Saturday, June 27, 2009


So, I had a birthday! It was a great day. I turned 24 yesterday. Jeff took me to Panera for lunch, which I enjoyed immensely. Panera was one of my favorites from when I used to live out in this area of the country. ;) The food was as good as ever.

My mother-in-law got awesome balloons and made me a birthday cake, so that's pretty awesome. I got to blow out candles. ;)

Jeff's little brother had a baseball game, so we went to that. It was fun, although quite hot, and our team won. Jeff's brother (Kyle) is the pitcher.

One present that I'm very excited about is a new bathing suit from Jeff's mom. My body has definitely changed a lot since the last time I bought a bathing suit, about three years ago. Changed a lot. I kind of miss my old body.

But that brings me to my other favorite birthday present. From money from my grandma Boling, Jeff and I bought a used jogging stroller. It is in really good condition. The lady we bought it from said she only used it once actually haha because she never got around to actually going running with it. So, hopefully I'll get more use out of it than she did!

Thanks to everyone for the facebook posts, phone calls, e-mails, and text messages!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

So cute

Jeff and I were on a walk with Jill and the dog, Sam. There were lots of geese and ducks in the lake we were circling. Lots of cute babies, too. Then all of a sudden, we saw the tiniest baby ducks I've ever seen.

Too, too cute!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Impressive News

Jill went to bed at 10:30 last night, woke up at 7:30, ate, went back to sleep at 8:00, and woke up at 10:45.

Whoa! :)

Monday, June 22, 2009


Right time, right place.

Jeff was able to snag an awesome picture of Jill.

Ohio Libraries

"At a news conference on Friday, June 19, the Governor proposed a cut to state funding for public libraries of $227.3 million in fiscal years 2010 and 2011 as part of his plan to fill the $3.2 billion gap in the budget that must be balanced by the Ohio General Assembly's Conference Committee by June 30. This will mean a more than 50% cut in funding for many of Ohio's public libraries. Libraries could close or face significant reductions in operations as a result of the Governor's proposal. This cut is in addition to the 20% reduction in funding that libraries are already facing, because their funding comes from 2.22% of the state's declining General Revenue Fund.

Ohio libraries are in jeopardy. I contacted the governor and my legislators to let them know what my library means to me. Find out how you can help, too:"

More Information

Ohio Governor Proposes Halving State Support; Many Libraries Could Close, Norman Older—Library Journal, 6/22/2009

A Grandmother's Love

So, I got an interesting package in the mail today. It was addressed to me and had no return address. I opened it up, and inside was a beautiful quilt. After admiring the quilt, I turned to fold and put it back in the box. It was then that I noticed there was a card. I opened the card, and it was addressed to my daughter Jill and signed "Love, Great Grandma Verda Adams Homer."

Well, you may remember from my post a month ago that my grandma Homer died last month. She actually went into the hospital the same day that Jill came into this world.

I last saw my grandmother back in December/January when Jeff and I came out to the Midwest for Christmas. While at her house, she had us pick out fabric and a pattern so she could make a quilt for Jill, who was still just a bulge in my belly. ;)

Since her death, I had wondered how far she had gotten in making the quilt and what had happened to it, but I had never asked.

Then today, I received this quilt. It was not the one I picked out, but it was gorgeous. Absolutely beautiful.

I flipped the box over and saw a return address, my great-aunt Fern, my grandma's sister.

I called my mom to see if she knew anything about it. She told me that when my grandma was in the hospital, she talked to her sister (my great-aunt Fern) on the phone and mentioned she was concerned that she wouldn't be able to finish the quilt for Jill. Great-aunt Fern promised Grandma that she would make one. It looks like my great-aunt fulfilled her promise. :)

So, Jill (and my other future children) will now get to enjoy this beautiful, large baby quilt from my grandma and great-aunt.

Thank you!

Day of Threes

Yesterday was a real day of threes. Well, church was at least. :) I do like it when there is a pattern. Jill needed three new diapers, needed to nurse three times, and apparently needed to spit up three times as well. Throw in the three class periods, and well, it was a day of threes. ;)

On other news, well there is no other news. :) Life is generally very good, and I'm getting excited about seeing all of my family again for the Fourth. I'm getting impatient to get through this stage of life (the unemployed stage), but haha, it's funny, because there were times a few years ago that I wished I had more of this stage (living at home, mommy making the meals, etc.). So, I guess be careful what you wish for. ;) Now that it's happening, I wish we could be independent and I could have a home.

It's hard to be a homemaker without a home.

I do know that I am lucky though to have loving in-laws that are taking care of us while Jeff is looking for a job. I am very grateful for them. And I am even more lucky, because I know my parents would welcome us into their home as well. We are loved and provided for, but I can't wait until Jeff has a job and I have a home.

Of course, I'm sure that then I'll miss only having to cook dinner once a month or so!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

More reasons to rejoice

I forgot to mention that Jill is now noticing things. She actually looks at and watches the mobile over her crib. Jeff is also getting very good at getting her to smile at him. She is also making a noise sometimes that we are calling laughter. Yay!

Also, Jeff has introduced me to two fantastic ice cream places they have out here: UDF and Graeter's. Amazing. Both of them. Absolutely fantastic. I also branched out a bit and tried a new flavor. I haven't tried a new ice cream flavor since I was like . . . five or something. I don't know how old I was, but I never do it. I tried Almond Cream Cake, and it was amazing! Sweet victory was mine.

I feel like any day now Jill will show interest in toys!

A Reason to Celebrate

hehe. The main reason to celebrate is that Jill finally spit up on someone other than me! She spit up on Jeff. It's good to share things in marriage . . .

I am also pretty happy with myself about something. I went to the store, and the item rang up incorrectly, and I actually had the courage to ask the salesclerk about it! I did apologize three times while doing so, but I did it, and I was right. Woot. I don't know why money things are so awkward for me, but they are. I don't like dealing with money. I should have been born a lady in a different era, so I wouldn't have to deal with it. ;) Fantastic plan.

So, after sleeping 5 to 8 hours every single night last week, this week has not been so lovely. Last night she was awake from 9:00 pm to 2:20 am. Then she woke up around 5:30 am. I'm pretty darn tired today!

Oh yes, and it has rained almost every single day I have been in Ohio. We've had some awesome thunder storms, some tornado watches, and some warm sprinkles. It's awesome. Everything is so overwhelming green. I love it. There's one reason we moved back! Another sign that I am not in Utah anymore is all of the squirrels and bunnies I have seen hopping around randomly. :) Okay, the squirrels weren't hopping, but you get the picture. (I wrote "hoping," hehe and just noticed it and went back to change it to "hopping.")

I can't wait until we have more money, so we can start enjoying Cincinnati things like going to a Reds game and Paramount's Kings Island.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Well then

I added three more posts below, so if you've been feeling like you haven't seen enough of Jill, you're in luck!

Life is good. Still no job, but Jeff is still looking, and he's doing some side work for a family friend, so that's fun.

Everyone asks me if Jill is a "good baby." This is kind of a funny question to me. She's the only baby I've ever had, so I honestly respond that she's the best baby I've ever had. I don't know if she's a "good baby." I'll let you know after I have a second one. ;)

Photo Shoot!

What is the reason for this photo shoot? Well, a super cute dress and to capture her starting to look more grown up. :) She's getting so good at holding her head up! We're very proud. ;) You can't really tell, but there is a cursive C on her dress. For Collett of course! *cough*

She has also slept 6 to 9 hours every single night this week, so that's super! The only sad thing, haha, is that I still have to wake up and pump or I wake up completely soaked. Will this stop? I mean, my body has to get used to the schedule sooner or later, right?

She is rewarding us with real smiles every now and then. I don't know if she has associated smiles with happiness yet, but she'll give us some really big open mouthed smiles every now and then.

I guess I'm a big girl!

Check out my red hair!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Playing Catch Up

I know you guys really just want to see pictures of Jill, so here are pictures of Jill from the past month. If you want to see more, you can check facebook. ;)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


So, a lot has happened since my last post. Understatement of the year right? Well, I'm settled in Ohio. I've been to my new ward twice. It's the ward Jeff was in from 5 years old to 19 years old, so that's fun. :) We're in Jeff's parents' basement, and things have been going well. Jeff is still looking for a job, but he's found lots to apply to, so that's great! Jill was blessed on Sunday, and I had 23 family members here. It was quite a warm welcome for the newest member! I tried to post pictures, but the internet was taking too long, and I got tired of waiting. Maybe a different day. ;)

Jill is getting bigger. She's still wearing newborn clothes, but we're estimating she's around ten pounds perhaps. She drooled for the first time today and often blows spit bubbles. Pretty cute stuff! She slept for 8½ hours last night—first time ever. We'll see if that continues. She's been doing this wide awake thing from about 5:00 pm until midnight every night. It's not cute, haha. I miss when she went to bed earlier, but if the not waking up until 9:00 am thing continues, then I definitely will not complain! She is starting to smile when she's awake as well. It's still rare, but it's happening.

Jeff is having a ball playing basketball with his brothers and landscaping the house. He has ripped up three trees and five bushes so far. We have big plans of brick retaining walls, hydrangea bushes, and much more. ;)

I'm pretty much a food-dispensing diaper-changing machine. That's what I do. I love it. It does get a little repetitious at times, but I love all the time i get to spend with Jilly Bean. We started her on the summer reading program two days ago. The librarian said it's never to early to start, so we started! So far we're working on "Robbie the Rabbit." Hehe. Jeff loves it! I'm pretty sure Jill doesn't really know what's going on with it. :)

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Baby Blessing

Well, Jill Halley Collett was blessed on June 7, 2009 by her father: Jeffrey Wells Collett; her grandfathers: Philip Hurn Boling and Daryl Allen Collett; her uncles: Peter Hurn Boling, Daniel Hurn Boling, Devin Jerrold Rose, and Jason Allen Collett; and her great-grandfathers: Benjamin Franklin Homer and Donald Ellsworth.

Here is my side of the family. :)

So, these are my nieces Annibelle and Emily. They are three months apart and very similar in size right now. To me, they're the twinners!

The Four Boling Granddaughters!

That's the cupcake tree we used at my wedding open house.
Does it look familiar to anyone? Then, of course, the next angelic picture is the reason why we were all gathered!

Colletts (minus Kyle and Ryan)

Bolings (minus Great-Grandma Boling)

The whole immediate family was there except for Jill's Uncle Ryan on a mission and her great-grandma Boling in Texas. Kyle was at the blessing and everything, but he stayed after church to support his friends at their YW Recognition ceremony and missed the pictures.

Just because Hallie's so cute! ;) (Click to enlarge.)