Saturday, March 29, 2008

Happy Birthday to Ry!

My little brother turned 22 last week! We celebrated at my parent's house. Here are all the guys teasing my poor nephew Drew...he takes it like a champ!

Already teaching Corgan a love for football. As my grandpa would say, he's definitely a Webb.

The Nate Dogg and me
Ry's awesome friend, Jake, helped us celebrate. They both played with Ryan's new TomTom navigation system most of the night.

Ry with all the grandkids. I took several pictures and not ONE of them had all the grandkids looking at the camera. So I thought I'd post one that not one of them was looking!

My sister Angie made Ryan this awesome bunny cake!

Happy birthday Ry! What a fun night. I love spending time with family!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Signing Times

Can I just say the I L-O-V-E "Baby Signing Time"? For those of you who haven't heard of it, it's a DVD, well two DVDs, that teaches your baby actual ASL sign language. It's awesome and man does Claire love it. We've got four signs down (well, she'll do them most of the time): all done, more, food, and cracker. When she was sick last week it was the only thing that would make her forget she was sick. AND its a great way for us to communicate with her before she can talk.
Here is a pic of her watching it yesterday...

(every time the little frog comes on the screen, Claire will start giggling)

Cousin Drew was over yesterday, so he watched it with us too. Can you tell he liked it too?

So to all you new and expecting moms out there, I highly recommend investing in these DVDs. They've definitely worked with Claire!

Thursday, March 20, 2008


Sorry once again for the lack of posts. We've all been sick. :( It all started with Nate. He came down with a high fever and chills on Monday. It's probably the sickest I have ever seen Nate. Then it spread to Claire. Her temperature got up to 104 degrees on Tuesday. So I took her into the doctor where she tested positive for Influenza Type A. The dreaded flu. The poor girl even got a flu shot this year. Then it spread to me on Wednesday night. Luckily for me it didn't last as long as the other two. I hate being sick! I had so many things to do this week and NONE of it got done! :( Oh well. At least I got to lie around in bed re-reading the Twilight series.

Well, to brighten this post up a bit, here is a photo I took of Claire for my photography class earlier this week.

Nate has taught Claire to do this face on command when he says "Home Alone". It's not consistent yet, but when she does do it she is SO proud of herself.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Stephenie Meyer is coming to Utah!

That's right! She is doing a book signing and discussion on her new book, The Host, which comes out May 6. Yay! Here are the dates and details about her tour:

Friday, May 16, 2008, 7:00 p.m.
Ticketed event held at The Showbarn at Thanksgiving Point, 3003 North Thanksgiving Way, Lehi, UT 84043. Ticket price includes $10 admission fee and one copy of The Host. Tickets are available at Borders Provo (4801 North University Ave., Provo, UT, 84107; phone: 801/224-2720) and Borders Murray (132 E. Winchester, Murray, UT 84107; phone: 801/313-1020) beginning on May 6th. Call Borders Provo or Borders Murray for event guidelines and details. Please do not call the event venue.


Saturday, May 17, 2008, 1:00 p.m.
Ticketed event held at Highland High School Auditorium, 2166 S 1700 E, Salt Lake City, UT. Tickets are available by stopping by King's English (1511 South 15th East, Salt Lake City, UT 84105 or by phone 801/484-9100). $30.00 ticket price includes a copy of The Host. Doors open at noon.

Anyone want to go with me? All I have to say is that The Host better be as good as the Twilight series or I'm going to be depressed!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Drew turns one!

Wow, a whole week without a post...this is a first since the blog began. :( Last week was crazy! I think I had something every night of the week. I had four baby showers, started a photography class (which has been AWESOME, I'll post some pics later), did a couple photo shoots, designed some wedding invitations for a co-worker, and I think Claire was teething last week because she was not her happy self. Whew! I'm tired.

On a much brighter note, my nephew, Drew, turned one on March 1! I cannot believe he is already one year old. This also means that Claire only has two months until she is one! We had a party for him this past weekend. Here are some of my favorite pics from the partay.

Grandma and Claire

Drew's first golf club set and the sunglasses Claire gave him.

Ryan being crazy with cute Corgan and Brad in the background. Then a normal picture of Ryan (one of the only ones I have) with Drew in the cute Nike outfit Ry gave him.

Drew did not like his party hat and Claire just wanted to pull off the shiny strings.

Me and my sweet girl...aren't her little pigtails hilarious? (I was just SO excited that I can finally do something with her hair!) And Claire eating Drew's golf ball.

The first birthday cake! "Mom, I get to eat all of this?!" YUM!

Then Drew got really mad when my sister Angie tried to take his cupcake away.

Finally, a family pic of the Haugens.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Thanks so much!

Thanks to everyone who responded to my last post! I'm really excited to start taking everyone's portraits! I filled every slot. Yay! Can't wait to start clicking my camera!
Today is a very special 100th post!

Yah for my blogging addiction!

And what would any post be without a picture of Claire? Love this girl!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Here we go...

As many of you already know, photography has been a hobby of mine for a few years now. I have taken many a class and am starting another one this Tuesday. I love taking pictures any chance I get…especially when my subject is a cute baby! Well, thanks to the encouragement of friends and family, I have finally decided to delve a bit more into the professional photography world.

For those of you who have been so encouraging (and for anyone else I might not even know) here’s your chance to help me out. I’m giving away eight free one-hour portrait sessions. That’s right, totally free. You will get the best 20-30 edited pictures on CD with a copyright release so you can print the photos at whatever lab you choose. Here are the different groups I need:

One Newborn session– four weeks or younger FILLED!
Two Baby sessions – age two and under - FILLED!
Two Children sessions FILLED!
Two Couples sessions - FILLED!
One Family session – up to six people FILLED!

I will take photos of the newborns at the “studio” (using the term very loosely) at my house and the others will be at various outdoor locations around the valley. I’d like to have these shoots done within the next three or so weeks….hopefully the weather will cooperate!
So the first people to email me with what type of session they’d like will get a free photo shoot! Email: melissaplowman {at} gmail {dot} com.

Thanks and good luck!