Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The I Have Tag

The "I Have" Tag
Bold the ones you've done
I tried to bold them, and they didn't work. So I italicized the ones I've done.
1. Started your own blog - yes I have. No thanks necessary.
2. Slept under the stars - In a tent in my backyard. Alex thought I was too domesticated. We totally roughed it-especially when we plugged in our TV/DVD player with an extension cord.
3. Played in a band- I was the only one in the band. Then my dad gave my drums to some guy. Lamesville, right?
4. Visited Hawaii- No thanks. I've been to California, I hear it's basically the same.
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity - always.
7. Been to Disneyland - We actually didn't go to construction land Cessy-dad wouldn't pull over. I think Cole made him cry.
8. Climbed a mountain - I count that time I hiked to the reservoir as a mountain. That was my everest.
9. Held a praying mantis - I was a dirty kid.
10. Sang a solo - it was from South Pacific. And no family, I'm not making fun of Devon. I really did this.
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris - who hasn't?
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea - I took this question to mean I saw it while it was at sea. I wasn't at sea, I was safe in my beach house.
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch - Blogging. And scrapbooking.
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning-I felt like I was having babies.
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France- is there a different Mona Lisa in a different country that I don't know about. I've only heard of the one.
20. Slept overnight on a train - worst night ever
21. Had a pillow fight- Sometimes Alex and I do this. It's A-dorable.
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill-yeah, when I worked at the bank. Sorry Deb.
24. Built a snow fort -Thanks for nothing Cessy.
25. Held a lamb-probably.
26. Gone skinny dipping - I'm crazy
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden a gondola in Switzerland
29. Seen a total eclipse-of the heart.
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset-senior sunrise, that is.
31. Hit a home run - on the Wii.
32. Been on a Cruise- Royal Monarch of the Seas
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person- yeppers, then we went to a haunted house in MAY!!!
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors- I think someone is from Norway.
35. Seen Amish country - I wish.
36. Taught yourself a new language- I'm counting Elvish too.
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied - I'm never satisfied.
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke-I love it.
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant - I already give enough to charity.
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance- It was actually a fire truck, but I was in need of emergency medical assistance, so I guess it's the same.
47. Had your portrait painted.
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. -Gone to a drive-in theater. That's where I met my boo.
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason- Alex doesn't send me flowers on account of I don't like them, but he once got me a boquet of diet coke. It was great.
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma-I can't. It makes me sick.
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi concentration camp- I've been to the museum.
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy- I saved Spike from Kenzie. That could've turned out bad..
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle-thanks Nate Carlson.
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible - If I tell Alex I have then he won't make me read anymore.
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous- Lots of times. We have a room dedicated to it in St. George.
92. Joined a book club- It didn't last long.
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake-
97. Been involved in a law suit - just by association. I'm counting it.
98. Owned a cell phone-store that is.
99. Been stung by a bee - first day of kindergarten. I'll never forget.
100. One cavity or less -psh, no.
I tag: Whoever hasn't done this yet.

Sunday, December 28, 2008


As promised, this is my blog about Christmas. All in all it was a good day-there was good food and awesome presents, which we all know is what makes Christmas what it is. Just kidding-I know it's about Jesus. Anyway, this year Alex and I woke up before Tessa and opened our presents. Alex got a bunch of clothes and I got a new camera! Hey oh-I can totally be a photographer now. Then we had to force Tessa to wake up, because she doesn't care about Christmas yet. She only likes taking the wrapping paper off the boxes, then she's done. So she got a bunch of much needed clothes, and then my little ponies. Which were a hit. Then, we went up to Alex's parents house, where there was a little kitchen waiting for Tessa. She didn't care about anything after that. She just focuses on one thing for the day, and she doesn't do well with distractions. We stayed there for quite a while and ate some good breakfast and played Wii. Then we headed on over to my parents house and watched Friday Night Lights, which my mom swears is the best show ever. She also swears that Model UN and Debate were the "popular clubs" in high school (no offense to those of you who were a part of these clubs). But it was a pretty good show. Then we played some games, ate more food, and went home. So it was a pretty fun Christmas! Then the next day, we celebrated with Alex's extended family. It was kind of nice, because usually we do it all on the one day, so we're rushing from place to place. This year we just got to hang out and relax at each house. So it was a pretty good Christmas! Here's all my pictures-you'll really enjoy them. I dressed Tessa as a trophy wife. Seriously, she looked awesome.
Alex with his PEZ. He loves PEZ.
My new camera. I love pictures of people taking pictures.
Tessa with her animal print.
She was way excited about her ponies.
AND she loved when I gave her a box of socks. She kept saying "Socks!" It was funny.

Tessa's kitchen. It was really cute-it even had a blender. Leslie asked her to make her some juice, so Tessa proceeded to walk to the kitchen and ask Grandma to "get Lessy some juice." At least we know she can take orders pretty well.

Alex and Jordy, just being excited.

Tessa was lounging like this forever. If you can't see it, she has one leg up on the fireplace and one leg stretched out on the ground. She's bendy.
She got real posey at breakfast.
Alex and Doug boxed on the wii. I can't remember who won, but it was probably my boo. He usually does. Boo ya.

Tessa and Cailey. She got pretty posey then too.

She's pretty affectionate.

Welp, that's all for now. I have some way cute pictures of Tessa and Emma, her new bestie, but I haven't figured out how to get them onto the computer yet. So...yep.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Eve

Get ready for some blogging. No seriously, I'll try to make this short because there's a blog storm a coming soon! So, yesterday was Christmas Eve in case you hadn't heard. Firstly, Alex got way excited to give presents this year (it was weird, he's usually a stickler when it comes to opening presents on Christmas Day.) So he let Tessa and me open up one present in the morning. Tessa got a bunch of DVDs that she loved, and I got seasons 2 and 3 of The OC. Yep, I love it. And I don't care. Nextly, we went to the Osborne's because we got to talk to Lance.
There is quite a story for this story! First, we tried to call him using some type of calling card-I'm not sure what it was exactly. So they get through to him, but it was on his cell phone (missionaries have cell phones now!) And we couldn't hear anything he was saying, and he couldn't hear us. So it was stressful. Mindy then calls the mission office, they get a new cell phone number for the other companionship that lives with Lance, so we call that and finally get through. BUT, those missionaries were talking to their families too, so we couldn't really talk to him on that one. So we tried to call him using this other calling card, and it was the clearest call ever. Really weird. So we got to talk to him for a while-he sounded old, which creeps me out because I remember when he got his license-I totally let him drive my car. But not in a creepy way. Anyway, then Alex and I had to leave to go to my family's Christmas bash-we do Christmas Eve for those who are unaware. We got to eat great food and watch a cute movie-thanks to Cessy-and open presents. Well, the kids opened there presents, which was fun to watch. Especially for Cailey and Devy who don't have kids. But then my parents decided to give us a present to open since we had already gotten our food storage as our gifts back in October. So they gave everyone a box set of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, and inside were airline tickets to Vegas, plus two tickets to see Jersey Boys, and a gift card for the Cheesecake Factory! We're so excited!!! We get to go see Jersey Boys in Vegas in 2 weeks. We're only staying one night, but I think it'll be so so so much fun! So that was really exciting, even though most of us knew about it months ago-sorry Mom. But that's basically it-here are some pictures of it. I'll post another blog with the Christmas Day pictures, because I can't tonight on account of Alex leaving my camera battery at my parents house. Boys will be boys, right?

Tessa with her DVDs. She fell in love, but for some reason she didn't want anyone to see what they were.

The family eating dinner. So good.

While we were watching the family video, Tessa and Stone got an itch for dancing. It lasted 2 seconds, but I totally captured the moment.

The Osborne Family

My parents got Tessa this mini DVD player, and she couldn't take her eyes off it. It was like pulling teeth trying to get her to open the rest of her presents, so I basically opened them for her...

And I did a hell of a good job. This is her tutu that Sebastian gave her-Ces made it. I know what you're thinking...Ferosh. I was too.

Sophie got a tutu as well, so they took pictures together, but for some reason Tessa's face turned out like this everytime. It must be the sty making her eyes droopy.

I held this puzzle in front of her face for a good minute and a half until she realized it was there. I think she was trying to see through it so she could watch her DVDs.

For those of you that know Sophie, I probably don't have to explain this picture! There's about 5 more where this came from. I'm pretty sure she read Paris Hilton's autobiography, because there's a chapter in there dedicated to posing well for the paparazzi. And who knows better than Paris Hilton? No one, that's who.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Nativity-Osborne Style

So every year Alex's family gets together with all of their cousins and acts out the nativity. But that is not where our story begins. Firstly-last night, our house was freezing and Tessa wanted to cuddle. So this is what came of that: Then after church, she wouldn't take a nap. We really tried because we wanted her to take a nap and then be awake and ready for the nativity at 5. But no. So instead, Alex decided to give her a treat. Yes, that is Mountain Dew. And that caused her to go wild-the girl went wild...
Yes, that is her without her shirt. She insisted on taking a picture. And that's me totally worrying about her future.

Anyway-on the way to Alex's aunt and uncles house she totally crashed. She slept on the couch while everyone-I mean EVERYONE-got dinner. And Alex has close to a million cousins and second cousins and aunts and uncles, so it was loud. Finally, she woke up about 2 minutes before they were going to do the nativity, and she wouldn't go to anyone. Except her Pa, who she loves.
After a while she finally decided it was ok to move around, so she played with Sara who she loves even more than her Pa. Sorry Trace.
Then they did the nativity, which was eventful. Tessa wouldn't even sit alone, she made Mindy sit with her, or Leslie at times.

This is just a cute picture of her and Les. Leslie was looking at Mindy at the time.
Santa came, and Tessa wouldn't go by him alone. She actually only wanted to see him because he was giving out candy canes. I'm not sure if she even looked at him:
Wait. I guess she did look at him. And sat on his lap!! Where was I? Oh right, hanging out with Mom-Mom and Dad-Dad.
Then, she and Sara played an eventful game of ping pong. Look how cute Sara is. Every picture I've seen of her is this pose and I love it. Missy-I know you're reading this, and I'm proud of your daughter.
Lastly, Alex's cousin Jenny is married to Tom Bullock. A little known secret, I have a not secret crush on Tom. And so does Alex. I thought their outfits looked similar tonight, but in reality, they didn't. I made them take a picture anyway. Lucky Alex, right?
Yes. I love it.
Oh-I thought I'd give a special shout out to TJ. You know who you are, and you totally stalk my blog. I'm sure I'll be getting a creepy e-mail about this soon. At least I'm hoping I do. Boo ya.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Girls Week

So instead of Girls Night Out, Tessa and I have had Girls Week In all week long. Why, you ask? Because my boo has been out of town since Sunday. Lamesville. We finished Ugly Betty Season 2, watched Enchanted, finished Desperate Housewives Season 2, watched more Enchanted, and then switched to Shrek for 15 minutes until Tessa wanted to watch Enchanted again. Tonight we went to dinner for Cailey and Ashlii's birthdays. Hoot hoot, Caiz is 21 and Ashlii is 26 in case you were wondering. So naturally, after staying in our pajamas all week, I figured we'd dress cute. So I got Tessa all gussied up (is that right?) and round brushed her hair. I thought it'd be a good idea to put root booster in her hair-it's supposed to volumize it-because then I could receive the little oomph I wanted. Well it did the trick. She seriously had the biggest hair tonight. And that was after I tried to comb it down for half an hour. But when we got home, I was changing back into my pajamas, and she was sitting in my room in front of the mirror just staring at herself. As I was watching her, she slowly took out her binkie (yes, she still has one) and just sat there and smiled at herself, and ran her fingers through her hair. It was like she'd never seen anything so amazing. So I said, "What are you looking at?" and she said, "It's Tessa. I'm so pretty." So there you have it. I'm the proud owner of a conceited child. And I'm cool with that. If you don't like that little tidbit, here's something else for you: she asked me if we could "go take a picture of me-I'm cute." -direct quote. So I did, because I totally agree with her.

Yes, that is a poncho.

A lot of people have asked me about her on account of her eye growths and what not, so here's the 411: I took her to the doctor on Tuesday, and he informed me that her sty had actually popped, so a lot of it had drained out. He said that it looked like it could actually decompress even more, so we just need to keep doing what we're doing (ie: using steroid cream on it, keeping a hot compress on it, not letting her get anymore stys). So hopefully it'll go away really soon. AND I also asked about her other eye, you may remember that it too had a gigantic sty a while back. He said that there wasn't anything left in it, so there was nothing to remove. The reason that it is staying red is because the sty left dead skin, which we just need to try to scrub away. It's sort of like a scab. So if we can scrub it so it flakes off, new skin will grow in it's place and we'll be able to remember what she looked like without that thing on her face. But I've grown accustomed to it honestly. I might miss it. Probably not for long though since she loves getting stys almost as much as I love looking at them! Here is a pic so everyone can see her improvement. It's still a bit puffy, but not bad at all. The picture actually doesn't do it justice.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Sty

I just figured I'd do a little update because the previous blog was terrifying. So I think we can all agree that Tessa's sty is disgusting. I'm allowed to say that, I'm her mom. Anyway, she woke up from her nap yesterday and it was double the size it has ever been. You could see a little ball popping up from her eyelid, you didn't even have to pull the eyelid down to see it. So I freaked out a little-it was blocking her vision (sort of). So Alex called the opthomologist and told them what was up, and they told us to bring her to their office as soon as possible-which is really scary. Luckily, the office is on 39th and 7th, so we got there in about 2 seconds. We took her in and the doctor said he had never seen a sty so big on someone so small in his entire career. Alex was excited because that means "Tessa's totally in his record book!" (direct quote. Isn't he adorable?) He said that we needed to put a steroid cream on her eye, and then I have to bring her back on Tuesday, which I'm excited about since Alex is going out of town for a week-again. I'm sure I'll take her and the doctor will decide it needs to be removed ASAP. And then I'll cry and that'll be embarrassing. He said we would most likely need to get it removed in the next few weeks...so, something to look forward to! We've used the cream on her eye, and it's gone down, so now it's not as disgusting, but it still is pretty bad. And I didn't take a picture of that day because it seriously made me sick every time the doctor would pull her eyelid down. It was totally grotsky. I'm sure there'll be more to come. After all, Tessa's cursed.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

We're Cursed...Well, Not We So Much...

So Tessa has another sty. Yep. On Thursday her eye looked a little puffy, like she was tired, so I didn't think anything of it. And she kept saying, "I not tired (she pronounces it tie red.)" but I was like, "yeah, you are." Then, low and behold, she woke up again on Friday with the hideousness that is her face. So we took her to the doctor on Monday, and she has a ginormous sty underneath her eyelid on her other eye. And by ginormous, I mean gigantic. If you pull her eyelid down, you can see a giant white ball. So, she's on an antibiotic right now, but we're going to see if we can get a two for one deal to get it removed. Seriously.
She loves it. Look at that smile.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

We Feel Soooo X-Massy Right Now

So first things first. Jordy, my brother in law, turned 16 on Wednesday. So this is just a really cute picture of him and Tessa while he was opening his presents.

Nextly, my mom and dad were in charge of their ward Christmas party on Friday night, and they had no committee. Unless you count my siblings. Anyway, the theme was What a Wonderful Christmas Morning (I think) and everyone wore pajamas. It was really cute and so much fun. My parents had bought all of the grandkids matching pajamas in St. George from the Life is Good store tha my uncle owns-hoot hoot, go Madsens-so it was A-dorable. Here are the pics.
Matching PJs. I asked who wanted their picture taken, and Rubie volunteered.
Tessa and Stone dancing to the awesomeness of the Christmas Carols.
Tessa's party trick is to do 'the cheerleader'. She loves it.
Our family in our jammies.

Tessa with Santa. We had to beg her to smile, and that's why it looks like she's in pain.

Then, on Saturday, my parents decided to take all of us that helped to dinner at Mikado, this cute little sushi/Japanese place. It was a lot of fun too!

The family at Mikado. We had a private room on account of our importance. (Really, we just had a big party.)

Alex kept grabbing Tessa's tongue with her chopsticks. Lots of good times. It looks like I've photo shopped Cessy into this picture, but she seriously waited like that forever while I took pictures.

Sophie posing. Cessy tried to get in on this picture too, but she wasn't quick enough.

Feeding Rubie Coke. I actually think it was water.
Welp, that was our fun weekend! I realize this blog isn't as funny as I normally am-I'm having an off day. Hopefully my hilarity will come back with the next post.