Sunday, December 27, 2009

Payin' it Forward in Twenty Ten

So Wade and I went to bed just after eight last night. Sleeping just seemed like the best way to bring in the new year. Dock started to get fussy and when I looked at my watch it was 11:58 so we hopped out of bed and headed to the dining room window where we snuggled up and watched the fireworks being set off at Stockmans Casino. Then we went back to bed. Not too wild but also not a bad way to bring in the new year.


I thought this pay it forward post would be a a great way to start the year. Teri did it in December and now it's my turn so I hope everyone is up early this morning because the first 3 people to leave a comment on this post will receive, at some point during the next year a special gift from me. What it will be and when it will arrive is a surprise! The catch is that you must participate as well. Before you leave your comment, write up a pay it forward post on your blog (or facebook page) to keep the fun going.


We had a great year and I am looking forward to all the adventures to come in 2010. I wish you all a fabulous year as well.

Grandma and Grandpa Fin

We were so glad to have Grandma and Grandpa Fin come and spend a couple of days with us. Even though it's been a little while since he's seen them, Ford remembered his Grandma right away and they got right down to business reading books and playing with his new toys.

Dock was happy to get so much attention from Grandma and Grandpa. He gave Grandpa some big smiles and even a few giggles. Dock was also happy to finally get a bath. We ran out of fuel for our oil furnace on Christmas eve so we were quite cold until Monday afternoon when they could bring in some oil to fill our tank. With the house so cold I didn't want to get my little guy all naked and wet so he smelled a little like sour milk by the time he got a bath yesterday.


We love it when Grandma and Grandpa come to visit. They just left this morning but we are already ready for them to come back!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Piggies

I wish it was warm enough to set my piggies free.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Christmas was looking pretty bleak last night. We are far away from family and most of our friends and Wade was so sick he thought he was going to die but went to bed early instead. I stayed up with fussy Dock feeling lonely as I put the presents under the tree.

Today everything is much brighter. Wade woke up feeling much better and it was nice to be together this morning, excited to share the magic of Christmas with our boys.

Our best present this year came a little early...


Ford got to open both his and Dock's presents. It took a long time to get through all the gifts this morning because as soon as he got one open, Ford would need to play with it for a bit before moving on to the next one. This is the only picture we got opening gifts, we had our hands full with these two little guys.
Christmas Eve eve (the 23rd) was spent with our friends Lindsay, Mike, and their kids. We had a delicious feast and the kids got to play. Ford thinks these friends are pretty fabulous and so do we.

Friday, December 18, 2009

The Twelve Posts of Christmas

After I made my first two posts this month I noticed that they had the numbers one, two, and three in the titles so I thought, "What the heck, lets keep going". My goal: to make it to twelve by Christmas. Sometimes I've had to stretch a little bit or get a little creative but I made it and it's been fun. It helped me think of things to blog about that I normally wouldn't have and gave me the motivation to actually sit down and do it. I wasn't ambitious enough to try for 30 days straight like fabulous Teri, but I'm feeling pretty good about the number twelve (actually it was only 11 because one and two were in the same post). The thing that usually holds me back is that I don't think that I'm a very good writer and I know I'm a terrible speller. I always have Wade check everything before I post it.

Wade is a fantastic writer but will rarely do a post on our blog. His excuse is that blogging is for girls and it's only my friends and family that check our blog anyway, he doesn't think they want to hear from him. So if you want a Wade post please leave him a comment. I think it will take at least 10 to urge him on. I'm not sure we have that many people that check our blog???

In other news, as I'm sure you could tell from the last post Ford was way past due for a hair cut so I put on an Elmo movie and we went for it today.
Look at that mop!

I love his little face in this picture even though it looks like I cut his hair crooked.

I did do a terrible job on his hair, but I like this picture because you can't tell quite as much. He's such a wiggly little guy, its tough to do a very good job especially since I don't really know what I'm doing.
And here is chubby little Dock. His hair comes out all curly and fluffy after his bath but it only lasts for a day or two. This cute kid is getting huge. We just hopped on the scale together and he is already 11.5 pounds. He's a hefty little dude.

11:00 pm

Dock had just finished eating, Wade was sound asleep and I was well on my way when I heard the most heart wrenching cry from my baby Ford. At first I waited for him to go back to sleep and when that didn't happen I thought his hand or foot must have been caught in the railing of his crib so I went to check on him, nothing was stuck, he was just sad, so I gave him his monkey and went back to bed. A few minutes later I could still hear him, he sounded heartbroken so I asked Wade to hold him for a while. Poor Wade, he could sleep through anything, but the minute I ask, he is always willing to hold one of our crying babies in the middle of the night.


Wade went to Ford and I went back to sleep. A few short hours later Dock was ready to eat again. Wade still hadn't come back to bed and as I fed Dock I could hear Ford sounds coming from down the hall. When I went to investigate, there were Ford and Wade, both wide awake, playing with Ford's toys. Wade had held Ford until he fell asleep then he laid down on the floor with him and fell asleep himself. The next thing he remembers is being tapped on the chest with a Mr. Potato Head and Ford's silly smile. Who knows how long Ford had been up goofing around in the middle of the night while daddy slept.

Look at that hair!

Same kid, 15 minutes later

We've taught Ford a few signs to help him communicate since he doesn't say too much. One of his favorites is CHEESE, so when I tell him to say cheese because I'm going to take a picture he'll drop whatever he's doing and rub his hands together, making the sign for cheese.

I love this kid and his crazy antics.

Top 10 Choices

Before Ford was born I had three names I really liked, of those Wade chose Ford. This time around Wade submitted 10 names and told me to choose. With each name came a small paragraph making each name special and that much harder to choose between them. I had it down to three but still couldn't decide. Dock didn't get his name until after he was born and we got a good look at him (and Wade threatened not to tell anyone he was born until he had a name)
Here is Wade's list for your reading pleasure...

As Misty refers to the diplomatic distribution of water into the air, and Wade suggests a similar act of liaison between air, water, and land- I submit these names for baby becoming and his nomenclatural congruence to our watercourse negotiator, Ford.

Blue The apparent color of aquatic members from afar. From the middle of the Great Basin- where no drop of precipitation finds it way to the ocean- the name reflects our dreams of being nearer to the sea. While the word often connotes feelings of sadness, our love of the color portrays a sense of satisfaction with the present as we sit under the spotted shade of a tree and view the grand color of the sky through the leaves, curious about what is beyond, but rather comfortable where we lie.

Eddy A surface reaction to conditions below; whether rocks, a drain, or other underwater movements. This action speaks to the honesty and consistency and our hope that such a name would lead our new one to be true to himself, us , and the robust set of religious doctrines that will shape him just as those elements that cause the phenomenon in the natural world. As water cannot drown, we hope the name will cause him to be resilient and whether or not is caught in sundry whirlpools, we expect him to adapt and flow on to the most suitable spot.

Rill This watery incision forms in disturbed landforms as a reminder that regardless of human and other uses, the earth must drain her topography into the greater watershed systems. From rill to creek to river, to lake or ocean, this name commands respect for higher systems and interdependencies. His motto would involve something like, “Lift where you stand,” “E pluribus Unum,” “Be There,” or “Whatever thou art, act well thy part.”

Bridge An engineered ford, the purpose is the same- get on the other side of the sinewy aqua-ribbon. This method employs technology, innovation, and creativity if the structure seeks to frame or supplement the surrounding wonders. The name would imply that the masculine line of our family is willing to try new things to make us collectively more able, as though wading and fording were fine for those who they served, but in today’s world, some people just shouldn’t have to get their feet wet.

River Whether the Snake, San Joaquin-Sacramento, Sevier, South Platte, and now the Humboldt, our lives have been shaped by these landscape signatures. Our river pedigree covers the three greater watersheds of the United States, The Atlantic, Pacific, and Great Basin. The feature itself is evidence of persistent obedience. They rarely flow uphill or altogether stop without severe intervention. Their seemingly mundane routine reflects their humility in drastically beautifying our world.

Beck While these smaller scale water thoroughfares do not have the volume and the impact of the grand passages mentioned above, they have no problem thrilling the senses in creating and maintaining evocative scenery. From cascading waterfalls to irrigation ditches, these components sew the landscape together and make us whole in the process. Despite a seeming inferiority to rivers, a beck will out dazzle as it loans itself to us as we are able to comprehend and enjoy it in a more personal manner.

Dock The edge of the land extended into the grasp of the water, this softened transition demonstrates a willingness to risk vulnerability in the quest for better conversions as the landed become seafarers and back again. It is the facilitated versatility that I hope the youngster would take from this title, the desire to welcome a variety of exchanges and to make whatever accommodations necessary for another to approach- even if it means making wood wade.

Ebb A calculated ocean rescinding its tide or a body of water donating its last drop to someone’s crop or shower- each allowing for a flow elsewhere. This understanding of balance and giving would allow a tyke to ponder in perpetuity on the give-and-take nature of happiness. He would pray for the communal benefit of all, knowing that a true answer to that divine supplication would instruct him to be temporarily inconvenienced.

Moses The Mandorla prophet of the world religions- one whose family life ceased when he was placed in the water, as his opportunity to lead commenced when he was taken out. He hit a rock and water flowed, He crossed a miraculous sea ford in an act of aqua-diplomacy that demonstrated a fine piece of faith. His shattered, mosaic law was part of tricky time living in the Elko of the Middle East, but by reassembling the broken pieces into something worthwhile, he got himself translated.

Well We drink from strategic holes that yield previously hidden water. Who the hell knows how aquifers work, but thank goodness we have these ambassadors who magically make geologic treaties with the underworld which allow us to be quenched. May a guy by this name soften the nastiest of dirt and rocks and carry on relations with these types in order to make the world better for everybody else.

Flashback Friday - Nine Years Ago

I left on my mission in November 2000. I went straight to the MTC (CTM) in Sau Paulo, Brazil where I spent Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. You may think that sounds a little sad and lonely but it was awesome. I had a great district and there were lots of other fun Sisters and Elders there. I don't remember Thanksgiving much, maybe I wasn't really there yet, but Christmas was full of good food - lots of cookies and exotic fruits. We got to say up late on Christmas Eve and watch movies all day, we bought presents for each other from a little stationary store down the street and on New Year's Eve there were fireworks that we could see from our windows.

This was taken in my first area, Santa Cruz do Sul with my first companion, Sister Passos. I didn't understand her and she didn't understand me one bit, but she was really nice to me and would make me banana shakes for breakfast.

This is our shower. The heating element is in the shower head and we would sometimes get a little shock when we ajusted the water.


Man, the food was yummy. Southern Brazil is know for its churrasco (Brazilain style BBQ) but this was my favorite place. This was at a Brazilian/German tea house. We got herbal tea which came with lots of salgadinos and docinos (sweet and salty apitizers).

I got a lot of support while I was on my mission. My mom was the one who planted the seed and was my biggest cheerleader (she always is). My grandma wrote me every week and even though my dad may have wished I wasn't there he did send the best packages. He saved up all the funny papers for me and sent me things like canned raviolies and peanut butter, oh, and pez, how I loved the pez.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Only Eight Left

That's how many pie pops are left this afternoon (I won't tell you how many there were to begin with). I saw them here and had to try them! Their pops are way cuter than mine, but it was my first time so I don't feel too bad. I was planning on having them for book club tonight but at the last minute EVERYONE couldn't come. I guess that is good and bad, I was looking forward to a girls night but now I don't have to clean my house and all the pie pops are for me (and Wade I guess)!Fun, easy, and yummy. I used blue berry filling, which was good, but next time I would use something a little tart, like cherry. This was also my first attempt at pie crust from scratch. I think it went pretty well.

As for book club, we read The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. It is a kid's book, only 75 pages long, so I thought it would be a good one since we are all supper busy around Christmas. I was also looking for a book that has withstood the test of time. It seems like all the Christmas books coming out now are a little cheesy. This one was written over 30 years ago and is still getting great reviews. I enjoyed it, it had a great message. I'd like to make it into a Christmas tradition and read it to my boys every year. Neither of them would be into it just yet but in a couple more years it would be fun to read by the light of the tree.
Here are the dwarfs my kids represent in the last post: Doc(k), Bashful, Dopey, Sleepy, Sneezy, Grumpy, and Happy.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Seven Dwarfs

Tonight Wade and Ford watched Snow White while Dock and I fiddled around in the kitchen. I bought a bunch of VHS Disney movies off a friend for a dollar each and we have been loving them. Well, Ford isn't quite as into them as I am, but they sure are nice to have. If anyone else wants to get rid of their old VHS tapes, I'm looking for more Disney Movies. Here are some pictures of my little Dwarfs, see if you can guess which ones they represent.







Sunday, December 13, 2009

Six Years


I didn't know what I was jumping in to but I'm sure glad we took the plunge. I'm a lucky girl, these last six years have been pretty fantastic. We've lived in two fun cities (and Elko), we've bought two houses, sold one, aquired one associates degree, two bachelors, and a masters, been on lots of fun vacations, made life long friends, and now have two cute and cuddly little boys.
Happy Aniversary to us!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Five Little Seconds...

...is all it takes. Look away for that long and before you know it Ford is pressing the power button on the computer, has his hands in the toilet, or has tackled Dock in a crushing bear hug. His enthusiasm for his little brother has not diminished as I had hoped it might. Ford still likes to smother Dock in kiss and huggs. The only problem is Ford gets really excited and forgets to be soft.

Dock is a good little guy, although kind of a bed hog. He has been sleeping with us so I can feed him on demand during the night. Its not as easy as everyone makes it sound, but it is better than getting up two or three times a night.
In the last couple of weeks Dock has rewarded us more and more with his sweet little smile. I wish I could get a picture. It sure is fun to see his eyes light up. He changes so fast. I love his fat little cheeks and his sweet little cry and when he laughs in his sleep. I love these boys!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

4 Sandy's Birthday ...

My little sister, Sandy, has a birthday that falls quite close to Christmas (tomorrow). In an effort to make her birthday special every year my mom would throw her a birthday party with lots of kids and fun activities. One of the favorite activities was making ornaments. Every year there was a fun, kid friendly ornament to work on. My mom still tries very hard to make Sandy's birthday a special one, so while they were here this year for Thanksgiving we made ornaments in honor of Sandy's birthday.


Happy Birthday Sandy!!!
This is Sandy now

This is Sandy then.

These are the ornaments we made from bottle caps.

I put pictures of my boys in the back of each cap .

I made the extras into magnets.

Most of the ornaments and magnets will go to the grandmas and grandpas as Christmas gifts and I'll keep just a few for us, although I like them so much it will be hard to give them away. Ford loves playing with the magnets. For more pictures of Sandy and the ornaments go to Sandy's blog.

All I Want for Christmas is My Three Front Teeth!

See these two cute teeth? Well now there is one growing in between and perpendicular to them. We are now accepting donations to the "Ford is sure to need braces someday" fund.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Two for the Price of One


We've been meaning to have Ford blessed for quite a while but with moving from place to place and so many little sick episodes it just didn't happen, then when we found out Dock was on his way so we decided to just take care of it all at the same time. We hadn't planned for Sunday, but Grandma and Grandpa Fin were in town so we just went for it. The bishop and his counselors were nice enough to come to our home. Ford just fit into his little outfit that we bought for him years ago in China Town way before kids were even really on our agenda. At the time we didn't know how tiny a new baby really was. We got the smallest size we could find and thought it would be fine. Luckily we didn't use it right away anyway. Dock didn't get the traditional white ensemble but he did have brand new jammies from his Papa George and his Aunt Sandy's blanket from when she was a baby, so he had a couple of special things all his own and didn't have to wear blessing hand-me-downs. They both received beautiful blessings. My grandma says babies are always better once they've been blessed but its hard to imagine how my two little guys could get any better.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

This Month in Review

This last month has been crazy. My Mom, Grandma, and Aunt Janice came right after Dock was born. They got right to work on my house. We had just closed on the house a few days before Dock was born, so there hadn't been time to do much. My Grandma cleaned my blinds while my Mom and Janice painted my living room, dining room, and the boy's room. It was a little hectic for those first few days, but it feels so nice to have it done. My bathrooms and floors also got a good scrub and I didn't have to lift a finger. It was wonderful!
This is our cute little Dock, doing what Docks do best - sleep. He still spends most of the day snoozing away.

This was the day we brought our new little guy home. Ford was so excited. I thought the excitement would quickly wear off, but it has not. Ford loves his little brother. It is fun to watch as he tries to give Dock hugs and kisses. He is still a little to rough to be let loose on his brother but we are working on being gentle.

This is my sweet boy before we left the hospital. Labor and delivery went really well. My contractions started early in the morning but I thought it was probably false labor. In the late morning my water broke but it was more of a small leak so I still didn't think it was really time. We spent the morning getting the house together, packing a hospital bag (just in case), and we ran over to Home Depot to pick up our new cupboards and paint (I'd much rather be shopping during labor than sitting at home waiting for the next contraction). We picked up lunch and brought it home to eat. Wade had planned on going to a church activity for a little bit and I thought we had plenty of time and told him to go but he said "Misty you've had four contractions in the last 20 minutes, I'm not going". At that point I decided to check in with my OB. They told me to head to the hospital right away. I asked for one more hour so Ford could take a nap, but they said NO! It was a good thing we got to the hospital when we did. By the time we were all checked in and I was in a bed it was already 3 o'clock and I was ready for them to give me my epidural. Things went quickly after that, Dock was born at 5:05. I had been a little worried about having a baby in a small town hospital, but I had a great experience! The nursing staff was fabulous, they took great care of me and baby Dock.

Now that Dock's around we make Ford do all the work. It's a hard knock life!

Dock has been such a good baby. When he cries it's loud. Wade says he sounds like a peacock. Luckily he doesn't cry much. He's pretty content to just eat, sleep, poop, and hang out.

I love this little kid and his crazy hair

Our little Dock with his hair all combed.

Ford got a new rug for his room. He thinks it's way better than bonking his head on the hard wood floors so when it's just me and the boys we spend most of the day just hanging out in his room.

Me and my boys. Ford still isn't walking so there is two of them to lug around. We tried going on an outing just once, we wont do that again. We may wait till spring to leave the house.

Ford thinks Dock is cool

Ford is trying to get past my mom so he can attack Dock with kisses (which are a lot like head butts). You can see that Dock is a little alarmed.

Sleepy boy

Dog pile!

A rare moment when Dock is up and looking around. He prefers sleeping but for an hour or two in the morning and at night just before we all go to bed he is wide awake and alert.

We were excited to have my Dad and his wife, Madelyn, come to visit us. My dad doesn't leave his beloved home state of California very often, so it is always a special treat when he comes. They came with gifts and a lasagna and while they were here they got our basement all cleared out and organized - ready for some remodeling. My Dad was our lender and we wouldn't be in this house if it weren't for all of his hard work (and it did get hard). Thanks dad! ~If anyone out there needs a home loan let me know, I'll give you his number.

Ford likes to help with the dishes. He thinks sharp knives are especially interesting so we don't was those in the dishwasher anymore.

This picture demonstrates two of Ford's favorite things. His monkey and socks on his hands. He is always pulling his socks off his feet so when he does we put them on his hands as "punishment". He leaves them there for a really long time as he claps or crawls around. They just feel better when there on your hands I guess.

Puppy Ford helping in the kitchen. He crawls from the dining room to the living room and back again and again as I'm cleaning or cooking in the kitchen.

Dock's belly button finally fell off and he got his first bath.


When I told my mom I wasn't going anywhere with a new baby for Thanksgiving she said she would come to me, so my sister Sandy, her hubby Pete, and my Mom came to our house for Thanksgiving. We had a fun week. We mostly just played with my babies -my boys love having people around. Thanksgiving dinner turned out so good. It was beautiful, I wish I had a picture but the camera ran out of batteries just when I needed it. Wade's parents introduced us to smoked turkey last year and it is so tasty so that's what we had again this year and it turned out so pretty and yummy. Pete said it tasted more like a ham. It really did have a lot of flavor. We also did the rest of the Thanksgiving basics. It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be to make Thanksgiving dinner. It all came together really smoothly and we had a great time.