Monday, June 30, 2008
I think it was good for both of us to have Greg home this week, beyond medical reasons. Greg got a more realistic idea of what it is like taking care of an infant all day and I saw that I am not the only one who struggles with it. There were a couple times when Greg felt very frustrated because he could not get Palmer to stop crying and I took him and was able to calm him down. Greg said he felt like a bad Dad, which is ridiculous, but I realized I said that all the time when I wouldn't be able to calm Palmer down and Greg, coming into the situation fresh and full of energy, could comfort him. It's always nice to take a walk in someone else's shoes and gain insight about yourself. We have a deal now, no saying your a bad parent no matter how out of control you feel.
I am starting to follow Baby Wise again today. The surgery really threw us off the schedule, so it's like starting at square one. So far so good. He slept 8 hours, woke up and fed, had some awake time and went down for a nap. Amazing! Hopefully things will continue to work so well through the rest of the day.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Before I had Palmer I thought I would be one of those mom's who had the baby with the cutest clothes. I thought my baby would be the best dressed baby on the block. Now that reality has hit, I have realized that comfort and ease are at the top of my list in desirable baby clothes. Palmer has spent his first couple month primarily dressed in sleepers and rompers. Of course, he still looks super cute even though he is dressed in run-of-the-mill ordinary attire! This weekend we are packing up his 0-3 month clothing and filling his dresser with his 3-6 month clothes. I can't believe how big he is getting!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Easy Grape Salad
1 1/2 lbs. of green grapes
1 1/2 lbs. of red grapes
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
7 oz. marshmallow creme
6 oz. slivered almonds
Wash grapes. Cream together cream cheese and marshmallow creme. Fold in grapes and almonds. Serve immediately or put in refrigerator for about an hour to set.
Friday, June 20, 2008
A) Four places I visit over and over:
1. Walmart, I feel like I live there!
2. Park City
3. my sisters' house
4. Orem to see the Jennes
*That's pretty sad that the all the places we visit are in Utah. We really need to vacation more!
B) Four people who email me (regularly):
1. Rie Pie
2. Lisa, hey girl!
3. Rachel, another hello out there!
4. and lately Pam, the YW President
C) Four places I like to eat:
1. The Cheesecake Factory, my new favorite, yum!
2. Red Robin
3. Rodizio Grill
D) Four places I'd rather be right now:
3. at a cropping party
4. relaxing in a hot tub
E) Four TV shows (movies) I would watch over and over:
2. The Office
F) Four People I'm tagging:
1. Mindy, because she'll do it anyway, right? :)
Thursday, June 19, 2008
I have been feeding Palmer on demand. It is quite exhausting! Many mornings I feed him for a few hours straight. My friend Tennisa suggested the book Baby Wise to help us get on a schedule. I've been reading it and it sounds quite liberating, a life that is not determined by a baby's unpredictable schedule, sign me up! I decided I would start working it in this morning. The book says to feed every 2 1/2-3 hours. After Palmer's first feeding of the morning at 7:00 he was ready to eat only an hour later. I gave in after about 10 minutes of crying. That boy sure has me whipped. He proceeded to feed every 20 minutes to an hour (or scream) until 5:00 in the evening. He also refused to take a nap all day, which I was actually planning to nap with him today. I think he was mocking me and my new philosophy. Really, after the forth time of me trying to put him down for a nap he peed all over himself while I was changing his diaper. My eyes teared up and he laughed at me! I called Greg in tears asking him to come home instead of going to night classes so I could have a break. I need to be stronger. Oh well, tomorrow is another day.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
-What is your favorite number? 8
Now name that many answers to the following.
8 nicknames: Dollar Five, Mistress Butterbuns, Laura, L.L., Short Stack, Kirby & Madonna, Ler-Ler, Leraleehee
8 things that you are wearing: brown pants, garments, nursing pads, tank top, peasant shirt, ponytail elastic, mascara, chapstick
8 things you want or have in a relationship: respect, laughter, trust, kindness, consideration, loyalty, understanding, fun
8 of your favorite things to do: read, sleep, scrapbook, bake, cook, take a bath, blog, shop
8 of your least favorite things to do: wake up, dishes, laundry, kill bugs, weed, scrub the bathtub, pay bills, pluck eyebrows
8 things you did last night: ate dinner, blew out the candles on my birthday cake, visited with family, opened presents, played Mario Kart, rocked Palmer to sleep, sang hymns to Palmer, showered
8 people you last talked to: Palmer, Greg, random women at WalMart, Candace, mechanic at WalMart, Angela, London, Rie
8 things you are doing tomorrow: nursing, changing diapers, making dinner, dishes, checking e-mail/blog stalking, read The Host, kiss my baby, kiss my hubby
8 favorite holidays: Christmas, Valentines Day, 4th of July, New Years, Black Friday, Thanksgiving, my B-day, Easter
8 bad memories: labor, my mom in pain, calling 911, breaking up, getting in a car accident, junior high, being sick, getting lost
8 favorite memories: my wedding day, Greg's proposal, meeting Palmer, Palmer's first laugh, putting on a puppet show with my mom, Oakcrest, high school graduation, getting my college diploma
8 favorite books: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Twilight, Harry Potter, Cry the Beloved Country, Midsummer Night's Dream, The Freedom Writers, Where the Heart Is
8 favorite drinks: water, Freckled Lemonade from Red Robin, Black Cherry Vanilla Diet Coke, Peach Lemonade, IBC Cream Soda, Orange Julius, Mango Juice, Swiss Milk Chocolate shake from Leatherbys
8 things about me you may have not known: I trap spiders under mugs/bowls so Greg can kill them when he gets home, I have really long toes, I've never had braces, I like the smell of gasoline, I was born in Ohio, I love roller coasters, I have morbid nightmares, I plan to write an LDS novel
8 bad things that you've done at your job: shown up late, gossiped, discuss pay rate, skipped clean up duties, talked on the phone to friends, took a long lunch, faked being sick, lied about why I was quitting
8 movies I would watch again and again: Moulin Rouge, Where the Heart Is, While You Were Sleeping, French Kiss, any Harry Potter, any Batman, Stranger Than Fiction, Dan in Real Life
8 favorite foods: Stove Top stuffing, pizza, chicken enchiladas, chicken and dumplings, french fries, pasta, sourdough bread, homemade sweets
8 places I want to travel to: England, Italy, France, Dubai, Hawaii, New York, Japan, Greece
8 hot actors/actresses: Ewan McGregger, Chris O'Donnell, Heath Ledger, LL Cool J, Harry Connic Jr. (because he looks like my hubby), Paul Bettany, James Marsden, Orlando Bloom
8 favorite people: Greg, Palmer, my mom, London, Rie, my dad, Jenny, Erin
8 things you need to do this week: clean, shop, cook, bake, scrapbook, take care of Palmer, learn to Hula at the young womens activity, laundry
8 first date topics: hobbies, family, friends, job, movies, books, dreams, values
8 random things: fingernails, guitar hero, pez, thank you notes, bills, batteries, sunglasses, drums (I got all of those by looking around Greg's messy office)
8 things that you are thinking right now: I should have answered that my favorite number is 2, I think Palmer is finally asleep, It's 1:00 and I still haven't done my hair, I want to read The Host instead of clean, I hope Greg doesn't get home too late tonight, this is a really long survey, I'm quite full from lunch, I need lotion
8 reasons to love your life: my husband, my little boy, my sisters, my friends, my talents, the gospel, our home, because attitude is everything
8 people you want to do this: Ugh, eight is too many, if you are reading this and feel inclined to do it, consider yourself tagged
My dad's the smartest guy,
And my dad's the bravest guy,
And my dad's the neatest guy,
It's positively so.
Maybe I'll introduce you,
Then you'll know that it's the truth,
That my dad,
My dad's the greatest guy you know!
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Greg is such a good daddy. He loves his little boy. Normally nothing could get him away from a new Nintendo game, believe me, I've tried. But after a couple races he relented the controls to go and take a nap with his sleepy son. I snapped this quick picture just a few moments ago. Palmer, of course, is wide awake, a little game he likes to play with us when we think he is about to go into a deep slumber. My boys are so sweet!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Much has changed for us recently. Having Palmer has been a wonderful change, but there are some things about being DINKs (duel income no kids) that we do miss. A big one is money (ha!), but I have also recently missed being able to do things on the fly, or in some cases, do things at all.
We have had a few other changes take place this week. Greg finally got a new job. YAY! He has been working his "until something better comes along" collections job for two years now, amazing that he lasted that long (so proud of you hunny!). He is now a help desk technician working on Netgear routers. He really likes the job, and the company seems great. They have a very relaxed environment; he's so excited to be able to wear jeans to work. And, the best part, it's Monday-Friday, 8-5! He's never had one of those jobs since we've been married. I'm so excited to see him on weekends. I still don't get nights because he has school; I'll have to wait a couple more years for that one. It is also great experience for the job he will seek upon finishing school. We are very thankful for this opportunity. We, and we know many of our friends and family, have been praying for this.
We were also given new callings on Sunday. We are the Stake Young Single Adult Representatives. We are both being released as secretaries in the Young Mens and Young Womens organizations. I will really miss the young women! But, I do think this new calling will be a lot of fun. I don't miss the dating game at all, but I do miss some of the fun and crazy activities of my single life. (I don't know if I will ever truly feel like a grown up.) Greg and I met in the singles ward of our stake (with the help of my pushy mother, hehe), so we have a testimony that the program can work. I made some great friends and had some fun times during stake single activities and I am excited to carry on that tradition to others.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
1/2 lb. butter
2 c. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. sugar
Mix above ingredients. Press in a greased 9x12 pan. Bake 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 c. sugar
7 tbls. lemon juice
4 tbls. flour
Mix above ingredients and pour over crust, return to the oven and bake 20-25 minutes more until firm. Let cool, then sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Today is my actual birthday, and we are having a party at Greg's family's house. Next Sunday we are having another party with my family at my sister's house. I love it when I get to celebrate my birthday over and over again. It is the best.
Funny story. I leaned over to Greg in Sacrament Meeting today and told him he had forgotten to tell me something. He smiled, put his arms around me and whispered in my ear, "You look beautiful today." I laughed and said, "No, not that." He replied, "Uhh, I love you?" I said, "Nope." Then he said, "Oh! Happy Birthday!" He said he felt like a schmuck, but I reassured him it I thought it was pretty funny.
Friday, June 6, 2008
products used - cardstock: unknown, pen: Zig, twine: unknown
products used - pattern paper: unknown, chipboard: Scenic Route, font: Arriere Garde (downloaded from Internet), ribbon: unknown, die cut letters: quickutz silhouette
products used: card template: Quickutz Silhouette, pattern paper: Studio 8, cardstock: Bazzill, stamp and ink: Close to My Heart, safety pin: EK Success
Can you tell that the card is enveloped in a diaper? Greg couldn't tell what it was supposed to be until I told him.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Today Auntie London took us to Kiddie Kandids for a photo shoot with Palmer's cousin Davis. The boys are only 8 months apart, so we are planning on them being best buds. The photographer was amazed that Palmer could already hold up his head so she wanted to capture that in the photographs. I can't believe how patient she was when taking their pictures, especially the one with the two of them. Anytime she would get the one to look at the camera with a happy expression, the other would look away or cry, or in one instance fall on top of the other one. Too bad I can not afford to take Palmer there for all his pictures because they really do such a great job. I think they came out just darling!
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Collateral Breakfast Damage is a Badge, Not a Wound
Monday, June 2, 2008
He has learned to: hold up his head, nurse, and smile
He likes: feeding, lights, being held, going on walks, and apple juice (but it doesn't like him very much, gave him an awful tummy ache)
He dislikes: being alone, formula as opposed to breast milk, and being dressed
Things he does that makes us laugh: snorts, cranes his neck and wrinkles his forehead like E.T., snores, moves his head like a bobble head, massive burps and toots, the pathetic cry he makes when he is too tired to cry, and his Zoolander face
Our little boy was blessed by his dad this Sunday. What a special experience it was! Greg and I were both emotional beforehand because we hadn't gotten much sleep the might before, and the opening hymn was the hymn that had converted Greg, so he was crying before he even started the blessing. Palmer was given his name for the records of the church. He was blessed with discernment, and a desire to chose the right. He was blessed to be a great missionary and to marry a righteous spouse in the temple. He was told that much was expected of him and that he would have many trials in his life, but that he would be able to overcome those trials with help from his parents who love him and his Heavenly Father.
The day before Palmer was blessed, my nephew Braedon was baptized. So, the Nichols family had quite the busy weekend. We had two big parties with our family and friends, on Saturday at my sister London's house before the baptism and the other one after church on Sunday. They were traditional gatherings for our family... crowded, loud and with lots of food! I couldn't help but to reflect on a few things over this special week. The first thing I thought was how proud my mother would be of her family, their righteous choices and their progression in the gospel. The other thing I thought of was how lucky we are to have such supportive family, friends and ward members. My immediate family are the only members out of our extended family, and yet we still took up three rows of our chapel this Sunday and a primary room at Braedon's baptism. We truly are fortunate to have so many who care for us.
I am so grateful to be Palmer's mother. He bring so much joy to our lives! I pray that we will be able to teach him well and be worthy parents to this special spirit that our Heavenly Father has blessed us with.