Friday, January 29, 2010


As many of you know, my dad had a heart attack around 2 am on Tuesday. He was in Denver on business and was staying in a hotel. He felt fine all day, but when he laid down to go to bed, he started feeling pain in his arms and chest. The pain was increasing, and he decided to go downstairs to get some air. The events that followed are nothing short of a miracle. Here are a few things that I am thankful for:

-My dad for following his prompting to go to the hotel's front desk, rather than go outside for air.
-Hotel Teatro's night manager Jim Loyd, for having extensive EMT training and being able to recognize that something was very wrong. He immediately called 911.
-Hotel Teatro's employee Kyle, who ran as fast as he could to get water and asprin for my dad and then woke up my dad's boss and drove him to the hospital to be with my dad.
-There just happened to be an ambulance and EMT's around from the corner from the hotel, and were able to get to my dad in less than a minute.
-St. Joseph's hospital for being a mile away from the hospital.
-My dad's heart, which did not have an attack until already in the ER.
-The cardiologists who were able to shock my dad  back to life with the defibrulator after he coded twice. Also, for so skillfully placing a stint in my dad's heart and removing the blockage from his artery.
-My dad's work Waterpik, for putting me and my mom in an amazing hotel room so we could be close to the hospital.
-All the doctors and nurses who helped to care for my dad so he could be released from the hospital only 3 days after his heart attack.
-My dad's coworker and his son who came down from Ft. Collins to give my dad an amazing blessing.
- My brothers-in-law Ryan, Joel, and Tom for visiting my dad, hanging out with us, and Joel for being my taxi and buddy on Wednesday.
- The dozens of family members and friends who have prayed on our family's behalf and sent kind messages.
- Most of all, my Heavenly Father- for guiding all those involved with this whole week, and for allowing my dad to survive a heart attack with absolutely no heart damage. My faith is renewed and my heart is full.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

My favorite things: A Love Story (baby edition).

Since becoming a mama, there are many things that are now part of my daily life that were not even on my radar before. Hello spit up and baby poop, right? Anyway, there are a few items that have made the past four months much, much easier. For that reason, they have become my favorite things in the baby supplies category.

Also known as the straight jacket, this contraption is the best. swaddler. ever.  Before I ordered this blanket from heaven, Dylan would always wiggle his little arms out of his swaddle, get them to his face, and then wake up. This blanket ensures that their arms stay put and the baby burrito remains intact. This has become my new go-to baby shower gift.

These things have saved me from getting peed on so many times. Seriously, I don't know what it is about little boys, but it seems that every time I change Dylan's diaper and don't have a teepee covering his parts, he ends up peeing all over me, the wall, and himself. The only problem in my house is my cat Moo thinks that the teepees belong to him and is always stealing them from Dylan's room.

I ordered this car seat cover from Etsy, and it has been such a great item to have. It protects Dylan from feeling the freezing cold winter weather, as well as helps him stay asleep when we're on the go. Also, it's made from super cute fabric and I always get compliments on it.

Ok, these socks are seriously the cutest. I love that they look like little shoes! These socks are great because 1. they're adorable
2. they actually stay on
3. ummmmm they're adorable 
I have this style, as well as a style that says "boy" all over them (thanks Hollie!). Again I (Dylan, I mean) have gotten tons of compliments on these adorable socks.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

What do you do...

Since Ben is out of town for the weekend (golfing in St. George with three of his buddies... booooo), I had to fend for myself for dinner tonight. I briefly considered eating a bowl of cereal for dinner, but since I had already eaten cereal for breakfast and lunch today, I figured that I should change it up for dinner tonight. Cause I'm a rebel like that. I loaded Dylan in his car seat and headed to In-N-Out in Orem. I hadn't been to the Orem In-N-Out yet, so I figured that now would be a good time. Nevermind that it was about 20 minutes until Dylan's naptime.
Things got real ugly, real quick. So here we are, sandwiched in the drive thru with no way to pull forward or reverse, when Dylan starts to have a massive meltdown. Massive. Absolutely sobbing, making noises that I've never heard him make... I felt terrible! There really wasn't anything that I could do, other than pray that he would be able to stop crying and fall asleep. I love my little man and I hate to hear him get so upset. The crying lasted about 10 minutes (long enough for me to get close to tears- I felt like such a crap mom for letting him wail away in the back seat) before he finally settled down and fell asleep. Poor baby.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Apparently I just entered 2007.

Yeah... soooo... I may have just figured out how to get pictures from my phone to my computer. I realize that it's 2010 and most people were doing this at least 3 years ago. Yeah, I'm technology savvy like that. Here are some of my favorite pictures that have been on my phone for the past while:

Oscarpants facebooking with me.

Dylan and I right after we brought him home from the hospital on 10/1/09.

Sweet little boy.

His little smirk... learned from his father I'm sure.

Took this one yesterday. Such a happy bebe.

My cats have a love/hate relationship. This is an example of the love. In case you don't remember, this post is an example of the hate.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A thing or two...

Since Dylan's arrival the quantities of blogs posted has taken a nosedive. It's true. When D is awake, I am almost always on the floor playing with him... he's one happy little guy and just loves to play.


Just a few things that I want to discuss....

1. Heidi Montag

Girlfriend is only 23 years old and she's already ruined her face! She looks like either a porn star, a wannabe Barbie, or a 40 year old trying to look 25. Yikes Heidi...

2. The Bachelor

So many funny things about yesterday's episode. Jake asking crazypants to leave after she tries to swallow his face. Corrie's impression of Vienna. Poor Jake- he seriously looks like he hates his life during some of the episode.

Okay, time to run around like a crazy person getting things done while Dylan is still asleep!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Go Colts!

Dylan and I in our gameday attire. If you can't tell, I'm wearing my Peyton Manning jersey.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

This is what we do all day.

Lay on the ground and play.

Take pictures of the smiley baby in his bouncer.

Watch the fatties be lazy.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Ben is going to be so mad...

Against Ben's wishes, I am totally buying one of these:

You're seeing correctly, it's a crocheted hat for a kitty. Oscar and Moo NEED these. I figure that it's not fair that dogs get to have all the fun with their little sweaters and jackets. The felines need some love too.

Ben says that it's absolutely ridiculous and a waste of money to buy the cat hats. I say that I don't care, because I think that it's a waste of money to keep buying golf balls when you have over 200 in the basement. But whatev, it's not like I'm keeping score or anything.

Buy a cat hat here.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

I really love my...

Amazon Kindle! Ben and I got one for Christmas (thanks mom and dad!) and we are in love. It's amazing that I no longer have to leave my house to get a new book! I have a list of about a million books to read and am so excited to get started. At the top of the list? The Hunger Games, then Her Fearful Symmetry.

If you have any other suggestions for must-reads, please leave a comment!

Not to be forgotten, Dylan also has a new love.

Dylan really loves his....

Seriously, Dylan loves his Sophie. It's adorable, because it's the first toy that he seems really interested in, which means that I'm just eating it up. Love this boy!