Sunday, December 21, 2008

Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend

Actually, Marty won! He entered a drawing on one of our favorite blogs Seriously So Blessed. If you haven't read this blog, you need to. It is hilarious. Me telling you about it would not do it justice.

Anyway, Marty entered this drawing; there were multiple prizes to win. And guess who won the diamond necklace from Morgan Jewelers -- Marty!!!! Yea for Jenny (because I get to wear it)! I'll post a picture of it later. If you want to see it in the interim, click onto Seriously So Blessed to the right of my blog, and look at the December 12 post!

Friday, December 19, 2008

FaRaRaRaRa Ra Ra Ra Ra ("Shut up Ralphy!")

We had Jake's preschool Christmas program at the Library on Tuesday. It was wonderful! I am so proud of him! He is quite the performer. They sang one of their value songs called "Courage," followed by their favorite "Totty Ta." I absolutely loved that song; the kids we adorable performing it. They sang several Christmas songs, including "Rudolph," hence the antlers in some of the pictures. Marty and I sure do love our big boy. He is growing up too fast. He is such a great helper to his parents, and Ben loves to play with Jacob.

A special thank you to Miss Cindi, the most wonderful preschool teacher! She is so good with Jacob and his massive amounts of energy! Here are some fun pictures to enjoy!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Happy Anniversary!

Marty and I celebrated our eighth anniversary yesterday. It's hard to believe how fast the time has gone. I guess it's just a testament to how much I love my life and my family. It makes the time fly.

As with every day, I spent the day with the boys. We went to the mall. Jacob's new passion is Webkinz. I think it's rather silly, but he loves Webkinz. Since we were at the mall, we had to go to the Hallmark store, which is one of the few places where Webkinz are sold. They had reindeer for half price, so I bought one for Jake and one for Ben. Jake name his reindeer Blitzen. He has two other animals, both cats, and he named them Pootie-tat and Stinky-tat. He has been packing those things all around the house. He even had to feed them a "bottle" and put them down for a nap on the back of the couch. When Marty and I got home from our anniversary dinner tonight, Jake had the Webkinz slumbering on one of the Christmas tree limbs. He is so cute!

Ben has been my shadow. Where I go, he goes. I cannot do anything in private if he is awake. But I don't mind. I love that little guy so much. My boys are my heart. Marty and I didn't think we would ever be able to have one , much less two kids. We are truly blessed.

What did Marty get me? He got me two new lamps. Now I need to buy a new side table and coffee table for them. We also bought a new water softener today. The one we had was shot, even though it was six years old. The plumber/technician said it was do to our super-hard water and some pressure control valve was shot at the main water shut-off. The water is supposed to be at 50 lbs of pressure, and ours was 120! It's times like these when I hate being an adult. Oh well, luckily work is super busy; I signed up to work a few extra shifts to pay for it.

As I mentioned earlier, we went to to a Japanese steakhouse tonight. This couple brought their four kids to reward their good school grades. One of the kids ordered lobster, and didn't even eat it. I told Marty that I was lucky if my parents took me to McDonald's at the end of the year for good grades. How times have changed!

Anyway, here are some pictures of Jake's new-found Webkinz hobby. Enjoy!!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Another ER Trip

I now feel like the mom of two boys. Jake and Ben have each had a trip to the ER within the last week. I have to give a little background info to make this a really good story for sleep-deprived mothers everywhere.

I normally work every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights 7pm to 7am. This week was a little different. I had to work Tuesday and Wednesday 7p-7a and Thursday 3p-3a. On Thursday, I was in sweetest slumber ever when Marty came in to tell me that Ben had cut his finger. "Okay, put a band aide on it." Well, the bleeding wouldn't stop. "You'll need to take him to the ER" I told Marty. I was going to shower and get ready for work since I had to go back at 3pm. I got to the ER half and hour before my shift. Poor Ben had to get his finger cauterized. He cried and cried. He didn't want me to leave. I felt so guilty. How do you leave your baby when he is in tears? It was the hardest thing I had to do. I even cried in the elevator going up to the NICU. I had pictures, but I don't know what happened to them.

I will say that I am thankful for a wonderful husband who is an awesome father. I have two healthy sons who I love more than anything I can think of. I come from a wonderful family. My sisters are my best friends (next to Marty). I am so many blessings in my life because of the church. I know that I can be with my family forever.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Any Ideas?

I have no idea what to get Mart for Christmas. Not only do I have Christmas to think of, but our eighth anniversary is December 1. I do not know what to get him. Do you have any ideas? What does he want, need, etc.? What kind of gifts do men like? I am seriously at a total loss. I was going to get him a personal trainer. I asked for someone at the gym to call me. I gave them my cell number so Marty wouldn't find out (it's super hard to surprise him). Of course Gold's Gym called during the day when Marty was home, I was asleep after work, and Marty answered my phone. Marty NEVER answers my phone. I went through a lot of trouble trying to surprise him. Now on to plan B.

I've had a few generic ideas: a big LCD tv, surround sound system, clothes, shoes. He's not into sports (thank goodnes) so tickets to sporting events are out. If you have any ideas, email me

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

What's In A Name?

I am so blessed to work in the NICU. Not only do I get to work with some of my best friends, I also get to learn the "coolest" new names for babies. If you're expecting a new bundle of joy, check out these winners:

Serenity, Myricle, Midnight, Mystery (these are all sisters)
Twilight Rain
Phenoix (and NO I did not mis-spell it)
Rocky III
Tagen, Hagen, Zagen (all brothers)
Precious Heaven
Nevaeh (Heaven spelled backwards)
Elvis II (Yes, his dad's name is Elvis)
Brier Rose
Shithead (middle eastern parents; pronounced Shie-Teed)
Ethegeniah (Eth-a-jeen-ee-uh)
Dashel (like the icky demo senator from one of the dakotas)
Roxy Kay
Navek (dad is Kevan)
alexabella Angelina (first and middle names)
Tasum Arce
Kodiak and Kalsen (twin boys)
Isolde (I even know this name from Tristan and Isolde thanks to BYU Music 101)
Felix (for a girl)
Luxalai (mom said she just "came up with it in my head")
Cyx ("six" the baby had six toes on one foot)
Pretty Weasel
Porter Tubbs (first and last names)
Daeqwan (reminds me of West Charlotte High School!!!)
Hendrix James (of course after Jimmy Hendrix)
Karbon Adams (For real)
Mercedes and Lexus (twin girls)
ABCDE (pronounced Ab-see-dee)
Hannah Montana (yes, really)
Ever Adore
Nova (Is older brother's name Super?)
Ty Rex
Ocean Breeze

I know this was a long list, but I think these are too funny not to share. These are the actual names of some of the babies born where I work. We keep a running log of all the different names we come across. If you have any other names to share, just leave them in the comment.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Jenny's Top Five

Ginger tagged me. I have to list my top five quirks. Marty had to give his input, because who knows you better than your eternal sweetheart? Here goes nothing:

1. I love to nap. I get Jake and Ben down for their afternoon naps, and I lay down for a little afternoon siesta. I LOVE it. It is definitely a Larson trait. Marty says he has never seen a family like to nap as much as we do. At least I have a partial excuse. I work Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, and I get exhausted.

2. Whenever Marty and I go anywhere, I have to drive. I HATE being the passenger. I have to be the one in control of the speed and direction of the car, the music, and the climate of the car. Marty doesn't mind being chauffered around. And technically he's not supposed to drive in diminished light conditions due to his RP. On a totally different note, if you want a thrill ride, drive a volvo turbo XC 90; I miss mine so much. It kicks trash.

3. I have to throw out left overs that are older than 2 days, especially if it's meat. I just have this thing about old food in the fridge. If it's not eaten in two days, chances are it will become a petrie dish!

4. Along the lines of food, I cannot stand ice cream that has a chance to get ice crystals inside the carton. To me, it's a sign of freezer burn. YUCK!

5. Marty says I have a very wicked sense of humor. I must admit that I do come off with some real zingers. He always says "I never knew my little southern belle could be so naughty!" Oh well, it's in the genes. I take after my Aunt Lorsey. She is a whole other story. I will have to blog about her stories next time.

6. I know I only needed five, but I thought of one more all on my own. Marty will be so proud of me. I am quite embarassed to admit this, but I LOVE QVC!! I know, I know. I am not your stereotypical QVC fan (an 85-year-old woman named Mable living in Georgia!). You would not believe some of the neat things they have on there: Bare Minerals Makeup, this awesome Ojua shampoo and conditioner, a 52 inch SHARP LCD HDTV for only $1500, etc. I especially love it this time of year with all of the seasonal merchandise they show. I might have to go check their website before I finish this blog to see what Today's Special Value is!

Well, these are some of my quirks. Nothing too outlandish. But they definitely make me the wonderful, funloving, beautiful person I am proud of!

If you are reading this entry, you have to tell me what one of your quirks are in your comment.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The First of Many

Well, Jacob had his first of many accident-related ER trips last night. He was riding his Razor scooter, ran into another scooter, and fell. He hit his nose of even another scooter on the ground. His nose took the majority of the impact. There were lots of tears and a lot of blood. Here is Jake in the car ready to go:

Here he is in ER #11 ("because I'm 11-years-old mom?"). He thought it was pretty cool having his own TV that could move on an arm attached to the wall. He had lots of fun with the bed that can go up and down. Pretty cool. Here are some more pics.

All in all, he had a fun trip, literally and figuratively. No broken nose. Just bruised and swollen. Oh, his favorite part: he has to eat ice cream to help with the bleeding and swelling!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Birthday Festivities

Well our Baby Ben has turned one-year old as you may know. We had cake and ice cream with Marty's family. We had quite a grand time. The kiddies enjoyed opening all of Ben's gifts, and Ben enjoyed the tissue paper. Figures! We got the cake from Cosco. It was yummy: white cake with vanilla cheesecake mousse in the middles, frosted with buttercream.

Here are some pics of the day:

Friday, November 7, 2008

Happy 1st Birthday Baby Ben!!

It's hard to believe that one year ago Ben came into our lives. I will never forget going to Dr. Boheen's office for a bp check. It was high, and she said "let's have a baby today." I called Marty from the office to tell him to come home. He was up north for a meeting.

Our sweet baby boy made his debut at 2:50pm. It was so neat to be conscious for his birth. I missed out on Jake's birthday. I loved hearing my baby cry for the first time, which made me cry.

I so joyed everything about that day (except for the five hours of vomiting after my c-section). Ben is definitely worth everything I will ever do for him.

Here are some pictures from his fun-filled first year:


Saturday, November 1, 2008

Trick or Treat

What a fun time of the year, especially if your name is Jacob or Benjamin Asay. Our little angels had a wonderful time carving pumpkins and trick-or-treating.

Jacob was "Nick," the red ranger from Power Rangers Mystic Force. He also had a monkey costume that was supposed to be his Halloween costume. The red ranger costume was a Toys R Us clearance item after Christmas last year that Jake bought for $2.00.

Benjamin was a happy frog. What a sweet and adorable little angel. He is sooooo mild and mellow. What a happy baby.

Here are some pictures to enjoy: