Friday, December 21, 2007

How cold IS it?

As if it's not even technically winter yet!! This is insane! But we'll let Tyler tell you just how cold it's been.

Get the idea?? Ty loves to burrow into whatever he's wearing or whatever he's wrapped in. This is typically how we find him when we get home after being out in the cold.

Ty also loves to cuddle up under mom and dad's feather comforter

Our little burrito

Ty likes to be in his carrier too. He'll just chill in there while I'm cooking or while we're shopping. It keeps him warm and he loves it!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

What's YOUR Dream?

Ok, my book recommendation for this...week...month...year...whatever, would be these two books. Hidden Treasures and The Jackrabbit Factor by Leslie Householder. I don't expect everyone to have even really heard of these books before. I sure hadn't until my mom told me about them. And I have to admit that when she did, I thought they sounded pretty weird. But then Ry and I read Hidden Treasures when we were on our way home from Oregon, and realized that the principles these books talk about really make sense. And they really do work! I'm struggling with how I can explain this... Maybe you have heard about The Secret or Mind Management or The Power of Positive Thinking. Those books all talk about, in different ways, how the way you think can really determine certain outcomes in your life. Well, these books explain WHY.

Hidden Treasures explains these principles and The Jackrabbit Factor is a story that's based on those principles. After reading the first one, Ry and I realized that they are things that sometimes we do in life without even realizing it. We both sat there and thought of things that have happened (or have not happened) in life after unknowingly following (or NOT following) these principles. I KNOW! It sounds weird. I don't know how to explain it! Very basically, it explains the laws that faith are based upon. How it is that faith (or positive thinking, and believing) really works. Obviously they can work for little things or pretty big things. Here is a small example:

Last night Tyler, was having trouble going to sleep. After a while, Ryan took him and looked at him very seriously and said, "This is what's going to happen. You are going to fall asleep and then you're going to sleep for 2 four-hour periods tonight so that your parents can rest." I laughed because it was so cute the way he was talking to Ty. But then I put him in his bed, he cried for a bit, and eventually fell asleep. Well, when I got into bed I thought about how wonderful I would feel after Tyler had slept that night and how thankful I was for him sleeping. Well, guess what! He went to bed around 10, woke up to eat around 3, and then I actually had to wake HIM up at 8 to eat again. It was wonderful! Yeah, that's just a little silly thing, but...just read the books! I'm going to stop talking about that now.

On another note...
Tyler had his first trip to church last Sunday. Of course we had to dress him up all cute for the occasion:

My two cute matching boys!

Church went very well. I'm sure we'll try it again this Sunday :) In the meantime we're having a lot of fun pretending we know how to take care of a baby!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Kiss and Tell

So, funny story (or two).
Yesterday, Megs and I were out doing some shopping with the millions of crazies who decided to brave the Black Friday crowds. We didn't get up early or spend the night waiting for a Wii. We did hit a few shops later in the morning. No, this story does not involve anyone being trampled or arrested. It actually revolves around a kiss.
Having picked up a few items on our list, we headed for home. As we exited the freeway and stopped at the bottom of the off-ramp, I leaned over and gave Megan a little kiss. As I sat back in my seat, I glanced in the rear view mirror and saw an older couple watching us. I pointed this out to Megan, and we kissed again (this time with a little somethin'!). As I looked in the mirror, the old man was rubbing one index finger over the other to say, "Shame on you." The old lady was giving a good grandmotherly laugh at us and her husband. Megs and I both got a good laugh at it. Actually, I'm still laughing about it.
For all you other couples out there, take heart. A simple kiss for you may provide great entertainment for those around you. Hopefully it will kindle some romance in those who watch you share your (public-appropriate) affection.
As I was writing that story, Megs reminded me that this was actually the second time this week we had provided this type of entertainment. On Wednesday, we were in Park City driving home from the store and again were stopped at a stop light. It was the end of the day, and it was time to head home and relax. When we stopped at the light, Megs leaned over and put her head on my shoulder. A group of bikers (leather and bandana types, not granola Parkites training for the Tour de Francis) pulled up behind us. One of the two guys at the front of the group yelled out, "Oh, how cute. She's got her head on his shoulder." That was followed by some laughter and mocking, "Ohhhh..." from the group. I think they were just jealous. Either way, it was another funny experience spurred by minimum affection.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Tyler's First Week

Wow...where do I even start? We have a child now. Nothing has made that more real to me than the nights when Tyler doesn't sleep! But this has really been a fun week as well. Ryan didn't have to work for the whole week, and so the three of us got to spend every day together. It's been fun to start learning how to take care of Tyler together. We've taken about a million pictures since he was born. This is proof that maybe we've gone a little too far with the picture taking: it obvious that Tyler is already being indoctrinated by his father? :)

Ok, I've been helping in the indoctrination of our child too! These things are very important! He's got to learn now where his loyalties should be. Grandma Patsy made the blanket and the little BYU outfit. Ryan wasn't exactly thrilled! :)

He loves to just look around at everything and everyone. I'm interested to see what color eyes he's going to have. It seems inevitable that he will have blue eyes, but who knows. Maybe he'll take after his grandpa rather than his parents, the way I took after my grandpa and not my parents.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Holding on to Dad

Baby Tyler

Tyler with Mom.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Tyler Jon

Tyler Jon Jensen took our family of two to a family of three at 2:23am on Saturday morning. He weighed in only a half ounce shy of eight pounds (7lbs. 15.5oz.) and measured 19.5in. Both Megs and Baby Tyler are tired but in good health. The pictures explain more than I can, so enjoy this sneak peak. Feel free to let us know who you think he looks like, too!

I'll try to sent some more pictures from my phone since the hospital's WiFi leaves much to be desired.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Other Side of The Coin

So Megan is full term with Tyler. I've never seen such a beautiful pregnant woman. I would post a picture, but that would defeat the purpose of my forthcoming rant. My cute wife was at the store today to get some Halloween candy for the (non-existent for the last two years) trick-or-treaters. While she was looking for the perfect treat (which included Gummi Savers for some reason), there happened to be a guy in the same store--that's right. There was a person of the opposite sex in the same store as my wife. Of all the nerve! Don't get me wrong. I like when guys tell me I have a good looking wife. What I don't like is when other guys tell my wife she looks good! Yeah. I've never been more jealous in my life. I wasn't even there, and I wanted to kill the guy. Am I the only one who feels this way? Listen, if I were to walk up to some random girl in the store and tell her she looked good, I can imagine all of my things being thrown out onto the sidewalk and being engulfed in flames before I could blink.
On the other side of things, this whole experience has made me much more understanding of Megs' feelings. There have been a few times when similar things happened to me, and Megan watched it happen on my shows. It took that guy's actions today for me to understand what Megan had felt. I'm sorry I didn't get it sooner. Now that I do get it, that guy better watch out! Yes, my wife is cuter than yours, deal with it in some other way that does not include flirting with her! Thank you.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Random Memories

So I was looking through the pictures on my computer today and realized that there are many that I love that I have never posted on here. So this is just a big jumble of random pictures...just for fun!

This is Ry on a beach in Oregon. We were driving up the coast trying to find a good place to take some sunset shots, and we found this beach in Netarts at the perfect time. It was beautiful.

This is the coolest gift I have ever gotten! Ry and I got our name done in those characters when we were in Hawaii. For Valentine's Day he made this cool frame with pictures of our honeymoon all around it. It was such a thoughtful gift!

This is me and two of my wonderful roommates at a ward dinner. Laura Bradford and Holly Villareal. Dressing up every once in a while is so much fun!

This is just a really cute picture of Carla and Craig :)

I love this picture of Ryan on our wedding day. He just looks so happy! And soooo cute!

Ryan made this and then took a picture of it with my camera (which I had left in his car), and then gave it back to me. I saw the picture when I was looking at some other pictures on the camera.

Ryan LOVES Justin! He was definitely one of the children that helped Ryan decide it would be ok to have a child right now. Justin, Tyler thanks you! :)

Christmas 2005 with family in Mexico. Cousins Edgar, David, and Omar with Jorge and Aaron.

Chelsie, Clark and Linda getting their groove on at our reception

Fun at the Clark's house

This has always been one of my favorite pictures of Aaron and Monica. Just look at that cute, chubby, round face!

Cute family pics!

Dancing at our reception...and yes the person hanging on my back is Miss Hilary Weist :)

This is me on a ski lift with Ryan right before our very first time on skis. Right after taking this picture, we both realized we were going to have to get off the lift soon and had no idea what to do. We got to the top, and proceeded to fall off the lift. They had to stop it, and when they did, it made a loud beeping noise, as if to alert people that some idiots had just fallen off the lift. We got ourselves up, and then fell all over the bunny slopes of Deer Valley. It was really a lot of fun! Luckily, we have gotten better since then.

This is one of the last groups I taught in the MTC. Any of you who know Brother Caldwell from 9th grade seminary will surely recognize his son in this picture. He looks JUST like him! It was so cool to tell him that I was in his dad's seminary class just a few years ago. least it seem like just a few years ago.

Ryan and I and Staci and Josh took a trip to the moon together! Some people don't believe that man has really gone to the moon. This is QUITE enough evidence, don't you think?

All the girls...including the new member, Addie!

Me and Ry at Laie Falls in Hawaii. This is an area that is not very well-known to tourists. It is one of the coolest hikes I have ever done. If anyone wants to know how to find it, let us know.

Pretty good imitation of the statue huh? This picture is currently on my America First debit card. I always get a laugh from whoever is ringing me up. I love it!

Ryan catching a nap in the children's section of Barnes and Noble in Honolulu. We had been reading picture books to each other, and apparently he got a little sleepy.

This is the picture that I wish we had used for our wedding announcements. I guess the other one just looks too "posed." This one looks much more relaxed. I didn't realize that I liked this one better until they had all been printed.

Kissing a frog. He didn't turn into a handsome prince, but luckily, my "prince" was taking this picture and so I didn't mind that the frog stayed a frog.

This is our homemade heart-shaped pizza. Yes, we are extremely creative! Who would have thought?

One of our gourmet candlelight dinners on the floor of our apartment. We had quite a few picnic dinners on the floor before we had chairs for our table. I'm very fond of them actually.

Ry and I really did run away to Vegas to get married. This is outside the wedding chapel that we were going to get married in. Then we decided that maybe our families would be a little upset if we were to do that. Especially Jodi who had come to Vegas with us! So we didn't. Hehe.