Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year

We celebrated the New Year at home. Barry bought some yummy appetizers for dinner and we had a fun time watching college football and a movie while Owen played. It's really hard to take Owen to someone else's home. It's just not enjoyable for Barry and I where we have to constantly make sure he isn't in trouble and it's really hard to get him to fall asleep away from home. Maybe next year he'll be old enough. :)

In 2 days, it will be the last year of being in my twenties. I'd come right out with my age but saying "I'm in my twenties" makes me feel better. I feel old and not because I get called ma'am. I look at people younger than me who've have 3 or more kids and think," Man, I'm almost thirty and I'm lucky to have one." Even my mother had her three children before thirty. I just need to focus on my blessings as I've posted about before. I haven't written in my gratitude journal for ages. So that's one of my goals for 2010. I don't really believe in New Year resolutions. I think it's better to set some goals that you can accomplish anytime throughout the year instead of starting on New Years Day and falling off the wagon a couple weeks later. I really hope this year will be better than the last not that this year has been bad.

Happy New Year everyone!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Christmas 2009

We have had lots of food and fun this Christmas season. Unfortunately the expansion of my waistline can prove it. Oh well. Time to hit my glider machine. I know once Barry is reads this he'll automatically say, "Yeah right."

First we had my Grandma Olsen's party on the 20th. Then we had a family party with Alicia & Josh and my dad on the 23rd. Christmas Eve we spent with Barry's immediate family. Every one of Barry's siblings were there. With all the little grandkids there you can imagine how crazy but fun it was.

We had a wonderful Christmas morning. We opened presents and then ate French toast. Owen got really spoiled by everyone. He got shirts, pajamas, books, puzzles, a stick horse, a ball, an Elmo video, Woody and Buzz bean bag toys, a Lightning McQueen pillow, a big wooden train, and new things for his wooden Thomas train set. I got spoiled too by Barry with 3 new shirts, a coat, and a new comforter set for our bed. Barry got a new sweater vest for church, a new bed pillow, and a new game for his PS3.

On Saturday, we had a party with my mom's side of the family. All my Grandpa's living children and grandchildren where there except for my cousin Bryce who is serving a mission. It was great! I think the best part of the night had to be when my cousin Clint opened women's Christmas socks in the gift exchange game.

Here are some pictures of the festivities.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas Cookies

Last night was the adult session of Stake conference. Usually just one of us goes so we don't have to hassle with finding a babysitter. Anyway, Owen and I were bored so I got the inkling to make Christmas cookies with him. I had this recipe for Sour Cream cookies that Barry's sister is always saying is so easy. We tried it and she was so right! I've included the recipe at the bottom. Thanks Aunt Amanda!

Owen hates having his pictures taken. I told him to say "cheese" and he got mad. So funny that I caught it on camera.

Owen liked pushing the cookie cutters down for me.

Sour Cream Cookies
by Amanda Dipo
1 cup sugar
1 cup shortening
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
1/2 cup sour cream
3 cups (or a little more) flour

Mix shortening and sugar.
Add remaining ingredients.
Using floured rolling pin, roll out on floured countertop and use cookie cutters.
Bake 350 degrees F for 8-10 minutes.
When cooled, frost and decorate as desired.

Christmas Tree

We put up our Christmas tree the 1st week of December this year with the hope that unlike last year we could decorate the whole thing. Those hopes were quickly squashed within minutes of decorating the tree. He still won't leave the shatterproof bulbs alone. Last year I'd find them all over the house so 1/3 of our tree isn't decorated with ornaments. We did decide to put bows on the whole thing and he's left those alone as well as the presents. His favorite thing is to push the on/off button for the lights.

Gotta love the look on Owen's face, like he knows he shouldn't be putting his toy tape measure in the tree. Haha.

Here is the finished product.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Favorite Christmas Songs

A friend of mine posted some of her favorite Christmas songs on her blog. I thought it was a fun and neat idea. Here are some favorites of mine.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

This and That


I wanted to share this cute picture of Owen. He is 2 1/2 now and growing up way too fast.

It’s been snowing all day. Right now it’s some little flurries here and there. I’m kind of bummed that it’s winter all ready. I was really enjoying the Indian summer but I’m excited for Christmas. It’s been great to have the stores doing sells already so I don’t have to deal with the Black Friday crowds and the December madness. I have 3 people already done!

Barry's hernia surgery went well on the 7th. The doctor was hoping to do a laparoscopic procedure but the hernia was too big. Barry ended up with a pretty deep 7 inch incision instead. He got the staples out Thursday but there is some nerve damage. He's healing slowly and still pretty sore. He had a endoscopic exploratory procedure done before his surgery. The doctor wanted to see what damage his hiatial hernia has done to his esophagus. They dilated his esophagus a bit because he has had trouble swallowing. They didn't find any serious problems so he is just to take an acid reducer as needed.

I’ve been trying to wart off the waiting for baby blues. I've gotten involved by doing the Families Supporting Adoption blog for the Idaho Falls chapter. Every office of LDS Family Services has one. It's main purpose is to promote adoption (and in doing so hopefully bring in more birthmothers) but it is also a support group of sorts. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I post and then I post any events our chapter is having. You'll have to check it out (

Owen is doing well and knock on wood hasn't been sick. We've tried to keep him home as much as possible with all this flu going around. Next week we are going to try to get the H1N1 flu mist for him. Anyway, he is growing like a weed. He has been eating none stop the last week and then yesterday and today he hasn't ate much at all. Must be a growth spurt. He's talking better and if you are around him a lot you can make out more than just 2 words. He sure is spoiled though. He knows just how to get his way with Barry and I. I'll be so happy when he gets baby brother or sister and has to learn to share in multiple ways. The other day he told me "me poop" and banged on his bum. It's the first time he's ever done that. It definitely makes me more hopeful about potty training him next year.

Christmas Cards

I finally had the time this year to do hand-made Christmas cards this year. It was lots of fun doing them. I'm excited to I have them all done so that I can send them out the 1st week of December. I got the idea for each from the sister in our ward that does the cardmaking activity for Relief Society every month (she's so creative and talented). I added my own touch with a little bling and ribbon . Usually it takes me days and days to do cards but these were so fast and easy.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween

I hope everyone had a safe and FUN Halloween. This year was about the same for us. I took Owen up to work to do trick or treating. My co-workers have candy at each of their desks and usually they are dressed up too. Friday we went to our ward party. They served chili and hot dogs. They had a cake walk, fish pond, and lots of other fun things but we didn't stay for all of it. Owen hadn't taken his nap and needed to go to bed early. Owen is being a real stinker when it comes to napping. He won't take a nap unless you continually put him back in his bed and let him cry it out. I've given up the ghost but not Barry (all power to him).

Anyway, here is Owen in his Thomas the Train costume last night. We asked him if he wanted to go outside and get some candy but he was just not in the mood. So we stayed home and he watched us pass out candy to the trick-or-treaters that came to our house. We had about 50 kids but I know we had more last year. Oh well.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Mushes (aka Kisses) for the Cousins


Sorry I haven't posted in a while. I've been busy posting on the Families Supporting Adoption blog for the Idaho Falls Chapter.

Things are going OK for us. I have to remind myself that things could be worse. Barry is having his hernia repaired November 4th. I'm not looking forward to his surgery. Last time he went into surgery for his back he had a hard time waking up because of all the pain. Not an experience I want to re-live. Anyway, at the same time they are going to do a laparoscope down his throat to get a better look at his esophagus. He has a hiatus hernia (where your stomach pokes up through your diaphragm) that causes too much stomach acid reflux. We are praying that nothing is revealed that requires more surgery.

I am all excited to have Autumn here. It truly is my favorite season. It's so nice to have cooler days. Owen can go out and we can play much longer without it being uncomfortable. I love being able to wear sweaters and see the colors change. I love the pumpkin treats to be had (pumpkin pie cake, pumpkin chip cookies and break, pumpkin rolls, etc.). I have my Halloween decorations up and I cannot wait for us to carve some pumpkins with Owen. Owen is going to be Thomas the Train this Halloween. I ordered it used off E-bay for a 1/3 of the cost brand new. I had him try on his costume to see if it was going to need to be taken up a bit (turned out to be just perfect). He wouldn't let me take it off the rest of the night. I'll post pictures the day after Halloween.

I want to thank [sarcastic undertones here] Barry for exposing Owen to Sesame Street. More specifically Elmo which Owen calls Samo (it was cute the first 20 times). Anywho, now Elmo is the new love of Owen's life. He still loves Thomas and trains but he's on this Elmo kick lately. We ended up buying him a plush Elmo because he was carrying around/sleeping with the Elmo bubble bath we got him. He eats, sleeps, and plays with his Elmo now. I guess there could be worse characters he could be obsessed with (like Barney).

Here is a picture of Owen eating lunch with his Elmo. He wouldn't cooperate taking his picture earlier so I took it at lunch.


Here is Owen wearing Great Grandpa Olsen’s hat. You can see he’s holding his Elmo bubble bath (this was before we got his plush Elmo)


Thursday, August 27, 2009

Making a Change

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately. I know you’re going to think in a minute, “Does she ever think about anything but getting another baby?” My simple answer is YES, but it’s something I want so badly that it’s hard for me control. Plus for me, I think all the time and sometimes I think so much that my brain hurts.

Anyway, back to the point of this post. Barry and I have been praying as to what we should at this point. The answer came and He has promised there is a baby for us but we are to continue waiting, endure the waiting, and be content with what the He has already given us. Not exactly what I wanted to hear but how can you argue with God. The scriptures tell us that we are to become “as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.”

So I’ve been thinking how can submit to Heavenly Father’s will and wait any longer? I’ve concluded that His answer to be content is my answer. I admit that I struggle with being satisfied. It’s always the next thing that will solve everything. My next question is, how can I be content? The answer came to me the other day. I need to count my blessings (a.k.a. express gratitude). I remember a while back Oprah was on a big kick about gratitude journals. I’ve decided to start one in my quest to change and be content. Not only am I hoping it will get me through the wait but I also hope it will invoke the law of attraction (negative attracts negative, positive attracts positive). Barry is always gripping about my negativity. And yes, I am frequently negative. Maybe this journal will be my way to stop being so negative. Now if I can just make it a habit so no matter how hard this waiting gets, I can remember my blessings and write down 5 things I’m thankful for every night.

Here is a little audio clip from Oprah’s XM radio talk show about gratitude. It’s really good.

Oprah on Gratitude

Our Summer Nights

I figured I haven’t posted any pictures of Owen for awhile. He’ll be 2 and 1/2 years old this October. Time sure flies. Anyway, about 6 o’clock at night it’s just cool enough to let Owen out to play. It’s about the same every night. Thanks to Owen’s Uncle David & Aunt Joni we were able to borrow their sandbox last year. Owen still loves to play in it. His favorite thing is to shovel sand in his wheel toy and watch the sand run through from above.


He is so focused when he’s playing with dirt.


Good thing we have wonderful neighbors that have given us permission to let Owen play on their swing set. It’d be so impossible to keep him away from it since we don’t have a fence yet. He was big into swinging at first and scared of the slide. Now all he wants to do is go down the slide.


Running to go down again!


Saturday, August 22, 2009

Handy Wo-man!!

Here is the down low. Our towel bar in our master bathroom came loose. It was screwed into dry wall anchors that eventually wiggled out of place. It's been that way for at least 2 months. I've been NAGGING Barry to fix it. Being his busy season, I took matters into my own hands. Not to rag on Barry but there is Barry time and Rebecca time. Barry takes forever getting to and thinking up the best way to fix things but usually gets it right the first time. Rebecca nags and then after getting fed up hurries up and gets the job done (but it takes her multiple time to get it right).

I took the towel bar off the wall and then used painter's putty to fill in the holes. I let that dry for 2 days and then sanded and painted over it. It's not exact match because the paint we used dried out.

I used a stud finder tool and the wood studs weren't in the a good place for the bar (now I know why they used dry wall anchors). I went to the hardware store with one of the anchors and the guy there helped me find a match. Once I got home I marked out the hole positions about 3 inches to the right of the old holes. I even did the right thing and used a level to do it!

Presto! Here is the finished product. I'm so proud of my handy skills.

While We Wait

August 19th marked 1 year that we've waited so far for another baby. And on the 2oth the baby girl we were supposed to get turned one. At times I wonder what she looks like now and how things are going for her mother. To say the least, I had a really hard time last week. Which is strange because I originally thought this week would be the hard one. We waited 19 months until Owen was in our arms but you still hope the next time will be shorter. It's just hard. I can't complain though because I know other couples have waited longer than us and are still waiting. Anyway, back to the point of this post.

Having projects to do helped me while we waited for Owen. I made two baby afghans during that time one pink/green and one blue/green. I've decided to do a couple projects this time too to help pass the time. This is the first time I've tried crocheting clothing. So pardon the imperfections. I hope they fit when the time comes.

Maybe it's wishful thinking but I started out with the girl things first. Here is a cute bear beanie. I'm going to do the boy version in brown and light blue for the accents and minus the flower.

I saw my new niece wearing the cutest crocheted mary janes. I had to try to make some. The right shoe was basically my practice piece (I did it first). It's just not as tight as the left. But what can you expect with handmade things? They can't be exactly the same.

Here is a plain beanie. It should work for either a boy or girl. If we get a girl I can put flower and bow clips on it. I am also going to make another one out of the brown yarn since each roll of yarn has enough yarn to make three beanies.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Great Deal @ Payless Shoes

I know I haven't posted in quite some time. I promise I'll have some new posts of what we've been up to later. For now I've got this really good deal on shoes to share. They are having the Buy One Get One Half Off sale at Payless Shoes in-store and online. I also found a 20% coupon off your online order that you can use in addition. If you choose Ship to Store, then shipping is free. It takes about 2 weeks to get your shoes but what a deal! I got a pair of shoes for me and then I got Owen some dress shoes for about $2 after tax when they are regularly $17.99!!! This is a great deal for those with kids. Even if your kids don't need new shoes now why not get the next size up and save!

Here is the coupon code that you apply checkout. It does expire the 7th of September.

Sunday, July 19, 2009


We went down to SLC for a little weekend getaway. Since Barry's parents were stuck with babysitting duty, they gave us their tickets for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's Pioneer Day concert and so we went down for that. The concert was wonderful as always. We also got to see the new Harry Potter with our friends Melissa and Jared. I wish we could have had a chance to visit more. We sure do miss them! HP 6 was good even though I was a bit disappointed that they didn't show any battling at Dumbledore's death and showed a bit to much mushy stuff instead of the all important memories. But I still really liked it. It was lighter than I was lead to believe.

I apologize for the terrible resolution of this video and picture. We didn't bring our camera so I only had my cellphone. It doesn't record or take high resolution pictures being only a 2 megapixel camera. For some reason even though I had it set to take pictures at it's maximum resolution it didn't. We'll have to go swimming again. We invited Barry's sister and her family to come swim. It was so fun! I've decided Owen is really just a fish out of water. He was only one who would jump into the pool at first. Then he got Noah and then Eloise to start jumping in from the side too.

Monday, June 15, 2009

What's a Little Mud?

I think the picture speaks for itself. After pulling Owen away from a mud puddle several times, Owen relented to temptation and jumped right in. He even took a taste of the mud. Needless to say he went straight to the tub.
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Wednesday, June 10, 2009


As promised, here is a video of Owen spelling his name and also counting. He can get to 7 nearly every time. So cute!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Owen Counting

Owen can almost count up to 10 when we read his counting book. His popup "baby toy" (as Barry calls it) has the numbers 1 through 5 on top. Here is some fun video of Owen counting. Listen carefully. :) He can also spell his name when it is written down. I'll have to catch him doing that another time. He is doing a lot better with talking and learning new words.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Train Table

After 8 or so hours of blood, sweat and a couple "dang-it"s and "shoot"s, Owen's train table is basically finished. I have some touch up painting to do and I need to screw in the middle support brace but those can wait. It works is all I can say!

I used some really simple plans from a web site called Squirrel Tracks. All it took was a piece of 1/2" 4x8' plywood, paint, drywall screws, and some scrap 2x4"s. Thanks Neal S. for getting the plywood board and cutting it out. Then I sanded, painted, and assembled it all by myself! It was my project so it doesn't bother me a bit that Barry didn't help. It just makes the sense of pride and accomplishment even sweeter. I can hardly believe little ol' me drilled the pilot holes and screwed in the drywall screws. I even sawed by hand the 2x4 support blocks.

I simply love the blue and green I picked out which is saying something because I never pick out the right color. I also love that I can store Owen's trains, tracks, and accessories under it. I put on top the rug Owen's been using so far to play trains. I figured it would serve two purposes, protect and give some interest. We'll see if we keep it there.

After I get it completely finished then I'm going to put these way cute Thomas vinyls on it.

Happy Owen!

The world's longest train!

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Happy 6th Anniversary, Honey!

Well we made it through this year! It's hard not to look back at this year and not take note of the rocky moments. It's been a much rockier road to baby #2 than I think either of us expected. Even rockier than the road to Owen. But then I think about you and Owen and how so very blessed I am to have my boys.

I also think about the small but happy things we do together. Like yesterday night where we sat outside together watching Owen play in the sandbox. Or when we go to dinner or watch a movie. I think about your smile and laugh and how much I love them. I hope this year will bring more lighter moments. I love you so much and appreciate how hard you work in providing for our family. Here's to the better years yet to come!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day Weekend

For the holiday weekend, we took a little vacation down to Salt Lake City. You'd think we'd tire of going down there at least 2-3 times a year. But we always seem to enjoy the shopping, food, and the company of friends & family. We apologize that we didn't get to see everyone we wanted to see. It seems there are not enough hours in the day.

Saturday morning was filled with the Hoogle Zoo.  I couldn't get Owen to smile for any of the pictures. I think he was tired but also bothered by his 2 year old molars (they've been going up and down for weeks now). We saw lots of animals. Owen's favorite was the Meercats. One got up really close right where Owen was standing and Owen got really excited. Owen got to ride the carousel and the train twice. Once with Da-dad and once with Mom-mum. Hopefully those rides made up for nixing our original plans. We had planned to see Thomas but found out that you couldn't see Thomas without riding him. Maybe next year.

Early that night Barry and I went to dinner for an early celebration of our 6th wedding anniversary. We ate at the Cheesecake Factory (our favorite restaurant down there). They have a Shrimp Scampi + Steak Diane combo that is to die for. The Chicken Madeira + Steak Diane combo is just as heavenly. I had their Banana Cream cheesecake (my favorite) and Barry had Chocolate Coconut Cream. I love, love cheesecake.

Sunday we went to church with Barry's sister and her family. That evening while they were visiting family, we took Owen to Temple Square for the first time. The gardens were so beautiful with all the irises and such in bloom. Owen had to touch every water feature and splash in every puddle. He would have jumped in a few of the fountains if we would have let him.

Barry got to go golfing with Nate this morning before we left for home. And then this evening we had a little BBQ at Mom & Dad's. So, it's been a really enjoyable weekend. Here is a sideshow of our zoo trip and a picture from Temple Square.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Planting Flowers

Two years ago Barry bought these beautiful planting pots to put on our porch and filled them with beautiful flowers for my 1st Mother's Day. Owen was just a month old then and so this year was my 3rd Mother's Day. Anyway, now that it isn't freezing at night Barry figured it was safe to replant them Saturday for this year.

Here is Owen watching Daddy plant. We told him to smell the pretty flowers and now that he knows what it means to smell something he tries to smell everything. Funny little boy :)

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Wind Damage

Today we've had gusts up to 60 mph. We are used to Idaho wind. They always say if the wind isn't blowing then you aren't in Idaho. Luckily we haven't had a power outage from fallen trees but we've lost half of the metal soffit above our porch. 

This all could have been avoided if it would have been installed right. From the looks of it, each panel was attached by only 2 utility staples. Good thing Barry came home early due to the wind. The panels started blowing off just when he got home so he was able to pick up the panels as they fell off. I don't know if they are reusable. We have a siding guy coming over sometime this week to give us an estimate. 

So, in summary I'm hating the wind today more than usual.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Owen's 2 Year Checkup

Wednesday morning Owen had his 2 year wellness visit to the doctor. I still cannot believe how well Owen did! Four or so months ago we took him in because we thought he might have an ear infection. He cried when the doctor tried to do any examining. So this time I was expecting the worse. 

We go to a practice with 8 doctors but you are allowed to choose one if you schedule ahead. Owen has seen Dr. Edwards about a year ago because our regular doctor wasn't available for a last minute appointment. I was really impressed how he related so well to little kids. So after last time's experience the thought came to me how it might be good for Owen to switch doctors. Just like the time before Dr. Edwards let Owen touch the instruments so he wouldn't be so afraid of them. It made all the difference. I also can't believe how Owen only cried for a second for his Hep A booster and when they pricked his finger to get his iron levels. I'm happy to report his iron levels are still normal after failing the test at 12 months and 15 months.

Owen weighed in at 28 lbs 2 ounces and he is 34 inches tall. The nurse mis-measured him at 35 1/2 inches. I would have messed up too if I had to measure a little boy struggling to escape. I noticed his head was about 2 inches away from the starting mark so when we got home I re-measured him. Next time we go in we will have to correct his growth chart.

Other than his eczema he was given a clean bill of health.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Adoption Banner

I figure it's been a while so I'd thought I'd give a little plug for those who have blogs to add our adoption banner. It's oh so easy. And I know you're thinking that I'm a computer genius (I am truly humbled) but I've made a video to show you how. I'm sorry it's so small but if you need help just let me know!

I know it's hard to catch the Web address I type in the "From the Web" box. It is

In the "Link" box, type

We cannot say thank you enough to everyone for their continued help. It has buoyed our spirits and kept us going. The adoption process is a long one. It took us 18 months to finally get Owen in our arms. So we only ask for your continued help and we know the blessings of heaven will come to you too.

I feel like I need to share our experience with finding Owen. After a year of waiting for a baby, my uncles came to Barry and I and asked us how they could help. We decided to hold a family-wide fast on January's fast Sunday. Only two weeks later we found out that a birthmother was seriously considering us to adopt her baby and wanted to meet us. So now we have Owen and desire with all our heart for him to have a little brother or sister someday soon. Whether it is through prayer or through a cousin of a friend of a friend we know it will happen.

I've been reading a book called "Unsung Lullabies." Our caseworker suggested I read it. It is SO GOOD. It helps you understand the feelings and struggles infertile couples go through especially women. I highly recommend it to anyone who has a friend or family member who is choosing adoption or medical help to have children.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

2 Year Old Owen

I took Owen to JCPenney to have his pictures taken for his 2nd birthday. He acted horribly just like when I took him in at 18 months. Crying and not cooperating at all. Luckily just like last time one picture turned out. He isn't smiling but at least it's still a really good picture of him. 

I was changing the picture in the living room of him and I noticed how much he's grown up in just six short months. No more chubby baby cheeks but at least he still has his dimples. Even though I feel empty armed, it's just as fun watching him do more and more. He is talking more everyday and learning new words. Even with his toddler meltdowns, I thank Heavenly Father and his birthmom for him.
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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Slide Time

For Owen's birthday, Barry and I got him a 5-in-1 activity center. It has a slide, basketball hoop, football toss, climbing stairs, and a soccer goal. I thought I'd post some pictures of him playing with it. He has a blast with it. 

Our next door neighbors have a swing set with slide but since we don't have a fence yet it has become a problem with Owen going over there. He doesn't understand that it's not our swing set. So we thought it'd be really nice to get him a toddler slide and such for now. Maybe next year or so we'll get him his own swingset.

Opps, not that way!

He shoots and he scores!

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Happy Birthday Owen!

My baby boy is 2 today. It seems simply unreal (even though he has been acting 2 for a while now). We had his party on Saturday. As you can see we choose Disney Cars for his party theme. He loves McQueen and Tow Mater.  Owen had a good time playing with his cousins and he loved the presents he received. Thank you to all those who came to his party.
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Sunday, April 12, 2009


I can hardly believe the beautiful, sunny weather we had this Easter weekend. Simply perfect. Saturday we hid some eggs for Owen to find in our backyard. He really didn't get what to do but he liked opening the eggs.

Sunday morning we gave Owen his Easter presents. He got Peach Puffs, a Finding Nemo book, a Thomas book, and a wooden train with blocks you can stack on it. He is gaga over trains especially Thomas.

Here is Owen in his new Easter suit. He looked so handsome and grown up. Our friends Melissa & Jared stopped by on their way home to Utah. It was a short visit since we had to get to church but it was still oh so good to see them. After church we ate dinner at Barry's Grandpa & Grandma Luthy's home. They had an Easter egg hunt there and this time Owen knew a little better what to do. He knew the eggs were filled with candy except he would spit out anything he tried. Gross, but at least he didn't fill up on candy.

Today I am getting Owen's 2 year pictures taken in his suit. Hopefully he will cooperate but if we get one good picture like last time I'll be happy.