Saturday, December 26, 2009

Decemberween is here! Decemberween is here! Today!

Here are a few Christmas miracles for everyone to enjoy. More to come.

Friday, December 18, 2009

An update.

Since most things I post are youtube videos, I thought I would update everyone with life. Which is not too exciting right now, so I will be brief.

Jeff is done with finals, getting B's and higher on all his tests! Way to go, my man. He has also recently been accepted to do an on campus internship which he is extremely excited and enthusiastic about. He can tell you all more about that later.

Penny is coming along nicely. I am 28 weeks, and she seems quite content flailing around on the inside. We can't wait until she is here in our arms.

I recently flew out to Maryland to help with Emily's triplets. What a job she and KC and mom have been doing! Even with 5 adults watching those three babies was a handful, I can't imagine how they do it alone, but then I look at those babies' cute faces and you can't resist but make them happy.

The scariest part was getting to the airport, getting through security and boarding a plane with 3 infants. Mom, Em and Dad each had a baby strapped to them, with me carrying diaper bags and blankets and what not. Surprisingly, the babies hardly made a peep, except before feeding time, and only then made little cries for about one minute. The 6 year old sitting behind us cried more than these babies combined.

So, all is well here. Jeff is proving to be an outstanding pre-father, taking care of Emily's babies. We took the night shift Wednesday, and he almost natually fed and put to sleep most of them. At one point he was sleeping on the floor, pushing the swing after the batteries died to keep the babies quiet, and then after that was rocking a baby, and with his foot bouncing another in the bouncy seat. What a nice guys, my Jeff is, and what a fine father he will make in less than 3 months.

Anyway, for your entertainment, here is a video Jeff made for his Russian class. For all you non-Russian speakers out there like me, Jeff has generously provided subtitles. Enjoy our big acting debut.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Life is getting better every day...

So, before Jeff and I started dating, this was one of the things that brought us together. We used to use this video as a standard for how we judged people on their sense of humor. We loved adventure time.



I even wanted to name my child "Pen" after the main character. The cleverness of this short film just tickled us on the inside so much. It was just a one-time 7 minute cartoon that a student sent in for a segment on Cartoon Network, seemingly never to become more than a short film...Anyway, then, this morning, Jeff's sisters brought this to my attention, and I nearly wet my pants with joy... (though I am slightly sad they changed his name to Finn... I liked Pen.)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Stars-They're just like us!

So, back in May when we all took our fateful road trip to Disneyland, our overall theme for the trip coined by Britney was, "Stars-They're just like us!" and proceeded to take fake paparazzi pictures for the entirety of the trip, as if the tabloids were after us and our every day activities. We all joked, saying things like, "Stars- they stand in lines" and "stars-they lean on things." Imagine my surprise when I opened up US magazine to the "Stars-They're just like us" section, to find that their captions were just as ridiculous, if not even more so than ours. Things like, "Stars-they want to cross the street" with a picture of a celebrity pushing a crosswalk button. So naturally, I wanted to one-up this magazine on their innovative look into celebrities' lives with these little gems...

(Click to enlarge)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

It's blue.

Friends, I would love to introduce you to our newest addition to our little family...


Yes, a 2007 blue Mazda 3 hatchback. Only 14,000 miles on it. For an insane price. The dealership couldn't even believe the deal they got on it, and showed us the blue book after we had set our preferred price, and it was considerably above what we were asking for the price. So... here she is! And just in time, too... good ol' Charlie is wheezing and coughing, and we are happy to have him retire to our back-up car. When they asked if we wanted to trade it in, we just looked at each other and laughed and laughed and laughed. We then told them our car probably wouldn't even be worth $500.

We are SO pleased to have found this deal. We have been researching cars for about a whole year, and ever since then we were pretty set on a Mazda 3, and last night we pondered and prayed about this big move in our life, and we worked out everything, and voila! A new car just in time for winter (plus, driving to Lehi and back the other day in Charlie used up an incredible 1/4 tank... I think the savings in gas alone will pay for the car)!

Anyway, so there you go! And they obviously mentioned that this car is nice and spacious for car seats. :) But what really sold me was the fact that the front window wasn't duct taped closed.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

If you think I did, you're just one of those people who thinks I did...

Can't believe I just found this... This one is for you, mom. Enjoy.

Monday, November 09, 2009

That time of year

One of the things I look forward to the most after Halloween (besides the upcoming holidays, of course) is the post-Halloween-Strong-Bad-Makes-Fun-Of-Fan-Costumes. This year was pretty good. I highly recommend it.

Check this year's episode out.

And last years was pretty good as well. (We just watched them all, and laughed the hardest at this one.)

07 had a few good laughs.

Finally, 06, the original.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Life goes on

So I guess I haven't updated in quite some time. Not much has been happening, though, so you guys haven't really missed much.

Jeff is still doing great in school. He has registered for his last round of classes coming up in the winter semester! We are so close to being done! He has been working hard this whole semester trying to get the best of grades, which I am very pleased about. Though, I am heading out to Maryland during finals week, which I am excited about, but it will be crazy weird, as Jeff and I have yet to spend a night apart from each other since marriage. But we will cope, and hopefully Jeff will be busy studying and taking tests, and I will be busy snuggling Em and KC's fat babies.

I am 22 weeks now! Half way there, and enjoying this pregnancy. I feel so blessed, as most things I hear people complaining about being pregnant I haven't experienced. I had some slight morning sickness for a few weeks at the beginning, but other than that, I feel exactly the same as I did before I was pregnant, but get the privilege of feeling little growing hands and feet tickle my insides. Sometimes I get scared that I am not ready to be a mommy, but I remember how we contemplated long and hard about having children, and we know this is the right thing to do for us at this time. And I am sure it is absolutely normal to be anxious and nervous at the prospect of parenthood while pregnant (am I right, Em?) but the love of this unborn child wipes away all our self-doubts and fears. I am just grateful I have Jeff here with me, who I simply know is just going to be a wonderful daddy to our little Penny, and be a source of strength and confidence for me. Mostly I just can't wait to see her bright, little face in my arms.

In other news, I bought some maternity pants today! Thanks to the ladies at work, I got a great tip to check out Burlington. I don't think I have stepped inside there since... sometime long ago. Anyway, I was reluctant to buy maternity pants because most places sell them for SO much, and I thought I would just suffer through, wearing my old pants unbuttoned or the surprisingly uncomfortable yoga pant, but today I was able to get two styles for an awesome deal. Yay! I was tempted to start buying a few outfits for Penny, but I thought it would just make me more impatient for her to be here, and I felt it best to leave that for a little bit sooner to the due date.

Please excuse this ugly picture, our camera died after snapping this one. Booooo. Anyway, as you can clearly see, I am definitely growing a baby in there :) Yay.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Hee hee...


My belly: *bumps*

So, there you have it. Finally physical evidence that I am actually with child. I think I have started to feel little kicks and tickles inside me, which is just madness! I love it though, because the further along I get, the less scared and empowered I feel about the process of, well, getting her out just to meet her!

And here is Jeff with his nonexistent bump. In fact, just the other day mom jokingly accused me of not feeding Jeff enough because he was looking thinner than usual. Don't worry, mom, we are both quite well fed.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

It's a...


Thanks to cakewrecks.com for supplying this picture to allow us to announce our good news. It is indeed, a gril. Upon browsing cakewrecks, I wished ever so I had this cake made up for us, fruit and all (I bet Cami would have recognized it right off the bat) but this picture will have to do. We are just thrilled about our little Penelope on the way!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A series of unfortunate events

It has been a pretty unfortunate day for me. It all started last night, when I realized I needed to get some blood work done for my next doctor's visit, and I was out of prenatal vitamins, so I left work a bit early to try and catch the BYU health center in time to do all that. Luckily, we did make it, and the first thing they asked me is if I needed a urine test. I told them I already did that at my clinic, and I wasn't sure if I needed one. But being pregnant, I had to use the bathroom, so I just decided to go. As soon as I stepped out of the restroom, they told me I needed the urine test after all... SO, they gave me a big glass of water, and took my blood first. I was so, so scared to have this done, because I am deathly afraid of needles. Luckily they had plenty of comics and Jeff to distract me while they had that stupid needle in me.

I made it through the blood tests, and then there was only to wait for the urine test. I drank my weight in water, and 2 unsuccessful trips later, I finally was finished with that.

We returned home for a restful evening at home, when Jeff's phone rings, and it was Jeff's parents, driving through Orem! Of course, we were happily surprised, but for some reason, we thought they were coming later in the week! So, we quickly tidied up the place, and were just finishing up the dishes when they arrived, and then we continued with our relaxing evening, chatting the night away.

Then, this morning, since I am with child, I woke up at an unearthly hour to use the restroom. After relieving myself, I noticed the chain had become unhooked, and the toilet wouldn't flush. I gently lifted up the 50 pound lid to the tank, and noticed the chain was broken, missing a link to easily hook to the chain to the flap. So I manually flushed, and while the water was gone, tried to temporarily hook the chain.

Before I knew it, the huge lid slipped right off into the tank, and on its way down, managed to smash open something holding back water, which started spraying me all over, and then, the lid slipped all the way down, completely smashing open the bottom of the porcelain tank. And just like that, over 4 gallons of water was spreading through my apartment, as well as torrential water spraying everywhere. All of this happened within about 15 seconds. My whole bathroom underwater in 15 seconds flat. I ran into our bed room screaming that the toilet was flooding, and he immediately went straight to the water source under the toilet and shut it off. Smart lad, Jeff.

Anyway, I felt like a fool, especially since we had house guests, and I had been screaming and splashing all morning. And I also needed to use the bathroom. I tried calling dad just to see about installing toilets, in case our landlord decides to be ridiculous and make us wait, and about 7 dropped calls and 2 phones later, I finally got through, and dad offered some words of comfort, saying he would help out if our landlord didn't.

So, then I tried to get back into our apartment, because I wanted to make phone calls outside as to not disturb the sleeping occupants of my residence, and hang out to dry every towel I own, and of course I was locked out. A phone call to Jeff, and I was in. But this has been a horrible start to the day.

A pregnant woman living in a toiletless apartment... it is madness.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Our typical Provo student life.

There is nothing to blog about, so I will just give everyone a little update of how life is at the mo.

Jeff is attending what will probably be his second to last semester of school. It is crazy to think he is nearly done! Jeff spends most of his days reading and doing homework. He is ever so diligent. I could never study like he does!

And as for me, I am still working at good ol' Legacy Publishing, graphic designing amazing phonebook ads all through the day. It gets slightly tedious, but I get to pick on Drew, which is fun. Also, all my clothes are starting not to fit any more, which is an adjustment. Thanks Em, for sending all those jeans with the stretchy belly and stuff, and the cute shirts. They came just in time. It is fun to see our fat, little baby grow inside my belly. Stay tuned, in two weeks we get to find out that it is a little girl! (Sorry, Jeff, I just feel like it is...)

Anyway, that is our amazingly insane life right now. It has been nice to have things pretty stable at the moment, but we are definitely excited for big changes, like our baby, and Jeff getting a job, and perhaps moving somewhere exciting as well (Em, we are very much considering some government jobs in DC... Don't get your hopes TOO high, but it would be awesome, no?)

And finally, I am cutting my hair tomorrow. It has finally reached my behindus, and I am shedding everywhere, and it is too hard to maintain, and is giving me headaches from the weight alone! Not to mention either I or Jeff will get tangled up in it during the night. Anyway, I am only going to cut 5 inches or so, maybe 6, with some sensible layers, just to mix it up. It is just too thick and too long to do anything with it any more. Just thinking about washing it makes me want to pass out. So off it goes.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Because so many people got mad at me

I finally went to the doctor. And lo and behold everything was ship shape! Alls yous peeps getting on my case about it can just cool it! Anyway, most people who read my blog (all 3 or 4 of my siblings out there) already know about this, but now you guys can see about this! The fat baby inside a me!


Awwwww, look at it's cute nose, already huge like it's mommy's. I am so sorry, my baby, if you are cursed with my nose. Please have something more like your father's features please. If you could please take your daddy's dark hair, skin and eyes as well, that would be peachy.

Anyway, I have made a decision to not post anything about this on facebook, just for fun, so if you want any updates you will see them on occasion here. Probably every 4 weeks with my appointments. Or mostly in person.

So, set your calendars everyone, March 11 is the big day. (Sorry, Jonny, it was originally the 15th, but they moved it up for days when they saw how fat my baby was.) Here's to 2 weeks of morning sickness and smooth sailing from here on out!

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

This is why I hate macs...


Because I get this message everyday. Sure I would like those updates, if I could understand that crap in the box so I know what I am getting into. I run into this problem A LOT with my computer, and have searched high and low on the internet on how to fix this annoyance, and no one offers any realistic solution except to reinstall my computer, which I am not in any position to do.

If this was a windows problem, I would have had it solved about 4 months ago...

Sunday, September 06, 2009

A summer time.

This summer was eventful indeed. Especially this last month! Here is a recap.

We took an 18 hour train ride (half of it was sleeping through the night) to Northern CA, where we enjoyed a whole week away from technology and work while staying in a nice cabin in the small town of Twain Harte.




We visited Yosemite and all of us endured a grueling 4 mile round trip hike up to Vernal Falls that included an extremely steep incline followed by about a mile and a half of steep stairs. It was quite an accomplishment we were even able to make it to the top.


We also went boating twice while in CA. I mostly enjoyed swimming and some mildly tame tubing. Jeff was once again the wakeboarding master, with a previously injured shoulder, and even managed to get up while eating a sandwich. Way to go Jeff.

This was my favorite activity. Floating gently in the water.
Here is Jeff, mid bite. Not a drop of water got on that sandwich!

The water was the perfect temp. Jeff was showing off his floating skills (he was cheating, though, and sitting on a noodle.)

Jeff also celebrated his 25th birthday! My husbandmin is ever so old! I woke up early, fixed him a big country breakfast, and then proceeded to give him his presents which he was VERY excited about. Simpsons season 12 and... a Wii! We have been playing it non-stop, we love it ever so.
We played Laser Tag with the fam, then had everyone over and the neighbors for some snickers cake! Now that is the way to turn 25!

More recently, meaning yesterday, we went to the Danny and Jessica Woodbury's parent's house with the Cranes, and had a fun Friday night playing games and staying up much to late, and after a short sleep, woke up bright and early to go boating yet again this summer! Danny and Jessica showed us all their awesome boating toys, like wake surfing and sky skiing. An awesome time was had by all. We finished the weekend by watching It Happened One Night, and viewing the BYU football game in the fabulous theater room at the Woodbury Residence.






So, there is our last month. We have been keeping busy on top of school and work! There is always time for fun. Next up some fun plans for Lacie's up coming birthday! Happy Birthday in two house Lacie! And happy one year anniversary of our scooter accident. We are very happy to still be around!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

For my 200th post:

This amazing video:



Please, everyone. Go see the Special Man.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Mistaken

How can it be that at Legacy Directories, our office address is:
1814 S Columbia Lane, Orem UT

but when I google that same address, these come up? Here is just a few:


Crossroads Court Service
OREM OFFICE:
1814 SOUTH COLUMBIA LANE
OREM, UTAH 84058


Alliance Clinical Services
1814 South Columbia Lane
Orem, UT 84058


Pets Garden
1814 S Columbia Ln,
Orem
, UT
(Map)

Seriously, this is the last I want to hear about someone's sick dog, irresponsible unplanned teenage pregnancy, or urine test for probation. It would take 5 more seconds to make a call and get the correct address.

End rant.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Because I can express myself artwise a little better...

... I did this :) Grandma asked for me to do an illustration of her and Grandpa walking down the stairs to the river. I felt honored to complete such a project.


I am eternally grateful for when Grandpa felt well enough to help us out with our legal issues dealing with our scooter accident. We were constantly emailing back and forth, giving each other phone calls, as well as Jeff. I feel so blessed that I was able to grow so close to my Grandpa. I have always felt the accident was part of our plan, leading us to different paths in life, and perhaps growing closer to Grandpa was one of those little blessings that came along with that. I now treasure those emails he sent me. I felt like he was doing his legal work out of love for his family, and Jeff and I felt that love often. Looking around our apartment it is hard not to think of Grandpa, since because of him everything around us exsists! We miss him so much. He was an amazing, inspirational man who everyone looked up to an admired. I can't wait to see him again some day. I can only imagine he is enjoying a very large pomegranate and sitting in his own river retreat right now.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

The Happiest Trip on Earth.

There is far too much to describe the awesomeness of this trip. I finally was able to visit this land with my husband and my cousin, both which I have always dreamed of, and of course, I gained a future sister-in-law as well, which is just amazing. We had a theme for the trip: Stars; They're just like us. Meaning basically we took paparazzi pics the whole time, and say the caption for them. It made the trip that much more amazing. So, instead of point out every detail, I will instead upload the most awesome pictures.

Also, there is no greater feeling that stepping into Disneyland... for free. Hooray for my Birthday! Plus nearly every cast member I came across gave me birthday wishes. How pleasant of them (thought I secretly wonder if they are forced to say it, and cringe every time they see one of those birthday buttons...)















Sunday, May 24, 2009

One Glorious Year Ago...

What an amazing year it has been. I am ever so grateful every day to have my amazing husband with me in everything we do. Nothing ever seems to get Jeff down, whether it be having both arms severely injured and in slings at the same time, or having cars break down, or living off barely any money, or basically anything. He has been the ultimate husband for me, and I know someday he will be a brilliant father. I am also extremely grateful that we were sealed in the temple for time and all eternity. If anything has been apparent over this past year, it is the importance of the Gospel in our marriage, as well as our temple marriage. We are striving to live up to the things we promise to do in the Lord's house, and have been so blessed to feel Heavenly Father's presence in our family. Hooray for love, marriage, and the true and amazing Gospel.

Also, hooray for Disneyland, which is where we will be this week. :)