Sunday, December 30, 2007

Rome, Here I come!

You Belong in Rome

You're a big city soul with a small town heart
Which is why you're attracted to the romance of Rome
Strolling down picture perfect streets, cappuccino in hand
And gorgeous Italian people - could life get any better?

The funny thing is...I've been telling Tim that he needs to take me there for as long as I can remember.

Go Lakers!

My Mom, Dad, and I decided to surprise Tim and get him really good tickets to a Laker game for Christmas and his birthday. Tim is no ordinary Laker fan. He is THE NUMBER ONE LAKER FAN! No exaggeration. So I was really excited about his gift and so was he.
We had a parking pass to park in one of the VIP garages, we had to enter the Staples Center through a separate VIP entrance and the entire area of the side we entered was for only VIP ticket holders, we had access to the Royal Room which was for VIP only, and we had in-seat service where we had a waitress bring us our Giant Pretzels and Sobe drink. Basically, we were VIP. haha
The Lakers were up by 20-30 points the entire game against the Jazz. The final score was 123-109. And the funny thing is, my family are HUGE Jazz fans. =o)

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Peach Yogurt

Marisa had yogurt for the first time. Organic peach yogurt! It was absolutely hilarious. As you can see, she didn't really like it. She made this face after every single bite. She still opened her mouth for more though...barely. haha

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas at The Harts

We spent Christmas with Tim's parents and Sara. It is always fun for everyone to be at Grandpa and Grandma's house! It was extra special this year because Marisa had her first Christmas. She got lots of toys, clothes, and books!

So excited!

Marisa's first Webkinz!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas Eve

A family tradition that I want to start for our little family is to have pajamas to open on Christmas Eve. And Marisa opened her first present! Cute pjs!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Our little family

We FINALLY got our family pictures in the mail! Here are a few of my favorites!

Happy 8 months!

Happy 8 month birthday Marisa! We LOVE you sweetheart!

Sleeping Beauty

Marisa gets so messy sometimes that I have to put her hair in a ponytail and strip her down to just a diaper. Look at those big brown eyes!

Happily screaming in the bathtub!

KPMG Christmas Party

Tim and I really enjoyed ourselves at a work Christmas party last night. The theme was "James Bond: 007". I thought it was a cute idea...007, like, 2007. Anyways! It was a pretty formal event. Black-tie optional in fact. There was a LOT of drinking, good food, gambling, dancing, and a big ice sculpture that said 007 with alcholic beverages pouring out of it. haha!
They gave us $2000 of fake money to gamble with and by the end of the night you had to cash in your chips for raffle tickets which you can use to put it in a box of your choice to win the prize you want. We won several hundred dollars more by playing craps. One of Tim's drunk co-workers taught me how to play. It was really fun even though I kinda didn't know what I was doing. She was nice enough to teach me and allow me to follow her moves. She would even get so happy for us when we would win money! Drunk people are actually really nice! They seriously become your best friends throughout the night.
Funny story: One guy that Tim hardly knew offered to take us to dinner at a really nice restaurant because he liked us so much. haha! I highly doubt he remembers telling us that. haha
At the end of the night, we put all of our raffle tickets in the box that was for a 37" plasma TV. We didn't win it though. =o( It was definetly a great night regardless. We had a lot of fun getting out, dancing, and acting young again.

Tim and I about to leave for the party!

Sportin' the virgin Shirley Temple!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Growing and Growing

Last week Marisa started eating mashed bananas and cheerios! She didn't do so well with the Cheerios so I may wait awhile until I introduce them again, but she gets better every time she has them. I just want to play it safe.

She is also getting better at pulling herself up. In the picture below she had managed to pull herself up to her feet, but then she stayed in that position for awhile because she didn't know how to get out of it. It was funny!

Lastly, Marisa is waving a lot more. Today at church a man kept waving at her and she would just wave back everytime he did it. It was seriously so cute. I wish I had a picture of her little hands and fingers in the air smiling and waving.

Monday, December 3, 2007

BYU vs San Diego

Yesterday we took family pictures at the Oceanside Pier in San Diego. It was really windy and cold. So much for having a good hair day. But Marisa was the happiest little girl ever and our photographer had a blast taking pictures of such a smiley baby. He kept saying, "Oh my gosh, what a cute baby!" So I'm excited to see our pictures and I think we got a lot of good ones.
We decided to spend the rest of the day in San Diego after our pictures because we were also going to go to the BYU vs San Diego game later than afternoon. Haylie, my niece, was with us because she was so kind to come and help Marisa smile for pictures. We went to Ruby's for a late breakfast, drove down the coast, visited the San Diego temple, walked around Ikea, and then ended our day with a great win against SDSU. Go Cougars!

In front of the beautiful San Diego temple.

BYU won 48-27!

Marisa and I enjoying the game!

Matt covering his ears because the SDSU band decided to come right behind us and play a short song. haha It was so loud!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

I'm a big girl now!

The day Leslie arrived Marisa turned 7 months old. I didn't have time to blog about an update on Marisa's milestones because of Leslie visiting and the holidays, but I have time now.

So...where do I even begin. Well, Marisa is turning into a big girl now! She is learning and growing faster than ever. I know I always say that, but Tim and I just love watching her take in the world around her. It is amazing to watch.

I decided to list all the things she is doing now:
-The newest milestone for Marisa is that she claps! While Leslie and I were playing with her one day, we started clapping and saying "Yeaaaayyy!" She just smiled right back at us and started clapping too! Now if we say "Yeaaay" without clapping, she automatically knows what to do and she also claps whenever she wants to. Marisa clapped all by herself after Tim sang a little song to her. haha So cute!
-She also shakes her head like she is saying "no". I think she learned it from me constantly telling her "no" when she is touching or playing with things she is not suppossed to.
-Marisa is still very much a Daddy's girl. I love seeing her get so excited when Tim comes home from work. She gets so excited that she refuses to go to bed because she wants to be with her daddy. Also, in the mornings, she is attached to Tim. One of her favorite things to do is to have Tim hold her as she watches him brush his teeth! haha She loves it!
-Marisa is a social butterfly. This girl loves noise, commotion, action, and is happy being around people. She talks sooo much and she loves making herself laugh. Too cute! Marisa always has something to say and we love hearing her babble away in the back of the car.
-Marisa surprised us all by being a very early crawler and even the doctor said that by 9 months she will probably be walking. And the scary thing is, we are already seeing this come to pass. For example, while I was packing our stuff to spend the night over my in-laws for Thanksgiving, Marisa, Miss Curiousity herself, was very intrigued by the bottle of contact solution I put in the suitcase. So she crawled over and tried to pull herself up so she can try to see the bottle in the suitcase. (Marisa has been trying to pull herself up a lot the past few weeks but never really has successfully done so). To my amazement, Marisa pulls herself to her knees...and then onto her feet! So now, she is standing on her feet, slouching over the suitcase trying to reach for the bottle of contact solution. Tim, Leslie, and I were so excited for her and we videotaped her doing it once more. I decided to continue packing while Marisa had fun with her new skill she just learned. Next thing I know, I look back and Marisa is head first into the suitcase, her feet stretched up high into the air. haha It was so funny!
-Lastly, with this new skill of hers, Marisa decided to take it to the next level yesterday. When Tim left for work, Leslie called me wanting me to do something for her on the computer right then and there. So I put Marisa in her crib so I could do the task, plus, it was her nap time anyway. While I was on the computer, I could hear Marisa talking away and every once in awhile she would whine for a second because she wanted me to get her out. But for the most part, she was just happy. I then had to go to the bathroom really bad and I thought to myself, "If I go to the bathroom, Marisa will see me walk past her room and she will really start crying because she wants me to get her out of her crib." And I didn't want that because I really need to finish this thing for Leslie. So my plan was to walk really fast past her room. As I was speed walking past Marisa's room I saw something that I would have never imagined in my most wildest dreams!!


Marisa was happily babbling away with one hand on the rail and the other hand high in the air waving to me! I freaked out of course. I quickly ran to her and grabbed her. But I then just started laughing because I was NOT expecting to see that at all.

I was expecting to see this.

But instead, I saw this!

She did it again after her afternoon nap so I was able to snap some pictures. That night though we definetly lowered her crib and I must say that I was a little sad because it felt like she was no longer a baby. Marisa is a big girl now!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!

Thanksgiving this year was a blast because my best friend came to visit us! My beautiful sister Leslie! We hit the good malls like there was no tomorrow. Well, not really, I wish, but we did have a lot of fun shopping at some really good malls. =o) The best deal of the week was that I found a dress at Anthropolgie for 30 bucks. Yes, thank you.
My favorite part though during the whole week is that my stomach and mouth would not stop hurting. Why? Well, whenever my sister and I get together we just laugh uncontrollably at anything and everything, especially stupid stuff, and we did that all day everyday for a week straight. We also played guitar hero, danced in our pajamas, made fun of each other, ate at a crappy restaurant, and got crunk ATL style, which is what we do best. AYE BAY BAY!

-"I think a bird just doo-dooed on my head!"
-"Get it OFF!!!"


-"Where are you headed?"
-(Thinking: Oh crap I don't even know.) "Orange County??!"
-(Pause) "You are going to LAX actually."
-"Oh sweet!"

It felt so good to be around her again and I miss her already! =o) hahaha

P.S. Leslie this song is dedicated to you.

"Ohhh, I wanna dance with somebody...I wanna feel the heat with somebody...Yeah, I wanna dance with somebody! With somebody who loves me!"-Whitney Houston
Love you!

At Fashion Island, sitting on a huge present, in front of the TALLEST Christmas tree I have ever seen!

Marisa's new face that she pulls.

Enjoying the beautiful mall.

Marisa and Grandpa in front of Ruby's!

Wud up!



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