Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Baby Showers and Duck Faces

I can't believe I only have 3 more weeks until this baby is due. THREE MORE WEEKS! I've been racking my brain aimlessly trying to get everything in order, and I still feel like I have so much to do. I have cleaned every ounce of baby clothing, blankets, bedding, bottles, binkies ect. My house is decorated for Christmas! (don't judge) My Christmas cards are done. I've kept up on my weekly selfies:) You're welcome. Duck face included :() But yet, I still feel out of sorts. I want to feel completely ready, but I've finally realized that's not going to happen.  I don't think anyone can be fully prepared to have a baby join their family. Am I excited? Of course! Am I Scared! Who isn't! My life is about to change forever. But we truly can't wait to meet our little girl, 
and fill that void we have felt for too long. 

Sam surprised me with a little belly shot as well. My face was
not planned. I think I was in the middle of saying "Ha! what are you doing!"
Does he look like he's 8 years old here???

              To top off getting ready for this baby, three of my close friends threw me the most perfect baby shower. Simple, yet, beautiful. They know me all too well. The food was delicious, games were sweet memories of the past, and of course the consistent laughter never stopped. I love these women! 

5 of us are having babies within a couple of months of each other. 3 girls, 1 boy, and a mystery! My dear friend Lindley (purple shirt) and I are due the EXACT same day, both with girls. What are the chances?  I can't wait for this baby girl to have 5 little friends. My friend Steph (the one holding the baby) had her 10 lb baby a WEEK prior. Couldn't believe she came! Such a sweet surprise.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for giving me such an incredible shower friends!
I love you all so much! 

Who knows... maybe the next time I blog, I'll have a baby. We shall see!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Meet Paul Bunyan

I have to say that my little Sam makes Halloween costumes look good. 
Flash back to the last 3 years...

Lion, Up, and Clark Kent

This Year... meet

Paul Bunyan

Can't leave out the butt pose

This was the 3rd year in a row that Sam won best costume at our ward trunk or treat. 
Not sure if we'll top this one next year...

Preschool Halloween Party
"Make a silly face"

I thoroughly enjoyed trick or treating with my two lumberjack men. I've never been into Halloween, but since having a little boy (and husband) to dress up, and watch run house to house, it has become one of my favorite holidays. Not to say I'm beyond elated when it's over. I loath all the candy we end up with, We pick through our very favorites, then find ways of dispersing it, before we consume it all. I thank my young women at church in those regards. It was indeed another successful Halloween! 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Pregnancy Update

I have been horrible at documenting this pregnancy, which my mom and others have pointed out to me. It's probably because I despise taking selfies. It's fine when others do it, but I'm not someone who loves standing in front of a mirror posing... by myself. But after a discussion with my mother about her regrets of not taking pictures of being pregnant, I thought, I'll put aside my annoyances of selfies and do this to make my future self happy.

This pregnancy has had its ups and downs. I started the first half of my pregnancy with placenta previa, which if you know anything about, restricts you from pretty much everything. No working out, no lifting, and absolutely no extra curricular activities that may take place with a spouse... if you get my gist.  But at 22 weeks, the Doctors were shocked that in a months time, the previa had moved completely up, and I was in the clear. Hallelujah! 

My entire 2nd trimester, I felt good. Normal aches and pains, but nausea gone, fatigue lightened up, and I felt as close to my normal self as one can get. Now being 33 weeks, my aches and pains have actually gotten better, but the fatigue, heartburn, and constant bathroom runs at night, have reappeared. However, I love being pregnant. I love filling this girl kick, hiccup and squirm, and constantly making me jump. I know this is a gift not every women gets to experience, and I intend to fully embrace every moment of it. (for the most part) I know as soon as this little girl makes her appearance, I will long for her presence inside of me again, so I will appreciate that 
lodged foot in my rib cage a little bit longer.

I just saw my Doctor this week, and the baby is measuring small. They don't know if that's due to some kind of restriction within, and she'll need to be delivered sooner than later, or if I just make small babies. (Sam was small) I think my husband's Vietnamese genes, may have a little something to do with it. I thank my 4'6, 80 pound mother in law for that:)  But in a couple of weeks we'll know more as to why this little girl is, well, so little... Honestly, I am not worried. I know that whatever the reason, it will all be okay. The baby and I are both in great hands. 

Sadly, here are the only two pictures I have taken... 

I guess there is this one... Thank you to my dear friend Sabrina
for capturing this special moment... I think my sister is making fun 
of how small my stomach was? Who knows.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

A Piece of Heaven

This summer ended in the best way possible, staying in a slice of paradise. Our friends, the Frailey's and us decided to drive a few hours west to the most remote island I have ever encountered. We had heard incredible things, but nothing that did it justice. St George Island, truly is a piece of heaven, and as you can see on the map, a VERY small strip of Heaven. 28 miles long, and 1 mile wide at its widest point. 

As we pulled up to the Frailey's home, they had decked out the car in Georgia Bulldogs gear. Wayne being the crazy Gator fan that he is, wouldn't ride in the car without making his own little alteration... 

Ethan and Sam were great little backseat drivers. 

We made it! 

Our cozy little cabin 
"Heron Now"

Our bay side view

Less than a block from our cabin was this gorgeous beach
with barely anyone on it.

A lot of our time was relaxing in our cabin. We played cards, puzzles, (not by me) cooked, ate (a lot), stayed up late hours of the night laughing, admired our view on the deck, and there may have been a couple of football games as well, that were a "requirement" for the trip. I had no complaints. The men however, were tempted to go to Walmart and buy a bigger TV, that's if there was a Walmart. Sorry men, I guess Piggly Wiggly needs to step up their game.

One of my favorite parts of our trip was when everyone was sleeping, Sam and I took a walk to the bay which was so calm and filled with oyster shells we could "skip" like rocks. We then headed on to the other side of the island, the gulf side, to take a long walk.  

We spent much of our time in the water, obviously.

We tried out the local ice cream shop, "Eddies" Delish

Apalachicola was the quaint town next to our island. We spent two of our days there, only because we fell in love with it. As you drive over the bridge, you are surrounded by little oyster fishing boats, small trinket shops, and food that you could eat for days... 

If you ever get the chance to go to Apalachicola, go to the Owl Cafe. One of the best restaurants I have ever been to. We contemplated eating every meal here. We probably would have if it had been on St George Island itself.

We were able to attend church, and can I just say, this was the most ADORABLE building we had ever seen. I'm sure the 15 members of the branch thought we were crazy for taking a picture of it. 

We headed on over to "Up the Creek Raw Bar" for a little lunch, which was rated highly for their oysters. I however, enjoyed the view more than the food.

Best travel partner ever. Love me some Jill

We ended our trip with one more stop to the beach just to say goodbye. It was very hard to leave. We have already talked about our next trip.

Best people around

St George Island, we'll be back.