Lillan was born November 16th 2010 at 10:05 am. She was 21 inches long, 8 pounds 1 ounce and is the cutest thing on the planet. This post is dedicated to Grandpa Tyler who said he'd trade us a crib for a blog post with more pictures of his newest grandbaby. Love you all.
At the risk of being immodest...
I took this picture today...here she is with a little more chub.
Aunt Emma and her niece Lily
This is the expression that Lily has on her face most of the time.
Because of sickness at the Tyler house, we had to have Thanksgiving by ourselves. We missed family, but we had a lot of fun on our own. We tried out cranberry sauce (made from fresh cranberries...it tasted like fruit leather), spaghetti squash and Jon made his first berry pie.
This is the kind of video that parents and grandparents like to watch and everyone else just thinks, "You recorded your baby for a minute and put it on your blog...this must be your first." And she is our first, so bear with us. :)
Well, I started this stitching and pillow last year for my friend's wedding...but hey...I finished it in time for her one year anniversary. They were married in late November last year, so its kind of a Thanksgiving pillow.
And...I finally did a car-seat cover. I used some receiving blankets which was fun. I love the cute little lions and it'll work for a boy or girl.
Its kind of hard for Halloween to feel like it has a purpose when you don't have little kids to dress up with and go trick-or-treating. But, in an effort to enjoy the holiday anyway, we dressed up for Grandma Tyler's Halloween party. Jon was in charge of costumes and did quite a good job with only half an hour notice.
I just couldn't help putting a picture up of the awesome costume my sister made for her little boy. He definitely won the coolest costume award.
Jon and I spent the last three days babysitting the Zeidner kids (my cousins) up in Tooele. They have to be some of the stinkin' cutest kids in the entire world. Besides being extremely excited for our baby to come, we learned so much as we got to pretend to be parents together. Jon came up a day early and skipped school which was the happiest surprise ever. We worked to hard to take care of the four kids under the age of 7. Their youngest is named Lily and it was so fun to use that name over and over again and to see how much she loved being around Jon. I was trying to change her into her pajamas one night and she said, "No, Jon do it." She'd also point to my stomach and say "baby belly." So cute!
We were there for three days and I thought about how repetitive the work of being a mother is. You get up, get the kids fed, get them dressed, feed them lunch, feed them dinner, bathe them, put them to bed, and do it all again the next morning. And, that's not to mention the constant laundry, dishes, dirty diapers, and house work to be done. I thought about that and felt a little bit of the weight of that...and had it affirmed to me just how significant that work is. What could be more important than giving someone else a body - a chance to have their mortal probation and creating the place that they will grow up in. Its so important and I'm so glad that Jon and I will get to have our own baby here soon. This is the work of eternity - to have and raise families. Heavenly Father is still doing that work - we are His work and His glory.
My birthday was wonderful! Jon was so thoughtful and made a document on his desktop to record all of the things that he heard me say off hand like, "I wish I had a salad spinner." That way, he was getting ideas for what to get me for my birthday months in advance. The only problem was that he put a lock on the document...didn't use his normal password because I know that one...and then forgot what he used for the password. But - he still pulled off a great day with a new salad spinner and a butter brush for rolls. We also went out to eat on my birthday and it was so much fun.
My older sister Anna made me a delicious dinner on my actual birthday (amazing cake pictured above), my parents bought me a really cute pregnant shirt and a gift card to Costco (oh the possibilities). Mom Terry bought me some fabric to make some baby things I've been wanting.
Here is the nursing cover - I was so happy with how it turned out.
And this is our friend Beth and her baby Catherine modeling the baby wrap that I made. Its adjustable and I'm so excited to use it!
Thanks everyone for loving me and making it such a wonderful birthday.
This morning I woke up and just laid in bed...and realized that I my husband wasn't there! I was too tired to get up and investigate so I just listened and heard suspicious noises in the kitchen. When I finally did get up, I found that Jon had sneaked out of bed early and made me pancakes...a ton of pancakes. Sigh, you're great Jon - thanks. He used this recipe and it was perfect - hearty whole wheat (that he ground with a hand grinder) but not too dense that you don't want to eat it.
I guess he forgot that we don't have 10 kids yet. I'd say we ate about 1/3 of them, the rest will make great snacks that I can just pull out of the freezer during the day.
This year the weather started getting cooler and the leaves started changing color and everyone went back to school...except for me. For the first time since Kindergarten I'm not in school and I don't have a full time job. I've been talking to other young mothers about this transition from being a student or in the work force to being home all the time and I know that it can be really hard at first. The summer was really hard for me because I went from teaching elementary to an office job, and I know that when Lily finally gets here, it will be another really hard transition. But for now, life seems pretty easy...must be the calm before the storm. I walk to school with Jon every morning and practice piano on campus, I'm going to some of his classes with him and substituting about half the time. I've also been trying some fun recipes from Anna's blog. I've always wanted to take a week and only make things from there and this week I finally did that. Tomato Corn Pie, Cabbage Soup, Veggie Burgers, Indian Chicken, and Chicken Taquitos...delicious. I also decided to chop off all of my hair (which means Anna was nice enough to spend an entire morning doing it for me) since so many other things are changing. So I guess, sometimes change isn't so bad, lately its been great.
The Zoo, The Children's Museum, hiking Stewart Falls, "Anything Goes Scrabble" (we made up this game...you can place any word on the board even if its not a real word as long as you can make up a definition on the spot that sounds like it could be legit...it got pretty intense) and a crazy face contest. Ps - anyone know how to post pictures horizontally or in a table or something? I can't even tell you how frustrating this was
At the beginning of August we had a marvelous family reunion in Port Orchard, Washington where Jon grew up. I finally got to meet all of Jon's family. I felt so much a part of the family that its funny to think that I hadn't even met them at the end of July.
For our talent, Jon and I played a "I am a child of God" and "Master the Tempest is Raging" by filling up glass bottles to different heights. We didn't get any footage and we couldn't bring all the bottles back on the plane so...Tyler family...you'll just have to wait for the next Tyler Talent Show (or the first Tyler Talent Show).
These are one of my favorite treats - partly because its made out of nothing but chocolate and partly because Jon and made them together on our second date. Here is what you'll need...
- Oreos (we got the cheap off brand and it worked just fine)
- Cream Cheese (8 oz should be great)
- Melted chocolate
- A hammer or some other smashing device
First, you smash up the oreos.
You might to use a rolling pin to get them very finely smashed (or a water bottle if you don't own a rolling pin)
Then you mix up the bits of oreo with cream cheese...this just works best if you use your hands. Its fun for me, because I've always loved playing in the mud since I was a little kid and this is an adult-appropriate way to do that.
Roll the cream cheese mixture into little balls, dip them in chocolate and stick them in the freezer for a bit. Vwa-la! They're kind of like home made truffles, what could be better?