Thursday, April 30, 2009

What a beach!

On Sunday, Christopher and I had to pickup Christa at the Oakland airport at 8:30 in the morning. We decided to take 2 cars, so she could drive home and we could go to San Fran. We took Christa's car (she had a lesson to teach that day at church) and my parent's suburban. We went with the Kutys. Here is me and Amelia at the beach.

The Cobabes at the beach. Emery's first time at the ocean.

Emery and daddy.
He let her touch the water when a wave came up, but she didn't like it.
I wouldn't either, too cold.

Haha. We cut Emery out. Right before he snapped this, Emery put a fistful of sand in my face. That's why I'm making this face.

Or that's just an excuse.
I'm not sure.

My angel.

She really really liked the sand. But what baby doesn't?

This is our family when we went to see the sea lions.
Em was pretty interested in that too.

I'm all excited like im in high school again

So, I got a coaching position! If you know me well, you know just how much this means to me. If you don't, then I'll tell you.

I was on my high school's Drill Team. Elk Grove High School. In none other than Elk Grove, CA. I was on the team my sophomore, junior and senior year, and I was captain my Jr [1 of 5] and Sr [1 of 3] years. I absolutely LOVE drill team. I don't know what it is about it, but it is a passion of mine. I didn't want to graduate, because I didn't want to leave! My little sister became a freshman when I graduated and she joined the team. I got to continue living the team life through her. Last spring, the coach was leaving and they were in need of a new one. I jumped at the opportunity. I had an interview, felt great about it because I think I have pretty rock solid experience. But, in the end I didn't get the position. I recently found out, that even if I was the better choice, I couldn't have gotten the position, because it goes to someone in the district first automatically. The one chosen was from the district. I was heartbroken.

But it turns out that this coach only lasted for a year. Or slightly less. So, they were looking again. As I began to get excited at another opportunity to coach, I also began to feel more anxious. I am scared of failure. I failed at this last year. But, in the end, my desire was stronger than my fear, and so I decided to try again. My fear of failing is the reason why I didn't write a blog post earlier. I was afraid to tell everyone about the team, and then not get the position.

An old teammate called me when she heard they were looking for a coach. Kaila and I decided we would try to get co-coaching positions. That way I would not have to drive out from Folsom everyday, and the burden would be lighter for both of us. Before my interview, she earned a promotion at work and realized that even a co-coaching position would be too much for her to handle at this point. When the VP called me to schedule an interview, she also told me that another former member was interested. Of course, I started racking my brain through old teammates who were still in the area, wondering who it would be, and if they would be interested in coaching alongside me rather than competing against me for the position.

Coach was able to tell me, so she called to tell me it was Val. [Isn't it weird that now, I'm going to be Coach?] Well, I love Val. She is amazing. So much fun to be around. We were captains together my junior year with 3 others, so we had worked together previously. I "facebook messaged" her and she said she would be interested in a co-coaching position with me. So, I had my interview last Tuesday. (9 days ago) They said they would call me likely by the end of the week, but possibly the beginning of "next week." (this week) So, Thursday came. No call. Friday. No call. I didn't expect a call on the weekend. Monday I was anxiously awaiting. Freaking out, might be the term to best describe me. I thought they would call during school hours. I'm not sure why I assumed that, just did. So 3:00 rolls around, and I figure I will have to wait until Tuesday.

I was at the airport in the parking lot, getting ready to put Emery in her stroller when I got the message. I guess I had missed the call. At the end of the message, she said "I look forward to speaking to you." My heart jumped. "It must mean I got the job, right? She wouldn't say she looks forward to breaking my dream, right? What kind of person would look forward to telling somebody no?" So I called her back, and sure enough I got it. Co-coaching with Val. I am so excited. So ecstatic. So ________. (fill in the blank with a professional sounding synonym)

This week is try-outs. Val and I went to meet the captains and watch the try-outs yesterday. First of, it was great to see Val. I haven't seen her in a long time. Second, I was jealous of these girls. I miss the team so much. But Val and I began talking about the changes we would like to make, or more along the lines of re-establish, traditions and the like from our years. We both are so excited to coach the team, and excited to try to rebuild this team that has been slowly falling apart. Only about 25 girls are trying out. It's amazing. Val said that her sophomore year, her first year, about 115 girls tried out. About 30 would make the team. We would like to rebuild the team to build the unity it was lacking this year, and to bring the fun back, and to hopefully make it appealing to many other students who would try out next year.

Even as I write this, my heart starts pounding. I want to start right away. I'm ready to order uniforms, start a camp routine, and most of all, prepare for Disney Land!! Woo hoo....

By the way, you better all attend all the fundraisers!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Friday Night's BBQ

Last night, my family and I went to a GDC BBQ. Don't understand the lingo? Group Date Club Barbecue. Haha. It was us, the Kutys, Trogdons, Greens, McAllisters, and 2 other couples who are friends of the Greens/Trogdons. It is just so nice to get out every once in a while, ya know?

So, Josh and Joe bbq'ed tri tip. [Everytime I type this, I accidentally type trip tip, and have to fix it] Anyways, it was delicious. As was the corn on the cob. And my fruit salad. And Brooke's mint brownies. Mmmmm. What if Brooke made 1 million brownies and forced us to eat them all last night? Then...._______________________.

So, we played games. We played a boys v. girls version of Pictionary. Girls wrote on papers some phrases/movies/things for the boys and vice versa. Anyways, the boys won. But, we didn't realize how hard they were going to make theirs! The boys wrote for us: channel locks, crank shaft, flu pipe, Marginot Line.... I had Marginot Line. Joe had to take me outside (take it outside!) and tell me what it was and what I could draw. We didn't get a point for that one. But, the girls wrote easier ones...napkin holder, flat iron, hay fever, eyelash curler. Next time we play, it's so on!

After that we decided to play the "What if?" game. In this game, everyone write on a piece of paper a What if... question. For example "What if we all grew tails?" or "What if ears grew out of our toes?" Then all the papers would be folded, mixed and we would all choose one. We would write an answer for whichever question we drew such as "Then we could swing around from tree to tree upside down" or "Then we could mix our earwax with our toejam." Then we fold them, mix them again, and draw them one last time. We go around in a circle reading them but person 1 will read their question and person 2 will read that answer. Such as "What if we all grew tails? Then we could mix our earwax with our toejam." Or in reverse, "What if our ears grew out of our toes? Then we could swing around tree to tree upside down." Sometimes they are funny, sometimes they aren't, sometimes they actually make sense, most of the time they dont. But it's such a fun game!

Anyways, it was nice to get out and hangout with friends. I enjoyed myself. Best of all, Christopher actually played and participated in both of these games. It was awe-some!

BTW, we drove around with Greg today looking at some houses, condos, and townhouses in our price range in Folsom, Orangevale, and Fair Oaks. We found a good townhome in Folsom. We are going to put in an offer. We'll see how that goes. I'll keep you all updated.

Still waiting to hear about the coaching position. Expecting a call on Monday.

Friday, April 24, 2009

The happiest place on planet Earth.

is Disney Land. And I have not been in a while. I have been "craving" it for a while now. I just really need to get me some Disney characters, some Space Mountain, some light parade, or some Tower or Terror.

I wish I could just take off one weekend and go. But it's not that easy. Especially now that I have my daughter here. And It wouldn't be so fun with just my little family because my husband and I wouldn't even be able to ride on stuff together. As much as I love the rides, I don't think I would care to ride them alone all day.

I think the reason I have been wanting so bad is that I used to go every year. But when I went in 2008, I was pregnant. Disneyland + pregnant = not as much fun as it should be. So that year didn't really count. And I didn't get to go this year because of money.

In December, I am turning 21. Woohoo! I'm thinking about going to Disney Land. But, I also recently started thinking about Hawaii, where I've never been. I know Hawaii would be the obvious choice. But, still, I am CRAVING me some Grizzly River Run, some Soarin' Over California, and Splash Mountain. Oh, I dont know....

There should be a Disney Land in Hawaii.

The end.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Our wonderful weekend

Oh man, she makes me smile. Isn't she beautiful?
She wanted to taste a blade of grass.

And make a wish. Actually she just wanted to eat this, too. But I managed one picture before it got all messed up on her mouth.

Emery fell asleep after swimming. Doesn't it make you tired, too?

Emery and her daddy after swimming in the pool yesterday.

Emery and I in a pool for the first time. First time for her, not me.
Also, I bought myself a new suit, and Chris bought a WiiFit.
I'm planning on working out at home everyday and looking good in my suit this summer.
Getting ready to go into the pool yesterday.
Amelia and Mason in the background.
It was fun.
We went out to dinner on Friday, and Em sat in a big girl high chair.
I was cracking up when she started sitting like this.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Escaping one leg at a time

When Emery woke up from her nap, I found her like this. Poor thing! But it made me laugh, and that's why I went to get my cam. She wasn't upset at all, just hanging out. Literally.

Nudey Baby

By the way, she pee'd on my bed while I was taking these.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Emery's Lullabys

I like to sing to her when she's upset or when I'm trying to put her to sleep. There are a few that I make up as I go. I thought I should jot some down because eventually I want to make this blog into a book and it's almost like a baby book because it's almost all about Emery. (She is my world)

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
-The first verse I obviously didn't make up, it's well known...but I kept going and I made a new verse that I often sing to her

twinkle twinkle little star
how i wonder what you are
up above the world so high
like a diamond in the sky
twinkle twinkle little star
how i wonder what you are

when the world gets dark i pray
for some light to come my way
sun is gone and moon is nigh
stars start twinkling in the sky
twinkle twinkle little star
how i wonder what you are

-this next one i made up yesterday when she was so tired and upset but wouldnt go to sleep [for nap time not bed time]
-if you are lds its to the tune of "i love to see the temple"

im sorry you're upset
its sad when your this way
i like to see you smile
i like to see you play
but it's time for a nap right now
a time for eyes to close
i'll be right here when you wake up
just take a little doze

It's cheesy I know. But Emery doesn't care, and it helps calm her down. I'm sure there are many more to come.

Just for fun

Powering up the laptop.... my mommy...
...oh my gosh...i cant believe she said that..., come look at this....and then wipe my nose...

We are so blessed!

So, money has been tight. Well, more than tight really...nonexistent. But we are okay. We are truly blessed.

So far, I have been given food items from 2 families. I have been fed dinner [or dessert, which is also necessary] by 5 families on the past 5 nights, and we are being fed by a different family again tonight.

Last night I had a rough day. But Christopher and I went to have dinner at Brooke and Joe's. It was so nice. Candie and Josh came over as well, and we got to watch The Biggest Loser. Christopher and I have decided to cut tv for a week to see how things change, because we both think we watch too much...but since we were at a friends, it was ok. =] When we got home, there was a bag of cookies and some money for our family. First of all, those cookies are delish! And the money was so appreciated. My parents just gave us a Raley's gift card. So, today I get to shop a bit, and now that we got some money I'm not so stressed about next week. I have an interview in Elk Grove on Tuesday and I was worried about not being able to pay for gas.

We really are blessed. And I know that we have some of the nicest friends ever. We also have very generous families. But, I know things would be different if we were not members of the church. And the people who have been serving us have all been members of the church. The church is true I tell you. My Heavenly Father is definately taking care of me and my family right now, and I know that it is through these families. And I am also so grateful to these families for being in tune to the spirit and for having the willingness to serve.

I am a logical person. I cannot just accept that money from last night. Immediately, my brain started racking to see who had left it. But, it really doesn't matter. Whoever offered that to us wasn't worried about being thanked, they were only worried about serving. And I take solace in the knowledge that God knows who they are and they will be blessed for their service.

So thank you to everyone who has been helping us out: my parents, my in laws, Erick and Amelia, Beth and Eric, Candie and Josh, Brooke and sister who is feeding us tonight...Greg and Carmel are feeding us next week. You will all be blessed. Thank you so much! And thank you for everyone who keeps us in their prayers. We honestly appreciate it more than you can know.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Easter Pictures

Christa and I at my in-laws outside for the egg hunt.
Our family again.

She loves eating eggs. Plastic eggs.

Good thing daddy is around to help her reach the high ones.

Yummy, yummy.

She needed my help with the egg hunt, but I think she'll be able to do it one her own next year.

Perdy, her Easter dress.

Ward Easter Picnic Pictures

Ummm...I don't even know what to call this thing. But, it was fun to ride!
Me and my sister Sammie. She came to the picnic to help out and it was fun to be with her.

Our family. I love us.

Money, money, money

Not so funny. We haven't been paid in over a month and aren't expecting another paycheck for 2 more weeks. It's not funny.

Today is my friend's birthday. I was really hoping I would be able to go to Elk Grove to dinner with her and other friends. But, my gas tank is low. And the few dollars I have have to hold me over until we get paid [which they won't].

We need groceries. And baby food. Poor Emery has just been eating cereal, no fun foods. I have some canned fruit and veggies that I am going to puree tonight so she will enjoy eating more. We'll see how they work.

I think our choices for dinner tonight are tuna noodle casserole or spaghetti with butter or hamburger helper minus the hamburger [i wonder how that would be]. I'm going crazy. I don't know how to relax when all day i'm freaking out about money. We already have so many overdue bills, and more on the way. It's all going to screw up our credit. Oh geez...i dont even know.

Atleast we have clothes? I keep thinking of something to sell, but we have nothing worth enough to sell. Bleh. Pray for me I guess.

Thanks for listening to me vent.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter Weekend

I had an amazing weekend!

Friday, Amelia and I had to do shopping for the ward picnic. Then she did my hair again because it was fading. So now im red hot again! My sister came over to stay the night and go to the picnic with me. So Friday night, we were at the Kuty's house with them and Sammi, Alicia, Amber, and the Greens. We played games. You know I love my game nights. We played Last Word and Things. Probably havent heard of them, but they are so fun! And a few people worked on making pizzokies for the rest of us. So good! I was just so excited to be playing games. When we got home we were so tired and so we pretty much crashed, Emery included.

Saturday morning we were supposed to be at the park at 8 to start setting up. But, when you become a mom it gets harder and harder to be on time. We got there at 9. Party started at 11:30. There was lots of food, lots of yummy dessert, and fun stuff. There was an easter egg hunt, which Emery didn't participate in...the easter bunny, who Emery didn't get a picture with because I think they are scary...a 3 legged race...prizes for the kids, Emery won a blue bunny...cookie decorating....a weird buggy bike thing that we went on [we being me, Em, and Sammie]...and the playground right next to us so Emery was on the swings for a bit. Afterwards, we had to clean up, and I think we left around 3. Emery got a bit sunburnt. Poor thing! But it's not too's already pretty much gone.

As we were driving home, we got a call from a friend Eric from the ward. He was going disc golfing and wanted Chris to go. So we ran some stuff inside, went to the bathroom :], picked some things up and went to their house. Chris went with Eric and I stayed with his wife Beth and their 2 kids. We talked and watched Disney movies, and played Kismus [i think thats what it was called], it is almost like Yahtzee.

Side note: I won.

Then they fed us dinner and we left at like 6:45? We went to my mother in laws to drop off Emery and then booked it to the Van Maren building to see The Garden. It was an allegorical musical production on the Savior's Atonement. It was pretty good. There was some really excellent parts, and some wonderful voices. Plus, it was nice to get out without Emery. We sat by Josh and Candie and then we went out to frozen yogurt, and they treated us. It was so yummy! I absolutely love frozen yogurt.

Again, when we got home we were all so tired, even Emery so we crashed. Sunday morning we had to get up and get ready so we could drive to Elk Grove and go to church with my parents at 9:00. My sisters were there too. After church, we went back to my parents and played some games and ate lunch and hung out. Around 3:00, we left their house to go to Chris' parents house. When the rest of the family was there, we ate dinner and had an egg hunt. This time, Emery participated. She got 6 eggs. But, mommy and daddy get everything that was inside. Mmmm. And later, all us girls plus Victoria and Macey got together at the table and played spoons. It was my first time. But, I love all games.

Again, I came home exhausted. Busy weekend, and I was excited to just relax but I was hoping Emery would let me sleep. I fed her at 9:30 and put her to bed. When she was crying a bit, I went in and rubbed her back until she fell asleep. It was just a few minutes, and then she slept until........

.....7:15! It was amazing. I feel so well-rested. Thank you heavenly father! I think he is trying to help me relax and get rest since right now, my trials are coming by way of no money.

Anyways, it was a wonderful weekend. Busy...but it was so much fun! I got to play like 6 different games this weekend. So fun!! I will post pictures later because I have some awfully cute ones! I hope everyone else had a great Easter!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

"I want to be a chef when I grow up!"

And I want to cook with my feet!

Friday, April 10, 2009

RIP Chris Marshall

So on Wednesday night, I had a dream about Chris Marshall. In the dream, he was still alive and I hadn't talked to him in years. I somehow knew that he only had one more week to live, and I was desperately searching for him to talk to him and see him before he passed. I woke up sad. And no, I never found him.

Chris Marshall passed away March 4th, 2005 while playing basketball at Elk Grove High. For those of you that don't know...and I'm assuming most people who read this don't know his story. Well...I never even found out his reason for dying and I'm not sure if no one did, or if I have just never gotten the story. But, it's really sad.

Chris and I had a special relationship I think. He was a senior when he died, and I was a junior. We had met through mutual friends, Pat, and also through Jessica. We didn't see each other a lot in person but we had a strong relationship. We chatted a lot online. I sounds cheesy. But we had different "cliques." But, we did have a cool friendship.

Well, one day we got in a fight online. Shame, how lame. I don't even remember what is was a bout. That's how lame it might have been. So, I kept seeing him at school and we would eye each other, but I was stubborn and I wouldn't talk to him. I have definately spent many days regretting that decision and my stubbornness.

Because while we were still not talking, he died. When I saw the ambulance, I heard "Chris Marshall fell playing basketball." I didn't think it was a big deal, but I started worrying about him and thinking "I need to talk to him asap." He was rushed to the hospital, and unfortunately didnt make it. He was an amazing boy.

So, this is the reason for my dream. Just trying to find him to apologize and make things right. It's hard because I feel like it will never be okay. Because I never had the chance to make it right.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Folsom Powerhouse

So, my dad I guess was wandering around Fry's and didn't have anything to buy so he decided to buy the new Pinocchio for Emery. So yesterday, my parents came to visit to bring it to me (but they forgot!--how silly). Well we hung around and chatted for a while and decided to go on a walk. We walked down the hill and towards Old Folsom to the Folsom Powerhouse. I had never been there, and Christopher had never been on the tour- so we went on it. Christopher and my dad found it so very exciting...but me, I barely listened. Some things were cool, but I'm not one for tours. Although there was a picture of Folsom a long time ago and that was cool to look at.

When we got home I was so tired (because I had to come back up the hill of course) and I turned on my Wii and I have the forecast channel. So I put it on "globe" and you can look at the whole world and pick some cities and it will show you their forecast. It was awesome. Have you ever heard of Easter Island? Or Christmas Island? And did you know that yesterday afternoon, Mount Everest and the South Pole were both -17 degrees. Cool, huh? was a nice day I think. All except for Emery is sick. Poor thing. I hope she feels better soon. And now, she has 2 teeth!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Good news

Now she has 2 teeth. Both of her bottom teeth have broken through.

And last night I put her to bed at 10. She cried for a bit but slept til 6:30. Amaaazing!

Thats it. Thanks for checking in!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Pearly White

Yes, just one. Emery has a pearly white. It's so's so cute. I'm so excited.

Shes so cute without teeth, I can't imagine how adorable she is going to look. aaaahhh! its so freaking cute. And she is. I'm obsessed with her. But that's a good thing.

Oh yeah, and she was weighed today. 5 1/2 months....19 pounds, 7 ounces. my monster.