Monday, December 28, 2009

First Christmas

Olivia's first Christmas was so much fun. We spent a long weekend at my parent's in Idaho with all of my family with the exception of one sister, her husband, and little Sophie (we missed you guys). Olivia must have been a very good girl this year because she was spoiled by Santa, Mommy and Daddy, and both sets of grandparents. She showed little interest in her toys, but loved her BYU sqeaky shoes and the wrapping paper. Grandma made all of the granddaughters matching pink turtle PJ bottoms, which turned out absolutely adorable. We watched lots of movies, ate way too much food, and had a great time together.

The whole crew waiting to see what Santa brought. This has been a tradition in my family as long as I can remember. We would line up in age order (as the oldest I was always last in line, but now get to be second last since Scott is older than me) on the stairs and would have to wait for dad to light the fire, turn on the lights, and see if Santa actually came. As kids this would happen at 5:30 or 6:00 in the morning, but we slept in until almost 8:00 this year.

The Tree...

To Olivia, Love Santa...

Grandpa and his girls

Opening presents...

One happy girl (Don't you love the hat?).

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Meeting the Big Guy

On Saturday we decided that it was time for Olivia to meet Santa. She has been so funny about strangers lately I was really worried about her reaction to sitting on the Big Guy's lap, but there were no tears.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas Traditions

With only ten days until Christmas I thought it would be fun to share some of our family's Christmas traditions...

Ever since Scott was a little boy his dad would make fudge at Christmas. Instead of leaving cookies for Santa, they would leave fudge and on Christmas morning there would always be one piece of fudge left with Santa bite marks in it. We have continued the fudge making tradition and each year we make several batches to share with neighbors and friends.

Our first Christmas together Scott bought me a Nativity. We now buy a Nativity each year to help us remember why we celebrate Christmas. This one is the one that purchased this year:

Another tradition relates to the ornaments for our Christmas tree. Anytime we take a big trip we try to find a Christmas ornament from the place we visit. It is a fun way for us to remember our travels and makes for a very interesting tree. Here are the two we collected this year: The jester is from New Orleans from when we picked up Olivia right before Marti Gras and the Texas ornament is from when went to the BYU-Oklahoma game in Dallas.

When we meet with Olivia's birth mom we asked her if her family had any holiday traditions. One of the things she mentioned was that they open new Christmas PJs on Christmas Eve. Scott's family also did this when he was little, so we decided that this year we would start a new tradition.
One of Santa's littlest helpers:

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Last night BYU had a basketball game at the Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake. Since we were already in Salt Lake we decided it was the perfect opportunity to look at the lights at temple square. We invited Jon, Brittany, and Emma to come with us. What a great day: we had good seats at the game, got to sit by some of our favorite neighbors, the Brobergs, BYU won handily, we got to hang out with Brittany, Jon, and Emma, and see some beautiful Christmas lights. Here are some pics of the highlights:

We had a really fun time at the game. Olivia loves going to the games. She claps her hands and dances when the band (or other music) plays.
Definitely a Cougar Fan!

Temple Square was beautiful, and a little cold (okay a lot cold). I was really worried about Olivia being cold so I put four layers on plus three blankets- she couldn't move, but she was warm :).
It was so cute when Olivia and Emma saw each other. Emma was kissing and hugging Olivia and then Olivia started hugging and kissing Emma back. I think they missed each other.

Olivia turned 10 months old this past week. Her newest thing is saying Hi to everyone. Every morning she tells daddy-Hi Da. Today at church she keep saying Hi to the little girl in front of us and then was telling her baby Hi this afternoon. She is very friendly. She has a smile for everyone. We frequently get stopped in stores by people telling us how cute she is and she typically responds with a smile. She has such an infectious smile it is hard not to be smitten with her. She definitely knows what she wants and is not afraid to produce some tears when she doesn't get it. She already has the gift of gab. She loves music and likes to dance to anything that has a little rhythm. We love this precious little girl.

Olivia in her Christmas Dress.

Helping mom with the tinsel for the Christmas tree.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Family Pictures 2009

In my last post I mentioned we got our family pictures taken. Jami Broadbent in Santaquin took them and I think she did an amazing job. There were so many good ones of Olivia it was hard to choose, but here are some of my favorites:

Monday, November 9, 2009

Olivia @ Nine Months

I took Olivia to her nine month well baby check up on Friday. She is getting to be such a big girl. I figured she would weigh in at around 20 pounds, but she is 21.5 pounds (89th percentile) and 28.25 inches long (72nd percentile). At nine months she is still not crawling, but can army crawl and roll any where she wants. She likes to stand, but is not able to do so on her own. She claps her hands and plays peek-a-boo. She refuses to hold her bottle, but likes to drink from a cup that she holds on her own. She continues to be a mama's girl and is very nervous of strangers right now. Her hair on the sides is finally growing in and I think she get more beautiful every day!

We got our family pictures taken on Thursday and the photographer took a bunch of Livy, which I can't wait to see. Until we get them... here are some random pics from the past week.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

A Little Lady(bug)'s First Halloween

We had a great Halloween with my family in Brigham City. We went Trick or Treating with cousin Emma and Grandpa, had some yummy soup for dinner, and had a no hands donut eating contest for the adults. Here are some pics from Olivia's first Halloween...

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Two Reasons I love my life

I had a bad day at work yesterday. I came home with a headache, was grouchy, and basically spent the night being negative. I fell asleep early, but was restless most of the night because I thought about work and what projects I had to complete, the laundry that needed to be folded, house to be cleaned and how there wasn't enough time in the day to do everything. Olivia woke up around 3:00 a.m. and didn't want to go back to sleep so I brought her in to bed with Scott and I. She snuggled right up and fell asleep. This morning after I got out of the shower I noticed that Scott and Olivia were cuddled up together on the bed and I couldn't help but thinking how blessed I am to have these two. I can deal with bad days at work as long as I can come home to these two every night...

Unfortunately the flash woke Miss Olivia up-what a bad mom I am.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Pre-Halloween Festivities

Halloween has never been my favorite holiday. I like the stuff associated with Halloween... pumpkins, witches, Fall, candy... but don't typically look forward to the day itself. I think this year will be different.

This week to prepare for the big day we picked out some pumpkins...

Had a party at Grandpa and Grandma Magleby's. We got to try out the costume, which Olivia looked adorable in.

and went to the BYU-TCU, which really sad because we lost so badly...we left at half time. I think Scott (and I) is looking forward to basketball starting in two weeks.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Silly Girl

Sometimes as I am getting ready in the morning I put Olivia on the bathroom counter in her booster chair so that she can keep me company. She has found that she has a "friend" in the mirror and very often strikes up a conversation with her. This morning she was laughing, pulling faces, screaming and then started licking the mirror. Oh I wish I could have caught that on camera-it was hilarious. Such a silly girl.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Hogle Zoo

One of my oldest and dearest friends Abbey (and her family) came to visit this weekend. Abbey and I met while working at McDonald's many moons ago. We used to open on Sunday mornings together and became quick friends. She moved to Boise several years ago and with life as crazy as it is, we don't get to see each other very often. She now has three beautiful little kids, two of which are my godchildren. They gave me a good excuse to visit Hogle Zoo. The zoo has a new baby elephant and giraffe and I really wanted to go see them so this gave me a reason to go.

The Miller Family
The Magleby's at the Zoo.

I have been to Hogle Zoo a number of times, but have never been in the giraffe house. It was fun to be able to see the giraffes eye to eye. I didn't get a good picture of baby giraffe, but he was stinkin' cute.

Isn't baby Zuri cute? It was worth the price of admission to just see her.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Eight Months

Miss Olivia turns eight months old today- where has the time gone? It seems like yesterday that we were on a plane to New Orleans to pick her up. That tiny baby girl stole my heart the moment I laid eyes on her and now I can not imagine our life without her.

This past month she has started army crawling around the floor and has mastered rolling to get where she wants. Give her another couple of weeks and she will be crawling. She is a Mama's girl, but likes Daddy to rock her to sleep at night. She has decided that she likes to sleep through the night now (which mom has appreciated). She is about 19 pounds and 28 inches long. This past week her bottom two teeth broke through. If you look really close in this picture you can see them:

Could I be any cuter?
No, I don't think so!!