Saturday, March 31, 2012

St. George Trails part 2

Okay, I've been trying to get this posted for like two weeks, but what with Ellie and our spotty internet, I've had a hard time. But the pictures are finally all loaded, so woot! I can post it.

We've been making progress with our goal to explore St. George's trails. It's been a really fun thing to look forward to every Saturday. The week after our first exploration down one side of the Mayor's Loop, we started out on the other side of town and went in the other direction. Here's pictures from that day:

We found out Ellie preferred facing outward. She could see more and eat the carrier better.

My view the whole time. :)

So, that was on Saturday the 10th. The next week (the 17th) we went down to California for Jaime's wedding.Then, last week we were back and at it again. We ended up going on a path at the southern end of Snow Canyon state park. You had to have a pass or pay a fee to enter the park, but this nice old lady we were walking with got us in with her pass. Yay for the old people of St. George!

They are both so cute.

We also went hiking yesterday with our friends Jill and Tommy, who are in town (yay!), and I'll post those in a couple days. So yeah, that's going great!

In other news, it's General Conference this weekend! As I've mentioned a couple times before, we have it every six months, and I love it! It's a chance for us to listen to God's prophets and learn what we should be doing in life. How can you compete with that? If you want to check it out, the link below can tell you how to watch it:

Come listen to living prophets

I hope you have an awesome weekend!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Funny baby

A week or so ago, we couldn't resist taking pictures of Ellie just after one of her baths. She was making hilarious faces at us and just being adorable. (Note: in the middle picture she's yawning).

We love our baby!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

St. Patrick's Day and Jaime's Wedding

Hi all! I hope you had an awesome weekend and a fun St. Patrick's Day. St. Patrick's Day is definitely one of my favorite holidays. I mean, it's so pointless and so fun all at the same time, and the fact that there's really no point and we all just dress up in green...I just think it's so funny and I love it.

Our little leprechaun. Check out her leprechaun shoes!

This St. Patrick's Day weekend we went down to California because one of my best friends from home, Jaime, got married. She and her fiance, Kendle, were married in the Newport Beach Temple and had their reception in Yorba Linda. It was so awesome! It was just so amazing and I was so happy to see her so happy.


Tyler and Sarah!

Our friend Lindsey and her fiance Brandon :)

Awww. Jaime was a beautiful bride.

Hanging out with the fam!

Jason with our good friend Evan

Ellie with her grandpa James, who showed her off all night

Ellie with Jason's parents :)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

My gorgeous girl

Here's me and Ellie playing on the couch the other day. Man, she's so beautiful.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Ellie's new toy

While we were in Target last week, we ended up in the baby section (naturally). We went down the toy aisle, and we saw this ball that our friends Jill and Tommy have for their little boy and recommend, and so we picked it up and handed it to Ellie. She loved it! She could hold it so easily because all the big holes and the way it's structured. So, we got it for her, and it's now one of our favorite toys for her. She can hold on to it so easily! I'm a fan, and so is she. :)

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

An update on how we're doing

Hola! I thought I'd give you some kind of update on everything we're doing, and post some random pictures of Ellie making funny faces.

Ellie's doing great; she's almost three months old (next week!), which is just crazy. She looks (to me) like she's gaining a little bit of chub. She's also talking a ton. She coos to us all the time. When we took these pictures the other day, she was just sitting there cooing over and over. That's why her mouth is open in almost all the pictures.

Her sleeping pattern still changes like every week, but she's definitely starting to sleep for longer periods. This week she's been staying up until 1 or 1:30 in the morning, then finally falling asleep, and then waking up at 8:30 or 9 in the morning. So, I get like 7 hours of straight sleep! It's the best. Also, my favorite part of the day is when I hear her waking up in the morning, and I go into her room and start talking to her, and she gets this big smile on her face and just smiles up at me. Basically, she's adorable and we love her.

Jason's internship is going well. He's at the hospital campus closest to us now (there's two in St. George), so he just walks or rides his bike most days. He really likes all the people in the lab, and they like him, and they're really impressed with how well he's doing.

I'm doing good too. My days are pretty much filled with Ellie (who, like I'm sure all moms know, takes up more time and energy than you can imagine) and random side things. Today I worked on our taxes, and they're pretty much ready to turn in. (Jason was careful to give me the opportunity to do them, after what happened last year.)(also, to explain that whole experience better - I'd taken the Family Finance class at BYU, and was super excited to do our own taxes. So, when I found out they were already done...meltdown. Very funny meltdown.)

I've also been working on a big Shutterfly book lately of my freshman and sophomore years at BYU. It's been really fun to put together, and is reminding me of all the good times we had. My sophomore year was, very honestly, one of the best years of my life. I'll have to tell you the story of it sometime.

Finally, we're coming back down to California in a week and a half for my good friend Jaime's wedding. So, if you're down there, heads up! We're driving down Friday the 16th. 

So yeah, that's what we're up to!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Monday, March 5, 2012

I can't help myself

Book Review: Not For Sale

So, I read the book Not for Sale (by David Batstone) last week. I feel compelled to write about it, because I feel compelled to do something after reading it. It was one of the most eye-opening and horrifying books I have ever read.

Not for Sale gives a clear picture of the modern slave trade. Yes, slave trade. Happening today. Right now. Did you know that there are 30 million slaves today, more than at any other point in history? And they're on every continent -  especially Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, and here, North America. I had heard of "human trafficking" before, and I had a general idea of what it entailed, but before I read this book I had no idea of the scope of the problem nor of the horrifying atrocities it perpetuates. I became so distressed while reading this book that I actually had to stop for a while.

It'd be hard for me to even come close to explaining everything as well as this book explains it, so I'm just going to direct you to the book (and its organization)'s website, here. Check it out - the info page I've linked to has a lot of stuff straight out of the book.

I also highly recommend checking your local library for the book. That's where I found the copy I read (which I just picked up on a whim), and I'm really glad I did. I'm not done thinking about this - I'm going to figure out a way to help. I have to, after reading that book. I won't be able to forget it.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Morning in the land of Sunshine

One thing we've loved about living in St. George is how warm it is. I know the whole country has been having a mild winter this year, but St. George is still a lot warmer than Provo. It's been great being able to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and the beautiful place that we live. Yesterday morning we got up, got ready, and took a walk on the "Mayor's Loop," an awesome trail along the river.

Can you spot Jason in this picture?

It was great! We plan to go explore the other end of the trail next week.