Did You Know?

Did you know...

... that it's Christmas weekend? A four day weekend of pure family and holiday bliss.

... that my beautiful Rosealynn is 18 weeks this Sunday? She's getting so big (for her) and her personality is coming out more and more. She had her 4 month appointment today and her stats came to 11 lbs and 3 oz and 23 inches long. Putting my sweet girl in the 6th percentile for weight and the 10th percentile for height (and she was somewhere around the 25th percentile for head size). It's too bad they don't measure tummy size and feet size cause I'm thinking her stats would be a lot higher if they did. Time for another photo dump!

Go Utes. And Merry Christmas...?
Always with the hands up by the face. 
Loves sitting!
All smiles - even with a cold!
Nothing like sleeping baby faces.
Sitting with Great Grandma!
We call her our little Kiwi cause the hair on her head is just like the fuzz on a Kiwi. :)
Just reading a book. ;)
She LOVES this blanket. And I LOVE those eyes.
Again with the blanket.
Just sitting and eating her hands.
That face! (She's already got the "Mom enough photos already" look down).
Oh hi!
Oversized Owl Hat
She loves it I swear.
Next top model
She loves to eat cloth... especially her burp cloth.
Love her smiles!
Church day! 
Sometimes all she needs is to feel her blanket on her cheek and she's passed out. 
My little eskimo!
Oh how I love snuggles
... that I started my new job with Jet Blue?! I'm loving it so far - which I was a bit nervous about, but being on the phones is actually sort of fun! Helping people with their questions or concerns is almost like a puzzle. I like puzzles. I like puzzles even more once I know/have all the pieces .. so it can only keep going up as the training goes on!

... that I suck at double-unders? And when I try to do them when I'm not in a great mood I end up giving myself massive welts all up my arm.

... that my food sometimes try's to be fictional characters from books? I.E. Harry Potter.

... that my Spook dog apparently loves q-tips and dancing (okay so maybe more just the q-tips)?

... that one of my favorite suckers are those awesome carmel apple suckers? And I got one the other day and it was wonderful. Mmmmmmm.
Candy makes me way too happy...
... that I got to participate in the Secret Santa that 97.1 ZHT does this year and that it was completely nerve wracking up to the day and then totally easy once I got there? Also I am still not a fan of hearing my 'recorded' voice. I realize this is the voice everyone else hears... but it's not the one I hear so it sort of freaks me out.

... that my sweet girl loves to play ping pong with her dad. She apparently is Braedon's good luck charm.

... that Braedon and I went to an Ugly Sweater Christmas party with CrossFit Draper and won the 'couple with the ugliest sweaters' contest. Go team. (A special thank you to Braedons grandma for lending us the awesome sweaters).

Not sure what Rose's face is - but Braedon is looking mighty fine in his Christmas Sweater. ;)

... that Braedon and I went on our first "just us" date since Rose has been born? We went to Smash Burger (mmmm) and then to see the Hobbit! I loved it! I felt like I was back in Jr. High reading the book again. And who better to see it with then my Best Friend and Reading Buddy Braedon? So much fun.

... that Braedon is super awesome and will go out in the freezing weather to get me gas even when we are driving separate cars? If that's not true love, I don't know what is.

... that I got a totally awesome white elephant gift from our Team Awesome party? It's an isle that has a whiteboard on one side and a chalkboard on the other. I'm not sure who will use it more, me or Rose (you know... once Rose can actually draw), but I'm in love with it.

... that I sometimes over estimate my hands carrying capacity when I'm making a 'quick stop' at the grocery store? You'd think I'd learn that even though I'm only going in for 4 super easy to carry things that I will undoubtedly end up getting at least 7 now completely awkward to carry things instead...

... that all I want to do the rest of the night is curl up in my amazingly warm blankets, snuggle with the husband, and read my book. Mmmmm. Bliss.

Have a lovely evening and a most wonderfully Merry Christmas! :)


Recent Goings On

I find it funny as I read old journal entries and old blog postings that I use some sort of phrase along the lines of “I can’t believe how long it’s been since I last wrote”. This is then usually followed by a statement similar to “I’ll do better next time”. So in order to avoid more empty promises and redundant rhetoric I’ll spare you of these sentiments and just get right into some updating:

Baby Updates: Rose is now 14 and a half week’s old (or for those so inclined – 3 months old).  Not positive about the weight – though we did do the whole ‘weight yourself while holding the baby and then weight yourself again while not holding the baby’ thing to get a semi idea about her weight and I believe we’ve hit the 10 pound mark. Finally! She’s still so tiny, but growing so much! We finally upgraded from newborn diapers just this past week – (even though the size 1 diapers are still a bit too big around her skinny little legs). She is showing more and more of her personality each day. She loves to talk and coo. She loves to not be held like a baby. Cradling her will usually ensue a scrunched face and a forced cry that immediately goes away when you hold her upright. That being said, if she is extremely tired and swaddled tight, she then changes her mind and loves to be held in the cradle position. More and more we are seeing that she is a ‘my way or the highway’ type of girl. She wants things done on her timeline – this includes being fed. She doesn’t work up to being fussy… she will be happy and smiling and then literally one second later will be quite upset at you for not reading her mind that she was hungry. Basically she has us wrapped around her finger and we couldn’t love her more.
Tummy time!
Always with the fists... and the tongue. :)
Workin' it.
Bright eyed in the morning. :)
She loves hoods/hats
Can't get enough of those smiles.
Smiling for the camera
She loves her swings!

Snow Updates: Once upon a snowy day in November we actually got a good snow. Not some little skiff. Not the super light stuff that doesn’t stick enough to make the smallest of snow balls. A honest to goodness good snow. So good in fact, that we couldn’t resist going out and playing in it. It started out with Braedon just making a giant pile of snow, as I thought that maybe I’d sculpt something out of it (in my family we don’t usually make a typical snowman… we make Rino’s, Toilets, Frogs, and Dragons instead). After a bit I realized I wasn’t quite up to sculpting anything on my own, so we decided to go with the good ol’fashion snow man – that ended up being a very tall good ol’fashion snow man (due to the pile of snow we started with).  After we finished we got Rose all dressed up to show off what we had made.
The whole family. :)
Rose in her marshmallow suit.
Looks just like Maggie from the Simpson's when she's
dressed up in her snow suit. Don't believe me? Look here.
Pile of snow

Spook Updates: Spook is the best pup ever. We love him so much. He loves us so much. He loves to run so much (we did some timed runs and he averages around 17 mph!) He also loves Rose so much. Each day as I come home and set her car seat on the ground he’ll run, up give her hand (or usually her face) a big lick, and then scoot on back as to show me that he was a good boy and wouldn’t hurt her.  I have a feeling these two will be best buds. That being said, I think there are times when he wishes he still had all of our attention. Like when we are lying in bed, settling down for the night or when we are gone for the day at work and happen to leave the garbage can open (and over flowing)…
Look carefully and you can see Braedon
There he is!
Ready to pounce
Katie Updates: I got a new job! I officially gave my two weeks’ notice at BGM this past Monday. It will be weird leaving BGM after working there for over 2 years – but I am excited for the change. Especially since the change includes me being able to work from home! WIN! I hate leaving my beautiful girl each day and am so excited that working for Jet Blue not only allows me to be with her more, but gives me some flight benefits as well (double win!). We will have to make some adjustments with the hour/pay decrease – but it is so worth it to spend more time with Rose.

Braedon Updates: I know I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again (cause honestly I don’t think I could say it enough) – I love Braedon. He is the best husband. I can’t believe how much this man takes care of me, Rose, and Spook. He’s always cooking me Breakfast (and when I say always… I mean always… every morning), he also cooks dinner most nights too as I get baby stuff together/feed Rose, he’s always making sure to make time to play with Spook outside (even if it’s freezing), and somehow manages to find time to snuggle and play with Rose too. The man makes me feel like a huge slacker.  Even when he’s waking up at the butt-crack of dawn to run a 5K on Thanksgiving day (seriously, who does that?) he somehow manages to have breakfast ready for me (and even  got my pills out for me as he knows I suck at remembering to take them on the weekends).  He supports me in everything – to silly things like dancing in the kitchen or to major decisions like taking on a new job so I can be with Rose more.  He is my rock and I can’t imagine life without him. He also recently fulfilled one of his dreams of getting a tattoo. Cause he’s cool like that. We both love how it turned out.
My favorite donut and my daily horse pills. 
Always willing to hold a sleepy Rose to give my arms a break.
Cooking Breakfast. :)
He makes the best over medium eggs ever. Ever.
Playing with Spook!
More Serious Update: Recently we had a friend that lost her bestfriend/husband, leaving her and her four kids behind. The news was heart breaking. I couldn’t stop crying all day (or the next day). The whole week I tried to think of a message I could send her to help/encourage/uplift her in some way but all my words sounded hollow and not worthy enough for such a drastic and horrible event. Nothing could convey my love and heartache for this wonderful family well enough. If you are reading this now – just know that Braedon and I love you so much and if there is anything we can do for you, we will in a heartbeat. These types of events always help put things in perspective – instantly making you feel silly for complaining about stubbing a toe or being late for work. This news has made me want to cling even more to every silly moment, bit of laughter, late night discussion, evening paying bills, etc that I have with Braedon. He is my best friend and I can’t imagine what it would be like to have him and those moments taken away from me. With that said - these types of events also make me grateful for the knowledge of eternal families. I know this dear friend will be with her love and best friend again – and in the meantime, I’ll keep praying for her and her kids in the hopes that somehow they will be able to bear this terrible burden until they can be reunited with him once again.

All in all – life is precious and wonderful. I am so looking forward to December and the Christmas season. There is something so magical and comforting about this month (even in the stress of all the parties and gifts). I’m grateful that I get to spend more time with Family and also grateful for the changes ahead.

Loves and hugs.