Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Pampering Time

Well it's getting to be crunch time for getting things done before the baby gets here! I made a list of everything I want to get done before she comes. Most of the list is filled with the normal things you would expect--build the crib, install the car seat, pack the hospital bag....stuff like that. But I decided to include some other things on this to-do list that are purely for my own enjoyment as well. I realize that my life is going to be drastically different after I have this baby, so I want to enjoy my last few weeks (well...days now...) of not having a baby to take with me everywhere I go, or worrying about getting a baby-sitter. So I also added getting a pedicure and going to see the new Harry Potter movie--two things I wanted to do sometime before the baby was born. Well last Saturday I was able to cross both of those things off my list. I went with my sister, Kristen, and friend, Karen, to get a pedicure. It was so nice to just relax and have someone take care of my toes that I can no longer reach. And they're so cute now! :) Then Kristen, Andrew and I got food at Five Guys Burgers and Fries--a semi-new burger joint in Orem that we've all wanted to try out since it opened. (Very good, by the way.) Following that, the three of us went to see the new Harry Potter movie. I enjoyed it thoroughly, even though it was really hard to sit through the whole thing in the theater. Good thing no one can tell that you're fidgeting a lot in the dark theater. It was a nice relaxing day, after which Andrew set up the crib and we got things mostly organized for the "nursery" we'll have. So it was a fun day AND we got something accomplished as well. I was so happy to be able to cross so many things off of our to-do list. I totally recommend everyone taking a day off (or at least half of a day) and doing something just for you! It's very rejuvenating and makes it easier to deal with the stresses of life. Andrew and I pretty much have things set up for the arrival of our newest family member now, and are getting very anxious for her arrival. Me especially as I can't sleep very well anymore and am mostly uncomfortable a good majority of the time. Pregnancy is so much fun. :)

Friday, July 17, 2009

Fourth of July

I realize that I'm about two weeks late in posting this, but I hope everyone had a happy Fourth of July! Andrew and I were able to celebrate it two days in a row with both of our families. Friday night my mom's family got together for dinner. My uncle Kent just finished with his three years being a mission president for the Tulsa, OK mission, so we were able to see him and my aunt Joyce again! It was so nice to catch up with them, and Andrew got to meet uncle Kent for the first time! (We started dating after they left on their mission.) It was a nice, relaxing evening with the family. Saturday, the 4th, we had a nice dinner with Andrew's family and some family friends, the Jacksons, at the park. We had lots of yummy food and it was fun watching the kids play around there, especially our niece, Eliana. Our baby will be born almost exactly one year after she was, and I love being able to see where our baby will be one year from now. I love how my baby reacts to sound already too. Eliana dropped some keys onto the park bench a couple of times and it was pretty loud. My baby jumped every time. I guess she doesn't like loud noises. :) I love feeling her move around though. It's very comforting. Sorry, tangent. :) Anyway, that night we went with Andrew's parents to Pleasant Grove to watch the fireworks show they do there. We met up with his aunt and uncle and some cousins there, and we loved watching the fireworks! I don't know what it is about colored bits of fire up in the air that are so mezmerizing, but I sure love them!

The family entertaining themselves before the fireworks
Andrew and me dressed in out red, white and blue. That's his cousin peeking up behind us. :)
Happy (very late) Fourth of July!! I guess by now this can count for Happy Pioneer Day too, right? :)

Baby Showers

Well it's been forever since I've written anything here. Mostly it's cause I'm lazy, but also because I don't have a lot to say. Not a whole lot has been going on with me besides getting ready for the baby lately. I'm due in just under 3 weeks now and it's coming fast! I can't wait till she gets here, but we still have plenty to get done before she comes, so it's good that we still have a little bit of time.

I've had two baby showers so far, and I have one more on August 1st. As long as the baby hasn't come by then. :) Both showers were lots of fun though, and I'm amazed at the generosity of everyone! I have the best family and friends! I actually forgot to take any pictures at my shower my friend threw me, but I do have some from my Hill family shower, so I'll share those.

Some cute bibs my cousin made for me

Present my cute sister-in-law sent for me even though she couldn't make it. Thanks Jordan!

Present from Rosie and Julia.

Julia and Mierae

Robyn and Jolie--I was glad that Robyn was able to make it. They got to Utah just in time to come to the shower. And I love Jolie's little half smile here. :)

Thank you so much to everyone who came to one or both of these showers! I'm excited for the Hendriksen family shower I have coming up too. I just want to say an early thank you to all of you who are throwing it and will be coming! Andrew and I truly appreciate all the love and support shown to us by everyone. We love you!