September 23, 2011

Sweet Darling!

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If you didn't already see, my sisters and I started a new series on our blog where we pick a word each week and then take a picture representing that word. It's supposed to help us be more creative and I'm hoping it will help me develop my photography!! So, I'm pretty excited about it :)

The first word we chose was "sweet."
Click here to see what we all came up with!

And you can see all the pictures I took on my photography blog HERE!

yay for sweet strawberries! :)

September 19, 2011


They opened up a new trail by our house so we went on a little family walk this evening 
and saw no less than SEVEN armadillos!!
The first one we saw about gave me a heart attack...until I realized they're harmless.
We'd never seen one before. Pretty cool hu?! :)

September 14, 2011

sucking that top lip

Cole used to do this all the time when he was a baby baby whenever his pacifier would fall out.
He stopped doing it for a while and now he's started back up again! Which I'm glad about because it's one of my favorite things that he does and I'm glad that I finally got it on video!

It's pretty short so you should watch it :)

September 13, 2011

A special picture

This is when Cole met his great grand-parents on my side!
Grandma Kay and Grandpa Gordon are my dad's parents and they are the cutest grandparents I could have ever gotten! It was great to see them again finally and I was so glad that Cole got to meet them too :)
This is my new favorite picture from my phone :)

And by the way, thanks for all of your kind words on my last post about Cole's first choking scare! I really appreciate the advice you all gave!

September 11, 2011

First choking scare :(

When I was a teenager, I was downtown Heidelberg once at a Strassenbahn (cable car) station and I watched as passengers loaded into one Strassenbahn and then I watched as it bagan to take off. But what the driver hadn't noticed was that a very old lady hadn't made it all the way into the Strassenbahn!! The driver had shut the doors on half of her body!! I shuddered as I watched and my heart sank for this poor old woman as she banged on the doors and finally the driver noticed and stopped and let her in all the way.
I was so disturbed by this incident even though I was only a spectator! I was relieved that nothing really bad had happened but I was still bothered that it had even happened at all! This lady was old. I bet she thought that she'd seen it all by the time she was her age. I bet she never thought that in her later years she would have half her body stuck in the doors of a moving Strassenbahn! But what bothered me the most was the realization that I had a lot of life to live and I didn't know what all the scares in my life would be or when they would happen. I would never be safe from surprises or scares or even tragedies possibly, even as an old woman. I could be that old woman one day and I would never know if or when it would happen. Geez.

Well, today I had one of those scares in life. :(

As we were skyping with Steve's family, Cole was sitting on Steve's lap playing with a piece of paper (!!) and we didn't realize that he had chewed on it and that little pieces of the paper were in his mouth. Until Steve's family saw through skype that Cole was making a funny face. (awful, I know) He was choking on the paper! I started freaking out but somehow managed to squeeze Cole's cheeks so he'd open his mouth and I stuck my pointing finger all the way down Cole's throat (I swear I touched his tonsils) and scooped the wet paper mess out. I had read in some book that that's what you're supposed to do when a baby's choking and I was surprised with how well I remembered what to do and how quickly I carried it out. Maybe there is something to be said for motherly instincts after all! And then after Cole was fine, I went in the other room and cried. My nerves! I could barely handle it. I thought of the story I told about above and I thought about all the other crazy things that would happen to my sweet baby boy as his life and my life go on. How many scares will there be?! And will they always only be "scares?"

I'm just thankful that it was just a scare today and nothing more than that.

 Maybe I overreacted today but it was the first time I've ever had to save a baby from choking. I know that babies put everything in their mouths and I know it's common for them to gag/choke on things, but do you moms out there ever get used to it? Does it still phase you every time? I hate the thought of going through this on a regular basis!

September 8, 2011

Family Pictures in Coeur d'Alene

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You can see more pictures of Gran Yvonne and Cole HERE!

On our last day in Washington, we made the 30 minute drive to Coeur d'Alene to have a picnic and to play games in the park. This is turning into one of our favorite things to do when we go home to visit! Lake Coeur d'Alene is so gorgeous!!
While there, I had fun taking some family pictures!
We were just missing Alyse, who's in CHINA teaching English, and Brandon who is at BYU for his first semester at college. We miss you guys! :(

September 2, 2011

Cole and Amachi

It's only 30 seconds long :)
These guys are too cute.