Monday, December 17, 2012

LA Christmas

We've been able to do a few Christmasy things so far while we've still been in LA.  First we went and looked at the Christmas lights.  It was a lot colder than I thought it would be so I ended up wearing Oskar in the carrier which turned out well because it kept both of us warm.

This is the house with the huge creepy Santa.

Then we had a Christmas party at our apartment that was a lot of fun.  We decorated it with decorations we scrounged up from various people and Joel made his special eggnog.  It was a lot of fun!

Lastly we had a ward Christmas party where Santa came!  Oskar wasn't too scared.  The Primary did a live nativity that I helped with and Joel was the narrator.  Our ward goes all out for ward events and this was no exception.  The food was amazing and the decorations looked professional, it probably was professional now that I think about it.  It's been so fun having Oskar's first Christmas and we're excitd that it has only begun.  Oregon, here we come!
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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Birthday and Shenanigans

This is the only picture we got that has anything to do with my birthday.  I had to work on my birthday so Joel made me breakfast that morning and got me some books.  One of the books he got me is The Story of the Chinaman's Hat.  It was one of the books Grandma had that I loved.  Now I can read it to Oskar even though it's too long and he can't sit still.  Anway, my friend Halley sent me that giant chocolate bar for my birthday and we set it up next to our gifts of the Magi display.

This has nothing to do with my birthday, it's more of a shenanigan.  One week Joel and I were fighting what seemed like every night and so one night I told him he made me mad and he needed to fix it, and this is what he did.  It totally worked.  Every time I look at this picture I start laughing.  His theory is that mermaids are fish on the bottom and human on the top but mermen are the opposite, fish on the top and human on the bottom.  Hilarious.

I've done two crafts recently, both done hastily without detail or patience.  I like doing crafts a lot but I can't seem to care too much about how they come out.  The first was this done after the likeness of Kelsey's  wreath.  I didn't end up buying enough ornaments and I didn't want to go get more so this had to work.  It's just a little lopsided.  But Oskar likes it and thinks he can plug the glue gun into it, I have no idea where he got that idea.

The second craft was these blasted curtains.  This project was terrible.  I hate sewing.  HATE IT!  I don't have the patience for it.  I wanted to stab the sewing machine with the scissors over and over.  I was so mad I about peed my pants in anger.  I eventually got them done but by the end I was so fed up I didn't care what they looked like so it's a good thing the picture is far enough away or else you could see the terrible workmanship.  But now that they're done and hung up I like the affect they have in our  room, it definitely brightens it up and adds some much needed color.  The fabric actually reminds me of something my Barbie wore, which isn't necessarily a good thing, just something I remembered that you probably don't care about.

And here a few pics of The Precious just for good measure.  His hair looks reddish here but I assure you, it's not.  I think it's just the warm reflection off of his scalp.

Thank goodness he's feeling better!
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This year for Thanksgiving we planning on going to Grandma and Grandpa B.'s in Arizona.  We were going to leave Wednesday night and drive all through the night so Oskar could sleep.  But that morning Oskar woke up with a cold that he must have gotten from another baby he was around earlier in the week.  So we all decided it was probably a good idea to stay home and not risk getting G&G sick.  But it was really disappointing.  So for the second year in a row we stayed in LA for Thanksgiving.  This year we went to a park and had a picnic lunch complete with turkey sandwiches (we splurged and got the expensive and delicious Tillamook cheese), baby oranges, and crackers and cheese.  We were invited to Thanksgiving dinner by some friends but we didn't want to get anybody sick.  We did end up going to our friends' place for a little while to have pie.  Hopefully next year we can at least make it out of the city.

I love this picture.  It looks like Oskar is trying to be funny.

Then a week later Oskar got infected again!  This time with a much much MUCH worse sickness.  It was complete with diarrhea, vomiting, lethargy, not eating, sleepless nights, and a visit to the ER.  It was so terrible.  And about halfway through the disease week Joel came down too and he couldn't help me take care of Oskar.  After about a week and much much worrying (I think I called Jared four or five times (he's going to get annoyed sooner or later)) he started to feel better.  And then another couple of days later he was back to normal.  It was preeeeetty rough though.  After all that just dealing with his normal eating issues are a piece of cake.
We are the stripe family, the Starburst stripe family.

He was not feeling well.  It was very sad.

But he feels better now!  And loves to take baths.
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