Monday, January 28, 2008
How could you look at this hooded sweetie and not feel happy? I was surprised she was calm enough to let me take her picture. She doesn't like tummy time very much.
I guess the teacher in me came out today because Emmie started raising her hand to talk!
My frog-legged princess. She doesn't fall asleep very often without being wrapped up in a straight jacket so I had to get this on film.
I'm so glad when daddy gets home. Emmie seriously loves her dad. It is the cutest thing. Even if she is ornery and tired he can somehow get her to smile (maybe it has something to do with the fact that her looks are 90% from him?? I keep looking for some sign of me in her every day and I think I can see it just a little bit)
Do you see any resemblance?? Maybe eventually she will inherit the "Marsden smile" which I am demonstrating so beautifully here! The sweater was actually handmade by a coworker of my mother-in-law. It is so cute.
“It’s not as bad as you sometimes think it is. It all works out. Don’t worry. I say that to myself every morning. It will all work out. Put your trust in God and move forward with faith and confidence in the future. The Lord will not forsake us. He will not forsake us. If we will put our trust in Him, If we will pray to Him, If we will live worthy of His blessings, He will hear our prayers.” (Ensign, Oct. 2000)
I want to remember President Hinckley by being more positive in my life and by loving people as he did.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
I haven't posted pictures in the longest time. I go through random spurts where I sit down and go through all my pictures from the past month. It gets so addicting that I can't hardly think about doing anything else that day! I hope you enjoy reading about our busy, fun Holiday season this year. It may take you a few sittings to get through all the new pictures! I took this picture of Emmie today. She is wearing my favorite outfit of hers, and yes they are sweats. I like her to be comfy and cute--the perfect combination! However, I think this may be the last time she wears them. Yesterday I started to box up all her newborn outfits. She is past the stage of being tiny. I am definitely going to miss it!
Monday, January 14, 2008
The highlight of the reception was when Jon and my brothers set up their guitars, amps and drums and played me a song. Jon sang me the song "Kate is Great" by Bouncing Souls. It is a song that we both liked growing up (That is what happens when you marry your brother's friend...you have the same taste in music). I was so happy the band got back together for my wedding. It all started when John Alexander put together the band and sang to my sister Rach at their wedding. I was on my mission at the time, so I about died when they pulled it off for my big day (they only practiced 3 times before the big performance).
This is me and JonO this last summer in Lake Powell. If you can believe it or not, it has been such a fun year waiting for our little girl to come to our home (I was blessed with a great pregnancy--minus the macaroni and cheese phase of morning sickness).
To celebrate our special day, JonO took me to The Roof restaurant on top of the Joseph Smith building. Before we went, Jon gave me beautiful wildflowers and we both dressed up in our new clothes from Christmas (It was the first time I had put on something besides maternity clothes or PJs since Emmie was born). The food was amazing. If you haven't been there, you have to go! It is definitely for a special occasion. The clam chowder was off the hook! I don't even like clam chowder but I had two bowls there (and I'm not pregnant again so I can't blame it on weird cravings)! The view out the window was amazing. The Salt Lake Temple seemed to fill up the space of all the windows put together. As I looked out at the snow softly falling on the beautiful temple that glowed against the dark sky, I couldn't help but feel that the night was magical.
JonO and Emmie getting ready for the big night (I was probably doing my hair or makeup while they watched TV. Boys have it so easy!)
Jon's wonderful mom "GraMare" babysat while we went out. I didn't have to worry the entire night about Em because I knew she was with the super mom, Marianne.
After we ate, Jon and I walked around temple square. The Christmas lights were still on and it was beautiful. We didn't stay too long though because it was freezing. The spot we are standing for the picture is where Jon proposed to me.
So pretty! Jon is such a good photographer.
Jon gave me some sweet boots that were the perfect fit. I even did a little jig in them while holding Em and wearing the skirt I had on from baptisms!
This little girl is the reason why my birthday was so amazing this year. She makes every day a day to celebrate.
Jon and I have been way into the game "Rummikub" lately. We both feel pretty matched when it comes to winning. I think I won him this night!
Jon's family waiting with hungry tummies for the delicious meal to come. Thank you Mare and Joe!
Emmie woke us up at 8:00 I think (or maybe it was 7:00). Time is a blur for me. She woke up happy. It was hilarious. We got out the camera before opening the presents because we knew her hunger pains would eventually kick in. She was just as excited as we were to have our first Christmas together!
The only thing Santa gave Emmie was a Diaper Champ (a garbage can for stinky diapers)! By the way, if any of you are going to have a baby soon, and you are deciding on whether to get a diaper genie or not, DON'T. The brand name garbage can "diaper genie" is a rip off because you have to get certain expensive garbage sacks each time you need a refill. Spen and Diana told us about the Diaper Champ which allows you to use any kind of garbage sack, but still keeps the stench nice and sealed! Thanks Santa.
The new pea coat Jon got from Santa was the perfect fit! I got some new gloves, a nice formal outfit, and a bluetooth headset for my cell phone. I was totally spoiled this Christmas.
Emmie was worn out after all the fun earlier that day when we babysat Charley.
The highlight of the night was watching Jon's brother Jama try out his new "Body Wedge" that he got at a white elephant exchange. It came with an exercise DVD and a poster with pictures of each stretch or move you could do on the wedge. It was hilarious!
Jon's mom gave me pink pajamas. I absolutely love them and want to wear them every night (But I can't do laundry that often)!
Emmeline was also spoiled by gifts from GraMare and Grandpa Joe. She didn't know what was going on, but I sure loved it all!
Me and the rosy cheeked "Chew" (How this nickname evolved: Charlotte=Charley=Charleston Chew=Chew)
My brother Spence and his wife Diana posing with their new gifts. Parker crochets beanies and made this one for Spen. If any of you are interested, Parker is starting his own hat business. Each beanie costs $15. He is the businessman of the family! I have to say that I have been impressed with his work.
Our little Rissa Roo (Spen's daughter) in her pink winter dress. She was SOOO excited when Mitch and Samantha gave her a pair of dollar store purple high heels. She squealed in delight like it was the best thing she had ever seen in her life. I love Christmas with kids!
What a little sweetie! Thanks Grannie Jyl for the gorgeous dress and Aunt Shelby for the cute little bracelet. She looked like a princess!
She talks a lot now. This was a picture of her jabbering away.
Emmeline has a smile that melts my heart!
I tried taking a picture of the three of us eating lunch. I kept cutting Emmie's head out of the picture. However, I caught some great shots of Charley pulling the same faces as me! We were eating and singing to the soundtrack of Goofy Movie.
A classic look from the cutest Alexander baby I know!
They cooked the meat right in front of us.
The Kimchi is in the bowl on the top right (the red sauce is red pepper paste and it is VERY hot). I'm not sure if Emmie really liked how her food tasted after I ate that spicy dish!
This is a very yummy Korean dish called "Bi bim bop." It has a fun name and it is also very fun to make. It is fried rice served in a hot stone bowl. Because the bowl is still burning from the oven, they crack a raw egg on the top. It was Jon's job to finish making the meal by stirring in the egg. As he stirred, the egg was cooked by the heat of the rock bowl. Vuaaalaa! The egg became scrambled and mixed in with the rest of the fried rice and veggies. It was genius!
A happy, full mommy. Jon is glad that I like Korean food as he hopes to take me and Emmie there someday. Our favorite gift from our wedding is a rice cooker. We use it at least 4 times a week. I never realized how good Asian food can be until Jon introduced me to some sweet recipes (I am still not converted to sushi)