Friday, April 29, 2011

Day 29

My Testimony of the Gospel

Since this is a more personal subject, I'm going to keep it simple.

I believe in Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I believe that we have a living prophet on the earth today, and his name is Thomas S. Monson. I believe that through the power of repentance that I can be forgiven of all my sins. I believe in the power of sacrifice through tithing. I've seen it work in my life countless times and give me many blessings. I believe in the sacred sealing ordinances of the temple, that I will be able to be with Ryan and my family for time and all eternity, a gift that I view very very precious and irreplaceable. I believe that Jesus Christ was sent here to this earth, and he died for us, and was then resurrected so we may live again. And that He lives today. I can't wait until the day I get to meet my Savior and my God and greet them! I love the Gospel and all the blessings it has given me in my life, the truths that keep me going when times are tough, and the amazing blessings I've seen it give others as well.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Day 28

A Secret You Want To Get Out

I don't really have any secrets to tell you, but I do have GREAT news! Something was finally marked off of my 'to-do' list today after about a month and half....

I found a doctor in Henderson!

I have been stressing over this for awhile now. I have had a couple doctors tell me they can' t take me that far into pregnancy, others are already booked with deliveries in was a joke, and I was getting really let down. But today, I found Dr. Anthony Ibay. He has great reviews online, that's all I really have to go off of, so hopefully all works out! For now, I'm just happy I have a doctor there!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Day 27

A Person I Love

Well this is an easy subject, I love Ryan Orrin Doyle! Soo MUCH! He is the greatest person that has ever come into my life. He is loving, funny, forgiving, goal-oriented, he lives an active fun lifestyle, he is a return missionary, handsome, thoughtful, and he loves me....crazy guy!

I really feel like I hit the jack pot. I'm going to admit something to all of you, that might make you think I'm crazy, or you may relate, but not want to admit it! When I was in junior high, high school, and even into that first year of college, when I'd go to sleep at night, I would make up dreams for myself. I would let my imagination come up with the most perfect guy, how we would meet, how he would propose to me, what our wedding would look like. I even would imagine what my outfits would look like! I think any girl likes to think of these things right? Well, after my first date with Ryan, I didn't have to come up with my perfect first date anymore. And the more we dated, the less I would come up with in my mind, because it was becoming my reality. Now, when I go to sleep, I have nothing to think up! He's already made everything I could want come true, gave me the perfect dating life, proposal, wedding, a baby on the way, and a future that's too exciting to want it changed!

I love him so much, and am so lucky to be able to be his wife for time and all eternity. I can't wait to see him with our kids and watch him go from just a husband and friend, to a dad as well. I can't imagine a better person to raise my babies with!

Speaking of our first date, It was 4 years ago, TODAY! Happy 4 years to us beby! On our first date, Ryan took me on a group date with mutual friends to Fredrico's Pizza, and then to the movie Disturbia, and then hot tubbing afterwards with a couple more friends we'd met up with (Alex and Danielle....we owe our whole marriage to you!) Since Ryan has a baseball game tonight, we decided to celebrate earlier in the week, and we went back to Fredrico's, and to see a movie! It was perfect!

the original movie ticket stub from 4 years ago, and the ticket stub from Monday night's date :)

After he dropped me off from our first date, I remember telling my roommate "I don't want to date anyone else again, I want to marry him!" and after 4 years, I can't believe how lucky I am, because there is really no one else I can imagine myself with...
He is Perfect!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Easton is growing!

Alright, I've had a few requests for some more updated belly shots. Here are the last 3 weeks, I'm still growing, in fact I went shopping with my mom this past weekend to get some more maternity clothes. I am still happy to report that there are no stretch marks, and my belly button still has a ways to go before it pops out. I'm feeling good, pregnancy wise (I did come down with a bad cold this weekend, but that's ok). He is moving around like crazy, not really kicking like crazy, but I can tell when he is changing positions all together, my belly will get really hard and I can tell he is right on the surface as he moves into a different spot.
I am getting excited for my first two baby showers this weekend, from both of our families! It will be a busy fun filled Saturday, and I'll be sure to post updates from those as well!

Day 26

A Child I Love

I feel like this is an unfair post. If I pick one of someone else's kids, then all my other friends and family will wonder why I didn't pick their child. So, since I sincerely love all my neices, nephews, neighbors, nursery kids, friends kids, etc. equally....I am going to pick Easton. :)

It is amazing how much you can love someone you have never met or seen. I worry about him when I don't feel him kicking for more than an hour at a time. I've worried about him all this last weekend while I have a cold, hoping that he is ok and getting enough nutrients from me. I already want to shop and buy everything I see for him. I am already looking forward to the T-ball games, soccer games, skinned knees, bike rides, and all that other fun kid stuff that I'll get to experience again with him! He already is the most special child in my life, and I really can't wait until 3 months from now when I actually get to meet him.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Day 23, Day 24, and Day 25

I'm a couple days behind on the Blog Challenge posts due to a bad cold I caught this weekend. So today, you get 3 in one day! Lucky you (is anyone reading these anyway? comments please!!) Here we go...

Day 23 - Share a Favorite Memory

Some of my favorite memories to look back on happened in the summers growing up on Lomond View Drive. My neighborhood had 4 families all right next to each other with kids about the same age, and we had so much fun together! Playing night games, celebrating holidays, neighborhood parties, jumping on trampolines and learning to do tricks on them, running through sprinklers, melting crayons in gutters and cooking eggs in the sun, etc. All that fun stuff! One of my most fond memories happened with my neighbor Christy, and now that I look back on it, it probably was really dangerous! One of our parents had gotten something new and we took the big box it came in, and we'd both get inside and cross the street to each others houses while in it. I don't know how or why this was so entertaining, but we could have been hit! we didn't make holes to see out of or anything! Another time we would have a 'cross the street' adventure, was in a gigantic one-piece horrid zip up outfit...think a onesie for an adult, kind of like this pattern shows:
Christy got in one leg, and I was in the other, and we hopped all around in that funny outfit and thought we were hilarious! If I remember right, I think we even peed our pants in that thing!

Day 24 - 5 Things You Love About Summer

1. baseball!!
2. flip flops with sundresses
3. tanned skin
4. grilled food and campfires
5. long days!

Day 25 - A Place I Love

I'd have to say, one of my favorite places in the world is my Grandparents cabin. It's in Oakley, UT. So not too far from home, but it seems like a world away. It's in a gorgeous gated mountain community, so it's quiet with dirt roads and tons or natural landscaping everywhere you look! Every time I cook a big breakfast with bacon and pancakes, and fresh fruit, it reminds me of mornings at the cabin! We would go up there as a family a couple times a summer, and sometimes in the winter. All of us kids made friends with kids from other cabins, we'd go on 4 wheeler rides, bike rides, play on the neighbors big rope swing, play horseshoes in the backyard. We always had so much fun up there, and still do today. It's just such a relaxing environment!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Day 22

A Photo Of My Family

This picture is from May 2009. We now have added one more, Jack! Annie was pregnant with him when these were taken. And now we have one more on the way, Easton!

My family is really so great. I'm so lucky to be a part of them. They are all such great examples, hard workers, loving, etc. I could go on and on. I look up to each of them so much!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Day 21

A Travel Story

It seems like the only travel stories I can come up with, are the ones that involve me getting motion sickness and then throwing up. Remember this story from 3 months ago?? At least that time, I had morning sickness and pregnancy to put the blame on. On our honeymoon, I didn't have any such luck...

Ryan took me to his families condo in Capitola, CA for our honeymoon, it was a perfect honeymoon, right on the beach! We flew in and out of the San Jose airport, so it wasn't a long flight, at all. On our flight home, we flew on one of those small Delta Connection planes, so it was more cramped, which meant the turbulence was a little worse. I remember the pilot announced we were descending into Salt Lake, and we were playing the crossword puzzle in the back of the magazines you find on airplanes. All of the sudden (it really was so sudden) I grabbed the 'barf bag' from the seat pocket right in front of me, and I threw up. I don't think Ryan really even knew what was going on until it was all over. Gross. And humiliating! Who throws up on their honeymoon flight...THIS GIRL! I guess I was lucky that we were landing so I didn't have to feel that way for the rest of the flight. We were on the ground probably 5 minutes later, and I felt much better! I threw my little bag away as soon as we got in the airport, and then we were good!

Seriously though. I need to remember to take Dramamine every time I travel. I usually just hope for the best, and end up with the worst! Lesson learned though, from now on, I will always have those little white pills in my purse as an emergency back up plan!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Day 20

Your Favorite Christmas Tradition

I have been looking forward to this post since day 1! Every Christmas Eve growing up was spent at my Grandma and Grandpa Paulson's house, my mom's parents. We would all look forward to...THE BALL OF FUN! It sounds so silly, and when I think about it, it really kind of is, but the memories associated with are so treasured!

The Ball of Fun, is a very very long strip of butcher paper, rolled up into a ball, with gifts for everyone wrapped up inside. The gifts aren't anything too crazy, in fact they are so simple, and I don't know why we get so excited about them. They usually are something along the lines of, a travel pack of tisues, a knitted pot holder, a jar of bubbles, a whoopie-cushion, a bottle of lotion, a pack of gum, car air fresheners, etc. SUPER random stuff!

My grandparents are always in charge of putting it together, and they write our name on the outside of the gift, and as my Grandpa unrolls the ball, he tosses the gift to whoever the lucky person is! You unwrap it, show it to everyone, and then put in a grocery sack to take home. My whole family sits all around in a big circle and the little kids beg Grandpa to unroll it faster! It's so much fun!

We have had quite the memories of ball of fun...the two funniest years were when my Grandparents were on a mission, so the aunts and uncles took turns doing it each year. When my Uncle Chris was in charge his year, he had the first probably 15-20 gifts unrolled for his wife, all of us kids did NOT think it was very funny, if I remember right, I think my brother Clark even started to cry because he wasn't getting any ball of fun gifts!
Another funny year, was when my Aunt Jill was in charge, let's just say she didn't roll it up into a ball very we refer to that year as the 'tampon of fun' year. HAHA! The gigantic tube of gifts wrapped in white butcher paper seriously looked just like a huge tampon!

I wish I had pictures from when I was younger, but the only one I have here with me is Christmas Eve 2009 at my parent's house. You can see the big ball my Grandpa is unrolling, and in the other picture below shows everyone in the big circle.

It's such a fun/funny tradition, and I don't know who or how it was ever made, but I love it and I am definitely planning on continuing this tradition for many many years with my family!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Day 19

A Hobby Of Mine

hmm, I'm trying to think of what I love to do besides blog, because that is obvious.

I really enjoy cooking and baking. One of my favorite things about cooking, is that you don't need a recipe. You can just add as you go, if you are missing an ingredient, you usually can just skip out on it or replace it with something else. Baking is great too, but you have to measure, which slows you down, haha!

I love sewing with my mom! I still am a little bit nervous to do big projects on my own so I always have her help me out. She helped me make a gorgeous quilt for Kim's Christmas present this past year, and she is now making all of Easton's bedding! All I've done for the bedding is stitch baseballs that will be appliqued on top of the quilt and bumpers. Anyway...I'm getting off track! My mom got me a sewing machine for Christmas a couple years ago, and it's currently packed up in our storage unit. I'm excited for when we move and I can unpack it and start on some new projects!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Day 18

Put Your iPod on 'shuffle songs' and List the First 10 Songs

I found the links to all these songs except number 8, which is too bad because it's a gorgeous song! They are all so random too. And I don't think I have updated my iPod in about 2 years, so they are all really old songs, I love them all though! Enjoy!
  1. 'Better Off' by Let's Go Sailing
  2. 'Running' by David Archuleta
  3. 'Joy Ride' by Mariah Carey
  4. 'Deep Winter' by Jon Schmidt
  5. 'Helter Skelter' by Dana Fuchs
  6. 'So Sick' by Ne-Yo
  7. 'Miss Halfway' by Anya Marina
  8. 'When We Meet Again' by Jenny Phillips
  9. 'Girlfriend' by Daniel Bedingfield
  10. 'The Difficult Kind' by Sheryl Crow

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Newest Nephew!

On Thursday night, April 14, Ryan's oldest sister Julie had her third baby! It was a super fast labor, and to make a long story short, she progressed so fast that her epidural didn't even have time to kick in and she had a natural birth, only 7 minutes of pushing! Crazy! She is an amazing woman!
They ended up naming him Chase Justin Baumgartner. I love how they decided to pick his name. They had 5 names to pick between going to the hospital, so she wrote all 5 on seperate note cards, and after he was born, they would hold up each note card next to him, and see if it fit. Turns out after Rhett, Jace, Trey, Jase, and Chase, that Chase was the winner, and I think it fits him perfectly!

How amazing does she look for just having a baby! And nothing to ease the pain WHILE having the baby!? I hope I look like this in about 3 months!

He is so cute and tiny, and I can't get enough of him! I'm sure he and our little Easton will be the best of friends!

Day 17

A Habit You Wish You Didn't Have

I have two bad habits, and I feel like I'm in a Catholic Church confessional right now by admitting this to the world like it's a sin..."Forgive me, because I pop and pick at everything!!!"

I'll start with the popping...I'm not one of those normal people that only pop their fingers. I pop my fingers (both joints on each finger, so 20 pops total), my wrists, my neck, my hips, my ankles, and my toes! I usually have Ryan pop my toes for me cause for some reason it's so much more enjoyable when you're not the one doing it! I also have him pop my back for me. This one I have resisted a lot more now that I'm pregnant, it scares both of us to put that much pressure on my back when there is a baby inside there...I can't wait until I can have my next gooood back pop though!!!

And then picking...I'm a picker, I pick at my nails, at scabs, at my eyelashes (looove picking off mascara!), if my lips are chapped I pick at them too, and worst of all, I think everyone has this bad habit, but picking at zits. I just want them to go away! I know that it 'makes them worse' and everything, but I feel like if I don't do my part to help them along, then they will stay forever!

So now you know my bad habits, if you catch me doing them, I give you permission to tell me to stop :)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Day 16

A Favorite Youtube Video

I love any videos that have funny kids in them! I think they are so great, and are truly funny...not dirty or mean jokes being played, just good clean funny kids! Here are 2 that I love, I'm sure you've all seen and loved them, but I think they get better and better with time...timeless, if you can say that about a youtube video :)

David After the Dentist

Nintendo 64 Kid
I love the little sister in this, I think she probably could care less about a video game, but can't help getting caught up in her brothers insane excitement!!!

Day 15

Next 3 Items on your 'Bucket List'

  1. Go on a hot air balloon ride!
  2. Visit a tropical location and just veg out on a beach
  3. Take a cooking class
None of these are all that 'lofty' of goals, and I realized after thinking about this, that I don't really have all that many things on my bucket list, or even a bucket list at all! I need to work on this problem!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Day 14

Your Dream House

Alright, after searching about 30 seconds on the first builder website I came across, I found this house! I probably wouldn't mind living looks gorgeous! To be honest, buying or building a dream home is so far into the future, that I haven't given too much thought about it. There are some things I do know that I want included in it one day though:
  • big wrap around porch
  • big wooden front door
  • barbeque/outdoor eating area
  • hot tub
  • wood floors throughout the house
  • one of those pot and pan holders above an island in the kitchen
  • lots and lots of windows in the living/dining/kitchen area
  • a theatre room
  • a 'man cave' for Ryan (it's the one request he's ever asked for on this subject)
  • high wainscoting
  • lots and lots of comfy welcoming looking furniture
Mostly I just want a 'homey' home where our kids want to be with their friends, and look forward to coming home to every day! That's my idea of a dream home, a happy home with our family in it!

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Day 13

What Did You Do Today?

Since my day went until 11:00 last night, I decided to do yesterday's post today! Of all days to have this topic too, it was such a boring slow day yesterday. I was pretty much just killing time all'll see!

  • 8:30 - woke up, ate breakfast, got ready and painted my toesies
  • 10:30 - went up to USU campus, met up with Ryan and picked up Danielle's graduation packet! (yay for graduations coming up!!)
  • 12:00 - cut my friend Riko's hair into this sweet design. He is on the USU break dance team and they have a big end of year preformance tonight!

  • 1:00 - walked down to Great Harvest and got a yummy PB&J sandwich! mmm
  • 1:30 - ran some errands (got some gas, browsed the DI and Somebody's Attic Thrift stores looking for fun furniture to refinish)
  • 3:20 - cut Jed's hair into an awesome Euro-hawk like the one below (no this is not the Jed who's hair I cut, I forgot to take a picture)
  • 4:00 - Left the salon to do some browsing in stores. I went to Bernina Fabrics to get quilting ideas, also went to Brats Kids Wear looking for cute blessing outfits for the babe.
  • 5:30 - Went to Melanee's to see her new bunnies. oh. my. heck. sooo stinkin cute! The grey one is Thumper, her roommate's, and her's is the black one and is named Houdini. Thumper is the most laid back bunny ever. He seriously just layed there. I could only get him to eat half an apple, and Houdini at both their snacks, and his apple, plus the rest of Thumpers, and was hopping around all over! He is much more active! I couldn't believe how soft and cute they are. ugh, I need one!

  • 6:45 - Mel and I left to go to a Slumber Party that our friend Julia was hosting. Those are so funny, unfortunately we had to leave early for my last appointment of the day (don't you love how my work day was so slow, but so spread out!)
  • 8:45 - Colored Felica's hair in the melting technique. This is the look we were going for, I hope it turned out ok for her! (again, forgot to take a picture)
  • 11:00 - Got home, Ryan made me a little english muffin since I hadn't eaten dinner, we watched the end of the Giants game (yay! They won!) And then we were off to bed!
Ha! I told you, such a random day! Now you all know what I do to kill time...a whole lot of nothin!!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Day 12

A Favorite Quote

"Be kind. Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."

- Marjorie Pay Hinckley
Small and Simple Things

There are so many great quotes out there. I think you hear someone quote something at least once a day. Sometimes they don't really stick, but when you come across them again, you think, "I've heard that before" and you subconsciously have remembered it all along. That is what this quote is to me. Every time I run across it, it hits home to me over and over again.

Sometimes I get too caught up in my own world, and I need to remember to slow down and think of others before myself. My life is so much easier compared to some of those around me, and I need to be careful of my whining and complaining, and remember to be grateful and have a humble attitude.

I think that Marjorie Pay Hinckley is an incredible example to women everywhere. No matter what your beliefs, she believed simply in living a happy life, full of kindness and giving. She and her husband's relationship is always one of the first I think of when I think of how I want my future to be. They are a beautiful and blessed couple.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Day 11

A Favorite Book

Any Nicholas Sparks book! They are all so sweet, and they make you want to live on the North Carolina coast more than anywhere in the world! He is an great writer who makes you feel like you are actually there experiencing whatever he is writing about. So if you are a hopeless romantic like me, pick up any of his books. You'll love them :)

These are a few I've read recently:
Dear John
The Notebook
The Choice
Nights in Rodanthe
The Last Song

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Day 10

A Favorite Food and Recipe

mmm, Ryan's mom makes the best chocolate chip cookies! They stay soft and chewy for days, and are full of chocolate chips! With just a little bit of oatmeal, they have a yummy texture that is so addicting! I'm sure many of you already have a favorite CCC recipe, but I HIGHLY recommend trying this one! Kim's cookies won't let you down!

1 lb. butter (4 cubes)
2 C. packed brown sugar
1 3/4 C. white sugar
4 eggs
4 C. flour (might need an extra 1/4 C. depending on the thickness at the end)
3-4 C. quick oatmeal (depending on how much you like)
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking soda
3-4 C. chocolate chips (we use semi-sweet)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Using a large standing mixer
  1. Cream butter
  2. Slowly add packed brown sugar and white sugar while still mixing the butter
  3. Beat butter and sugar on med-high for 2-4 minutes, until fluffy
  4. Add eggs to mixture one at a time
  5. Add vanilla, and set aside.
  6. In separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt
  7. Alternate adding flour mixture and oatmeal into the butter mixture, about a cup at a time.
  8. Stir in chocolate chips
  • Cookie Dough should be slightly sticky to touch, not runny (add more flour to the dough 1 Tbls. at a time until it's stiffer.)
  • Spray cookie sheet with Pam Spray
  • Place rounded tablespoon sized drops onto cookie sheet
  • Bake for 10 minutes
  • Remove from oven, and place on a paper towel covered cooling rack

After cooking them, you can put some into freezer zip lock bags, and freeze until a later time, then you have yummy fresh cookies anytime!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Day 09

A Favorite Movie

My favorite movie is Sleepless in Seattle. I don't think I could even begin to count how many times I've seen that movie! I also love You've Got Mail, so really, I think I just love Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. I like them in movies on their own, but I think together as a couple, they are awesome! It's such a cute love story, sweet and simple!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Day 08

A Favorite Song

This is always going to be one of my favorite songs. I know that at one point it was very overplayed and a lot you are probably sick of it, but I love it! It came out when I first started dating Ryan, and so of course it hit home to me. It's one of the main songs on our wedding video, so in my head when I hear this, I picture our own little story playing.

My favorite line has to be, "it starts in my toes, makes me crinkle my nose..." When I was younger, and just starting to like boys and have crushes, my best friend Emily and I would talk about boys all day long (like any pre-teen girl!) One of the questions we would ask each other when we got a new crush was, "does he make you have pointy toes?!" That was the true way we knew the other was twitter-pated! When you get that feeling that you just like someone SO much, you just get so excited and giddy?!? You all know that feeling? Well I felt like that after me and Ryan's first date. I came home, and I told my roommate "I want to marry him!" Of course I didn't think I really would just 4 months later, but I definitely had the 'pointy toed' feeling going on, and that is what this song explains.

Will ya count me in?
I've been awake for a while now
You've got me feelin' like a child now
'Cause every time I see your bubbly face
I get the tinglies in a silly place

It starts in my toes
And I crinkle my nose
Wherever it goes
I always know
you make me smile
Please stay for a while now
Just take your time
Wherever you go

The rain is falling on my window pane
But we are hiding in a safer place
Under covers stayin’ dry and warm
You give me feelings that I adore

They start in my toes
Make me crinkle my nose
Wherever it goes
I always know
That you make me smile
Please stay for a while now
Just take your time
Wherever you go

What am I gonna say
When you make me feel this way
I just mmmmm

And it starts in my toes
Makes me crinkle my nose
Wherever it goes
I always know
That you make me smile
Please stay for a while now
Just take your time
Wherever you go

I've been asleep for a while now
You tuck me in just like a child now
'Cause every time you hold me in your arms
I'm comfortable enough to feel your warmth

And it starts in my soul
And I lose all control
When you kiss my nose
The feeling shows
'cause you make me smile baby
Just take your time now
Holdin' me tight

Wherever wherever wherever you go
Wherever wherever wherever you go

wherever you go
I always know
'Cause you make me smile
here just for a while

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Day 07

Something I want to buy

Right now I really want to buy a glider/rocker for the nursery when we move. I really like the upholstered ones, and I am pretty sure I'm going to be spending a lot of time in whatever chair I decide on, so I really am looking for comfort. I found one similar to this at Downeast, my sister in law Julie bought it, and it is the most comfortable chair I've ever sat in. Now if I could just find a few extra bucks to go buy it!

The other things I want to buy are all on my registry at Target (here is the link, cutest stuff ever!!) I am just getting so excited about the baby, and that's the only stuff I want to buy. I found a lot of cute bedroom decor I want to put in his room from Hobby Lobby, but again, I'll need to find a few extra bucks for that too!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Day 06

Something I Bought Recently

I recently bought my ticket to the Peerless Spring Hair Show! I'm so excited! Melanee and I are going to be going down and I can't wait to be spoon fed information on new coloring techniques, cutting styles, watch fun up-dos created, learn about new product, etc.
If any of you are wanting to do something fun and new to your hair, then I'm sure I'll have tons of new fun ideas for you after going to this fun show! I can't wait!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Pregnancy Update

Alright. Updates on the pregnancy. Today marks 24 weeks! only 4 more months to go! Crazy how fast it's all gone by! I have felt more and more pregnant lately. But still feeling awesome compared to stories I've heard from other girls. I still have yet to get any stretch marks, which is shocking since I feel like I've grown to the point of no return! I don't know how I'm going to get bigger, it seems impossible!

The babe is about a foot long at this point, and weighing in at almost 1.5 pounds. I can finally start blaming weight gain on the actual baby. Haha!

Overall, it's been an extremely easy pregnancy, and I can't wait until he is finally here!

Day 05

Top Ten Pet Peeves

This may come off as a negative post, and I want to remind you all, that I am generally a positive-'the glass is half full' type of person. However, I am human, and I don't mean to offend any of you, if you happen to do these things....In my defense, it took me a LONG time to come up with 10 things that bug me!

  1. Kids that are not properly dressed. I.E. no coat on a cold windy day, or no shoes and running around. These things happen ALL THE TIME at the 2 main places I go, Ryan's baseball games, and work at Texas Roadhouse. This past weekend for example, I was dressed in a hoodie, pants, tennis shoes, and a blanket, when a family came strolling in with their 3 kids in t-shirts and shorts. Hello! Do you not see the 45 degree weather, and the fact that it is a 3 hour baseball game, those kids are going to freeze! And then the kids with no shoes on, this happens WAY to often at the restraunt! I guess unless you've worked in one, you don't know how dirty the floors can be. But at Texas Roadhouse, we blatantly have peanut shells all over the floor (ouch!) and you don't know if a plate was dropped and shattered on the floor 10 minutes ago. Sure, we sweep that up, but there could be little shards of glass that won't get picked up until closing sweeps and mops come out.
  2. Overuse of the words 'like' and 'actually'. I think this is self explanatory, and I'm sure that I've been victim of it plenty of times. But it gets fairly distracting when you're listening to a story being told, and all you can focus on is the count in your head of how many times these words have been said. When the conversation is over, I probably have no idea what you've just told me!
  3. Chewing and Talking at the same time. Back to work at Texas Roadhouse ( a lot of my pet peeves come from there) I have learned to deal with chewing with your mouth open people, but when it comes to TALKING with your mouth open...this is a different story. I'd rather get the pointer-finger telling me to hold on while you swallow, or heaven forbid your friend that you are with speak up and answer! No, no, you want to tell me just how awful your steak is while you're eating it...and I'll believe you too, it honestly doesn't look that satisfying after I see the mutilated piece of meat mixed with mashed potatoes and salad in your mouth.
  4. Demeaning comments followed by a pause, and then "just kidding!!" No you are not! To every comment, there is a little bit of truth behind it. I'll just leave it at this, "If you can't say something nice, don't say it at all" (good old Bambi wisdom)
  5. Drivers not knowing how to use a 4-way stop. This usually doesn't happen at a conventional 4 way stop, but what I'm talking about, is when the power goes out and all traffic light intersections are turned into 4-way stops. I swear people get so flustered, and just have staring contests with each other while revving their engines teasing everyone else that "I'm gonna go now, and I hope it's my turn, but if I hit you, then it's your fault!"
  6. Parents that leave their kids with you in public places. This is another happening that happens all to often at baseball games. Mostly when I bring Tillis with me. Strangers will come and ask if their kids can pet him, and of course I say yes. But when I turn around and you're gone, and your kids have been hanging out there for about a half hour, trying to ride the dog, I get annoyed. This happened this past weekend to a girl from the opposing team. The dad let his 4 kids hang out with her dog while he took a 20 minute phone call from the opposite feild, just assuming she'd babysit for a bit. It's annoying.
  7. Unflushed toilets in public restrooms. I feel like this is a universal pet peeve. It's gross, and no one wants to see it. What I don't understand however, is why NO ONE decides to reach their foot to the flusher, and flush it for whoever was to good to do that in the first place. Just do it, and then use another toilet if you're still grossed out!
  8. Almost empty tupperwares, expired food, and moldy or limp veggies. When they have been sitting in the fridge for who knows how long, they deserve to be thrown away. That's all.
  9. Girls who wear unseasonable clothes. I agree with you Logan girls, I want it it to truly be spring outside, but just because the calendar says it should be warm, doesn't mean that it is. So please keep your tiny little shorts, and low cut tank tanks in your closet until it's actually warm. They look ridiculous paired with big UGG boots, and snowboarding coats.
  10. Saying 'hello' or asking questions to tables and being ignored. Last one, again has to do with my Texas Roadhouse experience. It is so rude when you greet a table, say hello introduce yourself, and ask how the guests are doing, and they just stare at you with no answer, or just pretend they are lost in their menu. I know you are hungry, and probably very irritable until your giant beer is placed in front of you, but I can't get you the food and drink you need until you talk to me. So don't ignore your server, they get you want you want and "need" so please give them the time of day and treat them like the fellow human being they are, and not like a piece of yesterdays trash.
Alright, I think I have proved my point. I promise from now on I will try not to be so nit-picky and negative, but hey, it was today's subject!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Day 04

Something I Crave

This blog post couldn't have come at a better time...right in the middle of pregnancy! Lately, I have been CRAVING chewy fruity candies. Mostly skittles, but anything will do really, Starbursts, Airheads, etc. I definitely prefer the tropical flavors, and when it comes to Skittles, I've been loving the Crazy Cores kind! Best ever! And when I start eating a pack, I have to eat the whole thing. It's not like I can just stop mid bag and save the rest for later. Oh no!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Day 03

A Favorite Photo (or two!)

Wow! There are so many favorite photos to choose from! I had to pick two, both for different reasons. The first I ended up choosing was this one above. It is a photo taken after my sister Michelle and her husband Scott were sealed to their kids for time and all eternity in the Bountiful Temple. My Grandpa Broadbent sealed the two of them as a couple in December of 2000, and my Grandpa Paulson (pictured here) sealed them to their children in the same sealing room, of the same temple, in July of 2008. Awesome.

I love this picture so much, it has my whole family in it, and they all mean so much to me! I'm so lucky to be blessed with such awesome examples that I can look up to and learn from!

The next photo I chose is of Ryan and I while we were dating. For those of you who don't know, we only dated for about 2 months until we got engaged, and then were engaged only 2 months afterwards. So in that short 4 month time period, we didn't have the time to take many pictures like most couples do. Every picture from our dating life is so special to me now. When this was taken, we were trying to see who could hollow out the frosting by eating only the cake. Ha! Ryan told me that he and his sisters used to do this growing up, so we had his sister Lauren snap a photo that night!

I'm so glad that we had her take this picture. I think we both look so happy, and content with our lives and our 'quick' decision to get married. It shows how happy we are no matter what, even doing silly things together! .....And for the record, I won the 'hollowing the frosting challenge' look how many less crumbs were on my plate!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Day 02

A picture of you last year, and now, and how you've changed since then:

Last year:
Me and Melanee at one of Ryan's baseball games
(remember how last April it was actually springy weather??)
  • I was going to Ryan's baseball games
  • A student with about 6 months left of beauty school
  • Living in our old apartment
  • The Enrichment Leader in our student ward
  • Working at Texas Roadhouse
  • Had just gotten over my 'dark hair' stage
  • Was planning our trip to San Francisco in June

This year:
Me at 23 weeks pregnant, photo taken yesterday
(these are starting to be embarrassing)
  • I'm still going to Ryan's baseball games (in fact there is one today in about 45 minutes!)
  • Graduated from beauty school
  • Working at The Center Street Salon by Jane
  • Working at Texas Roadhouse
  • About 6 months along with the pregnancy of our first baby
  • Living with my generous in-laws while we prepare for our big move
  • Getting ready to move out of state in a couple months

I guess not too much about ME has changed. I think I have pretty much stayed the same, just my situations have changed a bit! Can't wait to see where I'll be in a year from now.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Day 01

5 Things No One Knows About You:

1. I was an Interior Design Major at Utah State before I married Ryan. After we got married, I didn't go back to school. I had taken all my entry level classes, and applied for the program, and I had gotten in and everything. I love Interior Design, and I'm still very interested in it, and it is one of my favorite things to do.

2. I was suspended for 2 weeks the month before I graduated High School. If you would have asked me this 5 years ago, when it happened, I probably would have broken down in tears, but now looking back, I learned and extremely valuable lesson, one that I would have never learned any other way. It was all for a big misunderstanding, and I hope and pray that 5 years later, all the people involved have come to the point that I am now at.

3. Every time I shower, I HAVE to wash my hair. I don't know why, but I just don't feel clean if my hair hasn't been washed. This sometimes ends up being up to 2 or rarely 3 times a day! And yes, that includes blow drying it afterward each time...Ryan doesn't like it when I go to bed with wet hair. Apparently it makes the bed 'soggy' haha!

4. I hate my nails to be long. Once they grow out enough that they have a little bit of a white free edge to cut off, I cut it off! It drives me crazy! Maybe it's because I do hair and my hands are always in water washing hair, or at the restaurant where they get bent and jammed all the time. I don't know what it is, but I can't stand them long!

5. Every time you see me, I WILL be wearing earrings. When I was younger, my family had a rule that we couldn't get our ears pierced until we were 12 years old. I don't know how all of you looked when you were 12, but I was in the heart of my 'un-attractive' adolescence stage. I felt like I looked like such a boy (braces, unruly hair, growth spurts, etc.) I would beg my parents to change the rule and let me get them pierced earlier so I could look more feminine. But they held true to the rule. And now sub-consciously I think I look like a boy if I don't have earrings in. (weird I know.)