Thursday, May 24, 2012

An Epic Comeback

 can i just say how much i can't stand the word "epic"? i just can't. i don't know what it is, but that word. it gets me. anywho. 

i really am really really trying to do this blogging thing right. the hiatus was nice, but i know we have 3 family members and 2 friends in utah that read this thing, and i know they are DYYYYYYYING to know what we are up to out here in iowa, so this is me making a huge effort to be a decent blogger once again. 

lately we've been up to a couple things. 
       1. ellis- this kid is getting funny, man, he makes some funny noises and basically spends his whole day walking around the apartment shaking his head going 'hoo ha hoo ha hoo ha hoo ha'. yeah, hoo ha. i don't know where we got that from, but it's what he chose.
        2. church. damon is in nursery (where the 18 month to 3 year olds go for the last 2 hours of church) and he's super good at that, also bonus, he takes ellis with him. i am in young women's still and we are planning girl's camp at the moment. remember girl's camp? so fun! also i'm glad i'll be super huge pregnant and don't have to go out there. haha. 
      3. the bachelorette. is emily kinda boring? or is it too early in the season? 
      and 4. boards. damon's taking them the 29th of june, so until then, he's eatinglivingbreathingsleeping studying for the stupid test. i go back and forth twice a day about whether i should be leaving and spending the 6 weeks somewhere else, but i just can't be away from him that long, so here we still are. ellis and i are planning a little road trip down to texas in 2 weeks though, to eat good food and swim and see all our family there, and i'm excited!

also, i'm kinda tired of the layout of the blog, but if i'm too lazy to actually write posts, then i'm probably too lazy to change it. maybe later tonight over a pibb. 

the baby in me is still growing great, he was right on target during the ultrasound we had 3 weeks ao, though his mother is packing on the pounds at an alarming rate and hoping she doesn't have to switch to diet soda because of gestational diabetes. keep your finger's crossed, i think that glucose test is coming up. 

in other smaller news, i'm still trying to understand this iphone thing, but i did figure out what was eating up my mac's hard drive (duh, it was pictures, but i had to figure out where they were, and got back 90+ gigs of space), we started cloth diapering (easy! cute! i don't touch any poop!) and also damon ran the Tough Mudder, an obstacle type 12 mile race that looked super hardcore, i'll have to post pics/video when i can get them from him.

here are the pictures!

i'm trying to get ellis to wear hats. it's such a pain to try to put sunblock on his scalp what with all the mop of hair going on up there. he doesn't really like hats though so... maybe spray block?

this is ellis at the mall play place. he spends the entire time climbing around the bench seats. at this particular moment, he was flirting with a mexican lady sitting over there. he loves to flirt. he doesn't quite distinguish between men and women yet. when we go grocery shopping, he sits in the cart and smiles like this to anybody who walks by and calls out to them all high pitched. it's pretty funny.

michelle and i at drake diner, the 4 of us (oh yeah, and the kids) went for our last hurrah here in iowa (at least till brandon's graduation next may) before they left the next day for utah. what a sad day, i'm still in denial that she isn't here. but tonight when we take the shuttle to the farmer's market, past their house, i might have to look the other way. michelle, i miss you! also, she doesn't even look pregnant, isn't that so rude?

ellis helped me make gender reveal cupcakes for brandon and michelle. since brandon couldn't make it to the ultrasound she brought me a HIGHLY TOP SECRET SEALED envelope with the incriminating photo and i got to work on some crazy cupcakes with a little swirl of color in the middle, it was so fun! also i ate all the leftover cupcakes within 2 days.

as you can see, ellis really likes to help cooking (note, 2 nights ago he was up on the counter playing with those spices while damon made sandwiches and he touched the bag of cayenne pepper. not a good thing), here he's helping dad make a cake on Mother's Day.

he also loves more than anything else, being outside. i really wish we had a yard for the poor kid, but our apartment parking lot is ok by him. these pinecones are EVERYWHERE and every single time we walk out to the car, he collects them along the way, i probably have 2 dozen in my backseat.

 dad and ellis at the pond. we went to feed geese, but they weren't there. so we played with rocks instead.


Jennifer Karyn said...

I love when you blog. I'm not sure if I am one of the 2 in Utah that still read it but indeed I read it and I am in Utah. Also, I'm not sure why you hate the word epic. Ellis is getting so big and so stinkin cute.

Megan said...

You make a very cute pregnant lady! Congratulations! Also, I think Emily is a little boring as well. I thought it was cool that she wants to do everyday dates to make it more real, but maybe it will make the season more boring? I guess we will have to wait and see! I like Doug, Chris, and Arie! :)

Barrett Family said...

THANK YOU for the blogging comeback. I miss you. I wish we were analyzing Emily's boringness together. I miss you. Did I mention that? I hope I'm one of the 2 Utah friends you mentioned who is needing blog updates. Cause I am. I'm glad you're making the trip to Texas, but does that mean Utah is out of the equation? Please reconsider!!! I love the pictures. I love that little boy. He is too cute in every one. Maybe I don't look super pregnant in the diner pic, but I look chubby. I'd rather look pregnant than chubby. But don't worry, the belly has popped out and now I look chubby and pregnant. Awesome. Oh Tara, I miss you. I could go on, but I will wait for the next post to write another superlong comment. Love you!

Kami Huntsman said...

Love the update and the pictures. I'm still jealous of Ellis' hair. I have a confession. Last night I was listening on old messages on my phone and I have one from you from October 2005 singing an awesome rendition of Happy Birthday. Made me laugh tears that were happy and sad. Ellis is seriously so handsome and I love his hair. You need to teach me about this whole cloth diaper thing.

Kelsi said...

You can add me to the list of readings! I like reading your blog. Ellis is so dang cute and funny. I saw the cupcakes on Michelle's blog- they were super cute. Is Drake's Diner good? I might have to try that one out! I hope you guys have a good summer! Oh and I love the that Ellis collects pine cones - so funny and such a boy!

cHelsEy N mOrgAN said...

ummm yes i love your blog too. and i'm not in utah... i will be in washington in less than a week now though!!! love the pics of ellis and i'm jealous you're in YW b/c i totally miss it!

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