Monday, July 28, 2008

Hoping to Adopt

You've all probably noticed a big change on our site a few weeks ago. Our big picture of our family is now just a banner on the side with the words "Hoping to Adopt." We are working once again on adoption paperwork. We hope to be approved to adopt by October when Owen turns 18 months. Then we wait again. Thankfully so many of you have blogs and people who we don't know who read them. Those people might know someone in a situation where they have a baby (younger than 6 months) for adoption. So, to get to the point, we're asking those with blogs if they wouldn't mind put our little banner on their side bar.

  • For those on Blogger, all you have to do is edit your Layout.
  • On the side bar of your layout, click "Add an Element" picture.
  • Under "Picture" click "Add to Blog"
  • In the "Link" text box type ""
  • Click the "From the web" for the image source and type in "" and then press the "Enter" key.
  • Click "Save"

If the "From the web" option doesn't work then just right click our banner and save it to your computer. Then just Browse and upload it instead of using the "From the web" option.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Sewing, sewing, sewing

My sister Alicia is having her 2nd baby by c-section on August 13th. So I got busy sewing last week and made her some burp clothes, a rag blanket, and a taggie blanket. For those who don't know what a taggie blanket means, it's a little comfort blanket made out of minky fabric (ultra soft plush fabric) with ribbons that stick out making tags. Owen has one I made him when he was 7 months. He loves it so much and he loves playing with the tags. He sleeps with it and loves to carry it around. When he's upset we just give him his taggie and all is ok. The pink taggie in the slide show was for my friend Melissa. She wanted one as a gift for her sister-in-law who just had a baby girl.

Pink Eye and Flu

I think we must be completely unlucky when it comes to getting sick. Barry brought home the flu. He was sick Sunday and Monday. Tuesday I ended up taking Owen to the doctor for a case of pink eye. Luckily it was bacterial so the antibotic drops are working. Believe me it's no pinic putting them in his eyes though. Yesterday I came down with the flu and I'm feeling a bit better but not much. At least it's not the stomach flu.

Virginia City

Saturday we took at fun day drive to Virginia City in Montana. It's a historical mining town northeast from Dillon. You can look into all these old buildings like a mercantile, blacksmith, and such. We dropped into the candy store and got some fudge and salt water taffy (it's made right in the store).

A little bit farther up the road is Nevada City and they have a music museum with old Wurlitzer self-playing pianos and related self-playing instruments. Owen loved it. They even have a train you can take.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Photo Tagged

I was photo tagged by my sister-in-law Amanda. I did this last night so that explains some of the pictures.

Self Portrait
I was lucky to get a shower today so my hair is not the greatest.

What the kids are doing right now

Our Bathroom
Opps, forgot to take a picture. Well, the vanity counter is a bit messy but other than that it looks OK.

Our Closet

The Laundry Room

The Fridge

Favorite room in the house
I love our nursery!

Favorite Pair of Shoes
My Sketcher sandals are so comfortable.

The Kitchen Sink

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Busy, Busy 4th of July Weekend

We had a fun 4th of July weekend. Barry's sister Amanda came up with her family so we spent most of our time with them and the rest of the family. On the 4th we went to Barry's parents for a BBQ. Their backyard is wonderfully shady so we stayed outside most of the time. Owen got the best of both worlds, playing outside and playing with his cousins. Owen got to swing, play in the sandbox, and slide down the little slide. In the picture, Owen is playing with his cousins Noah and Taylor. (Thanks Allison!) 

We didn't go to the big firework show. We would have ended up chasing down Owen and struggling to hold him. Luckily we had the perfect vantage point from our backyard to see the Rigby fireworks they shot from the lake on the 3rd. 

On the 5th, we went to Barry's brother David's home and had homemade pizza and homemade ice cream. Owen decided he wanted to go for a little swim and went head first into the kiddy pool (Thanks to Uncle David for saving him! No thanks to Daddy!) We got him interested in some other outside toys instead. That night we shot off some fireworks from their house.

Sunday we had cake & ice cream for Grandpa Clinger's birthday. It was so wonderful to see and talk to everyone. Later we went over to Barry's parents for cake & ice cream for our nephew Noah. We played volleyball with Barry's siblings and it was soooo fun! Yesterday was Grandma Olsen's birthday so we went to see her too. 

All in all we had a busy but great 4th of July weekend!

Mama's Little Helper

I usually have to put Owen in his high chair when I sweep and mop. He likes to chase after the broom and runs through the piles. So I came up with the idea of giving him the Swiffer and actually putting a dry cloth on it. This Swiffer can be made shorter so I took out a segment to make it Owen-sized. Owen had a ball pushing it around the kitchen and following Mama as I swept up the big stuff. I told him he was being Mama's helper and doing such a good job. He actually got a fair amount of dirt on the dry cloth. I love my little bubba!

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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Our House in Bloom

I get accused by Barry for not appreciating all the hard work he puts in to make our house look beautiful outside. So I felt I better share all of the hard work he's put in by posting some beautiful pictures of our yard. I've had some friends in our ward Relief Society who can't say enough how much they love what Barry's done. I always make sure to mention it is Barry's hard work and knack at all things green that makes our yard look the way it does. So with no further ado here are some pictures.

Lovin' the Sandbox

Owen loves being outside and most of all the dirt. He'll run around for a bit but he always comes back to flower beds and starts playing in the dirt (and sometimes trying to eat it). So I thought it'd be better for him to have a sandbox. We looked at the prices for a plastic one and they were just plain expensive. We thought about Barry building one but he's too busy at the moment. Anyway, Owen's Uncle David and Aunt Joni were so kind to let us borrow their dinosaur sandbox they aren't using. We picked it up Wednesday and filled it up when we got home. Owen loved it! He played for at least 30 minutes before he wanted to get out. He was covered in sand from head to toe so we gave him a bath afterward. I usually freak out about him getting dirty but I don't mind when I can watch him and not chase after him.