Sunday, December 28, 2008
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!
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
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
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
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.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
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-- 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
Monday, September 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
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
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
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...!
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
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!