Sunday, September 13, 2009

Memories of Summer

In May Nathan was laid off from Skywest Airlines. He had been working there for about 3 years but because when Nahlia was born he took 3 months off to help and finish his last semester of school his seniority change and he fell within the cut off. 300 people where laid off so it was a sad thing but we really liked his job and the flight benefits, and he really like working at the airport. Nate's friend Tyler was over and he was "talking" to us about going to sell security systems this summer. He was very excited and given our soon to be situation Nate thought it would be a good idea for us too. I'm pretty sure it was the next day, we signed our lives over the APX for the next 4 months. 3 weeks later we pack up the Honda with hardly anything and headed to Texas. The drive was 24 hours, with out an air conditioner, and we spread it over 3 days. Nahlia did pretty well, we stopped quite a bit for her which was fine since we gave ourselves plenty of time to get there. We lived about 10 minutes south of Houston off of highway 288. Just past our exit, you will find these guys. It was a little weird at first but there are a ton of very large statues all round Houston so we got use to it. This is the Houston temple, because of Nate schedule we didn't get to go in but I really wanted to at least go visit so it made for a nice Sunday trip. It's a very pretty temple and so vintage looking. There are also very nice sitting areas and a path around the grounds and a fountain that Nahlia was very happy to test out.

In the second week since we had arrived Nate had a craving for Jack in the Box tacos but on the way back home we were rear-ended on the freeway right before our exit. We were traveling about 65 mph and we think she hit us going at least 90 mph, she had hit her breaks or anything. Nate was able to keep control over the car but she it the guardrail. There were cars all around us so luckily no one else was hit. Unbelievably she did stop and we had to follow her. She did end up stopping when she saw us behind her. Even more unbelievable Nate and I both did not have our cell phones and she was refusing to let us use hers because we wanted to call the police and she did want to involve them. So I carried Nahlia back to our apt to get help. Lets just say that made Nate livid but what else could we have done. While I was gone Nate had to stand in front of her car so she wouldn't drive away. Anyways the police finally came and arrested her for drunk drive. Oh did I mention it was Cinco De Mayo and about 11 at night, yeah we should have stayed home. We both think this happening to us was a complete blessing, that we were all physically fine, that the car was totalled so we got more for it than if we tried to sell it, and that we got a new car. Not just a new car but the one I had been wanting for 2 years.
My mom car.
Houston had a lot of things to do but our favorite was the beach. Nahlia had been to Oceanside before this but she was to little to play so it was really fun being there with her this time. She absolutely loved the sand. When her toes first wiggled in it she was amaze and study it for a good 3 minutes. She also loved running back and forth from the water.
We went to the pool almost everyday, some days it was way to hot to be out there though. She got very brave by the end of summer. She out run to the edge get on her tummy and hold her self on the edge, then pull herself out, and do it again. It was a great pool for kids and she loved it when other kids were there. This is a splash park we went to quite a bit. At first she hated the water going in her face but by the end of the summer she loved it.
One of the wives there wanted to be a photographer and ask if she could practice with Nahlia. Of course I said yes. Her name is Chelsey Bell, located in Utah look her up she's great. She shoot Nahlia twice, these are just a few from the first shoot.

Just hanging out before church one morning.

Nahia loves to spin. I would always, well almost always, say no if she asked me to do it because once she starts she wont stop. Nate on the other hand hardly ever tells her no.

That's my girl.

Nahlia loves music and that was the only thing that would keep her still at the restaurant.

The aquarium downtown was really cool. These pics are of a shark tank that you ride a train through and sharks are all around you.
This is 4th of July night. The people next to us left to get closer to the fireworks so Nahlia took over their chairs.
This are pics from Nahlia's second photo shoot with Chelsey. She looks so much older to me.

We had a good time in Texas but are glad to be back. It was a really tough job and lucky Nate did well for a first timer. We do miss our old apartment namely the bathtub, washer and dryer, and dishwasher.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Summer of Nemo

This summer we didn't have a tv, which I did like a lot, so for inside entertainment we watched a lot of movies. Thank you Netflicks. Nahlia LOVES Nemo and could watch it all day long. I think we had it for three months. I had to return it before she scratched it. Well we miss Nemo and need to buy it for her. She does say Nemo and she learned to say "shark" from watching that and the Little Mermaid. The first time we watched Little Mermaid she only wanted to see the shark part over and over. Shrek 2 was also a favorite. I'm a huge Disney lover so I'm so excited that I get to see Nahlia get excited about it too. She does recognize the princesses but doesn't really know who they are. I can't wait to take her to Disney Land but it wont be until she's older so she can really enjoy it and be excited.

Shout out to Squirt. I love him.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

A Vow To Do Better

Nahlia 18 months

At a recent visit to my brother's house, Erin, my sister-in-law proudly presented me with her 2008 blog post beautifully bound in a hard cover book. It shamed me. So today I pledge to be a better record keeper for my family.

Last week Nahlia turned 18 months and she is a talker.

Nate and I finally counted all the words she can say and she is up to 28. She actually added one today. There were two baby blessing in our ward today and through both of them Nahlia practiced saying baby over and over. In no particular order:
Mama or Mum
Baba or bogle
Yeah or Yes
Johny - her cousin
Coco - cookie
Side - outside
Hi or High
Momo - Nemo
Help Me
I forgot a few in the original post and apple is new today too. We were doing laundry at grandma's, they have a ton of tomatoes and Nahlia was calling them apples and when grandpa let her throw them they became balls.