Wednesday, March 28, 2007
PSYCHE!!!! I GOT YOU ALL! I imagine your blood is racing and your heart is beating really fast, but you can relax now. Our new addition isn't a baby. That was just a joke. Our new addition is something that we have been waiting a long time for. We've also been saving up and spent quite a while shopping around. We made calls to B for advice and dragged my dad to different stores. We even got him to do some of his salesman magic and work us a deal.
This is our new addition (our new baby):
Neither Daniel nor I play well but we have high hopes of practicing and trying to get better. We hope the kids will have the desire to take lessons too. We have only had the piano one day but Daniel and I stayed up rather late last night working on a couple of hymns. We are really excited about our new addition. We are excited for our family members that actually play the piano to come visit so we can hear the full potential of our "new baby" (we'd love to have our family members that don't play come visit too :) ) .
Sunday, March 25, 2007
This is my Dear Dear Baby! These are her 3 month, 1 week and 4 day pictures. Some of you will be getting these in the mail, but since it takes me so long to get things out I wanted you to see them now. I just couldn't wait. Plus I don't have enough for all my friends and extended family so this way you all can take a peek too.
She seems so squishy and has plenty of rolls in her legs but I was at the doctors on Friday and it appears that Piper has only gained one pound and 3 ounces in the past 2 months. (That seems so low to me considering that MacGregor was gaining about 3 pounds a month!) She has dropped from above the 50% to below the 50%. Piper caught the cold that Ainsley had for weeks. Ainsley finally saw the doctor and antibiotics cleared up her infection. So I wanted to make sure Piper's cold hadn't spread to her lungs or ears. Luckily she just has a cold and the doctor wasn't worried. Her well check up is next week and the doctor said they would examine her weight vs length a little closer then. I guess she's just going to be bitty.
Daniel calls her "knife tongue" because she always has her tongue out. It sort of points at the end too. She loves to lick anything that gets close to her mouth, sometimes even the air.
She's still just as bald as can be. I have tried to trim her long wild hairs she was born with but I have noticed that I haven't gotten them all. We used to refer to her as "crazy haired cross-eyed baby". Luckily she doesn't cross her eyes nearly so much now and fine little fuzz is beginning to grow on her head.As soon as I saw this picture of Piper, my mind flashed to Daniel's 3 month picture. The shape of her eyes and her laugh lines mimic his as the same age. We just love her and all her smiles. The photographer commented how easy and fast it was to get her pictures. I am thankful for that because I usually dread picture day! We are having so much fun and hope she continues to be so sweet and pleasant!
I took her on Friday to get her hair cut and she emphatically informed me that she wanted hers cut "spikey" like the boys. I told her that would be too short and she would look like a boy. Is that what she wanted? She said "yes." I briefly thought to myself if I should let her get a very short haircut. She would probably not like it too much and then never want that again. Get it out of her system, as it were. But then as we were flipping thru the hairstyle guide I found this hairstyle. I asked Ainsley if we could compromise on this one. Not as short as the boys yet still somewhat spikey. She agreed and this is the end result.
It does have to be styled but it only takes 3 or 4 flips with the curling iron and it's done. It gives her so much body!! And if we don't style it, it's just a short little bob. She seems pleased and was absolutley beaming when her daddy came home and told her that her hair was BEAUTIFUL! He told her it was much nicer than having a spikey boy haircut.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
AND BOY DID WE HAVE FUN!
Here's Chase after a run-in with a thorn bush. My parents have a small stretch of woods behind a rock wall at the far end of their yard. Normally that area is off limits because there is so much poison ivy back there but I guess Chase figured since the ivy was dormant it would be fun to go try it out. We aren't quite sure if he fell or if the branch flung back in his face but he had a half inch thorn sticking out of his face just below his eye (we're thankful it didn't go IN his eye). Daniel pulled it out and patched him up.
My parents live on a big hill. Their yard slopes down from the street and just keeps going. Along one edge of their property there is a row of large pine trees that divides their yard from their neighbors. The best sledding route sort of cuts diagonally across the property from the top to the bottom. Inevitably the sleds end up under the pine trees. We have tried to emphasize that you must roll off the sled before it hits the trees. Ainsley went down a few times in the beginning but the riding was a bit slow - the sled path hadn't been worn down enough. She landed under a big pine but luckily hit feet first.
Here's Uncle Brigham:
He built a snow ramp right in the middle of the sled path. He caught some air and then the sled turned so that he was going down backwards. He was moving rather quickly and never bothered to turn and look to see how close he was to the trees. He also landed at the base of a large pine after his face took out a lower branch. His neck and back were a bit sore as well. We saw him hit the tree from the house and he laid there for quite a few minutes. We thought for sure he was faking as he normally does, but when he came in the house all bloodied we apologized for not running to the rescue.
Ainsley really liked the snow ramp too. She went down as part of a triple. She was the front, MacGregor in the middle and Daniel pulled up the rear. The snow ramp had just been repacked but unfortunately not tight enough. With the weight of the triple sledders, the top of the ramp came off in a huge hunk and landed right in Ainsley's face. Daniel said she had snow packed into her eye sockets, nose and hood. Poor thing!
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Well the YW president called me and told me that she was really happy that I was coming because she was having some conflicts so could I please run the practice and help out coaching on Saturday. WHOA - that's a whole different set of circumstances. I've never coached before. I know how to play but I don't necessarily know how to help others learn to play. So I thought of some very basic drills and explained the rules etc... We worked on a few things, I worked with some of the newest younger players one on one and then we scrimaged for 25 -30 minutes. AND.....I GOT WORKED!! Oh I hid it well, I kept up and played every open position, and beat the fast breaker down, but I was huffing and puffing while trying to call out explanations and techniques etc...(I couldn't let them think I was that old, infact I could probably play with them at the tournament and no one in the stake would know the better) But, my throat was burning and ears ringing, not to mention that my face turned the color of a turnip. And it was MAGNIFICENT! As I write this now, my heart is racing and I feel excitement and I really miss basketball.
In the past the ward has called someone to be the YW sports specialist but the girls haven't really liked the coaching styles. Our girls are not extremely athletic or really competitive and haven't liked the intense "gotta win" attitude by their past coaches. So I was really worried about my coaching since #1. I'd never done it before and #2 I like to bark out what I see, what needs to be done (get open, hands up, follow your shot etc...). I was really excited when the YW president called me later that night and said she had a lot of positive feedback. The girls had had fun and some of them said they finally "get it". The YW pres. also told me when she walked in during our scrimidge that it was some of the best ball she'd seen them play. WHEW!! She said some of the girls expressed interest in coming to play once a month before activites and would I want to play with the girls since I can't find any women who want to play. YES YES!! I'll get to play basketball and the girls will have a chance to learn and practice techniques throughout the year and not just one day before the tournament.
Wish us luck on Saturday!!
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
I guess we'll see if she can do it again tomorrow.
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Piper is really a joy to everyone in our family. She is pleasant and happy and smiles easily for everyone. She receives many kisses all over her head from her sister and her brothers talk to her often.
We love to laugh at her! (OK, part of the reason is that we make her look ridiculous (thank you Debbie Wright for this silly hat)
And in return she gives us lots of smiles back. She has even begun laughing out loud when tickled along her collar bone or when she gets very excited.
She still isn't sleeping thru the night but we are slowing trying to work on this. I no longer feed her when she wakes up in the middle of the night. I will rock her and hold her but I try to limit the feeding to last thing at night 10-11pm until 5-6 am. My doctor told me they don't need to eat in the middle of the night anymore but if every time they wake up we feed them, then they will expect to be fed every time they wake up. So we are slowing working on this, hoping that if she isn't being fed she will begin to sleep longer each night.
We sure are loving her!!
Friday, March 09, 2007
**I don't know if any of you Hens noticed the Steelers jersey Ainsley has on. It was Daniel's when he played popwarner football. She is the 3rd of our children to wear it to bed. (We'll see if it has enough strength for one more little Hen)
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Sunday, March 04, 2007
She said, "I don't eat SPA-KER-A-PUS."
Do you have any idea what she was referring to??????? Although I immediately knew what she was talking about a few people at the table were a little baffled.
She was referring to asperagus.