Saturday, December 31, 2011

Steve's Graduation 2011

So I just realized yesterday, that I hadn't even glanced at my blog for like 2 months! That's crazy! November was so swamped with photography that I didn't even take time and focus on blogging my family life. Well, here are some important things that happened in November:

* I interviewed for a job at Madison Hospital for Labor/Delivery, was a finalist.... and it took them over a month to get back to me and tell me that they had chosen the "other" person.
* Andy began to pull himself up to furniture and crawling around like CRAZY!
* My birthday! I turned a quarter-of-a-century old!
*We spent thanksgiving with cousin Chris and girlfriend Becca, and got to see Aunt Gloria and cousin Mike and his wife Addie too!

 December was actually pretty busy. Photography wise, and everything else. 

My amazing husband, Steve, graduated with his Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering! He was so busy up till the end trying to get everything done, applying for jobs, and preparing for graduation. I am so proud of him, he did so great and even averaged a 3.6 GPA in all his difficult classes.

Posing by some of his professors

Steve also got a surprise visit from his Dad, Karl for graduation! 

I am so proud of Steve's great achievements! He worked hard for it, and he will continue to work hard for when he goes to Grad school. I'm sure glad we both are finally finished with our undergrads. 

Monday, October 24, 2011

Okay, Okay (October Edition)

Yeah, okay. I was a slacker. No October posts till now..... Here's the recap:
Last week I went to Minnesota and had the chance to photograph Steven's cousin(Todd)'s wedding! 

I also got to see and spend time with my dear mom-in-law, Debby and her family. 
Andy was so drooly- and I found out that he had just gotten his first tooth!

Andy did great on the airplane, and he got lots of interaction with strangers at the airport. He sure loves to smile at everyone :)

I picked up on Crocheting: Since I photograph some newborns in my at-home studio, I didn't feel like buying some cute crocheted hats for $20 +, so I decided that I was going to make my own. I learned via You-Tube, and then I took off. :-)   I started out with a newborn bunny hat....

then an aviator hat:

I have also done a newborn tiara, and a hat for me :) It has been pretty fun. I like learning new things.  I also did some of my own headbands for cute newborn girls. Props can be expensive, but I can reduce the cost if I make my own props.

Okay, Okay (September Edition)

Yeah, okay..... I have been slacking in terms of my family blog. I just seem to put it off, and then when I remember, I am too busy to post. Last thing I posted about was back in August.... Well, There are some things to catch up on. So here's just a quick recap with a few pictures of course :)

September was okay, nothing too big... 

I no longer work at Seasons.
I'm looking for a job elsewhere. No luck yet. Everyone and their dog is a Nurse in Rexburg. 
We visited Grandma and Grandpa Lewis in Downey.
It is now fall. Where did they time go?
Andy is as cute as ever :)

Ben LOVES his basketball

Andy tried his first bit of cereal

And... he now loves it of course.

We are a happy family!

Taken By Aly Willis

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Ben's turns 2!

Happy Birthday to my little Ben. I can't believe he is two! Time flies. We had a cute little mini birthday party for him. He really enjoyed his cake and ice cream. He also enjoyed playing with his friends/family : Weston, Paige, and Jolie. 

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Utah trip, Cousin Chris, and Brian the organist

So my cousin Chris is amazing, we have been especially close since we went to college together. After 3 hard years of law school, and after studying for the BAR exam, he finally had some free time before he started his new job. It was perfect timing too, because Steve's brother, Brian had an organ recital in the St. Madeline's cathedral in SLC.  Our weekend trip started with Brian's recital.

Brian is an amazing organist! One day he will be playing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. If you have a few minutes, go listen to him on his website HERE. The cathedral's organ was on the second floor, so you couldn't see Brian at all, but he made an awesome performance.  I couldn't get a good picture of him because after he was done, he had tons of friends and fans all around him waiting to chat and congratulate. I did get a good picture of Alicia and her family though....

and managed to take a few snapshots of the inside of the cathedral...

The next day, we hung out with Chris and of course, I managed to take some pictures of him :)

On Saturday morning, Chris took us hiking at Uinta National Forest. Because our families have grown up in the metro area, we hardly ever went hiking just for fun. For some reason I get paranoid when we go to the great outdoors with our kids. I'm always on the lookout for any dangerous situations. Am I the only one?   Anyways, I'm glad we went, because it was so beautiful!

That night, we enjoyed a wonderful dinner with Chris and his date, and my cousin Mike & his wife Addie. Mike and Addie are expecting their first baby! It is so exciting to see families grow. 

On Monday morning, we headed back home. I wanted to stay longer, but I had to work. 
We had a wonderful time, and we are so glad to have seen our families!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Trip to the Zoo

So Ben has never been to the Zoo and I figured we might as well go to our local Idaho Falls Zoo. It's pretty small, but was surprised at how well kept it was! It was pretty inexpensive too.

Ben can do so many animal sounds and he had a blast imitating all the animals. He even got to go into the petting zoo and pet a few farm animals- he was a bit nervous though. His favorties were the Lion, tiger, and penguins. 

Seems like Andy enjoyed it too!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Independence Day

So at first I wanted to go to the Melaleuca fireworks in Idaho Falls, however, because there are SO many people and because it's a little drive and because of all the traffic, we decided to stay in Rexburg and watch their lame-o fireworks. We did end up going to IF the Saturday before and setting off fireworks with Bryan and Kelly (bro/sis in law).  We didn't know how Ben would react with the fireworks, but as expected, he LOVED them. He loves anything that glows and makes light. All he wanted to do was light the sparklers. He also LOVED throwing the little poppers on the ground. Whenever they would pop on the ground, he would smile and grab another one out of the little box. The best part for him is not going to bed till 10pm. :)

Here's Kelly lighting a sparkler. We all had no idea that the bigger sparklers would ignite so fast and explode! haha.  Bryan's face in this pic is the funniest!

On Sunday, we went to church and heard great talks about God and our country...
On Monday, the 4th of July, we decided to wake up early and head to the Rexburg Parade. We packed our double stroller and headed to Main St.  Reggie and Belinda Riley also joined us. We went about 45 minutes before it started and the sidewalks of Main St. were PACKED with lawn chairs, many of them didn't even have anyone sitting down on them. Luckily, we found this one spot directly under a shady tree/bush.

Andy, anxiously awaits the parade...

 There were many great people in the parade. Most of the floats and people in the parade were mostly there to promote their businesses (Since it was all brought together by the Chamber of Commerce). At least they threw candy out to the crowd. Ben got lots of good, yummy candy that he ate right away!

I really enjoyed the people in uniform. Especially the WWII veterans. I have a lot of respect for them. They fought hard. Lately I have been watching educational documentaries about the WWII, especially about Japan, Germany, and The Holocaust. I couldn't imagine what everyone went though. I'm sure glad they fought for our country. Although I'm not an official "American" yet, I definitely LOVE the USA!

Ben on the other hand, can officially say that he is proud to be an American (if he could say those exact words, hehe). We bough him a little flag and he waved it around proudly!

We love our Ben!

 We also love little Annie, she had a good time as well. Even though she didn't really care about the parade, it was fun to watch her smile. Reggie and Belinda are such great parents!

After the parade we headed home. Steve had to study of course, and Ben and Andy took their naps. Afterwords, we walked to Porter Park.  When we got to the park, their Merry go Round was open, so we thought it would be a good idea for Ben to go on it. He was a little shy at first, but now he LOVES to go on the "Meh Meh."

 Next to the Merry go Round, there is a little splash park. Although, a little scared by all the joyful screaming children, he managed to play with some of the sprays. He enjoyed playing with the water, and so did I! Grown ups are also allowed to play with the water. Ben didn't want to go under the giant tipping bucket of water, so he just played it safe.

So I would like to show you pictures of the fireworks we saw on the 4th, however, I didn't even take pictures. I was very frustrated. We live a few blocks from the fair grounds. There was a rodeo going on that night and we were going to go, but we were all so exhausted from the heat and all the walking. The Rexburg Website said the fireworks would start at 9:30. We thought that was a typo because it's still light around that time. So we decided to watch the fireworks from one of the grass areas of our complex. We set up our blanket and chairs at 10:25pm. So Steve, Ben, and I patiently sat there waiting. We waited.... and waited.... and waited.... So when 11pm came, we were so disappointed. We decided to go inside and go to Bed. Poor Ben, he was happy, but tired. I put him to bed and he fell asleep. At around 11:30pm, we heard the fireworks go off. I was SO MAD at this point because we had waited so long and now Ben was in bed.

Ben actually woke up from all the booms. So while the fireworks were still going on, I took him outside so he could see the remains. In honest truth, I expected them to be lame, but in reality they were EXTREMELY lame- hahahaaaaa!!!

"Oh, Rexburg"... that's all I have to say....

Overall, we all had a great fourth of July weekend. Hopefully next year it will be better!!

Happy Independence Day!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Vote for Andy

If I get enough votes, I can get a free I pad!

So go to the Gerber Facebook Page, "like" them. Then Search for Andrew from Rexburg, or copy & paste his   ID #   154389.   He is under the Birth + Division.

Here is their Link:

Lets hope he wins!!

p.s. Don't forget  to tell your friends and family to vote too!

Monday, June 27, 2011

The Mathias family comes to town! Again.

So Steve's parents and siblings came for a visit in the last week of may and the first week of June. It was so much fun! Here are a few highlights...

Andy got blessed...

The family all came over....

We all enjoyed the playground, and Ben LOVED to play with uncle Danny

Ben also enjoyed playing with Uncle Joe...

and Uncle Sam got to enjoy baby Andy...

Grandma also enjoyed holding Andy...

We all went to eat delicious ice cream at Reed's Dairy...

Enjoyed playing with this little guy....

We all played a few games of baseball... Ben especially loved to bat.

Ben and Grandma got to tighten their bond...

Uncle Sam also tightened his bond with Andy...

We got to go to a fun center where we played with their mirrors...

 laugh at each other...
 and take pictures of my midget self...

Sam got to ride a pony...

and the boys decided to play some laser tag...

We  also ate some pie shakes at Sammy's and took pictures of this little fellow....

We also visited the Great grandparents in Downey, ID and got to go to my cousin Maggie's baptism. It was wonderful!

We had such a great time and we are sad that they could only stay a few days. We will be visiting them soon in MN, we hope!
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