Monday, November 29, 2010

December is right around the corner

and Christmas is by far my favorite time of year! I love getting all of my Christmas shopping done early so that I can enjoy the festivities that only happen once a year; i.e. The Nutcracker, Lights at Temple Square, Ornament Exchanges, etc.
This year, I used the awesome website Shutterfly to help make my shopping even easier and more effective than ever! I made the cutest photo book of pictures featuring Eliza and am sending it to my mom...shhh don't tell! Also, since it was my first purchase, I got 50 free 4x6 prints! I used this credit to print a bunch of prints for little Eliza's baby book. They are such a great quality and you definitely can't pass up free:)

I think their holiday collection is SOOO cute and I can't wait to send out a Christmas card. Using their website is very easy and I love that you so much of the design comes from you. All they do is lay the groundwork and you go from there.
Look at how cute these cards are:
 I think this one is my absolute favorite!

perfect way to feature our little baby!

We also sent a cute little magnet of Eliza and I was so impressed with how good it turned out. Shutterfly has so many fun personalized gifts that grandparents are sure to love. I mean, what better than to drink out of a mug with their favorite little baby on it.

If we were going to host a party this year we would use :

Well I am definitely sending out a photo card this year-- Leave your address in the comments if you want one! Also, go check out Shutterfly's website for easy Christmas gifts and cards!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Black Friday

To shop or not to shop...that is the question.

Actually it's really not. The answer is always yes to shopping.
Of course since Tyler is technically unemployed and the whole living with the parents thing is going on right now, the whole shopping thing is scaled down.

Nevertheless, this was an AWESOME shopping day. I'm the kind of person who already has their Christmas shopping done by Thanksgiving...(yes I am completely done...wrapping them all up this week so they can sit under the tree all gorgeous all of december!) Black Friday for me isn't about scoring deals for stocking stuffers or whatnot. This year I only had one thing on my list: a wireless router and of course various things for my mom (like $6 sandwich makers! handy little suckers that are only sold around Christmas time)  haha funny enough that was the one thing Tyler suggested we get since we will need one when we get out on our own. Not to mention that normal price is well over $50 normally. So the score at $29 was worth getting up at 7am. Yes, 7am. That is VERRRY early for me, Eliza and I like to snooze until 10 or 10:30:)

Speaking of which, my baby is 3 months on Tuesday! that's in 2 short days and you can bet I'll have some pics to put up. I don't think she has changed that much and I think she is slowing down a little in her weight gain. Probably because she's sleeping through the night...Wait, in case you missed that

She's Sleeping Through the Night! 

from 10:30-6:30 and then I feed her and put her back by 6:45 and she sleeps until 10:15 usually. Wow, what a difference our life has been! I thought for sure since she was so little it would take longer, but at about 2 1/2 months her 6 hour stints turned into 7 or 8 and it was more consistent. I love it!

We spent Thanksgiving with my family in Colorado and had a blast. It was one of our best visits yet! Turkey day was great all grateful and stuff and we ate all those traditional dishes (something when I host thanksgiving I won't do btw) We took the traditional family photo, went to go see a movie (sold out though:() watched football and played games. We enjoyed the pleasantly surprising warm weather, relatively, and were quite sad to leave. Eliza did great on her first little airplane ride. I am so grateful she is such a great baby.

The week before we thought we were going to have to buy a new laptop for Tyler because it unexpectedly stopped working, something we really didn't want to have to cough up funds for right now, but what-do-ya-know, my resourceful hubby looked up possible solutions and bought a new part for only $12. Turns out all the screen needed was a new inverter. Awesome. Now our dinosaur will last another couple months, at least until we start getting an income again.

Ok, well that's another little snapshot of what life in the Rasmussen household has been like. Pics to come later this week of our little buttons!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

can't believe it

My baby is growing!! She has transitioned into size 0-3 month clothes and size 1 diapers!! anyone else feel like these are the hardest times for mom because it is reality staring in your face--she won't stay little forever. We had an FHE a couple weeks ago and Aunt Jamie and Uncle Ralph's and Eliza met little Celia Rasmussen for the first time:

Don't they look similar? Eliza is a little more aware than her 10 day old cousin...
Last weekend my bffff and old roommate Grace came and visited Eliza for the first time also. We did lots of fun things, but somehow these are the only pictures I snapped. Probably because we were too busy making hair clips, eating yummy food and chatting.

I should have sucked my stomach in more! UGH. I can't wait until that little pooch is gone, which for you non-believers out there, it WILL BE. That is a work in progress and although it is a major concern, I know it won't happen overnight.
We've had a slew of visitors lately, maybe that's why I'm soo exhausted, or it's because I worked like crazy to get all my Christmas shopping done (DONE YESTERDAY BTW), or because Eliza started sleeping through the night (HALLELUIA!!!!!) and my body is in recovery mode from the last 2 1/2 months of deprivation. Anyway, my famous MoM with her first and only gbaby

(Wearing the Happy GrandMother's Day shirt I made her)

I couldn't resist snapping some pics of me too and boy do I look haggard. It could have been that that morning was the 5K for the Teemants and I had had a pretty busy week to say the least. Good news is that we raised over $15G's. yahoo.
Tyler trying to take Eliza to school...I just had to put this one in here!!!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

maternity pics

When I was 36 or 37 weeks pregnant, my friend Patrea shot these photos of me up in Lehi. I thought they turned out great! It's hard to believe I was so pregnant not that long ago...time sure does go so fast and little Eliza has stolen our hearts!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Eliza trying to talk

well my baby is 2 months old now! at her 2 month check up she weighed 8lbs 14oz and was 21" long. She's still in the <5%, but she's gained 3 lbs since birth, which to me makes her seem like a chunk:) haha. Here is her adorable 2 month picture
I saw the cute idea to do her pictures like this here. It is WAAY easier than the way I was doing it before. *you know the whole iron on appliques...

We also captured her trying to tell us what wonderful parents we are and how she loves us so much. I've included the video for your viewing pleasure. She is getting better at sleeping at night, I can feed her and put her right back to bed. Experts say babies can start to sleep through the night once they're 10 lbs. Come on Eliza, GROW!!! I am adjusting to getting up two or three times, but I am excited for those uninterrupted stretches of 6+ hours.

Other stuff we've been up to (and so I don't bore you with just baby posts)
*painting Tim and Kristin's room and Ashlyn's room in preparing for baby Prusse #4
*returning to dance, teaching and training
*planning my new color schemes for our new apt (for whenever we move:))
*Grandbaby #2 on my side and it's a GIRL
*Orchestra at Temple Square concert
*Ryan Shupe and the RUbberbands concert
*Eliza's first trip to the movie theater to see Despicable Me ($1 theater of course)
*Many episodes of NCIS
*My bday celebration at Shoots, Park City and the Zermatt
*Carving pumpkins
*Volunteering for and supporting our friends the Teemants and his battle through cancer. (Register to run a 5k at that website. It's a fun run on Nov 13)
*starting to get more sleep at night!
*getting back into sewing and doing some baby projects for the cousins (pics and info to come)
*trying to blog again?