Sep 18, 2013

The blog is actually getting some attention

Friends, I don't even know how to blog anymore... I think that's how I feel! My time feels so consumed these days. I do manage to post weekly on our private family blog for my parents  to see while they are on their mission, and really that just consists of tons of pictures and few words. Occasionally I manage to catch up and throw a bunch of pictures on facebook because it seems like most people I know will see them there. And then there's instagram. You want to know why I like it so much? I take a picture, I hit the instagram icon, do this and that, and in 10 seconds everyone can see it. No downloading, uploading, resizing blah blah blah. I barely even crack open my computer lately. So that is how I still manage to share photos daily of my ever growing children. And I capture moments I would never get otherwise- like early in the morning when we're all laying in bed and my babies are asleep next to me, no way am I getting out of bed to get my camera. And therefore, the blog gets neglected. It's so great, because most times sometimes I just have nothing worthwhile to say, but I do have great images of my life to share. I do still get out my big camera at times when it really just is the proper tool.

But, for those of you who have been waiting and wondering if we would ever post again (anyone? anyone??) who don't already see everything elsewhere, here is a cheater post I stole from my family blog:

Here are some of the latest of Atticus and our smiley girl...

German family visits- brings Atticus awesome lederhosen. We love them.

Aug 9, 2013

baby dopplegangers

yup, these two certainly look alike.

Can you tell which is which?

Jul 7, 2013

Welcome Baby Girl

Pictures, at last! She is awfully sweet, but I've had a headache for days straight from lack of sleep, so needless to say I haven't really made the time to get pictures together from the various cameras & phones. 

I was measuring small the entire pregnancy, so the Dr. had me going in monthly for an ultrasound. I had an ultrasound on June 21. It appeared she had stopped growing since the ultrasound 3 weeks prior, and so I was told that I need to be induced within a weeks time- I was 37 weeks at that point. This was the day before Taylor was to leave for a conference in Portland for a week and then fly from there to Japan for another week. So when the Dr. said "Whichever day works best for you" I replied "Well, none of them actually" and then I panicked. Tears and tears and tears. My world was falling apart. It was exactly what I dreaded, the baby coming while Taylor was gone. Besides, my mother in law was supposed to fly out and take Atticus to Utah that next day so I would have a break while Taylor was gone...I was going to use those 2 weeks to get some packing done, make freezer meals, get my hair cut, relax, and have everything perfectly ready for the baby.

 I think it was all a ploy to actually make everything work out perfectly. Taylor skipped the conference in Portland and was with me every moment during the hospital stay. If I hadn't had that ultrasound that day, I don't think I would have made it until Taylor got back. And since my sister had earlier decided to use a buddy pass to fly out instead of buy a regular ticket, she was able to come just when needed while Taylor was in Japan. It also gives us more time between baby's arrival and our moving date.

37 weeks- the day we went to the hospital
Sunday was prep day- I couldn't help but make sure all the dishes were done, clean sheets on the bed, the floor vacuumed, bathrooms cleaned, and Atticus all packed up and off to stay with friends. I was a busy bee until 8:30 when a friend came over and did an essential oil labor massage on my feet, and we left right after to check into the hospital at 10 p.m. 

The induction went well, start to finish was about 14.5 hours. And the baby we expected to be just under    5 lbs turned out to be 5 lbs 10 oz. and 17 1/2 inches long. She came out screaming, dimples in her cheeks, and a nice head of brown hair. It felt so good to have that baby out of belly and in arms. 

It took me a little while to be sure, but I did it, and we named the little bean Evelyn Wally. The middle name comes from my German great-grandmother. 

 She is snuggly, but screams like a pterodactyl and grunts like she's being squeezed to death- I blame it on the gas. Atticus grows increasingly interested in "Baby Evan", thinks her poop is so yucky, and goes around saying "Momma, Daddy, Evan, Attus!".

I wanted to say that's the end of the story, but I guess it's really just the beginning! Now I just have to learn how to have 2 kids...

May 20, 2013

Old News

I'm sure that everyone who reads this blog has already heard about Taylor's new job...Professor of Materials  Science & Engineering at the University of Utah! This was his "dream" job (and realistically the only option for us ever living in Utah again since the U is the only school with a MSE department). It's quite remarkable that there was an opening, let alone right now when he was ready to be on the job market. Everyone else in the department is tenured and won't be going anywhere anytime soon. Thank goodness for professors who look at child porn on the airplane, right? So wrong. That is where the opening comes from. We are both looking forward to so many things, trying to overlook the things we are not as excited about, and hoping we will be satisfied and happy there. And getting tenure, that's kind of important. Only time will tell.

I have this baby coming in July...
Ta da! More old news, since I neglected to ever actually mention it on the blog (but you all knew anyways, right?). And we will also be moving in July. SO...that will be exciting. All things considered, we need to have this baby here in Santa Barbara and then move about the end of the month. Here's to hoping she comes when she's due (the 10th) so I will have a couple of weeks to lay low and enjoy her. She also can't come early because Taylor will be gone for 2 weeks until the 5th. I have a feeling my summer is going to disappear in a flash. All I will remember is cardboard boxes and labor pains. 

May 12, 2013

Santa Cruz Island

We don't have much time left here in Santa Barbara! Seth, Andrew and I decided we needed one last adventure. We decided to go to the Channel Islands to go camping, hiking and snorkeling. It was rad!

Here we are watching a gorgeous sunset over 400 foot cliffs

and snorkeling  through kelp beds with huge fish and tons of ocean floor critters

The island had stunning views and if kit foxes hadn't raided our stuff and eaten our lunches it would have been a perfect trip.


boat ride over:

 killer sunsets:

 jeppy bleeding (as usual):
 incredible views:


 Since foxes ate our lunch, we clearly had to buy the biggest burger that Ventura sells upon returning.