Sunday, July 20, 2008

The Eyrings have socialized! 8 Mile run!

Yeah....If any of you can tell, I really don't have much of a life. I've been updating this more in the last few days than I EVER have in my journal or anything like that. I just really wanted to share some fun stuff that happened with us yesterday and this morning, and being that I have pictures, it's going on here.

It's official. We have finally caved in and started socializing. I kept fighting it, keeping to my introvert self, but realizing that it really isn't fun hanging out by myself and that I do in fact get lonely, we went and hung out with friends yesterday. Larry was especially excited because we went with the Eliason's and Hinkson's to the zoo, where they were having "teddy bear day" for all the little kids. It was so cute seeing little kids lined up with their favorite plush friends and they even had a "teddy bear clinic" where you could take the bears to get a check up. :) It made me smile. Larry had a blast being our tour guide (even though I think everyone had been there at least once) and we enjoyed roasting out in the hot hot sun. It's been a lot of fun getting to know both of these new families and to have our first "friends with kids" kind of relationships. It's odd to realize that a lot of the time we are all sitting around talking about our kids. I don't think I could have ever pictured myself doing that before, but I really think it's inevitable.

We also have just recently received "Settlers of Zarahemla" (Mormon version of Settlers of Kahtan) and were able to play with Emily and Josh, who royally beat us all. I tend to be really bad at most games, but hey! I guess I'm just trying to get better at losing gracefully..??

This morning I finally got over my big hill of a lag in my training for a marathon. I decided to go running to Garden of the Gods and back, and I actually made it the whole way! I woke up poor Larry and Edana, who drove and waited every mile just to make sure I didn't get taken away or eaten by a cougar, and Larry was so sweet cheering me on, even though I could tell he was so tired. He even was so proud of me as to take pictures, which at first I didn't like but I guess now I have proof that I actually did it. I finally have gotten back that, "I can do anything" high and I love it! It was such a beautiful morning and I think that the most amazing thing to see is the mountains and rock formations in the early morning sun. It made me really appreciate the beauty that our Heavenly Father has created for us, and I've realized how lucky I am to be here in Colorado Springs. Despite the dry heat and rock lawns they have here, it really is beautiful and I really think I'm going to like it here.

Friday, July 18, 2008

His baby? My baby? She's her own, baby!

"Oh! She looks so much like her daddy!"-these are the words I have heard for the last 15 months. Yes, it is true: Edana has this uncanny resemblance to her daddy. They both have the same Eyring nose and Rasmussen lips. They both have this devilish smile that lets me know something just happened that I'll probably never find out about. They both even have the same hair, and neither has a say in it. (One is in the military, the other...a baby.) But some of you may be surprised to find, that yes indeed Edana has developed some of my traits too! (And no, not JUST the whole "oooh! scary!" thing...)
My little girl is blossoming into an artist. Though her style has yet to pass the boundaries of squiggles and lines, she is becoming more and more patient with it; sitting there to squiggle for a few minutes rather than seconds. Anytime a pencil or pen in the vicinity she asks, "Draw?" and begins carefully scribbling all over the paper. Her other love of the "arts" is playdough. She hasn't gotten the concept of molding it, of course, but she loves pulling it to pieces and throwing it EVERYWHERE! (We stopped playing when I noticed her eating some of it.Apparently the 3 years and up really does have a purpose.)

Edana has also become more of a girly girl. She has officially replaced her favorite Ralphie doll (yes..ralphie from the simpsons) for a baby doll that she has refused to leave out of her sight. Whenever we ask what the baby's name is, we either get "eetee" or "mimi", so we refer to her as "baby mimi" doll.

Another bookworm is born. Since we can remember, Edana has been pretty content when shuffling through a good picture book, but lately she has developed an even deeper interest in books. Any time Momma is reading, Edana will grab her little book and plop down next to Momma, pointing out all the animals and bubbles. She has even surprised us by repeating the books later on, when we aren't reading. Of course, not the whole book, but we get an occasional, "Tubbytime!" or "wah sop (whale soap)...say boat (sailboat)". It's very cute.

So even if she didn't get my curly hair or tiny bow shaped lips, there still is alittle me in there.

But then again....she really does look like Larry!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Where to start....

I have been so hesitant to start this blogging forum for us because I had no idea where to start. At the beginning of Larry's and my relationship? The whole, "Hi I'm Jen" introduction? So I just decided to start where we are now. Don't worry, we're like a daytime soap opera in the sense that our lives are easy to catch up with. ;)
Lately our family has tried our hardest to become healthier...or rather, Jen ( in the third person) has been fiercely inforcing the horrible "eat good!" laws on the family. ;) One of the highlights of this journey, having (hopefully) eaten our last fastfood night while watching "Supersize" me. I tell you what, it's a pleasant way to end a day, especially after eating fastfood. Sadly, while I am moaning in disgust on my side of the couch, Larry smiles and says, "I feel fine! Pass me another fry." Something has to break him eventually.
My next attempt is starting us on Jillian Michaels "making the cut". Our deal was that we would start this after the Rasmussen Reunion and after Larry's conference in TX, so we are looking at the second week in August. I AM holding him to this agreement and now all of you are my go to's when he denies he said so. So in preparation I am sifting through the book and having us try different recipes that we will be eating for that 30 days. *note: just tried the "oats and eggwhite hot cereal this morning...bleh. The only way it got better was when I closed my eyes and thought of England...supposively that's what you're suppose to do?? Oooh man! Larry is going to hate this! Heehee hee.
On a positive note (more for Larry) we went to Elitch Gardens yesturday. It was alot of fun and we had so much fun getting to finally know the Eliason's and Hinkson's a little bit better. Edana even enjoyed herself by playing DDR and riding her first time ON the horse of the carousel rather than being placed in the chariots. :) We were so proud, but didn't think to take a picture then. Silly us.