Sunday, March 30, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
A. I'm a Kelly McCaleb fan. I found her while doing a little blog-stalking one day. She's the one that took our family pictures in Utah last summer. And she also has the cutest Etsy shop where I found these hand-knit newborn blessing slippers. Here's her blog and here's her Etsy shop (where I stole the above picture).
B. I'm anal about names. Here are my baby naming rules that only apply to me so don't be offended. And also I'm allowed to break my own rules:
1. All family members names should start and end with a different letter. I think this came from my family where none of my 4 brothers and 3 sisters share the same first letter. (BROKEN: Shauna and Sally both start with S; Justin and Owen both end with N)
2. No 3 syllable names (the last name is a mouthful).
3. 3 syllables total allowed between 1st and middle names (the last name is a mouthful). (BROKEN: Justin's 1st 2 names = 5 syllables and mine = 4 (my maiden name was also a mouthful). But we didn't name ourselves so it's okay)
4. Names should be obviously masculine or feminine so that if somebody has never met one of my kids but they see or hear their name they would know if it's a boy or a girl. No unisex names. (SEMI-BROKEN: Drew Barrymore is a girl named Drew. That name is 75% male so there are a few girl Drews out there. But Drew Alan is obviously a boy name. I hope. And Michelle Branch is busted for naming her DAUGHTER Owen)
5. The middle name should have some family meaning. (BROKEN: Sally's middle name Belle. I'm sure one of us has a Belle somewhere but we don't know about it. Our friend Elizabeth threw out the name and the more we thought about it the more we liked it. Think Southern Belle (we ARE in the South), not Belle from Beauty and the Beast. We did find out after the fact that one of Justin's great-grandpas nicknamed his wife Sally which is cool)
6. The names need to sound different enough so that when they're yelled they don't get confused. Not that I would ever yell! But my brother Derek and sister Karen's names sound the same when yelled. Not that my mom ever yelled! But we did have a basement that got hollered down to a lot.
7. And lastly, a kid's first name not only needs to sound good with his own middle and last name but ALSO his siblings names. Drew's name was the toughest ever to come up with. We knew his middle name would be Alan before we had chosen a first name so his first name had to be one syllable and sound good with: Alan, Hollobaugh, and Owen.
Friday, March 28, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
This whole time I thought he just knew how to dump a can of cream of chicken soup on top of rice. But last night he totally whipped up some chicken parmesan and Olive Garden salad like he was Emeril. And it was so good!
He found the salad recipe here and the dressing recipe here from Copykat Recipes and they seriously tasted just like the real deal.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
#1... One week after our house went on the market it is under contract! For full listing price even. I know that's a huge blessing with the crazy real estate market right now (which is a little better here because of all the military move-ins and move-outs).
It's also a huge blessing to have that taken care of before Sally comes. It's been crazy this last week having a realtor call and giving us 30 minutes to get the house presentable and get out. I can't imagine doing that with a newborn and without my mom here to help. Which brings me to
#2... Sally should be coming tomorrow! I'll be 41 weeks and they will finally induce me (assuming the hospital isn't full).
#3... My mom was able to get her flight home switched to Friday, which is awesome in itself. The bonus was that there were no fees (we thought it would cost $100). And Saturday she gets to leave for Mexico to meet Brent & Errin's new baby Jones.
Sunday, March 09, 2008
We're a nice enough family, you don't need to be scared.
Owen did it to him so it's only fair.
But we'll be on our best behavior, I promise.
And Grandma really wants to see you before she has to go home on Wednesday.
In the meantime you're missing out on a train museum, riding a trolley...
You missed Drew's early birthday celebration.
We really don't want you to miss out on anything else.
I tried castor oil. Twice. Milk of magnesia. Once. And lots of prayers.
So I'm working on patience now.
It's just that we're so excited to meet you.
So please come.
Thursday, March 06, 2008
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Sunday, March 02, 2008
Jenny H, Alabama “Just the Friend ,” Ensign, Feb. 2008, 74
My children love going to church, but they struggle to sit still in sacrament meeting. Quiet books, coloring books, snacks, and toys never held their attention for long, and they often quarreled over them. I even tried practicing a “reverence time” with them during the week. Nothing seemed to work. Finally, I stopped bringing extra activities in my church bag. Instead, I gathered a collection of past Friend magazines for them to look at after the sacrament. They can each have a pen to write in the magazines. They can also look through the hymnbook or sit quietly. Those are their options. For us, this change simplifies our sacrament meeting experience each week and helps us to focus more on the Savior.