Thursday, May 14, 2009

Mothers Day

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.
~Washington Irving

Aaron and his Mom

Me and my Mom
Chloe and her Mom
Grandma, Mom, Me, and Chloe

This Mother's Day was wonderful. On Saturday, Aaron cooked his Mom (and Dad) and I a delicious dinner with all the fixings and on Sunday, all the men in my family cooked the women breakfast for dinner. Aaron also got me a beautiful pot of flowers to put on our front porch, but the gift doesn't stop there...he said he will take care of it and keep it alive for me! Ahh, the gift that keeps on giving.

I am so grateful for my mother and for my mother-in-law. They are both such amazing women and if I am only half the mother that they are then I would call my mothering a success. So, thank you Mom and Barbara Ann...I love you both!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

15 Months Old

Well, Chloe just had her 15 month check up and I thought it would be fun to update everyone, plus I know I will forget all of this when she gets older so I figured I better write it down somewhere. Here we go...

Weight: 18.6 lbs ( yeah, it's in the 1st percentile, but at least she's growing!)

: 29 3/4 inches

Molar count
: 4

: She goes down every night without crying and the same goes for her nap. I ask her if she wants to take a nap and she shakes her head yes...or ignores me if she doesn't want one.

: She is a very picky eater and doesn't eat much, but she does love fruit!

Favorite things to do
: Pull out all her clothes from her dresser and make a big pile then put them all away again, go to the park and go down the slide, pick up rocks from the driveway, and play with her babies and stuffed animals.

Words she says/signs
: Mama, Dada, Grandma, Grandpa, snack, shoes, ball, dog, more, cheese, juice, milk, all done, up, food, cracker, fish, banana, girl, light and cold.

Animal sounds she makes:
cat, dog, horse, monkey, snake and duck.

What she loves
: Her Grandparents, animals and balls.

What I love about her: Everything! She is such a happy baby and I love watching her grow everyday. I feel so blessed that she is ours.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Weekend in Moab

This past weekend we took a trip down to Moab to do some Jeepin'. We usually just go with Aaron's parents, but this time Aaron's sister and her family came too. They recently bought a Jeep and so now we had three Jeeps to crawl around the rocks in. The weather was beautiful, even when it rained, and we all had a great time. We even took Chloe on her first "real" Jeep ride. Somehow, she slept through most of it and was happy as a clam when she woke up.

Chloe had a good time playing outside in the dirt and I eventually had to give up and just let her get filthy. She spent most of her time picking up rocks and giving them to Grandpa and the rest of the time looking for stray dogs and cats...wondering around saying "da" and "meow." She loves animals right now and makes the cutest animal sounds. Our favorite is her tiny little "meow," it just melts your heart.

The trip was going off without a hitch until the guys decided to do one last trail before we left. It was called Metal Masher and it lived up to its name...Aaron broke one of his rear control arm brackets. It's pretty much what holds the axle under the jeep, so yeah, it's pretty important. I guess the guys were having a little too much fun! Aaron was able to drive it slowly back to camp but we couldn't drive it home in that condition. So, our vacation got extended one extra day and early Monday morning we took it in to a 4x4 shop and got it re-welded. Here's a picture of the carnage (as Aaron calls it)...