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Catching Up

I’ve noticed in the last few days (or possibly nights) that we have not had any blog posts in a while and that we should try to catch up a little on what has been happening in our lives. Obviously, the adjustment from one kid to two is taking a good amount of time. It is amazing that even though Luke is only a year old, I have forgotten so much about taking care of newborn. I had forgotten how many times you get up in the middle of the night to feed the baby. How many diapers you change, not to mention how often the baby will try to soak you while changing those diapers. I had even forgotten how much of the time the baby sleeps. Unfortunately that gets spread throughout the day and not just at night. (I know that will come eventually). However, even with the lack of sleep (like the fact that I am starting to write this post at 1:40 am) I am truly enjoying every minute of it.

I think the best way that I can catch up on what is happening, is to go through some of our recent pictures and show off our wonderful boys.

Brothers and Dad
This is a great picture of my “boys”. I love to see Ron and Luke admiring baby Jack so much.

Diaper on shelf
This is a great example of one way that we have been so busy. Luke has really taken to pulling books off of his shelves and pulling diapers out of the garbage can to replace them. It is amazing how much he can get in to when he is left to his own devices for a few minutes.

Luke and tree

As you can see, we are anxiously preparing for Christmas. This is actually Luke’s second Christmas, but the first that he can actually do anything. (However, if his birthday was any sign, getting him to open the presents when we want him to might be a bit of a challenge.)


This will be Jack’s first Christmas, but I’m sure the only thing he really wants for Christmas is to not have Luke climb on him for one whole day. Luke loves his little brother, but hasn’t quite figured out that he can’t climb on him, poke his eyes, grab his nose, or dive on the bouncer while Jack is sitting in it. However, he does do a great job of bringing Jack’s pacifier when he is crying and watching as if to say, Mom can’t you make him stop. Fortunately for all of us, Jack doesn’t cry much.

As you might have guessed, Luke has finally figured out that he is supposed to smile at the camera when we take his picture. I love the cheesy little smile he puts on for us.

Hangin' around
Here, Ron can be seen holding both boys as we often do. Luke does seem to get a little jealous at times and wants to be held while we are feeding Jack. As a result, we sit at the computer while we feed him so that Luke can sit on our lap and watch some of his favorite YouTube videos: “C is for Cookie”, “Rubber Duckie”, “and “White & Nerdy”. As you might imagine, his father is so proud of him.

Jack in Husky shirt
Of course I had to add a picture of Jack in all of his cuteness. Then to show off how much his brother loves him, is the picture of what Luke is doing while I’m trying to take the picture.


Luke's Birthday Party
This last weekend was Luke’s first birthday and we had a great time celebrating. Luke discovered early last week that if he chewed on the corner of the Christmas presents they would start to open and then he could easily pull of some of the paper to eat. After chasing him away from the tree all week I figured that he would be thrilled to open his birthday presents. However, for the most part he just looked at them and waited for someone else to open it for him. We tried desperately to tear a little part and get him to open the rest, but he just wasn’t that interested. Despite the lack of interest in the presents, he was very excited about the cake. When he first stuck his hands into the bright blue frosting of his batman cake, he wasn’t quite sure what to do. He looked like he was playing with play dough for a while because he just kept smashing the frosting in his fingers. He did eventually taste a little of it and decided it was a great thing and proceeded to smash cake and frosting all over his face. On Saturday we had cake with Ron’s family for Luke’s birthday too and by then he knew exactly what to do. He quickly dug his hands in and went at it. Or, maybe it was just because it was a Spiderman cake and Spiderman is his favorite of the super heroes. (As a side note, Luke has started making the web slinging noise that Ron always makes as he is swinging him down the hallway. In the last couple of days he has even started sticking his hands out when he does it, but he can’t quite get his hands into the right formation so he just sticks out one finger and makes the noise. It is really cute.) I think for his first birthday, Luke had a great time and we had a great time watching him make such a mess. Surprising how cute a mess can be.
Luke eats his 1 year old cake

So now you can see what we have been up to lately. However, amidst all of the chaos that is life, we want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Bailey Family Christmas


December 23, 2008 Posted by | Bren's Posts, Christmas Memories, Flickr Update | 4 Comments

Tag – Your One True Love

Insert Catchy Title Here1. Where did you meet?
We actually met on a blind date (amazing that those actually work sometimes.) My sister and brother-in-law set us up about a week and a half after Ron got home from his mission.
2. What was the first thought that went through your head when you met?
This poor guy is going to be so traumatized by being forced on a date so soon after coming home that he is never going to want to date again. The second thought was that he was very handsome.
3. Do you remember what he was wearing?
I’m pretty sure it was his blue and yellow soccer jersey he brought home from Brazil. (A trend I am noticing from Amber and Cassie’s posts.)
4. Where was the first time you kissed this person?
In my brother-in-laws driveway. My sister and my brother-in-law were still dating at that time too and Ron was dropping me off there to meet my sister and he kissed me before we went in.
5. Where did you go on your first date?
I made dinner and we ate at my house (chicken alfredo) then we went bowling and to Baskin Robins for ice cream.
6. How long did you know this person before you became a couple?
It was about three months from the blind date. Although, I didn’t even try to talk to him again for a month because I was a little worried about him adjusting to “normal life” after his mission.
7. How did he ask you out?
Parowan EngagementRon had been driving me to and from school every day because I had a seizure and was restricted from driving for a while. We were pretty much together all of the time anyway, but on the way home from college one day, he asked if it was alright if he told his friends that I was his girlfriend.  It was really cute.
8. Has this person ever proposed to you?
Yes. See the post about Parowan, it’s a great story.
9. Do you and this person have kids together?
Yes, two beautiful little boys.
10. Have you ever broken the law with this person?
Nope. (Ron’s note: I may have pirated some music in her presence, but I take full credit for that.)
11. When was the first time you realized that you liked this person?
It was the first time we went on a “date” that wasn’t my sister’s doing. I asked Ron to go to the temple with me and when he walked me out to my car after the session he gave me a big hug and I knew that I really liked him (I would almost say I loved him at that point.)
12. Do you trust this person?
More than anyone else I know.
13. Do you see him as your partner in your future?
Yes, we plan on being together forever!Rainforest Cafe
14. What is the best gift he gave you?
I would say it is a toss-up between his unending love and our two wonderful boys.
15. What is one thing he does that gets on your nerves?
The only thing I can think of, and it doesn’t even always bug me, is when he chews on ice. I think it only bothers me when I am cold and he is chewing on a huge piece of ice.
16. Where do you see each other 15 years from now?
Happy as can be and absolutely loving each other and our family. (I imagine we will have some more kids by then.)
17. What causes the most arguments? I actually can’t think of a time when we have fought or really argued about anything. There are times we don’t agree on things, but we just talk about it.
18. How long have you been together?
A little over seven years.
19. Are you married?
Yes, the best six and a half years of my life.
Who do you tag? Anyone that hasn’t been tagged and wants to tell about their sweetheart.

The best day ever!

December 7, 2008 Posted by | Amusing Anecdote, Bren's Posts | , | 1 Comment

2008 Christmas Ornaments Premiere!



I’d guess that buying a new Christmas ornament every year is a fairly common thing. Brenda and I cemented it as a family tradition early on. Each year, every member of the family (Brenda and I are combined) gets a brand-spanking new ornament for the tree. I’m not talking about a new shiny glass ornament shaped like a ball, I’m talking, a cool (normally licensed ornament) that costs approximately its weight in aluminum.  (Does anyone know how much aluminum is by the bulk these days?  I’m not sure, but worth their weight in gold sounded a little excessive.)  The plan is that someday, when we send our children off into the world, they’ll have some darn cool ornaments to start off their first tree.

Over the years Brenda and I have found a few good ornaments at “normal” stores (I’ve gotten some cool ones from Toys R Us) but usually, we’ve discovered that it’s faster and easier just to go to Hallmark, choke down paying too much for an ornament, and moving on with life.  There is a metric buttload (that’s slightly smaller than the Imperial buttload) of ornaments on eBay (like this high quality gator in a sweater and these so-called Rompin’ Stompin’ Cowboy boot ones) , but browsing through them isn’t the easiest if you don’t have something in particular in mind.

So off we went to Hallmarks in the mall and buy ornaments we did.  I now proudly present to you, the Bailey Family Ornaments of 2008!

2008 Christmas Ornaments (3)

This is the one Brenda and I chose. It lights up and makes bips and boops from the early 80's. I know, you're jealous. It's ok.

2008 Christmas Ornaments

Luke got a Spider-Man. This ornament is a really nifty piece of work showing off the power of perspective. He may or may not have had help selecting it.

2008 Christmas Ornaments (2)

This is Jack's ornament for 2008. For his first ornament, we selected a classic Pooh. You can never go wrong with Pooh, right? Technically, we purchased this before we knew he is a "he," but another benefit of Pooh is that he's pretty gender neutral.

And, for the record, the lights ARE blinking on the bottom half of the tree tonight. I have no idea why.

December 1, 2008 Posted by | Christmas Memories, Flickr Update, Ron's Posts | , , , , , , | 3 Comments