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July 31, 2011

Pictures for the Weekend: Is it Saturday already?!

Filed under: Family, Personal, Pictures for the Weekend — llcall @ 1:12 am

Seriously?  Time is just flying.  So I’m just going to hit you with a bunch of pics (courtesy of Angie), since that’s all you want anyway.

Today’s theme: Water.

It’s Addison’s favorite.  In every form and every way.  To drink.  To suck on.  To bathe in.  To splash in.  To dump out.  To stomp in.


July 26, 2011

Sneak peek . . .

Filed under: Family, Personal — llcall @ 3:53 am

We decided it was time to take some more professional pictures of Addison.  Or rather, my Grandma told me that I must get some nice pics of Addison in this particular outfit before she outgrew it — or else!  So I contacted Angie who took our first family pictures and a few days later, voila!

Who can wait for more after a sneak peek like that?

So if all goes according to plan, this Friday I will bring back a NEW and IMPROVED Pictures for the Weekend (30% more adorableness in every picture!).

July 21, 2011


Filed under: Family, Motherhood, Personal — Tags: , , , , — llcall @ 2:50 am

I’ve been terrible at recording Addison’s latest tricks over the last several months.  I feel bad about it because I know I’ve already forgotten so many wonderful, adorable moments.  But man, has it been a busy time.  Seriously.  I’m pretty sure when we look back at the year 2011, it will remain one of the most eventful years of our lives — both with outward changes and inward shifts.

But this post is not for my ruminations . . . I want to get back in the habit of recording more about my little girl’s comings and goings (it goes without saying that I also need to start posting pictures if I want to maintain my blog readership — but to do that I need to start taking pictures, which I’ve been remarkably bad at since the great thesis push began in May).  Addison will be a year-and-a-half next month and it is really showing in her comprehension and communication.  She understands our routines so well now; she doesn’t really fight “night-night” (that’s one of her words, although she drops her “t”s) like she used to.  So when I put her down for bed tonight and a few minutes later she was loudly crying, I guessed that there was something specific ailing her.  And when I peeked around the corner to see what was going on, she looked at me, exclaimed “Oh!” and pointed to her diaper.  Our little one is not an advanced talker, but boy has she mastered the fine art of point-communication, especially when it comes to narrating her bodily functions.

Before I could get her to the bathroom for a diaper change, she simply had to stop at daddy’s door to explain to him what was going on.  She went “Uh oh!” and pointed repeatedly to her diaper.  Neal asked, “Do you need a diaper change?” and she vigorously nodded her head, yes.  It was all so cute and funny, and made all the better by the fact that she accepted that it was still time for bed and went right down after the diaper situation was solved.

Reading it now, this story seems quite mundane but it was one of those moments where I felt how quickly my little girl is growing up.  She understands so much now.  She tells us when she needs to pee and poop.  She wipes up after herself (sometimes).  She has opinions on clothing.  She says “mine” — about many things that aren’t actually hers (pretty clever, no?).  She freaking counts.  How did she get so old so fast?  I have no idea.


Here’s a couple of pictures from her friend Eliza Lane’s birthday party back in March — I have to depend on the kindness of others to document her growth over the last few months.  Thanks, Rachel and Skyler!

It’s worth mentioning that said Eliza Lane is the adorable girl that Neal said is “cuter than ours, by at least a percentage point or two” in his last guest post/essay.  I concur that she is an absolute doll!

July 16, 2011

Sticker therapy

Filed under: Family, Personal — Tags: , , — llcall @ 2:43 am

Have I ever mentioned that Neal has weird body issues?  Oh wait, our counselor wants us to reframe — they’re not “weird,” they’re “unique,” maybe even magical.  For example, he’s extremely bothered by his fingernails because, I mean, they’re obviously WAY too close to his fingers.  His life is an endless battle to get his fingernails and toenails off his skin.  Clearly, it’s a huge dilemma since they grow there naturally.

That’s where sticker therapy comes in for him.  He is almost never without some kind of sticky thing that he transfers back and forth between two fingers to distract himself from the nail issues,  the fact that his clothes are touching his skin, etc.  Sometimes his coping mechanism gets on my nerves, like when I find a hot, gooey sticker stuck to the back of my pants because he’s inadvertently (it’s inadvertent, right, Neal??) abandoned it on the seat of our 100-degree car, but for the most part I’m glad that he has something to keep his mind off his troubles (can you believe that some of his primary troubles in life involve his fingernails?).

So when I heard about this other type of sticker therapy, I was really touched.  A sticker is such a small thing but I love the thought of a toddler, stricken with cancer, being a little happier because of it — and truly toddlers excel at finding joy in simple things.  So if you have any stickers to spare, hit up my friend Stephanie ( for the information.

Oh, and if you like Mormon Mommy blogs, Stephanie is one of the greatest Mormon mommies around.  We grew up together and she is fabulous at almost everything (though Neal was relieved to learn that she doesn’t love cooking), but you could never be bothered by it because she’s such a genuinely good person.

July 15, 2011

We’re moving . . .

Filed under: Personal — Tags: , , , — llcall @ 2:46 am

Have I mentioned that on here?  I don’t think so.  It wasn’t really, really definite until last week.  But so we are, in just about a month and a half.  And I’ve started to think about how to say goodbye to this place and mostly the people in it.  It’s time to move on and I truthfully find change exhilarating, but the goodbye-part is hard for me.  I know I have some blog friends who have done big moves — in fact, I have some blog friends who are professional movers and shakers.  So here’s my question: what are the best/most helpful/most cathartic ways you’ve said goodbye?  Knowing I have a month and a half, do I try to see as many people as I can one-on-one?  Do I throw a going-away, open-house-type deal to say goodbye in one fell swoop?

Oh, and how on earth do I move my beautiful, most expensive-thing-I’ve-ever-owned rocker/recliner without it costing an arm and a leg?

July 5, 2011

The reward for finishing my thesis:

Free reading again!  I promised myself that I would only read thesis-related materials until I was done.  Completely and utterly done.  (At least with the content and writing . . . I’m still gathering those pesky signatures.)

So after a couple of months of reading about financial knowledge/problems and predatory banking/lending practices related to incarcerated men, I rewarded myself by reading . . . wait for it . . . The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis, a book about the global financial crisis.  It turns out it’s a book about financial knowledge/problems and predatory banking/lending practices related to men who should be incarcerated, but aren’t.  Is that lame reward reading?  Probably, but fascinating book.  You won’t completely understand complex derivatives or synthetic collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) but you will feel better about not understanding them since the people who created them didn’t either.  If you can stomach nonfiction (sometimes I feel like there are only two or three of us out there), read this book.  While you’re at it, read Moneyball another Michael Lewis book and one of my all-time favorites.

P.S.  If you didn’t hear via facebook (or because you’re one of my family members), my Grandpa passed away a little less than two days after the aforementioned 911 call.  I’m sure I’ll write more about that later but for now things are too busy and kind of raw.

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