Saturday, February 26, 2011

What a trip!!

Still not home from my vacation. Just waiting in the Austin Texas airport. Thought it would be a good time to blog. I have TONS of pictures to post so I will do that when I get home.

I've learned a lot this trip that is definitely valuable for future traveling standby. I'm going to talk about the trip itself when I post the pictures, but I just want to talk about what we have been through! Quite the adventure for sure!

Alright, we flew to Fort Lauderdale because we could go through California which we thought would be fun because we could utilize the entire day by doing something fun in Long Beach (which we did). So we spent the whole second day in Fort Lauderdale/Miami area. The second day as we were walking out of the hotel to spend the day at the beach, I checked the flights....and immediately wanted to throw up! All of the flights up to New York/New Jersey were nice and open, no problems whatsoever...but when I looked at the flight loads...a different story was told. I checked my work email to see what was going on and sure enough there was WEATHER in New York City! LAAAAMMMEE!! So of course ALL of the flights from Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach were full because everyone rebooked. I checked Orlando and there were still flights out of we decided to go on a little adventure and drive to Orlando. I'm SO glad we did that because the hotel we stayed at just happened to be down the road from Phil's alma mater!! Oh my gosh I was so excited to finally see it and be where my sweet hubby lived! It was SO awesome and INCREDIBLY warm. Anyway so then this morning we went to the airport to try to get on the one flight out of Orlando to Newark that had seats available. There were two seats left and four on standby, two ahead of us, but one could travel jumpseat and so could I. So there was hope. Then at the last minute someone rebooked so there was only one seat left. Then as it got right down to it, one person didn't show up. So there was hope. They paged him one last time and as they were about to release the seats to us he showed up!!! GRRR. So we missed the flight. We were just going to spend the day in Orlando and go to Epcot and we were totally fine with that, but then we would have had to stay until Monday and my mom would have had to take another day off work. So I looked at an interesting connecting flight we could try from Orlando to Austin to Long Beach then to SLC. There was one seat left on the Orlando to Austin flight and the rest were fine so we thought "what do we have to lose?" So we thought if we didn't make this flight that we would spend Sunday in Epcot and fly home Monday. The only thing we were going to do was see Phil's dad in New Jersey and that was out of the question so we had nothing to lose. We ended up being able to sit together because there were two seats left by the time we got on.

Now we are sitting in Austin waiting to board. This flight is SUPER open so we are getting two even more legroom seats in the second row and we can even take the car seat on so we don't have to hold Audrey! :D Not that I mind holding her, but it's nice to be able to set her down. The guy at this airport said that a lot of crew members actually do this route! So I'm not the only one. Works for me.

Here is what I learned from this experience:

-I understand what airport crew members have to go through with customers complaining about delayed flights

-I have seen 3 more airports and can better assist my customers

-I know how flying to Orlando has more options for flights and it is easier to get out of.

-I know now that I do not want to fly somewhere far away with a buddy pass because you don't have the freedom to take crazy connecting flights because buddy passes are one way only (connecting included) so this would have taken 3 buddy passes just for one person (no thanks!).

-Have a back up plan in case of weather (I actually did have a back up plan, but it just happened to be full).

-Florida is a FRICKIN AWESOME place to travel in the winter!!!!! It felt like Summer in New Jersey! AMAZING!! I canNOT wait to come back!

-Travel far in the FALL not WINTER because winter is more risky for SURE!

-Taking your mom is far less stressful than taking your husband (my mom agrees about her husband hahaha!)

-JetBlue crew members are fantastically nice and wonderful!!!

-There are more benefits than you can even know by being an airline employee. I got discounts on upgrades for my rental car, I got a discount at the airport for food AND (this one surprised me) we couldn't check our bags because at Orlando they just put your bags on the plane no matter what because it's too busy of an airport so we took the bag through security and we had liquids BUT because I am an airline employee they didn't even think twice!!!!!!!!!!!! I was SO happy!

-JetBlue is the best airline ever! I already knew that, but Now I really feel it!

I'm sure I'll think of more, but we're getting ready to board! :D Buh Bye!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

An observational post

Anyone who knows me well knows how much I hate the radio. Anyone who reads my blog also knows that. Well, Nate broke the CD player in the car and I had to drive him half way to St. George today and was forced to listen to the radio....this led me to some interesting observations and questions that perhaps some of you may be able to answer:

1-Why do the New York hipsters love Lady Gaga?? Aren't they supposed to like underground weird indie crap? Lady Gaga is far from that.

2-Where did that whiny Owl City voice come from? Kind of reminds me of the guy from Blink 182. Well wherever it came from I wish it would go back! Granted I listen to Band of Horses. Some would argue that his voice is whiny or something, but in all reality Band of Horses is cool Owl City is not. The end.

3-Why does the hip hop station magically disappear through Utah Valley then reappear?? Does Provo hate black people?

4-What's the deal with all the country stations? Does my home state really have a thing for over produced garbage? Dang. Some could argue that country is more wholesome than what is on the radio. This may be true but this caused me to ask questions about the wholesome nature of my favorite music....this led me to the realization that the majority of my favorite music is actually more wholesome than country. Then again I don't listen to the other garbage that plays on the radio (if you are a country lover I still love you and I hope not to offend you...I just really hate country music. Oddly enough the indie scene is turning more country...which really doesn't bother me because they still sing normal. The thing that bugs me with country is the way they sing. If they just sang normal we could all get along).

5-After all these years my mom's music station seems to be holding up the most. Maybe it's because after 1989 they started saving the good stuff and only put the garbage on the radio. Where are bands like the Beatles nowadays?? I'd totally listen to the radio of stuff like that was floating around.

6-Christian music is weird. I get the whole I love Jesus thing. I love Jesus too, but I don't sing love songs about him. I don't mind listening to Christian music in moderation. I love to hear people's faith manifest in the thing they love to do, however, I can only hear the word "glory" so much before my finger makes it's way to the seek button. A comedian once joked that you could make any love song into a Christian song by replacing "baby" with "Jesus". True fact.

All of these observations were discussed with Phil who said (and I quote), "the radio is the Denny's of music" In other words, people that don't really have a passion or care for music listen to the radio. People who have a true passion for food don't eat at Denny's. They seek out local non-chain restaurants. I don't claim to be a music genius by any means...I just happen to be married to one. :D

Saturday, February 19, 2011

4 Months!

Am I dreaming? Did I do the math wrong? Is my baby girl REALLY already 4 months old??? Where did that come from? Every time she becomes a month older I think about how many months it has been from that amazing day that was her birth day. I think about how amazing this October was. It was bright and sunny for over half the month. She was born on the 18th and it was still bright and sunny enough to wear shorts!

Well my sweet baby girl sure is growing quickly! I measured her on Nate's height ruler the other day...I didn't write down how much it was, but I do know that she is an inch taller than Nate was at 4 1/2 months! She was 2 inches taller than him at birth, but still! :D

So for a short 4 month update, this is what my Audrey girl is up to:

-She laugh's really well and sometimes really hard. Tonight Phil got her laughing REALLY good. We recorded it too. I couldn't get to the camera in time (of course) but Phil got it on his digital recorder (for sound only).

-Has rolled over twice from her back to her belly! :D

-Makes cute little happy noises that sound like "gooo" So cute!

-Sleeps 6-8 hours a night

-Bears her weight on her legs

-Lights up when Phil or I look at her and smile (she also really loves Kelsi, my friend we live with)

-Shows some signs of stranger anxiety

-Still gets nervous when I put her in the tub (she gets used to it after a minute and I think it's kind of cute)

-Likes to watch her big brother and big "sister" Brooklyn (whom we live with also)

-Does not like to lay down. She loves to be sitting up looking at what everyone is doing.

And I also want to keep record of what Nate is up to still. I don't know what I've written down and haven't so sorry if you've heard it all before:

-He LOOOOVES to sing and dance! Especially to Phil's music! He will make up fake lyrics to the songs that is his own special language. His favorite songs are: found a peanut, popcorn popping, ABC's, Twinkle twinkle, old mcdonald, itsy bitsy spider, and bumble bee. And he sings them well.

-Goes potty in the big boy potty as long as he can do it himself. He is the most independent kid I've ever seen and it's to a fault because he never ever tells me when he needs to go, he has to be able to just do it himself. So if he can't do it himself there is no guarantee that he won't go in his pants. But he takes his pants completely off to go so I constantly find him running around with his weiner out.

-He knows all his ABC's by sight and can write A, E, H, I, M, N, O, T, and W. He can write his name if I tell him which letters to write (I took a picture too, but can't find my stupid phone thanks to him!). I also love it because he'll write the word wow and he knows what it says haha! Not that he can read, he just knows it's the word wow haha!

-He knows his numbers 1-9 from sight. He can count to 30 and he can count almost to 20 in Spanish (once you get to doce he gets confused.

-I feel like he doesn't communicate quite as well as some other kids his age. He doesn't form sentences as well and doesn't understand some things as well. He says a lot of words, but doesn't form the sentences correctly. It's not alarmingly behind or anything, just not as good as he maybe could be. But since he's hanging out with someone his age (well a year older), he's been talking a lot more so I've actually seen some improvement. He talked to me a lot, but there's a big difference with talking to mommy and playing with friends.

-He climbs everything and jumps off it. It drives me crazy, but I secretly think it's cute (and won't be surprised if he hurts himself! I get mad at him for it ALL the time, but he doesn't listen).

-He plays really well with kids his age. He's actually really good at sharing and doesn't fight or hit (phew!). He is possessive of SOME of his things, but not very much. Mostly just the ipod. Or he fights if Brooklyn takes the toy he is playing with (even if it isn't his).

Ok that's enough for now :D

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

My oldest biological cousin died last week. I am really not close to my extended family because thats just what happens when you are the youngest of the youngest and you are the only family in the extended family that doesn't live around the others...but you know what? I'm thinking about it, I don't really think it's the distance. I feel closer to Phil's family and they live 2000 miles away so it can't be that. What it really is is my family is old. There comes a point in a family's dynamic (well, in a family as big as mine) that you stop focusing on the extended family because your own family starts to get big. In other words, in my family I'm not the niece or the cousin, I'm the aunt. But in Phil's family we're the cousins. Around the time that everyone started to have their own grandkids we stopped seeing each other as often. I can't even remember when the last time we had a family reunion was. We don't even go up there on Christmas anymore. My point is that his death didn't really bother me very much. Obviously I'm not excited that he passed away. It's not like I was hoping he would go, it's more that he has been sick his whole life and now was his time.

He was diagnosed with diabetes when he was 3. So it's type 1 diabetes which is harder to control. My mom was 10 when he was born and back then they didn't have the understanding or technology for diabetes like they do now. My mom told me a while back that he was not going to live much longer so I wasn't surprised when it happened. It was a little weird to think about, but I wasn't shocked. I wasn't bothered by it until my mom told me how he passed. It has got me thinking a lot.

My aunt (his mom) is probably the most amazing, giving, loving, positive person to ever walk this Earth. She makes Mother Theresa look like a girl scout. Blake has always been sick so she has been taking care of him for 40+ years. He was never able to get married and I'm not sure that he ever had a job so she took care of him day in and day out and never once complained. Knowing how great of a person she is made it that much harder to hear how he passed. It's really not a big deal, it was peaceful, unexpected, but not too painful from what I understand. It's just hard to hear that his mother left the room for a moment to grab him something and came back and it had happened.

I have known Nate for 2.5 years and Audrey for 4 months. I already love them more than I ever realized I could love someone and they're so young. I haven't been taking care of them for over 40 years. That kind of sacrifice for another person really brings you close to them. I'm so grateful that she has the knowledge that life is eternal.

Tonight I held a sleeping Audrey in my arms and listened to her breath in and out. I put my hand on her chest and felt her tiny heart beat so fast. I held her close to me and felt her warm body. I am so grateful to have two living breathing beautiful kids. I am so lucky that they are healthy and happy. I think I've taken Nate to the doctor because he was actually sick maybe 2 times his whole life and never with Audrey. My life may not be exactly where I want it at this moment, but it's in a pretty dang good place where I get to enjoy two lives that I created with Phil. Two perfect little bodies that hold two awesome spirits!

On a lighter note, I'm scared for my brother's life! My mom's two sisters both lost their first born son (my other aunt....lovingly referred to as the crazy one...not by me or anything............doesn't have any kids) so I hope that it's not like a Hadley sister thing or something. I also find it ironic that I've lost two cousins, but have three grandparents over 80 still kickin it! My grandpa just turned 90 too! Holy Moly!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Day Twelve through Thirty

Honestly, I'm a little tired of doing these every day. I want to move on and talk about some different things, but don't want to over-do it on the posts so I decided to finish it up in one big post. Enjoy...? Hopefully!

Day 12 – A photograph of the town you live in.
Don't know exactly how to get a picture of the town I live in so here is a nice picture that showed up when I googled West Jordan. This must be near Gardner Village. Anyway we live in two houses right now haha one in West Jordan and one in Kearns. I don't know Kearns at all yet and have rarely even been in this city so I feel like West Jordan is still where I live considering I've lived there all but three years of my life. 

Day 13 – Your favorite musician and why?

Easy! Phillip Eger! 
He's handsome, original, and he never ceases to amaze me! Hands down best musician I've ever met. He understands music theory so well. We'll be listening to a song and he can tell me what cords they're using, what key it's in and even what note is playing. It's incredible! And he's my favorite because he's my eternal companion!

Day 14 – A TV show you’re currently addicted to.
Parks and Recreation
Amy Poehler is a genius. 

Day 15 – Something you don’t leave the house without.
These two sweet little things! Very rarely do I leave without them! 

Day 16 – Your celebrity crush.

Jason Segel. 
Yeah I admit it. I love him. He's awesome. I've loved every character I've seen him play. 

And yes. My guilty pleasure is Michael Cera. Make fun of me all you want! 
Can't resist a dude that plays the guitar!

Day 17 – A photo of you and your family.

Love 'em! 

Day 18 – Something you crave a lot.

Avacado sushi rolls
About two days after Phil and I became vegetarian we went to a restaurant with his brother and it had a big sushi menu. I wanted to order sushi SO bad but didn't want to eat meat so I settled with an avacado sushi roll. I was really sad, but I thought I'd at least give it a try. I was blown away. It was all I needed. I didn't need meat in order for sushi to be delicious. All I needed was the rice, seaweed, something inside, and soy sauce. The best thing inside by far is avacado. The texture is perfect and the taste is just right. mmmmm I LOVE it! 

Day 19 – Another picture of yourself.
This picture is the perfect indication of how awesome it is to have the birth you want! Not having a natural birth necessarily, but just having the birth that you imagined and hoped for! 

Day 20 – The meaning behind your blog name.
I'm glad I didn't waste a whole blog post just on this question haha! 
Well, it dates back to the day when Phil and I got married. I'm an old fashioned kind of lady and liked the idea of taking my husband's last name I guess. ........I think the blog name is pretty self explanatory! 

Day 21 – A photo of something that makes you happy.
Well a photo of my kids would be the most obvious picture to perhaps I'll post the thing that makes me the second most happy: 

I love the Jersey Shore. No not the ridiculous show...the actual thing! 

Day 22 – A letter to someone who has hurt you recently.

Dear Nate, I know you think you're tickling me, but you're actually scratching me and it hurts. Please learn how to tickle properly. 
Love, Mom. 
Hehe I know what the statement was really asking for, but I don't have anyone who has hurt me recently. 

Day 23 – 15 facts about you.

1-I've been to 26 states and in the next couple months that may go up to 28 (hopefully at the end of this month it will go up to 27 if my mom and I decide to go to Florida).
2-I hate the radio
3-I have less shirts than Phil.
4-I like to sleep on the side of the bed that is furthest away from the door (Phil and I have switched our sides of the bed many a time! We just did in the move too haha!)
5-I have the most awesomest friends in the world.
6-I know for sure that I am the favorite aunt to two of my nieces.
7-I love gay people.
8-I have the best kids in the whole world (that is a fact).
9-My favorite color is a deep eggplant royal purple.
10-I am really good at remembering people's birthdays
11-I strive to be the type of friend I want to have
12-I'd rather own a sail boat than a fourwheeler (ie I'd rather live near the ocean)
13-I can't stand to drink water at dinner because it doesn't take the taste away.
14-I have a hard time buying decorations because I feel like I should make everything so it can be original. I hate that and wish I could just be satisfied buying decorations instead.
15-I love to dance!

Day 24 – A photo of something that means a lot to you.
My wedding dress. My mom made it. I think that is the coolest thing in the world that she did and it's just a reminder of all the things she has sacrificed for me. She has also made Audrey a TON of stuff and I love putting all the little things on her! My mom is so talented! 

Day 25 – What’s in your purse?

You mean my diaper bag? haha! Diapers, wipes, bows, hats, shoes, socks, you name it!

Day 26 – A photo of somewhere you’ve been.

Niagara Falls

 Day 27 – A picture of you last year and now and how have you changed since then?

This is from almost exactly a year ago. I don't know how I've changed. I gave birth naturally and I feel like I've learned a lot from that experience. I learned I can do whatever I put my mind to and prepare for. I've learned a lot about what kind of parent I want to be. I feel more open minded to more things and have learned to listen to all types of people and opinions before forming my own opinions. 

Day 28 – Your favorite movie.
I guess I will go with my all time favorite movie. 13 Going on 30. LOVE that movie! I also love most Michael Cera movies (haha guilty pleasure), Dan in Real Life, and of course the Business of Being Born.

Day 29 – Something you could never get tired of doing.
Kissing my babies!!!! I could also never get tired of talking about birth hahaha!

Day 30 – A photograph of yourself today + three good things that have happened in the past
I really don't feel like taking a picture of myself. Sorry.
Ok 3 things: 1-I moved to St. George for college. I wouldn't be who I am without that experience. 2-I gave birth to a boy AND a girl and 3-I married the awesomest husband ever. Hahah those are three good things :D

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Day Eleven

What's in your make up bag?

You mean my make up drawer...kind of? My bag had nail polish spilled in it (thanks Nate).

Honestly I'm not much of a make up person. I prefer not to wear it 90% of the time because I don't NEED it in order to feel good about myself. Yes, I may have to pluck chin hairs, shave my legs daily and even shave my arms because I have dark dark obvious hair, but the one advantage, no necessity to wear make up. Not saying only dark haired girls can get away without wearing make up, I'm just grateful that I don't NEED it.

That being said, occasionally I wear it for special occasions or photo shoots. When I do I use the following items: eye lash curler, mascara, purple eye shadow (my personal fave for green eyes), subtle colored blush, and a little foundation just for under my eyes and on my nose. :D Sometimes I'll also put on purple eye liner. I need black though.

Day Ten

A photo of your favorite place to eat

I was supposed to do this yesterday, but got side tracked. I already talked about this restaurant in day 2 so I won't elaborate, but it's an awesome vegan restaurant and I just love it! :D The best part is that there is NEVER a wait to be seated.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Day Nine

A photo of the item you last purchased

Honestly this post is kind of boring...maybe because I haven't purchased anything special recently.

Well here is a picture of the phone Phil just got a couple days ago. I didn't take this picture, but that's ok. Actually I guess it is pretty significant because he hasn't had a phone in a few months and it has been SOOOOOOOO NICE to be able to send him pictures, text him while I'm working, calling him as much as I want at work without worrying about it being too much on his work cell. So it is a great thing for sure.

Day Eight

A song to match your mood.

I'm in a good mood today. Heather and Dan came over tonight. I love it when they come over SO much! They are seriously the best! So I thought a good friend themed happy song would serve well for the mood I'm in. I just absolutely LOVE this song. It is one of my favorites of all time. Yes it is a Yo Gabba Gabba song...what's it to you? Yo Gabba Gabba is AMAZING!!!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Day 7

Your Dream Wedding dream wedding. Well, I really loved my wedding, but there are a LOT of things I would have changed about it. So my dream wedding would be to make some adjustments to the awesome wedding I already had.

As you know we got married in the Manhattan New York Temple. If things would have gone the most ideal this is exactly how it would have gone:

I wake up that morning in a fancy expensive NYC hotel (not complaining about the one I woke up in, I'm just saying a fancy one would have been cooler). Everyone is already waiting there for me as I arrive in my limo (haha). And by everyone I mean my entire family AND Phil's entire family. I wish EVERYONE could have been at my wedding. Brothers, sisters, all parents, aunts and uncles. The whole package. Then we all walk the block to central park where a professional photographer takes super awesome pictures (yeah my dad's a good photographer, but he's no wedding photographer...). Then we all go out to a fancy vegetarian NYC restaurant and Phil and I go back to our NYC hotel instead of taking the train to New Jersey (although I won't say that wasn't fun!).

Mostly I just wish that the entire family could have been there. Even if they didn't go inside the temple, I just wish everyone was celebrating with me. It makes me sad how few people were there. We sacrificed a LOT to have my father in law at our wedding and I know he doesn't even appreciate it. OH WELL!!

Then I wouldn't change a thing about the New Jersey reception...just wish all of my immediate family was there. I don't really care about my extended family being at that. Just my brothers and sisters. That was so awesome! I LOVED that reception. I would have been fine not having a Utah reception and just having that one, but since my brothers weren't at my wedding I chose to do one there. If I could redo it I would have use the money for the Utah reception to pay for tickets for them to fly out.