Monday, June 29, 2009

Most of you know...

...Stone is only part white. Bet you can't guess which part...

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Stone's Scooter

My mom recently got Stone a scooter as an early birthday present (THANKS!). It's been the perfect new summer toy. Below was his first real day riding it. He was hesitant, and fell a couple times (hence the second picture). Since then (one week ago), he has mastered the scooter, turning and all. We took him out a couple nights ago and people couldn't believe how fast he was going around. I told people the only way he knows how to do things is fast. He's one active kid, all boy (see 2 posts previous).

Below: One week later. Master.

Look at that sweat!!!

I'm a Winner!!!

I often have good luck when it comes to contests. I remember my old roomate, Ashley, mentioning on her blog once that she enters these big contests, but always thinks she really has a chance. That is seriously how I feel. Like when I enter HGTV's Dream Home or Green Home, I always envision exactly what it'd be like with us in it. ...because I always think I can really win.

When I was little, I won something from the inside of a soda bottle cap, while watching my brother, Tanner, at his track meet, and I told my mom, "I'M A WINNER!"

The power of possitive thinking! :)

Well, this morning, I told Cliff the same thing. I won a give away from "Give Away Today". I am so excited! If you've never heard of Give Away Today, you need to add it to your google reader. This lady has been on Good Day Utah several times (though I no longer live in Utah to actually see it). Companies give away things from their stores every day through her blog. I've entered several times, and yesterday I won a gift certificate to Scribble It. I'm thrilled.
Oh, and 2,075 people entered!

Monday, June 22, 2009

ALL girl VS. ALL boy

Stone and his cousin, Chloe, love being around each other. Stone will look at Tanner and Charee's blog and say, "CHLOE!!! CHLOE!!! More!" They get along very well. It's just so funny, that even at such a young age, one is ALL girl and one is ALL boy. My mom is always telling me the cutest stories about Chloe, and it makes us miss her!

Chloe takes her dolls around on her shoulder, and burps them. She goes to bed with her doll and cuddles with my mom and her pink blanket. She walks around in her momma's heels. She wears headbands and flowers.

Stone plays swords with Cliff. He goes to bed with his sword. He turns swimming goggles into a weapon and sling shots everything in sight. He rides his scooter around (more of that to come!), and pushes his big Tonka truck around with dirt and other boy things. He comes inside dripping sweat.

Above: Chloe with her pink blanket and doll.

Below: Stone in bed with his sword.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

I love the men in my life!

So Happy Father's Day!

I've mentioned many times, so you all know I have the best father and father-in-law a girl could have. They've now become amazing grandparents, and I'm so glad Stone has such awesome men to look up to. If you're wondering how cool our dads are, you can refer to this post from last year. Thank you Dad and Kevin for everything. WE LOVE YOU.

Now, you know I have the best husband (duh). I'll spare you another [millionth] tribute. I love watching Cliff in his role as a father. It really is a rewarding experience to see the love of your life raise your child by your side. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world. Lately, Stone's favorite daddy-son time is sword fighting. They chase each other around and hide from each other. It could possibly be the cutest thing ever.

And since BYU had no Ninja major, Cliff settled with Advertising as an undergrad and is now a soon-to-be attorney (one more year!).

Happy Father's Day to all daddys and future daddys.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

He's Too Easy to Love

Friday, June 19, 2009

Flashback Friday: Class President

I was sitting in the Don Haskin's center with my family, waiting patiently for Jordan to graduate in 2001. I was flipping through the program, seeing who we were going to hear from, and looking at the many many names of graduates. One of my brother's friends got up to give the opening speech, and I thought, "hmmmm, what did she do to get the opportunity to speak at graduation?" She was class president.

As I listened to her speech that graduation day, Rocio sparked my interest in running for class president.

That following school year was my junior year, and I thought about it off and on all year long. That was the year I ran for Senior Class President. I ran, and I got it. Not like I didn't have enough on my plate as it was (I was involved in many student groups and cheerleading).

Well, as senior year began, someone mentioned, "Wow, so you'll be planning the class reunions, huh??"

"SAY WHAT?!" I thought, "Ummm, that was not in the job description."

But so it is, and so I've begun preparation, which I realize is majorly premature (4 years), but I figure now's a good time to begin a base of contacts of my fellow grads. I started a Facebook group, and I think it's a good start. Already there are people that have joined that I hadn't come across on Facebook.

At that time (senior year), it freaked me out thinking about planning and organizing a reunion, but I think it will be fun, and I have plenty of time.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Texas Blueberry Festival

On Saturday, we made an hour drive to the historic town of Nacogdoches, Texas for the Texas Blueberry Festival. We had a good lunch, some blueberry cobbler, and blueberry lemonade. We came across a first...

I'm sure you've all had frozen lemonade. How about frozen pickle juice?? I'm not even kidding. We forgot to swing by to grab one (for Cliff, who loves pickles more than anyone I know. If you don't remember, you can click here).

The drive to Nacogdoches was beautiful. At times I felt like we were driving along the Kamehameha Highway on Oahu, it's so lush.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

"Poo Poo in Choo-Choo!"

On Friday, Stone went potty (numbero dos) on the potty. We're not yet potty training him, but just introducing the concept. We have a Thomas the Train seat cover to put on our toilet, so after he woke up, he said, "poo poo in choo-choo!! poo poo in choo-choo!" (we've tried it quite a few times, but he usually just sits there and chills for a while until he is bored). So, I took him in the bathroom, not expecting much, and to my suprise, Stone did it. I was so proud of him, and he was so excited. He's growing up.

I think it's a good start. I think he's ready, and he's communicating more and more with us every day. So we may begin this whole potty training soon. Not sure how soon. Maybe before his second birthday, but that may be hopeful thinking. I'll keep you posted.

Friday, June 12, 2009

We Heart Summer

We *REALLY* love summertime. As of late, when Cliff gets home from work, on a daily basis we:

  • Go to the park. Our frequented park is REALLY cool.

  • I run for 30-ish minutes while Cliff plays with Stone.

  • Then Cliff runs for 30-ish minutes while I play with Stone.

  • Then the 3 of us play.*note*: That's well over an hour of Stone going crazy at this park. This park is so cool that he barely gets around to everything.

  • We go home and eat dinner if we didn't eat before the park.

  • We go for an evening swim. *Which I'd like to add that Stone is a GREAT swimmer! He kicks/swims across the pool to me. I love my little boy who LOVES adventure.

*You may notice his scuffed up knees. All boy, this kid.

Flashback Friday: Three years ago

Three years ago, I was interning at an advertising agency in SLC. I was really hoping (and praying) for a job offer as the summer was wrapping up and graduation was approaching (August). I felt confident. My mentor/supervisor was pushing for it, and the president said some things that gave me confidence. However, as it got closer to the end, I had a feeling there would be no offer. There just wasn't enough work to bring on another AE (account executive). It was a smaller agency, and I just had the feeling. I began my job hunt, and quickly found the company, whom I continue to work for (now from home).

Before I got my job, I was a little discouraged because I thought I had proven myself worthy of an offer. However, it was truly an answer to my prayers, and I didn't realize it at the time. I love my job, and I love the people I work with. When we moved back to Texas from SLC, I was offered the chance to continue working from home, which was a huge blessing, especially considering I had a 4 week old baby AND my husband was beginning law school.

I know that Heavenly Father watches out for each and every one of us, and sometimes it just takes us a little longer to realize his plan for us.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Terrible Twos

This kid is full blown into his terrible twos. Has been for a little while. Does that mean it will end early since his birthday isn't until next month? Or is that wishful thinking? At any rate, he is too fun, and keeps me entertained around the clock. WE.LOVE.HIM.

Oh yeah, and I have a new obsession (day 1)...a new hobby. Photoshop. There's SO much to learn, but I'm loving it thus far.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Were you raised in a barn?

Thanks, Lor, for the cute book! Stone rediscovered it today.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

So far, so good!

We are enjoying the lush vegetation here in east Texas (something we miss in west Texas), we have found a local hamburger joint that serves jalepeno baked beans as a free apetizer (can you say, "yummmmm"), and we went to a festival today. Oh yeah, and we may just be working on our east Texas accents.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

West to East

Well, we are finally settled in east Texas for the summer for Cliff's job. He really scored with this job. He has an awesome boss, got to go to court on his first day (yesterday), and is really looking foward to the experience he is going to gain this summer.

We love the little town! It's very lush, and beautiful. It's small, but there are several towns in a 20 mile radius that come here for shopping/entertainment. We're excited to see what this summer brings!

Pictures soon!