Monday, December 22, 2008

Tri City Americans Hockey

We went to another Tri City Americans hockey game with Rich and Laurel last week. Rich get tickets through Tyson and its always fun to root for the home team!

This did not end well for the Blazers.....KO!

We beat them in the fights, they beat us on the score board.....cant win em all!

Jenn's checkup

Its that time of year when you take a look at things and realize Hey, I've met my insurance deductible is there anything else I need to get taken care of?! Well I figured I should have surgery. Not a fun thing to do at the end of the year, but it had been a couple of years since my last laprascopy so I had to get checked for cysts. Of course there were a couple of them growing and also some other things going on so I got it taken care of. Ivy and I drove over to Portland and I left her there with my parents while I flew to Denver to have my surgery. It was a quick trip, and I had some great help while I was there. It was actually the best surgery I have had as far as waking up from anesthesia and that kind of thing. So I am glad I had it taken care of. Next up is our third and final round of IVF. Hopefully we will be able to have a brother and/0r a sister for Ivy! Ivy had a marvelous time with Grandma and Grandpa and Uncle Cory. I'm feeling pretty good these days and am thankful for really good insurance and really good doctors. Hopefully it will be another couple of years before I have to do it again though.

Winter Wonderland

So after all of my bragging about it not snowing very much in the Northwest we have been hit with a week of snow storms! Its always great to have a white christmas so it has been a lot of fun actually. I think I like it cuz I know it wont stick around until April. . Church was cancelled yesterday so we had a full on snow day. For breakfast we had gingerbread pancakes with lemon sauce. Then we made some cookies and candy and played games. Of course when it snows you have to have chili. Then it was outside for Ivy's first adventure in the snow!

The girls getting ready to play outside. Of course she didn't leave them on but we looked cute!

We really wanted to build a snowman for Ivy since she loves them so much but the snow was just too powdery. More like a really good Utah snow. Although amazing for snowboarding it doesn't pack very well making even snowballs impossible, let alone a snowman. Thats ok though since I don't think she was too fond of the white stuff. Especially standing in it. She was alright when Darin was right next to her though.

I was trying to get Ivy to eat the snow. She wasn't too stoked on it.

Ivy getting pulled on the sled by Darin. She kept saying WEEee!

This is Ivy throwing down her gloves. She was definitely done. Not bad for a cranky 17 month old. I can't blame her for only lasting 15 minutes. It was pretty chilly.
That powdery snow is hard to resist if you have a snowboard lying around and a hill with homemade rails! I haven't been on a snowboard in 2 years and have been chomping at the bit. So I hiked to the top of the hill and with Darin's commentary egging me on I headed down. Not only did I get in some powder turns, but I hit the rail perfect!! I guess snowboarding is like riding a bike. You just never forget. Now I've got to pull out my new board and binding and get all set up. Bluewood here I come!! Darin had to show me up of course on his big boy rail. But thats ok, he is sure hot when he snowboards! (He's hot all the time by the way.) After our little jib session it was back inside to play with Ivy and warm up.We ended the day with an awesome football game and some wassail. I love snow days!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Ivy's Check Up

Ivy had her fifteen month checkup this morning. She has grown a bunch in the last 3 1/2 months! She weighs a whopping 21 pounds and is 31 1/2 inches long. Basically she gained 3 pounds and grew 2 inches. I knew she had gotten taller cuz she is shooting out of all her pants. So she went from the 10th percentile to the 25th for her weight and from the 55th percentile to the 75th for her height. (I think only moms appreciate those kinds of tidbits of info.) She has been talking like crazy lately, and is a master of animal sounds. Even random ones like turkey and snake. I think her favorite is the monkey. She still loves to read all the time, but right now she is obsessed with peek a boo. Not just hiding behind her hands but jumping out of doorways and hiding behind things. I still can't believe she is here after almost 16 months. Mom and Dad love you baby girl!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Hanging out at Greenies

8 Favorite TV shows I love to watch:
1. The Office
2. So You Think You Can Dance
3. Sunday Night Football
4. Pro Football
5. College Football
6. The Hills
7. hmmm
8. thats it.

8 Things I did yesterday:
1. Helped Kristal get her car
2. Dr.'s appointment
3. Went to Target
4. Took a shower
5. Made dinner
6. Played the piano
7. Watched The Office
8. Played with IVY!!

8 Favorite places to eat:
1. Cafe Rio
2. Churro cart in Mexico
3. North in Cherry Creek
4. Ruth's Chris
5. Home
6. Farmer's Market
7. Downstairs at Eric's-Breckenridge
8. Darin loves Backcountry Provisions in Steamboat

8 Things I am looking forward to:
1. The Christmas craft show tomorrow
2. Going to Denver, for a day anyways
3. Thanksgiving in Portland
4. Christmas
5. Going to Mexico again someday
6. Snowboarding this winter
7. Selling our house(s) in CO
8. Buying a house in Washington

8 Things on my Wish List:
1. Having another baby someday
2. Selling our house(s) in CO
3. Most anything at Williams Sonoma
4. New brown shoes, I can't find mine
5. A house on the river
6. Ivy to grow up happy and healthy
7. A white Christmas
8. Greenies to continue to do well

Monday, October 20, 2008

Saturday, October 11, 2008


This is my new favorite picture of Ivy. She is growing up so fast. Anyway. Here are some long awaited pictures of our new business! We have been open for 10 days(although Greenies has been open for over 6 months now.) Business is pretty good. Our busiest day is Fridays thanks to the farmers market that is literally right outside our door. We have sold a few bikes and a bunch of organics. We are working on getting snowshoes for rental and sale for the winter. Thanks for all of your love and support! We couldn't have done this without it.

This is the food side of our organics part of the store. We carry coffee, tea, food, cleaning products, baby products, clothing, skin care and a whole bunch more I just don't want this list to go on forever!

This is the view from the corner. We are one block from the Columbia river. There is a huge park right here too with 26 miles of bike trails and a fun playground for Ivy. We rent the kayaks and bikes so its the perfect location!

The HobieCat Kayaks. SOO fun. You actually pedal them instead of paddling.

The front of the store. Supposedly 25,000 cars pass by every day. How do they even tell those kind of things?

A shot of the awesome Electra cruiser bikes we sell. My sister Shellie will drool over these! We also sell electric bikes and semi recumbants.

Here is Greenies! This is a shot of the back door. Its actually the second front door.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Ch-Cha Changes

Just wanted to post a quick note to let everyone know whats going on. We have moved to Tri-Cities Washington! We have been trying to find a way to move closer to our families since Ivy was born. An opportunity came up a month ago and we snagged it. We bought a business called Greenies. We sell cruiser bikes, sea kayaks and organic stuff. We took over the business on Wednesday and things have been going well so far! Its been crazy completely changing our livers in 1 month. We put our house in Denver up for sale and our condo in Dillon is also for sale. (If you know anyone that would be interested let me know!) We have moved in with Darin's parents until those sell so any prayers for that to happen for us would be greatly appreciated. Ivy loves it here. All of her cousins are so fun to play with, she is just exhausted at the end of every day. We are also much closer to my parents in Portland. Hopefully we will get to head out there soon to see them. So as you can see we have been super busy. We are so grateful for this opportunity and thanks to everyone for your love and support!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Golden Super Cruise

Our favorite activity in the summer is the Golden Super Cruise. It is the first Saturday of the month June-Oct in Golden Colorado. Everyone brings their classic cars and goes to Sonic, parks along the main road and hangs out. There is a DJ who plays oldies and has raffle drawings. Then between 7 and 7:30 the DJ sounds the siren and everyone cruises down Main Street. People sit line the streets to see all the cars. Last year there were probably about 500 cars there. This year there have been more and more cars every month. In August 1100 cars showed up! There is every kind of muscle car and rat rod and creation you can think of. People even get dressed up in 50's gear. This last weeked was my favorite cuz our friends came to check it out. Darin has talked about it so much to Rob that he flew out from SLC this past weekend specifically to go to the Cruise. I'm sure he was blown away since there were more cars there than even I could have possibly imagined. It was fun having Rob here for the weekend. He and Ivy were smitten with eachother! Thanks to the guy that puts this on. We look forward to going every month!

Darin and Ivy checking it all out.

Ivy and I at the August Super Cruise

Ivy and her new favorite, Rob

Ivy and Rob checking out the cars

Ivy stole Emory's chicken nuggets and carried around like they were her favorite toy.

The fairlane is looking good

This is the Sonic. Just a small idea of how many cars are really there.

A couple of pictures

Last nigh Uncle Daniel came over for dinner. Ivy of course pinned him down and had him reading books in no time. They didn't get to play much cuz Ivy had to go to bed but hopefully they will get the chance in a couple of weeks. Thanks for coming Dan! Glad you are enjoying CO!

Here is Ivy getting dressed up. She loves sunglasses-obviously cuz Mom and Dad wear them all the time. These ones actually stay on here head! She puts everything on. Ivy has also taken to putting things in random places. I always have to check the garbage can to make sure there isn't something important in there, like her books.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

So I keep waiting for pictures to post but obviously that hasnt happened or I would have posted sooner. We are winding down our summer now that Darin is heading back into the busy season for work. My mom and youngest brother Cory came out to visit and play with Ivy. She loves having new friends around. Just more people to read her books over and over. Forget the basket of toys she just wants to sit on someones lap and read books. Well mostly she likes to turn the pages and occasionally kiss the page. I can't complain though. I can only hope that her love of books continues. She is turning into quite the talker with her vocabulary growing every day it seems. She now can say hi, dada, mama, hot, hat, car, dog, light,uh oh and my favorite-ouch. Its fun to see her try and say words, she is VERY expressive. Some other fun things are her dancing, and her love of dogs. Every time Ivy sees or hears a dog she sticks out her tongue and starts panting like one. Its so cute but of course I think just about everything she does is cute. Besides Ivy nothing much is going on with me. I'm excited for fall, so I am having a hard time not pulling out the fall decor. It has to be the right day when I can feel it in the air! I am starting to learn that I have to do my projects before a season starts so I can actually have them out and enjoy them. Well I'll try and get some pictures taken this week so you can see how big my baby girl is getting.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Ivy's Big Day

Its true. Time flies when you have kids. The last year has flown by and now my baby is one. She is definitely the light of our lives. Its like we didn't know what we were doing with our lives before she came along. On Saturday Ivy had her first birthday. We invited some friends over for cupcakes and root beer floats. Now that she is walking Ivy can keep up with the older kids a whole lot better. She was in heaven with all the kids and people around. Her favorite part was probably eating her cupcake though. She dug right in and I think ate the whole thing in about 2 minutes. Ivy can't ever imagine how much we love her. We thank Heavenly Father every day for bringing her into our lives. Here are some pictures of her big day. The blue dress is from her Grandma Warnick, along with the hair bow. The other pictures are from Ivy's party. So here is to my big girl. We love you!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Ivy's Tricks

Ivy can walk! She took off last Friday and is getting better and better every day. It helped to be around all of those older kids in Utah. She also started clicking her tongue and the spitting is her .driving a truck. What a silly girl. She lights up our life every second of the day!

Amber's Wedding

Amber's wedding was so much fun. It was a lot of work but I had a good time with my best girl friends. Its amazing how you can go months without seeing or in some cases talking to someone and pick up right where you left off with out any awkwardness. These girls are the very best! And I will even wear my bridesmaid outfit again. I'm so happy for you Amber, I love you! Good luck with that whole married thing.=0)

Friday, July 11, 2008

July is good so far...

We went to the zoo the other day, as you can see by the pictures Darin put up. We had to be over that way for a Dr.'s appointment and thought we would make a day of it. Ivy was definitely more interested in all of the kids at the zoo but seemed to have a good time. She is such a little social butterfly. She is at that hard stage where she is so squirmy and wants to be let free everywhere we go. But she takes off like a shot and gets really dirty crawling on the ground. She is walking farther and farther every day and it looks like she might be pro by her first birthday.
Ivy and I also went up to Summit County with Darin for the last couple days and got to spend time with our good friends the Allens. Ivy was in heaven playing with the two cutest boys around. Taggart and Jack treated Ivy like a queen and she even rewarded them with her cutest baby doll laugh and even hugs when we left! She isn't very affectionate so that was a big deal. Every time I see Ivy having so much fun with other little kids it makes me hope that someday we will be able to give her a little brother or sister. But that is in the Dr.'s hands so we'll see...

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Denver Zoo