Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Happy Chirstmas Adam!

This greeting comes from an old tradition that a few friends of mine had. We used to get together at Howel's Opera House and play games on the 23rd of December, Christmas Adam. You know, Adam came before Eve...
Anyhow, as you can tell from the time of this post, I cannot sleep. It is 2:30 in the morning. Sometimes this kind of thing is frustrating, but I have learned to deal with it.
These last few days have been hectic. Last week I had three finals (two of which were absolutely crazy difficult) and Olivia had all of her finals. To say the stress level in our normally easy-going home was high is almost an understatement. We are very thankful to those of our friends who were so kind to put up with us without trying to kill us. Luckily, finals are over for another semester and we can put them behind us, well, at least till the grades are published. The neat thing about this semester is I have officially reached the halfway mark in one of the most foolish endeavors I have sought to undertake: Law Skool. Okay, I will admit, this is not the craziest thing I have ever done, but this is definitely the most difficult, that is coming from a kid who learned Japanese without any prior foreign language training! What keeps me going? The answer to that is easy, a wonderful wife. Sometimes when I was single I would wonder why I was having such a difficult time finding a wife. The answer to that question is easy: she was still growing up and being prepared by the Lord to take on the task of becoming my wife. I love her with all my heart, and that love just keeps getting better every day. She is such a good wife. She not only puts up with all my crap, but she encourages me in what I am doing. She believes in me.
(Paron me while I un-plug the stove... More on that later...) We have survived a lot through our first (almost two years of marriage): our first apartment, our second apartment, moving to Moscow, the first year of Law School, a summer full of way too much roping, our reception and the worst first night of marriage, and being away from all our family way too long.
We are now getting ready to be parents, and I am not kidding when I say: I can't wait. I don't care if we have a girl or a boy, I just want a healthy baby. Olivia will be a great mother, she has learned a lot from her mom and grandma. She watches sisters in our wards, our friends and other moms and she pays attention. I know she is more than qualified to take this new job. Me? Well, I do not know, I don't think I am the best candidate for Fatherhood, but with such a great wife, it will be hard to really mess this up. I just hope or children can be patient with thier dad. I am sure I will have shortcomings, but I will do my best...
Now, back to the stove comment: our stove's control board is going out and it beeps randomly throughout the day/night. It is really annoying. I get annoyed enough that I unplug it and put power to it only when I need to use it. I might fix it, but it may take a while... Repair man's famous last words...
I hope all of you have a lovely Christmas and New Years. Enjoy Chirstmas Adam, gather some friends around and have some fun. God bless all of you, and may peace fill your life at this time.

Friday, December 19, 2008

And the Baby is.........

Healthy. hahaha. You thought I was going to tell you what the sex was. Well, this is one surprise that will just have to wait for a few more days. We've decided it would be a nice little gift to tell everyone on Christmas Day, especially since this is my Mom's first grandbaby. Now, if there is a better suggestion on how to break the news, I would love to hear. I just wanted something fun to do. In the meantime here is a funny little video of the baby practicing it's sucking reflex.  

video

If you look at it's eyes, the dark spots in the middle are pupils. The baby is kind of freaky looking with it's eyes open, but neat at the same time. I hope you enjoy!

Saturday, December 06, 2008

VOTE EARLY, Vote Often

On the right side of this blog you will find a poll asking what is in the oven, feel free to vote early and vote often! Honestly I just hope that the baby is healthy. Olivia probably wants a healthy girl, but I will be fine either way. I have taught just as many girls to rope as I have boys! Look for updates coming soon! We will be heading back to the doctor in a couple weeks to know just exactly what is in there. My mom doesn't trust ultrasounds, my sister, Kresta, had one of her first and the doctor told them it was a girl. Jeremy is 9, and quite a boy... Mom just says to be sure and leave the tags on all the baby clothes purchased before the child arrives!