Thursday, December 16, 2010


Chris right before going to the MTC!

Amilee not sure what she thinks of the grass!!

She is already a great model!!

At the pumpkin patch!!

Dad's birthday!!

Amilee was an Octopus


Helping to decorate the tree

I am really good at dishes!!

Making my cake!

Family pictures!

I think it is fall now.....or winter....

Okay, I haven't written since August, so it has been a while and a lot has happened!! Oh man!! I will post pictures in the next blog.

August-I finished up with school and took finals and did really well.  We moved in with my parents to help save money.  Samuel got a job at Costa Vida, and my brother Chris went into the MTC.  It really was quite a busy month for us; we always had something to do.  My grandparents from OK came and stayed for a little over a week and it was really fun and nice to see them. My grandma brought her jewelry stuff for me to borrow, and since then, I have made some really cute bracelets and continue to make more.

September-In September, we decided that we needed to move to Yuba City, California, so we did.  Samuel's boss at Costa Vida in American Fork knows the boss here at the Yuba City location, so he helped Samuel get a job out here.  Samuel's mom and step dad came out to Utah to help us move.  My parents were sad to see us go, but know we needed to be here.So anyways, we came out here to California.  We live with Sam's mom and step dad and sister Katie and family friend, Isabella, so it is a crowded house, but really nice.  Steve put up some temporary walls around the living room and dining room, so we could have our own space. It has been really nice so far. Samuel was able to start working a few days after we moved in, and is now in charge of catering, so he has been learning the ropes of that.  I joined ward choir, and we started practicing for Stake conference.

October came quickly. Amilee started adjusting quite well to her home.  She also started taking her first steps. We had general conference and we watched the Saturday sessions at home, but for the Sunday afternoon session, we went to my brother in law's, John and Michelle and baby Daniel.  It was fun seeing them and seeing Amilee and Daniel together. they are so cute.  I also joined the Stake choir and we sang in this festival with a few other churches.  It was really fun, and a great missionary tool.
I made Samuel a Halloween quilt for his birthday and it turned out great!! We had a fun Halloween party for him.  We also gave out candy to the kids and attended our Ward trunk or treat!

The first weekend of November, we went to Yosemite National Park.  It was beautiful!! There were so many breath taking views.  Going to places like that help you to remember all the beauty the Lord has placed on this earth for us!!  The next weekend, we went to John and Michelle's to celebrate Daniel's first birthday!! It was very fun and nice to be with family.  I also spoke in church this month, and we became more and more used to our callings.  We went to Thanksgiving at the Family Cabin up in the mountains, about 3 hours north of here.  It was fun, and Amilee loved the snow. We took her sledding and it was great fun.

And now we are here in December-last weekend, we celebrated Amilee's first birthday!! She loved everything about it.  We had a princess theme, so everything was purple and pink.  It was very cute!! We are just getting ready for Christmas, and our trip to Utah to see my side of the family! It's been great!! Pictures to come!

Friday, July 30, 2010

So it's August!!!

I cannot believe it is August!!  I last posted in the middle of April, so I guess we should get caught up.  But first a cute pic!!!
Such a cute girl!! At the end of April, Samuel's nanny and long time family friend, Heidi got married.  We were lucky enough to be part of her special day.  Chris and Parker came up to Temple Square to watch Amilee, so we could attend the sealing.  It was really nice.   Here are some pictures I took of Heidi and Don

Jolene also came for the wedding! She watched Amilee while I helped with Heidi's dress and took some pictures!!! Here are so pics!!

We also went to see Tanya and Trevor and Abby!! Here are a couple pics of all the girls

At the end of April, I started back to school for Spring semester, so life got much busier for me.  The first few days felt like torture because I wasn't used to leaving Amilee for those long amounts of time.  I really enjoyed Spring semester.  It was great!!!
Aunt Michelle and Cousin Daniel came to visit with us also.  Daniel and Amilee are one month apart and so cute together.  Here a few pictures!!!

They love each other!!! Daniel is so cute, and so much bigger than Amilee!!!!
May went by pretty uneventfully.  However, for my birthday, we spent the day in Park City and did some shopping and that was really fun.  I got a lot of Bath and Body Works stuff, which I love, some new tennis shoes, a new bag and a few other little things.  My mom and dad got me nail polish, which I wanted, and a really cute picture frame and we had a nice dinner at my parent's house to celebrate mine and Chris's birthday.  It was really nice.  Samuel worked outside for grandpa during the day and worked at PJ's at night, while I just went to school and did homework.  
Jolene came out in June, while Katie and Rylea were at EFY.  We had a great time together.  She helped me get started on a quilt for Amilee that I just finished a couple of weeks ago.  Jolene, Samuel, Grandpa and Amilee went to Antelope Island one day while I was at school.  Here are some cute pics!

They had a great time!! I really enjoyed my time with Jolene!! In June, Chris got his mission call to Korea!!! He leaves for the MTC August 25!! I am so excited for him, but I will miss him a lot!!! it's a bittersweet moment, since we are so close!  Amilee also went swimming for the first time.  After she got used to the water, she loved it.  She got an ear infection at the beginning of the month though, but it didn't really phase her, so that's good.  
Amilee also learned how to crawl and pull herself up onto everything!! She is way fast and can do the stairs and basically everything.  She walks around everything too, so someday soon, she will figure out walking~!  We are in trouble!!  She says dada and it is so cute!!  
July has been a bit of a crazy month for us.  I went to the dr because my knee was really bothering and found out I needed surgery.  So on July 9th, I went in for knee surgery.  I got a lateral release done and it has been a slightly rough recovery.  I am doing physical therapy and things are coming along.  We couldn't really afford for Samuel to take off work during my surgery, so my little brother came and stayed with me to help out with Amilee and while I needed things.  My visiting teaching companion Jena came too.  I am so grateful to them.  I am also grateful for my visiting teachers because they brought dinner the first couple of nights.  It helped out so much.  Oh in June, I also finished up Spring term and started summer, so while having knee surgery, I still had to keep up with school, and I think I did okay.  We went swimming last week with Daniel and Michelle, but I don't have the pictures on my computer yet.  It was fun and cute to see them splashing together.
In a couple of weeks, we are moving to Lehi in with my parents and we are really excited for lots of reasons.  We need some change and are grateful for this opportunity!! I hope all is well!!!  

Monday, April 12, 2010

So it's been a while!!!

Well, it has been a couple of months!! so sorry, but goodness, it seems we are so busy.  Since my last post, a lot has happened.
On February 14th, Amilee was blessed by Samuel.  My nephew Daniel Aedo and my niece Abby Hood were also blessed.  The blessings happened here at home all together and the whole family was here.  It was a wonderful experience!!

What a blessed day!!! it was great to see everyone and have the baby cousins together to be given a name and a blessing!!  Samuel was really excited to give his daughter a blessing from the Lord.

The rest of February was just school and work for Samuel.  Not too much going on.  That keeps Samuel pretty busy and I am pretty busy with Amilee.

In march, it was school and work everyday again.  But our friends from Nashville, Scarlet and Chris, came to visit Utah and we were able to spend some time with them.  They have a little baby also, named Grayson.  He is one day older than Amilee, but he is so much bigger than her.  He was a cutie and it was so good to see them.  We hadn't seen them since their wedding in Dec 08.  So it was good!  Amilee started discovering her voice this month and started babbling so loud.  It was so cute.  She talks all day every day and smiles so much.

She is such a happy and smiley baby.  April marked conference weekend and Easter.  We went up to my mom and dad's for the weekend.  The boys were able to attend the Priesthood session in SLC Saturday night.  They had a really good time. Sunday, we watched conference and celebrated Easter.  Amilee got some new toys and some clothes and we got some money and a subway gift card.  Yum!! We also celebrated my little brother, Parker's birthday.  He turned 15.  It was a really nice weekend!!

Today I took Amilee to the doctor because it was her 4 month check up appointment.  She is doing so good!! She also is starting to roll over.  It's fun!! She eats rice cereal and does really well with it and we will be introducing new solids to her next month.   I am super excited for that, but not for the stinky diapers.  Wednesday is Samuel's last day of school for the semester and he is so happy about that. This semester was hard, but good!!  

Last Thursday we had a really neat opportunity. Samuel and I and my brother Chris, along with a few other students from the Business College had the opportunity  to meet with Sister Dalton, the general YW president and her counselors.  We sang the business college school song to her for her birthday and then we were able to be taught by her.  It was so awesome.  It is cool to hear her speak in conference, but this was different because she was speaking directly to us and tailored her remarks to us, rather than the whole church.  It was great!!!  

Samuel's mom is coming to visit this weekend for a wedding and we are really excited about that!!!

Next month, May, I will be going back to school.  I am super excited to get back into the swing of things!! But that's about it for us!! Lots of love!!