Monday, January 26, 2009

NCAA Basketball

Most of you know that I enjoy sports, especially watching football and basketball. But check this crap out....

Aubrey Coleman, this kid that plays for Houston STEPPED ON THE FACE of Chase Buddinger, a player from Arizona. He almost looks smug as he does it and I wish they'd let Buddinger get a few good punches in. This Coleman guy should be knocked off the team, in my opinion. You can read the article and see the video here.

Despicable.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

I WON!!!

Do you remember awhile back when I posted about the ModMum baby sling giveaway? Well, I just got an e-mail and I WON the December giveaway!!! WOOO HOOO I am going to get a FREE Lily sling - isn't it cute?? It was a tough call between that one and the Bella...but I went with Lily!

Hooray for free stuff!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

BabieS

So, for those of you who don't have Facebook or haven't heard.....we're PREGNANT! And to make the news bigger...it's with TWO BABIES! AHHHH!!! I must say, my first thought was a very not nice word. But I'm getting excited as I get over the nervous feelings!!

Most of you probably know about our NICU stay with Abby. As wonderful as the LR Baptist NICU is, any stay there is not fun. As a new mom you expect to have your precious little one go home with you and if that doesn't happen, it really messes with your psyche. Not cool at all.

And so, between my blood sugar problems and the twin situation, I will be seeing perinatologists (high-risk OBs) for this pregnancy. I will try to keep you updated on my doctors appointments and how they go. For now, here are some pictures of my precious babies. We were SHOCKED at how good the picture of "Baby A" came out. He/she is closer to the front, so we got a clearer shot than we did of "Baby B." Although both shots are better than any I got with Abby at this stage of the game (these were at 8 1/2 wks). Even on "Baby B" you can distinguish head from rear and see the arm/leg buds starting to show. Abby looked like a lima bean.

I still can't believe that Heavenly Father has entrusted us with these two sweet spirits. Now my prayer is that He will help us to do our part to get them here safely and without any health problems. All prayers are appreciated!!!



There are TWO babies in there:


This is "Baby B" hanging out in the back.


And this is "Baby A" playing the part of the front runner.



Thursday, January 15, 2009

Getting to knoooooow you...

Another one of those goofy getting to know you things that I love!!


1. What is your occupation right now? Zac's wife and Abby's mommy....and I LOVE my work! :)

2. What color are your socks right now? Pink with little presents on them

3. What are you listening to right now? The Iron Chef on TV and Abby rustling around in her sleep

4. What was the last thing that you ate? Chicken quesadilla at Casa Mexicana

5. Can you drive a stick shift? If my life depended on it, I could manage

6. Last person you spoke to on the phone? My wonderful hubby who I MISS A LOT right now

7. Do you like the person who sent this to you? Yup, it's my father-in-law...he bought my dinner! lol

8. How old are you today? 26

9. What is your favorite sport to watch on TV? Football or basketball

I guess #10 got lost...

11. Have you ever dyed your hair? Oh, YES!

12. Favorite Food? Sushi! Haven't had any in awhile...

13. What is the last movie you watched? Because I Said So

14. Favorite day of the year? I can think of a lot...but these days, any day that Zac's at home with me and Abby is great

15. How do you vent anger? These days, I usually cry


16. What was your favorite toy as a child? Probably my Barbies

17. What is your favorite season? It used to be winter - but that might change now! :)

18. Cherries or Blueberries? Strawberries :)

19. Do you want your friends to e-mail you back? Sure - or post it on your blog or Facebook

20. Who is the most likely to respond? I hate this question...

21. Who is least likely to respond? See previous answer

22. Living arrangements? Zac, Abby and me

23. When was the last time you cried? Wednesday at the airport when I left my hubby :(

24. What is on the floor of your closet? A buncha junk

25. Who is the friend you have had the longest that you are sending to? Christine will read it on here...

26. What did you do last night? Waited for Abby to finally go to sleep!

27. What are you most afraid of? Losing my family

28. Plain, cheese, or spicy hamburgers? Plain with cheese :) And bacon is always good, too.

29. Favorite dog breed? One that doesn't live at my house....although the Rott/Lab mix I had was a pretty cool dog

30. Favorite day of the week? Monday or Tuesday - Zac's days off!

31. How many states have you lived in? Five - Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Utah

32. Diamonds or pearls? Diamonds

33. Trees or concrete? I'm getting really fond of my mountains :)

34. Comedy or Drama? Comedy

35. Worst thing about getting older? More bills :)

36. Best thing about getting older? Wisdom gained from experience

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Kids say...

Today Abby was pushing one her babies around in a "buggy" - actually an infant push toy that she shoved it into - and I asked her where they were going. Her usual answer is "Wal-Mart" or "the store."

But today she said, "Going to the doctor to get his face fixed."

I almost fell over I was laughing so hard.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Abby's "bo-bo"

Yeah, make sure you pronounce that right - it's not "boo boo," it's "bo-bo." That's how Megan has always said it and, all of a sudden, Abby started saying it. Kinda funny. Anyway, for those of you who haven't heard it yet, here's the long version of how today went at the Elliott house.

I was babysitting for Tate and Lexi today. Zac works half days on Wednesday, so he was here this morning. Which was a good thing - I got bottom braces yesterday and wasn't exactly feeling up to par.

One of Tate's favorite things to do is "build a house" with the couch cushions. It's generally a good thing to keep them occupied. Easy to clean up and a soft landing place. But today they decided to stand the cushions up and were getting a little rough. After Abby got tossed to the floor and started crying, we put a stop to the house building and put the cushions back. A little while later I was making lunch and saw, out of the corner of my eye, the big couch cushion going up in the air. In the split second that I was saying, "No more playing with the couch cushions..." Abby climbed on top of it right as Tate got under it and jumped up to 'throw' Abby off. My immediate reaction was to just pick her up, figuring she just "bonka-ed" her head, as she says. Then I heard Zac say, "Oh no!" and I saw the blood all over the right side of her face.

We took her into our bathroom and put her on the counter so we could clean her up. After wiping off the blood and trying to keep a wet cloth on her eyebrow, we got the bleeding to pretty much stop. We examined the cut - it was about as long as my pinky nail and about an 1/8" deep and wide. This being our first accident, we tried to figure out if the ER was necessary. One of those times you wish a grandma was closer...

We called Sarah White, Tate and Lexi's mom, but she was working and unable to answer. (She's a nurse, FYI). Then I called a friend from church who is also a nurse, but she wasn't home. (She called us back, but we were at the doctor's office by then - thanks, Mary!) So Zac called his Mom on my cell phone while he sent her pictures with his cell phone. She gave us the advice I was thinking - since the blood was pretty much stopped and it hadn't knocked her out, called the pediatrician's office. Of course, we didn't have a doctor here before today! I had e-mailed some ladies from church about doctor referrals, so I pulled up the e-mail and called the office. The nurse was super nice and told me to come on in and they would see her. Their main concern was her age - if she fought too hard about having it cleaned, we would have to go to the hospital so they could sedate her. (Enter prayers here!)






Zac stayed with Tate and Lexi, called Jake about what was going on, and Abby and I were off to the doctor. They took us right back and the doctor came in. He basically said that this was the "perfect accident." It was a linear cut, which meant it closed cleanly. And because it was still in her eyebrow (barely), it wasn't so close to her eye that they would have to sedate her.

The nurse cleaned the wound with a saline solution. This was the worst part because the water running down her face kinda freaked Abby out. I held her head against mine and it went pretty well, especially after the nurse promised her a sucker! :) The doctor came in and we decided to put a pillow (actually a roll of hospital chucks) under her neck to tilt her head back. Then I held a piece of gauze over her eye while the doctor glued her shut. Lots of pediatricians here are putting TVs in their ceilings - a blessing for this situation! Abby ate her sucker and watched Finding Nemo while Dr. Clayton glued her shut. I held her, although she only wiggled a few times. I was SO PROUD of her. She did amazingly well! The doctor said that he glue was a new kind they'd just started using because it dries a lot faster - and it did!



Overall, not as terrible of an experience as I thought it would be. If this is our worst accident (haha) I'll be happy. :) Hopefully the last one for awhile...

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Arkansas schedule

Abby and I are leaving next week for another Arkansas visit. This one is based around Christine's wedding!!! We'll be gone for almost three weeks - it'll be a fun visit, but I'm not excited to leave my hubby for that long. :o/

Anyway, here's what I have going on while I'm in Arkansas:

Wednesday, Jan 14
Arrive around 7:30pm
Sheila's birthday!

Thursday, Jan 15
Celebrate Sheila's birthday with Elliotts

Friday, Jan 16
Craft Night at church!!

Saturday, Jan 17
Christine's bachelorette PAR-TAY!!!

Monday, Jan 19
Hang out with my sisters

Some empty time - I'm open for suggestions! :)

Friday, Jan 30
Rehearsal dinner in Dallas

Saturday, Jan 31
THE WEDDING!!!

Tuesday, Feb 3
We fly back to SLC with Hope

Sunday, January 04, 2009

$5 dinner giveaway

If you've browsed through my blog links, you've noticed the $5 dinner page. Erin is amazing at breaking down the cost of her dinners and keeping the prices low and nutrition high. It's even more amazing considering her boys' food allergies that she deals with! It makes Abby's little temporary allergies looks very miniscule! Anyway, she's having a giveaway for a $25 Kroger giftcard on her blog through Wednesday. Head on over and enter! And if you decide that you don't need to save money on groceries, you can enter and give it to me when you win! lol!!!

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Olympic Park

We drove to Park City Monday to show Sherry the outlet malls and to check out some of the ski areas. Then we discovered that you can check out the Olympic Park for free. Lots of activities you can pay for, but a free museum and lots of fun stuff to see!
Zac being a goober with the huge pile of snow that had been cleared off the parking lot...
Abby wasn't happy about her booty getting cold while she sat on the snow.



One of the fancy, authentic bobsleds.




Then there was this older bobsled that people could get in. The girls had a BLAST and they kept saying that they were going to see Grams and Grampa.





Playing on the sled/luge things.







While in Park City, we all became champion skiiers. :)



















Some of the museum stuff. This is one of the eskimo-type costumes that some of the people wore in the opening ceremonies. I believe they were called Children of Light during the program.




We thought these guys were pretty cool.

Another part of the opening ceremonies....people carried this around during the program so it "flew" around the stadium.



This cool buffalo/bison had autographs of lots of Olympians. Here's
Brian Boitano's autograph!



Gotta get the touristy posing photos! :)




One of the practice jumps. The bottom of this jump ends in a pool, so they can practice in the summer.



And this concludes our tour of Olympic Park. They have lots of other fun stuff you can do if you want to pay (we didn't). You can run the world's steepest zipline for about $25, do an Olympic bobsled run for $200 (we really wanted to - but money doesn't grow on trees, you know), and they have a sledding place that is only $5/person. If the snow is still around (I'm sure it will be) when Hope comes to visit, we want to go there.

Blog problems

I can't get the spacing right on my blog posts. I have it right when I type it, but then it gets all jacked up when I publish the post. If you know me and how obsessive I am with that kind of stuff, you know it's driving me crazy...

Sledding fun!!

Monday night, we went sledding. Jake & Sarah had told us about a good sledding spot by their house, so we called Sarah and the kids to join us. The sledding spot was PERFECT! It's a big basin with steep enough sides to be fun, but too steep for the kids. And the safety factor of a basin is great, too. So here are some pics of our enjoyable (for most of us!) sledding experience! :)
Sherry only made a couple of runs. But here's proof that she did go down!
Megan was thrilled with the idea, can you tell?


Tate, Lexi and Sarah White. Sarah's sled is better than ours - we'll have to get one of those.



Zac taking Abby on a run. She wasn't overly thrilled, but we got her to go anyway.




Abby going down with me. Why do I look like such a dork in all these pictures? (Rhetorical question...)




Tate had no problems going down the hill and Abby ended up going with him a couple of times. Pretty funny to send two littles ones down the hill and watch them.



The pretty scenery.



My crazy husband. Enough explanation, I think.


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