Not much is new today, but after I got Afton out of the bath and dressed, I decided I should probably get dressed and make the bed. Afton loves to play on our bed so I just needed to put her somewhere where she wouldn't be too much in the way as I made the bed. I think she liked helping me make the bed! I love watching her react and I love being a mother. This is probably not the first thing I would have pictured when I thought of where I would be now, but it's better than anything. It's much better than what I thought I wanted and I am grateful that I have such a great life. I have my wonderful husband and little girl, my family and Tad's family. It is such a blessing to know that I have been sent to have such wonderful people in my life!
Okay, I was just looking at some other blogs and found the funniest spoof blog. It's making fun of Mormon bloggin' women and after looking at this last post, I just had to laugh. So if you want, check it out at http://seriouslysoblessed.blogspot.com/. Have fun!
The other day I decided to pack away all of Afton's clothes that were getting too small and thought I might as well take our her sixth month clothes. Tad's mom had gotten her a lot of little outfits with some coupons she had been saving. It's been great because the only thing we've really had to buy are onsies and dresses. Anyway, so I looked at them and they weren't too much bigger. The next day I put her in one of her outfits and couldn't help myself. I had to take tons of pictures of course. I decided this is what she will wear when we ship her off to prep school! (Haha!)
So I threw Meagan a birthday party the other day and it was so much fun. Tad and I took her out to eat with some friends to Winger's, which was amazingly good. Then we went home and had some more people come over to play games and eat cake. I made a huge oreo cake. The middle was a mix of whip cream, cream cheese and sugar. It was super yummy! I bought her Penelope and we had a girls day over at her house the next day, so we could all watch it together. All in all, it was a great day.
So not much has been going on, but we have some new pictures that I thought I would put up of Afton. Tad took some pictures of Afton this past Sunday in her pretty summer dress and hair bow. As always, she's getting bigger and bigger. She's almost sitting up now and is loving Baby Einstein video's. And she's a big "Mama's girl." We're wondering how that is going to work out when I start teaching in August, but I'm sure it'll all be good.
Oh and I have a picture of her sleeping, because she's started sleeping with her lil' bum up in the air. She's so cute!
1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together (either with just me, just Tad, or the both of us!). It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember!
2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you.
This past Sunday was quite the adventure. We headed to church and at the end of Sunday School, I went to go find a place to feed Afton. We were in the Austin Building, which is the engineer building, and there are no mothers' lounges there. The bathrooms are super teeny, so I tried to find a room that wasn't being used. I eventually found one and in this classroom they had a huge model of an engine, so I decided to use that as a blockade. It was really heavy so I got it as close to the door as possible and sat in the corner of the room, just in case. On the last leg of the feeding session, of course the door bangs against the model engine and scares me and Afton to death. Luckily the diaper bag blocked the view and we escaped from the scene as quickly as possible. We came home, and tried to take a nap, but Afton was being really cute so we got a bunch of pictures. So here they are!
We had a mouse in our house! A few nights ago, Tad and I were sitting out on the couch, chatting about this and that, when out of the corner of my eye, I see a dark spot run across the corner of the room to our little stand with pictures. I thought maybe it was just me....until it ran from the stand to the the t.v. I'm sure my eyes were bugging out of my head, because Tad stopped mid-sentence and said, "What?! What is it?" I told him I thought I saw a mouse and then it darted again. We proceeded to find it and I was convinced it was living in our couch. I'm standing on the computer chair in the middle of the living room with a pillow over my mouth so I don't wake up Afton. We didn't catch it, so the whole next day I didn't go anywhere but the middle of the floors in each room. We took a trip to the store for some mouse traps and set them up. We discovered it was living under the sink. (Evident by the little droppings everywhere.) The next night Tad and I thought we heard the mouse trap, but as we looked we found the little guy sneaking around the middle and nabbing the peanut butter off the edges. But the next night, as we were watching Ratatouille, we heard the convincing snap of the trap. It was true. We felt a little saddened that it had to go down like that for the little guy, because he was pretty cute. As they say on Pirates of the Carribean, "That what you call ironic."
So a little bit ago Cassy and Troy, Tad's brother and sister-in-law, sent Afton a package. It was a little summer dress, some hair bows, and a cute little baby bracelet. Of course I dressed her up as soon as I got home and tried to take pictures. Unfortunately, the batteries in the camera had died right after the first picture and it didn't turn out. So I was charging the batteries while she took a nap. Well, from the kitchen I hear her crying pretty hard, so I go check on her and the latch from the bracelet had scratched her face. I took it off and got a couple of pictures of her in the dress. Apparently, she's not a fan of bows in her hair either because she tries to grab them and take them off, but they just end up around her neck. Oh well. I'll keep trying!
The 4th of July was a great day here at the Dickerson home. We woke up around 8:00 a.m. and got ready to go save a nice shady spot at the park for the parade. We eventually got to the park and all the front row spots were taken. Last year, we had a prime spot, but some overly excited people decided that they wouldn't be too much in the way if they plopped right in front of us, so we tried to get somewhere where that would not be possible. We got a pretty good shady spot and then took a walk around the corner to get breakfast at the grocery store. My old roommate, Meagan and our friend Whitney came to join us too. The parade started and it was pretty good. Last years was better from what we could see, but it's always fun to just go out and relax. They had 50 million dance companies in the parade and I have no idea how that many people in Rexburg want to take their little girls to dance. After we all headed to the Sno-Shack for a refreshing treat. They have sno-cone shacks all over town and we had never tried them before so I got Maui mix and Tad got Frog in a Blender. Both of which were delicious. We headed home to get the baby out of the heat for a while. Joe and Leah invited us to come play with them and their two little nephews at the park later that afternoon. They have a little water park for the kids there so Tad and I of course had to get ourselves wet. They had a guy singing in the park and little shops set up all over. It was pretty good. We had bacon cheeseburgers for dinner and then took a walk before we headed out to see the fireworks. The chamber of commerce website said that fireworks would be at the fairgrounds at 10:00 that night so we planned on just parking somewhere to see them. As we started to drive out to the fairgrounds we saw the finale and all the cars driving away. It was a bit disappointing, but maybe we'll catch 'em next year. Instead, we headed up to the temple on top of the hill and just sat in the car and watched whatever kind of fireworks we could see. Overall, it was a pretty great day!
Tad's cousin Katie just got married on the 7th of June to Dallin Bird. They got married in the Rexburg Temple so Tad and I got to go to the sealing. Meagan, my old roommate, babysat Afton while we were at the sealing and then she brought her up after, so all of us could be in the pictures. It was a beautiful ceremony. It was especially nice because we also went to Katie's endownment. Dallin and Katie have known each other for a while and it is great to see two people so happy together. Being able to witness all of that reminded me of the amazing day of our own wedding. When we were sealed together, I really felt the Spirit and knew that Tad was right for me and we could be together for ever. We were both able to be somewhere where we were reminded of that day. And there was so much family there. Tad's other cousin, Bruce, and his wife, Sabrina, and Bruce's sister, Susie came. They stayed in our new apartment since we were in the middle of switching over. It was great to just spend time with family. Oh and Sabrina is trying to get a photography business going and she's amazing! She took some great pictures of the wedding. You should check out the pictures of Katie and Dallin. If you visit their blog, there is a link to her website (www.saintlaurentstudios.com) , and Tad and I are totally smoochin' in one of the pictures! Anyway, it was a great day and we enjoyed being able to be a part of Katie and Dallin's special day!
So about a couple weeks ago we borrowed one of those baby trailer things for babies to ride in while you ride your bike, and another bike from Tad's boss. Joe and Leah had invited us to go for a nice little bike ride around the town, so we loaded up the baby and took off. There was a trail we had seen outside the building where Katie's (Tad's cousin) reception was. It was a lot of fun, just traipsing around Rexburg on some bikes. Afterward, we had some burgers, corn on the cob, cantelope and Squeeze-its, in Joe and Leah's backyard. There were two extra Squeeze-it's so I challenged Tad to chuggin' contest. I totally wasted him! That's the second drinking game I beat him at. (The other was root beer. We had little dixie cups and had to down as many as we could without burping. We duked it out and I won!) It was a great summer day!
Okay, it's been forever since I was bloggin' because we moved and now we are in a new place that doesn't have internet. We just talked to some neighbors and pay them $12 a month to get internet through their modem. (I don't really understand the whole process, so if that sentence doesn't make sense don't hold it against me.)
So here's the update. We moved to a subsidized apartment and also just found out that our rent went down $13! That was great news. Tad has 2 more weeks until school is over and is very excited. He's been working very hard, but is really enjoying this semester. His company for the IBC (Integrated Business Core) sells burgers, hot dogs, fries and homemade root beer. They are doing pretty good right now. He already got an internship approved and will be making a website for some local people who own young men's housing here in town. He is also going to be doing some accounting things for this tile business that he and his cousin, Joe, have been working for. We're not sure what we are going to be doing over the 7 week break here, but we're just excited to have time to be together. We are both still set to graduate in December and may stay here or move who knows where, yet.
Afton is as cute as ever and we love being watching her grow. She is always rolling over now, from stomach to back and back to stomach. I can't ever keep her in one place. I tried doing a little photo shoot with her the other day because I got some new summer dresses. She's finally into the 3-6 month clothes, now that she's almost 5 months old. She's really long but not very heavy. We took her to the doctor for her 4 month check up and found out she is in the 90th percentile for her height but only the 40th for her weight. I've been taking tons of pictures of course, and have a lot to share with you all.
Oh and the story with this picture is: I was giving her her medicine one day and she grabbed onto her little syringe. I thought it would be a cute picture so I grad the camera and right as I'm taking the picture she shoves the syringe a little too far down the throat! It was amazing how the timing worked out for that!