“One fish, two fish…

red fish, blue fish.”

” Say, say what does this say?  Ask me tomorrow but not today”

“Now it is night.  Night is not a time for play.  It is a time for sleep.  The dogs go to sleep.   They will sleep all night.”

“And will you succeed?  Yes, you will indeed!  98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.  Kid, you’ll move mountains.”

I could go on for hours.  We have been reading to Jack for about 3 months now as part of his sleeping routine.  And well, let’s just say, I quoted all the above from memory and have about another 100 quotes I could have entertained you all with.  He likes his books.  Most nights he is pretty squirmy, but seems to love the colors and rhymes.  We just hope it is signaling that it is time for sleep.


We’ve had a fun week with Dan’s sister, Melanie, in town.  It has been fun for me and Jack to go over during the day and play.  And I think Jack had his happiest week on record.  He was such a good, cute boy.  I think he likes all the extra people to watch!


He has learned what the camera is, I think.  And instantly starts smiling.  It is pretty cute.  He has started this new really wide grin and scrunched nose lately.  He is very  funny and cute.


I have loved watching Jack’s interaction with his cousin Tommy who is 5 months older.  They have showed a great interest in each other.  And we couldn’t resist taking pictures of them in their matching dino jammies.  Doesn’t my baby look as big as his 11 month old cousin?  Geez louise!  Look how cute they are holding hands.  And as you can also see Jack Jack is getting semi-professional at sitting up.  I would never sit him down and just leave him there, but he has gone for 20 or more minutes with me by him without tipping over.

And the most shocking developments of the week…


…we are fast on our way to having  a crawler!  Jack started pushing himself up on his hands and knees this week.  And today after church, he was rocking back and forth on his hands and knees!  I can’t believe how strong he is.

Now we can’t wait for my parents to come and see the babe.  He is completely different from the last time they saw him.  Hooray for visitors!


Our Weekend

Dan here. Amy told me I finally needed to make a post. I’ll admit, before our site I was very anti-blogging, but since we’ve started I’ve enjoyed reading Amy’s posts and everybodys’ comments. Plus, I agree, it’s a great way to stay in touch with Amy’s parents, my sister and her family in Charlotte, and family and friends we don’t get to see and talk to everyday.

This weekend, for me, was a much needed break and a whole lot better compared to last weekend.

On Friday, Amy and I had the opportunity to attend the first session of the Draper Temple dedication. We had to be ready to go at 7am to make the bus trip over to the chapel. Once we got there we found the chapel packed with people. With there being 12 sessions, we were both surprised to see so many people at one session. I guess we thought our experience was going to be more exclusive! Once we were in the temple, we found ourselves down in the breakroom, just one of several available rooms crammed with people and chairs to pack in as many as they could.

We had a great time though. Inspirational messages were shared by President Monson, Eyring, and Packer. Amy and I are excited to have a temple so close and thankful to have helped out in the open house and participated in its dedication. It’s one of the many things we enjoy about living here in Draper. It’s funny, looking back to when we moved here, we never thought we’d be here longer than little over a year. But we’ve loved it and have recently toyed with the idea of staying here longer than a few years. With a little bit of California coming to Draper via an In-N-Out opening, it can only help Amy love Utah a little bit more!

Another reason to love it here is we live so close to ski resorts. And lucky for me I convinced the girl I love to not only marry me, but also to love skiing! Saturday, we were able to break free from Jack and hit the slopes at Snowbird. It had been too long for us since the last time we went was mid-January.



It was a perfect warm day and I finally got to try out the new sticks. We had a lot of fun. Except for the moment Amy forgot to get off the lift…any of you that have been on the Gad 2 chair at Snowbird know that at the top there isn’t a whole lot of room for error. You have to stand up and immediately ski down the little hill. I got off and skiied down and then I hear a scream and Amy say- “I’m not getting off right now!” I spin around and look up and say- “Ame?!” as she swings on by and her skis dangle from above. The liftee immediately stops the lift as we all are laughing. The liftee asks Ame what happened, where she replies- “I must of had a stroke, but not really.” It was hilarious and Ame never let us go back to Gad 2 for the rest of the day.

We love to ski together and can’t wait to teach Jack how to ski.  We’re hoping to go ski at our favorite resort, Deer Valley, one more time before the season ends and turns into boating season!


When I grow up…

I want to be just like Daddy.  I love computers!


Or maybe I want to be just like mommy.  I love crossword puzzles especially the ones in People Magazine.  Maybe I will know insanely too much about pop culture like Mommy.


I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.


One crazy night

Well not really.  We did let Jack cry for an hour this morning around 5.  He is getting into another bad habit of wanting to wake up then!  But we had no idea it would lead to this when we got him up this morning


Don’t ask me how it pulled that one off.  Hahaha…funny boy!  Needless to say his arm was pretty cold!

Other than that excitement, not too much is going on here.  We just have a lot of visitors coming into town the next 3 weeks (Dan’s sister and her two kiddies and my mom and dad), so we are counting down the days.  We can’t wait to have friends to play with during the day!


You know what else parenting is…

A joy…really and truly.  Especially when you see things like this…


We didn’t even have to brainwash him into loving the Lord’s University (although we already definitely had plans to do so!).  He came straight from heaven knowing right from wrong.  What a pure genius!  But seriously, we thought it was pretty great how much he loved Dan’s BYU shirt.  He just kept wanting to touch it.


What an innocent, disgusting face.  This is right after he puked in Dan’s mouth.  And believe me, Dan’s shirt and zip-up hoodie got the worst of it.  Hard to imagine from the looks of his face!


The days of immobility are over.  I used to put Jack on his back right on the mat in above pictures while I showered.  He would just lay there and kick his little legs and talk.  So much to my surprise this morning when I opened the curtain to find he had rolled over and scooted all the way back between the cupboards and the toilet.  He found the perfect sized space for himself.  And don’t ask me how he did it.  He absolutely kills me with that cute little face.

So my brother Deeds was up last night to hang out and we decided to go get some dinner.  As we were getting out of the car, he saw the mullet wig that has been in my car since Halloween and decided he would do this…


…which made me die of laughter cause it reminded me of this…


For those who know me well, you know that I HATE E.T.  Not so much the movie (although I don’t really remember it or know if I have even seen it all), but the actual E.T. thing.  I think he/she/it is disgusting.  My Jack Jack is not disgusting, but you have admit an adult sized wig on a little baby will always remind you of E.T.   And you know what is so funny about these Jack photos, how suave he looks in the first one.  He is really giving a good model pose!  Love him!


Jack Rolls Over

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Just when you thought that he was never going to do it, he surprises you.  I am convinced that he is an independent thinker already which should make the rest of his life interesting!  We have tried to “teach” him many things, i.e. sleeping through the night, sleeping without the swaddle, rolling over, etc. and the fact is, he just does it when he’s ready and feels like it.

The rolling over was a joy.  And although I said I would never be a mom that has that sick mom voice on video, alas it is there and in full force.  Sorry to all listening ears.  I guess you can’t help it when your kid reaches a milestone.  He is the cutest child of the whole wide planet!


You can’t have your cake and eat it too

So we have had some long days since Monday and some really sleep-filled nights.  I have really and truly waited for the night that Jack would sleep more than 4 hours at a time.  Really and truly waited…and it seems like forever.  Well, we have had a good thing going since Sunday night with 7-9 hour stretches without a noise.  BUT the alternative has been some really long tired days.  Sleep training without the swaddle has led Jack from having 2 long day time naps to about 4 short naps with a lot crying in between.  I have truly wanted to give up since I think he still needs to be swaddled!  But no doubt that is really for my own convenience because then he will fall asleep instantly and I don’t have to hear his sad cry.  But I can sorta see the light.  He has gone down easier for the last few naps.  Now we just have to make those naps last longer.  Not sure how to make that happen but I know it will eventually.  You know what…parenting is just a grand test of patience from day one!  And that is why I pray every morning that somehow I can be patient.  And then there is part of me that is worried that he is sleeping so good at night because he is sleep deprived from his long days.  Ahhh…I hope that’s not the case cause he needs longer naps while still sleeping at night!  You know what else parenting is…a guessing game. I think Heavenly Father must just look down with a little smirk as we attempt this little game of life.  Thank goodness He has it all figured out and helps us when we need it, sometimes:o).


Here is Jack with his favorite new toy.  It is his second favorite part of the morning (the first being the fact that it is morning and he doesn’t have to be in bed anymore.  Part of me thinks he just lays in his bed and just waits until he sees that first stream of light coming through his window and his heart skips a beat when it does cause he knows he can be awake).  He loves to play with cereal boxes.  A child after his daddy’s heart.  Dan sits down with his cereal box in the morning and as soon as Jack hears the crinkling of the bag inside he looks over and won’t stop staring until daddy gives it to him.  He loves them.


Here is pea face (take 2).  Our first attempts Monday night did not go over too well.  He seemed to like green beans at first, but after 5 bites was disgusted.  So we moved on to peas and he instantly hated them.  So Tuesday and Wednesday at lunch I did green beans and peas followed by some bites of cereal and he ate them up.  He still made funny faces.  Our first attempts were captured on video which I will have to have Dan post because it was very funny.  And true to baby form, Jack loved carrots and squash.  We have yet to try sweet potatoes, but I know he will love them.  So I am gonna do straight veggies for another week and then we will move to some fruits.


And I know you think that he must have rolled over by now and I have just forgotten to inform the blogging world.  But the truth is, he still hasn’t.  Some days he tries a lot and others he just seems content on his back.  But he is a contortionist somedays, I swear.  His body goes U-shaped and I am sure his head is just going to snap off.  So who knows…but my guess is that we are still months away…


He did it!

Well, I know its a fluke.  In fact, I am going to attribute last night to some kind of family fast that was going on behind our backs because last night can only be called one of God’s miracles.  A tender mercy, if you will.  JACK SLEPT OVER 8 STRAIGHT HOURS LAST NIGHT!!!!  Wahoo!  I knew he had it in him even if it only happens this once.  It was a blessing.   I woke up at 2:30 and thought…mmm…I haven’t heard the baby yet.  Weird…but I fell back asleep until 3:35.  Mmmm…Dan must have heard him and gone in at some time because there is no way.  I laid there for about 10 minutes until Dan stirred and then I said “Have you been in to the baby?”  Nope.  Well I guess I will go check on him.  And he was still breathing.  I wasn’t really worried but my mind can play tricks on me.  So then I went downstairs and pumped cause well, it was kind of messy and a little painful!  But wow do have like a 7 oz. bottle now for Jack!  And then I just laid in bed until he woke up around 4:10.  That is a continuous sleep from 7:50 pm-4:10 am.  Maybe he just had to turn 5 months old (yesterday was kind of his 5 month birthday since there is no 29th of February this year).  Or maybe it was the fact that he had no naps yesterday from like 3-7:30.  But whatever it was, it was glorious.   But please oh please don’t stop your praying now.  You see today we are starting this…


…sleep training without the swaddle…one arm at a time.  As you can tell from the photo, taken moments ago, he was already a little sad.  But 2 minutes later, there is quiet and I think he must be asleep.  We’ll see how long it lasts.  And how long this process takes.  Also coming tonight, Jack’s first taste of vegetables.  I haven’t decided between green beans or peas.  Photos to come of funny faces!