he had planned an elaborate proposal. However I threw off his plans a little when I got an assignment for my corrections class. I had to spend 24 hours in the bathroom (it had to do with solitary confinement). It happened to take place when Tyler had planned to ask. So contrary to his nature he left the romantic stuff behind and proposed to me on the doorstep of my apartment. He had left me a card inside saying he wanted to spend forever with me and if I wanted to spend forever with him to open the door. I waited a few minutes just to build suspense! Then I opened the door and said yes!
Ashlee, Nichole, Heather, Trenton, Dan, Marc, Anna, Leah, Stephanie, Tyler and Rachel
Finally April 30, 2004 rolled around. We were so excited and ready for this day. I stayed the night before at my Aunt Tauni's house with my sisters and friends. She fixed my hair for me and helped with so many things all day. Tyler stayed with his family. We both thought we might be nervous but we were not nervous at all- just excited. That morning we saw each other at the temple; Tyler forgot his white shirt and was really funny about it. We changed into our clothes and then talked with the sealer. As the guests arrived we waited in another room and just kind of sat there and smiled and could not get over our excitement. When everyone had arrived we were married and sealed for time and all eternity. It was such a great moment- realizing we had just started our family. We shared our marriage with friends and family but most importantly with the Lord in his house.

The bride and the groom!
When we came out of the temple we were all smiles. Everyone was talking and taking pictures. It was perfect weather, perfect company- just the best day. We had a luncheon at Outback. Tyler sang me a song while we were there- it was the sweetest most romantic thing. We had a reception that evening. There was horrible traffic between Seattle and Shelton which meant some decorations and such were late getting there- but at this point we didn't care! (some people hate their weddings- we were the opposite, I think I would marry Tyler once a year if I could it was so much fun)
If you enlarge the picture you will see we are imitating the cake topper
We went to Disney World for our honeymoon, then celebrated our marriage again in Colorado. We have lived in three states sine we met- we have been to many more than that. we have two beautiful boys. We have degrees and experience. We have been through some great times and some not so great times but whatever we have done and been through these last five years we have done together.


The tower of terror, the best part of this ride is that the old lady next to Tyler got so scared she practically threw herself on Tyler

So thank you Tyler for asking me out- for sticking with me and for making these years the best. I love youYes my hair was black

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Just Like Dad

Garret wants to be just like Tyler. It is pretty funny sometimes. He will make this noise that Tyler makes when he clears his throat and say "me, daddy". He also likes to dress like him, wear his shoes, repeat things he has heard Tyler say, go everywhere he can with Tyler, when Tyler is gone he comes up to me and says "mommy, me miss daddy" and so many other things. It is so cute- yesterday when he kept saying he missed Tyler I walked him to school so he could see Tyler playing basketball. He loved it and is currently wearing his "basketball clothes" around the house waiting for Tyler to get home (he even has on a sweat band).


Garret and Tyler are reading "Peter Pan" together.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Congratulations

My friend Kandis finally has given me permission to Congratulate her on my blog! They are going to have a baby in June and made me wait forever to say anything- seriously forever (If you are reading this Kandis, know that you will pay!) We are so excited for them and we can't wait to meet their new baby!!!

It's over

Our break is over, it's back to real life tomorrow. We are both determined to make this a good semester, we have goals and ideas to make it a great semester but I don't think it is possible for it to be as great as break. It was so nice being home, we worked on projects (painting, a new shelf, pottery) we played as a family, read books ("the Wednesday Letters"- we read this one together, "Rhett Butler's People", "Lost for Christmas" and that one book that Tyler is reading "Wheel of time"), we had the holidays, we spent time with friends- it was just a great break! I am so sad it's over.

Six Months Old!


On Saturday Spencer turned six months old. I can't believe he is six months old already- didn't I just have him? Then again it feels like he has always been with us- weird. He is such a sweet baby. He is all smiles and giggles. He loves his big brother Garret, he loves chewing on things, he loves watching everything (I think he is going to be a deep thinker). He is growing big so fast. He sleeps most nights from 7 until about 4 then eats and goes back to sleep usually til I wake him up around 8. He has 2 teeth and 2 on the way. He weighs 18 pounds 13 ounces (75 %) and they said he was 25 1/2 (25 %) but when he had his tongue surgery they said 27 1/2 so I am not sure which is right. His head was 90%. Poor baby had an ear infection and I didn't even know it, the doctor put him on antibiotics when we went in for his check up. They are also a little concerned because he is not very mobile. The doctor didn't seemed overly concerned since his fine motor skills and vocal abilities are up to par but we might have him evaluated by early intervention. They might have some suggestions of ways to get him moving. (Personally I like that I can set him down and know he will be there when I get back!) I love watching Garret and Spencer play. Garret pushes Spencer in the walker and Spencer just laughs and laughs. Garret likes to lay under spencer when he is in the door jumper and he thinks its so funny that Spencer is jumping on him. During their nap time I hear Garret sing to Spencer and tell him if he hears an airplane (So cute!). Spencer brightens our days, he puts a smile on our faces and makes everyone happy- we love our little Spencey!

Yes our living room is orange now!

Underwear Party

It sounds kind of weird- but on January 3rd we had an Underwear Party (Really is was hot dogs, cake and whistles) We have been telling Garret for a couple weeks once we have his Underwear party he would be a big boy and wear underwear all the time. So we had the party we ate and blew whistles and cheered for Garret and put him in underwear. He loved it and has done really well since (I am not about to say we are done with potty training I learned my lesson last time we put him in underwear). It was fun and Garret was so cute and excited. He walked around saying "No diapers, me big boy, underwear all the time. . .hurray".
Just so we are all clear - Garret was the only one in his underwear!

Happy Birthday to Me!

January 2 was my birthday! Tyler and my boys made it a special day for me. I woke up to breakfast (French toast- mmmmm good!). Then we spent the day together. They made me lunch and dinner and made sure I didn't have to do much housework. When the kids went to bed Tyler and I went to a movie. John and Sarah watched our kids (Thanks). It was so nice going out with just Tyler. We saw "PS I love you" and really enjoyed it. It was a nice relaxing day. I think birthday are fun but at the end of the day I usually feel about the same as the day before. I always think when I hit those big years I will feel older and wiser- I am not sure that is how it works- I guess we just grow up gradually (or not at all!).

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

My Greatest Modeling Year Ever!!!

Hello this is Tyler,
I know, I know, you are so sick of hearing from me on "the Blog" but just one more for this year (even thought it technically is a new year). I am so thankful for the awesome things in my life, first and foremost my wonderful wife. Rachel has been my angel this year and has saved me in so many ways. It has been a tough semester for me and it didn't have all the outcomes I would have hoped for, but with the help and support of Rachel, Garret, and Spencer (yes Spencer can support me with the cutest little two toothed smile there is) I made it through. And isn't that what life is about, not being perfect at everything but getting through things and still being sane and happy. I don't know if I am the first, but then I don't know if I have ever been. I LOVE MY KIDS. They are the best thing that could have ever happened to Rachel and I. They make our life interesting and I could not imagine it without them. School is good. My opinion on dental school is that I made it in and as long as they don't kick me out before I graduate then all was a success. The friendships that I have made in the past year and a bit have been some of the best that I have ever had. I love you guys, but don't get to big a head because you never know you might not be on my A list, not, fooled you, you all are. All-in-all life has been good this year, and I am sure that this year will be nothing but better. That might sound a little too hunky dory, but I gotta be optimistic, I'm a dental student (you know the whole suicide and dentist thing).
Now on to what is really important my hottest modeling shots of the year. They are in order of hottnessest:

#5 - The googely eye (with a mohawk)

#4 - The Fatherfigure
#3 - The "Toughguy"
#2 - Blue Steel (Obviously)
#1 - The "Hotness" Well I hope this did for you what it did for me. Have a great 2008 and maybe I'll blog again soon.

Later,
Tyler

2007

2007 could have been a bad year but it was a great year. I say it could have been bad because Tyler was so busy with school and learning to manage two kids was hard but I am happy to report that despite what challenges we faced this year we had a wonderful year. It was a year full of blessings, trials, adventures, joy, and family.

A few highlights from the year;
- Baby Spencer (affectionately known as Spency) was born July 5 at 12:07 in the morning
- Garret changed from a baby to a big boy this year (He talks all the time now, he runs, he jumps, he has an opinion about everything, he says sweet and funny things all on his own)
- This summer we played together as a family soooooo much! (the pool, the Corning museum of glass, the beach, Rochester, baseball. . .)
- We worked on some projects around our house (Carport, basement, living room)
- We visited DC
- We started some traditions we hope to keep up every year

Some lessons we learned;
- Never leave a glass pan on a stove burner - It will explode
- Just because a child knows how to use the bathroom does not make them potty trained
-It is possible to have a baby without an epidural- although I don't know why people would choose to go through that much pain.
-Being married is the best (OK so I already knew that but this year was a really good year for me and Tyler- and I was reminded- like always that I am glad I married my best friend- cliche I know but true)
-Having two kids is a challenge but if you last 8 weeks you start to enjoy it
-There are things in life you can say "I will or will not do"- somethings really are black or white
-The new Jane Eyre is by far the best (this may not seem like something worth mentioning but that is because you have not seen it- watch it and you will understand why I love it)
- I love Buffalo (yes we are going to leave when we are done here but Buffalo has a certain charm I will miss- I love the history, the anticipation for summer, the fact that there is not traffic, the people)
-If I could I would spend the vast majority of my day reading (I have always loved reading but gotten into it more lately)
-There is a reason for swimmer diapers- the other kind can explode
-There is a reason you are suppose to use Sun screen (Tyler and I learned this the hard way)
-Being bumped on flights is the greatest way to fly
-Family is the most important thing! (Yes, we knew this already too but it really is)
And so many other things! I have really learned to be OK being different (I don't know if I learned this this year) as long as I believe in what I am doing I am not affected by those around me that don't agree with me (For example it used to really bother me when people would criticize me for staying home with my kids, or for my stance on social things- I can brush these things off better).

I still have so many things to learn. I have set goals for 2008 so hopefully I am able to make the changes I need to in my life. But I can honestly say that 2007 was a great year!

New Year's eve

Since this was our first New Years without family we decided to try and come up with something fun to do. We decided that since the kids have not been perfectly healthy and because we did not want to deal with them sleeping at someone else's house we would just stay home. We thought it would be fun to make a meal from another culture since we were about to welcome in a New Year- why not do it with a new food!

Here is our German feast (I think we both have German in our blood- I do at least)


We made Tomataseun ( I might have spelled that wrong- it's a onion/tomato salad), Spaetzle (seasoned homemade egg noodles) and Spicy pork (I forget the rest of its title, but it had seasoned pork, sauerkraut, cucumbers etc.) It turned out really well and we had a lot of fun making it.



Then we did a few party games with the kids and did a countdown (it was at 7:15 but they didn't know) and sent them to bed. We were excited to spend the night just hanging out, unfortunately we put in a boring movie and I fell asleep. I woke up to fireworks and we realized it was already the new year. Maybe we will pick a better movie and try to reenact it tonight.