As you can plainly see Oliver is a ferocious Lion for Halloween, watch out! And yes, I will toot my own horn right now and say that I hand sewed this costume. It was no walk in the park and I lost it a few times, but in the end I'm glad I stuck it out. I like how I usually pretend I can do something until I finally can, or can't I guess:) More scary poses. Ryan and I are going to be a Safari couple so we can fit in with our Lion counterpart, oh what fun. Now... does that look like the face of a scary, mean, Lion? I think not:)
So this video is mainly for family (dad, leah, and chelsea) and I tried to send it over email but it was too big so here it is. A bunch of my family got together this weekend and we had a lot of fun. I am officially at a quarter century now, seriously I never thought I'd be 25, weird.
Oliver LOVES Baby Einstein and this isn't even a great video of him watching it but it gives an idea. Sometimes when I'm getting ready in the morning, I'll turn it on and I literally hear him screeching for joy in the family room, it's too funny. There are these little puppets who he laughs at the most, or any time there's a baby on screen, of course.
It was SOO windy and cold when we went to pick pumpkins but we were still very excited. Actually, I don't think I've ever actually picked a pumpkin. Ollie's face was so classic in the wind. He still doesn't believe he can breathe in wind like that. Ryan and Ryan with the boys, Ollie and Cash. Mary and I were busy finding the perfect pumpkins, and these wimpy boys just wanted to leave! WHAT? Oliver was intensely looking for the right pumpkin, or maybe he was asking "what are those"? And thus the life of a baby... The boys going on a walk in B-town! We had so much fun with Ryan and Mary, they are truly some of our favorite people. I love that I went to college with them and we are still so close. And it's too fun that Oliver and Cash are 3 weeks apart. The ever buzzing monitors
Well I tried to catch Ollie's first real crawling today but as always when the camera comes out, he stops. It's cute anyways so I'll put it on. But yeah, he's been doing the face dive lately and for the first time today, he finally realized that his arms can really help him get around. So he made like 3 consecutive big boy crawls and then couldn't stop, he was so excited. It was pretty funny how excited Ryan and I got, oh the joys of parenting.
There are some things in life that are just too funny for a baby. Who knows what that is? He does. (And we pretend to just so he won't feel left out, sometimes it's hard to be a baby). We love to match. You know you are limited to what you can match when you have a boy, I take what I can get:)
Ollie was a bear today, bear ears, bear on the shirt, and bear slippers. It was oohhhh so fun! Actually I was surprised that he wasn't trying to take his beanie off all day, but I think he knew he looked cute and wanted to keep that going all day.
So basically Radiohead just came out with a new cd and put it on their website for a you name it price, so cool. I just needed to make a little tribute to Radiohead as one of my favorite bands, if not my favorite. They are truly an original, and have come out with yet another amazing cd that touches both heart and soul. I love them. If you have never listened to Radiohead, now might be the right time to invest, and for free, it doesn't get better than that. I still can't decide which is my favorite song, but check out "All I Need", absolutely amazing. Here is the link to get the cd, www.inrainbows.com
Oooooooh how I love the fall!!! It is definetely my very most favorite season, it just makes me so happy when it starts getting blustery outside and the leaves start falling! We went up Provo Canyon this afternoon after conference and enjoyed the beautiful fresh air, it smelled like memories. Ollie loved to play with the leaves! He didn't seem to notice that it was about 38 degrees outside. There was actually snow on the mountains above us and below that was a rainbow of fall colors. Momma and Oliver loving being outside! We are a little worried about the snow coming cause that it going to limit our time outside, which is basically what we do all day. We are going to have to get creative! Maybe we'll start perfecting the art of sledding, in a infant sort of way:) Ollie takes "organic" to a whole new level!
This weekend we spent some time in Bountiful at the Smarts house. Great Grandma fed us lots of yummy food and had a nice warm fire going for the rainy/snowy day outside. We love being there! Oh for cute!!! (0ne of g-ma's favorite sayings) Ollie was trying so hard not to be a grump, but sometimes being a baby issooohard, especially when you aren't feeling well. Ollie slept in the same crib that his Nana Facer slept in, and Great Grandma even still had the crib she slept in, what treasures!
Ollie got to hang out with his cousin Noelle a few weekends ago. He basically LOVES her! He loves babies so much, I'm starting to think he should have come as a second child cause he just loves to play with other kids. Sorry Ols, no siblings for a while, mom and dad will have to do:) Noelle was learning her "eyes, ears, mouth and nose" so she kept poking Oliver in the eyes and mouth, he loved it.
So this is a pretty classic example of "Becky boo face". Ollie does it so well, I'll have to get a better picture so you can all see how sad it is. It either makes my eyes well up or I have to laugh cause it is so pathetic:)
So here are some pics from the glorious summer in California, oh how we miss it! This was a week me and all my best friends from college stayed in a beach house in Ventura, Ca. That is my darling hubbie, he is seriously so cute. Then me and Ols with our smiling faces. And then a family pic, my face is a little weird(I'm mid-sentence) but I just thought Ollie snuggling with his Dad was so cute.
This was Oliver's first official downpour and he got soaked! He couldn't decide how much he liked it at first but then after a little while, he demanded being out in the rain. So his first face was like, "I'm all wet and loving it" and the next face was in the rain almost asking, "mom should I be worried about this?" He will probably not be scarred from this experience but be obsessed with storms the same way his mom and dad are. The ONE very sad fact about California.
Seriously, this child is so funny. I wish sometimes that everyone could see the funny things he does all day. Ryan and I are constantly amused with all the new things. He is almost to the crawling phase, I need to take some video of it and put it on here, because it is like this funny army crawl. And he gets so worked up about it, and very sad when he can't quite make his body do what his brain wants to. He is just now finding his neck and chin, what a relief! When he was smaller, he would get red rashes under there cause it would never get fresh air and food would be trapped till bathtime at the end of the day, so gross. So congrats Ollie, to having a chin and neck:)
Yeah, good thing I tried this blog thing like 3 months ago and forgot about it, until now! But I've realized it would be so much easier to just put pictures and updates on here than to email a bunch of people, hoping the email won't get erased before it's finally sent (don't you hate when that happens). So here's the update, we are back in Provo, Ryan is at BYU, Oliver is about 6 1/2 months old, and I'm officially a stay at home mom:) Stay tuned for more pics and stories as they happen.
Welcome to our blog! Hopefully you will enjoy looking at fun pictures and stories from our lives. Ryan and I got married in December 2005 and we have a son named Oliver, and two daughters Amelie and Nora. Ryan works as a Facilities Manager for Dreamworks while I get to stay at home with our beautiful kids. I also work as a birth doula which is something I love deeply. Life is pretty wonderful to say the least. Gratitiude is something we try to strive for in our family, and recognizing where and who those blessings come from. We can't wait for what the future holds for us...stay tuned for future adventures.