Sunday, December 28, 2008

Merry Christmas!

So Christmas was a lot of fun. We were more excited to see Sidney open her presents than we were our own. We got her a Razor scooter (it has been snowing and raining nonstop though, so it has hardly been used!), a computer (those learning laptops, that she loves) and a bunch of other coloring stuff. She is still so loopy that early in the morning though, so we get better reactions about things now than we did Christmas morning. She also got a box of 6000 stickers from her Grandma (if you know Sid, you know she LOVES stickers).

Telisha and I got a bunch of nice things like clothes, etc. The other things were really cool, but only within our little circle. It would be hard to explain the purpose of humor behind the rest of it.

It has been really amazing watching Sidney learn so much while with everyone around. She is especially smart at learning the carols. She can sing Silent Night all by herself. With a small help she can rock the whole Jingle Bells, and she even picked up "The King song" (Hark, the Herald Angels Sing) just from listening to the rest of us. It was awesome when we went caroling with the fam and she did a solo of Silent Night. She was awesome and did it all be herself. What made it even more amazing was that she had the hiccups during the whole thing! Everyone tried sooo hard not to laugh hysterically while she was doing it, but we all had a great laugh after she was done. She is really quite smart, and was able to pick up words like "reconciled" all by herself!

It has been a fun break, even with all the snow. It has been record snowfall here in Seattle, and now that the snow is gone, it is raining worse than ever. So...we will see if we ever get out of the house!

Hope that all is well for everyone! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Its been a while!

So...Thanksgiving is over. I had a crazy week of school (it's almost over)! We have had tons of fun, just nothing really to post, so...
Here is a video of Sidney and Owen playing together. Owen loves just sitting and watching Sidney do her thing, but also loves it when she stops and plays with him.

Thanksgiving was fun. We had a Packard family turkey bowl in the morning.

Hailey taught Sidney how to ride the razor! She loved it so much, so we have to get her one for Christmas! By the way- to all the aunts out there, Hailey is currently sitting at #1. Sidney loves her! What can I say, time+attention=love=favorite aunt! Now that you know the recipe, babysitting slots are available for signup now!

We spent the rest of the day with Telisha's cousins.

What can I say, it was a great Thanksgiving. I ate a ton of food(dinner was at 2, did not eat again until the next day), watched a bunch of football, took a nap, watched more football, and hung out. What more do you want! The next few days Tiff (T's sister) stayed with us. We got our Christmas tree! Notice the highlight of the tree! Everyone should have a BYU football ornament on their tree! School is almost over! We are heading up to T's house (Seattle) for the holidays! We are excited for it to come!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


I put two new posts on today(NOT COUNTING THIS ONE). Dont miss the second one. It is GREAT!!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


So we had 3 halloween parties in less than 24 hours. And they were all the weekend before the darn holiday. WOW! Too much for me!!
Sidney really wanted to be Ariel (The Little Mermaid- she watches it at least once a week!) On her own, she decided that I should be Prince Eric. We then concluded that Telisha would have to be Ursula, and Owen be Flounder. So:
Telisha was awesome and actually made all of it. She found fishy fabric for Sidney's dress, sewed it all up, and then made tentacles for herself out of hosiery, newspaper and paint. I think I look particularly sexy with black hair and eyebrows! It was tons of fun.

The first was our ward party on Friday night. There was a cake walk, a skittle spit, and a small obstacle course. Sidney won "Best child Costume". She always wins! People can not resist. She is too cute. Telisha really wanted to cut Sidney's hair a month ago, but knew she needed the locks to make the costume work well.
Saturday morning was the stake primary (nursery) party. Similar to Friday night, but far simpler. T and I did not dress up!
Saturday night was Smith party (Telisha's cousins). It was also tons of fun. Lots of games. Lots of food. Got to see people we had not seen for several months.
Come Saturday late I was burned out. I did NOT want any more Halloween. Overall, it was tons of fun, and I am glad we did it. Telisha is awesome!
For Family Night on Monday we carved our pumpkin. It was fun. Sidney really loved it. She chose the shapes for each part. NOW, before I get any comments about the pumpkins color, please not that this pumpkin came from our garden. It got to cold this year for it to grow until the day it was cut, so...GREEN! We had another one of similar size and ORANGE, but as mentioned, it was too cold and the plants all died, and we had to pick them 2 weeks before. Consequently, the orange one rotted, and we were left with green. I think it looks pretty cool though!!
Lastly, I just thought this picture of Owen was awesome!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

She recently stopped taking naps...

About 2 weeks ago Sidney decided that she did not need naps anymore. She just sits in her bed, sing Little Mermaid songs, and tries to get out. We decided that she still needed alone time in her room (at least her mom needed her to have alone time) so she sits in there and reads books, plays, etc. Sometime there are some consequences to that decision. Halloween night-at 6 o'clock-she was eating at the table and Telisha looked over and saw this:

She was snoring heavily. We tried to wake her up, and the following occured:

We laughed hard. We did get her dressed up. Since Telisha was sick (another story), Sidney and I went alone for her first time. After several houses (all of which the ladies thought she was adorable) we were headed to the car and she said "Trick or Treat again?" She loved it, and we love it because now we eat most of the candy!

Monday, October 20, 2008


So, this past weekend I flew to OHIO and attended the College of Engineering Gradaute Weekend at Ohio State in the lovely city of Columbus. I flew out Friday afternoon and stayed with a graduate student of the advisor I would like to work for (both student and advisor are LDS and former BYU guys). Saturday was the visitation day- nice place. Afterward I went to another students house (also BYU) and chatted with him and even went with them to their ward Halloween party. It was great fun, and I was stuffed. Sunday was chill all morning with church in the afternoon and then a 6-9pm flight home. On the way from Columbus to Chicago I had sat by a TCU alumni, who happened to be at the game on Thursday. OUCH. Great guy, super nice, but...darn TCU. He told me then that he was planning to be in SLC for the game against UTAH next week. Guy has money he doesnt know what to do with. From Chicago to SLC it got even better. I was next to a DRUNK Utah alum-did I need to include drunk? Is that redundant? :) - So...he was drunk before the plane, had two more drinks on the plane, and wanted more but the flight attendant was a champ and didn't let him have anymore as he was already super loud and bothering everyone within 10 rows. So lets just say that last 3 hours was more than obnoxious, but I made it home okay.
So-- Ohio State University. A great school. Incredible history in the field I would like to explore- Aerospace and Aeronautical Engineering. I would get my PhD there. I eventually would like to work as a civilian in the military doing either weapon/missile design/testing, or jet engine design. Something casual like that. Anyways, it is the biggest school in the country (almost 70,000 at their main campus), it's really nice and pretty cool. It would be nice because the lab I would spend 85% of my time at is actually about 5-10 miles off campus, and near where we would probably live(Dublin, Arlington, Hilliard area). I do have some interesting observations/dilemmas-
1) I cant cheer for Ohio State Football. I just cant do it. It will take some time to adjust, but we'll see. They play both USC and TCU at home next year, and I would have to root for both of them. They are rabid fans out there. Over 50% of the men at the ward party were in full gear, and it was an away game that night. So...we'll see.
2) As far as I know, Loralee and Dave will be leaving the great state as soon as we get there. Bummer. It's too bad there cant be some overlap (although I have heard they are desperate to stay in Ohio!! hmmmm)
3) It seems like a really nice city. Lots to do, and not all that cold either. We'll see. It is far from home as well, but what do you do.
4) They are on a 1/4 system. The last term started Sept 21 and ends Dec. 8. Then they have 5 weeks off for the holidays and dont start again until the 10 of January. Crazy.

Anyways- it is likely that is where we will end up. I am also visiting Purdue (in Indiana), but I really like the research they are doing at OSU.

Leaving Ohio behind- one more thought. I hear all the time, especially from my wife and women generally, that they love this time of year. The leaves changing, wearing sweaters, scarves, and mittens. So awesome!
Bah humbug. I love summer. Sandals, shorts, t-shirts. Pools, beach, ahhhhhhhhhh. Bah humbug on cold weather, snow, and anything associated with that, EXCEPT of course, Christmas, Thansksgiving dinner, and most importantly football.
I know I may get a lot of fodder over this, but it had to be said. All in favor, say aye! All in opposition, I dont care!

Friday, October 10, 2008


Well we went to the doctor's Tueday morning (I know it's Friday already, I had a really busy school/work week) and we found out that we are having a ....BOY!!!!!!! Hahahahahahhahahahha!!
I have to say, Telisha was pretty sure that it was a boy, although she was non-secretely hoping that it would be a girl so that Sidney had a sister near her age to play with. But, the men will now outnumber the women, 3 - 2!! Sweet. The poll that was up is a bit dissappointing. I blame it on the assumption that most all of the people that voted were women (as they do most of the blog writing and checking). Correct me if I am wrong, but girls want girls. The only male vote that came from a male I know of is Brian Pickup, and this was a sure thing as he is "right 95% of the time!"

Anyways, due date is still the end of Feb, early march. It was the 27th of Feb. Ultrasound said 1st of march, my dad's bday is the 28th of Feb, and luckily it is not leap year next year. I guess if we just have #4 as fast as #3 then we should be about that time. Hmmmmm.....

Telisha is feeling infinitely better than the past two, which has made the time go a lot slower. We discussed it the other night and decided that is because we are only used to a couple of good months, and now that we have had those, we arent sure how to gauge the time anymore. But..we are EXTREMELY grateful that it has gone as well as it has!

Oh- I almost forgot. For those that aren't aware of our "game", we reveal gender, but not the name. Too much commotion if someone else you know likes the name, doesnt, etc. So...we tell people after the sucker is born, and a name is on the birth certificate, and then if they dont like it, sucks for them!! Now, we do give out the first letter of that name

......... and the letter is... T!

So...if you think you know what it is, take a stab. We wont tell you either way, but both Sidney and Owen were guessed before, so who knows. Good luck!!!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Aren't they cute?....devils!

So...we havent been on for a while, mostly because nothing big has happened. School is going ahead, Telisha is getting a little bigger, and life is mellow for the most part. Owen has his 6 month appointment today, and next week we find out the gender of number 3!! WOW!! So...we are excited. BYU football is amazing. I told Telisha last night that if we get to the championship this year or next (I know its a bit of a long shot, but still VERY possible) that it would be killer on me not to go. She says I'm crazy and that we cant afford it. So...if anyone out there is interested in sponsoring me, that would be great!

Here are a few pics from our kids. They have been great most of the time. Sidney is full blown into the defiant "NO!" and that has been tricky for all parties involved. Also, she forgot how to sleep. We have had her in bed before 8 most nights, she lays there and sings Little Mermaid songs until 9:30, and then wakes up three times in the middle of the night. Last night she was up at 3:20, 3:45, and again at 4 and only went back to sleep because we threatened to take away Georgie (her most beloved stuffed monkey best friend). Add to that that Owen was up at 10:30 screaming(we made him scream himself to sleep), 11:30 (gave him a bottle), 3:30 (thanks Sidney) 5:30 (made him scream) and again at 7:30 when Sid woke up. So...lets just say we are really getting some great shut eye!

Anyways, we really do love our kids, but 3:30 am does not always bring out my best self. They are cute though! Oh, and our children cannot keep their eyes open with our camera's flash. We have a million pics(no joke, I've counted) that would have been amazingly cute except for one or both of them cannot keep their eyes open. So sad!!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Sidney's Bike

So we got Sidney a bike for her birthday in June, and we are just now getting the hang of it. We knew in the store that it was to big for her (she couldnt reach the pedals) but figured she would grow into it soon. She loves her bike, but just had a really hard time with it. So...I made some modifications.

First the wood, so that she could reach. Even with the wood she still had a hard time keeping her feet on the pedals. So...I attached some plastic, and now she is a pro. Sidney and I go out about 2-3 times a week after dinner, and it is alot more fun now because it doesnt kill my back to push her around.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Joke's on YOU!

Hahahahahaha. That was awesome! I told Telisha the other day that I wanted to put a picture of Sidney or Owen's 10 week ultrasound on the blog to see what people's reactions would be. I got some good ones, although not as many as I expected. Maybe not as many people read this thing as I thought!! Hmmm. Anyways, c'mon! Do you really think we are that crazy! That is a 10 week appointment, which would make baby #3 due on February 27th! Before Owen even turns 1! Hahahahaha! Sorry, I had to. I couldn't resist!

So...WOW!!! We really are having a 3rd baby! Wow, I said it again. We ARE having a 3rd baby! The due date really is February 27th, which puts Telisha at 13 weeks on Friday! AWESOME!!! We are REALLY excited. It isnt coming exactly as we had planned, but hey, what do you do? Sidney and Owen each took about 5 months, so we figured about the same on #3! Wow, were we mistaken. First month, first try! Go figure. So...we REALLY ARE expecting #3 on Feb. 27th. To put our situation in perspective (not that we are complaining, we knew what we were getting into- it just sounds bad when you think about it) We will have 3 kids before the following happen:
1) I get out of my Masters Program (we still have 3 years after that for a PhD.)
2) 6 months before I turn 26!
3) 4 days before Telisha turns 25!
4) 4 months before Sidney turns 3!
5) 3 weeks before Owen turns 1!

The bright side of it all is that we hope to be done with all our children by the time we're 30, so by 50 they are gone and we can be alone again! Woohoo!

We love our kids, we are excited to have more, and in about 6 1/2 weeks I will be posting gender pics as well.

For those who remember what the first 2 were like for Telisha, this one has been INFINITELY better. Not that she is feeling well, for the most part, but that she at least isn't throwing up multiple times each day. She has only had to once, so that has been a great blessing. I do all the cooking and dishes, but it is a welcome price to pay for her to not be nearly bed ridden for 3 months.

We'll keep you all posted as we go. Wish us luck!
Nathan, Telisha, Sidney, Owen, and ????????

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Vacation Fun

On Monday the 21st we set out on an 8 day excursion with a 2 yr. and 4 month old. Day 1 was spent driving through the deserted wasteland we call western Utah and Nevada. The roads were small, as it took is the direct route to the eastern entrance to Yosemite National Park in California. We arrived in the park at around 7 pm, and were ready to settle for the night. The problem was that our reservation was a 1/2 hour outside the south entrance of the park. No big deal, I thought, it should only take about 1/2 to get through the park! The ranger quickly corrected me and said it takes 3 hours. Yikes. So...we got really lucky and found a site in the park for night number one, thus saving at least 3 more hours (probably would have been 4). Telisha thought it would be a good idea to braid Sids hair so it wouldnt be a mess all trip. Here is what she did!

Tuesday, day 2, was probably the worst/hardest/most challenging day of the trip. Sidney was a mess, Telisha wasnt feeling well, and the park is huge! If you really want to do anything, you have to hike at least a mile, and with a 2 yr. old, that can take FOREVER. We stopped for lunch at a little creek and ate and played in the water a while. After that was the 1/2 mile hike to the Yosemite lower falls. We thought, hey, 1/2 mile isnt bad. 1 and 1/2 hours later, we made it back to the bottom exhausted and incredibly frustrated with a 2 yr old that could not handle the 1 mile trip. Note to self, never again! We did see several other BEAUTIFUL aspects of the park, including El Capitan, Half Dome, Bridal Veil Falls, and the giant redwoods.

Wednesday, day 3, left us exhausted and feeling like another journey into the park would be more work than fun. So...we hung out at our campsite all day. A creek ran right through, so it was nice to bathe and was dishes, etc. Sidney finally learned how to entertain herself and just have fun in the outdoors, and the day was very relaxed and vacation-like.

Day 4, Thursday, had us out of camp at noon and driving to Matt and Annie's in San Francisco. Oh how I LOVE California. The weather was perfect, the city was great, and the company was obviously superb. We went to the "street market" they hold every thurday night, and it was awesome. Tons of local growers pull all stops to get their tree ripened fruit sold by the end of the night, so great fruit at a great price was awesome. We bought enough for the week!

Day 5, Friday, took Annie and Us and the babies to the Jelly Belly Factory a little outside of San Francisco. It was pretty cool, and we split 5 pounds of beans and other candies. Sidney loved seeing all the candy and was pretty good about the tour and getting her own sample bag!

Saturday was the highlight. We went into the city and enjoyed fishermans warf, a chowder bowl, some street performers, and other city stuff. We drove down Lombard street (the twistiest street in the country/world?), and then made it to a SF Giants game. The park is awesome, the weather was amazing, and I love sports, so...!

Sunday was relaxing, with morning church and an afternoon full of Make a Million. Unfortunately, the women swept the series, and the men weren't so happy with the cards they were dealt. In one game, the women got 17 of the 20 40's. Thats % 85! How are we supposed to win like that?!?
Monday was another travel day, leaving at 10 am and arriving at home sweet hot hot home at around 11 pm. We left the AC off, and it was scorching in the house when we got back. Overall it was a good vacation, but it left Telisha and I feeling like we needed a vacation!! :)
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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

What a Weekend

We had a GREAT 4th of July weekend. It was one of those times when your kids are great, we have fun as a family, and everything goes well. We dont have tons of these with an infant and two year old, but when they come, they are great!

We started with the Provo Colonial days on center street. Pretty fun, with exhibits on lace making, blacksmith, etc. Sidney tried to reach but her arms are just too short (she is 20th% in height and weight, so...). This massive family band was on stage jamming to old folk and country classics. Sidney decided she was interested, and sat quietly and watched them perform nearly a dozen songs.

Thursday night we went camping up Provo canyon with PJ, Sean and their wives. We had foil dinners, corn on the cob, and smores. The next morning we found a spot to pull out the launcher (thanks berry fam) and clay pigeons and do some shooting.

I was the star as I pulled 10 straight. I could have done much more but the kids were done and we had to go :( But, it was tons of fun to shoot again and know that I still got it. Telisha pulled 3/5 twice, and was content with that.

Sidney decided that she should be able to shoot as well, so with my help she had a good time holding the trigger and looking down the barrell. She especially liked it when I let off about 10 rounds as fast as I could with the semi-auto! She laughed pretty hard!

Friday night at the missionary fields south of the temple brought games, homemade ice cream, bubbles, and fireworks. Sidney had lots of fun!

After a long sleep and lazy Saturday morning, we went up to Heber to ride the Heber Valley Railroad. The 1 & 1/2 hour ride through part of town and along the lake was great. Sidney loved to "Choo choo", watch the scenery outside, and even got to be the conductor for a while. Her reaction made the trip more than worth it. We took chinese chicken salad(thanks Mosers) and ate it at the station, then went to Dairy Keen (not a spelling error) for some ice cream.

It was a great weekend of relaxation and "wholesome recreational activities"! Families are forever, and kids are mostly awesome to have!!! :)

One last pic- Sidney sporting her July 4th hairpiece from her aunt Bree!