Saturday, December 22, 2007

This is our new background


I'm making a post about the background, so that blogger will host it instead of me. PS. I didn't really write this in 2007

Friday, December 21, 2007

Shhh...they're sleeping

I was working on the computer and Ryan was playing in the living room. I noticed that he had climbed up his little push-cart and was playing with the nativity. He was being gentle, so I didn't interrupt him.

A few minutes later I hear him shushing, so I look again and the cow and the three wise men are all tipped over.

"Shhh, they're sleeping".

Of course, why didn't I think of that?

Several hours later when Caroline came home, the figures were still sleeping and we had Ryan stage this photo.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Funny 22 Month Old

So, as you all probably know, I have a very funny 22 month old. Who knows where he gets his ideas from, but he's just like his mom in that he usually tends towards saying before thinking :). Anyways, here are some of his more recent funny sayings.

He's been into his sense of smell lately. He was at my friend Sharesa's house on Wednesday and when I came to pick him up, she told me this story. He had a stinky diaper and Sharesa had just changed him. Of course, now the house smelled like stinky diaper, so she lit a couple of scented candles to make it bearable. A few minutes later, Ryan started walking around sniffing the air and said "It smells so GOOD!" over and over again. Then he was quiet for a few minutes and then started up again with "It smells so nice!" Yesterday he spent the day with my parents, and when he got back he told me "Grandma smells like flowers." What a funny kid.


Yesterday my Dad and Ryan and I went to go visit my Great Aunt Erma. I think Ryan is a little hesitant around old people at first, but he warmed up after a few minutes. My dad patted Erma's hand and told her "I'm glad you're doing well," and sure enough Ryan went over and patted her hand and said the same thing. Erma gave him a chocolate which he brought to me to help him unwrap. As I started unwraping it, he started to see the chocolate and he said "Wow, oh boy, gosh!" That one had me laughing for a while. Today when I shared a piece of candy with him he said "Boy that's yummy! It is YUMMY!"


He knows all kinds of verbs that I didn't know that he knew. This morning he was trying to get milk from his sippy cup into a regular cup and said "I want to pour it." Then he got a hymn book out and brought it over to me and said "I will pass it to Mommy."


A couple of days ago I was getting Ryan ready for a bath and working on getting him undressed. He was standing up and kept bending his knees which I found quite annoying since I couldn't get him to stand still....until he started saying "
PliƩ!" (the ballet term for bending your knees and doing something else that I don't remember). Then I just had to laugh at him.

The other night while we were reading family scriptures, Ryan kept wanting to see the baby so he'd look at my tummy and then he started saying "I want to snuggle the baby." So he'd cuddle up with his head right on my tummy and snuggle into the baby. It was pretty cute.

Well that's all the stories I have for now, but here are some recent pictures of Ryan:

By my parents Christmas tree:


Having fun in his carseat:


Out in the snow:


Eating ice cream at our vary romantic 4th anniversary dinner:


Getting really excited about the ice cream:


Our family on our 4th anniversary:


Wearing my sweater and belt:


In the tub:


More tub time:


With Grandma:


Looks so innocent...




Friday, November 16, 2007

Ok, I've been tagged...a lot....so here it is

So, I've been tagged a number of times, and even though I don't have enough blog-friendly people in my contact list that haven’t been tagged yet to continue the trend, I thought I would at least tell you a few quirky things about myself for your enjoyment. Here we go...

1. I always use the handicapped stall whenever possible. I have yet to come out and see someone who needed the handicapped stall waiting for me to be done, so I'm thinking it's fine. It feels like a presidential suite in there--so much space! And if you have a toddler with you, or a stroller, or a shopping cart, or a backpack, you need all the space you can get! On the floor of the Tanner Building where I have all of my classes this semester, the handicapped stall in the women's bathroom doesn't even have a lock on it...but I still use it! I like it that much.

2. I do a lot of embarrassing things (Surprising for those of you who know me well? I think not.) but I think it builds character. I actually enjoy telling my embarrassing stories, to the right people, since it's just not fair to keep all those great stories to myself. Case in point, a while ago I was talking to a friend from my freshman year who I had heard was dating a girl we knew back in the day, so I started asking this guy how things were going with this girl. After a brief relationship overview, he asked me, "So how did you know?" For some ridiculous reason I thought he was asking me "How did you know Michael was the one?" So of course I gave him a funny look, since we aren't really good friends at all, and started saying things like, "Uh, I don't know...I just knew." and "Well, it just felt right." And since he was confused, he kept saying things like “What do you mean?” which made me continue to spout off weird, lovey-dovey, idealistic phrases. Of course I was feeling awkward talking to this guy about this, but not as awkward as I felt when he really got confused and flustered and yelled "What are you talking about! How did you know I was dating her?" I then proceeded to have a good laugh at myself and make an attempt at explaining myself, but really just kept laughing, at which point I was late for class and had to go, and left him looking at me like I was the weirdest person he had ever spent 5 minutes talking to. Experiences like this pretty much characterize my existence.

3. I think that being a stay at home mom is harder than any other job I've ever had or any school program I have ever been in or am currently in! In wedding photography I am motivated by feeling creative and getting paid. In the MBA program, getting good grades, meeting fun people and feeling like I'm growing intellectually are what motivates me. But as a stay at home mom, you have to let bigger things motivate you. You have to look for the rewards--and they are definitely there--but sometimes they are so much harder to realize (but once you do realize them, you notice that they are constantly there to make you happy, in contrast with work and school). Also, work and school only take a certain amount of time and energy, but to be a stay at home mom takes all of your energy and all of your time. It's all consuming! But even though it's the hardest thing I've ever done, it's also the most rewarding thing I've ever done, and I can't wait to get back to it--plus some home office photography stuff--when I'm done! I miss hanging out with my little buddy all day!

4. I have gone through a lot of picky eating trends in my life--I used to hate orange juice, ham, root beer and cheesecake, all of which I now thoroughly enjoy, and I used to love hostess cupcakes and doughnuts, which I now don't really like at all--but the only two trends I have found in the picky eater department that have stayed with me through the years are that I HATE seafood and that I LOVE strawberries. One of my bigger fears growing up was that I'd go on a mission and be called to somewhere where I would have to eat fish all day. Phew. I dodged a bullet there.

5. I talk before I think. All the time. I think this factor is largely responsible for many of my embarrassing moments.

6. I love basketball and I play on intramural teams every chance I get. I've been on teams both times I've been pregnant, and although slow, I still have a lot of fun. In fact I have found that I can leverage my pregnant state in more than one sense f word. Although it does contribute to my embarrassing stories repertoire (like forgetting about the front half of my body when I run up to guard someone and end up body checking them across the court.) But I even plan on being on another intramural team next semester (that will put me playing competitively at 7.5 months pregnant, beating my previous record of 7 months), and I’m excited. Part of the fun is still going home and calling my dad to tell him about some crazy shot I made, or didn’t make, and what my free-throw percentage was. It just takes me right back!

7. I spelled repertoire right on the first try!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Our conceited narcissist

This picture has nothing to do with this post, it's just a Ryan frog enjoying a sucker.




Stupendous Silverware



Ryan has been more and more willing to repeat anything we say, and learns new words pretty quickly. Caroline has been getting him to say "Charlotte's web" phrases like "I'm amazing", "I'm stupendous", "I'm Some Pig". He's doing pretty well at them.

Yesterday I was doing the dishes and Ryan wanted to help. He did a fine job putting away the silverware once he understood that, no, silverware doesn't belong on the floor.

After he'd put a couple of handfulls of silverware into the drawer, I told him he was doing a good job. On the next load as hi climbed up on his step stool to deposit the spoons, he declared loudly "I'M STUPENDOUS!". He then repeated it to himself quitely several times, as if to reassure himself that he in fact was stupendous.



Happy and Handsome


Today after we put his church clothes on, I said "Ryan, you look very handsome, go look in the mirror!". He bounced down the hallway to the full length mirror. He leaned against the mirror with both arms extended, looked right at himself and declared "I'm handsome!". He giggled and said it again. And again. And again. He spent about 3 minutes telling himself he was handsome and giggling



At least our kid doesn't have any self esteem issues.

Monday, October 29, 2007

A Small Victory!

I just wanted to share a small victory I had today. I have not done too much homework and studying this semester (ok, it's a lot, but not nearly as much as everybody else is doing--I do maybe 1 hr a day, my classmates do like 5) so naturally I was pretty worried about my midterms, especially Supply Chain Operations and Finance, which I just plain don't get. BUT, I got an 86% on my supply chain midterm (well above the class average!) and even more impressive...

I GOT A 92% ON MY FINANCE TEST!

I really really expected to fall flat on my face on these tests and be at the very bottom of the class curve, so this was absolutely fantastic news! So, for all of you really smart people out there who scoff at an A-, just pretend that this is really really cool! Just thought I'd share. I feel happy!!!!!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Petting Zoo and Some Funny Stories....

Well, since I'm off of school for three days, Ryan and I have been living it up. Today we went to the petting zoo with some friends from our ward and we had a great time. In his tradition of saying ridiculously funny things, Ryan gave me a good laugh while we were looking at the chickens. I asked Ryan what a chicken says and he said "bock bock bock". Then I said, "Ryan, can you say hi to the chickens?" And Ryan said, "Hi, chickens!" Then out of nowhere he starts saying, "Eat you, chickens! Eat you!" (we've had chicken for lunch two days in a row). It was hilarious! If there hadn't been a fence there I think he just might have gone over and taken a bite! In other less-petting-zoo-related funny stories, Ryan was playing with my car keys in combination with this antique typewriter we have and kept getting the keys stuck on different parts of the type writer. He would complain and yell for me to help him, but I was busy so I told him to try wiggling the keys. So, he dropped the keys, took a step back and just started wiggling all over. What a nut! Equally funny was the way he looked up at me while he was wiggling with this look that seemed to say, "Look, I'm doing it, and it's not helping at all!" He's a laugh a minute. Anyways, here are some petting zoo pictures for your enjoyment.

Here's Ryan with the chickens...


Smiling by some pumpkins...


Smiling on some pumpkins...


Breaking into the horse corral...


And here he is in jail...


And riding on a pony!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Fall Portrait

Well, after 5 posts by Michael, I decided it was time. Life has been busy as usual. School is going well and I'm smack in the middle of mid-terms, but I'm still alive and I get three days off starting on Wednesday (I can't even begin to describe how excited I am!). Ryan has been doing and saying all kinds of funny things lately, so I'm glad Michael has been blogging about them. Yesterday was Michael's 26th birthday, and I decided to frame some portraits for his office, so I did some secret fall portraits of Ryan. This is my favorite:


Also, Ryan got another cousin last week! Michael's sister AnnaMarie and her husband Tyler had their first baby, Katie, on Tuesday. Here she is:


What a cutie! She was born right on her due date and only took 4 hours to get here! Way to go AnnaMarie!

So, things are going fine here and we'll find out what number 2 is in just a couple of weeks, so we're very excited! Hope everyone is doing well. Way to go on your beautiful new boy, Angela, and Caity, way to go on the Crucible, that sounds like so much fun! And everyone else who has done cool and excited things lately, congratulations!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

And it came to pass

A few weeks ago we gave Ryan a soft cover cheapo Book of Mormon to help him be involved in reading scriptures without destroying ours. It gets him excited to read scriptures, and keeps him busy while Caroline and I are trying to read.

He usually just does this routine where he gets me my Book of Mormon, gets his, then flips pages like crazy for a while, looks at the pictures for a second or two, then puts it back. At this point, he will notice that I'm still reading, and declare loudly "READ SCRIPTURES". A mad scramble across the bed ensues, followed by a repeat of the above routine.

Tonight Caroline was with her dad for the BYU football game, so Ryan and I sat down to read scriptures just the two of us. Tonight as he started through his first page flipping routine he in an almost sing-song voice "And it came to pass. And it came to pass. And it came to pass." over and over again about 10 or so times.

After he decided that it had finally come to pass, he continued reading in his imaginary verse "Nephites Nephites Nephites and it came to pass".

It's almost like he's listening to us.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Chocolate Pocket

This morning when Ryan woke up, he had some demands.

"Want Water."
- "You want water?"
"Yeah, Want milk."
- "You want milk?"
"Yeah want cereal."
- "You want cereal?"
"Yeah, want brown cereal."
- "You want brown cereal?"
"Yeah, want toast."

A cup of milk, a bowl of brown cereal (aka generic chocolate ball cereal) and a slice of banana break later he was ready to start eating.

He's still pretty sleepy, so I'm not suprised to see him stretching as he starts to eat. And again. And again. And a "cereal pocket".

Note that he doesn't have pockets on his PJs.

Also note that he'd been stretching his arm behind his head.

That's right, he'd been stuffing chocolate ball cereal down the back of his neck to save for later.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Ryan drive. Ok?

Driving us crazy?

The last several days Ryan has started practicing for when he's a teenager. As soon as I strap him into his car seat he'll ask to drive. It has come out like so:

  • Ryan drive. Ok?
  • Want drive.
  • Ryan drive, please?
At least he's still still asking and not just sneaking off with the keys.

Today after his first time saying "Ryan drive. Ok?" I looked back at him. As he looked at me expectantly, he repeated "Ryan drive", but this time pointing at himself, just in case I didn't know who Ryan was.

"You want to drive?" I asked, trying to clarify the situation.

He was quiet for a minute and then said "Daddy drive". And that was that.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Tagernagle and Prophets Singing

--Michael again :)

General Conference was last weekend, and Ryan learned a couple of things from it.

We watched Saturday sessions at the inlaws house and let Ryan run around and play in the living room. From time to time we would stop him and tell him "That's the prophet speaking" or "That's an apostle speaking". It didn't really seem like he was listening, but that was OK because he's only 19 months.

Sunday we watched it online on our computer. Every time Ryan would wander over by the computer he would say 'Prophet' when he saw someone speaking -- no matter who it was. (We tried to tell him, 'no, that one isn't a prophet'...but he didn't get it).

We decided to have him listen to the last few minutes of Presiden Hinkley's closing remarks. He was in a pretty good mood and didn't mind sitting there with us. We explained that it was the Prophet speaking. He said 'Prophet'. So far so good.

Then came the tabernacle choir. "Singing" he said as they started. He proceeded to wave his arms around like the conductor.

We said "Do you hear the tablernacle choir singing?".

"Tagernagle?"

"Yes, Tabernacle"

Part way through the song, they panned across the mens section of the choir. Ryan became visibly excited and exclaimed "Prophets singing!".

This whole week he's been asking for "Tagernagle" and "Prophets singing". So we play him videos from Youtube of President Hinkley speaking and the Tabernacle Choir singing.

Usually he'll just watch for a minute or two and say "tagernagle" or "prophet", but yesterday he was feeling silly. In the middle of the song, he says "poke singing!" and starts poking the computer screen.

What a nut.

Squelch and other stories

I'm the one writing this. -- Michael

Squelch

Ryan was up much too late. We were on our way home from an evening with some friends and Ryan was giving all the classic signs of a grumpy baby. As we turned out of the parking lot, the tires made a sound squeeking*squelch* sound.

I said to Caroline in a joking voice "You made the tires squelch!". A few moments latter Ryan started laughing and said in a loud voice "SQUELCH!".

I said "What's so funny Ryan? Do you think it's funny when we say 'Squelch'?". He broke down in hysterics. Caroline and I couldn't resist

squelch Squelch SQUELCH SQUELCH!

He was laughing so hard he could barely breathe. Every time he'd start to calm down, Caroline and I would say squelch again and again and he's just laugh and laugh like a maniac.

After about 10 or so minutes it didn't make him laugh as much and as he gained composure, it was his turn to be the funny one.

"ummm... SQUELCH!" he yelled.

We laughed.

*Squelch* he said in a high girly voice.

Now we were laughing at him.

His squelching continued till we got him into bed, and periodically the next day. 'Squelch' will still make him smile, but it's not as funny as it was before. :-)

Sunday, September 30, 2007

So, I was thinking that my life should be a little crazier...


Notice anything different? That's right, Moore #2 is on its way. Although from this picture it would appear that it was a lot farther on it's way than it really is. I'm actually only 11 weeks (boy they aren't kidding when they say you show faster the second time). We're due April 22nd (the last day of finals--I never thought I'd say this, but I really hope this baby doesn't come early), and we're really excited. According to Ryan, our name choices are "Girl" "Ryan" or "Ice", go figure. I've been feeling great just like last time, no complaints there. Must mean I'm in for another ridiculously long labor with a c-section at the end. But I've definitely been glad that I'm still feeling great, especially considering I'm at school for like 9 hours a day. So anyways, that's the big news for the last 3 months. Here are some more pictures!

Not sure what this one is...pregnant model pose? Who knows. On to some cuter pictures:


Here's Ryan under a huge pile of his stuffed animals. He just laid there laughing while Michael stacked them all up on top of him. What a goofball.


Here's the view from the other side.


Grandma came over for dinner tonight and brought chocolate chip cookies. This equals a very happy Ryan.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Crazy month!

Hey everybody! I'll bet you all thought I fell off the face of the earth, but actually I didn't...I just started my MBA this fall! So, I have been at school pretty much all day everyday, and it has been nuts! I'm so tired when I get home that I go to bed at like 8 and get up to do my homework around 4. So it has been really really really busy this month, but I've enjoyed school so far and Michael has been packing me lunches, making crockpot dinners, cleaning and being very helpful and supportive, so that has been great.

I was worried about Ryan getting pretty clingy since he doesn't really see me at all during the day anymore, but he LOVES going to play with his friends during the day and couldn't care less when I leave. Most days he goes to play with his little friend Emma, whose mom watches him 3 days a week. He loves playing with Emma and really likes to talk about her shoes. Go figure. On Wednesdays he goes to Sharesa's house and plays with her and Sarah. It's so funny, because now we'll be at home or in the car or something and he'll start asking for Sarah, and then he'll start saying "Weesy" (Sharesa) and "Cweed" (Creed) and even sometimes "John" (Sharesa's cousin who is living with them). He just loves the whole family! It's pretty cute. The other day he just started asking for Creed out of the blue.

Then on Fridays Ryan goes over to my parents' house and plays there. He's already in love with my parents, but it doesn't hurt that my mom has cookies coming out of the oven for him every time he goes over there! Plus they have an awesome house to play in.

Anyways, he seems to be adjusting very well. In other news, we're doing a booth at a bridal fail this weekend, so hopefully we'll get lots of business (or at least enough to get back what we've spent on it!!!), so that will be neat. Michael has been working really hard on it and everything looks great so far.

Well that's it for now! Hopefully it won't be another month and a half before I post again!

Here are a couple of pictures for good measure:


Abbey and Ryan about to play in the sprinkler



Ryan with the sprinkler

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Wall mural! Who knew?

So, I know last time I said there would be more family pictures to come, but there are so many that I just can't bring myself to got through them all right now. So instead, I thought I'd post some pictures of the wall mural I did!

Although I am an artist in the photographic sense of the word, that's pretty much it for me. No other art skills whatsoever. But my mom wanted scenes from her favorite children's book painted on the walls of the playroom in their new house, and I was up for a challenge, so I volunteered to do it.

It was so much fun! I think it turned out pretty well, for me anyways. If any of you have read "Three is Company", then you will understand why this mural involves a fish, a bird and a pig hanging out and doing all kinds of crazy things. If you haven't read it, like most people who see the room, you will probably think "Wow. This is wierd." But anyways, I like the way it turned out, so here are some pictures of it!






Anyways, I had a lot of fun and my mom loved it too, so it was a success!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

The Walton Family Comes to Provo!

*****WARNING****
This blog is enormous. You might need a few hours to look through it all. Don't say I didn't warn you...


The whole Walton clan got together this weekend here in Provo (my two sisters and my cousin Kirk and their families and of course my parents and me and Michael and Ryan) and partied like crazy! Well, you know, pretty much as crazy as it gets around here.

Since there are way too many great pictures for one post (even though the last 2 posts didn't have any, so I'm overdue) I will have to do a couple of posts, just to get you excited for all of the other great pictures to come!

One of the activities we did this weekend was hiking to Timpanogos Caves and taking the cave tour. It was actually a lot of fun. Here are a couple of wierd inside-the-cave shots:



It was actually pretty cool, and now I know what kinds of crazy things water can do after 80,00 years!

Here is a picture of all of the kids (except Evelyn, who was home with Ken at my parents' house since he was sick and hey, one less baby to carry up Timp? Why not!).

From left to right, Brandon and Livy (Kirk's youngest two), Luke (Kelly's oldest), Kirk Jr. (Kirk's oldest), Ryan and Eric (Kirk's second).

And here's one of Ryan and I on the way back down from the caves. No, I didn't do the hike without a baby backpack, in case you were wondering, but they won't let you take them into the caves, so you have to do a part of the hike without them after you leave them a few hundred yards from the entrance. Great view though! It was worth all the sweat. Luckily Kelly is a marathon-running she-ra super woman and carried Ryan for me half of the time (Michael would have, but he was at a job interview).

Another fun thing we did was go up to Tibble Fork Reservoir, which has been the site of many a Walton family reunion since my grandparents used to own a cabin just few minutes' walk from the reservoir). We did family pictures and fished and let the kids go crazy and have a great time. It was a blast.

I love the way our family pictures turned out, especially the ones of just me and Michael. It has been so long since we had any taken of just us! So, I got to pick out the perfect spot, set up my camera and have Kelly snap them for me. Here are a few of my favorites:




As always happens when we sit down to take pictures all together, Ryan was not a very smiley kid, but oh well! I still really like the way they all turned out.

Here are a few other random fun pictures from the trip up to Tibble Fork. And one "naked baby from behind" picture of Ryan at my parents' house for good measure.

The Barringer Clan


Ken teaching Luke how to fish


One of Michael's 4 fish! That's right! He blasted through his latest record of one!


A happy Evelyn


Ryan and Livy having fun with rocks and a bucket


Doesn't Ryan look so cute and grown up in that hat?


Grandpa and Ryan having some male bonding time


Gangsta Luke


Kelly and Liza solving a Rubiks Cube (why we're doing this at Tibble Fork, I'm not sure)


Mom getting in on the action


Awww, never to big to give mom a big smackeroo on the cheek!


My son, the nutcase! But I do love this picture.


And the naked Ryan picture. He actually had sudden-onset diaper rash and Dr. Kelly suggested he go "au natural". Thus the naked toddler on the deck.


Hope you all enjoyed that! Believe it or not, there are more pictures to come!