Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The adventures of getting a H1N1 flu vaccine...

Details to come when I have a little more time! :)

But to foreshadow... it involves 4 hours, snow, coughing children, outside, lots of bellies... etc... :)

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Lifting Burdens

Lifting Burdens

If you haven't seen the short videos that lds.org puts out. This is a great one to start with. 3 minutes about the healing and transforming power of Christ and His atonement.

Good news!

So, Dr. Wendy Baker let me know that our article is going to get published in March!! YEAH!!

The journal SYSTEM is focused on "applications of educational technology and applied linguistics to problems of foreign language teaching and learning."

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

20 week ultrasound


It was fun to have another ultrasound. Here she is:
She wasn't as active this time as she was last time. Maybe because I wasn't highly caffeinated...






The thing next to her nose is not her hand... but her feet :)

















That was her ear, foot, and stuff...









Sunday, October 18, 2009

20 weeks means 1/2 way there!

So, yesterday was our 1/2 way mark in our pregnancy. That means that technically we are on the downhill as of today. I have been contemplating everything that has happened in the past 4 1/2 months... I think of a lot of good advice, a lot of new experiences, a lot of new medications, a lot of thinking about what I need to have done by March 6, a lot of hormones, a lot of ya know... everything.

A few days ago, I ran into one of the professors that I used to work with. He congratulated us on our upcoming arrival and said that he understood what we were going through. He said, "Well, if you hadn't figured out that your spouse wasn't perfect yet, that first pregnancy helps you become quite aware of it." He then shared a couple of experiences of when his wife was first pregnant and how he would accidently do things that made her throw up. We laughed.

So far most of my favorite memories include my practically-perfect husband! We had crazy adventures trying to find food that would settle...
-like driving all over springville looking for inspiration and finally deciding that little caesar's might be good if I wiped the grease off. Well... let's just say 2 bites into my pizza, I smiled and said, "No thank you!" Then we drove to the ghetto grocery store by our house to find cabbage (we hadn't eaten any of that since we got married). It was small and overpriced... but it tasted great!

We had adventures trying to find a toothpaste or deoderant whose scents/flavors didn't make me throw up, adventures with unisom (meaning really incoherent Rachel in the middle of the night), adventures with vomit bowls, adventures with sleeping on every bed, air mattress, and couch in the house to find one that was the most comfortable for that day, adventures going to the hospital to have ultrasounds to see if everything was ok, adventures trying to find something that would fit me well in the inbetween stage that comes before maternity clothes, an adventure with an overflowing toilet... not a good combo with pregnancy...

Anyway, my favorite memories have been moments: like laying in bed while Skyler sticks his mouth up to my belly and sings bedtime songs to the baby or falling asleep while Skyler gently strokes my hair. Those are the moments that I think, "Everything is gonna be ok! Life is gonna be WAY different in 4 1/2 months... but everything is gonna be just fine." And I can't think of a better preparation for fatherhood than taking care of me right now! Thanks babe!


Friday, October 16, 2009

Sick days and haircuts

So, I have been daydreaming about two things today. One is about how I think sick days should be improved and the second is about cutting my hair.
1. Sick days-I have decided, particularly today that sick days are less effective. It is true that they help you relax and give your body rest to fight off whatever is attacking it. I think that those are the definite advantages to sick days. If you didn't take them, you would just remain sick, or get worse. So, I am not refuting the validity of sick days, I just think they could be better. My problem with sick days is that you just really feel sick. So, you sit around the house, drink fluids, lay down, take naps, drink fluids, eat soup, eat bread, take medicine, drink fluids, go to the bathroom, take another nap, watch something because you are bored, talk to people on the phone, drink fluids, and then go to bed. By about 7pm on a sick day I look around and see everything that I could have gotten done, laundry, dishes, homework, etc... and think to myself, "why didn't I get that done today?" And the answer is obvious, I didn't feel good. So, I think that if we were able to have 1 hour of feeling perky for every 5 hours that we don't, sick days would be super fun! It would be amazing. Because on sick days no one has any expectation of you getting anything done. So, it would be this really cool pleasant surprise if your loved one came home and there were 3 loads of laundry done and folded, or whatever it is that you would like to have done. I don't think sick days should be exploited, I mean, they are meant to be relaxing in your home, but I think that diligent relaxing should be rewarded with a potential burst of energy every five hours. What do you think?
2. Cutting my hair- So, I have donated my hair for Locks of Love twice and I have been growing it out to do it again. My hair is officially long enough to donate, though maybe I should wait til it is longer... but that fact has made me start thinking about my new short future haircut.
Side note: Two of the girls I grew up with are pursuing their acting and singing careers in NY right now. Morgan James and Chelsea Costa... so you should look for them there.
I mentioned the side note because while I was looking at Chelsea's headshots... I decided that I like her haircut.
This is what her hair looks like now... so this is hwo my hair would start growing out. I think I like it because her hair is curly like mine... and it looks like it could be sort of low maintenance for my hair type...
So, my question is: Should I wait to cut my hair until spring? Should I cut it now? Do you think this would be a good cut for me?

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Stanley came to visit

Stanley is Rylee's friend who came to stay with us for a litlte bit to learn about Provo, UT. We had a responsibility to help him learn about Provo and see the sites.




We took him on two major excursions. One was to Wal-Mart in Springville, and the other was to the BYU campus. Now Rylee has to make a poster about his trip and a presentation.

We thought we would share some of our favorite photos of Stanley in Provo. (Yes he is the small flat man)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

My hair's journey

My hair has been on a journey since the end of March 2007... It started out long, then I woke up one morning and decided to donate my hair that day to Locks of love for the second time... but I cut 14 1/2 inches that time.

My hair for Valentine's day 2007: (This isn't the prettiest picture of my hair, but it shows how long it was)
I think about a week or so after I cut my hair: (I had never even thought of having my hair this short before... but I didn't cry. I actually liked it. ) Early summer 2007Fall 2007: (I don't love this hair shot either... but it shows the length) It was fun to flip.December 2007March 2008: (You might have noticed that my head is leaning... so it was just a little longer than the previous photo... making 1 full year after the CHOP!) oh... wait that is Emily... the day before she had Emma... isn't she cute? June 2008 August 2008


January 2009



End of April 2009: (a little over 2 years after the CHOP)So... the confession is that I can't find a picture of my hair down... since the end of April. It is up in every photo... uh... I think pregnancy affected my hairstyling... sooo just wait until I post what my hair looks like now! I know you are in total suspense... so am I!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Our Anniversary seemed

Like a really good excuse to post some of (really a TON of) my favorite wedding pics :)
It seriously seems like a month ago... and 5 years ago at the same time :)
Some of the wedding party:
Please note Rylee's adorable crying face :)The BoysThe Hansen Family (pretty great picture)The Bricker family (yes... it is a water bottle)
I love the silly faces! The babies seem amused!
Some of just US:
Skyler's favorite
My grandpa's old truck. Do we look fierce?Thanks for letting us walk all over the corn fields :)This is from my grandpa's driveway (the reception location)I love this tree.Some from the reception:
Um... in case you can't tell... I was/am in love with our cake. Thank you Cammen's mom... and it tasted fantastic! Thanks Casey! He really sang THE Kentucky song!
Some from THE DAY:
It was so great to be surrounded by people we love!The brick houseWow! Brightly colored shoes!
An engagement:


Some favorite bridals: Yes, my eyes are closed! This is Salt Lake City... This shot was an accident... but I love it anyway!

I love weddings!