Saturday, April 14

Meet Elliott!

This morning, April 14th, at 12:45 AM, Elliott Michael McNeil came into the world! Karalee wants to tell the story of the birth, so I'll just say he is 8 lbs, 7 oz, and 21 1/2 inches. He and Karalee are in great health, and Zoey is both excited and little concerned about all this. More soon, but for now, enjoy the pictures!

And, as a bonus, here are a few Zoey took all by herself- she's been getting good at the camera lately:

Saturday, April 7

Some recent photos from the Zoeyverse

Just some recent photos I took of Zoey with my phone!

She picked out this outfit.

"Spaceball shirt!"

It's hard to get her to sleep at night, and yet she'll do this in the middle of the day.

Thanks Grandma!

This outfit (also of her choosing) made me think of both Where's Waldo and Team Zissou (see below).

Looking tough with the thumb in the mouth.
As you know, baby #2 and a cross-country move are coming soon, so look forward to more posts!

Sunday, February 26

Something to Share

A few weeks back I was able to attend the Worldwide Leadership Training broadcast. In it the story of this 13 year old boy was shown and I wanted to share it with you. Hope you enjoy!

Sunday, November 6


Ok, so it's been a while since our last post, but I promise you won't be disappointed. There has been so much going on around here that I'm not quite sure were to start.  Back in September our branch went up to Nauvoo for the day. It's about a 3 1/2 hour drive from us.  We started out pretty early in the morning to get there and on the way Zoey got car sick and threw up-- lots of fun.  We had a change of pants for her but no top; luckily one of our friends had an extra sweater for their little boy. So Zoey sported the tomboy look for the day. I had been there once before back when I was 13, but Paul had never been.  We were able to see alot in the time that we had there but I would definitely like to go back and spend more time there.

Our Branch President gave us that bucket in case Zoey got sick again, but she found other uses for it:)

Zoey loved this horse.

Two weeks ago My mom and little sister Anna came out. We had a relaxed weekend and it was great to see them. Then last weekend my sister Jennie came out We celebrated Halloween and went to our branch's trunk-or-treat. Zoey was dressed as one of her favorite princesses, Cinderella (or, as she says, "Rella"). We made cloth bags that are totally styling, went to the zoo, Forest Park, and Cheesecake Factory. All in all, it was a great couple of weeks!

In more recent news, Zoey is getting potty trained, and she's doing pretty well at home, but public toilets are scary to her... I don't blame her! Any advice on how to help her?

Her dress was a $3.00 find at Goodwill.
And, last but not least, we're expecting our second baby! I'm 15 weeks along, and so far, so good. I've been able to feel the baby way early this time. Our due date is April 30.

12 week ultrasound.

Saturday, September 3

Grandpa Came to Town

Last week Paul's Dad came to visit for the weekend. We had a lot of fun and were able to see a lot. We started out by going to the Botanical Gardens straight from the airport. At first Zoey was shy around Grandpa, but she quickly warmed up to him, and was ready to show "Grandma" around. Yes Zoey called him Grandma the entire time:)

On Sunday we went to church and after nap we were able to go to the Temple and walk around the grounds. Luckily we live about ten minutes away from the Temple and Zoey will ask to go and see it.

On Monday we went to the zoo. Grandpa got Zoey a drink that she would not put down. We had a ride on the train and was able to pet the Manta Rays and Sharks! Yes there were baby sharks in the tank.

After the zoo we had lunch and then it was time to take Don to the airport. It was sad to have him go so soon, but we know it won't be the last time for him to come and visit.

Sunday, July 10

More Zoeyisms

"Sticks" - You can see above yet another use for this word!

"Body here?" - She likes go running around at home or at stores asking this.

"Roar your roar" - Where the Wild Things Are

"Alright, let's go!" - "I really want to leave the house. C'mon!"

"Dinosaur" then "Dinosaur horse" then "Horsey" - Someone gave her a little plush giraffe, and this is the progression of name's she's given it.

"Chicken" - Any kind of meat, from eggs to chicken to pork.

"Ank you" and "gras-ees" - "Thank you" and "gracias" - she's very polite, in both languages.

"Elmo Street" - Sesame Street

"Groger" - Grover, including the book "The Monster at the End of this Book" with Grover in it

"No more no more!" (singing) - That's how she sings this Jason Mraz song from Sesame Street:

"Dancing" - Not only does it include dancing, but she associates dresses with dancing, as well as Karalee's tanktops. She pulls them out of Karalee's drawer, puts her head through both armholes, and dances around with the tanktop dangling from her neck. (Sorry, no pics, yet.)

"1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9!" - How she counts.

"Fork" - All kinds of silverware.

"Angled" - "Tangled," she says this for the movie, but she'll also take two butter knives and hit them against each other saying "angled!" We think it's because that's probably the only movie she's seen with sword fighting.

"Hop pop pop!" - Hop on Pop

"Licious" - the book Pinkilicious

"K, bye!" - "Go away!"

Thursday, July 7

Meet Buttyear!

Yup, for Zoey, Buzz Lightyear is "Buttyear." In honor of this amazing Zoeyism, here are some of Zoey's other amazing phrases.

"Baby airplane" = when Zoey sees an airplane in the sky, she calls it a baby airplane, probably because it looks so small.

"Me mees" - Excuse me

"You too" - Sometimes she says this even when we haven't said "I love you" yet.

"Te quiero, too" - Sometimes, if I say "Te quiero" (Spanish for "I love you"), she'll say this.

"Swerries" - Strawberries

"Teeshoo" - She says this when she wants us to hold her... we have no idea where it came from.

"Piggy!" - Any time she sees money, she says this and wants to put the money in her piggy bank.

"Baby sister" - She says this when she sees babies now. Is she giving us a hint?

"Rabbit!" - She says it for rabbits, but also when she wants to take her shirt off, because her mommy says "let's skin a rabbit"

"Rella shoes" - She has some slippers with a picture of (Cinde)Rella on them.

"Sticks" - Sticks, butter-knives, or french fries. When we drive by a Wendy's, she says "I want sticks!"

"Amazing!" - One of her favorite words. Ex: "Amazing sky!" or "Amazing colors!"

And, when she sings "Ring Around the Rosie," she says "asses, asses! fall down!" Here's a video of her playing the piano and singing (this video is rated PG13 for language):