So I can't believe that summer is almost over. A lots been going on with us the past month so here's a little update. Richie finally finished the book he was working on for his uncle. Well almost. He is in the middle of editing it now. I'm so proud of him. He has put countless hours into this project and I know it has helped him learn a lot. It will be a nice touch to his resume as well. I've been dying for him to finish. He's been pretty non-existent to me lately since all his does is work on the book. When you have a 9 month old who maybe takes 1 or 2 30 minute naps a day you start to go a little crazy when you have to watch her til 8pm every night with no husband to help. Despite the fact that Peyton can be difficult at times, it is so fun watching her grow. Her personality is coming out more that ever. She is a stubborn girl, and I find myself struggling to feed her, change her, get her out of the bath and put her down for naps. She likes to fight me every chance she gets. She's starting to shake her head "no" now. So that isn't helping. She can walk holding on to things as she pushes them, but grips on to your hand for dear life if you try to let her go. She's almost 10 months so we're in no rush for her to start walking. To give myself a break at the end of the day I've began reading and it has turned into a bit of an obsession. I finally read the Hunger Game series. I wanted to finish before the movie came out. I'm one who tends to read books after they been the big hit. That's how I was with Twilight too. My new obsession is the Mortal Instruments series. So good!!! I stay up til 1 am sometime reading cuz I can't put the book down and the night time is the only chance I get to read. My sister-in-law introduced them to me and some of my sisters have read them as well. They are a mix between Harry Potter and Twilight. I just can't even describe how good they are. I've also been doing weight watchers with my sister Shannon. There's about 20 pounds I really wanted to lose after having Peyton but I just couldn't manage to discipline myself to lose it. I lost 9.2 pounds in the first month and hope to lose another 10 pounds next month. It's hard at times but the nice thing is t hat you can eat whatever you want as long as you control the portions and stay within your points for the day.
A few weeks ago we had the opportunity to travel to Utah to see friends and family. We hadn't been back to Provo since we left in April 2010 so we were excited to head back. We also were able to get together with Richie's family. They hadn't seen Peyton since she was 1 month old. It's a big difference since she was 9 months old then and could crawl. Richie's parents loved every minute of Peyton. It's hard to live so far from family members. The trip started off very well. We got to hang out with good friends and even had a cook out up in Provo canyon. We hiked up to Bridal Falls and let Peyton put her feet in the water. She curled them up instantly as the water was freezing. Unfortunately the rest of the trip wasn't as fun. The flu was past around to family members. Eventually mot of the 30 so people there were infected. Since Richie and I along with his parents were staying at another location, most of us didn't get too sick. Peyton and I were the only two who really got in bad. We were throwing up and absolutely miserable. I couldn't really eat for 3 days. So we weren't able to see some friends t hat we wanted to and te family plans were all cancelled since everyone was so sick. It was still nice to have Richie home from work and good to see everyone. Here are a few pictures from our trip:
We also took Peyton to her first Rangers baseball game. We had to leave at the 5th inning (Richie was pretty upset) but she was a hit with the fans around us.
Peyton also had her first boo boo! I was at my sister Teri's pool and I was getting her raft ready. I know I shouldn't have done this but I set her on the lounge chair right next to me and she tumbled off. Although I was told that this would be the first of many boo boos, I felt horrible. She was a trooper though.