Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Rachel's a Little "Roll Over Happy"

So Rachel loves to play on her playmat, but lately her big thing is to lay on the edge of it and then roll over so that it falls on her! Or like in these photos, she will just pull on it until it falls on her!! The first few times she did it, it scared me. But now, I don't worry about her, she seems to be having fun!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Rachel and Hockey

Sometimes shen we go see Mark at work Rachel likes to help out. Obviously on this day she got lazy and ended up taking a nap while folding socks! We'll have to work on her work ethic.

Rachel and I have been to every home game so far this year, 3. Even though the games start at 735pm and her bedtime is 830pm. She does great at the games, stays awake the whole time and enjoys hanging out with all the girls. After the games she's all smiles when we head downstairs to see Daddy, especially after games like last week's 8-6 victory (the highest scoring game in Aeros 15 year history). This last game Daddy got her an Aeros jersey and it fits great. This is our first family picture at the rink!

Peaches and Rachel feeding herself

Rachel loves peaches and we love these pictures of her eating them. They were a little sweet for her at first, but then she couldn't get enough of them! She also her a really cool bottle/sippy cup that is made by (Jenny you'll be happy) NUK that has handles and she loves feeding herself. Still no juice yet, but probably once she's 6 months.

Rolling Over

On October 6th I was finally able to catch Rachel rolling over on video. I thought I'd have to tape her a couple of times, but she rolled over on the second video try. She is a rolling over machine! But only from right to left, back to tummy. She refuses to roll over any other way. Even if we tempt her with toys, instead of rolling over left to right she'll just scoot and turn so that she can reach her toy, then she gets all excited when she gets it and is confused when we say, "Ahhh!" She looks at us like, "What? You wanted me to get my toy, I got it right!?!" I can hardly believe how big she is, it's ridculous! She used to hate being on her tummy which is probably why she rolls from her back to her tummy (Which we've been told is the "harder" way? Thoughts?), but now she loves it and always rolls over to play on her tummy. Seriously she's either on her hands arms fully extended, elbows locked, lifting her whole belly off the ground or playing with her toys from her belly. It's been interesting finding her after her nap in her crib on her belly! And I just love that she insists on rolling over EVERY time I change her diaper!

Yeah well, it's pretty exciting and now she rolls from left to right and right to left from back to belly only. But for some reason the video is not pulling up. So, you'll just have to trust us!

First REAL foods: Sweet Potatoes/Peas

We we so excited to give Rachel baby food. She loves sweet potatoes, peaches and carrots, but is really NOT a big fan of peas! She even took the spoon away from me after eating the sweet potatoes. Obviously, from the picture, she REALLY doesn't like peas! She wasn't blinking, she was just making a yucky face after EVERY bite of peas.

Rachel and Rice Cereal

Rachel's 4 month appointment was on September 26th. It was suppose to include Mark, but he ended up stuck in MN until the 28th. Rachel weighed in at 16 lbs 12 oz and 26 in long, that put her in the 95 percentile for both! Dr. Molina said we could start her on rice cereal and baby food. I promised Mark that I'd wait 'til he got home, on my birthday, to feed her for the first time. Obviously, she LOVED it! I couldn't think of a better birthday gift than to have Mark home and giving Rachel her first meal together.

Rachel's Pretty Dress

This is Rachel and I after church one Sunday when Mark was in MN. This is our FAVORITE dress for Rachel, from her Auntie Carolyn. (As are many of her clothes). You can tell she's a little tired with her lack of expression.

Kincher Look-alike Meter

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I've been Husband TAGGED!!!

Where did you meet your husband? Provo, UT, in the BC!!
How long have you been married? 5 years, 5 1/2 months
What does he do that surprises you? When he goes on a road trip he covers the house in little notes (i.e.: On the photo of our wedding day, he put a little sticky that said, "The GREATEST decision I ever made!")
What is your favorite feature of his? LIPS
Does he have any annoying habit? He talks in his sleep, sometimes in Spanish
What is your favorite quality of his? He is ALWAYS thinking about others
Does he have a nickname for you? Honey
What is his favorite color? Blue
What is his favorite food? Chicken enchiladas, but I rarely make them anymore, so Chicken Puffs (Thanks for that reciepe Kami)
What is his favorite sport? Baseball (SERIOUSLY)
When and where was your first kiss? June 23, 2002 (3 days after our first date) In the parking lot of the BC under the stars.
What is your favorite thing to do as a couple? Anything outside, we love camping!
Do you have any kids? Our BEAUTIFUL little girl, Rachel
Does he have a hidden talent? He plays the SAX!!
How old is he? 28
Who said I love you first? Him
What is his favorite type of music? Country
What do you admire most about him? His love of the gospel
Will he read this? It is our blog!

TAG! Jess, you're it!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Marks Madness

Hey everyone I just wanted to let you all know that I am going to be doing a blog for our hockey team the Houston Aeros. It can be found at
My first post is up. Check it out. I will be talking about what I do, my family, and life in pro hockey. It should be interesting. I will try and update it atleast weekly.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008


Okay, this picture is from Utah, but I love it! Mo just posted it on her blog and it was one that her photographer took. Rachel had been all cranky while Mo was trying to get ready for her big day and so I gave her her binky. The wonderful photographer was taking pictures of Rachel with her binky and as she was still being cranky. Just before this picture was taken I pulled the binky out of her mouth and this is what we ended up with! I was so excited when we finally got it!! She is so BEAUTIFUL!!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Random Rachel

Obviously as new parents, we take about a million pictures a day of Rachel. Here are just a few of our favorite rught now (from this disk). Rachel in what used to be Mark's favorite reversable bennie that shrunk when i washed it; Rachel falling to sleep while i was vaccuming; and Rachel chillin' in my sunglasses.

Rachel in our Bed

When Rachel wakes up in the morning, only after the sun is up, I'll feed her in our bed so I can keep sleeping and she'll go back to bed after this feeding until about 930am or so. Which is just fantastic for both of us!! This particular morning I made the bed with her in it! She obviously thought it was pretty funny!!

Going on a Walk

We always go on walks with Rachel. She loves being outside and she loves her snuggli! We try to go between 6pm and 7pm before we head home for her nightly bath and feeding before bed. Here are some really cute pictures of her with Mark on one of our walks.

Happy 94th Birthday Granny!

September 6th is my Great Grandma's Birthday! This year she turned 94, so we made sure we went over to say hello! We had a great time with her, as usual, and Rachel really enjoys spending time with her Great Great Nana!!

More Bath Time Fun

I just love taking pictures of her in the bath, she loves every minute of it. In fact, she can be in the worst mood and all we have do is put her in the bath and she's happy as can be. She is still okay after we take her out of the bath and she gets to say good night to us, but then she screams bloody murder when it's time to put pj's on and go to bed. Luckily, she goes down just fine and sleeps from about 8:30pm to 630am, which is really nice! :)

That's what you get when you're the smallest!

So Grant kept picking on Mark and Ryan so, after so long they just picked him up and threw him in the pool, after they threatened him for a while of course!!

Rachel's First Pool Trip

She was so excited to be in the pool. She was hanging out on the step for a while before getting "in" and she loved it! It was like a huge bathtub for her!! We love her little suit, our friend Julie bought it for her, Old Navy!! And luckily she loves hats and she wore this one the whole time in the pool, that way her head didn't get burned!!

Swimming with Daddy!

Just lounging out by the pool, relaxing...

Rachel was so confused on why she still couldn't be in the pool!

Ryan's Birthday!

So, we can safely say that we've been slacking on our posts! I'll try to keep them all in order and make sure you watch Rachel's videos!!

Here is Mark's assistant Ryan on his 23rd Birthday and the 'stick boy', Grant. (Both who are good friends of ours). We had a small surprise party for him (of course I made him a cake)and then we took him to a Rice College Football game. It was a lot of fun and we had great seats, so Rachel really enjoyed it too! Rice was losing in the beginning and then kicked some serious butt! Oh, and the tickets were FREE from good ol' Wells Fargo! Safe to say, I don't miss work!