Thursday, December 27, 2007

Benton and his new tricks

We can't believe how much Benton is growing up. I took him last week for his 4 month check up and the Dr. told how at 6 months Benton would start sitting up and rolling over. I quickly told him Benton was already mastering both tasks. I think he has his Daddy's genes, always on the move. His new stats are: 14 pounds 10 oz, 25 inches long.
For Christmas Grandpa Wade gave Benton these drums. Benton was thrilled! It was so funny I wanted to take pictures with him playing and as soon as I pulled out the camera and starting taking pictures he caught right on and played it up for the camera. We love being parents and watching everything our cute little boy does!

Long Walks, Cold Hands

Benton and I love taking walks, but since it has turned cold we have to bundle up more and more. Benton doesn't mind being all dressed up as long as his hands are free. After being out for half and hour I looked down at his hands that had turned purple from the cold. So I put my gloves on his hands, he wasn't thrilled.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

New Job

Okay, Benton is now 4 months so I knew it was time to end my maternity leave and start working again. After several interviews I finally decided to work at Garden Terrace, a skilled nursing facility that specializes in dementia. Christian told me I would really be doing a lot of service, because the patients will have no idea whether I actually worked with them or not as they have limited short term memory. I am working PRN or on call for now. I hope to work 5 times a month, sounds like a lot I know :) My favorite part of the day is picking up Benton. He is all smiles when he sees me. Thankfully I have great friends, sister-in-laws, and mother-in-law to watch Benton while I work, THANKS!!

Freezer Meals, cont

For those that are interested in doing your own freezer meals, the book is: "Dinner is Ready." Deanna Buxton is the author and I think she has done a couple of books. We also just discovered she has a website that can organize your shopping list, lets you print out labels, and other great things. Her website is:

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Freezer Meals

Ok, I haven't been much of a cook other than something quick and easy like spaghetti, tacos, potatoes, just the usual. However, since I am now a "stay at home mom" I decided I could do more to enhance my homemaking skills. I had heard about cooking 30 meals in one day and then freezing them from some friends in St. George and thought it would be fun to try. I bought a freezer meal cook book, gathered two friends (Natalie and Andrea), and tried it out. What a project! We finished our last set of meals last week. It takes about 3 days which include one day for shopping for all the food, next day doing all the prep work, and final day cooking ALL DAY! We were able to make 11, not 30, but we are excited about have garlic artichoke chicken and stuffed steak on any old weekday. Hopefully our husbands appreciate and enjoy all our work. Thanks Nat and Andrea for making it a success!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Poll results

So the winner is...(drum roll please)...DADA! I am convinced that Christian somehow rigged the poll. All you people who voted, let me know why you voted the way you did.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Tag about Christian

What is his name? Christian Rex Andersen
How long have you been married? 2 years, 1 month
How long did you date? it felt like forever
How old is he? 24
Who eats more? Definitely Christian, except when I am pregnant
Who said I love you first? Christian did, outside Richards house
Who is taller? Christian, although for a while I thought we were closer in height than we really are
Who sings better? most definitely I am, just kidding Christian is an amazing singer!
Who is smarter? Christian, who else knows about antidisestablishment...?
Whose temper is worse? mine
Who does the laundry? I do
Who does the dishes? I mainly do
Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? I do
Who pays the bills? I do, except for the car payment, that one has to be done online
Who mows the lawn? what lawn?
Who cooks dinner? I do
Who drives when you are together? Christian
Who is more stubborn? I am
Who is the first to admit when they are wrong? probably Christian
Whose parents do you see the most? Mine, we live with my dad
Who proposed? Christian
Who has more friends? probably me
Who has more siblings? I do, I am number 6 of 7, he is 3 of 4
Who wears the pants in the family? Christian thinks he does :)

Now all you ladies who read our blog (you know who you are) are tagged and need to post about your husbands too!


Benton and Sophia Done in their matching Osh Kosh outfits. We had a hard time getting them both to look at the camera and then Benton kept leaning into Sophia which she was not happy at all about. Thanks Nat for the cute outfits!

Who Looks Like Who?

Benton and Grandpa Wade, aren't they cute in their plaid shirts and both missing a little hair.

Benton and His New Cousin Logan

Logan Bailey Andersen was born November 3. Christian and I made the drive up to Logan to see baby Logan. We can't believe how big Benton is getting when we put him next to a little guy like Logan. Logan is darling, and it will be so fun for Benton and him to grow up together. I tried to be creative and made this wonderful diaper cake.

Benton and His Friend Savanna

Benton is already really good with the ladies. Savanna thinks that Benton is so cute that she has to get up close to have a better look. We laughed so hard when we saw her crawl over to get to him. Just between you and me, Benton thinks she is not so bad looking herself.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Hey everybody, make sure you put in your two-cents on the new poll. We aren't sure what Benton's first word is going to be, although we keep trying to ask him. If his first word has anything to do with who/what he likes the most then, the answer is obviously going to be "fan". By the way, the word that is cut off is Antidisestablishmentarianism (not the longest English word, but a long one).

Monday, November 5, 2007

The week before Halloween, Benton and I visited some of my siblings (Natalie and Chad) who live in Texas. It was great to be able to see them and their families. While we were there, we were able to go to six different events that we were able to show off Benton in his monkey costume. Benton was such a good sport to put that "monkey suit" on (pun intended) that many times. Here is a picture of Benton and his cousins (left to right: Aunt Angie, Preston, Madelyn, Garrett, Uncle Chad, Hayley, Christopher, Benton).

The other picture was taken on Halloween, after we returned from Texas. This picture is Benton and his cousin Lexi. Isn't she the cutest peacock you have ever seen :)?

Benton's Baby Blessing

We had Benton's blessing on Sunday. What a great event. Benton looked so cute in his little sweater and plaid shirt outfit. Christian did a nice job giving the blessing. After the blessing, we all met afterwards for lunch at our house. Thanks for everyone's support and helping with the yummy food!


Well, Christian and I didn't get dressed up, but we found a particularly awesome costume for Benton (otherwise known as Little B, or just plain "B", depending on Christian's mood). Despite what some of you may be thinking his costume is actually a monkey costume, not a mouse. Quite a few strangers also found the costume to be cute enough that they felt that they had to take a picture of their very own. If these third party pictures show up on some web site or commercial, I want to be compensated ;) .

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