Saturday, May 31, 2008

The long-awaited view

Finally, video of the view from my sister's apartment. Anyone jealous?

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

My poor baby

About a week and a half ago, we were outside at a court barbecue and Ada climbed onto a little bike that's been sitting out in the court for months. She doesn't know how to ride it, she just likes to sit. Well, she went to step off and her foot got caught. She face planted onto the cement and of course was not a happy girl. Her face was all scraped up and she was bleeding underneath her nose. So sad! It's probably the worst injury she's ever had. For about a week she looked like a poor abused child with scabs on her face, but she's now looking much better. This picture doesn't do it justice, but it's the best we have.

On a happier note, Ada has been saying so many funny things lately. She makes Tyler and me laugh almost every day. Here are a few examples:

  • In Chicago, she started walking around saying, "DA-ddy, where ARE you?" After a while she'd ask where the rest of us were, and then started wondering about things like buses and cars. It was so cute how she said it.
  • The other day she walked up to me with a toy turtle in her hand and said, "What does a turtle say?" Good question, since we've never taught her that one. She's starting to ask so many questions!
  • I was cooking bacon last night and she said, "What's that noise?" I told her it was the microwave, and she said, "What's a microwave?"
  • On Sunday at church, Tyler took Ada's binkie out of her mouth and she looked at him and said, "What's the big idea?" Who knows where she got that one!
  • She has three stuffed Elmos (all different sizes) and was carrying them all around this morning. At first she was saying, "I got three Elmos!" and then she started saying, "Too many Elmos!" That's for sure! When I put her in her chair to eat breakfast, she said, "Too many Elmos sit by Ada!"
  • Tonight she was playing with some Mickey Mouse stickers that came in the mail. She put a few on the bottom of her foot and said, "That's so much better!"
As you can tell, she's very smart and very entertaining. We just love watching her learn!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Recurring Dreams

Last night I had another recurring dream. Well, I guess the dreams themselves aren't recurring because they're all different, but I have dreams with three recurring themes. The most common theme and the one that appeared in my dream last night is bears. Ever since I can remember I've had dreams with bears in them. Apparently I used to scream to my mom that there was a bear in my room. I still have dreams about bears, and I'm therefore terrified of them. I hope it's not foreshadowing that I'll be attacked by a bear someday!

The other two themes have probably started since I've been married. The first is that I'm stuck in a huge building and I can't find my way out. I'm either in a huge house, school, hotel, etc. and I'm walking forever and can't get out. The other is that I'm in my last semester of college and I ditch most of my classes and then realize that I have a final that I didn't study for and will probably fail the class and not be able to graduate. It really gets my heart beating! Does anyone out there know how to interpret dreams?

Friday, May 16, 2008

Back from the dead

I haven't posted in ages, but it's all because we took a lovely 1 1/2 week vacation to Chicago and Nauvoo. We had such a great time! My sister Angie is a lawyer in Chicago. She works for a huge law firm that's in the second tallest building in the city. She & her husband Hyrum live on the top floor of a 54-story building that is right next to Lake Michigan. I've always heard they have an amazing view, but I was seriously blown away when I saw it myself. The outside walls are just windows, and when you walk in all you can see is water. It is awesome! They were so nice and hospitable. They are both great cooks and made lots of delicious meals and desserts. They, along with Tyler, helped make Mother's Day a nice, relaxing day by cooking and letting me relax. We didn't get to spend a ton of time with them since they had to work (and Hyrum had to fly to Utah for about four days), but it was so great to see them and hang out with them. I'm sorry to say that we didn't take any pictures with them. I tried to get one of the "curly girls" (Angie's the only one in either family with curly hair), but Ada wouldn't cooperate. But she loved them and loved their place! It has a swimming pool and play room that Ada couldn't get enough of.

I feel like we did a lot of stuff there, but there's still so much that we didn't do. We skipped out on most of the museums (I would have loved to visit the art museum) because of Ada, but we got to see lots of cool things. I won't go into too much detail because Tyler will be posting somewhat of a travel log soon, but I have to say that I love that city. It's clean, and there are tulips planted almost everywhere! There are so many things to do and so many huge buildings. There's a nice mix of new and old. The old buildings have some amazing architecture. It was easy to get around. I probably did too much walking since they live in walking distance of so many places, but we were also able to take the train and bus (and a cab). One of my favorite things was seeing Wicked. We got lucky by having my name drawn for tickets, so we spent $25 each to sit on the front row! It was awesome. I had fun doing a little shopping, eating out, and going to a White Sox game. I would definitely go back there!

After spending eight or so days in Chicago, we rented a car and drove to Nauvoo. I'd never been there, so I was pretty excited. Tyler had, but had never seen the temple. We could have spent a lot more time there too. We went in some of the houses and buildings, but Ada didn't last too long. She did love the children's area where she could play with pioneer toys and games. They dressed her in a pioneer bonnet and skirt, and she had a blast! It was a struggle getting her out of there. We drove to Carthage and took turns going through the tour while Ada slept in the car. I'm really glad we went there. I loved Nauvoo and the amazing temple. I wish we could have gone inside. Hopefully we'll get to go back someday.

Overall, Ada behaved very well. The one big exception was the plane ride there. We made the mistake of giving her Benadryl, so she got tired but wouldn't go to sleep. That meant she was not a happy girl. She was good about half the time, but the other half she was screaming and inconsolable. Luckily, everybody on the plane seemed really nice and understanding. She was really good in Illinois except that she wouldn't go to bed earlier than like 11:00 and woke up early every day. But she was a gem on the plane ride home, which made up for everything. We were so grateful for that! It was such a good trip and I miss being there. It's always sad to say goodbye to Angie because I never know when I'll see her again. But it was definitely worth every penny and we have tons of good memories (and pictures!).

Angie and Hyrum's building:

The delicious chocolate mousse pie that took all of us two days to eat:

Swimming in the pool:

Worn out after the Lincoln Park Zoo (which is better than Hogle and FREE!):

Pretty tulips:

"The Bean" at Millennium Park:

Buckingham Fountain:

On the banks of the Mississippi:

Little pioneer girl:

Before the oxen ride:

The beautiful temple:

The graves of Hyrum, Joseph, and Emma:

In front of Carthage Jail:

Mr. Graduate

Tyler graduated from the U two weeks ago today! We left on vacation right after, so I'm just now getting around to posting about it. We decided to pawn Ada off on Tyler's sister Cheryce, so we didn't have to worry about her all day. I wish we could have gotten a picture with her and Tyler though. We ate dinner with some family members and it was a great day. Tyler and I still can't believe it's all over.

Can I just say how amazing Tyler is? Electrical Engineering is one of the hardest and most time-consuming majors for undergrads, and he was able to graduate with his masters in five years! It takes most people that long just to get a bachelors degree, since there are so many classes and they have to retake some of them to get better grades. Tyler was able to pass every class without any problems and get good grades, all while working part-time and dealing with Ada and me. I'm so proud of him and all his accomplishments. I'm so glad he's always had direction in his life, and now has a great job that he loves. Next step: house hunting!