Sunday, January 18, 2009

Yeah, the baby found a thumb... MINE

Happy 2 month birthday Eli!!! Yeah!

School has begun anew... to the chagrin of all involved. Megan is enjoying her 3 classes (the last 3 remaining before she graduates). I am feeling spread thin between 4 stats classes, work, etc. Eliana is enjoying her time on campus. She gets to see all the interesting people and hear random strangers say, "She's so cute" all day long. Eli has gained 4 pounds and not sits at 10 lb 10 oz as of Wednesday. She actually had an ear infection this week which was no fun. Though the good news is that she has slept at least 8 hours each night this week. (Yumm... I love sleep.) The big issue is she loves breastfeeding. And hates the bottle. Go figure. You start them on the bottle; they like it; you give them the boob and she's like, "Why did you ever give me the bottle? This boob is delicious!" And so it goes...

So, yes, we abbreviate Eliana as Eli. I know it's spelled like Eli from the Old Testament, but we aren't British and so we don't add extra random letters that confuse people. (Thanks, and no offense, Cadence.) So it's Eli. Ta da.

Tuesday we had the awesome priviledge to hear Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. I've copied the link here: This will get you to the site to download the mp3, or in about a week or so, the written transcript. Seriously, this was one of the top three talks I've ever heard at BYU. It's entitled "Remember Lot's Wife" and focuses on the sin of not letting the past alone, whether that be in relationships, family problems, etc. He teaches to not dwell on the past, but have faith in the bright future which is in Christ. Full of power. A must read for sure.

Well... I know you don't want to hear about our BORING lives (wait... that's what a blog is for?), so here are some pictures:

This is Eliana in her blessing dress on the day of her blessing.

The proud parents after the blessing. Cue music. We are a happy family.

Here is proof that Megan is still hot after having a baby. Eli is definitely mommy's daughter.

And this is just one of my favorite pictures of Eli. SOLID! Also a disclaimer: this was not posed. She just did it. She's totally her dad's daughter.

We were going to post a video of Eli rolling over from her front to her back but its 220 MB. Blogspot doesn't like that so much. Meh.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Brief overview of three weeks

So it's been a while since I've been able to update, as those of you who actually read this have probably's been an interesting last couple of weeks. My mom came down at Thanksgiving and stayed with Brian and I to help take care of Eli while we finished up classes, which was awesomely amazing of her, and if she hadn't I wouldn't have finished up my classes, and then we had our finals week. Mom left on Friday before finals started. Finals week was...well, it was actually kinda a week from hell. Try two massive projects that had to be finished by the end of the week, and by massive I mean that I spent the entire week working on them, plus I had been working on them off and on for the two or three weeks before. I wanted to die by the time that I had finished. Brian got all of his finals taken by Wednesday, and so I got to do all of mine on Thursday and Friday, while he watched the baby and helped me to assemble (cut and paste) my design file projects. I have the best husband. I actually managed to pass all of my finals, and grades were posted for classes earlier this week. I managed a 2.9 GPA, which considering that I had a baby mid-semester and was taking 15 credits, is not bad at all. It's actually my second highest semester GPA since I've come to college. Impressive, no? And now all I have is three more classes (9 credits) which I am taking this coming semester, and I will graduate in April! Hooray for me!
Saturday after finals ended we got to go to Brian's cousin Melissa's wedding. It was really fun, and his parents came down for it and stayed with us. I absolutely love getting to see his family. I love his mom. It was so neat for me to get to know her even better when she came down to help us when Eli was born. Anyway, we caravaned up to Boise with them and Jason on that Sunday, although we had originally planned to drive up on Monday. It's a really good thing that we did go up then though, because a horrible nasty storm came up on our way there, and the roads were horrible. Brian and I ended up sliding off of the freeway at one point. It was so scary. Luckily we were alright, and neither us nor the car were hurt. Brian's family was in front of us when we went off, but they came back and helped to dig us out. And I do mean dig. It's actually kind of funny, because Eli slept through the whole thing. So in any case, the trip up to Boise took a bit more than 8 hours instead of the normal 5 1/2 due to road conditions, but we did get there. The break was awesome, with the exception of a head cold for me, courtesy of Jessica, and Brian managed to come down with a stomach bug right after I got to feeling better. Christmas was a lot of fun, although because we got sick we weren't able to do as much as we would have otherwise. We did get to do Eli's baby blessing this past Sunday at my parents house. It was awesome! Brian was able to give the blessing, and Eli looked beautiful in her little white dress that her Grandma Wells got for her. We'll post pictures later on. We drove home on Wednesday, and made really good time. The roads were in excellent condition on the way back. Since then we've been getting things ready for school to start back up and just doing some general relaxing. We've gotten to see our friends Leeny and Jordan, and Shaun and Lanette both thursday and friday, and us girls are getting together again today to watch the last of the Anne of Green Gables series, which I had never before seen any of, but are really quite good. I'm enjoying them immensely. Well, that's a general update of what we've been up to, and I'll attempt to be more punctual in my next post.

PS: Brian and I are so excited! Eli slept through the night for the first time last night! 8 1/2 hours in a row! Woot! Not going to lie, though, I was a little worried when I woke up before she did. Weird, huh?