Friday, October 30, 2009


We just got back from our big trip to New York and Boston -- these posts are mostly for my own benefit to remember all of our adventures. (That's why they're so long and detailed!) Also, some of these were written while we were there and some at home, so the timing all sounds a bit strange now. :)

(October 19th)
If a week-long New York vacation wasn't enough... here we are in Boston! :)
Saturday afternoon we met Kathie and Winslow here in Boston and we've been loving this beautiful city. The fall leaves are just stunning and the city itself is so beautiful.

Such a great mix of charming old homes with other great new architecture in the skyscrapers and other buildings. Saturday was a rainy day and a travel day with a fun trip to the Boston Children's Museum.

Sunday we went to church, saw the temple and then rested at the hotel. (Our plans for walking around the temple and Walden Pond were thwarted by an all-day-long rain and SNOW storm!)

Today Jordan and I took a tour of the Alcott house (Little Women) in Concord while Kathie and Winslow watched the kids. Most of the house is just as it was when Louisa May Alcott lived there and wrote Little Women. Amazing to think of this family living just as it appeared 150 years ago (In a nearly 300 year old home). We don't have that kind of history in the west!

We also stopped at Kimball Farm for some delicious ice cream (the best pistachio I've had).

Then we took Landon to the doctor (poor sick little guy, again!) and headed into town to the Copley House hotel. It's a great little room on a charming block of row houses -- lovely. :)

We had a delicious dinner at Au Bon Pain and enjoyed a great walk through a bit of the city (beautiful!).

(October 30)
And now for the rest of the trip in a quick (in no particular order) recount -->

The USS Constitution
We took a tour of this ship -- amazing to think of these Navy men living in such confined spaces out at sea for months at a time. (Landon had a good time driving Mater and Sally around the ship.)
A fun ferry ride
Boston Public Garden
I think this was my favorite spot in Boston -- just a beautiful park to sit in and walk through and watch my kids happily play.
Make way for Ducklings statue
Mater and Sally got to have a ride on the mother duck here. :) Landon sure had fun climbing on these. It was so fun to sit here for a while and watch all of the people coming through to take pictures with the ducklings. A beautiful park on a beautiful day.

Boston Duck Tour
This was a great tour all around Boston with some fun guides showing us the sites. Jordan and I both thought that Boston was one of the most beautiful cities we've visited.

Coming and going...
Just some fun pics of our in between times: stopping for a quick lunch by the Old North Church, riding the subway, walking along part of the Freedom Trail, stroller nap-time, packing all of our things via subway and shuttle to the airport, and sweet Ellie sleeping on the plane coming home (thanks to Jordan's great planning we had 3 full rows for the 6 of us :)

Such fun adventures!!!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Google Reader Link

Just a reminder (so that I can use Jordan's great set up he created for me even more) --
Let me know if you'd like a link so that you can get my blog on your feed reader.

( I'll send you a unique URL that you can add as a new subscription and it will work on any feed reader, even though this blog is 'private'.)


Saturday, October 24, 2009

Apple Pie

Jordan and Landon picked a bunch of our apples a few weeks ago and made some delicious apple pie -- here are the hard working boys.

"The Biggest!"

After priesthood session, Jordan and Landon went out to Fuddruckers and got (in Landon's words) "the biggest!" (one pound) The two of them ate almost half of it. :)
Jordan was pretty happy to get to spend the post-priesthood session time with our little boy.

9 Months Sweet

April had a nightmare where Ellie was talking to her and April was so sad that she'd missed little baby Ellie who'd grown up without her! I feel that way sometimes too - I can't believe how quickly this little girl is growing.

Ellie loves to be UP -- standing up beside whatever she can climb herself up to, up in our arms or laps. Ellie loves bananas, crawling around, playing with Landon when she's safe in my arms, tickles, crawling around following balls, waving hello, shaking her head to us, being held...

What a sweetheart!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Happy Anniversary!

Yesterday was our five-year anniversary! Five years of working and playing and adventuring and caring and learning and loving and loving.

(Our wedding announcement pic)
Five years so full of happiness.

This is one of my favorite pictures from our wedding. My favorite because from the look on Jordan's face, I know that he's looking right at me and just about bursting with love for his sweet Debbie.

That's the look that people in our ward still remember from the day Jordan brought Landon to church for the first time. :)

I'm so happy to be loving this Jordan and to be his love.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Sidebar Ad

This ad came up on the sidebar when I was reading a blog a few days ago.

Interesting to see an ad like this for the church. It led to this page --

I hadn't heard of this, but it is really cool. People can go on and do a live chat with a missionary who will answer questions for them about the church. Very neat.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Outsmarting Mom

Landon is getting creative in his convincing -- he's learning to play off my sweet tooth to get some treats for himself. Yesterday, he found some fruit snacks in my purse and came to ask me for them - "Mommy can we share these?"

Later, he found a couple of werthers in my bag and brought them over - "Look mommy! I found two candies!" (surprised voice from me - oh! Is one for me and one for you?) "Yeah!" (This in his sly little voice...)

Whenever a request is denied now, he's also learned to ask "When can I..."

Thursday, October 15, 2009

New York City!

We just got back from our big trip to New York and Boston -- these posts are mostly for my own benefit to remember all of our adventures. (That's why they're so long and detailed!) Also, some of these were written while we were there and some at home, so the timing all sounds a bit strange now. :)

We've been having a great time spending the week in New York City while Jordan works at Animoto. Nate (Animoto's HR guy) found us a **super** apartment on the upper west side of Manhattan. It's a 2-bedroom apt. in one of the Trump Place buildings, right along the Hudson River -->

Jordan and I decided we need to find a way to use corporate housing for all of our vacations in the future. :) It's so nice to have this great place since I'm spending a lot of time here w/ the kids. They have a fun play room downstairs (w/ all the kinds of toys that don't fit into New York sized apartments) that we've gone down to a few times (and will a few more I think w/ a couple of rainy days ahead).

Playing around at the apartment -- "this is hard work!" Landon says of his cutting/glueing. Ellie was so happy to get in on the action.
Watching Berenstein Bears on a rainy day
Tuesday flowers from Jordan- the white ones in the background were for me and the colorful ones Landon picked out for himself. :)
Happy girl w/ a great place to climb up to
Sitting on the windowsill eating lunch -- quite a view!!

A funny thing -- in all the times we've gone down to play at the play room (and also at the parks and museum), I've seen only 2 moms I think w/ their kids. All the rest are nannies/babysitters -- it took me a little while to realize why all of these kids looked so different from their moms. :)

We're staying on the 25th floor here (and our ears pop every time we ride the elevator down!) Yesterday, Landon had a bit of a worrisome adventure when (in his words) "The elevator was taking me away from you!!!" I got off on our floor and expected him to follow me out of the elevator. When he didn't, I put my hand then arm then leg/foot in the door to stop the doors but couldn't stop them - and away went my little boy crying "Momma!!!" Fortunately for us, a nice lady got on I think just a floor down or so (judging from the fact that I could still here crying...) and Landon managed to tell her he was on 25 and quickly get back up to us ( with cries of -- "Mommy! I was missing you so much! Ellie! I'm so happy!! I'm back to you!!") Yikes!

He's certainly been more careful since though. The first few times we rode after that, he asked me "Mommy, will you hold my hand so the elevator will not take me away?" And after a while --" I will do it all by my big self this time and get off fast so the elevator will not take me away." -- followed by sprint out and a "We did it! The elevator did not take me away!" (Can you tell he was worried about the elevator taking him away?)

Sweet boy, I'm so glad he didn't get lost!

Across the street from our apt. is a great park "Little engine playground" made just for toddlers/preschoolers and Landon's had a great time playing there, chasing the pigeons there, etc. :) He can see the playground looking down from our windows so he's been super excited when we get to go.

We went to church here on Sunday- to the Manhattan 1st ward (which meets here in the Manhattan temple). Pretty remarkable to see in the middle of this city.

Went here for dinner one night -->On their website they have a live web-cam going for their original location so you can see when the line is reasonable (I remember they had something like this for the testing center at BYU I think). Funny.

We're just a few blocks from Central Park, so Landon, Ellie and I spent the last 2 afternoons there -- enjoying the beautiful trees and walkways, playing at one of the playgrounds, listening to the street musicians, and going to the zoo. Landon just loved the zoo - "Let's go find some more interesting things to see!!!"

Delacorte music clock at the zoo - Landon liked watching the animals dance around while the clock chimed fun nursery rhyme type songs.
This is Landon last year (when we first came out to New York in September) -- I showed him these pictures before the trip and he was determined to find this log again. :)

Our growing up boy! :)
"You be the mean spider and you get me and I will run away!"

Ellie was just a great sport riding all around the zoo and park

Yesterday we went in with Jordan to Animoto to say hi to everybody. Landon had a blast playing with the office dog, Juno (they actually have 2 dogs there that just sort of run around and visit everybody while they work!) They have a really cool office - such a fun and creative set up with such fun people too. Jordan's been really enjoying getting to spend some time in person with everybody. It was quite an adventure getting back to the hotel on my own w/ our two kidlets, a double stroller and no elevator at the subway station!

We went to the FAO Schwartz on 5th avenue yesterday after the park and Landon had fun running around on the giant piano and playing w/ their toy displays (Ellie was loving their playmobile table too!) Kind of a strange feeling to be in the hustle and bustle of all the tourists, just taking my kids out for a fun afternoon then heading back to tidy up and make dinner at the apartment!

After the first crazy night w/ Ellie going back and forth from the crib to our bed all night long... we decided to make our New York week a teach-Ellie-to-sleep week. Two weeks before we left we started teaching her to go to sleep on her own- letting her cry to sleep, but just for nap times. This week we've been doing it at night too, so we've -- (I've, I guess :) had some long nights. But, the past 2 nights I've put her down in her crib wide eyed and she's gone to sleep w/out crying (hooray!!). Now what we're really hoping for is for her to learn to sleep through the night. We started about this point w/ Landon (after 9 months of no great sleep...) letting him 'cry it out' and what not -- he finally started consistently sleeping through the night at 23 months. So, we're hoping this sleep battle will be more easily won with little Ellie than it was with our indomitable son!

Children's Museum of Manhattan --
We took a rainy-day walking trek the museum on our last day in New York. Landon had a blast with all of their great exhibits. I loved that they had baby friendly things along with most of the exhibits so Ellie could have fun crawling around too and enjoying herself while Landon went wild with all of the exciting things to see.

I asked as we were leaving the museum if Landon could have one of these crowns (they'd been handing them out for b-day party groups and such...) He was just thrilled with this parting gift from the museum guy.
"Um... can Mommy have one too?"
I sure had a fun time playing with Landon and Ellie this week. Such fun adventures!

Amtrak --
Although it was quite an ordeal getting on the train (our particular train didn't have a checked baggage area, so we had 2 weeks worth of luggage for the 4 of us, plus Landon and Ellie to maneuver around the unknown platform in a rush to get on...) But it was such a pleasant ride. Lots of leg room, being able to walk around - Landon could sit on the floor to play by his seat - just a great ride.

And off we go on our Boston adventure!