Thursday, October 30, 2008

Meet Paige! She is here!

Just learned how to upload pics from phone to computer without internet so I was able to post these first pics of Paige and the ones in last post of Luke & Bros.  Class was a little slow so I made this cute announcement for is about the 30th that I have made for Luke and Paige in the last month! I am an adoring aunt ... and a bit baby hungry myself!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Rach's water broke about a halfy ago and is at the hospital waiting for Paige to come. She is dilated to a  5 (sorry if that TMI :)?!) and is as we speak waiting for her epidural! Yay for new additions to the family! I cant wait to meet her! and hope all goes smoothly for Rach!

** Tried to get Mike to text me a pic right now but Rach voted a resounding no--understandable I suppose!..haha :) **

Luke had his shots today and is already 9 lbs 3 oz!

check check!

Last Friday I got to check one more huge thing off my shrinking "TO DO" list before I finish school. I defended my thesis/grad project & all went great! yay! We celebrated on Saturday by going to the football game (we luckily won in kind of a pathetic defensive game against UNLV--fortunately our offense came) with Mike & Tara. That night we went to dinner (Tepenyaki) and a movie (Eagle Eye--good, intense, i recommend!) with Kjel & Jen Christensen & then got ice cream (coldstone--always a hit!) to eat at their house with their girls, Halle & Bella. We had such a fun time & it was nice for Lance to have a rare Saturday off! 

Next is presenting my thesis/grad project on Saturday at the Research Symposium and then mentally I am done so I will just cross my fingers and hope the last 7 weeks of my LAST semester go smoothly:) haha--jk! But I can see the light is at the end of the tunnel! stay tuned....

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Happy Birthday Grandma

so Brooke was not with me and she is the champion of self portraits--this is the only one of like 5 that has me and the headstone in it:) haha--oh well!

So I know it says the 23rd but its not--its still the 22nd because I have not gone to bed yet and lance and I still need to read for a halfy! so it is still happy bday to gma max! I have so many loved ones that have passed away and the best way to honor them is to remember them. I miss my grandma all the time and am so grateful for the relationship I had with her! I remember swimming with her at the Lake, painting her toes for her for the first time, how awesome of a penpal she was and how much her personalized letters typed on her word processor meant to me, playing cards, sitting at the bar in her kitchen while she made "grandma eggs" at her home in St. George, pushing her around the garden in her wheelchair to help dead head the petunias with my mom because she could not stand the inactivity that came with her decreasing health, laying in bed with her the last few weeks of her life--locking the door and just talking (she made me feel like my silly "love" stories in HS were really important and she told me the stories of her life), I remember my mom letting me hold her hand after she had passed away--she looked so angelic! I admire her in so many ways and am forever indebted for the perfect mother that she raised to be mine.

So happy birthday to her---and many more! (I can actually hear her singing "and many more" as she always did--I also can practically hear her every time I sing "How Great Thou Art"-the lofty mountains grandeur part--weird huh?! I dont know why?! ) Anyways--Happy Birthday Grandma--you are loved and missed but most importantly remembered!

Mt. Olivet looked so beautiful with the blue sky and fall leaves so I took a few other pics. My camera was doing funny things and the lighting is a little off but they are pretty nonetheless...

Friday, October 17, 2008

Fall Break!

me and Cait at the game

Well my "fall break" was not too much of a break considering I am still working on a 12 pg. research paper, my grad project, cleaning my attic (big job!) and picking up shifts at work--but Caity coming for a few days made my break! She came on Thurs night and stayed till Mon. We did alot of eating, shopping, went to BYU football game, and just hung out! We had a lot of fun and I am glad she was able to come visit for a Sister's (some of them :) Weekend!

at Red Robin when Caity got in

with Connie, a friend of my mom's who cheered with her:)

Love you Caity-Cat---to the moon and back!

Luke Houston Parker

Luke was born last friday-10/10/2008 at 12:46 PM. He weighs 7 lbs, 14 ozs and is 19 in long. He is so cute and I cannot wait to meet him and Paige (coming soon) at Thanksgiving! Congrats Parkers! Love you all to the moon and back!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Happy Belated Tanya Jo George!

I met my best friend 7 years ago--tawn tawn, tawny, jo, juan tawn, fro, tj, etc.! Her birthday was last week and sometime between when I wrote a card last week and our belated dinner date tonight I misplaced the card so I thought I would write an ode to Jo to publicly thank her for being my best friend and tell her just 25 of the million reasons I think she is amazing!

1. She shared a tube with me as we floated down the provo river like the third day we knew each other
2. She can rock a one piece denim cat suit or a white trash blond wig like it's nobody's business
3. She has an appreciation for chocolate covered fruit or sour patch fruit like I do
4. She loves to be spontaneous and do silly things
5. She likes to capture funny moments on film (as made clear in the slideshow below:))
6. She was the champion at the first annual foosball tournament
7. She is excellent at karaoke in the car--using a maglite as a mic
8. She is real sly when borrowing posters from BYU campus...or laundry rooms:) haha
9. She has been known to play in the mud, wakeboard in her panties, pee on the side of the road & do other crazy stuff
10. She can study and walk the canyon with her bestie at the same time--even when it's raining
11. She appreciates a good deal on shirts and other goods at the DI
12. She loves kids and is so good with them
13. She is an official member of the scooter brigade
14. She would enjoy Jim's Family Restaurant if she tried it
15. She is a really good soccer coach
16. She likes to have a good time in Vegas! 
17. She doesn't mind staying in a KOA campground, sleeping in the Xterra, & showering in a truck stop
18. She can start angel food cake on fire and have it still taste delicious
19. She is always so anxious to serve others and helped me to do so since I met her--especially instilling in me my love for the residents at Crestview
20. She is so dedicated to what she loves and wants to do and works hard to accomplish what she sets her heart to do..
21. She has treated me to more than a few pedicures--thanks Jo!
22. She is always dressed so cute and trendy and looks great all the time in anything she wears
23. She is an incredible teacher. I had the opportunity to observe her a few times in her class and was in awe of how good she is with the kids, how organized and creative she is, ad how much she loves them and they love her. I have no doubt she has touched the hearts and lives of the kids she has had in class and will continue to do so...
24. She put up with me borrowing or wanting to borrow her clothes all the time even though I know it drove her crazy--I could not help it they were so cute:) 
25. most importantly she put up with me and is always there for me! Jo and I are besties no matter how long we go in between talks or texts, we know we can count on one another for anything and have been there already for eachother through a lot! i know we will be friends forever--butt buddies forever! 

I had so much fun looking at pics and reminiscing! HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Come what may and LOVE it!

Come what may and LOVE it!  and don't get mad, embarrassed, frustrated, or angry...just laugh! I love that. Elder Wirthlin's talk was one of my favorites but I don't know if I can even say that because I loved all of conference (I will have to re-watch a few talks of Sun afternoon session because I got a little caught up in making the ward directory). There were so many wonderful talks and it was so motivational and comforting that things will all be ok. I loved President Monson's message to live now as well..and so many others!  It was wonderful and definitely strengthened my testimony that this IS the true church and I am so grateful to be a member of it!