Monday, December 14, 2009

Another Blog to read...

One of my most favorite people *Erika* has started a blog--I'm so glad!! Every time I go home I try to see her and always come away determined to be ok with myself and to try again to unabashedly uncover my soul to the world. I started this blog to do just that, (hence "this is me"), but haven't all. She, though, makes me brave. LOVE her!
"Truthfully, anyone who would rather see me in makeup than mud isn't really my type. "

Sunday, December 13, 2009

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Merry Christmas to our families!!

I had this idea of a gift we could make for the Grandparents (and really for myself also)--to have a picture of all the grandkids in a nativity scene even though we all won't be together for Christmas. Lauren, Kim, Liesel and I dressed up our kids and took pictures and I had Tony cut and paste them into the scene I wanted. We made the complete one for ourselves, and then we have one for each side of our family. Merry Christmas to everyone!!! Didn't they turn out cute?!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

More Liv pics

My long distance family has been requesting more pictures of Olivia, so here you go!! She's getting so big! Tony went to put her in her bed because she had fallen asleep, but she woke up and he fell asleep. I took a bunch of pictures but he never woke up :) I really need to take a good family picture, but this last one will do for now.

Keegan's Birthday

After seeing Zoe have her birthday, Keegan knew exactly what he wanted for his birthday--a pinata, a party with friends, lots of presents and a cool cake. No Problem!

Big Sister and Big Brother!!

People have been asking how the kids are with the new baby. They're great! They love holding and kissing her, and now that she's starting to smile they think she's even more fun to have around.

Zoe's Birthday

Zoe wanted a princess dress up birthday party this year so that's what she had! I asked her what her favorite part was and she said, "Um, EVERYTHING! And my pinata."


Our garden really grew this year! Every other day we'd pick about this much. We filled up bags up with tomatoes and cucumbers and wandered the neighborhood finding friends to share with. It was fun!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Baby baby!!

Old news now, but Olivia has joined our family! It was the fastest labor yet (do we really want to discuss that here though?). It is true, for me at least, that the pregnancies get harder as you get older, but now I feel WONDERFUL. I look aweful, but darn it I feel great.

We were doing great, but then had a huge scare. When Olivia was 9 days old I brought her back to the hospital in the middle of the night with a high fever and crying every time I'd move her little body. She was immediately admitted. They did a ton of tests and found out that she had an infection...long story short, we were in the NICU for 3 days and 4 nights and then were sent home with more medicine. I took her back yesterday and got the final bill of health. They did ultrasounds and other tests to make sure she didn't need surgery and (thank heavens) she is perfect. My body made a perfect little body for our little girl. My mom had called everyone she knew and they were praying for us, so thank you if you were one of those people. And thank God (literally).

She has gained almost 2 pounds and has grown almost a 1/2" and is doing wonderfully. I'm still trying to figure out the 3-kid thing, but I'm just grateful that Olivia is here and that she gets to stay.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


I have successfully managed to ignore my birthday. Not that I don't like the fact that I'm getting older, it's just that I don't feel like I can properly celebrate this momentous number without feeling completely like myself. I have decided that in 3 months and 0 days I shall have my life and my body to myself again and am planning on celebrating then. No arguements. I don't know what celebrating will entail exactly, but I have three months to figure that out :)

In related news, I was told by my midwife today that I'm 37 weeks now, which means that I should probably get some baby things together! Not that I think she'll come early...but she could! She also told me that I CAN have my allergy medicine (blessed day!) which I suddenly need again. (What is it this time of year in stupid Idaho that makes me want to claw my eyes out of my head? I'd like to know so that I can scowl and curse at it).

As far as the apartments go, the girls have moved out and we have almost 7 weeks of quiet. This weekend will be somewhat busy with Education Week (where we host guests, sigh), but then we'll really be free for a while.

A big chunk of the day was actually spent with my sisters. Chels got her hair done, and I quote, "Wow! It's like a little treat every time I see myself in the mirror!" The three of us (and baby Brooke) went out to the Olive Garden, our favorite, for a late lunch. I'll stick some pictures up here soon--my beautiful sisters and me looking swollen and tired--lovely.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


What a wonderful trip! Getting there was a lot more fun than coming home, but being there and seeing everyone was well worth the hours (and days and nights) of travel. We were never there all at once though so our famous group shots were always missing one or two people (Sam I mean you!). I will add pictures later on, but before I forget, here are a few things I want to always remember:
  • The kids, immediately comfortable, going on a walk with mom and Great Grandma and the dogs to the park after dinner that first night.
  • Val winning the kids over as only she can with persistent bubbly kindness...and new books!
  • Great Grandma delightedly watching Keegan eat more than his share of pineapple (juice running out of his mouth...with toothpicks of course which was new and made it all the more interesting for him) and them cutting him more.
  • Freezing our butts off at our windy Canadian picnic huddled together under blankets determined to have a good time, and the kids still wanting to run and play at the park with their shoes off...thank you Chels for going with them!
  • Meeting up with old old friends and still being friends (amazing). People I will always love for knowing me so well and still loving me. (Jen, Kelly, Britt)!
  • Kiaya (Britt's daughter) giving one of her dress-up dresses to Zoe and being immediate best friends.
  • Keegan in his new Algonquin hat climbing on the rocks outside the museum finding secret paths like I used to do all the time when I was little.
  • Zoe and Keegan helping my mom water the plants and the girls talking about how pink flowers were the best.
  • Making friends with the other 2 moms in Zoe's swimming class and cheering when our kids were brave.
  • Dallin dressing up at the children's museum and me going around with Keegan looking at everything knowing (and seeing every few minutes) that Matt Chels Mom and Dallin were all taking care of Zoe and that she was blissfully busy and happy.
  • Seeing Evan all grown up, driving around and about to start college and remembering visiting at the hospital when he was born! (Realizing that I'm old and being ok with it).
  • Looking over the river at the parliment buildings with my kids and telling them about this part of me that is part of them.
  • Zoe asking me to sing "Land of the Silver Birch" over and over and over until she could sing it all perfectly and then wanting to sing it more. And Keegan joining in on the "dip dip and swing" making the paddling actions.
  • Zoe and Keegan feeding the chipmunks at Algonquin Park and Zoe trying to trap them when one jumped right into the peanut bag. And Keegan yelling "Surprise" and scaring them away when they got too fiesty.
  • Dallin and Zoe playing Go Fish in the camper, just the two of them. Dallin (my teenaged brother with Downs) showing the card, "How about 2?". Zoe (almost 5, smart and independant) furrowed brow, a moments pause, "Go Fish".
  • Me carrying the canoe to the beach and paddling with Chelsea and the kids.
  • Me and my big belly barely fitting into my Dad's life jacket and Keegan determined to figure out all the buckles HIMSELF thank you very much.
  • Canada Day with my Dad, Dallin and my kids. Cotton Candy, rides, talking with my Dad while the three played together in the sand, and of course fireworks.
  • Keegan on the phone with Tony and telling him about everything he could think of so that he wouldn't have to say goodbye to his Dad.
  • Oma's thoughtful gifts and cards, and how much care Jon took with her.
  • My Dad reading Zoe the entire Fairy Tale book for a bedtime story.
  • Great Grandpa teaching Gordon how to take care of himself.
  • Seeing my Oma holding baby Brooke and how much that meant to her.
  • Popping in at Matt's work and seeing him busy and outgoing and oh so handsome :)
  • Late night converstaions where you don't need to say much, just revel in the company of people you love so much you'd rather sit there into the morning in their presence than go to bed.
  • Eating enought Tim Bits to last us until our next trip.
  • Teaching the kids about the different flags. Keegan "it has a leaf on it!" As as we came back to the US, Zoe being all proud for knowing the flag with the stars on it was the "Hue-nited States of Hamerica" flag.
  • Being so excited to see Tony again and listening to him love what he is learning.
  • "Just happening" to be able to meet up with Kim, her kids and Grandpa Potter on the way home, and having so much fun swimming together. And Zoe putting her WHOLE BODY underwater--hurray for her! And Keegan who has never liked the water asking Tony, "These my swimming lessons?" and swimming "super fast" arms and legs going full speed.
  • Sitting in church the morning we got back, Tony sleeping at home after driving us all night, and the kids each falling asleep, heads on my lap, Keegan sprawled out to my left and Zoe curled up on my right. Being able to listen to a missionary speak and then bear his beautiful testimony in sign language...and then being able to go right home and rest.

That's just the short list. We made it! The only things I regret are that Sam couldn't be there and that I didn't get to see Sharlene (a freind I love dearly). I am so lucky that I have Lauren and her family close by and that Chelsea will be here visiting for a good while.

Now we just have to finish up another semester here with the apartments, and get ready for our little one who will be arriving in 4 short weeks! We can totally do this :)

Thursday, June 18, 2009

"Can we please go TODAY?!?!"

is a daily quote from Zoe as she crosses off another day on our big calendar and counts the days until we leave for Canada. I wish is was today!! Just a little over a week until we pack ourselves into the car, say a big prayer ("let the car not die--please!") and head out for the long drive HOME! I'm just afraid that I won't want to come back.

Top 6 reasons Zoe is excited:
1. swimming lessons (thank you mom--Zoe will be learning to swim in the same pool that I did!)
2. we get to get doughnuts (Tim Horton's Tim Bits--the best things ever)
3. Grandma is going to buy her new clothes
4. to see everyone, everyone!
5. to eat Grandpa's camping pancakes that are bigger than your plate
6. to go camping and "to do those marshmallows in fire"

Tony is, of course, excited to see all his Master's friends and do another residency in Vermont. He will spend a few days with us in Canada before and after, so we're hoping that we'll all be so busy we won't miss each other too much. He's a quarter of the way through--yeay Tony!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Kim's Here!

Kim's friend got married yesterday so Kim came here all by herself for the long weekend. She's now Zoe's favorite ("Can we PLEASE go see Aunt Kim?!") and the only good thing about her leaving on monday is that Sohvi and Max are coming then (that makes it ok for Zoe)!
Kim asked me if I'd help her make the wedding cake for her friend and of course I said ok! Kim did all the baking (Chocolate with chocolate fudge, Carrot spice with white chocolate cream cheese and White with raspberry--yum!) and we decorated together. What fun :)
In a couple of days I'll put pictures up without flowers and with flowers (done by another friend of the bride).
We can't wait until Kim comes back and brings all her family with her!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Potty Boy

Keegan is very good at going potty when you put him on the potty. He's working on telling us before he has to go potty that he has to go. Although if we say, "If you go in the potty..." he'll readily say, "I'll get a CANDY!" and be all excited. We're working on it!!! But doesn't he look so cute in his undies?

Wedding Cake

They sent us a picture! I didn't know the flowers they'd put on would be different colors. I think it looks really cute and colorful--I'm so glad it worked out! Congrats Brandon and Christine!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Wedding Cake

I really enjoy making wedding cakes. Two Thursdays ago I made a wedding cake for Tony's cousin Brandon and his now wife Christine. They took it 4-5 hours away and froze it for a week and assembled it at the reception and added fresh flowers. I was nervous because I wasn't going to be there to put it together, and I'd never frozen cake for that long. By Monday I couldn't stand it anymore and called Aunt Pat (Brandon's Mom) and asked how the reception went. She said it was wonderful and just what Chrisine wanted (in a surprised-you-would-ask, of-course-it-was-great voice). Relief! She promised a picture, so I'll add that soon (hopefully)! (Ivory fondant purple ribbon and little purple polka-dots.)

Thursday, April 2, 2009

He thinks it's a GIRL...he's pretty sure...but he's been wrong before...

We went in for our 20 week ultrasound this morning and the baby looks healthy! The doctor was pretty sure we're having a girl (Zoe is very happy), but was very hesitant to sound 100%. So I've just decided to go with girl for now :) If she turns out to be a he, we will be just a s happy! Ideas for names anyone?

Sunday, March 22, 2009


Next on our weekend trip we went up to visit Jared in Pleasant Grove. We saw his place and lots of pictures of his beautiful fiance (congratulations)! Zoe played with Abbi and Isaac and was VERY impressed that Abbi can read! Keegan took a nap, but woke up when we all went for ice cream! Jared introduced us to a new place called Sub Zero where they take the cream, mix it with the flavor and additions that you want and spray liquid oxygen on it, stir it up, and give you the freshest, yummiest ice cream ever! It was great! (Just to give you an idea, and to make your mouth water, Tony had cake batter ice cream with pieces of cheese cake, Zoe had mint with brownie pieces and I had chocolate fudge with oreo pieces--yummy!) It was so nice to see them and to catch up!


Last weekend we had a great time visiting friends and family in Utah. Driving in we remembered how much we miss it! I guess you have to leave a thing to really appreciate it.
We started of visiting Michelle of course, and meeting her new kitty, and of course Buck and Goldie. We'll have to bring Choco next time--he'd love seeing his old friends too! Zoe and I had a quick dip in the hot tub, and then we all went with Jen and her kids to lunch. Next time we'll have to give them more than a days notice so that we can hang out with Greg too!!

Zoe was not happy without a little swim!

Hair Cuts!

This is the before shot (notice the fist full of candies in Keegan's hand--bribery!)
...And the handsome after shot! Don't they look great? Keegan can't leave the house without those sunglasses (from Grandma Ernhofer).

This should really go in between the other two...but this is about as uncomfortable as he got! Usually he's screeming throughout. The candy in his hand made it ok I think! What a big boy! :)

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Class Pictures!

Zoe had her first class picture this past Wednesday! Her Grandpa Potter (who is also her principal) told the photographer that she was his granddaughter and the photographer had Grandpa get in on a picture :) Pretty cute. Hopefully Zoe's smile will be a little bigger in her other picture! Zoe's comment, "I should have worn my pink shirt and pink clippies. That would have been much cuter." Funny girl. Side note: the clippies in the picture and the ones she mentioned were both made by Kim and SO cute!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Welcome Brooke Brennan!

My little sister Lauren had her baby this past Sunday and she is THE cutest little baby I have ever seen! Congratulations to Lauren and Gordon, and welcome to Brooke!
Zoe got to hold Brooke today and was so excited! And of course my mom is coming in two short days to help with the new baby and, lucky us, we get to see her too. How exciting!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


Zoe and I decided that we are going to Hawaii. Enough cold already!

We are going to stay at the Grand Wailea in Maui because they have all kinds of water slides and waterfalls. We're going to see a sea horse farm and swim with sea turtles. Doesn't that sound perfect?!

Of course this won't really least not for a while...but we are sure having fun planning for it.


As I'm sure most of you know I am pregnant! Baby #3 is on his/her way! I'm due around the middle of August (but don't worry all you Ottawa people, we're still coming at the end of June)! I'm still feeling pretty gross especially if I get up early. If I sleep in I feel better...but when is sleeping in ever a bad idea??!