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March 27, 2014 - What a wonderful day. Ellie, our new darling girl, was able to come home from the hospital. We are so grateful for all of our family and friends who have helped to make this week go as smoothly as possible.

 

We have been very fortunate this time around since we were able to spend some time with the birth mother and her grandparents prior to the hospital date. It was really nice to be able to form a relationship with them. This experience will also give us an opportunity to tell Ellie more about her roots.

 

For the past few nights Wendy has been sleeping at the hospital with Ellie while I was home with our other youngsters. The nurses have been very kind to Wendy and Ellie although I'm pretty sure Wendy is getting fairly sleep deprived.

 

Yesterday on our way home Addie and Asher picked out a doll for Ellie from Target. Addie also made a coming home card featuring a beautiful butterfly. 

 

March 18, 2014 - Our neighbor's accidentally flooded their condo. We noticed something was up early in the morning, investigated a little and found water flooding from their home out onto their sidewalk. We were unable to wake anyone up by ringing the doorbell so we called the police who came over, woke up the neighbors and shut off their bathtub that had been left running. What a mess.

 

March 9, 2014 - Listening to Enya and reading while the kids snooze blissfully on the couch on a lazy Sunday; Now all we need is Wendy to be home from Ward Conferences for this day to be pure heaven.

 

March 6, 2014 - I might have a new theme song for the next few weeks... Thanks Jake W. and Eliza B. for the share.

 

March 2, 2014 - Did you know that Frozen is now available for early digital purchase? We bought it on Amazon and have been watching it non stop ever since. Update: We're still watching it constantly.

 

February 27, 2014 - Addie made a story for our new baby and left it in her new crib. What a wonderful little sweetheart.

 

 

February 26, 2014 - A word about managers, if you hire a new one and you don't see an improvement in 3 months then you hired the wrong person. If I've learned anything in all of my years in the business world it's that no company is running a perfect operations. Every company has something that can be improved upon on a variety of levels and usually some pretty obvious items as well that jsut require a new set of eyes. So when a new manager comes on board, you should expect to see positive change with real results pretty swiftly.

 

February 21, 2014 - Asher had been telling us that he has been having nightmares. Wendy said I shouldn't be letting him watch Harry Potter because it's too scary. Then later Asher said his nightmares are about Zombies so I told Wendy, "Ha, he shouldn't be playing Plants vs. Zombies!" Well, Addie recently let it slip that they only told us he was having nightmares so that they could have an excuse to cuddle in the same bed for the few nights they were sharing a room. #OnePointAwardedToTheChildren

 

February 20, 2014 - Video Game tragedy: Asher and I have been playing The Legend of Zelda - Twilight Princess together. On his birthday he got some extra video game time while I was away at work. During that morning he accidentally deleted our game. In fact he deleted it twice because I had taken the precaution of saving the game to two separate slots just in case. We lost about 10 hours worth of game play, two dungeons and the Master Sword. I don't think we'll be playing that game again anytime soon. #BackToBooksForReadingTim

 

February 17, 2014 - When I was six I had no intentions of learning how to read. I said once that I would just hire someone to read for me. I am so lucky to have a daughter who loves reading and is amazingly good at it.

 

February 13, 2014 - The Princess Bride, 27 years later... what a wonderful cast for such a memorable movie.

 

 

February, 2 2014 - Congrats to the Seahawks. We may not have caught the game but catching that score in the 3rd quarter when the Broncos still had zero was pretty amazing. Final score, 43 to 8, no one can argue that victory.

 

February 1, 2014 - Ok, with the White House petition regarding Justin Beiber news I had to find out why everyone is out to get him, I hardly know anything about the guy. After some swift research I believe that people are being pretty ridiculous. He's nothing compared to any of his contemporaries in the music industry. I think it's sad to watch America as a whole jump on the bandwagon about some kid they know nothing about. Yeah, he's not the nice guy he was when he was 15 but neither is he the villain that he is made out to be. Now Shia LaBeouf, that's a whole 'nother story.

 

January 30, 2014 - Captain America is my favorite super hero. From the words of the Chris Evans, "He likes to serve... it's always been Cap's goal to do what's right and to be of service and to help where he can."... see, now that's my kind of hero!

 

January 29, 2014 - I watched the new Netflix exclusive documentary on Mitt Romney the other day. It was everything I expected so it wasn't that interesting but in the comments it seemed many people were surprised to see the "real" Mitt while others still figure that they didn't see the real Mitt because he never seams angry or frustrated... I'm sure people would be less skeptic if Mitt swore a few times, told dirty jokes or yelled... but that's just not who he is.

 

January 28, 2104 - (Wendy Post) Addelynn is so adorable. She just made a reward chart for me, Aaron and Asher for doing good things. We get a sticker each time we do something nice. This girl is so cute and hilarious!

 

January 27, 2014 - Check out this music timeline to see how Jazz was overtaken by Rock.

 

January 26, 2014 - While Wendy was away for the afternoon I was taking a nap on the couch while the kids played with each other. Addie kept on coming over and tickling my feet. Now it's 10:00 at night and Addie is fast asleep... I'm starting to wonder how ticklish her feet are...

 

January 21, 2014 - Working home sick today. I just can't get this cold off of my back, or this boy for that matter.

 

 

January 20, 2014 - Me to my 3 year old son, "Asher, what is your favorite kind of music?" His reply, "Jazz." That's my boy!

 

December 30, 2013 - Wendy, Addie, Asher and I went to see Frozen over the weekend and we loved it. I find that the only thing better than introducing your children to Disney musicals is to discover them together.

 

December 20, 2013 - FYI, if you hate Kenny G it's you, not him.

 

October 29, 2013 - Wendy is hosting book club tonight with a bunch of her friends... the book is Orson Scott Card's best seller, Ender's Game. I'm sitting in the other room working late and enjoying listening to the discussion on one of my most favorite book series ever. FYI, going to see Ender's Game this Friday as a triple date.

 

September 26, 2013 - I finally got a frame and mat for the poster I got at Comic Con and it's now mounted on my wall at work. It's a Street Fighter III poster signed by the artist, Alvin Lee.

 

September 25, 2013 - This is the world we live in, where the average household individual will sit down at their computer and steal product made by others through torrents, where it is common practice for governments and companies to make up cover stories. What are we teaching our kids when we say ,"pretend you're younger so we can get a cheaper ticket"? For all the good that is in this world, there sure is a lot of individual moral direction that is missing.

 

September 16, 2013 - I can't state this emphatically enough...

 

 

September 8, 2013 - Wendy, Addie, Asher and I  left early for Salt Lake Comic Con with my friend David Collins and his son. We were able to get in the doors a half hour after it opened and shortly after being separated for a bathroom trip. We counted 17 cosplay Links from The Legend of Zelda. The only single character that may have beaten it was The Doctor from Dr. Who. On a trip to the bath room Asher and I were almost hit by Adam West's golf cart transportation. We were there for 4 hours straight. Asher got an Ironman action figure, Addie got a puppy doll and I got two signed posters by Street Fighter artist Alvin Lee. It was fun and crowded. I hope next year they rent out the entire Salt Palace.

 

August 27, 2013 - Today is Addie's first day of Kindergarten. I'm working from home to see her off at the bus stop and to pick her up at the end of the day. Wendy was there to smother our little girl in the morning but she had a doctors appointment later so it will just be Asher and I at the bus stop to pick her up.

 

Edit: Addie is home safe and sound from her first day of Kindergarten. Asher gave her the biggest hug when she got off of the bus. She's been talking about school for the last half hour. She has two new friends and she was super excited to show me her homework.

 

August 25, 2013 - This weekend we were camping at the Freemont Indian State Park. We only got rained on once while walking to see the 100 Hands exhibit. It rained later at dinner too but Wendy had the foresight to get a tarp erected over our picnic table before the first drop even fell. The best part was exploring the camp ground and finding new things (trails, bridges, animal tracks).

 

August, 22, 2013 - In video game news I beat Duck Tales and Crysis this week. I must be avoiding something (like working after hours to stay caught up). We picked up the Duck Tales game earlier this week since the kids had been watching the cartoon over our last vacation.

 

August 10, 2013 - Saturday with Asher.. I've been able to reduce my instructions to three phrases... "don't climb", "don't hit", "don't eat"... EVERYTHING!!!

 

August 9, 2013 - Disney's new (CG) animated motion picture, Frozen, will be out this winter and guess what, it's a story set in Norway. Norwegians rejoice!

 

August 8, 2013 - I imagine someday in the near future scientists will discover that carrots and other vegetables are actually not as good for the body as chocolate.

 

August 7, 2013 - I'm realizing how cool it is that my dad and I are friends and we can just hang out (when we're in the same state) and that we have shared interests. Watching a series called "In the Actors Studio" I'm coming to understand that it's not as common as I once would have thought.

 

August 6, 2013 - Looks like we'll all be staying up late this weekend...

 

August 5, 2013 - We're buying tickets to go to the Salt Lake Comic Con. None of us have ever been to a Comic Con before but we expect it will be a lot of fun. I think the kids will really get a kick out of the cosplay people and I told Addie and Asher that they each can buy 1 thing (within reason of course.)

 

July 31, 2013 - Thank you to everyone who has purchased my first album. I would love to hear some feedback if anyone has any to offer.

 

July 30, 2013 - This past week we took a vacation along the Pacific Coast. We stayed in KOA cabins each night along the way. I've never stayed in one before but it was much better than setting up a tent every night or paying for a hotel.

 

We also visited The Wax Museum and Rippley's Believe It or Not in Oregon. Addie was scared of the exibit so she kept her eyes closed most of the time but later that day she told new friends at the KOA camp grounds all about the exhibits. I think she just wanted to get me to carry her through the museum. We also visited the aquarium where the kids were fascinated but all the amazing varieties of sea life.

 

We ended up in Long Beach Washington where we met with extended family and played in the ocean. The Pacific was incredibly cold but Asher wanted nothing else but to run through the waves. We also flew kites and built sand castles. Addie and Asher really enjoyed spending some time with their cousins too.

 

July 21, 2013 - (Wendy post) Aaron and I had a fun spending the weekend in Park City celebrating our 10 year anniversary but it's good to be home cuddling our kids again. I missed them way too much and our conversation throughout the weekend always ended up coming back to our kids. They had a blast this weekend with our friends Megan and Trent! Thank you friends! You're the best!

 

July 17, 2013 - Addie and I have enjoyed playing Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney so much that we've decided to continue playing the next few episodes. It's a lot of reading and Addie gets to practice putting evidence together to solve each case. It's funny now to see this little Ace Attorney graphic I made back when Addie was only 2 years old.

 

Update: We've completed 3 episodes and we're going strong. I have a Gyakuten Saiban (Ace Attorney) art book I picked up a few years ago that Addie has been looking through. She's informed me that there is a parrot in the next episode.

 

July 13, 2013 - This morning the neighborhood got together to help with Isaac Johnson's Eagle Project. The city provided beauty bark for a local park and we dug out the dirt and added in the beauty bark. With so many people helping it only took 1 hour. Afterwards I ran back home to pick up the kids so they could play at the part with their friends Royal and Melayna.

 

June 18, 2013 - Working from home today due to a... sore foot. Yeah, a sore foot. It came on suddenly while I slept last night and it hurts a lot! Yeah a lot! On a side note, I have the coolest boss ever for letting me work from home because of... a sore foot.

 

June 17, 2013 - I played Ace Attorney with Addie this weekend. We learned some new words like blackmail, court room, spirit medium and wiretap.

 

June 14, 2013 - I'm not sure if this is good or bad... but I've successfully bribed my 3 year old son to potty train and take naps with the promises of playing video games afterwards.

 

June 13, 2013 - The government is all up in your phone records, e-mail and social media. Not only don't I care (it is non-evasive, there are no signs of abuse yet and I want the government to find criminals through this medium) but I actively hope that some NSA, FBI or CIA agent found my wall so interesting and uplifting that they came back for more.

 

June 7, 2013 - This weekend we had a father/child campout at Goblin Valley. My friend Trent came with Addie, Asher and me to stay for the weekend. With all the other dads and kids we told scary stories, ate all kinds of treats, climb all over the mountain by our BLM campsite and went on a night time hike to show the kids that they can see in the dark. The next day we all went on a treasure hunt in the park and ended the trip with a hike through Little Wild Horse Canyon. The kids loved the hike but by the end most of them were being carried out by their dads.

 

June 6, 2013 - Ikea, it's like the theme park version of Pinterest

 

May 16, 2013 - Swing music will corrupt our kids, Comic Books will corrupt our kids, Rock & Roll will corrupt our kids, Video Games will corrput our kids... honestly I think they were all right. I'm still not taking my Captain America action figure off of my desk.

 

May 13, 2013 - We all had a super fun Mother's Day weekend but last night we took Addie to the doctor to find out she has a sinus infection and an ear inflection. Poor girl. She is on medication for it now but she has to miss preschool and playing at the park today.

 

May 9, 2013 - Looking for feedback from fellow parents. Addie has been making my lunch for a while now but now she has started doing the dishes. Asher loves to take paper from our shred pile and shred it for us. Do you have stories of "chores" that your 5 and under kids have done consistently? Any idea what going on in their minds?

 

May 7, 2013 - Wendy is off at the Overstock.com Partner Summit today so I'm working from home surrounded by my little ones. We're having a ball.

 

May 6, 2013 - Adorable Addie made my lunch again this morning. I have an apple, applesauce and two slices of bread with mayonnaise.

 

April 29, 2013 - Heidi was a friend and a great person. We worked together for 2 years and have been in touch sporadically ever since. She died of unknown causes following a 1 car accident in the canyon. She was 33 years old.

 

April 24, 2013 - Here you can type in your salary and see if you are in the top 1% of the richest people in the world. It is likely that you are either there or very close to it.

 

April 23, 2013 - Our dinning room table has been completely clear of Wendy's proejcts for about a week now. I think it's about time that I start claiming it as my desk from 7:00 pm through 9:00pm. Sayonara comfy couch.

 

April 17, 2013 - I got an e-mail from a good friend today stating that his professor at Texas Tech is looking for one more student to fill their PhD program and asked him for a recommendation. He asked if I was interested. Think Wendy could handle a few more years of school? Think I could handle a few more years of school?

 

April 16, 2013 - It's raining so I'm listening to grunge and pretending I'm in Seattle.

 

April 10, 2013 - I know we're all listening.

 

 

 

April 4, 2013 - Asher has just started his trumpet lessons. Lesson #1, don't hit the trumpet. I decided to schedule the kid's music lessons for set evenings to make sure they are somewhat regular. Asher get some time every Thursday evening for trumpet lessons while Addie gets some time every Wednesday evening for her clarinet lessons.

 

April 3, 2013 - I'm trying to get Wendy to let my buy $286.72 worth of Legos with our tax return. I made an appeal on Facebook for any good arguments I could use to try to convince her?

 

Edit: We did it, Addie got two sets of Lego Friends and Asher got two sets of Ninja Turtle Legos. Asher decided to chew up some of his Legos though, cementing the fact that he doesn't get to play with them unsupervised for the next two years. Good thing he has some Duplos to keep him busy.

 

March 30, 2013 - This was an exciting week. My little baby girl Addie turned five. We prayed so much for her, our prayers were answered and now she is growing up so fast! At her most recent checkup the doctor told us that she is as tall as a seven year old. She had a wonderful party with her friends. We got some great video that will make it's way onto our Facebook account.

 

March 27, 2013 - I have never seen hate spread so far and wide in my lifetime by a group of rational adults as I have with pro marriage equality. Any oddly enough it's not by those who would be against it, rather those who are for this equality. I have seen so many posts over the last 48 hours claiming that anyone who disagrees with them must obviously be filled with hate. I see words being put into people's mouths that were not said. I see generalizations about Christianity that neither reflects me nor my religion. The greatness of America comes from being able to disagree and still function together and move on. Equality is a two way street.

 

March 21, 2013 - Addie has been such a sweet heart lately. I'm thinking she should get some extra consideration tonight and stay up late to play with dad.

 

Edit: Wendy replied, "Maybe tomorrow night... she has school tomorrow, remember?"

 

March 18, 2013 - What did you do for the last 6 month? Me, I made a Marvel Super Hero video game with some friends.

 

March 13, 2013 - This is Addie's leprechaun trap for St. Patrick's Day. It's my lunch box propped up with a stick. Those are mini Reeses Peanut Butter Cups leading up to it. The trap was found sprung on Sunday morning but the little guy must have escaped.

 

 

March 8, 2013 - Oz The Great and Powerful comes out today. Besides that I now have the next two years planned out. I knew there had to be a good use for my Outlook to do list.

 

March 4, 2013 - I really like the federal government, I really dislike politicians. The more I inspect the actual operations of the feds the more I appreciate all they do. The more I inspect the actual operations of the politicians the more disgusted I am.

 

February 16, 2013 - Happy birthday to my little boy Asher who turned three this week. We celebrated by letting him open a present early in the morning to let him have all day to play with it. It was a tent from grandma and grandpa. Then after I got home from work Asher got his choice of dinner (oatmeal) and his chocolate birthday cake and the rest of his presents. We had dinner early so Asher could play with his presents a bit before bed time. He also asked to play Rock Band so we did that together up until bed time. Finally he had both mom and dad put him to bed (usually we take turns). After his bed time we played board games with Addie until her bedtime. This morning Asher mentioned that his friends didn't come over for his birthday so I was able to explain to him that his party with his friends will be on a different day. Happy Birthday Asher!

 

February 14, 2013 - "President Obama Answer's America's Questions" is on right now live. I think we all will find it informative and helpful. Please tune in to listen to our president speak if you have the chance.

 

February 7, 2013 - I know you're looking for an amazing band to enjoy. Check out the newest video by Rain Light Fade, with my friend Dane doing vocals.

 

 

February 6, 2013 - Every time I watch Conan O'Brian I get bombarded with H&R Block commercials. Just so everyone knows... H&R Block's employees usually have no college training in accounting or tax; they are typically not CPAs. Also their online software is not what the professionals use. The professionals use Drake Software. Personally I have been using Turbo Tax from the start of my adult life, on through today as a graduated accountant and it is a wonderful piece of software. I just dislike it when commercials lie to you so I'm handing out some additional information.

 

January 29, 2013 - My phone decided to delete all my contacts so if I never call you again that would be why. Sorry.

 

January 28, 2013 - Oh, this is good! This is the world I am working for. The City the ended hunger. To read the article click here.

 

January 25, 2013 - A friend once said, "You have to sacrifice for your dreams." but I've also noticed that if it really is your dream then it usually doesn't feel like a sacrifice.

 

January 24, 2013 - This rainy morning the sidewalks were pure ice. The roads on the way to work were the same. I kept 11 car lengths between me and the car in front of me, if not more. When I got to work the parking lot was so icy that even going 5 MPH the car would slide. Everyone on Facebook seems to be posting about being in an accident or almost being in an accident. I express my wishes that everyone will be safe, but more importantly, smart.

 

January 22, 2013 - Here is our new/used Mazda 5 hatchback. Dark grey with extra fold down seats in the back for when (if ever) we get to add to our family. We'll be taking it in to our good friend at Steve's Intermountain this Thursday to make sure it's running right with all the right parts.

 

January 16, 2013 - Cyberbalkanization - The division of the Internet into narrowly focused groups of like-minded individuals who dislike or have little patience for outsiders.

 

January 15, 2013 - Since the car accident yesterday Addie has been acting really good. I think she senses the stress and wants to make everything better. She's been doing everything asked of her and didn't fuss at bed time. This morning she made my lunch and got my backpack ready for work (with a little help of course).

 

January 14, 2013 - I've been taking the new Frontrunner to work every other day. This morning the train was over 40 minutes late and still not moving so I called my boss and got permission to work from home. I called Wendy to see if she could come pick me up at the station but on the way over the car got hit while on the freeway. It was a 3 car accident, not Wendy's fault at all. Everyone is alright, Asher did get a cut lip and Wendy has a sore back (everyone has been to the doctor just in case).  The car is ruined so we'll see if it's salvageable or not.

 

January 2, 2013 - Processing payroll at work today, thanks fiscal cliff for the new Social Security taxes.

 

January 1, 2013 - I'm not sure if people understand, Mario never dies, he always beats the game perfectly every time. When you are unable to beat the game with Mario and he falls down a hole or gets touched by a goomba, you only created an alternative time line separate from the main one and so the game will lunge you back in time (to the beginning of the level) in order to give you another chance to follow the correct time line. The story must go on and the hero always wins, it's the user who has to develop the skills to enjoy the entire journey.

 

December 31, 2012 - (10:31 pm) Go to bed all you crazy people, tomorrow is a new day.

 

December 24, 2012 - According to all the Christmas stories we have read this season, Santa is really prone to canceling Christmas at the slightest sign of trouble. Good thing all these storybook protagonists come to his aid. I wonder if Santa is just tired.

 

December 23, 2012 - Watching Sleepless in Seattle while sick on the couch. This movie reminds me how wonderful my family is and how great my life is.

 

December 21, 2012 - (The end of the Mayan Calendar) If you're not killing zombies today then you should probably know that you have already been infected and you are already a zombie. This may be confusing to you since Zombie look like normal people to other zombies and uninfected people tend to look like floating hamburgers.

 

December 18, 2012 - Addie's preschool recital was today. Our friend Brekke was there to take pictures of all the kids. Addie did a wonderful job with all the songs and was certainly the tallest kid in her class. Afterwards Santa came to give each child a present. Addie took Asher over to see Santa and sat with him during the process. She is a wonderful big sister.

 

December 17, 2012 - Today Addie got put in time-out at preschool because she told the TaeKwonDo teacher that she's old. It was because she sort of yelled it out during class which was being disruptive more than what she actually said but it still makes for a good story.

 

December 14, 2012 - Today my work took us all to go see The Hobbit. That literally took up half of the work day but it was worth it. It was a fun an exciting movie.

 

December 10, 2012 - I took the new Frontrunner line down to work today. The train was over 10 minutes late and the ticket kiosks in American Fork were out of service. Never-the-less, I'm safely at work and had a good train ride with my friend David Collins.

 

December 7, 2012 - We went to see Santa tonight. Asher has been practicing what to say to Santa all month. When he sat with Santa he did get a little flustered but eventually remembered the two things he wanted to as for, a Dream Light and a Train. After we were done and walking through the mall Asher stopped walking and asked, "Where's my Dream Light?" We explained that Santa would bring it on Christmas day. Asher was satisfied with this answer and we moved on. Apparently he thought Santa was going to give it to him right there. What a cutie pie.

 

December 1, 2012 - The harmonization of the Legend of Zelda timeline was a complicated and daunting task that takes a 38 minutes video to properly explain. Click here to see the video.

 

November 27, 2012 - On our way driving back from Washington one of the rest stops had a white bearded gentleman with a red hat handing out hot drinks. For each of the rest stops that followed Asher expected to see Santa again.

 

October 30, 2012 - Addie and Asher's Halloween pumpkins this year. The kids had fun designing their pumpkins and pulling all the seeds out.

 

Photo: Addie and Asher's Halloween pumpkins this year. The kids had fun designing their pumpkins and pulling all the seeds out.

 

September 4, 2012 - Tomorrow is Addie's first day at Pre School. I'm so excited! She is slowly entering the parent free zone!

 

August 30, 2012 - Happy 25th anniversary Street Fighter... I wonder what I might be doing tonight...

Photo: Today is officially the 25th birthday of Street Fighter! Join us in celebrating 25 years of world warriors brawling in arcades and homes all over the world with an anniversary 'Like'!

 

July 6, 2012 - College grades finally posted and I got an A. Time to celebrate buy NOT going to school tonight.

 

June 28, 2012 - As Google researchers try to get computers to simulate the human brain they connected 16,000 processors and let it lose on the internet to see what it would learn all on it's own. The computer brain eventually came across YouTube with thousands of images in each video. By the end of the project the "brain " learned to recognize cats.

 

June 20, 2012 - The Smashing Pumpkins brand new album, Oceania, gets a strong 4 out of 5 stars from me. But like the last album, Zeitgeist, I'm going to need to rearrange the track list to optimize the experience. Actually on hindsight just start the album on track 4 and set it to loop. All of the new songs are up on YouTube thanks to Billy and crew. Check out track 4 here.

 

June 9, 2012 - It seems most parents end up getting music from their kid's shows stuck in their head. Right now I'm singing the riff during the racing scenes in Cars 2.

 

June 4, 2012 - (Wendy's post) Asher just broke our ottoman. Seriously. How does he do it? That's it. No more hulk smash allowed! Ha.

 

June 4, 2012 - (Wendy's post) The kids are trying to "fix" Asher's bed with all of his tools. Addie claims that his bed is "beyond repair" ... What? Where did she learn this? Hahaha!

 

June 4, 2012 - Since Wendy and I have such a large backlog of videos we're going to start posting these up on Facebook, one a day until we're done or until we fall behind again. If you know us and you are not hooked up on Facebook yet now is the time to do it.

 

May 24, 2012 - Thanks to Trent and Megan for playing with the kids last night while Wendy and I went out. We tried to go to the temple but it turned out it was closed for cleaning so we ended up finally seeing the Avengers movie all decked out in our church clothes. The movie as very well written. Joss Whedon has had an extraordinary career writing Toy Story, Firefly, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along-Blog and his comic book work including the Astonishing X-Men.

 

May 23, 2012 - Leap is an advanced form of motion gaming/computing. You can even preorder this now for $70.00... pending spouse approval of course... check out the video here.

 

May 22, 2012 - I'm so glad I went out for lunch today. I got to spend time with Chris Osterud, someone commented on my car, I ran into an old friend whom I haven't seen in years and I enjoyed a fairly priced Taco Bell Big Box. Good day.

 

May 21, 2012 - This video was just too good to not share. It's a 6 minute video, much longer than the typical "1 minute physics" videos but it's a great explanation of how force works in the universe. If you enjoyed this I strongly suggest you subscribe to minute physics on YouTube.

 

May 9, 2012 - Spent the morning in Jury selection and out of 50 people I got picked to be on the 8 person jury. So I missed all of work today and I'll miss it tomorrow and most likely Friday too.

 

April 25, 2012 - Nirvana on a Wednesday evening while writing what might be the very last school paper I'll ever have to write in my life.

 

April 12, 2012 - Someone stole a bunch of tulips from Addie’s planter box. Wendy and I are experiencing a mixture of infuriation and sadness. The kids are devastated.

 

March 24, 2012 - The problem with the education system in America is not the teachers, it's not the content, it's no longer teaching styles; it is all the distractions that drive the students away from interest in the content being taught. Study is not a typical part of happy home life. Many parents are not encouraging learning the generals besides the forced regiment of the class work. By the time students reach ...the more difficult years of education, home work time has become an intrusion to play time. I think the best way to overcome this is for parents to introduce a more formal learning time in the home younger in the child’s life. Two or three year old children consider their parents to be their best friends and they love to sit down and learn about the world. Give this special time together a title such as "study time" or "learning time", do it consistently then as school work enters the picture replace the self-study with the daily required homework, then I believe the child will love learning rather than finding it a distraction to play time.

 

March 23, 2012 - Funny thing once you think about it, the only achievements Harry Potter has to his name are quidditch and killing a Basilisk. Well in book 1 it's Hermione who figures out about the Sorcerers' Stone then after a battle with Pro Quirrell he faints. Book 2, kills a Basilisk and faints. Book 3 Hermione uses the time turner to make everything right. Book 4 the Twiwizard Tournament is a complete set up so that Harry will win and in the end Cedric's get killed. In Book 5 after substitute teaching and being generally grumpy the whole time he gets tricked into bringing all of his friends to the Ministry of magic where most end up maimed and one ends up dead. In Book 6 he completely fails to figure out that Snap is the half blood prince and Dumbledore ends up getting killed. In Book 7 after spending half the book in the wilderness Voldemort ends up killing himself. That's about it.

 

March 17, 2012 - Wendy and Addie just left to go see The Secret World of Arrietty. Asher and I ran to the pantry to grab some handfuls of marshmallows. Now we're on the iPad and Laptop, respectively, with sticky fingers. Boys night in!

 

March 16, 2012 - I enjoyed the documentary on the man who does the Elmo Muppet; this one is shorter but almost as good. (I am not a fan of The Onion, I prefer humor that is grounded in reality, this is one is an it's great!) Find the link here.

 

March 4, 2012 - Asher went to bed an hour ago but right now he's in his crib meowing like a cat.

 

March 1, 2012 - Mark my words on this date and this time, buy shares of Nintendo stock now while they're low and thank me in a year. The shares are low due to the cyclical nature of game console releases. Right now analysts are projecting failure for Nintendo's newest system in development due to the rise of other casual gaming platforms and the potential high price of the Wii U. They are ignoring the public goodwill in Nintendo, the library of properties that can only be produced for Nintendo products, the new set of appropriate innovations and most of all, the Wii U is the first entry into the eighth generation of game consoles.

 

February 13, 2012 - Asher's new favorite activity for the last two weeks is crawling around the house meowing like a cat.

 

February 10, 2012 - How big are you? How big is the universe? How little is a grain of salt... find out here.

 

February 1, 2012 - A few days ago Addie asked again if Asher is always going to have brown skin. I confirmed again that he will always have his handsome brown skin. Honestly I'm pretty sure it's Michael Jackson that is confusing her.

 

January 31, 2012 - Here is a glimpse of DCWV at the CHA Conference & Trade Show. All of this "paperwork" won us "Best of Show". See the video here.

 

January 30, 2012 - I think iPads should be considered preventative health care, for they drastically reduce the amount of paper cuts in the home and in the work place.

 

December 13, 2011 - I'm so proud of Addie this morning. See, we switch the background on the iPad depending on who is using it and today Addie picked the super hero background over the Princess background, and she loves Princesses! I know, right!

 

November 29, 2011 - "Hugo" 3D is a wonderful movie in the genre of historical fiction, the fictional part being Hugo himself. Martin Scorsese took the concept of making a story about the original cinematic motion pictures and telling it with the most current movie making technology of today. The movie is fanciful and magical without leaving the realm of realism. I think you all would enjoy it as well. Our children were startled by the police dog and Hugo's brief dream sequence.

 

November 21, 2011 - This video is over a year old but still a great listen! This is why all 5th graders must learn the recorder. Click here for the video!

 

November 15, 2011 - It's not that American's won't harvest tomatoes or fillet fish all day long; it is that we won't do it if it won't support our family. These companies who see their migrant employees fleeing have built business models based on dishonesty and corruption by kept wages staggeringly low by taking advantage of a situation too large for the government to properly control. These corporations are getting their just deserts. The same goes to the American consumer for allowing this to carry on for so long.

 

November 14, 2011 - Occupy Wall Street: A group of people who are aware of social issues but have no idea what to do.

 

November 12, 2011 - I don't turn my computer off, I put it to sleep, then when I use it again I have to wake it up. This process makes me wonder, wouldn't it be interesting if each set of processes the computer runs is actually a little life form, I wonder if they get upset when I wake them up. I wonder if that's why sometimes they run slower than other times.

 

November 11, 2011 - People say that the problem with Wikipedia is that you never know if the information is true, but isn't that the same with most all information from most all sources?

 

October 31, 2011 - We're still waiting for Addie's Halloween costume to come in the mail, it was supposed to be here Wednesday. Just-in-case we got a different one at the mall and are ready to return one or the other depending on the mail today.

 

October 6, 2011 - It's snowing, I am so happy.

 

October 3, 2011 - Here is a video of one of the songs the 370 member men's choir from Pleasant Grove sang. Come, Ye Children of the Lord. It was a great experience,

 

September 30, 2011 - For all my friends who are going to attend or watch the Priesthood broadcast Saturday evening at 6:00, look to the left side of the men's choir and see if you can find me there.

 

September 19, 2011 - Over the last 24 years BYU as won 12 games and the Utes have won 12 games, so this last weekend was inevitable. It's next year that will make the tie breaker.

 

September 17, 2011 - I left my iPad at home the other day for Addie to play with. Today in class I was looking all over for the my Kindle app, turns out Addie moved it to the task bar and left it open to Beowulf.

 

September 16, 2011 - Thanks to Wendy, Addie and Asher for visiting me at work today. It was really nice.

 

September 13, 2011 - Before I left for work this morning Addie asked me to rub her feet, amazing the things she picks up from Wendy.

 

September 12, 2011 - According to a report on NPR, the average person spends 34 minutes of each Monday complaining.

 

September 6, 2011 - For Labor Day yesterday we went into the Nebo Loop in Payson to go on a hike to see a waterfall. Asher was in the backpack and Addie walked the whole way. It was a lot of fun. We also drove by the hospital in Payson where Addie was born then went to pick raspberries. Asher wanted to eat them rather than put them in his bucket. He also preferred to watch the animals (deer, goats, etc...) on the other side of the fence. Addie on the other hand loved picking the berries but refused to eat them until we got home. I think she was a little put out that all her berries were combined with ours into one big bucket but she certainly enjoyed eating them that evening and again with her breakfast this morning.

 

September 1, 2011 - We love our Netflix subscription. Addie has tons of shows at her disposal in her instant queue while Wendy has been watching Dead Zone and I have been watching Star Trek The Next Generation. I am now convinced that season 5 of Star Trek TNG is the best season. "The Inner Light", "I, Borg", "Cause and Effect", "Conundrum" and more, really good stuff. Now if I can convince Wendy to let us be Star Trek characters for Halloween. Addie has her hear set on us being characters from the Disney movie "Tangled" though.

 

August 28, 2011 - I'm home from church with sick little Asher this morning, poor guy, he's taking an early nap too.

 

August 26, 2011 - NPR has reported recently about how the recession has affected musical acts that tour to promote their albums, emphasizing how less people are willing to pay the enormous ticket prices to see the shows during the economic downturn and some acts are even combining to increase their ticket sales. Interestingly enough with the new release of a Red Hot Chili Peppers album they have decided to do only one concert date and make it a live broadcast in Cinemark theaters across the nation. I would have love to have gone and promoted this new type of concert even had my scheduled worked out.

 

August 25, 2011 - It's raining, I love the rain, I think I'll go work outside... with my laptop... and paperwork...

 

July 25, 2011 - I home from work today for Pioneer day, Wendy and I are sitting in our family room with our respective laptops, and each of the kids are playing quietly in their own rooms, amazing!

 

July 19, 2011 - The kids came to work with me this morning as Wendy went to an appointment at the doctors office. It was all fun and games until Asher decided to try and bring the place down, followed by a fit of crying when I wouldn't let him. Never-the-less, I love having my little ones around and I wish I could have them here more often.

 

July 14, 2011 - News columnist, David Cay Johnston, makes a big error in reporting on News Corp’s taxes, stating that not only that they so not pay taxes, but that they received huge refunds each year. News Corp has been frequent in the news recently due to their recent bid to take a controlling interest of British Sky Broadcasting. The erroneous statement by Johnston was due to an inability to read News Corp’s financial statements properly. Johnston said in a statement, “News Corp reported numbers as positive numbers for cash paid for taxes for three years and then [in 2007] switched to reporting them as negative numbers — that is, as numbers in parentheses. ... And I didn't catch that those were negative numbers."

 

Johnston, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2001, attended San Francisco State University, Michigan State University and the University of Chicago, none of which had he received a degree at. I wonder if business 101 was included in the list of classes not completed. More information is available at NPR.org.

 

News Corp, the owners of Fox News, Wall Street Journal and a variety of other bias and unreliable news sources came under fire recently due to one of their operations hacking into people's cell phones to gain access to voice mail.

 

July 9, 2011 - Wendy won't take me to see the new Harry Potter, something about opening weekend but I wasn't really listening...

 

July 6, 2011 - I always imagined myself someday on a car trip with my wife and kids, singing along to Disney soundtracks and with our recent trip to Washington my dream has finally come true. I can now die happy.

 

July 3, 2011 - We were able to take a trip up to witness Josie's marriage to Jon in Washington. Jon has some great kids and I'm really happy for their newly combined family. The wedding was held at my parent's house with a group of family and friends in attendance. Jon's mom and siblings were all able to come and it looks like Josie is inheriting some great extended family members. Along with my parents and grandparent, Uncle Mike and Uncle Steve were both able to come as well which really made me happy since I loved having the opportunity to talk with each of them for a while.

 

Addie and Asher both loved visiting and staying with Grandma Nievaard and Grandma & Grandpa Glass. At Grandma Nievaard's house the kids loved playing in the outdoor playhouse while at the Glass house they loved playing with the cats and dog. Oddly enough the cats didn't run away from the kids much either. I guess they know animal lovers when they see them.

 

June 13, 2011 - My alma mater Wind Symphony has been invited to represent Utah and play at the 2012 Olympics, and all they need is to raise enough money to get there. I hope that through spreading the word about this marvelous opportunity that enough money will be raised so the students will be able to have this chance of a lifetime. Additional information will be avaialble for a limited time on the KSL news website here.

 

June 2, 2011 - Intel has created a "museum of me" webpage to promote their new processor. You log into it with your Facebook account and the museum will be auto generated. I recorded the even (with a bit of color loss in the video) and added my own music. What great things applications like this could do for our future power point presentations. If you are Facebook friend you can see my video by clicking here.

 

May 30, 2011 - We found out yesterday that Addie had eaten all of Asher's toothpaste. Her exact words were "I thought it's good for me" and "I thought it's a treat". She ended up crying later when we had to use her toothpaste on Asher's toothbrush.

 

May 29, 2011 - Wendy's reading books with Addie, one of which is The Three Little Pigs and The Big Bad Wolf. There was a line that stated pigs were one of the wolf's most favorite things to eat and I thought to myself, "I like to eat ham too". So now I'm thinking of writing am updated fairy tale titled, The Three Little Pigs and the Circle of Life. I just don't know why I ever rooted for the pigs, I would eat them myself if I had the chance.

 

May 25, 2011 - Every time there is a break between semesters of school I find that I get really antsy, such as now where I have 2 weeks between classes with only 5 chapters to comprehend as my home work. Usually putting off homework and having the dread of actually having to do it eventually keeps me sane so when this type of situation occurs I get more and more restless. It turns out that even with everything else going on my main focus has been school, driving my time schedule and setting my responsibilities.

 

May 9, 2011 - Just put Addie in bed with Wendy since Addie's bed is now full of throw up. My poor sick girls.

 

May 1, 2011 - We loaded up the car and went to Capital Reef National Park this weekend. Addie was really excited to go as she imagined an actual "park" with a slide and swings despite the fact that we tried to explain exactly where we were going, "nothing but rocks and trees". Fortunately she wasn't too disappointed when we got there. As we hiked the trails we had Asher in a back pack and Addie got to walk (usually into the canyons, but she was later carried out of the canyons.)

 

April 27, 2011 - Today I posted on Facebook, "Hey, I just remembered I was going to watch Deathly Hallows again last night... but then I didn't, guess I'll have to do that tonight (while Wendy is away at Scouts... on her birthday)". A little later I received a message from our friend Eliza Bryan offering to watch the kids if Wendy could have the evening off from scouts. Needless to say we took her up on the wonderful offer. That evening Wendy and I went to Tocanos for dinner and stopped into Boarders books store and pick up a few items. Thanks to Eliza and happy birthday to my lovely Wendy!

 

April 26, 2011 - Day 2,763 in the accounting profession.

 

April 19, 2011 - Addie is getting really adamant about us getting her a computer. She wants a simple Barbie laptop so she can type just like her mom. Wendy is adamant about getting her a Mobi-Go, a developmentally appropriate hand held game system that is a much higher quality than the laptop and provides much more content. Let's see who wins...

 

 

April 11, 2011 - Billy Corgan is selling his Zero shirt for Tsunami relief in Japan. I wonder how much I have in my savings account... The simple zero logo has been one of my most favorite designs over the decades, starting with it's premiere in the "Bullet with Butterfly Wings" music video. I absolutely love the fact that Billy is parting with a piece of rock history for such a necessary program. Edit: May 2, 2011, I noticed at this time that it seemed odd to See Billy associated with this old record label, guess this was a sign of things to come since Billy was finally able to obtain full rights to all her previous Smashing Pumpkin albums which will soon be re-released, one at a time.

 

March 27, 2011 - Check out our new home video titled, "Addie gets a brand new kite". Click Here for the video.

 

March 14, 2011 - As far as we can tell all of our friends in Japan are accounted for except one family of a friend of a friend who are still missing. The disaster is devastating and our prays continually go to those in the middle of it all.

 

March 6, 2011 - Addie Moment: While watching Dora the Explorer the TV show asked Addie, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Addie replied "Play the trumpet." I guess that battle is lost.

 

February 21, 2011 - Addie Moment: I'm programming and say to my self, "I'm such a dork", then Addie replies, "No, I'm a dork!"... Happy President's Day.

 

February 17, 2011 - Addie Moment: Addie picked out my clothes for today, a red t-shirt and tan khakis. Yes, I do look like a Target employee.

 

February 16, 2011 - I have the upmost respect for the R&D at IBM for investing Billions on Watson and continuing to advance technology!

 

February 14, 2011 - Apparently rapper Drake and tween sensation Justin Bieber both lost the Grammy for Best New Artist to jazz musician, Esperanza Spalding. First time in history a jazz artist ever won the award as well. Happy Valentine's Day from our family to yours!

 

February 12, 2011 - I'm in class, thinking about Asher's birthday party today! My little guy is 1 year old today, time goes by so fast. We're having a party with friends and family early this afternoon. After the kids go to bed Trent and Megan are coming over. The guys will beplaying games while the girls do crafts.

 

February 10, 2011 - I just had some delicious parmesan chicken pasta for lunch, yesterday it was roast, preceded by homemade pizza, with beef fajitas on Monday. Wendy is the best cook ever!

 

January 26, 2011 - Day two being home sick, and I still haven't gotten any homework done and the kids see that daddy is home so all they want to do is come in the bedroom and play with daddy.

 

January 11, 2011 - Happy 1.11.11

 

December 25, 2010 - Dense fog in Pleasant Grove, it looks like the Dementors have settled in Utah. We had a wonderful Christmas morning, I think Wendy and I were more excited than the kids. Addie slept in until 6:45 am then we started the festivities with our sleepy eyed babies. Addie loved the presents that Santa brought her and I think it was all a little overwhelming. I think it took a good hour for her to realize all that Santa brought for her. Thanks and love goes out to all our friends and family who also got presents for Addie and Asher.

 

December 24, 2010 - The kids just went to sleep... and I think I hear Santa outside! Earlier this evening we made a visit to Wendy's cousin's house where Santa stopped by and spoke with all the children. Up until now Addie has been asking Santa for Lipstick and M&Ms but tonight she asked Santa for a computer. What a smart little girl.

 

December 20, 2010 - NPR had a story this morning about how fast paced action games increase brain power. I certainly feel this is correct information so I thought that I would share the link to listen to the story

 

December 10, 2010 - On New Years Eve I'll be playing with a big band in Provo, 9:00 through midnight. Come check us out!

 

December 9, 2010 - Had fun beating Jake at Yahtzee while our spouses sewed. This was a nice evening. Thanks to all who participated, that means you Trent. :)

 

December 2, 2010 - I got to work today and found a baby doll brush, folded Kirby Puckett baseball card and a crumpled crayon drawing in my back pack. Thanks goes to my little girl for the presents.

 

November 17, 2010 - I got a voice mail from Addie stating that she went "poo poo in the potty." She will be so embarrassed by this post when she's 16.

 

October 28, 2010 - For Halloween should I be Paul Desmond or Dave Brubeck? A friend suggested that if I wanted to be scary I should go as Kenny G.

 

October 27, 2010 - Today when I got home from work the kids were wearing new Spider-man pajamas and I had a Spider-man themed birthday party. Great fun!

 

October 26, 2010 - Addie quote of the day, "Mommy put her phone in the messy machine (washing machine) and now I have it"... and... Wendy gets a new phone now.

 

October 21, 2010 - I’m getting ready to do the 8 page paper and I want to research internet use in the business environment. After talking to Dr. Madsen through e-mail I think the topic could work, so here is my brain storm:

 

Farm Town, personal e-mail, employees bringing life into work, paying bills online, does this create a better mind to work with, is this wasted time, what really used to happen with the work hours before the internet, was time wasting activities less fulfilling, more fulfilling, did the water cooler produce better results once you get back to your desk or just a longer walk, social networks, how much is too much, none at all? What management styles are being employed against this? What encouragement is being given? What works, where is the line between micro-management and employee abuse of freedom?

 

October 20, 2010 - I took the quizzes for chapter 5 and 6 tonight. I finally got two 95% scores rather than those 65% I’ve been pulling. Honestly I really have a beef with quizzes that have wrong answers or vague answers. It’s enough work having to learn new material and internalize it without having to deal with the under evaluated work of another grad student whose work wasn’t properly examined. I mean, this happens so often throughout my education I just stopped reporting it, more because it just means more time explaining the errors to the teacher in an e-mail.

 

I like the material of the current chapters and it’s quite the coincidence that chapter on consumers and the chapter on corporations end up on the weekend where the classes are back to back. I especially enjoy the stories of corporations and their various advertising ploys to win over consumers.

 

October 19, 2010 - I really love being a part of an MBA cohort that also allows you to work. You have a practical place to put the information you get in school while you’re actually in a situation to apply the principles. Right now we’re at the tail end of switching payroll providers at work and I get a chance to compare the chapter of corporate ethics not only to our own principles and doing but to that of the well run company who is providing us with these services.

 

October 15, 2010 - Wendy's not feeling well and so she hasn't been sleeping well, fortunately I don't have school tonight or tomorrow.

 

October 14, 2010 - While Wendy took a shower this morning Asher and I danced to Jungle Boogie. We had a good morning.

 

I just got a call from Wendy so that Addie could tearfully explain to me that she had the iPad taken away because she was scrubbing it with her toothbrush.

 

October 12, 2010 - Something that Rick Woodbury said really hit on an issue I’m struggling with. For some reason the Baby Boomers collectively seem think that this economic pie can continue to get bigger forever. That the communal wealth of the nation can continue to grow so that everyone's "piece of the pie" will grow as well. This way, even though I'm gaining more wealth, so is everyone else. Am I the only on that thinks this is somewhat absurd? (Besides inflation which really has nothing to do with actual growth.) I mean, for example, it’s not logical to think that if you have a divested interest in the stock market that you will always on average make money. That is silly. The US market will have amazing pitfalls and your entire retirement will fall down the drain, as we have seen in the last 5 years. But it is a belief that we can’t fail, that there is some kind of safety net that keep the common American investing in stocks. This is the important part, we need stock investors in order to build capital to strengthen companies that are making newer better products and technology so that the United States (and the eventual globe) will be owners of the gross domestic product (and the physical product.) We need to be the ones who invent the iPhone and to do this we need your money in the stock market. This is why there is so much propaganda about investing, despite the logical frailties in it. It's a risk, the pie can't grow forever, there is a finite limit to assets and capacity.

 

Even on a global, timesless scale the pie cannot (see that, “cannot“ is one word now, not “can not”) grow continually forever, eventually we will have used up all our resources, land, intellect, and there will be no room for more. That is just sound logic. Eventually there will be a flat line, a sustained economy without growth (or unsustained), and it will then be only about how can I get a bigger piece, well I can get a bigger piece by taking some of yours, well that’s unfair and wrong, who cares, I earned it and that is what matters (egoist), what about the greater good (Utilitarian), well you can worry about that and I’ll earn away your money. Then the only way of redistribution is the government intervention through social plans, taxes (estate, land, etc…)

 

Oh and land, why does my land need to be taxed? I understand that land taxes are taxes on the wealthy (if you own land you are wealthy) but it also means that you are unable to dip beneath the radar of the system. In order to have a decent home you have to have a part to play in the economy, you need to have a job to make money to pay the taxes. You can’t even own land, have your own self sustaining farm and live off of your own means because of property tax. This is another way that the US encourages participation in the economy by each individual. You can’t slack, you have to be contributing to the economy to live here. This isn’t bad at all, in fact I agree with it but can’t I retire someday and not owe taxes? Can I do my part then say I’m done and I’m going to relax now? Not these days because the stock market I got dooped into participating in took all my retirement money, and my property taxes are coming due.

 

October 2, 2010 - I thought I should mention, I think Facebook is being tracked by the FBI in order to see into the minds of the United States public, in part a barometer of the nation’s anxiety, in part by individual focus. The FBI knows everything about you, except your thoughts. Well now thanks to Facebook they not only know your thoughts and your relationships, they know every single little thing you post, mowing the lawn, the latest news, how many farm town cows you own and so on. And if the FBI isn’t doing this then they’re missing out on a great opportunity.

 

September 30, 2010 - I look forward to conference weekend, sitting in your PJs, listening to the words of the church leaders. I wish church could be like this every Sunday. But then where would the sacrifice be, right, and any religion that does not require sacrifice is no religion at all.

 

September 27, 2010 - Tonight we played a little game of softball at the Brätt residence with a few other families. Addie got to hit the (wiffle) ball with a (tennis racket) bat and ran all around. After she made it to home plate she went and stole the pitcher's mound, literally... she ran off with it.

 

September 23, 2010 - Interesting thought I’ve picked up on. You can’t test ethical theories because once the decision is made and the result is seen you can’t test the alternatives. So in this wonderful scientific model of hypothesis how can we ever explain morality other than in broad definitions with observations that can’t actually gain any scientific stats. I’m not complaining about morals, I’m complaining about the scientific method.

 

September 15, 2010 - There is a little power button on your laptop and it probably looks like this

 

 

Where did this come from? All of a sudden, about 5 or 6 years ago, this icon popped up and suddenly meant “power” but who invented it and distributed it? It’s similar to how the work “employee” in the English language has changed to allow “employe”. Either is acceptable now and the rumor is that GM started this practice in order to somehow save money within their corporation and it just happen to become viral. Whether this is true or not, the point is someone is actively changing our culture in small but eternal ways.

 

August 30, 2010 - It has been really nice having about a month off from school. I feel like I'm a normal part of the family again. Doing chores at home actually feels natural again, not like I'm always pushing to fit everything in. Wendy and I have gotten to bed at decent hours for the past few nights too.

 

August 27, 2010 - Time for the adoption marathon this weekend with Nancy in two too. Today we will be taking Asher to court to finalize his adoption. Tomorrow we'll be taking him to the Temple to be sealed to us and lastly on Sunday we will have his Baby Blessing.

 

Update: Court went great, the Judge mentioned how nice it is to have a happy court cases like adoption rather than the other 80 depressing court cases. He also invited us to take pictures with Addie and Asher taking turns wearing the robes and holding the gavel. It was a really nice experience. We also have some great pictures from Saturday and Sunday as well. They will be posted eventually.

 

August 26, 2010 - I just got back from 4 days in California for Payroll Training. While there I was able to see Long Beach and Santa Monica too. I'm sure Wendy and Addie would have loved to have been there to see the sights, maybe someday.

 

August 21, 2010 - So the weekend events are over, Friday night Wendy and I had the UVU MBA dinner while Janice watched Addie and Asher for us. We got to sit at the same table with Mr. Woodbury, from whom the business school is named after. Turns out he went to the same LDS Mission area that Wendy and I went to.

 

Then this morning I got up early as usual to be in Heber by 7:30 am. In the day's time I was assigned my group with whom I'll be doing group work with over the next two years, saw various presentations "who is I?",  participated in various team building, leadership and communication activities like walking around blindfolded through the desert, building wood bridges from one island to the next and making faux money in a business game. I like how the program with have an all inclusive, community based, self perpetuating project that we will invent and progress on. I'm excited.

 

August 20, 2010 - The MBA program at UVU is starting tonight with a kick-off dinner for students and spouses with teachers and supporters in attendance as well. Tomorrow I'll be going out to the Heber Campus for 8 hours of leadership training and in-depth explanations of what the next two years will hold. I look forward to finally seeing who will be in the program.

 

August 14, 2010 -While in the bath the other day Addie asked what bubbles are for? Asher is able to sit and hold himself there without falling. The point is, they grow up so fast.

 

July 28, 2010 - What color is your personality?

Aaron's  result: RED - You have incredible will-power and you are capable of overcoming obstacles that would stop others. You enjoy a pleasant and colorful environment. You are capable of bursts of high energy spontaneity, though generally more "laid back". You are energetic and interested in many areas of life. You are capable of accomplishment when consciously focused and persistent.

 

July 26, 2010 - My parents visited this last weekend and got to see our little family in our home environment. We spent the time taking them to all of Addie's favorite spots, the pool, the Dinosaur Museum, the Children's Flower Garden, etc... Unfortunately I ended up getting sick one evening so I had to miss some of the sun. We figure it was heat exhaustion.

 

July 10, 2010 - Wondering if Facebook will be the beginning of the end for High School Reunions... (posted on Facebook)

 

July 1, 2010 - I almost brought my Alto Sax to work today but I didn't and now I'm regretting it.

 

June 30, 2010 - Wendy went into the doctors Monday evening and found out that she has pneumonia. The medicine for it is pretty hard on her as well. Fortunately we have such great friends in our neighborhood who are so willing to help out.

 

June 29, 2010 - Respect for all my friends and cousins who are strong enough to admit they are seeing Eclipse tonight. It's a great book series and the movies are pretty good too.

 

June 23, 2010 - 3:10 am... Asher, it's time for sleep, for you, for me, for the western world.

 

June 18, 2010 - Mr. Jobs, we see what you're doing, we're not blind and we're listening to every word you say. Give us flash technology on your iProducts or else someone else will. *cough*Microsoft*cough*... Where are the anti-trust lawsuites on the iPad? Sincerely, just another iPad owner.

 

June 10, 2010 - I'll be playing at the Orem Arts Festival in the park next to the Orem Library on Friday at 5:00 pm. Food, fun and some great Jazz! On Saturday morning I'll be sitting in with a classic Big Band for the Springville Art City Parade as well, come rain or shine.

 

May 31, 2010 - So, the church has some unused land here over by our home that, starting this month, they are allowing people to use for gardens. Wendy and I got two plots and Wendy has been spending some time getting the land prepared and the water set up. This morning she was able to spend some time over there getting everything planted since I was home from work for Memorial Day. For the most part Addie, Asher and I just sat and watched Disney's The Princess and the Frog until lunch time.

 

May 18, 2010 - My school, Utah Valley University is on Dancing with the Stars right now, tune in and make sure to catch their performance and then call in to vote for UVU to advance to the next round.

 

Update: Here is a link to the performance, they got a score of 29 out of 30, it was a wonderful performance and congrats to my friend Chris Witt who is an instructor of Ballroom Dance at UVU as well.

 

May 13, 2010 - We're really looking forward to having all the family meet James Asher this weekend at Grandpa's 80th birthday party.

 

May 5, 2010 - I feel sorry for little Asher, whose stuffy nose is keeping him up, and subsequently me too.

 

May 4, 2010 - Last night Addie wouldn't stay in bed. This lasted for about two hours. She just keep getting up every few minutes. Then she was really happy when Daddy turned on the overhead light to her roo

 

May 4, 2010 - Last night Addie wouldn't stay in bed. This lasted for about two hours. She just keep getting up every few minutes. Then she was really happy when Daddy turned on the overhead light to her room and she was allowed to run around for a few minutes. Then once the lights went off she was really sad to find her brand new door knob was locked. She fell sleep in the 10 minutes that followed.

 

May 1, 2010 - I think I graduate from the wrong school (not the wrong University, the wrong school.) I had my convocation with the School of Business yesterday but most of my peers graduated last year. Everyone I know know graduated from the School of the Arts and the seniors got to play with the Jazz Combo for the ceremony. I should have attended that convocation. I'm having Jazz Band and Symphony Band withdrawals already.

 

April 25, 2010 - Nine hours on the bus and counting... following the Beatles sing-a-long and the Simpsons Movie I think everyone is just tuckered out, another few hours to go until we get home... The Jazz Band trip was great fun. We played at a few high schools along the way but due to the white out we didn't get to the hotel in time to play that evening. We were smoking at the Festival except for a flub at the end of Sweet Georgia Brown but that was all in the tempo. We were still a top band. It's great to see how far the music program at UVU has come in just one school year.

 

April 21, 2010 - You know you're raising your daughter right when you're listening to a John Lennon Beatles song like "All You need is Love" and she asks for a Paul McCartney Beatles song like "Hello Goodbye".

 

April 16, 21010 - Stake Talent Show tonight, with sectionals and Woodwind Recitals tomorrow night. Next week has the Jazz Band concert, Symphony Band Concert and the tour to the Greeley Jazz Festival in Colorado where the Jazz Band will play at two high schools, one resort, then finally at the festival itself. The week after that is graduation. I'm glad I stuck around to get my music minor this year.

 

April 12, 2010 - "You gotta find the last paw print, it's the third clue, you put it in your note book 'cause it's Blue's Clues, Blue's Clues. Then you sit back in your thinking chair and think, think, think." You'll never guess what is Addie's new favorite  show...

April 9, 2010 - I'm up late feeding Asher and watching Murder She Wrote and I can't help but wonder, Mrs. Fletcher was present for over 200 murders, that's a lot of coincidences, you'd think eventually the police would figure out who the "real" murderer must be...

April 7. 2010 - I got home today and Addie told me that she wants ear rings. I said no. Yesterday she told Wendy that she wants a cat.

March 31, 2010 - We're having a "Jazz Band Concert for Smart and Attractive People" tonight and you're invited.

Also, I thought someone might get a kick out of this look at the history of acglass.com.

March 30, 2010 - We had some cake and presents last night for Addie's birthday (although the actual party will be on Friday.) Addie got a tent to play in and seems to want to do nothing else but play in the tent. The only problem is that the tent is a little larger than we expected so we have no long term place in our home to put it.

 

March 29, 2010 - Happy Birthday to my little girl. Since I've been home with her for the last 6 days sick with Strep Throat and HFMD it was a big change for her to have me leave for work this morning. That combined with the super tempting birthday cake, conspicuously hidden on top of the refrigerator, Addie is have a difficult morning. Grandma Nievaard is visiting this week so once she gets in we'll have a little birthday party with just the immediate family. Addie's real party has been moved to Friday due to my recent illness.

 

March 24, 2010 - Down and out with Strep Throat. I've been pretty much bed ridden since yesterday except for the Symphony Band Concert performance.

March 17, 2010 - Happy Birthday Billy Corgan.

March 16. 2010 - Utah Valley University is planning a brand new "Center for Arts" and museum on campus. I hope this is completed before I finish my grad degree.

March 10, 2010 - A friends gave Addie an old phone to play with, the service has been shut off but the phone still functions. Yesterday Addie ended up putting it inside the bass woofer along with various other objects that she has stuck in that little hole over the last few months. When the phone's battery gets low it starts to beep so...

March 5, 2010 - "I can accomplish anything, my only enemy is time."

March 2, 2010 - It always look forward to Jazz Band but yesterday we spent the entire class playing through arrangements made by the students of the arranging class. The sight reading was fun, and we had some good laughs playing through stuff where the instruments were transposed incorrectly and the notes were often well out of our ra...nge but over all I really look forward to getting back to our charts.

February 27, 2010 - Just about 2:00 am, Asher and I are getting ready for the next bottle feeding. I'm a little tired... oh and sounds like Addie might be awake in her bed (which seems to be typical for her really)

 

February 24, 2010 - Tom let me have the day off so today is my first "real" day off in a long time considering that my other days off have all be full of obligations or sickness. Today Wendy got to sit with Asher and get his announcements out while Addie and I played in the snow.

 

February 21, 2010 - 9:25 pm, Wendy's asleep in bed, Asher is sleeping on my chest and Addie's still talking to herself in her bed. I love my little family. Asher will eat again at 10:00 pm then I'm going to bed too.

 

February 20, 2010 - Addie got a hold of my phone today and made her first actual dialed call... to Wendy. Needless to say Addie was tickled Pink and we got a good laugh out of it as well. Now Wendy and Addie are at a birthday party for one of Addie's friends. Asher and I are just relaxing and he keeps giving me that look, the one that says, "I would eat your chin if you'd let me." He's such a cute little guy.

 

February 18. 2010 - NPR reported today that about 80% of the youth who received the H1N1 vaccine never returned for the second shot.

 

February 17, 2010 - I let Addie stay up an extra 20 minutes last night as we watch Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (I really enjoyed it.) We also ate some ice cream that I let her pick out during our last trip to the store. She picked pink ice cream (Strawberry) but it seems it's not her favorite flavor after all. I think we'll get chocolate next time. Addie has been going to bed so well over the last few weeks that I'm always tempted to just cuddle her forever rather than letting her sleep.

 

Asher decided to spend more time awake last night that he has been so far so we played Tecmo Bowl on the Wii Virtual Console. Well, ok, I played and he snuggled.

 

February 13, 2010 - Our new son, Asher, was just born. After Wendy had dropped me off for work she got a call from our agency where we got all the details, then headed up to West Jordan to see our new son. We spent most of today with him as well and he'll get to leave the hospital tomorrow. We are very excited.

 

Addie got to hold her new baby brother today as well and she was very happy once she got to be near him. She's already a great big sister.

 

February 3, 2010 - Unfortunately the adoption didn't work out. Our feelings of sadness are hard to explain but I'm back at work now while Wendy and Addie are safe at home again. The whole trip was especially hard for Addie who, although always had her cherry carefree disposition, didn't eat particularly well and didn't sleep particularly well. We were so happy to get her home into her own bed and routine.

 

January 25, 2010 - Wendy and I have been chosen by a birth mom in South Carolina to adopt the yet-to-be-born son. We're going to have an interesting next few weeks. Our progress is available on Facebook.

 

January 09, 2010 - I'm doing  independent study at school where I compose music under the supervision on Dr. Jim Colonna. I am tracking my time through a blog found here.

 

December 24, 2009 - Now that my parents have received their Christmas present I can say that over the past month I've been putting together a series of 8 Saxophone quartet pieces as their Christmas present. See pictures here.

 

It was really nice being home this Christmas Eve. Addie, Wendy and I spent some time drawing and coloring this morning. I also got to practice Saxophone for about 2 hours (with Addie taking turns practicing with me until she didn't want to share the saxophone anymore.) We also went to Aunt Betty's for some Christmas Eve dinner with our cousins. After returning home and putting Addie to bed Wendy and I think we might have caught a glimpse of Santa Claus leaving Addie's Christmas present, a play kitchen set.

 

Merry Christmas!

December 1, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - My stitches are out and I'm loving it! It felt like I had that bandage on forever, but it was not even a full two weeks. I was so excited to wash my hands. I know, I'm crazy! It feels so great to be able to move my hand more. The physician said that the surgery was really successful. I actually have more feeling in my fingers than the average person! The only downside is that I now have a yucky wound to look at for the next couple of weeks. It is pretty bruised around my wrist under the incision too. Overall though, I'm feeling great and can't wait to start on all of the Christmas projects I have been postponing. I already made Christmas ornaments during Addie's nap today. Hooray! I love my hands!

November 29, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - We went to church today and Addie was able to go to nursery for the first time in several weeks. We have been gone because of illness, stake conference, general conference, etc. so we are glad to be back in the swing of things and going to church regularly again. I say that as if we'll never get sick again. We're crossing our fingers on that! Now I just need to get my flu shot. Fun. Addie loved nursery. She is such a people person that nothing is better than hanging out with a bunch of little kids and teachers. She loves nursery so much. I just hope she is behaving well and getting along with all of the other kids! She can be a stinker sometimes. Don't I know it! She's also very loving and affectionate so it's hard to put her in timeout for being naughty sometimes when she says sorry and gives you her infamous "squeeze." She also says, "squeeze" when she hugs you. Adorable, I know. Well, Addie was so tired when we got home that she barely ate anything for lunch and her eyes were pretty glazed over when I picked her up and brought her to bed for her nap. She didn't protest and slept for the next three hours! I love nursery!

November 28, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - We went to RC Willey bright and early... like at 10:00 this morning! We got our appliances fast and easy with delivery scheduled for later in the day. I am quite excited for our new fridge because it is the same size as our old one, but it has more cubic feet inside (because they use better insulation now and the walls are thinner.) I now have a freezer twice the size of my old one and a fridge that can hold 9 gallons of milk on one shelf. That is one beautiful fridge! I also have separate drawers for fruits and vegetables so they now have their own compartments that I can change the humidity on. There is also a deli drawer devoted to our coveted meet and cheese! Addie has a space for her gogurt and string cheese too. Who would have thought I would get this excited over a fridge! I haven't tried loading the dishwasher yet because of my bandaged hand, but Aaron seems to like the dishwasher too! Features include: three-tiered upper rack, adjustable upper rack, 3 separate containers for silverware (also adjustable and removable), dinner plates fit on the top, etc. The best part about it is that it WORKS! We no longer have to wash every single dish by hand. I like that feeling and I don't mind being spoiled by my dishwasher! I love my new appliances.

November 27, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - One week ago I had surgery. It's kind of weird to think that it's only been a week, but in some ways it feels like a month ago. We have decided to turn the traditional "Black Friday" into "Lazy Friday" because we're not crowd going people and we don't really have the money to spend this year anyways. We lounged around for most of the day in our jammies playing with Addie and napping here and there. I did most of the napping! Aaron played Rock Band with Addie of course. We ate breakfast casserole for most of the day because it has become one of Aaron's favorite foods now. The day was going so great until 8:30 tonight. Our refrigerator decided to start clicking in warning that it was going to die soon. We really didn't want to purchase a new fridge, but we also didn't want to lose a whole fridge full of food - like Thanksgiving leftovers! We're headed to buy appliances tomorrow first thing in the morning. Maybe I can convince Aaron that we're ready to replace our dishwasher too... since it's been broken for several months now!

November 26, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! We had a little feast of our own today so I could be at home to rest. I love Thanksgiving so much and one of my favorite parts is making the food. I like the satisfaction of putting on a feast even if it is just for my little family. In the past we have always just made stovetop stuffing and instant potatoes because we don't need a lot and frankly it was just easy to throw together, but this year I made everything from scratch... almost! Aaron got the turkey in the oven and I started working on everything else. I made mashed potatoes, stuffing, yams, rolls and corn. It doesn't sound amazing or anything, but it was worth all of the work to prepare it even with my hand (because it took 2-3 times longer to make everything). Aaron went out to buy our dessert because I was too pooped out to make anything. So we had a cheesecake variety platter instead of the traditional pumpkin pie! I kind of liked that even more. My friend Megan was in the hospital because she had a baby the day before so we had her husband Justin and their son Andrew come over and eat with us too. We sent them home with lots of leftovers so hopefully they had a good Thanksgiving too. I'm so grateful for a home to live in and a family to love. Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24, 2009 - Here is a short video of the Jazz Band.

 

November 23, 2009 - In the past week the UVU Jazz Band (did I mention I'm playing 1st Alto in the University's Jazz Band) has had two gigs to speak off. First one was last Wednesday where we played at the new Pirate Island Pizza. It was a fun show and they asked the band to return monthly so it looks like we're the new Pirate Island house band. Second one we had was the Ice Breaker Festival at the University itself, which was today. We got to listen to a horde of High School ensembles and we were the featured band ourselves. The 1st Tenor decided to skip both of these gigs and I haven't heard a word from him, maybe he's in the hospital or jail? It just meant more solos for me.

 

Tonight Addie went to bed at 7:00 pm and now, almost 2 hours later she is still talking to herself (or her dolls) and rolling around in her bed. I give her another 15 minutes before she falls asleep.

 

November 21, 2009 - Wendy had her second carpel tunnel release surgery last Thursday and is recuperating nicely. I ended up taking Thursday and Friday off from work to take care of Addie and Wendy while Wendy relaxed with her pain killers. Addie and I played games of all kinds and she helped a lot by giving "squeezes" or hugs to her mommy while mommy was resting. We're also thankful to our friends in the Ward who help by providing dinner and comfort. We love and appreciate you all.

 

Addie's more recent hobbies include clicking and typing randomly on the desktop computer, watching videos of cats, kitties and babies on the internet, singing most of the alphabet, watching Baby Einstein, playing Rock Band with daddy and throwing her hands in the air at the end of each song, and carrying around my phone while it plays Aebersold Jazz Music. This is added to the list of reading picture books, playing pianos and instruments of varying sizes, driving her car thingy, playing with her mighty mugs, pushing her dolls in a stroller, playing chase, swinging on the park swing walking on and jumping on daddy.

 

November 19, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - I had carpal tunnel surgery today on my left hand. The surgery was successful and I left about an hour later. I usually get really sick from the anesthesia, but the doctor was great and I was only out for a short time. I was brought into the operating room and slid over to the operating table. They put cuffs on my arms, straps on my arms and legs, shields around my body, etc. They washed my arm and hand and then sterilized my hand before they put me to sleep. The next thing I remember is counting to 2 and waking up in recovery. I went home about 30 minutes later! Then I went to bed and slept or watched movies for the next 24 hours!

November 8, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - Addie and I are sick. I took Addie to the doctor on Friday after she had only been sick for 6 days. I was worried enough to bring her in though because she sounded awful and I was sick too so I knew how bad she must have been feeling. The doctor gave her a dose of medicine that seems to be helping a little. Her cough is less frequent, but she's still pretty sick. I have a beast of a cold too. Aaron has a sniffle or two, but compared to the flu he had the week before... he's doing much better. Hopefully the brunt of our colds, croup or whatever it is that is ailing our family will pass quickly and Aaron will be relieved of all the extra duties he has taken on since Mommy has been a little out of commission.

November 5, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - Happy Birthday Mom! My mom is the greatest and here's wishing her the very best from Aaron, Wendy & Addelynn! We love you so much! Have a great day!!!

November 1, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - Are you kidding me? Since when has it been 70 degrees in November? Usually it is much cooler by now and we are getting our first taste of snow every once in awhile. Well, we have had a dusting of snow... but it's kind of crazy to have an Indian Summer again after that. I kind of like it... but I don't like it when the bees keep coming back! I'm so ready for winter, but ask me again when it doesn't get above freezing and we're waiting to thaw out again in favor of spring and summer weather!

October 31, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - Happy Halloween! We flew back home this afternoon and debated on whether or not we should dress up for the annual trunk-or-treating event held at our church. We had a reputation to uphold after all. We also knew there would be a lot of competition this year and we didn't have anything ready since I was gone for the last week and Aaron was home with the flu. We finally came up with a plan at the last minute and we were more than happy with the results. Aaron put on his tux, I put on a gown, Addie wore her cat costume and we made a sign to display our car as "The Incredible Invisible Automobile." We sat on a pair of bar stools in our designated parking space and passed out candy to trick-or-treaters. Nobody would have ever guessed we could tie for 3rd place without even having a car decorated! We'll have to think of something even better for next year now! It turns out that Addie got the hang of trick-or-treating really fast. She followed the other kids around and said the magic words that filled her little bucket with candy. She also dug right in and pulled out a sucker or two for her mouth before we came home and crashed in our beds!

October 27, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - Happy Birthday Aaron! You are the greatest husband ever. I'm so lucky to be your wife. I miss you tons and wish you the best birthday ever. I promise to make you a great cake when we get home... chocolate, frosting, coconut, etc! We love you! See you soon!

Today was also my grandpa's funeral. It was a beautiful ceremony at the Tahoma National Cemetery. It reminded me so much of when my father died. I miss my dad so much. It was a very different feeling though attending my grandpa's funeral because I felt so much peace. It felt so good to see so many people who loved my grandpa and knew what a great man he was.

October 22, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - In loving memory of my grandfather, Gerald Phil Rengler, who passed away this evening in his home with my grandmother, Fern Rengler by his side. My brother, Nathan Nievaard was also present. We're going to miss my grandpa so much, but we are glad that he is not suffering anymore. I'm especially grateful for the comfort and knowledge the gospel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints brings in my life because I know that I'll be able to see my grandpa again in heaven someday. My grandpa is especially important in my life because he baptized me when I was a little kid. I'm so grateful for his example and dedication to serving the Lord. He taught me how to be a better person and I love him so much.

September 30, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - I love everything about my sweet little Addie. She is the most precious little gift we could ever have. She's a smart little thing and we feel so blessed to have her in our little family.

September 29, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - I love it when Addie puts her little arms around my neck and pulls me close to her to give me a tight hug.

September 28, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - I love when Addie experiments making funny faces in the mirror.

September 27, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - I love that Addie gets excited to watch "Little Einsteins" and says "tap - tap" instead of "pat - pat." It's her favorite television show!

September 26, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - I love tracing Addie's hand with a crayon.

September 25, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - I love looking at Addie's beautiful brown eyes!

September 24, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - I love hearing Addie say "amen" after a prayer.

September 23, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - I love that "JUICE" is a word Addie uses for all liquids except water. It doesn't matter if it's milk, juice, gatorade, milkshake, etc. It's all juice to her. I sometimes wonder if "JUICE" means something yummy to drink whereas "WATER" means something tasteless to drink... if only I could read her mind!

September 22, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - I love watching her blow kisses.

September 21, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - I love that Addie and Daddy play ROCK BAND together.

September 20, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - I love when it's time for bed and Addie runs to her room with her arms folded ready to say bedtime prayers. The best part is that she's ready for bed and wants to go to bed, but she doesn't want to at the same time!

September 19, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - I love how excited Addie gets when it's time to take a bath. She has taken up swimming in the bathtub and I love watching her kick her legs and blowing bubbles in the water.

September 18, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - I love how Addie gets excited when Daddy comes home from work! She giggles and cuddles into me if she is sitting on my lap. She giggles and tries to hide if she is standing somewhere. She giggles and tries to run away if Daddy is in her sight. She cracks me up.

September 17, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - I love how Addie gives big, cheesy grins and giggles.

September 16, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - I love watching Addie color with crayons.

September 15, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - I love how Addie comes and gives slobbery kisses.

September 14, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - I love how Addie talks about BUGS. I'm not sure when her interest in bugs started, but she isn't a fan of them it seems. We were walking outside one day and passed some potato bugs and ants on the sidewalk. I probably said something so she wouldn't touch them before so this time Addie said, "Yuck, bugs!" Ever since then I have completely agreed with her and chime in with the same phrase to support her in the general dislike of bugs. I don't mind this at all and hope that the natural girl in her continues to keep bugs at bay. I don't know what I would do with a boy because I don't like bugs and dirt!

September 13, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - I love my little outdoor girl and how excited she gets when it is time to go outside. Addie will say "outside" and grab her shoes. She runs to the door and knocks on it until we are ready to go. She loves playing on the toys or running through the grass or bouncing balls on the basketball court or swimming in the pool or going on walks in the stroller. Playing outside always wears her out though and she is kind of fussy when we come home again. She has even thrown a few tantrums stomping her feet when we walk in the door and trying to run outside again to play. I think it's adorable, but I talk to her and let her know that we had play time outside and now it is time to play inside. She is never really happy about that, but she survives and has learned to live with the fact that we can't spend 24 hours a day outside. She probably would if she could though!

September 12, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - I love watching Addie dance to music. She can really get going sometimes when she is being extra silly and entertaining. Her dancing moves include: the classic one foot stomp, twirling in circles, jumping up and down (but not off the ground), head bobbing, clapping, rocking back and forth... etc. She loves watching herself in the mirror and often tries new things when she can watch what she is doing. I love my girl and all of her silly moves!

September 11, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - I love "The Look." Addie learned from a very young age (7-8 months) to tilt her head down and look up at you with her eyes. We started calling it "The Look" and the name has stuck. She will give "The Look" when you ask her to. Then we all laugh about it so she usually does it again and again. It's hilarious to us and it's a fun game for her. We love all of her little expressions, but "The Look" is by far my favorite part of her little personality!

September 10, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - I love snuggling with Addie on the couch or in Daddy's big chair after her nap time. She is not always a cuddly person so I take advantage of the times that she is! She is really cuddly when she is sick. It breaks my heart when she doesn't feel good so I'm glad I can at least comfort her with some cuddles and hugs. The only problem is that I start to drift off to sleep when she's on my lap because she is so warm and cozy!

September 9, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - I love how Addie talks on the phone now. She loves talking on the phone with Daddy. She gets to talk with grandmas and grandpa every once in awhile. She listens really well and gets a serious look on her face. She is responding more now and actually says a few things now like "hi" and "I love you" and "bye-bye." I love it when Aaron calls me when I'm out running errands and he lets Addie talk on the phone so I can hear what she sounds like on the phone. She's growing up way too fast. Every time the phone rings she wants to talk. What am I going to do when she is a teenager? Ha, ha!

September 8, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - I love Addie's teeth. It is so cute how she says, "CHEESE" when I want to get a picture of her. It is still pretty tricky actually timing the camera to get a good smiling picture, but she is getting the hang of smiling now. String cheese also happens to be one of her favorite snacks so she latched onto that word really well. I am so glad that Addie's horrendous teething is mostly over. She finally got her molars in all the way this month and we are working on those canine teeth. We had some pretty cranky days but it was all worth it because she has such a great smile. She loves brushing her teeth, but she spends most of her time sucking the toothpaste off. Then she wants more. I finally got her a spin brush so it is doing a little bit more than before. Every time I brush her teeth with her she closes her mouth tight and wants to do it herself. I don't look forward to taking her to the dentist, but I'm sure it will be an interesting adventure!

September 7, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - Speaking of food, I love how Addie asks for a treat when it is time to do her hair. She gets to have a dum dum lollipop because I need her to sit still long enough to get some kind of hairstyle in for the day. One of her favorite treats right now is the classic "Otter Pop." I can never resist when she rubs her tummy and says, "Otter Pop please." She knows a few words in sign language and "please" has worked very well for her in getting what she wants because it is absolutely adorable. Sometimes we have been known to eat 3 otter pops in a single day... but it gets really hot here in Utah so I have to admit that it really hits the spot.

September 6, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - I love watching Addelynn eat. I know this sounds weird, but you would love to watch her too if you could see her dimples every time she chewed. She is such a big girl now and it seems like so long ago that she was drinking a bottle every few hours. I think it's cute when she blows on her food and says hot before she tries anything. I think it's cute when she slurps up noodles and they just keep coming. I think it's really cute when she eats a whole bowl of cereal, drinks the milk and then asks for more. She gets pretty creative sometimes when she eats. Her natural curiosity about everything made me crack up when she started smiling and making faces in her spoon one day! She is one hilarious little girl.

September 5, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - I love it when Addie reads her board books. She has always loved books and takes really good care of them considering her age and interests. We only have 3 books that have experienced more than the typical wear and tear you would expect. One is her favorite counting book... and the other two were her first books when she was still putting everything in her mouth! I love it when Addie goes into her bedroom and pulls out the fabric bins with her books. She can sit in her room for half an hour browsing through the books all by herself. Sometimes she lets me sit with her and then she brings me book after book to read to her. I'm glad we have a lot of books because I have only memorized a few in the many times we have sat and read together. I love my little girl and how she is already becoming a little reader. My favorite is when she holds a book and reads to me. She points to the pictures and the words and says all sorts of things that I'm sure would be very accurate to the story if I could understand her little language!

September 4, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - I love watching Addie sleep. It is so cute how her sleep habits have changed. I used to lay her on her back and she would flip over on her tummy and stick her little bum in the air. That was cute! Now her routine is to lay on her back and put both of her hands behind her head while I cover her with a blanket. She gets to have a stuffed animal in bed with her now. At first, she always tried to grab a few to take with her but she is getting used to just picking one to sleep with. Sometimes it is the same one every time for a week and sometimes it is a different one every night. I love it when she picks her big elephant or polar bear. I love it even more when she picks her tiny little owl. I love seeing her snuggled in her blankets and listening to the soft snoring sound of my beautiful baby.

September 3, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - I love Addie's feet. She has feet like her birth mom's. It was one of the traits her birth mother pointed out to us when we met her. She told us it would be fun buying shoes for her that would stay on her skinny little feet. She was absolutely right! We can keep her tennis shoes and boots on with no problem, but her church shoes have a way of slipping off a dozen times in the first hour! Ha, ha! We love her long, skinny feet. I love how she crosses her feet when she's relaxing. I love how she tries to jump up in the air and her feet never leave the ground. I love rubbing her feet with lotion after a bath. I love squeezing her little toes. I love chasing her and hearing the little pitter patter of her feet on the wood floor. I just bought a bigger pair of shoes for her again. I'm going to miss her little baby feet someday!

September 2, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - I love the way Addie is a natural mommy. She has always loved baby dolls and now has her own little collection ranging from small to large dolls in a variety of colors. She likes to feed her juice or milk to her babies but won't use the pretend bottles very often. Her own sippy cups are much better apparently. She also puts them to bed sometimes with a blanket and then gets them up and pats them on the back. My favorite moments are when she tries to teach her babies how to sit or read or play with her toys. She's going to be a great big sister someday... hopefully sooner than later!

September 1, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - The entire month of September is all of the things I love most about my girl Addie. She's a sweetie and a stinker at the same time. I can't get enough of her some days and other days I can't wait for Aaron to take her away for a few moments! I love her to pieces and am so happy I get to spend each and every day at home with her. Being a mom is a great blessing and I hope the things I write about her will be things she'll look back on and love about her own kids someday. First of all I love the way Addie laughs. She gets so excited when we play chase around the house. She has even recently started snorting when she really gets going. I love to tickly her armpits after her bath when I'm drying her off with a towel because her laugh is the cutest when I get her most ticklish spots!

August 31, 2009 - Late Saturday night we decided to defrost our freezer in order to see if it would get the ice machine to stop making the freezer leak water. Unfortunately we accidentally turned off the entire fridge. Early Sunday evening we noticed that everything had gotten warm and thus figured out what we did wrong. So... we turned the fridge back on, threw out most all the food and Wendy went grocery shopping early this morning before I left for work.

 

A few items on the lighter side, Orlando and Tara sent us a DVD Signing Time that Addie adores. She'll watch, and flair her arms a bit and even sign "Mouse". It's nice to have something that keeps her sitting on the furniture rather than standing on it.

 

Wendy, though I doubt she had any intentions of mentioning it  got an amazing high score (292,600) on a game called Bejeweled Blitz that she frequents on Facebook. We haven't seen anyone get even close to such a score except for a computer bot.

 

Lastly, thanks to the good graces of my boss at work who is allowing me to work around an odd school schedule, I am playing Tenor Sax in the UVU Symphony Band and 1st Alto in the UVU Jazz Band. I hope to post some recordings eventually.

August 6, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - I'm making beef jerky. Yep, that's right... I'm making it right here in my oven. It's not as hard as it might seem, but it's not the fastest item to make either. While visiting my grandma's house on vacation, we cleaned and organized her kitchen cabinets. Among several interesting items that Grandmas have in their cupboards was a beef jerky making kit. Beef jerky happens to be one of my most favorite snacks of all time. It's right up there with bananas. Since we're going camping this weekend, I thought it most appropriate to try out this little kit that my grandma let me take home with me. So I got out the kit and a pound of ground beef and set to work seasoning, mixing and squirting the meat on a tray to dry in the oven for the next 10 hours. It smells so good already and I can't wait to see how it turns out in the end!

August 5, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - Today was my first of many meetings in my new calling in the church as a Counselor in the Stake Primary. Basically I help organize training, orientation and meetings for Ward Primary Presidencies. They are the ones that actually meet with kids every Sunday at church and provide classes and music for kids ages 18 months to 12 years. I will directly be involved with the Scouting Program as well so I guess I'll be ready for a boy in our family someday! Either that or Addie is going to know everything about Girl Scouts as well as Boy Scouts!

August 4, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - Talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, talk and talk... That would be the sound of my little Addelynn all day long. She is so interested in talking right now that she literally comes and sits by my feet no matter where I am, how long I am there or what I am doing. Addie followed me around today with a toy and would sit at my feet playing with her toy and talk at the same time. So here I am washing dishes, folding laundry, wiping counters, mopping, etc... and Addie sits either on my feet or plants herself right next to me for the duration of my activity. Even if I just had to put clothes in the washer for a minute, she was right there babbling away. We finally went into her bedroom and enjoyed reading some books together just so I could get a word in! Ha, ha!

August 3, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - We had the best week last week with Addie taking 2 hour naps twice a day and sleeping 12 hours straight through the night. I should have known that it wouldn't last forever because this week she seems to have a change of heart about the whole napping thing. In fact, she doesn't want to sleep no matter what time of day it is. She cries and she cries and she cries. It's such a sad thing to hear her cry especially when I don't know what changed all of a sudden. I have come to the conclusion that teething continues to get the best of her. Her molars are taking forever to come in just like all of her little teeth have done. So instead of having some pain here and there, she gets weeks upon weeks of misery as the teeth slowly make their way through her tough little gums. The poor girl - her first molar has been breaking through the skin slowly over the past month! I can't wait until she has a full set of chompers... it will probably be time to start losing her baby teeth by the time that happens at this rate!

August 2, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - After spending many more hours than I thought it would take, I finally finished my rag quilt for Addie. It is 9 by 10 squares and just big enough for my growing girl. She is going to get a big girl room when baby #2 comes along someday so I thought I should get started sooner than later so her room can be decked out in pink and green with a few brighter accents here and there. She loves her rag quilt and likes to just sit on it will all of her toys around her. She's getting so big now that I can't even believe it sometimes. Pretty soon I'll be sending her off to school! AAAAaaaaagggghhh!

August 1, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - We went to the temple today! We were lucky to have a friend who is trading babysitting days with us so we can go to the temple more often. Addie must have had fun playing with her friend Zachary because she came home a took a long nap. Aaron took advantage of the quiet time too and dozed off for a nap as well on the couch. Of course the mom in me just had to spend that time cleaning up the house and surfing the internet for craft projects. Later we went to Cabella's for a few camping purchases. We have our very own dutch oven now! I'm excited, yes - because I love camping and Aaron is finally convinced that we can get a few things to make our camping adventures more involved. We also got a pie iron and we are going to show our friends how to make bread pies the camping way. I can't wait to head up into the mountains already!

July 26, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - We drove home today all the way from Seattle to Utah. It was quite an adventure for all of us. We had a great ride with no problems to encounter, but it was soooo long! I think I had a harder time sitting that long than either Aaron or Addie. I told Aaron that we would never take the trip in a single day anymore because it makes for such a long day. We left around 7:00 am and arrived back home around 10:30 pm. Now we all need a vacation to catch up on some much needed rest!

July 25, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - We spent the day with Aaron's family today. Addie loved the animals so much! She chased the dogs and cats around the house until they were all tired. Aaron got to play saxophone with his parents while Addie and I went for a walk and took a nap. We have had a long week and we are excited to go home to our own place. We're going to miss our families a lot though!

July 24, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - My dad would have turned 60 years old today. Happy Birthday Dad. I still miss my dad so much. He was a great father and I am lucky to have a dad who taught me so much about service and helping others. A lot of people affected by suicide don't really understand it or know what to say to someone who has a family member who committed suicide. My dad made the choice to end his own life and that is a difficult thing to say because it makes me feel angry, sad, embarrassed and hurt all at the same time. He must have been hurting a lot inside and tried to deal with it alone. The important thing for our family now is to be open in our communication with others around us. It is important for people to know that suicide can be prevented. You never know how your influence may be able to change someone's life and maybe even save it. I miss my dad. Our whole family does. We will always love him.

July 19, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - Happy 6th Anniversary! I can't believe we have been married that long already. We are such good friends now and I'm glad we had so many years to get to know each other better than ever. We waited 5 long years before the arrival of our first daughter. We hated waiting at the time to have our family grow, but it was worth the wait because we both matured in our individual ways and we are better parents because of it. We have had a great marriage and are grateful for our experiences together. Aaron is still the love of my life and always will be!

At Mom's house we had an outdoor fire and roasted marshmallows for smores. We sang silly songs from Disney channel shows and the kids probably thought I was a pretty crazy aunt! We all had a fun night and I wish we had more time to spend together. Now I get to spend the rest of the week mostly with just Mom.

July 18, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - Aaron dropped Addie and I off at the airport so we could fly to Washington and visit my family for the week. He will finish his classes on Thursday and then drive up on Friday to meet us. Addie did pretty well at the airport and kept me running around to look at everything. When the airplane doors closed, Addie decided that she wasn't ready for this trip after all and started to cry and fuss. I tried everything from her binky to treats. She was okay for awhile before she got REALLY tired. We both knew that she needed a nap, but she is not used to sleeping anywhere but her crib. I had to hold her tight in my arms and I started nodding off to sleep before she finally calmed down and slept the last 20 minutes before descending into Seattle. I was so glad to leave the plane and meet my mom at the airport. She brought Kaitlyn with her and we saw Heidi, Hallie and Ethan when we got home. We were joined by Aunt Rita and cousins Matt and Steven later along with Rich (Rita's boyfriend) and Michelle (Matt's wife) along with their baby boy Bryce. We took family pictures thanks to a friend of ours and then we all hopped in the pool for some much needed cool off time. We had a big dinner and went to bed. It was a long day and I slept so well that night, but I missed Aaron a whole lot. It was strange not having him there with me.

July 8, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - We are officially approved for adoption again. That means we just got a letter in the mail stating that we are available to be presented to birth moms for possible placement situations. We don't know how long it will be until we are placed with a child, but we hope for sooner than later. Addie is growing up so fast and we can't wait to add a new little one to our family!

July 4, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - We went to the Stadium of Fire this evening for Provo's 4th of July Celebration. It was a blast. We weren't sure how Addie would do at the event because we were sitting in the bleachers for quite a long time, but she did pretty well. We saw the Jonas Brothers perform in concert and that was a hit for all the little girls there! Addie even started clapping her hands and jumping up and down on my lap! She loved it! We left before the final fireworks because it was getting late and it was probably a good thing because I'm not sure Addie would have liked it. We were happy to leave early though because we beat the traffic too!

July 2, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - List of Addie Words:

Words Addie SAYS

up

down

eat

Mom

Dad

wow

no

yes

sit

juice

ball

book

hi

bye

what

milk

teeth

all done

what's that

thank you

I love you

 

Addie's SIGNS

more

please

eat

all done

 

Addie's Animal SOUNDS

moo

woof

meow

baa

roar

quack

June 30, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - We had a get-together again today with our old college buddies at Liberty Park. It was a super hot day so it kind of felt good getting splashed every once in awhile while chasing my girl around the splash pad. Addie absolutely loves the water and couldn't get enough of it. She would stand right in front of a fountain and put her face in it. She bent over to the ground to try to lick the water. She ran around to every fountain that was spraying water at the time... with a bunch of big kids around her the whole time! Addie is not afraid to try to do anything. She is a people person in every way so it is nice when we have a chance to get out and play with lots of people around. It's fun to meet with my friends and see how their kids play and interact. They're all a little young right now so their biggest concern seems to be: What are you eating and can I have some too? OR - I'll just take that cracker thank you very much.

June 23, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - My old college friends met up today at Wheeler Farm. It's a park with an old farm where you can walk around on different paths and look at all of the animals. Addie liked the ducks the most at the duck pond and she can really make a quacking sound better than I can! It was fun to see old friends with their little kiddos. It's hard to imagine that someday we'll be sending our kids off to college!!!

June 20, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - I helped host my friend's baby shower today. It was a lot of fun because she is having a girl of course! Everything was decorated in pink and brown for Karen and baby. It was nice to see how many people come out to celebrate. I had to be a little crafty and make the decorations too. I made fabric flags like the race track ones, but only in girly pink and brown instead of red and black checkered flags. I also made Karen a display board to stick her flowers and bows or pictures on. Hopefully it will go to good use in her future baby room. Our other friend Megan was in charge of the food organization of it all. It's a good thing because it was a delicious potluck!

June 17, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - We attended the Pleasant Grove Children's Parade for Strawberry Days today. That was quite an event. It could have and should have been a simple day walking on the parade route with all of the primary kids in our ward, BUT... the weather was crazy: windy, rainy, sunny, stormy! We also thought it would be nice to carry balloons to help keep track of the kids in our ward. That was not the best thing ever because the balloons got tangled up in the wind and we ended up ripping and piecing back together pieces of string so the kids could even hold a balloon. Then a bunch of the balloons popped when the kids were waiting to start the parade, etc... etc... The funny thing is that everyone seemed to have a good time. I pushed Addie in the stroller and she had fun people watching and eating a popsicle at the end of the parade. What a crazy event... until next year!

June 13, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - We attended several hours of "Adoption Training Classes" this weekend. We met with other couples who were hoping to adopt for a weekend full of training with stories and lessons from families who have adopted, kids who are adopted and birth mothers who have placed children for adoption. We are approved for adoption and have all of our paperwork completed so now we hope to find a child to join our family soon. Our profile is available HERE.

June 10, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - What a busy day! We started off the day with the cutest thing ever... Addie waved her hand and said "BYE" to Daddy as he left for work. We both ooohhed and aaahhed over her cuteness! She is learning to say so many things like: UP, DOWN, BALL, WOOF, MOO, and more stuff that I just can't remember right now. She uses sign language for EAT, MORE and PLEASE. This melts our hearts too of course. We love our girl and all the cuteness that comes with her little self.

We went up to see the animals today at the Wheeler Farm. It is a great park where you can walk around and see the animals. We saw the cows, horses, sheep, ducks and rooster. Addie liked the ducks the best and kept making quacking sounds at them and kindly offering her french fries. Luckily we didn't get that close to them because the ducks weren't so little and Addie is not so big yet.

We also ran a few errands before heading over to see Greg, Raquel, Brandon and Aleya. The kids are getting so big. Addie was her usual self and warmed right up to a new place. She loved climbing their stairs and playing with Brandon's toys. She took care of Aleya's baby dolls too. Brandon is growing up so fast. He's a great little guy and liked to entertain Addie by giving her toys. Aleya was super clingy to her mommy. She snuck in a smile here and there in my direction and before we left, she fell asleep in my arms. We just wish that we lived closer to our cousins so we could have the kids play together more often. Addie and I loved seeing them!

June 9, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - Addie is getting to be such a big girl. She is 24 pounds now and is growing like a weed. The only way to explain this amazing growth process is the plain and simple fact that SHE EATS. She will eat anything after trying a taste of it first. Even if she doesn't seem to like it, she will put it back in her mouth to try it again. The funniest time was when she was eating a tuna fish sandwich and must have had a sour bite from a pickle. The expression of disgust was the best ever and she discarded the bad pickle on the far side of her tray where she is known to lay anything that doesn't please her when she tries it. This usually applies to raisins and the occasional mandarin orange. The funniest thing about this is that she eats about 95% of her raisins, but leaves a few in her "discard pile" for some odd reason. We may have a food critique on our hands, but then again... she downed an entire grilled cheese sandwich today with less than ample chewing. The girl loves food!!!

June 7, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - We drove home from our weekend vacation today. Addie fell asleep soon after departing so we decided to take a detour on a scenic route up to a reservoir. It's a good thing because the decision to take a side road made me look at the gas gauge and I realized that we wouldn't have enough gas to go all the way through the mountainous area as originally planned. One sleeping baby, a drive back to town for gas, a quick stop at the market for some donut holes and we were on our way again... but this time I was driving. How did I get in the driver's seat again? It turned out to be a good thing because Aaron got to play with Addie in the back seat and I didn't get car sick like I usually do. We made it to the top at 10,000 feet and realized that we wouldn't be hiking in the 34 degree weather up there! In fact, the trees had a glistening layer of frost on them and we were wearing shorts and t-shirts! I ran out of the car a few times to take some scenic shots, but we'll have to visit Cedar Breaks National Monument another time when it is warmer... if not June, then when? Surely it won't be snowing in JULY!

June 6, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - We headed out this morning for a little weekend to ourselves in the mountains. We originally planned on camping, but the weather didn't pan out and we were glad for our hotel when we drove there in a little rain shower. We drove down to Cedar City today with the mindset of doing some hiking and playing around for the weekend. The drive was longer than I remembered so it was nice to get out and stretch our legs for the hike. It was the perfect day for hiking with some overcast weather in the sixties. There were a million butterflies all around and they posed quite well on the flowers for a picture here and there. We crossed the creek over a dozen times on our hike. It was really fun to get out in nature again. I can't get enough hiking! Aaron is a good sport. Addie loved being in the backpack but was getting tired of it by the time we made it back so it was good that we didn't hike too long. We drove around Kolob Canyon to see the views and headed over to our hotel. After dropping off our luggage, we went into town and picked up food... and lots of it. We headed out later to see the movie "UP" with Addie. It was her first movie in a theater and for a fourteen month old baby on vacation without a good nap all day... she did pretty well. She laughed out loud a few times when the one dog started talking in a high pitched voice. She liked the dogs a lot and kept saying woof throughout the movie. She made it halfway through the movie before she was all tuckered out and snoozed through the rest of the movie on my lap. We all highly recommend "UP" ... and Aaron has picked it as his new favorite movie of all time!

May 31, 2009 - Last night I gave some more time towards completing the illustrations for the children's book Wendy is writing. I believe I have about 21 of 28 of them sketched, waiting to be inked.

 

While doing so I watched a few more episodes of Quantum Leap, Season 2. I think I have failed to mention that Wendy and I recently signed up for Netflix which has a vast library of content available to just watch online, including the afore mentioned series. I also recently watched Les Miserable online. In general Wendy has been catching up on various made of TV family movies.

 

May 30, 2009 - I am a firm believer in "down time" to assist in the productivity of school and work. The question is, outside of what is generally expected, how am I spending my time? Well...

 

I am currently 3/4 of the way through Agatha Christie's The Big Four on audio book as well as 1/4 into the recently released third Ordinary Boy book on hard cover. I am skeptical on how this third installment of a youth reader will fare against the 2nd one which was quite clever.

 

I'm playing my way through Mario 64 in WII Console and have about 58 of the 70 required starts. This game reminds me of when my parents originally bought me a Nintendo 64 for my 17th birthday. I also have one final dungeon to finish on Legend of Zelda - Link to the Past.

 

I received my new Lennie Niehaus Saxophone Method Books in the mail which are mind numbingly easy to sight-read through although it's the articulations I will be working on.

 

Lastly, my seldom mentioned video game design project continues right on track towards beta version 4.7 with various bugs and balance issues still being addressed.

 

May 29, 2009 - In finishing up my Bachelors Degree the last class that is required is called Strategic Management which accompanies an online simulation called Capstone. It in, 6 teams of 5 students compete as corporations to become the most successful company. I'm glad to say that so far my group is maintaining 1st place according to the balanced score card, which is a system used to access various performance measures.

 

A good example of how this score card works can be shown in sales revenue. Naturally, you would expect the best team to have the most sales. In this case, although other teams were able to generate more sales revenue than my team, they still ended up with less income because they had more cost per each of the sales they had. The balanced score card is used to focus and grade on factors that would actually benefit a company.

 

May 28, 2009 - I went to Lens Crafters and bought myself some new glasses today since my previous pair snapped.

 

 

May 27, 2009 - I never got around to mentioning the fact that since I have a year until my MBA will begin at who-knows-which school I decided to use the time to finish up my Music Minor. Fortunately since Music used to be my major I have every single necessary theory class completed. All I need to do now is complete a series of Ensembles and Private Lessons at the college.

 

May 17, 2009 - Well our church Stake (grouping of various congregations) has split so rather than 13 units we now have 6. Since I live in the newly created Stake's boundaries I have found myself without a calling (church related responsibility.) As a friend recently said, "enjoy it while it lasts."

May 10, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - Happy Mother's Day! It was a nice day at church except for the wiggling baby we had with us. It is hard for Addie to fall asleep at church now with everyone around her and it makes for a pretty grumpy girl by the time we get home. Luckily, she fell asleep after lunch and we all went to bed for three hours in the afternoon. Her new favorite thing to say is "Addie." She says it whenever she sees a picture of her or looks in the mirror. Sometimes she just says it over and over again. Cute girl!

May 9, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - We finally attended a ward breakfast at the church. It seems like we have always had other obligations and haven't been able to go. I made a hash brown dish and topped it with rice krispies instead of corn flakes because that is what I had in the cupboard. Apparently it was good because we brought home an empty pan. There was an abundance of food including fruit, juice and all the makings for breakfast burritos. Afterwards we all cleaned up and headed outside to see the old house next to the church be burned to the ground by the fire department. It was pretty neat to see but a little nerve wracking at the same time because the house was just across a field from where we live. You could feel the heat when it was really blazing and the firemen pulled back within a few feet of our fence. I felt a lot better two hours later when it was a pile of smoking timbers. We have a great view now with the house gone, but it will probably be developed into more condominiums soon.

May 7, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - Our adoption caseworker called today and informed us that she was leaving the agency to go back to school. So we are now in the waiting process again to see who will be assigned to us. Then we schedule our interviews again and start the process over. I don't like to procrastinate so it is hard to wait on other people to get things done.

May 5, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - I went to a Primary meeting without Addie tonight and it was so nice not having to worry about her staying up too late. Aaron is between semesters at the university so he stayed home and watched American Idol after putting Addie to bed. I had a baby free meeting and came home feeling refreshed instead of drained.

April 30, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - We are signed up with LDS Family Services and had our first interview today to get to know our caseworker. We're hoping things will go smoothly and that we'll be able to adopt through this agency.

April 28, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - My friend hosted an Usbourne Book Party tonight and of course I had to attend. I love their touchy feely books for infants and toddlers. I got a monkey, kitten and princess book for Addie. I think we have enough books now because our shelves will be overflowing if we add any more to our collection. It is such a great feeling to watch Addie sit and look through a bin of books.

April 27, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - It's my birthday and I'm officially old. Well, I'm 29 years old which is a great reminder that I won't always be in my twenties. Aaron brought home an ice cream cake from DQ. It has always been my favorite cake.

April 26, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - We had some friends over for dinner this evening. It's really fun to get together with other adults, especially when Addie is not saying more than a few words yet. It is nice to have some real conversation with people that speak in full sentences. Addie filled herself to the brim with pork and rice. I think she found a new passion for eating.

April 24, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - I met a few friends this afternoon to learn how to add yarn extensions to Addie's hair. She was kind of grumpy so we didn't get to do her hair but hopefully we'll be able to get it done sometime soon. It helps to have African American hair braided because it is protected more and breaks less when you don't comb through it everyday. Braids also don't pull their hair like rubber bands can. They also last for several weeks and that is the biggest bonus for us because getting her hair done is not Addie's favorite thing to do.

April 23, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - I am finally getting some time to update the web page so the last couple of entries have all been done today in reality! Addie has not been napping very much or very well for the last week so I'm taking full advantage of this quiet time! I'm working on my book and Aaron is going to illustrate it for me as soon as he finishes his finals next week. Then it will be available on Amazon.com for purchase! I'm so excited! Hopefully this will help in the fundraising of it all so we can adopt again someday!

April 22, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - We went to the zoo today with Megan and her little boy Andrew. The weather was perfect for a day at the zoo and it was fun hanging out with Megan. The kids lasted pretty well, especially after they ate lunch and ran around for a bit. We met my friend Stacie from Las Vegas with her 2 little girls too! They are getting sooo big and I can't believe that we only see each other once a year. I wish we were neighbors! All of our friends seem to be moving again so it looks like we'll have to make new ones again... but we're trying really hard to keep our friends here - at least until it is time for us to move!

April 21, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - I had my follow-up appointment to see the doctor that did my carpal tunnel surgery last month. Everything looks good and I'm starting to get my strength back slowly but surely. It is still pretty tender but that should go away as it heals during the next couple of months. Addie had a play date with her little friend Quincy today. It has been over a year since we have seen them so it was quite amazing to see our babies all grown up into pre-toddlers! Addie got to meet a little boy named Will too. They are a cute bunch of little kiddos, but the funny thing was that they all pretty much ignored each other because they don't really know how to play with others yet! Ha, ha! That's what Mommies are for right now!

April 20, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - We went to my friend Cindy's baby shower at the school today. She is just about ready to have her baby but still has a month to go. I don't know how she does it when she is teaching because I cannot even imagine going through pregnancy with such a demanding job! Maybe that's why we adopted!!! Cindy is having a boy so Addie will have yet one more BOY friend to play with. We need some more girls in the neighborhood!

April 19, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - Addie and Daddy both took naps that lasted over three hours after church today. I admit that I'm a little bit jealous because I would have loved to get some shut-eye, but it was nice to just relax too. I even had a few moments to sit outside and enjoy the nice weather. It looks like a warm week with more rain for the weekend! I love spring... because I really do love a break from the sun with a little precipitation here and there!

April 15, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - We ventured out into a spring snowstorm to attend a transracial adoption playgroup. It was our first time going and it was a blast. I was kind of nervous because it seemed like everybody already knew each other, but I put on a brave face and talked with as many people as I could. Most people had kids older than Addie so it is nice to learn things from them. Addie was her usual social self and started playing with the kids and running around right away. She wore herself out with all of those kids because she fell asleep in the car on the way home. I can't wait to see everyone again!

April 13, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - We bought a water softener today! It was so worth it. We have been using the free trial for the last month and I noticed a big difference in my dishes right away. The shower and tub is cleaner too. My laundry looks so much nicer now! We should have invested in this a few years ago when we moved in because it would have saved us a lot of time and money dealing with the hard water. I could go on a commercial to tell everyone how much I love it!

April 12, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - We had Easter dinner at Greg & Raquel's house. It was nice being with family and having the little cousins together to play. There were so many people there though that Aleya didn't want to let go of her Mom or Dad! I don't blame her because it would be a little intimidating walking around with a bunch of towering adults... but Addie was a little trooper and set out to meet everyone and see what kind of mischief she could find. Conquering the stairs was her great accomplishment of the day and she never grew tired of going up them. Mommy on the other hand tried every distraction she could think of to keep little Addie contained in a manageable area while Daddy played Guitar Hero with the guys!

April 11, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - We had an Easter Egg Hunt with our friends this morning. My friend Rachel organized the event and had everyone bring eggs and prizes for the kids. Addie was too excited to pick up any eggs because she kept running in excitement thinking that the other kids were going to chase her and get her. Playing chase is her favorite game so I don't blame her for wanting everyone to like it too... it's just funny to see her try to run away from someone when they aren't even chasing after her, but getting the egg right at her feet! Eventually she filled her basket with Mommy's help, but the best part of the morning was playing in the bubbles blown by various out of breath adults and sucking on her first lollipop in the form of a Dum-Dum. She got her Easter Basket today from the Easter Bunny too. It was filled with books, shoes, a blankie, doodle pro and some eggs. She opened all of the eggs by my great surprise... so next year we will have to put something in them! Ha, ha... but her favorite toy is the DOODLE PRO. She loves to draw on it - which meant that her books went totally ignored for the first time ever because she usually spends so much time looking at her books! I guess the Doodle Pro is just that AMAZING!!!

April 6, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - Addie is such a big girl now. I have to let the world know all of the cute things she has learned lately:

April 5, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - We spent a nice lazy day today in our pajamas while listening and watching General Conference on television. Addie slept through all of the sessions mostly because her nap time conveniently falls during the same blocks of time. She is still getting over little cold and now has a slight fever that we hope goes away on its own tonight. It is time to start getting the house ready for Grandma Nievaard to come. Nothing is better than a freshly cleaned home with brand new air fresheners out!

April 4, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - We listened to General Conference today amid various activities. It is almost too convenient to be able to watch it on TV because I don't think we do a very good job really paying attention. We ran errands in between sessions and ended up listening to part of it in the car with Addie doing a little crying and whining in the back seat. She's not feeling well with a cold that she has had for the last week. I hope it goes away soon for her sake... and ours! She's been really good but the car rides are getting to her ever since we went on our little road trip last month.

April 3, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - I got a great idea for my cards today and I'm going to try to start selling them for real now. I just have to get busy and make bunches of them. Hopefully it will be a small investment on the way to saving more money for adoption. I wish it wasn't so expensive because we would probably have more kids by now. I wouldn't trade my teaching years for anything because they have been so valuable in motherhood. I'm just ready to have a few little ones in my house already. I should be careful what I say because I may end up getting just what I ask for!

April 2, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - I really can't believe that we keep getting these spring snow storms. I guess you never know what Mother Nature is going to come up with next. I really don't mind the snow. The wind is what gets to me though. It can be so bitter cold. I'm not a fan of the howling through the windows either. It will be nice when we have flowers and warm weather again so we can go on walks outside. Addie loves being outside and she likes to walk now that she is a big girl. I just hope I can continue to coax her into the stroller for walks so I can get some good old exercise time in while I'm at it. By the way, it's really cute to see her walking now. AAaaaaggghh - she's growing up too fast!

April 1, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - Aaron thought he would be funny and call his dad today telling him that I was pregnant. Ha, ha - April Fools! The sad thing is that I really wish it were true. I feel so grateful to have been able to adopt Addie, but there is a part of me that still wishes I could get pregnant someday. We're going on six years being married this year so it's not likely to happen, but you never know. Everyone keeps telling me that I'll get pregnant now that we adopted. Addie is so cute though... it makes me want to adopt again even more than being pregnant! I have to say that I really didn't mind not having to deal with all of the trials of being pregnant - like labor!!!

March 31, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - Just another day... just kidding! Happy Birthday Nathan. I know, you are probably too busy to read this. That's what you get for being an accountant. Oh wait - I'm married to one too! Just think... only two more weeks of complete and total exhaustion and then you get one day off to recover from weeks of working late! Well, best of luck to you and hope that you have the best birthday ever... and if you have time to read this, then get off the internet and go spend time with Emily! Love ya!

March 30, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - Addie had her one year check-up today! She is growing on her normal ahead of the gang pace. She is now over 22 pounds which puts her in the 75th percentile for weight. She continues to excel in height as well landing in the 95th percentile. The greatest news of all is that she appears to be a genius. Hey - that's what the doctor said and who am I to not believe a doctor! Her head is pretty big... 97th percentile baby. We're hoping to go off the charts by her next visit! Just kidding of course, but it's good to know that she is smart and growing well. She certainly is eating better now that she's not so sick anymore. It has been a rough few weeks for her, but tis the season for colds and everything else.

March 29, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - Happy Birthday my little BABY BOO!!! It is official now, I'm not ready for my little girl to grow up. I can't deny it now though because she has been changing so much in the last few weeks. Today was a fun day for her because she got to celebrate her birthday again with a few friends that came over this afternoon to eat the extra cupcakes. She was pretty happy to dig into another cupcake. Her little boy friends are so good with her. Addie can be a bit aggressive when it comes to playing with other kids. She doesn't know how to be gentle yet so she kind of ends up in your face or jumping all over you. Luckily she's cute so her little grin always melts you anyways.

March 28, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - We celebrated Addelynn's birthday today with an afternoon party. She was such a good girl and I'm sure that she loved all of the attention. She opened her presents with a little bit of help. She wouldn't let go of the clothes that Lynne gave her. We had to sneak it out of the way in order to convince her that there were other presents to open too! Once she saw her Cabbage Patch Doll, she had to have it out of the box. She also got a puzzle from Nate and Karen which she absolutely loves to tease me with by pulling all of the pieces out when I put them back in. It's kind of the opposite to the objective at hand, but it's a fun game to her right now! Her cake was a big success. She was a little hesitant at first and put a finger in it and then tried to wipe the frosting off on her high chair tray. After awhile she got the hang of it and was dipping her finger in and licking all of the frosting off. She finally dug her hands into it and got some big chunks of cake in her mouth. Janice made her laugh and put her hands up in the air. It was hilarious. I think the sugar was getting to her by then because she was a ham ready to perform for everyone. So we now have a pre-toddler in our home ready to get into lots of trouble!

March 27, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - I was really tempted to go to the store and buy cupcakes for Addie's birthday party tomorrow, but I resisted the urge and tried to do the whole baking thing on my own... with the thought that if things didn't turn out - Walmart was just around the corner! So I took out my box of cake mix and added the three ingredients to mix it together and started throwing pans of cupcakes in the oven. I also decided to get really crazy and make Addie's little cake as well. I was so proud of myself for pulling it off. I put two little cakes stacked on top of each other and frosted the outside with white frosting (that I made from scratch thank you very much)... then proceeded to decorate it with colored frosting. I made those cute little stars around the top and bottom edges in green. Then I added pink flowers to the top and pink circles on the sides in various sizes. After all of that, I put yellow dots in the middle of the flowers and in some of the circles on the side of the cake. Wow. It was fun. I have to say that I'm not horrible at cake decorating, especially for my first time. I even put fancy swirls on the cupcakes (Wendy's Post) - in pink and yellow of course!

March 26, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - I was grocery shopping today and walked down the craft isle just looking at the new spring stuff when I noticed pink and yellow flower shaped cupcake liners (Wendy's Post) - the silicone kind that you bake in. I decided that I just had to have them for Addie's birthday and I picked them up. I ended up coming home with a water pitcher, tablecloth, serving tray and treat bowls to match. I also decided that it was time to invite people to the party so I finally sent out an invite. It was nothing fancy like I had intended... just an email with a recent picture of her. I was doomed to over plan her party so I underachieved in at least one area.

March 25, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - We are still recovering from our little vacation. Addie is taking really long naps and I should have been getting stuff done like housework, but I didn't. I just sat around reading and watching TV.

March 24, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - It's back to work for Aaron. It was really strange to be back home without him today. It was really nice to spend a long weekend with just our family. I'm supposed to be unpacking and cleaning up but for some reason it's just not getting done.

March 23, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - We drove home today from our vacation. We made one last visit to the north end of Zion National Park by driving through Kolob Canyon. It was spectacular to say the least. I think I would enjoy hiking in that part of the park just as much as anywhere else. If I lived in Cedar City, I would probably go hiking every weekend or something. It was actually cloudy and snowy when we were driving up and around so it was really hard to take any good pictures of the area. It was still amazing though.

March 22, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - We left Bryce Canyon today because it is just too cold to do much of anything with the snow packed trails and windy weather. We drove through Red Canyon area on some dirt roads. The road even goes over some dry creek beds that are probably full during any rainstorm with flash floods. We took the best pictures in this area because the sky was so clear and bright blue. We drove through a mountain pass on our way to Cedar City. There were signs warning us that chains were required in the snow. It started snowing about halfway over the pass but it wasn't sticking to the ground so we made it through without any problems. We should probably get chains for our SUV in case that ever happens again just to be on the safe side. We stayed in Cedar City at a Holiday Inn Express for the night. We even had time to go swimming in the pool.

March 21, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - We spent the day driving through Bryce Canyon stopping by every viewpoint and going on little trails to look at the scenery. It was amazing to look down into the canyon to see the formations. It almost doesn't look real because it is so unusual to see the rocks formed into arches, domes and hoodoos. Aaron and Addie took a nap in the afternoon while I did a few loads of laundry.

March 20, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - We did one last hike in Zion National Park before driving to Bryce Canyon today. By the time we got to the trailhead, Addie had already fallen asleep in the car so we let her finish her nap before taking off. Aaron and I read our books while we waited for her to end her slumber. The trail was really nice as it curved into an oasis in the canyon. There was a waterfall at Emerald Pools that got us wet when the wind shifted. It felt good though because it was starting to warm up. The trail took you around the back of the waterfall so it was really a sight to see. It was a nice hike to end our visit at Zion National Park. We hopped in the car and went off on our next adventure down to the Coral Sand Dunes State Park. There is just a stretch of land where it is full of sand that has been blown in from the canyons. We also stopped in at the Moqui Cave Museum. It is built into a cave in the rock. There was an old saloon with a lot of knick knacks from way back when. Another room had a bunch of rocks in cases that were lit up with black lights. The rocks would shine in different colors like red, green, purple, blue and yellow. Addie liked the purple rocks and kept pointing to them while screeching. I think she liked hearing her voice echo in the cave. We got to Bryce Canyon late in the day and checked into our hotel. We drove through the canyon but it was getting dark so it was hard to see much after awhile.

March 19, 2009 (Wendy's Post) -  We spent the morning hiking up the Watchman Trail. We didn't make it all the way because it was pretty warm and the view was good enough for us when we got up really high. Neither one of us expected the trail to be steep and Aaron had Addie in the backpack so it was extra hard for him. We saw a lot of little lizards running across the trails. Addie fell asleep in the backpack and we passed another family with a little girl asleep as well. We drove through the park a few times throughout the day. We had a quick lunch at the end of the canyon before heading out on a trail. We pushed Addie in the stroller because it was paved the whole way. The trail followed the river up into a slot canyon called the Narrows. If you want to keep hiking further, you have to have a dry suit and some good gear to get you through the river in places. We just admired the view and headed on back on the nicely paved trail with our stroller. What a hike!

March 18, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - Yeah! We are going to Zion National Park today. Ok... we made it to the park. We settled in at our hotel and headed out for a drive in the canyon. We didn't know that you have to turn left to actually get in to the canyon so we just kept on driving up the road until we got to tunnel. It was a really neat experience to drive through a pitch black tunnel with absolutely no lights except for your headlights on your car. Every once in awhile there would be a cutout in the rock that looked out into the canyon with the most amazing views. It really makes you want to stop the car and get out to take pictures but of course you can't because you're in a tunnel with other cars. We just drove really slowly by all of the views so we never technically stopped! We got to the other end of the tunnel and pretty soon you drive out of Zion National Park. We finally pulled out our map and became smarter people. We turned around and enjoyed the tunnel a second time on our way back to where we were supposed to be headed in the first place! It was really fun and I'm glad we had the detour to experience a bit of the park while Addie was napping in her car seat. I love this place and I never want to leave but I'm sure I will start missing home at some point... just not yet.

March 17, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - I got my stitches taken out of my hand from surgery today. It has already been two weeks and it feels a lot better. The nurse who took the stitches out did a finger prick test to see how much sensation I have in my fingertips. I got 100% whereas before I got quite a few of them wrong. So the surgery was worth it after all though it is still painful and sore but not nearly as bad as the first week. It is really strange to have my hand unwrapped and to be able to move it as freely as I can. Now I just have to get back my grip strength and range of motion. I don't know if I want to go through this again with my left hand. I'll have to forget how hard it was before that will happen.

March 16, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - I finally got my hair cut. It really needed it. I just can't handle longer hair because it gets knots so easily since it is so fine. I really like it short or long but the in between stuff drives me crazy so I don't know if I will ever have long hair again. It would take some serious patience on my part because every time it starts to bug me I have to get to a salon before I attempt cutting it myself... again. It was not a good experience and we'll just leave it at that. So I have a short stacked a-line hairdo and that's probably how it's going to be for the long haul.

March 13, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - Call me crazy, but I decided to go with some friends to a scrapbook night at the community center. I don't know what I was thinking because my hand was throbbing by the end of the night from using it too much and staying up way too late. It was really fun to hang out with the girls though. I made cards while everyone else was working on scrapbook pages. I'm really more into the digital scrapbook stuff now so I'm just using up all of my paper goods on cards. Now I just need a new laptop that won't shut down on me every time I try to make a graphic that it can't seem to handle! It was actually a really good day today because the repairman came out and fixed my washer finally. It has been rough having had surgery and going without a washer. Aaron and I have been taking turns going to the laundromat but it's so hard to go by myself with Addie in tow. Friday the thirteenth turned out to be a good day after all.

March 11, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - Four loads of laundry at the laundromat... One broken laundry hamper rolling cart... One cranky mommy and baby... Four baskets of clean clothes. Sigh. I think I'll fold everything tomorrow!

March 2, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - I had carpal tunnel surgery on my right hand today and no I'm not typing this today. I am typing this a month later now that I have a lot more use of my hands. The surgery went really well considering I went in a few hours later than planned because another surgery had some complications. Megan watched Addie for us while I was supposed to be in surgery but then I wasn't. So Aaron went home after awhile and picked her up, brought her home, fed her dinner and called another friend to watch Addie. Lynne came to our home and got her ready for bed. She was a little trooper with the chaos of the day. This was the easiest surgery so far because the anesthesiologist was able to get the dosage just right finally. I woke up from the surgery more quickly than I ever have. I was able to talk and eat right away so it was really unusual for me. I'm used to being out of it for a couple of hours before I'm even semi coherent so this was a big success in my book.

February 23, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - Addie is walking now. She's so cute when she walks because it is very careful and calculated when she lets go of something and takes her little steps. Then all of a sudden she is on her bum and has to start the process all over again. She gets really excited when Mommy and Daddy cheer her on. I have to admit that I'm in love with all of the little things she can do. She claps her hands now and also raises them in the air when we say, "SO BIG." I think it's adorable but so does every loving parent on the planet. I simply love it and can't get enough of her little smiles and grins.

February 12, 2009 - I found this nice little explanation on how you can know if you're cat is plotting to kill you. You can see the graphic by Clicking Here.

 

February 9, 2009 - This weekend's painting is completed as well as shampooing the carpet. Wendy did all of the work herself while I watched Addie, although I did help move out the furniture and tape off the ceiling lights. Addie and I spent most of Saturday playing on the floor of the bedroom although I got a little further reading "Flyte" by Angie Sage in between bouts of playing an studying.

 

February 6, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - Today is a busy day for us. We are turning in our adoption papers again in hopes of adopting sometime in the next couple of years. I am also helping set up tables and decorations at the church for a scouting activity to be held tonight. Then I have my every other month stamp club with the girls tonight. Even with all of this, I have the ambitious plans of painting our living room tomorrow. This includes painting the walls and ceiling, baseboards, and an accent wall. Then I'm shampooing the carpet. It's a lot for one day, but I'm anxious to get all of the house projects done before summer so Addie and I can spend time at the pool! Now all I have to do today is move all of our stuff from our bookcases, my scrapbook desk and our entertainment center into the kitchen and dining room. Then Aaron will help me move the furniture in there as well. This is not going to be an easy task if you have ever seen the size of those rooms before!

February 4, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - Aaron met us for lunch today at IHOP. We always get the same thing when we go there because we hardly ever go out to eat. Aaron had steak and pancakes. I had stuffed french toast. You can hardly call it a breakfast so it's a good thing we ate at 11:00 so I didn't feel so guilty about each such a big meal! Addie had her own restaurant meal for the first time. She had mini pancakes. She even learned how to drink her apple juice a little bit from a straw!

February 3, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - Addie was so funny today. We read a Japanese board book that has different pictures of animals on each page. You have to guess what the animal is going to be by looking through holes in the pages that show their noses, tails, or ears. When you turn the page you see the whole animal. Addie loved reading the book and we ended up reading it 5 or 6 times. Each time we turned the page to the cat and kittens, Addie would give the big cat a kiss over and over again. She didn't do that for any of the other animals. I debated on whether or not to tell Aaron this because I knew he would want to get a kitten, but I decided to tell him after all because it was just to cute to keep to myself. I think we will end up with a kitten in our home someday though!

February 1, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - Today was the first day at church where I considered Addie to be a handful. She was so busy trying to crawl out of our laps that we were both tired after the first meeting! When she is very determined to get to something or someone, there's no stopping her. Today was one of those days and we thought she would have a great nap after we got home today, but to no avail. One hour later and our little busy body was back at it again... lots of energy to get out. Now Daddy is playing with her and keeping her plenty busy! Yeah for Mommy time!!!

January 30, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - We had a girls and guys night this evening. A few of my friends came over to our house and we spent the evening scrapbooking and crafting. The guys were in charge of the kids and then they played the Wii at our friend's place. They tuckered out before us though but we were all pretty tired anyways. It was nice to have an evening to hang out with just girls because sometimes you just need other people around!

January 29, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - Addie is already 10 months old! She is growing up way too fast in my opinion and I'm starting to realize that she won't always be my little baby. I know - it happens to everyone, but it didn't hit me until today. I had her pictures taken today - she was excited to be there, but just wanted to get into all of the props! She had some cute pictures finally after many times picking her up and putting her back where the photographer wanted her to be - not where she wanted to be!

January 28, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - This has been a week of milestones. Addie can officially wave hello or goodbye now. She used to just look at you and smile when you would wave to her. Now she does it back and of course I'm overjoyed to see her learning.

January 27, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - Addie has finally learned how to clap her hands. I must have sung "If You're Happy and You Know It" at least 200 times before she started clapping along. Just when I thought she might never clap her hands just to tease me, she played along and clapped like she had always known how to. I admit that I find the greatest joy in the little things that Addie learns how to do. I'm one of those first time moms who thinks their child is the greatest and smartest... but isn't that what moms are for!

January 26, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - It's all about walking now in Addie's world. She cruises around anywhere that she can stand up and hold onto something - even if it's just a wall! We are learning the fine of baby proofing again and again. She's just getting sooooo tall! I guess that's what the doctor means by 95th percentile for her height!

January 14, 2009 - Well, I'm starting the process of applying for MBA programs.

 

In the meantime work continues on wonderfully. I really enjoy being an accountant here at DCWV, being able to pull from my past experience as well as learn new things too. Wendy just loves that I work for a scrapbook/home décor company, especially over the Christmas season. We plan to eventually update our photo album (on the left) with Wendy's latest scrapbook pages.

January 14, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - Addie has become our little launch rocket as she has discovered the full potential of mobility in crawling. Basically this means that she will start crawling and then launch herself when she gets close to the object she wants. It doesn't matter if she goes over or around something to get there either. Her favorite things to lauch herself toward are the most undesirable of things that Mommy and Daddy want her to get of course... like all of those fun little hooks on Dad's backpack or checking out the shoes by the entryway. We prefer her to go after things that are nice and safe like her soft toy cars or her dolls, but you know kids. Their curiosity drives them into the most interesting situations!

January 13, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - I have finally given up on cleaning the front of our oven. It has become Addie's job to give it a good licking every day when I am cleaning up in the kitchen or cooking dinner. There's just something special about that mirror-like glass and the shine of the stainless steel that Addie just can't ignore. It's just too pretty not to pull herself up and lick it! When the drool starts dripping down on the floor and Addie has found interest in something else, I give it a quick wipe-down and call it good. It's really amazing how much drool one little girl can make in just a few minutes! I'm sure her interest will move on to even more strange things as she keeps learning and growing. Oh what fun for Mom and Dad!

January 12, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - Back to our normal days again... I finally feel like Addie is getting back on track after the holidays! It's good to be on a schedule... it makes for such a happy baby (Wendy's Post) - except when she is cutting teeth again! We should see something coming in soon as evident from her drooling, hand sucking, ear pulling and just a little bit of whining! It's so nice to think that just as soon as she gets all of her teeth, they will start falling out again to be replaced by adult teeth!

January 11, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - There is never a dull moment. Addie is adjusting to having church at 9:00 am instead of in the afternoon. We thought this would be great since she was missing her afternoon nap before... but we have quickly learned that her morning nap is still just as necessary. We expect that she will be used to this new Sunday schedule by the end of the year when we get ready to switch to yet another time for church!

January 10, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - Addie has learned a new trick! She stands up in her crib now if she gets upset. This doesn't really help the cry yourself to sleep process because it's not the easiest to fall asleep when you are standing! It's just so darn cute when she does it though - but it reminds me once again that she is getting bigger and older. We're going to have to pull out the bigger pajamas again! I hope we have another girl someday so we can make use of all of our clothing boxes!

January 5, 2009 - Wendy told me that today when I left in the morning for work Addie sat at the front door waiting for me (or maybe just trying to escape.) Needless to say, once I got home the three of us played all evening till bed time. 

 

January 3, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - I went to the Stake Center today for youth baptisms. There were a handful of kids and our ward was assigned to give the program. I said the opening prayer so I had the easiest part of it all! It was so neat to see the kids all ready to be baptized. It helps me remember what it was like when I was that age and getting ready. I was so nervous at the time, but I was really glad that my Grandpa Rengler was able to baptize me. It is a memory that I will never forget and I feel so close to Grandpa because of it.

January 2, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - We went to Park City today to visit our favorite mall - the outlet mall! Okay, so it's my favorite place to go and Aaron agrees as long as he can go to the toy store. It was a nice day and not too busy... and not too cold! Addie was a doll and loved being pushed around in the stroller. She would touch the clothing as we walked by and paid special attention to the tags! Addie was spoiled even more by today's visit. What can I sa) - she keeps growing!

January 1, 2009 (Wendy's Post) - Happy New Year! Yeah for taxes this year... we finally get a deduction - an especially good one at that... thanks to Addie!

December 31, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - We actually stayed up this year all the way to midnight! I have a hard time staying awake that long, but our friends invited us over to their house for games and food... it was a blast! Addie slept in a pack-and-play in their office. Well, at least she was quiet the whole time. Every time we checked on her, she was awake! When it was finally time to go home, she was sleeping of course! She was probably wondering what the big deal was - really, staying up late and making a bunch of noise! What's this all about?

December 30, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Addie had her 9 month check-up today with Dr. Spencer. She had her blood level checked for iron levels with a prick in her toe. She didn't cry for that part, but she did cry again when she got her 2 shots. That is never fun to see her get upset. The tears stream down her cheeks like rain. She certainly does like her doctor though! She gives him her great big smiles and silly faces. Now that she is getting bigger, she wants to get down from my lap and investigate everything in the room. I'm sure looking forward to our 12 month check-up! Ha, ha... but Addie did really well in her growth again! She is now in the 95th percentile for height. She just might pass up Aaron and I when she gets older!

Tonight we went to our friend's house for dinner. Nate and Karen are the best! We entertained the kids and talked a bunch. We have the greatest friends ever... and we tell them all the time that they can never move - at least not until we do!

December 25, 2008 - Please take time to read this year's Christmas Letter. Click Here

December 25, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Merry Christmas to all of our friends and family! This has been the best Christmas ever because we finally have a child to celebrate it with. We all opened presents... more than we should have bought for each other! Addie got her baby doll and gave it kisses on the nose! She liked all of her new toys and left the old ones to collect dust so we are putting those away for now. We celebrated the day by playing and staying in our pajamas the whole day. Aaron got Rock Band 2 so we played that for a little bit. I like the drums much better because they are so quiet. Aaron likes the guitar because the keys don't click anymore. I love my Boggle Deluxe game and Aaron is getting up the courage to play it against me. I have been practicing playing it on the computer so... game on! We all took naps at some point during the day and I think it has been one of our best Christmas days ever!

December 24, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Aaron came home early from work and we had a nice evening. Addie has been sleeping like crazy. Yesterday she was only awake for 6 hours and the day before it was 5... she's catching up from the long weekend and the excitement that went along with it. We opened our Christmas pajamas from Mrs. Claus. We all got fleece PJs to keep us warm in this weather. Addie is wearing 18 month clothes already, but her jammies are a little bit big on her still so her feet are floppy sometimes! The trip has really thrown her off schedule with her naps and bedtime so we are trying to establish a routine again right in the middle of the holidays. Our traveling is over though so she is getting back on track... just in time for Santa Claus to come!

December 23, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Aaron is feeling much better... his fever is back down and he went off to work today. I called a few times to make sure he was okay of course. Addie and I did some grocery shopping at Costco to stock up on canned goods and formula. The roads were clear and the sun was shining - Thank you Utah snow plows!! I expected stores to be much busier than they were. The parking lot was almost full and there were hardly any shopping carts, but it didn't seem crowded inside at all. Not bad for 2 days before Christmas! I picked up a little doll for Addie. I can't wait to see her open it up because she already kissed the box!

December 22, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Now we have the snow! I went out to get Aaron some Sprite... the store is only a half-mile away from our home, but it took about 20 minutes to get home because it started snowing so hard! By the time I got home, we already had about 4 inches of snow and it had only been about an hour and a half since it started falling. We got about 10 inches today and it was not fun shoveling it... well, it was actually fun for me - but my arms and back were pretty tired! Aaron is still sick and spending the day on the couch.

December 21, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - We had an early Christmas today with Heidi's family and Mom. We were only supposed to get stuff for the kids, but of course Mom got us each something too! Addie loves her new toys... Mom got her a purse that plays music. It's pretty darn cute! So the next part of our journey begins with Aaron getting the flu... on the way to the airport. We apologize again to Heidi and James but we are glad that they were able to drive us to the airport! Our plane was already delayed, but we knew that so we arrived later than planned. The airport was quite crowded, but we benefited from having a stroller by being able to go directly to the front of the line! Aaron was still sick and I was taking care of Addie. We got to the gate only to be evacuated because there was a fire in one of the restaurants at our terminal. We packed up and sat against a pillar for the next hour. When we finally got back, our plane was delayed even longer. Addie got fussy because she was so tired from the trip, but lots of people entertained her in the departure gate until she collapsed on my shoulder and fell asleep for awhile. We finally boarded the plane when they had to de-ice it a second time before taking off... when Aaron got sick again! I almost wish that our flight had been cancelled like the rest of them for Aaron's sake so he could have at least been sick in a bed! We made it back to Utah only to find out that the reason we were able to fly out was because all of our baggage was left in Seattle. Our grumpy, tired and sick little family drove home and we all went to bed!

December 20, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - The big wedding day for my little brother Nathan and Emily... and we have enough snow already! The wedding was great! Nate and Emily were more than a little bit happy - Emily was shaking with joy... and probably the cold! We took some pictures out in the snow and warmed up inside with a luncheon. Mom's friends did a wonderful job. They spent the whole day preparing food and serving everyone for the luncheon and the reception. We are grateful for such good friends who continually watch out for our family. Evening came and the reception started in the middle of quite a snow storm. Needless to say, not many people made it out that night. It was a short reception and we cleared out of there as quickly as possible! But it was too late... driving 20 mph home on the freeway wasn't enough - so we tried going up the hill from downtown to get back to Mom's house and we started sliding. There was no way we would make it up without chains so we slid into the nearest parking lot and tried to find them. I even packed them in the trunk myself! We didn't find them... there was so much wedding stuff packed into the trunk and back seat that we didn't even know where to look! I couldn't remember the roads too well because it's been years since I have lived in Renton... and everything was covered with enormous piles of snow... but I thought that we could take another road home... and we made it... just barely! I cried when I got home. It had been a long day - I blame it on only getting 5 hours of sleep total in the past 2 nights!!!

December 19, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - We arrived in Seattle without too much difficulty from Utah. The takeoff was pretty shaky and the kids behind us thought we were going to crash, but that was nothing compared to the unequipped roads we were to face in Seattle... we found out that the shuttles weren't running from the airport so we had to take a taxi all the way to Redmond. That's more than a little pricey, but we made it and were glad that we didn't have to make the drive. We played Rock Band with Aaron's family on the best drum set ever... I am still envious. Addie and I both took naps - our little traveler was pretty tired and coming up on a big weekend. She loved chasing the puppy around the house in her super speedy crawling way. Amelia (the puppy) knew to keep her distance, but Addie was pretty gentle with her and the same went for Amelia. We arrived at the church early in the evening to help decorate and spent the next several hours dilly-dallying around and finally everything was done. We drove s-l-o-w-l-y home!

December 18, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - So the last snow was nothing compared to today! We have at least a foot of snow on the ground now. It was a lot harder to shovel the sidewalks today too! Hopefully the roads will get better soon! I really don't like driving 15 mph on compact snow and ice... the plows look like they are finally getting around and clearing everything up now so tomorrow should be better until the next storm arrives in the afternoon!!!

December 16, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - This is for you Mom... we got 4 inches of SNOW today! I got out the shovel and cleared the sidewalks off as soon as Addie was asleep for her morning nap!

December 15, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Addie is a crawling machine and has figured out that she can get into just about anything she can reach! We are in desperate need of a little baby proofing... as soon as Aaron is done with finals! I guess that means that Addie and I will have to go out shopping every day this week so she doesn't destroy the entire house!

December 14, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - We realized why Addie has been a little bit grumpy for the last few days... another TOOTH! It just broke through the skin today so she should be feeling better soon. Her little teeth are so cute!

December 13, 2008 - Christmas time always means music time. Not only a time to listen to those Christmas favorites but also a time to perform. On Friday everyone left work early to attend the 2:00 pm Christmas party at Noahs where, amongst other activities, there was a talent show. I had brought my guitar and amp and played my arrangement of Joy to the World. Unfortunately there was no mic stand available so I had to ask for a volunteer who would stand there the entire song and hold the mic. Fortunately the CEO volunteered my boss (company controller) Tom to do the task. (Tom is always a good sport.)

 

Tonight (Saturday) we had our ward Christmas party where the saxophone quartet performed a 3 movement Jazz Christmas suite, arranged by Lenny Niehaus (I'm playing Soprano Sax.) Since our Alto player was feeling a little pregnant and our Tenor player's wife was due about this time, we were unsure about how the even would turn out but everything worked out and I think we performed wonderfully. Thanks Karen, Nathan & Andrew for all the hard work as well as Matt for being there in a pinch.

December 13, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - I waited all day for a snow storm to arrive. We ended up getting some flurries but nothing in the form of accumulation... a light dusting is better than nothing though! I'll just have to wait for the next storm!

December 12, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Addie's crawling skills have slowly and steadily been improving and today she is finally moving forward... literally! I bribed her with little finger foods and she crawled and otherwise made it a few feet each time. It looks a little bit like gymnastics because she rolls around, sits up, launches forward and tries to get her hands and knees coordinating together to move forward. It's pretty fun to watch since she is our first child... hopefully all of our kids will seem as amazing as Addie!

December 11, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - I had my follow-up appointment with the ENT doctor. He said that everything is healing well in my throat and I should feel normal again after a couple of more weeks of healing time. My throat still gets sore if I talk or eat too much... but the worst is yawning!

December 10, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - I went in today for my EEG test. I dropped off Addie at a friend's house. I was supposed to be back to pick her up in a couple of hours, but it actually turned into four hours when all was said and done. I arrived at the hospital right on time and nobody was there. After awhile the secretary showed up. Later she found out that the people that were supposed to be there for the test were all stuck in the ER with emergencies. At one point a guy came in... he was only there for a minute when they announced a code blue over the speakers and he was gone again. Eventually the director of pulmonary services arrived and he performed the test - 2 hours later. The hook up all of the electrodes to your head which takes 30 minutes. Then you lay down and open and close your eyes. Then they have you hyperventilate for 3 minutes. After that, they have a light that flashes at your eyes at different intervals. Then you are supposed to go to sleep after all of that. I could barely even get myself to relax, so we'll see what happens when we get the results.

December 9, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - We had our Ward Relief Society Enrichment dinner tonight. There was a short Christmas program following the food. It was fun to be there with all of my friends. It's nice to have so many people around who are such great friends. When I got home, I had to stay awake until midnight so that I would be tired tomorrow for the EEG test. Aaron was kind and stayed up with me... I almost fell asleep a few times, but I made it. Then I had to set my alarm for 4:00 in the morning and stay awake until my appointment at 8:00 am. That was the hardest part, but by the time of my appointment I wasn't tired anymore!

December 6, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Sinterklaas came to our house last night for Dutch Christmas. Our presents were sitting on the bench by our front door. Aaron and I each got a CD. Addie had new black shoes along with some books and a new baby snack. She devoured the snacks like we have never seen before. I think she ate half of the can this afternoon! We'll have to think about whether or not it will be a good investment to buy those snacks! Her other favorite part of the day was trying to eat the wrapping paper from the gifts. She likes to eat a lot of things that you're not supposed to eat, especially if it makes a good crinkling noise!

December 3, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - It has been one week since my surgery and I feel so much better. I am glad to be off of the pain medication so I feel much more normal now. My throat and nose seem to be healing really well. I can even eat more normal foods and swallow without too much difficulty so it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I still am grateful for raspberry sherbet though... and cheesecake jello! Aaron worked from home today so it was nice to have help with Addie when I needed it. I did okay today though so he'll be back at work tomorrow.

December 2, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - I was on my own today for the first time since having my tonsils out. It was not the easiest day. Addie was a good girl, but it wasn't always easy for me to do everything when I needed to. It's times like these that I wish we lived close to family so we could have some help when we really needed it. We all survived the day with a few tears from all of us!

December 1, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - After a horrible day yesterday, I had a better day today... but not that great. Aaron was working from home which was really needed. I am so glad that his work has been so supportive. They have really been good to us with all of the surgeries I have had this year. This one makes number three and I'm done for the year... or the next several years!

November 30, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Today was not the best of days. I was pretty out of it all last week. I didn't even read any magazines or anything. I watched some movies but really only saw half of them. Some movies I slept through completely. I guess that is my body's way of telling me that I need to do nothing so that I can get better. I was hoping to feel much better than I do, but I'll make it. I tried not taking the pain medication this afternoon and that was a very big mistake. I had the worst pain in my head, jaw and ears. I guess I'll have to wait a couple of more days to let my body heal from the trauma.

November 29, 2008 - Since Wendy has been on bed rest recuperating from her surgery, Addie and I have been spending an extra amount of time together. Today was baby's first trumpet lesson. This play time had to go on somewhere else other than inside our home though, so Wendy could continue to rest. We eventually decided on the car as the best place, so as Addie sat in her car seat we played trumpet and played with the trumpet. (Don't worry, we were gentle with the Stradivarius)

 

 

 

November 27, 2008 - Happy Thanksgiving to all. While Wendy was on bed rest I spent most of the day tending to Addie (Wendy still helped to get her to sleep twice though.) We had a wonderful day together while little (almost) 8 month old Addie decided to pull herself up to a standing position thrice. We're pretty sure she's going to skip crawling forwards and just go straight to walking. She also surprised us by whistling for the first time, three times today. Each time she continued to try an whistle but each time only the first attempt was successful.

 

November 26, 2008 - Today I took the day off from work while Addie spend a day with Wendy's friend Lynn so that Wendy could get her tonsils out. The surgery took less than an hour and now Wendy is on bed rest with soft foods to keep her company. This makes Wendy's third surgery this year and hopefully final surgery for the next few years.

 

In preparations for the surgery we had our Thanksgiving dinner last Saturday. Wendy cooked the meal for us while Addie enjoyed Turkey and Carrots baby food. Now our fridge is full of enough Thanksgiving leftovers to feed a small army.

November 26, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Today was the big day... I had my tonsils taken out and the inflammation in my nose reduced with a turbinate reduction. We dropped Addie off at my friend Lynne's house to spend the day with her family. Lynne was pretty excited which I totally understand because Addie knows how to grab at everyone's heart-strings. The surgery went really well, but the recovery time didn't go so well. I had a hard time coming out of the anesthesia again and the nurses and doctor said that I was having seizure-like activity so I'll need to go to a doctor about that now. It has happened during other surgeries too so it will be good to find out what is going on. We picked up Addie on our way home, but I was really out of it so I stayed in the car. We all came home and I slept most of the day away.

November 19, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Addie was pretty curious about the Christmas tree today. She scooted over until she could reach the tree skirt and stuff it in her mouth. She looked pretty proud of herself. When I brought her to touch the tree today, she wasn't hesitant at all - she grabbed a whole branch and tried to bring it to her mouth! I guess I didn't have to worry about her getting used to the Christmas tree after all... now my future goal is going to have to be how to keep her from grabbing it and knocking it over!

November 18, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - I put up the Christmas tree today... I know, it's early - but I have a really good excuse! Well, maybe not a good enough excuse to put it up this early, but I just couldn't wait! It was funny watching Addie while I put the tree up and turned on the lights. She gave a lot of stares and then would turn away and not look at the tree at all. I picked her up and she stared at the tree again. Then she turned away so she couldn't see it again. When I brought her closer she looked at me hesitantly and put one single finger out toward the tree branch and touched a needle. She pulled her hand back and that was that. A few tries later and Addie would touch a few more needles at a time. We'll see what happens!

November 12, 2008 - Looks like I have my new web software all set up on my laptop. I look forward to making some more updates in the near future. Thanks dad for the Microsoft Web Expressions 2.

November 10, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Addie is working so hard on her crawling skills. She gets up on her knees now and begins rocking, but doesn't get anywhere yet. She has chewed on some furniture as she travels backwards around our living room though! Bath time is really fun... we are going to have to retire the baby tub soon because she keeps climbing out of it... after splashing half of the water out of it of course! I've learned how to stay dry now by keeping a towel over my lap as she delightfully splashes with her hands and feet!

November 5, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Hooray for SNOW! We woke up to a couple of inches of snow today and I wasn't sad about it at all. I can say that I love snow more than any other kind of weather... hopefully Addie will too so we can spend lots of time outside playing when she is older! Speaking of our little girl... she learned how to splash in the bath a few weeks ago and I learned that it is a good idea to have her towel over my lap to avoid having to change into dry clothes. Well, today she learned that your feet make much bigger splashes and you can actually get most of the water out of your baby tub if you kick really fast and scream at the same time. It was quite a joyous event for her... not so much for Mommy who realized that the baby bath is not going to contain Addie for very much longer!

November 4, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - We have a winter storm brewing outside. I had to run outside to put some fence rails back in place so they weren't banging around during Addie's nap. She is kind of a light sleeper these days and would prefer it if I would just hold her during her naps so I was quick to make the banging fence stop before it woke her up again... after all, I have to spend my precious nap time minutes to get everything done! I grabbed a vest and slid on my flip flops only to realize that once I was out in the weather that it was much colder than I anticipated. I came in with very large goose bumps and some tingling toes, but I can't help but be excited for the snow to come none the less!

November 3, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Addie continues to make progress on her crawling skills. She doesn't even care about playing with her toys anymore. It is all about getting onto her tummy and moving. Unfortunately, she doesn't get where she wants to go and cries out for me to rescue her and give her little arms a break. I have to say though that she is getting quite the big biceps. She is such a strong girl. Well, today she scooted backwards again until she got further and further under the coffee table until only her upper body was sticking out! She was cool with it though and probably would have kept going until she got stuck... Mommy wouldn't let her get that far of course, but I did get some pictures before I rescued her!

November 2, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Addie is now crawling... kind of... and she goes backwards! She gets her arms up under her and pushes up until her tummy gets up, but when she gets her knees up then her arms go down. She's really close to crawling though. We are going to have to clean our carpets soon so they are ready for our curious little girl.

November 1, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Our friends Garrett and Brittany came over for dinner and games. We had fun playing Rock Band. Addie even had fun playing on the floor and getting lots of extra attention. During dinner, Addie ate pieces of bread as I gave them to her. That is quite a feat because she is not the biggest fan of solid foods yet. She's learning though!

October 31, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Happy Halloween! We had our ward Trunk-or-Treat party today. It was combined with 2 other wards so we had a great turn-out. We estimated that about 180 kids came around. Some snuck around twice too! We were dressed up in our Star Wars attire... Aaron was Han Solo, I was Princess Leia and Addie was an Ewok. Basically she stole the show. We even had people ask us if they could take her picture! Our little star!!! We won the trunk decorating contest again this year... everyone that came around said they heard that we were the car to beat! Yeah!

October 27, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Happy Birthday to Aaron! He is now 29 years old and getting older by the minute... officially pushing 30! I made chocolate cupcakes today with coconut on top. I was barely able to fit all 29 candles on one cupcake. Addie and I gave him some Star Wars stuff and a Wii game. I think he had a pretty good day!

October 25, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - We went for a drive around Utah Lake just before dark this evening. It was so pretty to see the sun setting with the mountains turning red in the background. It was a fun drive. Addie fell asleep pretty quickly and Aaron and I talked the rest of the way. It ended up taking 2 hours to get all the way around and back. We probably missed the turn for a shorter route back but it was fun anyways. It has been such a long time since we have had time to be leisurely since Aaron is so busy with school. I can't wait until he graduates! I think he is excited too!

October 19, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Addie was blessed in church today during Sacrament meeting. Greg and Raquel came with their kids and her parents as well as Betty. They sat right behind us in church. Brandon did great thanks to a big bag of bribing candy! Aaron invited a few friends to be in the circle for Addie's blessing along with Nate of course. He gave a beautiful blessing that really brought comfort to us. Addie only fussed a little bit and Aaron's arms were tired by the end, but other than that everything went really well. Addie was so adorable in her white dress and headband!

October 18, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Today was our temple day! Mom and Grandma spent the night in a hotel while Nathan stayed here and occupied our living room floor in a sleeping bag. Addie was so excited to see Nathan. I think he attracts all the girls! Mom and Grandma both had their turn of grins and giggles. We got Addie all ready to go and went to the Timpanogos Temple to have her sealed into our family forever. It was amazing to be there with her finally. I was so excited that I couldn't even cry! We had so many friends attend that I was overwhelmed by the support. Addie was hilarious... she gave her biggest pout for everyone to see when she came into the sealing room! It was probably overwhelming for her to see so many people watching her! It was sure cute to see her classic pout though and I wouldn't have wanted it any other way. Afterwards, we took pictures outside with some of the people that attended. Addie was happy to oblige with many giggles because it is always fun to be outside! It was a beautiful day and I'm glad that Aaron and I were able to enjoy the peace and comfort that comes from attending the temple.

October 17, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - I got my stitches out this morning at the doctor's office. Everything looked really good and you can hardly see the scar. It should clear up completely someday. I get the tube removed from my eye ducts in another month and everything will be all done. The doctor said that I was really lucky to have had a cyst and nothing more. The surgery was really rushed last week because they didn't know what it was and wanted to get it out and diagnosed as soon as possible in case it was something serious. Lucky for me it wasn't a big deal. I hope I never have surgery ever again though because I've had enough!

It was a long day of waiting for Mom, Grandma and Nate to arrive. They didn't get here until almost 8:00 pm! That meant that I spent most of the day cleaning and was pretty tired by the time they got here! Addie was already asleep in bed so everyone just took a peek at her sleeping in the crib. We had pizza and cake for dinner... thanks to Jody for the cake! We went to bed almost on schedule because we knew we had a big day ahead of us tomorrow!

October 15, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Today was the big day... we went to court to petition for adoption! Everything went great. I was a little bit worn out having it be my first day taking care of Addie... not to mention the crazy amount of chores I did to keep me busy this morning. Addie was a hoot at the courthouse. She let everyone know she was taking part in the action with her little squeals. She was the wiggliest I have ever seen her so Aaron had to hold her the whole time! Everything is done and finalized now so we are glad the long but short wait is over. She's OURS!!!

October 14, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - I got a call from my doctor today saying that everything was okay with the mass that was in my tear duct area. It is not a tumor even - but it was a cyst that normally little kids under the age of two get... I guess I'm just young for my age! He told me that I could have a party, but I think I'll wait for the weekend for that! We can't wait to go to the temple with Addie! Tomorrow we have our court appearance so I'm already getting nervous!

October 13, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - I had more friends and neighbors over today to help with Addie since Aaron is back at work. It's not fun when I'm not the one pampering Addie. I miss taking care of her and I think she misses it too - every once in a while she looks at me like what are you doing Mom? She has been really good with everyone though so it has worked out well. I was really sick today so I was glad to have the extra help while I am recovering.

October 12, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - It snowed today so it looks like we had fall weather for about a week. I hear that it's supposed to warm up again next week though... we'll see! Addie loved watching it snow. She reached toward the window while Aaron was holding her on the couch. He took her outside too! Every once in a while she would look out the window and watch the snow before going back to playing with her toys on the floor. It was so cute!

October 11, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - More sleep... I am still really tired from surgery. I did stay awake more today but drifted off during every movie that I tried to watch. Addie loved spending the day with Daddy! She was full of smiles and everything - probably because Daddy lets her play with cool things like the remotes and his toys. Lucky girl - spoiled girl!

October 10, 2008 (Wendy's Post) -  I have the greatest friends ever. I am not able to lift Addie for a week because I could strain myself and cause damage to my surgery so I had friends come over all day today to help me out. I'm sure they all heard me snore a few times because the pain medication knocked me out! Addie was pretty good for being all out of whack with her schedule. I think she liked all of the attention though! She also got to play with some other little kids so she was really excited and worn out at the same time! I wouldn't have made it through the day without my friends - I will have to return the favor someday!

October 9, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - The doctor wanted me to come in at 8:00 in the morning to get ready for surgery today. I was really not excited because we didn't even know the results of the MRI yet. He talked to us and told us it looked really good... the only thing they were concerned about was removing the mass in my lacrimal sac and tear duct areas. We had a few hours to kill so we came home and let Addie take a nap. I went with Aaron to UVU so he could go to class and then we headed down to the surgical center. I was all prepped and ready to go when they noticed that I had a fever. The doctor was concerned and wanted to wait to operate to make sure I was okay, but that would have meant only a couple of days to recover before going to court for Addie's adoption... so we went ahead with the surgery and I got a big dose of antibiotics to make sure I don't get sicker. The surgery went really well. They took out an M&M size tumor and sent it off to be tested at UCLA. We'll know the results next week. Until then I get to sleep on the couch!

October 8, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Aaron stayed home from work again today. I spent much of the day at the hospital stuck in a noisy tube. It was not fun. I almost passed out after the first 45 minutes when I stood up for them to change the head brace on the MRI. I endured the next scan with no problems. I had to go back a second time later in the day to finish everything up. They injected dye through an IV and finished up the MRIs. I hope I never have to do that again... especially 3 hours of it in one day!

October 6, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Aaron stayed home from work today because he has a bad cold and cough. It worked out well though because I was able to leave Addie home with him while I went to the doctor. I had my appointment today with the second eye doctor who is also a plastic surgeon. He looked at the bump in my tear duct and decided that I need to have it removed this week. He said it isn't a good idea to leave anything in there even if it ends up being benign because it can cause damage if it gets too big. So I am scheduled for 3 MRI scan things on Wednesday. That will be fun!

October 5, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Today was another day of General Conference. Aaron is still sick so he ended up sleeping all morning! I can't say much though because I was in bed all afternoon! Hopefully we will both get better soon!

October 4, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - We were supposed to go on a date tonight, but Aaron and our babysitter both got sick. We watched General Conference on TV and I finally finished painting some more baseboards so now our kitchen is finally done. I'll get all of the painting done someday!

October 1, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - I was so excited for October that I put Addelynn in her Halloween outfit... an orange shirt, black skirt, and striped tights! It was adorable though quite warm since it was 86 degrees outside today. That's okay though because we spent most of the day in the luxury of air conditioned buildings like the doctor's office and the mall of course! I had my eye examined today to see what the bump by my tear duct was. The doctor numbed my eyes and stuck a probe through the little ducts to irrigate it and see what was going on. Nothing was blocked but the doctor didn't know what it was either so he is sending me to a plastic surgeon next week. Now I'm really not looking forward to it. He thinks surgery probably won't be absolutely necessary but he wants a second opinion from this doctor to find out what it actually is. It could be a stone like you would find in your kidneys or a cyst-like growth or a benign tumor. I guess I will find out next week! Yeah, I'm a little bit nervous, but my lacrimal sac is taking it pretty well so far!

September 29, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - So I have had a sore throat for the last two months and now I finally know why because I actually went to the doctor. Some people know that is not my favorite thing to do so it is an accomplishment in and of itself that I actually went! It turns out that I have had a chronic sinus infection and that is why I have felt lousy. I guess I'll never learn my lesson about when to go to the doctor because it seems like I always go too early or wait too long! I'm glad I went though, but I'm not too excited about my referral to an ophthalmologist that I have to go see later this week for a little bump in the corner of my eye.

September 28, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Aaron wasn't feeling good today so he stayed home from church to get over a sinus headache. I think he is kind of overdoing it with school and work and family and everything, but he'll make it through as hard as it is. Anyways, that left me bringing Addelynn to church all by myself... she chatted up a storm in Sacrament Meeting and filled the Primary Room with grunts and squeals while the kids were singing. She is getting way to heavy to carry around everywhere with me. It is going to be kind of nice when she can walk on her own two feet someday!

September 27, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - My friend Mandi had her baby shower today which me and a few more of her friends threw for her. We kept it simple with no "official" games and lots of talking in a casual open house style. The food was great and very sweet... I think I gained a few pounds from the cream puffs - not to mention the leftover tub that I have in my freezer! Mandi is on bed rest so we made sure that she kept her feet up and enjoyed it. Baby Browen is going to be a spoiled little boy so we were very happy with the shower!

September 26, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Finally, a girls' night out... or in... my friend, Elana has a stamp club for Stampin' Up that I went to tonight. She is so creative and I always get tons of ideas from her that I steal but can never take full credit for unfortunately! We made the cutest cards and a Halloween box filled with candy. I always wonder why I don't think of such cute things but that is the best thing about getting together and crafting. I sound so nerdy, but hey - I like being a nerd so it's okay! The best part about it was talking to other adults. Even talking to a bunch of kindergarten kids all day was more involved than the babbling sounds of Addie... which I love by the way - but it's so nice to learn English again after spending my days and nights with a baby!

September 25, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Addie and I went to IKEA with our friend Veronica and her baby Isaac. Veronica was looking for some bookcases for her front room and I was happy to follow along and check out all of the cool stuff there. Addie did pretty good... and she also decided that she was a big girl now. I had set her down in her car seat which was in the basket while I put her bottle away. Then she pulled herself up into a sitting position and kept grunting until I picked her up. So I put her in the shopping cart seat and buckled her in. I think she thought she had won the lottery or something because she made sure to let everyone know how excited she was with her squeals and kicking legs the rest of the adventure through the store. Oh, how our little baby is growing up!

September 15, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Addie has another trick that I just have to mention. She is getting really good at making the funniest facial expressions. She does this thing now where she puts her head down to her chest and looks up at you with her eyes. She does it over and over again with the most serious face on. Then she looks up and smiles before doing it again. It's hilarious... I know, you have to be there to see it and I hope you get to see it someday!

September 14, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - So Addie is really sitting up now. She has been getting more and more steady for the last couple of weeks and went from "wobbly needs support on both sides or I'll tip over" to "I'm so cool look at how I sit up on my own and play with my toys." When Addie puts her mind to it, she is serious about what she wants. When I lay her down on her back now... she cries and fusses. When I put her down in a sitting position... she babbles and squeals with joy! I guess she knows what she wants... I keep telling Aaron that she is strong willed - just like Mommy!!!

September 13, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Yes, there is a long break in between these entries. Let's just say that I have been busy and Addie has been adjusting to being home again! Well, she has been fine... she is growing a ton. Just a few days ago Addie decided that she was ready to go to bed by herself. I was rocking her to sleep and she wouldn't stop fussing so I put her in her crib. She was asleep in just a few minutes. I guess that was that because I put her to bed that night and she went to sleep after crying for a little bit. I thought I was the luckiest Mom ever - the next few days went the same way... put Addie in her crib, turn on the mobile, and find her sleeping 10 minutes later. What can I say? She's absolutely amazing!

September 2, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - I miss home already! Addie is a little bit cranky today so she is probably experiencing a little bit of traveling fatigue just like the rest of us. It will take a few days for all of us to get back on schedule. We miss everyone and even though we were home for a week, it didn't feel like long enough at all! We wish we could live closer to family, but at the same time we love it in Utah too. I guess you can't always have everything!

September 1, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - We made it home. Yesterday seemed like it took forever. We had to stop by Mom's house in the morning to pick up something that we forgot. Then we had a quick trip to Target (one of my favorite stores) for baby wipes and formula. Then we had to fill up on gas and finally we were on our way! It seemed like it took a lot longer to get home than it did to get there. We stopped in Ontario, Oregon for the night at a brand new hotel. I have to say that the service was great and the place was really nice for a Holiday Inn Express. We plan on staying there every time we travel if possible because they were the same price as the rest of the old hotels that were really old! Aaron drove most of the way home and it was such a relief to be home. Traveling is tiring when you have to drive for 2 days, but we don't know what it will be like to travel on an airplane with Addie yet so we will see what happens in December when we go back to Seattle for Nate's wedding!

August 30, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - We had breakfast with Great Grandma and Grandpa Glass this morning. I can't believe that we got up and were ready on time. It is a lot harder to get ready with a baby let alone while you are traveling with everything in a suitcase! ...But we did it and had a good breakfast. I eat so much food when we are on vacation! Addie loved the trains going around the ceiling of the restaurant. It's our last day in Seattle. It will be sad to go home but I am ready to go after such a busy week. It's going to be really quiet at home all of a sudden when it is just Addie and I home during the day. We'll have to visit our friends and have some play dates when we get back.

August 29, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - We went to Seattle today. I was so excited to go to our favorite store, Uwajimaya. We got some of our favorite foods which are way overpriced and don't taste that great, but it's Japanese and we love the nostalgia of it! Aaron picked out some Asian pajamas for Addie which she won't be wearing for awhile (maybe sooner than we think with the way she is growing). They were so cute and Aaron was so pleading that I couldn't way no. I looked for my favorite chopsticks that I cook with, but couldn't find them. The best part of the store was looking at the bookstore. I found my favorite pens that you can't find hardly anywhere in America! Nobody makes a finer tip pen than the Japanese... 0.3 is my favorite size though they do go smaller than that - what? I'm a perfectionist when it comes to penmanship so a good pen is a good pen. Aaron found a book with illustrations from an artist that he likes and I picked out a couple of board books for Addie. They are so CUTE - they have little cutouts so you can guess what is on the next page. We also walked down by the pier which was fun because it brought back memories of the visits I made growing up in Seattle. We didn't go downtown that often so it is still really fun. I love looking around in the shops, but it feels a lot more touristy now that I'm an adult. Did I just say that... I guess you feel a lot more like an adult when you have kids! Weird. We went to the Seattle Aquarium which I enjoyed a lot. I am such a nerd that I could read every display but we didn't have that kind of time... I'll have to go back again someday! Addie noticed a few things but her favorite part was the jellyfish. We got her a stuffed octopus - which is a great chew toy by the way! I'm sure the octopus felt right at home with the amount of moisture that Addie had to offer!

August 27, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Now it's Aaron's turn to spend time with his family. We went over to their house today to spend the rest of the week. Aaron and his dad went to band practice tonight while I stayed home with Addie and his mom. We all went to bed early because we hit the sack as soon as Addie fell asleep. It was a good night... Aaron had fun too!

August 26, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - We dropped Addie off with Grandma and Grandpa Glass late this afternoon so we could go to the temple with my little brother Nathan for the first time. I was really excited because I am so proud of Nate for keeping the standards of the church and reaching his goals. In fact, he is going to be coming down for Addie's temple sealing in a couple of months so we are really excited about that. Nathan acted so natural at the temple... it was like he had been there a hundred times already. It was a good thing that we loaded Mom up with a bunch of extra tissues because everyone made sure to get a few tears out of her before the night was through. I'm so happy to see my family at the temple. I'm really lucky that my mom has stayed faithful to the covenants she made in the temple so long ago because her example has helped Nathan and I go to the temple as well. She's the best Mom.

August 24, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - We went to church with Mom today. It was strange to be in the ward where I grew up because a lot of people are still there and I have spent most of my adult life in Utah. It was fun to see some friends from high school with their kids. Everyone gave Addie lots of attention. They were glad to see her! This afternoon we all went to Grandma and Grandpa Rengler's house for dinner. We got to see Travis, Leslee, and Addison (Addy) too. Leslee took lots of pictures of the cousins together. Addie enjoyed grabbing onto Addy's shirt, arm, or whatever was in reach and using it as leverage to roll over. It was cute until Addie pinched Addy and made her cry. It's all captured on film too - you can see the sequence of events as Addie moves in on Addy and pinches her right in the arm... we felt really bad for little baby Addy. We spread them further apart after that. After play time, both Addie and Addy fell asleep. Yep, you guessed it... time for more pictures. It is a lot easier to take pictures when they're sleeping! We had fun at Grandma and Grandpa's house, but we probably teased Grandma a little bit too much. She is a good sport though so I hope she forgives us!

August 23, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - We made it! Addie was so good in the car. She was fussy one time and luckily I realized it was because she had a poopy diaper! We pulled off on a random exit and used a convenient dumpster behind a hotel to dispose of the bundled up diaper! We were on our way again and I ended up driving most of the way today. I was so proud of myself because I don't really like to drive! We got to see Aaron's parents first. The animals all were curious about Addie and came around to sniff at her. She was delighted of course. Then we went to Mom's house where we knew we wouldn't get much sleep because we always end up talking late into the night! It was a good day. It's always good to be home!

August 22, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - On our way to Seattle, WA... we are fortunate enough to have a whole week off of school and work (for Aaron) so that we can visit our families in Washington. This will be Addie's first time to see her cousin Addy. We left today after Aaron got home from work. I spent the day slowing packing the car by hauling one thing at a time while pushing Addie back and forth in the stroller all the way to our parking spot... this is not the easiest thing to do in really hot weather when you live in a condo and don't park particularly close to where you live! We made it though and were in good spirits on our way to get a few hours behind us for the evening. Addie was really good in the car until we got stuck in some heavy traffic. As soon as we were on our way again, she was sound asleep and quite a happy little girl. We finally found a hotel in Mountain Home, Idaho where we stayed the night. Addie was wide awake and ready for play time so she practiced her rolling over skills on the big bed! Needless to say we didn't get to sleep right away but it was funny how excited Addie was to finally have room to roam!

August 15, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - "Houston, we have a blow-out!" We have experienced our first official blow-out with Addie... and it was not pretty. We woke up a little bit earlier than usual to Addie talking away in her crib. I thought nothing of it and since she wasn't fussy or anything, I enjoyed a few more minutes enjoying the comfort of our bed. I got up and walked into her room noticing a quite pungent odor and realized right away why Addie was up early today... and we experienced "a major blow-out." Her crib was quite a mess and the smell reminded me of the worst hamster cage days. I quickly removed the clothing and diaper from Addie - who was smiling as usual - and gave her to Daddy to clean up in the bathtub. Meanwhile, Mommy had the pleasure of using half a bottle of Oxiclean on her bedding finishing just in time for Daddy to hand Addie off and go to work. Upon further inquiry, we found out that Addie's diaper wasn't changed after her bottle last night... hence the mess we found today! We won't mention the name of the person who forgot the diaper changing last night after feeding Addie, but it was someone around 6'1" with brown hair, green eyes, and a scruffy face. Next time Daddy gets crib duty... but hopefully there won't be a next time! We are lucky the weather cooled off enough to air out the house this morning!!!

August 15, 2008 - Did you read what Wendy wrote today, you should read that first before continuing...

 

Ok, here's the whole truth; Addie's diaper was changed an hour before she fell asleep. Her blowout happened because she drank 35 ounces, more than she has ever drank in a single day. Combined with the fact that someone didn't upgrade Addie to the larger diaper size she should be using because we want to use the old diapers first, we had a mess. Here is your chance to vote, who caused the blow-out... E-mail your vote to blowout@acglass.com.

August 9, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - We had the best time tonight. I got up while Aaron was walking away just to see if I could get Addie to smile and coo... instead, we got rip-roaring laughter! Addie was so excited that she was screaming and laughing at the same time! I went around the corner and said, "I'm gonna' get you!" Every time I would come closer she would squeal and grin. I was laughing so hard that my tummy hurt. Aaron was on the verge of tears and was to the point that he couldn't make any sound anymore! It was a "you had to be there" experience so we will be sure to try this new trick out every chance we get! It has been one busy week for Addie... she was so tuckered out today that she had extra-long naps!!!

August 8, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - I just have to say that this has been the greatest week! Addie has been doing so much... thanks to her happy tummy full of new food she is so much more content. Aaron takes care of Addie every chance he gets and tonight I got to make cards. It has been a long time since I have dived into a project and let's just say that I sunk into a heap of paper and scraps in no time! I'm not cleaning up either... tomorrow looks like another good card day! After all, Aaron is out of school for a few weeks!

August 7, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - And she ROLLS... Yeah Addie! I put Addelynn down on the ground for a little tummy time and turned around to grab some of her toys from her overflowing toy box. I turned around just in time to see her roll finishing on her back. I couldn't miss this moment so I put her back on her tummy hoping to see it again! She performed quite well and the next several rolls were successful with even more smoothness and speed. She was tuckered out by the end of the day though so Aaron has yet to see her new trick. My mom said it is like riding a bike... once you get it you get it and sure enough, Addie got it! Yeah!

August 6, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - This message is for you Daddy! We miss you! We love you MORE!!! Hope you are having a good day at work and good luck on your Calculus final tonight! Can't wait to see you at bedtime!

August 5, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - We found the magic food... Addie loves SQUASH!!! She was so funny because so far everything she has eaten was quickly aimed at Mommy at spit out... until now! Addie opened her mouth for a bite not knowing what to expect this time and was so excited by the squash that she grabbed the spoon and pulled it in her mouth. She opened her mouth over and over like a little birdie and downed half of the squash in one sitting! Now we know what she likes and she is starting to perfect the art of eating with one hand stuffing anything left on her chin right back in!

August 4, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - We went out and got Addie her very first set of luggage. She's a rock star so we had to get a pink rolling suitcase. It just happened to have a matching pink backpack that came with it. She's getting ready to visit everyone really soon! We can't wait to see you all!!!

August 3, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Addie is getting quite the abs! She has really thinned out and gotten longer in the last little bit. If only I spent as much time pulling my knees up to my chest as she does! Not a bad idea if you have time to lay around all day long! Addie is becoming quite a little ball of energy. She is constantly looking for someone or something to play with. Her latest move is the half-roll where she gets up to her side but not all the way over... it's hilarious because she doesn't even care if she makes it to her back or tummy. She's just happy to be doing something!

August 2, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - So we started trying solid foods... you can imagine where most of the food ended up! No, not on her chin... no, not on her bib... no, not on her hands... YES, on her Mommy! Not only did she push in out with her tongue, but she projected it with that amazing super baby spit power of hers! I guess she is not a fan of rice cereal, but we'll keep trying and see if she gets the hang of it soon!

August 1, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Okay, so I admit it! I like to dress Addelynn up everyday! I don't mind picking out her clothes and adding accessories to make her even cuter than she already is! I did make her some more bracelets so she would have something to match every outfit. Oh how we spoil our little girl! I never thought I would be such a doting parent but I can't stand to spend any time away from Addie. I miss her even when someone else is just holding her! I guess that I define what a first time parent is like!

July 31, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - We had a pool party today with a few friends from school. A couple of them brought their kids with them which Addie absolutely loved. She was pretty funny in the pool because she would suck in her breath when she would get splashed a little. We were at the pool for almost two hours and Addie seemed to really like it... or at least not mind it. Part of the time she even talked to everyone. She is such a social little thing! Everyone kept saying how good she is to not be fussy at all... but what they didn't see was the tired Addie back at home. From the moment we walked in the door, Addelynn was screaming and rubbing her eyes. She was probably way overdue for a bottle and a nap. I was barely able to get her to drink anything before she was snoring on my lap. At least I got her wet swimsuit off and some nice dry clothes on her (even with the screaming). Let's just say that she had the best nap ever!!! I think we'll have to go swimming again but maybe not as long next time!

July 30, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Addelynn had her doctor appointment today! She is 4 months old and above average in every category! She weighs 16 pounds (90th percentile) and is 25 inches long (75th percentile). Her head size is something big too because she is in the 90th percentile and the doctor teased her about being a smartie! Addie sure loved going to the doctor today. She was all smiles and coos! It all started out with the fish tank that she spotted from across the room so we had to go over and stare at them for a good 10 minutes. When we met the nurse and started talking, Addie perked up and decided that she wanted to be a part of it all... she let out her biggest squeals of delight along with some hearty laughs to match her dimples hiding deep within her cheeks. When the doctor came in she was just as excited to talk to him. It was rather adorable that she finally showed off in public since she usually does everything just with Aaron and I at home. The doctor was pretty impressed and sat around to talk with Addie before she had to get her shots... which she didn't like at all when the second one went in! Next time he assured us that she won't have as many so I was happy about that. He said she is ready for solid foods so we are going to try our best to convince Addie of that in the next few weeks. I think her growling tummy will finally get the best of her and be the best encouragement in that department!

July 19, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Aaron and I have been married for FIVE years now! That seems like such a long time when we are just now having kids. We have been waiting so long to have a baby... Addie has been the best addition to our family and we can't wait to have another one! At first I thought we would wait until Addie was 2 years old to adopt another baby, but now I'm hoping for earlier... like when she is eighteen months old!!!

July 17, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Okay, so I'm writing about Addie again... but what else is more cute to write about? So she finally started laughing. I was playing with her and blowing on her cheeks when she got really excited and squealed with delight. When I did it again she started laughing. It is a completely different laugh from the giggle that she does in her sleep!

July 16, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Addie's new favorite things are to grunt and make a turtle face... but not at the same time. The grunting usually takes place when we are driving in the car. The turtle face happens at any moment... she puckers in her lips and her top lip turns into a little triangle shape. We haven't been able to get a picture of it yet because it only lasts so long!

July 15, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - We dropped off Nathan and Emily at the airport today. Before they left, Nathan finally got some big smiles out of Addelynn! Now she'll have to get used to him all over again the next time we see him!

July 14, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Nate finished the crown moulding in our bathroom today. It was not an easy job! He worked really hard to get it all done and he did a great job. Now I just have to fill in the nail holes, caulk the corners and paint it all. Nate and Emily were here by 9:15 tonight so we stayed up playing games. It was fun to get to know Emily better. Nate gave Addie her very own Build - A - Bear... it is a monkey dressed in a jean skirt, pink hula shirt, sandals, a purse and cute sunglasses. It is as big as Addie! She was cute when we were taking pictures because she kept sucking on the monkey's arms. Addie looked cute in the monkey's sunglasses too!

July 13, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Sunday... we all slept in today after a busy weekend. I hardly slept at all last night because I spent too much time in the sun yesterday and ended up with a terrible sunburn... which I usually do every year! We ended up staying home from church and I slept in bed the whole time. I felt so sick! Addie is being a big sleeper today too! Aaron is enjoying time to look up a bunch of stuff on his computer.

July 12, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - A very busy day... Nathan and I worked on the crown moulding again this morning. I even sawed some of the boards. Only one more day to go and we'll be ready to caulk the corners and edges. Yeah! Greg and Raquel came over this afternoon. We played Rock Band for awhile before heading out to the pool. Aaron even brought Addie out for a little bit. She liked it more this time and kicked her legs back and forth. I didn't feel sun burnt until it was too late. I could feel my shoulders and back sizzling all night. I always spend too much time in the sun... it's hard to want to leave the pool when everyone else is just fine and I am the one getting a burn! We went to a BBQ for Emily's family tonight. It was fun to meet them. I wish we had a backyard! I am getting house hungry!!!

July 11, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Nathan is kind enough to help me with a bathroom project of putting up an extra wide crown moulding. Basically he is doing all of the work and I help out when I can. We got up one set of boards today. Later I brought Addie to Aaron's work to show her off again! Everyone stopped as they walked by Aaron's desk to say how cute she is!

July 10, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Today we went to pick up Nathan and Emily from the airport. Addie liked Emily right away and gave her lots of smiles. She wasn't quite sure of Nate at first! He is a big guy! We had dinner with Emily and got to know her a little bit. She's a nice girl.

July 9, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - A day of rest before Nate comes. I tried cleaning the house, but to no avail with Addie clinging to my side. So I finally gave in and we both took a long afternoon nap! Hopefully Nathan won't notice the not quite clean house!

July 8, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - The day finally came that we had to bring Grandma to the airport. This time it was my turn to cry. I loved having her here and it was really neat to see Addie warm up to her and get to know her Grandma. It will be nice when we live closer to family so our kids can spend more time with their grandparents... just a couple more years and hopefully Aaron will be done with school! Then there is the whole "can we afford to live in the best state" factor!

July 7, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - We finally spent a day at home! Grandma held Addie during her naps so she would get some sleep... I don't know who slept more though... Grandma or Addie! I was able to get a bunch of scrapbooking done and finished several pages to give to Leslee for baby Addison. They turned out pretty cute... so cute that I wished I could have kept them!

July 6, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Addie loves Primary! She sat with Grandma Nievaard in the back most of the time and jibber-jabbered away! She would make the most noise during singing time! We love having Grandma here!

July 5, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Another busy day! We loaded up the car and headed up to the Uintah Mountains to visit Aunt Betty. It took extra long to get there because we had to make a few stops along the way. We weren't exactly sure where Betty ended up camping but we found her motor home right away. Mom, Betty, Raquel, Brandon, Aleya and I went for a walk around Teapot Lake. It was pretty muddy along different parts of the trail... Brandon didn't get his shoes dirty until the very end when he walked straight into a huge puddle! Aaron and Addie were taking a nap in the car while we were out walking! We had dinner with Betty and Susan before heading home. On our way back, we stopped by the Provo River Falls. It cascades down a stack of rocks that looks like a staircase. It is really pretty. We took some pictures and were on our way again. We were home before nine o'clock in the evening but we stayed up talking until 1:00 in the morning!

July 4, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - We got up early today to go with our friends Nate & Karen to watch the Freedom Festival Parade in Provo. It was packed! The news said that there were an estimated 250,000 parade watchers there! Addie did pretty well once we were out of the sun. She didn't like the loud noises from sirens or music but she really liked watching everyone pass by on the sidewalk. She was full of smiles... someone even stopped by and asked to take her picture! We went swimming when we came home... it was Addie's first time in the pool. We put on her swim diapers and her swimsuit. She looked so cute! We blew up a pool float and took her out in the water... it was a little cool so Aaron took her inside to have a bottle and a nap! We stayed home in the evening and watched a few fireworks on TV... Then we all went to bed!

July 3, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Mom and I finally made it out today to get Addie's pictures taken. Well, I didn't make an appointment because they are never busy when I walk by... but you know what happens when you think you don't need to make an appointment! Yep, we waited for a few hours to get her pictures taken. I don't know how you can possibly make an appointment for a baby because you never know what her mood will be! She was asleep by the time we got her in so waking up with a camera in her face was not her favorite thing! We did get some good pictures after all of her seriousness... we even got a shot of her little lip when she was pouting!!!

July 2, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - We were going to get Addie's pictures today, but she was a little fussy so we never made it there! We did go out shopping for a little bit and it was really nice to have Grandma there with an extra set of hands to help out with Addie!

July 1, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Grandma Nievaard came today! Addie and I drove up to pick her up at the airport. Of course we had to stop by Carter's on the way to pick up a few more things to spoil Addie with. After picking up Grandma, we stopped at Raquel's house to visit them. Aleya and Addie played on the floor and held hands. Addie was so interested and watched Aleya the whole time!

June 29, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Happy 3 Month Birthday to Addelynn! She's getting big... and is wearing her 6 month clothes already!

June 23, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Addie has been sticking out her tongue all day today so she has moved on from just sucking her hands to sticking out her tongue and sucking her hands. You got it... she is adorned with a drool spot on her shirt all the way down to her belly button! I guess her bib will be a permanent attachment now!

June 22, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - I was released from my calling at church today as the Education Counselor in Relief Society. That means I don't have any responsibility at church for the next week or so until the Bishop calls me in for another position to fulfill. It is a relief because I don't have to worry about hauling Addie around to meetings while Aaron is in school in the evening. Now I can enjoy my freedom while it lasts!

June 21, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - I went to my friend Michelle's baby shower this morning while Aaron was helping someone move out. Then Aaron spent the afternoon volunteering at Deseret Industries collecting donations as people drove up to drop stuff off. He was hot and tired when he got home, but we still had one more thing planned for our busy day! I made pizza pasta and we headed over to the Thill's house for a BBQ... I have been a teacher for three of their kids (they have 14) so they all call me Mrs. Glass. They're not quite sure what to call Aaron! We had fun visiting their family. A bunch of other families were also there. When it started to get dark, they put on a movie in their backyard with a projector, a sheet hung up and a brand-new sound system. Just as the movie started Addie started to get really tired so it was time for us to go home so she could sleep in her crib. I was getting eaten by mosquitoes too!

June 20, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Addelynn and I met Raquel and her kids up at the mall to do a little shopping. I ended up getting Addie more clothes! I had to get her a pair of jeans... hey, she didn't have any! They also happen to be glitter jeans which will look fabulous on her cute buns! The kids were cute... Addie was fighting sleep so she got a little upset near the end. Brandon wanted to play in the play area longer so he wasn't happy when it was time to go! Aleya just slept in her stroller and smiled a lot. Aaron and I took Addie to Strawberry Days which is an annual festival complete with a rodeo right down the street from us! We decided to walk all the way to downtown P.G. and it was further than we thought! We saw a lot of friends there so it was really fun to be out and about with Addie! We didn't actually do anything there except walk around... because let's face it, Addie can't go on the rides yet... but she sure had a fun time looking at everything with her wide eyes!

June 17, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - The hottest day of the year has arrived! It is 100 smokin' degrees outside which makes it the perfect day to stay inside and update the web page! Addie is taking her second long nap of the day. She does so much better when she naps in her swing or bouncer. It must feel like she is still being held. She's doing well sleeping at night still too. Once it is dark and she is in her crib, she's out for the night.

June 16, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Congratulations to Travis and Leslee on their new baby girl!!! Addison Maria was born at 9:40 am. She weighs 9 pounds 3 ounces and is 20.5 inches long... she's a big girl since she was 2 weeks overdue! Travis and Leslee are cute parents. Now they have Addy and we have Addie!

June 15, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Addelynn learned a new trick that she has been trying out all day... she sucks on her bottom lip. It seems like she is learning something new everyday! She is always so attentive on everything around her. Mommy and Addie woke up and made breakfast for Daddy this morning since it's his first Father's Day! Yeah! He doesn't get his present yet though because it still has to come in the mail... Rock Band for the WII. Lucky Daddy!!!

June 14, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Addie went on her first hike today up Battlecreek Canyon which is right next to where we live. It is a beautiful hike with a nice waterfall only 20 minutes up the trail. That's as far as we got because Addie was sleeping by then and other people that went with us were going home too. It was just long enough of a hike for Aaron too! Tonight we took Addie to her first drive-in movie... The Incredible Hulk! It was fun to be outside in such nice weather to hang out and watch a movie. We went with our friends Curtis & Veronica... and their (not so) baby Isaac. He is getting so big!

June 13, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - This was the first day of a very busy weekend. We went with Greg, Raquel, Brandon and Aleya to Lagoon! It is like a miniature Disneyland... kind of. They have lots of rides and a small water park. We walked around a lot and watched Brandon go on rides. Aaron and I went on river raft ride while my cousins watched Addie. Greg, Raquel and Aaron went on a roller coaster while I stayed and watched the kids with Raquel's sister. It was a good excuse for me not to go on the ride! We had lots of fun... Aaron even played a game and won a stuffed dog for Addie!

June 11, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Addie's favorite things to do right now are... try to put both fists in her mouth at the same time, play with her hair with her left hand while sucking her right hand, and spitting, blowing, cooing, squealing or making other cute baby noises.

June 10, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - I guess I spent too much time out in the sun yesterday because I woke up feeling the burn on my shoulders. I sat outside for 20 minutes two times yesterday while Addie was napping. I didn't realize that I was getting so much sun because it wasn't that warm outside. Now I have a lobster farmer's tan that crosses my shoulders and my knees!

June 9, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - I got a haircut today. I had to wait for 30 minutes before it was my turn and Addie woke up right then. I was worried that she would start to get fussy but she made it through with the help of her binky and she didn't get upset until I was almost done. Hooray! Everyone had their eyes on her so she had lots of attention!

June 8, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Addie has learned how to blow raspberries! It's her new favorite trick... unfortunately she has not mastered the skill of keeping down her formula at the same time. She gets so excited and starts blowing... then it all comes out! It's still cute though! It also means that she gets to wear more of her outfits because they often get soaked down the front!

June 7, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Aaron took us out for a drive in the mountains. Originally we wanted to go on a walk up a path in the canyon. As we were leaving, some nice clouds rolled in and dropped more than a little bit of rain. So we headed up to a different canyon and drove through the Alpine Highway Loop. It takes you up and around the back side of Mount Timpanogos through American Fork Canyon. Then you leave through Provo Canyon by the ski resorts at Sundance. It was a beautiful drive even in the rain. The sun was shining on our way out but we skipped the walk because Addie and I were falling asleep. Okay, so we weren't exactly falling asleep... we were out cold!

June 6, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Addie is sitting on my lap while I type this entry... she is interested in everything we are doing. It is so cute. Here come the hiccups!

June 5, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - I had to get out of the house again today. We went to my favorite scrapbook place... Archiver's. I had previously seen some paper flowers there and finally decided to get them for decoration in Addie's room. I made them during nap time today and framed a couple in some of the frames from Aaron's company. They are very cute and whimsical... just right for Addie's room.

June 4, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - I made it out of the house today. We went to Walmart in the rain. One of my grocery bags fell out of the cart on my way to the car... and landed in the biggest puddle in the parking lot. Luckily everything is sealed in a nice plastic layer these days!

June 3, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Another night with the flu... I think I was even sicker than the day before. Aaron stayed home yet another day. This time he took the day off so that I could get more rest. I didn't even get up from the couch until noon. I'm really glad that Aaron was home! Addie had her 2 month doctor appointment today so that meant shots! She is growing like crazy... she now weighs 12 pounds 11 ounces and is 22 and 3/4 inches long. She is in the 90th percentile for weight and the 50th percentile for height. She stared at the doctor the whole time he was in the room with a real serious look on her face. He asked if she is smiling and we told him that she does all the time at home. It was funny to see her watch him. She was really good when he examined her... then the nurse came in for shots. They gave her an oral vaccine first which Addie tried to push out with her tongue. She had a few little gags too. Addie let out a cry with the first shot. Then it progressed with more crying as they finished up the 5th and final shot. By the time they put the band aids on she was fine. I picked her up and rubbed her legs. She survived and had a really good nap after that!

June 2, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - It turns out that I came down with a bad case of the stomach flu... I woke up in the middle of the night and was really sick. Aaron went to work and picked up everything he needed to work from home. He was able to take Addie when I was really sick so that helped a lot.

June 1, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Sunday... I am not feeling well today so I stayed home from church with Addie to get some rest. We didn't get as much rest as we hoped for though... there is always tomorrow.

May 31, 2008 - Addie sneezed 30 times today, and she doesn't have a cold.

May 31, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Addie got really spoiled today... we had a lot of things to do so Aaron and I made a day of errands with some fun stuff in between. We went to get our oil changed and tires rotated and balanced in our car. Then we stopped by the gas station to get a car wash. After that we drove up to Costco to pick up formula, diapers and baby wipes... $200 later and we continued on our way. Aaron was being a sweetheart and took me out to the Park City Outlet Mall. We went there before Addie was born (actually before we knew anything about her) but it was too hard to pick anything out because there wasn't much in the neutral section. I had fun getting her all of the pink and purple things that we both like. We found some great clearance items so we have a bunch of outfits for next summer for only $3 each. It's good to plan ahead.

May 30, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - My last day of school! We had kindergarten graduation today. The kids only came for 45 minutes each. They lined up in our class and got their caps to wear. Then we walked in, sang a song, got their diplomas, sang another song and announced the kindergarten graduating class of 2008. They will graduate from high school in the year 2020. I will be 40 years old then!!! That makes me feel really old now! I said goodbye to all of my kids as they took pictures with me and Miss Johnson. After both classes came and went I was officially done with school. I had a range of mixed emotions then but I didn't cry yet. Since I had Addie with me that day, I gathered up everything and we headed off to the luncheon with all of the faculty at the Pizza Factory. It was strange for it to be my last meeting with all of my co-workers but it is good to know that I'll still get the chance to see them every now and then. It wasn't until I dropped off Lynne and Cammie at the school that I lost it and started crying. I had to call Aaron because it was pretty hard to really be done. I love being a mom and wouldn't trade it for the world, but at the same time... it is really hard to leave Bonneville because it is such an extraordinary school!

May 29, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Happy 2 Month B-day! Day two at the babysitter... Aaron got off work early so he could come home and be with Addie. He was a little bit jealous that someone else got to stay at home with our girl! I had a busy day at school trying to get everything done for the last day of school. I finally got home just in time for Aaron to grab a bite to eat before heading off to school. I took Addie up to the ward activity up in the canyon. There was pizza and outside games. We watched everyone play kickball for awhile and then headed home so we could stop by the store quickly for a few things. We were both tuckered out after such a long day. Addie and I both need our sleep it seems!

May 28, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - I dropped Addie off at our friend Kristen's house. It was hard to leave her but it was good knowing she would be well taken care of while I had to work today and tomorrow. She is such a sweet baby. When I picked her up she was sleeping. It felt good to hold her and I was glad that I only had to leave her for one more day. I had church meetings tonight so I know what it feels like to rush everywhere as a working mom. I don't recommend it because I didn't have any time to sit and just play with Addie. Being able to stay at home with her is so much better for the both of us.

May 27, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - A day of rest... Addie and I took it easy today so that I would be ready for school tomorrow. Hopefully it will pay off because we both have to get up early in the morning!

May 26, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Today was Grandma and Grandpa's last day to visit us. Aaron's mom helped me to make some projects. I went to Home Depot  to pick up a piece of wood so that I could make a picture board for Addie's wall. It turned into a flower clip holding board instead which looks pretty darn cute. I made all of the clips this weekend since I had so many extra hands to take care of Addie. She is going to have the cutest hair on the block. My friend Lynne came over for a little bit in the afternoon. Addie ate and slept so it was funny that Lynne didn't get to see her full cuteness. There will be many more visits for that!

May 25, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Aaron and I went to the first part of church today while Addie stayed home with Grandma and Grandpa Glass. Everyone kept asking us where she was... we had to tease  a little bit and say that we left her napping at home. Then we would say that she was with Grandma and Grandpa. Greg and Raquel came over later with Brandon and Aleya. We ate hamburgers and played Dance Dance Revolution.

May 24, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - What a fun day... we woke up to our happy baby smiling in her crib. She is really getting used to sleeping through the night and we hope she stays a good sleeper. Aaron made a breakfast of eggs with Canadian bacon and toast. We went down to the movie theater and bought tickets for Indiana Jones to see later that night. We wandered around Borders and picked up a few books. Aaron got a few that his dad recommended and I found a funny cookbook on Twinkie Gourmet. We are going to try making Twinkie Sushi tomorrow! Then we went to Tucanos for lunch where they serve a great Brazilian buffet. We ate way too much but the meat is sooooo good. We even had dessert afterwards which was just a little bit too much food. Later this evening we had a babysitter lined up so we dropped Addie off at Ann's house so that we could go to the movies... Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Good movie, but I'm not good when it comes to any intensity factor so Aaron had to hold me through the whole movie. That's not a bad thing though! Addie was good for Ann too so we were happy parents although it is still hard to leave her with anyone.

May 23, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Yeah! Grandma and Grandpa Glass came today! We were so excited to show Addie off to them because we think she is so darling! Aaron came home from work early which was a great help to me because we were able to get some cleaning done so I don't have to worry about it this weekend... we even installed a new door lock so we have keyless entry now. That is so much more convenient when you have a baby in one hand and groceries in the other because you don't have to fish your keys out of your pocket! We wouldn't have been able to do all that we did in one afternoon but Aaron's parents had a very delayed plane... so we didn't get to see them until this evening. We went out to dinner at Sakura for Japanese food. Mmm mmmm good!

May 22, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - By the end of the day yesterday I was so tired that I put Addie down for the night and went to bed also... at least until 4:30 in the morning! I woke up and couldn't sleep so what better time than now to get things done. I had my grades almost finished by the time Addie woke up. Then I fed her, gave her a bath, put her back to bed and... finished my grades! Then I had to rush off to school to drop off my computer. I donated some bags of stuff to Deseret Industries on the way to go out to lunch with Aaron at work. We picked him up, went to a warehouse sale for his company, and went out to some good ol' fast food at McDonalds!

May 21, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - All I have to say is... GRADES! Yep, it's that time of year and of course I leave myself one day to get all of my grades figured out and put them on the computer. Needless to say it wasn't the best day for Addie who didn't sleep hardly at all today which means that I didn't get my grades done either... I have until 2:30 pm on Thursday so hopefully tomorrow morning goes better!

May 20, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Ninety degrees yesterday... FIFTY degrees today! Our weather is crazy here in Utah... we even had snow in the mountains. I can't believe that it is almost summer and we are still having such crazy weather.

May 18, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - We were so excited this morning because Addie slept from 9:30 last night to 7:00 this morning! Yeah! Of course I was awake most of the early morning wondering when she would start crying for a bottle and worrying that if I fell asleep I would be too tired to wake up again when she cried. Aaron had a great night of sleep of course because he doesn't even wake up when Addie cries... that's my job! We had Stake Conference this morning so we had to get ready a lot faster than usually because we had to be at church by 9:30 am instead of 1:00 pm. It was actually a lot easier and it was nice to have such a long afternoon at home after that. We had to let a few people hold Addie at church and our friend Gina fed her a bottle. Addie soaked up all of the attention and fell asleep the rest of the time over my shoulder or in Aaron's arms. She used to love sleeping cradled in your arm over your lap but now she likes curling up with her head over your shoulder. She is one cuddly baby! She is communicating a lot more now that she realized we respond to her coos and expressions. The other day she was lifting up her shoulders and cooing at the same time. I would smile and laugh... then she would smile back at me and do it all over again. The next day she put on her biggest pouty face with her lip sticking out as far as it can go. I laughed at this of course because she is such a dramatic girl sometimes. She smiled and did it again over and over. What a funny girl. Just yesterday, Aaron was sitting on the couch with Addie laying next to him. She started cooing at him and when he looked at her she would stop. She is so adorable. She is doing the funniest things now to get attention. We respond like doting parents and I'm sure that she is going to be just a little bit spoiled!

May 17, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Addie is growing like crazy. We went to Aaron's softball game last night and we had to adjust her car seat head support and shoulder straps to get her in. I'm not sure how long this car seat will last at the rate of growth she is in. We were looking at how long she seems to be getting. Her socks used to go almost to her knees and now she has a couple of inches of skin. Her little thighs are getting some chunky little rolls and both sets of cheeks are getting chubby! Her feet and hands seem small now that she is filling out in the rest of her body. We are wondering what she will be like when she grows up. I think she will probably be tall and thin with the way her features are right now. I love her to pieces!

May 16, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - I kind of went all-out on making hair clips this week. A friend showed me how to make them and of course we had to have an assortment of hair clips to choose from to match every outfit she has... so I pulled out all of my scrapbook stuff and went to town putting together flowers with brads in the middle and attaching them to hair clips covered with ribbons. I like to put a couple of little ponytails in her hair and slide the hair clips right in front of them. It is so darling, but I think everything about Addelynn is just adorable!

May 15, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - It was inevitable... that I would fall behind in writing on our web page. At least I am more current than Aaron though! Addelynn is smiling like crazy now... if she is in a good mood (i.e. diaper is changed and tummy is full) she will smile again and again at you. It's so cute!

May 8, 2008 - I'm not actually updating this section myself... my lovely wife Wendy decided that it would look better if there was actually something new here... and maybe she wanted to tease me just a little bit. I'm very busy being a new daddy while working full-time and attending classes at UVU. I get home around 8:00 in the evening and Wendy is glad to hand over Addie so she can get some rest after her long days. I'm also on the softball team for my company. We play every Friday night. So far our team is not doing the greatest... well, we hope to win a game sometime this season! It sure is fun though!

May 8, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Addie had 2 baths today... one time in the morning because it was bath day and one time in the evening because she spit up all over everything. Amazingly enough none of it got on my clothes. Poor baby girl... she had an upset tummy but was ready to eat again after a nice full diaper! She was much happier then. We went to visit Raquel, Aleya and Brandon today. Brandon was so sweet with Addie. He kept laying on the floor with her showing his toys or kissing her hand. He must be the best big brother to Aleya... who by the way is such a sweetie. She is such a good baby. She is so much smaller than Addie! Aleya is getting chubby cheeks though so she still has a chance of catching up to Addie in weight... but it's not likely to happen this summer!

May 6, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - So today Addie is sleeping like a baby... as she usually does. I have no idea what happened yesterday but today is so much better for her. We are back into her regular routine of eat, play and sleep!

May 5, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - What a day... I guess all that sleeping has its drawbacks when the next day is followed by lots of crying and no sleep at all. Addie was the fussiest she has ever been (Wendy's Post) - which still isn't that bad at all, but when she is usually such a good baby it is hard to see her cry and get so upset. She would suddenly lean forward and just scream out crying. I thought it might be her tummy hurting or something, but she ate and pooped really well. It may be that growth spurt she is going through... she is filling up her 3 month clothes now. Some of her sleepers are getting stretched to their limits! She is going to be a big girl.

May 4, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Addie is a sleeping machine... she must be growing again. I tried her headband on her that was too big last week - and it fits! She looks darling it it too! Addie went to sleep last night after eating around 7:00 pm. She didn't wake up until 3:00 in the morning when Aaron couldn't stand it any longer and he had to go and pick her up. Next time I said that we could go ahead and let her sleep through the night. I am just fine with letting her learn good sleep habits. This morning she was up just long enough to eat, play and take a bath. She has been sleeping ever since. We'll have to wake her up so that we can go to church! That means we will be feeding her in Sacrament Meeting at church on a Fast Sunday!

May 3, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - My friend Kim had a birthday party today at a park up in Salt Lake City. Aaron, Addie and I packed up and headed on our way. We realized when we were in the general vacinity that we didn't have the whole address. Luckily I had another friend's phone number and we were finally able to locate the park. It was supposed to be a sunny and warm day, but we were in the pavillion at the top of the hill where is was windy and cool to say the least. I ended up wrapping Addie up in a blanket and holding her the whole time so she would stay warm! We went to a small outlet mall on the way home and picked up a few things on clearance for when Addie gets bigger. We probably won't ever go back to that outlet because half of the stores were empty... the only thing we will probably get there in the future is a dress for when Addie gets blessed.

May 2, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - I went to school today so that we could get some reading tests done in class. I still have to go back to school to get things done until the end of the year because it is so busy with grades and testing. My friend Dorothy took care of Addie while I was in class. She enjoyed every minute of it... Addie that is, because she was just a little spoiled! So... Dorothy mentioned that she couldn't get the car seat out of her van and we went to take a look. Half an hour or so later we were finally able to free the car seat from its stuck position and we were on our way to do errands. Aaron went to his softball game tonight while Addie and I took nice long naps.

May 1, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - If April showers bring May flowers... what does April SNOW bring? Yes, it snowed last night right before May! I couldn't believe it. We have been waiting for that nice spring weather to come but it snowed once again making it seem like the longest winter ever! ...Addie is starting to rub her eyes when she is tired!

April 28, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Addie slept from 8:30 last night until 2:30 this morning! We should have gone to bed when she did because we would have had a lot more sleep than we thought! She is smiling more and more now. Sometimes they look kind of funny!

April 27, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Happy Birthday to me! Thank you to everyone for sending me such nice gifts. I feel kind of funny getting stuff for my birthday now that I have a baby. I always devote everything to her so I didn't really think about making plans for my birthday. I went to a meeting at church in the morning and afterwards my friend Karen brought over a cake for me. She is a dear friend who is always thinking of others around her. I'm lucky to have such a good friend. We went to church. Addie slept most of the time but opened her eyes and everyone was so excited to see her. After church we packed some snacks and went for a walk on the Provo River Trail up the canyon. We sat at a park for awhile and pulled out our books to read. I couldn't take my eyes off Addie so I didn't read very much! For my birthday, Aaron let me get a rocking chair for Addie's bedroom. It is a big, cushy chair that rocks. We love it!

April 26, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - I had to take the Praxis II test to renew my teaching license and keep my certificate current in the state of Utah. I was nervous about going up to Ogden alone because I'm not familiar with the area so Aaron, Addelynn and I made an outing out of it... We packed everything that we would need for the day and drove over an hour to get there. We had lunch on the way and Aaron wished me luck while he and Addie went for a walk around the campus. He had to feed her and change a dirty diaper while I took my test consisting of 24 multiple choice questions and 12 essay questions. I took almost the whole 2 hours allotted for the test with only 2 minutes to check my work at the end. I had a cramp in my elbow and wrist from writing so much! I'm just glad it's over... but I have to wait for my results which won't be here until the end of May. I met Aaron back at the car after the test and we went back down to Utah Valley, stopping at Tai Pan Trading on the way home. Then we met our friends at a Japanese restaurant called Sakura for dinner. Addie had the biggest eyes I have ever seen. It was pretty neat to see them cook everything in front of you and of course they perform cooking tricks as well like juggling an egg on a spatula. We came home and Addie guzzled down her milk before going to bed. She is sleeping better and better now.

April 25, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Aaron was sweet enough to let me sleep the whole night so that I could have enough rest for my test on Saturday. I still had to wake him up when Addie started crying for a bottle though! I had a super night of sleep!!!

April 24, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - What a great day! Addie decided to have a couple of long naps already. She is eating a whole 5 ounces now each time we feed her. I think she has decided to grow some more! After all she is almost a month old now.

April 23, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Addie has 6 dimples... 2 on her cheeks, 2 on her elbows, and 2 on her knees. That must mean that she is growing. Her feet are still so skinny though that her cute socks fall off. She has long, skinny fingers too. I am working on baby announcements finally. The easy part was making the announcements which were done when she was only a week old. The hard part is getting everyone's current mailing addresses to send them out. Then there is little Addie who just likes to be held right when Mommy starts a project! We have learned how to hold her while I type on the computer so that is fun now. Addelynn's newest trick is holding her pacifier in her mouth. She puts her hand right over the top of it like she is not going to let her pacifier go for anything. She is also starting to experiment with her smiles more now... the other day I was holding her and she gave the biggest smile that Aaron and I both got to see. She's going to be a heartbreaker with those little dimples in her cheeks. We are waiting to get a good picture of her smiling but that will have to wait for when they are more frequent.

April 22, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - I have officially resigned from teaching as of today. I went to the school to sign the paperwork. It was a sad but sweet experience because Addelynn is so worth it. It has been the most wonderful three weeks with her even without sleeping much. She is truly ours and I wouldn't trade anything for her. All of my friends that came into the office at school wanted to hold Addie. Everyone says that she is a doll. It is really hard to leave my friends at work. I have been at the school for four years so I have some great friends who are like family to me. We'll be visiting often though because Addie is growing so fast. We have to show off all of her cute outfits from everyone after all. Addie has been awake almost the whole day today. She took three 2 hour naps so hopefully she will stay on the sleeping at night mode so I can sleep more too!

April 21, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Aaron came home for lunch to be with his girls... really to spend time holding Addie of course!

April 20, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Addie is 3 weeks old! It has already been quite a busy weekend! We went to Aaron's softball game on Friday night. Addie was really good. It was fun to do something as a family. Unfortunately for Aaron, the game wasn't their biggest success. You might say that it was for the other team, but we won't even mention the score! On Saturday, Addie and I ran errands while Aaron started up his saxophone quartet again after a few needed weeks off. Addie seemed quite surprised to hear such loud music when we got home as evident by the biggest eyes I have seen her show off yet! Saturday evening we went to dinner at our friends' house Lisa & Brent Frost. Our good friends Mandi and Blake Taylor were there as well. We enjoyed a succulent meal with the best steak I have ever had from the BBQ. We even had dessert pizza to top it all off. We played some games and ended up staying way past our bedtimes, but it was well worth it to get out and have some fun. Addie was pretty good after having not slept most of the day. We got home, fed her at 11:00 pm and she didn't wake up to eat until 5:00 am Sunday morning. We were happy to have such a content little girl. I got up to feed her, changed her really soaked diaper, and put her to bed again. She is falling asleep right now and that means that I get to go back to bed! It is Sunday morning after all and we don't have church until 1:00 this afternoon.

April 18, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Addie is getting back to her usual routine. She is sleeping and eating in her normal four hour schedule. We are hoping that she will start sleeping through the night sometime in the next month but that will depend on what her tummy says! If she is really hungry she will grab onto her hand and suck away at it. Every once in a while she will get a finger perfectly situated inside that little mouth of hers. We are glad that she is able to sooth herself, but at the same time we don't want to have to deal with thumb sucking later on in her life like I did... So we give her a pacifier whenever she gets that urge to suck her hand! She spits it out when she is done which I think is the cutest part although sucking her finger is really cute too. When I gave Addie a bath today she almost fell asleep when I wrapped her up in a towel. Usually she is wide awake for 2 hours or so in the morning but today was an exception and she was ready for a nap right away. I got her dressed, combed her hair, wrapped her up in a blanket and she was out for the next few hours! Yeah for Mommy because I was able to update this web page!

April 17, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - I have been quite busy trying to organize all of Addie's stuff. It has taken a couple of weeks just to get all of her things put into the dresser and closet. We got our bookcase and rocking chair that we ordered so that is my next big step... trying to fit my huge collection of picture books onto one 36" wide bookcase. The delivery guys had quite a time getting the bookcase in the room yesterday because it is really tall, but they managed to do it without having to move any other furniture. It is nice to have all of her things in one room. Now we wish we had a garage though so we would have a place to fit all of our camping gear and household tools conveniently. Every time we open our storage door we have to unload a pile of stuff in front of the shelf! A house with a garage is on our wish list before we adopt another baby someday.

April 13, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - We decided to try and go to church today. Addie had a restful morning along with Aaron! They both slept in while I got everything ready for church. Addie was just fine until about 20 minutes before it was time to go to church. Then she had an upset tummy and cried and cried! We thought maybe we wouldn't make it to church after all when she suddenly stopped crying and felt better. We finished getting ready and made it to church just as they were starting. She looked cute in her little peach dress. It is a newborn size though and it was really hard to button the top button because her neck is getting chubby! We got lots of ooohs and aaahs again from people that hadn't seen her yet. We sat by our friends and mostly just watched Addie... I'm not sure that I paid that much attention to what was said but at least we made it there!

April 12, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Addie is 2 weeks old today! We had another baby shower. My friend Megan Martin put on a shower so I could invite all of my friends from church. Addie was spoiled again with cute clothes and very necessary diapers! We love the Diaper Genie II and the Boppy Pillow! Aaron had to get used to the idea of using both of these things, but now I catch him using the pillow with a look of relief on his face when he rests his arm down! Addie slept through this baby shower too... I have decided that if she is ever fussy that I will have to take her to a crowded, noisy place. I guess that is the key to her complete relaxation because there was no way to wake her from the sound slumber she was in! Tons of people came to and from the shower since it was an Open House Style. Even my old college friends Liz and Michelle were there! It was so good to see them... Liz has a little girl and Michelle is pregnant with a boy due this summer.

April 10, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Grandma had to fly home today so we hung around the house missing her. We send her lots of hugs, kisses and little grunts.

Raquel had a baby shower tonight with the Colorado (now Utah) cousins. Aaron kept Brandon entertained and out of the cookies! Some people were surprised to see two little girls at the party so they had to point out whose baby belonged to who. Everyone wanted to hold the cute girls so they did get passed around a little bit. Addie was actually awake for the first part of the evening but she got comfortable and fell asleep. Our cousins also got gifts for us. That was really nice of them so now Addie and Aleya have some cute matching outfits. We are planning on dressing them the same when we go out to the zoo and other places together!

April 9, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Grandma Nievaard babysat this evening while Aaron and I went out shopping for a rocking chair... my back is pretty tired after holding her all the time! We didn't find anything though, but we did discover that gliders aren't all they're cracked up to be. The floor models were all loose so they not only rocked forward and back, but also side to side! We came home with just a few necessities from our new favorite store Babies R Us. We brought dinner home from Costa Vida which we enjoyed fully right down to the flan. Of course Addie slept the whole time we were gone so Grandma was just a little bored!

April 8, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - What a busy day. Addie had her first doctor appointment today. She slept through almost the whole thing. She must have been comfortable in just a diaper and a blanket! It was good to have Grandma there to help me out for our first outing together. The doctor checked her out and said that she is an overachiever since she gained so much weight over the last 10 days! She now weighs 8 pounds 5 ounces but is still the same length. I guess we can expect a growth spurt really soon here.

We also had a baby shower put on by Dorothy from school so we took a break after the doctor visit to hang out at home. The shower was right after school. Everyone oohed and aahed at Addie of course. She acted really cute and slept through the whole thing. She was really spoiled with gifts! She got so many things... we'll have to change her clothes a few times a day just to have her wear her outfits! She is getting used to her new Boppy Bouncer. She'll sit in it for about 10 minutes before she decides that she would rather be picked up and held!

April 7, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Grandma Nievaard came to visit today! I was so excited because I could count on Mom to help me with Addie. I was able to get some chores done while Grandma soaked up all of Addie's little grunts and coos. Addie showed off all of her cuteness including that little smile she gives just after falling asleep. Then there's that laugh with a big smile just after that. If her laugh wakes her up then she starts the sleep process all over and you get to see another little smile.

April 5, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Addie is one week old! She is a good baby. She lets us know when she is hungry! She has a pretty tight schedule when it comes to eating because she will cry pretty loudly if we are just a few minutes late. We started feeding her 2 ounces of formula when we brought her home. The very next day she wasn't too happy when those 2 ounces were gone so we moved her up to 3 ounces. Well, it didn't take long after that for her to decide that her stomach could handle a little bit more than that. By the end of the week she was eating a good 4 ounces every four hours. She is getting heavier too!

Josie, Bobby, Nick and Amber came to visit this weekend. Addelynn loved all of the attention that she got. It took a few days after that to get her used to sleeping in her crib again and not being held all the time! It was fun to see Josie and family, but the weekend went by too quickly. Josie and I didn't even have any time to scrapbook!

March 31, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - We made it through our first night with Addie! She knows when she is hungry and really lets us know. We haven't missed a feeding since then. We have had to start feeding her more though because she is always getting hungry!

March 30, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - We woke up to a couple of inches of snow so we grabbed warmer clothes and an extra blanket for Addie before leaving for the hospital this morning to pick her up. We had to wait for them to do the hearing test, give us discharge instructions, and fill out our final paperwork for adoption. We got her dressed while she cried up a storm. She wasn't too happy with having to go in the car seat either until we were moving in the car. Then she fell sound asleep so we took pictures of course. We came home and all fell asleep that afternoon!

March 29, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Aaron never made it to bed last night because he answered the phone at 1:30 am and we got ready to go... We got to Mountainview Hospital in Payson at 2:30 am and our little Addelynn was born at 3:33 am! She weighed 7 pounds 13 ounces and was 20.5 inches long. We didn't get to see her right away because she had her assessment and was then put on oxygen for three hours. We finally held her at 6:30 am but only for 30 minutes because she had to be checked again to see how she was doing. She was so sweet from the start! We stayed at the hospital most of the day holding her and trying to feed her. She wasn't interested in eating until 6:30 that night just before we were leaving to go home for the night. From then on she insisted on eating right on schedule!

March 28, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - I hardly slept last night because I was so nervous about the mom having the baby on the plane. It was pretty much a joke being at work because I was anxious about everything. I found out halfway through the day that the mom was having contractions while on a layover in Texas, but she was fine and planned on continuing to Utah. I was so relieved when the call came that she was in Utah safe and not in full labor! We kept in touch with the agency all that evening to see when the baby was born. We got a call around 11:00 saying that they were on the way to the hospital and would let us know when she was closer to delivery.

March 27, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - The plans have changed... Our director called us today and said the birth mom was flying out to Utah on Friday instead. I was shocked that she could come on an airplane when she was overdue! This worked out so much better for us though because we would have our baby in only 24 hours instead of having to wait 3 days back in Mississippi.

We had our home study appointment this evening. The case worker was here for about two hours. She asked about a million questions... but it was fun and exciting at the same time. I wasn't nervous until it was at the end of the appointment and we were showing our home for inspection. Then I got butterflies as the realization that this was really happening hit me. We had been in such a whirlwind of events and the home study was the last thing we had to complete so I think everything just finally settled in.

March 26, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Aaron and I both went to our jobs and worked out the details of what would happen if we decided to adopt... because we would have to fly out to Mississippi for up to two weeks while paperwork went through. We made a decision to go ahead and go through with the adoption so we called our agency and set everything up. Tonight we had to put together our profile pages as well as a letter about ourselves to the birth mother. I was exhausted by that point so Aaron stayed up to finish everything.

March 25, 2008 (Wendy's Post) - Aaron called me after school today to let me know that we had an appointment set to meet with our Adoption Agency Director to talk about possibly adopting a baby in the next week. Since we weren't planning on adopting until June, we had a big decision to make... including what I would do with work from now until the end of the year.

February 9, 2008 - With my (not so) new job, the prospect of adopting, the passing of Uncle Dave, the passing of President Hinckley and everything else going on in life there is definitely no shortage of items to write about.

 

Mitt Romney has recently dropped out of the presidential race. I voted for his campaign and was sad to see him go but oddly enough, I am convinced that any of the 3 other main candidates (McCain, Clinton, Obama) would each make a fine President and would be able to work well with the legislative branch of our government. It's almost not worth mentioning but I'm glad to see Huckabee running so far behind. Those who lose elections are forgotten with the passing of time but the quote he gave, soon to follow, is frightening how his own religious views conflict with the foundation of the United States,

 

"I have opponents in this race who do not want to change the Constitution; but I believe it's a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living god. And that's what we need to do -- to amend the Constitution so it's in God's standards rather than try to change God's standards so it lines up with some contemporary view."

 

Let me make it clear, I do not agree with this statement above and I am glad that he will get no where near the political office of President. I wonder which portions of the constitution he is specifically attacking? the Bill of Rights perhaps?

 

December 31, 2007 (Wendy's Post) - New Year's Eve! We had our friends Chris & Gina come over to our house for dinner and games. We had curry with rice along with a salad and the most amazing cookie & ice cream dessert. Our friends brought the salad and dessert of course! We played a couple of our new games "Finish Lines" and "Visualize." I highly recommend both of them. Chris & Gina brought a game called "Bananagrams." It is like Scrabble but without the board and you compete against each other. It is really tricky at first and the game gets even better when you near the end. It is definitely a game on our wish list. We also tested our skills on the WII with bowling and a game called "Big Brain Academy." I bowled with a score of 160... a new record though it would never happen in real life! Aaron dominated in the other game because he has played it a few times already. We yawned our way to the new year and turned the TV on to see the ball drop in NYC. We had some pear juice and said, "Happy New Year" before saying our goodbyes and going straight to bed!

December 30, 2007 (Wendy's Post) - Welcome to our new and improved web page! This year we have obviously changed the look... an ode to Wendy's favorite hobby and Aaron's new employment (Wendy's Post) - No Aaron is not a scrap-booker, rather he is fortunate to have a great job as a Senior Accountant in the scrapbook supply industry. This is also a nice bonus for me when he brings home my favorite products! I am thoroughly enjoying his Christmas gift of 20 lbs. of scrapbook paper and stuff. Our house is also a lot cuter now with the home decorating side of the company contributing to our household as well (again my favorite styles). This is the best job Aaron could have! Ha ha!

December 29, 2007 (Wendy's Post) - Aaron and I went to the mall today to spend our Christmas gift cards. We had a very good Christmas at both of our homes and didn't need a thing, but it was fun to look around and get some things we wouldn't normally get. I actually bought a purse! Yes, I know... it is really amazing. It's even a real purse with leather handles and everything. Heidi would be proud! I also got the Michael Buble Christmas CD. I can never leave the mall without some lotion from Bath and Body works either! Aaron got a comic book by Orson Scott Card called "Red Prophet." He also got guitar strings and traded in some old Xbox games for the three "Lord of the Rings" movies. We really went to the mall in the first place to get my wedding ring inspected and cleaned to keep up the lifetime warranty. We ended up staying quite a bit longer than planned because someone else picked up our paperwork along with theirs. We decided to have lunch so we ate at Red Robin. Aaron had the seafood pasta while I had a chicken quesadilla. We split some onion rings and ended up taking a couple of boxes home with us. We never did get our paperwork back, but they assured us that our guarantee was okay. They called several hours later saying that the paperwork was finally brought back in to the store. Hooray! I didn't really need that stress in the first place though. Such is life. We came home, took stuff to Deseret Industries for donation, and finally picked up some groceries! Now we have real food again... but we did forget the eggs! We watched the first "Lord of the Rings" movie and that was enough for me for awhile though Aaron is ready to see the next one. I think we're too busy to watch it though! I'll come up with something. Ha ha!

December 28, 2007 (Wendy's Post) - We got back from our vacation very late at night the day after Christmas. Luckily, Aaron drove the whole way home as I was sleepy and grumpy. We had weather related delays going to Washington and coming home - both due to the incredible amounts of Utah snow we have been having lately. I have never seen so much snow this early in the season before. We have had snow on the ground for nearly a month now with varying amounts melting and accumulating. I'm happy though since winter is my favorite season. Monday is supposed to be incredibly cold though... -2 degrees F with a high in the mid 20's. We'll have to break out the scarf and gloves now to go outside!

December 26, 2007 (Wendy's Post) - Our last day of vacation at home! My mom took us to the Great Wall Mall to look around. We were able to relive our Japanese days by looking around the grocery store and picking out our favorite foods. Washington has a lot better selection than Utah obviously. We loaded up our suitcases with our favorite goodies to bring back with us. We also got steamed pork buns to eat on our way to the cemetery. It was my first time out there since Dad's funeral. It is such a beautiful cemetery. We drove around the long loop so that we could see everything again. We visited the wall and I was able to see the engraved stone memorial. It is really nice and I hope my whole family can see it too. My mom cried of course. It makes me sad to see her hurting. I still get angry with my dad sometimes but mostly I am frustrated with what Mom has to deal with.

December 25, 2007 (Wendy's Post) - Christmas Day! We slept in at Aaron's house and had a lazy Christmas morning. Mom and Nate came over just before lunch. When the extended family arrived, we opened presents with Aaron's side of the family. Aaron's mom made a nice dinner (lunch). We showed Nate the new Rock Band game that Aaron's dad got. It is really fun and I like playing the drums the most. Aaron has been trying to teach me how to play, but I usually get impatient with my imperfection and quit trying. The game is more fun though and it grabs my attention. Aaron hopes to have me become a drummer for his music hobby someday!

December 24, 2007 (Wendy's Post) - Christmas Eve! I spent the morning finishing up gifts that I was making for the family. I made stationary sets for all of the girls. Mom and I went to a few grocery stores only to come home without the very thing we went out to get. Nate was kind enough to run down to the market and get the Jell-O for the salad Mom was making. I don't know how the Jell-O was missed when the checker was ringing up the items, but everything worked out in the end thanks to Nate! We had a nice dinner with my extended family. Grandpa got a few extra goodies with everyone keeping Grandma occupied. He has a special way of cupping his hand just right to hide cookies. Grandma knows though so you can bet that Grandpa won't be sneaking any treats at his house anytime soon! We opened gifts with our family. I think the best thing was the baby clothes and stuff that Mom got both Leslee and I. I am so excited to finally welcome a baby to our family. It is pretty ironic that Leslee is pregnant at the same time and due the same month that we plan to adopt. I guess it all comes down to sibling rivalry like when Travis and Leslee got married the week before us!

December 23, 2007 (Wendy's Post) - We went to church with Mom and Nathan. Mom got teased a little bit about me having to be there to get her to go to the classes! We went to Travis and Leslee's house for dinner in the evening. Their house is really cute with a nice sized backyard. They have it decorated really well and there is just enough space for their growing family! Leslee is a great cook. We had potatoes, meat and veggies. I sat at the kiddie table with Mom and Nathan. Travis made sure to get pictures of that! Later we talked and filled ourselves with too many sweets of course. Then we sang Christmas songs with the karaoke on their TV. It was pretty fun especially when Grandpa began singing. We did tease Grandma when we started naming trivia that was being displayed on the TV. She thought we were making it up until everyone started pitching in ideas and she finally realized that we were reading it from the TV. We all laughed so much that it hurt. Grandma is a good sport though we probably shouldn't tease too much!

October 31, 2007 - The Ward "Trunk or Treat" was this evening. In addition to normal Halloween activities, the church tends to have these Trunk or Treats where everyone can decorate their car trunks and park their cars in the church parking lot for kids to trick or treat at. I think it's one step safer than going around the neighborhood. This year we decorated our trunk with a Super Mario Brothers theme with music playing, topped with Wendy and I dressed as the Princess and Mario, respectively. We took a week to plan it all but Wendy ended up only having time to make her dress the night before. Everything turned out great and we even one a first place ribbon.

 

October 14, 2007 - Yellow Stone was beautiful and the time with no real responsibilities was wonderful (although school never rests.) The park is so huge most of the time is spent traveling from one location to the next and with a dash of snow and the occasional wildlife, we were entertained even on rout to each location. The geysers stank but that was expected. I never realized how acidic they were until now though,

 

September 2007 - We had Nate & mom visit this week. It was a chance to visit with family, especially Uncle Dave. We were able to set Nate up on a blind date and as far as we know he had fun.

 

August 23, 2007 - Today was Wendy's fourth day back to school. This week is spent in one-on-one assessments with her Kindergarten and the full class schedule will start next week. She has thirty students in her class!

 

August 21, 2007 - Over the summer the requirements for my major has changed which has caused some timing problems with my college plans. In the end the entire situation was fixed... looks like I'll be attending BYU for a term again. Through BYU I'll be able to take multiple classes that otherwise I would have to take one after the other. I also avoid a new prerequisite that was thrown into the accounting program this way. I'll still have one class through UVSC (soon to be UVU) which means a little more tuition to pay.

 

August 20, 2007 - This had been a busy week again. Most importantly, Uncle Dave was admitted to the hospital Thursday evening and we found that he has brain cancer at only 68 years old. There was an exploratory surgery on Saturday that actually led to most of the cancer being removed. We hope, along with his children and wife, to make the most of everything this coming year.

 

July 7, 2007 - Last night Wendy went though our home and took most everything that wasn't bolted down (just kidding) for a garage sale her co-worker Diane was having today. Wendy and I were up late putting little price tags on every item. Today Wendy left at 6:30 to take everything to the garage sale which ran from 7:00am to 1:00pm. It was a success and we made $130.00 selling mostly $1 - $2 items. Today is also Jim Jr.'s birthday. To celebrate (since we're obviously in a different state) we went to IHOP and ordered Steak (I think he'll see the significance there.)

 

July 4, 2007 - Wendy has the summer off and I had today off to celebrate Independence Day. Last night while at Wal-mart I picked up a box full of fun little explosives to detonate. We got together with our fiend Janie (who lives in Gateway too) at about 9:30 to set off fireworks and sing the main themes to the 1812 Overture. We could also see the Pleasant Grove City fireworks from where we were while setting off our own so basically we had a double feature.

 

July 2, 2007 - Since Maggie and her family are out of town in Texas we had family home evening with just the two of us. After my evening class we went to Ikea (and bought a new dish set) then went and saw Fantastic 4 - Rise of the Silver Surfer. Highlight the following to read a spoiler... I'm really disappointed that Galactus was nothing more than a huge intergalactic tempest. I wanted to see Galactus the man.

 

June 30,2007 - Wendy and I went to Lagoon for the first time together today. First we went to the water park lagoon-a-beach and rode on doughnut tubes all morning. Then we got dressed and rode a bunch of the rides... the less intense ones. We also took a look at the historic pioneer village with the miniature train museum. Before going home we each picked out a little stuffed animal that were just calling out our names. A Siberian Tiger for me and a Giraffe for Wendy.

 

June 28, 2007 - Vanessa and Kayla have been away at girls camps this week at Starvation Reservoir . Wendy and I got to go tonight for the devotional by President and Sister Henry and for the testimony meeting. We also brought the girls home early so they could leave for their Texas family trip.

 

May 30, 2007- Last Day of school.

 

May 13, 2007 – I have my new church calling as the Stake Financial Clerk. This means I get to do something on Sunday similar to that which I do Monday through Friday. I also get to work with some great men in our Stake Presidency. First there is President Henry, who is respected in the community for his work as a teacher and who was one of the top wrestling coaches in the area. He is very tender hearted for a coach. Then there is President Walker who is an accountant also and works at BYU. Finally there is President Bratt, with whom I expect I'll get to learn more about over the course of the next few years. One thing about receiving a new calling in the church is how much you worry about the status of the person who came to fill the shoes of your previous calling.

 

May 12, 2007 – Our movie summer has started with Spider-man 3. Also this summer is Shrek 3, Harry Potter 5, Transformers, and Fantastic Four 2. Not to mention we'll also have the last Harry Potter book in about 2 months.

 

May 10, 2007 – Our neighbor, Maggie is in the hospital for the next few days. She has lung disease and now heart problems. I'm her home teacher too. She has 3 children at home, John (20 yrs), Kayla (16 yrs) and Vanessa (13 yrs) who we will help watch over the next while. Last Sunday we had the girls over to play some LDS board games and we'll be having Family Home Evening with them on Monday evenings for the next while. Wendy and I are really happy to have them as our neighbors and we're anxiously awaiting Maggie's return home.

 

May 8, 2007 - The HOA has been meeting weekly over the past month to make sure we can get a series of things accomplished by the time the pool opens for the summer. We're working on the lawn care, getting the security key card system installed in the club house, decorating the club house, adding a gate to the pool fence, policing the parking, still getting the builders to finish some important items (like addresses on the building) and keeping homeowners informed on all of the things we are working on. We have some members on the committee who are really committed to improving the community. In addition, there was a homeowner who accidentally drove into one of the dumpster gates and we have someone getting evicted for drug use. My time as the HOA Committee Chair ends in 2 more months, then I intend to start up the Jazz Ensemble again.

 

May 5, 2007 - We went Hiking today up to Battle Creek Waterfall. We left a little later in the day then we would have normally because I went and helped our friend, Stephen and Jill Tew, load up to move. Isn't it funny how it's the people you'd like to have stay that you typically help to move out when the time come. Since we hiked in the afternoon, it was especially hot. After we passed the waterfall, we found a place to sit and read books for about 45 minutes (I read The Baker Street Irregulars and Wendy read the second Levin Thumps book.)

 

April 27, 2007 - Today was Wendy's birthday and she has opened all of her presents. She received some scrapbooking supplies from Josie and my parents. She got clothes and jewelry from Heidi and her mom... and from me... well, she picked out a nice, big scrapbooking desk that has now made a home in our living room. Photos pending.

 

April 25, 2007 - Finals are over. It's been a busy first part of the year with work, school, the HOA, church and everything that has happened with our family. This summer should be a lot smoother, although we don't intend to travel much since the busy season from my work is during the summer.

 

March 28, 2007 – It is the end of March and we have snow…? I guess it’s only to be expected since we had rain up in Washington last weekend and the weather system just had to follow us back down. The funny thing is that the snow had completely vanished by 4:00 pm.

 

 

March 26, 2007 – Wendy and I have been buying CDs recently. We tried the internet thing were you can download songs for $0.99 but the problem comes when you want to use those files around and about. To use them at work you have to log into your MSN ID, or in our case we have to log in both of our MSN ID because we bought songs on each of our accounts. Then if you put the files on a MP3 disk they won’t play because there is no software available on these MP3 players to decode the security. So basically we gave up on online music and went back to Wal-mart. This weekend for our trip Wendy picked up two CDs, John Mayer and The Fray. I couldn’t find anything good so today I went to Wal-mart and pick up two classics, Foo Fighters (self titles) and Weezer (self titled.) “I’ve got Kitty Pride, and Nightcrawler too, waiting here for me yes I do…”

 

March 25, 2007 – We spent this weekend up in Eastern Washington visiting Wendy’s sister and family. We left Thursday evening after school and drove a few hours up to Pocatello. Then we drove all the following day all the way to Spokane. There also happens to be a street there with the coolest corner…

 

March 11, 2007 – Yesterday was the day to paint the clubhouse. Besides Wendy and I, we had 10 other volunteers throughout the day. We started getting set up at 7:30am, I left to take a midterm until 10:00 am as Wendy directed the work, then I returned (with donuts) and continued painting until about 8:30pm. The clubhouse looks great, now all we need to do is get the security system up and the walls decorate.

 

March 1, 2007 – Today was my first day at my new job. To reiterate the story, my previous company had decided to move the accounting department to New York, which meant that there was no position for me there. This decision was released in January of 2006. I stayed on the staff, expecting the change to happen approximately in September 2006. The change over was pushed back to aproximately Jan 2007 then finally to April 2007. With the probability of further schedule push backs, and the prospect of job searching during my Finals or even during the busy summer season, I ended up accepting a job with Vinyl Specialist, an established and growing Utah fencing company as the Admin/Finance Manager. I am excited about this opportunity.

 

February 2007 – Valentines Candy…

 

January 27, 2007 - This has been a busy and tiring month for us. Wendy's father passed away in the beginning and it has been a struggle to anchor things down ever since. The memorial is located here. We continue our hopes to adopt too.

 

December 25, 2006 - We wish you our best with this year's Christmas letter.

 

September 16, 2006 - Wendy received a new church calling today. She is now the 1st counselor to the Relief Society President. This replaces her old calling of youth (ages 12-17) Sunday School Teacher. The funny thing is that I was recently called to help Wendy teach that class and now I'm teaching it by myself along with my other calling as Membership Clerk.

 

Our Branch President hinted that there might be something else in line for me in the near future but I hope whatever it may be I will still be able to teach the youth. I love the calling and it reminds me of when I was a visitor at Seminary after I first joined the church. Sister Kuntz was the teacher and she loved the students so much that even though she was called as the Relief Society President only two months into the school year, she still wanted to finish teaching her students till the end of the year.

 

September 3, 2006 - The new Artemis Fowl book, The Lost Colony, is out and I got it as a present for Wendy. Neither of us has had a chance to read it yet though. The new Series of Unfortunate Events book is out now too. It's more like a branch from the series since it's a series of letters rather than an actual story.

 

August 18, 2006 - My favorite new thing is YouTube.com where you can sort through thousands of videos uploaded by other users. You can check out a play list right here (Link Removed.)

 

August 9, 2006 - I have a two week break from school. I am ecstatic to report that I got a 97% on my Managerial Accounting Final. I went home and celebrated by kissing Wendy and lying down to read more of Shadow Puppets by Orson Scott Card, which I finished tonight. Wendy is away at the church for the scrapbooking club she runs. She fills the car with bags and cases of scrapbook supplies and spends the evening with others from the branch (which might become a ward very soon) once a month.

 

Ever since our long car trip to Vegas, I have had lower back problems. I went to a doctor last Tuesday and they game me some medicine (anti flammatory and some heavy Ibuprofen) to see if it will heal itself.

 

Note: May 2007, I haven't had any back problems since.

 

July 24, 2006 - This weekend we were in Las Vegas (a city with beautiful buildings and awful billboards) with my parents and my nephew Nicky.

My parents performed in the Nation Community Band 2006, which was a tribute to the music of John Phillip Sousa. The band sounded outstanding. They will produce a CD of the performance and I look forward to getting my own copy.

 

On Saturday evening we went to see the Blue Man Group, a performance group. The show was full of talent, music, paint, and tons of white paper. If you ever get a chance to see them I would strongly suggest it.

 

July 19, 2006 - Yesterday after work when Wendy and Nick came to pick me up, we noticed that the car made an awful clicking noise as it accelerated so this morning I took the car into the local Saturn dealership for inspection. It turned out that there was oil problem which cause a rod in the engine to malfunction and we'll need a new engine. Wendy and I thought maybe we'd trade the car in for a new one but in the end we decided to get the car fixed (put in a new used engine) and also buy our second car, a 2007 Saturn Vue, storm grey color. We're excited about our new car and it will take some time for the old one to be fixed so we'll be driving our Vue to Vegas this weekend to see my parents perform. My favorite part about the new car is that it plays MP3s.

 

July 15, 2006 - As construction on our condominiums comes to a close (a few more months left) the HOA company had a home owners meeting to select an HOA committee. Wendy and I attended, I volunteered and got voted in as the President of the HOA. I have been actively engaged ever since. We have our first committee meeting the first of August which is when things will really start working.

 

My nephew Nicky has been visiting ever since Wednesday and he will be here through the next week. Wendy and I are having fun with him. Next weekend we're going to go see my parents perform in Las Vegas (5 hours away from here) then my parents will drive home with Nicky the next day.

 

July 9, 2006 - We are back from Alaska spending the day with Wendy's parents before we return home. The cruise was wonderful, we ate eight to ten square meals a day (with exquisite dinners and free room service), saw many wonderful performances, beat five other teams to win at Family Feud, spend a lot of time playing games and hanging out with our Roberts cousins (Wendy and I beat Henry and Patrick at basketball,) and had fun in all of the cities and town we visited. There were live musicians all over the boat which was one of my favorite parts about the whole time. Also, while the parents were tasting wine and champagne, Shirley Temple became the drink of choice for us and our cousins.

 

June 29, 2006 - This will be last day of work for over a week because we are going on an Alaskan Cruise with my mom's side of the family. My Grandma Dee set up this trip for the family before she passed away and we're all really grateful for the opportunity to go on an Alaskan Cruise. I'm sure she would have loved having us on the cruise with her too. We'll be flying out tomorrow evening then take a train from Anchorage to the port for sail. The cruise will be for one week on Royal Caribbean cruise line.

 

June 12, 2006 - So we took Wendy into the doctor last week and found that she had a cyst the size of a softball in her pelvis. We were given option to wait it out and watch it, or to have surgery and remove it. Of course we choose to get it out of there since we already know it's been there for a very long time.

 

Wendy had surgery yesterday and the actually removed two cysts and we learned that it was not ovarian cysts like the doctor thought but it was fallopian related, which means they shouldn't be returning and it would never be cancerous. Today Wendy has some friends coming to say with her while I am at work so Joan & Roberta from school came and some friends from our Branch came too.

 

June 4, 2006 - The school year is officially over now and Wendy has a piece of the summer to enjoy and recuperate. Unfortunately she has come down with some stomach illness and has been out of commission all weekend. What a great way to start the summer. She's feeling a little better now. I'm looking forward to taking her to new restaurant I found called Osaka so we can celebrate the summer with some really good Japanese food.

 

May 22, 2006 - Wendy and I finished setting up our home office this weekend. Wendy had repainted the walls and the base-boards  during the previous week and we finally got out new furniture delivered. Courtesy of my parents, we also have a brand new, super fast computer, to replace our old one that finally broke down after years of faithful service and some new (amazing) music software to help take my time away from school work. Pictures will be made available shortly.

 

May 20, 2006 - I got my grades from UVSC for last quarter and I am glad to say that I am continuing my 4.0 average that I had going at BYU. Right now I am on track to complete my Bachelors in Accounting in April 2008. Afterward it will be 2 more years for my Masters Degree and to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA.)

 

Life takes you on quite the journey and everything always work out for the proverbial "best". My life is one long chain of good fortune. When my dad was in the military we moved around a lot. In 8th grade we moved back to Washington state. I had never been popular but at this new school I had made a lot of friends and was considered cool. Unfortunately I turned into quite a jerk and picked on others whenever the opportunity arose. I was only at that school for one quarter and thought everything was perfect  when my family moved to Kent Washington, I had no friends and was back to being a geek. I was picked on relentlessly and decided that I would not do the same to others ever again. My personality developed during these years into who I am morally and institutionally today. Even though I'm still arrogant and conceited, at least I'm tolerable.

 

In high school I had my first girlfriend, we got along well since we both were geeks. Two things came from this, first, I met my great friend Orlando. Second, I never got mixed up with the crowd of people who do inappropriate things, such as drugs or premarital issues.

 

Later my second girlfriend introduced me to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and with her family's positive influence I joined the church and learned the principles of salvation. Her sister got me a job at Wizards of the Coast, and I got my friend Orlando to hire on there also. At Wizards of the Coast, Orlando met his future wife and eventually joined the church also.

 

With my new affiliation with the church I decided to serve a 2 year mission. I was sent to Japan where the girl who would one day become my wife, Wendy, was also serving as a missionary. Through fate we both happened to return home from Japan on the same day, became good friends, started dating, fell in love and got married, (Orlando was the best man.)

 

After getting married Wendy and I made the decision to move to Utah so she could finish school at BYU. I had to find a job in Utah really quick and ended up working as an office clerk. through time I worked my way up to the position of Finance Manager. I found my career in Accounting and I am now attending school for that same degree. Wendy and I will be financially comfortable for a long time to come because of this and I never would have discovered accounting if we hadn't moved to Utah (and what a great career who someone who considers themselves slightly OCPD.)

 

So here it is, 2006, Wendy and I have a home, we are preparing to adopt and in two moths we  will be dept free (except for our Mortgage.) In the good times and the bad, everything has had a purpose and I thank my Father in Heaven for helping me to see what great blessings I have received.

 

April 06, 2006 - On April 5, Grandma Dee Roberts passed away in her home in Minnesota. Uncle Steve informed my parents and my parents called me. I will miss her greatly but find joy that she will be reunited with Grandpa Roberts who passed in 2003.

 

April 05, 2006 - Today at 1:02 and three seconds it will be 1:02.03 04/05/06.

 

It has been a busy testing week. First of all I had the third test for my accounting class. We got the scores of the multiple choice section back on Monday. The class average was 58% and I was in the upper percentile with a 72%. Our teacher stated that this was a good test because he can see who put forth the effort and will know how to augment our grades at the end of the class.

 

I also took my Utah Divers License test. It was an open book test with only 25 questions so I got a 100% on it. The weird thing though is that as I took my test, I heard other people getting the scores to their tests and having to retake it because they didn't pass. There was about five people in this predicament and I sat there wondering to myself, do we really want these people on the road?

 

February 26, 2006 - There have been some major changes in the life of the Glass family.... no, not my family, but the Glass Sr. family, namely that of my parents. After a few months of trying to sell their home they have decided to give up and keep their home. This makes sense since a new, smaller home would cost more than what the owe of their current home. The timing is good too because my sister Josie and her family have just moved back in with my parents.

 

My dad also has acquired a new position at Microsoft doing web related solutions so he is keeping anxiously engaged in all of the new items he has there.

 

February 22, 2006 - I finally got my test results back for my first class at UVSC in the accounting program, the class average was 81% and I got a 93%. It's funny how after years and years of getting mediocre grades in grade school and early college, I'm getting repetitive 4.0s. It's not particularly easy to be an 'A' student in college, at BYU or UVSC, but it's not difficult either as long as one applies themselves. Life can change so subtly that it takes a good look at grades to notice that something has really happened. When I first joined the church I had thought I was already where I needed to be and didn't have much to change (e.g. I already didn't drink caffeine, alcohol or smoke) and of course one never sees themselves change but only looks back afterwards and compares then to now. I thank my Heavenly Father daily for all of the wonderful things he has bestowed upon me in my life, not least of all is my wonderful wife and support, Wendy.

 

January 1, 2006 - Heidi & James (Wendy's sister & brother-in-law) came to visit us for a few days last week along with our nieces & nephew. One afternoon we decided to visit Park City and the outlet malls after visiting some relatives. The entire day we were valiantly braving the snow and on the way back we got caught in traffic. A forty minute drive turned into several hours. and we were all tired by the time we returned home. Ethan, the youngest ended up getting sick and had a temperature of 105. Once they had returned home it turned out that Ethan had two ear infections. In the end he recovered and we learned a valuable lesson... snow makes the traffic bad.

 

December 27, 2005 - I had a choice. I simply wanted to find a game I could play over my week off, would it be Spider-man or X-men Legends. Nope, in the end I choose and new game called City of Heroes. It's a MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) which I didn't realize when I bought it, neither could it be returned so I started the game by creating a hero then I took that character into the virtual world. It's a really fun game and it'll be sad when my trial month is over and they'll expect me to pay to play more, because I wont.

 

December 24, 2005 - Wendy and I enjoyed Christmas this Saturday morning. Tomorrow morning we will have church at 9:00am with choir practice preceding and I'm not used to interrupting my own Christmas ritual of with two hour away from home in the morning. In turn, Wendy and I will be able to appreciate Christmas for what it is, a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. I'm glad to separate the two. Besides, Jesus was not even born in December.

 

Wendy has been spending her time (since Thursday evening) building a new closet shelf system for our master bedroom. It has been tiring work for her and the bulk of it still fills our family room. It will be a great accomplishment once it's complete.

 

December 11, 2005 - I am sick this weekend, I've been slightly sick for two weeks now, with only a runny, stuffy nose but it hit hard last night. Yesterday morning I helped an older couple move out of our Branch and spent four and a half hours back and forth in the cold so it's possible that my cold was aggravated by that. Wendy went to church alone this morning and has been pampering me ever since. Isn't marriage wonderful!

 

December 5, 2005 - Removing the detail of the situation for a far future date, we were asked by an anonymous party to deliver a Christmas package of $900.00 dollars in gift certificates to a family with seven children and one income. We showed up as they were finishing dinner and preparing to start their Family Home Evening about service projects. They were a really wonderful family, strong and happy and Wendy & I were blessed to participate in such a magnificent blessing in their lives.

 

December 4, 2005 - Today our Stake is being reorganized with a new Presidency. This will be a first to see for Wendy and I. We had leadership and adult meetings yesterday with Elder Merrill J. Bateman who is a President of the quorums of the Seventy. At the adult session, Elder Bateman asked for a teacher with really nice handwriting to assist him. I volunteered Wendy so she got to meet Elder Bateman and act as a scribe for him. When he asked Wendy's age and she said "a quarter of a century", he went into a little tangent about youth and living a long healthy life. It was a delightful experience and I hope we'll have him visit the Stake often.

 

December 3, 2005 - My friend Brian (from work) came over this morning to record some vocal tracks that will hopefully be included on this year's Christmas CD. At the same time Wendy has been making candies and tree ornaments to give away this Christmas. She had her friend Mandy over to help her.

 

December 2, 2005 - I received an e-mail this morning stating how my company would be getting rid of a lot of old equipment. I went over to the I.T. department and found a few laptop that were available, so I left and waited until the preset time then returned in hopes of claiming my prize. A few people were interested in the laptops so we had a drawing and I won first dibs. I now have my new laptop and I've been using it to create new card decks for a card game called Epic Duels.

 

November 24, 2005 - Happy Thanksgiving! We forgot to take the turkey out of the freezer on Sunday so we thought we'd never had out Turkey thawed on time but with Wendy's ingenuity and a little help from mom Nievaard, had a wonderfully yummy turkey done in time for Thanksgiving lunch.

 

November 20, 2005 - We have been waiting ever since we moved to Pleasant Grove for our new church building to be finished and now after only two extra months of waiting, we have out first services in the new building today. This afternoon there will be a building dedication. Our little branch is very happy about this but are also less excited that they would have been had it happened two months ago.

 

This evening we have a stake fireside. I will be participating in a cantata about the life of Joseph Smith, celebrating 200 years since his birth. It is full of beautiful music and is narrated by David Nibley, who started in the movie The Best Two Years. I will be playing the oboe part, transposed for my Alto Sax.

 

November 2, 2005 - My friend Orlando has turned the insurmountable 28 years old. For you, Orlando, I put together a little Public Service Announcement.

 

October 22, 2005 - Wendy and I celebrated my birthday Thursday evening. She had Thursday and Friday off this week for teachers UEA weekend so she spent Thursday shopping around for my birthday presents. Wendy has never been able to sustain her excitement when she buys presents, so we never seem to be able to wait for the day of the holiday to celebrate it. Besides a bag full of various dark chocolate candy and clothing, she bought me a few DVDs, CDs & books. I also go a new leather bag to carry my stuff around in. As for the candy, most of the Oreos disappeared while I was at work on Friday.

 

October 19, 2005 - Today on my evening trip to the bank I ended up locking my keys in the car. I called Wendy and fortunately she had a friend at school who lived down in Provo, so she was able to get a ride down to unlock the car. While I waited I decided to put my time to used and see if I could get into the car somehow. I walked around the car and found the rear passenger window open a fraction of an inch. Then I search the parking lot for anything that could prove useful and I found two types of branches. One was a little too thick with knots where the branches had been. The other was thin and stiff with little sticks protruding from it. I devised a scheme as follows: First I took the comb from my pocket and pushed it through the crack in the window (it would barely squeeze through) and I pushed the rubber lining out of the crevice to create a little more room to work with. Then I pushed the stick through the window so it would land teetering across my bag in the back seat. I removed my neck tie and using a loose string at the end of it, tied my comb to the neck tie. Pushing the comb-tie  through the crack, I lowered it to the stick and swung it back & forth to gain enough momentum to swing the comb-tie around the stick, with intentions to snag the stick and pull it over, yank and unlatch the lock. As I was engrossed with my plan, Wendy showed up and unlocked the door. I wasn't fast enough. but given more time, I bet it would have worked.

 

October 15, 2005 - Wendy and I took a part of today to drive down the canyon and take some long overdue photos of ourselves. I put together a little desktop background with two of those pictures.

 

Also I am including a link to a song I transcribed for my dad. Anything, by Don Burrows.

 

October 11, 2005 - As Wendy and I wait for the next installment in the Series of Unfortunate Events books this month, I found some time to put to paper my thought on the latest Harry Potter book. For all of those out there who have not read the book yet, please don't read my editorial yet. This will be full of spoilers and I would rather have you read the books and enjoy them for what they are because they really are quite the little masterpieces. For my Harry Potter book six editorial, click here.

 

October 10, 2005 - I just started working on a web project for my company so I end up putting in an extra hour each day. In turn Wendy was able to secure a ride home from school with a friend so she wont have to wait for me to pick her up.

 

We had General Conference just a little bit ago and we also had a convert baptism in our branch the same weekend. It is wonderful to be able to take a weekend and listen to the words of a Prophet.

 

September 25, 2005 - Aaron's birthday is coming up again at the end of October and I put together his wish list on Amazon.com. Just click "Wish List" and type in his e-mail address. - Wendy

 

September 3, 2005 - In remembrance of what New Orleans has always had and the good things it may once again become, I put together a Desktop Wallpaper. I find this helps me to keep the people who suffered from Hurricane Katrina in my thoughts and prayers.

 

September 2, 2005 - Wendy wrote recently, "My first week and a half of school has been interesting to say the least. I had eight students cry, sob, or otherwise shed a tear on more than one occasion. I had to pick one student up and bring him in the classroom. One mother and I pulled a girl in kicking and crying. The secretary brought a girl in who tried to run home. Another girl bit her sister trying to escape. I pried a girl's hand off the door and dragged her in. Finally, there were a few who walked in, sat down, and just started crying. WHEW! I was not ready for that... but today was the first day that everyone came in by their own free will. It was a good day!

 

"This positive change may have been due to a talk we had the previous day about the "sad bug." I pretended like I caught the sad bug in my hands so nobody else could get it. We talked about being friends and all of that good stuff. Everyone was giggling by the end and I set goals with my escapees and criers. Oh happy day! It's a lot of fun when everything goes smoothly and I hope things continue to settle down. Just thought I'd tell you what first graders are like!!!

 

"PS - I still have one boy who can't reach the counter to get his lunch... but it's really cute!"

 

August 20, 2005 - In an astounding 11Mb of furry, I bring you my first project to test my computer's new multi-track recording system. After hours of recording all of the parts, editing and finally settling for less, I bring you my own watered down version of Rhinoceros, written by the Smashing Pumpkins. I would suggest that you right click this file and choose the option to save it to your computer before you try to listen to it.

 

August 14, 2005 - This weekend Wendy and I went camping with Garrett and Brittany at the Wasatch Mountain State Park. Last night as we took a late night (early morning ) stroll to the restrooms we noticed that the sky was amazingly clear and filled with stars. It looked like a photo taken of deep space stars, with swirling masses and everything. Next time we go camping we're going to go tent-less.

 

We also visited the outlet mall in Park City, kind of near the Wasatch Park. I picked up a new book called The Zero Game by Brad Meltzer. I am extremely happy with it, especially considering the twist the book took in Chapter 7 which I had never heard of happening before in a book. Recently I have also read The Italian Secretary:

A Further Adventure of Sherlock Holmes by Caleb Carr. I am happy to report that Caleb's approach to the characters rivals, if not dwarfs, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's own renditions. And through the suggestion of my Grandpa Glass, I have read The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan. This was a very old novel of itself, and the copy I obtained from my dad was printed in the 1860s. It is a very straight forward novel about a Christian's Journey, or simply, a Pilgrim's Progress.

 

And finally, I am re-reading the Book of Mormon, which, like the Bible, deserves to be read, reread and studied as often one can make time to. Out of every book I would ever recommend, The Book of Mormon is on the top of the list. Besides the moral and spiritual lessons it teaches, the book's purpose is to testify that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior of mankind and it does that job very well. The witness of Jesus Christ provided in the Book of Mormon gives an individual the opportunity to feel the Spirit of God and to learn for themselves what the book teaches is true and because of this, I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ today.

 

July 30, 2005 - Wendy finished reading Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince today and I finished it last week while on vacation in Washington state. We both enjoyed it thoroughly. I would have liked to express some opinions about it now but I'll wait because I know there a quite a few who have not read it yet.

 

A while ago I follow my dad's foot steps and got a "My Space" from MSN. This is basically a place to have your own website and share information without having to program. I would invite all to check it out and even consider setting up your own so that we can all be up to day on the latest news.

 

July 26, 2005 - We just returned from a week long vacation in Washington. We visited family and friends on the Glass and Nievaard side of the family. Although it was too short it was a well appreciated break.

 

July 08, 2005 - Tonight we had the last softball game of the season, we lost by one point so we might not have ended up first place in our division but that's alright. There's always next year.

   

Following the softball game we went on a double date to see Fantastic Four. I thought it was really well made and entertaining. The movie theater we went to was right by our old apartment so as we started driving home we almost went there rather than head to our new home further north. But we made it home safely in the end.

   

It's ironic how I have more time now that I'm between classes again yet I always seem to find ways to spread myself too thin and even though I end up doing a lot of things, I leave some of the more important tasks in need. It's a uphill battle and I need to make sure to prioritize what is really important right now.

 

June 19, 2005 - We will be in Park City this entire weekend for the International Association of Jazz Educators Teacher Training Institute. I will be attending clinics such as, Rhythm Section 101, Starting & Maintaining a Jazz Program, Big Band Rehearsal Techniques, Sax Section 101 and more. Each day after the clinics Wendy and I will have fun in and around Park City.

 

June 18, 2005 - It was a crazy day today but everything worked out great. We took care of home stuff, got the mail key from the mailman, had our dryer installed (it needed a "new" cord), had the internet installed and we had our couches delivered.

 

I had my finals at BYU and they all went smoothly. They best part is that my religion teacher, Brother Manscill, wants to work with me on my paper about Joseph Smith to get it published. I was walking on air all day after that.

 

June 15, 2005 - We moved in last night from 7:30 to 10:30 pm. A lot of our friends helped us to load up the van and then they came with us to our new home to unload. We're very fortunate to know sure great people. Afterwards we ate pizza.

 

May 30, 2005 - Happy Memorial Day. Since I have today off Wendy and I decided to do absolutely nothing. Eventually we went furniture shopping and out for dinner. We also stopped by our condominium to take some pictures.

 

May 29, 2005 - Wendy is finished with school this year. Now she has the entire summer to relax, apparently the first summer she's had off since she was 16. This summer we will be moving to our new condominium, taking a vacation back home in Washington and I will be attending a Jazz clinic in Park City. We'll probably fit a camping trip or two in there also.

 

May 27, 2005 - A few months ago I discovered Wikipedia, a type of online Encyclopedia where anyone can add or edit information. I have been spending some time here and there working on the entry for Joseph Smith, Jr. This, combined with my Religion Class at BYU, has been a time for quite some enlightenment.

    When Joseph Smith Jr. died there was something known as a "succession crisis" where some people declared their own intended stewardship over the church.  The majority of the members followed the quorum of the 12 Apostles and Brigham Young, the head of the quorum, became the second President of the Church.

    The interesting part is that all of the others who claimed to have authority over the church were not apostles. Joseph Smith Jr. himself was not sustained as the President of the church until after he had been called as an Apostle. One of the many points of doctrine that the Catholics and the LDS church agree on is that Peter, as the head of the ancient apostles became the head of the church on earth after Jesus Ascended into heaven. So in practice, ever since Jesus Christ has called his first Apostles, only those who were called could lead in the Kingdom of God.

    I just thought that was interesting.

 

May 3, 2005 - Life is getting pretty crazy now with homework, work & other responsibilities. The good news for this week though is that I will be able to study saxophone over the summer with Ray Smith, the head of Jazz and Saxophone at BYU.

 

May 1, 2005 - Our computer had a crash last week so we've been out of commission until yesterday. Now we're back up again with our new layout.

 

I'm back doing college again with 3 classes this term. At the same time Wendy is finishing up this year of teaching and is looking forward to a nice summer. Her birthday has just come and gone (April 27) and she was able to build up her wardrobe while getting some new items for our new condo, which will be finished in mid June.

 

Click Here for the song of the day! (Link dead)

 

April 14, 2005 - Wendy's birthday is coming up on April 27th. Wendy is done with College. She got a 191 out of 200 on her Praxis test (Early Childhood Education). The average for the test was 184. Also, Wendy got a 89.4% on her Teacher Work Sample. This was really good considering a lot of others failed the test all together. I'm really proud of her. She's really happy to be finished.

 

Wendy and I have just joined the Larson Davis company softball team. Games are every Friday starting this Friday. We went out to buy mitts and some matching track pants but we couldn't find the right size for the right price (all of the cheap ones where either size Small or XXXL). We ended up going out 3 evenings this week, and still no pants.

 

This past weekend I put my G.I.Joes up for sale on Ebay. I'll be sad to get rid of them but on the other hand, they're not that important. And I don't have a place to put them anymore.

 

March 26, 2005 - Last weekend we went on a family vacation to Vail Colorado. We used to go yearly but now, it's been 10 years since I've been. Wendy was able to ski for her first time and she picked it up perfectly right away. I think the best part was seeing all of my cousins again who I haven't see since the beginning of 2003. Click for pictures of the Vail Vacation.

 

The good news so far is that we're now getting ready to move into a new condo. It's a lot bigger than our current apartment. It is being built right now up in Pleasant Grove and we get to pick all of the options we want like floors, carpet, counters and more. It has 3 bed rooms, a large family room and big closets. We still have a few months left until it's read though.

 

The bad news though is that we returned from Vail with a letter in the mail box explaining that I did not get into the BYU music program yet. I've been pretty down about it but it'll be alright. I've been spending my time on music theory and reading Orson Scott Card Books to keep me pleasantly occupied.

 

March 5, 2005 - Wendy had parent teacher conferences this last week and over all it went really well. This morning she has her Praxis test at BYU. Also, on President's Day there was no school so Wendy built an easel to use in her class room.  Wendy's Easel

 

As for me, I won a bi-weekly Ninja turtles drawing contest with the following, Raphael. Also the song you hear in the background (if your sound is turned on) is the song that I will be performing at the up-coming Ward Talent Show in commemoration of 200 years since the birth of the first Prophet of this dispensation, Joseph Smith.

 

February 16, 2005 - I was correct in my last entry about it being a long week. The following day I was approached by the CFO of our company about cut-backs in my department. I had to choose someone to be let go so I made the choice and the next day I was looking for a new job. I have now relocated to Larson Davis. I have been there for three days now and I feel comfortable with what the situation is turning out to be.

 

On another note Wendy and I have put money down on our new condo which will be finished in late June/July. We're really looking forward to moving in there with more room and less problems. It will also be a place we can own ourselves and get some equity built.

 

I also had my audition for the BYU music program on Jan 29th but I wont know the results until early March. Wendy's in the interview process to find a school to teach at next year. Her principle, supervisors & BYU liaison seem to think that she's wonderful (which she is) so she shouldn't have a problem finding a permanent school after this internship. Today though, Wendy's students apparently missed her a lot while she was gone for a Math Observation because when she returned her students were so excited to have her back that they clapped and cheered and one gave her a hug. I guess that means that her students think that she's wonderful too.

 

January 25, 2005 - It's only Tuesday on this "sure to be long", week. The follows is designed to help you spend the time properly. Clip1, Clip2

 

January 21, 2005 - This has been one long, productive week for us. On Tuesday night we went to Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Band at Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City. It was a great concert, Wynton was on, the pianist was young and has hope, the bass player sang as he soloed, the Bari Sax player had the best Bari tone I have ever heard in my life, the last song lasted way too long and we won free tickets to see DanceBrazil (based on Capoeira fighting style) in February.

 

Wednesday I had ward visits and Thursday I went on exchanges with the missionaries so I have been out visiting people a lot these last few days. In between work and evening activities we have had many errands including car issues. Wendy has been evaluated this week in her 3rd grade class by her BYU liaison and then the schools principle. In both evaluation she got almost perfect scores. She's doing great at teaching even though it can be difficult at times, especially as she gets more tired during the week. Tonight is an opportunity to start recouping.

 

Tonight was Ward temple night. Wendy was too sore to go (but we did get her a new Temple dress) and although I went, I was left in the hallway to direct ward member to the right waiting room. When it came time for everyone to go one in I was forgotten (along with another brother) and since the waiting line to get in was doubling back all around the second floor of the Temple, I opted to return home. Wendy was surprised but happy to see me.

 

Tomorrow Wendy and I are going suit shopping because my suit pants tore on Thursday (the second and final suit pants.) I also will be practicing with my friend Hyrum, who plays piano and will accompany me on my audition for the BYU music program. Then we will be going house shopping with a Realtor.

 

December 31, 2004 - Sir Francis Bacon is quoted for saying, "Knowledge is power." Stan Lee wrote through the mouth of Peter Parker, "With great power comes great responsibility." Therefore for the well read the end result is, "with great Knowledge come great responsibility" and "power" is only a step that a few too many dwell upon.

 

December 26, 2004 - Wendy and I are enjoying the Christmas Holiday in Washington state. We have been reading books and spending time with our families. On Christmas morning we were at my parents house and in the afternoon we went to Wendy’s families house. I haven’t even checked my work E-mail once and I have another week of vacation.

 

We have finished the Christmas CD for 2004, late the evening before we left for Washington. For some reason music has always been easier to complete with a deadline. Every other year was the same and will probably continue to be. We you have a deadline you can’t kill the details. Click Here for the new Christmas album

 

December 17, 2004 - I would like to solve the greatest mystery of Jr. High School. Does Hermione Love Harry or Ron? First of all Harry likes another girl, but that relationship didn't turn out quite as he envisioned, so he's put out and has his eyes on no one else. Ron doesn't have his mind on any girls at all, he's into Quidditch and a little self involved. Hermione is frequently annoyed with Ron because of his lack of tact in speaking. They are friends but Hermione is genuinely annoyed with Ron too often. Hermione has a great respect for Harry boosted by the fact that she really does like him. She is very comfortable with him and her feelings for him are mature which is why they can stay such good friends even though Harry has not really though of dating Hermione yet. Hermione has a pen-pall in Victor Krum, and although Krum likes her, I'm pretty sure she writes an awful lot about Harry. Krum has even been quoted as praising Harry which means that Harry definitely comes up in their letters. J. K. Rawlin has said that in her writing, she felt like she made it clear who likes who and I agree and praise her on her understanding of the young mind. Chapter 21 of Order of the Phoenix  is a good example.

 

December 11, 2004 - Wendy and I are preparing to go home for Christmas. It is expected to be a very uneventful trip, which is just the way we prefer it to be. Work has been very eventful for each of us with a million and one small stories to tell. We'll surely be able to share these over this vacation. I am looking forward most of all to my music audition for the BYU music program in January. I have already passed the aural test which was a big fiasco in and of itself. (I got the number to schedule the testing center time from the web page. That number, when called, gave me another number to call which led me to another web page which had another number to call which ended up giving me an E-mail address to write to.)

 

Wendy likes to buy clothes. Her favorite color combination is pink and grey. Wendy also has a new hobby of watching an unfinished puzzle sit on our family room table. New Christmas pictures Here also.

 

November 13, 2004 - The Jazz Band played at the North Park Stake Grand Ball this last October and you can hear clips of the performance on the Jazz Band Web Site. Before that Wendy took me on a vacation for my birthday to the mountains of Utah. We have pictures in our little web based photo album Here. We also went to the Ward Halloween Chili Cook-Off. Wendy was dressed as a sun burnt skier and I was Indian Jones. In November We have been preparing for our own Thanksgiving here and for Christmas we will be returning home to Washington. I have been spending a fair amount of time practicing and preparing for my Audition to get into the BYU Music Program and a little less time composing and arranging. Click Here to hear one of the new Christmas songs for the 2004 Christmas album.

 

November 5, 2004 - We are long over due for an update and there has been quite a few requests. so here is an update. Click Here for something cool!

 

September 15, 2004 - I just wanted to remind everyone that Aaron's birthday is coming up in October and I have his wish list. - Wendy

 

August 19, 2004 - All week Wendy has been preparing for her first week of solo teaching. She has been running all over the place to get everything done. As for me I'm still working, my great friend Garrett Best works with me now in my department. We tear it up. Also this past weekend I drew a picture of Wendy.

 

August 11, 2004 - Getting ready for Jazz Band again, here is your sheet music Dave.

Part 1, Part 2, (Links removed)

 

August 2, 2004 - Wendy and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary a week ago by going to a private little shore on a lake and spending the afternoon in the sun. Although Wendy is still peeling we both had a great time. As for presents, Wendy got me a new set of scriptures (because she thought my old set was a little too ratty) and she got some clothes and shoes.

 

This last weekend we both crammed for, and took our History midterm. We both felt that we did better on this one than the first midterm but we'll have to wait to see our final score. Wendy is also preparing her class room for the upcoming school year. She'll be teaching 3rd grade.

 

July 18, 2004 - Aaron took Friday off from work this weekend so that we could attend the wedding of another mission friend, Ben Penick to Jenny Best (one of many friends who are getting married this year). The wedding was in the Salt Lake Temple along with 64 other weddings held there that day! They are a really cute couple!! We went to their reception at the Best house in Payson. They held it in the backyard so it was really nice. Gray clouds loomed overhead, but luckily it didn't rain... until today.

 

We just got about 10 feet of rain dumped on us in about an hour. Okay, so maybe it wasn't that much, but it was enough that we couldn't get to our apartment. The sidewalk and street was completely flooded with over a foot of rain sitting there. Aaron climbed the fence and pulled the car around to get me. Meanwhile, I walked all the way down the street around the water and came back to our building just as he pulled out of our parking lot. I hopped in the car and we drove through the water to park the car again. As we drove through, the water splashed over the roof of our car... I wonder if our wheels were even on the ground halfway through the puddle! It was quite an event. All of the kids were outside looking at the giant puddle so we took pictures and posted them here for you to see as Small Flood.

 

We also had our cabinets refinished last week, so we decided to paint our kitchen. It looks really good now. We also celebrate our one year anniversary tomorrow! I bought Aaron a new set of scriptures. He is getting ready to mark a bunch of scriptures in his new set. He took me shopping this weekend for some new clothes. Next weekend we plan to go out camping or something to celebrate since we have work and school tomorrow and the rest of the week. Besides the major thunderstorm we just had, we have been having incredibly hot weather. It makes you not even want to go outside, but I did play soccer with a bunch of 8-year-olds all week for a school project! ... so it is the fourth time this year that I have been peeling from yet another sunburn!

 

June 26, 2004 (later) - Wendy is getting ready to spend a week at girls camp. I spent a good portion of the day setting up the newest section to our web page. Although it is not finished here is a preview. Glass Web

 

June 26, 2004 - I am proud to report that in my first Quarter back from college I got a 4.0. The Jazz Band is resting for a month and today is a simple Saturday at home. I intend to do nothing but what I want (which is not a few items at all). Last night Wendy and I went to see The Best Two Years and we both loved it. This has been a movie month for us, we saw Harry Potter And the Prisoner of Azkaban in the theater and we update our home video collection with 5 more DVDs. Wendy never really was a movie person before, she used to talk through the first half and sleep through the second half but that has certainly changed. There is also a new song in My Portfolio.

 

June 13, 2004 - Wendy was feeling ill so all in all we stayed home for church today. Currently I am reading Fishers of Men (highly recommended) from the Kingdom and the Crown series by Gerald N. Lund. I have been blessed to have received many insights in reading this book that have brought me to a higher understanding of the emotion surrounding the time of Christ. I have also notice that at the exact center of the book the doctrine of the restored Gospel, principles such as "becoming like God" and "little children are without sin", bloom into easily understood concepts and teachings with the metaphorical teachings of Jesus Christ understood and explained by on or the other main characters in the book. The joy and excitement found in such a novel is a stark opposite to the time I spent reading the DaVinci Code by Dan Brown which, although it was full of deep research and interesting interpolations by the author, the overall message was misleading and the book was embedded with enough minor historical inaccuracies, opinions and theories that with an understanding in the history of the evolution of the Christian Church and the work of DaVinci leads to logic holes in an otherwise incredibly interesting and just slightly offensive concept novel. (How's that for a run-on sentence?)

 

June 8, 2004 - I would hate to monopolize all of this space with one topic but that could be blamed on my lack of writing rather than the object at hand. Here all of three of the songs that I promised to post so that the Jazz band would get a chance to practice with the music. Chattanooga Choo Choo - Take 5 - Donut King (link removed). Also make sure to visit the site for the Jazz Band.

 

May 31, 2004 - Happy Memorial Day. Wendy's Mom & Grandma are visiting from out of town but unfortunately Grandma had some kind of stoke today and she will be spending an evening in the hospital tonight. That will delay their stay for at least one more day. As for Wendy and I, besides visiting Grandma we have been cleaning and I have even taken some time to record myself on the Trumpet. Breezin' & Motherless Child. Also on the other side of the bridge Wendy and I are looking into being homeowners for the duration of our Utah stay. We'll see what happens.

 

May 26, 2004 - Note to the Jazz Band, here is the recording of our new chart, Donut King as performed by the Jazz Band at Oxford University. Click Here for the MP3 & Sheet Music. (Link Removed)

 

April 28, 2004 - We celebrated Wendy's birthday (April 27th) on Monday with a Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cake. She also got some candles (that she can't burn in our apartment), a purse and a Digital Camera. Now were back full on in homework and school. I Had my first Book of Mormon class today and Wendy is doing her Student Teaching with Ms. Watanabe. I also finished the web page for the North Park Stake Jazz Band.

 

April 19, 2004 - Wendy's newest class project/portfolio is all finished and you can see it right here: Wendy's Intasc Standards.

 

April 18, 2004 - Wendy is in the middle of her finals, she had two on Friday, one on Saturday, another three Monday and another on Tuesday. Today being the Sabbath day she is resting by scrap booking. She is working on my mission scrap book and that should take a good amount of days... or months... or something. This scrap book is a present for my last birthday about 6 months ago. Starting next week Wendy will be student teaching full time.

 

In the aftermath of the Stake Musical, the Sound of Music, a few of the orchestra pit guys and I decided to get together and start a Jazz Combo. After a little organization word spread and now we are the North Park Stake Jazz band. My home teacher, Hyrum Weibell (Piano) has been called as the Stake Jazz band director and our first gig will be this Friday playing at the High Priest dinner.

 

April 11, 2004 - We enjoyed celebrating the resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ. That may very well have been the most important event of all time. It was a happy Easter here at the Glass house. The Easter Bunny snuck in and dropped off two baskets, a pink one with Candy & Gift certificates for Michaels (Scrap books stuff) and Old Navy, the other was a green basket with candy, four Ninja turtles & a pack of two G.I.Joes. Guess whose was whose.

 

April 6, 2004 - At the end of march my parents visited for the first time and got a feel of Utah. We went to Temple Square, BYU, my work place and out to eat a lot. My parents also brought down a sewing machine for Wendy and a Tenor Sax and a 5 String Bass for me. Wendy has been making dolls, pillows and all sorts of things ever since.

 

This next semester at BYU I will be taking 3 classes, a religion class (BoM) and two music classes (Saxophone & Trumpet). I am really looking forward to how this will all work out. It's looking like we might very well be in Utah until I finish college but that is still undetermined. Either way we expect to be moving in July or August as our contract ends here. We're hoping to get a 3 story apartment in this same area, just 2 blocks north.

 

March 13, 2004 - Wendy had an overnight experience at girls camp last night while I spent the evening preparing with the orchestra pit for the upcoming Sound of Music production. Practice was cut short due to lighting and stage preparation so I came home had had the wonderful KFC dinner that Wendy had previously bought for me to eat while she was gone.

 

February 29, 2004 - I would have hated missing my only chance in 4 years to write on the Leap day, (although I always avoid trying to spell out "February".) This last month we have had a friend from Japan, Shintaro Tanaka visit and stay with us for a week, followed by Wendy's parents for a weekend. Were are taking a pro-active roll (with all of these visits) on taking pictures for the scrap books that will have to be made. We are looking forward to the visit of my parents in March and Wendy's sister Heidi in April.

 

Two current web page projects include the following Daniel Murri.com and BYU Japan club. I am currently learning to play the Trumpet and Wendy is Student Teaching in the Alpine School district.

 

January 27, 2004 - Not this last weekend but a weekend ago we had our Friends Tomi & Naomi Huffman over. They had both also served in the same mission as Wendy & I and it was great to take them around to see allot of our friends and also to see Temple Square. We may be busy but it seems there is always time for our friends.

 

January 10, 2004- Oh yeah, check out the Web pages we made for some of our family this Christmas. www.Gandalfe.net

 

January 3, 2004 - We have just returned from a week long vacation back home in Seattle. We were able to visit with just about everyone we wanted to but found that we didn't have as much time to visit with each other. I can understand even more now what the church teaches about young couples not living with their parents. We need to always have our time to develop who we are together and the opportunities for this can be suppressed as our quality time decreases.  

 

December 21, 2003 - It is that time of year again where Christmas is on everybody's lips and now we have our first Christmas Letter to all of our friends and family. Like many social issues that have been around for a few seasons and become a pet project in the public eye, I am very proud that the awareness of Christmas as a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ is remembered more often and the commercial holiday spirit has lost some weight. C. S. Lewis put it simply when he wrote, "Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important."

 

December 19, 2003 - Wendy and I are celebrating our 5 month anniversary today. We plan to go out to Denny's and ice skating tomorrow night. There has been some changes also in two areas. First I have a new calling in the church as the Ward Executive Secretary and second, Jan 2004 marks my beginning as a full time employee at Rimrock Technologies. Wendy and I are excited for these changes and blessings in our lives.

 

November 22, 2003 - We were supposed to get a snowstorm last night, but we only got an inch of snow and a lot of wind.  I think the wind blew all of the snow away!  We saw the movie "Johnny Lingo" last night.  It is definitely one to own someday.  We are taking is easy today... Aaron is working on the web page some more while I make cards.  We'll have to get busy on cleaning the car and house soon!

 

November 18, 2003 - As of late, Wendy and I have been spending a good deal of our time on Web Pages. We have recently entered the BYU E-Business Web Site Building Competition (see WOW - Africa) and we have also been asked to make a web page for the BYU Japan Club (see Japan Club). It has been a busy little month. (Links Removed)

 

October 17, 2003 - Wendy has her new calling as the Stake Young Women Sport Coordinator which now keeps her Saturday mornings busy. I guess that means more Saturday morning cartoons for me. Well, ALL of the sections here have been revamped. Check them out.

 

September 27, 2003 - A Control fire burn in the local canyon went a little out of control so in the Utah Valley, especially here in the small Provo area, there is a smoke cloud that surrounds the city. The mountains, which are usually right in front of our faces, have been literally missing in first part of the day time. I guess you could call that faith to move the mountains, David Copperfield style.

 

September 25, 2003 - Visit the newest section on A&W. Wendy's World! (Link Removed)

 

September 19, 2003 - Aoccdrnig to a rsceearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer is at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by it slef but the wrod as a wlohe.

 

September 18, 2003 - Almost exactly 2 months after Wendy & my wedding, I am blessed to attend the wedding of Seth Robins (A great friend from the MTC and the mission field) and Alicia Ward in the Salt Lake Temple. I will be attending with Ben, Garrett and Adam, all from the same district. It is truly a blessing to all be together. Wendy is "Ganbatte"ing in her 7 classes and therefore doesn't get to attend today.

 

September 7, 2003 - We have just been blessed by the visit of our good friends Ben (Penick) & Garrett (Best). It's great to have friends whom with I spent 2 1/2 months with in the MTC and 2 years with in Japan over to visit Wendy & I. There is a brand new section within the web page titled Prophets of the Latter-days. This is our opportunity to learn more about God's chosen Prophets in these, the Latter-days.

 

August 23, 2003 - Wendy and I have been married for a month now and I have had a lot of opportunities to talk about it, especially about the question, "who is the right person?". Basically some of what I have found in Wendy is maturity to match her age, selflessness, and a hard worker in a world full of lazy people. A key factor in our happiness is the fact that we both have a firm testimony in the Church of Christ and follow the principles we have been taught. We have also both served missions for the church which brings an advanced level of spiritual maturity, a greater love for people and a stronger bond developing from similar life experiences. We read together often, especially uplifting books on marriage and we pray together every day an night. We are unified and there for have not had the typical, "first argument". (Just for the record, we've know each other for a year & a half, dated for about 2 months, engaged for about 3 months then were married.) I have heard many people sell themselves short of a happy life by saying, "I can't marry so-and-so, that person is too good of a friend", when the fact of the matter truly is that happiness is being married to your best friend.

 

August 18, 2003 - It has been a good month of being married. We are officially settled in to Utah at our brand new apartment.

 

July 16, 2003 - Special links for Orlando Montoya just check your E-mail.

 

July 15, 2003 - I find it very interesting (and in some ways comforting) how we accept the world given to us. One example is just how easy it is to accept a dream while you are having it no matter how improbable it is. It keeps us sane. Another example is when I was playing Monopoly with my friend Orlando and I rolled a 5 and a 6. We were both positive I rolled this but after looking away and turning back the dice read 5 and 5 ! We both acknowledged that it was weird and went on with our lives. Children are a prime example of someone trying to make sense of the daily unknown that crashes into our lives. Children don't know what to expect so they accept almost anything.

 

July 6, 2003 - It is a beautiful Sunday and all the faithful are preparing for a lovely day at church. Ironically enough today I get to give a lesson based on the First Presidency Message from July 2003, The Marriage That Endures.

 

June 27, 2003 - We have just returned from a 10 day vacation in Florida which included the following. Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, Sea World, Disney's Magic Kingdom, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disney's MGM Studios, Epcot Center and a Cruise to the Bahamas and Disney's Castaway Cove Island. Tired? Yes.

 

June 6, 2003 - So the other night my father and I were returning from an evening band practice, which is about a 30 minute drive. To me, It would be ideal if we could get some ice cream on the way home, father & son. But alas it never happens simply because there are no places on the way to get ice cream. If we went pretty far out of our way we might hit a Dairy Queen but otherwise nothing. On the contrary there are quite many bars and wineries on the way. Is this unsettling to anyone else either?

 

May 28, 2003 - We've just completed a wonderful memorial day weekend where flags were raised all across the states. One of the most iconic productions of American is the Star Wars series and here is a little clip to show it off. Star Wars Rap 

 

May 24, 2003 - Welcome to the safest place on the web, where you wont have any popup boxes, meaningless banners or cheap advertisements, thanks to Microsoft home.

 

Today must be a wonderful day because I sat and was able to see He-Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, X-Men Evolution, Justice League and Transformers all on TV. Not to mention some nice old fashioned Kinnikuman and Gundam nantoka.  You know, I was born on a Saturday morning, just in time for cartoons.

 

May 22,2003 - Word to the wise... don't stay up late to get stuff done, you'll be living on borrowed time and it will only ruin the next day. You wont be able to concentrate as well, move as fast and you'll just create an awful cycle. Early to bed and if you have too much to do, get up the next morning and do it, early to rise. It is 12:12 am here. Good night.

 

May 16, 2003 - Cat's are the funniest little creatures. If you're reading a book the cat will always come and sit on your book, until you decide to just forget the book and take a nap, then the cat leaves the book and tries to sleep on your face. It's true.

 

Also My cats always seem to want to eat what ever I'm eating, especially my Macaroni & Cheese. They eat and then leave, I always wonder why they decided to stop eating until I look inside the bowl and find a cat hair in there. I know I don't like finding cat hair in my bowl either.

 

May 15, 2003 - Are you tired of getting sick and twisted E-mails in your hotmail box? Well, there are some condolences. Believe in God. When you understand that there will be a judgment at the end of time you will know that all lies will be accounted for. Do you know how many lies one person has to tell to Spam your E-mail account? Not to mention those stupid fake subject lines they type like, "re: that computer problem you asked about" and "your long lost friend Amy". Don't sweat it. God will give justice in the end. All you have to do is believe.

 

May 6, 2003 - Announcements are ready. Be prepared world.

 

It has been a pattern to return home from Wendy's house rather late due to Wedding preparations, talking and movies and the sorts and it creates a lot of time to think. This will be the creation of many editorials on our webpage. And perhaps a "What's new" section to guide you to all of the new stuff.

 

May 2, 2003 - I've had the television on all day while working and I can feel the creativity and coherent thought completely drained out of me.

 

So here it is. The Home Page of Wendy Marie and Aaron Christopher.

 

The song "The Olive Tree" from the Book of Mormon seminary video soundtrack has been chosen as an appropriate opening theme song for two reason. First, because it is a song about missionary service which has played a huge role in both of our lives. Second, because it was the song Wendy sang (was forced to sing) at the Kurume Ward talent show where we first met, having little to no idea that some day we would be planning our wedding and building a life together.

 

This page will act as your one stop shop for all of your Aaron & Wendy needs. There are many things left to be worked on including our calendar, the completed photo album, an about Wendy section, links and more chit chat about life, the universe and everything. We all look forward to a semi- completed yet never quite done web page.