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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Monthly Moments | September 2017

Hey, guys! Did you miss Monday Moments? I did and I didn't. It was nice to only have to worry about doing one post a week instead of two... but I did miss updating everything every week! I found myself sharing a lot more on Instagram and Instagram stories than I would otherwise. So if you're missing Monday Moments, feel free to check there :)

Brian and I went to the State Fair for one of my best friend's birthday. It was my first time at the fair. I LOVED seeing the baby animals, but other than that it didn't hold much appeal for me. Especially since it was so expensive to go! I especially felt bad that there was nothing gluten free for Brian to eat, but luckily, there were butterbeer floats ;)

I tried on my first pair of maternity jeans. I've yet to buy them. I didn't buy them at the time because I was waiting for payday and because this pair was a little short. I ended up looking at them online and that's where the jeans hit on all the models... guess I'm behind on my fashion! I will say that I desperately miss having a pair of jeans. It makes getting ready in the morning SO much harder.

I will not tell you how many long it took me to try and get this picture. I took about 20 different pictures trying to get this shot. Some days I love my little bump, and some days I just feel fat. It's hard not to think about it when it's the first thing that people comment on. I'm never sure if I'm "the right size." People have been telling me what I would look like pregnant since I was a teenager (true story), so now I feel like I have to fulfill expectations somehow. I worry that if I get too big too fast then people will suddenly think I was never really skinny to begin with. I worry that I won't gain enough weight and then people will harp on me for that. It's a real issue. When it's just me, by myself, I usually love it. It's strange to think that I used to look down at my lower abs and feel so fat. Now I'm so much bigger and I feel like I'm the same size I was then. It really has given me a whole new perspective on my body. I love feeling Everly kick often now. I can't wait until the Captain can feel it too!

I've started checking things off my Fall Bucket List! I made apple crisp so that's been checked off and this weekend we'll head up to Provo River falls. 

This apple crisp really was better the second day. I'll probably end up making another batch soon, especially since it only takes three apples and is made with ingredients that I always have on hand! Here's the recipe if you were curious :)

After Women's conference, we made hot chocolate and cinnamon raisin toast. There isn't much better in life than cinnamon raisin toast. 

I feel like going out at night to get ice cream is  Pregnancy rite of passage. One that I've been avoiding for awhile now. Not because I haven't been craving ice cream but because it seemed silly to me to make my husband go get me ice cream just because I'm pregnant. I still don't fully get the reasoning why it's so much more valid than when you're not pregnant. Honestly, Brian would probably go get it for me any day of the week, pregnant or not, if I told him I wanted it. I'm just not sure why society deems it so much more acceptable when you're pregnant. 

Anyway, I caved and we went to get ice cream last night. Brian was so patient while I dithered between about 6 different flavors. After about 10-15 minutes of us standing there, I felt like he was maybe getting slightly annoyed, but he didn't say anything and I finally picked out cookie dough. He even offered to buy me french fries (which I totally could have eaten, but I didn't think it was a good idea for me or for our budget if I indulged two cravings in one night). 

Books Read this Month:

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince By J.K. Rowling
Dolphin Knight By Robert T. Jeschonek 
The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre By Gail Carson Levine

I feel like I must have read more books this month, but for the life of me, I can't remember any other ones! In case you were wondering, I loved The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre. Seriously, read it!

Goals and to-dos for the next month:

-Figure out my Halloween Costume
-Do a Fall Photoshoot with Brian for our 2 year anniversary! 
-Take more Pregnancy pictures
-Make Pumpkin Pie
-Write some thank you notes
-Buy maternity pants (for real)
-Watch Hocus Pocus
-Plan some Fall dates
-Clean out closet 
-Figure out the Baby room
-Read some classic books

Something to Take Away:

"Friendship ... is born at the moment when one man says to another "What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .”

-C.S. Lewis

I chose that because I have so many moments like that when I read things other people have written on social media, so don't be afraid to share. We're all a little weird and you're probably less weird than you think. :)

Thanks so much for reading! I'd love to hear what you've been doing so far this Fall! What are you looking forward to?

Oh, I almost forgot! General Conference is this weekend and I made an updated worksheet if you'd like to use it! Just click and print!

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Fall Bucket List + Recipe

I am so proud of myself for remembering that this Friday is the Autumnal Equinox! I'm not sure why but it always seems to sneak up on me and then I can't do anything fun or "fall-y", as Brian would say, to celebrate. So now you have a few days heads up too :) We've already planned a date night in with some kind of Pumpkin or Apple dessert and Spaghetti squash for dinner. We're also planning to watch some kind of Fall movie, so if you have any suggestions, send them my way! 

I have been looking forward to Fall for awhile now. If you couldn't tell by the snatch of a picture on the right, this list was actually made in August. Before the Eclipse. Yup... 
I love the crisp cool in the air. I love the fact that school starts (I have to stay away from the stores or I'll end up buying a whole lot of school supplies I don't need). I love the rainy days. I love raking leaves. I'm actually surprised I forgot to put that on the list...
I feel like good things happen in the Fall. Not to mention how beautiful the changing leaves are, and the fact that I can finally wear sweaters!

So, in the spirit of good things and Fall, I thought I would share my mother's recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies :) I've yet to find a better one. Plus the recipe makes a million (like 5 dozen or something crazy like that), so you can cook them up and share them with your neighbors :) Or, freeze them in balls and stash them for when you need a quick treat.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 Cup shortening
3 cups sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
3 eggs
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking soda
1 12 oz. package chocolate chips
4 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. nutmeg
2 cups canned pumpkin

Cream together shortening, sugar, and vanilla. Add remaining ingredients. Mix well. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes. 

Thanks for dropping by! What is your favorite part of fall? What are you looking forward to?

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Gender Reveal Party + Some thoughts on Pregnancy

If you follow me on any form of social media then you probably already know that we are having a little girl. :) We are so excited. It's so nice to be able to talk about her and say "her". Knowing that she's a girl makes this all a little more real somehow. Quite honestly, every time I go to the doctor I worry that somethign has happened since the last appointment. I worry that something has happened to our little one. When I went in for my first appointment at 10 weeks I even took a pregnancy test that morning. I was so worried that I'd somehow miscarried and not realized it, that the tiredness was simply my brain trying to convince my body that I was still pregnant. Especially since my mother miscarried at least 4 times. So every time I go in and she's still in there, moving around, her little heart beating, seems amazing to me. 

Dress: Bluish & Co.

We were so excited to find out what our little Poppy was. We'd been hoping for a little girl. We prayed for a little girl before we even started trying to get pregnant, but of course, we were never sure. I felt so sure sometimes that it would be a little boy, mostly because I wanted a little girl. I knew that I would love our baby, boy or girl, no matter what. I was afraid to even write down that I wanted a girl or tell people because I didn't want my baby to hear about it years down the road and worry that I didn't want them because they didn't turn out to be a boy. 

I've been writing letters to the baby, because that's who I am. I write things down (you never would have guessed by the fact that I blog). I tried to convey in my letters that I was hoping for a girl, but either way I would love them.

We didn't have any names for a boy. When we first got pregnant we liked the name Charles, but then realized that I hated all the nick names for Charles. When I thought of her name, Everly Victoria, it felt right. It was like an aha moment. I loved it and I was afraid to tell Brian that I loved it, because it seemed so perfect and I didn't know what I would do if he hated it. Plus, I didn't even know if we were having a girl at that point. I was convinced that I couldn't be having a girl. After all, I never really had morning sickness. I'd heard and read that you're more sick with girls, and I mostly just felt tired. I felt kind of lousy, but never like I was going to throw up. It seemed impossible that it was a girl.

So when we went to our twenty week appointment (even though I was technically 19 weeks) and she popped up on the screen I almost couldn't breathe as I waited for them to tell us what she was. They showed us her head and her spine, pointed out her brain and her heart. Everything perfect (minus the fact that they couldn't see her stomach). Finally, they showed us. A girl. A "definite girl" as the sonogram specialist told us. I was so happy, but I still couldn't quite believe it. I looked at our sonogram pictures over and over again. Afraid that I dreamed it or something. I really thought that I was alone in wanting a girl so badly until Brian said to me, "you know, I don't know if I even care what the rest are." He wanted a girl, too. 

I loved our party. It was so fun to share the news with our family and friends. Even though I already knew the gender of the baby. Honestly, I felt I had to find out before because I was afraid that if it was a boy I'd be sad the rest of the party. In fact, I was sad at the party for the rest of the night after someone told me that it could still be a boy, that it could be a girl on all of the sonograms and still be a boy when it came out. I may have cried on the way home about it. I said a little prayer for peace and finally was able to be ok.

I'm so excited for our little girl. I'm excited to teach her new things and show her how to be kind and caring and that it's ok to want to be a princess. She'll certainly be our princess. I can't wait to cuddle her and kiss her little head, even when I'm scared of labor, I'm excited to meet her. 
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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Florida Babymoon

Hey, so you may have noticed that there were no Monday Moments this week. Now that I'm back to work I'm thinking of switching to Monthly Moments... thoughts? Opinions?

Anyway, Brian and I just recently got back from a trip to Florida. His parents live there so we tend to visit there a lot! This trip was probably my favorite Florida trip to date! Minus our honeymoon, but hey, it's hard to beat a honeymoon. We deemed this our "Babymoon" since we aren't sure if we'll have another chance to get away before our little one is born. 

Some highlights from our trip:

-Canoeing out into the river to see the bioluminescence. 
Even though we didn't get any pictures of this, it was probably the coolest thing I have ever seen. 

I'm a huge Cake Boss fan, so being in that store made me feel cool. We tried Lobster tails (a pastry. I was telling my mom about it and she was like "I have no interest in that." and when I asked why she replied "It swims" to which I replied that it was a pastry and had spent no time in the ocean.) and a Napoleon. Admittedly I would have enjoyed the experience a little more if we hadn't just eaten lunch! I was so full!

-The 80's Party
It was my mother-in-law's 50th birthday party. We all went to Goodwill and got outfits for the party. I think that looking for the outfits was maybe even more fun than the party. I loved getting ready together, putting on lipstick and eyeshadow that I would never normally wear.

At first I wasn't sure why we would drive 2 and Half hours to go to the beach when there was a beach twenty minutes from the house, but then we got there... The white sands, the smooth ocean... it was beautiful! I don't normally like to spend a lot of time in the ocean because the waves are generally too crashy for me to enjoy myself since I'm preoccupied with not drowning every second, but the waves here were low and smooth. I probably spent more time in the water there than I ever have at the beach before. We played in the ocean, read, played paddle ball and ate messy tacos from Jimmy Hula's. It was one of those beautiful carefree kind of days. We did what we felt like, ate when we were hungry and just generally enjoyed each other's company and the company of the ocean.

They have free admission until the end of the year! It's part zoo, part alligator preservation. Well, really all the gators there are gators that have been found in people's yards or pools and things. They see humans as a place to go for food (not to eat them, but to eat things that people would give them) so they can't be released back into the wild. I especially loved walking through Red Hawk Swamp. 

-Sea turtle egg laying
Our last night there we went out to try and see if we could see a sea turtle come out of the ocean to lay her eggs. We walked along the beach for a long time and didn't see anything. We had just turned around to go find another beach and try again when we saw one coming out of the ocean. It was dark but still one of the coolest things to see! She took probably 45 minutes to lay her eggs but it was still beautiful to watch her dig out the sand and then cover her babies up and head back to the ocean.

We've been to Florida four times since Brian and I started dating. You'd think we've seen all that there is to see, right? Nope! I love that there are still more things to do and see. Even when we do things we've done before, it's still awesome. I loved that we went and did things but we weren't going every second of the day. It was a nice mix of chilling and going out and doing things. 

Where did you go this summer? Are you ready for Fall? (I am! :) )

Thanks for Reading! I'd love to hear about your adventures!
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