Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas fun

We have had such a great holiday season. A couple of weeks ago we met our friends Shelly, Richie, and their cute little boy, Josh, downtown to see the lights at Temple Square. It was a first for Eliza and also her first ride on TRAX. It was the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit. On the Sunday before Christmas we had a wonderful turkey dinner with Matt's family that was so good. Every Christmas Eve my family has a tradition of getting together at my aunt's home for dinner and chime playing. You'd think after so many years we would be better at it than we are but let's just say that we probably won't be getting a call from the Orchestra at Temple Square any time soon. Christmas day was busy but great. We started off the day with a delicious pancake breakfast at my grandparent's house which we've done for as long as I can remember. It's always a special time to sit together and enjoy grandma and grandpa's "hot cakes" and hot cocoa that is to die for.

Then we visited with both sides of the family and had a fun time helping Eliza open her presents and seeing her have so much fun with all her new things. She got some Dr. Seuss books, a couple new outfits, Baby Einstein DVDs, cute stuffed animals, and a little car that she can push around and walk behind.

After a long, busy day we came home and put Eliza to bed and Matt and I followed not long after. I've always loved Christmas but now that we have Eliza I think it means so much more and I'm sure it's only going to get better. Thank you to all who helped make our holiday so memorable. We hope you all had a wonderful day as well!

Friday, December 7, 2007

Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar?

Okay, they weren't really in a cookie jar but I still didn't think Eliza could get into a ziploc bag. I left the room for a minute and when I came back, this is what I found. I guess I wasn't moving fast enough getting her food ready. Chocolate chip cookies for breakfast? Sounds good to me!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Tag about me

Ten things I really liked as a teenager that I don't enjoy now:
1) Bangs curled under with a big curling iron
2) Shorts
3) Flying
4) Overalls
5) Boy bands
6) Birkenstocks
7) Hair spray
8) Gap perfume (dream, heaven, grass…. remember those?)
9) Staying up late
10) Leonardo DiCaprio

Ten things I didn't much care for when I was a teenager that I really like now:
1) Watching football (who knew? Thanks Matt)
2) Making dinner
3) Cooking shows
4) Country music
5) Flip-flops
6) Seinfeld
7) Harry Potter (I remember thinking I would never read those books)
8) Oprah
9) Tomato soup
10) Chinese food

Ten things I've never much cared for and very likely never will:
1) Chili
2) Movie-talkers (it never fails that we end up sitting by one)
3) Getting up before 8:00 am
4) Rap/Hip Hop music
5) Tennis
6) Ironing
7) People who have loud conversations on their cell phones in public places
8) Flavored water
9) Driving in the snow
10) Seafood

Ten things I've always really liked and probably always will:
1) Sleeping in/taking long naps
2) Snuggling
3) Reading a good book
4) Wearing new clothes right from the store (no washing beforehand)
5) Newsies (I saw this movie at least a dozen times in the theater)
6) Spending time with family
7) Thanksgiving and Christmas
8) M*A*S*H
9) Infomercials (I know, it’s weird)
10) Sunday dinners

Anyone who wants to do this too, it's pretty fun!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

We hope you all had a wonderful holiday yesterday! Don't you just love this time of year? It's my favorite. Thanksgiving is a nice opportunity for us to think about all of the many blessings that we have in our lives. We have so much to be thankful for. Have a happy and safe holiday season! Oh, and for those of you brave enough to try and do some shopping today, good luck! I think Eliza and I will just stay in and snack on leftovers. Yum!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Rivalry Week

This is the one of the best weeks of the year. Not because of Thanksgiving but because of the BYU Utah game. It will be even better when BYU stomps Yewtah this year on there way to an undefeated conference record. I can't wait. Has it really been a year since the last game? In case you missed it, watch the video above.

This was posted by Matt (we have to figure how to change my name as the default)

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Look who's one!!

Eliza had her first birthday today! We had the party at my parents house since our 2 bedroom condo would have allowed only about three other people to attend. We had so much fun! Eliza got such nice presents from her family. She got lots of books which she loves and also some toys and new pajamas. She also had her first experience eating chocolate cake and ice cream! See, she hardly made a mess at all! However, just a few seconds after we took this picture, she dumped her whole plate on the floor. Sorry grandma!

This past year having Eliza as part of our family has been full of joy and love. We feel so grateful that Heavenly Father blessed us with such a sweet, happy, and loving little girl. We love you Eliza! Happy birthday!!

Monday, November 5, 2007

Tag about Matt!

What is his name? Matthew Lynn

How long have you been married? 3 years

How long did you date? A year and a half

How old is he? 28

Who eats more? It’s probably about equal

Who said I love you first? Matt

Who is taller? Matt

Who sings better? Me

Who is smarter? That depends on the subject

Whose temper is worse? Umm…. no comment

Who does the laundry? Mostly me

Who does the dishes? Whoever gets sick of seeing them in the sink first

Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? Matt

Who pays the bills? Me but Matt provides the money

Who mows the lawn? I wish we had a lawn. Matt does the vacuuming, does that count?

Who cooks dinner? Mostly me but Matt helps a lot too

Who drives when you are together? Matt

Who is more stubborn? Matt

Who is the first to admit when they are wrong? That’s a toss up

Whose parents do you see the most? Mine

Who proposed? Matt

Who has more friends? Matt. Everywhere we go we run into someone he knows

Who has more siblings? He does. I have 3 and he has 4

Who wears the pants in the family? Depends on the topic but probably him

Now all the wives who read this are tagged and you have to post about your husbands!

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Why did the chicken cross the road?

To go trick-or-treating, of course! Even though I'm pretty sure Eliza was a little unclear on the concept of Halloween we had a great time. We went to our ward trunk-or-treat where mom and dad got a pretty good supply of candy. Let's be honest, that's really the only reason why people take their young children trick-or-treating. Eliza had a fun time with all her cousins and we had a fun time seeing those cute kids in their costumes. Hope you all had a good Halloween too!

Sunday, October 21, 2007


We're excited to be part of the blogging world now. Like others have said, it seems like a great place to keep and share our memories and experiences. Our life now mostly revolves around our beautiful daughter, Eliza, so we'll start there. I wish we had started doing this earlier so forgive us as we post the Reader's Digest version of the last several months.

MARCH 2006

On St. Patrick's day, Matt and I found out we were going to be parents! I remember feeling completely overwhelmed with anxiety and fear but also excitement. I made it through the next several weeks of sickness okay and then I started to get very excited about everything.

JUNE 2006

We're having a girl!! People kept asking me before I knew what we were having if I felt one way or the other. I honestly didn't know how I felt and I had no idea if it would be a boy or a girl. Our friends and everyone in our family had their own guesses but when the ultrasound technician said it looked like a girl I thought, "of course it's a girl, that just feels right." I knew right away that she would be daddy's little girl from the start and sure enough, she was!

JULY 2006

Matt and I went on an awesome summer vacation because we knew it wouldn't be happening again for a long time once we had our baby. We flew to Raleigh, North Carolina to stay with Matt's grandma for a week. She actually lives in a little town called Hampstead which is about 2 hours from Raleigh. I had never been to the Atlantic ocean before - it's beautiful! It's so different than going to the beach in southern California. Grandma Barnes lives not too far from Topsail Island which is where we went to the beach. My only complaint is that I was not used to the weather back there. Matt said it reminded him of his mission in the Philippines. Talk about hot and humid! Every day we were there it was at least in the 90s and close to 100% humidity. Being pregnant didn't help much either. I think the only time I wasn't uncomfortably warm and swollen was when I was standing in the ocean. I have to say though, we had a wonderful time. North Carolina is so beautiful and historic and there's nothing like hearing that great accent everywhere we went.


I was very blessed to have such an easy pregnancy. I didn't have any complications and aside from the usual sickness and some aches and pains, everything went great. After I had felt about every emotion possible for 9 months, Eliza decided she was ready to join our family on Friday, November 10th, 2006. I was scared, excited, anxious, and in pain! After our three hour stay at the hospital at 2:00 am we were sent home to wait things out. I miraculously got a few hours of sleep and then we grabbed our bags and headed back at 8:00 am. Our nurse and our doctor were awesome and so understanding of all my worries. Mostly it was a lot of waiting (all I can say is thank goodness for epidurals) and then around 12:00 the hard part started. After about 3 1/2 hours of pushing, our sweet Eliza Kay made her grand entrance at 3:41 pm weighing in at a whopping 9 lbs. 2 oz. No wonder it took so long to get her here! She was the most beautiful thing Matt and I had ever seen and we were instantly in love. I've never been so tired but so happy in my life. I don't think we knew how much having a child would change our life but also how much more meaningful and wonderful it would become. This picture makes us laugh even now when we look at our little "Jabba the Hut," only a couple of hours old.

Matt has a close friend who had recently joined the church getting married in the Los Angeles temple on November 17th so he left just a week after Eliza was born to be a part of that. Needless to say, I was a mess! I was so worried about being on my own but I should have known that my wonderful family wouldn't let me stay by myself with a brand new baby. I stayed with my parents for the weekend and everything went just fine. I even got to sneak in a couple much needed naps while grandma and grandpa gladly watched their new granddaughter. Matt got home safe and sound in just a couple days and we went back to figuring out this whole parenting thing. Matt had 2 weeks paternity leave from his work which was wonderful. I don't thing I could have made it through those first few days without him. I was nervous to be on my own when he had to go back to work but we made it through and I have loved being a stay-at-home mom. Those first few baths were pretty traumatic for Eliza though. What a sad face!


Eliza's first Christmas was probably not as exciting for her as it was for us but we had so much fun visiting with family and enjoying the spirit of the season. She got some fun presents including a pink stuffed elephant that she loves now. Whenever I hand it to her she starts laughing and snuggling with it. Hopefully for Christmas this year she'll be a little more involved. Something tells me she'll be more interested in the paper and boxes rather than what's inside.


January was a rough month for our little Eliza. She developed thrush which is a yucky yeast infection that shows up on the tongue and then she got a sinus infection on top of that! We had to take her to the doctor almost every week until we could find a medicine that worked. She was so good and patient and wasn't too fussy even though I'm sure she didn't feel well. We finally got everything all cleared up after a few weeks and she was given a clean bill of health from her doctor. This picture is one of Matt's favorite and it makes him chuckle everytime he sees it. She looks so serious, gotta love the double chin too!

Remember how cold it was last winter? We were so worried about taking Eliza anywhere I think we may have bundled her up a little too warmly. Does this picture remind anyone else of Randy from "A Christmas Story?" "I can't put my arms down!"


We decided to wait a little longer than usual before having Matt give Eliza her baby blessing. We were too nervous to have a new baby out and around a lot of people in the winter. She was almost 3 months old but we chose February 4th, 2007 as the big day. We didn't realize until shortly before that this day was also Super Bowl Sunday. We didn't have to worry though, our friends and family we care about were there to share our special day with us instead of watching the Colts beat the Bears. What a wonderful day!

MARCH 2007

Eliza has always been such a good girl and and easy baby. We're definitely spoiled. She slept for 8 hours at night when she was 3 months old and since she was about 6 months old, she has slept for 12-13 hours at night. It's wonderful! She has always been a good eater too. She is a special spirit that brings such a light and love and happiness to our family. We should send this picture to Anne Geddes, don't you think? Eliza gives those babies a run for their money!

APRIL 2007

Here is Eliza getting ready to go for a walk on a nice, sunny spring day! She loves being outside and looking at all there is to see. It must be so interesting for a baby to try and figure out what everything is and how different outside looks.

MAY 2007

We began the fun process of getting Eliza to eat solid food when she was about 6 months old. It took some patience but she caught on pretty quickly and likes almost all the different fruits and veggies we give her. It does make quite a mess though!

JUNE 2007

We took our first vaction as a family in June. We drove to Manti, UT with the intention of seeing the Mormon Miracle Pageant. We didn't realize, however, that the pageant didn't even begin until around 9:00 pm and Eliza usually goes to bed at 7:00 pm. Seeing as there wasn't a good chance of her being happy for much of the evening, we decided to go out to dinner at Fat Jack's Pizza in Ephraim and just stay in instead of fighting traffic and crowds with a grumpy baby. We stayed at the Yardley Inn in Manti which is such a nice little bed & breakfast. I was worried about how Eliza would sleep in a new place but she did great. She slept good the whole night and they fed us a wonderful breakfast in the morning. It was a nice weekend getaway for us. Here's Eliza just lounging on the nice comfy bed.

JULY 2007

Eliza's first experience with swimming and she loved every minute of it! I don't think she stopped kicking her legs the whole time. The pool was a good place to be because our air conditioning went out during (of course) the hottest month of the year. Eliza couldn't sleep and neither could we so we packed up and stayed with Matt's parents for about a week and a half until it got fixed. We all slept so much better in their nice cold basement. What a treat after being in our condo which was 90 degrees inside (no I am not exaggerating).

Eliza's also got her first tooth this month! I think I should be worried - Matt tells me he was a 'biter' when he was little. Unknowingly, his mom used to put him in the playpen to play with other children. Yikes! Let's hope Eliza doesn't take after her dad in that respect.


Our first camping trip with a baby! It turned out to be not as bad as I thought it would. Although, there is nothing quite like packing for a baby. I think I brought everything but the kitchen sink. You just never know what you might need! I was so concerned about keeping her warm and comfortable and clean but we did great. She probably slept better than Matt and I did. I think our tent was on an incline and our sleeping bags were on rocks. Ah, nothing like an authentic camping experience. It was so nice to be up in the mountains in the cool, clean air and sitting around the campfire at night making s'mores. We had a wonderful time! I think she had enough layers on, don't you?


Eliza finally started crawling pretty well. For the longest time she was an army-crawler and would just drag herself to where she wanted to go but she's finally gotten the hang of it! Everyone told us that once she started crawling she would really thin out. I guess she has a little bit but to me, she is still my adorable, chubby baby. I love those thunder thighs!! My mom calls Eliza her little "cherubic baby." By the way, Eliza likes her baths much better now than when she was brand new. It's always a wild, splashing party in there!


In addition to crawling all over the house, Eliza has now started pulling herself up on everything. I mean everything. We no longer have things on bottom shelves because she pulls them off, and we really have to watch her in the kitchen because it's hard to get good traction in footy pajamas so she slips a lot. She's had some 'bonks' on her little head but I guess it's all part of learning how to balance and walk. I remember some advice my pediatrician gave us at her last appointment. He said as she becomes more mobile we should "live scared." I think that is good advice. It's incredible the things they find to put in their mouths around the house!