Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween: "Truth, Justice, and the American Way"

Remember how Stone is obsessed with Superman these days? It would only be right to let him be Superman for Halloween.

We were in Arizona this week, and had a mini photo shoot with his cousins, Gavin (Jordan & Rachel's son) and Dallen (my cousin, Mark & Jacki's son). The editing has just begun, but here are a few for now of Superman and the two monkeys (from left to right: Gavin, Stone, Dallen)...

And here are a couple pictures from our church Halloween party last night. The first is of Stone trunk-or-treating (which he LOOOOOVED), and the second is him being a ham for the "parade/fashion show" across the stage at the party.

More pictures to come!!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Happy Birthday, Cliff!!

Cliff turns the big 27 today. We are lucky to be in Arizona to celebrate his bday! We are here for a conference that Cliff is attending, which means fun time with family.

I had a strange dream the other night that we weren't married yet, and Cliff was about to be a part of an arranged marriage (strange, right?!). We kept meeting secretly along a ditch by my old home in El Paso. I remember us feeling so helpless. Then, I woke up, looked over, and there he was sound asleep. I grabbed him tight, so happy to be his.

This is one awesome, funny [*hilarious!*], hardworking man. I'm thankful every day to have him in my life.
Happy birthday, Babe!!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Flashback Friday: Returned Missionary

Per my previous post, Clay (Cliff's little brother) came home from his mission last week. Marcy snapped this pic of him--first stop at home: Chico's Tacos. If you're from El Paso, you will understand (whether or not you're a fan). If you're not, well...there's really no way to explain the place. It's unique to El Paso, we'll just leave it at that.

When I saw this pic last week (Clay below), it brought back vivid memories of the day Cliff returned from his mission.

Cliff came home from his mission almost SIX years ago. Look how young he loooks (below)!!If you know our dating story, you know we dated prior to his mission. I was struggling with the decision of whether or not to be at the airport at his homecoming. We had written each other faithfully during those two years, but if it didn't work out (which everyone knew was a silly thought. DUH, we'd work out), I didn't want to taint that special memory. But, Marcy (his mom), insisted I be there, and so my mom accompanied me. It was a BIG deal. I even remember exactly what I was wearing.

So Cliff got off the plane, came down the escalator, and looked RIGHT at me. I was a little [very] nervous. He made his rounds, and headed to get his luggage. My mom and I were towards the back, and every third step, Cliff looked back to make sure I was there (hehe)...or just to see me (hehe).

He went straight to see one of our church leaders, to be officially released from his mission. Afterwards, my mom dropped me off at Chico's to have tacos with his fam. It was a little awkward, I'm not going to lie.

We were sitting on the same side of the booth, but we were both having a hard time with this little adjustment. Finally, Sheldon (Cliff's big brother) said something about how funny we were being, and Cliff got his arm, and pulled me in real tight and gave me a big hug. If you're not familiar with my church, and with missionaries, I'll just say that these boys have no real [physical] contact with girls for 2 years (i.e., no hugs, no kisses....even our letters steered clear of mushy stuff. ....they purely focus on their mission). Tanner and Jordan (my brothers), and my parents, and some friends, warned me that things might be a little awkward for a few days (Jordan returned from his mission just a few days prior). They all said Cliff would have to adjust to "real" life again, and not to be offended if he didn't show affection immediatly. So, when he pulled me towards him, and hugged me, I was shocked...but it felt so good, and so right. That's all it took. He broke the ice, and the awkwardness in the air dissapeared.

I won't say how [very] soon I got a kiss (and how shocked I was that he made the move so quickly), but it was great. Everything felt so right. AFTER the kiss, he said, "hmmm, you don't have a boyfriend, do you??" That night, after we kissed, we were an item again. Everything fell into place, and by the end of Christmas break (he came back a couple days into my freshman Christmas break), we knew we were getting married. People thought we were crazy, but when you know, YOU KNOW.

And now to think that we've been married over 5 years, have a 2 year old, and another one on the way.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Welcome Home, Clay!

This weekend, we made a QUICK trip home to welcome home Cliff's little brother, Clay. Clay was in Argentina for two years, serving a mission for our church. I can't believe 2 years have come and gone!! I feel like Cliff just got back from his!!

I can't believe this is the only picture we got of Clay:

While there, Stone and I headed out to the desert with my dad while Cliff and Clay helped Sheldon (their big bro) move. Stone LOVED climbing the mountains and sliding down the rocks. Call me wierd, but I LOOOVE the desert.

Stone and his cousin, Danny, have a BLAST together. And they just LOVED Clay. Clay played guns with them Saturday night, and they thought he was soooo funny.
Stone has had this thing for guns since watching The Incredibles (opening firing scene). Once he started shooting everyone that passed us (everywhere), I decided to put The Incredibles away. So much for me trying to teach him not to shoot people. This weekend, we took 18 steps backwards in that department. {sigh} Here they are in action:

And here they are in Grandpa Jessup's cowboy hats. True cowboys...
And of course, Grandma and Grandpa Jessup!! I know I am a broken record, but I just LOVE my in laws. It's funny. Stone can say "Grandma" just fine, but struggles with Grandpa. He was looking at these pictures right now and said, "Grandma and Po-cuck!" I think the "p" messes him up, so he makes up his own word.

We always love going home!!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Cute, cute face!

Okay, so check out this cute face! See more of her on my photo blog:

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Staying Put

A couple weeks ago, we converted Stone's crib into a bed. We held off long enough, because we've been waiting to get a hold of my toddler bed from when I was little. I really wanted to pass that down to him. But when we realized we weren't going to be able to get it over here soon, we couldn't wait any longer. He was crawling in and out during all naps and at bed time. It was fun for him to escape--it was a game to him.

Well, once we converted it to a bed, it was like MAGIC. He no longer wanted to get out!! He loves it, and he calls it his "surprise bed", because when Cliff was converting it, I told him he couldn't go in because Daddy was making a surprise.

Well, we thought he was staying put, until we walked in last night, close to midnight, to find this:

He is too funny! I still say that moving him to a bed was the best thing for us to do!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


This boy......actually made it through an ENTIRE Sarament meeting (our worship service at church--first hour of our block) for the first time since he became mobile. I know that's probably not a big deal to most people, and maybe there are some people that can't believe our kid can't sit & be quiet that entire hour (we have tried everything), but he DID IT. I'm not sure if this is the start of something wonderful, or if it is a tease, but I'll take it. We actually were able to pay attention to a great service on Sunday.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Trip to the ER

Remember when this happened to Stone (thanks, again, Reader family!). I was told it wouldn't be the last time. It wasn't.

Yesterday, Stone took quite the fall in the parking lot of the gym, and banged his head hard on the road. He wasn't even being his rambunctious self when the fall happened. He had quite the gash, and blood was EVERYWHERE. It was just pouring out of his head. It wouldn't stop bleeding, so we headed to the ER since it was Saturday. Everything just worried me. For instance, he sat cuddled in my lap like a baby for 10 minutes while we waited for Cliff (he hasn't done that since, oh...I don't know...ever? ...well, since he was a baby). He was acting kind of drowsy, which he usually completely fights.

They decided not to stitch it, because cosmetically, they say it should heal best on its own (just like his lip. Whew! Which btw, is just a small scar that you can barely see these days). All day long we changed bandages. The blood wouldn't stop!

He was quite the sport. He was actually happy in the room, and liked the Doctor's flash light. Check out the video and pics...

Oh, and it may not look that bad (and you may think I overreacted taking him to the ER), but that is the cut itself. The blood is all wiped up, so it was quite a gash!
I really am glad we had him checked out, because I would have been uneasy all day long considering how many bandaids we went through!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Like Father, Like Son

Anyone that really knows Cliff, knows of his Superman obsession. He can tell you anything about the life of Superman. We are even faithful viewers of Smallville (even though it has gone down hill, Cliff (which means me, too), remains faithful to the Kryptonian).

While I was away on my business trip, Cliff and Stone watched Superman together (and for Stone to actually sit and watch something, especially in it's entirety, is unbelievable)... and now Stone can't get enough. He wants to wear anything he has Superman, he wants to save a helicopter and bus like Superman, he wants to fly like Superman (he's devestated that he cannot do it on his own, and needs Cliff to fly him around), and well...he wants to be Superman.

Well, he pulled his Superman swim suit out last night, and demanded he wear it around:

Remember this? Jordan and Rachel got it for him as a newborn. I think he will try to wear this until the zipper busts.

He totally freaked out on us when we took it off and put him to bed. And, first thing this morning, Stone comes in, waving his Superman suit in my face, begging me to put it on him. I was able to distract him, and hide it for a little bit (knowing I'd never be able to get it off when we headed to the gym), and now, he is back in it. It's a little tight on his legs, and the zipper is now pinching him, but he refuses to take it off...AGAIN.

Oh, and he wears his little cape EVERYWHERE. My mom made it for him last Thanksgiving. He is too funny.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Another Weekend!

Our weekends pass by TOO quickly!! We had a great weekend, with an awesome General Conference, and a few different outtings. After the last session last night, we headed to the park so that Stone could get rid of some of his energy. I just LOVE my boys. They make life a pure joy.

Okay, so below, is my 24 week belly. Cliff told me to stick out/show my belly, and Stone thought he was talking to him. So check him out in the first picture.