Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Bugga Bugs

Check out my girlfriends new etsy shop at http://www.buggabugs.etsy.com/
She is selling the patterns for these oh so cute felt play food.

buggabugs's Shop Announcement
In a world of electronic everything sometimes it’s nice to step back to basics and just pretend. Welcome to Bugga Bugs, the ultimate place of childhood imagination and creativity! Everything here has been thoroughly tested by the ones who matter most… kids! All patterns are carefully thought out and detail oriented for hours of learning fun and imaginative play. They are perfect for your own children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends alike. Patterns are made locally by me, a stay at home mom from Oregon,USA. Each pattern comes complete with pictures and step by step instructions as well as a cover sheet to help you stay organized. Patterns are e-mailed in PDF format. Adobe Reader is perfect for opening the files and can be downloaded for free at adobe.com. Go ahead! Give the gift of handmade.
Check it out!!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

My new favorite restaurant

I am a bit hesitant to share with you my new favorite restaurant, because I don't want everyone to be taking my seat by the window :D But, because I love you, I will share this gem.

Brad took me to "Brand 33" at the Aspen Lakes golf course for my "mother's day dinner." It was amazing. The service was top notch and the food delicious! I started with a artichoke bisque that was amazing! Then I had melt in your mouth sirloin (perfectly cooked) with creamy mashed potatoes and fresh baby vegetables....mmmmm! To finish it off we had a super rich and creamy creme caramel. It was so good!!
To top it all off the 3 course meal was only 33 dollars each which as really good considering the delicious food, the beautiful views, a young kid playing the piano for us and excellent service.

I can't hardly wait to have an occaision to go again!

A Teenager!

Wow! Can you believe as of today I have a teenager? I am not old enough to have a teenager!
Samantha has always been such a good girl. I am sure she will continue to be the best teenager ever :D
Samantha too arrived with great timing, considering she was supposed to have been born June 10th. On April 28th I graduated from BYU, a few days later we went to Christie's graduation from Ricks. On the drive home from Idaho my legs started swelling. Wednesday I had a Drs appt. in Calgary and told the Dr my legs were swelling and he basically told me, "You're pregnant, your legs are going to swell". Friday it was worse and I called the Dr. They said they didn't have appt. that day and to stay off my feet for the weekend and watch my salt in take, and made an appt. for Monday. The swelling got so bad at my parent's that I had to have Brad help me lift my elephant legs over the side of the bathtub to get in to have a shower. Monday I went to the Dr and he took one look at me and my blood pressure and asked me how I felt about going to the hospital that day. I told him "I'd rather not" and he told me to go home and pack my bags and check in that afternoon.
My blood pressure was really high so I was put on bedrest. Samantha was breech and would need to be born C-section. Wednesday I remember talking to Dr. Gurvich (incidentally the Dr. who delivered me) and he told me that the next day we would schedule a day for my C-section.

Wednesday night I spoke with a resident who wanted my profile for some research and she really thought I should have a sedative to relax and go to sleep. I said OK and somewhat reluctantly took the pill, then around 2am (I think) I remember waking up and thinking, "Crap, that stupid sedative made me wet the bed"... then I realized it wasn't urine. I called the nurse and told her "I think my water broke" and she replied "I don't think so" (I always thought that was a strange response)
I think I started to go in to shock as I started shaking uncontrollably and I couldn't get warm. They kept piling warm blanket after warm blanket on me, but I couldn't get warm. They gave me general anesthetic to totally knock me out and performed the C-section. I vaguely remember them showing me Samantha at some point but I was really out of it. The morphine made it really hard for me to stay awake.

She looked perfect, just like all c-section babies; with a nice round head. She was 5lb. 15oz. She was a perfect size. It was an extra special mother's day for me that year, since we got to come home from the hospital on Mother's Day.
So sweet!
3 weeks old
How could I say "no" to that face?
In her Easter Dress

Samantha has always been a nice girl and loved by everyone around her. She has always loved to talk and talk and talk. She has also loved to read since she was very small and there is no question whether she still loves to read! She has also always been way ahead of the curve in school. She was reading small chapter books in Kindergarten, and continues to do well in school.
Grade 1 portrait

Baptism Day

Lobster fishing in 2004
Samantha is a great example to her younger siblings, we are lucky to have her as our oldest child. Now we look forward to the teenage years. It is fun to see how she is changing and growing into her own person. She will be volunteering at the High Desert Museum this summer and I know she will do a great job.
Samantha decided it was her prerogative to wear her pajamas all day after we got home from church since it is her birthday

So... HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my brand new teenager.

Happy Mother's Day

It's me Brad, with a quick post wishing everybody a happy Mother's Day. Here's Tracey last night at Aspen Lakes golf course in Sisters. We went to the restaurant there, which was scrumdiliumptious. It is so pretty up there that I had to take a picture with the pretty lady. How do you like her 'I'm really cold right now take the picture before I freeze' smile?
Have a great day, all you Mothers out there!