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Monday, July 31, 2017

Monday Moments

Hey, everyone! I can't believe that it's almost August. Weren't we just in January? Tomorrow is also my birthday. I've been thinking about it for awhile, but I still have no idea how I'm going to spend it. I know that it's my last birthday without a baby so I should make the most of it, but I'm not really sure how to do that. So if you have any suggestions, please send them my way!

We went to a BBQ at my Dad's house on Sunday and talked about how we'd had so little rain recently, so of course, on Wednesday it poured. I actually woke up to the sound of it in the middle of the night and wasn't sure that I was hearing rain. Lately, whenever I wake up and hear the air conditioner my brain thinks that it's the sound of pouring rain, but then I could hear the rain plinking in the fireplace and on the windows so I knew that it was really raining. Which also led me to remember where we'd put our mixing bowl. It had been lost for a few weeks and the sound of the rain reminded me that we'd actually put it in the furnace closet to catch leaks!

On Wednesday night I was really craving some Mcdonald's french fries so we went and picked some up and took them to a park and sat by the river. Brian, of course, tried to feed them to the fish and pulled bark off the stump that we were sitting on. That first picture of the two of us is Brian trying to watch his piece of French Fry float by while I tried to get him to take a picture with me.

Friday night we went to a movie in the park by our house. Well, at least the plan was to go to the movie in the park. We brought our blanket and walked over, but when we found out what the movie was we decided not to stay and watch it. Instead, we got Brazilian food from a food truck and ate it on the grass. Then after awhile, we walked home!

I think Poppy is finally starting to pop out a bit! It's hard to tell in this picture, but there's definitely a little bump there that doesn't seem to be going anywhere!

Goals this week:

-Make new goals for my birthday
-Do a birthday photoshoot on my birthday
-Watch less Netflix, go out and do more
-Make a birthday cake/treat
-Keep walking every day
-Stretch/do yoga
-Read some new books
-Send out some Happy Mail

A few random things:

-I've been craving muddy buddies for weeks
-I don't even really like Shrimp but now that I'm not allowed to have it, I really want it all the time.

Currently Reading:

Troubling a Star by Madeleine L'Engle

Something to take away:

"Keep calm and be crazy, laugh, love and live it up because this is the oldest you've been and the youngest you'll ever be again."


Thanks for reading! I hope you all have a fantastic week!

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Telling the Husband

I wasn't sure what I wanted to share today, or if I wanted to share anything today, but then I remembered this video. This is the day we found out that we were pregnant. I had been looking at things all day to try and find a cute way of telling Brian, but none of the ways that I found seemed to really work. They would require me to go out and buy something or wait several weeks to tell him (which I knew I couldn't do.)

To put this in perspective, when I started googling all these ideas and things, I wasn't even sure that I was pregnant yet. I hadn't taken any tests, I just knew that I was. Technically I was a day or two late, but that was going off an app that had predicted a shorter cycle than normal, so I was still within normal range, yet I was pretty positive for days before I took the test.

On the day we found out I decided that I was finally going to just take a test and find out one way or another. We had a few pregnancy tests at home, but I wanted a "real" test. You know, the ones that say "pregnant" or something. So I decided that after work I would go to the store and buy one, I had this crazy idea that I would take the test at the library (why I thought it would be fun to find out in public, I don't really know...) and then afterward I would go pick up Brian from work.

Well, I went to the store and quickly discovered that I would have to buy the test from the pharmacy. I was too much of a coward to do that. I had been planning to buy the test using self-check out! So I got into my car and drove home. I dug the pregnancy test out from under the bed and discovered that the test expired that month. I used it anyway.

I set the timer for three minutes like it said and walked away. I got on Facebook and tried not to freak out about what the test might say. The timer went off and I walked back to the bathroom.

Two pink lines. 

Suddenly I was shaking and saying out loud to myself "Oh my goodness, oh my goodness." But naturally, I couldn't trust the test because it was expired, right? We had another newer test. So I decided to take it again. I set the timer and walked away again, still freaking out from the first test. When I came back... two pink lines. 

We were pregnant. 

I knew that I couldn't keep this from Brian for any length of time so I wrote out "Oh baby" on a little red card and pulled the cheesecake from our wedding out from the freezer. We'd decided that we would eat it when we found out we were pregnant about a month before, so I knew he would know what it meant. I put the cheesecake and the note and the positive tests (in a baggie for sanitary reasons) in the fridge and focused on not shaking too much. Then I had to wait out the time until I needed to go get Brian.

I showed up to his work, bursting to tell him, but wanting to surprise him and film his reaction so trying to play it cool. Of course on this day he needed to stay an extra 15-20 minutes to finish something. His boss asked me if it was ok and I was like, "Oh yeah, no problem." While secretly dying a little bit inside. Then we drove home and I was gearing up to film him, but of course, we also needed to go get the mail first.

And of course, he got a letter from his little sister on a mission. So when we got back to our apartment I started filming as soon as we got in the door, but realized this was futile as he went to the table and started reading the letter. Now, I love his little sister, but I was imploding, he needed to go to the fridge. I tried making a few comments that would lead him to go check the fridge. He didn't. after he finished reading the letter he went to the room to go change.

At this point, my patience was gone. I didn't even care if it was a surprise anymore, he needed to look in the fridge and he needed to do it right now. So I set myself up on the counter and started filming. I called him and told him to come into the kitchen. Then I said, "Look at the fridge." he started looking around the fridge. "No, no look IN the fridge." he somewhat apprehensively opened the fridge and finally he knew!

He hugged me and told me that he had thought that there was a mouse in the fridge or something. He told himself not to freak out if he saw something moving in there. Afterward, we went out to Chipotle for dinner to celebrate.

I'm curious, if you've been pregnant, how did you find out? How did you tell your partner?

Thanks for reading! I've been overwhelmed by the support you've all given us, so thank you!
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Monday, July 24, 2017

Monday Moments

Happy 24th of July, everyone! I always seem to forget that not everyone in the world, let alone the country celebrates the 24th and that it's just a Utah holiday. I asked some of Brian's family what they were doing for it, but they've moved away from Utah and so were doing nothing for it. Weird. 

I've been dutifully getting up at 6:45 AM since last Tuesday. I used to be an early riser all the time, but since I've been so tired since getting pregnant, I've slept in almost all summer. I decided that most likely I was milking the pregnancy excuse at this point and tell myself every morning, "You can have a nap later if you need one, but you have to get up right now." It's been wonderful because I can get my morning scripture study done and go out for a walk before it gets too hot outside.

This last week was filled with lots of cooking and baking, and I should note that I just started watching the Great British Baking Show on Netflix and that may have influenced things a bit.

I finally finished my scripture journal! I was so close for what seemed like forever, and so I finally got to use this one that I got for Christmas! I wasn't sure I would like the smaller size since I've been using midsize journals and notebooks for a few years now but I really like it! It's nice that it's so much smaller because if I don't have a lot to say about that particular day of study, then I haven't wasted such a large page, but there's still plenty of room and sometimes I can fill up two pages.

Brian and I try to go on a date every week, but planning them can be so difficult! This last week we decided on a picnic. Originally we had planned to go for lunch, but then things didn't quite work out with other things that Brian had to do that day so we moved it to dinner and it was perfect! We picked up Rumbi and drove out to Little Dell Reservoir. We had to pay to get in but it was so nice to sit at the picnic table and talk about what we wanted for our children and our family. Plus, it had cooled down quite a bit so it was pleasant to just sit and enjoy the view and the breeze off the lake. It was kind of crazy because we usually picnic down by this tree. The one in the picture that is now half submerged in water. 

To/dos and Goals for the week:

-Plan birthday celebrations
-Make two "For Real" meals
-Write in my journal
-Choose a new poem to study this week
-Run 2xs this week
-Send out some happy mail

Currently reading:

Steel Trapp: The Challenge By Ridley Pearson
The Tempest By William Shakespeare
Troubling a Star By Madeleine L'Engle

Something to Take Away:

"Sometimes people are beautiful. Not in looks. Not in what they say. Just in what they are."

-Markus Zusak

Thanks for reading! What are your goals for this week? What do you do for summer dates?

Also, I got through this whole post without Grammarly telling me I'd done something wrong! Yay!
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Monday, July 17, 2017

Monday Moments

So now that everyone knows the big news being honest about life is going to be a lot easier. For example, last week we went to Lagoon and I didn't ride any of the rides. Brian posted on Facebook about how it was weird to ride the roller coasters alone, but because we hadn't told everyone we were pregnant yet, he told them I didn't like roller coasters. Which I do. I really like roller coasters (as long as I've taken some Dramamine first...) and it really bugged me that people were going to think that I didn't like roller coasters. I know that's a weird thing to worry about, especially since I'm not a roller coaster fanatic or anything, but it was suddenly really important to me that we tell everyone so that we could tell people the real reason I didn't ride the roller coasters...

I read that you're supposed to get 30 minutes of exercise almost every day of pregnancy so I've been trying to go on walks every day. Not that I've been entirely successful, but it's kept me moving a lot more than I would have this summer. 

I recently made a goal to make two "For Real" meals a week. We tend to eat just about the same things every week. Pasta (usually with vinegar, oil, and seasoning), rice, quinoa, potatoes... you get the gist. So I wanted to try and do some other recipes, for the sake of variety as well as the fact that I really enjoy trying out new recipes. So if you have any stellar recipes, send them my way! This is what I made last week and it was AMAZING. I recommend it. I should also mention that I only ended up making 1 "for real" meal last week, but hey, baby steps.

For Prime day I ordered myself a Kindle Paperwhite. I have been wanting one since last November. I asked for it for Christmas but no one got it for me. I actually had Christmas money that I could have used to buy it right after Christmas, but it wasn't on sale anymore. So I looked up when it was supposed to be cheap again and they said to wait until Prime day. So I saved my pennies and waited. I almost didn't buy it because my birthday is so close, but the chances seemed pretty slim that someone would buy it for me and I didn't want to wait until the November sales again. So I splurged! I have loved it and already read 4 books on it even though it only came on Thursday. I've been impressed that the battery is still going, even though it wasn't fully charged when it came!

You may have noticed that I bounce around systems. Sometimes I do a variation of a bullet journal, sometimes just a weekly list like this. Either way, I usually need something to keep me from wasting my whole day away. 

Currently Reading:

The Austin Family Series By Madeleine L'Engle
The Tempest By William Shakespeare
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl By Anne Frank

To Do/ Goals for the week:

-Make two for real meals
-Study a new poem
-Finish reading The Tempest
-Make Banana bread
-Do couple council
-Write in my journal 5xs
-Send out a package or two
-Make birthday plans

A Few Random Facts:

-I like Roller Coasters
-I someday hope to be an author
-I could eat french fries every day of my life and not get tired of them (I was so sad I missed French Fry day! Why do I always find out these things too late!)

Something to take away:

"Stay close to people who feel like sunlight."

-Xan Oku

Did you take advantage of Prime day? How do you keep yourself productive? What is your favorite recipe? 

Thanks for reading! I'd love to hear from you!

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

A New Adventure

This new adventure we call Poppy, because our little one was the size of a poppyseed when I found out. 

At this point we aren't exactly sure when this little one is due because Poppy was measuring ahead in size when we went to the doctor (which by the way, waiting until 10 weeks to go see a doctor was murder!), so the due date is currently the end of January, but they may end up moving it up! 

Currently 11 weeks, well, 12 weeks tomorrow...

We are excited and nervous and terrified, but mostly excited. We have been telling just about everyone and have been dying to tell about everyone else. In fact, we dithered over how to announce to the digital world for weeks, but finally I just said, I'm over it, let's go take them now. So we did!

I'm sure you'll be hearing a lot about this in the coming months! I've been dying to mention it for ages (remember that hike? Yeah, this is one of the reasons I was dying on it). I never intend for this to become a "mommy blog" but there will definitely be posts about being a mother because it's part of my life now, and that's what a lifestyle blog is all about!

I love you guys and I'm so grateful to have you along for this ride!

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Red Pines Hiking Trail

So last Saturday Brian and I decided to hike the Red Pines trial trail. One of his friends had asked if we wanted to hike it with him, but it really wasn't decided that we were going until about 45 minutes before we were supposed to leave to meet him. 

All I knew about the trail was that it was 6.5 miles long. For about a month earlier this year, Brian and I had gone hiking every weekend, but due to scheduling conflicts, we hadn't been hiking in a month.

To say I was concerned about hiking 6.5 miles when we hadn't hiked in a month and my life lately has mostly been spent napping was a vast understatement. I was terrified. I left the house in a bad mood because we left late and I was scared and to top it all off, my hiking boots decided to break as we were walking to the car. Literally, the soles decided to no longer be attached to the shoe any longer.

Still, we were starting semi-early. I figured (naively) that we would be done around 12:30 PM. 

As I said, I was naive. We started hiking around 10:30 AM and we finished hiking around 3 PM. 

Not to say that it wasn't a gorgeous hike, it was. There were plenty of flowers and waterfalls and the lake was breathtaking. I'd like to just say that there are no filters on any of the photos above. I didn't edit them in any way. The color of that lake was unreal. 

But, I did also feel like I was dying about half the hike. I would not recommend you start your hiking with this trail. I would recommend you bring a picnic or a snack or several snacks because it's a long hike. There are some pretty steep sections, but the hike isn't bad most of the way. The hardest thing is that the steep sections come at the end, right before you've made it to the top. So you want to quit when you're almost there. 

I also fell two or three times on the way down because of the snow. I kept sliding and ended up on my backside several times. I was actually surprised that I didn't fall more, not just because of the snow, but because my legs were so fatigued that I had a hard time controlling them. Whenever we stopped to look at a flower or let people pass on the way down my legs would shake uncontrollably. 

This is definitely a hike to work your way up to. 

The good news is that it's a lot cooler than in the valley, but I'd still recommend plenty of water! And please don't feel bad if you have to stop or take rests, I took about 20 of them, and no, I don't think that I'm exaggerating that number. Toward the end, when we were getting close to the top, I had to stop more and more. Luckily I was with a very forgiving crew. I would have definitely turned around if they would have let me. And by let me, I mean if they had gone on when I'd told them to, instead of hanging around till I was ready to move on and no longer on the verge of tears. 

It was the hardest hike I've done since Mt. Olympus. If you're in shape, it's a beautiful hike though!

Anyone else done this hike? What was the hardest hike you ever did?
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Monday, July 10, 2017

Monday Moments

Hey, guys! How was your week? This last week felt pretty eventful for me. I'm amazed by how quickly summer is passing by. It always seems like it goes slowly when I'm not working, but this summer I've had so much going on that its gone by faster and faster. In fact, I was planning to do Camp NaNoWriMo again this July, but I honestly totally forgot that it was time to start that until two days ago. Yeah... How are we already almost halfway through July?

Speaking of, 21 days until my birthday! A little boy in my Sunday School class has the same birthday as me so yesterday he asked me how many days until our birthday and I counted it out for him. It was actually his last Sunday in my class since he's moving and it was very eventful! I'm going to miss him and the stories he would tell me and in turn the stories that I could tell Brian. Like how yesterday he threw a squishy frog toy at a spider (and I'm actually pretty sure he killed it).

In case you were wondering... Here is my amazon wish list... and here is my pinterest board of things I want... Just in case ;)

Monday I went up to Park City for the day with my Mom and little sister and Step-dad. We went swimming, but honestly, I didn't swim much! The water was WAY too cold! I was a little disappointed actually, I feel like I haven't been swimming in awhile. Also, I love this suit, I feel like i get compliments on it every time I wear it. 

For lunch, we went to Cafe Rio where we waited in the slowest line in history. Luckily it was amazing. I haven't been there in forever and it was just what I needed. 

Friday I went to Citris Grill with some friends. I realize now that I should have gotten a picture of all three of us instead of just what I ordered for dinner... oh well! This was the butternut squash fettuccine alfredo. Once again, not impressed. This was my second time at Citris Grill and I haven't really liked it either time. Any enthusiasts out there who can recommend me something amazing? This wasn't bad, but it was a little sweeter than I liked. It was giving me flashbacks to the time that I made homemade macaroni and cheese with vanilla soy milk... don't do it. It's not a good idea. 

Saturday we did this beautiful and terrible hike. Red pines. It was supposed to be 6.5 miles. It ended up being 7.6 miles. It's gorgeous. I'm not going to get into the details of it because I'll probably do a longer post about it later in the week!

Currently Reading:

Matched By Allie Condie*
A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L'Engle*
The Tempest by William Shakespeare
Divergent by Veronica Roth

* means I started and finished these books between my last monday moments post and this one

Goals/To do this week:

-Do more watercolor
-Get out and exercise every day
-Be kind to myself
-Read more than I watch
-Write more than last week
-Study some poetry
-Stay off Social media


-This last week I've seriously considered quitting all social media and shutting down this blog. Mainly because I've been really hard on myself. Don't worry! I'm here for the time being.
-I've also thought about cutting my hair. I'm not sure if I'm just bored or what. I do get sick of trying to grow it out and it always taking forever. The struggle is real.

Something to take away:

"Don't place your worth in anything that can be taken away."

I have no idea who said that but it's something I keep reminding myself. Especially with social media and things like that. We are all worth more than the number of likes or number of friends we have online. 

Thanks for reading! What adventures have you gone on this week? What books are you reading? I'd love to hear about it in the comments!

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Monday Moments

Hey, everyone! This last week was a good one! Which I'm realizing that I took almost no pictures of... oh well! It happens. To be fair, I had a few days where I did almost nothing.

I started off the week pretty well. I ran. I walked. I recovered from our road trip... why is it that vacations take so much energy? I usually feel like I need a vacation from my vacation by the time I get back. Anyway, I spent Monday recovering mostly. I didn't even unpack until halfway through the week (pretty much, unless I unpack immediately, there's a good chance I won't unpack for a week or two).

Wednesday night I was supposed to go to dinner with my best friend from high school and another of our friends from high school, but it ended up just being me and my best friend. Which was fine. I actually had felt sick all that day so it was nice to just hang with her for a few hours and then have her take me home. 

Thursday I had a Twilight Marathon with my little sister. I know, most people hate Twilight, but we love them. We love them and we make fun of them, it's a good balance. We started at about 9 in the morning, napped through parts of the first movie, then broke for lunch after the second movie. We decided we needed a roast chicken so we went to Sam's Club and ended up coming home with a box of apple turnovers in addition to the roast chicken. It was AMAZING. We basically snacked on that the rest of the day.

Friday was a marathon day for me because we'd gotten a text asking us to feed the missionaries early in the week. We picked Friday, which meant that I needed to decide what to make them, go buy the ingredients, prepare the dinner, clean the apartment, and assemble two chairs since we only had two chairs to sit on and we thought it would be rude to make the missionaries eat standing up...
So I was busy the whole day. By the end of it, my back was pretty unhappy, but it all turned out pretty well. They seemed to like the dinner and didn't stay forever, which was nice!

It was a week! I had fun, but I can't say I'm unhappy that it's over and this week looks a little calmer.

To Dos/ Goals for the Week:

-Write in journal 5xs
-Prepare last Primary lesson!
-Get two blog posts up this week
-Make a birthday wish list
-Practice hand lettering and watercolor
-Run/walk 4xs this week
-Find a new good tv show to watch with Brian

Currently Reading:

Mockingjay By Suzanne Collins

Something to take away:

"Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are." 

-John Wooden

Thanks again for reading! Sorry for the lack of pictures this week! I'll work on it ;) What are your plans for the 4th of July?

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