Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Ruby - Five Months

This month has been such a fun one with Ruby. She's really starting to develop her little personality! I keep saying to Dan, "I just love Ruby right now! This stage is so fun!". I think I'll keep saying that for a while. 

(Also, I couldn't seem to get a picture in her usual monthly pose without her hands in her mouth! I think she was hungry during our photo shoot) 

Monthly Stats: 

Weight - At our Doctor's Appointment last month, Ruby was 12lbs. So i'm guessing that she's probably around 13lbs this month? I don't know why I have this item on her monthly stats because I never know her weight. 

Diapers - Still Costco 1-2. This little girl grows vertically not horizontally, so I think she'll be in this size for a while. I don't really want to go into diaper details here, but let's just say that we started solids this month and the dirty diapers got a whole lot more interesting...gross. 

Clothes - We're in the transition time now. Some of the 3 Month clothes are getting a bit small (and I'm tired of her always wearing the same things) so we're pulled out the 6 Month clothes! This means a lot of laundry getting them all washed and ready. But I discovered that Ruby has quite a few cute sweaters and colder weather clothes that I'd forgotten about!

Likes - Sweet Potatoes, Apples, Bananas and Peas (we started her on some solids and so far, so good!), when Mom barks like a dog (it makes Ruby giggle so hard!), Sophie the Giraffe, meeting Uncles and hanging out with family, sticking EVERYTHING in her mouth, Baby Lap Time at the Library and sucking on her pacifiers the wrong way. 

Dislikes - Green Beans, getting her clothes changed (Onesies in particular - I don't know when this one started), and getting water in her face during bath time. Ruby gets pretty messy when she eats and then she's not too happy about it afterwards...

And here are some more pictures just for fun because my brother, Sam, says he checks my blog and I don't put enough pictures on. These are for you Sam! 

This next month should be a big one too! Ruby's First Halloween (so excited about our Costumes!) and Ruby's first Plane Trip (so not excited about the plane but very excited about the trip!). 

Love you Ruby Roo! 
Monday, September 24, 2012

California Travelogue: Part 2

One of the big highlights of our trip was our visit to the Ronald Reagan Library. Right now, hey have a Disney Archives Exhibit. Since Ruby is too young to take to Disneyland, this seemed like a good idea! And it was! We really had a good time. Both sets of pictures are from the Reagan, in case you're wondering! The lighting was pretty weird and they didn't allow flash, so that's why there are strange shadows and such. 
The Black Pearl // Ruby "riding" one of the Tron Motorcycles // Ruby and Daddy hanging out with some Pirates
Hitchhiking Ghosts! // Captain America's Get-Up // Inspecting the Ship
Princess Dresses // Iron Man // Pirates of the Caribbean Movie Costumes
(There were a lot more cool artifacts, but I thought it'd be boring to just have pictures of random stuff on here. My favorite Disney artifacts were: The Opening Sequence Books from Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella, Walt's Office, First Disneyland Ticket, Reference Costumes for Snow White and Pinocchio and Mary Poppin's Costume) 

Ruby & Mom // Presidential Helicopter // Ruby for President!
Air Force One // Ruby's First "Horse Ride" // Secret Service Exhibit
Ronald Reagan loved Jelly Bellies! // Piece of the Berlin Wall in the Gardens // Berlin Wall Exhibit
We snapped these Family Pictures right before we left - gotta document these things! We really had a great time in California! It was so nice to just get away and relax. Ruby did really well in the car and kept sleeping through the nights and such. We can't wait to go back! 
A Whole Bunch of Workmans
"I had so much fun at Grandma & Grandpa Workman's!" 
Ruby and her Uncle Ben 
(I love this one.) 
Saturday, September 22, 2012

Ruby - 4 Months

I was looking back over the past Monthly Updates and I cannot believe how much Ruby has grown. Just look at 1 Month. And to think, she seemed so big then! Just look at her now... Ruby keeps getting more expressive and cute! We have discovered the little things that make her laugh and smile. We are getting better at being parents and she's getting better at being a perfect little angel baby. I had a really tough time choosing out her monthly picture, so here are some of the runners-up:
Weight -- Doctor's Appointment is on Monday so I'll have more specific stats then, but in the meantime I'll say she's around 12 lbs. The Doctor on Monday also means another round of shots. Oh, Joy...

Diapers -- Still in the Costco 1-2, but she's been having some crazy blow-outs recently and I really hope that doesn't indicate that she's growing out of them because we have a whole new box waiting for her.

Clothes -- Ruby is a long, skinny girl! She's still in the 3 Month size, mostly. She wore a pair of 3 Month Corduroy Pants today and they practically fell off of her! But, with footy pajamas she's in 3-6 Month so I don't really know what to tell you...

Likes -- Riding in the Baby Bjorn (front-facing only), Her Uncles, Being Held by Others, Her Owl Car Seat Toy, Blowing Raspberries and Putting EVERYTHING in her Mouth.

Dislikes -- Being Left Alone in a Room (She's developed a Banshee-like shriek to let us know her unhappiness at being left alone), The Nasal Aspirator, and Tummy Time (Still).
Tuesday, September 11, 2012

i'm inspired by:

This is so smart. I want Ruby to know that she is beautiful, but smart and capable too.
These would make a perfect Halloween dinner.
This is a really cool idea.  I'd love to go some day.
This photo shoot is almost exactly what I'm looking for in our upcoming family photos.
This would be perfect for baby Ruby.
This isn't available anymore online, but I think I could probably make knock-off version.
This will probably come in handy if we end up going anywhere this fall.
These are some fun ideas for the autumn. I'm so excited that the seasons are changing.

picture from here

Ruby Tuesday - So Long Summer

Here's what a typical day looked like this summer: 
ruby'd wake up around 6:00 am. and have her first breakfast.  (yes, she slept for most of the summer in her swing. she's fully transitioned to her crib now, though, and things are good.)

 after first breakfast, we both go back to sleep for a bit.
at around 8:00 am, ruby wakes up and it's time for a diaper change - usually pretty frightening first thing in the morning. 
the morning light is just beautiful. after the initial change, it's time for second breakfast and good morning america.  ruby usually plays on the floor for a bit while i eat breakfast. then we both go upstairs and i take a shower and get ready while ruby hangs out in the bathroom with me in this pink bouncer thing (that's ended up being really useful!).  i usually give ruby a bath at right about this time, too.

then, if it's monday, we do laundry and go grocery shopping. if it's not monday, we hang out and have a fun day at home.  
sometimes we read books,
sometimes we have visitors, 
 and ruby usually takes a afternoon nap. i eat lunch and check my blogs and stuff.

sometimes we'll run to the library or something in the afternoon. i try to tidy up the house.

by this time, daddy is done with work and it's getting close to dinnertime. dan plays with ruby while i make dinner and then we all sit together at the dining room table to eat. ruby is a little young for her high chair, but seems to like it anyway. it reclines way back so that she can sort of sit in it.

after dinner ruby has her whiny, unhappy time of night...

 so we usually take a walk after dinner or go visit people in springville and then she's much happier.

when we get back it's time for jammies!
{this trick is called "the half roll". she's also got the foot grab down pretty well now.}
you can usually catch ruby sneaking a look at the tv if we are watching an evening show.
this girl loves the tv. it makes me pretty worried. 

then it's time to get ready for bed. which means being nursed and swaddled. and then placed in her swing (or now, crib) 
 good night ruby jane! we love you!

then, dan and i watch tv, clean up, and get ready for everything to happen all over again the next day! it's been a simple but wonderful summer. 
Sunday, September 9, 2012

i wish they all could be california girls: travelogue part one

here are some pictures from our trip so far. this beach boys song also happens to be ruby's favorite song. she smiles so big when dan sings it to her. 
we stopped in st. george to visit our friends the joneses. they are awesome. // st. george is beautiful
learned how to make granny squares // bonding with uncle ben // spent most of our time like this
watched a lot of tv // dan went shooting with his dad and then they reloaded bullets // swinging
ruby discovered this old bouncer and loved it! // halloween costumes // daddy-daughter time
i have tons of pictures of me as a baby in front of these trees - had to carry on the tradition! 
meeting the great grandparents mercer for the first time
solvang, ca.

not pictured: dan's friend randy's 30th birthday party // visiting grandpa at work & great wall // souplantation //  movies  trader joe's // wooden clothes pin dolls // dinner with the villalobos' // donut runs // target

planned for this week: disney archives exhibit at the ronald regan library// ruby's diner // swimming or the beach
visiting more friends

stay tuned for part two! 
Saturday, September 8, 2012

Some Random things for this Saturday Night

*Spumoni Ice Cream is delicious. It's like the more interesting big brother of Neapolitan.
*I'm about 3/4 of the way done with the most adorable little Clothespin Dolls. They are seriously so cute. I can't wait to make more - I'll post some pictures when they're done.
*I love Instagram. I hopefully will be getting my own smart phone soon so that I don't have to steal away Dan's phone every time I want to snap a picture.
*We're still in California for a little less than a week with Dan's family. Dan's got some really good friends down here and we've really had fun hanging out with them. It makes us wish we lived closer. It's hard to have friends spread out all over the place.
*My brother, Ethan, got back from his mission in Australia on Wednesday. It was great to finally be able to talk to him on the phone after two long years!
* Dan's brother, Ben, got the second season of Downton Abbey (and the Christmas Special) for me. I'm excited to catch up to the rest of the world on the whole Downton Abbey thing.
*I bought a pair of aqua skinny jeans today. I hope I'm bold enough for such bold pants.
*I learned how to crochet this week. Dan's mom, Karylee, is a great teacher. I'm a Granny-Square-Making-Machine! 
*Ruby's been such a good baby on this trip. She's been awfully friendly when she meets new people - she gives the cutest little grins and smirks. I'm not sure how, but she's also been able to maintain a somewhat normal sleeping and napping schedule. She's an angel baby.
*I've been trying to remember to take pictures while we've been hanging out and doing things and I realize that I'm a pretty awful photographer. Good thing I'm taking a class, I guess. 

Friday, August 24, 2012

Fill in the Blank Friday

My favorite thing to do on Friday is  go out! I try to plan our meals but the plan for Friday is usually just "OUT". I really need a break by the end of the week! I used to look forward to Fridays a lot more when I worked because I usually got off early and start our weekend fun! But now being home all day with Baby Ruby, it seems like every day is like a weekend!

This Friday I am going to an end-of-summer bbq at Dan's friend's house. I think I'm supposed to make a dessert or a salad or something to bring. I should probably figure that out...

 The best thing about a weekend is that Dan doesn't have to work! I'm pretty spoiled because he works from home and his job is really flexible so I see a lot of him but he always has that stress of work during the week. The weekends give him a chance to relax and spend more time with Ruby and me. 

 Now that summer is almost over, I'm feeling ready for the holidays! I pretty much have our Halloween costumes planned out, am starting to brainstorm Christmas ideas and have an awesome idea for a New Year's Eve party! I'm so excited to spend the holidays with Ruby. Everything is so much more meaningful with kids! 

The best thing I did this summer was get into the grove of being a mom and really bond with Baby Ruby. I thought that the slow-paced summer was perfect for settling into my new life. It was also great to have so many visitors this summer. I love visitors. 

The things I'm looking forward to about fall are baked pumpkin treats, crunchy leaves, sweaters and boots, cooler days, weddings, a trip to California,  Halloween and the return of prime-time television shows. I'm really excited for Fall 

If I had to be stuck in one season for the rest of my life, I would choose Fall! I love that it's still warm enough to be outside and that it's so beautiful outside. We have big old trees on our street that turn magnificent shades of orange, red and yellow. I love the sound of the wind rustling through the leaves. It's so calming and peaceful. 

One last thing about fall...Last year, I was just a little bit pregnant around this season. Unfortunately, I've associated a lot of my nauseous feelings with fall things. I'm too excited for fall to have it be ruined by sick memories! Let's hope this year is better!

Linking up with The Little Things We Do. 
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Ruby 3 Months

Wow! Three months! Ruby is growing up before our eyes! Here is her three-month update:

Weight -- Again, she doesn't have a doctor's appointment this month but I think that she is packing on the pounds! She must have been going through a growth spurt this past week because all she wanted to do was eat. It was like she was a newborn again - wanting to eat every hour or so for 20+ minutes! I'm so glad that seems to have passed! 

Diapers -- Costco size 1-2, finally! Dan's mom gave us a bunch of diapers before Ruby was born and she finally fits into them! 

Clothing Size -- 3 Month (also 0-3 and even some 3-6, too!) My favorite part of Ruby's wardrobe would be her dresses. I love dressing her up for church on Sunday. She wore shoes for the first time this past week and they were so cute! They were pink Mary Janes. 

Likes -- Reading books, laughing at the weird noises her momma and daddy make, riding in the stroller, her pink elephant rattle and dolly, pulling momma's hair, rolling onto her left side (she can't really go right yet) and watching the Olympics. That last one kinda stressed me out. She likes the TV way too much. Even if she is lying on her back with the top of her head facing the screen, she will arch her back and look up and over at the TV. Oh brother! 

Dislikes -- The hours between 4:30pm and 6:00pm, being in the Baby Bjorn too long, being hungry and being stuck in a hot house all day long (maybe this is actually one of my dislikes). 

This next month we're embarking on our first family road trip! We'll see how that goes! 
Friday, August 17, 2012

Fill in the Blank Friday

  1. The best thing to do on a hot day is to stay inside for the day and then take a long walk in the cool evening. Or go to Target. I would love to go to a pool (I really want to go swimming) but I don't think they really suggest taking three-month-olds to the swimming pool. 
  2. The best place to be on a hot day is pretty much anywhere cool! We have a swamp cooler and when the days get 95 degrees or more it's pretty unbearable. This summer's been pretty hot and I'm really excited for the fall! 
  3. The best thing to eat on a hot day is anything light and cool! In the summertime, all I want to eat is ice cream, frozen yogurt and slurpees. 
  4. Hot days make me grumpy! Sometimes we need to just get out of the hot house and go anywhere with air conditioning to avoid a majorly moody momma. It doesn't help that I run like 10 degrees hotter with a nursing baby on my lap. Sorry if that was too much information. 
  5. My go to uniform on a warm summer day is a plain-colored t-shirt and a floral skirt with white sandals. Every. Single. Day. 
  6. The scent that reminds me of summer is the smell of neighbors BBQing wafting through the evening air! And Mango-Mandarin lotion from Bath and Body Works. 
  7. My favorite thing about summer is having tons of friends and family come to visit! That's one of the perks of living in Utah - it seems like everyone comes here! 
Linking up with The Little Things We Do.
Thursday, August 16, 2012

McBride's Briar Patch

I just got a new calling in our ward and I am so excited about it: Activity Days! I liked my previous calling where I taught the 16 and 17 year-olds Sunday School class, but I feel like Activity Days is a little more up my alley! This past week was our first activity and we went berry picking. This field trip was the perfect low-key activity to introduce me to the girls.

First off, McBride's Berry Patch in Mapleton is awesome. They have rows and rows of raspberries and blackberries that you pick yourself. Each of the girls got a bucket and we set off down the rows to get our berries. I must say, it's kind of tough to maneuver the tight rows with a stroller, but I made do! We picked for about a half an hour and then took the berries to be weighed and payed for. One problem though - I remembered that they only accept cash and I had totally spaced it and only had a debit card! My Activity Days partner, Laurie, said that we both must have "new mommy brains" because she'd forgotten cash too! Laurie asked the owner if we could come back and pay with cash later that day but the lady was so nice and said not to worry about the cost! She said as long as we spread the word about McBride's that would be good enough! I was so taken by her kindness and generosity. I hope to be that kind someday. So needless to say, I am spreading the word! But I would have recommended berry picking at McBride's anyway because it was so fun.

Here's the info on McBride's Briar Patch: 
1849 S. 2100 W. 
Mapleton, UT 
8am-Dark Monday-Friday
8am-3pm Saturdays
The berries are $3.00/lb 
Friday, August 3, 2012

Turning the Big 2-4

Well, I've gotta say that I had a pretty darn good birthday. I am blessed with great friends and family that always make me feel special. This year was no different. Here are some highlights from this years' festivities!

- Ruby slept all night and we didn't wake up till about 7:15! I'm always happier when I'm well-rested. I'm considering this Ruby's gift to me!
- Dan hijacked my blog. He totally surprised me with this one and I loved reading what he wrote about. It made me so happy.
- Every year, I look forward to reading all the Facebook posts and texts and such that flood in on Birthdays. They're so fun. Thanks everyone!
- Another year of Netflix! Thanks Carlyle and Karylee!
- Elise treated me to lunch at Cafe Rio! And let me borrow her clothes. Keep reading to find out why...
- Mini Shopping Spree at Target with the Gift Card from Mom, Dad and Sam.
- Oyster Crackers and Trader Joe's "Apple Walks into a Bar" Bars from Jenny. She knows me way too well!
- Mary brought me Ice Cream Sandwiches!
- Jason, Ellen, Gavin and Millie came to town! It just happened that their trip coincided with my birthday. How lucky am I!? We all went to dinner at the Art City Trolley. Yumm.
- An impromptu Birthday Party with Dan's side of the family with Funfetti Birthday Cake with Rainbow Chip frosting. :)
- Dan's gift is to help me update and revitalize my wardrobe. Nothing seems to fit well enough and I feel like I have nothing cute to wear so I'm going to work on that over the next couple of weeks.

And now for the not-so-fantastic part of my birthday:

I got thrown up on twice. Once in the morning (pre-shower so that was okay) and then right when we were picking Elise up at her apartment before lunch. Thank goodness we're the same size because I was soaked! Ruby threw up, grinned a big grin and then fell deep asleep. So we still went to Cafe Rio and Target...

That afternoon, we ended up taking Ruby to the pediatrician because she'd thrown up everyday since Sunday. Four days. They thought that she had Acid Reflux since these episodes always happened right around when she ate but wanted her to get an Ultrasound on her stomach just to rule out anything more serious. So...we spent a couple of hours in the doctors office and then at the hospital getting the Ultrasound done.

Everything's come back normal and she hasn't even thrown up again so I'm not sure what the problem really was. Oh well! I'm glad she's back to normal.

Overall, my birthday was filled with great food, family, friends and fun. I didn't even mind getting thrown up on!
Wednesday, August 1, 2012


Hello Readers - this is Candace's husband Dan and I am hijacking the blog tonight!  For my birthday, Candace posted 25 things about me in honor of my 25th (if I knew better how this blog thing works, I'd have a link to it here___).  Anyways, it was really sweet and so I thought I should respond in kind.  Here's my humble attempt, as a birthday gift for her:

24 Things About Candace on Her 24th Birthday

1.  Candace went to summer school once or twice…but the crazy part is that she signed up to go, even though her grades were good!   To her, more school sounded fun.

2.  Candace can tell you everything there is to know about Disneyland, down to the basketball court on the top of the Matterhorn.  She’s been to the park scores of times and even got to fulfill her life-long dream of eating at Club 33, the super-exclusive and semi-secret club that Walt had built for his friends!

3.  The Beatles band history is the only topic that rivals Disneyland in terms of Candace’s enthusiasm and depth of knowledge.

4.  Candace eats most things (mashed potatoes, vegetable sides, etc) plain, foregoing the usual butter, salt, and pepper that I so enjoy.

5.  Candace can sing every word of “We Didn’t Start the Fire” by Billy Joel; this is a hard one to memorize and shows how smart she is with cultural references!

6.  Candace is so happy to be a stay-at-home mom and absolutely gives her all to making our house a home.

7.  Candace has incredible stick-to-it-ness: she ran cross-country in high school as a way of meeting people even though she was almost always at the back of the pack.

8.  As a kid, Candace use to tell people that she was allergic to dogs and cats because she didn’t like being around them!

9.  This is a sad one – Candace is the current owner of a US Passport….with no stamps in it.  I will work to change this one by taking her on a vacation!

10.  I take # 3 back actually.  Candace is also a Wizard of Oz guru and is excited about the prequel currently in the works.  She is also known to watch a pirated copy of Wicked on occasion!

11.  Candace does funny things with her fingers, using them as her primary movers when she dances and exuberantly pointing skyward when she makes a point. 

12.  Candace has the most luscious lips I have ever…seen….

13.  Despite being such a goody-two-shoes, Candace loves loves loves the musical “Rent” and breaks out into song regularly while watching it.

14.  Candace has had her paintings up in city museums and has some wicked natural talent in art.

15.  You know Candace is the one in the bathroom if you hear whistling or singing.  Just this past 4th of July I awoke to the Star Spangled Banner being belted in my echo-chamber of a shower!  What makes it even more endearing is she’s sometimes super off-key / uses different accents while singing.

16.  Candace is very thoughtful (and better at this type of thing than me).  She once gave me a deck of cards with 52 reasons she loves me – WAY more than my measly 24 posted here.

17.  Candace is such a good friend to our daughter Ruby and talks to her all day long.  I already know they will have a great relationship.

18.  True to her name, Candace or “Candy” loves her some sugary confections.  She blames heredity for our high dentist bills but every time she knows I am going to the BYU Bookstore, Candace mentions how she’s “been a good girl” just in case I want to get her “a treat.”

19.  Oh I almost forgot – Candace can fall asleep anywhere.  She frequently will bend over forward in the passenger seat and fall asleep with her head on her knees during our drives home.  I envy her talent in this area!

20.  When it comes to Halloween costumes, Candace is a group / themed kinda girl.  I complain about it every year, but every year we have awesome costumes.

21.  It has nothing to do with wanting to be fit, but Candace loves going on walk every evening.  It’s a social thing for her and we plan our routes based on whom we hope to walk by / run into.  The best walks are the ones where we go the shortest distance because we’ve stopped and chatted forever.

22.  Candace loves Christmas so much.  For example, she currently (in July) has a book of Christmas recipes and stories checked out from the local library!  Her favorite things to do Christmas-wise would have to be filling stockings and making neighbor-treats.

23.  This one may seem like a cop-out but those who know Candace well will agree:  Candace is the happiest person I have ever known.  That’s what strongly attracted me to her was that she balanced my dark / cynical self and I knew I was in for good times whenever she was around.  I feel like she has changed me for good and I know she will be the best mom to our kids (we have tons of fun)!

24.  Candace always says that she prefers to come to peoples’ doors with food in hand.  I can’t tell you how much sugar, butter, and flour we go through because Candace is thinking of others (and thinking of baked goods to send their way).  

I thought this would be hard, but I actually have thought of many more little things that I cherish about my wife - too bad she isn't turning 30 so that I'd have more to write!  Anyway I should probably give Candace control of her blog again....so this is Dan, over and out!
Sunday, July 29, 2012

A Good News Minute

In Relief Society on Sundays, they often do a "Good News Minute". It's where the ladies can share something good that's happened during the week with the rest of the group. I like listening to what the ladies say even though my things don't usually go along with the usual "My fourteenth grandchild was born this week!" or "I am finally recovered from my Carpal Tunnel Surgery!". I hardly ever volunteer my good news though. It's not that good things don't happen to me, because it's quite the opposite. It's just I can never really thing of something on the spot to share.  And since I have a little baby girl that probably won't want to go to Relief Society, here's my little list for this week:

  • I was treated to an early Birthday lunch with Jenny and Jamie at Molly's. This restaurant is seriously one of my favorites! Jenny treated me to a Pulled Pork Sandwich with Coleslaw on top and a nice large piece of Carrot Cake. If you're in the Provo area, I highly recommend checking Molly's out!
  • It was Pioneer Day! I love having a holiday that nobody else in the country has! And Ruby looked so cute in that little American Girl Doll Bonnet...
  • I love that we can walk around the streets of Springville and run into so many people that we know! Last night on our walk, we saw 11 people that we knew. Most of them were Dan's Aunts and Uncles who'd just finished dinner at Magleby's. It was so fun to turn the corner and say, "Hey, I know them!" These summer walks truly are the best! 
  • I am 2/3 of the way through Season 1 of Downton Abbey. There's been too much talk about this series to not give it a second try. (I watched the first episode a couple of months ago, and was totally not into it. Now that I've seen more, I like it!) 
  • We went to Costco and bought more than just stuff from the Food Court. Dan and I talked about how we felt like real-live adults getting stuff and Costco and actually using it!
  • Ruby (and I) slept 8 hours last night - 11pm-7am. Which were almost regular sleeping hours! 
And this is sorta from last week, but I made these S'mores Bars and they are the best thing ever. If you make them, make sure you share them because once you eat one you won't be able to control yourself. 
Picture from here via Stephanie via Pinterest
Thursday, July 26, 2012

A Birth Announcement

I had the best intentions of being organized this summer. 

I had grand plans of addressing and stamping envelopes before Ruby's birth and even made master lists of who all'd receive an announcement in the mail. I designed this birth announcement when Ruby was about two weeks old. I was on track! 

But, that was right around the time when I got food poisoning, an ingrown toenail and major tooth infection that ended in an extraction. 

This past week, I was looking through the pictures on the computer and ran across this little beauty. Oops. It seems "like too little, too late" to send them out now, so I'm posting it for your viewing pleasure here. 

Our Christmas card will have to double as a birth announcement. If I'm organized enough to get those sent out...

She looks so little! Those scrawny little legs! 
Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Ruby Tuesday: Pioneer Edition

Happy Pioneer Day, Y'all! 
Love, Ruby Sue the Pioneer
Monday, July 23, 2012

Ruby - 2 Months

This little girl is getting bigger every day and is really starting to develop a cute personality! She smiles all the time and is beginning to interact with people around her. It's so cute.

2 Month Stats:
Weight -  10lbs 0oz. I thought she was starting to feel a little heavier! And she's 23 inches long. 

Diaper Size - She's size One. Today she had a crazy blow-out that I won't go into graphic detail on, but suffice it to say that I have no idea how poop can get where it did...

Clothing Size - Mostly 3 Month. Carter's 3M clothes start at 8lbs so that's why she's only two months but in 3M. I really hope that she'll be in 3M for a while because I have a TON! We're on the receiving end of about 3 groups of hand-me-downs so we're swimming in girl clothes. Which is so nice, I have no idea how people afford to clothe their children without hand-me-downs! 

Likes - Momma & Daddy talking to her, swinging in her swing, taking walks around the block, being held, eating, her pink elephant rattle, simethicone drops, the "kick-kick" game and getting her toenails painted :) 

Dislikes - Gas bubbles in her tummy, being left alone in a room, getting shots and attending the whole three-hour-block at church. 

Ruby is such a good and happy baby. We love her so much!! 
Thursday, July 19, 2012

Hello There!

Here are some random things this Thursday Morning:

* I am so excited for this movie and this movie. I see a Christmas Day double feature in our future! 
* Dan is unloading the dishwasher as I type this. I didn't even ask. He's really quite helpful around here. 
* I really enjoyed reading this blog post - It's really hard work being a mom and I think it looks so easy on blogs and the internet...
* I kinda forgot about doing a Ruby Tuesday post this week but the little lady will be two months old (eek!) next week, so I'll just do a super update then!
* Ruby slept for seven hours last night! 11:30-6:30. WooHoo! 
* Dan's dream shed got built this week. He was seriously more excited than a kid on Christmas. I kept catching him peeking out the windows to watch the progress. 
*I'm dreaming of doing something like this to our kitchen. I have visions of farmhouse sinks, butcher block counter tops and subway tiles running through my head!
*I'm dreaming up a knock-off jewelry project that'll hopefully end up looking like this
*I would love to throw a "favorite things" party - it sounds so fun! Look at this one here and let me know if you want in! 
Picture from Katie Evans via Pinterest
Friday, July 13, 2012

My Old Cyber-Shot Camera

I recently found my old camera. My parents gave it to me for my 18th birthday. Wow, that was so long ago! Anyway, the battery had been dead in it for over a year and the memory card was full. 
It was kind of fun to look back at the pictures on it and see what we were up to. Our lives seemed so carefree then! 
Here are a few of my favorites.
*Dan was a Guest Speaker in a Sociology Class at BYU *Annual Roommate Christmas Dinner *The Yard Work Begins
*Hey, That's our house! (More on this later) *Some Vintage Christmas Pillows I made * Fresh Paint
*Taking out a leaky toilet, stained carpet and installing a new toilet* Pretty much sums up my time at Red Mountain * Dan's so happy to get our dishwasher hooked up! 
*Making sure Dan doesn't fall! * Message-in-a-Cookies for our Housewarming Party * The Mercer Girls!
*Mom & Elise's first trip to Cafe Rio * First photo of us and our house * Hot Air Balloons for 2011 Art City Days
* Bird's nest under our porch right before eviction * Mercer Girls like LeSportsacs * Kitchen Chairs -Before &After
Thursday, July 12, 2012

Three Years of Dandace

On our Honeymoon - Club 33
First Anniversary - Paul McCartney Concert
Second Anniversary - The Huntington Library & Gardens in California
We had a great Anniversary this year. We didn't really do anything.  It's tough to do anything big like we'd done in previous years with a newborn but that didn't make it any less special.  We just spent the day together. Dan surprised me with a bouquet of sunflowers, my favorite candies from See's and a really sweet card. We were happy just being us. And that was perfect. 

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