Friday, October 19, 2007

Lobster Hunting with my brothers!

This last week I took off with a couple of my brothers on a "manly bonding" adventure of lobster hunting! Take a look at the first post from last year to see the First Annual Lobster Hunting Extravaganza (LHE). So, here's what went down on the Second Annual LHE...

Last Sunday afternoon we took off from Lehi and met up with Travis and his spacious RV in St. George. We arrived in Long Beach California late that night and boarded the boat (hereafter referred to as "the ship" ;) ).

That first night we were lulled to sleep by the continuous, yet often violent, vibrations of the ship caused the bear-like snoring of one our ship mates. Ok, maybe "lulled to sleep" is not quite accurate. I guess it was more like lulled to madness. Fortunately, Travis's work partner, Jason, was bold enough to convince our snoring ship mate to move his quarters to the rear of the ship so the other nights were blissful in comparison.

The lobster diving this year was AWESOME! I've never seen so many bugs in caves and crevices. The first night dive I bagged 4 bugs!

See, look how tired Jason is after not sleeping that first night. He couldn't even keep his eyes open for the picture!Our ship captain was an old Scottish/Irish sailor (and believe me, he played the part). Each day he played his bagpipes to "bring down a blessing on the hunting for the day."
Each day was about the same routine. Eat, dive, drink hot chocolate, dive, eat, dive, nap, dive, eat, dive, dive. Now, for Holly and Dad's sake, let me try that with "a little more feeling."

(Read with feeling) Each day was about the same routine. Eat, dive, drink hot chocolate, dive, eat, dive, nap, dive, eat, dive, dive. Much better. :)

After 5 days of being away, coming home was THE BEST!

INVITATION TO ALL: Start preparing now for the Third Annual LHE.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

4 months and counting!

Well, apparently we've been blog slackers lately! Sorry about the major lull.

It's been a busy summer and fall. Life with Brigham couldn't be better! He is such an angel baby and has now been sleeping through the nights since around mid-august (at about 2 1/2 months old). We feel so lucky to have him as part of our family and in our home.

I'll try to make a quick synopsis of the best things of the last few months so you don't have to read forever.

Mid-August we went down to Lake Powell. We were a little worried about how Brigham would do down there, but we were pleasantly surprised when he continued sleeping through the night while we were there. We were also happy to see that he wasn't completely miserable in the life jacket that he had to wear while on the boat. Don't get me wrong, he didn't love it, but he dealt with it surprisingly well.
Brig looked like such a stud in his sunglasses! What a cutie pie!

He also didn't seem to mind swimming in the lake with Daddy. Thank goodness for baby sunblock!

On Labor Day we got to spend the day with Jared's brother and sister-in-law, Jason & Sally, and their one-year-old. We had a great time at the Hogel Zoo.

The latest big developemental step for Brigham has been that he's started rolling over. (Although he's only done it a handful of times so far.) His first roll was from his back to his tummy and was on September 16th. We were so shocked and thrilled to see it!

This picture was taken right after he rolled over for the second time that first day! He was so proud of himself! Isn't he handsome!

We've also taken the leap and have hired out a company to come in and finish our basement for us. Construction started the last week or two of September and should be done by Thanksgiving. We are so excited to see how it all turns out and to have it all finished!

As of this week it is now sheet-rocked. Yipee!

Well, that's about all for now. We are really excited for Halloween to come along and to dress Brigham up for the first time. What a huge smile and a happy, happy kid! Stay tuned to see what he'll be for Halloween!

We love you all!