Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Beautiful Day at the Beach

A few of us Optometry wives went to the beach on Monday while the men studied for finals.
We went to a beach where there were little streams that were perfect for the kids to play in, although Porter wasn't all that interested in them because they were freezing cold.
He was more interested in taking everyone else's toys and getting into everyone else's food.

No, that bottle isn't his...thanks everyone for being so good with Porter's forced sharing!
Here's the little trouble-maker trying to push his stroller away from everything...

He did it so much I had to figure out a way to stop him.
Props to Mama for being smarter than her 14 month old...
for now.
We had so much fun at the beach and the day was so nice! I'm so glad we had the opportunity to go! We even got a bit of a burn...of course.
For those wondering (Mom): Yes, we wore sunscreen, but even that never seems to be enough with our freakishly white skin.
Yay for nice days!!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Cute Prints

Check out this print!! This and other cute prints done by N. Eve are perfect for a kid's room! Sign up for a giveaway at this site, and you might be lucky to get one!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

A Healthy Dose of The Porter Bug

The title pretty much speaks for itself...
Porter was being really cute one morning...wait, he's cute every morning!...So, we got a lot of really great shots of him!
This post is kinda random, but it's all Porter!

Seth likes to put his glasses on Porter, and surprisingly enough, Porter likes to wear them!
If you didn't think he looked like Seth before...

...I bet you do now!

hee hee.

I thought this one was too funny not to post.

Okay, before you watch the following video, here's the story: Porter likes to do fake laughs whenever someone else laughs...this, of course, makes us laugh harder...example below

Porter Loves giving us kisses!!

Which are really more like eating our faces.
Porter has found himself in the mirror and likes what he sees...

Silly boy.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter Weekend

Saturday, PAVA hosted an Easter Egg Hunt at Bard Park for the kids.

At first, Porter wasn't quite sure what to do.

But, he eventually got the hang of it.

He was always so excited to find an egg! He'd always show us...

Daddy had to help Porter out a bit.

(almost looks like he layed it...)

I was so surprised at how well Porter caught on! He'd find the eggs and automatically put in the bag. So smart!

Of course, he'd shake it around a little bit before throwing it in.

So proud of himself!

We used the same eggs on Easter Sunday for his hunt in our house. He remembered what to do and had a great time looking for and finding the eggs.

Easter is so much more fun with a kid!!

We invited the Johansens over for our Easter dinner and coloring eggs. It was a lot of fun! We made a lot of colorful creative ones!

They did "portraits" of each other on their eggs, and made them kiss...Awww.

Eric made a jaundiced turned out really good!

Definitely a future Optometrist.
Seth and I made a few. This is us pictured with our favorites.

Seth's is a plumber...hairy belly, crack, and all...and mine is a cute-sie one with stars.
I just took pics of the eggs, but figured there were enough pics on this post as is.
Happy Easter!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Look! It's Spinning!

Porter has a cute little shape box he got for Christmas from my brother and his family. He loves this box...not for the purpose it is originally supposed to be used for, but for throwing the shapes around the living room.

I am almost positive I've lost some of the shapes.

One day, while I was taking a breather from cleaning, he came over to me with the top of the box. He wanted to just give it to me while he went to do something else that caught his eye. After taking it, I nonchalantly started spinning it on my finger.

Porter was amazed.

I would stop spinning for a bit and he'd hand it back to me to keep doing it so he could figure it out.

This lasted for a few days.

Then, about two weeks ago I caught him trying to spin it on his finger like I do.

And now, he does this all the time!

But, it's not just with the top of the box. He does this with everything that has a hole in it. He spins his stacking cups, the masking tape roll (if it's out), the windows of his toy trucks, and a rubber band that he found on the floor...{Daddy?}

Recently, he's even purposefully started making holes in his bread so he can spin that too.

Here's a video so you can see...

I know, a VIDEO! I'm so excited!

Married to an Optometry Student?

I saw this off Jamie's blog, and couldn't resist. It's originally about a Med Student, but I've changed it to Optometry. Very relevant...

Married to a Optometry student? Check out these tips for a "healthy" relationship:

1. Don't expect to see them. Ever.

2. Accept the fact they will have many affairs. With their books.

3. Learn to hide your “ew, gross” reactions when they tell you all the stuff you never wanted to know about your bodily functions.

4. Support them when they come home after each test, upset because they think they failed—and gently remind them after they get their well above passing grade how unnecessary the “I’m going to fail out of Optometry school and never become an OD” dramatics are.

5. Each week they will have a new illness. Some will be extremely rare, others will be more mundane. Doesn’t matter. They will be certain they have it (no second opinions necessary.) Optometry school can, and will, turn even the sanest into a hypochondriac. Be with them for long enough, and you’ll become one too.

6. There will be weeks you'll forget you even have a husband—friends will ask how he is and you'll say, “What? Who? Oh....right. He's well...I think.”

7. They'll make you hyper-aware that germs are everywhere and on everything. Even though you used to walk into your home with your shoes on, and sit on your bed in the same clothes you just wore while riding the subway, or sat on a public bench in, you'll become far too disgusted to ever do it again. Believe me, it's going to get'll watch yourself transform into the anal retentive person you swore you'd never become. And when you witness others perform these same acts that, before you even began dating your optometry student, you spent your entire life doing too, you'll wince and wonder, “Ew! How can they do that? Don't they know how many germs and bacteria they're spreading??!”

8. Romantic date = Chinese take-out in front of the TV on their 10 minute study break.

9. A vacation together consists of a trip down the street to Walgreens for new highlighters and printer paper.

10. Their study habits will make you feel like a complete slacker. For them, hitting the books 8-to-10 hours a day is not uncommon, nor difficult. You'll wonder how you ever managed to pass school on your meager one hour of studying per night.

11. They're expected to know everything. Everything! The name of the 8 billion-lettered, German sounding cell that lives in the depths of your inner ear, the technical term for the “no one's ever heard of this disease” disease that exists only on one foot of the Southern tip of the African continent. But ask them if your knee is swollen, or what you should do to tame your mucous-filled cough, or why the heck your head feels like someone's been drilling through it for oil for two weeks straight, and they won't have a clue.

12. “My brain's filled with so much information, I can't be expected to remember THAT!" will be the standard excuse for forgetting anniversaries, birthdays, and probably the birth of your first-born.

13. You'll need friends with unending patience who pretend never to get sick of listening to your endless venting and complaints. Or, you'll need to pay a therapist who will pretend never to get sick of listening to your endless venting and complaints.

But take this all with a grain of salt. It's not like I'm speaking from experience or anything...

Thursday, April 9, 2009

It's Official

Porter has separation anxiety.

Last night, I went to a Girl's Night with PAVA over at Paige's house. I was asked/volunteered to do hair for the girls, and I was very happy to do so! I love doing hair. Anyway, the night before, Seth let me know that he couldn't watch Porter for me because he had a test he needed to study for. I guess it was a big one, and Seth likes to get an "A" on all his tests. This is a very admirable quality of his. He is a hard worker. Anyway, because he needed to study, I needed to find a last minute babysitter. Now, I really don't like doing this to people because I prefer to give them a few days in advance, but...
So, I called Claudia and she told me she could. I was so happy and relieved...


Aaron came over and said Claudia was at the throne with morning sickness and it was pretty bad. I feel and felt so bad for her. {I've been right there with ya!...figuratively speaking} Therefore, I was again left without a babysitter...

an hour before I needed to go.

I decided that since Porter is usually very good in public and likes people to hold him I'd be fine...


The moment I'd give him to someone at the party, he started screa-ming!! I wanted to innocently say "Who's child is that? I don't know..." but it's a little hard to say that when he's looking straight at me while screaming in someone else's arms with tears streaming down his face. He was even leaning toward was as if it was killing him to be held by someone other than me. This is a child I'm not used to! What happened to my little social butterfly!?

Needless to say, I had to call someone, and fast because there wasn't going to be any way I could do hair and there wasn't any way the Mary Kay lady could do her make-over with an uncontrollable child. I called the first person I could think of who was close...Jordan. I'm so grateful to her for being my heroine for the day! I guess Porter wasn't too great at her place either, and I'm sorry about that. Apparently, I need to have a little talk with my son about manners.

The hairdos turned out great, I thought, and it seemed like everyone was happy with them! Yay!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Who Would Love a New Swimsuit?

I know I would!! There's a Lime Riki swimsuit giveaway at this blog site! I sure hope I get one, but I didn't want anyone to miss out on the opportunity! Check it out!

Friday, April 3, 2009


On Wednesday, We performed the play we've been preparing for for a few months now, Five by Michael McClean. It was written in the 80s. Here's a little view of the activities of the night! We had a lot of fun and were even a little nervous! What?

Pre-show bathroom scene...(no worries, nothing inappropriate)

...and backstage fun...

Our cute choreographers were sweet enough to take the pictures for me since I couldn't ;)

Taunya and Jenny

Shaille is an amazing pianist, and was so great at all our practices and at our performance! We love you, girl! Couldn't have done it without you!

Kathy was our narrator, and isn't she a beautiful one at that!?
We begin our play as teenagers drooling over "Jack" or Mr. Perfect ;)

"I've Only Kissed him Goodnight"

"I'm gonna be a star!"

"Use your brain...cuz you may not catch a man"

Being "kids" for Joan's (Cori's) dream of being a mother.

"You and I aren't half as good as we"

And then they're grown!

"You're not Alone"

I'm sure everyone's heard the last song...that is if you're LDS anyway.
The play went really well from all accounts. It was a lot of fun to perform and I can't wait until we get to see the video! I loved being with all the girls and already miss hanging out with them twice a week! We'll have to do more together some other time.
SO, now what do I do? I have all this free time! ;)