Saturday, December 31, 2011

Sweet Baby Haven

Baby Haven arrived December 29th at 5:04 pm
7 lbs 1 oz
19 inches long

She has TONS of dark hair just like Alli did. She is beautiful and we love her! More details and pictures to come....

Happy New Year! I'm sure I'll be up a lot tonight =)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas at Home

Christmas was nice and relaxing this year, we just stayed home and had our own little Christmas! We had no choice this year but to stay home because of the baby =) It was our first time ever doing our own thing and I have to say it was way pretty nice! No packing up, trying to hide toys, driving, etc. We did miss being with family but it was a nice change.

For Christmas Eve, we made a Turkey dinner and had Christmas slush and then went for a ride and looked at the lights. Afterwards we ready the Christmas story in the scriptures, opened one present (pajamas), looked up where Santa was, sang some songs, left some cookies for Santa and went to bed! Alli was really excited this year and she loved following the Santa Tracker throughout the night to see exactly where Santa was.

 Sporting her new Christmas Jam's

 Oreos, teddy grahams and milk for Santa and carrots for Rudolph. 

Christmas Morning, Alli woke up about 8:30 and came in our room to wake us up. She said," I waited so long!" Such a sweetheart to let us sleep in! 

We had a great Christmas, such a fun time of year! My parents stopped by later that day and we had some dinner. Alli played and played all day, that's the great thing about new toys...they are entertained for hours =) 

I have my last ob appointment today and then I have to go to the dentist and get one of my root canal's re-done- not fun.  So I'm really hoping I don't go into labor today!

Christmas Sunday Best!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

{Christmas Card 2011}

Friday, December 23, 2011

Tribute to Ruger

Today was a sad day, especially for Josh. His German short-hair that he's had for 11 years passed away. He had been going down hill the last few weeks and then he took a turn for the worst the last couple days and his kidneys started to fail. The vet said there wasn't much they could do, so he had to put him down today. It's so heartbreaking to see your husband cry...I think I've only seen Josh cry 3 times in the 5 years we've been married. 

Alli and I went and said goodbye to him right before they put him to sleep and she said "That makes me so sad, but he's going to see Heavenly Father and Jesus." It was so sweet.

I remember seeing Ruger for the first time, being shocked and surprised that he only had 3 legs! Of course Josh had already talked him up like no other, and had told me many stories about him! I was a little apprehensive as to how he could be such a great hunting dog with only 3 legs, but then when I went out hunting with Josh once, my outlook changed.
 He really was such a good dog! He had so much determination and personality regardless of how many legs he had =) He always gave it all he had, even up to his last days.

We'll miss you Ruger.

This is a little tribute that Josh  posted on his Facebook that totally made me cry. 

My best buddy passed away today, he got me hooked on bird dogs, made me spend endless hours in forums talking and debating about dogs and birds. He fell out of the truck as an 8 month old puppy and we had to amputate his leg, but he never knew that he was a leg behind those around him. He made feel like I knew what I was doing, made my introduction into the world of bird dogs so easy. I still remember the first bird that was shot over him, and how proud I was that my Dad and Brother were able to be there and see "my" dog and how great he was. And then right after that happened he ran off for the rest of the day chasing tweety birds with me in hot pursuit.

As I sat at work today with a nervous stomach waiting to hear from the vet about the future of my best buddy, the news I got was not what I wanted. His kidneys were beginning to fail him and there was really nothing that could be done. The last few days he had just been sleeping in his crate and could hardly walk or stand.

Ruger is responsible for a lot of the people that I consider good friends, he truly did change my life and I will forever be grateful to him. It will be hard not seeing him standing by the tailgate for me to lift him in the truck, or hear his anticipating bark when I went to feed him each night. I will miss hearing his beeper collar echo through the canyon as I stumble and slide to find him, and will miss walking up on him through the cheat grass to flush birds. I have two really nice dogs that I hope will help fill the void, but it will be tough to finish the season without him. Their lives are so short, and they give so much that until they are gone you don't realize how much they really mean to you. I will always remember you Ruger.

This is a recent picture of Josh with Woody and Ruger and some his co-workers on a Friday afternoon after work. 

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Feeling Ready

A week from today or possibly sooner we will be having baby #2! It has surprisingly gone by pretty fast I feel like, and I finally feel somewhat ready. I've got my hospital bag packed, carpet has been cleaned, diapers purchased, got my hair done and a pedicure, the house is as clean as it's ever gonna get, and the car seat is ready to go. I'm so ready to be done and meet our precious baby girl!
From the pics below, you can see that we have decided to go with the name Haven. Here is a little sneak peek of her room, we now just need some pictures now to fill those frames!

Also, I re-painted Alli's room when I was 35 weeks pregnant- yes, I'm crazy! BUT, it was really bugging me for some reason and now I think it looks much better. Now I just want to get her a new lamp and find something cute to go above her bed, but I haven't found anything that I love yet. Any suggestions?? Something besides a mirror or pictures because I already have those on the other walls.

Also, I want to give a shout-out to my great husband who has been helping me out so much the past few weeks. He's been a great help- doing dishes, folding clothes, hanging stuff up, picking stuff up for me cause it's hard to bend over =), carrying the laundry baskets upstairs, running errands, letting me take naps, taking Alli places, cleaning, fulfilling my every command. Thanks sweetness, I really appreciate all you have been doing!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Cookie Kind of Day

I just love making cookies with my little baking partner!
We make them quite frequently at our house.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas Dance Recital

Alli had her very first dance recital today! I don't know who was more excited...her or myself!!! I have always dreamed of putting my little girl in dance and watching her perform in recitals, and now here I am doing it! It's so fun. 
 Her class was the very first class to perform which was really nice because then she got to come sit with Josh and I and watch all the other dancers, which she absolutely loved- her eyes were glued to the stage pretty much the entire time! 
Her class was "dolls." They were supposed to look like dolls being opened on Christmas morning. They hid under big wrapped boxes and then came out from under their boxes and did there little dance, it was super cute. She remembered a lot of her steps and did so great, especially for it being her first time on a big stage. I was so proud of her! Her big year-end recital is coming in the Spring, and she is already talking about it.

Good Job Alli, you did awesome!

 Before we left, and no I did not tell her to pose...that is all her! 

And yes, that is how their make-up was supposed to be like =)

 In the rehearsal room, still doing poses!

 So excited about the flowers Daddy gave her!

Preschool Program

Alli's preschool had a little Christmas program on Friday! It was pretty dang cute! They said the pledge of allegiance and sang a few Christmas songs and then Santa even came in during their last song! Grandma Gail was able to come watch her, so she was extra excited! 

Waving to Grandma & I!

Singing "We wish YOU a Merry Christmas" I think that was her favorite one

Monday, December 12, 2011

Gingerbread House

Alli finally got to make herself a gingerbread house at Ikea! We were supposed to go last week with my sister, but Alli was sick so we couldn't go. I just love Ikea even more now- who doesn't love $5 gingerbread houses the frosting already made, candy provided and the house all set up ready to decorate? Best idea EVER.

Huntin' Fools

Josh went with some of his friends to Wyoming on a bird hunting trip. They stayed at his friend's Jake's house....Lindsey, thanks for letting 3 guys crash at your home for a few days!
Even though it was negative 4 degrees at one point, he said "it was like a dream" and they saw hundreds of birds everyday...every bird hunters dream! He took all 3 of his dogs and all of them got into a lot of birds, so they got a lot of practice which was what he was wanting.

Josh and Bob

Josh & James 


James, Josh, Bob & Jake at "Irna's"

A mounted penguin they saw at a some gas station

He said it was the funnest trip he's been on in a long time!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Christmas Party & Lashes!

We went to Josh's work Christmas Party a couple nights ago which was really fun! It was Casino Royal themed so it was set up like a Casino. Josh had fun gambling and I just watched and chatted with some other ladies. I was hoping we could win something cool but we didn't dang it!

Playing Black Jack

Alli took this picture for us right before we left

Also, I won a giveaway for eyelash extensions on THIS blog! I never win anything it seems, so I was really excited! I got them done last week and they're awesome. You don't have to wear mascara, they don't hurt your real lashes, and they are supposed to last 6 weeks! The girl who did them is Amanda Romney (, she did great!