Friday, January 23, 2009

Taste the Rainbow

Has anyone ever seen these Skittles commercials? I think they are hilarious! I am pleasantly surprised with Skittles.

This one is annoying and hilarious at the same time!

Funny :)

This one is probably my favorite... it's so creepy!

Thursday, January 22, 2009


Thank you Kira!

How Do I Change My Blog?

I have seen so many cute blog backgrounds on friend's pages and I have no idea how they change them or where to find them.  Kathleen Dunn Himber did my blog and she made the thing by herself... I definitely do not have that talent.  And I don't want to have to keep asking someone else to do my blog for me.  SO... where do you all find your cute blogs?!?!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

unmotivated to set goals... and a quick update

Sorry, I don't have pictures to go with this one.

With the new year starting, or I guess it already started, most everyone reflects on things they would like to do better for the coming year and they decide to start at the very beginning of the year. This year has just not been that way for me. In my mind I felt like I should make New Year resolutions but for some reason I just was not motivated to do it! Since Lyla was born in early December, I spent most of that month adjusting to motherhood. Then we traveled during Christmas and New Years and before we got back from vacationing, we accepted the job in Chicago. So now we have been so focused on moving and making all the arrangements and have even started to pack up our apartment. I've just been so out of a routine for over a month now that I feel like I can't even begin to THINK about realistically setting and starting new goals. I have been feeling really guilty about this and the fact that I don't even have a motivation at this point to start a goal. However, I do want to start my New Year resolutions on March 1st.

Goals I have in mind:

Eat Healthy - I have a really hard time eating all 3 meals a day with snacks in-between. I have an even harder time making all my meals healthy. I did eat a little healthier when I was pregnant but I think I have gotten lazy again and I can really tell that it has affected my nursing. Apparently (I guess I should have known this) if you don't eat all of your meals with snacks in-between, it can affect the quantity of milk your baby gets. Unfortunately I have already seen this negative affect, so I am officially starting this goal a little early.

Regular Scripture Study - I am SO bad at this and always have been. I have experienced the difference in myself when I do read my scriptures and when I don't yet somehow I STILL have a really tough time with this one.

Keeping a Clean House - Nate and I both struggle with this one. This one, like scripture study, is another where I feel really good when the house is clean and I feel really good about myself when I clean the house, yet again I STILL somehow let the house get messy way too often.

Exercise Regularly - I just need to and want to.

Read More Often- I love when I am able to get into a good book. I really liked the Twilight saga and Nate and I have been listening to the Harry Potter books on tape, which we have absolutely LOVED. Anyone have any suggestions?

I think that will conclude my list of goals. I can't do too many or else I won't do any of them!

As for a quick update...
Lyla is doing good. She is starting to slowly get into the smile phase where she actually smiles at things she likes (rather than just smiling at nothing in particular) which is SO fun! She also LOVES to cuddle. Sometimes when she is fussy, Nate or I will lay her down next to us on the bed and put our face really close to hers and she just calms right down. However, this morning, she took Nate by surprise when she started to suck on his nose because she was hungry. She has a serious case of nipple confusion. She got her "procedure" done yesterday where they cut her Achilles tendon all the way through. She was not a happy camper. Apparently this is not a big deal for children up to age three and it will fully heal after about 2 weeks. After the procedure they casted both her legs for the last time. She wears this set for 3 weeks. Then she is scheduled to get her braces on Jan. 30th! Also, we are blessing Lyla on Jan. 25th.

Nate and Kelly are doing great! We're just busy preparing for the move. We are flying out to Chicago this Thursday to look for apartments. We are staying through the weekend so we can narrow down to our favorite places, then go to the wards to see which we like the best. Then we will fly back Monday. Then that weekend my mom and step-dad are coming up to Utah, and so is my brother Mike and possibly his wife Jen for Lyla's blessing. The next day Nate will pick up our truck so we can pack it up and he will leave Tuesday to make the 2 (or possibly 3) day drive out to Chicago. I, on the other hand, will have to stay to clean our apartment and wait for Lyla's appointment on the 30th. Then I will fly out to Chicago with Lyla on the 31st. The next few weeks are going to be BUSY and are going to fly by!

Monday, January 5, 2009

A New Chapter In Life

Now that the holidays are over, I actually have time to post!  We had a wonderful Christmas and New Years.  We spent Christmas in California with my family.  It was so fun introducing them to Lyla. It is always nice to go down there. However, driving home was a NIGHTMARE!  It took us 10.5 hours to get to Vegas (which usually takes us 3.5 hours) because there was so much traffic!  In total, it took us 17 hours to get home.  It stunk.  Then we spent New Years in Idaho with Nate's family, which was a lot of fun as well.  

Now for some news... Nate has accepted a job with Sears Holdings Corporation in Chicago and we are VERY excited/nervous/anxious about it!  We are taking the early start date they offered and Nate will begin his first day there on February 5.  So, this month we are trying to hurry to take care of everything it will take to move across the country.  We'll be flying out in a couple of weeks for a house hunting trip and Nate will be driving out on the 27th to drive out our furniture and our car.  Then I will probably fly out from Utah a few days later with Lyla.  So now we will be entering into a new chapter in our lives and we feel very ready and excited for it.  We're just sad to leave the friends we've made and the family we've grown closer to.  So... if any of you have been to Chicago and know of fun things to do... let me know!

Now for some pictures

Lyla loves her wrist toys...

She just looked so cute in her car seat...

From left: Rachel and Cameron, Candace and Jared, Me and Lyla.  All baby cousins born within 3 months of each other!  There was one more cousin that was born in the middle of these babies but he wasn't there.  

Nate took this one when we were sleeping.  

Christmas Day!

My Papa Tom, Lyla, myself, and my dad.  4 generations!

On dad's lap.

Blue Steel.

My favorite sleeping position of hers.  She has the cutest poses!

She must have been really bored...

This is just a cute face :)

This is an old picture of us at a BYU football game when we were engaged...

My last pregnant pictures when I was 38 weeks.