Monday, April 21, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
i did get to do a few fun things this weekend, though. friday night klayton and i headed up to mandy's house in rexburg. troy (mandy's husband), carson (k's little bro) and klayton stayed with the kids and hung out while mandy and i met up with a bunch of other tietjen gals to see the new emma smith movie in the theater. it was really good and we had a lot of fun. afterward we met back up at mandy's house for dessert and girl talk. super fun night!
saturday i had the opportunity to go to an old friend's wedding reception in rexburg. klayton was working so i went with carson and his girlfriend, shellena. it was kind of bitter-sweet to see this friend. he has been klayton's best friend since the 7th grade, and one of my best friends since the day i met him, but in the last year we've done a lot of growing apart and now he and klayton are barely speaking. even though our feelings have been hurt so much, i still love this friend like one of my brothers and wish him so well with his new (gorgeous) bride. it was really emotional for me to see him still, though, and it really caught me off-guard. i guess i kind of wish that some things would never change, you know? man, growing up stinks sometimes!!
anyway, that was my weekend in a nutshell. i'm really happy to have my computer back and better than ever! i'm also grateful for my wonderful friends (past and present) and family! life is good.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
thinking about mother's day today has started me thinking about last year. i was admitted to the hospital the day before mother's day after discovering my dangerous blood-pressure levels while nearly 7 months pregnant. avery was due in august and instead she came in may, just 3 days after mother's day. if you would have asked me a year ago what my life would be like now, i would have been way off the mark. after all of the "don't get your hopes up" speeches i got from doctor after doctor, citing things like brain bleeds, intestinal problems, developmental disorders, and heart failures as normal in babies avery's size, my baby, my teeny 2 pound baby, is now super-healthy (well, minus the whole stomach bug thing, but she's doing much better now), crawling, babbling, and smiling her strangely toothy grin (she now has SIX teeth! she is a teething machine!). i know that every mother feels blessed with her children, but i feel especially so.
happy mother's day, preemie style!
ps if you feel blessed with the family and friends in your life, bless the lives of others! click on my March of Dimes badge to join my walking team or donate to spare someone like you and me the heartache of having a premature infant!
Sunday, April 13, 2008
late thursday afternoon mallory, avery and i were haning out watching monsters, inc. when avery started puking her guts out. she didn't stop for about 24 hours. as soon as her stomach was settling (by friday night), klayton woke up in the middle of the night vomiting. mallory, who planned on driving home to vegas saturday morning, woke up feeling a little wobbly, but decided to make the 10+ hour trip anyway, and didn't even make it out of my apartment's parking lot before she had to jump out of the car to hurl.
i have put a quarantine sign on my front door, i promise.
oddly enough, i'm the only one who didn't get it. instead i have spent the weekend holding a very sad little baby who won't let me put her down and keeping a pale husband hydrated. everyone is doing better today. avery is still pretty miserable. there is nothing more sad than a sick baby. i am so glad that i have been able to take care of everyone here, but i am going a little stir-crazy. a girl can only watch so many food network shows and america's next top model reruns in one weekend.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
2. beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
3. spread brownie cubes over prepared crust. pour half of the cheesecake batter over brownies, then sprinkle cookie dough over batter. add the rest of the batter over the top of cake and smooth over.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
she is a very sweet person. she cares so much for her friends and family and she is fiercly loyal to them!
she is super fun. i have passed so many hours with her playing insane made-up games (jumping marijuanas, the picture game, etc.) and watching/quoting classic movies. she makes everything more fun. now please, repeat after me. pepper. waiter, there is too much pepper on my paprikash.
here is avery in mallory's birthday crown today. i made her wear it wherever we went. :) mallory is an awesome aunt. she loves avery and even tries to claim her as her own child... until avery wakes up at 3am, that is...
Monday, April 7, 2008
Saturday, April 5, 2008
the bag on the left is my electrocuted zebra print bag from volcom. i think that mentally i'm still in the 9th grade because i have carried this volcom obsession around since then. i love their stuff. in my purse at all times are my digital and handheld video cameras, my planner (which also acts as my wallet), my keys (with purell attached always- i'm a preemie mom! trust me, i whip that stuff out 100 times a day), some emergency items (tylenol, hair clips, etc.) and note cards and stamps. i love to send mail! my latest favorites are the pink/zebra thank you notes i got at target while i was in vegas.
the bag on the right is my beautiful diaper bag. a quick note about this bag- not only do i think this bag is beautiful, but it also is very special to me. i recieved it last summer when avery was in the hospital and i was staying alone at the ronald mcdonald house in SLC. after a long morning at the hospital i went back to the house for lunch and there was a package waiting for me containing this purse, an oprah magazine, some goodies, and a note from my old college roomies, jane and kristine metcalf. i never asked (i had no idea that kristine was such a sewing whiz at the time), but i think that kristine made this bag for me (kristine, did you make this bag?) and it is perfect and i love it! those two are so sweet and giving and i have loved getting to be their friend! okay, onto the contents. there's really nothing amazing in here. diapers, wipes, rattle toys, tropical fruit snacks and gerber biter biscuits (avery loves these things), usually a cheerios container (not pictured), a bottle (not pictured), formula canister, more hand sanitizer, a nose sucker (called an aspirator, but where's the fun in that?), and a book. avery loves books! unfortunately she sees them as chew toys mostly, but still. this book is her favorite. every page has a mirror on it and she LOVES to look at herself. who doesn't, though?
i now tag melissa, shelly and brittney!
Friday, April 4, 2008
eagle scout zach and avery.
zach, mall and av.
my cousin, blaire, and i.
melissa, mcKenna, me, derek and rebecca.
the happy couple, casey and justin!
four generations of wyand women! there's melissa and mckenna, diane (my mom's sister), grandma wyand, my mom, and me and avery.
avery is the light of her grandparent's lives. they love her sooo much and lavish her with love, attention and presents like you wouldn't believe! my dad always points out how everyone is just excited to see avery now and not me, but i'm cool with that. how can i compete!? :)
mckenna and avery (one week apart).
grandma and avery.
on the way to california we stopped at a gas station in the middle of nowhere called Jeremy's. it was super windy and mallory was able to get some awesome shots of everyone stretching their legs and playing in the wind. this is my favorite one.
ahh the happy, wind-blown family.
mallory is a wonderful aunt and insisted on sitting in the back seat by avery the entire drive. i hope avery will grow into these sunglasses.
the crazed beaver look is so hot right now.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
easter morning was so fun! avery has been crawling up a storm and enjoyed waking up to new toys and fun with mom and dad. we spent the morning playing and getting dressed up for church. afterward i made rack of lamb with mashed potatoes and green beans. yum yum!
then klayton's siblings, carson and mckenzie, came over along with mallory and her friend, melissa, and we all had easter dinner! it was lots of fun to see everyone and enjoy the holiday. i got the chance not only to make my family's easter baskets, but mallory's as well. it's so fun to be a mom!!
i can't believe that my little 2 pound baby is now crawling and sitting and playing. this weekend she even stood up in her crib! klayton and i were standing in the room talking when she stood up holding on to the side of her crib. she then called, "DADA!" to get klayton's attention, then she growled and smiled so big like, "look at how freaking awesome i am!!" it was hillarious.
avery and i flew to vegas the day after easter. my little brother, zach, got his eagle scout on tuesday evening, so i got to be there for his court of honor and to help my mom with the cooking and prep. both of my grandmothers were there as well as all of my family's friends and it was tons of fun to be there for zach's special day. he is the coolest 16 year-old kid that ever was and i love him tons! i got to take avery swimming for the first time, but she was just enamoured with the dogs. she loves dogs! it was a perfect relaxing weekend. i love my family so much! i think that living far away is fun sometimes (even though i miss them!) because it makes getting back together that much more fun! my parents are the best and my two brothers at home are so sweet and great, especially with avery. we had tons of fun.
on friday mallory and klayton flew down to vegas from idaho falls so we could drive to san diego for my cousin, casey's, wedding. the san diego temple is beautiful and it was wonderful seeing my cousins. this is a picture of my three wonderful and beautiful cousins, their spouses, and my sis. clockwise from the left there's melissa and her baby, mckenna (who is a week younger than avery), erica (with avery), me, todd (erica's husband), klayton, derek and rebecca, and mallory. those four girls are the most wonderful friends i have. we have so many aweosme memories from our childhood and have such a great time together. i wish i saw them more!
our husbands get together really well, too. :)