Archive for December, 2007

Published by Sara on 30 Dec 2007

Year In Review

This past year was a great one and a lot of things happened and changed.  I thought I would put together some of the highlights of the past 12 months. 

One of the most exciting things of 2007 was that a new life began.  We were thrilled to learn that we would be having another baby this year.

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In February, Beth and I flew to the Oregon Coast for a week-long trip with my mom and our good friends Trisha and Derek.  It was really foggy that week, and it rained almost the entire time.  We still had a good time eating and shopping, seeing the ocean, and getting warm in the hot tub.   

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The only noteworthy things that occurred in March were that Bethany got a new wagon to cruise around the neighborhood in, and she FINALLY grew enough hair to have her very first ponytail.

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Easter was more enjoyable this year, since Beth was old enough to understand the concept of egg hunting.  And she looked super cute in her Easter dress!  She got an Easter basket “wagon” filled with goodies, and we had an egg hunt in Emmett.  Neil and Bethany look sooo happy in the last picture.

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Bethany learned successfully how to get both of her feet off the ground while jumping.  I decided that gymnastics would be beneficial for her, so we started that at 20 months old.  She is currently still a gymnast, she can do a perfect somersault and all sorts of other things that I don’t even think I can do.

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On April 19th, we found out that we would be adding another baby girl to our family!! 

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Not a lot happened in the month of May 2007.  Apparently I was too occupied with sewing that month to do much else.  My stomach however, was very busy getting huge.  But I did end up making some sweet crib bedding for the new baby.

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In June, Bethany started potty training and graduated into a big girl, saying bye-bye to diapers.

A month later, Bethany turned two!  We had a fun birthday party at our house with hoagie sandwiches, a crayon box shaped cake, ice cream and presents.  We didn’t have any power in our house for the first few minutes of the party because an airplane crashed into some power lines less than a mile away.  Bethany got tons of cool presents and had a good time, even though she wasn’t feeling well…she had some sort of jungle virus that gave her a sore mouth and a fever.

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We did quite a bit of camping this year.  It was a lot more pleasant thanks to the new trailer that we bought.  I wanted to be comfortable since I was carrying around a little extra (ok, a lot extra) weight, and I wanted Bethany to be warm at night.  We went to Lake Fork twice (once for a weekend in July, and once for the ENTIRE second week of August).  We had about as much fun as you can possibly have without a campfire (stupid fire ban!).  I mostly hung around camp, since there isn’t much hiking you can do when you are eight months pregnant.  I think I read like 14 magazines and two novels or something like that.  My favorite part of the week was eating candy for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Bethany had a great time, she loved the creek and playing in the water the best.  Oh, and riding the Honda 70 of course.

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A few days after we returned from Lake Fork, Bethany and I made a trip to Baker City to spend the night with Aunt Becky and Klayton which I unfortunately don’t have any pictures of.   

The Fair was a few days after that.  Becky and I took Bethany down to see the animals and play some games, while we pigged out on greasy fair food.   

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 August 24th, we got ready to go on our ward campout to Silver Creek Plunge.  I packed all of Bethany’s clothes that she would need for the weekend and then proceeded to leave them at home.  I didn’t realize that I forgot them until we got there.  It sucked, although we had some good friends up there with us and they got us through the weekend on borrowed clothes.   We still had fun swimming and playing volleyball.  After that campout, we headed to a cabin with our friends and stayed an extra night.  We went swimming again, where Bethany learned how to “swim” with water wings on.  She could go in the deep water and just float there like a bobber. 

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By this time I was full term with my pregnancy, and I wondered how long over my due date I would go.  Bethany was 6 days overdue.  My official due date this time was September 1st. 

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Then on Labor day…it was finally time!   On September 3rd at 1:42pm, Julia Marie Adams was born.   I started having contractions on Sept 2nd, but they weren’t severe.  The next morning, the contractions just kept getting steadily worse and eventually they were so bad that I would have to hang on to something to keep myself from falling down.  Then I knew I needed to get to the birthing center asap.  When we got there at 12:45pm, I was already dialated 6-7 centimeters.  I got into the tub at 1:15, and Julia was born about 30 minutes later as healthy as can be.  We took care of the neccessary new baby stuff, and then we went home at around 5pm with our new precious bundle of joy. 

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I took the month of September to adjust to having a bigger family.  Bethany realized that she wasn’t the one-and-only anymore, so she was quite a handful for a while.  Julia mostly slept and ate and pooped, like babies do.  In October we took the fam down to the pumpkin patch to take some pictures and let Beth run around and have some fun.

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And then…..the blog was born.  A new and exciting way for friends and family to keep up on the happenings of the Adams family, and for me to keep a journal of memories.  So from here on out if you have been a visitor to our blog, you already know what has happened in the remainder of 2007. 

This is the end to my extremely long mother of all blog entries.  If I were really artistic, I would come up with some really intelligent and meaningful conclusion that would be really charming and it would make everyone cry.  But I’m not creative like that…so I will say here’s to a fabulous 2007, and wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2008!

Published by Sara on 29 Dec 2007

New Header

Yes, I figured out how to get a picture on the top of my blog.  And yes, I realize it is blurry and a little strange looking, but I had to dink around with Photoshop for two straight hours trying to get it to look like that because I didn’t know what the heck I was doing.  I still wanted to display the results even though they aren’t perfect.  I’ll figure out how to do it right eventually, but for now…I’ll take an E for effort.  🙂

Published by Sara on 27 Dec 2007

Unidentified Flying Object

Neil got a new toy for Christmas, a miniature remote controlled helicopter.  Turns out that it is pretty fun to play with!  It was hard to control at first, but now he has gotten to where he can fly it into the kitchen and land it on the counter.

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Bethany absolutely hates it, it scares the devil out of her for some reason.

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Published by Sara on 27 Dec 2007

Christmas 2007

Christmas was a lot of fun this year for our family.  We got to see all our friends and family, and Bethany made away with a whole bunch of new toys.  She had a great time tearing her presents open, she would start ripping and then would say, “what IS it?!!!”

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Baby’s first Christmas.  Bethany mostly opened and played with all of Julia’s presents.

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Christmas eve was fun, even with the multiple toddler fights that we had with the girls…they had a hard time sharing thier new treasures.  I can hardly believe that I got a picture of the two older girls actually playing together insead of making each other cry!  It was quite funny actually.

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Christmas morning at our house was so exciting for Bethany!  She ran straight to her new kitchen and started cooking away.  You can see part of it in the background in this picture.

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The girls had matching pj’s, I think I’m going to make that a tradition in our family because they look so cute.  Here is Julia enjoying a new toy:

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Published by Sara on 23 Dec 2007

Starting Solids

In an effort to get Julia to sleep better at night (she has been waking up 2-3 times each night), yesterday I decided it was time to bust out the rice cereal.  Even though I have a sleeping book written by some doctor that says, “solid food does not influence nighttime sleeping patterns…blah, blah”, I am willing to give it a try if it means 6 hours of uninterrupted sleep.

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Turns out that cereal doesn’t really agree with her all that well, because she turned into major cranky pants today.  She has been crying a lot of the day and I can tell that her tummy doesn’t feel good.  🙁
I think I’ll wait a few more weeks on the cereal.

Published by Sara on 21 Dec 2007

Merry Christmas to ME!

I was feeling left out in the world of digital photography, and I was sick and tired of taking pictures that ended up being garbage, sooo…..I bought this!

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The Canon Digital Rebel XT!!

Just take a look at pictures with my point-and-shoot camera VS the SLR.  Both cameras were set on automatic, and each camera flashed.

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New Camera:
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New camera:
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Aaah, I feel so much better now.

Published by Sara on 20 Dec 2007

All Done!

I finished all my Christmas shopping yesterday, and got everything wrapped and put under the tree, hooray!  I even got the stockings stuffed.  Now all we have to do is wait…Bethany keeps asking me if it’s Christmas time yet.

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Santa’s little helper:

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Published by Sara on 17 Dec 2007

Gingerbread Houses

Well, graham cracker houses, actually.  We had a fun time last night stuffing our faces with every type of candy imaginable, and even putting some of it on our houses.  Thanks to Vince for spending 70 dollars on pure sugar for our enjoyment!

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Me and my girlies

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Want some candy?   Bethany and Oakley were practically double fisting the sweet stuff.

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Keith kindly offering Bethany some ketchup to put on her graham cracker

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Neil and I didn’t put a whole heck of a lot of effort into our houses, it was a lot more fun to watch the more elaborate houses being built.  Neil sort of gave up and made his house into more of a graham cracker candy dish, one of the walls collapsing with the weight of the candy. 

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Here is mine, complete with car port and custom frosting stucco.  I guess it’s really more of a shack than a house.

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Vince’s masterpiece

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Randi’s Koopa castle

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Carmen’s cottage

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And Keith’s candy work of art

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After the houses were done, we made fools of ourselves and played some goofy games to burn off the six-thousand calories we all just ate.  See the Hibblog for more details on our evening.  🙂

Published by Sara on 17 Dec 2007

Tagged

My friend Jessica “tagged” me, and it says that I HAVE to do it, so here it is! 

A- Attached or Single? Attached.
B- Best Friend? Neil, Trisha, and Mom.
C- Cake or Pie? MMM, cherry pie.
D- Day of Choice? Saturday, that way I at least have SOME help with the kiddos.
E- Essential Item? Chap stick.
F- Favorite Color? Purple.
G- Gummy Bears or Gummy Worms? Anything gummy I love! 
H- Hometown? Emmett, ID.
I- Favorite Indulgence? Expensive restaurants, shoes, and jeans.
J- January or July: July for sure.
K- Kids? My two cute girls.
L- Life isn’t complete without? Family and Friends.
M- Marriage Date? August 17, 2002.
N- Number of Brothers and Sisters? 1 brother, 1 sister.
O- Oranges or Apples? Oranges I guess.
P- Phobias or Fears? SPIDERS!
Q- Quote? “Consider the daffodil.  And while you are doing that, I’ll be over here…looking through your stuff.”  -Jack Handy
R- Reason to Smile? When Beth comes out of nowhere and says “I yuv you mommy, so so much!”
S- Season of Choice? Summer, I love the heat.
T- Tag three friends (if you read this and your name is here then you have to do it!) The only people that have blogs that I think may do it are Krista and Dad.  Go for it!  he he.
U- Unknown Fact About Me? I have been to a plastic surgeon. 
V- Vegetable? I like them all actually!
W- Worst Habit? Sometimes I chew on my fingers until they are nothing but bloody stubs.
X- X-ray or ultrasound? Ultrasound=baby.  Xray=I hurt myself.  So definitely ultrasounds.
Y- Your Favorite Food? Ditto on the Mountain Dew!
Z- Zodiac Sign? Libra.

Thanks Jessica, that was fun.

Published by Sara on 15 Dec 2007

Christmas Party

Last night was our ward Chrismas party.  Neil was sick (he started puking at work), so he stayed home.  I promised Bethany that she would get to see Santa, and I didn’t think I could handle both the girls by myself, so I took Julia to Grandmas and Beth and I went to the party.  There were so many people there!  Luckily I found a seat.  We ate ham for dinner, had a little entertainment, had cake for dessert, and then Santa came!
Bethany was not afraid of Santa like she was last year.  He asked her what she wanted for Christmas, she said toys of course! 

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We had a great time.  I was a little reluctant to go by myself, but I’m so glad I did.

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