Saturday, July 31, 2010

He's HOME!!

After 2 whole years, that went by both quick and slow, Tim is FINALLY home!! He arrived Thursday night at 6:40pm, and we were all super excited and happy to see him! When asked, I said I wasn't going to cry, but when the moment came I was so overwhelmed that I couldn't stop myself...everyone else was crying too, so I guess we're all just big babies :)

These are some pictures while we were waiting for Tim's flight to arrive....

A group shot of all the cousins and Amy (from left to right):
Saskia, Jeff & Wyatt, Sanne, Marloes, Tom, Grace, Emma, Ben, Me, Amy, and my dad
This is Amy, the "girlfriend," whom we all adore ;)
We made a sign, and if you can't read it, it says "Welcome Home Tim"

This is the best movie ever made...be prepared with some Kleenex.

Tim's Arrival


And these are just a few of my other favorite pictures...




Tim's best friends were there to greet him too
Tim's first meeting with Wyatt...

Wyatt wasn't too sure what to think about this new face, haha
And what was Tim's one request for when he came home? A hamburger and strawberry shake from In 'N Out :)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Graduated from the carseat...

Wyatt has been able to sit up since he was 4 months. I, however, have always kept him in his carseat whenever we go out places like the grocery store...or any store, really. I always thought it was better that way because he only had one option: STRAPPED IN. And that way, I would always be in control of every situation.

But lately (because he's been so much more interactive) I figured he might like a little freedom...maybe some room to move around and actually look at stuff? I just hoped he wouldn't freak out for one reason or another...and once again, I underestimated my little Wyatt. He was perfect. He was completely mesmerized by the whole ordeal and loved all the attention from other Costco shoppers...


Monday, July 26, 2010

Biggest SCARE of our lives.

*deep sigh*

I'm still getting over the adrenaline and anxious feelings I was having...

Alright, let me start off by saying EVERYTHING IS OKAY. We had the biggest scare of our lives, but it turned out OKAY. No one was hurt.

So. Let me set the scene: I was upstairs folding laundry, Wyatt was asleep in bed, and Jeff had just come upstairs to change his clothes to go running. We said our goodbyes, and as he's walking down the hallway to the stairs, he whispers, 'Rachael, come here! Do you smell that??' and as I rush over to him I smell the distinct scent of something burning. I can't tell you how instantly terrified I became...in seconds all I was thinking about was how our house was on fire and we NEEDED to find it SOON. We immediately started sniffing around trying to discover the source of the smell. We both quickly turned to Wyatt's room because just last night Jeff had installed a ceiling fan. We opened his door, but it smelled fine...and besides that, his fan was off. We then thought that maybe it was something in the attic. Wyatt's room has an attic access, and Jeff had been investigating the storage space up there that afternoon...maybe he had accidentally disrupted a wire or something?? We were going CRAZY. I was going up and down the stairs sniffing everywhere, but the problem was that where ever I smelled it the worst, there was no cause for a burn, i.e. no outlets nearby, no burnt out lightbulbs, nothing. None of the bedrooms smelled like it, but the hallway and stairs did. We even went outside to see if it was something out there...but no. We were really worried that it was something inside the walls because we couldn't see any smoke and the alarms weren't going off, but it smelled SO STRONG. Just as we were about to call the fire department, we FINALLY found the source...


...and with a HUGE sigh of relief, we realized it was...







...our dishwasher.


Apparently one of the plastic spoons fell from the top rack onto the heating ring on the bottom and completely melted it.

We figured that since all the bedroom/bathroom doors were closed the smell was concentrated in the hallways...the kitchen, weirdly enough, didn't smell as bad?? Well, that was until Jeff opened the dishwasher door...


So, moral of the story: Plastic sucks.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

I looked out the window and what did I see...?

So we cleaned out the spare bedroom and reorganized it a bit...
...we moved the twin bed under the window and it's now Wyatt's FAVORITE spot in the whole house...


He gets to crawl around on the bed, play with toys, AND look out the window!! (Yes, I sing that song to him constantly now, haha...)
This is his newest toy:
He hasn't quite mastered how to keep control of it...or himself while he's holding it...

We all have a good time playing on the bed...like a bunch of monkeys...

...but anyway...
The REAL reason of the re-organization of the room was for THIS!!
We got a computer!! FINALLY!! We're so happy to have our own little office space now where Jeff can do his homework and I can do my blogging :)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Wyatt has HAIR?

...a few strands of precious hair that can be quaffed into somewhat of a fauxhawk...!

...it only took him 8 months...

Sunday, July 18, 2010

i'm cranky.

Dear readers: (if you still exist)

I'm sorry that I have been absent with no forewarning. I've been 'burning both ends of the candle' for the last 8 months, and it's starting to affect me. My blog has been the unfortunate recipient of my neglect. Of all the stuff I have going on, I felt like this was the least of my priorities. I'm so cranky. I need a genie to grant me my 3 wishes: 1. I wish I could be supermom and have 12 more hours in the day to finish what needs to be done 2. I wish the laundry would do itself and 3. I wish I didn't have to work. Oh, yeah, and I guess a billion dollars would be nice too...

So, some new goals of mine to MAKE MYSELF A HAPPIER PERSON:
  1. GO TO BED ON TIME. Which means no later than 10pm. Wyatt currently goes to bed around 9, but I'm thinking about starting to change that to 8... (I normally don't go to bed until midnight or later and then I have to wake up at 5 or 6, depending on when Wyatt wakes up...I'm crazy, I know.)
  2. PICK UP THE HOUSE ON A DAILY BASIS. That way it's not a huge mess by the end of the week and I hopefully won't feel so discouraged.
  3. RE-PRIORITIZE MY TO-DO LIST. Watching The Real Housewives of New Jersey is probably detrimental to my health and should not even be on my to-do list. um...oops.
  4. FINISH WYATT'S SCRAPBOOK. I have the pictures. I just need to DO IT.
  5. CARRY MY CAMERA WITH ME MORE OFTEN. That way I can capture more of the moments that make me smile.
  6. EXERCISE. In theory it could help my self-esteem.
  7. SPEND MORE TIME BEING THANKFUL. To everyone. For everything.
  8. MAKE TIME FOR JEFF. We're both really tired, so our pillows usually get to see our faces more than we do each others.' I guess that's not necessarily true...but it feels like it sometimes.
  9. FIND SOMETHING TO LAUGH ABOUT EVERYDAY. Hopefully it'll help me find humor in all life's situations.
  10. BE PATIENT. I'm a pretty patient person, but I have those days that my frustrations get the better of me. All the above goals should help me out with those frustrations.


AAAAAND that's all I got for now. It's late and I should start getting ready for bed :) There are a few upcoming events that I'm excited for, so you'll be hearing from me again soon...

LOVE.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Fourth of July weekend camping trip:

First of all, Happy Independence Day!!!

This last weekend we were able to join Jeff's parents and little brother (and Charlene and her doggies) out for a 4 day camping trip up to Wood's Canyon Lake. IT WAS BEAUTIFUL. The weather was absolutely gorgeous, breezy and in the mid 70's...perfect for lounging around and taking naps.

On the second day we had planned to go on a hike down Horton Creek, but after a mile in, the creek was far too tempting to deny our toes, so we decided to stop and play in the water. Unfortunately that took up the rest of our time and we weren't able to finish the remaining 2.5 miles...but that was FINE with me :)



Wyatt was an excellent camper...he especially loved the hike and playing in the icy creek water.
And if you were a 'real' man, you'd stick your head in the water for 5 seconds, like this:
Wyatt and Grandma had a good time relaxing together...
...and apparently being carried all day is exhausting...
The lifesaver of this camping trip I attribute to this hammock. It took the place of rocking chair and helped Wyatt take his naps...it also didn't hurt that Wyatt thought it was the best ride he'd ever been on, haha!
This was Wyatt's first experience with camping, and therefore his first experience with tents and sleeping bags and air mattresses.
He got lost a few times.
Thank goodness for sunscreen. Or his blanket to cover his bald, bald head.
Wyatt and Uncle Brigham:
We were also able to attend the Taylor Rodeo, something I really enjoy. Wyatt didn't really care for any of the action...he just liked the kids sitting behind us. He was tired and cranky by the time the fireworks started, so he didn't pay much attention to the pretty lights in the sky. He was asleep by the end of the show...silly boy. Maybe next year.
Bull riding: None of the riders we able to stay on the full 8 seconds!
Barrel Racing
They also have bareback and saddled bronco riding, calf roping, and a choreographed horse show...plus the fireworks, of course! Oh, and Navajo Tacos! I love the Taylor Rodeo.


And while we were packing up to end our getaway vacation, we occupied Wyatt with a movie...

You caught me!

I know that was a random summation of our trip, and there was so much more that we actually did (like having campfires and s'mores, swapping silly stories, putting together a puzzle, catching and eating fresh trout, and loving being together...) but I didn't have my camera with me constantly, and that's okay with me. It was good to spend some time away from life to relax and enjoy nature and one another.


Random picture of the post:

OPA!!!!? What are you feeding me?!