Sunday, January 4, 2015

#134: I Love Being a Dad.

I haven't blogged at all in the last few months, BUT that doesn't mean I haven't been busy doing good things. In fact, the last few months have been some of the very best of my life for one resounding reason--I became a dad!

I am finally getting around to posting some pictures of our sweet baby girl. She is the greatest joy in our lives. Most of these pictures are pretty recent since that's how I picture her now (and I'm too lazy to go back and look at the hundreds of pictures we took in September and October). I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

This is one of my favorites--She's been smiling since birth (may have just been gas though).
We love taking pictures of her on her nursery room rocking chair.
Or on the living room one--I'm not picky.
This little girl pukes A LOT. Thank goodness for burp rags.
Lots and lots of burp rags.
Baby blessing with family and friends. I didn't mess up on her name!
When she gets really excited, she opens her mouth wide and squeals.
It always makes me laugh.
I personally think she just likes to hear her voice.
Whoa! That last one even scared me!
First plane ride to--where else? Disneyland, of course!
Minnie Mouse is ready for a fun day in the park!
Disney sure knows how to deck the halls.
Spending some quality time with Grandma.
Sometimes it takes two cousins to feed her.
Duck lips selfie (or is it a "wheezie" when there are multiple people?)
Cheering on our team in the bowl game. Go Utes!
Diane loves to dress her up in hair bows.
I, on the other hand, like to use them to play Star Trek: The Next Generation.
We love taking naps together. She is the best little snuggler in the world.
We are trying to get her to sleep better in her crib.
Sometimes you just gotta cover up her eyes with a piggy hat.
And sometimes it takes a bit more effort than that.
But who can resist that wake up face?
Or that one?
Mommy/daughter Christmas dresses.
She loves to lay on the floor and kick her legs.
As long as someone is there to hang out with her, of course.
Merry Christmas!
Family Christmas dinner (she's sitting in the high chair she got earlier that morning).
Her fascination with jewelry is already a concern for me.
Discovering Diesel for the first time.
We've had great weather, so we spent a little bit of time working together outside.
On snowy days, we love to read together. "The Busy Bug Book" is rad (plus, it's a tongue twister).
This book would probably make more sense if I weren't color blind.
Just kidding.
Like I said before, she's the greatest joy in our lives.
See you next time!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

#133: How to Get a Free Ancestry.com Account (for LDS Church Members).

In February of this year, I remember hearing an exciting announcement that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints had entered into partnerships with ancestry.com, findmypast.com, and myheritage.com to provide free premium memberships for all members of the church. This is a pretty big deal since premium memberships to those sites range in the $200 - $400 range per year. I previously had a paid membership to ancestry.com, which in my opinion, is the greatest website in the world for genealogists/family historians. It literally has billions (with a b) of historical records scanned and indexed for easy searching.

When I heard the announcement, I was very eager to cancel my current paid Ancestry membership and get started with a free membership instead (as well as new memberships to Findmypast and Myheritage). However, since February I haven't heard any updates about it.

Well, today I decided to do some searching and found that it is really easy to get your free accounts. Simply go to familysearch.org/partneraccess and you can create a free account to each of the three websites! It takes a mere matter of minutes. Happy searching!
familysearch.org/partneraccess

Sunday, August 3, 2014

#132: Stuff to Do While Pregnant.

Okay, so the title of this post is a little misleading. Technically, I'm not pregnant, but my best friend is. So, I guess instead it should have read, "Stuff to Do While Pregnant or While Being Married to Someone Who Is Pregnant", but that is really quite wordy, so I opted for the shorter and slightly misleading title instead.

Anyway, without further ado, here are pictures of some stuff to do while pregnant or while being married to someone who is pregnant.
Pose for baby shower invitations
(make sure to remove the background hose with Photoshop).
Take a nap with your favorite dog.
Take a nap with your favorite new niece.
Have a family reunion and visit cool Mormon places.
Have a family reunion and visit cool non-Mormon places.
Have a family reunion and play Minute to Win-It games.
I was SO CLOSE to stacking that third dice (di?)!
Have a family reunion and shake what yo' mama gave ya.
Have a family reunion and play cornhole for hours in the yard.
Bake homemade bread.
Decorate your new nursery.
Hang out with Shauna Lake...and that other guy she works with. 
Hang out with a bird on a pier.
Follow your cravings.
Register for baby stuff at Target and pretend you work for the FBI.
Register for baby stuff at Target and pretend you are Queen Amidala.
Get awesome Star Wars stuff at your baby shower.
Pose in front of flowers.
Pose in front of a temple.
Pose in front of another temple.
Pose in front of Carlo's Bake Shop.
Last but not least, pose in front of the beach.