Monday, September 26, 2011


Yes, Morgan totally started clapping today! SO cute. I'm glad my parentals could see his first good little clap fest. He clapped once earlier in the day and I was so amazed and excited I thought it was some sort of fluke. But when we were video chatting with my parents he did it a bunch more, and a bunch more after that. He copies it when you do it. I love it. He is the best.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

What the...

My child is still awake. What is going on? He usually goes to sleep around nine. Ten at the latest. He just won't go to sleep tonight. He's not crying much or anything, just talking and whining in bed. It's cute but strange... He's currently out of bed, and so red-eyed, but so happy to not be in bed. Now the boy is just chilling and playing with his toys. Not gonna lie, don't really know what to do for him right now. We fed him, burped him, changed him, gave him ora-gel, gave him tummy medicine, cuddled him. Now I guess all we can do is bask in his cuteness some more. I'm ok with it.
Ha, I love that one.

On another note- today was a really great day. It won't sound very exciting, but I'll tell you about it anyways. Morgan didn't wake up until 9:20, which was awesome. I mean, usually he sleeps until 9, so it wasn't too crazy, but it was still nice. I felt productive getting cleaning and laundry done. I made contact with our landlord about our super leaky faucet and things are going to happen with that. (Our tub now drains beautifully, thanks to Josh). The highlight was going to the mall with my boys. I know- we like to keep it classy. The main objective of that voyage was to get our printer ink cartridge refilled... woo. It was just really fun though- it felt like a real date with Josh even though the boy was with us. He was so good. They both were. Even when I spent time looking for some new boots, which I knew wasn't super interesting for either of them. (I did get some sweet new boots :)). We also got some grub at the mall at this sub place called Charlies. I like that place because they cook the meat for the sandwiches right in front of you. I got a delicious philly cheessteak. Mmmm. It was a splurge. I was going to make this awesome looking Greek Style Meatloaf tonight for dinner, which I've REALLY been looking forward too, but that sandwich was pretty bomb-diggity. And zero work. Perhaps I can make that meatloaf on Friday for our buddies the Senneff's? It's kind of different so I don't know if they would be down.. (Erika.. let me know? I won't be offended if it sounds weird to you!)
Anyways, besides the boy just going to bed like 20 minutes ago, it was a goooood day.
I. Am. So. Lucky.

Thursday, September 15, 2011


Yup, two posts in one day. I'm a machine.
I just wanted to give more of an update on what's actually going on in our charmingly ghetto apartment, besides a mega leaky shower faucet with a ultra mega plugged drain. I think Josh is going to get in there tonight with one of those snake thingys, bless his heart. Methinks my postpartum hair has really done a number on that drain. This was just going to be a quick mention without an explanation, but really that thing is so bad. We have draino-ed it so many times, and have tried enough baking soda and vinegar to sink a ship- not joking. The landlord says a plugged drain is something we have to fix. But he's going to come look at our oven that periodically catches on fire and our constant little waterfall from the faucet and fixtures in the tub. We keep our bathroom door closed all the time right now because the sound is so annoying.
On a brighter note, (eeh, kind of) my grandparents came by today for a visit. I say it was only kind of a brighter note because they were in town for a funeral- my great aunt. She was THE sweetest lady ever. She will sure be missed.
So Grandma and Grandpa Halgren were staying in Utah for a couple days and we had the privilage and honor of seeing them.

Other than that, I've just been chilling with Morgan. I've recently experienced a renewed enjoyment of cooking, and that's been good. I think it really did stem form eating at Chef's Table (realizing good food is so... good!) I love being proud of something I've made and it makes me even more happy when Josh loves it. Not that I'm ANYTHING near gourmet, and still use my crockpot at least a couple times a week. Yesterday I've planned out meals for the next whole month- my goal is to stick to that and to stay well within the grocery $ budget.

Josh is busy with school and work and being the best husband a girl could ever possibly dream of. He's also been busy making these sweet 72 hour packs for us. He's been researching a TON and putting together all the best stuff. He's been doing a really great job- I know it's turned out to be a lot more tedious than anticipated. He's been doing such a great job with them and it comforts me to know that we have them and that they are EXTREMELY well thought out. I hope he blogs about it when they're all done. If he doesn't, you know I will. But at any rate, we will be prepared for that zombie apocalypse.

As for our favorite little 7 1/2 month old (whoa, exactly), he's busy being the cutest ever and melting our hearts. I feel like he's looking more like a litte boy instead of a baby everyday. *sigh. But it's only a catalyst to his cuteness. Plus, all of his new and developing skills are SO exciting.
I'm really glad he likes his walker- it's great when I'm in the kitchen cooking or doing dishes. He's got walking/bouncing backwards thing down.
If you've seen the video I posted on facebook, not to worry- this one is different :). I might have taken a few... it's just too cute

Other exciting Morgan things... he's gotten the "pincer grasp" down pat and grabs pretty much everything with his forefinger and thumb. So cute.
I truly feel like he says "mamama" around me more and "dadada" around Josh more. It is neat.
He does this cute little bye-bye wave with his hands and can mimick it when he feels like it..
He's not crawling yet but he can sure pivot and role to where he wants to go.
He sits up totally fine and has gotten good at transitioning from sitting up to laying down without falling and bonking his poor little head. I'm glad he's gotten better at that.

Real People.

These thoughts kind of go along with my last post when I talked about how being a mom makes you FEEL more. Basically, lately I love some people more and have a strong desire to cultivate different relationships- old and new friends, and definitely family- even if I'm not the best at it. Also, I have a stronger desire NOT to be around people who are negative, or passive, or petty, or have some sort of air or attitude that rubs me the wrong way. I feel like my feelings are just. I mean it's only logical to place yourself around people that make you feel good, right? Those people in your life that are grounded- that keep it real.
Shout out to my friend Keilani- I don't even know if you've looked at my blog, but remember that game from the 80's "Real People"? Of course you do. We still need to make our own version of that.
Has anyone else ever seen or played it? It's pretty funny.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Oh, Life. Why are you so good to me?

This evening I had the rare and exciting opportunity to hang out with Josh without the boy. We went on a REAL date. We totally splurged for dinner and went to Chef's Table. It had been a long time coming- note Josh's post awhile ago asking me on the date. Well this was the one. I've always wanted to go to Chef's Table, just to experience it- it's the nicest restaurant in town. It truly did not disappoint. It was sooooo good. The butternut bisque was literally like eating... joy. Yes. Is it wrong that delicious food makes me so happy? It was inspiring- It made me want to amp up my culinary skills and not opt for throwing meat and cream of something soup in the crockpot so often. Not that there's anything wrong with that. There's just so much more RIGHT about fresh ingredients cooked in a lovely way.
After dinner we went to a movie- Super 8. I had heard a lot of people say it was like The Goonies and E.T. mixed. They are both saweeeet movies so I was excited to see this one. In my head, it was about an adventurous group of boys befriending an endearing, misunderstood little alien. I guess it was like that in a way, but that alien thing was caraaaazy. It was way more action packed than anticipated. Which was fine, just unexpected. (I really enjoyed it though- GREAT movie) I did feel like it got pretty scary at times though. Which brings me to something else I wanted to talk about-
I've talked about this with some people, but ever since becoming a mom, I am SO much more sensitive to things- good and bad. I get more emotional at spiritual and inspiring things, and can't handle things like violence- or even suspense as much. Do any of your moms get super reactive and "into" movies? Making comments like "No!" "What is he doing?" "Oh my gosh". My siblings and I would always make fun of my mom for doing that :). (Love you mom!). But I'm 7 months into being a mom and my reactiveness has already begun, so I guess I'm pretty much doomed... Oh well. Sorry future kids (and husband). But it's not just movies that I'm more emotionally reactive to, it's just life. It's like I just FEEL more. I think it's because being a mom just has added so much more meaning (to an already meaningful life). You can just feel more about how special and divine life is.

Thursday, September 1, 2011


So I've been trying to take a picture of his cute little tooth, and this was the best I could do-
Can you see it on the bottom there? Isn't it great? I took this a few days ago and now the one next to it is poking through. I think it was giving him some pain today- he's been a little on edge. But also SO fun.