Friday, February 26, 2010

A Life of Love

We're just two people in love...with each other...with our baby...with life!

Yes, life truly is wonderful.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Eating Fun

We have been having fun trying different vegetables with Talmage. I was feeding him some green beans (which he wasn't a huge fan of), and he decided to blow a raspberry just as I was trying to put a spoonful in his mouth! This was the result...
Maybe I should feed him apple slices instead? Just kidding...he does like to lick them, though!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A Good Case Of Stripes

Have you ever read this book? It's a darling story I will definitely be adding to my collection at some point.

It is the book I thought of when I put Talmage in this sweater. Of course I had to take some pictures! The day is never complete without some picture taking. :)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

What Do You Think?

I took these pictures of Talmage the other day, and I can't decide which is better...

Or black and white?

Which do you prefer?

Monday, February 22, 2010

Playin' In His Saucer

Talmage loves playing in this activity saucer. I love seeing him reach for the toys and play with them. It really makes me think a lot about how far he has come in just a few months! So fun.

Another Birthday!

Today is my sister Avalon's 11th birthday. Yes, February is a popular month for birthdays in my family. I can't believe how old she is getting! Can there really only be one more year until she is in Young Women's (a church organization for girls aged 12-18)? When I was her age, I always loved hearing stories about when I was younger, so I thought I would post a few memories I have of her from when she was a baby.

-She loved naming her baby dolls when she was a toddler. She would think of the most unusual, creative names, and remember them always. Some of my favorites were "Bokie," "Dursen," "Tuka-Tuka," and "Salsa."

-My younger sister and I were very excited one Christmas morning, and my older sister told us, "Guys, just chill!" Almost 2-year-old Avalon responded with, "Ya! Dus till!"

-Once some Young Women came over to our house for an activity. Avalon was probably about 3, and she drew pictures for each of them. As she gave the pictures to them, she said, "Here you go! Now you can all go home and show them to your mommies!"

-Once we were at a high school choir concert. I was holding Avalon on a bench, and the girl next to us had red hair and a lot of freckles. She loudly asked me, "Kaitlyn, why does that girl have the chicken pox?" I was so embarrassed!! The girl looked a little bit uncomfortable, too.

-She loved (and still loves) to do random acts of kindness for people. I would often come into my room to see my bed made for me, sometimes accompanied with a sweet note.

-When she was a baby, we would say, "Av! Cheesy!" and she would give us the biggest squinty-eyed smile she could, all four of her teeth clenched together.

-She loved to swing. When our family got a swingset, she would tirelessly swing through the day.

-She was such a good little missionary! She would often invite her friends to go to church with her when she was only 4 or 5 years old! She would then inform my mom that we needed to pick them up to go to church with us because she invited them.

I am so glad Avalon came into our family! I have learned so much from her. She has so much courage and such a strong testimony of Jesus Christ. Happy birthday, Avalon! I hope it's wonderful. Love you!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Happy Birthday, Losaunne!

Today my sister Losaunne is 18 years old! She is so much fun to be with. We have been the best of buds since the beginning and I'm so privileged to be able to call her my sister. I miss her so much! I love ya, Losaunne! Happy Birthday!

Oh, How He Loves To Stand!

(notice the lovely spit-up dripping from his chin...he made a nice puddle on the carpet just as I was taking the picture!)

Friday, February 19, 2010

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Rice Cereal

Talmage seems to like his rice cereal quite a bit when it is mixed with apple juice. He still pulls a little bit of a face when I first put it in his mouth, but he chatters and coos the entire time I feed it to him! He definitely prefers it when I "fly it in" to his mouth. Here is a video-sorry it is so wiggly, but it is kind of hard to film and feed a baby at the same time! Also, a warning-it is about 4 minutes of the same thing over and over, so most of you (read "everyone but grandparents") probably won't want to watch the entire thing. :)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

For My Father

Today is my dad's birthday. I have learned so much from his incredible example. He has given me so much wise counsel, taught me so much, and loved me thoroughly.
Here are a few of the many qualities I love about my dad with accompanying anecdotes:
-He let me exercise my agency as I grew up, but then he also helped me learn from my mistakes. One time, when I was 13 or so, I got on the Internet and a box popped up that said I won an X-Box! I was so excited and decided I wanted it. My dad didn't really want me to try, I'm sure, but he did. About half an hour or so later I asked for his help after realizing I had been sent on an endless string of forms that required me to fill in my address, phone number, and e-mail address. He explained to me about the lies that abound in the online world and the junk mail and e-mail I should expect. Sure enough, I was spammed a lot, but I learned a valuable lesson without resenting having my agency restricted.
-He always seems to have the answer. I still haven't figured out how, but my dad seems to know almost everything. It seems that I can ask him about any subject and he will always know the answer. Just recently, he was explaining to me the different types of internet connections and how our webcam works in extreme detail.
-He can fix just about anything. Whether it be cars, computers, toys, phones, appliances, decorations, bikes, tools, or even broken hearts, as a favorite children's book says, he can fix it. If he doesn't know how, he will find out how. He has sacrificed so much of his time learning how to fix things and then fixing them. Once when I was in college, my computer got infected with a virus. I didn't know that was what had happened, but it wasn't working, so I called my dad. He talked to me for a while, asking me about the problems, and then asked if he could call me back. After a couple of hours of researching various virus removal programs on his end, he called me back and talked me through the installation, explained how it would work, and helped me clean up my computer.
He is so generous with what he has. I remember one time my parents had been out while we kids were at home. They came home with a couple and began preparing the hide-a-bed. It turns out their car had broken down and they were stranded on the side of the road. My parents stopped to help, and they brought them home to spend the night at our house until they could take their car to get it fixed in the morning. Another time he spent countless weeks installing an automatic sprinkler system in the yard of a single sister he home taught. He has been such a good example to me of being completely selfless with time and means.
He is a worthy priesthood holder. My dad has been able to give me blessings in times of need, and he has presided over our family in righteousness. I am so grateful for the solid spiritual foundation my parents gave to me.
The list of things I admire about my dad goes on and on, but I want him to know that I love him and I am so grateful for his steady example and continued influence in my life. Happy birthday!!!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Four Months!

It is crazy to think that it has already been four months since we welcomed our sweet little Talmage into the world. Thursday marked his four month birthday, and he also had his doctor's appointment then. That meant, of course, more shots, and more breaking of my heart as I had to hold my baby down to be injected with stuff that apparently burns as it goes through his system...they could have spared me the details!
Anyway, he is 14 pounds, 1.5 ounces (almost 50th percentile), 25.75 inches long (almost 90th percentile), and his head is 16.5 inches around (almost 50th percentile). The doctor said we could start him on solids! I was so excited to see how he would like his rice cereal that I gave him some that very day. There were requests for videos, but alas, pictures will have to suffice. Sorry some of them are kind of blurry...
Here, buddy, try some cereal!
"What is this??? It has a weird texture!"
"I don't think I like it!"
"But then..."
"'s actually kind of good! Who would have thought?"
"Thanks, Mom!"
He was so cute as I fed him. He would pull this awful face every time I fed him a spoonful, but then he would swallow it down and act like he liked it. I would hold up the spoon where he could see it, and he would open his mouth, expectantly waiting for more. It only took one or two bites before he stopped trying to lick the spoon and instead opened his mouth for it, and his tongue thrust isn't bad at all! He actually chews his cereal before he swallows it. Sometimes when I'm not even feeding him I see him practicing his chewing. It's so fun to see him experience new things and see his reactions.
Here are a few facts about the four month old Talmage:
-He is loving peek-a-boo. He gets such a kick out of it and will pull his blanket or spit cloth over his face and wait for us to pull it off. The other day I had been playing peek-a-boo with him and then left to take care of some things. A minute or two later he started fussing. I went over to him, and he had pulled his spit cloth over his face and was waiting for me to pull it off, but he got frustrated because I was never coming!
-He is sleeping from 8:30pm or so until 6:00am and usually has 3 good naps each day. He often sleeps with his eyes halfway open and you can see them darting back and forth. If you walk past him, he will track your movements! It is so funny to see him watching us even in his sleep.
-He always tries to sit himself up when he is laying down. He can get almost all the way up, too, but then he loses his balance and topples back down. So he ends up doing a bunch of sit-ups all day long. It must be a good ab workout!
-He loves being outside, going shopping, and seeing new people and new scenery.
-He is all over the place! He is always leaning, reaching, lunging, kicking, and trying to be more capable than his body allows him to be.
-He has learned to laugh (like here), and we have found that one of our top daily quests is to get him to. Baby laughs are the cutest!
-He isn't thrilled with being on his tummy, but he insists on standing. If he can grab your hands, he will stand himself up, and it is next to impossible to get him to unlock his knees and sit down if he is determined to stand. He will stand independently for quite some time if he has something to lean against. In light of this, I'm curious to see if he'll learn to walk before he learns to crawl.
We love him so much! Sometimes the joy I feel with my life overwhelms me and I feel like I might just burst with happiness. I know it sounds cheesy, but it really is true. Life truly is beautiful.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Dynamic Duo

I just love my could one girl get so blessed? :)

Monday, February 8, 2010


Talmage loves to stretch. Whenever he wakes up, when I lay him on my lap in the middle of his feeding, when we lay him in his crib, when we get him out of the carseat, and during almost any transition, he will arch his back, stretch his arms up in the air, and stretch! It is so cute. I have never seen a baby stretch as much as he does. In the morning he will do it over and over again. On this particular day, we were going to go pick up Sam, and I wanted him to have his nap on the way. So I got him to sleep and then put him in his carseat. I laid him down in the seat and he instantly began stretching...then fell asleep mid-stretch!
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