Tuesday, December 15, 2009
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Thursday, December 10, 2009
Bryan gave Lily an incredible blessing, one to be remembered. My favorite part: the very beginning when he said, "We take this beautiful girl in our arms..." with emotion in his voice. I love that man and I love that he adores our daughter.
Posted by Ashlee at 9:43 AM
Thursday, November 5, 2009
We had a great Halloween week around these parts. Our superheroes had a great time at their grandparents' houses celebrating the festivities early in the week, and of course enjoying the actual day with a Halloween silly lunch at their cousins' house, trunk-or-treating and trick-or-treating.
(Wonder Woman, Wolverine, Captain America, Tinker Bell, Wendy holding the Crocodile, and Anakin Skywalker)
(This is a new game my mom had us play. Joslyn drew this witch and then my mom had us chew bubblegum and then we stood back a few feet and "threw the wart on the witch's nose" Dallin won)
(A Kung Fu Master, Wolverine, Wonder Woman, and a cute Monkey)
Posted by Ashlee at 9:39 PM
On most days I feel like there are less hours in the day and I am no longer able to accomplish all that I would like to do. So I have decided that I need to give myself one assignment a day and be glad when that item is accomplished. When I do have a free minute, I find myself vegging and doing absolutely nothing so that I can enjoy some down time. Thus the reason I haven't updated the blog or even been on the computer for a week and a half.
Two weeks old
Our family has adjusted very well. We love having Lily in our family, and I believe that it is fair to say that we are all enamored by her. The question of the year from the boys is "Is Lily awake?" They always want to know if she is awake so that they can kiss and hug her. Jace has countless names that he call her: Pretty Girl, Baby Doll, Cutie, Lily Sweetie, and on and on. Cole calls her "Baby Lily" but it comes out sounding like BabeLily - all as one word. It is fair to say they absolutely adore their sister and she is going to be one watched over little girl.
I love having her around. I have to admit it is fun to dress her up and make sure she has a matching bow or headband for the day's outfit. And it is reassuring to know that I have another female in the house. There was one day last week when the boys were giving me a run for my money. I put them down for a nap and went and got Lily and told her I needed her to snuggle with me and hang out with me. I needed some girl time. Bryan has recently bonded with her and I believe he loves having her around too.
Lily is five weeks tomorrow! I cannot understand where time has gone. She is an amazing baby. Truly. Here are some facts about her within the first month of her life.
Four weeks old
- She rarely cries. The only time I have heard her cry for longer than a minute straight was when she came out of the womb. Her cry is only one short little "wah" intermittently.
- She doesn't cry, but she is definitely a grunter and groaner. Oh my goodness can she make some noise grunting and groaning while she is asleep or awake.
- She sleeps, sleeps, sleeps. She is on the eating schedule of 10:00, 2:00, and 6:00 and after each feeding during the night she goes right back to sleep and that is that.
- She is now smiling!! She started smiling Nov. 3, the day after she turned a month old.
- She is so mellow and I hope this is a sign of her personality and of things to come. So far she isn't a high maintenance girl.
- We think she might have acid reflux. She spits up quite a bit and she moans and groans a lot after she eats and acts as if she is in some pain. I am trying to alter my eating habits to see if that will help. I am trying to give up chocolate to see if that helps her - and to be honest, I'm dying and it hasn't even been 24 hours.
- We are trying to decide what her name is going to be. We officially filled her birth certificate out as Lillian Grace, but I am having second thoughts. I was always set with Lillian, but Lily Grace is sounding better and better. I told Bryan he has the final say at the baby blessing.
This is her first dress, and I caught Dad and the kids reading together on the couch.
Lily, you are a dream baby and we absolutely love you!
Posted by Ashlee at 7:43 PM
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Our baby girl is finally here and we can't be more excited. Lily Grace Erickson was born Friday, October 2, 2009 at 3:59 pm. She was 6 lbs. 1 oz. and 18.5 in long.
Posted by Ashlee at 7:23 PM
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
I'm tired today.
Posted by Ashlee at 1:38 PM
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Posted by Ashlee at 4:01 PM
Friday, August 21, 2009
It's been a year exactly since we moved to Eagle Mountain. My, how time flies. Over the course of this past year we've grown to like it here more and more. Every time someone finds out where we live they ask, "Do you like it there?" And every time either Bryan or I answer it goes something like this:
It's true though, we do like it out here. We've met some amazing friends and people that we've learned a lot from, the neighborhood is nice and quiet, we have awesome views, we love our house,we love our yard, and overall things have worked out that we're just better off living here.
When we moved here a year ago, our plan was to stay at least 2 years. At that point we could reassess our needs and wants and see about moving to a location/city that we REALLY wanted to live in. A short, "temporary" stay, if you will. We were not planning on staying long.
Well, last Sunday things changed a bit. Apparently Someone with greater plans wants us to stay a bit longer here in Eagle Mountain. You see, Sunday our ward split, and with that split a new bishopric was put into place, and my sweet husband was put in as first counselor.
Bryan is handling the change really well. He had a few moments when he was overwhelmed and nervous; but this past week, Tuesday thru Friday, he's had meetings all night and he's adjusted very well. I had no doubt that he would be just fine. His amazing personality, his sense of humor, and his ability to make people feel comfortable around will help him immensely in this calling. Even though things may be a little busy and crazy at times for our family, I'm just extremely grateful to have a worthy and honorable husband who can fulfill this calling.
It's amazing how the Lord blesses our lives. I did not want to move here, but the Lord knew we needed to. And we have been blessed for it. We have our own, self-made plans, but the Lord has His plan for us too, and of course His is always going to win out.
Posted by Ashlee at 2:38 PM
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Posted by Ashlee at 8:45 PM
Monday, July 20, 2009
(In all reality, their grandmas do just fine. I am just very particular about some things, and the boys' hair just happens to be one of them.)
Posted by Ashlee at 12:38 PM
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Posted by Ashlee at 3:37 PM
Friday, June 12, 2009
Maybe I'm just paranoid and overly sensitive. Maybe my maternal instincts are on overkill. I don't know, but I'm not even comfortable yet to allow my 4 year old play outside by himself in an un-gated yard. Maybe after a few more years and maybe a couple of more children my paranoia will ease up a bit and I'll learn to relax. It seems that that happens over time.
Posted by Ashlee at 3:47 PM
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Speaking of which, my cute husband surprised me today. As we left the doctor's office and were saying goodbye, he pulled out a Visa giftcard . "Here's a giftcard for you to go out and buy your little girl an outfit," he told me. Could he get any sweeter? I love him. He's going to be a fantastic dad to a little girl.
Posted by Ashlee at 12:15 PM
Friday, May 8, 2009
The month started out with a 13 hour car ride to visit my dearest sister in her humble town. There are few words to describe where she lives. One word would be FLAT, and maybe another would be NOTHING. I think maybe Jace summed it up best in a phone call to Bryan, "Oh yeah, and Dad, its ugly here."
Anywho... my whole family minus Bryan went. We had a great time being confined together dying Easter eggs, having an Easter egg hunt inside the house due to poor weather, wrestling 5 kids, going to the zoo, and passing around the flu. It was good times had by all. I love my sister dearly and wish she lived a whole lot closer to us. Plus, I just don't get to see those two adorable munchkins of hers nearly enough.
Posted by Ashlee at 11:16 AM