Sunday, December 23, 2007

Christmas 2007

Where does the time go? It was this time last year that we announced to everyone that Allison was expecting and here we are with a 5 month old. We have been very busy lately and there is probably a lot to post about. Since our last post we have enjoyed Thanksgiving, finals, and Cora's 5 month birthday. Christmas is just a few days away and we're very excited to see Daniel and Michele (Allison's brother and sister-in-law) and Andrew (Allison's other brother). We were also lucky to see my (Nate) parents this last weekend as they came up to help Josh (my brother) move back to New Mexico. It was nice to spend time with them.

Overall we're doing great. I finished my finals this last week after 2 weeks of working on many group projects and a couple of days of food poisoning (Thanks Cafe Rio!). Only one more semester left! Cora is growing so much. She can now roll from her stomach to her back... although we have actually never seen her do it. She will be on her stomach one second and then are her back the next and we are amazed. Weird. Also, we think she is teething. Normally, she is a very happy baby and has really liked to whole sleeping thing but in the past few days she is more upset and wakes up more often. She is also drooling and bitting things all the time. We'll see if she gets two front teeth for Christmas. We have posted some pictures we thought you would enjoy. We hope you have wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Nate, Allison, & Cora





Friday, November 16, 2007

Amazon MP3

Have you guys heard of Amazon MP3? It's Amazon.com's MP3 download service. It is actually pretty cool and much better than iTunes. Here is what Amazon has to say about it...

AmazonMP3offers Earth's biggest selection of a la carte, DRM-free MP3 music downloads. With over 2 million songs from more than 180,000 artists represented by over 20,000 major and independent labels, Amazon MP3 complements Amazon.com's existing selection of over 1 million CDs to offer customers more selection of physical and digital music than any other retailer.

Every song and album on Amazon MP3 is available exclusively in the MP3 format without digital rights management (DRM) software. This means that Amazon MP3 customers are free to enjoy their music downloads using any hardware device, organize their music using any music management application, and burn songs to CDs.

Most songs are priced from 89 cents to 99 cents, with more than 1 million of the 2 million songs priced at 89 cents. The top 100 best-selling songs are 89 cents, unless marked otherwise. Most albums are priced from $5.99 to $9.99. The top 100 best-selling albums are $8.99 or less, unless marked otherwise.

Every song on Amazon MP3 is encoded at 256 kilobits per second, which gives customers high audio quality at a manageable file size.


Anyways, check out AmazonMP3... you can get there by clicking on this image...

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Happy Halloween! Go fish!

Cora experienced her first Halloween. She was a goldfish. Nate and I were fishermen. Nate added a little touch of "scary/???" to the costume as always. His standard misc. black wig and a good amount of my eyeliner made the costume complete. We went to our ward Halloween party and to Nate's work for trick or treating. Enjoy!





Cora LOVED chewing on the bottom of the fish mouth!



We carved pumpkins with the Ferre family. Fun!



The finished pumpkins.



Another cute one of Cora. Poor girl gets bombarded by the camera every day.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

More Cora

Here are some more pictures of Cora! We have been doing well. Cora is growing everyday. She has started to do some rolling and continues to smile and laugh from time to time. I (Allison) have been trying to put her in her Bumbo more to help her practice sitting up. She always has a very proud look on her face when she holds her head and shoulders up. Enjoy!









Sunday, September 16, 2007

Latest News

Before we update everyone about what is going on in our lives we thought we would share a few of our favorite pictures as of late.








We're happy to say that Cora is doing well. She is sleeping better, eating a lot, and finding good use for all the diapers we have bought. We're amazed at how much she has grown and changed over the past 10 weeks. She's even starting to smile as you saw in the pictures above. She is great.

After much deliberation, prayer, and thought Allison and I have decided to accept a full-time offer with The Generations Network (TGN)... where I currently work. I received an offer from Ernst & Young after my internship and TGN counter offered and we decided to stay. There were many good things about both opportunities. We weighed the pro's and con's of each. Ultimately, it was a difficult decision but we feel like we made the right choice. So, until graduation we will be saving money and begin looking for a house.

Anyways, everything else is going well. We're getting adjusted to having a third member of our family and we're enjoying life.

Cora's Music Video Debut

Here is Cora showing off her dancing skills. There are some days where she'll get going and she can't stop.
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And yes... that is Nate beat-boxin' in the background.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

A few more pictures

Here are a few of the latests pictures. Now that we're back in Utah we're loving the nice weather and not missing the 100+ degree weather in Phoenix. We can actually go outside and walk. It is great.

Allison and Cora near Bridal Veil Falls


Nate & Cora by the Provo river


Cora dressed up for Church


Enjoying life


Sleeping during our picnic at the park


Allison and Cora enjoying our picnic in the park

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

We're Home

We are now home after being in Phoenix for the past several weeks. The internship went well and we're glad to be home. We really enjoyed staying with Jessica & Danilo (Allison's sister & brother-in-law) and playing with Hannah and Olivia. We're so grateful for them and for allowing us to stay with them. It was very nice. We also enjoyed visiting Rachel & Dave and seeing their new house. Sage and Alex have sure grown up!

Jessica holding Cora


Danilo holding Cora


Rachel holding Cora


On our way home we stopped in St. George and spent the night and drove the rest of the way home. We had a good trip... Cora did a great job and slept most of the way. Since then, she has been sleeping much better at night. The last several nights have been pretty good. We're amazed at how much she has grown in the last 6 weeks. Here are few of the latest pictures.

Cora hanging out in the hotel






Overall we're happy to be home and looking forward to Nate's last 2 semesters of graduate school. Allison is really excited for the BYU graduate dinner where we can win a semester's worth of graduate tuition... we've never won anything so cross your fingers.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Hiccups



So Cora really likes having hiccups. She'll stop crying when she starts to have hiccups and she'll just look around and calm down. It is great.

Monday, July 16, 2007

More Pictures - And Nate came home?

Here are some more pictures that we thought you would enjoy. We had a nice surprise this weekend. A partner that I work with came up to me on Friday afternoon and said something to the effect of "you should be home with your family this weekend" and handed me a plane ticket leaving that evening at 6:30pm and returning Tuesday morning. Needless to say, it was very kind of him and we really enjoyed the weekend together. Cora seems to be growing up fast. I was gone for 3 days and she seemed to have changed a little bit. We're enjoying this stage but we can't wait until she can sleep through the night!

Also, after our 2 week appointment on Friday, Allison will be coming out to Arizona on Saturday and will be staying with me at Jessica & Danilo's home. We're so grateful for them in letting us stay there. We're also thankful for all those that have helped... especially my Mom who has been helping Allison while I'm away and for my brother, Josh, who has become my official airport taxi driver. Anyways, we are blessed to have so many wonderful people in our lives.

Enjoy the pictures!

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Slideshow



Here is a slide show of some pictures we have taken. We'll add new ones as they come so keep watching!

We're Home!


So we made it home ok. We drove through BYU campus on our way home and gave her a good tour. Last night was our first night home with her and we didn't sleep as much as we would have liked. But we are older and wiser now, so we'll see how tonight goes. Anyways, here are few more pictures of her at home. Enjoy.




Friday, July 06, 2007

Cora Ann Skousen


Cora Ann Skousen was born yesterday, July 5th 2007, at 1:24pm. She weighed 8lbs 6oz and measured 20 inches long. Allison and Cora are both doing great. Cora has passed all her tests and she's very good at opening her eyes and looking around. She has a nice head of hair and long fingernails. We're still trying to figure out who she looks the most like. We can't really tell yet. We are very grateful that there were no complications, that she has 10 fingers and toes, and that I was able to make it in time.

Labor went relatively well. Allison started have contractions on July 4th that were about 20-30 minutes apart. By the evening they were becoming more frequent so I bought a plane ticket and packed my bag. I arrived home at about 10:30pm and we were in the hospital by 1:30am with contractions about 5 minutes apart. After being checked in the hospital, labor stayed about the same with no major progress. Our doctor came in a 7:00am and broke her water and then labor stopped. Needless to say, after some putosin (spelling?) things picked up again and Cora was born at 1:24pm.

We're having fun changing diapers, holding her, watching her open her eyes, and having friends and family come by to see us. Allison is doing great... even with a 12 hour labor. She is up and walking around today and we're both just amazed at how everything went. It feels surreal and wonderful. We're excited and nervous but can't wait to get to know her.

Here are few pictures of her...







Saturday, June 30, 2007

T Minus 2 weeks

We are now about 2 weeks away from the due date (July 11th). Allison went to the doctor on Friday and things are looking good. It seems like she might be right on track for July 11th. But who really knows? It can happen anytime... and I'm ready to pack up and go if I need to.

I just got back from 2 weeks of intern training in Los Angeles. It went very well and I met some really nice people. I had a great time eating good food and learning about auditing. They even gave me a laptop and a corporate charge card. Not bad. One night they took us to the Santa Monica Pier. You can see a picture of me below. I wish Allison could have been there. It's kind of boring being a tourist with out your significant other.

Anyways, we're getting excited for the baby to come. We have plenty of clothes, diapers, and blankets. We've gotten a crib, stroller, car seat, and a whole new maternity wardrobe for Allison... what else do you need? As soon as the baby is born we'll let everyone know and post some pictures. We hope you're all doing well!