Sunday, December 20, 2009

Rice Cereal

Yesterday was Ben's first spoonful of rice cereal! He liked it, then hated it, then liked it again, then he just got bored. Overall it was a good experience. I got great pictures out of it at least!


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Friday, December 4, 2009

Spreading a little happiness

Ben can laugh now. It's too cute. Here is a video of Ben's first giggles-it's dedicated to everyone, especially the family. Enjoy!
video

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Trip to Minnesota

So on November 14th, we headed to SLC and flew to Minnesota to visit the family. It was such a wonderful trip! We first spent time with the Mathias family and went to church with them. We heard Danny (Steve's younger brother sing in the primary program. The next half of the week we spent at my mom's place hanging out and going shopping. We went to my home ward, the Oakdale ward and saw many familiar faces. Many of whom had no idea that I had had a baby. It was wonderful to get so much attention!

Here are some of the many pictures we took. We begin with Steve's parents and family. Here is Grandma Mathias with our smiley Ben. They had so much fun together. She loves Ben and Ben loves her. She loves to hold Ben and enjoyed every minute of it!



Here is uncle Danny. He loved holding Ben.

















Uncle Joe... too bad Uncle Sam wasn't there to hold him.


















Grandpa Mathias


















Benjamin the superstar!

Cousin Amy



And part of the Mathias family. You can see 4 generations in this picture.
Great G-ma and Great G-pa, Grandma and Grandpa, Steve and Vivian, and little Benjamin.




Ben enjoying a nice warm bath from Grandma. He loves bath time and loves the water. He doesn't like being cold after coming out of the water though.















Time flew at Steve's parents' home. We had to spend some time with Grandma Morales' too.

We ate some dinner at Baker's Square... a family tradition when we go to MN. Here is grandma Morales aka "mamita" with Ben. He didn't smile here, so we took more pics later of them both.


















Here is a smiley one. He is even waving in this one. He wants to grow up so fast. He can now reach and grab his toys from the handle of the car seat. He sucks on his fist constantly, and today he let out a giggle. It was darling.














We were all invited to a dinner. I picked up cute little Sister Quinn and when we walked in they all SUPRISED US with a nice party and cake. My cousin Chris Morales was there too. He is in Law school at Hamline University in MN.

















I'm holding Ben's pant sleve up too high. hehe

















The best cousin in the World! He tried to give me bunny ears-but failed.

































Chris loves Ben!




I saw my little Nephew Giovann. I didn't get to see my sister however. I miss you Nubia!



I stopped by to see our good friends the Cornelius' and their soon to come baby girl! Congrats Candace and Scott!














To finish our trip we saw the Daum family. They have grown so much since I met them. They had only 2 kids when we met them. We ate dessert at their house and chatted. They are an amazing family! We owe them so much for their service!















We had a great time. We also hit some thrift stores and bought some books and a few toys and other cool stuff. We really miss MN thrift stores. They're amazing! Goodbye MN! We will see each other again soon.

On November 23rd we woke up very early and headed back to the airport and back to Rexburg. We flew stand by so we had to wait 4 hours for an open flight. Ben did great in the airplane. We had lots of people come up to us and tell us that he was one cute baby!  We know he is :) We had a wonderful time with family and friends!































Happy Thanksgiving!!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Our Halloween.

here are some pictures of our Halloween:

First we carved our pumpkins. Steve did the Witch, I did the mummy, and Ben did the baby pumpkin( oh, okay, okay, I did it, but it was for Ben)


Then we went to our Ward's get together Halloween party.

Ben ended up being a giraffe. He's a cute giraffe. Steve was a FedEx man. haha



Daddy and Benjamin



And here is our cutie once again!















We ended up getting 3 trick or treaters (they came at 3:30 pm!) that was it!

Then to wrap up the night, we saw Jaws 2! It was hilarious but nerve racking at the same time. I love the shark-it looks soooo fake. And there you have it, that was our Halloween. Perhaps next year it will be better. We can take Ben trick or treating!

Monday, October 26, 2009

photoshoot and experimenting with editing software

So today We took Ben to Sears to get some portraits. We got a good deal that allows us to get a good size package for ten bucks. The people at Sears were so-so when it came to taking the pictures, and then kind of pushy when it came to what we bought. We just had to be insistent though, and we got what we wanted. The pictures we have to post are pretty small because they're online proofs, so some of them aren't cropped, and in one of them you can see the lady in the picture. When we got home and saw what we got, we decided to shoot our own photos, and see how good we could do. We took the sheet off the bed and put it as backdrop, disassembled our tall lamp for a spot light, and took our own pictures. Combine that with with the free photo editing software we downloaded and see what you think. We'll never give in to paying ten bucks just for black and white enhancement now that we know how easy it is.

The software is called paint.net, it's easy, it's awesome, and it's FREE! Here are the picures from both Sears and our own photo shoot.


Sears pic #1




Sears Pic #2


Sears pic #3 ( the final product was cropped, and we picked this as our favorite pose)


Pose #4


Pose #5 (sears lady in picture)



NOW, for our OWN Photo shoot, here it is... (drum roll please...)



Original Picture


Deluxe edited final pic


Original #2



#2 Final



and some cool features...




Original #3


Final #3


with a vignette


playing around with features...


cool black/white dots


Original #4


Cool color editing...



And there you have it! What a simple digital camera, some editing software, and some time can do! Hope you enjoyed, if you are interested in the software, just go to Paint.net (I also downloaded the "ED Harvey" plug in for more features-[like the vignette feature])

Friday, October 23, 2009

6 weeks and counting...


I finally got my camera fixed! I missed more than 2 weeks of Ben's life- oh well. I made up for it today though. There is so much to tell...

The first 6 weeks have been so tough. I barely got any sleep during the night. Well, last Sunday Ben actually slept all night-not completely "through" the night, but he went to bed at 10pm got up at 2am, 4am, and 6am. We were thrilled! It was the first time it had ever happened! Then, the next 4 nights were even better! Woo hoo!!

Ben is starting to smile socially now, and he lets out squeals of joy! He hates sleeping flat on his back. Ever since he was home he has been sleeping on his bouncer. I have tried many times to place him on the bassinet and crib, but 5 minutes later, he wakes up. The first night he was here he didn't really sleep well. Now he sleeps on our chests. He loves sleeping on his tummy. I was scared at first because of SIDS, but I'm more at ease now that he can hold is neck up and turn it from side to side.

Today we went to Aunt Kelly's place and hung out with her and Weston. Here are Ben and Weston letting the world know that they are BEST BUDDIES






Happy Bud! He has a cute little dimples!
"snort-snort"


Ben loves to stand with support, here he is without support against the couch.






Ben, say cheese!


Ben inside my Moby wrap. He LOVES it! It helps me get things done around the house.


Aunt Kelly sporting the "Moby"


It's hard to say what color his eyes will end up being, but for now, they are bluish gray!


Ben in his Bumbo chair, it helps him sit up.


He is sooo amazing, I love having a baby! I'm sad to go back to work next week. Aunt Kelly will be baby sitting him while I'm at work. Both Steve and I's schedules clashed this semester. Hopefully by January he will quit FedEx and take care of Ben while I'm at work.

I applied to the Bachelor's of Nursing program for next semester. They will let me know mid November whether I got in. I applied to do the online program, that way I can be at home with Ben while I do school work. It's a 3 semester program, so I might finish around the same time as Steve. Hope I get in!

Glad you enjoyed the pictures of my super cute son! More to come...
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