Thursday, January 17, 2008

A couple months later

It was on October 24 that Alena rolled for the very first time. But for some reason, she only did her rolling in the daytime, when I was a work instead of playing with my baby. Finally, 6 weeks later, she rolled for me for the first time, and I couldn't explain the joy I felt as I witnessed this important milestone. And now, over two months after her first roll, she finally does it for the camera:

I hope that watching that makes you as happy as it makes us. Yay, Ally!!


Sunday, January 13, 2008

Alena's First Christmas!

I know, Christmas was a long time ago, but I still feel the obligation to write a little about it. We spent Alena's first Christmas in Northern Minnesota visiting Talyn's family. The Cooks decided to surprise us all by going there too, so all of the Reasors were there. Alena got a lot of attention from her grandparents, aunts, and her cousin Reuben. Reuben is especially good at making Alena laugh:

I had the joy of participating in many of the Reasor family traditions:

The Nativity

Opening gifts (I guess most people do this too)

Yummy appetizers on New Year's Eve

Sitting around

All in all, we had a very relaxing and enjoyable Christmas. Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year to all!

If you would like to see more pictures, see our Christmas 2007 album.

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Are you enough woman?

I am enough woman to shop at Lane Bryant, and thank goodness! They have the most amazing jeans there now! There are three different shapes of jeans, because "all curves are not created equal." These jeans are amazing! They fit! No belt required. No hiking up the back every time I sit down. No having to decide if I want them to fit on my waist or on my hips. Waist and hips are no longer mutually exclusive. And get this: they're long enough! I have never in my life felt sorry for someone who says that jeans are always to long for them. Hem them up, Honey. There is nothing you can do to fix jeans that are too short. But, ladies and gentlemen, here's the best part. I wear a size 1. That's right. 1! Now, I realize that calling the size "1" in no way alters how big they actually are, but I prefer to buy into this marketing scheme. It's much more fun that way. Now the only question is if you are enough woman to take advantage of this wardrobe revolution. If you aren't, you'll just have to continue shopping at all those shops with adorable clothing whose biggest size is one size too small for me. Too bad for you. :)

Old Mother Hubbard...

On our way to buy the last Christmas gift on our list and do some grocery shopping, our lovely, trusty, 12 year old, Camry decided it didn't want to go forward anymore. Unfortunately for us, Camry's midlife crisis came during holiday traffic not entirely conducive to running errands in reverse. Fortunately for us Uncle Ray and cousins Bill and Becca came to the rescue getting the car to a shop and after going out to eat with us, taking us home. Really fortunately for us our sweet baby Alena slept until there was an appropriate place to feed her. We felt very, very blessed that we have people to help us, and that the car we had received as a gift had lasted us as long as it had. We got help from numerous other people helping us to get to church, go car shopping, get a car loan, etc, etc. The only problem was we never got the grocery shopping done.

I'm not one of those people who plans meals a month, or even a week in advance. Oh, let's be honest. I usually come up with something about an hour before Kevin gets home. That explains the lack of casseroles around here. I've learned to cook with what we've got on hand, which is whatever was on sale the week before. Unfortunately frozen vegetables had not been on sale for several weeks, and I don't buy more than a weeks worth of fresh produce, because that's kind of the definition of fresh produce. The only canned vegetable we buy is corn. Therefore, Old Mother Hubbard went to her cupboard, and then to another cupboard, and then to the fridge, and the freezer and yet another cupboard and found that there were no vegetables in the house but corn.

It reminded of me of one summer at BYU. The summer before I went to BYU I had three jobs and saved virtually all of my money. I think I bought a pair of shoes and one shirt the week before school started. I budgeted the money to last me all year so that I wouldn't have to work. Then I decided to stay at BYU for spring and summer terms. I was out of money. I'm one of those lucky kids whose parents paid for her rent, so that was covered, and I was on scholarship for tuition. That I lived in the FLSR so dinners 5 days a week were covered. Eating once a day will keep you alive, and with leftovers I was eating twice. The only problem was weekends. Luckily for me I was the last-minute-date girl in my ward. Many guys don't plan ahead on their dating, and fortunately for me many girls find it offensive that a guy would ask them out the day of. I, on the other hand specialized in last minute date acceptance. I think that reputation spread because although I had virtually zero dates planned ahead that summer, I had an average of 2 dates per weekend. I only had one foodless weekend, which I fixed by going to visit Brecken. Good old Brecken, always has something yummy cooking.

What's a girl to do when she's out of vegetables and so is her date and her sister moved to New York City? Eat corn that's what.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Look-alike Meter, Part II

So, the recent apparent inaccuracies of this Look-alike meter (see Jason, Heather, & Ashlyn's blog) prompted me to try it again, with a different picture of Alena. This time, I picked one where Alena looks more like Talyn, according to Darren (my brother). I guess she's a perfect mix!

This is what we think - Alena has:
  • Talyn's forehead, nose, & chin.
  • Kevin's eyes, lips, & skin.
  • mixed hair - darkish & thin.
(I'm a poet and didn't even know it)


Friday, January 4, 2008

Who does Ally look like?

I couldn't resist. I saw this Look-alike Meter on a friend's blog, and had to try it out. I'm sure it's not that accurate, but it sure is fun! Who do you think Alena looks like, Kevin or Talyn? If you want, you can go down to the nitty-gritty details of the different parts of the face...