Sunday, January 25, 2009

Girl's Trip

We took a little girl's trip to St. George this last weekend. My mom and Angie have the same birthday (today, in fact) and so we took a weekend vacation with no boys and no kids to celebrate. Here are some of the highlights.

We started off on a wild foot. Here's Amy and our friend Jacee sleeping on the way down.
Angie and Kristin (Mitch's "friend") also passed out. Thanks everyone for helping me stay awake while driving.

This is me and two of my three sisters. Poor Angie is always hunched over cause we're so dang short.
Grandma bought Angie some cupcake recipes for her birthday. For some reason my sister is now obsessed with cupcakes. And yes, my Grandma came on our girl's trip. And she was awesome fun. And paid for lots of stuff:).

We ate at lots of really good food places. And didn't feel guilty at all for eating out and not cooking.

Why do people always steal my camera and take crazy pictures of themselves? I'll teach them.

Here I am. 32 weeks pregnant and feeling like I'm going to explode. Already.

Kristin, me, Angie & Amy. Don't know why the picture is blurry.

Jace spent lots of time painting toenails and cutting and braiding hair.

We got Grandma to drink a sip of a RockStar. And afterward she looked at us an in her southern accent said "You guys drink those things for fun?"

Kristin, Amy & Jace

Highlight of the trip may have been the outfits these two bought. So so funny. They tried to get me into one and I said NO WAY. Don't worry, they're not really going to wear them. It's all a big joke.

Me & my little sis. She's so fun. I love her.

We had a great time. But why don't I have any pictures of my mom? I think she's the designated picture taker. I love girl's trips. It's always hard for me to get out of my comfort zone and leave my family, but we always have so much fun. We shopped, ate, played games, watched movies, and shopped some more.

And props to my brother in law Steve and my husband for holding down the fort with the crazy kids while we were gone for four days. They are awesome men. They encourage us to go and spend time together. Even when it means them being on their own with the crazy monsters.

I love family, I love shopping, I love eating out, and I love vacation. So I'm a happy girl this Monday after a fun weekend. Thanks guys.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Dreams

Well, I'm rounding the corner with this baby into the uncomfortable phase. You know, the "my ribs are sore because there are little feet kicking them all day" phase. Anyone else had that same problem? Oh, and every time baby moves he hits my bladder. It's awesome fun. And somehow he found his favorite nerve in my back to kick. It makes me feet move when he kicks it. Odd. Only 9 weeks and 5 days to go. Counting down....

One of the hardest parts for me of being pregnant is the crazy dreams I have. When I was pregnant with Em, they were straight evil. I woke up feeling sick, and can't even stand to repeat half the things I remember. I hate even thinking about it. This time, they've mostly just been silly.

Like the one where my sister cut off my neighbor's pet snake's head because I was scared of snakes. She cut if off with scissors. In my basement. And I got mad at her. Gross.

Or the one where the dog learned how to say she wanted pork chops for dinner. That one was freaky.

Or how about the one where I had to tell my husband I was leaving him for an old boyfriend? What the??? Not my favorite. Apparently I'm a dream slut.

Or the one where the snake from Kung Fu Panda followed me around my house asking me to be friends. I kept telling it no because I don't like snakes, and it followed me. Everywhere. Even into the bathroom. Do you think I have a problem with snakes? That one was just weird.

I've chosen not to remember the rest of them. My subconscious mercifully lets me forget most of them. And I know I have at least three a night. Most nights I wake up in the middle of the night and say to myself "not another one like that, please".

At least the end result is worth it. And yes, I am grateful that I can even carry babies, so no one needs to tell me to count my blessings. Really. I do it daily. Sometimes even hourly.

Here's my two incredibly gorgeous children on the way to their first primary activity of the year. That's right, my baby is in primary. Where does the time go? Another milestone I wasn't ready for. Maybe someday soon she'll learn how to smile when taking pictures.

Friday, January 9, 2009

What Have I Done???


Add ImageI cut off all my baby's hair and now....she doesn't look like a baby anymore. Oh no. I cried. She was fine. And I cried. Good thing she's such a beauty.
If this face doesn't show her personality, nothing does.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Christmas Adventures

Well, Christmas has come and gone and I think I have a total of eight pictures on my camera from all the festivities. I thought this blog was supposed to make me better at taking pictures??? Here's our entire month of December...

First we shopped for a Christmas tree. We are one of those annoying families who has to have a live tree. Except this year we think it was fake because it didn't smell good at all. Travis is so mad about that. And yes, the princess must wear the Ctiara (that's what she calls it) everywhere we go. She looks evil here.

And I'm happy to report that this year, Travis didn't drive into the garage with the tree on top of our car.

Here's the princess once again at Grammy's. She loves this little duck. Travis told her it was a goose, but she thought it was a rooster, so now she calls it the gooster. We found her the other night with it wrapped in a blanket sleeping on her lap. She's such a little mommy.


Next came the trek to Phoenix. We only went for a total of four days, but it was so worth it. Again, I took five pictures. Literally. The drive went well, other than some bad weather. But hey, we live in Utah. We're used to that. The kids were champs and had a blast with their cousins. Wellmans, we miss you guys.

One of the main reasons we went down there was to meet up with some of Trav's old high school buddies. His best friend from high school Drew, and his brother Quinn and sister Toria all hosted a little get together at their parent's house. I love seeing where Travis grew up and hung out as a teenager. Although I have to say, I hope my boys are smarter than to make themselves pass out into the pool, or ride their rollerblades into the pool.

Here's Quinn and Cameron, picking her nose. Ha ha ha. Funny picture. Betcha didn't think that would show up on the Internet.


Here's Jaxon and his new buddy Asher playing in the coolest room that has chalkboard paint on the walls.

And here we all are. Drew has been one of Trav's best buddies forever, so it's always fun to see them. They live far away, but maybe one day we will end up within twelve hours of each other. My family looks awesome in this picture...NOT.



Then came.....Christmas Eve. We're home and have already celebrated with my dad, and decide to get our house ready. Travis is busy finishing up the DVD we are making for our parents, so I decide around 11 to open up the kid's toys and set them out. Except...wait, that one has to be put together. Kill me.

Is anyone else impressed that I turned this.....


Into this without killing myself? I now know why my parents hated toys they had to put together. And why parents say lots of swear words. I was proud of myself, but my hands were raw for three days.


I love stockings on the mantel. Especially with a black nativity scene above them.



I found about four more pictures of Christmas morning. We did presents at our house and at Trav's mom's house, but I of course just ignored the camera. Sometimes it's better that way. I got to watch my kids more.

My awesome sister Amy opening presents. She's going to kill me.


My kids got these cute tables they can color on from my mom. And they haven't stopped playing with them.Love her and her princess obsession with all my heart.


Travey got personalized license plates that say LABDORK because, well, that's what he is. And he's proud of it and embraces it, and I love him more for it.

Daddy got a Shel Silverstein book and immediately began reading it to the kids. He's such a good dad. My kids love to be read to.

And...that's it as far as pictures go. I got a new phone, some new perfume and some shopping money at the mall. Pretty much perfect for me. My family knows me so well. We had a great day, and every year I feel emotional at how blessed we are. There is so much we don't understand about going without, and I'm grateful for that. I hope I live my life in a way that Heavenly Father keeps blessing me like he has. We also got to talk to my little bro in Taiwan, and it was awesome. He's an amazing kid. I'm so proud.

The baby is growing like crazy. I'm 28 weeks and 2 days and still feeling pretty good, other than that I feel twice my size. He moves like crazy, and it is making me INSANE, but I'm glad I don't have to wait to feel him to see if he's okay. Went to the doctor yesterday and he said everything looks good, so I am thankful that things have been so easy on me this time around. I cannot wait for this baby. I'm so excited.

School starts again on Monday for Trav, but he's taking it easy this semester, so I think we can handle it. My birthday is soon, spring break is coming up, good weather is just around the corner, and we're having a baby within the next semester. I don't know how life could get any better. I'm thankful daily for all that I have.

I didn't make any resolutions because I know myself well enough to know that I'm not great at keeping them, but maybe this year I'll try harder to give back to others because of all the things my Heavenly Father has given me. Life is so so good.