Sunday, December 26, 2010

Give Thanks for Being in CA!

Currently, I am in Oregon and have spent Christmas with the Leder side this year. So it makes sense that I am blogging about Thanksgiving then, right? Okay, not really except that I am behind on my updates. SO, Thanksgiving in CA first, then another post about Christmas will follow (hopefully) soon after.

Driving to CA was long and miserable for Ezra (and Carl... and me... but mostly Ezra). However, we made it there and spent a glorious week in the better-than-Utah-weather state.

We stayed in my parents other house first and celebrated Carl's big two-eight!

Shnooks and Ezra :) Ezra has a bit of a crazy eye going on.

the only picture I got of my mom. She is somehow always escaping my pictures!!! so here she is cooking some greenbeans with her best weapon- the chopsticks

Doesn't everyone seem so intrigued by my dad?! har har har just kidding :)

Grandpa taking a snooze after Thanksgiving dinner

I could NOT keep my eyes open any larger for this picture. Shnooks, how many did we take?!

Aunts and Uncles and Grandma. This was Grandma's last lovely family gathering before she passed away about a week later. My Aunt Ruby emailed us to thank us for giving her such a good meal before she left :)

Tio Andres!

cousins :)

The most delicious treat Aunt Ruby makes for every family gathering. Little gummy cake things (I have no idea what to translate them to in English...) and cocunut flakes for topping. YUM!

Thanksgiving was lovely. I had a great time seeing family and friends :) Here are a few more random pictures from the visit:

So, I stalked this feeder for a good hour or so because my mom claimed hummingbirds visited her garden frequently throughout the day...

She was right! I saw two or three hummingbirds and hour at least and they kept hiding in her plants. Can I just comment that they are tricky to catch on camera AND be in focus?!
Grandpa has a Kindle! Wha-what?!

Christmas update to follow this week!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Rockstars and Gypsies and Monkeys, Oh My!

Ezra's baby pumpkin makes me smile :) It's turning white now that it's getting cold... a Christmas pumpkin!

Carl was super creative and did the scary tree pumpkin. I was lazy and carved BOO.

I'm getting close to being caught up with pictures and posts!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

A different planet called Arches National Park.

This visit was from early October, so Ezra was about 3 months old.

I really felt like I was on a completely different planet when we went to visit Arches National Park on our way to UT from TX. We broke the drive down into three days- Dallas, TX to Santa Fe, NM, Santa Fe, NM to Moab, UT (Arches is right by here), and then Moab to Provo.

This visit was quite the sight to see. Absolutely breathtaking and hard to believe a place this beautiful exists.

Random rock formations are everywhere!

Heading up the trail!

I thought this dead tree/bush/shrub was very artistic looking.

So this is why they call it Arches National Park...

What grandeur!

I took this picture myself. Thank you, Mr. Rock, for your tripod-like abilities

Look at them arches!

Handsome and very warm.

Just doing a little bouldering

Que pasa?!

What a bulbous rock, yes?

More updates to come! For now, I take my leave to complete the task of organizing my very own laundry canyons currently in our bedroom.

The Post.

this is the face of a five month old :)

Hello. My name is Tracey. Remember me? I used to post weekly.

It's true, I've taken a very long break from the blog - almost 2 months! Writing takes time and time was very limited each day since moving to Utah. I've decided to do several different posts to try to recapture all the wonderful moments in the past 2 months or more.

We have been moving into our apartment for awhile now. Every time we begin to settle down with the boxes, a new load is welcomed into our livingroom and it's time to start all over.

So, about Ezra, our FIVE month old:

- He has been about a steady 17 lbs for over 1 1/2 months now. I credit his doorway jumper for maintaining his weight :) He can jump for an hour or more at time! I even had to tighten his cloth diapers today around the waist, which is most definitely a first.

- Lately, he's been sucking on his bottom lip as if he might lose it if he stops.

- Today he found his tongue and has been acting like a snake all day long. It's pretty cute.

- He still loves to stand- he's been happy about standing since about 4 weeks old! Now all we have to do is hold his knees or a finger

- He is also a rolling champ now. He started right around 4 1/2 months and has been getting wigglier every day, especially during a diaper change. Diaper off? Time to roll and escape the next diaper. See this video if you're not up to date with facebook

- He can almost sit up on his own, but is great with a little support. Bathing him the kitchen sink is much easier now because he has a lot to lean on.

- He has not started any solids yet, but I am pretty excited to start in January when he turns six months (oh em gee, right? that was omg if you didn't get it). More on that when that time rolls around.

It's amazing how quick Ezra's developmental milestones are being acheived. Time has snuck up on us! I finished my first nursing bachelor's class two weeks ago and it was a breeze. I start clinicals next week and while I requested the ICU and NICU, they assigned me to the ICU and ER. Can I just say I'm a little nervous about the ER?? I don't trust myself in nursing skills quite yet...

I have so much to update. Ezra was a monkey for Halloween. We went to CA for Thanksgiving. We went to Chicago last week. And then there's all the in-between. Yikes! Other then all the recent happenings though, Carl and I have been doing wonderfully and I look forward to getting back in the groove of blogging. I am also excited to go visit family in OR for Christmas this year! Happy holidays, everyone!

Yes, I am still the most handsome babe.