Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Melting Pot

Last Friday night we met my family in Salt Lake. We planned on meeting at the lights at Temple Square and then going to The Melting Pot for dessert afterwards. But traffic was horrible and we couldn't find a place to park. The rest of my family saw the lights, but Zariph, Boston, and I just looked from our car :) But we still met up for dessert afterwards. It was YUMMY!

Hannah and Boston

My mom and Mike



Jacqueline, Emily, and Cameron



Eliza and me



Eliza wanted to make a funny face for the camera.


Zariph, Lindsay, and Jake



Lindsay's a goofball!


How inappropriate! (She was just kidding)


Julie, Hannah, and Eliza


This picture cracks me up, Boston has the funniest look on his face!



All gone! It was soooo good. We got two pots at our table-Milk Chocolate Cookies and Cream and Dark Chocolate with Peanut Butter. I loved the selection of dippers - brownies, strawberries, bananas, rice krispie treates, cheesecake, marshamellows...I'm starting to get hungry.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Christmas Time

Last Saturday we took Boston to see Santa. I was really wanting a picture with Boston and Santa. I'm glad Boston smiled cute, I just wish Santa looked a little happier! This week I've been busy making cards. Here's what I have finished so far...
There's five of each design. Zariph helped me send the cards through the printer, so inside we printed a message and a picture.

And here's our little eater! This week Boston has been a little whiny, usually he's so happy. So I wasn't sure if he was teething or getting sick or what. I was feeding him a whole container of the 2nd baby foods, twice a day with three bottles of 7 oz each daily. I thought that was plenty. But he was happiest right after he ate the baby food. So, I think he was just hungry, I've had to bump up to three containers of baby food per day! He's no longer happy with just a bottle. He's a growing boy!
Yesterday, I fed him while I ate lunch. Usually, he keeps pretty clean, but while I was taking bites of my food, he managed to get his hand in his mouth and rub it all over his face. What a funny boy...

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Thanksgiving Trip

For Thanksgiving we went to Zariph's sister, Misty's, house in Colorado. Zariph was able to take the whole week off from work, so we were down there all week. It was fun just relaxing and hanging out. We went to Roy's parents house for our Thanksgiving meal. Then we came back to Misty's for dessert and craft time. We made the cute wood blocks (thanks Mindy for the idea!). Even Saphire and Destiny were able to make a wood block without too much help. Then Friday morning we left the house at 4 a.m. to shop on Black Friday. We took Boston with us because Zariph and Roy were going skiing all day. But, as usual, Boston was great! He would whine a little when he was hungry, but other than that he would just sleep in the stroller, or smile and laugh at people as they were shopping. Our first stop was Kohl's, where we waited in line for about an hour. Then we went to Walmart (after it was open for about an hour) so it wasn't too crazy. Then we went to Michael's. Then to the Mall for Sport's Authority, Target, and Herberger's. I got almost all of my shopping done! We got home about noon. Then we all took a nap for a few hours. It was a fun trip.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Our Eternal Family



I feel a little relieved now that our busy weekend is over.

Saturday morning we were able to have Boston sealed to us. It was a wonderful day! I put Boston in his white outfit the night before to make sure it fit (I had to hem the pants without a sewing machine), so I was prepared for what he was going to look like. But when I first caught a glimpse of him when I was walking into the sealing room and he was sitting on one of the temple workers lap in another room, he just looked so good. I started to get a little teary eyed. Then I walked into the sealing room and there were so many people! I felt so loved. Zariph's parents and my mom and Mike were there, also Julie, Jake, Lindsay, and Cameron, Aunt Eula and Uncle Larry, my grandma, friends from our ward, Rachael and Jesse, and my high school friends, Mindy and Tracy and her husband Matt. It was wonderful kneeling across the alter (again) from Zariph and then having Boston placed on the alter it was just so neat.

After the sealing we took a bunch of photos. We had our photographer friend Rachael, take the pictures. I can't wait to see them, I think they turned out good. I wish Boston would have smiled a little more, he was pretty tired by this point.

Then we all went to lunch at Sizzler. We reserved the banquet room so we could all sit together. I think it turned out well.

Then Sunday we had Boston's blessing. Zariph did a wonderful job, I was really impressed that he put that much details into what he said. Then we had an open house at our house afterwards. It was a fun weekend, but very busy. I'm glad to go back to "normal" life now.

I took Boston in for his 6 month check up this morning. He's 17 lbs. and 28 inches! He also got his shots and he's been sleeping since we got home 2 1/2 hours ago! I know he's wiped out from all the excitement this weekend, too.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

It's Official!!!

Case closed...Boston is now officially ours. We went to court this morning. Our lawyer was great. He works often with LDS Family Services, so he knew everything to ask and it went really smoothly. I wasn't really too nervous, because I was pretty sure everything would go well, but you never know for sure. It was so great to hear as the jugde was officially granting Boston to be ours. I got a little teary-eyed, but it was still good. Our caseworker, Marissa, took the stand first. Zariph and I sat at the table in the front and got to answer our questions from the table. Our lawyer just verified when we were married, where we lived, if we loved Boston like he's ours, and if we intend on raising him and paying for everything for him, etc. All we had to say was "yes".

Then after we got home I wanted to take some pictures of Boston. So, I pulled out the backdrop and tried to get some cute ones. He's so into rolling right now, it was hard to get him to stay in one place.

He's such a cutie, we're so glad to have him as part of our family!



Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Our Trip to California


This is really long, but if you want all the details, here they are...
We left on Friday morning, the 24th, around 6:30 a.m. We picked up Miranda from her Dad’s house in West Jordan and were on our way to Las Vegas. We stopped in Washington (by St. George) at In N Out for lunch. We met up with Misty and her family here. Then we continued on our way to Tahiti Village in Las Vegas. We got there about 1 p.m. The condo was very nice. It had nice, new furnishings and décor. There was a flat screen tv in the master bedroom and a full kitchen. We split the condo with Misty and her family. There was even a little kitchenette on her side. Our bathroom was really nice with double sinks, a jetted tub, and separate shower/steam shower. We went swimming pretty soon after arriving. Their pool area was awesome! It had a lot of different areas; it had one part with sand. It was a lot of fun. Friday night we went to Cheesecake Factory in Caesar’s Palace, then walked out to the Bellagio Fountains. Destiny was so excited when they started. It was cool. Then we went down to Fremont Street and saw the light show that’s up above the street. It was the same Queen one that we saw when we came down three weeks ago. But it was still pretty cool.
Saturday morning we met up with Zariph’s parents at Denny’s that was part of Tahiti Village. Then we began our drive to San Diego. We stopped by Ontario Mills, some really good outlets. We ended up staying about 8 hours. Everyone ended up buying something. We found a cute white tux that Boston can wear at the temple and at his blessing in November. I also found some cute sweaters and nice clothes that he can wear to church this winter (that’s something I was really looking for). We stayed in a hotel that night because our condo didn’t start until Sunday.
Sunday we woke up early to go to Disneyland. We drove about 1hour 15 minutes to get to Disneyland and met up with Zariph’s parents before the park opened around 8:40 a.m. When we were pulling up to the parking booth Zariph’s parents pulled up right behind us. After we parked, we found out that they had already circled the parking structure and surrounding streets twice and didn’t know where they were supposed to park. It was a little confusing so we were glad to guide them. Misty and her family didn’t meet up with us until later because they stayed up later getting everything situated in their condo. This was Boston’s first time in Disneyland. His very first ride was Pirate’s of the Caribbean. He was alert and really liked all the rides. I don’t think he cried all day. We took in the stroller so he could sleep when he needed to. Zariph wanted me to call in reservations for The Blue Bayou and Ariel’s Grotto for lunches both days we were going to be in Disneyland. They wouldn’t take a group as big as ours, so I had to call back and put it under two different names. I was making the reservation while we were in line for Alice and Wonderland and they finally answered and took my name and info when we got on the ride. I knew we were getting close to getting on, so I wanted to wait, but Zariph said it would be quieter inside the ride, than outside with all the people around. He was wrong. That ride was really loud inside, I’m sure the guy taking my name could hear Alice in the background. We went to lunch at Ariel’s Grotto in Disney’s California Adventure. We walked down the spiral staircase then had our picture taken with Ariel, she was in a gorgeous gown. Then we went to our table. It was a pretty fancy place. The adult meals were $32 and the children were $18, so it was a little pricey, but it was neat and really good food. They first served bread, then a three tiered thing of vegetables and fruits. I ordered the herb chicken. It was SO good. It was perfectly seasoned and really juicy, it came with red mashed potatoes – YUMMY! Zariph ordered the steak. It was good also. Then they brought out the dessert platter. Wow! It had the yummiest dessert I’ve ever had. There was white chocolate in the shape of a seashell with some fruit in it, little cheesecake bites, brownies, this really rich chocolate fudge cake, it was all delicious! Also, while we were eating, different princesses came out that we could talk to and take pictures with. We rode a lot of rides and got a lot of Fast Passes. We rode the new submarine ride for the first time, which was neat. And we saw fireworks that night. We stayed until about 10:30, and then checked into our condo. We were up late that night unpacking and checking out the condo.
Monday we went up to Universal Studios. It was a long drive, about 2 ½ hours from the condo. The best thing about that day was that we got free tickets. We got them because we’re part of their business fan club, through Specialty Videos. But we had to request them way in advance and we had to select the exact day and not change it. We rode all the rides and saw almost all the shows. Teliece was chosen from the audience to help with the animal show and to help with the sound stage. Destiny was chosen to help control Fluffy, this big monster that ends up coming to life and scaring everyone. We rode Jurassic Park a couple times – you get wet on that one, and I rode the Mummy Ride three times. It takes off really fast and goes backwards through some of it. It’s awesome! And of course we went on the back lot tour, they were actually filming Desperate Housewives while we were there. On the way out we stopped by some of the stores of City Walk, Zariph bought a shirt at Hard Rock Café and I bought a short sleeve hoodie.
Tuesday was our day to relax. We swam at the pool at our condo. It was pretty neat, there was a splash pad, two swimming pools, a hot tub, and a water slide. We also played ping pong and just hung out by the pool all morning. Then Roy, Misty, Zariph and I went out to dinner to Benihana’s while Miranda watched all the kids. We were planning on going to a movie too, but there wasn’t enough time. We drove around trying to get our Go San Diego cards for the next day, but we weren’t going to the right place and it was closed anyway. We went for dessert at Cheesecake Factory – Yummy!
Wednesday we drove down to get the Go San Diego cards, then realized that Legoland was only open Thursday-Monday, so we couldn’t use them until Thursday anyway. So we ended up going to cool open air shopping center in San Diego and going to the movies. We saw City of Ember. It was pretty good, but the sound wasn’t working at first, so we missed what was going on. But I still liked it. Then we went so some other outlets that were right by the US/Mexico border. They were nice outlets also. The Aeropostale was having an even better sale than the first outlets we went to – 2 shirts for $15 (at Ontario Mills it was 2 for $20 – and I split the deal with Misty). So I ended up buying two more from this one – what a great deal! Then we wanted to go to dinner at a Mexican restaurant. We drove by a few, but judging from the outside decided not to stop. Then we ended up going to El Torrito that was right next to Benihana’s. It worked out really well because Wednesday was Kid’s Eat Free Night. The kids even got dessert and a free sombrero, our waiter was really nice and funny, too.

Thursday we went back to Disneyland. Our original plan was to do their Trick-or-Treating this night. But, since it was $30 more per person we were kind of debating if it was worth it. I called to find out more about it and found out it was sold out, so we couldn’t do it anyway. We rode a lot of the kid rides in the morning, then we met at the Blue Bayou for lunch. I had the Monte Cristo – a ham and cheese deep fried sandwich that you dip in this yummy sweet sauce. Zariph had the steak. It was wonderfully delicious. This was a little cheaper that Ariel’s Grotto, but not much. Their rolls were really good, too. We bought a lot more souvenirs this day. It was fun buying things for Boston. Zariph bought Boston a cute hoodie and pants that had all the Disney characters as the Pirates of the Caribbean characters. It’s cute. We also bought Star Wars Mr. Potato Head – Luke Frywalker and Darth Mash – they were both 40% off. And Zariph bought a talking Crush, which was also 40% off.
Friday we did the Go San Diego Card. You get the card for one price then you can do as much as you can in one day. We went to the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park first thing. We rode their safari and saw a bunch of animals. It was neat because they put a lot of animals all together, obviously ones that don’t eat each other. It was set up pretty cool and it was huge. Next we went to Legoland. It was kind of neat because there is a lot of things made out of legos to look at, they had a life size car made out of legos, and big dinosaurs and people…the rides were okay, too, but kind of babyish. Then we headed down to San Diego to the Miramar Speed Circuit. That was really fun. We raced in these go carts that went up to 40 mph! I was a little scared, but didn’t take the corners very fast. I got in last place of the adults, just right above Destiny and Saphire. Zariph did the best out of our group. Then we changed into our Halloween costumes and headed out for Trick or Treating. We were going to meet up with Zariph’s parents and Teliece at Huntington Beach, but we were running behind schedule and trick or treating would have been over by the time we got there. So I called the nearest mall and they were doing trick or treating for the next hour. So, we hurried over there and it actually turned out to be really fun. The mall was really nice, it was an outside mall. I was dressed up as Tinkerbell, Boston was Peter Pan, Zariph was supposed to be Captain Hook, but he ended up not changing into his costume, and Miranda, Saphire, and Destiny were mermaids and pirates (we were all from Peter Pan). Some of the places gave out nice chocolate bars, but most gave out tootsie rolls and cheap candy. I was pleasantly surprised with how fun it turned out to be.
Saturday we were on our own because Misty and Zariph’s parents all headed home this day. We wanted to go to the beach, so we just looked for the closest beach in our GPS. It was the Carlsbad beach. It was really a fun beach. There were huge waves! People were surfing and boogie boarding, but it wasn’t too busy. There really weren’t that many people and the parking was free. It was really relaxing to just look out at the ocean and watch the waves come in. I went out towards the water and meant to get my feet wet, but of course a big wave came in and soaked the bottom of my shorts. Zariph was trying to rinse off his sandals and the water started to take them away from him, so he had to run out and get them. While he was doing this he jumped over a wave and my sunglasses fell out of his pocket. We watched for a little while, hoping they would turn up, but they didn’t. So, now my glasses are lost in the Pacific Ocean. But, that’s okay because they were cheap and they were too tight on my face. After the beach we wanted to go to the movie. We saw Eagle Eye after having lunch at In N Out. Boston did really well through the movie. He sat on my lap through the first half, then I fed him a bottle and he fell asleep. What a good boy! Saturday night we started packing things up and also did a couple loads of laundry at the condo. We went to dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory. It was really good.
Sunday we finished packing and loaded up the car. We went to my dad’s house and visited for about an hour, then went out to lunch at this fresh fish place that’s really good. We’ve been there with them before. Carol, Zariph and I all got the fresh salmon with garlic butter, and my dad got the battered fish tacos. YUMMY! You don’t get fresh fish like that here in Utah. This was my dad’s second time seeing Boston. He first saw him when he was only a couple weeks old, so he’s changed a lot. And it was Carol’s first time seeing him. They had fun holding him and showing him around their house. Then we began our drive back home. We were planning on stopping in Las Vegas or St. George, but when we saw that we’d be home around midnight, we decided to just drive all the way home. The drive was a little long, it was especially hard after it got dark. But, we made safe and sound and it was nice to wake up in our own house and still have all day Monday to get unpacked and everything settled again.

Fremont Street

We're back from our California trip now. We had a blast. It was so fun. It will take me hours to look through all the pictures we took, so I'll post those soon, but until then, here's a little video of our dancing baby. This was down on Fremont Street in Las Vegas on our drive to California. video
Sorry, you'll have to tilt your head. He does this when he hears loud music or sounds. Sometimes he'll get his legs and arms moving, too.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Costumes are Ready!

Yeah, I'm so excited that our Halloween costumes are finally ready. I've been thinking about them for a long time. It's a big event, Boston's first Halloween. And we're going to be in Disneyland, so I had to make it good. Boston is Peter Pan, I am Tinkerbell, and Zariph is Captain Hook. My mom helped A LOT with getting these costumes ready. She totally made Boston's costume - isn't he cute? And helped alter mine so it was modest. I was glad to find a shirt that matched the costume perfectly that I could wear under it. It's a Downeast Basics shirt from Seagull, by the way that is a FUN store! I bought a couple of skirts there also.Also, last Wednesday was my grandma's birthday. Boston and I went to visit her, along with my mom, Eliza, Hannah, and my Aunt Eula and Uncle Larry. I made this little family chipboard project for her. I was so glad to have something on hand that was pretty easy to put together - that's one good thing about going to the Scrapbook Expo and buying everything! It was a fun afternoon and it was good to visit with family.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Pulling Faces

I went over to my mom's for dinner on Sunday night. My little 16 month old niece was pulling the funniest faces, she was making us all laugh. Her mom would tell her to make a "surprised face"

a "mad face"

another "surprised face"

She had other faces too, it was hilarius.

Here's Boston's "happy face"

and "sleepy face".

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Fat Cats

Zariph's sister, Misty, was up visiting for the weekend. So Saturday night we took two of her girls to Fat Cats to play the arcade games. We had a fun time. Our favorite game to play was Deal or No Deal. Saphire won 101 tickets in one round! My big jackpot was 45. I picked out these cute slinky glasses for Boston with all of my tickets.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Las Vegas

Zariph and I were wanting to go somewhere over the weekend, and we decided Las Vegas has lots of fun things to do, and it's not that far to drive. So, a couple of hours later we had our bags packed and were on the road. I've never been to Las Vegas over conference weekend before, they actually had conference on tv. We stayed at a really nice place Friday and Saturday nights, it's called the Jockey Club, it's right next to the Bellagio. The picture of the strip was taken from our room window. The hotel was also nice because it had a kitchen, dining room, and living room, seperate from the bedroom. And it had all been remodeled recently with nice cabinets and furniture, etc. I loved being right on the strip. The fountains at the Bellagio are probably my favorite thing to do in Las Vegas. And we could see them from our room. It sprinkled on us just a little, but the weather was really nice overall. Then Sunday night we stayed at a hotel on Fremont Street. It wasn't as nice, but it was okay. It was nice to be right on Freemont Street, because we could walk out of the hotel and see "The Fremont Street Experience". Boston loved to look at all the lights. It was a quick trip, but it was worth it. It was nice to just get away and just be the three of us for three days straight.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Boston

Boston was tagged by Tia...thanks Tiff!
Five things you may or may not know about Boston...

1 - Probaby everyone reading this knows that he was adopted. We waited a long time, then found out about five weeks before he came that we were getting a baby. Oh, that was exciting!

2 - He's the cutest little boy!

3 - He laughs at everything, and likes just about everything.

4 - He's been sleeping a good 12 hours everynight since he was about 2 months old.

5 - We get to have him sealed to us on November 15!
Zariph's new thing with Boston is to sway him back and forth and say "Tick, tock, I'm a clock." Then of course Boston laughs like crazy. And I kept forgetting to put this picture on of Boston and Hayden.
I haven't been following all the tags, so I'm not sure if they were tagged by someone else, but we tag...
Hayden
Jac
Lindsay
Kyle G.
Hannah J.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Scrapbook Expo

I love going to the scrapbook expo. I love to buy discounted scrapbook items and spend all day scrapbooking with my sisters, mom, and Rachael. This time, Rachael and I went to the "early bird", she picked me up at 6 a.m. Then we traveled down to Sandy to stand in line for two hours, so that we could get the best table, by My Mind's Eye - I love that place! We ended up getting a pretty good table. I spent my $100 budget before 10 a.m., so I had to increase my budget to $150...Also, I was able to scrapbook 18 pages! And I got lots of good deals on albums, cards, and paper. It was a blast! I was surprised I had so much energy after only getting 4 1/2 hours of sleep. But we made it until 11 p.m.






My mom won a big paper pack from MME during their raffle. If you buy one of their "deals" you get a raffle ticket. This particular deal was to pick out $50 worth of expo priced product and pay $20!