Our Girls

Our Girls
I love that they have each other

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas

It's almost Christmas and this year I got all my Christmas shopping done in November. First time ever. Now that it is the 22nd of December, I know why I never get my shopping done that early, because the whole month, I have continued to find things that I want to get my children, husband and friends! It's dangerous. Where I did so good financially with Christmas presents and budgeting, it got a little thrown out the window!! Doh!!! Oh well, tis the season right?
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Heads up

I have just posted 3 new posts, so read them all. I will be doing another 2 after I upload my pictures from my camera, but lets be honest, probably won't be for a week or two. :-)
Enjoy!

We've lost our minds!

So my mom's dog had puppies, and even though we don't like her dogs, the puppies were just too cute to pass up. We got Bindi. She is the runt of the litter and the cutest & sweetest by far! She was born 3 weeks after Chyler (Aug 29th) and even though I didn't really want to deal with 2 babies, Makayla really wanted her so we made a deal with her and if she kept her bed made everyday for 2 months she got Bindi as a surprise. She was very excited and really does love her puppy. Yes, we named her Bindi after Bindi the Jungle girl (Steve Irwin's daughter). We really liked her name and thought it sounded better as a puppy name than a little girl name. Well here she is. She is now 3 months old and we really are happy that we have her.

He claims he was suckered into getting the dog, but the truth is, he loves her. He hates most other dogs, but Bindi is so easy to love and a really good dog. She is already potty trained and obeys really well for the most part. She is still a puppy, but is pretty good for a puppy.

Road trip 10/09

So we went on a 10 day road trip. We went from Las Vegas to Boulder CO where we stayed with Aunt Allison for 4 days. We had so much fun there. After that we went over to Steamboat Springs, where we may be moving to next summer. Nothings for sure yet, but we wanted to check it out. From there we headed to Bountiful, UT, my old stomping grounds. We got to see family and friends there. Then moved on Orem where we stayed with the Wrights (and I got sick), then we headed home, but went back to St. George the next week and stayed with Gma and Gpa Taylor for 4 days. The pictures are not in order but here they are:Grandma Marley. We had lunch with her, Grandpa, Ricky and Aunt Deena. It's always good to see them.
Ellee & Abbey Johnson and Makayla at the Conference center in SLC. It was soo good to see Brent and his kids. I miss them so much and wish they hadn't moved up to Utah, but I get why they did. His girls have gotten so big and I can see so much of Aimee in them it makes me smile and cry all at the same time.
I think this picture was taken in Bountiful, but honestly, I don't remember. This is the problem with not doing these when they happen. :-)
Makayla and Lucy - Gramma Barb and Grandpa Mike's doggy. They were posing for a picture and right before the picture was taken lucy jumped up and kissed Mak on the cheek. It was so cute!
We went to the Denver Zoo while we were there. Makayla had a blast with all the animals. She's a pretty good poser! Here is the Elephant with the "huge nose." lol
Aunt Allison, Makayla and the Elephants.
Mak posing with the Giraffe's. She really liked seeing them, they were so tall.
Here we are at Nate's FAVORITE restaurant Rock Bottom. They let kids make their own pizza's there. It's pretty funny because Makayla wanted sausage on her pizza, but when it came back all cooked, she picked all the sausage off. LOL
Daddy and sleeping Chyler at Aunt Allison's house. She has such a cute house. We had a lot of fun and it was A LOT of driving! I can say that was my first real road trip. When your dad is a pilot, you don't drive anywhere, you fly. We even flew to Ogden from Bountiful one day just for breakfast. So this was a new experience for me, a good one, but new. On the way from Las Vegas to Boulder (a 12 hour drive) we left at 9 at night and got to Boulder at 8 in the morning. Nate didn't get tired until we were 45 minutes from Boulder. He's a rock star!!

Chyler's Blessing

So I am really REALLY behind . . . again. But here are the pictures from Chyler's Blessing day. It was on September 6th and she looked beautiful! Nathan gave her a beautiful blessing and I am eternally grateful that he holds and honors his priesthood so that he can do this for our children.
This is Great-Grandpa Taylor with 3 of the 4 Taylor babies born within a year of each other.
Grandma Barb. We love her!! My girls love her and I am soooo glad that she was able to come over for the blessing. We always love it when she comes to visit.
Aunt Cole is so pretty!! She finally gave Makayla a girl cousin. Ryiah Bell was born March 25th. We are hoping that she and Chyler will be BFF's. :-)
Aunt Allison!! She was here for 2 weeks!! She looks so beautiful and she wore green on the blessing day for me cuz it's my favorite color! I love you Allison!!!
My BEAUTIFUL angels!!! I seriously couldn't ask for 2 better babies. I'm soo glad that I have 2 daughters and that they have each other. I'm also so grateful for the Gospel in our lives and knowing that these girls will be my daughters for eternity!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

All About Chyler

So, I would be considered the worst when it comes to keeping people informed on my life. Hey, I warned you all in the beginning, so I don't want to hear any complaints! ;-) Just kidding, I love you all for caring and checking up on my blog even when I do slack of for a couple months.
Well, in these last couple months I did have my beautiful new daughter Chyler. She is amazing. We are so glad that she is in our family and Makayla is most excited to have a sibling, but most especially that she is a sister!!
Would you like some of Chy's stats, since we just went to the Doctor today for her 2 month (yes it's late) checkup? Well here they are whether you want them or not:
Head size: 37 cm - 5th %
Weight: 9 lbs 14 oz (skinny butt!) 5th %
Length: 23 & 1/2 inches - 75%
So the basic rundown, she is a tall skinny butt!! I love it! She got 2 shots and one oral vaccination today and so far so good (it's only been 3 hours, but here's to hoping it continues this way) I really hate vaccinations. I know they are necessary and they have helped the US become healthier overall, but I still hate giving my baby shots.
Chyler is such a blessing in our lives and we are so grateful for her. I am grateful also that Makayla is 6 years older because she has proved to be a huge help (sometimes a little too much help). It's also nice that Makayla goes to school all day because it gives me quality time to bond with Chyler.
Here are some pictures from the last couple months:
Nathan is such a sucker for his little girls. He loves them soo much and has a hard time saying no to things they want. He is such a good daddy and I am grateful for his support.
Makayla really loves her and just wants to be close to her all the time. I love this picture because both of their faces are turned towards each other. I LOVE HAVING GIRLS!!
You can't quite tell by looking at this picture, but Chyler had fallen asleep and I put her in her little papasan, well, she has scooted down and her legs were up in the air and she had covered her face with her blanket, it was hysterical. Maybe you had to be here, or maybe you should just trust me.
She's just cute here sleeping on my boppy, which I think is only good for this!
Here is me and my beautiful daughters! they are the joy in my life and I can't imagine not having them. They make me smile when days are rough and they make me love when I feel like I want to explode. Even when Chyler screams all day and Makayla whines, I LOVE THEM!! Thank you thank you for sending me these beautiful girls to teach, love & care for!!!
This is probably the best smile ever!! She has such a cute smile and when you can get them they melt your heart. We love her and are hoping we can be the great parents that both she and Makayla deserve.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Okay, here she is, our little Chyler Bug! Her full name is Chyler Olivia Taylor. She was born on August 6th at 7:47 am. She was 7 lbs and 20 1/2 inches long. She is practically perfect in every way!!!

Makayla is totally in love with her and in fact, we can't seem to stop her from kissing her all the time. We are going to get some professional pictures done shortly so I will have those up and you can see her better. I am so grateful for my family and couldn't ask for a better one!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Blah

Here I am at my baby shower on Saturday. I had lots of people come and I am so grateful for all my friends and family!! I'm a fatty! :-) I'll do more of a baby shower update tomorrow.


I have nothing festive to say at all. I'm still prego. I'm at 37 weeks now and this ending of the pregnancy is very different than Makayla's. With Mak, I had braxton hicks contractions, which didn't hurt for about 2 months. So far, I've had braxton hicks contractions and real contractions for the past 4 weeks!! Real contractions hurt! I don't remember them from Mak, cuz I only had about 3 hours of them and that's all . . . I'm okay with that, this new turn of events isn't the most fun. Also, as of 4 weeks ago, I was 80% effaced, dialated to a 1 and the baby has dropped . . . way low! As of this morning at 10:30, I'm still dialated to a 1, the baby is low, I'm just now almost completely effaced. OOh, big progress - hold me back.


In case you can't tell, i've hit the uncomfortable, tired, honery . . . ya know, all the bad parts of pregnancy. The other day, I cried all day, why? I don't know, there was no reason, it was stupid! Well, I have 3 weeks left until my due date and I am probably going to go till then. However, there is a solar eclipse this week, and they are warning pregnant women to stay inside (the crazy people that is!) LOL. I'll try to keep updated. Love you all!!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Almost . . .

Yesterday was not such a fun day for me. I woke up with an ache in my right hip, which slowly turned into what I thought were braxton hicks contractions, but then those turned into something stronger and more painful. At noon, I finally layed down hoping that would stop them. Oh no, they just got stronger and closer together. By 3:30, I was having strong, hard contractions that were varying from 4 to 5 minutes apart. Please keep in mind that I am currently 6 weeks from my due date. 6 weeks is too early to start having contractions like these. By 430, they were 2-3 minutes apart and were bringing me to tears. At about 5ish, Nathan had called his mom and we'd called my mom and they both said, "go to the Hospital!" Well, i'm stubborn, because I don't want to go to the hospital until they won't send me home without a new, healthy baby in my arms, besides, I knew that as soon as we got to the hospital, the contractions would stop. So, I put it off and put Nathan off, and was just being stubborn, and at 5:46 last night, I had my last painful contraction. I still had a several braxton hicks contractions the rest of the night, but like I said, there was no more pain. Thank goodness, I need at least 3 to 4 more weeks before she can make an appearance without the Dr.'s being not happy.
See with Makayla, my water broke, I didn't have to worry about this whole contraction crap. And to be honest, I don't even remember what my contractions with her even felt like. I really only had them for about 3 hours before I got my epidural. So this whole contraction thing was not so fun. I don't like having to time them. But everyone says every pregnancy is different, so we'll see what happens. I go to the Dr. on Monday and I will tell him about my "exciting" adventures yesterday, and hopefully will have no more this weekend. I'm so excited to meet this little girl and am anxious to not be pregnant anymore, but NOT before she is healty enough to come out.

Monday, June 8, 2009

School's Out!

Here is my beautiful daughter on her very first day of Kindergarten. She was sooo excited to start school! No nerves from her, just excitement. I did pretty good on her first day, no tears (well, a little tearing up, but nothing that anyone else could see). School has gone really well for her all year. She only went through about 3 weeks of not wanting to go to school. Other than that, she has wanted to be there, wanted to go and been such a good student.Now this is Makayla on her LAST day of school! She has grown up soo much! She really did love school the whole year and made a lot of cute little friends. She has completely outgrown all the clothes we bought her at the beginning of the year, and even some that we got her at christmas. She is reading and doing math already, she struggles a bit with spelling, but that's cuz she is sounding it all out and spelling phonetically, which doesn't always work, but she tries so hard. Since school has ended hoever, she has been spelling things to me as she asks for something. She does pretty good that way! We are just sooo proud of her!! Now, on her first day, I had no tears . . . However, on her last day, I bawled. My baby was done with her first year of school!! But actually, I blame it on the pregnancy! ;-)
This woman is Makayla's teaher. Her name is Ms. Martha Gardner. She teaches the all day kindergarten class at Tanaka Elementary. She is an awesome teacher!! We are sooo grateful that Makayla was able to have such a wonderful teacher! She really went above and beyond with these kids. Makayla loved her and asked if she could be her teacher in 1st grade too!




Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Funniest Story EVER!!!

Okay, for Christmas, Grandma Peg got Makayla her own phone. It's little, for a childs face, white with pink polka dots. Nate finally set it up the other day, and since then, everytime the phone rings, if HER phone rings it means it's for her. Well, not only does she now love to answer her phone, she also loves to call people. Mostly me. But, the other day we were sitting in her room with my friend Angela and Angela wanted Makayla to call her on her phone. So I told Makayla her number and as Angela sat in front of Makayla's closet, Makayla talked to her from the other side of the room. They were having a great conversation.
Here's the funny part of the story: after several minutes of conversation on the phone, Makayla subtly grabs a tissue from her tissue box and moves it to her face, we think she is wiping her nose or something, but then I finally notice her hand and it's constantly moving, suddenly she goes, "Angela, I can't hear you, we are having interference," and she hangs up the phone!!! She was using the tissue to simulate static so she could get off the phone!! The best part is she had a dead serious look on her face. I thought I was going to DIE!!! Angela and I were laughing so hard!! Where do kids come up with this funny stuff!!!!!!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Makayla's new hair & 29 weeks

Here is my beautiful little almost-done-with-kindergarten Makayla MaQua. She has been begging me to let her cut and I have been saying no, no, no. Finally, it's gotten so hot that I have had to pull is back everyday - well, she hates having her hair done and I got tired of dealing with it, so I let her get her hair cut. We went over to Aunt Cole's and she did it. I thought I was going to die! But after a few cuts, I realized how cute it was going to be. I LOVE HER HAIR!!! And more importantly, she LOVES her hair! Nathan measured a piece that we cut, it was almost 12 inches long! I love her hair long cuz I can braid it, and curl it, and pony tail it (that is all when she would let me of course). But now, we just have to brush and go. Well, round brush and go. But she's stinking cute!!! I love her!!
I'm now at 29 weeks! And the best news is, as of today, May 27th, it has been 6 weeks since I last had to worship the porcelin god (aka, the toilet). THATS AMAZING!! I don't think I ever went a full week without throwing up when I was pregnant with Makayla. I still have to take my medicine every night before I go to sleep, but as long as I do that, I don't get sick. Today, I do feel a little yucky, and I have a couple of times over the past several weeks, but I'm not throwing up! I have put on about 24 pounds finally, but the funny part about that is it has all been since about my 18th week, so 24 lbs in 11 weeks. If I keep going this way, I'll have put on almost 5o lbs before this baby is born! I put on a total of 55 lbs with Makayla (now I had lost 15 at the beginning of that pregnancy) but we'll see what happens here.
The think I have noticed that I didn't with Makayla is a lot of abdominal pain. The Dr. calls is round ligament stretching. I don't care what it's called, it hurts! I do have a belly band that I wear, and as long as I wear it (cuz I'm not so good at that) I can do a lot more. Nicole and I went to babies r us yesterday and I found a crib I LOVE and the bedding that I LOVE!! The crib we had for Makayla was passed down to Nathan's little brother Nick and is still in use so we're going to need to get a new one (it's okay, cuz Nate's mom bought Makayla's so we don't feel shafted really), but this way, hopefully we can get a new one. It's amazing how many new things they have for babies that they didn't have 6 years ago! I have also decided that there are plenty of things that I don't have a problem borrowing from family instead of buying new, but there are several things that we are going to need to still get new things of. We'll see what happens.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

technology . . . grrrrrr

video

I am apparently no good at technology. Nathan came and did the EXACT SAME THING that I did, and low a behold, the stupid video uploaded!!

Well, now that it is up, please enjoy my FREAKING CUTE daughter and her class at this little mothers day program they put on for us. I would put all the video's from that day up, but again, technology hates me!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

take 2

I was told that to upload a video I have to have patience. I don't have patience, but I am going to try to upload a video and then leave so that I can not have to sit here and wonder if it's going to happen. So here goes:

Yeah, it didn't work. I left my computer for 3 hours and it still didn't upload. I don't know if it's the wrong format or what, but it doesn't say that, it just keeps saying "uploading video" It's not that big of a video or very long, it's like 45 seconds. Whatever!!

Mothers Day Program & 27 Weeks!!

Last week Makayla's kindergarten class put on this adorable mothers day program. They did 7 little skits/songs. I tried to upload a video of it, but apparently i'm retarded and can't get them to upload, so sorry. :-( Makayla's teacher is originally from Hawaii and she put a lot of time into this program. Her name is Ms. Gardner and she is amazing! We have Makayla in all day kindergarten and it is so worth it. So anyone wondering if they should do it for their kindergartner, DO IT! In this picture are some of Makayla's favorite friends in Kindergarten. From left: Joshua, Carlos, Emma H, Makayla & Miguel. She really has some cute kids in her class. Although little Carlos needs to watch out or Makayla's daddy will put the smack down on that little boy who wants to grow up too fast! Yes, he kissed Makayla several months ago. But Makayla said no more. She's so funny!

I can't believe that Makayla's first year of school is almost over! She will be in first grade next year and it just boggles my mind that she is getting so big! Makayla will be turning 6 a month after this new baby is born. She is so excited and is "practicing" with her dolly to be a good big sister.

This was at the beginning of the program, they gave all the mommy's their lei's, after a cute song about lei's.


I'm now 27 weeks!! YAY!!! Some days I think time is going so fast, and other days it's not going fast enough! This little girl is getting quite active and having lots of fun wiggling around inside. I'm still enjoying it so that means she's not kicking too hard yet . . . but don't worry, I know it's coming. I have felt much MUCH better with this pregnancy than I did with Makayla. I still have to take my anti-nausea medicine everynight before bed, but at least it makes it easier for me to function. My biggest problem is my STUPID sciatic nerve!! No matter which side I lay on, it KILLS me! It runs down my butt cheek. I guess it's good that it's not going down my leg, but my butt is bad enough. Here are some pictures. These are at Ryiah's (Nicole's daughter) blessing:

Our cousin Melissa is due two weeks after me. How do we compare? She is having a girl also. The Marley side of the family (Pam's side) has gotten 1 girl already this year and will get two more before September. It's funny because Grandpa Marley had 4 daughters and no boys, and when I married into the Taylor family, I was informed that Taylors only have boys, well, i'm pretty sure that that rule doesn't apply to Nate and I. I like it that way!! Nick has 2 boys and Jeremiah has 3. They can do the boys, Nicole and I will do the girls. Works for us!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

8 years, 9 days, & 25 weeks!!

So today, April 29 my hubby and I have been married for 8 years and 9 days. It's been a rollercoaster ride (what marriage isn't?) but it's been good. For our 8th anniversary, we went to Disney Land (kinda easy to do when you have a best friend who lives in LA and annual passes). It was good times!
I didn't do many rides, okay all I did was the Jungle Cruise, which I have come to LOVE being pregnant. Makayla's favorite ride is Soaring over California in California Adventure. She is sooo cute! I wish I had gone on it with them. Nate and Garrettson took Mak on it, and at the end you fly over Disney Land, they said Makayla squealed and cheered and clapped causing everyone in the room to bust out laughing! They said it was so cute! Oh, David and Garrettson met us down there with Chase (Hayden was left at Noni's and it was Tommy's Dad's weekend).

Makayla and Chase had sooo much fun!! We took them over to Tom Sawyers Island, which is incredibly fun! Not if you don't like stairs, but it ireally is cool! You could spend several hours over there with little kids. I don't remember ever really going over there, but let me tell you , it is worth going just for the bathrooms! Okay, the bathrooms aren't that cool, but the hand dryers in there are! I'm not kidding they are not regular hand dryers, they are like something that you put your hands in and it blows the water off your hands like a car wash dryer. It's freaking cool! I made Nate, David and Garrettson all go in there just to experience it. Gosh, the things that amuse pregnant women! LOL

As for the 25 weeks, I am officially 25 weeks pregnant today! YAY!!!! I'm getting bigger and bigger (as you can tell in the above picture) and she is moving more and more all the time. I love it!! This is what makes pregnancy fun! I'm slowly hitting the point where I have the mild freak out about the baby coming out one way or the other, but i'll get over it soon! :-) I can't wait to meet this little girl, and Makayla keeps getting more excited! She will come give me hugs and then give a seperate hug to my belly and give kisses, on my belly button, to her "sissy." I can't wait to see them together!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Oops

So I realized that I have forgotten to post about what I am having. That's what I get for being pregnant and having no brains left. We are going to have another little girl!!! I am sooo excited, Makayla is sooooo excited and Nathan . . . well, he's fine. :-) He would have really liked to have a son (what dad wouldn't) so he is already planning for the next one. It's really because Makayla already has him wrapped around her little fingers and I think he is nervous to allow another little angel to do the same thing. Don't let him fool you, this little girl is going to melt his heart as much as Makayla!
Our baby is due August 12, and I swear that can't come soon enough! I am loving feeling her kicking and punching around in my belly! It's probably the best feeling in the whole world! I have mostly forgotten how great it feels. I know that in a couple months I'll probably be back on complaining about how much she is beating me up, but for now I'm going to enjoy every minute of it.
We do have a name picked out, but I am not telling you at this time. :-) Cuz I don't have too! Just know that we fought over names for a few weeks after finding out she was a girl and when we found this one, it just fits. It's not a common name at all, in fact only 11 babies were given this name last year, and 24 the year before. Some people seem to really like it others really hate it. Guess what, I don't really care, because it's our baby, not yours!!
I will try to be better at updating everyone better now that I am feeling better. We love you all and are grateful for your friendship!! Happy Easter!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Impromptu Family Trip


On March 18, my brother David had a trip to California, which he decided to take his family with him. Hey, work pays for a hotel for 4 days - all you have to do is pay for DisneyLand Tickets and food? Sounds good to me!!
Well, Nathan, Makayla and I have annual passes to Disney Land so we decided to head down that weekend and join David and Garrettson's family. Jordan also decided to join us.

We thought since we were going to be there, we would see who else we could talk into going. We tried and tried to talk Dan & Danielle into it, but they had made plans with friends to go camping. I ask you, which is more fun, DisneyLand with the Family or camping with friends - my opinion is there's no question - anyway, they couldn't come. So we moved onto mom and dad. They jumped on it.
On Saturday March 21, we all met in Anaheim. Had a nice day out and got to see Cindee! YAY! Love seeing Cindee! and on Sunday, we headed of Disney Land. Now I have a theory, the sun is ALWAYS shining at Disney Land - ALWAYS! So when we woke up to rain, I still had faith.

Even after my parents got to DL and said it was pouring rain, I wasn't there yet, so the SUN IS ALWAYS SHINING AT DISNEY LAND!! Do you see my faith? Well, we finally get there, and guess what, the rain stopped and the sun came out!! YAY!! We had a great day of fun and family!

Now, being pregnant, DisneyLand isn't quite as fun, however, I did get to experience rides I have NEVER been on before - like Peter Pan, Snow White & Casey Jr's Train. The only other ride I did, was It's a Small World, which I've been on before, but they did just redo it. Was a fun day to be sure!! My dad, Nathan, Jordan, David and Thomas all took off to do the Big Kid rides, while the mothers stayed with the little kids and kept them entertained. One of the best parts of the day was when we all enjoyed lunch at the Blue Bayou. It was so nice and all the kids did really good.
And here I am waiting while the kids and Garrettson and Grandma were on Dumbo. I can't even do that ride when I'm not pregnant.
I wish Dan, Danielle, Jason and Stephanie could have been there too. Oh well, was a good time while it lasted! I love my family and had a blast spending time with them.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Compare Isaiah

Ok, so you all know (or if you don't, you will now) that my dad is quite amazing! He has always worked sooo hard, and I admire him for that. He is also one of the smartest men I have EVER met! He remembers everything he reads. He knows the origin of useless things. That was a book he read, and he really does. Ask him where the paper clip came from.
He also LOVES the scriptures. Ask him anything about the scriptures, ANYTHING, and he can turn right to a scripture and then explain it to you. It's amazing! Since he is so good at it, it only made sense that he would write a book. Well he has. It's called . . . Compare Isaiah. It's about all the biblical scriptures in the Book of Mormon, and why they are in there. It's an amazing book that he wrote several years ago, and ow it is being published! YAY!! It went to print last week and they say in about a month or so it'll be on the shelves. So watch for it in the upcoming months.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

15 and a half weeks

So, I went to the doctor yesterday. Last week I had a couple issues that caused a bit of concern for me, but not for the doctor. So the Doctor checked the heart beat, and it's good and strong! YAY!! 160 beats per minutes, and my size and the baby's size are about perfect, which makes me feel really really fantastic! Also, hearing the heartbeat is sooo comforting. It makes everything seem much better. Now, we have the ultrasound scheduled for March 12th at 10:45 am. I can hardly stand it! We are going to take Makayla and we hope that she doesn't get creeped out at the black and white images, and hopefully won't have too many "alien baby" pictures. I'll be sure to keep you all updated. YAY!

Saturday, January 31, 2009

25 Random Facts about Shannon

1. I am finally unemployed for the first time since I was 14. And I'm enjoying every minute of it, mostly!

2. I love to sing. Not shocking to most of you, but I do. When I was 12, I was told that I didn't sing well, so don't try! I still love it!

3. I HATE romantic movies, books, tv shows etc. Bring on the horror, suspense, terror and any other weird things. Within that, I also hate EVIL. If it's a sck and evil twisted movie/book/or tv show, I WILL NOT watch. I don't like to feel creepy.

4. I still haven't seen Batman: The Dark Night.

5. At this exact moment, I am realizing that the last three Smallville episodes have ended with Clark and Lana kissing. No, I'm not watching Smallville, I'm catching up on Supernatural.

6. I love my choir family. I am a member of the Saints Unified Voices. They are probably the one of the greatest things that has happened to me in the past 2 years. They are amazing people who have such a love and faith in each other.

7. I have loved completely, totally and utterly.

8. I am obsessed with my daughters toes. She is five and playing with her toes is still one of my favorite things ever!

9. Once you have become my friend, you will always be my friend. I may not be the best at keeping in touch, but I will always love you. I don't think there is one person who I have cared about that I don't still think about often.

10. Magic still fasinates me. Even the simple coin in the ear trick. I love it!

11. I have read the most sick and twisted book ever. I'm not even goign to tell you the name cuz I don't want you to even look for it, but it was wrong.

12. I cannot not finish a book. May take me a year to do, but I have to finish it. Right now Twilight is my nemesis! I cannot get through it, if you're wondering why, please refer back to #3.

13. Criss Angel scares me.

14. I get crushes on people because of dreams. It last a couple days, then is over. My latest was Zachary Levi from Chuck. I still think he is totally cute, but I'm not obsessed with him like I was after my dream about him several weeks ago.

15. I almost always remember my dreams. And I usually have at least 3 a night. I wish that some of them would come true, but I hope even more that most of them never, ever do.

16. I can type 225 character per minute on a 10 key. :-)

17. I have the greatest family in the world, both immediate and extended! I absolutely love and look up to my aunts, uncles, cousins, parents, in-laws, grandparents and especially my brothers. I love my brothers!

18. I don't understand how or why my loving husband puts up with me, but I think he is the only one who can, and I love him for it.

19. I don't know how to search the internet very well. In fact, I think my grandparents do that better than I do. I go to the websites I need, and get off. If I can't find it, I ask Cindee. :-)

20. I grew up with Dogs - we almost always had one, now, I don't really care to have one ever again. What happened? Oh and I hate cats! not only am I allergic to them, they are snotty and arrogant.

21. I still think Roswell is/was one of the greatest shows on Television. That and Joan of Arcadia

22. I love living in Las Vegas, but would probably love to move more. As long as it's not to snow.

23. I hate cleaning. I hate it. But I can't stand a messy house, unfortunately, my first statement wins more.

24. I think my brothers and my brother-in-laws picked fantastic wifes!! I love them all!

25. I think Sean Connery is sexy.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Prgenancy, the good and the bad

So, I'm officially 12 weeks pregnant now. With that came the heart beat on Monday! YAY!! We were so excited to hear it and it is such a comforting sound! My two favorite things about being pregnant are hearing the heart beat and feeling the baby inside me. There is nothing at can be compared to it. For that reason I feel very bad for men. They can never feel that feeling. Not even the Pregnant "man," who is NOT a man - I don't care what anyone says. SHE still has all her girl parts except her boobs, FEMALE!! Anyway, I can't wait to start to feel the baby.
Okay, the bad :-P I am sooooo over being sick. Feeling like crap and being constipated is not my idea of a good time. Good news is that I am moving into my second trimester, so things should start to ease up a bit. I was sick with Makayla until after I delivered her, but it did get a bit more manageable once in my second trimester. So I'm keeping my hopes up.
Over all, I love being pregnant and we are sooo excited to have a new little life in our home. Makayla wants, needs, and deserves a sibling. I think she'll be a great big sister and am anxious to see her with the baby. She says she doesn't care if it's a boy or a girl, but would like a sister. She's cute!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Wedding


So . . . Dan and Danielle finally got married!! YAY!! Here are some pictures from the day.



Me and Makayla and Chase. Don't the kids look awesome?!? Chase was so cute. When Garrettson took him to get his suit, he said, "I look silly, I look like Daddy!!" He is so funny!



Makayla looked absolutely beautiful! She is very excited to have a new aunt. Now I have 3 sisters on the Swint side! YAY!!


Me and my handsome brothers! Even though i have always wanted a sister, I wouldn't trade these brothers for anything in the world!! I am so proud of them and I love them so much!! And no, we're not really all the same height! I do have 3 inch heals on. I think Dan has Jas and David beat by half an inch!
My four parents! Mike & Barbara Ballard, and my Mom and Dad. Such a great day!


Allison, the one that has been there for me literally since the day I was born. We are 9 months apart and our parents are best friends. She wasn't at my wedding, something that has been very hard for me, but she was able to be at Daniels. I love her so much and am so grateful for her amazing friendship all these long years.
Gotta show off mini me! Chase looks so much like David it's freaky!! They are so cute!
K, that's all for now, but don't worry, i'll post more later. These are just the pictures that Allison took, so they are a bit limited.