Saturday, December 25, 2010

Tertipes Family Christmas

Merry Christmas! I just thought I would share a few pictures from our first Christmas together with our new little baby boy!

Our Christmas Tree
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Our first Christmas together with the three of us.
(Apparently, Christmas is very exhausting for James.)
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James is super excited about the contents of his stocking.
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I actually AM pretty excited about my stocking goodies. Please take note of the DMC CD that David got for me from Honk's (the dollar store). Heck yes!
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David's stocking loot, including Hannah Montana reusable baggies & New Moon luncheon napkins. Woot!
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Our gift from Chris & Heidi (David's brother & sister-in-law). You can see how tiny James is compared to his new outfit.
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My gift to David (& myself, to be honest). James doesn't seem too pleased about Glee. We'll have to work on that.
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James as a present!
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Merry Christmas to Mom & Dad!
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David playing with his new badge & gun.
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Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

So, I was kind of lazy about the whole Christmas card thing this year. Mostly, it was because of having James (since I would have had my Christmas cards all ready by Thanksgiving like I usually do) & because I wanted to send out birth announcements for James & didn't want to design two cards & pay to mail them both out the everyone.

So here it is. My lame attempt at a Christmas card.

Hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Super Fun Bath Time

I thought it was about time I posted a video for you! We decided to take the video camera in while we were giving James a bath this evening. You'll notice that he gets chopped off at the chest quite a bit in order to keep the video PG. It's also in a few different clips since David stopped video taping in order to help me out a couple of times.

Note: Please forgive the fact that a) I'm in my bathrobe & b) the camera cord makes a cameo in the last section of the video.

Otherwise, enjoy! :)

2011 Reading List

I guess you could consider this my New Year's resolution. I love books. I love owning books & I love reading books. I often buy books that I'd like to read & either start but not finish (for one reason or another) or I just won't get around to reading them at all. The latter tends to happen when I buy multiple books at the same time & only get around to reading one or two of them. Needless to say, I have a good number of books that I've never read (or read all the way through).

Additionally, I married into an equally large book collection. There are two nice things about David's book collection... 1) half of his books are in German, so I don't have to feel guilty about never having read them and 2) his books are completely different from mine, so we have quite the diverse library. Actually, when we got married, we only had three books in common -- The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Atlas Shrugged & Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. (We kept both Shakespeare books & gave HP7 to David's mom. Atlas Shrugged is still up for grabs if anybody wants it.)

Anyway, back to my original point. Since I'm going to be spending so much more time at home now, rather than wasting it away by watching something on TV or playing around on the computer, I've decided to give myself a reading list for the upcoming year.

I chose 27 different books that I've either never read, never read all the way through or have read but I feel I need to read again (for whatever reason). And I should have just under two weeks to read each book. I'm sure I won't need that much time for most of them, but some of them are thicker than others, so I think this should even out well enough. And I have plenty more books that I could add to the list if I should finish earlier than expected.

I also wanted to make sure that my selections were well-rounded, so I broke up my choices into four categories: 1) religious books, 2) self-help or motivational books, 3) literature and 4) stuff I want to read just for fun or entertainment.

I also posted my reading list into my sidebar so that you can follow along in my reading adventure, if you'd like. I'm sure I'll also make occasional blog posts about what I'm reading or how my goal is progressing. I'm actually quite excited about this. So excited, in fact, that I'm going to start now rather than wait until January 1st, because who knows what will happen to my motivation by then if I don't start while I feel the burning desire to do so.

So, without further ado, here is my reading list for the upcoming year. I put a few notes in about why I chose to read certain selections as well, in case you are interested!

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2011 Reading List


* Believing Christ :: Stephen E Robinson

* A Marvelous Work and a Wonder :: LeGrand Richards

* Jesus the Christ :: James E Talmage

* The Great Apostasy :: James E Talmage

* The Holy Temple :: Boyd K Packer

* Standing for Something :: Gordon B Hinckley

* Yearning for the Living God :: F Enzio Busche


* The Nursing Mother’s Companion :: Kathleen Huggins

* Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child :: Marc Weissbluth

* Babyproofing Your Marriage :: Stacie Cockrell, Cathy O’Neill & Julia Stone

(^I've already read this one, but it was at the beginning of my pregnancy, so I feel like I could do with a refresher now that I actually have a use for this information.)

* The One Minute Manager :: Caitlin Friedman & Kimberly Yorio

(^I've read parts of this.)

* The Secret :: Rhonda Byrne

(^I've already read this one too, but I remember feeling incredible once I finished it, so it got a place on the list!)

* Finding the Love of Your Life :: Neil Clark Warren

(^Also read this, but it was waaaaay back in the day. It was actually a book I had to buy for one of my lower level Marriage & Family classes at BYU. I thought it would be fun to revisit after all this time.)


* The Hobbit :: J R R Tolkien

(^Never read any of Tolkien's work, but I've heard good things about this book, so I thought I'd give it a try. This was one of David's.)

* The Picture of Dorian Gray :: Oscar Wilde

* Little Women :: Louisa May Alcott

(^David had to buy this book for one of his classes this semester & I've always wanted to read it.)

* The Purgatorio :: Dante Alighieri

* The Paradiso :: Dante Alighieri

* Hamlet :: William Shakespeare

(^I've read some of Shakespeare's work, but not this one. This will be an adventure, I'm sure!)

Just for Fun

* The Host :: Stephenie Meyer

* Leven Thumps and the Whispered Secret :: Obert Skye

* Leven Thumps and the Eyes of the Want :: Obert Skye

* The Dark is Rising Series :: Susan Cooper

- Over Sea, Under Stone

- The Dark is Rising

- Greenwitch

- The Grey King

- Silver on the Tree

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Not Being Lazy

Aside from learning how to best care for my new baby boy, my newest goal is to figure out how to not feel like I'm being completely lazy all day long.

Obviously, I'm not just refusing to be productive. Taking care of James is a lot of work, as I knew it would be, but I'm starting to feel like my butt is glued down for most of the day. And James has just started getting into this phase where he is only content for about five minutes before he starts to screech. And when I say screech, I mean it. We have affectionately dubbed his screech "the pterodactyl scream". And that's exactly what he sounds like if he doesn't immediately get his cuddles. Or his food. He can hang out in a dirty diaper for a little while (without us knowing, of course... we don't just let our child wallow in his own filth), but once he gets sick of it, out comes the pterodactyl. And since he needs to eat every three hours at this point & it usually takes 45 minutes to an hour to nurse him, I rarely have time to shower or grab food or pee. I actually just realized today that I hadn't had a shower since Saturday. Gross. (And yes, I did get time to shower today!)

Anyway, I'm trying to make it a goal to accomplish something... anything... during the day. I wasn't too successful today. I did hang up a little bit of laundry, but that's it. The rest of my time was spent sitting on my butt watching 24 & messing around on Facebook. But I guess since I was nursing or soothing this little guy the whole time, I wasn't actually quite as lazy as this makes me sound.

Boy, my butt is numb.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Family Pictures

Hooray! We finally had our first set of family pictures taken! We went to Fotogenix to have them done & one of my coworkers, Selena, took them for us. And I must say, she did a most fabulous job! I'm really happy with them.

And since David's mom was staying with us at the time, we decided to have a few done with her in them as well.

Three Generations
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James & Grandma
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This one is my favorite. :)
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While we were at it, I had Selena take some photos of James to mark his one month birthday (if you can call it a birthday). I love, love, LOVE these!

And here is James with his Pooh hat & blanket that he got from his Great-Grandma Tertipes.
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He is the most handsome little guy & makes for some good wall decorations in our apartment. :)

Monday, December 20, 2010

One Month Old

I can't believe our little guy is one month old today!

He's developing his own little personality already. (See picture for example of attitude.) He also gets lots of attention whenever we go out in public. People are always coming up to me & telling me how tiny he is, how adorable he is or how he looks like a "little man". Or they'll comment on how fabulous his hair is. And, of course, they are completely correct. My mommy ego gets quite the boost. :)

He made it through his first three-hour church block yesterday & was quite the champ about it. We'll be blessing him next month; hopefully on January 16th.

We also had our first family pictures & James' one month pictures taken last Friday by a gal that I work with. I'll post them as soon as they are ready. James did a very good job posing & looking super handsome!

We love our little guy!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

My Funny Little Man

I love taking pictures of my little guy! (As if you couldn't tell by now.) He's just so stinkin' adorable. And tiny. And he won't stay this tiny for very long, so I've got to document, right?

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This picture slays me. It looks like he's singin' a song.
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Just the sweetest face there ever was.
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Crazy-faced kid.
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This kid has some seriously long toes. We refer to them as his "finger toes".
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