Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year's Eve in Israel

Xan and I have made it to Israel safely!  We are here visiting his parents who are living here.  His brother, Tony, and his wife, Shanda, are also here visiting.  Tony did a semester in Jordan through BYU while Shanda lived with his parents for the Fall semester.  

To celebrate the New Year, we went to the Mediterranean Sea and toasted some cherry juice.  It was about 50 degrees F and the water was surprisingly a pleasant lukewarm.  

This picture below is my new favorite picture of Xan!

Xan kidnapped me and ran around the sea.

The more I screamed, the faster he went!  

Happy New Year

Love these two!

We miss his sister and her family like crazy!  We wish they had been able to be here, too.  They came in the Fall for a while.  The good news is that his sister, Kressyda, is about to have another baby in a few weeks.  We miss you Kressyda, and hope everything goes well!

We are getting ready to head out to the Galilee area for a few days.  We don't know if we'll have internet access there but I'll post more pictures when we get back.  :)

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!  

Xan and I celebrated our 6th Christmas together.  We only have 3 official Christmas pictures ('06, 08, and '11) but the others were taken a month before or after Christmas so... I'm counting them.  







We didn't do to much for Christmas this year.  My mom would be proud to know we did wait until Christmas this year to open up presents.  :)  Xan has been busy writing papers and I worked my regular work schedule which has me working Thursday through Monday.  Christmas was fun with the residents, though, so I'm not complaining.  We ate dinner with our Branch president's family and 2 other couples left here for the holidays.  Food was DELICIOUS!

And, we leave for Israel to visit his parents on THURSDAY for 5 WEEKS!  We're both really excited and scrambling to get everything ready in time.


Friday, November 18, 2011

All About Me

Big Thank you to Jenn, my endearing sister, for nominating me.  

The rules of this nomination are:
To tell seven random things about myself as well as pass on the award to seven other great bloggers.
Nominees, in order to accept this award you must:
-Thank and link back to the person who awarded you.
-Write seven random things about yourself.
-Award seven other awesome and inspiring bloggers.

1.  I am afraid of the dark, being home alone, under my bed, under my car, and having my eyes closed while in the shower.  Most of the time, I can talk myself out of being afraid... but not always.

2.  I have several different Chapter 1's from books I've started to write since the age of 7.  The first outline I made is terrible.  I can't really figure out what my plot was.  But some of the later story ideas still have potential. Maybe someday.

3.  I get excessive bursts of energy when I get excited about something.  I'll jump up and down, shake my hands out, run/skip/gallop/jump around our small apartment, and squeal.  These "episodes" will last anywhere from 5 seconds to over an hour.  I usually reign that part of me in while out in public, but it does slip out at times.  

4.  I finished day 4 this morning of my new goal to read the entire standard works of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints in 1 year.  

5.  I have a cowlick in my left eyebrow that my mother used to try to tape down to fix.  It looked like this kid's picture. Since college, I trim it down so its not as noticeable.  I often consider letting it grow back out.

6.  Xan and I fought more our first year of dating than our first 3 years of married life combined.  Marriage has been good to us and I'm really glad we stuck it out that first year. 

7.  I am currently wondering if I would enjoy a career in Occupational Therapy

There are so many blogs that I love but I can only choose seven so... the bloggers I am passing this on to are:
* the fascinating Maren P.
* the lovely Wendy H.
* the sweet Merry G.
* the awesomely named Ashley C.
* the fabulous Kim Y.
* the Glamorous Danya S.
* the inspiring Amber T.

Saturday, October 15, 2011


I only have 5 minutes before I need to get to work but just wanted to update and to say that so far I LOVE tutoring Mandarin.  The Senior I tutor is smart, enthusiastic, and a pleasure to teach.  It feels really weird to walk around a high school again.  Most people look at me like I'm a student.  I meet him in the library during 5th period for an hour.  LOVE IT.

Hope everyone enjoys their weekend!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Tutoring Mandarin

I got a text the other day from my previous boss at Wegmans saying that there was a woman looking for a Mandarin tutor for her son and word of mouth at Wegmans was that I might be able to help.  Jumping on the chance, I got the woman's phone number and gave her a call.  Thank you, Katie!

We have a tentative date of October 4rth to meet and start.

I'M SO EXCITED!  Trust me, I have the same expression on my face now as I did 6 years ago in this picture.  :)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Theme: Simplify

I've been on this simplifying and organizational kick for over a year now.  Sometimes, I find my efforts only complicate my life but I figure, I'll get it right someday as long as I keep trying.  :)

To help simplify my blog specifically, I'm dividing it into two.  The family blog, which is this one, will be about everyday things, places we travel, and things we do.  The second blog is where I put all my ideas and research into play with homemade products, natural cooking, and - depending on all your support - a place to swap ideas and strategies.

Without further ado, please check out my new blog,

Friday, September 16, 2011

Forced to be more Green

I've known for a couple of years that I have an intolerance to artificial ingredients in my food.  I've done elimination challenges and have discovered some main culprits: artificial sweeteners, artificial vanilla (vanillan), Estevia (Truvia), cheap cheeses (ie. Kraft Singles), artificially flavored sodas (Pepsi, Coke, and Sierra Mist is fine), and Sodium tripolyphosphates.  As long as I'm not eating those, my system runs well and I rarely feel nauseated.

In the last two months, however, I'm discovering that the problem is bigger.  It's including topical intolerances as well!  I've been sensitive "down there" for years now and just figured there was nothing to do about it.  Nothing worked.  Some things that were prescribed made it worse.  And I kept getting multiple back-to-back infections.  I'd given up.  Until I was sitting down with my doctor and we traced some of my flare ups with laundry detergent changes.  With nothing left to try, I went ahead and rewashed all my clothes, sheets, towels, 2X with a hypoallergenic wash.  I noticed a difference.

I took it a step further and switched to hypoallergenic body washes, shaving cream, and a more naturally based shampoo/conditioner.  I'm noticing a big difference in over all skin health.

Yes: I'm being forced by Mother Nature herself to be more Green.  It makes sense though.  If I'm intolerant of artificial stuff INSIDE, why not OUTSIDE, too?

Going more natural with food was a BIG step for me.  Going more natural with beauty and cleansing products feel like a GIANT step.  I'm taking my journey slowly as I find solutions one at a time.  Feel free to give me links, recipes, or tips that you've found and I'll incorporate them one at a time.  For now, I'm browsing through books, search engines, and blogs.  And, to lower costs, I'll slowly replace my current products as they run out with all natural and/or hypoallergenic ones without breaking my budget and buying it all at once.  This slow process will also allow me time to explore different options, focusing on one area at a time.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

New York Renaissance Fair

One of the perks about being full time at a job that is 24/7 is that it is a bit easier to get a Saturday off every now and then without loosing hours or feeling guilty about leaving your work short staffed to go have fun. (Yes, I have a guilt complex that definitely cuts into my personal life.)  I am being trained to administer medications (A really long and tedious, several days of training spread out through September) and had enough hours for the week to get yesterday off without having to use any vacation days.  And, someone covered my shift.  :)

Therefore,  Xan and I jumped on the opportunity to spend a rare Saturday together.  We decided to head up to the Renaissance Fair happening over in Tuxedo, NY.   We got up at 5am (Already a perfect start to a Saturday morning, right?) and drove a little over 3 hours to get there.  

This was taken 3 minutes away from our apartment and is on the road that I take to work.  There are some mornings I'm a bit late clocking in because I couldn't help but stop and admire the view.  Here's the sun rise we past.  The picture above shows the fog and the picture below shows the colors of the sky better.  

Amazing, right?  Always makes me start humming hymns.

There was a lot to see at the fair, including taking lots of trips over the kissing bridge.  The fair was a conglomeration of over-priced but fun to browse shops, tempting hair braiding stations, stages and fields for shows and demo's, carnival games and rides (each ride being powered by muscled men, of course.), and people decked out in costumes ranging from really cool to ridiculous to scandalous.  And, of course, only 10% being anywhere close to accurate.

Xan's been taking a lot of chances to practice his photography this summer.  He's worked with a lot of aspiring models taking some really cools shots outdoors, especially by the waterfalls.  One of the women he's worked with is Heidi.  She volunteered to work at the fair this summer and was cast as one of the fairies.  There was a Queen fairy and then a fairy for each element.  She was chosen as the Water Fairy.

We saw some archery, jousting, a bird's of prey show, knife throwing, chainsaw juggling (Eek!), Shakespearean play staging, medieval courts, lots of pubs, fortune telling, belly dancing, sword fighting, dancing, musical performances, AND a stunt man lighting off firecrackers taped to his chest:

All the Water balloons you are seeing are kids and adults lined up to the sides of the stage ready to help drench him in water.  And yes, he is balancing on a ladder at the same time.  Amazing!

After all the riveting excitement of the shows were over and the sun had finally set below the tree line, we stole the Water Fairy away while she had some free time and chilled out.  One of the benefits to not drinking alcohol is that while everyone was out to the pubs drinking with the Queen, we had the whole park pretty much to ourselves.  We ended up by the fairy throne and stole a few chances to get some pictures.  Here I am waiting for Xan to get the camera settings right and still too chicken to go under the rope to sit on the throne.

I was finally convinced.  :)

And needed some some subjects to join me.

Then we went to the Chess Field where an actual giant chess board was painted with white paint on the grass.  Queen Elizabeth had her own throne up there to watch the proceedings and since she wasn't there... we decided to keep it warm for her.  ;)  

Working out our facial hair options.

And then we headed home around 7:30 pm.  Unfortunately, I found myself weakened by dehydration, too much sun exposure (but thankfully only slightly sunburned) and nausea on the ride home.  I'll leave the lovely details out, but it was one of the most miserable rides home.  We finally made it in one piece and an empty stomach on my end at exactly 12am.  Regardless, it was a really fun day and a much needed escape for Xan and I to spend an entire day together.  

Monday, July 18, 2011

Our Spring and Summer

My apologies to all you out there who asked specifically about me, my new jobs, and Xan.  The end of the crazy working summer is in sight and hopefully I can get back to some semblance of being good at getting back to people.  :)  

This is a long post so if you are not family or people who really like reading my blog, you can scroll down to where I have pictures towards the bottom.  I won't be offended.  :)

Where to begin.  We'll start with work since that is what is currently consuming the most of my time.  Yes, I have found a new job.  I work with the Franziska Racker Center who specialize in helping individuals with developmental disabilities.  To protect the rights of the individuals I work with, I'm not allowed to share specific stories, display photos of any of our activities, or stuff like that.  But, I LOVE the job.  I work in their residential program.  They have 20 houses where adult individuals live and 24/7 staff support is available to them.  Some houses are high functioning where the staff is really just there to make sure they eat balanced meals, don't forget to turn the stove off, and to drive them places.  Other houses are low-functioning where staff assists them spoon feeding pureed food, changing attends, bathing, and moving them from one place to another.  My house is somewhere in the middle.  

I was hired on as part-time relief staff in the middle of May.  As a relief staff, I pick which shifts I want to work out of what is available, like on days when extra staff is needed or a regular staff needs the day off.  I was just offered a full-time position a week ago and I will start full-time in the middle of August.

Since then, I've been juggling both jobs.  I often work 45-56 hours a week.  It's been crazy but with Xan out of school and able to help around the house more, its been doable.  The extra money will help since we are going to Israel for the whole month of January!  His parents are currently living there and his brother, Tony and his new bride, Shanda, will also be there.  We'll miss his sister Kressyda and her family by a month or two.  :(

Sadly, going full-time with Rackers means that I'll be leaving Wegmans at the start of August.  When I first started working there, I never expected to actually feel sad that I was going to leave.  I've made so many friends there and really like the work.  It's not an office job where I stare at the computer, but an active job where I get to move around and stay busy.  But, all good things must come to an end and I still get to go grocery shopping after I leave.  :)  

Xan's parents are coming from August 6-11 so I'll be taking a week and a half off of work (my last "vacation" before I'm committed to a full-time schedule).  I have today and tomorrow off, then work 15 days straight between the two jobs, ending with my last day at Wegmans on August 3.  

Now for the picture update!

Here are the lovely ladies of our branch (church group) here in Ithaca.  Thank you, Maxwells!  The food was delicious!  And we're going to miss all of you who moved... :(

I attempted to make my ponytail shorter (hair boredom, I guess) and while it stayed in all day, it didn't work quite as well as I hoped.  But it was fun anyway.

Xan and I missed the Hill Cumorah Pageant last year since we were in Utah visiting family, but we made it out this year!  It's in Palmyra, NY among other famous church sites. We ran into the Andersons, who also went that night.  From left to right, Matt, Trisha, me, Xan, Roxy (Matt and Trisha's daughter), and Trisha's brother (visiting for the week).  

Xan and I opted to sit in the back by the middle aisle.  The people in front of us were already there and were short... so we knew we'd be able to see the show despite being further away.  We went the same night as the Harry Potter opening midnight showing so there were fewer people.  I'd say there were still a couple thousand in the audience, though.

Here's the stage in the daylight.

Getting pictures with the cast members seemed to be the thing to do since everyone else was doing it. I decided I should join in and got a picture with one of the villains.  Here is King Noah.

The cast was big, with over 700 members.  I didn't have a great camera, but you get the drift.

Here is Lehi's vision of the Tree of Life.

I only took those pictures as it got darker and harder to see through the camera.  The special effects were fantastic with the water, lighting, fire, and explosions.  It was a really well-done production!  I encourage anyone who is able to go see it, LDS or not.  It is a story of Christ's dealings with the people of America and I know that Joseph Smith translated the book and that the Book of Mormon is the true word of God, and adds to the knowledge and truth found in the Bible.

The lovely protesters with their megaphones standing out by the road were kind enough to stay quiet through-out the show, although they promptly picked up their rantings as soon as we all said amen to the closing prayer.  While I found it rude behavior, I have to admit that it was entertaining to listen to their words as we walked back to the car.  They clearly did not watch the performance since they were STILL crying out that we Mormons don't believe in Jesus Christ and all sorts of other things.  We are called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, after all.  "Mormons" is just a nickname.

The parking was phenomenal!  Xan and I almost didn't go because we really didn't want to sit in the parking lot forever after the show and get home really late.  I had to work at 8am the next morning and just wanted to go to bed.  We went anyway and were delighted that Mormon efficiency had us out from our seats after the show, into the car, and out into regular moving traffic in 15 minutes tops.  INCREDIBLE!

And lastly, I got my birthday present a little early this year.  Our neighbors are moving to London and are trying to get rid of most of their stuff.  A keyboard was on the list.  I couldn't resist and now it sits in my house ready for me to play whenever I have the time.  LOVE it!  My piano music is no longer collecting dust!

And yes, I shot that picture to highlight the length of my hair.  Rumor has it that my eldest sister, Kim, cut her hair and while it still falls to her elbows (so my mother says), even Kim has admitted that I now probably have the longest hair in the family.  A title I have been hoping to have since I've always envied my sister and her long hair.  :)  Guess that means I can't cut it for a while.  Especially since its still a "probably."  LOL!

I probably shouldn't procrastinate making dinner anymore.  Until next time...  

Saturday, July 16, 2011

My Hopes and Dreams of 10 Years Ago

While cleaning out the attic back in May, I came across all my old journals.  I've been having a lot of fun reading through them.  Some entries are absolutely ridiculous!

One entry really caught my eye:


So... My future, according to my hopes right now, is after I graduate from Bingham High School, I'm going to go to UVSC to get my culinary arts degree.  From there, I'm going on [an LDS] mission.  Since I'll graduate from high school at 17, I graduate from college at 19 and wait a year being a chef somewhere for experience.  Then when I get back, I'll be a seminary teacher.  I'm a genius, huh! 

Let's see... I did graduate from high school  in 2003 at the age of 17... I got a mission call and served a 2 week mission before being honorably released... and I'm still a genius!  :)  3/5 is not too shabby!

Xan, 10 years ago, says that he had just changed his major from electric engineering at BYU to Astronomy.  He was planning on double majoring in Italian.  If you had asked him what he was going to do after graduating, he would have said he was planning on going into the Air Force and becoming an Astronaut.  :)

Let's see... he did get his BS in Astronomy but was one or two classes short of the double major (had already been accepted into graduate school so wasn't too worried about finishing the second major).  But not much else.  1/3.

I win!  LOL!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Looking for the Good

"While looking for a new home, a young Latter-day Saint couple talked to potential neighbors about the neighborhood and the schools in the area.
One woman they spoke to said of the school her children were attending: “This is the most incredible place! The principal is a wonderful and good man; the teachers are well qualified, kind, and friendly. I am so pleased that our children can attend this wonderful school. You’ll love it here!”
A different woman said of her children’s school: “It’s a terrible place. The principal is self-absorbed; the teachers are unqualified, rude, and unfriendly. If I could afford to move out of this area, I’d do it in a heartbeat!”
The interesting thing was that both women were speaking about the same principal, the same teachers, and the same school.
Have you ever noticed that people can usually find whatever they are looking for? Look hard enough, and you can discover both good and bad in almost anyone and anything."

Monday, May 16, 2011

A New Chapter of Life in Ithaca

Life has been moving crazy fast this last month.  For the past 3 months, I feel like everything has just been up in limbo land and no decisions could be made.  But this last month... everything came swooping down and the best part was that DECISIONS WERE BEING MADE!  

What's new?  We withdrew our application from the sorority house.  The application process was taking way too long and we couldn't afford to wait any longer.  We're keeping all our pets!  YAY!

Speaking of pets, our frogs our spitting out eggs like crazy!  We officially made $70 last week when we sold our first frog.  It was one of Ana and Þór's offspring.  They are the Ranitomeya Ventrimaculatus species.  The common name is Amazon poison dart frog.   I should make a page devoted to our frogs, shouldn't I.  I'll add it to my list.

Xan is just about done for the semester!  He was feeling really worn out with 2 of his classes (Old Irish and Old Russian) that he had been taking since the Fall.  He was ready to be DONE!  I think he has a paper or two left but classes are out until the Fall.  He'll be working in the dendro lab over the summer and also working with professors with personal goals, such as improving Arabic, Russian, Icelandic, and "the whole works", as he puts it. It won't be a relaxing summer but there will be less stress than during the school year.

We are doing some major spring organizing.  I've gone through closets, corners, and rearranged a couple of rooms to more fully use the space available.  Xan is giving me his desk.  SO EXCITED!  He never uses it, preferring to do his homework at the kitchen table, so I get it!  YAY!  And today, we'll be re-doing the attic.  Wow, is it a mess up there!  I bought some white duck tape to label the boxes and am planning on making our donation pile grow A LOT by the end of the day.

And finally, the biggest change for me is that I got a second job.  I'm keeping my job at Wegmans but I'm cutting back my hours from 32 to 20 or so.  The second job is as a relief residential counselor at one of the many houses set up in our county for people with developmental disabilities.  I got hired by one house with 5 autistic men.  Once I get fully trained and more comfortable with the job, however, I can help out some of the other houses.  As a relief counselor, I get to pick my own hours/days that I work.  I basically pick up shifts so that the full-timers can have time off and/or to be the extra person for outings and such.  I'm really excited to start this job and get a bit more variety into my schedule.  There are a lot of restrictions on what one can and can't share about the residents so I may not be able to write very much about this job, but I'll at least let you all know if I like it after a month or two.  :)

Monday, April 25, 2011

A Time for Decisions and a Time for Limbo

Xan and I have had some decisions to make lately.  Most of them came with limbos where we couldn't make a decision until someone else made a decisions.  Don't you LOVE those?  (heavy on the sarcasm)

One example of these was a chance for Xan to do some digs in Israel over the summer.  He was accepted and was going to be able to go dig up Harrod's palace.  (Can you say awesome?)  Unfortunately, he didn't get the funding.  *sigh*  It was an annoying complication that made Cornell decide not to give him the money.  You see, the dig in Israel doesn't relate directly to his dissertation research.  Makes sense, right?  BUT, the dig that DOES pertain to his dissertation - let me ask him where it is again...Oh yes, the Faroe Islands - won't take him on without SOME experience.  It's simply one of those catch 22 situations where you can't go without experience... but then how else do you get experience but to go GET experience...  *sigh*  Life...

I've been applying for other jobs.  Many of them are part-time and would allow me to still work at Wegmans, too.  I think I've already collected almost 10 rejections for the year.  Such is the life of a recent (2+ years) college graduate in an economically unstable job market.  There are two jobs still pending.  The first, well, we'll see.  The other Xan and I applied for together.  It's to be house parents for one of the sororities here at Cornell.  I have a lot of housing and hospitality experience under my belt.  My favorite jobs were in housing environments.   We already had an interview but they were hoping for more applicants so they extended the interview process.  We expect to hear back by the end of May... we guess.  Honestly, we're not really sure if we want it.  Our decision process goes something like this:

Free rent, utilites, cable, phone, internet, trash disposable, on-campus parking spot, and food.  (That's a LOT of free stuff!)  Plus a $600 monthly stipend.  In other words, the biggest pro is that we could save A LOT of money, and that's after a liberal budget allowance.  There is a house cook so I wouldn't have to make dinner most nights.  Don't like the food?  Well, we'd have the money to go out to eat since Ithaca has a GREAT selection of restaurants.  (I've dealt with living off cafeteria food before in China as well as a summer job at BYU and while its not ideal, I know how to make it work).  We'd be living on campus so I'd be closer to Xan during the day if we wanted to have lunch together.  We could attend more events on campus, like evening concerts.  AND, I could keep a part-time job at the same time.  That DOUBLES the savings. And, this particular sorority has a private entrance to the apartment so we wouldn't have to interact with the girls EVERY time we came and went.

We'd have to move INTO the sorority where a one bedroom apartment is provided. (a sitting room, bedroom, bathroom, and two small closets.  No private kitchen; we'd be sharing with the girls and the cook.  No pet policy (honestly our biggest hold up).  And simply dealing with the girls.  The politics, drama, pranks, drugs, alcohol, sex, ect.  And finally, this house is more strict than some of the others and make it mandatory that you are there any night that the girls are there.  For example, if Cornell gets a long weekend and is out on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, we would only be allowed to leave on the Saturday.  And, over the summer or winter break, we couldn't leave if there was work being done with the house.  So, yes, we'd have a lot of extra spending money for travel, but we would have to wait until the job was over to use it.  But, if I stayed at Wegmans, we're not sure this would really be an issue since I already am locked in at work during those times anyway.  That summer trip we took to Utah for 2 1/2 weeks was VERY nice of them.

We go back and forth on this by the hour.  (Can you guess which side I'm on while writing this?)  I think we're currently of the opinion that we'll make the decision once we find out if we even got the job.  Why stress where there is a chance we might not even get the offer? The current house parents are in our branch.  We're house-sitting for them through Tuesday night.  It's a good chance to see a taste of living there.  I slept there last night and yes, the girls do sound like they are rearranging furniture upstairs until one in the morning.  Although, it was still distant enough that I don't remember it keeping me awake.  Xan's coming with me tonight to see how he takes it, since he is the lightest sleeper I've ever known.  Apparently, he'll wake up if I start breathing differently.  It's a good thing I don't snore... or rarely snore and even then quietly.

It's been interesting to hear other people's opinions on whether we should accept should an offer be given.  Those who are really struggling with finances won't even give the cons the time of day.  For them, the financial security would be worth any type of Hell we might experience for a year or two or three.  On the other hand, pet lovers out there claim that no money is worth loosing one's pets.  Which, by the way, the plan would be to give the cats back to Xan's parents (where they originally came from) so we'd still see them anytime we visited the folks.  The frogs would be sold.  I think we calculated that right now we have a frog value of around $1500 (including the tanks).  Although we've had a few more eggs laid and tadpoles born so I think we might be up another hundred or so.  And we would sell my snake, Aakash.  

Have an opinion?  Let us know!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Brownie Recipe

I made some homemade brownies a couple of weeks ago and a few people asked for the recipe.  (No one that tried them, though... )  I got the recipe from Good Eats.  

I liked these videos because they helped with the technique of cooking brownies.  They were VERY tasty.  But, still not quite as good as boxed brownies.  Now that I have the technique, I'll try a few different recipes over the course of time.  (Cocoa can get pricey and brownies use A LOT.  Totally worth it!)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Tadpole City

I may not write as often as I'd like, but I'm here.  Xan and I are doing really well.  It's getting to the end of the semester so we're tired but we're still finding ways to enjoy our days.  We've been doing a lot with photography lately.  Our frogs have been breeding like crazy and keep us working to care for the tadpoles.  I really like this shot I got yesterday.  So cute, right?

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Baby Number 8: Thomas

My eldest sister had her 8th baby last week!  Congrats!

He was born 30 days early.  Kim experienced some complications which caused them to induce her at 35 weeks.  Both Mommy and baby are doing really well!  Kim was able to return home today but little Thomas has to stay at the hospital a bit longer.