Some random randomness

Why can’t repair men accurately schedule arrival times? I was told 10:30-11 he would be here. It’s now 12:15. Did I really rush my shower time for nothing?

Why do I love tuna noodles so much? I hated it as a kid but now I love it. I eat it all the time. Though, it probably helps that I put a few tablespoons of Tabasco on it.

A pound is a pound–when you gain a pound it seems like a TON. But when you look at a pound of See’s chocolates it’s just so little.

Why do people swear? Like, all the time? On the flip side, why do people have to use big words? Like, all the time? Just talk normal.

Backtrack to Washington, etc

For the longest time I completely forgot to blog about our trip going to California from Utah by way of Washington and Oregon. Yep, we decided to make a trip of our moving. So here are some documented moments of the trip.

We left around 5pm on a Monday. Our original plan was to drive through the night so Katelyn would sleep through a chunk of the trip. That plan resulted in our low point.


Laying down the seats and sleeping in the car for about four hours near Butte, Montana. I think my face and hair say it all. Katelyn just thought getting up at 6am was fun.

Pressing forward we eventually made it to Spokane just before lunch. We made a quick stop to see my Aunt Brenda and cousin Elise.


Then we had a visit with my grandparents so that they could meet Katelyn.


Later that night we made it back to my old neighborhood where we stayed with my former Bishop and his wife (to who we are always grateful for their hospitality).

While we were in the Seattle area we visited all of our old favorites. Here we are enjoying the Mukilteo beach–one of our favorite places.




After a few days in Washington we headed to Oregon. Along the way we made a pit stop to see my old roommate Mari. OK…to see her home. So jealous.

Then to the Oregon coast. But first, Tillamook.  Mmmm…cheeeeeese…


Then Seaside:




And this is where Katelyn decided she hates sand.


But where she decided she likes swimming (in a heated pool).


(I know. I we were one of “those” parents who put our little girl in a diaper cover pretending it’s a swimming suite and acted like it was no big deal that she was topless…)

From there we headed to California where you all know it from there.  I think…



10 Months

Apparently this has become a blog of Katelyn updates. I’m running low on blogging ideas.

Today I took Katelyn’s 10-monthers. Ten months. It’s crazy.

But first, here are a few things about our little Brown-Eyed Bug.

She has recently started the official babble. I know. Ten months. Take your time little one. She’s always been pretty vocal but just hasn’t quite figured out what to do with the voice until a little later than “normal.”  But we love it. Especially when she seems to gear up for it by closing her eyes and filling her cheeks with air and letting out a big “bah-bah!” It’s great. Here’s a little clip.


She loves, loves her books. Especially the “Where is Baby’s Mommy” flap book series. She likes to choose which books she reads at bedtime and when given a choice between a flap book and any other, it’s always the flap books. So cute.


We finally decided it was time to make her sleep through the night. Seems like it should have happened a long time ago but with all the traveling, moving, and her getting sick we had to get the rest of her ducks in a row first. It wasn’t too difficult and she did pretty well. Until she got sick last week. After two hours of her fussing off and on in the middle of the night, I decided to go check on her and when I did I immediately realized she had a fever. So everything was fun for the next several days. But she has slowly gotten back to her normal, happy, babbling self.

So here are the pictures from today.



She loves her Pooh Bear that Gramps got her.








If you could see it now

If you could see our apartment now, you’d think we just moved in yesterday. Today, I’ve taken a vacation (for the most part) from cleaning.

In our living room we have five totes that we decided needed purging and organizing. We didn’t get too far last night but the project continues.

There are four loads of laundry (clean, thank you very much) screaming my name, spread about the living room. I gave up on folding them after Katelyn unfolded the half of a load I so meticulously folded and stacked.

There are bits of Katelyn’s dinner on the kitchen floor, though not as much as there was thanks to her after dinner grazing.

For the 17th time this week there are packets of jello, hot chocolate, drink mixes, and microwave popcorn scattered amongst the food bits in the kitchen, mingled with KitchenAid attachments. Who needs actual baby toys?

This all because Little Miss Katelyn decided she didn’t need an afternoon nap today. That combined with a my favorite perk of nursing suddenly disappearing yesterday (bumm-er), I’d say we’re in pretty good decent acceptable livable shape.