Saturday, September 29, 2007

Our house!!

I can't believe it, but we closed on our house yesterday! We love it!! We're hoping to get moved in by next weekend. Will's been painting some fun accent colors today. I feel bad that I'm not helping, but somebody's got to watch Isabella, plus I don't want to be around the fumes since I'm pregnant. So, my favorite things about this house are (1) the yards are in and we didn't have to lift a finger, (2) my walk-in closet is big enough to be a bedroom; we're thinking we'll put the new baby in there for the first few months, since I, unfortunately, don't have enough clothes to fill it up, and (3) the master bath has two sinks, a tub and a shower!! Anyway, I'll take more pictures once we're moved in, but below are a few!
My HUGE walk-in closet!!

Isabella posing next to "Mommy's potty."

Our pretty fire place

A closer view of the porch area and my cute girl

Our yard!!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Scarlet's Wedding


Emma, Lauren and I took a girl trip out to Soap Lake, WA to be bridesmaids in our cousin Scarlet's wedding this past weekend. It was a blast! Scarlet looked amazing. She's one of the most beautiful people I've ever met, so that was no surprise. Us sisters got to wear gorgeous dresses and it was an honor to be a part of Scarlet's special day. Em and Lu got daring and dyed their hair the night before the wedding! Lauren's now a red-head and Emma's a California blonde. Luckily, it turned out great!! Lauren and Emma also played a guitar/violin duet at the wedding. They played "I'll Be" by Edwin McCain. They did so well. It was a proud moment for the less-talented big sis. :)

Ever since the wedding I can't get a special song out of my head. It's called "BabyLove." Scarlet wrote the song for her new husband and sang it at the wedding. There was harldy a dry eye, and I seriously can't get it out of my system. It's so good. Here's a link to some of her other music: http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=218829399&MyToken=44df2c5d-9476-4036-afdf-3c2983421504 (BabyLove isn't on there yet, unfortunately, but check out her other songs!) Here's a few more pics:







Sunday, September 9, 2007

The Big Hike of 2007


At 6:30am yesterday morning Magnet and I decided to go on a hike with our friends. We had been invited the night prior, but just didn't know if Isabella could handle sitting in the backpack for 5+ hours on a 10-mile hike round trip. But early the next morning we called our friends and told them to count us in. Here's what happened: after about an hour my knee starts killing me and I'm wondering why I agree to such madness when I know my knees are shot and I'm going to be limping for days afterward. I really think I need a knee replacment before I can do long-distance hikes and jogs. It truly depresses me.
In the meantime, Maggie insists on leaning to the far right side of the backpack so that she can see the beautiful scenery--waterfalls, mountains, and thick forest. She loved it. (Will was a little lopsided and uncomfortable.) She sang "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star," her version of the ABCs, and would holler, "monkey madness!" whenever she thought of it. She did this for five hours! I was amazed and so thankful that she was enjoying herself so much. Without her sweet little voice and the beautiful scenery, I would have been completely miserable.
I will never go on a big hike like that again--not because I don't enjoy that sort of thing, but because I was waddling like a gimp the entire trek and I'm in so much pain today. It does my body more harm than good. I guess Maggie should have been the least of my worries.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Trip to Utah


We stayed at my sister Lauren's college apartment for most of our stay in UT. Even though we had to make due without things like a can opener, pots and pans, and real silverware (her old roommates took with them half the kitchen when they left) it was a blast. Maggie kept calling it "Aunt Emma's house" even though it was really Aunt Lulu's house, which frustrated Lauren and amused Emma and me.

My sisters had a mini-birthday party for Maggie since we were there on her birthday and Emma made a birthday sign that said, "Happy Birthday, Monkey!" (We like to call Maggie "monkey" because whenever we ask her what monkey's eat she says, "Monkeys...bananas!" But it sounds like she's saying "monkey madness." Anyway, now instead of saying "happy birthday," she says, "happy monkey." There was a lot of monkey-talk.

Magnet had a reunion with his college buddies. I was shocked that ten college guys planned and put together a reunion with a packed itinerary. It was fun to see everyone, even though nobody changed much, except most of them have wives and kids now.

We also got to see all of our family that live in the area. We stayed with my cousin Aleece and her husband and new baby. I was surprised at how much Maggie loved the baby. Not only did she want to hold the baby, but she wanted me to hold the baby. Now she keeps asking me for a baby sister. It's so cute.

One of the most fun parts of the trip for me was meeting up with my #1 gf, Claire. She has a daughter Maggie's age and it was nice to hang out almost everyday and imagine what it would be like if we lived closer to each other. We went to her library's storytime, the park, swimming and out to eat. I miss her!!

That's it for my boring travel log. :) Now for pictures:




Saturday, September 1, 2007

Maggie's 2nd Birthday!

Well, of course, I can't believe she's two. It kind of makes me sad that she's growing up so fast, but mostly it's just happy and fun to watch. She really loved her party. Like last year, we had a family party out at the lake. We did it about a week early so my family could be in on the celebration while they were in town. My mom made Maggie a Dora cake, which was amazing. I couldn't believe how great it turned out, and she loved it! She got all kinds of fun presents, but I think her favorite was the toy laptop Magnet and I got for her. Now instead of trying to shoo me away from the computer, she begs me to get on it so that we can "surf the net" together. Anyway, it was just a really happy day for all of us. I still can't believe she's two!




















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