What I Hate the Most

At this moment, what I hate the most is unequivocally NyQuil.

I caught a monster cold this week. It's probably a combination of the crazy weather and my close contact with Cole and Kyle, who had the sniffles last week. I don't know what it is--every time the weather here does those extreme swings from balmy, springtime weather to frigid, winter weather (let's face it, when DOESN'T the weather in Utah do that?), my body fa-reaks out and I end up sneezing and snotty. Gross. Plus, when I'm all sniffly, Cole becomes a
sadist and practically force-feeds me NyQuil. NyQuil, I think, was invented to make sick people forget their illness by preoccupying them with a noxious assault on their tastebuds. I can't even think about taking it without gagging. Cole, of course, thinks it's the most comical thing ever to make me take NyQuil when I'm sick. Plus, the man loves it! When he was sick last week, he guzzled it straight from the bottle! Blech. I'm convinced that NyQuil does practically nothing to alleviate the symptoms of the common cold. I took the "nighttime, sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, stuffy head, fever, so you can rest medicine" last night, and I most certainly did NOT get "the best sleep [I'll] ever get with a cold." And, Cole took it religiously last week and experienced little, if any, relief from his symptoms. So, why should I be forced to take it if 1) I absolutely abhor it; and 2) it doesn't do any good anyway?

And another thing: I think it should be against the laws of
nature for mothers to get sick. Think about it: do they EVER get a reprieve from motherly duties just because they feel like garbage? Nope. Lucky for me, this particular cold has reared its ugly head during our crash of my parents' house, which means that there's a plethora of other people to take care of Kyle while I take a nap.

Speaking of Kyle (and on a more cheerful note, I might add), he has perfected the army crawl, and now spends the majority of his time exploring my parents' floor. He circles rooms two or three times like a pro! Unfortunately, he hasn't quite perfected reverse yet, so when he gets stuck somewhere, he yells until someone comes and helps him. I am now considering buying stock in Spray N' Wash, though. Kyle's front is perpetually covered in dirt and grime that he picks up from the floor when he's scooting around on his belly, no matter how
many times we've cleaned the floor. He most definitely keeps us on our toes!

Shopping with Grandma and Aunt Stephanie. Apparently Stephanie didn't think he had enough hair.


Homeless, Homeless...

We are officially without a home (temporarily). We've spent the majority of our time the last couple of weeks in Sandy at my parents' house because it's so much easier for us, transportation-wise. So, we decided to move out of our apartment ASAP and stay with my parents for a couple of weeks while we look for a new place in Salt Lake county. There are several benefits to this:
1. Cole can jump on TRAX to get to work every day, and I can drive to Provo (which saves us gas and money for parking downtown)
2. Free childcare (Kyle gets lots of Grandma time)
3. No rent for a couple of weeks (always nice to save some money)

Make no mistake, we don't intend to freeload for more than three weeks, a month tops. I'm dying to get into our own place. I never realized how much crap we've accumulated in the almost 2 years that we've been married, too. We rented a storage unit to store the majority of our belongings, and it is CRAMMED full. It took Cole almost half an hour and a fair amount of rearranging to even get the door closed! So, now the apartment hunt begins. It's especially hard since I work from 8 to 5 and Cole works from 2:30 to 11, so the only time we have together is spent sleeping and not apartment hunting. But, we'll work it out somehow.

In other news, I feel a little bit better about myself today. I've been especially self-conscious lately because I gained a lot of weight in the first six months after Cole and I got married. Then, I got pregnant, and even though I lost all the baby weight in the first 6 weeks after Kyle was born, my body just wasn't the same. In some ways, that's very good--for example, I went up a cup size (sorry for the TMI, if you are of the sensitive variety), but for the most part, it's frustrating. My pre-pregnancy clothes (pants in particular) just don't fit the same anymore, and I HATE shopping for myself. I feel selfish and vain, and shopping trips typically are futile anyway because I rarely find anything that fits me well enough for me to actually spend money. That all changed today.

Perhaps I was in a better mood since I wasn't really spending my own money--it was birthday money from my grandmother. Whatever the reason, I managed to find myself 6 pairs of pants that I love and feel very confident in. There's this fabulous little place called Steve & Barry's in Murray that my brother introduced us to (he got hooked during his mission in New York). They have all kinds of styles of clothing, and today they happened to have a sale where all items in the store were $8.98 or less. Yes, you read that right. Pants, blouses, shoes, you name it--all less than $9.00. Well, at a price like that, I couldn't help but look around. It ended up being a win-win situation: I found things that I feel good in, AND I didn't spend an arm and a leg buying them! It turned into a wonderful self-esteem booster.

On the other hand, maybe someday my self-esteem level will exist independently of my appearance...as far as I can see, though, it won't be anytime soon.



So, while I was blog-hopping at work (a common occurrence, since work is terribly slow these days), I found this list. Since I turned the ripe old age of 23, I decided to look through it and see how many things I had accomplished in my life to this point. The ones in bold are things I've done:
1. Sang the National Anthem at a public event—Not as a soloist, but as part of a crowd at sporting events
2. Swam with wild dolphins
3. Climbed a mountain—More like “hiked” a mountain, I guess.
4. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
5. Been inside the Great Pyramid
6. Held a tarantula
7. Won a pie eating contest, or any eating contest—At the end of my freshman year, my roommate Danielle and I had a “bread stick eating contest”. I think I won by half a bread stick.
8. Said “I love you’ and meant it—Every day of my life.
9. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped
Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm
13. Seen the Northern Lights
14. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
15. Gone to a huge sports game—Die-hard BYU football fan, right here.
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby’s diaper­­—A frequent occurrence in my life, these days.
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on slurpees
24. Given more than you can afford to charity—When you’re a married college student, anything is more than you can afford.
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment—Probably more than one, but the most recent one was after the chair my dad was sitting in completely gave out and he fell flat on his back on the floor. He wasn’t hurt, and in my defense, my laughter didn’t come until AFTER I knew he was okay.
27. Had a food fight—My friends and I had a pumpkin guts fight one time…that stuff is practically impossible to wash out of one’s hair
28. Overcome a fear
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse—A total lunar eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day—My family visited my dad’s old ward in North Carolina, and after spending so much time with all those Southern folks, I couldn’t stop talking with a Southern drawl.
38. Actually felt happy about your life—Every day!
39. Had two hard drives for your computer­—Cole is convinced that one is not enough.
40. Visited all 50 states
41. Can recite something over 100 words long
42. Have amazing friends
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched wild whales
45. Stolen a sign—Okay, not actually a sign, but Cole and I stole a construction pylon once.
46. Backpacked in Europe
47. Taken a road-trip—Two and a half weeks across the country with my family in a motorhome…
48. Gone rock climbing—I’ve gone rock rappelling as well…
49. Midnight walk on the beach
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love—I don’t know if it actually counts (since I married the guy later), but the first time I dated Cole, we dated for a 5 weeks, and I was heartbroken for 6 ½ months (until we got back together, incidentally).
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your CDs
57. Pretended to be a superhero
58. Sung karaoke
59. Lounged around in bed all day—Isn’t that what vacations are all about?
60. Slept in a castle
61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theater—With my family, so not as exciting as it sounds.
66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business—When my sister and I were really little, we sold rocks that we had colored with chalk in front of our house. Not a very profitable venture.
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken—The second time I dated Cole.
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played some sort of game for more than 6 hours straight—Guitar Hero is terribly addicting, no?
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party—I crashed the “after the AP Euro test” party my sophomore year in high school, and met my first boyfriend there.
75. Eaten food you had no clue what it was but did it out of respect for your host
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Been skinny dipping—My two best friends and I talked about doing it forever and FINALLY got around to doing it 3 days before I got married.
81. Rafted the Snake River
82. Been on television news programs as an “expert”
83. Got flowers for no reason—Cole used to bring me flowers every Tuesday “just because”.
84. Performed on stage
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music—A lady in my ward had a friend who was recording a cd of religious music, and she asked me to be a part of it.
87. Eaten shark
88. Stood up for something against the crowd
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one/both of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language fluently
95. Asked someone for forgiveness and received it
96. Raised children—Currently in the process.
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over—I moved away for school; that’s KIND of just starting over, right?
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication—Define “large”. I had a personal narrative published in my high school’s yearly creative writing magazine my junior year.
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Petted a stingray
110. Been afraid for your life—Several times, in fact. Most of them involve being a passenger in a car that one of my brothers was driving.
111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a T.V. game show
113. Broken a bone—I’ve broken three fingers.
115. Lived longer than a year in another country
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper—The Daily Universe. I helped some of my friends with a service project, and the Daily Universe staff came and took our pictures for a story they wrote about the project.
129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school
131. Parasailed
132. Petted a cockroach
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read The Iliad
135. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read—Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, to name one
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions

138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language—Every day, it seems. Such is the life of a telephone operator at a hotel.

139. Been elected to public office—I was elected the student body treasurer/historian in sixth grade and the historian of my high school choir.
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream—Every day!
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
145. Had a booth at a fair
146. Dyed your hair
147. Been a DJ
148. Shaved your head
149. Caused a car accident
150. Saved someone’s life
I was actually pretty surprised to see how many of these things I had done—73* out of the 150 on the list! I'm pretty accomplished.
Seriously though, I thought about all of the things I've accomplished so far in my life, and I was pretty satisfied with the list. Most importantly on that list, I've married a wonderful man who loves and respects me in the temple for eternity, I've had a beautiful son, and I've striven to make myself a little better and more Christlike every day. I still have a LONG way to go, so I'm really glad that I have a lifetime of years left ahead of me.
I remember when birthdays used to be a source of excitement because people would give me gifts. Then, they became exciting because I was one year closer to people taking me seriously (which is a silly idea--no matter how old I am, I don't think everyone will ever take me seriously). Now, I've found that birthdays are a time for reflection--a time to think about the year that has passed and decide where I want to take myself in the year to come. But, I must admit, I still enjoy receiving gifts. :)
*4/29/08: Thanks to the sharp memory of a friend, I have amended this list. I have indeed caused an accident...one of only two tickets that I've received in my life (the other one is for getting out of the carpool lane over the double white line...which was Cole's fault...and shouldn't really count anyway because it was totally a fluke--I mean, come on, who ACTUALLY gets pulled over for that?!?!).



We took Kyle to get his six-month pictures today. I can't believe how much he's grown in the last three months! He was really good--he fussed a tiny bit, but we were in and out in less than half an hour! The employees were really efficient and really great at getting Kyle to cooperate, so we got some really adorable pictures. Cole was really excited that we used this outfit, too. We got it for a baby shower, and Cole's been DYING to put it on Kyle since he was born.


And I Thought Weeds Grew Fast...

We had a brief rest period before he started cutting another tooth, and now he's sucking and chewing on everything again. Now he's got two little teeth poking through his bottom gums, and we have to be extra careful about letting him chew on our fingers, because boy, are they SHARP!

We went to the doctor for Kyle's 6 month well visit today (6 months!!!), and he's growing like a weed. He gained 2 pounds since his last visit and grew almost an inch and a half. I'm actually surprised he didn't gain more, because he eats ALL the time, it seems. He still takes 6 oz. of formula every two hours, and eats 2 tablespoons each of rice cereal, a fruit, and a vegetable every day. He moves constantly, though, so maybe he's just burning a lot of calories to compensate for his hefty appetite.

Speaking of the doctor's visit, our doctor is so funny (as in weird-funny). Before each well-visit he has parents fill out a questionnaire about their children's developmental milestones. For the six month visit, the questionnaire had questions like "Does your baby make consonant-vowel pair sounds, like 'ka', 'da', 'ba', and 'ga'?" and "When your baby is lying on his back and he drops a toy, does he roll to reach it?" I fill out the questionnaires every time expecting the doctor to read it, but all he does is glance over it to get a general idea of how Kyle is progressing developmentally. Then, while he's doing Kyle's check-up, he's telling me things like "Pretty soon you'll start to hear Kyle pairing consonants with vowels to make simple babbling sounds" and "Now, instead of just forgetting about a toy he drops, Kyle will remember he had it and actively search for it." As he was telling me these things, I was thinking, "Wow, does he even know what questions are asked on that questionnaire? If he did, he would realize that Kyle should be doing these things at least SOME of the time in order to be considered normal." Of course, maybe he DOES know what's on the questionnaire, but he doesn't want to assume that all the children he sees are meeting developmental milestones when they "should" and risk offending worrisome parents. Whatever the reason, it's always comical to me to listen to him tell me things that Kyle should be doing in the near future, since almost all of them are things that Kyle has been doing for quite a while.

Except...Kyle still cannot sit up for the life of him. He's like a Weeble (remember those commercials?). He wobbles, but he actually does fall down. He must have inherited his mother's round booty. It just means he spends a lot more time on his belly, which is probably why he's perfected the army crawl. The other night, he was absolutely fascinated with my shoes, and he followed me all over the room trying to get them...he's getting FAST!

Anyway, in other news, Cole and I soon will no longer be the only married couple in my family. My dear younger brother, Chris, asked his girlfriend to marry him today. It's sudden, but it's exciting. It'll be nice to have another married couple in the family...plus, then Kyle will soon have some cousins to play with! I really like his fiance, but sometimes I just have to laugh at her. She's 18 and graduating in June (yeah...I know), so sometimes she's still a little silly. For example, when we were talking about when they were planning on having children, she said "Oh, I'm going to wait until I'm way older...at least late 19." *giggle* The most important thing is that Chris is happy. I want all of my siblings to someday be able to find someone who makes them as happy as Cole makes me. Eternal marriage is great, no?


My New Job

This is it, the Hilton in Salt Lake City! I am so excited, I have had orientation, and officially start on Monday. I am currently going to be working as a floater for the front office. I will mainly be a PBX Operator, but I will also help out at the front desk and bell stand when needed. It's exciting to be working for the Hilton, and at a bigger hotel. The benefits are better and they love me, so yes, I love my job. So if anyone needs hotel reservations anywhere, I think either Jessica or myself can arrange it for you at a discount price.

I am excited to be working again, but I am sad because I have grown to love being home everyday with my son. He is awesome, we have a ton of fun together! I am happy that Jessica will now be home with him as well. The one thing that is going to be tricky about this is that I work in Salt Lake and Jessica works in Provo. So, we are hoping to move somewhere in between so I can take TRAX, and Jessica can have the car. It is also better, because our families are up here, so we can leave Kyle with any of them during the day. So if anyone knows of any good apartments let us know. We are going to be moving next week, and hopefully find an apartment we can move in to by the first of May. We will be staying with Jessica's parents for a week or two until we find a place.

So, I am excited about my new job, and am excited about moving! I am proud of my wife and all she does for Kyle and me. I also appreciate the support of Jessica's family while we make this transition.


And Now, a Note From Kyle...

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Yeah, um, what HE said.


He's Got What? Personality!


"Just a LITTLE bit further..."
Well, almost. Kyle pushes himself up on his knees and scoots across the floor with his forehead on the ground. It takes him a little while, but he gets where he wants to go. I think he's getting a little tired of it, because we keep putting things out of his reach so we can watch him scoot around. But, he's getting smart. We had him on his blanket tonight, and instead of trying to crawl to get Cole's cell phone, he pulled on the blanket to bring it closer to him. I don't know how Kyle knew that would work. It makes tummy time a lot more interesting now, because we never know where Kyle will end up when we leave him on the floor to play. He loves playing on the floor by himself now, though.
Kyle's modeling half-smile
He's so dang cute! His new favorite toy is this "car remote" that makes honking sounds and plays music...lucky us.

He has such a big personality for such a little person. Unfortunately, it's not always bright and sunshiny. He has a tendency to throw a MONSTER fit at mealtimes if I'm not shoveling the food in his mouth quickly enough. Then, he won't open his mouth wide enough for me to fit the spoon in, and he won't calm down until we stick his pacifier in for a minute--resulting in a sticky, goober-y pacifier. I guess it's his way of making sure he has leftovers.

"Mom! If you were going any slower, you'd be in reverse!"

He's become so much more aware of everything around him now. For instance, he now thinks Chubs (our cat) is the coolest thing ever. Chubs, however, thinks otherwise. One evening, Kyle and I were sitting on the couch, and Chubs came up and tried to sit on my lap. Kyle promptly seized two handfuls of Chubs' fur (which is a feat, considering that Chubs has pretty short fur) with his vicelike grip. I was actually pretty proud of Chubs, because he didn't bite or scratch or anything--he just froze until I pried Kyle's hands away, and then ran and hid, which is what he does whenever Kyle is anywhere in his near vicinity. It'll be really interesting when Kyle can crawl after him.

Another example: my sister-in-law recently had a baby, and we went to visit them in the hospital. When we showed his new little cousin, Kimberly, to Kyle, he got the biggest grin on his face. It was so cute. He gets that way when he sees his other new little cousin, Riker (yes, there are now three babies under the age of one in Cole's family, and no, we didn't plan it that way). It's moments like these when I honestly believe that the veil is very thin for infants--it feels to me like Kyle recognizes these new little spirits as his friends from the pre-mortal life, and he's happy to see them here on the other side.

I absolutely love being a mother. I learn more and more every day about life, love, and our Heavenly Father. Kyle is such a special little spirit, and we are so blessed to have him in our home.


The Best of Both of Us

A-MAZING! Everyone tells us how much Kyle looks like his daddy (which is definitely true), but I never really thought about how much he looks like me as well. Now we have definite evidence (since the MyHeritage Look-alike Meter is the ultimate authority)! I even tried this with several different pictures of Kyle, and pretty much every one said the exact same thing. Now, I'm trying to figure out how he got to be so good-looking with us as his parents. :)

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