Monday, September 14, 2009

New Blog

Well I have moved over to a new blog... I figured now my world revolves around two adorable little girls instead of one that I should find a more appropriate blog for our family. It is

I have some pictures up finally from Ashley's birth and as things settle down and I can sit in one spot for longer without feeling like I am being stabbed I will update it.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Lauren's first day of Preschool

Lauren had her first day of preschool today and had a great time. She has wonderful teachers Ms. Tracy and Ms. Heather. She has one friend from church Walker in the class with her which made it easier for her. She is excited to go back on Thursday especially because she gets to celebrate her birthday!!!

Going to the car...

Outside of the school, a little unsure but still smiling!

She gave me a hug and kiss, then gave Ashley a kiss and walked into the classroom with out looking back. I snuck in and took a picture.
Back at home, writing thank-you notes.
Posing on the fence

Just being cute!

Climbing in the trees.
This picture was taken before we went to the hospital for false labor. Wes and I had gone on a date and our friends the Kelly's had watched Lauren for us. During the movie I kept having contractions and timed them on the drive to get Lauren and they were between 5 and 7 minutes apart. I wasn't super concerned but called the health link on the way home and they said to go to the hospital, so we packed up our bags just in case and dropped Lauren back off at the Kelly's it was her first sleep over ever and she had a great time (she didn't even want to come home in the morning.) The doctor said they were contractions but they weren't progressing so she sent me home and said if they got to 3 minutes apart to come back in. They continued the next day but got further between. This week is busy so I have to admit I was glad that it was false other than feeling silly for going in to the hospital!

Our little family
Ummm, I really hate pictures of me when I am pregnant, but for documentary purposes here is a picture of me before the hospital trip. Lauren is giving Ashley a hug and a kiss.

Sunday, July 12, 2009


We had another ultrasound last night because when we first went she couldn't get a good picture. Well this time wasn't much different, as the tech put it she likes to kiss my placenta which made it hard to separate the picture of her face from my placenta. We did double check to make sure she is still a girl and she is. We got to see her doing a lot of moving, tons of cute smiles and lots of yawns. Here are a few of the pictures that we were able to get...

It is a little hard to see but she was playing with the umbilical cord and put it in her mouth and was sucking on it. It was pretty cool to watch.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Potty Time and lots of summer fun!

I am sad that I haven't been updating my blog, it is working it's way up on my priority list but here is a blurb for journaling purposes... I guess the biggest problem is my camera I lost mine on our trip to Disneyland and Wes bought me a new one for Christmas but I just don't use it and when I do the pictures don't turn out I am sure it is user error not the camera but I need to figure it out and get back in the habit of taking pictures!!!

We have had a great past few weeks, we went camping up at Bow Valley campground and it was loads of fun. Our great friends the Kelly's came up on Saturday and Lauren and Emma had a great time together. We went for a walk to the park then hiked down by the river, roasted hot dogs and marshmallows and played lots. I need to steal some pictures from Brooke. It was forecast to rain the whole time we were there but it only rained Saturday night after we went to bed but continued all night and stopped just long enough for us to pack the tent up Sunday morning. Lauren told Wes she and I were going to stay there and he could go home. She really loves camping she takes after her Mom!

When we got home Lauren decided that she no longer wanted to wear diapers and wanted to only wear panties, I humored her thinking it would be just a day and then back to pull-ups but she suprised me by using the potty and only had 1 accident. I wasn't really pushing it because the next 2 weeks were going to be busy and I didn't think I would be able to have a potty available at all times. Well she made up her mind and did it! She wanted some roller skates like she had played with at a friends house and I kept telling her that if she used the potty I would buy them for her and I guess that was the kicker. I put her in pull-ups for bed time and she would conveniently poo before I could get it off in the morning but then I told her she could get what ever she wanted at the store if she went poo in the potty and then at the store she picked out a doll with a binkie and that night went poo in the potty so she could open it, she now lovingly calls it her poo dolly. :)

The following Friday Lauren and I headed out Glennifer Lake with Wes' cousin Rebecca and her kids, it was so nice to be able to hang out play at the park, swim in the pool, ride bikes and just have a great time. Wes came up after work on Saturday he arrived just in time to go and watch the Canada Day fireworks down by the lake, they had a pre-show with low fireworks and then had a computer error and so there weren't any other fireworks but it was still fun for the kids. Lauren fell ALL the time while we were there, it started with her tripping in some gravel after swimming in the pool (I had wrapped her up like a burrito so she hit face first and bruised her right cheek) followed by a roll down the deck stairs with out injury then falling head first down the other side of the deck with a goose egg on her forehead, scratches on her nose, upper lip and chin. Soon after we went for a walk to the park and she tripped while holding my hand and managed to scrape up her knee pretty badly with out even getting her pants dirty, then there were a few falls while riding her bike. I was lucky there was no serious injuries or I am sure there would have been some questions! I think that is was a sign that she had a good time.

We got home and I did laundry caught up on a few things around the house and started packing for another camping trip with Wes' Dad's side of the family. Wes' sister Allison and her family flew in Friday night and then the camping got vetoed and we went to Banff Saturday and had a great time checking out the gift shops, eating at Melissa's Misteak (Wes threw up all over the front glass doors when he was a kid so it brings back fond memories), swimming in the hot springs, checking out the waterfall and hiking. The girls fell asleep on the way home and Lauren slept all night. Sunday morning we left early and headed down to Crow's Nest Pass to meet up with the rest of the Starts. Allison hasn't seen any of them for 12 years so it was a great reunion! We ate lunch then played in the river while some went down it in tubes, it was cold! We got to ride ATV's and had a great time hanging out.

I had my first appointment with my OB today and I really like him, I have been going back and forth about wether or not to try to do a v-back or do a scheduled c-section it was good to get some input from him but I am still torn about what to do. He said because of the fact that Lauren got stuck that I have a 40% chance of being able to have a sucessful v-back. The thought of not being able to pick Lauren up for 6 weeks kills me and I worry that me having to recover will make the transition of having a new baby here even harder for her. I told him I would have an answer about what I want to do by my next appointment in 2 weeks. I am still very torn. On a positive note we have another 3-D ultrasound Saturday night I can't wait to see the baby again, and make sure she is still a she... Lauren is already starting a collection of toys and things that she is going to give to Ashley because they are to small for her I love that she is already getting ready to share, we will see how long it lasts though!

I am so grateful for Lauren she is truely such a blessing in my life I absolutely adore her. Yes we have our moments sometimes days but for the most part she is fantastic. She loves to read, play with her doll house, I get to be the little boy and she is the Daddy, she always has a bag/purse full of things with her, she loves to draw and has filled 4 or 5 notebooks with little doodles, she loves Cinderella and Toy Story is her favorite movie right now, her favorite tv show for this month is Max and Ruby previously it was Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. She so much fun at this age I absolutely love it!

Wes has been working long hours and we miss him! He has been a good sport with me wanting to go and do things on his few days off, I know he would prefer to hang out and do nothing but I love family outings. Lauren really misses him while he is working, today at the Dr's office she came and sat on me and was hugging me then started to cry out of the blue when I asked what was wrong she said she missed her Daddy. I appreciate all of the hard work he does so that I can be home with her and so that we can have a comfortable lifestyle. I am definately looking forward to this winter and having him home for a few months!!!

I am doing well, I definately look pregnant. I think most people I see think I am due any day now and I still have 2 months left. This pregnancy has been good, I have felt tired but otherwise no other issues. I am starting to get heartburn at night but that is managable with a few tums. I have really enjoyed all of our summer fun and am loving living in Calgary. I definately miss family and get homesick some times but I guess it helps that most of my imediate family is now spread out but it still is hard not to be close to them, I have lots of people here who fill in when I need something and I have made some great friends and love them dearly!

Well I could keep going and going but I am going to call it a night. Hopefully it won't be as long between posts this next time. Sorry for any spelling or grammatical errors it is late and I just wanted to get this done! I will add some pictures as I get them from people...

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

It's a Girl!!!

We had our 4D ultrasound today and found out we are having a girl! She was pretty shy during the ultrasound and so the tech couldn't get very good pictures so she said she wouldn't give us pictures this time but would schedule us to come back in July for free. It was great because our parents and my grandparents were able to watch the ultrasound live through the computer, although with out audio it was hard for them to know what exactly they were looking at sometimes it was great to be able to share that experience with them.

Lauren was very excited and so are we. I am looking forward to more bows and frilly dresses and tea parties. To most people's surprise Wes was actually hoping for another girl too, so no one was disappointed with this news! We are considering calling her Ashley Marie or Ashley McCall. Wes and I have a hard time agreeing on names but we both like these. We are looking forward to our upcoming addition to the family and can't wait for her to join us.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Ultrasound Pictures

We got to go and see the baby today at the Ultrasound. We were hoping to find out if it is a boy or a girl but unfortunately the baby and the technician were not cooperative. We did get some great shots of the baby's face.

We are debating on whether or not to go and do a 4D ultrasound to find out. I like to have things ready before the baby comes and would like to start shopping! : )

Sunday, February 22, 2009

I'm Going to be a Big Sister!!!

Yes, #2 is on it's way... I am due at the end of September. So far everything is going smoothly. I have been a little more tired than usual but it could be worse! Lauren is excited and likes to pat my belly and talk about the baby in my tummy. She says she is going to hug it and rock it. I think she is going to make a great big sister!!! Wes says I am a follower, since most of my sister-in-laws are also pregnant and quite a few of my friends are too. It will be lots of fun to have so many kids the same age!!!

Potty Training

Well I think we are almost there... we are on day 3 of potty training and it is going pretty well. Lauren had an accident on the sofa today, not so much fun to clean up but not to bad. We still put on a pull-up when we leave the house and for bed time. She kept her diaper dry for most of church, she even told me she needed to go but when I took her into the stall she said it was scary and didn't want to go. When she sat down in her car seat after church she started to cry and said she peed in her panties.

She is definately good at holding it but not so good at going on demand, I am sure that comes with time though. She has spent a lot of time on her potty, I initially was making her go and sit on it every 15 minutes but then she would tell me she needed to go and then sit down herself so I am letting her decide when to go. She will sit on it and watch TV. As excited as I am at the prospect of not having to change her diapers, a little bit of me is sad that she is growing up so fast.

We started off with a pile of dollar store items that I had wrapped up that we set outside of the bathroom and if she went pee she got to open one and if she went poo she got to open two. She went through the pile pretty fast once she started going. So far it has been a good time. ( I am sure my tune will change the first time she poops in her panties...)

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Vegas Trip part 2

Wes gave me my Christmas present early (a camera, see previous post where I lost my camera at Disneyland...) here are a few of the pictures of what we did on our trip. I didn't realize how many pictures I had taken, it was hard to narrow it down and there are still a ton of pictures...

Lauren loves to eat snow!
Having fun on the swing before going sledding.
Santa, Doo-Dad and the Lauren elf (Wes thinks these masks are creepy)
Hanging out with the cousins, I love all of their expressions I think they were eating fruit snacks.
Snow Angel

Cute girls warming up by the fire with hot cocoa after playing in the snow. Lauren, Addison, Tig, and Cam

The night before Christmas day Katie and I stayed up late crafting. She taught me how to make the black apple dolls, they are really easy and adorable. I have not made another one yet but it is on the top of my to-do list!
Christmas with the Farrer Family
The turkey, chasing the kids (and now adults) around with the turkey before cooking it has been a long standing tradition in the Farrer family, I run and hide when ever I hear the turkey is being prepared...

Sorry it is a little blurry I wouldn't get very close so I had to zoom...
Grandma, Ben and Lauren making the yams, Lauren spent lots of time in the kitchen helping us cook.
Lauren helping with the dessert, and then the clean up...
Christmas eve dinner. It was so much fun and really yummy!!! We had all of my siblings, my Grandma and Grandpa, Uncle Greg and Gerrie, and my cousins Russ and Eliza with Eliza's sister and her hubby. It was a full house but was just like I remember as a kid!

The "kids" table
Lots of stockings I think there are 2 or 3 more behind the couch
I had to post this one with Mariah's footie pj's. I made the doll Lauren is holding thank-you Katie for teaching me!
Lots of presents! Yes this is a remote control bobcat, Lauren loves cars and boy stuff as much as the dolls so we got her both...
Wes got a remote control helicopter and as you can see he was excited! He has had lots of fun with it!
All of my siblings, L-R Ben (my twin), Justin, Mariah (back), Nathan, Bob, Me...

Christmas at the Cairns...
We headed down the mountain for round 2 of Christmas with the Cairns. We had a blast with everyone and there were tons more gifts! Two of my favorite traditions are that we all get chocolate coins and Dad's spiritual thought before we open presents.
Lauren, Crysti and Nat hanging out
Cami, Crysti, Allison and I had a night of crafting while we were there, we made lots of fun things. I taught them how to make tutu's, bows and the pendants that we did for Super Saturday, I didn't take any pictures unfortunately but we had a great time and laughed a ton!

Although I didn't get to see everyone that I wanted to while we were in Vegas I did get together with Hayley and Kori at the Cheesecake Factory (yummm) We all served on Junior Staff for girls camp along with Amanda Slade Coon. We had the best time back in the day and at dinner. I seriously love these girls!

We went out to Famous Daves with my Dad and Nate before they left town it was so yummy, we don't have much in the way of real BBQ up here so it was a real treat!
For New Years we went to our friends Brian and Marixa Mills house. We had lots of fun eating steaks, ice cream and lots of other yummy stuff, playing the Wii and just hanging out with fun people!

Here are Lauren and Mia sharing a plate of carrots before dinner
Homemade ice cream it was soooo good!
Unfortunately this is the only picture I got with most of the people that were there in it...
Lauren devouring her ice cream
Marixa with her bull horns! It was late...

Lauren actually stayed up all the way 'till midnight. She borrowed a pair of pjs from Mia in the hopes she would conk out but she was having to much fun! She fell asleep as soon as she got in her car seat though! Thanks for the great time!!!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Our Trip Part 1:

** I decided I can't blog with out pictures, it just makes things more interesting. I lost my camera at Disneyland and along with it all of the pictures from the first half of our trip, so I will try to find appropriate photos to fill in the gaps...**

We started out our big adventure by going to my Mom's house in Spokane, Washington for Thanksgiving.

We had a very yummy Thanksgiving dinner and got to do a little Black Friday shopping too.
(I am a whimp though we hit a few sales that started Thursday night and then went out Friday afternoon after the crowds had died down a bit.) We left Saturday and headed down to Idaho Falls where we stayed with my Aunt Nancy and Uncle Clarke. We always have a great time with them and got a great night sleep!

We then headed down to Utah where we visited with my Dad, and my Grandma and Grandpa Singley. It was so nice to see them and spend some time with them. We stayed with the Stouts for 2 nights to recover a bit and visit. He is one of Wes' mission companions and his family is so great we loved our visit with them and miss them lots! We left for Vegas and stopped to look at a car which Wes bought, of course.

(actual picture)
We then stopped at my friend Amanda's house in Provo and had a great visit. She is one of those people that I can go years with out talking to and just pick right back up where we left off. Her little girl is absolutely adorable. We then drove to Vegas in two separate cars, I of course got to ride with Lauren. We watched Tinker Bell and lots of Mickey Mouse clubhouse. We stayed at my Grandparents house in town for a night or two and then headed out to California. We met up with Wes' uncle and his family at Disneyland. We spent 2 days there and I lost my camera on the first day, second ride. Lucky for me Carlee had her camera and got a few pictures of Lauren...
Lauren and Hayley had a great time together, here is Lauren taking Hay for a walk.

They got to play ring around the rosie with Alice in Wonderland

Lauren's favorite ride was probably Dumbo, she did really well on all the rides we took her on. She even went on the roller coaster in toon-town. She loved seeing Michey and Minnie. We ate at Blue Bayou for Taylor's birthday, which I had never done before and it was a lot of fun. We also went to the California Adventure Park, I have been to Disneyland quite a few times through out my life but always for just one day it was nice to get an extra day and not feel like we had to hurry to see everything. The weather was great not to hot not to cold and it wasn't super busy. It was so much fun to get to go on the rides and we switched off with Steve and Linda taking the smaller kids so we could all get in some adult rides. I know Lauren probably won't remember this trip but it was a lot of fun!

More to follow...