Monday, August 30, 2010

Coloring Queen

One of Brynlee's very favorite things is coloring. And one of my very favorite things is watching Bryn color. Occasionally, she gets silly -- doing wild strokes, and laughing at herself. But most the time, it's very serious work. No talking. No laughing. Just head down, focused.
And this is an all-too-familiar scene on the floor.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

It's About Time

(Bryn, attempting a "cute face" for Jae)
Our new little web cam came in the mail this week, and we've been stalking my siblings on Skype and Gmail chat ever since! It's only been a few days of skyping, and I think they're sick of us already. But we love it! So fun!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Yellowstone, Part 2

Here are a few more pictures from our Yellowstone trip. And then I'll stop talking about it. The whole crew: Mom, Josh, Jordan, Dad, Jae, Catherine, Brynlee, Me, Logan, and Marie Taking a stroll with Grandpa
At Mammoth
More Grandpa time. And Little Jord trying to get in on the action.
After a little dip in the river
The girls
Marie taught Bryn how to keep her hands in her pockets.
Dad and Mom
Grandma time
The boys spent the afternoon jumping into the current and riding it down stream. Marie and I spent the time trying to avoid the hairy-backed men in speedos. (This is not referring to my brothers or Josh.)
Hayden Valley
Me and Jord
Bryn loves her uncle Logan, who she refers to as "Pete". She's been asking for Pete, Pete, Pete every since we've been home.
Josh and I at Hebgen Lake. Catherine's family was so nice to invite us to their cabin right outside Yellowstone at Hebgen Lake. Such a fun night! I have about 400 more pictures I could include, but I think we'll stop here. Three cheers for Yellowstone and for my awesome fam.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Yellowstone, Part 1

Most of my family's "vacations" through the years have been to different National Parks. (You can go ahead and call us outdoorsy). This time we went to Yellowstone National Park, and it was awesome!
Hayden Valley. We watched these buffalo for so long! It was so cool to be up close.
The view from the Artist Point
Old Faithful
Yellowstone is huge! There are so many cool things to see, tons of hikes, beautiful meadows and lakes, weird gurgling mud puddles, steaming hot springs, plenty of animals to slam on your brakes for, rivers to swim in, yadda yadda yadda. We loved it.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Sunday Evening with the Hawkins Fam

It was so fun to get together with the Hawkins family in Utah. We loved hanging out with everyone and seeing Bryn play with her cousins.
Bryn and Vela playing on the tramp
Josh racing Joe (his twin)
So fun! I married into the best family!

Little Sicky

Like I mentioned, Bryn got a little sick on our trip. This was Bryn's first time being sick (beyond a runny nose) so maybe I'm just being dramatic, but here's the story anyway..... PART 1: Basically, Bryn caught a little stomach bug in Yellowstone, she got really dehydrated, and ended up at Primary Children's Hospital. She was lethargic and limp (scary), but after ten hours on an IV she started perking up. They advised us to keep her til the next day, since her blood tests hadn't looked so good, but she seemed fine to us so we wanted to get out of there! So we convinced the doctors she was okay and to release her early. (Which was an embarrassingly stupid move on our part. We definitely should have kept her there til the doctors were satisfied. )
Finally perking up and having a few bites of mashed potatoes. PART 2: So we took her home to my parents house and then took off for California the next day. She still was weak and didn't have an appetite, but she seemed okay. Then when we were about two hours from Huntington Beach she started saying "Yucky, yucky, yucky" and, just as Bryn had warned, things certainly got really yucky. And then even yuckier. And then ever yuckier. Can you tell from this picture it was a bit of a wild ride?
Bryn was crying in discomfort and we were really worried she'd get dehydrated all over again. But we made it home, bathed her and cleaned everything up, and put her to bed. (With a much-needed blessing from Josh and our Home Teacher). Thankfully, she had a great day Sunday, munching on dry toast and applesauce slurping Pedialyte popsicles. (And hooray that she kept everything down!) She is still a little weak, but at least the stomach bug is gone and I think we're past the dehydration stage. Woohoo. Anyway, that's that.
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Okay, go ahead and laugh at how dramatic this little experience was for us. We can laugh about now. Until I smell her car seat. And then the laughing stops.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

High and Low

Well, it's been a week of highs and lows.
HIGH: Our trip to Yellowstone National Park
LOW: Our trip to Primary Children's Hospital (stomach bug + super dehydration)
Actually, the real low was the drive from Utah to California. I'll spare you the messy details of that lovely trip.
(I'll post more pictures from our Utah trip when things slow down.)

Friday, August 13, 2010

Road Trip

We're taking off for Utah, for a fun week with family. It will be the first time the three of us have DRIVEN to Utah since we moved to California.
Our last Utah-California drive was an adventure with the three of us in the cab of a U-Haul, our car being towed at the back, no air-conditioning, a close-to-overheating vehicle, and a 6-week-old baby who nursed every three hours.
We're hoping this trip will be a little smoother....but this time we have a busy toddler, so it will probably be right up there with last time. Any great tips for long drives with toddlers?

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Blackout Curtain

Bryn's room gets a lot of light and she was waking up pretty early because of it. Her window is six feet wide, so I had trouble finding black-out curtains or roller-shades wide enough. (Plus they were expensive!) So I made a simple black out curtain a few weeks ago and it's made such a difference!
I bought two yards of "blackout" fabric from JoAnns, and with a 50% off coupon it was only 2.99 a yard. Then I cut it to fit the frame of the window. (Actually, I cut it too short and so I had to sew an extra strip to the side. Figures.) I stuck a line of sticky-back velcro to the top metal frame of the window, and then sewed regular sew-on velcro across the top of the blackout fabric. And that's it. It only takes a second to stick it on each night, and then I just fold it up and hide it under Bryn's dresser during the day.
Here's Bryn's room this morning without the blackout curtain up.... (Just focus on the amount of light, not the bare white walls, lack of curtains, or mismatched decor. Ha.) And here it is with the curtain up. It makes a huge difference! She used to wake up at 6 am, and now it's closer to 8. Hooray for a quick solution, and for more sleep!!!
(We only use it at nights. If we used it for her naps too, then she'd get used to sleeping in a black cave and never fall asleep when we travel!)


I'm watching this sweet little babe on Mondays and Wednesdays and it's sooo fun to cuddle and rock a baby again! And it is the cutest thing ever to see Brynlee play the role of Big Sister. I can't wait til Bryn can be a full-time big sister! (This is not an announcement, by the way.)
Such a cutie!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Sewing Class

I spent last Saturday at a marathon sewing class at the Bernina store, with some cute little ladies who have spent more money on sewing equipment than we'll earn in ten years. The class was a little lengthy, but it was actually very helpful. I learned lots of tips and techniques that would have been oh-so-nice to know during big projects the last few months! It made me excited to try some new projects...and go back and redo some old projects that had issues! Three cheers for sewing!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Orange County Fair

Bryn asks for a "Party Party Party!" every day, and our outings rarely qualify as such. But our Friday night trip to the Orange County Fair definitely counted as a party, and she was all smiles the whole night. She kept saying "Party! Fun! Party! Fun!"
Petting goats, llamas, deer, and other generic furry things.
Josh wanted a big turkey leg to gnaw on with the rest of the men folk, but thankfully that didn't happen.
Bryn was loving all the animals! For instance, this little pair
She was in HEAVEN playing the piano in the Kid Zone... with Josh and I dousing her in hand sanitizer between songs. (How many children...or animals?...have touched those same keys? Brandi, you would have loved this place!)
Worn out after her fun "Party Party". What a fun night!
THANKS you-know-who for the extra tickets!