Well, the niece (Hanna Rose) isn't 100% new, but she's pretty darn close to being brand new! (She was born in January.)
In my absence from my blog, my friend Amanda and I drove to Illinois and then Nebraska and then back again to help my sister move. And then my parents came to visit for a week. I also have not been feeling too well, but I am on the mend now, which is very good news. Spring has come to Cincinnati, and with the help of my parents, I have lots of flowers planted now, donated from their yard and the yard of Amy Whitney. (Thank you!) I am pretty excited for them to start blooming: hydrangeas, roses, irises, gladiolas, periwinkle, black-eyed Susan, hostas, tall grass, a wildflower mix, chives, and Egyptian walking onion. I think that is everything.
She's got herself an armful of cuddliness!
They got along really well, except for the occasional smack down.
Spring has come!
We have actually had some really nice days in the 60s. Jill is just wearing her coat, because evening was approaching, and it was chilly in the shade.
The most recent exciting event has been my ward's talent extravaganza event. (Okay, that wasn't the real title, but isn't it exciting?) :) Jeff played a drum duet. (Jeff says that I can't call it that, because calling it a drum duet "takes all of the manliness out of it.") Okay, Jeff played a cadence on the snare drum with a friend (Mason) who played on the tenor drums. It was pretty awesome. Our whole marriage, Jeff has used his hands to drum on every available surface at almost all times, but I've never seen him actually play from music with actual drum sticks. I really enjoyed it. :)
I sang a song (shocker). It was "I Will Always Love You" as made famous by Whitney Houston, but actually written and composed (and originally performed) by Dolly Parton. I had no idea she was so talented (to compose and write, as opposed to just sing). It went well. The dress rehearsal was better, because I wasn't nervous, but the performance was all right. I didn't embarrass myself.
Both the drums and the song were recorded, but I have no cord to connect the camera to the computer. I'll work on that. Our sister missionaries also sang a really cute song called Eastgate Love. I love our missionaries.
Jeff Collett and Mason Blackham
On a sad note. Well, not really sad. When a friend heard I chose "I Will Always Love You," he commented that I was going straight for the "diva song." I hadn't thought of it that way, but when he said that, I thought why not? So instead of wearing jeans, I wanted to wear a fancy dress. Well, apparently I don't fit in any of my fancy dresses anymore. One of them just barely buttoned, but none of the zipper dresses closed. Now, I don't feel too bad about this, because the oldest one was nine years old, and really a woman's body changes a lot from 15 years old to 24 years old (not to mention after having a baby!), but it is sad. I liked those dresses. It was fun to have them just in case something ever arose that would necessitate me wearing a fancy dress. Now I don't have them to fall back on. I've been trying to decide whether to keep them for Jill to play in some day or give them away. And I've been trying not to feel fat. Haha. I am back to the weight before I had Jill, but I am not back to my weight from when I graduated from college. That is where I would really like to be. Sigh. Anyway, so I still wanted to wear a nice dress, but no money just for a talent show dress. So I went to Goodwill with my dad and snagged an awesome deal! The already low prices were an additional 50% off, so I got the dress for $3.50. Outrageous. :)
There are a lot of other pictures from these events, but I'll post those on facebook and picasso.