Tuesday, December 30, 2008


WoW! I have some news! Some BIG news!!!! I was going to write a cute little blog about the fact that I am pregnant. That's really not even big news compared to what I learned today. We had an ultrasound today to see the real due date of the baby because I had a miscarriage right before I got pregnant.


I am FREAKING OUT here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The due date is August 8th, but I'll probably have them a few weeks early. I'm only 8 weeks along, so hopefully it doesn't nip me in the butt that I am posting this on my blog so early, but I just had to share the news. Plus, I just can't hide the fact that I'm pregnant anymore. My belly is already gargantuan and I am SICK SICK SICK. Details will come in next post.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A Post That Turns Out About Hannah....

Well, let's see. These past two weeks have been somewhat eventful for us. We've been sick in this house, which is definitely not fun. Hannah has had a nasty cold for the past week and a half, which means less sleep for all of us. I'm trying my best to take away her binky too, which she only uses to help her fall asleep for naps, but have been failing miserably because she won't take a nap without one. Stubborn little girl! I NEED that precious 1 to 1 1/2 hours to myself. So that leaves me in a pickle.....do I take away the binky and give up my free time, or do I continue to give her the binky, despite the fact that she's too old to have it, for my own selfish reasons?

Besides this constant battle that has been going on in my head for the past couple of weeks, here are a few other things that have been going on:


Ward Christmas party- We had a yummy Christmas feast and talent show with our ward a couple of weeks ago. Santa didn't show up, however, because our Bishop's cabin started on fire that same day, and unfortunately, he's probably the only one in our ward who could pull off Santa. Sad day for him and his family, though.

Work Christmas party- This year, good old Staples threw a pot luck as a Christmas party at the store because funds were too tight to take all of the employees out to eat. The food was good, though, and they had a white elephant gift exchange, which ended up being pretty fun.

Christmas Primary program- At church on Sunday, Hannah got to participate in her first Christmas primary program. She's not really in primary yet, just nursery, but our ward is different because we are all young students. There are about 7 kids, all ranging from 16 months to 2 1/2 years in the "primary." The parents of the children all had to go up with their kids, considering the children are still so young and have no idea what they are doing. They sang "Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam," and I found myself getting emotional watching Hannah sing and lift up her prop sun every time the word "sunbeam" was sung. It was so cute to see my little girl growing up and yet so sad. I just can't believe where the time has gone. It seems like just yesterday I was holding her as a newborn in my arms, and now she's practically in primary.
What the "h?" (H stands for heck, by the way;)

Hannah flirts- Another indicator that my daughter is growing up. We met with our bishop on Sunday and Hannah was flirting her way into his jar of candy. It was seriously the funniest thing I've ever seen. She was batting her long eyelashes, cocking her head to the side, giving a cute half smile, and sticking her hand out for him to touch it. She charmed her way into getting four pieces of candy out of him.

A few other indicators that my daughter is trying to be a big girl:

Yes, that's Hannah shaving her legs. I caught her in the bathroom, hiding in a corner, trying to shave her legs. Thank goodness the cap was still on the razor this time, but I did catch her once really shaving her face. Luckily there wasn't any blood.

Despite the fact that my daughter has been really good at throwing tantrums lately, getting into trouble, being extremely stubborn, etc., I've really had the chance to just step back and look at her this Christmas season and see what an incredible little girl she is. She makes up for all of her stinkerness by the cute things that she does, such as playing pretend with her baby, calling her dad a "scraggle muffin," putting her arms around me and giving me a kiss without being asked, and using certain phrases such as "I'm just...."

"Hannah, stop touching Dad's Xbox."
"I'm just pushing the buttons."

"Hannah, I need to change your diaper. Come here."
"I'm just hiding in the corner."

Anyway, I love this little girl more than words can describe.

Somehow this post turned out to be about Hannah, but she's really just a sweet little girl and I am thankful for her.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Christmas At The Sprague's

Almost every year since we've been married, we've been able to go to California around Christmas time. Because we went to California for Thanksgiving this year, we will not be able to make it there for Christmas. I've decided this year that because Hannah is getting old enough to recognize what Christmas is, it's time to start some of our own traditions. We put up our decorations on Monday and I was actually quite proud of the way the tree turned out. We usually just have random ornaments that were given to us by our parents and no cute color scheme. Last year I bought some red and gold decorations after Christmas, so I got them for a good deal. The tree actually has a small theme going on this year. Sure, I added the important ornaments from our parents (Some are hidden in the back. Do you have those ugly ornaments from when you were born like we do?), but a lot of them are new!

One tradition that I enjoy is that every year we decorate the tree together. This year we did it while watching Frosty The Snowman. When we are done with school and have a house to fill with decorations, we will get a real tree every year that I hope to be able to chop down with my family. There is nothing like the smell of a real Christmas tree; believe me, I've tried the Christmas tree scented candle.....not even close.

Cost of two strings of lights: $10
The feeling of seeing Christmas lights in a bush on the outside of your apartment, even if it is only two strings and looks absolutely pathetic: priceless

some day:

As part of the Christmas tradition, we also like to make goodies for other people. These cookies were the grossest sugar cookies I've ever tasted, so we didn't give them out, but we'll try again next week with a different recipe.

A tradition that I've started this year was something that my mom did for us as kids. She used to make bear Christmas ornaments every year for each of us. I used to get very excited to see what my bear would look like. She wrote our names on the bottom of it, which made me feel special. I still have all of my bears and hang them on our tree every year. This year I made one for Hannah, one for me, and one for Scott. I plan to do this every year for each of our kids. Hannah loved helping me make the bears and hang them on the tree, and I really enjoyed making them.
Other traditions that I enjoyed as a kid were reading the nativity story on Christmas Eve, lasagna with sausage and meatballs on Christmas day (we're Italian), and not seeing ANY of my gifts until Christmas morning (It leaves a fun suspense to do it that way). I plan on keeping those traditions with my kids as well. Feel free to take any of my traditions if they interest you. I would love to hear some of your favorite traditions (or you can just leave a comment even if you don't have any traditions).

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Wedding, Thanksgiving, and Other Loads Of Stuff

Yikes! I feel like it's been forever since my last post. We've been pretty busy lately. Last week we were able to make a quick trip to California for Thanksgiving and Scott's brother's wedding. Actually, we just got back about an hour ago and all I have to say is that Hannah was an *ANGEL* in the car today. The trip could not have gone more perfectly. Oh, and Scott drove the entire way, even though I offered to drive, because he knows that I'm not a big fan of driving. I like him. He's nice to me.

Anyway, we arrived in California last Tuesday afternoon. There are a few things that are a must every time we go to California:

1. Stop at the gas station in Boomtown, NV. For some reason we always stop at that gas station. I don't get it, but it's a must.
2. Eat trashy food until we're about to explode (unless my mom is cooking-she's pretty good about getting us some veggies). Not trashy as in gross, trashy as in extremely unhealthy, but extremely delicious. Fruits and vegetables are not often on the menu unless they are served with butter, cheese, mayo, or on an...
3. In-n-Out burger. In-n-Out is not currently in Utah County, so it is definitely a must when we go to California.
4. Get sick. Yes, for some reason we get sick every time we go to California. This time it was just a soar throat and runny nose/sneezing, but it never fails that we catch some sort of virus.
5. And finally, drive back and forth to all of our parents, grandparents, and extended families houses until we (and especially Hannah) are exhausted. I love it, though. I'm so glad that we get to see everyone when we go there.

As I mentioned earlier, we went there mostly for Scott's brother, David's, wedding. He got married the day after Thanksgiving. Scott was the best man and Hannah was a flower girl. David and Kim looked so great together. We are really happy for them! Here are a few pictures from the wedding.

We're married!

Kim walking with her dad above

Kim's grandma walked with the flower girls and the ring bearer

Scott with the maid of honor

My smokin' hot mother-in-law with the groom

Hannah in her pretty dress

Hannah and Scott

Hannah and the other flower girl were chasing each other on the dance floor at the reception. It was pretty cute.

On Thanksgiving day we had a huge feast with all of Scott's extended family. The food was delicious and it was a lot of fun. There was even a bounce house for the kids to play in. Here are Hannah and Scott in the bounce house and Hannah with her second cousin, Londyn.

And a few other things that we were able to do this week that I failed to get pictures of were going out with my BFF from high school, Stacy and her family, to breakfast and going to a Christmas parade with my dad and step-mom.

Fun week.

Good times.

Until next time my friends.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

What to do with a 2 year old on a rainy day-

It's that time of the year. The cold air is peaking its eyes around the corner and with a two year old who constantly wants to go outside to play, I feel like my creative side needs to come out. That's a problem, because I'm not very creative. Here are a few things that I've done with Hannah since the rain and 40 degree weather has hit Utah.

We made puppets out of paper bags.

We baked cookies (I let her pour most of the ingredients and roll the cookies into balls), built a tiny fort, and had a tea party.

I let her try on my clothes and shoes.

We've played hide and seek. She's very good at hiding. Sometimes I can't find her until she says something. I've found her behind her crib, in my closet, under the table, and under blankets.

And my personal favorite, watching Hannah play with a Wii. Thanks again, Wes, for letting us borrow it!!

I've seen magazines with various crafts that a parent can make with their children, but most of them are too complicated for a two year old to do. Of course there are always finger painting and coloring, which she enjoys, but they get boring after awhile. She needs a little brother or sister to play with! Other children to play with fulfill a part of childhood that I can't provide for Hannah. Luckily she has a few friends, but I think that it's going to be a very long winter without the swings and slides. If you have any fun indoor ideas, please let me know.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

"Twick o Tweat"

Arrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!! Hannah was a pirate for Halloween last night. We went out to my sister's house to go trick-or-treating. I'm sad that I didn't get many pictures of her kids and her hubby. Jarin, my bro-in-law, was dressed as a toilet, which I thought was hilarious. He put candy in his toilet bowl and gave it to kids as we were walking around the streets. It was a very clever idea. I didn't get a picture of him, but I did catch him on video. You'll see him on the right hand side of the video. Hannah's pirate hat fell off a few times, which was kind of annoying, but other than that the night went well. She got lots of candy! Afterward, we went over to my sister's house and ate mummy hot dogs, which I failed to get a picture of, and orange drinks with ghost cool whip on top. What a creative sister I have!!! Anyway, here's the short video and a couple of pictures:

Scott and I had patches and hats, but I lost my hat and he lost his patch. So, we didn't really look like pirates at all.....just a girl with an eye patch and a guy with a black hat.

Hannah and Si Si, the snow princess, are shown in the above picture.

Above is Hannah showing all of her delcious candy off to the camera with her incredibly cheesy/fake smile.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

My Little Shrimp Loves Shrimp

Even though we did this last night as well (see post below), it deserves its own post. We went to Red Lobster last night for dinner because we are shrimp fanatics and they are having their "endless shrimp" fest right now. Hannah ate EIGHTEEN shrimp all by herself.....and she wanted more (or "myrr", as she likes to say) but I had to say no because she had also eaten a biscuit, a lot of my salad, 2 or 3 mushrooms stuffed with lobster, and a few bites of my steak. She ate more shrimp than my mother-in-law did. I was afraid that she was going to barf. I just couldn't believe it. I wasn't really introduced to shrimp until I met my husband, so the fact that my daughter is in love with shrimp scampi is amazing to me. My family is not really big into sea food, but I've certainly become a fan since I met my husband (although I'm still having a hard time with fish, but I like shell fish). Anyway, Hannah is definitely her daddy's daughter!

Hee Haw: It's Officially A Tradish

Last night we went to Hee Haw farms! We also went last year with Hannah, so I think that we are going to try to make it a tradition until we leave good old Utah County. My mo-in-law is visiting this week as well, which is always fun. Hannah loves Grandma Julia so much! We were able to go to Hee Haw Farms last year with her, too, so maybe we'll have to make it a tradition that she is up here every October to go with us! I really love this little place. It's perfect for younger children. Hannah LOVED it! Here are our pics:

A huge improvement from last year. Hannah was terrified of these goats last year. This year she actually let them lick some food out of her hand.

The pig above is Leroy. I think the name fits him. He's the biggest pig I've ever seen.
Hannah grew a whole head and neck since last year! What a big girl!

This is the corn box. After having a corn fight with Hannah and Scott, all of us had corn in places that shouldn't have corn in them. Scott and I found corn in our bed this morning. Nice.

Hannah and Grandma Julia above

They also had a big hay trampoline

and a train ride
and free pony rides (which was kind of ghetto because it was just a young girl controlling the horse. The horse started to gallop a few times which led us to have to run beside it so that Hannah didn't fall off).

and a big slide.

There were many more activities as well, but I won't post all of them. They also have a pumpkin patch there, but their pumpkins are kind of lame so we bought some from Albertsons today. I love Halloween time!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

It's Tagging Season Again....and I've Got Two


7 things I can do:

1. Play piano (kind of)

2. Eat good food until I'm about to explode

3. Read Twilight series in about 2 weeks (probably faster if I didn't have a child to watch)

4. Dance

5. laugh at myself

6. watch The Office series over and over again

7. a back or front flip on the trampoline

7 Things I can't do:

1. sing well.

2. draw well....yeah, I draw like a 5 year old.

3. fit my hips in a tiny chair- these suckers are huge.

4. drive to unfamiliar places without getting anxiety.

5. become a vegetarian.

6. a back or front flip on the ground.

7. swim in the ocean without worrying about sharks.

7 things that attracted me to Scott. (ah, only seven!)

1. his eyes. seriously seriously, blue. (Keeping a few of these the same as Cori's)

2.his spirituality. I've always liked the good boys.

3. his sense of humor.

4. The Spanish accent that he had right off the mish.

5. his booty. (which I never saw until AFTER we were married, but jeans hint enough)

6. His ability to remember things well. He has a very sharp mind.

7. How much he loved and adored me.

7 things I say most:

1. Oh my gosh.

2. Boo. I'm gonna get you.

3.No!!!!! (At the top of my lungs)

4. You are cute.

5. I love you.

6. Hannah! (Often said in an annoyed voice because she's done something naughty)

7. Can I have a kiss?

7 People I admire most


2.My mom and dad

3.President Hinckley

4. President Monson

5. Jesus Christ

6. My sisters and bro

7. Anyone who stands up for what is right despite the fact that they might lose friends over it.

7 favorite foods

1. mashed potatoes smothered in turkey gravy

2. a juicy steak with A1

3. pasta- (Macaroni + Hunts Tomato Sauce + Parm cheese = Crazy Delicious)

4. boneless buffalo wings (mmmmmm)

5. anything with peanut butter and chocolate in it

6. pizza- any kind, but my favorite is combination

7. blueberry cheesecake ice cream

7 people to tag

1. Kerrie
2. Jen
3. Mom
4. Wendi (you need to update your blog, girl!)
5. Kate
6. Leslie
7. Alene

and anyone else who wants to do it.

Since Alene told me about her tag in her last comment, I'll do that one as well.

10 things I would do to change someone's life (I didn't do anyone in particular...just someone who is in need):
1. teach him or her about the gospel
2. give him or her money
3. pay for an education
4. give him or her a makeover
5. encourage and exercise with someone who needs to lose weight
6. adopt a child who has suffered in foster homes
7. befriend someone who is lonely
8. try to lift someone's self esteem by giving compliments
9. teach someone who is illiterate to read and write
10. bring over a meal to someone that might need it

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Celeb Fest

Last Friday Hannah and I went to Thanksgiving Point for their "Scarecrow Festival" with my sisters and their kids. Around noon we decided to eat lunch on a picnic bench by the Information Center. While eating our lunch, we noticed a REALLY tall guy behind the info booth. I don't mean kind of tall, like 6 feet and some odd inches. I mean FREAKISHLY tall- like 7 feet 6 inches. Kind of a rude word to use, but let's face it, he's a freak. No, I'm kidding, he's just ginormous. Anyway, we also noticed that people were coming up to him, asking to take their picture with him. We knew that he must be a famous basketball player because he's just huge and I really don't think that he could be famous for anything else. Football? Na, you really can't run that fast being so tall. Baseball? ummm...no, the pitcher probably couldn't even throw the baseball that high when he was up to bat. An actor? Yeah, right. His head would be cut off in every camera shot while standing in the same room with shorter actors. Yeah....he's definitely a basketball player. But which one?

Anyway, none of us knew who he was, so we asked. If you're not big into basketball or you've never gone to the Taco Bell next to BYU and seen his posters hanging up, then you probably don't know who he is either. This is Shawn Bradly, who played at BYU and then went on to play for the Philly 76ers and the Dallis Mavericks (NBA). Look at how iddy biddy Hannah looks in his arms.

** On a side note, I've seen more somewhat famous people (in their daily lives, not in concerts/games) in Utah than I ever did living in CA. I think I saw Arnold Shwarz once in Cali driving his hummer when I was little but I also lived in Sac town, which is not really known for booming with celebs. Here I've helped Gary Coleman (who would look really funny standing next to Shawn Bradly) at Staples several times and seen Donny and Marie Osmond and now Shawn Bradly.

Anyway, the reason for this post was not really to talk about Shawn Bradly, but as I was watching him throughout lunch and a little bit afterward, I realized something: I don't ever want to be famous. Sure, I wouldn't mind looking like this:

But I certainly don't want their lifestyles. I felt bad for Shawn. He kept trying to eat his lunch and people (including us- hey I'm not going to miss a chance to get a photo with someone famous) kept coming up to him, asking him for pictures. He was so polite, too. I am such a private person and this would truly get annoying to me, and he's not even a real celebrity. I can't imagine what it would have been like if Britney Spears were there eating her lunch. There is nothing private about being a celeb. You can't even go out in public without people constantly coming up to you asking for pictures and autographs. This is something that I just don't think I would be able to handle. I wonder if this is why some celebs just can't take it and end up in rehab or killing themselves. What a hard life. I know that there are many who don't end up this way, though, and good for them. Some people would be great celebrities, and it would be great for them to share their talents with the world. But for me, I am just so grateful that I have the life that I have. My private life. And I can sit at Thanksgiving Point, eating my sack lunch, without people constantly interrupting me to take my picture.