Friday, October 19, 2007

Lots of Updates!

I've got so much to post today! I'll start with the trip to Idaho Sophie and I took last week. One of my best friends from home, Stacy, got married over the weekend. After dating for two years, she and Matt finally did it. A little late, though -- if it were three weeks earlier I could have driven up to Idaho instead of needing to fly. Ughh...

The wedding was beautiful, and they had a reception in her parents' backyard the evening after the temple ceremony. When she told me she was going to have a quasi-Asian theme and serve curry, I was skeptical, but everything turned out really nice! Her colors were chocolate brown and a rich, burnt orange color. I'm kicking myself for not getting a picture of her GORGEOUS bouquet. It was full of orchids and all kinds of cool stuff. Here's a couple pics of a little tent they had set up with her cake inside. Matt painted the pictures of the two of them and his son, Ryan.

Like always, I have good intentions of taking pictures of everything. This time I remembered to bring the battery charger for our camera, but forgot the camera itself. I borrowed my mom's camera, but since I was running the kitchen, I still didn't get many pictures of the reception. I did take one of Stacy and I, but it wasn't flattering to either one of us. Sorry.

Since my dad's birthday was Tuesday, we decided to stay an extra few days. It was good for everyone, I think. They LOVED having Sophie around for a week (oh yeah, and me too) and it gave me a chance to relax a little. I was wound tighter than I thought I was from all of the stress of moving over the last month. It was quite a house-full, too! Besides Sophie and me, Grandma and Grandpa Henderson came and Steve's buddy Matt came with his girlfriend and two other people. Steve's sister Kimi came down from Rexburg to visit and so did my Grandma Phillips.

Sophie was a little trooper flying back and forth. She didn't make a peep on the way there and only fussed a little coming back. I'm sure waking up at 4:30 to catch the 6AM flight out of Idaho Falls wasn't a good way to start her day. Airport security is tricky if you're alone with a baby, though. In San Jose, where I flew out, I had her in the stroller while carrying her car seat, a diaper bag and my purse. That was after checking two bags. They made me take her out of the stroller and send that through the metal detector as well. I also had to take my laptop out of the diaper bag, and send the car seat through. Our stuff took up almost the entire space of the belt. One funny thing, though... Sophie has a set of plastic keys she plays with. I had thrown them in the car seat before it went through the scanner, but the security person took them out and turned the car seat upside down so it would fit. On the other side of the scanner as our stuff was coming out, I saw they had put her little keys in a small, round try used for real keys. It was really cute seeing it come out by itself. :)

Here are a few pictures of "the loaf" as my brother calls her. (Short for Sophie-Loafie)

Sophie playing with Aunt Andrea and Uncle Devin.

Sophie and Aunt Hillie

Sophie and Mom, ready to go shopping!

In this last picture, she's playing with her new favorite toys: Laffy Taffy's. She prefers them over playing in the candy dish full of mini candy bars. She picked each one up, stuck it in her mouth and threw it on the floor. I bet she wondered why they all tasted the same. Little does she know what's hiding under that wrapper. :)

Other little tidbits:

For the first time in about three years, I found a pair of jeans that I LOVE. I found them at the GAP and they were marked down to $35. It felt like Christmas. I'd given up on jeans because I couldn't find any that fit me right. But now, for the first time in a LONG time I'm excited to get dressed in the morning. :)

My Dad got a webcam for his birthday and we'll be getting one soon so we can talk back and forth. If anyone else has one, let me know!

This is a little video I've been meaning to post since we moved. Sophie went through a phase where she growled all the time. It was hilarous. I think she was practicing to be a monster for Halloween, but she doesn't ever do it anymore, so I think she wants to be something else.


jenn said...

Sophie is SO CUTE! Love the growl. :) Looks like you had a good trip to fun! Oh, we have a webcam. :)

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Bryan said...

I don't know what's funnier . . . Sophie growling, or you and Steve growling back! Being a parent causes you to do all sorts of things you'd never even think of doing when you were single. Can you imagine sitting in a room with other grown adults and growling at each other? You'd have to be drunk, or seriously out of your mind. I think parenting causes that same mental derangement. :)

Brynn said...

Is that THE Stacy that got married?!! If it was...I want to see the picture of you and her. Flattering or not! You can email it! :) And way cute videos and pictures. I really can't get enough of them! :)

carla murray said...

My goodness... you have the best blog in the entire world!!!! Brynn... you left a comment before me, so if you do happen to see this comment, don't get mad...
But Natash, I love the videos and pictures!! Sophie might be the cutest thing in the entire world! Too bad she's a growling vampire...
And, congrats on the pumpkinroll fast-route to popularity in the new ward. Very cool!

I was talking to a friend from my Russia, semester 2nd, and she's looking into becoming an appraiser. I told her about how you would help your mom with it, about her quick success at it, and what I know about the job. I told her I'd ask you for your mom's number so she can call and find a bit out from someone who actually does the job. Would your mom be willing to talk with her for a little while??
If so, will you send me her phone number to pass along?
I should have sent you an email instead. But, I will do that now. Then you can just reply with the number....