Tuesday, December 16, 2008

New Email Address

Hey Everyone,
I'm sure most of you think I have dropped off the face of the earth, and I promise that although I have been MIA in the blogging world, I am still alive and doing well! My computer is undergoing some serious changes which is creating a lot of anxiety for me....I don't do well with change! Anyways, I promise to update my blog soon with pictures and let you all know what we have been up to the last month or so. In the meantime, I have changed my email address for those of you who don't know. The new email address is: meridithtoram@me.com

I hope you are all having a Merry Christmas so far and I'll write soon!


Thursday, November 6, 2008

History has been Made...

I haven't been able to post anything as of late because my computer CRASHED!!  Hopefully, it will be up and running again soon, not sure!  But, I couldn't wait to post a few comments on my thoughts of Tuesday night so that I can remember this day and how I felt.  Although I am a Republican and subsequently support the republican party and it's leaders, I must say I found myself full of pride and excited as the results came in on Tuesday night.  I wasn't really disappointed or discouraged like many who voted for McCain.  Instead, I was grateful to be apart of history and see something happen that many thought they would never witness in their lifetime.  It was thrilling to see all the headlines the next day announcing that History had been made, and I was a part of it.  To think about how far our country has come and what just happened is inexplainable.  I cried that night thinking of Martin Luther King Jr. and how he must feel right now looking down on America.  I thought of our constitution and how wonderful it is to have a document in our country stating freedom, and equality as our premise and seeing now that it really is true.  I am so glad that I was here for this wonderful day in time to see it happen and unfold right in front  of me.  It is an exciting time.  I hope that President Elect Obama can bring about the change he promises and can steer our country into a better, more stable condition.  I also must add that I was very impressed with John McCain and his spirit of gratitude and how well he accepted his loss.  He is a very impressive man and really does love his Country.  

Here's hoping the next four years are as great as we all can hope!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Catching Up....

I'm trying to do a little catch up so this post might be a little long winded but here goes.....

Maddy is now EIGHTEEN months and had her check up today!  She is in the 85% for weight (gasp!) and 50% for height.  She is such a growing girl, and we love her!!!!

How could you not love this face?!!
Cody's work had a Halloween party over the weekend and so we got to get all dressed up and have a fun time.  Here's the three cutest kids on the block:
Bronson: the army man!
Hailey: the Karate girl!
Maddy: Supergirl with an army twist! :)

Bronson looks like he's having a blast!
This is Hailey picking up the "coolest kid costume" award
Here's Maddy with her treat bag she scored for best superhero costume!  I'm so bummed because Cody and I didn't get one picture of the two of us together as Spartan Cheerleaders!  Which by the way, we won Best Costume at the party!
On Sunday after church Cody and I took a drive up the canyon to take some pictures of the fall colors.  It was amazing up there.  
Not a great picture of us, but the Fall colors look amazing!
This is last weekend when we took the kids to Hee Haw Farms and it was freezing cold so this is about the only picture we got.  
The picture below is the latest flower bouquet Cody brought home for me.  He is the sweetest husband in the whole world.  Every paycheck Friday he brings me home a beautiful bouquet of flowers!  I really am the luckiest girl in the world to have a husband so romantic and kind!

We are loving life and enjoying our family each and every day and continually are grateful for such a wonderful life!  Happy Halloween! 

****We are having a Halloween party at our house the day after Halloween (Nov. 1st) for anyone who would like to come.  It is an adults only party and you can't come unless you are in costume!****

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Monday, October 13, 2008

"Going Private"

I have finally decided to join the "I'm going Private" bandwagon.  Send me your email so I can add you to my list of people to invite to my blog!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

A sweet treat for my sweetheart!

I got in a little "Martha Stewart" baking mood today and decided to bake something festive.  Then I decided to take the "Martha Stewartness" to the next level by baking the bread in a heart pan.  Yum!
Here's the recipe:

Chocolate-Chip Pumpkin Bread
5 Eggs, well beaten
3 C. Sugar
2 1/2 C. Canned Pumpkin
2 C. Oil
4 1/2 C. Flour
1 1/2 t. salt
1 1/2 t. Baking Soda
4 1/2 t. Cinnamon
1 1/2 t. Nutmeg
1 1/2 t. Cloves
1 t. Ginger
1 1/4 C. Milk Chocolate Chips (I added way more than that!)
Preheat oven to 350 Degrees.  Cream eggs and sugar.  Add pumpkin and oil.  Add dry ingredients slowly and combine thoroughly.  Fold in chocolate chips.  Pour into 4 greased and lightly-floured loaf pans.  Bake for 45 minutes.
*This recipe can be halved or bread loaves can be frozen. 

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Maddy and her Milk!

Most of you know Maddy loves to eat...that girl can really pack it in!  Cody and I call her "The Scavenger" because she is always eating food off the floor, eating food off other people's plates, and grabbing food out of the pantry every chance she gets.  When I make breakfast in the morning she always runs over to her chair, starts screaming bloody murder until I put her in, and then just bounces and giggles until I hand over her food. (Unless I am taking too long to make the food and then she starts to get a little crabby!)  Anyways, she doesn't ever let a morsel of food go to waste, which is evident when she eats her cereal.  After she eats all the cereal, she then lifts the bowl up to her mouth and very loudly slurps the milk until it is gone and then she smiles and says proudly, "yummy", and then hands the bowl over to me and says "more!"  She is so funny!  It cracks me up every single time.  She is just the cutest chubby girl around!  

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Honeymooning in Hawaii...with Family!

Most of you know Cody and I went to Hawaii for our honeymoon. It was amazing! I seriously have never had a better vacation (or honeymoon) for that matter! We walked on the beach holding hands in the moonlight, ate seriously yummy food all day, slept in, took naps, relaxed on the beach, visited all the fun tourist sites, and enjoyed being a married couple with no kids! Cody's family was also over there for Kami's baby blessing and so we even got to hang out with them when we wanted....what more could I ask for?! We truly had such a great time and if I could have shipped my kids and all my stuff over there, I never would have left! I love the Hawaiin culture, food, lifestyle, and their spirit. They are the happiest and most carefree, loving people. It is such a beautiful place, everywhere you look is a postcard-worthy picture. Now that we are home and I have gotten over the withdrawals of being in the most beautiful place in the world, I still can't wait to go back, but I also love my life here and I am so overwhelmed with how immensely blessed I am. I really couldn't have imagined over a year ago how lucky and happy I would be today. I am married to the love of my life finally and I am continually amazed at how much more deeply in love I am with him everyday. He is supportive, loving, kind, and yes, patient! Three kids and a crazy wife that worries about things like the stock market crashing at 2 AM--you wouldn't survive if you didn't have patience! Everytime I look at these pictures of our honeymoon I will remember the wonderful time we had, but look forward to a lifetime of memories, vacations, and great times with the greatest husband in the world! The next trip we are planning might not be as romantic as Hawaii, but I think the kids will like it! Hint: M-I-C-K-E-Y- M-O-U-S-E!!!!!

The Temple in Laie
This is in front of the Polynesian Cultural Center (Our memory card ran out right before we went in so this is the only one we have!)
On our Sunset Dinner Cruise:

The Famous Dole Plantation
This is the most memorable day in Hawaii in a little town called Haliewa.  We just played at the beach all day.
This is at Matusmoto's World Famous Shaved Ice Shop. The best in Hawaii!
Cody was rejected from the 2008 Bejing Olympics, but gave us a great performance!
Lounging at the pool.
On our way to the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor.
Cody's parents and us at Pearl Harbor.
This is on the Sunset Dinner Cruise...the waitress placed a whole lobster on my plate, and I just about lost it.  I swear the thing wasn't dead yet and was staring at me.  I love the look on my face!
The first night on the beach at Sunset.
Our Hotel had ponds all around it with all kinds of fish, sting rays, and sharks swimming around.
Our first morning there we woke up at six to take a walk on the beach and watch the sun rise.
I love this picture Cody took.  When I look at this picture, I remember everything about our trip.  So peaceful!
This is the view from our Hotel room overlooking the Hotel's private bay.  We woke up to this view every morning, you can't get any better than this!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Wedding Pictures....Finally!

I have been super busy since we got home from Hawaii and haven't really had time to post any pictures. Here are some of the Bridals/Groomals and then a few pictures of the actual wedding that I stole off of a few people's blogs. When I get our pictures back I will post more of the actual wedding...It was soooo beautiful!! Thank you to all of our family and friends who made it such a beautiful and amazing night.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Hailey's 1st Day of School!

Today was quite an eventful day in our house. My baby started Kindergarten! Yep, Hailey is a big girl officially. Wow.....I never thought this day would come so soon. It seems like just yesterday I was holding her in my arms singing her lullaby's in her room rocking her to sleep. Hailey was sooooo excited to start school today. We laid out her clothes the night before by her bed so she was ready to go in the morning. When I woke her up singing "First Day of School!" in my best embarassing Mom voice, she shot right out of bed with her best Hailey smile. She has the most beautiful smile! (I might be just a bit biased). So, we got her bathed and dressed and we did her hair just perfectly with her cute little headband and headed out the door for her embarassing "First Day of School" pictures. I took a million pictures and Hailey was excited at first, but when all the kids started showing up by the curb waiting for the school bus, she got really irritated and told me basically to stop the humiliation. Luckily, Cody showed up for a little moral support and calmed me down a bit until the bus arrived and I just about peed my pants, I was so nervous for her. Cody is so sweet! I was so dang impressed by Hailey when she turned, got in line, and without a moments hesitation, she boarded the big bus. She didn't even look back, wave, smile, or scream "I love you Mom, you're the most wonderful Mom in the whole world, and I can't live without you!" like I dreamed she would. Nope, she got on like it was no big freakin deal and sat down. I of course, burst into tears and ran like hell to my car to get in and follow the speeding bus down the road to her school. Poor Bronson and Maddy were in the back just watching all the fuss and Mom talking to herself: "Don't cry, you idiot, don't cry." We pull up to the school and of course I'm so distracted looking for Hailey's bus, that I drove through the bus lane right past two huge signs that say "No private vehicles", parked the car, grabbed Maddy and Bronson like there was a fire burning through town, and ran to the bus stop to get a good spot on the pavement before all the other obsessive Mom's squeezed me out. I sat waiting, and waiting and her bus didn't show up. I started panicking a little and I seriously had the thought come to my head that maybe I put her on the wrong bus and somehow she was on her way to a totally different school and my poor baby was going to be lost on her first day and it was all my fault!!!!! Oh no!!! Whewww......just when I was about to run screaming into the office to start a radio communication with all the other buses in the city of Orem, I saw a glimpse of the big dog picture on the front of her bus and breathed for the first time in about ten minutes. Of course all the other Mom's start going crazzzzyyy with their camera's screaming "Johnny over here!" "Sara, smile for me sweety!"......and so I immediately like them start flashing my camera this way and that way until I realize I'm taking pictures of the wrong bus and Hailey has already gotten off her bus and was headed my way. What a dork! So I try to catch up with the pictures and we head into the school. We get into her classroom and find her name and she sits down and starts playing with the blocks on the table. Her teacher is busily greeting students and passing out name tags. Hailey is at this point trying to avoid me, and gives me this look like why don't you get out of here already Mom! I look to her teacher for support and encouragement thinking she'll ask the parents to stay for a few minutes, and her teacher just says, "It's time to leave now."
"What the....?" I knew I didn't like that Mrs. Rodas when I met her!
Well, I told myself for about the millionth time that day to pull it together for heaven's sake and turned and walked out of the classroom. My eyes were swimming, and I could barely see one foot in front of me and all the other kids were running to their classrooms all around me. I felt so incredibly lost! I suddenly turned around in my tracks and marched back to her door to steal another peak through the glass. I was sure Hailey was sad, crying, or at least a little scared and needed one last hug from her Mommy, but oh no. There she was: laughing, smiling, talking to Javier next to her. She was just fine.....in fact, she was more than just fine. She was great!!! I was crushed. Literally heartsick, that my baby didn't need me at all anymore. I turned around once more to head home. I went immediately to the mall to do a little retail therapy, but I just couldn't seem to take my mind off of the day. I just kept wondering how she was doing, if she needed to go to the bathroom and couldn't get her belt off quick enough (Thanks, JED!) and if the other kids were being nice.
When I got home I still had a good 30 minutes before her bus was to be showing up, but I took Bronson and Maddy outside and we played until the bus arrived. As soon as I heard the bus down the street, I ran to the curb and waited anxiously. The bus pulled up across the street, and I decided to just stay put and not embarass Hailey any more today. The bus stopped, the door opened, and Hailey came running across the street, and I heard that one word that made my whole day worthwhile, "Mom!" she yelled with a smile that ran from ear to ear. She was so excited and told me she loved school and couldn't wait to go back the next day. She talked about how she had so much fun playing at recess on the playground, and then when a mean boy called her poopy pants she just ignored him and walked away. Boys can say mean things, I tell her, but it doesn't matter what anyone thinks or says to her as long as she is true to herself and remembers how much I love her. Wow, I just had my first after-school special with her! This day rocks! We get inside and I start making lunch and Hailey informs me that she is so tired from such a long day at school that she just has to lay down on the couch while lunch is being made and rest.
So that is our first day of school.....I'm really hoping the next time isn't this hard!
Oh, I forgot the best part: When I was tucking Haiey in tonight she said, "Mom, I need to tell you something important." Okay, I waited....."um.....tomorrow when the bus comes, I just want to wait outside by myself, and you and Bronson and Maddy can just stay inside, okay?"
"Okay, I guess so." :)