Monday, December 19, 2011

Exciting News

Babies are always more trouble than you thought - and more wonderful.  ~Charles Osgood

For those of you who don't already know, Stephen and I are expecting our first baby!  There you have it; it's out there on the world wide web.  We are increasingly excited.  Here's the short of it:
*I found out I was pregnant October 30.
*My baby is already the cutest.
*I am due in the beginning of July.

Here's a few more details:

On Sunday 30 October I found out I was pregnant, and I have the pictures to prove it!  It was rather surreal!

On  Monday 21 November I got to see my baby and the heart beat for the first time.  Cutest little bean ever!

Over Thanksgiving break, the new Muppet's movie made me want to cry several times....
Haha, I blame pregnancy hormones.

Saturday 10 December the very first people (Stephen's and my parents) received our announcement.  Everyone was very excited.  Stephen's Dad and Stepmom were suspicious because I ate so much at Thanksgiving.  Nathan thinks we should name the baby Jesus, Mary, or Joseph.

Today (20 December) I got another (unplanned, they couldn't find the heartbeat with the sonogram) ultrasound.  The baby was jumping up and down and waving at me.  It was pretty much the cutest thing I have ever seen.  We got a blurry picture, so I hope that you can catch a glimpse of the cuteness I got to see today!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Still Alive

To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.  ~Emily Dickinson

It's been forever since I updated, and I'm not  sure what I'm going to say, but I felt that I should let you know that we are alive and well.

Summer is over, and I am sad, the only bonus is that the leaves are beautiful.  I hope fall lasts a little longer.

I am teaching preschool.  It occupies pretty much all of my time, but it is fun.  Those kids sure make me laugh.  Now if only I could get someone else to do all of the paperwork.

Stephen is back in school, and working two jobs.  Oh, and busy becoming an even more excellent photographer.  I'm not sure how he does it, but he is awesome.  Helping him with photography occupies my sparse free time, and I love it.  Recently we've been attending several "zombie" themed events, and we've got a couple of weddings coming up.  :)

Oh! and I almost forgot, we moved!  It was rather hectic timing, but it all worked out.  I LOVE our new apartment.  I did love our old apartment too, but our new apartment is closer to friends, and has a washer and drier (my favorite part). :)  It's really cute and homey. Oh, and we got some new fish, and a couple of crabs.

What else can I say?  Stephen and I have been recruited for ward choir again, and I have a new calling as a Relief Society Instructor.  Tomorrow I am teaching my first lesson.  It is from President Uchtdorf's talk You Matter to Him.  Excellent talk, I definitely recommend it.

So that's our recent life in a nutshell. 

Stephen using his new toy :)

Monday, August 22, 2011

My Mama's Visit

A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.  ~Tenneva Jordan

My mom came to visit in July and I never had the chance to blog about it, so I wanted to take a moment.

I was so much fun to have her here!  We drove down to Utah to pick her up on a Saturday. Quince (who was also in town) came to play games and hang out, and so did Amy, that was a lot of fun.

On Sunday we went to Dana's baby blessing, and then crashed her luncheon afterwards.  It was fun.  

Then we went and took some pictures at Nature Park.

Monday we went to spend the day in Idaho Falls.  We went to the zoo and got some pretty awesome pictures.  Then we went shopping, and ate dinner at Wingers.

Tuesday in the morning my mama and I went shopping and I got some fun new clothes (because I couldn't find any sandals I liked ANYWHERE).  We also made sure to go to the Taco Bus for lunch (I'm pretty sure that was my mom's favorite part of the trip).  Then during the day we went to Egin Lake.  It was so much fun, and luckily we all escaped without any leeches (that we didn't notice until after we were done swimming!).  

That evening went to see the movie "17 Miracles."  It was so good, and I'm pretty sure we all cried (except maybe Zak :-P) .

Wednesday we relaxed a bit and went to the Temple.  It was great to be there with a small part of my family.  It's such a peaceful place.

Thursday afternoon we all went for a picnic lunch in St. Anthony Park.  It was gorgeous and we had a lot of fun before Zak and Mom hit the road to head back to Illinois.

It was so much fun to have my mom here.  We had fun cooking meals together, and all my dishes were clean the whole time she was here! :-P  The only sad thing was that Dad, Ben, and Nathan weren't there.  Next time we'll have to figure that out. :)


Memory is a child walking along a seashore.  You never can tell what small pebble it will pick up and store away among its treasured things.  ~Pierce Harris, Atlanta Journal

For family home evening Stephen and I decided to write a memory that we have.  Here's mine.

After devotional one day, Stephen and I were sitting and talking.  I can't really remember what we were talking about.  What I do remember, was something that made a distinct impression on me, and influenced my decision to marry Stephen.  The room was clearing out, and the chairs were getting cleaned up.  One of the people was carrying out some stools and was having some trouble.  Stephen got right up to go help, it was like he didn't even have to think about it.  I've seen that a lot throughout the time we've been dating and married, but this was the first time I really noticed it.  Stephen serves others and always helps.  He isn't happy to watch others work, he has to help.  That day I knew that Stephen would always be a help to me, because he was willing to get up and help even when he was talking with a girl he liked (I don't know that I'd do the same if I was with a boy I liked :-P).  So, that was just one tiny event, and I don't know if Stephen even knows that it made such an impression on me.  

Love Him!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Yellowstone Revisited

I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.  ~Henry David Thoreau

We took another trip to Yellowstone last week.  This time it was with Emma and Willis, and it was a great time.

This time we took a different route.  We stopped on the way to enjoy a field of wild flowers.

We also stopped a little bit in town and looked at some of the gift shops.

We saw a lot more wildlife this time as well.  It was pretty exciting.
This one wasn't very lucky

I love Yellowstone.  There is no place quite like it.
My Favorite Place- Dragon's Mouth Cave

I don't think I'll ever get tired of going back.

Monday, July 18, 2011


One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides. ~W.E. Johns

So, Stephen and I have been busy gardening and I thought I would share.

We've been growing a few flowers.  They're blooming a little. They're cute.

We're growing some Green Beans as well.  I killed a few of them by over-watering, but after some research and learning that beans like drier soil, they are very happy!  Live and learn. :)

We have one tomato plant that is a hybrid tomato specially bred for container gardens.  It is doing so well!  It is a couple feet tall and already has many little green tomatoes.  It's exciting.

This guy is much smaller because we grew him from seed, but he is taking off.  This is a beefsteak tomato plant.

We also bought one of those hanging tomato planters and planted a cherry tomato plant in it.  It is doing so well, and since I took these pictures many of those flowers have turned into little tomatoes.

We also have several varieties of pepper.  We have one banana pepper plant, two habenero pepper plants, one jalepeno pepper plant, one red bell pepper plant, and one really hot pepper plant that I don't remember the name of.  They are all flowering and starting to produce little peppers except for the last one, because that is one we started from seed.

Last but not least, we are growing sugar snap peas.  Yum!

This is what the set-up looks like on our deck.  The plastic bins have the peppers in them, and the clear container has the peas.    The really tall one is one of the tomato plants, and if you look up in the left you can see our hanging tomato (it blends in with the trees).  Over in the left corner you can see our beans and flowers.

We are really enjoying our gardening adventure.  It's cool to go out every day and see how the plants have grown.  I'll post some pictures again when we have our fruit.