Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Guess what?

Yes, I took this picture myself, thank you. :)

"Guess what?" seems to be the theme of our blog this summer! But honestly, nothing compares to this announcement for us: we are having a baby in February!

I seriously just want to cry even thinking about it--we are so happy and grateful. We "haven't been preventing" having kids for almost two years, but because of a few health issues (overactive thyroid, irregular cycle, insulin resistance, etc.) we knew it would be a little while before we got pregnant. So this was a beautiful, pleasant surprise!

Quick facts:
Day we found out: Thursday, June 19
Due date: Monday, February 2
How far along: 17 weeks and two days
Morning sickness? More like all-day sickness, every day. :( I'm four months along and still throwing up every day. So, it's been kinda tough keeping up with work and Church duties, but we're so happy that it's honestly not a big deal and of course it's totally worth it.
Foods I've thrown up: Pretty much everything! (I'll spare the details.) The worst was popcorn--out the mouth and nose. :(
Weird symptoms: When I throw up, it bursts a ton of blood vessels, causing a bunch of purple dots around my eyes. When I was throwing up three or more times a day, I got marks that seriously looked like black eyes.
Still fitting in my clothes: Yes! But probably not for too much longer. :(
First person to know besides us: Cody, Adam's brother (I ran off to a wedding reception and left the pregnancy tests on the table--oops)
Day we told my parents: Saturday, August 9 (we hid it from almost everyone, so don't be sad or offended!)
Boy/girl: We get to find out on September 16--less than three weeks away! Adam is completely convinced it's a boy; I kind of think it's a girl, but I'm not as self-assured as Adam. :)
Names: We totally have them picked out, but I will save that information for a later post. :)

Longer story: :)
We found out on June 19. I had been sick and throwing up for weeks, but Adam had been sick too, so I really didn't think anything of it. It's a constant joke at my work that if any girl isn't feeling well or is gone for the day, they're automatically pregnant--yeah, welcome to Rexburg. :/ I wasn't getting any better from being "sick," and they had jokingly harassed me so much, that I thought it couldn't hurt to take a test. So, I got home from work and took one, but I had thrown away the directions and couldn't remember how to read the stupid thing. I went over to Adam's office across the hall "to check my e-mail" (I didn't want to tell Adam anything until I knew for sure), but really I was trying to look up images on what answer my little test had produced. Well, Adam came in to check on me and I told him what was going on. :) From what I could find online, it looked like it was positive, but we were still skeptical and didn't want to get too excited. So we hurried and drove to Walgreen's while I was chugging water, bought another test and quickly took it once we got home (I had to leave for my friend's wedding reception in like 5 minutes and was not even ready yet). The second one was positive too--we really couldn't believe it, so we called Community Care to see if they could get me in for a blood test. I talked to the nurse and she basically told me I needed to settle down and not waste $50, that the urine tests are 99.999% accurate. So we settled down. :) That's how we found out!

So we've been keeping it a secret for more than two months now. I just wanted to make sure everything was safe and healthy. And I also didn't want to draw a ton of attention to myself, but I figure a blog is a somewhat subtle way of announcing it. :)

We are so happy and excited! I'm probably forgetting to mention a bunch of things! And sorry for such a long post, but this is pretty much the biggest blessing that's ever happened to us. :)

Friday, August 01, 2008

Better late than never! :)

Hello everyone! I've been the worst blogger ever lately! Things have been crazy busy, but so good. Better late than never to post, right? So here are some of the latest happenings in our life. :)

University Village Tenant Appreciation Lunch
Our complex (i.e. Adam and Michelle) put on its second annual Tenant Appreciation Lunch last month. We thought it turned out great! What did you guys think?
The line crew: Greg, Bree (my cousin), Tom, Reyna, Michelle, Me and Adam (behind the camera)

Hungry tenants!

There was such a good turnout, and the food was so yummy, that there wasn't enough for us hard workers. :( We were absolutely starving and exhausted so we went to Arby's afterward. Such sacrifices managers make... :)

Twin cousin visit!
My favorite twin cousin ever came to visit a few weeks ago! Bree and I are twin cousins because we're only three hours apart--cool, huh? :) She had never been to Eastern Idaho before, but she loves us and came to visit, so we tried to show her a good time! On Friday night we went to The Backyard (hittin' the local spots) and hung out. On Saturday, we did the Tenant Appreciation Lunch for like five hours (set-up, during, take-down) and grabbed lunch at Arby's and then we decided we just needed to have some fun girl time! We went to New Image Salon and had pedicures and manicures done. I had Brad and Bree had Lacey--it was so much fun! Then we hit up Hard Hat Steakhouse and stayed up chatting afterwards, of course. :)
Me & flamboyant, funny Brad :)

Bree & Lacey (sorry for the bad focus)

How do we look? :) Getting pampered every once in a while is soooo nice!

Girls' Trip 2008!
I love my family! Every year, all the ladies who are high school grads or older that can come, gather for a weekend of chatting, games, food and bonding. :)
Stocking up on the goods ;)

Just a little crowded on the way there...

The mysterious "lava flow" we drove around for like half an hour to find(the picture doesn't do it justice)!

Let the games begin! We stayed up until 4 a.m. both nights playing games!

Waterballoon volleyball! Funnest. Game. Ever.

Can't help but laugh :)

Williams girls--Elizabeth, Mom (Vicki), Kathryn

More games!

Normal happy face :)

Game face (or at least an attempt at one!)

Sisters forever! Yay for no make-up :)