Sunday, November 8, 2009

A blessing for a blessing...

Elsie was blessed last Sunday (Nov 1) and it was such a great day! Thanks again Shane & Julie for letting us party it up at your house! My parents are still on their mission so they couldn't be with us, but Elsie was able to wear a dress that my mom made which made the experience just that much more special! Here are some pictures of her in her dress...

Sunday, November 1, 2009

October Update!

It has been a busy month! We've had several long-distance requests for halloween pictures, so I'm going to start at the end!

My sister Katie and her husband Troy came for a visit a couple of weeks ago and it was soooo much fun!! We miss them every stinking day...

Isn't my sister beautiful!?! Thanks again for coming to visit, it was so dang fun.

BTW as you can clearly see Elsie has full on RED hair!! I don't think I've really communicated that very well to people, but there is no mistaking it! We think it is darling!

We also got together with my cousins Patricia and Elise to get some punkins at the farm...

Believe it or not I still have more pictures to post...I will do it at some point, but at least I've made a dent!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Maybe we have too much time on our hands...

Monday, September 7, 2009

Elsie Snow Bollard

Our little Elsie is finally here!! She was born last Tuesday at 8:34 pm, 6 lbs 14 oz and 19 in. She is an absolute doll! She is super calm and easy to please...we are so thrilled with her. She is a week old tomorrow and doing great!! We'll have much more info to come, but I had to start somewhere!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

More Stupider

I admit I've always been kind of a space cadet, but it has gotten so out of hand recently. I can't remember things to save my life. Note the following that has all occurred within the last week.

Example #1:

Several weeks ago while visiting my in-laws in Irvine, I left my stinking cell phone at their house. We live over an hour away. That stunk. Luckily my brother-in-law Joe bailed me out by bringing it 1/2 way.

Example #2:

While on our next visit to the in-laws, I am gathering all my stuff getting ready to drive back to Simi Valley. I am close to walking out when my mother-in-law walks up and hands me my cell phone, "don't forget this!" Right. It is at this exact moment that I realize that I have left my car keys in my sister-in-law's car--who lives in Huntington Beach. Rats. I am so flustered by this realization that I set my wallet down on the counter and walk out of the house. As we are climbing in the car to go get my car keys, my mother-in-law asks "Have you got everything?" My response "Ha-ha seriously! What's my problem? But yes I'm totally sure I've got everything, don't worry about me." Hmmm. Nope, totally left it sitting there. So thanks again Joe and Tori for meeting me half way to deliver my forgotten keys and thanks again to Joe for again bailing me out by bringing my wallet up to Torrence.

Example #3:

My cousin-in-law Julie just had a birthday and a bunch of girls were getting together last Friday night to celebrate. Well, Ben decided to take Teddy out to get some dinner before I had to leave. As he is preparing to go, I hand him his wallet--totally forgetting that my wallet is still in Irvine. Several minutes after he's gone, I realize I have no money--and two seconds later Kaye has come to pick me up. As I get in the car I tell Kaye I've got no money, just a checkbook. Well, it so happens Kaye only has cash, just enough to dinner, so her friend in the car, Tiffany, who I have only met once and who is also very nice says, "oh don't worry, I'll pay for you." So we go to dinner and while we are chatting I learn that Tiffany is training for a marathon and is on a strict diet. Dinner ends and I write Tiffany a check, she is super awesome about it...then as we are driving home we are chatting and having so much fun I say, "oh..we don't have to go home right now, do we? Can't we go get some ice cream or something?"...again completely spacing that I have no money and hello Tiffany is training for a marathon, did I really just suggest that she take me out and buy me ice cream and sit and talk to me while I eat it? Well that's what I did, and that's what we ended up doing, and I think she is about the nicest person ever. We ate really fast because Kaye had to get up early but Tiffany's will power will forevermore be an inspiration!

Sigh, Example #4:

I've been on a couponing kick the last 6 months or so, yes because it saves money but also because it is a little bit of a contest I have with myself. Since being pregnant I've kind of fallen off the wagon because for some reason I'd rather poke my eyes out than go to the grocery store. However, yesterday we were out of everything...I mean everything. I had no choice. So I got out the coupons, which I had to organize about 3 months my list took about an hour or so. Got to the grocery store, had the cart just about loaded up when I realized I forgot the coupons.

Please help me, pregnancy is eating my brain.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Burn Baby Burn

How awesome is Teddy's Papa? Honestly! We love you Bill!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Due and Overdue

I am way overdue in posting about this, but we are expecting! Ta-da! I am due September 10th...and we have yet to find out the gender. We tried to go last week but the stinking chord was in the way. We are so excited!! It has gone by so fast already, I'm terrified I'm going to wake up and realize I'm due, like, tomorrow. there. I have officially blogged it, what a relief!

Monday, January 5, 2009


Where to begin!! I had the best birthday ever this year! I turned 30 years old (gulp) on the 27th of December and it was a blast. Here's what happened:

  1. December 26th, Ben and I head to Vegas to see the Cirque de Soliel show, Love. Incredible! Bill and Christy watched Teddy for us back in Irvine, we spent the night at Aunt Wendy's house (thanks again Wendy!) (so fun to stay up late and talk D&D, what crazy kids we are!)

  2. December 27th, we go shopping!! After a couple hours at the outlets, we went and saw Valkyrie. I knew we were going to stay in a hotel that night, but Ben wanted to surpise me with what hotel. So after the movie we went to check in at our hotel, The Westin. There I was just warming up my tootsies (so cold in Vegas!)...when this happened:

To my wonderful husband--the thought you put into this really humbles me. I love you so much, thank you for making my birthday so special. I hope I'm worthy of you someday! Thanks for loving me, especially when I am less than what I should be. I love you more and more each day!

To Amy, Alex, Evan, Juniper and Sean--thank you so much for coming! As if coming from PA isn't enough, you drove to Vegas too?! Thank you so much, it was soo good to see you guys. I love you all! PS I LOVE Teddy's picture, it's my most favorite thing that I ever recieved.

To Will, Katie, Jax, McArthur and Easton--Will & Katie thank you so much for letting us stay with you in St. George and for feeding and hosting us!! You guys are always so generous and amazing. Will, you're the best big brother in the world. Katie I love you to death! Jax-I wish I could have seen you, hope you like your present! McArthur and Easton--I love you both!

To Katie and Troy--Thank you so much for coming!! It was so fun to hang out with you, I'm sorry you were sicky Katie, I'm just glad I got to see you at all! Troy, you are the man! I miss you guys so much! I will never forget our romantic gondola ride or our 7 hour trip to the hottest distribution center on the planet. PS Teddy LOVES his cars!!
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To John and Bonnie--Thank you guys so much for coming and for lending your wheels to Amy & Alex. I will always treasure the memory of my princess balloon and birthday cake. You guys are awesome! John, I'm always 10 times happier with you around. Bon, I had so much fun hanging out with you, I love ya! I can't wait to see you guys again soon.

Thanks again everybody!!! Thanks again Bill & Christy for watching Teddy and for your continuing love and support.