Monday, November 30, 2009


Thanksgiving has come and gone. I started the holiday off by spending a day sewing with my aunt. She graciously agreed to teach me how. I'm a slow learner, but she is patient. Thanks Teresa.

Ammon came and picked Cormac and I up after sewing lessons and we headed out to Nevada. We spent the rest of the weekend showing off our baby to Ammon's family, playing with nieces and nephews, and eating lots of turkey.

And today Cormac got a new cousin. Welcome to the world Ruby Jean! We are excited to meet you.

Friday, November 20, 2009

One Month Old

I am stealing an idea from my dear friend Heidi. Each month she takes a picture of her little boy with the same toy and a little sign saying how old he is. I loved this idea the first time I saw it and so I am plagiarizing it (sorry Heidi). Our little Cormac is growing at an incredible rate. In true Dahl fashion he is getting long legs. He is now 22.5 inches long. He's grown a whole inch and a half in just one month. I don't have a baby scale, but based on measuring him here at home I know that he is now over 10 lbs. He was 8 lbs 8.5 ounces when he was born. Here are some other fun things about our little month old (can it really have been that long ago).

~He loves to snuggle and be held.
~He does not like tummy time, even though he is so strong and can already lift his head and shoulders pretty well.
~He loves to swing in his swing and bounce in his bouncer.
~He is comforted by his hands, he loves to have them on his face or close to his chest.
~His favorite sleeping position is flat on his back with his arms high above his head followed closely by sleeping on his side.
~He hates to have his diaper changed or to have clothes put on or off.
~He still isn't sure about bath time.
~He is vocal! But he rarely cries (unless you put him in his bed at night). He loves to make sound effects. We call him squeakier, can you guess why?
~He's a mover. When he's on his tummy he scoots himself up and tries to roll over. If he is awake he is moving. If he is sleeping half the time he is moving.
~He is the cutest little thing.

We just love and adore this little guy. Our family was really needing this addition. I asked Ammon what he wanted to say about Cormac on our blog. He just said, "He's a good boy." Yup, that pretty much says it.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

For Uncle Nick

It should be orange. But we got close.
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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Unpacking Treasures

I love unpacking. Especially when you unpack boxes that have been in storage for a long time. I always run across some treasure. This glass is from the prom that Ammon and I attended back in the day: Still of the Night. Ah, the memories.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Pictures for Grandparents-part 2

Just a few more.

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Pictures for Grandparents-part 1

Don't mind me. I just wanted to post a few pictures of Cormac taken on his 3 week birthday.

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

We Do Bathrooms

I don't know why we feel the need to buy fixer uppers. I don't know why we like to remodel. And for some reason we always need to fix the bathroom. This one was in desperate need from before we bought it. We knew that this would be our first challenge with our new house.

My Aunt Harriet mercifully cleaned the bathroom for us. We will forever be in her debt. We were able to shower in relative comfort for the last week that we lived in our home. Yesterday morning our bathroom looked like this:

By bedtime last night we were down to this:

And now tonight, as we approach bed time, our bathroom looks like this:

It's a good thing we like fixer uppers. At least with this bathroom remodel we have another working toilet in the house. Last time we had to run to the gas station when nature called. Don't worry, Ammon works fast. By the end of tomorrow we will have a tub in place again. And this one will have jets!

Friday, November 6, 2009

I Should Be

I should be cleaning my house. Or unpacking, or prepping my walls for texture and paint, or eating a healthy lunch instead of munching on fudge striped cookies, or about a million other things. But what I want to be doing is telling you how much we are enjoying this beautiful fall. I love fall. I love all the seasons, but I love fall the most. I decided that fall is spiced cider with a hint of cinnamon. Winter is hot chocolate with mint. Spring is fruit smoothies and exercise videos. Summer is lemonade with raspberries. Each season is so fun in it's own way. This fall we actually have trees and leaves! It is wonderful. We don't have time to clean up our leaves right now, but we enjoy wading through the piles occasionally.

We are also enjoying our two-week-old-Cormac. He makes me laugh and smile; even at 3:00 am. He has started sighing in exasperation. It's so funny. He loves to move. When I watch him I think "oh, so that is what you were doing in there." I have been trying to capture all of his facial expressions. Here are a few.

Since the weather has been so gorgeous we broke out the stroller. I needed a break from boxes, and we both needed some fresh air. We live in the most beautiful neighborhood. The people are incredible. I have never felt more welcome in a place.

This is the view from the dinning room window. I love fall colors. I also love our new place. We still have tons to do, but we couldn't be happier about it. The challenge is in pacing ourselves.

This weekend Ammon is tearing apart the bathroom, and I'm going to repair our walls and texture them. Cormac will eat every two hours as usual.Oh, and look cute. Wish us luck, it is gong to be crazy.

Monday, November 2, 2009


Sorry Thelma, but Halloween really is my favorite holiday. This year's Halloween wasn't typical. I wanted to share a few pictures of our Haunted Halloween nightmare that we found ourselves in.
Viewers beware.

The cleanest room in the house.

We've only been married 5 years (well, not even 5 yet). Look at all this stuff.

We have to refinish the cabinets in the kitchen because no amount of scrubbing will get the junk off. We have tried every product known to man.

Just so you know, this picture was taken after all day of scrubbing.

S.O.S. pads for the floor. Nothing else cuts it.

Not only do we have our junk, but we have the old owners junk too!

Cormac with his second cousins, Taylor and Londyn.

What a Halloween. Throw into the mix that I had a baby less than 2 weeks ago and you know what we are dealing with. Crying baby all night. Filthy mess of a house. Lots of stuff to unpack. Perhaps one can be too ambitious. Actually, Ammon and I are loving our new place and being home. Happy Haunting.