Yay I had a baby shower on the 27th for my sweet little girl! It was so great and I want to say thank you so much to everyone who put it on and helped out, and everyone who was able to come! Erik and I really appreciate all the gifts and love that you have for us. All the outfits and things are adorable and precious! I can't wait to dress our little girl in them :) And our car seat/stroller travel system (from Erik's parents) is the coolest! And my sister is so pretty I just had to put up a picture of just her :) too bad it's kinda dark.
Christmas was really great this year. We got to spend lots of time with family, talk to my brother Aaron who is on a mission in San Diego, and even open a few presents :) We spent the morning with the Thurmans and opened presents with them, then went to the Gau house and opened a few more presents and had dinner with them. It was a very nice, relaxing day. Erik likes to say Feliz Navidad for Christmas :)
Yay finals are over and we are done with school for the semester! We are taking a nice, long break to hang out with the fams up north, so hopefully there will be lots of holiday fun and pics to post. Both of us feel like we did pretty good on our finals, so I guess we will see when final grades are posted. Luckily, we both had our math finals last, cause we both ended up with some fried brains after :)
Yes, that is Erik under all the towels and flames. Over the Holiday Erik's Aunt Genae volunteered to candle Erik's (and then everyone's) ears. An ear candle is a hollow tube made out of some kind of cloth dipped in wax and rolled into the tube shape, with a tapered end. You put the tapered end in your ear, then light the other end on fire, and the heat and smoke is supposed to help loosen impacted ear wax and clean out any other yucky stuff that may be floating around in your ears. The candle burns down to about 4 inches, then you put it out and you can cut the remainder open to see what came out of your ears. Whether it is really very beneficial for your health is still undetermined, but it was a neat experience, and I swear my ear canals felt more open afterwards.
I was watching the local news this morning, and I saw that there was a business fire in Cedar City. I walked outside to see if I could see the building that had been burned. It turned out the building was only a block away from our apartment and I could see all the fire trucks still trying to put the fire out. Its always a little strange to see familiar things on the news or on television. Craziness.
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? wrapping paper and bows and tags. 2. Real tree or Artificial? Real trees smell so good, but artificial are much safer. No need to worry about the tree lighting on fire at night. 3. When do you put up the tree? Day after Thanksgiving. 4. When do you take the tree down? Whenever I get around to it. Usually by Feb. 5. Do you like eggnog? Blech, no way! 6. Favorite gift received as a child? Trampoline! 7. Do you have a nativity scene? Yeah, it is a hand me down from my grandma, like most of our christmas decorations. 8. Hardest person to buy for? Erik's parents 9. Easiest person to buy for? Myself :) 10. Mail or email Christmas cards? mail them out. It sends so much more cheer. 11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? no such thing, I am just grateful that people think about me. 12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer 13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? I start thinking about it in October, but usually don't start buying until december. 14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?no, but we are still regifting wedding presents. 15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Everything! Ham, funeral potatoes, mexican food on Christmas eve at my mom's, cookies... 16. Clear lights or colored on the tree ? I like colorful lights, but our tree is pre-lit with clear ones. It's ok though cause i put up lots of colorful bulbs. 17. Favorite Christmas song? O Holy Night. 18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Travel to be with family. 19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's? Dasher, dancer, prancer, vixen, comet, cupid, donner, blitzen. and rudolph. 20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Either 21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Definitely Christmas morning. Very very early christmas morning. 22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? The weather 23. Favorite ornament theme or color? I just like colorful and meaningful. 24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Ham and funeral potatoes. 25. What do you want for Christmas this year? Not much. 26. Who are you going to tag for this Christmas questionairre?? Everybody has to do it! I know it is long, but fun to see what people write.
Yes, I have to admit that I am a huge fan of the books, so last night I dragged Erik on a date to go see the much anticipated movie. It was way fun to go out on a "real" date. You know, somewhere besides the grocery store. We went out to dinner, then got in line at the movie theater at 8:00 for the 9:45 showing. When we got there the line was not very long, but by 8:45 it was wrapped around the building, so we were glad we got there early. During the nearly 2 hour waiting period some people who worked at the theater came out to do "Twilight Trivia". They were giving away free popcorn and drinks. Since we were so close to the front of the line we got to participate, and I got a question right and got free popcorn and a drink! It was a very small popcorn and drink, but it was free, so that made my night. The movie itself was actually pretty enjoyable too, so it ended up being a very nice night out :)
So I am thinking about having my baby and it is starting to make me a little nervous! Erik and I still don't have any baby stuff, but that's not what worries me the most. It's that we really don't even know what we will need! I mean, obviously there's clothes and diapers and stuff, but as I look around and think about it there is a lot of baby stuff out there and I don't know what will be helpful and what is just dumb, and what will be needed right at first and what will just sit around for a few months before it even gets used. So to all you moms out there, and even any not-moms-yet, I have a question: What is the one "baby" item (or two or three) that you would never want to have to live without? I would really appreciate any suggestions. I am not due until the end of February, but that just means that I could have a baby in only 3 months and at the moment I feel seriously under-prepared!
About a week ago Erik, Krysta, and I went to our Grandparent's house! They are my dad's parents. We try to visit them often since they only live 45 minutes away. It was a very nice November Saturday, so we helped them clean their windows. Erik washed, I squeegeed, and Krysta dried. Then we had yummy ribs and potatoes and all sorts of other yummy things for dinner, and a delicious turtle ice cream pie for dessert. We love going to Grandma and Grandpa's!
Well I hope everyone was able to get out and vote yesterday! If you voted for Barack Obama, then today is a good day for you. If you voted for John McCain, then at least you have the right to complain if things don't turn out well. There was definitely a lot of tension and anticipation in this presidential race. No matter what each person thinks about the man himself, I think it is absolutely wonderful that we were able to elect an African-American President. I think this is a very big, positive step for our nation. It is so exciting to be present as this piece of history is made!
We hope everyone had a great Halloween! Judging by some of the pics I've seen, it was a good time all around. This year Erik and I kept it pretty mellow. We went to a trunk-or-treat on thursday, and on friday we carved our one little punkin, then just made some dinner and watched a movie.
Last night the Block and Bridle Club (our school's agriculture club) had a haunted house out at the school farm called the field of screams, even though it was actually in a barn, to collect cans of food for the local food pantry. This was our first year doing anything like this, and it actually turned out really well. I love Halloween, so naturally I was very excited for this event and I volunteered to help scare people. I was nervous that I wouldn't be very good at it and it would be lame, but I had a really fun time hiding in the haunted house and scaring people! This is the mask that I wore, along with a cape and just some black clothes. Simple, but very effective. Erik thought I looked hilarious in the mask without the rest of my costume, so he had to take a picture. Too bad he didn't want to come to the haunted house and see what the final product looked like :)
So I have decided to put up a picture of me with my baby bump. As you can see, it is pretty much absent. This picture was taken yesterday, so it is a fairly accurate representation of what I look like right now. Yes, my belt buckle sticks out farther than my tummy.
Hooray we have moved! We are so excited to be in our new bigger apartment! There is a place for everything, and no stuff on the floor! At least, there won't be when we're done unpacking. We are almost all the way done, just a few more things to figure out where and how we want them. A big huge thanks the Karalee and Jorgan, and Krysta! We couldn't have done it without you!
Well this year was pretty lame again, but we got to see some friends from the summer and Erik won a free backpack. Woot. Some of our friends dressed up in costumes for the party. We had Chewbacca, a Storm Trooper, and Jesus. It's probably a little sacraligious, but the guy really does look like Him with his hair long like that.
So this weekend is Harvest Holiday, and I am very excited to have a break, even if it is just a 3-day weekend. Really, I think the school just created the holiday for the first weekend of the deer hunt when they realized that the entire male population at school was always gone on the monday after. But I am grateful for the break, and very excited to spend some time with the fam. Also, this weekend is the APX end of the year party. Our first year the party was really great and last year it was really lame, so who knows what it will be like this year? I will be sure to let you know if we win any big prizes :) Yeah, we actually never win anything, so don't hold your breath.
So I actually didn't know that they ultrasound techs had given us a few little video clips of our precious girl until I looked a little closer this weekend. So here is a video of her moving around to add to all the pictures. Yes, I am a first-time-expecting-mother. Can you tell? These last couple days it seems like she has been a lot more active. I can feel her move quite frequently during the day, but evenings seem to be her favorite time to do gymnastics :)
In the first one you can see her head and what i think is her left arm and hand. In the second one you can see that she is sitting right on the top of her head, and her legs are bent up over head body so her knees are practically in her forehead. Silly girl :)
These are some pictures of our new apartment. This building is right on main street in Cedar City. The apartment is a little older, but its big and quiet; two things that we love. We are going to move in Nov. 1
I took a trip down to phoenix to go to my cousin Shelley's wedding. Erik didn't get to come with me, which is why there is a shocking lack of any good pictures. But I had a fun time seeing all my mom's side of the family and spending time with cousins. And the wedding was beautiful.
Sorry it has taken so long to put this up. It was taken at about 12 weeks, and don't worry, our baby does have arms. When they were doing the ultrasound we could see the baby moving its arms around and stretching, but for some reason they just didn't make it into the picture. But I do like the Homer-Simpson-looking upper lip.
Erik found this baby counter to put up so it is easy for everyone to keep track. It is a little creepy, with the baby floating around in the bubble, but I think it is also kind of neat how it shows what stage of development the baby is at right now. At least, I think that is what it does.