Monday, December 20, 2010

More Cute Christmas Pictures

Matching Sweaters!!

Could she be any cuter?

Temple lights...
The hat is still a little big:)

Christmas pj's at a Christmas party!

Best friends already!
Ready for Christmas, playing under the Christmas tree.

My really good friend Mara had her little girl a few weeks before me.
We both had girls.
Aren't they adorable.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Gingerbread Houses

Christmas season is here!

i built Rapunzel's tower

Dallas's inspiration came from our recent trip to Washington DC.
I think it looks pretty good until it collapsed a few minutes later.

White House

She is starting to get really interactive and alert!

Isn't she cute!!
This is the end of a very cute smile :-)

Maryland Trip

Spaz and I accompanied Dallas on a business trip to Baltimore, Maryland.
We stayed a couple extra days and did some sightseeing around Washington DC!
It was cold so you don't see much of Spaz she is cuddled warm in her carseat.

Washington Monument

Lincoln Monument

We walked up to the Washington Monument but it was so cold and windy we left a few seconds later. This is a picture of Dallas running back to the warm car.

Dallas and Spaz in the lobby of our hotel.

The Hope Diamond.
(I love the girl in the backgrounds' facial expression)

Dallas and the bones of a buffalo at the Museum of Natural History

Me and a bony giraffe

Cuddled warm in the hotel room

Relaxing in the hotel room waiting for Daddy(Dallas) to finish working.

At work with Daddy!!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

It's only 10Am

Todays checklist

  • Pooped on...Check
  • Peed on...Check
  • Spit up on....Check, Check, Check
  • Buggered on...Check (not sure thats a word)
  • Baby Bath Time...Check
  • Laundry....Check
  • Nursed...Check. Check, Check, Check
  • Smiled at...Check, check, check, check, check
  • Loved...CHECK

okay...this is a picture from yesterday but I haven't really had time for picture taking today:)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Spaz Moments

She is adorable and we love her but she sure makes some funny faces.

While we are waiting for the results from her blood/urine tests,
the doctor had us start supplementing her with Carnitine.

It is grape flavored...but she still doesn't like it...

First dance with Daddy at
Cherise's wedding.

Grandpa Turley and Spaz

Great Grandpa and Grandma Andersen

Monday, November 1, 2010


Spaz's first Halloween!!

I dressed up as a 'Farmer' and she was my little Pumpkin!

I think she made the cutest little pumpkin!!

Picture of the Pearce Cousins and their Aunt and Uncle.
Stephen with Anna, Kyson, Caleb, Amber with Spaz

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Newest Turley

So she's almost a week old already, but here she is!!!

She was born on 10/18/10 at 8:30 PM, after 23 and a half hours of labor. She weighed 8 lbs 0.8 ounces, was 19 inches long, and has just enough hair not to be called bald!

She looks a lot like her mom's baby pictures, but she's got Turley fingers and toes (translation: she was born with big hands and long toes. Sorry Spaz!) and she's still almost as spastic as she was before she was born!

Both Natalie and Spaz are doing great, we really appreciate everyone who helped us with meals and everybody who stopped by to visit. We're still on Cloud 9 and enjoying every minute of our new family.

First Family Photo

Proud papa.

She will eventually not be so crosseyed... right?

Going home from the hospital outfit

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Projects Projects Projects!

Since taking my boards I have had a lot of extra time to spend getting ready for the baby:)
It has been so relaxing.
The best part is just knowing that if I want to lay on the couch and read a book there will be no repercussions.
Crib Bumpers
Carseat Cover

Two blankets:
- The first one has little giraffes, lions, and elephants.
- The second one I finally finished a couple of weeks ago after having starting it way back at the beginning of the year

Hair bow holder...can't wait for her to wear these....

Friday, September 24, 2010

Pre-baby baby pictures

We looked through our old photo albums this morning to look at our baby pictures and to see what we have to look forward to...

Natalie, pretty in pink.
Hey, get that fat kid out of here, we're looking at baby pictures!
Oh wait...

Wednesday, September 22, 2010




No, I am not in labor...

I take Boards tomorrow..AHHHH!!!
~6 hrs
(+a few bathroom breaks,
lets all pray for my bladder),
and 360 questions


Check out my VERY clever hubby's blog


Hope you enjoy:)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Nursery in Progress...

In reality it is the babies corner...
She will be sharing her room with our study
(3bookshelves and two desks)

Saturday was my baby shower in the valley!
It was so much fun to see everyone, we received so many amazing gifts!
I had to show off some of the great items we received!
The theme of the nursery is/will be giraffes, as soon as I get done studying for Boards!

  • The giraffe was made and designed by Shawna (PA friend), isn't it awesome!
  • The bright pink blanket was made by Dallas's Mom! It matches perfectly!
  • Dallas's Grandma Miller crocheted us the blanket on the left.

  • The material on the back of the crib is what the future bed set will be made from...when I'm not studying.

And this is a picture of the baby and me, are we not getting huge!
35 weeks...

Friday, September 10, 2010

Studying tips: Entertaiment Ideas

(I know it sounds counter-productive but it is completely necessary!)

#1 favorite: Exercise ball
- It's bouncy and gets the 'Wiggles' out (For all you ADHD people out there)
- Provides a little bit of core strengthening, i.e. exercise
- I can't decide whether the Baby likes the ball or not...she gets pretty wiggly when we are on it! She seems to have lots of wiggles to get out!
- Warning!!!, It is also very easy to fall off. It hasn't happened yet, but there have been a few close calls.
#2: Pandora
- Sometimes you just can't stand your own music selection anymore!
- Careful with overuse, I hear they cut you off after a certain number of hours!

#3: Colorful Pens and Highlighters
- You would think I would grow out of this, but there is something about studying from a well highlighted, multi-colored page (organized of course) keeps your attention!

#4: Low calorie snacks, FOOD!
- My current favorite is Smarties (This is primarily because I have a giant jar full of them and nobody else seems to like them)
- Previous favorites include KIX cereal, Cheerios, Wheat Thins, Tootsie rolls (failed the low calorie requirement)

#5: Facebook
- It is fast and gives you a little break here and there. Plus if you check it too often nobody has posted anything new so it takes even less time!

#6: Channel 8
- This is an option when you get desperate, can't handle studying and have tried everything else.
- Choose a boring program that you aren't interested in!
For example Wine sampling/growing, painting, evolution, photography, travels through various countries...

#7: ..............Any ideas??
(Can you tell I'm already getting bored with studying?)

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Feeling Domestic

I love this recipe because it reminds me of the Dutch Babies my mom use to make. This is a healthy version of the same thing!
This morning I cooked them stovetop and they turned out awesome!

The healthy version!!

German Babies (also known as German Pancakes, Dutch Babies...)

Serves 2

3 eggs
1/3 c. flour
1/3 c. milk
Sometimes I add a little melted butter to the bottom of the pan to make the edges more crispy... but it is a little less healthy this way.

-Beat ingredients together
(my mom always said to not to over beat the eggs or something bad happens with the eggs, Dallas gets carried away sometimes though...and they still turn out okay!)

Original recipe calls for them to be cooked in the oven at 475 for 15-20 minutes. (9x13"pan)

Also can be cooked stove top (6-8"pan-I used cast iron) with a lid (for the hot summer days) on low to medium (closer to low), for about 15-20 minutes.
(I tried this for the first time this morning and they were awesome and my house isn't stifling hot from the oven being on.)

Served with Syrup or if your feeling a little more gourmet it is fun to drizzle lemon juice and sprinkle powdered sugar on top!

Good Luck!

Monday, August 30, 2010

First day of Studying

I was crazy to think that I would be able to jump right back into studying 8-12 hrs a day!

I gave it my best effort today. I had nothing else to one to do anything with.
Just a giant folder of notes to start digging my way through again.

I was not successful. The longest stretch of studying that I got done today was probably ~45 minutes.

So today was officially just a WARM-UP!
I'll try a little harder tomorrow and maybe I'll go just a little bit further....