Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The One Where I Spoke Too Soon

Add one or two more things to the list of 2009 happenings . . .

Last Friday (yes, a week before Christmas), I got laid off again. We knew this job wouldn't last, but they had been talking to me about keeping me throughout the new year, and I was hopeful that it would even last until February.

I'm not going to lie, it's been really hard on us this time. We knew money would be tight when this happened, but not this tight. Thank heaven we were able to pay off my credit card a week ago. I can't apply for normal jobs because the people interviewing me will for sure notice my belly this time around. So, I have been looking for temporary jobs, but unfortunately, there aren't many out there. I've applied with several temp agencies & even for unemployment.

Then on Saturday, I got my second sinus infection while pregnant. Although, it has been nice to not have to go into work sick, or feel bad for calling in sick.

I am grateful, though, that we know God knows of our situation, and that it's in his hands. I've said this before about other trials, but if it's going to be in anyone's hands, His would sure be the best hands to be in. Somehow things like this always work out!

Only 10 more weeks until we get to meet our sweet little baby!! Time has flown by. After the holidays we'll be putting the nursery together! I'll be sure to post pictures.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The One With The Year End Review

I know I am getting a little ahead of myself, so I apologize. I am just not sure I will get time to do this if I don't do it now.

I can't believe it's December, and only 2 weeks away from Christmas! I have been shocked at how fast this year has flown by, and how much has happened.

We have had quite the year in 2009!
Here's what happened to us...

January - February
The waiting game . . .
We were engaged, but just waiting to hear back from the first presidency. This was kind of a stressful time... at least for me! I hated being engaged, but having no idea when we'd be able to get married. By this time I had already planned at least 2 weddings, both of their dates had come and gone.

February 24 -
The moment we had all been waiting for.
It was pure bliss when we both received our letters from the First Presidency saying that we had the grand OKAY. We scheduled the temple for exactly one month from that day, barely enough time to plan. And the race was on....

March 7 -
The next step!
I moved into our tiny little one bedroom basement apartment. It was so nice to know that our big day was finally coming!

March 24 -
Our wedding day!
We were the first couple sealed in the draper temple. After the ceremony & pictures, we all went bowling, and then had an intimate luncheon at The Olive Garden. Both, of which (bowling & Olive Garden) were what Rick & I did on our first date, back in 2007.
We then spent a week in Vegas for our Honeymoon. Little did I know, Rick had a lot of surprises for me. He booked our hotel at the Paris & took me to see the Blue Man Group. Both of which, I had always wanted to do.

June 23 -
The day after my 23rd birthday, we found out we were expecting our first baby! We took the pregnancy test 3 times just to be sure!

July 29 -
Tender moments...
We were able to hear the baby's heart beat for the first time, and see her on an ultrasound. She was a tiny little peanut. :)

July 31 -
Me? A Landlord?
We closed on our condo! We decided to still buy the condo, even though it was only 1 bedroom, since we got such a great deal on it from my boss, and decided to rent it out. We didn't want to have to move an extra time or two before the baby was born.

August (ish)
Whistle While You Work!
Rick found a second job that worked perfectly into his schedule with his full-time job. Ever since, he has worked 11 + hour work days. He also started his masters program right around this time. What an amazing, hard working husband!

September 8 -
Not so sweet surprise...
I got laid off of my job... bitter sweet. It was a good job, and paid alright, but it has been good to be with new people.

September 17 -
I was offered a new job. I didn't even have to interview for this one, they called me out of the blue. They knew I was pregnant and I was very grateful that I was able to find a new job so quickly, even though I took a decent pay cut.

October 5 -
'Bout time!!
We found out we were expecting a tall, wiggly baby GIRL! Of course, I was so excited to start buying cute dresses and accessories, and Rick's search for a pink football was on.

November 6 -
The next step again!
We moved into a 2 bedroom apartment. It has carpet in the front room (our last place had tile...) and we were in control of the thermostat!! It has also been fun to have a room for Paige, just another step along the way!

December -
Rick put us on a fairly strict budget (thankfully he's great with money!) and as of this month, we are debt free on our credit cards! I'm so proud of us, that was a big thing to tackle, and we even finished 2 months before our goal. Now, that's something to celebrate!

As I looked over my calendar from the past year, I noticed some other memories / highlights of the year:

  • I've been through several new hair styles, thanks to my great mother-in-law!
  • I was able to go to both of the new temple open houses.
  • I've taken lots more pictures this year "professionally", than possibly in my whole life up until that point combined. I even started a website (which I should update some more this week).
  • We went on a family trip with my family to Manilla / Flaming George.
  • I had fun playing & watching Rick play basketball for a rec league and badminton in his mom's back yard.
  • My family has been blessed to overcome some sicknesses, hospitalizations, surgeries & even cancer.
  • I was able to make it to the temple a little bit more this year than I normally make it.
  • Rick and I have been able to spend lots of time with our families, despite his very busy schedule.
  • I have been able to grow closer to the Lord this year, and have had quite a few special experiences & testimony builders.

It has been one of the biggest years of my life so far... if not the biggest yet. (I know... just wait until next year!!)

But we have really been blessed, not only with fun events happening to us, but with great family and friends to be there to support us and experience our exciting news with us!

We look forward to another fun filled year next year!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The One With The Rough Morning

I had another doctor appointment this morning.

My morning was a rather tramatic one. It went like this . . .

I got to sleep in a little bit, which was very nice, but I couldn't eat breakfast, and I had to drink this rather gross tasting drink. I always eat breakfast very first thing, every morning... always have, and always will... especially when I am pregnant! I get very grumpy if I don't. The drink was the drink they make you take EXACTLY one hour before they draw your blood to test for gestational diabetes. I drank it at 8:50, and my appointment was at 9:30... plenty of time, right?

I turned on the news as I drank my lovely drink, and of course, the roads did not look pretty, so I left 15 minutes early, thinking that would be just enough time.

The roads were all disasters. Besides going extremely slow, I was slipping and sliding all over the place. (so much for getting my tires "dipped" and paying extra for good winter traction...) And mind you, I was starving. About half an hour into the drive, and after some scary encounters (I'm not a bad, nor a grandma driver, I swear) I just couldn't help but cry. Thankfully I was at a red light, and I could control my tears so I could still see the road when the light changed.

I said a prayer almost the whole way that I would be safe and get to the doctor in time to take my test. I didn't want to have to go through this experience again...

I ended up getting to the doctor at 10:00 am, and thankfully, they said they would try to draw my blood anyway. Well, I have lovely veins that play hide and seek, so it took them ten minutes to find a vein. I still might have to re-take the test if it ends up with weird results, but I was glad I didn't go all of the way out to Riverton for nothing.

Paige was moving more than she ever has before they listened to her heart beat, but she held still this time when they checked her. I'm starting to go into the doctor more often... hopefully work will be okay with that.

Needless to say, I was thrilled to get out of the doctor appointment and eat.

Monday, November 30, 2009

The One Where . . .

I'm in my third trimester!!!

Wow, time has flown by. I have said from the beginning that it will fly by until the holidays are over, then I am sure it will just drag. We couldn't be more excited, though!!

I had an online coupon code for free Christmas Cards, but it's not working for some reason, so consider this your Christmas Card from us!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The One With My Top Ten List . . .

Last week I made a top ten list of reasons why Rick is the coolest husband ever. It was fun to make and fun to tell him my reasons (I didn't post it... Rick's too modest of a guy).

So, I thought to celebrate this season, I'd make a top ten list of things I am grateful for in my life. It will be very hard for me to narrow everything down, because Rick and I have felt so very blessed since we have been married.

I'll try not to be too cheesy . . . :)

10. Chocolate, cheesecake, hot chocolate on a cold day, and anything sweet!!

9. My job, Rick's 2 jobs & the opportunity for Rick to get his Masters Degree.

8. Modern medicine and technology, so I could see my baby on an ultrasound & so I can know that she and I are in good hands.

7. Good friends, past and present. I have learned over the past few years, to appreciate more my friends and how much they do for me.

6. Place to live . . . in a safe area that is close to family that also has a tub & carpet for the baby & her own room!

5. A fun husband that I really enjoy just hanging out with.

4. The church, the spirit to guide us & my growing testimony.

3. Wonderful, loving & supportive families on both my side and Rick's side.

2. Great parents who have taught me well, provided me with what I needed, I consider my best friends, and who I look up to more than anyone.

And the number one thing I am thankful for is . . .

1. I have an amazing husband that works so much harder than I ever imagined anyone working, day in and day out, without ever complaining once. Even then, he still comes home with a big smile on his face and gives me the attention I need. He truly puts my needs in front of his. Words cannot express my appreciation I have for him.

happy thanksgiving!!

Monday, November 23, 2009

The One Where . . .

Paige will come in about 99 more days!

(well, give or take...)

I better get ready!!!

Friday, November 20, 2009

The One Where We Need To Celebrate


Because it's Friday!

I really am so excited about today being Friday for some reason. I want to stay up all night and party (even though, chances are I will be out by 10 at the latest). And even more reason to celebrate... next week is a short week!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The One With Birds, Babies & Apartments . . . Oh My!

Well, well, well! We are just about all settled into our first place. I only have to open 2 more boxes, but I have some random things to put away and organize too. Thanks to Rick our bedroom & kitchen are both all done and our front room is mostly done. Our sweet father-in-law bought us a new washer and dryer for Christmas that will be delivered this weekend. How nice of him!!!! We have the hookups in our apartment, so it will be so nice to not ever have to run to the laundry mat (especially with the baby), even though we have several close ones in our complex. We don't have the internet quite yet at the new place, but hopefully we will soon. I'll post pictures when I do. I was very surprised at how much storage we have, especially in our tiny kitchen. It's so nice, I love it! Paige also has her own room now! I put all of her things in there, even her clothes are hung in the closet. It makes me excited.

I had my monthly doctor's appointment today. I gained 10 pounds in the past month. Eeek. But the dr says I am right on target for everything. She did try to hear the heart beat, and every time she would find it, Paige would move. She couldn't believe how wiggly our little girl is. Yeah, yeah, not the first. :) She should be over 1 foot long & over 1 lb by now. It's crazy to think that she's a real little baby inside of me. We're very excited to be able to see her. It would be awesome to go get the 3d ultrasound, but they are a little pricey for us right now. It will be so neat to be able to see and hold her when she comes! :)

A friend gave me these images, and I am in love with them (and birds in general) right now for Paige. I am trying to think of what to do with them and how to incorporate them into her nursery. Let me know if you have any ideas! If I were more ambitious, I would make her a quilt like this, but I know that's biting off more than I am willing to chew right now. :)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The One Where I Am . . .


I am so excited! Our place has been a fun little place to start out, and our ward has been so great. We originally thought we'd be moving around December, but then it just so happened that Rick found us a great place. It's funny how things just happen.

We drove past this apartment home complex once, and honestly, I was happy that they were closed. I guess I didn't like the looks of them. But, to my dismay, the next Monday, Rick called me and told me that it was on his list of options. I was grumpy (partly because I needed to eat, partly because I just didn't want to live there). But Rick was sweet and asked me to just look at it and let him know what I thought. So, I did. As the cute old man took me through the apartment, I just felt at home. I really can't explain it any better than that. It just felt good, and I couldn't deny it. So, we put a deposit on it. I am taking Friday off to do most of the packing, and thankfully Rick's step-mom and my mom will be helping. We have some people helping that night for the actual move too, so we are VERY grateful for the help, since neither of us can really lift a whole lot at this point. :)

Well, ever since then, our excitement has been building. I think partly because it's a place that actually feels like home, but mostly because it's the next big step before Paige comes.

We can hardly wait. It's been so fun. She comes in a little over 100 days! She has a bag packed of her stuff, but some how, the bag keeps getting more and more things in it, and it is now overflowing. We have some fun things for her, and as soon as we move, I will post pictures of her room (not that we have that many things...). I've tried to only buy things that are cheap for now, I think our favorite things for her is a set of 2 cute onesies that my mom bought for us (forgive me if I have already posted about this...). One has a big U on it and one says, "Ute fan since birth". So cute. I just need to get her some cute red head bands to go with the outfits.

My belly has been ever growing. It's been fun to watch. It's also been fun to see people's reactions at work. Some days people are shocked at how much it grew over the night or weekend. It has also been fun to see her kick so hard that you can see it.

So, I am off to get all packed up!!! Yay!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The One With Our Pumpkin Carving

At our house, we love Halloween time, Rick especially. We love that it's college football season, the hot apple cider (or caramel apple cider) & hot chocolate, this is the time we watch our only Halloween or scary movie each year, scaring the trick or treat-ers, crunching the leaves, and much more!

Rick's family invited us over for FHE to carve pumpkins. It was lots of fun. Rick told me to get a pumpkin about the size of my belly... can you guess why?

He carved a picture of Paige, from her ultrasound! How cute is that!? Can you see it in the pictures below?

I started out using a stencil to carve a spider, but I gave up. That was too much work for me. So I went with my original idea, of carving a U... go Utes!

I saw this shirt and HAD to buy it. It did take a few days for me to swallow paying $30 for a maternity shirt that I would possibly only wear a handful of times, but I am glad I splurged.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

The One WIth The Picture Updates

I've been taking pictures about once a week lately. Since Rick takes my laptop to work so he can take his classes online, I don't see my laptop as much as I used to. So, it's time to play catch up on the most recent pictures I've taken.

My family started a tradition last year of going to the pumpkin patch and picking out pumpkins. At this pumpkin patch, there are all sorts of tractors that the kids always love to play on. I only had my point and shoot camera, so I didn't get very many good pictures, but I loved the cheesiness in this picture. I love my nieces and nephews. They each bring so much happiness into our family.

Some friends from our ward wanted some pictures taken, so we went up to Silver Lake, thinking the leaves would be pretty. Well, unfortunately, the snow was still there! We got some good pictures, but we'll do a mini shoot soon as the leaves hit the valley so they have more pictures to chose from.

Baby P is 6 months old already!! Her mom did a good job picking out some fun outfits!

Baby C is Baby P's cousin. He is 1 year old now! It's been really fun to see him grow up. I'm making a photo book of his first year, you can check out my website to see it. I hope to have more time today to work on that, and get it finished.

My beautiful cousin Candice had another fashion show coming up, so we went to her mom's art studio to get some fun shots. I loved the character of the studio, and as usual, she had some great clothes too.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

The One With My Happy Ramblings

I am one lucky lady.

(sorry, this is kind of long...)

Maybe it's just the hormones making me feel this way, but I've been extra happy for the most part over the past couple of weeks. I've REALLY appreciated Rick more, since he is working SO hard for us (12 hour work days plus school for his masters), and I have felt closer to my Heavenly Father lately too. I've really felt so blessed. I've had a few spiritual epiphanies lately too, that have helped me to feel this way. In one of the talks in conference, the apostle mentioned that he wrote down his feelings, and then he was able to learn more. I felt this yesterday, just as I was writing in my journal. I had a feeling that God is blessing us so much, partly because Rick is doing all that he can for us, and working SO hard. I have always had a testimony that the harder you work at something, the more you will be blessed. I just always thought it was for gospel topics like reading your scriptures, or praying. The older I get, the more I realize the work that needs to be put into gaining a testimony.

Since Rick is so busy working and with school, we try to maximize the hour or two that we get together every night, even though both of us are exhausted. Last night, was so nice. We really were able to spend some much needed good quality time together talking. We even read our scriptures together, which has been harder to do now with his schedule.

Last night when we were talking, and Rick asked me if I really believed that Paige could hear our voices and that she will recognize them when she is born. I said yes, so he immediately got down to her level and started talking to her. He introduced himself to her, and told her how excited he was to have her and how he's going to be the favorite parent and will give her money when she asks for it. He went on for a minute or so. I couldn't help but just cry. It was such a cute thing to see him so excited and loving her so much already. It makes my eyes tear up just thinking about it. Then, after that, she started kicking, and he was finally able to feel her kick a few times! It made me so happy.

Ever since we saw her on the ultrasound and found out she is a girl, it has seemed more real. It's been really exciting for both of us.

For those of you who don't know, we picked out the name Paige back when we were dating. Rick was the one who suggested it, because he loves Jimmy Paige - a famous guitar player - but little did he know, I had loved that name since middle school. If we were having a boy, we would have been in big trouble, because either we couldn't agree on a name, or it wouldn't fit.

We put a deposit down on an apartment home this week. We'll be moving next month. I really didn't want to like this apartment, I had my heart set on another one, but I couldn't help but feeling good and feeling at home when I walked through the apartment. It's a 2 bedroom apartment, with no one above or below us. We have a car port right outside of our door, plus an extra parking spot right next to it. We don't even have to take our trash out on trash day, the garbage man grabs our can right from its spot in our car port each week. We also have washer and dryer hookups, which the other apartment that I liked didn't have. It really feels like a "real" place, instead of just another basement apartment that we are renting out. I am sad to be leaving our ward, but I really do feel good about this place.

On Tuesday night my mom and I were able to spend some good time together. Part of the reason why I wanted a girl was because my mom is my best friend. I know I can't force my daughter to be my best friend, but I really want to have a good friendship with her. My mom always makes blankets for each of her grandchildren, so we went to pick out the fabric. We found the cutest things, and had such a good time. I also went with my mom to her mom's house to visit with my grandma. Once again, it's possible that this is the hormones talking, but it was so nice to spend some time with them both. For some reason, I have been missing my mom more than normal, even though I see her at least once a week now.

Sorry for rambling on and on, I just had a lot on my mind, and some free time.

Monday, October 5, 2009

The One With The Ultrasound!

We had our ultrasound bright and early this morning! I was excited to find out what we were having, but I was very nonchalant about it for some reason. That is until Rick and I laid down to go to bed last night. It was more exciting for me than Christmas! Not to mention, I had to try to hold my pee in all night so that they could get a better look at our baby.
Morning time finally came. I carefully got ready so I didn't pee my pants. When I finally got there, the lady told me she had never seen a pregnant woman have that much in her bladder. :) I guess I could have laid off a little bit, huh? So, she started to do her thing, and she commented on how tall and wiggly our baby is. I bet the baby turned upside down and back up again at least 3 times during the 20 minutes we were watching it. I also didn't realize that the baby was above my belly button already, especially since I haven't felt it up there, but it was way up high! Here are the pictures!!

Our baby looks like a little skeleton!! Happy Halloween!!

Here's proof of the long legs. . .
and below . . .
Proof it's a girl!

It's kind of hard to see, but I guess it's obvious that there's nothing to see... don't be fooled by the umbilical cord.
Most of you guessed right!

PS- Conference was great! I really enjoyed how powerful and unapologetic President Holland was (I think that was him...) in his talk.

Friday, October 2, 2009

The One With All That Kickin!!

Here's another pregnant rambling... :)
I have felt the baby kick inside of me for over a month now. I have loved that connection that I get to have with the baby. I have noticed that the baby is most active in the afternoons (from about 2ish - 6ish...). A few days ago, though. I was watching TV, and the baby was kicking, as usual. I have been noticing lately that they aren't quite as soft of kicks as they first started out to be, so I wondered if I could feel them with my hand. Sure enough, I could! I was thrilled! This was more exciting for me than feeling the baby inside for the first time. I think because now Rick can be more of a part of this pregnancy. The only problem is that whenever Rick is home, the baby isn't as active. Stubborn little thing! I hope that Rick will get to feel the baby this weekend!

Monday, September 28, 2009

The One Where . . .

The countdown is on...
One more week until our ultrasound!!!

Friday, September 25, 2009

The One With My Grateful Ramblings

You know that feeling that you get when you have been so sick for a long time and you are starting to feel better now? Well, if you know, then you know what I am feeling right now! I love that feeling. You just feel so appreciative and kind of have a better outlook on life. Cheesy, I know. But it's true.
I had such a nasty sinus infection, and it just would not go away. I made poor Rick take me to urgent care on Sunday, and the doctor gave me some antibiotics, thankfully! I just started my new job, so I didn't want to have to call in sick. Well, in the past, the antibiotics usually kick in and make me feel a little better every day. Not this time :( I ended up calling in sick to work on Tuesday and Thursday. On Wednesday, they even told me to go home a little bit early. I am glad that they were so understanding. I felt really bad leaving them high and dry so soon. Since I am pregnant, I couldn't take very much. I finally called my mid wife and they told me of some things I could take. Those helped a little, but on Thursday, I was just as bad as I was on Sunday. It was pretty frustrating.
Well, last night I decided that I had just had it. I asked Rick for a blessing. It seemed to be a more special experience than normal. After the blessing, I could breathe all night long (what a relief!) and I woke up feeling lots better. I still don't feel 100%, but it's just so nice to feel this much better!

PS- We find out if our baby is a boy or a girl on October 5... it's coming up!!!

Friday, September 18, 2009

The One Where...

I got a job!

It's very confusing, but I kind of work for the same company. The pay is less, and it is a different position, but I am happy to have a job again. I started today. It's easy, that's the good news, but the bad news is that it is boring. I might just have to take up reading now. It is a temp job, which is good. Hopefully, it will last until I have the baby. Also, it's been nice. They haven't had to train me, and I already know everyone.

But yay!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The One With Some Random Updates

I have to admit, I've really enjoyed this week... including being lazy and not having to go to work. I have had some interviews, so we'll see what happens. I really am working hard to find something, don't get me wrong. I just have enjoyed being able to make Rick lunches, clean the house, make him dinners, watch my favorite shows, and spend more time with family.

We went to the fair on Monday. It poured rain! But, it was good to see some of the family. Of course, I left my camera in the car, and my umbrella was broken. :) Part of the reason why we went on Monday was because the Fair always has an all you can eat ice cream tent. My family is big on ice cream (although, so is Rick's family...). The kids LOVED it, even though we were freezing from the rain. They were hyper, and got more and more hyper with each bite they took. I tried to secretly catch a video on my phone of them, but they instantly noticed I was filming them. I'm not sure how to post videos, but maybe I'll try to add it on later. I love those kids. I love that I turn into one of them when I am the only adult sitting at the kids table. When I got home, I instantly took off my soaked socks, got in some WARM pj's and slippers, then made me some delicious hot chocolate!

My mom and I made 30 jars of jam on Tuesday night. I love that I see my mom at least one night a week now (that is because Rick has been working 12-13 hour days for the past month... I don't know how he does it!).

On Tuesday, I also had a doctor appointment. The heartbeat was 166, and I scheduled my ultrasound for October 13. I might reschedule it to be the week before (the Dr said I could), depending on the schedule I get when I get a job. Vote (to your right) on if you think I am having a boy or a girl!! They have changed my due date quite a bit. As for now, we are planning on March 2, so I am 16 weeks... again this week. :) The first due date my Dr gave me was January 31. I knew at the time that that date was wishful thinking, so it's not a huge surprise.

I have been meaning to post pictures I have taken for about a month now, but Rick usually takes my lap top with him to work so he can do his masters classes online in between jobs, and all of my pictures are on there. One day I will catch up with them. :)

Tonight is The Office's Season Premiere!! I am stoked. I plan to make zucchini bread today as well. Although, I forgot to get my mom's recipe from her on Tuesday... Oh well, I will figure it out! Maybe, if I get time, I'll run by Rick's dad's house and drop some off (depending on how much I get out of it, too...), it's been weeks since we have seen them.

Well, that's kind of my life in a nutshell right now. I am a very lucky lady to have Rick and that he works so hard for our family.

Friday, September 11, 2009

The One With The Week I've Been Looking Forward To

Well, this past week hasn't been ideal. I got laid off of my job on Tuesday, so I have been looking for a new one all week. No luck yet. If you know of anything, let me know!
Although, I am sure excited for this upcoming week. Tomorrow morning I get to take the young women to the temple. I am really excited to feel of the calmness that the temple gives me. On Monday, my family is going to the Fair! Then, on Tuesday, I will have my next Dr. Appointment, and I will get to schedule our ultrasound. I also have a photo shoot this week that I am pretty excited about. If I end up with time, I'll even make some zucchini bread!
I'm really glad I have had these things to look forward to!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The One Where . . .

I've been feeling the baby!!!

It's the softest little touch, I love it.

I have been surprised that I have felt it almost every day for about 4 days now. I didn't think I would feel it this soon, nor did I think I would feel it that often. I have heard that it comes and goes, so I SURE hope I am not jinxing myself (as I usually do) by posting about it.

I have a cute little baby!!! :)

Friday, August 28, 2009

The One With Another Tag

Well, here's another tag. Only because I found it on another friend's blog and because I am bored again. :)This was actually kind of tricky... I had to think for a while on some of them.


8 Things I did yesterday:
*Made Rick dinner
*Ate dinner
*Visited Magyn's new house
*Spent a little bit of time with Rick
*Watched Friends
*Talked to my mom on the phone

8 Movies I love to watch:
(I am changing this to tv shows... I don't remember movies very well)
* Friends
* Myles of Style
* Color Splash
* Devine Design
* Cake Boss
* Say Yes To The Dress
* Design on a Dime
* The Newlywed Game

8 Things on my wish list:
* Pay my credit card off, and keep it off (PS- thanks to Rick, we're almost there!)
* Go on a nice vacation out of country
* Go on vacation to New York & DC
* I wish to find a cheap 2 bedroom basement apartment, preferably in our ward still
* More money :)
* More time with Rick
* That my photography "business" was bigger (PS- I'm making a logo!!)
* That I had more photography "gadgets / toys"

8 Things I'm looking forward to:
* Being debt free
* Finding out in October if my baby is a boy or a girl
* Having a cute belly (I know, I know... I am going to eat my words when it happens)
* Maternity leave
* Having my baby
* Rick getting his masters, so he doesn't have to work quite as hard (he works from 8-8 m-f)
* Starting some crafts
* Visiting my mom more often while Rick works

8 Favorite restaurants:
* The New Yorker
* Olive Garden
* An Italian place in Vegas that we went to on our honeymoon... :)
* Any mexican place that serves chicken chimichangas & horchatas
* Cafe Rio
* Paradise Bakery
* Johnny Carino's
* Applebee's

8 People I tag... all of you!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The One With The Couples Tag

I stole this from a friend's blog... thanks Jen!
The perfect solution to boredom.

1.)Where did you meet?
On a blind date.

2.) Who introduced you?
His aunt... :)

3.) What was the first thought that went through your head when you met?
I don't remember actually. I just remember being happy.

4.) Do you remember what he/she was wearing?
All I remember was he was wearing a black polo (courtesy of the county...) and jeans, and I had bought new shoes for the date... cute wedges (his aunt told me he was tall, so I was excited I could be tall too)

5.) Where was the first place you kissed this person?
This is actually a cute story... I will try to shorten it. We had just gone to the drive in's. We borrowed his dad's suburban for it (so we could cuddle in the back) and when we went to drop the suburban back at his dad's work (it was late at night), Rick started teaching me how to play guitar in the back of the 'burban. That was that. ;)

6.) How long did you know this person before you became a couple?
Depends on who you ask, but basically we were together ever since our first date.

7.) How did he/she ask you out?
He called me on the phone and asked me.

8.) Do you have kids with this person?
We are expecting our first!!

9.) Have you ever broken the law with this person?
I am sure we have.

10.) When was the first time you realized that you really liked this person?
Each time we went out I liked him more and more. The first date was fun, but probably once he took me on his bullet bike was when I was smitten. ;)

11.) Do you get along with his/her family?
Yep, they are pretty nice people.

12.) Do you trust this person?

13.) Do you see her/him as your partner in the future?
We're married!

14.) What is the best gift she/he gave you?
Hum, maybe the most thoughtful/memorable one was that he bought me a camera for valentines day, because I had lost mine... then I found mine 3 months later.

15.) How long have you been with this person?
Over 2 years.

16.) How well do you know your man or woman?
We know eachother very well... although we surprise eachother every now and then.

17.) What attracted you to him/her first?
Probably actually the first thing was that I could totally be myself around him... besides I LOVED how tall he is.

18.) Hair color?
His? Well, it's kind of a little bit of everything actually.

19.) Does he/she let you wear their pants?
He gave me his basketball shorts. But I wouldn't fit in anything else!

20.) Do you have a shirt of hers/his that you sleep in?
Only the basketball shorts.

21.) Does she/he make you happy?

22.) Does she/he have any piercings?

23.) Does she/he have any scars that you know of?
Yep, he has had 5 knee surgeries, plus he has some other random scars.

24.) Is he/she outgoing or shy?
He's outgoing if he knows the people he is around, if not, he's very quiet.

25.) Does she/he sing?
Sometimes he will sing to me. This is one of the things that surprised me about him.

26.) Do you like her/his friends?
Yeah, they are pretty funny!

27.) Does she/he have any tattoos?

28.) Does she/he look like their mom?
He kind of looks more like his dad... but kind of like neither of them!

29.) What is the most romantic date she/he has ever taken you on?
Hummmm. We aren't super romantic, but probably the first kiss date was our most romantic, either that or the date where he proposed to me in Hawaii... yeah, that one probably takes the cake.

30.) Do you have any nicknames for each other?
I like to call him Handsom. That's all I can think of off the top of my head.

31.) Do you live with this person?

32.) Do you have any pets together?
One time we bought fish. I took care of them. They died.

33.) Where is this person?
Right now? At work.

34.) What is your anniversary date?
Wedding date is March 24.

35.) When will you guys do something next?
Tonight hopefully, if he's not too tired from working a 12 hour day.

Monday, August 24, 2009

The One With More Random Updates

I had another dr appointment this morning. Everything looks good. We did hear the baby's heart beat this time too. It's heart rate has gone down to about 160, which is normal. My dr said she felt a sense of male-ness, even though the heart rate says girl. I have another appointment on the 15th of next month, and then I get to schedule the ultrasound! I have been patient up until now, but now I am so so excited to find out what it is. If it's a boy, though, we are in big big trouble. We can't find names that seem to fit for boys, but we've had a girl's name since day one.

Well, I was told at my job that they are down-sizing and since I am the newest one here, I should start to look for a new job. I have been, but with no luck. If any of you know of anywhere that is hiring, I'd be thrilled to hear about it. Although, I will need some time off in about 6 months for the baby...

Rick started his third job today... he's working a full time job, and 2 part time jobs. I think he will quit one of the part time jobs, though. Which is nice, because anyone who has 3 jobs and starts their masters program has got to be a little crazy! He's a good kid. I will miss him terribly while he is working and studying SO much, but I look forward to spending more time with my mom. I miss her tons.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The One With The ODE . . .


Okay, so I am not writing a true ode "poem", but I do miss Rick's old bike. I know that they are dangerous, but they are so fun. I would always say a little prayer before getting on it, so I knew we'd be safe. :)

A little history about this bike . . .

On my second date with Rick, we watched a scary movie (I NEVER watch scary movies) & he took me home on his bike. Needless to say, my adrenaline was pumping a little bit that night. He turned down one of the streets to go to my house, but I told him to keep going. I was having too much fun. It was a fun cheap date from then on out. He took me for rides to see the city lights, we drove past the Oquirrh Mountain LDS Temple on Bangerter while it was still under construction, and it was just fun to drive around the neighborhood with him. It was perfect for
this time of year.

Rick ended up selling it at the end of the 'bike' season last year. He thought it would be better to have the money for a down payment on a house, than to just have the bike. What a good kid.

Although we miss the bike tons, especially when another bike (not as cool, of course) zips past us as we are driving somewhere, Rick always says that when we get rich, we'll buy another one. :)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The One Where I Jinxed Myself!

On Saturday, I finally decided to write in my journal. It had been a while. The first line said, "well, I don't think our lives can change any more right about now." (you know, with the baby, condo, Rick starting his Master's program, Rick starting a second job... etc.)

And then the phone rang . . .

It was the first counselor . . .

We both got callings with the youth. Although, the Sunday lessons, and weeknight activities for both of us are just another thing to add to our already overflowing plate, I am actually very excited. I have always wanted to be an advisor in young womens, and the beehives are the best. They are always just wanting to have fun and giggle. It makes me want to stay in the ward longer, but I know that is not very likely. We'll probably have to move out somewhere between November & January.
I did buy some fabric so I can start on a new project while Rick is working at nights. I am excited to start that. I'll probably post pictures once I get started.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The One With The Big Day

What a day!

Yesterday we had our first doctor appointment for baby Brunson. They couldn't hear the heartbeat, so they sent me this morning for an ultrasound. We figured that meant we just weren't quite as far along as we thought we'd be. Rick had to miss some work for the first doctor appointment, so I brought along his sister who might just be the most excited person about this baby. She LOVES the baby already & really wanted to come to an appointment. I am glad she came with me. The ultrasound tech said we should be about 9 weeks and 6 days. They took a picture for us (I took a cell picture of the already not so clear ultrasound picture, so sorry for the bad quality) and Brittany, Rick's sister, made a bunch of copies so we could put them up in the bathroom, on the fridge, in my office, etc. She's too cute.

The baby's head is to the left, and it's bum and toes are to the right. I will try to put a more clear copy up when I get home. It had a very strong heartbeat of 188. It was really neat to see it in there. It's really real.

Then to top our day off, we just signed on our condo. We will be renting it out for now, but it feels good to have one. Especially since we got it for such a steal.

Monday, July 27, 2009

The One Where The Family Went Camping

Another weekend has come and gone. Thank heaven it was a 3 day weekend! My family all went camping at Flaming George. Although the weather didn't behave as much as we would have wanted, it was SO nice to be with the family. We had all of my nieces & nephews and all of my siblings, except for one (who is in training for the border patrol), but his wife and kids were able to make it. I actually didn't take any pictures (I have been really bad about taking pictures of my life this summer), mostly because of the weather. But I am so grateful for the time we were able to spend together. My parents were so nice and drove Rick and I up. It was fun to have that extra time with my parents, too. I miss them, now that I don't see them as much as I did before I got married.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The One With The Wives Tales . . .

Here's yet another post about being pregnant! :D

I have been thinking about if it will be a boy or a girl. We will for sure find out when we are able to. I have been surprised at how many people have asked me that.

Rick surprised me. When we were dating and first married, I had to beg Rick to "give" me one girl. I told him the rest can be boys, I just want one girl to be my friend (my mom and I are best friends). He finally agreed. Once we found out we were expecting, he said he wanted a girl. I couldn't believe it! About a month later, he bought a mini football and decided he wanted to give that to a boy. Silly. I'd like a girl to dress up, but of course would be happy to have either (or twins... call me crazy... but that's a whole other post...). We have had an easy time picking out a girl name (that came instantly) but the boy names haven't been sticking or fitting. I'm afraid if it's a boy we'll never pick a name. :)

I have heard some wives tales that tell you if you are having a boy or a girl or not. These are the one's I found online, or had friends tell me. Some of them are too soon to tell for me. Do you know of any more? I want to hear, if so! Take a guess on what I am having based on these signs.

    • You had morning sickness early in pregnancy (No)
    • Your baby's heart rate is at least 140 beats per minute (I'll find out next week!)
    • You are carrying the weight in your hips and rear (Too soon to tell, but as of right now it feels like no...)
    • Your left breast is larger than your right breast (Sadly, I have to admit this one is true...)
    • Your hair develops red highlights (Is that what happened to my hair! Maybe!)
    • You are carrying high (Too soon to tell)
    • Your belly looks like a watermelon (Too soon to tell)
    • You are craving sweets (Yep!)
    • You are craving fruit (Yep!)
    • You crave orange juice (Yep!)
    • You don't look quite as good as normal during pregnancy (This is a tough one... I would say I don't, though)
    • You are moodier than usual during pregnancy (Yes, poor Rick...)
    • Your face breaks out more than usual (Yes, thank heaven my mother-in-law is an esthetician)
    • You refuse to eat the heel of a loaf of bread (Meh...)
    • Your breasts have really blossomed! (Yes!)
    • Your pillow faces south when you sleep (My pillow is at the West end of our bed...)
    • Your urine is a dull yellow color (I think that's right... but I just thought it was because I was going more often)
    • You hang your wedding ring over your belly and it moves from side to side (I'll have to try that one...)
    • You add your age at the time of conception and the number for the month you conceived and the sum is an odd number (Odd!)

    • You didn't experience morning sickness in early pregnancy (Nope!)
    • Your baby's heart rate is less than 140 beats per minute (Not sure yet...)
    • You are carrying the extra weight out front (Too soon to tell, but so far that's where it has been)
    • Your belly looks like a basketball (Too soon to tell)
    • Your areolas have darkened considerably (I think so... I need to check!) :)
    • You are carrying low (Too soon to tell)
    • You are craving salty or sour foods (Nope... sweet!)
    • You are craving protein -- meats and cheese (That's a tough one... maybe)
    • Your feet are colder than they were before pregnancy (They seem warmer, if anything, but it is Summer)
    • The hair on your legs has grown faster during pregnancy (I think so...)
    • Your hands are very dry (They are normal)
    • Your pillow faces north when you sleep (My pillow is at the West end of our bed...)
    • Dad-to-be is gaining weight, right along with you (That's a hard one. Too soon to tell)
    • Pregnancy has you looking better than ever (Meh, probably not)
    • Your urine is bright yellow in color (I don't think so)
    • Your nose is spreading (What does that mean?)
    • You hang your wedding ring over your belly and it moves in circles (I'll have to try that one...)
    • You are having headaches (Minor ones)
    • You add your age at the time of conception and the number for the month you conceived and the sum is an even number (Odd!)


    • Draino crystals........ if it turns blue its a girl if it turns brown its a boy. Toxic chemicals be careful and mix outside. Works just like a pregnancy test.
    • The Chinese Gender Chart: (see below) Simply find the age of the mother at the time of conception on the chart below and then follow across to the month the baby was conceived to find the predicted gender. Although this chart is said to have a success rate of over 90 percent, keep in mind that this is solely for entertainment purposes. (May & 22 years old)