Saturday, December 31, 2011

Date Night with a Bestie and New Year's Eve!

Last night, Alan and I went out to dinner with my best friend Jenelle. I haven't seen her since my wedding reception (how did we go EIGHT months without seeing each other????) and had missed her so. We went to dinner at Mackenzie River Pizza, our local eatery, and it was a ton of fun! It was great to catch up and for Jenelle to see how big Alan has gotten. They sat and played cars together while we waited for our food. :) Jenelle is just estatic that I am pregnant again! She hopes that I have a girl this time around though lol, as does like half of my family. Oh well, we will be happy as long as Baby Andersen is healthy. :)

I also just wanted to wish everyone a wonderful New Year's! We aren't doing anything but possibly stopping over my parent's house for dinner. But I am not even sure if this pregnant mama can stay up until midnight lol! Especially since last night was spent tossing and turning, as usual lol. But we are still pretty excited for the New Year.

Ahhhh, this is my official last post of the year! See you all on Monday, please stay safe tonight! Happy New Year!

Friday, December 30, 2011

The Pregnancy Post: Week by Week! Week 11

I know I said I would post this yesterday, but Wednesday night I was up all night sick. I didn't get a wink of sleep, and so my boss sent me home early yesterday morning. I was relieved, it gave me the chance to catch up on my sleep, tidy up my house some more (a hard thing for me to do, even this early along in the pregnancy. I hate feeling so weak!), and spend some time with Alan.

I can't believe I am already eleven weeks along! It seems like just yesterday we found out, though in reality its been over a month! I haven't been in to see my doctor yet, have to get my insurance figured out first, which we have been trying to for about five weeks now. Ugh! We are hoping for next week to be the big doctor week! :)


How far along: 11 weeks 5 days
Size of Baby: a third of an ounce, size of walnut
Total Weight Gain: Haha, I think I am still ten pounds lighter than I was because of the morning sickness. :P
Maternity Clothes: Not yet lol. I am finding myself needing to wear older, smaller clothes from like highschool now. Still really tiny, people say I don't even look pregnant!
Gender: We are hoping for a boy, but won't know for a few more weeks.
Movement: None yet, I have a few more weeks for that too.
Sleep: Sleep is a joke right now. If I am not tossing and turning all night, then I am waking up every hour, on the hour, to throw up. Yes 24 hour morning sickness is the best, not!
What I miss: Sleep and not throwing up like all the time lol.
Cravings: Ice cream, burgers, pizza, pickles, sometimes even salmon! :D
Symptoms: Morning sickness, feeling weak or light-headed, slight round ligament pain, all around exhaustion, out of breath easily, food aversions and nausea
What I’m looking forward to: Actually going to see the doctor, hearing baby's heartbeat and seeing the first ultrasound!

This week was our big week of telling everyone else, except for our families (who already knew from Christmas). It was a week of excitement for us and everyone. We told my coworkers and Lon's coworkers, Lon's best friend Uncle Chris, and all of my good friends. We still haven't told Uncle Darren or my lovely Jenelle yet. But I can't wait to do that! :D

No belly pics this week lol. Lon and I took some last night and although I can see a definite bump, Lon says I still have a flat belly lol. He thinks no one will notice. :P So look forward to next week's Pregnancy Post for a belly pic! And I'll be in my second trimester! Whoo!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas Day 2011

I am not at all feeling good today. Last night was spent with me tossing and turning all night, nauseous and all that fun stuff. Ugggggh I want it to already be night time, so I can crawl back into bed... Okay stop thinking about it lol, you're only gonna make yourself more miserable at work. :P Let's distract myself by writing about Christmas Day (Oh I think I have lost it officially, cos its not like I wasn't already planning on doing that today. Oh well).

Christmas Day was magical for us and especially Alan. :) Lon and I woke up around eight and set up the Christmas tree with all of the presents and his stocking. Then we made a little bed on the floor for him to sleep on. I found a cute Christmas kids music channel on the tv, so we played that quietly in the background. We brought him out, still asleep, and hid in our bedroom until we heard his little voice. We waited for almost an hour before he woke up! :D But close to nine, we heard his little voice squeak, "Wha???" and we snuck out there quickly.

Our sweet boy was sitting up, looking around in amazement. He noticed us and stood up, and immeadiately told us Happy Christmas. Then he sat back down and rubbed his still sleepy eyes, almost expecting it all to be a dream. Sooooo sweet! It melted my heart a little bit, I was so touched. :) Alan wouldn't go to the tree without us for some reason lol, so we walked him over and helped him start opening presents. He woke up right after that, and opened all of his presents really fast lol. He was so excited!

He got several loud, noise making trucks including a Tonka Chuck the Truck. Yay for us lol. :P


Have you seen these things? They are crazy and can move on their own lol! Alan's favorite toy by far!

Then we had a big breakfast Lon cooked for us. We had waffles, eggs, bacon and some fruit. Yummy! We are settled ourselves in front of the tv to watch Disney's Christmas parade. Alan enjoyed most of it, except all the singers lol, and his favorite was of course the life-size Mater and McQueen! Did you see those guys? They were so cool looking and they drove on their own! Alan freaked out about them and had to show every one of his new toys them lol. What a silly boy!

We had a house visit from Lon's family during the parade. Grandpa Steve was sick so they decided to come to us instead us going to their house. Alan was excited to see his aunt and uncles again, and he showed them all his new toys. They could only stay for so long though, so afterwards we took Alan for a little walk around the block to pass the time. We then took a family nap together, which was FANTASTIC! :) At that point, it was time to get ready to go to Great Aunt Carolyn's for dinner.

Up at Great Aunt Carolyn's was fun. About half of Alan's great aunts and uncles and cousins made it there and even Alan's favorite second cousin, eighteen month old Sophie. Last year Alan was hesitant to share any of his toys with her, but this year he gave her his favorite toy to play with. We were so proud of him! Sadly, Alan's other cousin, five month old Fayth, wasn't able to make it. :( We will have to meet up with them later before the year ends! :) We had a delicious dinner of turkey and ham, mashed potatoes with gravy, stuffing, blackberry jello (Alan's favorite), green bean casserole, rolls, and fruits and vegetables. Alan really only ate the jello and a half a roll lol, he wouldn't touch his turkey or mashed potatoes. And green beans? Out of the question. :) But he had some pumpkin pie too, which makes up for it... Lol right?

Then it was time for presents. Unfortunately, Sophie had a lot more gifts than Alan did (Great Aunt Carolyn is her grandmother so) and that caused some issues in the beginning. But Sophie was a great sharer as well, so she let Alan help her open all of her gifts. Then it came to his gift, from Great Grandma Carol and Great Grandpa Floyd, which he flew through. It was several cute outfits, but Alan didn't care lol. He threw them in the Christmas tree! We had to make a quick dash to the car to grab one of Alan's already opened presents from earlier to play with. After that, he was great. Him and Sophie played together for about an hour on the coffee table! We got tons of pictures of them together too. So cute they are together!

Our Christmas was so fantastic this year! Everyone was so pleased with my pregnancy, and I was able to spend time with the people that matter most to me. I hope everyone else had a wonderful Christmas and I hope your New Year is just as bright! :) Tune in tomorrow for my first ever Pregnancy Post: Week by Week.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas Eve 2011

No comments on yesterday's post???? You silly people! :P Well for those of you who didn't get it (and there were surprisingly a few of you who texted me about it lol), Lon and I are pregnant again! :) We just told our family this weekend, and what a happy surprise it was for them! Let me tell you about it.

Christmas Eve morning started out like usual, only I was able to sleep in some! Yes! We had a small breakfast of waffles and eggs, before finishing up our last few Christmas cards. Then we had some running around to do, and some more Christmas preparations to do. We went to several friend's houses, Lon's parent's house and the post office. Alan fell asleep on the ride around town, so we took him home to nap. Gave us the time to wrap all of our Christmas presents lol. We are such procrastinators!

Once Alan woke up, we tried to make plans to go to Grandma Melanie's house to make sugar cookies but her kitchen was starting to get occupied. Grandma Melanie needed to start Christmas Eve dinner lol. So we braved baking them in our tiny kitchen, and to be honest, it wasn't as stressful as I thought it would be. We put Alan in his booster chair at the table and just passed cookies by him to decorate. He did end up eating like half of the decorations though lol. Ooops! :) In the end, the cookies turned out great.

Then it was time to head over to my parent's house for dinner. We had the perfect plan on how to tell everyone, we bought Alan a "Best Brother Ever" shirt and had him where it to the Christmas Eve party. Lon and I hid in the back while Aunt Natalie took off Alan's coat. We were so nervous lol! Then we heard them calling my name, so we went out. And this is how it went down lol-

My mom- Why is Alan wearing a brother shirt, Jillian?
Me (playing coy)- I dunno mom, why don't you ask him?
My mom- Is there something you want to tell us?
My Grandma Marcia- She's pregnant! Oh I just knew it!
My mom- Jillian? Lon? Is this true?
Me- Ask Alan!
Alan- Big brudder, big brudder!
Everyone else in the room- Oh my goodness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lol, my Grandma Carol started crying and kissed my belly. And my Grandma Marcia kept saying how she's known for so long (I love her, but she's crazy. We have done a great job of hiding it from everyone) and how she knows these things. My cousins were so happy, and couldn't wait to hear when my due date was. I have two cousin-in-laws that also just announced their pregnancies this week as well. There will be three pregnant women in our family, watch out lol! Baby Andersen #2 will be great grandchild number four on my father's side and great grandchild number three on my mom's side. We are so excited! Here is the only pic where you can see Alan's shirt, and you can only barely read it lol.

Dinner was pretty calm after that. We had ham with stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, a noodle salad my mom made, rolls, and endless veggies. Delicious dinner I'd have to say! Then we had pumpkin or apple pie for dessert, with monster cookies and ice cream. Yum! Then we opened a few of our Christmas presents. Alan got some cute clothes, and Christmas pajamas, along with a couple toys from his aunts and uncle. Lon and I got giftcards lol, just what we wanted and needed. :) Then after more talking and enjoying of each other's time together, we headed home for the night. Alan was so beat from his big day, that he passed out before we could get his Christmas pajamas on! What a big day for him.

Tune in tomorrow for my Christmas Day post, and Thursday for the start of my Pregnancy Week by Week Post. I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas with their loved ones! I know we did!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Count with me, 1, 2, 3...

Now that it is after Christmas, I can share my exciting news with you, my beloved readers. I am so excited! :) I was really trying to think of a cool way to tell you our big announcement. Since I am at a complete loss, I will steal this idea from my good friend Jill at The Real Life of a Red Head. :P Let's see who is the first to get it right!

1. June 10, 2007

2. September 5, 2009

3. July 18, 2012

Aha, does anyone know???? :D

...Guess not lol. :P I will post the answer tomorrow for those of you who aren't so clever. Comment on here if you have an idea!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Plans

Only three more days until Christmas! I am so excited to get together with my family and spend some quality time together, since we haven't had the chance to do that in so long! :)

Our Christmas Eve plans are pretty simple this year. Lon and I both have all day off, so we will get the chance to sleep in! Yes! After a much needed rest, Alan and I will be heading over to my parent's house to help my siblings make Christmas cookies.


Oh we go all out for Christmas cookies lol. It is a full on production for my family lol. Aunt Natalie and I do the cookie cutting (with help from Alan lol) and the baking. Aunt April is in charge of frosting the cookies. Uncle Kalvin and Alan get the important job of adding sprinkles and candy and decorating the the rest of the way. We normally make about 6 dozen cookies each year, and this year might be more around 8 dozen lol. I know I have 5 dozen just for myself and my family. :) I will have to post about how it goes, hopefully with pictures too!

After cookies, we will stop by a few close friends' houses to spread some cheer and deliver our Christmas cookies and cards. Then home to have lunch with Lon and finish wrapping up our gifts (I admit, I have given up this year and am waiting until Saturday to wrap lol). Around three, we will head back over to my parent's house for Christmas orderves and appetizers. My parents and siblings will all be there, as well as my grandparents and some of my cousins. We always open our presents from my mom's side of the family on Christmas Eve so we will be doing that. Then around seven, we will head over to the Village Inn Pizza to celebrate with Lon's family.

We have been having pizza on Christmas Eve with Lon's family for four years now. The place is closed on Christmas Eve, so we get full run of the restaurant. Its an odd tradition lol, but we love it. Lon's parents will be there, along with Great Grandma Audrey and Great Grandpa Stan (from Utah!), Uncle Cameron, Uncle Tyler and Aunt Sam, Uncle Chase and Aunt Ariel. Alan loves to go there and play tag through the restaurant with Aunt Ariel while the pizza is cooking. He loves the freedom of the empty restaurant. Then we have pizza and open Christmas presents. We only exchange gifts between the siblings on Christmas, but Alan always gets spoiled by his uncles and aunt! Then we head home for the night.

Christmas Day will be special for us. We have a family announcement for everyone that we are so excited to share. :D And it will be Alan's first Christmas where he will actually understand what is going on. We can't wait! Christmas morning, we are going to sneak Alan out into the living room while he is still asleep, then hide in our own room, with video camera and camera in hand, until he wakes up to all his presents. We might even put on the Disney Christmas parade on the tv to help wake him up lol. I just can't wait to hear his excited voice and see his happy little face, when he first sees and opens his gifts. I might cry of happiness. :)

We always watch the Disney parade together and Lon always make breakfast for us on Christmas Day, so we will watch that. I love Disney and especially the parades they do! One of these days when Alan is older, we will plan a trip to Disneyworld for Christmas, just so my son can experience that magic. Because there is nothing else like a child in Disneyworld, especially around Christmas time. Its just magical. :)


After the parade is finished, we will head over to Lon's parent's house for Christmas breakfast and more present opening. Alan loves going to his grandma's house, because she has three dogs and several cats. He loves to chase them around, and I'm sure this Christmas he will be terrorizing them with his toys lol. :) What a rowdy boy we have. Then, its off to Great Aunt Carolyn's house for a late Christmas lunch.

Everyone will be up there! Alan's great grandparents, his great aunts and uncles, his cousins and second cousins, and my family too. :) We are excited to share our news with everyone, and now that there will be quite the hubbub lol. But I can't wait to just see everyone and spend time with everyone. I miss my family so much lately! :)

How will you be celebrating your holiday?

Monday, December 19, 2011

Alan's Santa Claus Visit

My wonderful sister Natalie came back into town this last Friday for Christmas! Oh we have missed her so much, and are so happy to have her back with us, especially with the holidays coming up in six days!! We took the whole crazy family out to dinner at Texas Roadhouse that night. And boy, did we have fun and were we loud lmao! :) Made sure to tip the waitress alot afterwards.

Yesterday, my sister convinced us to all dress up real nice and go see Santa for pictures. Lol I had originally planned on taking Alan, Aunt April and Uncle Kalvin myself but didn't plan on dressing up at all. But I love my sister and will do anything for her, so dressing up and making a fool of myself with Santa is nothing. :)

We arrived at the busy mall expecting Santa's workshop to be somewhat busy, but what we saw was unbelievable. The line went all the way through the workshop and out to the coffee stand. Thankfully Alan's second cousin was there also, so we chatted with her and her mother to pass the time. Alan was super shy the whole time, until Santa came into sight. Once he saw a glimpse of the big man in red, he was jumping and shouting, "Santa!!! Its Santa!!! Mama!! Its Santa!!" even though we had about ten other children in front of us in line. Not gonna lie, I was a little embarassed. :)

The excited yelling continued until we got up to Santa, then Alan was once again silent and shy. However he didn't cry at all, even when I set him on Santa's lap. He smiled for the picture (with his tongue, of course lol, my son is never normal) and then reminded Santa what he wanted for Christmas. I was so proud of him and was so relieved that I didn't have to sit on Santa's lap again (I got to sit right next to him on the cushion). And the pictures turned out just precious! I mean look at it! :D

Only six more days til Christmas and I am soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo not ready! Intitiate hair pulling now lol. :) Wish me luck!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Preparing for the Santa Claus Visit

Every parent loves that time of year when it gets cold outside, pretty lights and decorations go up, and they are once again faced with the challenge of taking their tots to the busy mall in town to go see that big man in red. NOT! :)

Well my son is not your average tot (No really lol?) and though he is afraid of Santa (and I mean deathly afraid, the only thing that scares him more is the Easter Bunny lol), he is actually SO scared of him that he will not cry in front of him. He never has, yet. But he's even told me before, "Mama, Santa scary. Boo!"

I've worked hard with him this year though. This is his third Christmas he will be experiencing, and the last two times we saw Santa, Alan was so uneasy it was ridiculous. We'll just say that even though he didn't cry, I had to be in BOTH Santa pictures with him and I had to sit on Santa's lap with Alan on mine. Just so he would feel secure. Not exactly fun for this mama lol. :) So this year, we have been reading Santa books and watching Santa movies and talking about what the stories say Santa does on each Christmas. Lon and I made the decision to tell him that Santa is not real, just a Christmas character, in hopes that he won't be so scared of him this time.

Alan and I went and visited Santa earlier in the month, just to try it out and he was surprisingly interested in Santa! He wouldn't get to close to him, or sit on his lap, but he showed Santa his Lightning McQueen car and told him all about the "pretties" around them. He even told Santa what he wanted for Christmas! Thankfully, I already knew what he wanted lol and have already gotten it all for him. Yes! :) We didn't do pictures with Santa though, cos Alan wouldn't get close enough to him for them to get a good one.

Here is my game plan for this next Santa visit:

We are taking Uncle Kalvin, Aunt April, and Aunt Natalie, who will be back in town from college, with us. We might all have to get in the picture for this too, but I refuse to sit on his lap again! I will stand in the picture, and Alan can sit on Aunt April's lap. We will probably start out just talking with Santa and then last minute set up for the picture, that way Alan isn't squirming and uncomfortable like he was last year. I will give the photographer a head's up, so she can snap a fast picture at the end.

Please cross your fingers for us! I will make a point to get that Santa picture up here too, sometime next week. So tune in for Part 2 of the Santa Claus Visit! :)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Setting up the Christmas Tree with the Andersen Family: An Adventure in its own!

About a week ago, I was able to convince Lon to let us set up the Christmas tree. I say this, because normally our tree is up and our house is decorated by Black Friday lol. But this year, in all of our business, we were late on our decorating... And Christmas card making... And Christmas present shopping... And Christmas cookie making... AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! :D

We had talked to Alan a lot about the tree, and how there would be "pretties" (Alan's name for anything pretty at Christmas lol) but he couldn't touch them after we put them up, but I was still anxious. You see, I bought all my ornaments the year I got pregnant with Alan, before I even knew I was. So the majority of my ornaments are glass, shatter-proof mind you, but glass none the less. They hold a lot of sentimental value for me, as that was Lon and I's first Christmas together. We decided to put the baby gate up around the tree and hoped that would be enough. And of course, it was but situations still find ways to make themselves happen lol. Such is life. :)

So we successfully set up the Christmas tree, and Alan even helps me with the glass ornaments. He was so gentle with them, I was pleasantly surprised. Afterwards, I took a quick bathroom break and Lon went into the back closet to get the rest of our house decorations, and he thought Alan had followed him.

But no, my rowdy son had instead went to his toy box and found his toy hammer and proceeded to smash EVERY. SINGLE. GLASS. ORNAMENT. that he could reach. I come into the living room to find it looking more like a CSI Christmas crime scene than the decorated room I had previously left. And there, in the middle of it all, was a smiling and laughing Alan. Now I love my son to death, and have already forgiven him for this (it was our bad parenting anyways lol) but I have to admit, I was so heartbroken at the time that I burst into tears and ran out of the room, sobbing. My poor son felt awful about it, so we comforted him and put him down to bed early.

I went to bed, still upset, and woke up the next morning to go to work without seeing my husband or son before I left. Well while I was at work, those sweethearts went around the house and found cute crafty things to make into make shift ornaments, and they redecorated the tree for me. :) Here is our Christmas family photo we took, see all the cool "ornaments"? Love my boys!

Our lesson has been learned this month lol, DO NOT LEAVE TODDLERS ALONE WITH TREES! We will never commit this awful mistake again!

Hope everyone else's holidays are running smoother than ours! :D

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Happy holidays from the Andersen family!

I have been neglecting this blog for the past few months, but my family and I have gone through a lot in such a short time. Lon lost his job, I got a second job and Lon got another job. We have been very busy with life.

I hope to start posting more on here, which is hard to do without an at home computer. But I will make do, so readers bear with me.

I just wanted to take the time to wish everyone happy holidays and warm wishes. Christmas time is my favorite time of the year (which is odd since I am Buddhist lol) because of the love and happiness everyone shares with each other.

I'm gonna leave you with a picture of Alan and I. We just cut his hair the other day lol so I had to get a picture of it. Of course, this picture is a little awkward. But that's what happens with toddlers lol!

 Have a safe and happy holiday everyone!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Toddler Talk Thursdays!! July 14, 2011

Yay! The weekend is almost here! I can't wait for Saturday to come so I can sit back and relax! Plus my mother and Aunt April return from Las Vegas tomorrow, we really miss them! Aunt April went up there for Thunderstruck Nationals, a dance competition and workshop. She gets to dance with memebers of SYTYCD! Lucky ducky! :D

Nothing too exciting is happening today, I work at three and Alan will be going with me. Boring lol! :P But today is my friend Jessica's due date and tomorrow is my cousin in law's due date, so be prepared for some new baby posts lol! They work perfectly with today's topic as well. :P

So for now, here's Toddler Talk Thursdays!! Enjoy!

Sippy Cup Mom

This Week's Topic:
How to handle bringing a new baby home with a toddler in the house?

This is something Lon and I have discussed over and over again. We are both from a family of six kids and understand how hard it is sometimes to get another sibling. I want almost as many kids as our parents had as well. :) So we will be treading very carefully with this one.

Our first plan is to wait. I wanted Alan to enjoy his first two years of life as an only child, so we are planning on waiting until after his first birthday to get pregnant. That way Alan and baby will be at least two and a half years apart. Plus this makes its easier on us to get him to understand that he will be getting a new sibling.

If you remember way back, I mentioned the WTE Kids books? Which I just loooooooooooooooooooooove by the way lol. Well they have a couple books about a second pregnancy or bringing the new baby home. Here's the pregnancy one:


Well we would read those and talk about the new baby, as well as watch some videos. I know Seasame Street and Yo Gabba Gabba both have DVDs on new babies and such. We would also participate in this class that our town's hospital has called I Was Here First. Uncle Kalvin went with me to it when I was pregnant with Alan (he was only five at the time). The class talks with the kids about babies, plus teaches them basic safety lessons like not to feed baby anything but what mommy says, and how to help hold baby. Its a great class, Uncle Kalvin was nervous about not being "my baby" (he's my baby brother and I admittedly spoiled him back then lol) before the class, but was excited for Alan to come afterwards.

Then when baby did come, I'd have him have a special BIg Brother sleepover at Grandma Melanie's house while I delivered. Grandma would bring Alan up to the hospital after the delivery and Alan would get to meet his baby brother/sister for the first time there. I've heard its sometimes harder for toddlers to meet their new siblings for the first time at home, because of how personal the place is. So I will probably do their first meet up at the hospital.

Above all, what I want to do for Alan is let him know that he is not being replaced, and that I can have room in my heart to love him and all of his future siblings equally. It is hard, being a mom of multiple children, but I belive that I can do it! :)

How would you handle bringing a new baby home to your toddler???

Idea for Next Week's Topic:
How do you potty train your toddler?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Happy birthday Aunt Ariel!!

Today is Aunt Ariel's 11th birthday.


I met Ariel almost three years ago when I first was dating Lon. She was a sweet eight year old then, who reminded me a ton of my own sister. I made a mental note to get them together sometime lol. Now, they have hung out a few times and are pretty good friends. :) Haha!

I love my sister in law so much!

For her birthday, Ariel got her ears pierced! Which doesn't please Lon to much lol, Mr. Anti Piercing or Tattoo Hippie Man. :P But she's pretty excited about it. We called her and got Alan to attempt to sing her happy birthday lol. It was basically Lon singing in the background and Alan singing "Irthday. Ieo. Irthday. Happy." Too cute! :) This weekend, we are planning on taking her to the Kidz Fest at Zoo Montana with Alan for some summer fun! I can't wait, we haven't been there in a while!

Happy birthday Aunt Ariel! We love you so much! <3

Who Am I???

I've been seeing this on several other blogs, so I thought I'd play along. Enjoy!

I am... A Daughter, A Sister, A Dancer, An Artist, A Storyteller, A Teacher, A Mother, An Aunt, A Wife.

I want... The weekend to come.

I have... A lot to be grateful for, sometimes I just need reminding.

I wish... We had air conditioning in this sauna of a house.

I hate... People who just don't care.

I care about and love everyone, can't you return the favor???? Is it really that hard?

I fear... For a lot of things, as a mother, but you can never tell.

I hear... The sound of our fan running with Lon's light snoring, and Alan's voice ringing down the hall. <3

I search... For life, love, and friendship everyday.

I wonder... If there is life on other planets and if they are capable of love like we are.

I regret... Nothing. Its my motto.

I love... My son and husband, as well as all my family and friends.

I even love you... Bet you didn't know that, huh??? :)

I ache... Inside for Caylee Anthony's and October Perez's lost life. Or for the loss of any child, anywhere.

Children should not die! :(

I always... Am strong for my husband and family.

I usually... Meditate daily for clarity and strength. Could you imagine how crazy I'd be if I didn't????? :P

I am not... A teen mom! People should start realizing that!

I dance... Every chance I get. No matter the setting.

I sing... As I work, sometimes.

I never... Will hurt a living creature, unless its for food. I am a predator nonetheless, I need meat to survive.

I sometimes... Get bored and do weird things to entertain myself lol. Like make weird noises, etc.

I cry... More than I should probably. I'm over emotional sometimes.

I am not always... Perfect. And I need to remind my OCD that daily.

I am confused... by Algebra. Letters should only belong in Language, NOT mathematics.

I need... To finish this and get ready for work lol. I have an art class to teach!

I should... Go to the store today, because our cabinets are bare. But Lon won't get paid til Thursday and I don't want to go twice in a week!

I AM....
just me.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday!! July 12, 2011

Man it is hot! I woke up three minutes ago and I already am covered in sweat! Thank goodness I'll be stuck inside the YMCA all day today, at least they hace A/C! :P

Here's Top Ten Tuesday!!

Top Ten {Tuesday}

Since my birthday is only twelve days away, I thought I would do a fun top ten post today and do a birthday wish list. I am not normally materialistic and I, in no way, expect to get anything on this list. But this is still fun to do. :) Enjoy!

Top Ten Birthday Gifts I Want!
aka Birthday Wish list

#10 Anything from Bath and Bodyworks

I LOVE their stuff!!! It all smells so good! :D

#9 Another Wooden Buddha Statue

You can never have too many of these if you're a Buddhist lol! :P


#8 Giftcard to Walmart


#7 Daft Punk's Interstalla 5555


#6 A stereo system for my car

I've had my car for over six months now, and I still haven't gotten a stereo system. I miss the radio! Its annoying having to sing or talk to yourself to keep yourself entertained lol. And it makes me look like a crazy person.

#5 Clothes from Old Navy


#4 Giftcard to Eternal Ink for my tattoo

I want to get my tattoo for Alan! Still haven't yet, boo.

#3 Nikon Coolpix s220


#2 Another good book to read...

I've had a hard time getting into American on Purpose by Craig Ferugson, but would just loooooooove a new good book to curl up with. Reading is so relaxing for me.

#1 The Best of the Flaming Lips CD


Monday, July 11, 2011

Alan's Second Birthday Party Plans

Alan's birthday is in less than two months, ahhhh that's too soon!

This time last year was when I started thinking about birthday parties for him, so I guess its time to do that now. Even though I don't want to.

I'm still in denial that Alan will be two. As much as I love that he is a big boy and is growing up so quickly, the mom in me wants my sweet little newborn back. I loved Alan as a baby, he was so sweet and happy and easy. My mom always teased me that I was silly for getting stressed out, because I had the easiest baby ever. :P Not to say that I don't love him now, I love how smart and happy he is. I just am having some issues with my beautiful baby boy growing up. :)

But I will take you along with me on my thought process for what I want to do for his birthday. I promise I haven't even thought of it before this, everything is fresh and new lol! :P So enjoy this fun brainstorm!!!

We don't have a lot of money right now, so I don't think we will be renting a birthday space like we did last year. Last year, we rented a room at the zoo and had an Elmo Safari themed party. Alan loved it, and we all had fun, it was just pretty expensive for us. This year, I am thinking about doing a party at a park.

Possibly Pioneer Park, where I had his baby shower. Oooooh I love that little gathering of trees by the pool! But cousin Sophie had her party there... Maybe another park, just to be different. Maybe Rose Park, Alan really liked that park when I took him there the other week. And hopefully the pool thing won't be opened so it won't be a temptation! Hmmmm... Or even Sacajawea Park would be fun. I like that park and there's some nice shaded areas to set up a party at.

Okay so Sacajawea Park probably. But what should be his theme????

Alan's favorite characters are Seasame Street characters, Cars characters and Yo Gabba Gabba characters. I don't want to do Elmo again, so maybe Cars? Oh definitely Cars, look at these party supplies! So cute!


And it wouldn't be too hard to make a cute racetrack cake like this.


We were thinking of doing Alan's party either the weekend before or the weekend after his birthday. His birthday is on Labor Day this year, so we know that a lot of people will be out of town that weekend, including possibly my family. So either Sunday August 27 or Sunday September 11... September 11 is our cousin Blake's birthday and my friend's due date, so I'm thinking the week before.

So Sunday August 27 at Sacajawea Park. Now all I need to think of is what to get Alan from us. I wanted to get him several things:

-We've been talking about starting Alan's college fund when he is two, so that might be one gift. Going along with this, I might just ask his guests to get him small gifts or make donations to that fund. We haven't looked to much in it, but we are thinking of going with the Gerber Life College Plan. This is still in the works though.


-Also, I have an old tricycle I used to ride when I was little, that's a little old and needs some love. So starting this month, Lon and I are going to fix it up and repaint it for Alan. I already got him a cool helmet, and that will be his big gift from us. Here's kinda what it will look like.


-Finally, going with the Cars party theme we will probably get him some Cars 2 toys. Right now, Alan only has a Doc and a Mater toy so he would love to have more of the characters! I think I might also give away one to each guest for a party favor. Like these ones, right from the movie!


Now that sounds like an awesome party for my little man! Yes! :D All I have to do now is... Make the invitations, buy the supplies, refurbish the trike, buy the presents, annnd make the cake lol. Phew! Easy peasy! :P

There will be no Meet Me on Monday or Motivational Monday today. Be sure to check them out next week though!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

We beat the heat!!

Yesterday, Lon took us up to Sean's folf course to announce some good news. He got a job there working as a handyman/maintenance worker of the field. I am so pleased to hear this! He will be working part time, during the day except for Fridays and Saturdays he will work nights to help with the block parties. Awesome! :D I made him steak with macaroni and cheese for dinner to celebrate, then we cracked open the beers still sitting in our fridge from our wedding lol. Yay!

Lol today was a scorcher though. I didn't work at all, so I was really hoping to sleep in this morning, but we all woke up with the sun. It was so hot!!!! Lon had to work today so it was just going to be Alan and I all day. We hung out and played cars most of the morning, then after lunch I sunscreened him up and we went to Pioneer Park.

It was weird when we got to Pioneer Park, because the park was packed but there was no one at the playground. We quickly realized it was simply because of the heat. Alan stepped into the sand in his sandals and screamed bloody murder. :( So I decided to take him on a walk. We walked to the bridge and looked out over the creek, then followed the creek down to the football stadium and high school, looping back up to the wading pool. We saw a few dogs, which excited Alan, and a double bicycle, which Alan tried to chase down lol! :D Once we got to the wading pool, it was only getting hotter outside but Alan wasn't ready to go. I was brave and decided to take him to the wading pool.

I was about to take off his sandals and shorts, but he immediately walked into the water lol. I gave up and followed him in. :) The wading pool was pretty busy and a bunch of kids came up to play with Alan. He gladly followed this little girl around the pool, then showed another baby boy how his jeep floats. What a friendly little boy I have! :) We probably walked the entire length of the pool several times, with Alan jabbering away lol. But he wouldn't sit down in the water.

A kid ran past him and he got scared and fell over into the water. That freaked him out a bit. So I had to hold him and walk him around in the water for a bit. What a crazy mom I must've looked like! I realize now that we were the only people in our clothes, and I was the only mom in the pool with her kid, IN HER CLOTHES! :P Lol I probably looked like a crazy lady!

Alan got back in the water after a while, but we could only play for a little bit longer. He started stumbling more and falling into the water again, so I took that as a sign that it was time to go. He was tired, thirsty and probably hungry. So I picked him up and carried him to the car. That started World War III tantrum with him. Oh boy! He did not want to go lol!

On the drive home, Alan fell asleep lol! I knew he was tired! While he took his nap, I was able to get some cleaning done. I cleaned the living room, hallway, our bedroom, and Alan's bedroom. I also vacuumed the living room, hallway, our bedroom and kitchen. I even was able to sneak in a shower for me. Whoo! It was nice to get some cleaning done, now we have a few more things to do. I think for dinner we will be having leftover steak, along with Hamburger Helper Cheesy Enchilada. Yum! Perfect dinner for a Sunday!

I have officially had over 4,000 page views! Thank you all so much! I love all of my readers and followers, you keep this blog alive! Thanks again everyone! Don't forget to tune in tomorrow for Motivational Monday, Meet Me on Monday and Alan's Second Birthday Party Plans post. It will be a busy day for the Andersen family! :D

Month in Review: June 2011

Here is my ever so late Month in Review post lol. I know I said I would post it yesterday, but I worked all day and then we went up to Lon's new job site (will post more later!) and hung out. We didn't get home until late. But here's my month in review! Enjoy! :D

This month we celebrated Alan's second cousin Sophie's first birthday. Alan had a great time with Grandma Melanie and Aunt April at her birthday party at Pioneer Park. A few days later, we celebrated our two month anniversary. I can't believe how quickly its going, before we know it our one year anniversary will be here! :P

Speaking of weddings, I went to two weddings of my friends this month. First, Alan and I went with my family to my good friend Zach and his wife Mara's beautiful wedding. I loved Mara's pink converse, the crayons at all the reception tables, the pinwheels for Alan to play with, and the cute polka dotted cake. Lon and I also attended my good friend Chelsey and her husband Dan's beautiful wedding reception (I had work and we were only able to make it to the reception). I loved that it was technically a date for Lon and I, the cute western look of the whole thing, the fact that it was a BARN, the food: pulled pork sandwiches YUM!, and how adorable the couple was. I love both couples so much (and little Colton too!) and am so happy I was able to celebrate your love on your wedding days! This month we also celebrated Father's Day with Lon. Unfortunately, my dad was out of town, but Alan and I celebrated with him later that week.

Aunt April had her Diversity Dance Studio Recital in the begginning of June. She was beautiful and I loved all 12 of her dances! We went up to the Rims with Alan, Uncle Kalvin and Aunt April for the first time of the summer. It was nice and warm, and Lon took us to some cool spots! Plus we got to watch airplanes land! Alan went swimming in the pool for the first time of the summer as well with my family. On Father's Day, Lon surprised us with a day trip to Great Grandpa's Ranch.

Alan surprised everyone later that week lol, when he played with Uncle Kalvin in the sprinkler! Normally he has a fear of running water or water parks but he loved it and had a blast! Then we had a fun filled Sunday where we went to Rose Park, saw Cars 2 in theaters, and went to the Symphony in the Park with Uncle Kalvin and Korbin! What a great day that was with Alan! Sadly, this month was also Korbin and his family's last month in Montana. They left at the end of the month for Seattle. :( We love them and miss them!

I wrote about A TON of different things this month. I wrote about the best way to travel with a toddler, its pretty fool proof too. :P I wrote about us needing to downsize our apartment. I expressed my concern about parents keeping their children sunscreened in all this wonderful summer weather. I took the Mommy Pledge proudly this month. :) I wrote about ways to keep a toddler busy in the summer. I also wrote about the wonderful joys a teacher will experience sometime. Then there was the post about vacationing with a toddler and my excitement of our upcoming fourth of July trip. And finally, I wrote about having an emergency kit for your toddler and how we only have ONE babysitter for Alan.

What a busy month! Summer has definitely came! Can't wait for this month! :D

Friday, July 8, 2011

Day Three, the Final Day at Canyon Ferry Lake: July 4, 2011

Here's the last installment of American Camping Week. To see the other two, click here and here. Also, be sure to tune in tomorrow for my Month in Review post! Have a great night! :)


Today started out even earlier with the heat! I swear it was even hotter than yesterday! Happy fourth everyone! We woke up at eight and once again were the first ones up. Aunt Natalie and cousin Lex woke up shortly after us but while we waited for the rest of the family to wake up, we went for a walk down the beach. A lot of the campers and tents were loading up and leaving, so the beach had cleared up quite a bit. It was a nice walk, and it was awesome to step in the water every once and a while when it got hot! :) Then once everyone had woken up, we had breakfast of watermelon, grapes and cantelope.

Hanging out with Grandpa Kevin

Alan wanted to play with the rocks and sand some more after breakfast, so we put him in his suit and set him out by the shore. I took tons of pictures of him scooping and dumping his rocks, and he was an awesome thrower and splasher in the water. I will try to get some of these photos up! Lon wanted to go check out our house one last time, so we left Alan with Grandma and Grandpa and set off.

Lon really wanted to figure out what happened to the house, so we started looking for clues. We found a ton of burning glass and a shattered pot, plus some melted china and sorched wood. Lon concluded that the house had burnt down. :( It was still interesting to discover what happened, even though I was somewhat saddened by the result. So we decided to go and look at the surrounding foundations. There we found some sort of a metal shop (blacksmith?) and a horse shed. All the buildings were built near a river, and a trench had been man made close to the buildings. It was so cool to see it all!

Alan was just about to try swimming with Aunt April again when we arrived at camp. This time he wasn't as into it and he screamed bloody murder at her until she took him back to shore lol. So he went back to shoveling and playing with his boat in the shallow trench Lon had made him. :) Silly April! While Alan played on the shore with Aunt April, we sat and caught up with my aunts and uncles. I miss these guys so much, it was great to just hang out with them. I love every minute of it. We talked about logging, and riding, and about the loved ones who couldn't come up. Oh I miss them all. :) I also found out that my family from Colorado will be coming up to Montana in August! Exciting! I haven't seen these people since BEFORE I started dating Lon! They have never met Lon or Alan! I can't wait for them to meet my boys, they will love them!

Great Grandma Mary, Alan and Aunt April in the lake

We had a lunch of leftover hamburgers and hot dogs, plus the remaining fruit. Alan ate two whole hot dogs! He was a hungry little man! It was getting into the hundreds outside, or so it felt like, so we decided to quickly tear down camp. And I am proud to say it only took us twenty minutes to tear down! Just me and Lon! :D Go us! It was getting close to leaving time for us, so we decided to take Alan on one nice four wheeler drive. We took him up the hill and around the cliff, down to the beach and all the way to the road. I went nice and slow, but Alan squealed the whole way lol! He loved it!

In my fourth of July gear, but soaked from swimming in the lake!

Then we had to say our goodbyes to the lake family and head into town. We stopped in at Townsend for gas and snacks, and to say goodbye to Great Grandma and Great Grandpa Welch. They were sad to see us leave, but excited to hear that we might be coming back up in a month.

The drive home was uneventful again, even though we took the back route home. Loved seeing all the gorgeous landscape while we drived and Alan just kind of hung out the whole time, looking around quietly with his mouth open. :) There was no place to stop for dinner, we somehow missed Wades, the only diner on the way lol! But we got home at 8 and stopped by at Dairy Queen for dinner and treats.

What a great camping trip it was! I can't wait until August! We might go up again! :D

Five Question Friday!! July 8, 2011

Do you think cursive writing is overrated? (Schools in Indiana have now voted to take teaching cursive writing out of their curriculum.)
Yes I do and I have always felt this way, even when I was a child learning cursive. I believe that a child should be taught ONE WAY to write words and when they are a little older they can develop their handwriting more. But cursive? Do you know how many adults use cursive for things OTHER than their signature? Like five lol.


I guess what I am saying is, if you want to teach cursive then you'd better either replace it with printing (which they would never do) or teach several handwriting styles (like calligraphy). That's all I'm trying to say. :P

Do you still use a pocket calendar or notepad or do you keep your info on your smart phone?
Um, I currently use the old, old fashioned way of keeping everything on a calendar on the wall or in my head. Because I don't have a smart phone lol, or even a stupid phone. :P

As of right now, Lon and I don't have cell phones. They are too expensive and we would rather use that money on food or rent.

So definitely the old fashioned way lol.

What 3 things would you save if your house was burning down? (family & pets are already safe)
All our legal documents.

Alan's Baby book.

The lilies pressed in books from my wedding and my wedding photo book.

I know that's technically four things, but I would save all of those. Everything else can be replaced. :)

Country Mouse or City Mouse, err Person?
Country Mouse all the way! We live in a city (Ick) right now, but I love the country. When we went to Canyon Ferry Lake this last weekend, I was reminded of how country I was. I was actually not afraid of the outhouse, like Lon was! :P And I really don't get along with people, maybe personally but not in a big group. I would waaaaaaaay rather live outside of town than in town. People are just too gossipy lol.

If you could pick ANY reality show to go on, which would you pick?
So You Think You Can Dance!!!!! I love this show! And I do think I can! :P


I totally would go! I would have to do a lot of training to get myself back to where I was in high school, dance wise, but I would do it. Wanna know something cool? I've taken classes from a lot of the choreographers and was almost in SYTYCD in high school, but was not of age so they wouldn't take me. Pretty cool huh? I was almost on there!!!!! :D

Have a great Friday and an awesome weekend! Tune in later today for my last installment of American Camping Week posts!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Day Two at Canyon Ferry Lake: July 3, 2011

Here's the second installment of my American Camping Week posts! Enjoy!


The morning started out nice and early with the heat.We woke up around nine (sleeping in a tent will do that to you lol) and as soon as Alan and I got outside, he ran to the lake and started throwing rocks again. Only Great Grandma Mary was awake, so we talked and watched Alan play. One by one everyone else woke up, until only Grandma Melanie and Uncle Kalvin were sleeping. Everyone was hungry so we sent Alan in the camper to wake them up. He proceeded to run back and forth, screaming their names lol. Woke them right up! :)

We had a quick breakfast of cantelope and grapes (Yum!) and then we set off hiking, this time into the hills. While walking through the hills, we found the coolest (kinda) house! Its really just the foundation, but when you get close you can see that there's a basement with cellar steps! We explored and figured out which way the front door was, etc. We had a blast!

Lon and I got back to camp just in time to Grandpa Kevin showing Alan his dirt bike! Grandpa Kevin and my siblings are avid riders, so I knew it was a matter of time before Alan got put on a dirt bike lol. :P But he was quite excited and interested by the whole thing, and we snapped picture after picture of him on it! Then he got down and checked out the wheels. He thought it was pretty cool how different they were from car wheels. Alan's so smart! :) By this time, it was lunch. We made sandwichs and had more fruit. Yum! Loving all this summer fruit!

Grandpa Kevin and Alan on Grandpa's dirtbike

I haven't mentioned the lake too much, for some reason lol. The lake is reeeeaaaally full right now, and the shore is up twice as high as it was last year. We have almost no shore! When we went swimming, Alan was not into the water at all. The three of us went out together, with Lon holding Alan, but all Alan did was fuss. We tried just setting him in the water to walk and he wouldn't let his feet touch the water lol! So we decided to just set him on the shore where the water could run on him, and he played for a half an hour there! We couldn't find his shovel and bucket, so we improvised with a plastic cup and camping spoon. He loved filling his cup up and dumping it out into the water, or filling it up half with water and half with rocks. It was a lot of fun for him!

Aunt April, Aunt Natalie, Mary, Lexi and Me at the Canyon Ferry Dam

The family was making a day trip to the Canyon Ferry Dam, and the surrounding marinas, so we changed and left. The drive was a nice 25 minute or so drive, and Alan passed right out. We passed by the house were my mom used to live in, and the church she went to, as well as the trailer they once stayed in near a ranch. It was awesome to see and hear her past, and hear how strong of a woman she is. I love her so much. :) Once we got to the bottom of the Dam, we got out to take pictures and explore some. There was A TON of water coming out the other side! It was like a huge waterfall! We tried to wake the napping Alan so he could see the coolness, but he wouldn't even stir. :) So we decided to drive over the Dam and head to the Yacht Basin Marina.

Aunt April, Alan and Daddy on the boat dock

By the time we got to the Yacht Basin Marina, Alan had awoken from his nap. He was excited to go out onto the dock and see all the sailboats and the fish under the docks. The wobbliness of the dock scared him at first, but he knew that he was safe with both Mom and Dad holding his hands. :) We even got the chance to watch a sail boat dock! He thought that was the coolest! Then we headed up in to the store so Grandma could buy some supplies. Alan and us hung out on the patio and looked out on the lake, he loved it. Then we got back in the car.

Family ice cream pic!

Next we stopped at Kim's Marina for ice cream and other treats. Grandma Melanie really wanted to buy Alan a real bucket and shovel for this trip so we set out to find one. Alan picked out a cute blue bucket with a yellow shovel but wouldn't give up a matching blue and yellow toy speed boat, so Grandma Melanie also got that for him. Plus Alan had an ice cream sandwich for the second time ever! And he loved it! :) We then left for camp, and Alan fell back asleep on the ride home. He was exhausted!

When we arrived at home, we took a break in our tent and waited for Alan to finish napping and wake up. We were planning on attempting to swim with him again once he awoke. While he rested, we watched some of Tron: Legacy on the portable DVD player and tried to keep cool in the heat. It must have been 120 degrees in that tent (that is an exaggeration lol, but that's how it felt)! Blaaaaaah! It was nice that Alan woke up pretty shortly after we went in there, so we could get in that cool water!

We attempted to take Alan out into the water again, and he fussed like before. So Lon dug out a little shallow water trench and set him in it to play with his bucket, shovel and boat. He loved that! His legs and butt were wet, so he was cool, but he wasn't freaked out because he was still close to shore. So he played and played while Lon and I cooled off in the water. It felt sooooooooooo nice!! Then Aunt April came out with us, and she tried taking Alan out into the water. At first I protested, but she got him out there with Lon and was dunking his hair into the water! And he was loving it! :D What?!?! She got him into it lol? Then Lon was being a dork and running around them, and Alan was laughing the whole time. It was fun.

After swimming, we had dinner and sat out by the campfire. Alan went to bed once the sun had gone down fully, and we all sat out by the campfire and looked at stars. I loved finding constellations! We found the Milky Way, the Big Dipper, the Little Dipper and Orian's Belt. Sooooo cool!

Mama and Alan by the campfire

Aunt Natalie, Aunt April and Alan by the campfire

I love camping! I don't want to go home tomorrow! :( Waaaaah, I wanna stay here FOREVER!!!

Toddler Talk Thursday!! July 7, 2011

Today is payday for me, hooray! The day were money moves in and out of my account so quick you wouldn't believe it! :P Nah lol, it is still a good day. Make sure to tune in later for my second installment of American Camping Week, it is very exciting and eventful! It is also going to be another hot one today. We were all woken up with the sun this morning, because the heat came along with it. Can you say water park???? :) We might take Alan to Terry before I go to work.

Here's Toddler Talk Thursdays!

Sippy Cup Mom

This week's topic:
What is your toddler's favorite summertime toys?

Alan is really into balls right now lol. Any type really, he's just been really into throwing and kicking lately. Basketballs, footballs, baseballs, even kickballs. He just gets so excited when he sees a kid playing with a ball.


He also loves to play with hopper balls now. He discovered how to use them last Thursday and has played with them everyday at daycare since. He looks so adorable on them too! He will set himself on top of one, and bounce until he launches himself off of the ball! And then start over again. Too cute!! :D


There is one thing that ties with balls for Alan, he is also obsessed with cars. Matchbox, Hot wheels, or Cars brand, he has over 50 little cars that he plays with all the time. Some mornings he will wake up and the first word out of his mouth is "Cars" lol!


So between cars and balls, my kid would be entertained FOREVER!

Idea for next week's topic:
How does your toddler's mealtimes normally go?

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Day One at Canyon Ferry Lake: July 2, 2011

Its American Camping Week! Welcome everyone! :D Lol please enjoy this journal entry I wrote about our first night camping!


The trip to Canyon Ferry was pretty uneventful, thankfully for us. I'll admit that I was a little nervous about taking Alan on a three and a half hour car ride, but he did great! We left at noon, a little later than originally planned but alright nonetheless. Alan fell asleep before we even hit Laurel lol! Silly boy! He slept all the way to Bozeman. Once we got to Bozeman though, we woke Alan up for lunch at DQ.

While waiting for our lunch, I got to watch a grown man (most likely mentally ill) throw a fit at the poor cashier because he didn't have enough money for 3 medium blizzards. Wow. I was actually a little scared at the time too, because the man was really creepy. That teenage girl handled it so well but I still have to say, I'm glad I left Alan in the car with Lon! I was quite unnerved.

The last half of the drive was also uneventful, though we did have to go through ridiculous bridge construction work by Toston. Oh and we marveled at all the flooding! Almost everywhere was flooded and all the rivers looked swollen. We even passed by a house in Livingston that was completely surrounded by water! It was its own little island! Weird lol.

Grandpa, I missed you so!!!!

Alan was so happy to get outside once we arrived, he immeadiately ran to the lake shore and started throwing rocks into the lake with Aunt April. About half of my family was there this year, Grandma and Grandpa Kimmel, Great Grandma and Great Grandpa Welch, Aunt April, Aunt Natalie, Uncle Kalvin, Great Uncle Shane, and second cousin Lex. Aunt April and Alan threw rocks while we unloaded the car and found a spot to set up camp. We are camping on Confederate Bay, and man is it packed! The entire beach is full with campers and tents! It craziness here!

After we had set up, we all went for a walk around the trails. We took a specific trail that took you up a cliff and at the top you could see the whole bay. Alan loved walking up to the top and looking over the cliff onto camp. He kept trying to get everyone's attention though lol. Silly boy. :P Then we went back for dinner.

Having some dinner, camping style!

Grandpa Kevin was fishing off the shore after dinner, which made Alan really interested in him lol. He walked over and they started talking. Then Grandpa Kevin showed Alan how to cast and reel a fishing pole! He was so interested! What a proud parents we are! And Grandpa even caught a baby fish that he let Alan touch! :D Then Alan helped him release the fish back into the lake. Alan said, "Bye bye fishie!" to it! :D

Eating a marshmallow while Dad makes smores behind him

What a great first day we had!!!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

22 months old!

Instead of starting my American Camping Week out with a camping post, I will post today about Alan 22 month milestones. He now only has two more months until he's two! Wow!

Last Friday night, we went up to the new folf course in the heights (the one that Lon built the baskets for) for their Grand Opening and fourth of July celebration. Lon's friend Sean owns it, if you remember. :) Well the party was awesome! Our cousin Garrett was there and his band performed, it was great to hear them again! Sean also roasted a pig and was serving pig tacos lol! Then we folfed through the new course, and those baskets look great! They look professionally made! Wow, good job hubby! :D There was also professional drifters in the parking lot, which Alan thought was the coolest. I was nervous for the drivers the whole time lol, but I'm just a worry wort. :) Overall though, the party was good. I'm glad we took the time to go out there.

At 22 months, Alan can:

-Run, jump, kick, throw, climb stairs, and dance.

-Follow directions really well. If I tell him to do something, he will most of the time. And he does good with two step and three step directions. I think it really helped us taking him to art class because now he understands multiple step directions.

-Say or mimic just about any word you say. Before we left Canyon Ferry Lake, I had Alan saying all of his Great Aunts' and Uncles' and second cousins' names. They were so proud! And I am choosing to not try and remember ALL the billions of words Alan can say now, because its like 120+ words!

-Go pee on the potty all the time, when were at home. He wears big boy undies now! :D He still is struggling with pooping on the potty however, and will hold that in until he's in a diaper. Ugggh, gotta cut out those diapers soon! :P

-Identify all of his body parts. He even learned where his butt is, thanks to Aunt Natalie and Aunt April. Not sure how I feel about this lol.

-Count to ten, name all the colors of the rainbow, sing Happy Birthday, ABC, Itzy Bitzy Spider, and Little Bunny Foo Foo. He's pretty good at doing the hand signals for the last two as well. Its so cute to hear him sing them, but he gets shy around people and won't do it lol.

-Help pick up and put away toys. He loves to do it too lol! He will pick up randomly at work or at home, and its so funny!

-Climb into his car seat with supervision. And he's pretty good at putting his arms through and then snapping it, with help. Makes me proud!

-Turn the pages of a book, and will recognize if the book is being held upside down lol! This is cool, I just figured this one out!

-Loves to give his mom and dad and other loved ones hugs and kisses! And he also will hug girls in daycare if they are sad. So sweet!

Happy 22 months Alan! We love you so much!

Tune in tomorrow for Day One of Camping!! Good night everyone!

Top Ten Tuesday!! July 5, 2011

Oh boy, today will be a hard one for me lol. I dread having to go back to my regular schedule of working, after having the weekend off to do whatever I pleased. Oh well, I can do it! Its a short week! :D

Here's Top Ten Tuesday!! Stay tuned for my American Camping Week post later today, it will be awesome!!!

Top Ten {Tuesday}

Top Ten Books I Must Reread
(when I have the chance to breathe lol!)

#10 Harry Potter Series


#9 Ender's Game


#8 The Lord of the Rings Series


#7 The Stand


#6 A Wrinkle in Time


#5 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas


#4 Catcher in the Rye


#3 Water for Elephants


#2 Plato's Republic


#1 1984