Monday, March 21, 2011

Early To Bed

When Dallin and I were married we had a tiny two door focus to move all of our belongings out to lil' ole Rexburg, Idaho. We were young and in love and didn't have a worry in the world. Of course this led to having a two camping chairs in the living room and an inflatable mattress in the bedroom. That lasted for a few months when we finally broke down and bought a mattress. Since then we have bought a few other furniture items and inherited a few others. One thing that we never bought was a bed or a bed frame. For the first couple of years we kept our bed on cinder blocks so that we could have more storage space underneath.

About two months ago I was searching the Internet and found this website. I fell in love with this bed. I showed it to Dallin and he thought it was something we could do. So that weekend we set out to work on it. We finally finished it the week we moved in. I am proud to say that not only did I help, but there wasn't anything that I didn't do.I used the chop saw and the table saw as well as all the other little tools. I am pretty proud of our finished project. Next up, these. We have the materials and we have cut them down. Hopefully we will find time this weekend or next to get them done. We are also refinishing a beautiful armoire my parents gave to us.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Oh Brother!

I am so proud of all of my little brothers (I purposely call them "little brother" when talking to them even though they are almost all bigger than me)!! So don't mind me while I take a moment to brag...

Brady recently took the ASVAB test (military entrance exam) and scored a 97%! I think anything around 50% is above average. This score will mean that he should be able to have his pick. I am so proud of him. He is also so amazing with Olivia. He is probably the most gentle and sweet with her. He was the most nervous to hold her when she was born but he is really great with her. He talks to her in such a sweet calm voice (which is hard for any Claiborne) and really loves her!

Austin, who is in school right now at BYU, recently got his mission call. All worthy young men are asked to serve a two year mission when they turn 19 for our church to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with others. Getting the call of where you are going is pretty exciting. For those of you who are not familiar with what this is go here to learn more. Austin invited a few people over to be there when he opened his call and it was a very spiritual experience for all who were in attendance. Austin will be serving the people in the Philippines Manila mission for two years. He leaves July 6th, 2011. He is also great with Olivia. He was the first person who could get her to smile whenever he wanted her to. He misses her while he is away and has told me multiple times to not let her grow while he is gone. I try Austin, I really do!

Garrett is doing great as well. He is playing Volleyball on the Varsity team at his high school. He is such a goofball and can always make me laugh. Again, he is also great with Olivia, however not as sweet and gentle as Brady is. He is more of the "Baby stop crying! Baby knock it off!" (in a stern yet loving voice while rocking her into oblivion). Thinking that she will understand him and perk right up.

Tanner is doing Drama which he is great at as well as la crosse. He is in the prime of his teenage years and can be such a stinker! He also does great with Olivia and loves to hold her when we go out, however, we all think it is just for the attention that he gets from the "ladies". He is the cute little piggy on the left.

Thanks for giving me the time to brag about my handsome, smart, talented, dorky brothers!

Monday, March 14, 2011

New Home

Currently, I am sitting at my home, with a beautiful little girl crawling around, bread in the bread maker, laundry is going and I couldn't be happier!!

Two weeks ago our little family finally moved into a home of our own. For the last 1 1/2 years we were living with Dallin's parents. We were so blessed that they were willing to open their home and hearts! We were able to save money and pay off some debt as well as spend a lot of time with our families. We couldn't be more thankful for all that they did! However, as life is, we needed some space of our own to grow our little family.

We were looking for a home to buy, but after a few disappointments and a lot of prayer, we decided that renting would be the best option for us right now. We found a steal of a deal on a beautiful 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath townhome in the heart of wonderful Metro West (Orlando). We are 20 minutes from our parents, 5 minutes from the temple and still 30 minutes from Dallin's office (and of course withing 20-30 min of all the theme parks).

We really couldn't be happier with our family and the home that we are making together. In this rough economy we are very grateful that Dallin has a job that is able to support our family and allow me to stay home (except for a few nannying/subing jobs a month) to take care of our amazing daughter, as well as very supportive families that love our daughter as their own!

Check out that hair!

Olivia is learning how to clap and this is the best picture I could get.