Thursday, April 26, 2012

Water Park

Hi all! Remember how I mentioned in this post that we found a public little water park in the middle of historic St. George? Well, we took Ellie there last weekend! We've had a heat wave here the last couple days, and on Saturday it super hot. So, perfect day to go!

Ellie in her swimsuit!

Holy cow. She's adorable.

The stream on one end of the water area

The big water play area with flat rocks kids can climb on

This is where the water originates - these waterfalls along the sidewalk.

She is so cute.

So tiny!

I really liked the waterfalls; the cold water felt awesome on our legs.

They also had one of those big fountains you can play in.

We played in the stream last. I think Ellie liked this part the best; she wanted to sit down in the water and touch it.

It was a really fun place. We're definitely going back there to play more now that the weather's warm.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Our Second Anniversary!

Monday was me and Jason's second anniversary! It was a great day.

Jason went to work early (at 5 am) so that he could get home early (at 1 pm) and we could have lots of time together. We went to lunch at the Black Bear Restaurant. I totally went all out and get the things I usually don't - a side order of onion rings and a milkshake and a raspberry lemonade in addition to my turkey sandwich. Jason got a huge burger and at the whole thing. I was very impressed.

My handsome husband. Ellie came to lunch too. :)

After lunch we drove back to our apartment and left Ellie with our friend, the other intern at the hospital from BYU. She was super kind and watched Ellie for us so we could go out on the town. We went to see The Hunger Games. We were some of the only people at the theater, which I guess makes sense - four o'clock on a Monday isn't exactly a busy movie time! We really liked the movie, which did a very good job of following the book. Afterwards we went to a frozen yogurt place and talked about what we liked about it and the few things we would have changed.

Us in our personal theater, until a couple more people showed up.

We came home and exchanged gifts and pretty much just hung out. It was so fun to go out and it was a really great anniversary. I love Jason so much, and I am so happy that he's my husband!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

I am an April Fool

I love April Fool's Day, although it's usually hard for me to think of a good prank. This year, I thought of a funny one like a week and a half ago. I know it was way after the official April Fool's Day, but I couldn't help it.

Jason and I had quite a few Cadbury Creme Eggs around. We had them sitting in an old egg carton in a table. I saved two of the wrappers of eggs I ate, and then while Jason was at work I wrapped a real, regular chicken's egg in the Cadbury wrappers. I actually had to hot glue the wrappers to make them stick, but I got them on there.

A real Cadbury Creme Egg

The special "Cadbury" egg

Once it was disguised, I slipped it into the egg carton with the real ones. (It's the top middle one). When Jason got home from work, I casually asked him if he wanted a cadbury egg. "Sure!" he said, and grabbed the disguised chicken egg. "I'm going to save it," he announced, and put it in the fridge. And so I waited, and waited, and waited. For days! I wanted him to eat it so bad, but I didn't say anything because I knew it would be so much better if it was a total surprise.

Finally, on the Saturday that Mom and Stefan were in town, we were sitting in the family room. Suddenly from behind me, Jason yelled, "Jocelyn!" I turned around, and he was sitting there holding a partially unwrapped chicken egg. It was the best. :D He was surprised when I told him how I had planted the egg days ago, and he had just happened to pick that one to put in the fridge.

Anyway, good times. :)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Visit from Grandma & Grandpa

Last weekend we had a really fun visit from my mom, my stepdad, and my little sister Sydney. They live in Highland (about 4 hours away) and drove down here on Friday to spend the weekend with us. It was great.

On Saturday they took us to breakfast at the Black Bear, a restaurant over on Bluff Street. It was delicious and had a way fun atmosphere! Jason and I liked it so much that we're going back there for our anniversary on Monday. Seriously, the food was delicious. And the meals were so big that you could easily split them between two people, which makes it a great price.

After breakfast, we took them over to historic St. George to show them a couple things. (We had been planning on going to Zion's with them, but the weather was rainy and cold so we changed our plans.) We showed them the cool little water park thing, went to the library, went to Thomas Judd's General Store, tried to find Orson Pratt's house, and went to Brigham Young's winter home.

This was at the general store. Leninade! "A taste worth standing in line for!"

This sweet cane was at Brigham Young's home. I  actually snuck away from the tour group to get a better picture of it. That's all inlaid wood! And the little checkered circles were only like an inch in diameter. Skillful!

Brigham Young's Porch

Waiting for the tour. My mom's hiding her face because she's scared of cameras, but also because she's cold.

Afterwards we went home and my mom taught me how to cook a roast. Because of the rain, we stayed inside most of the rest of the day and on Sunday. It was kind of nice to be stuck inside, though. We played lots of games and my mom watched Ellie while I took a nap. It was great.

Sydney reading The Hungry Caterpillar to Ellie :)

We love having family come visit! :)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Ellie Stats

Hola! So, I was going to post this on Monday, but we haven't had internet all week. It's been surprisingly okay, actually. I haven't really missed it, except that i haven't been able to post here. But now I can again!

Ellie had her four-month check-up on Monday. She is:

12 pounds 10 ounces (30th percentile),
24 1/2 inches long (50th percentile),
and has a head circumference of 41 cm (50th percentile).

I'm going to post a couple more updates in the next couple days. I hope you've been having a great week!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Our little goober is 4 months old

Ellie turns 4 months old today! I can't believe it. She's getting so big! Here are some facts about our darling girl:

  • She loves to move. She loves to stand and for us to carry her around and show her things. Lately Jason's been walking her around and helping her grab things (like an Easter egg out of the basket to bring to me or opening the refrigerator by the door handle).
  • She does not like tummy time. Until very recently (like last week), she would cry after only a minute or so of tummy time and would only try a little bit to lift herself up before becoming frustrated. Then, suddenly, about a week ago she started pushing herself up all the way on her arms and rolling over. In one day. And the next day, she rolled over the other way. Oh, silly silly baby. So, now she can consistently roll from her tummy to her back. She hasn't rolled from her back to her tummy since that first time, which isn't very surprising since they don't usually do that for another while. She still doesn't really like tummy time, but she'll tolerate it for a bit longer now.
  • She does this really funny thing with soft things - hair, stuffed animals, burp cloths, our hands. If she's tired, she'll want to hold our hands or a stuffed animal or something similar and she'll just stroke it. She'll press our hands or the stuffed animal to her face and her forehead, and just stroke it. Her eyes will close, and she'll often fall asleep that way. It's really cute.
  • Her daily schedule is usually: Wake up around 8:30 am. Go down for a nap about 10:30 am. Wake up around 12:30 pm. Stay awake until midnight. Go to sleep. (I want her to go to sleep earlier at night, but I don't know how to get her to. She just won't. Occasionally she'll go to sleep a couple hours earlier, but it seems like chance.)
  • If she's ever in her baby carrier (that we take on hikes), she likes to face the front. She's very content that way, watching the world and chewing the carrier.
  • She likes baths. She likes to eat the wet washcloth.
  • She's really ticklish and laughs adorably when we tickle her legs or sides or tummy.
  • She likes to grab our hair. When we put her on our shoulders now, she'll latch on and try to eat it.
  • She likes crinkly sounds. We've been giving her a (closed) bag of jellybeans to play with the last couple days.
  • She's a good talker. She'll sit and talk to us for long periods sometimes.
  • We love her very, very, very much. (But that one's obvious.)
 We love our baby girl!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Ellie all dressed up

I know this is a lot of pictures, but I can't help it. I'm like one of those Grandmas that shows you all her pictures at the grocery store. Except I'm a mom. And this is a blog. But it's basically the same. Right?

Monday, April 9, 2012

The other day

This happened...

And the other week these things happened...

And all of them made me happy. :)

Saturday, April 7, 2012

St. George Art Festival

Today was kind of a funny day. As you know, Jason and I have been spending our last couple Saturdays hiking the trails around St. George. Well, today we had kind of a late start to the day due to us sleeping in and then cleaning our whole apartment, and we were both a bit too tired to go hiking somewhere. So, we tried to find something else to do by looking up the museums and other things that are around here, and eventually settled on going to Brigham Young's winter house.

We got all ready and got in the car. But like two seconds into driving, Jason admitted that he thought Brigham Young's house sounded kind of boring. Well, I didn't want to go if he didn't want to go, and so we tried to figure out what else to do.

So, we were driving down the street, now destination-less, and trying to decide what to do. When we saw...a festival! With tons of people! And lots of white tents!

It was the St. George Art Festival! (Which we'd never heard of before right then.) Perfect! We circled around until we found some parking, hopped out of the car, and made our way to the festival. It was in the middle of the historic part of St. George, in between the library, art building, and St. George Tabernacle. The park (and I didn't know this, and it is SO cool) has these water features that kids can play in. It's basically a mini-water park that you can just go hop in. How sweet is that? We're totally coming back to play with Ellie once we get her a swimsuit.

We saw lots of cool stuff, including the Dowdle Folk Art guy! He's the one who makes all those cool puzzles. I wanted to get a picture with him, but I was embarrassed because that was dorky, so I just got this creepy stalker picture of his stall instead. Problem solved.

This was a MOOSE made of METAL! He had metal muscles and a furry metal bum.
Actually, on second thought, this is probably an elk. See the antlers?
Yup. just googled it. Definitely an elk.

Since we were right there, we also went to the St. George Tabernacle. They were giving tours, but none were starting right away so we just walked around inside by ourselves. It was cool.

Ellie was doing her best to eat Jason's hair.

These stairs were crazy steep! They even had a sign.

Fun day!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Conference Weekend

It feels kind of funny to be writing a normal post after yesterday's super long one, but life goes on!

We had a great general conference weekend. Our good friends Jill and Tommy came to stay, and we had tons of fun with them. They got here on Friday and stayed until Monday morning, so we got them for the whole weekend. It was awesome. They have a little boy named Bradley who's 7 months old, and it was fun to have him and Ellie play with (/stare at) each other the whole time.

The two daddies. :)

Bradley's foot vs. Ellie's foot

On Friday afternoon, we went hiking with them at the Red Cliffs Recreation Area. It was sooo pretty, and we went at a great time of day. We hiked a couple different trails (more like nature paths, really), and were pleasantly surprised when one led to some Anasazi ruins. Wooden covers protected the ruins, which were these stone pits in the ground where the Anasazis had stored grain and stuff. Pretty sweet.

Also, it was caterpillar exploding season. And by that, I mean there were these big nests of caterpillars (everywhere) that caterpillars were exploding out of all around us. Also pretty sweet.

Jason and Tommy hiked up this thing really high. Really fast.

We played games every night, which was great. Tommy and Jill are like our "game buddies." We also realized that we're slowly both acquiring all of the same games, because we'll like one of their games and eventually get it, and they'll like one of our games and eventually get it. So we're both building up great game stocks. (Also, how many times did I just say "great" or "games?")

We watched conference at Jason's mom's friend Paige's house. Paige and her family are awesome. Paige, if you are reading this, you are and your family are awesome. Just so you know. We loved watching conference at your house.

It was seriously a great weekend. Friends, more friends, and conference. It's really hard to beat that. :)