Saturday, August 20, 2011

lots of PICTURES!

So if you haven't read my post before this post full of pictures... it might help to go and read that first so that these pictures make sense!

She LOVES the bath!
Eating her very OWN ice cream cone!
On the boat at our family reunion at Callaway Gardens
The whole family
My dad and nephew

My brother, sister, and brother-in-law
My mom, me, and Jay
Me, my niece, and my mom
Tree Top Adventure, zip-line
Tree Top Adventure
My mom with her grandkids
Our little family at the Butterfly Center
They were all so beautiful
Our day spent in Salt Lake City- SLC temple
Pretty Girl!
Having fun in the car on the wat to Utah
Our hike with our friends, Dan, Diana, and Mia Wyler
the boys and the babies
at the top of the mountain
Enjoying the 4th of July parade
She had a blast!
Just a chill Saturday
She loves being on the computer with daddy
Rockin daddy's hat and phone
she loves helping with the dishes
at the PARK!!!
At the Falls in Twin Falls, Idaho
at the park in Boise, Idaho (visiting grandma and grandpa C)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Our busy Summer!

Again it is has been way to long from my last post until now. But there has been a lot going on. Back at the end of April Karlee and I fly to Virginia to visit my family for a couple of weeks. We went to my cousin Nicole's graduation from Southern Virginia University, then drove to Illinois for my niece's baby blessing. Also, I was able to go to my cousin Shaila's wedding, celebrate Mother's Day with my mom and also celebrate my dad's birthday all in that one trip! It was a very busy and fun filled trip! I am so grateful that I was able to go. It gave my parents a chance to spend time with Karlee and for Karlee to get to know my parents better.
We have also had a chance to spend some time with Jay's family too. We went to Boise and had a blast! We had fun playing at the park, shopping, and etc. During that trip Karlee discovered that she LOVED the slide at the park!
While Jay was in school and at work everyday this past semester, Karlee and I spent a lot of time outside enjoying the summer time. We went on lots of walks and played at the park and visited with friends! We encouraged and pushed Jay with his school work to finish the semester with a bang, and he did! He finished the summer semester on July 22, 2011 and made ALL A's!!!! We are soooo proud of him!
A few days after he finished school we packed our bags and headed to Virginia! We drove down to Salt Lake and spent a day there. We went to Temple Square and ate lunch at the Lion House, went to the Museum and walked around enjoying the beautiful scenery. After that we went to the Gatewall Mall and walked around for a while. While we were there we got a phone call from United Airlines saying that our flight for the next day has been cancelled....seriously!!! So we went over to the Airport and spent almost an hour there trying to get things figured out, eventually we did, but ended up on a Delta flight instead. Oh well, we made it to Virginia still. We spent a couple of days in Virginia then we packed up again and started on our long drive to Georgia. My dad's side of the family (Teerlink family) has had a big week long family renion every three years for a long time now. This was the main reason for our trip. We went to a place called Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia. It is a really cool family resort with so many fun things to do. We went swimming at least once every day, both in a pool and at the lake (man made). We did a Treetop adventure with zip-linning, and high ropes course things. We played miniature golf, well mainly watched the little kids play. We did skits and had some fun family activities with all like 83 of us there. We also rented a boat for a couple of hours and had a blast tubing. Jay and my brother Chris also did Wake-boarding and my brother-in-law also did Slalom. That was so much fun! We had a wonderful time and were very sad to say goodbye to everyone and leave. We packed up the car again and drove back to Virginia. We enjoyed a few more days with my parents and then packed up one more time and flew back to Utah. We landed in Salt Lake at about 8:30pm and went to get our luggage and found out our bag was missing... we found it eventually, but it put us on the road much later than we were hoping. We got on the road at about 9:30pm and started our drive back to Rexburg (3.5 hour drive). We finally made it back to Rexburg at 1:00am!!! WOW what a crazy couple of weeks with lots of driving and flying, but TOTALLY worth it!
Since we have been back we have all been trying to catch on sleep, laundry, grocery shopping, etc. and get things back to normal. I have been busily working on our big end of the summer Cub Scout Activity (Jay and I are the Cubmasters in our ward). The activity is tomorrow (Wednesday) night. We have been so lost and so confused in this calling for MONTHS we haven't had the support or the help or training that we have needed, but we are finally getting things organized and settled. Jay is back at work full time for a few weeks until school starts back up on September 12th. Between now and then we have 3 weddings to attend, one is my cousin, one is his cousin, and another is a family friend. How exciting!!!
I know this is probably a pretty boring thing to read, but I was just trying to get caught up on the happenings of our life. Karlee is growing up so fast and turning into a little kid instead of a baby. It is so fun to watch her change and grow and learn and understand new things. She talks so much now and says so many words. She tries to say everything, when you say something and tell her to say it, she tries the best she can. She has now also started going to nursery and she is getting better with it. It is so nice to be able to sit through a class and actually get something out of it again!
There is one more VERY exciting thing... Karlee just got over a cold and it is the first time in about 8 months that she has overcome a cold completely on her own without it turning into Bronchitis or Pneumonia! She didn't have ANY medications/antibiotics or ANY breathing treatments!!! This is seriously a very very very exciting thing! Maybe there is HOPE for Karlee that she won't get really sick every time she gets a common cold! YAY!!!
All in all we are doing well and are very happy. I will post all pictures on a separate post completely.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

free photo shoot

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Trip, school, Karlee, etc.

So Jay finished the semester!!!! It was such a happy day when he took his last final. Right when he finished we got in the car and headed to Boise to spend the weekend with his family. We had a good time there and had fun shopping and going on walks and playing at the park. Karlee did great with her grandparents and aunt. She loved going to the park! Her new favorite thing is the slide. She wanted to go down it over and over. We got her some new clothes and shoes and other things she needed. She has finally grown out of more clothes! We came back on Monday. Then on Tuesday Jay and I celebrated our third anniversary. Wow! Three years already. I can't believe it has already been three years. And it is so amazing to look back and see what has happened and how far we have come in three years. We have been so blessed with so many things, especially our beautiful daughter Karlee. Karlee is a bundle of joy. Speaking of Karlee, here are her new stats... She went to her 15 month appointment on Wednesday and she was 19 lbs 2 oz. in the 4th percentile!!! We are going up! And she was almost 30 inches long in the 29th percentile!!! That seriously is the best weight gain she has ever had. She has been on about a 1/2 pound weight gain a month. I took her in when she was about 13 and a half months and she was 17 lbs. 10 oz. So in about a month and a half she gained about a pound and a half! Wahoooo that is a pound a month! I am so proud! Karlee also has a lot of new words. She loves to say nana for banana and night night whenever she goes down for a nap and for bed. She also says Papa, for my dad now. There are a few more, but you get the point! She is so much fun now. I just can't believe how much she changes and grows all the time. The other day we thought it would be fun to take her to the park to play on the swings. We got to the park and before we got to the playground Karlee fell flat on her face. After screaming and bleeding and more screaming we got her cleaned up and feeling better. Her cheek got pretty torn up, but luckily none of her teeth got hurt. And... she has six teeth coming in right now. So, a lot of this post has been about Karlee, but that is pretty much what our life revolves around now. Jay will be starting back to school again on Tuesday, back to homework and classes and not seeing him much. This week has been very nice to have him home in the evenings and not worry about homework. But, I am so proud of him and for all of his hard work and dedication he has. He works so hard for us and I am so thankful. Me, well I am just staying busy with Karlee. I still go running in the mornings and my goal is to run a half marathon in June. It is only about two months away and I still have a ways to go, but I am determined! I will keep you posted on how that goes. I am getting so excited to be going home to Virginia at the end of the month! I can't wait to see my family and my adorable new niece and go to my cousin's wedding! Sorry there aren't any pictures, I am on our new computer that doesn't have any pictures on it yet. But, I will post some pictures soon!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Way too long!

So I accidently uploaded these pictures in the wrong order, but I don't really want to do it again... so no biggie. Things are going well for us here back in Rexburg. Jay is busy with school and work and tons of homework. He is so ready for the semester to be over. Karlee and I stay busy each day by playing and eating and doing house work. Also, every morning I go up to the indoor track here and run about 5 miles. Karlee does pretty well in the stroller as long as I am running. Which, is a good thing because it makes me run more. Karlee is a little busy bee now. She is running around everywhere and getting into everything. She keeps me on my toes for sure. She is such a picky eater... we are working on that. I took her in for a weight check about two weeks ago and she was 17 lbs 10 oz. and in the 2nd percentile for weight. So we are making some progress... but in the mean time she is still in a rear facing car seat at 14 months! Really, that is ok with me though. Here are a few pictures since we have been back in Rexburg.
Food ends up everywhere
So, one night after she went to bed I folded all of her laundry... the next morning she found it and unfolded it all, it gave me a reason to laugh first thing in the morning. She loves the rocker my dad made her, but I find her standing in it a lot, we are working on having her sit in it more.

Enjoying her milk first thing in the morning.

So one day Jay decided he wanted to put gel in her hair and see how tall it was... this was the result! She was not a fan of it and got a bath right away!

She loves this riding toy from her grandma and papa T

Jay and I went to a BYU game back in February, it was so much fun!

Cutie pie

Family picture in our new apartment

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Other stuff!

We decided to do a little birthday thing for Karlee before we left. She LOVES pizza so we had pizza for dinner and then cake and ice cream. She wasn't so sure what to do with the cake but she quickly figured it out! I can't believe she will be 1 in just a few days on the 11th! She is growing up so fast!
Not so sure what to do

Singing!!! Not a pretty cake, but a thrown together in a short time impromptu cake!

Figured it out for sure!

The after shot!
Our drive back to Idaho went a lot better then we were both thinking it would! Karlee was a champ and did such a great job! We left Virginia on Thursday afternoon and got to Rexburg, Idaho on Saturday afternoon 46 hours later!!! We only stopped on Friday night for about 9 hours to get a few hours of sleep and mainly to be off the roads on New Years Eve. She only had a coupld break downs and those didn't even start until Friday evening. We bought car DVD players on Black Friday to use on this trip and man they were a life saver. She has never been interested in tv or movies at all. But she was totally into it on this trip. Probably because it was right in front of her face and she couldn't do anything. She loved Elmo! We got all of our stuff out of our storage unit on Saturday night thanks to a few of our friends and people from our ward who came to help! We are all moved in and loving our new apartment. We are still trying to get used to the time change again, but we are getting there. I will get some pictures up of our apartment soon for you all to see! In the mean time... I am home all day long with Karlee and love it, but at the same time I do get a little bored and lonely throughout the day. So if you are here in Rexburg, I would love to get together during the day some time!

Other December festivities...

We also celebrated Jay's birthday on the 21st of December. We had a great day! I was recovering from the flu from the day before... but I was feeling a lot better that day. He got some cool gifts!

Enjoying her time with Papa

Karlee even got to stay up late to do cake and presents!

Karlee LOVED this candy cane!

Playing in the snow!

Christmas! a little late...

We have an interesting Christmas this year. This was Karlee's first Christmas... but it was nothing like what I had pictured it would be. This is why... On December 23rd Karlee started to get a little caugh and runny nose, no big deal I thought, just another cold. She has had so many cold's that I wasn't worried about it. Then, the morning of the 24th, she woke up a lot worse. I got a little bit more concerned but continued with our plans for the day. Christmas Eve was the annual Teerlink Christmas party at my grandparents house. We gathered everything together to get ready to go. I put Karlee in her high chair to try to feed her a little bit before we left. She was not interested. Then in the time of about 20 minutes her breathing continued to get worse. I decided she shouldn't go to the party. My dad volunteered to stay home with Karlee while the rest of us went to the party. So we went, we ate, we did our nativity play and opened presents. I came home when it was all done and was very suprised by how bad Karlee was doing. Jay and I decided it was best to take her to the E.R. So we bundled her up and off we went at about 5:50 pm. After spending the evening in the E.R, having tests and X-Rays done they diagnosed her with pneumonia. They gave her a shot and sent us home with an antibiotic. Now the question was what pharmacy is open on Christmas day??? Well we found one and were able to get her medicine. Christmas morning was still a wonderful day, but we had a very sick little girl too. I was sad that she wouldn't get to enjoy this day. Even though she wouldn't understand everything, she didn't feel well at all. By that evening she seemed to be getting better, I was thrilled. Then Sunday comes and goes and she still seems to be doing a little better. Then Monday morning.... bam she is ten times worse and is struggling to even breathe let along have any energy to eat or do anything. We take her into the doctor and she is sent back to the hospital for another X-Ray and she was tested for RSV... results... Positive. So then she had pneumonia and RSV. Well we were origianlly supposed to leave Monday to drive back to Idaho for Jay to go back to school... plans changed. We were now dealing with a very sick baby. It was so scary watching her struggle to take every breath. We were able to keep her nose suctioned and the mucus out and keep her breathing ok with her albuterol and antibiotics that she never ended up being hospitalized thank goodness. We were in limbo as to what to do. Jay needed to get back for school but we couldn't travel with a sick baby. We went back to the doctor on Tuesday and her lungs sounded a little better. The doctor said to come back on Thursday and see if she would be ok to travel or not. We now had to decide if Jay should go ahead and leave and drive back by himself and get me a plane ticket... or if he would wait until Thursday to see if we would be able to come with him. After much thought and discussion he decided to wait. Tuesday evening and Wednesday we saw progression with her. Thursday we loaded up the car and went to the doctor to see what they thought.... and the doctor said.... SHE COULD GO!!! So we went back to my parents and loaded the last few things and said our goodbyes. We knew this day was coming the whole time we were there. But it was so hard to say good bye to my family. We really enjoyed our time there with them. Karlee became so close with them and I can tell that she misses them.
Well... I guess I should say a little bit about Christmas itself. We had a great Christmas... everyone was so nice and generous to us. But one of the highlights from Christmas morning was when Karlee saw the rocking chair that my dad (Papa) made her. She walked right over to it and loved it right away. Since we have been back in Idaho it has become her favorite thing. That is the picture at the top! She also got a lot of books that she loves! And a lot more things!