January 29, 2009


So we went for our ultrasound today. Mom got to come with us, which was special. I didn't know she had never had an ultrasound or seen one before, so it was extra special to have her there.

We both have thought for a while that we were having a girl, so we have been tossing around girl names and haven't really considered boy names, but now we are going to have to start all over because Porter is getting a brother. I am glad I didn't pick up some of those cute little frilly clothes that I have been eyeing. :)

We are excited for another little boy and a playmate for Porter. He has loved playing with the twins, and I am sure once he gets old enough they will be getting into trouble all the time together. He will be just enough older to teach him all the tricks.

Here are a couple pictures. The ultrasound tech tried to get us a good 4-D picture, but this little guy is a non-stop mover. I feel him kicking around all day every day and even when she could get a picture of his face he would put his hand up in front of it. I didn't think that the ultrasound worked like a light, but it was just like he was blocking out rays from the sun. That is the last picture. You can see the top his head and his hand in front of his face, and then his feet sticking out at the bottom.

January 27, 2009

Pick Me Ups

Adam can be so sweet. This morning when I sat down to check my email there was a little note with a heart on it, leaning against the monitor. Just said I love you, etc. It was just what I needed to get the day off to a great start. Then later Porter sat on my rocking chair and pulled out another note. Just as sweet as the first one. You gotta love a man who thinks of things like that. I certainly do.

If I do say so myself

I am so proud of myself. I got so much housework done today. I made this big list of about twenty things that needed to be done around the house and I got all but two done. The kitchen, dining room, and living room are spotless. I even dusted and scrubbed the kitchen floor. The dishes are done, the last load of laundry is in the dryer, and the front hall closet is finally cleaned out and organized. And in the midst of all this I even managed to call Dish network and get them to fix my DVR which was acting up. Whew!!! And it starts all over tomorrow. Now if I can just get Adam to clean the toilets and the master bathroom. (big surprise I left those two for last.)

January 25, 2009

Porter's first sentence

So Porter put more than one word together this week and since those two words can be counted as a sentence, I am doing it. :) He said, "Night, night Daddy". So cute. He hasn't said it again, but we are hoping it is the start of a new trend. Now if I could just get him to consistently call me Mama instead of Manna, which is what the twins call me, I will be happy. :)

Welcome Home!

A big welcome to our newest family member, Esther Keightley Larson. She is 5 lbs, 11 oz and 17.75 inches long. We can't wait to see pictures and hear all about her journey here. Congratulations to the happy parents; Mike and Robyn!!

January 19, 2009

random pictures

The last big snowstorm


This Sunday. Porter got a new sweater and looked so cute, as does Adam. My handsome men.

I think this makes Porter look like a cross between an elf and an ewok, but it could just be my imagination.

Grandma's Christmas cactus

So, I am unbelievably proud of myself. Grandma's Christmas cactus is blooming. I never thought I would see the day. I don't know how old it is, but Rachael said it has never bloomed before. I have never been a plant person. I only have two plants including this one, and the only reason they are alive is because they only need occasional watering. I guess that worked really well for the cactus because it has four buds on it and one has just started to blossom today. It is so exciting for me I had to post pictures. Woohoo!!!


1. Where did you meet?

We met in our singles ward. He was my home teacher. When he and his roommate both came for the first time, I liked them both, but soon found him to be my favorite. Unbeknownst to me, Adam had this rule about not dating a hometeachee, so I was hoping he would ask me out for nothing. That went on about six months until there was a mix-up in the ward. There were three Sunny's in the ward and one of them was moving. Somehow the bishop thought it was me and took my name off the ward records. Adam was released as my hometeacher. A few weeks later, Adam's roommate wanted to go on a double date with him that Saturday. He asked a couple other girls, none of whom could go. I usually worked Saturdays, but my boss had literally just given me that Saturday off when he called to ask me. Third times the charm, right? :) We had a great time on the date. His roommate made dutchoven potatoes, the secret to which I learned is 7-UP. We then went to the the aquarium and then the Belagio. At the Belagio we walked down to see the water show and decided to jump up and click our heels. When he did it, I got this mental image of him teaching our kids to do it, and I knew he would be a great dad. Little did I know that Adam didn't get a great impression of me that night. He thought I was a nice girl, but kind of shy. Boy was he wrong!! :)
I talked to his roommate in the next couple days and tried to get out of him what Adam thought of our date, but he skirted around the questions. (Now I know why). Later that evening I asked him out. We had dinner at my house and played board games. Then he was impressed. (I guess my boardgame skills clinched the deal.) A few weeks later they read my name back into the ward as a new member, much to the confusion of many people including the bishopric member reading it to the congregation. Adam was re-assigned as my home teacher.
I have always said it took a lot to get us together. So many things had to fall into place in just the right way for us to even start dating. I can only say that I am SO grateful for the helping hands we had.

2. How long did you date before you got married?

We dated for about three months before we got engaged, then were married four months after that.

3. How long have you been married?

We have been married two and a half years.

4. What is your favorite feature of his?

His smile. He has a great smile. It always makes me smile in return.

5. What is your favorite quality of his?

His generosity. He is always doing little things for me and for our family. He never hesitates to help when he is asked by anyone. I love that.

6. Does he have a nickname for you?


7. What is his favorite color?

Green. Everything is green. lol

8. What is his favorite food?

He likes just about everything. Eating out would be his favorite, just about anywhere. Currently it is Angie's for their scones. Delicious.

9. What is his favorite sport?

The Wii. He doesn't really like regular sports.

10. When and where was your first kiss?

It was after we had been dating for about six weeks. Forever in my mind. I had been hinting, but he had no clue. (I practically had to grab his hand before he held it the first time.) One night after a date he walked me to my car and asked me if he could kiss me. I said yes, and he gave me a wonderful kiss. After I asked him, "How was that for a first kiss?" He said, "I think I need another one to tell." And we had our second kiss as well.

11. What is your favorite thing to do as a couple?

Snuggle. Yesterday we just snuggled on the couch while we watched Porter do his nightly crazy dance, and it was the best part of the day for both of us.

12. Do you have any children?

Porter-man and another on the way.

13. Does he have a hidden talent?

Cooking. He is the greatest cook. He can throw together anything and make it taste great. He invents new dishes all the time and I have never had anything he made and not gone back for seconds. Me on the other hand, sometimes it is just plain inedible.

14. How old is he?


15. Who said "I love you" first?

He did, and I stupidly said back, "I know", and I think I said, "I love you too", like it was no big deal. He had said before that he didn't want to say it until he was very sure. He only wanted to say it to one woman. I was so happy when he chose me to say it to, but my mouth wasn't connected to my brain, and I don't know what happened.
I walked on air the rest of the evening, but somehow I couldn't communicate that to him. I have never been good at the emotional stuff. I have always regretted that moment and wish I had responded differently, better.

16. What is his favorite type of music?

Classical, but he has come around to Country since knowing me.

17. What do you admire the most about him?

That is hard to choose. He has so many good qualities. I think the best one is one of the reasons I married him. He is the best Dad. Once he gets home, Mom is chopped liver. Porter wants to be with Dad no matter what. And Adam is okay with that. He takes the time to play with him, bathe him, feed him, teach him. He has endless patience. He takes such good care of both of us all the time.

I love you honey. We first went out January 14th, just a few days ago. Happy third anniversary. It seems like yesterday and like forever together. The challenges and adventures are always new, but it seems like I have known you my whole life. I can't imagine being without you.

January 16, 2009

Colds, ugh!

So we all have colds this week. Fortunately my nanny kids are at their Grandma's today and Monday so I have a few days to get over it. Porter was just sniffly when he went to bed last night, but by the fourth time he had woken up he had a fever, so at 2 am I had to get him awake enough to take some medicine. Now that he drinks from the cup and not the syringe, I had a bit harder time getting him aware enough to drink it. But after that he went back to bed and slept much better the rest of the night. Now today, it is my turn for a fever. As I type this I am sitting in my sweatpants and a sweatshirt trying to stay warm and not turn up the heat. I just got the heating bill for last month and about fell off the chair. The gas bill is more than ten times what is was in the summer. Yikes. So we are bundling up here and I am trying to decided if I can handle letting it get below 70 here so that we can save a little money. Normally that wouldn't be a problem, but now I get cold really easily. I never really considered just how much the thyroid has to do with my inner temperature intil it wasn't working right. We keep a speace heater in Porter's room so he is always comfortable, but poor Adam has too put up with whatever temp is good for me. He is so good to let me have it as cold or warm as I like it.
He has a cold this week too. It has lasted the longest for him as he has been sick all week.

So last night Adam got up to go use the bathroom at about 10:30 and after he had left the room I heard footsteps right outside our bedroom window. We had the window open just a crack so the sound was quite distinct in the frozen snow. Creeped me out a little bit, but since I didn't hear them come back, I didn't go check it out. When Adam got back he asked me if I had gotten up to go look because he thought he had heard footsteps out in the hall. I hadn't gotten out of bed so that was a little creepy too, but since everything was locked up we got back into bed and went to sleep. This morning, I looked out the bedroom window to see how close the footsteps came to our window and if it was just a kid or someone taking a shortcut home. What do I find, but big deer prints in the snow, just under our window. I felt a little sheepish. There is a deer trail just in front of our house and we had seen a deer that morning in the lot back behind the house, but I never considered that it could be an animal tromping through the snow. It sounded just like footsteps to me. Which it was, just not human. :)

January 08, 2009

Time flies when you are reading

So I haven't written since before Christmas because I have been so preoccupied reading my my new Kindle. I have loved it. I have also had to start exploring the free e-book sights because my budget just can't take my reading a book a day, even if they are cheaper on the Kindle. My husband is the greatest. Sorry all you other girls. I am sure your husbands are great, but mine I must say, is the greatest. At least for me. :)

Porter loved Christmas as the last post testifies. Here are a couple more pictures of the Saturday after Christmas. We went back up to Idaho for our nephew's blessing. Caleb is supercute and the perfect blend of Josh and Kim. Porter was fascinated with 'babee'. We have been pointing out babies and trying to teach him about being gentle. We got him a little boy doll baby so that he can learn gentle touch. It hasn't quite sunk in yet....he still carries the doll under his arm like a football. :)

Anyway Nephi and Colleen had been since we had left and Porter had a few more gifts to open. He loved the frog and takes it everywhere, but I think he was most excited about the car. This is the car that we left at their house a few months ago. He had forgotten all about it, and was so happy to have it again. It is a favorite here for the twins too, so they are having a ball today playing with it and all the other new toys. I think though, that his favorite toy of all is the sweeper vacuum that Mom got us. We never have to vacuum the house anymore because Porter is always doing it for us. He is afraid if he lets go of it, we will put it away so he even climbs up on the couch with it so he can guard it. And he doesn't want it out for when the boys come because he doesn't want to share it with them. Too funny.

We also did the Christmas penny auction that day. For those of you who have never heard of that, we all donate some inexpensive gifts that are all wrapped in brown bags or some non-descript wrapping. No one knows what is in the bags. Everyone gets some pennies; usually 25 or 50 depending on just how many people we have versus how many pennies are in the jar. Then the auctioneer, this year Adam, gets the bidding going, and we all have great fun outbidding eachother or just driving the bidding up. There was a great gospel based reason that we started doing the auction, but after the first year, no one remembered what that reason was. We just have fun with it. It is always funny to see which boys get girl things etc. There is one gift that pops up every year and that is what has been coined the Harry Potter glasses. It has become tradition to take a picture of the person who got them wearing them. This year that was Zach. I will have to get a copy from Rachael of the picture she took because it is way better than this one.

I started back to work yesterday and got some bad news. I knew already that my hours would be a little less since my boss isn't teaching a class at the university this semester, but when I talked to her yesterday, she said they let her go from her other job on campus too. They are spreading her job out to all the teachers and getting rid of the position altogether. Just another repercussion of the recession. But it means, for both she and I, considerably less money. She is still teaching part time at the highschool, but it isn't much. Our budget just got a whole lot tighter. I have looked into getting something else part time in the afternoons, but most people want to hire someone to come to their house which would be hard to do with Porter's nap time and a not entirely solid pick-up time for the boys at the end of the morning. And most people don't want to hire someone who might have a baby before the school year ends and put them in a tight spot finding help. I have confidence that everything will work out, but for a while it will probably be a little stressful making ends meet.

Porter got to take his first bubble bath the other day. He loved all the bubbles, and more than usual it was very hard to convince him that bath time was over and it was time for jammies. He hates to get out of the bath.

This is just a fun picture I took the other day. Porter loves having his picture taken and he gave me such a cute look when he saw the camera. Luckily he held the pose long enough for me to take a picture before running over to see it.

Well that is it for now. I hope you all are enjoying the new year and all its possibilities.