Sunday, December 28, 2008
Wow, the last week has been fun and it sure has been nice visiting family in Idaho. We closed on our house Tuesday afternoon and headed out to Idaho around 5. Luckily the roads were good and we made great time. We got to Marshall's parents around 10 pm. The next day I made sure to get a workout in as I knew how bad I was going to be with my eating the next few days. Marshall and I also made a trip into Walmart to pick up a few last minute things. We thought it would be crazy, but it really wasn't that bad. The rest of Christmas eve we spent with Marsh's family. We ate lots of great food, had wonderful company, played their Christmas chimes and read the Christmas story. Before bed, the boys opened their Christmas pajamas and they looked so cute. One of my favorite things about having two boys so close in age is having them match :) I don't think Rowan was too pleased with the choke hold that Chandler had on him.Santa was hard at work after the kids went to bed. We all got up at around 7:30 the next morning. Chandler got Squakers McCaw, the talking parrot and a few more tracks and trains for his Thomas set.
The bird was a big hit with everyone and Chandler loves to tote him around and hear him talk. They have quite the conversations. Rowan got a Leapfrog learning table and it's perfect for him. He loves to stand and is walking all over the place now....where did my baby go?
It's funny how you get so excited for your kids on Christmas and could care less what you get. I was pretty excited to open a new lap swimsuit from Marshall along with a new pair of goggles. I've been dying for some variation in my workouts, and it'll be nice to be able to swim laps now too.
We had the most delicious Christmas dinner and Marsh's mom did a great job with the food. I was more than stuffed when it was all said and done. Christmas afternoon we were supposed to head up to Island Park with my family. They had rented a cabin for the whole family. The weather was pretty crazy and has been for the past few days. It was snowing so hard they decided to wait a while. Marshall also had to go back home as he had to work on Friday and there was no way he could get out of it. I was a little nervous as the weather seemed to be turning worse. The boys and I headed up with my parents and two brothers around 5 or so. By the time we finally made it up to Island Park, we couldn't find the cabin. My mom finally thought she saw something and waded through snow that was thigh high. She found the cabin and nothing had been plowed out. We spent the next couple hours hauling in presents, food, and everything else in snow that was 2 1/2 feet deep. The snowmobiles were getting stuck, we all were freezing, and I couldn't believe it as the snow continued to fall. I kept calling Marshall and although he was driving in snow, with wind and drifting, he managed to make it home safely.
Friday I went out on the snowmobiles with my dad and two brothers. I like to snowmobile but I hadn't dressed as warm as I should have and a 2 hour ride turned into 5. I managed to tip my machine in some pretty deep powder and was exhausted by the time we got back. Chandler loved the snow and was in heaven as Uncle Jason pulled him around on the sled, built him a snow cave, and built a little hill for him to sled down.
Marshall made it up safely to the cabin on Friday night and we finally had "Christmas" with all of my family that was there.
Saturday was filled with tons of food, (of course), more snowmobiling, playing in the snow, watching home videos, sitting in the hot tub, and playing games. Chandler officially had a great Christmas and was exhausted. Saturday night he went to bed at 5:45 pm and slept until 8:30 am the next morning. We had such a great time and were so happy to be able to spend Christmas time with our families. (My dad took most of the pictures on here at the cabin. He's got a great camera and took some wonderful shots.)
And the fun doesn't end here. We are moving tomorrow. I hope it doesn't snow too much and that everything goes smoothly. Not sure when we will have the internet hooked up at our new place, but if I have anything to do with it, it won't take long ;)
Monday, December 22, 2008
It’s that time of year again, and although many of you know the happenings of our family this year, I thought I would recap for this Christmas letter. (I usually send this with our Christmas cards but decided to post it online this year.)
January started off with our newest addition. Rowan Niels was born on January 17th, weighing in at 8 lbs 14 ounces and was 20 ½ inches long. He’s been such a loveable baby since day one and Chandler quickly warmed up to him.
We moved from Rexburg to Rigby about 6 weeks after Rowan was born to live with my (Tiffany’s) parents while Marshall finished school. Marsh graduated from BYU-Idaho in April with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, emphasizing in Advertising. He also had clusters in Graphic Design and Business. It was nice for our whole family to have him done. He flew to a few different places – and interviewed with quite a few companies. He really wanted to work for an advertising agency. June came along, and although he had interviewed with a lot of companies, no job offers. Marshall finally decided to put things in the Lord’s hands and really did some soul searching and praying about what he should do and what would be best for our family. He thought back to a company he toured with while on an internship expedition to Minneapolis, MN. He was impressed with the company, C.H. Robinson, and decided to apply. We drove down to the Salt Lake branch and the day after, he was offered a job! We moved down to Lehi, UT a few weeks later. Marsh works in Transportation, (logistics) and even though it isn’t advertising, it’s a great stable company that is treating him great. He’s really enjoys what he does and works so hard. At one point, we thought we might be moving to Detroit, MI to work for an advertising agency Marshall had interviewed with. Looking at how the economy is now and the salary he would have been making, I don’t know if he we would have been making it, and who knows if he would even have a job right now. We have been incredibly blessed to be here in Utah, and it’s nice that we are still close enough family to visit when we want to. Marsh has also been teaching Sunday School (Gospel Doctrine) at church and is a great teacher. I am amazed by how much he knows and teaches me each day.
Chandler hasn’t slowed down one bit. He is constantly on the go, and keeps his mommy running. He loves reading books, watching movies, playing outside, and of course playing with or maybe I should call it teasing his little brother. He just turned 3 last month and I wonder where the time went. He has us a little worried right after he turned 2 last year as he wasn’t really talking. He was only saying about 5 words and we got him in some speech therapy. (I’m not sure how much it actually helped. A girl just came to our house twice a month for 45 minutes and let him play with some of her toys. ) One day it seemed like something clicked and he started to parrot everything we said. Now he is talking up a storm and it’s so fun to see what new things he will say each day. He’s such a sweet boy, and not a day goes by without him giving us hugs and kisses along with an, “I love you.” Definitely makes all those hard days worth it.
Rowan is a happy little guy. He is a very mellow baby and is definitely a mamma’s boy. He whines for me everytime he sees me without fail. Being just a little guy, he’s had his fair share of health problems. He had a 2 ½ month stretch of terrible colds and was diagnosed with pediatric asthma. He’s doing much better and hopefully the asthma is something he will outgrow. He has yet to sleep through the night, but one of these days he’ll surprise me and sleep all night. Although he was just born this year, he has gone from rolling, to sitting, to crawling, and is now walking.
I am at home with the boys and can’t believe how much work it has been having 2 kids. It’s definitely worth it though. I started doing a trade at our local recreation center in the daycare for a family membership in August. I have been working out a lot, and going to a lot of classes to get back into shape. I am finally seeing some positive results after being very consistent for almost 4 months. I also launched an informational site and blog this year, which are slowly growing. I hope to be able to eventually open up an online botique. My informational site is about baby showers at babyshowersavvy.com, and my blog is reviewing baby and kid products at babesandkids.blogspot.com. It’s been a lot of work, but I am starting to see some good traffic to both sites.
If we hadn’t already had a busy enough year, we made an offer on a townhome the end of October. We have a closing date of December 23rd. We were hoping to close and move before Christmas and even though that didn’t happen, we are happy to finally have a home.
It’s amazing to look back on this year and think that we’ve moved 3 times, added to our family, started a first job out of college, started a business, and bought a home. It’s been a crazy year, but we have been extremely blessed. We’ve seen many tender mercies from the Lord and are happy to have a warm home to come home to and to have food in our bellies and good health. Happy Holidays to you all!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Our Christmas party was at 9AM, thus why the boys are in their pajamas. We are headed up to Idaho for Christmas next week and will be up there almost a week. (With the exception that Marsh has to come home and work Friday, and then will come back to Idaho after he's done.) We are way excited to see everyone and can't wait. Although....we have yet to start our Christmas shopping. (We have like one thing for Rowan and that's it.) We were waiting for Marsh's Christmas bonus and so we basically had to wait. We will "try" to do it all tomorrow. That's right, we are going to map everything out and hope to be efficient about it, lol. (Normally I would have had everything done before December even hit, but the budget has been tight this year.) And that something exciting I blogged about last month? I will let you all in on a secret tomorrow or Tuesday.......
Friday, December 12, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
The hotel was incredibly nice. His company paid for everything while we were there which was cool. We even got valet parking when we arrived!
Probably the nicest one I've ever stayed at, very mod. Here is Marshall & I just before we went down for dinner.
Dinner was great! We had crab cakes as appetizers, salads, yummy steak and potatoes for the entree, and some sort of cherry chocolate brownie mousse cake for dessert. Not to mention there was a huge table with sushi, fresh fruits and vegetables, shrimp, chocolate covered strawberries and more. The food was soooo good. After we'd been there a couple hours, they did the photo scavenger hunt prizes. It was hilarious seeing some of the pictures people took. And after it was all said and done, we ended up with 2nd place! Whoa! Our pictures were that good and Marsh and I were beyond excited. The lady who won first prize ended up taking the vacation days so we are the new proud owners of a Wii!!! It's the sports edition and we have yet to play it but we are SO super excited. They had a dance after that and it was so much fun too. It reminded me a little of my high school days when I loved and went crazy at high school dances. Marshall has some pretty sweet moves too, he's been holding out on me. We finally went up to our room at 11, since Avry & Maeli were up there with the boys. (Thank you thank you again Avry!!)
This morning we had vouchers for breakfast at the nice restaurant in the lobby. Then we headed home. I can't help but feel we are very blessed for the company Marshall is working with. He is treated really well, there is tons of room for growth, bonuses, and leadership opportunities, and he has some great co-workers.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, here are the 2 pictures we submitted for the photo scavenger hunt.....(totally random, I know.)
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I also found an animal puzzle in the dollar spot at Target a few months back. It's between 25-30 pieces. I decided to get it out and sure enough Chandler did it like it was nothing. Yesterday he did puzzles for over an hour straight. Loves the problem solving challenge, I guess. Pretty impressive!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
I am tagging EVERYONE who follows my blog to write 20 things you are grateful for on your blog.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
I finally got him back in bed only to have him throw up on everything 15 mins later. Into the tub he went. He sat in the tub for about a half hour and didn't want to get out. He finally stopped throwing up enough to fall asleep. Not 2 minutes after my head hit the pillow I heard Rowan crying. Why? Congested of course, (lucky boy has the little Nielson nasal passages so he gets congested extremely easily) and his asthma was flared up. He just finished up his 4th round of antibiotics and I bet he's working on another ear infection. I'm not going to be surprised if he ends up with tubes in his ears.
After almost 2 hours of being up, we all got some sleep. Chan woke up this morning, couldn't keep anything down, and had horrible diarrhea. Poor boy would start running around saying, "Oh no.....stop it! Oh no....!" everytime he got nauseated and threw up. Makes my heart ache. We stayed in our pajamas until it was evident that Chandler needed another bath (his 3rd in the last 12 hours.) Chan finally kept down some bread and powerade and both Chan and Rowan are finally napping and feeling a LITTLE better.
I thought I would start doing some deep disinfecting today, especially all the toys. It's been a few weeks since I'd gone through all of them and cleaned them well. I have been washing the small stuff in hot soapy water and wiping down the other stuff with disinfecting wipes. Lots of laundry today too, wiping down doors, handles, etc. Just wondering what kinds of disinfecting products you all are using and if there is some great product I need to be using? I have the lysol wipes and some Melaleuca botanical disinfectant. What else can I do? What do you do to help keep your home germ free? It seems hard to keep up with two little kids and I need some ideas. I don't want sick kids all winter.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
He looked at his soup and started naming some of the ingredients in it:
"Oh chicken! Yummy..." He takes a bite and little does he know, it is really cubed tofu
"Oh a hotdog!" = carrots
"And noodles!" = bamboo shoots
He actually ate quite a bit of the soup. If we told him it really wasn't chicken and hot dogs, he wouldn't have eaten it. What's wrong with getting your kid to eat their food, right? You are probably thinking how disgusting it sounds, but it is actually one of our favorite soups. My sister Jer gave me a great slow cooker book a few years ago and I've loved it. (Fix it and Forget it Lightly)
Here's the recipe for those interested: (I've tweaked it a little to how I like it)
Hot & Sour Soup
4 cups chicken broth
8 oz can sliced bamboo shoots, drained
1 carrot, cubed
3 Tbsp. quick cooking tapioca
6 oz. can sliced mushrooms, drained
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. black pepper
4 ozs. firm tofu, drained and cubed
1 egg, beaten
1. Combine all ingredients, except tofu and egg in slow cooker.
2. Cover. Cook on low 9-11 hour or high 3-4 hours.
3. Add tofu
4. Cover. Cook 45-60 minutes
5. Pour egg into the soup in a thin stream. Stir the soup gently until the egg forms fine shreds instead of clumps.
And here is the sticky chicken recipe that Lila asked for:
* 4 teaspoons salt
* 2 teaspoons paprika
* 1 teaspoon onion powder
* 1 teaspoon dried thyme
* 1 teaspoon white pepper
* 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
* 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
* 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
* 2 onions, quartered
* 2 (4 pound) whole chickens
1) In a ziploc bag, mix together salt, paprika, onion powder, thyme, white pepper, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder. Remove and discard giblets from chicken. I buy a chicken without the giblets so I don't have to deal with it. Place foil down on a counter and place chickens on foil. Rub each chicken inside and out with spice mixture. Place 1 onion into the cavity of each chicken. Place chickens in a resealable bag or double wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight. It is so important you do it at least the night before, otherwise it is no where near as good.
2) Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).
3) Place chickens in a roasting pan. Bake uncovered for 5 hours, to a minimum internal temperature of 180 degrees F (85 degrees C). Start basting at 2 and a half hours every 30-60 minutes or so. Not mandatory, just makes the skin crispier and the meat moister. Let the chickens stand for 10 minutes before carving.Enjoy!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
That night we went to Panda Express, aka Kung Fu Panda. Maybe that's why Chandler likes this place so much. After dinner we went swimming and he was so excited when Carson showed up. I wish I had gotten a good picture, but they hugged many times that night they were both so happy.
I was going to make just a normal sheet cake but decided to go out on a limb. Thanks to familyfun.com I made this cute crocodile cake. I'm pretty happy how it turned out considering I don't have much artistic ability, just don't look too close. Chandler LOVED it and that's what matters.
It was a great day, and I'm sure Chan would agree.
After the trunk or treat we went to get dinner. So many of you thought that it was a cute idea that Marshall was a burrito for Halloween at work. Here's the real reason we dressed him up as a burrito - free burrito at Chipotle on Halloween if you are wearing tinfoil. So after the trunk or treat Marshall dressed back up while Chandler and I had foil wrapped around us as well. Worked like a charm - free dinner. Thanks Chipotle!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Here are the rules: You have to post the 4th picture in the 4th folder in your pictures folder. Then give a brief description before you tag a few others.
Our computer is a mess right now because I've been working so much on my website. There are pictures all over the place and we don't really have a specified "picture folder" on our mac. So here is a picture I came across that had the number 4 in the file name. Close enough, right? Anyways, it's a picture from when Rowan was born :) Good memories.
I tag Natalie, Sara, Danielle, and Jer