Wednesday, April 17, 2013

New Addition to the Wengert Family

Our Little Lambs

I have been waiting for this day for the LONGEST time! Since lambing season started at Dallin's work, I've been able to go with him and watch these adorable little lambs be born. Sometimes the mother will have two lambs and only want one of them or does not have enough milk for both babies. In that case, the other lamb is given away and is often called a "bummer" lamb. It needs to be bottle fed in order to survive. WELL...I figured....since they just give them away and all....maybe Dallin and I could parent one or two.

Month after month has gone by waiting for our St. Croixs to start lambing! Now that they've started lambing just about everyday I ask Dallin or Dave (his boss) when there will be a bummer ready for! They both assured me soon enough, but I must admit I was beginning to lose confidence. 

Finally, Dallin called me from work and said there was a St. Croix whose mom didn't have enough milk for her and Dave gave the okay for us to come get her. I was so excited that I got off the phone and ran to Petsmart and got a little dress and collar for my new little lamb. She was about a week old at this point and I couldn't wait!

I wasn't kidding... :)

I had her little sleeping area all ready to go and pick her up. It was a little harder than I thought it'd be taking her away from her mother so I had to keep telling myself that she would die or be terribly undernourished if I didn't take care of her and feed her.

WHY RETHA? Well we knew if we could get a couple lambs we wanted to name them after our grandmothers that had passsed away. Dallin's Grandma Wengert, Retha, had a little bummer lamb that used to follow her around when she was younger so we thought that was very fitting. My Grandma Mann, Eleanor, was called Dolly which is also the name of the first cloned lamb-also fitting.

This is after our first night with Retha, which I have to admit, was a lot harder than I thought it'd be. She cried through much of the night and I just felt like she wanted her real mom! I thought if we are going to keep her we need a companion for her.

So cute!

It just so happened that later that day Dallin called and said another St. Croix was born and the mother didn't want her! She hadn't even licked her up after she was born. I was ecstatic! He brought her home with him.


Their first moments together.

We had to get Dolly cleaned up!

It wasn't long before they naturally bonded and cuddled up to one another. So cute!

The next night went so much more smoothly. We said goodnight and didn't hear from them until early morning when they were hungry. Like two peas in a pod. 

We had to keep them barricaded in the kitchen since technically we weren't allowed to have them in our apartment and because that was the only uncarpeted area in the house. They had a lot of messes. We had them in our house for a couple weeks, until they didn't need to be fed so often, and went through probably 20 rolls of paper towels. As sad as I was to see them go back to the farm, I was glad to have my kitchen back!

We took them with us everywhere. This is how they traveled in the backseat of our car.

Ty and Levi had a blast feeding the lambs. It was so cute!

They loved to cuddle up and sleep in my lap.

They loved Lance, too.

My tired girls.

More traveling. 

Keato just didn't want to say goodbye!

Sometimes I'd take them on the back porch to play while I studied, but eventually they'd wind up in my lap.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Hello Wisconsin!

Home Sweet Home.

Rachel and I decided it would be a good idea if I flew in for my Mom's 50th birthday and surprised her! Since my mom was working the weekend of her actual birthday, April 8th, I went the weekend before.

After taking Derek and Jessie to the MTC, Dallin dropped me off at the airport. Saying goodbye to Dallin for a few days was a different experience than I thought it'd be. He walked with me in the security line until it was my turn and when I really realized he wasn't coming with, we both started to tear up. It was bittersweet. The whole experience of being away from him was a lot harder than I thought it'd be. I felt a little pathetic, but I guess it's normal for newlyweds especially.

Anyway, I flew in to Minneapolis late Wednesday night and we left for Wisconsin the next morning. Mom knew Rachel and the kids were coming (it was Easter weekend by the way) so when she got home from work she was happy to see them there. Rachel quickly brought Mom up to the guest room and told her to grab something for Nora in the crib. To her surprise, she found ME laying in the crib!! Her reaction was priceless!!

It was so fun to surprise her and spend the weekend with my family. I love them so much!!

I especially enjoyed spending time with my nephew, Michael. He is two and a half years old and has so much personality. 

The lake at this time of year is beautiful because it's frozen and pulls out so much that there's actually beach space to walk on.

About to take our adventure on the sand.

Beautiful view.

I couldn't resist writing this in the sand. In October 2007 I went to Jamaica and since I had a little crush on Dallin I wrote "Jamaica <3 Dallin" in the sand. 

Picture taken in Jamaica on the beach in 2007.

Decorating Easter Eggs

It was so neat to be there for Michael's first Easter of decorating eggs. He LOVED it!!! My mom is so fun and of course had everything a kid could want when decorating eggs. 

It seems like egg decorating has gotten more intense with the wigs and face stickers!

Sibling Love

I was so excited for the three of us to spend time together. We went out to a movie and spent some time at Spencer's just catching up. I can't remember the last time the three of us did something just ourselves, really, maybe it's never even happened before. Spencer and Rachel are such wonderful people. It's interesting to see our parents' traits distributed differently throughout each of us. 

Michael and Spencer fist bumping. Adorable.

I wish I would've taken more pictures. We had a birthday cake for my mom and put up birthday signs everywhere. I was able to have really good conversations with my mom and Rachie. We got to see Mary and John Barrett over at their house. Michael and I played and played and played. He got to the point where he wouldn't let anyone but me play basketball with him. When someone would grab the second basketball he would take it from them and say it was Amy's. Ahh yes I basked in that joy since I hardly get to see him. 

And just as fast I came it was time to head home.........

Since it was April Fool's Day I tricked Dallin into thinking I missed my flight right up until the flight left and I text him I was on my way! :) 

This is how I was welcomed home off the flight with a big sign and a pepperoni pizza. Yes, I have the best husband in the world. Turns out he missed me too!