Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Santa Came to Town

Well, Santa came a little early this year. Last night he made a stop by our apartment and delivered my Christmas present. A digital piano!!! It was actually from my sweet husband and I think it's the best present I've ever gotten (although the year I got my truck was pretty awesome too). It has a full keyboard with weighted keys, and so it plays just like a real piano. I have to say I'm a little embarassed because I'm pretty rusty. I've got some serious practicing to do. Thanks Jeff. I've also included a few funny pictures of Lexi. The last one cracks me up.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Better Late Then Never

Ok, Ok I'm finally getting around to posting my Thanksgiving pictures. This year we went to Roy, Utah and stayed with Jeff's sister Joni. Jeff's mom and two sisters came down from Boise and so we had the entire Schramm Fam together. We had soooooo much fun. It was wonderful because Lexi got to meet her aunt Courtney and Kris, plus we all got to see Joni's two new twin boys Jacob and Spencer. One of the highlights of the trip was that we were able to go to the temple and do Jeff's dads temple work. Jeff was so excited to get to baptize his dad. He had been waiting for that day since he came home from his mission. The spirit was very strong and we all felt uplifted. We were also able to seal the family together. Temple work is an amazing thing.

Another highlight of the trip was that Aunt Jenn came down from Herriman to see us. I was able to spend some quality time with her and she also got to play with Lexi. It was funny because when we came home I think Lexi got a little bored because she wasn't getting near the same amount of attention as she was in Utah. All the aunts and cousins were so great with her and I was able to get a break from mothering. We also got to have an early Christmas. Lexi was able to open her first Christmas presents from Grandma and Aunt Courtney and Kris. She got some fun toys, cute clothes, and some books.

Thanks so much Schramm Family for such a great Thanksgiving and all the memories.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Happy Halloween

I'm finally getting around to sharing our Halloween pictures. This year Jeff and I went to a Halloween party hosted by our friends Brittany and Josh Redd. Lala came in town and so she offered to stay home with Alexis (she just wanted to get out of wearing a costume). The night was really fun, and the costumes were quite original!

I finally persuaded Jeff to let me do his makeup and dress him up as death. I went for a more heavenly costume and came as a fairy godmother, complete with silver eyelashes.

Tim Rutter came as Jack Sparrow with his little pirate son Lewis. Sarah was Dorothy complete with a matching Toto.

Lyndsey Swindlehurst came as the most beautiful witch I've ever seen, while her husband Jeremy rode in on a bull.

The winner of the costume contest was our host Josh Redd (although I came in a close 2nd). It's pretty hard to beat an adult male wearing a diaper. Don't scroll down if you're easily offended.

Josh's wife Brittany is pregnant and decided to practice the art of mothering on her husband. Brittany, I hope your baby boy is a little cuter (no offense Josh).

What a scary group we are.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Pumpkin Patch

Today Lexi and I went with a couple of my girlfriends and their children to a pumpkin patch. It was basically a giant field with pumpkins all over. There were tons of photo ops, and I got some very cute pictures of Lexi. The only downfall was that it was super windy today, as evidenced by my crazy hair in a few of the pictures.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Ode to Diet Coke

I would just like to take a minute to sing praises to Diet Coke. I don't think I could get through a day without the shot of caffeine that comes with consuming a can. Thank you to the makers of this wonderful product.

Lexi's 1st 5K

Lexi completed her first 5K yesterday (oh yeah, Jeff and I finished it too). We all three ran in the annual Pumpkin Dash. It was so much fun. We put Lexi in her bumble bee costume and pushed her in the jogging stroller. Jeff, being the nice guy that he is, offered to push Lexi so that I could run faster, and I ended up placing 2nd in my age category. After the race there was a fall festival and a costume contest. It was such a fun day. We are definitly going to make it an annual event.

My award for placing 2nd in the 20-24 age group.


Saturday, October 13, 2007

Sundays are for Sleeping

Could someone please remind me why we go to church on Sundays? I basically spend the whole time in the hallway chasing after the crawling kiddo. Then Jeff has to wrestle her for the next couple hours because she is so absolutely exhausted from not having a nap. Today we decided to give in and go home after sacrament meeting. How many months until she gets to go into nursery?

Texas State Fair Here We Come!

So yesterday Jeff, Lexi, and I went to the Dallas State Fair, and let me say...No one does a state fair like Texas! We went with our friends Lane, Amber, and Easton and had a blast.

We started our trek around 4:00 pm and proceded to navigate our way through downtown Dallas to find the fairgrounds. I was a little skeptical about the area when I read the directions that said "if you get lost, don't attempt to find your way. Just turn around. The fairgrounds are in a very bad area of town." Ok, so a little scary. Were we supposed to pack heat? I guess I could've brought my mace.

Ok, so after an hour of driving in rush hour traffic we finally made it, and pay a whopping $10.00 to park, and then another $25.00 to get in. Freak, are we in Disneyland? Oh yeah, then you have to immediately by "coupons" once you get inside because everything is purchased via little orange tickets. It's totally a conspiracy! They make you buy coupons in packs of ten, but everything costs some odd, random amount of coupons, so at the end of the night you're left with like 3 coupons. And, common, what can you buy with 3 coupons? A stick of gum? Not even that. And of course you can't use these little orange things in the real world so you basically have to throw away $2.00. It's highway robbery. I mean when you're poor little college students, $2.00 is a lot of money. That can buy us dinner at Costco.

Ok, ok, ok, so we have our coupons and we're inside the fair. The next opstacle is trying to navigate the stroller through the 5 million black teenagers. I just about got in a fight when I ran over some 16 year-old black chicks toe. And, of course it always seems like you're going against the flow of traffic. I'm thinking of installing an air horn on the stroller.

Now, since we have an infant and don't want to waste $50.00 playing carnival games, what do we do at the fair? The answer is...Eat as much fried food as you can. I started with a giant corny dog and a jumbo Diet Dr. Pepper, then proceeded to eat a fried snickers bar, oh yes, a fried snickers bar. Then, I finished the evening with fried cookie dough (my favorite). The fair has a contest every year on the most original and tasty fried good. This year's winner was the fried Coke (which I didn't try). I'm pretty sure I consumed about 5,000 calories, evidenced by the fact that Jeff had to roll me out the front gates. Man, but it was good.

So after consuming the fried food, we visited the petting zoo. Lexi wasn't quite sure about all the furry creatures trying to lick her face (neither was I). They did have quite an asortment of wild animals including an ostrich. An ostrich in a petting zoo. Doesn't that seem weird? Aren't ostrich mean? Needless to say, I kept my distance.

Well, as the night was winding down, we decided to go to the food court and consume more fried food including fried chicken fingers. So, we're sitting enjoying our food when all of a sudden we hear this yelling and hollering. In stomps a group of black guys flashing gang signs. "Oh great, we're going to get caught in the middle of a gang fight at the fair. I hope my underwear is clean for the hospital." Those were the exact thoughts going through my head as about 100 cops come flying in the door to break up the commotion. Luckily, no guns were fired and we made it out alive.

After the gang incident we decided to wrap up the evening (but not before consuming a little more fried food). Luckily we made it home safely with only a few extra pounds around our midsections. So ends our first excursion to the Dallas State Fair. Yee Haw.

Chowing down on one of the fair's famous corny dogs.

Fried snickers bar. Pretty yummy.

Next time I try breastfeeding and want to complain I'll look at this picture and think that it could be worse.

This camel was trying to give me a kiss. No, thanks, I'm good.

Wow, this pig has huge, umm........spots.

Lane and Easton feeding the goats

Do we really need a sign that says this?

Trying to stay a safe distance away from the mean ostrich

Lexi and her friend Easton

My friend Amber Cable and Me. She used to be my running buddy until she went and got herself pregnant. Grrrrrr.