Tuesday, November 06, 2007

The return of the "Bag O' Love" and Halloween

Monday night as we were filling the tub with water for Emmie's bath, Ammon and I went into the bedroom for a minute as Emmie was content playing with her bath toys on the bathroom floor. When we came back into the bathroom, not 2 minutes later, she had found her way into the tub fully dressed and even with a poopy diaper! It was amazing. She sure thought it was great and the pictures prove it.

Halloween was fun. We spent the night trick-or-treating with Daniel (my 6 yr old bro.) and at the ward trunk-or-treat. Emmalyn found this costume at the goodwill and wouldn't put it down. We had originally planned on being an elephant, but due to my lack of planning, and her love for this dog- she got her way. She still drags the costume around the house hugging and jumping on it (both signs of affection). She is at a really fun stage right now. She is talking gibberish a ton and is signing the important things. She loves to give kisses (she has FINALLY mastered the closed mouth version), hugs, high-five, wave, and dance- oh boy can she dance! It's a ball!

Some of you might know that we have our own version of the ever-so-popular Love Sac. Its something Ammon has had since before we met. Sadly, when we moved to Oregon the foam for this bag was left behind due to lack of space in the truck. We have missed our bag and it was only just a month or so ago that we acquired enough foam to bring it back to life. It was a very joyous day in the Cheney household; no more movies watched uncomfortably, no more episodes of Arrested Development or the Office spent on a hard, unfriendly futon. Emmie, being the smart girl that she is, has grown a love for the bag as well. Ammon loves to throw her in it and she can't get enough but he does grow weary after a while. In an attempt to curb this exhaustion he decided to teach her how to jump into it. The video below is her first night learning to jump and it is pretty entertaining. The other pictures are from the day we stuffed it. Oh what a mess!

Ammon's turn...

Hi. So I love going to school! I'm very grateful to my hardworking wife that is juggling being a mother and running a business. Please keep her in your prayers so that I can keep going to college.

I'm doing well in all my classes, even math, which I thought I loathed in High School. A miracle has occurred in my life, and I am now able to excel in math and love it!

My writing is still my strength, and my greatest pride. My latest essay is at if you are interested in hearing my opinion about "sleaze in the media."

I'm able to do reasonably well in anthropology, considering we discuss a lot of cultural differences, some of which are very appalling. Fortunately I was raised in an open-minded home. I can't feel superior because of my upbringing, but I can desire that other's experience the joy that I experience by living gospel principles.

I once stated that I was seeking a major in geology, I think I will try to minor in geology and major in history. History has long been my first academic love, but I thought it conflicted with my ultimate goal of getting my masters of library and information science, turns out that there is no conflict there.

Whenever I add to the Blog I just feel strongly to thank everyone that reads, for your kind thoughts and prayers towards the Cheneys. We rely on the Lord so much, and we know that prayers are answered.

Emmalyn is growing fast. She is a delight! I love her morning smiles and kisses. She is often sitting behind me in her car seat, just laughing and laughing! I'm glad. She must realize that she needs the practice since you have to be good at laughing as a Cheney.

Monday, November 05, 2007

New Website

Well, it's happened, we finally have our new business website up and going (well, for the most part). If any of you are crazy website designers and want to help me out, it would be greatly appreciated. But for now, it is what it is, and that will have to do! Also if anybody knows how to get search engines to recognize it, that would be fabulous too. Thanks! Check it out...

Tuesday, October 30, 2007


On this overcast and damp Oregon day, I reached for a bag of Orville Reddenbuder's Microwave Kettle Corn to soothe the " afternoon munchies" that I was fighting. Now normally, I toss the bag of popcorn carelessly into the microwave, press the ever-so-wonderful popcorn button, walk away, and come back a perfect 2 mins and 20 sec. later to a bag of popcorn that is completely popped and never burned. I then take the bag of corn from the microwave and go on my merry way. Today was different though. As I took the bag from the microwave I noticed something I hadn't in the past- the word "Enjoy" scrolling across the tiny LED screen at the top right corner of the console. As I saw it, a smile instantly came across my face. "He wants me to enjoy my popcorn!" I loved it! Was it a message from God? Probably not. Was it a message from the little elf inside my microwave? There's better chances of it being from God. Was it just enough to bring a smile to my face and think about all my many blessings? Yes. That is enough for me!

Just thought I'd share...

Sunday, October 14, 2007

The In-laws Come to Town!

Last weekend Mark and Sally came for a short visit from Newport. They took Emmalyn to the beautiful Lithia Park and walked around Ashland. Here are some pictures from their day together.

Could she get any cuter? I know I'm biased, but really, lets be honest here! Things are good, a longer update will be up shortly, but for now, I am off to bed! Hope all is well and happy with you.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Cruisin' into our 3rd year!!

Crater Lake on two wheels! Our first real tour. About 5 hrs of riding. We left Medford around 2 PM and got home around 9 PM. Ate dinner at Two Pine Smoke House in Shady Cove - the same place we ate breakfast the 1st morning of our honeymoon! All in all it was a real comfortable ride. It's chilly up in the mountains, it was nice having Heather wrapped around me. I love that girl!

Friday, August 24, 2007

Apologizing Again?

Here comes another heartfelt apology for getting behind in my responsibility to all you adoring fans of the Cheney household. I know you check back and think...just maybe... "I hope, I wish Heather put up something new. I must know, I HAVE to know what is going on in their life."
I know because the site meter emails me every so often just to spit on me and tell me what a miserable person I am. Look, I'm sorry!

Besides the fact that our once, (unknowingly), very generous neighbors have taken away our internet connection, life has been a whirlwind the past little while.

Emmalyn is a whole year old as of August 3rd. She has been walking since 11mos and is just about running now. She doing some basic signing and has so much personality. She loves to give kisses (open-mouth of course).

We had quite the blowout of a party for her and all the family was invited. She had a cake all to herself and she devoured it happily.

Since then we have just been hanging out. We went camping for four days with my family and the Cobb family. Ammon felt his inner manliness emerge as he ventured off into the woods without a hatchet to collect firewood. He and the boys appropriately coined the phrase "Wood Bashing" to describe their activities. We've been back to Newport as well to visit Ammon's parents and hang out on the beach.

Today we are enjoying labor day and spent some time at the waterslide. We just watched "Prairie Home Companion" and enjoyed a delectable frozen pizza. Life is good and we are having fun. We are in the midst of trying to start up a small cake decorating and baking business. We have a commercial kitchen to use free of rent and are starting up a cinnamon roll route across the valley. I will be advertising for wedding cakes in the meantime and be doing those on my off days from the route. Its still in the works right now, but we are excited and things are looking good. Thats all for now!

Friday, June 08, 2007

A very nice, long weekend.

Ammon's parents bought a house on the beach, and, much to our approval, we now have a vacation home! Last weekend they moved from Arizona to Newport, OR and we met them up there to help out.Besides, it was a good excuse for a small vacation.

We began our vacation on Friday and took Emmie for her first swim in our townhouse pool. She was a little leery at first, but was having a blast by the end.

We headed out of town on Saturday morning and drove into town Tuesday evening. Newport is beautiful. Neither of us had been there before and we are definitely glad we have reason to go back.

Mark and Sally's house is not even a block away from the ocean. You walk down the street and there's a trail that takes you right down to the beach.

Some of the local ocean life we found...

The beach just down the trail from Mark and Sally's...

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

A Word From Daddy

This is my favorite recent picture. I love her.

I'm totally amazed at her pleasant demeanor. She is so happy and content no matter what we are all doing. There are a few occasions where she doesn't want to be set down unless you are sitting down and playing with her, but all in all we might put her in and out of the car seat, pick her up from what she's doing and sweep her away to accommodate our schedules and she never makes a fuss. She's just the best I could hope for! -Daddy

Monday, April 30, 2007

Pictures Pictures!

As requested, due to my slacking off, here are updated pictures of our little miss.

One night Emmie decided that she didn't want me to feed her anymore and she wanted to do it! This was the end result. We went directly into the bathtub after that meal.

Ammon pulled her around the house on the end of a blanket and she couldn't get enough of it.

These are from this morning. She is really moving around. She hasn't quite got the crawling thing down, but she can scoot, dive, and push her way to where ever she wants to go. Baby-proofing the house is priority! Even when we think she can't get into anything- she proves us wrong.

She loves her bathtime! The night she learned how to splash with ALWAYS be remembered. I was soaked right along with the bathroom. These pictures are from one of her many.

The weekend of the 21st, I catered Katie Cobb's wedding. This is one view of the food table. It was fun! I did the food and cake. The cake picture is on the cake blog if you want to check it out.

Not a whole lot is new with us. Last week Emmie got really sick. After a couple days of not knowing what was going on, it was finally concluded that she has a kidney infection. She is doing really well now, and is pretty much back to being herself, but it was a rough week. I ended up getting sick for a day or two as well to top it off. We are so happy to be healthy again.

Saturday afternoon the three of us had a fun time in Ashland. We walked all over the town and through the park. It was a gorgeous day! Plus it was good for us to be out of our disease stricken house :) and among all the good - different- people of Ashland. We ended our day with some terriyaki and tempura that was ooh so good! A little bit of Japanese Heaven. We then came home and played and interesting game of baseball. It's not easy hitting little pieces of wheat bread with a cucumber- try it! There is more to the story of how that came about, but it's for another day.

I have another party to cater and do a cake for this weekend. It's just a small thing so it shouldn't be a big deal.

Overall, life is good, we are happy, and we love our simple little life.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Celebrity Look Alikes

Kind of fun... apparently I'm Marcia Cross and I married Ryan Phillipe- not bad eh?

My cool celebrity look-alike collage from Get one for yourself.

My cool celebrity look-alike collage from Get one for yourself.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Cake Blog

All of our cake pictures and other sugary delicatessen are now posted on our cake blog. Check it out here.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Sunny Days, New hair, and the Jungle

Yesterday my brother Daniel had his 6th birthday party and it was jungle themed. Of course, we had to do the cake for it. Here is our fat and lazy crocodile who was envisioned as not so lazy, but you make-do with what the cake gods give you.

Ammon has a new look. At first he looked alot like Jack from Lost...much to my approval...but now his beard is pretty full and Jack is pretty much, well...Lost, but I still like my bearded man.

We spent last Saturday at the Oregon Coast and had a blast. We dropped Emmie off at Grandma's for the day and spent hours hiking around tidepools, uncovering crabs, napping on the beach, playing in the sand, and of course eating seafood and pizza ( not together, don't worry). It was tons of fun and we plan on going back often. It was so theraputic and much needed. We plan on taking Ems next time.

We also built our first beach house!! Architecture by Ammon, Landscaping by Heather!

Emmalyn is so fun and has soo much personality, I couldn't put up a new post and not put in a picture of her.