Monday, August 29, 2011

Vacations, Homecomings, and more Pregnancy!

We're back! I still can't believe we survived the summer working in California and living in a hotel! Let's just say I won't be excited for a "night away" at a hotel for a long time! We drove back to Utah August 13 and dropped off some stuff in our house (so nice to be back in Provo and NOT staying in someone else's place) then promptly drove to Washington on the 15th.

We stayed in Pullman (my hometown) for a week and it was a lot of fun to see my family, especially my nephew, Cole, who is HUGE and super cute! My sister threw me a baby shower while I was there and it was a lot of fun! It's always nice to see old friends and remember the old life I had so long ago :) Things are so different now! It was harder to remember I was pregnant while I was there. I feel like when I go home I should be in high school again or something! We got a lot of good stuff at the shower and I'm feeling way more prepared to have this baby! Especially in the clothing department. Somehow I ended up getting a lot of sleepers! They're all different sizes so it spreads out pretty well and they're all really cute too so I'm not complaining! It was just the prevalent gift from that shower. Isn't it funny how those things go in groups? For our wedding we got probably a dozen different sets of towels! We'll see if the trend continues at the next baby shower. Haha.

Anyway, the week there went well and on Saturday August 20th we drove BACK to Provo for the weekend. My parents and sister's family also drove down that weekend on the following Monday we all met up at our family cabin (15 miles out of Kamas, UT) to stay there for the week. It was nice to be there and have a little extra time with family while I wasn't trying to do a ton of projects and get ready for a baby shower :) Relaxing is exactly what the cabin is made for so it was lots of fun. Cole and our dog, Nyx, became good friends but I think Nyx has decided that babies aren't as interesting as she initially thought. That's good news for our baby! She might make it to a year old without getting her face licked off!

My oldest sister, Annie, was able to fly in for a couple days on Friday and Saturday. The picture is of her and me showing off the baby bellies! The weird thing is, the whole time she was there I kept thinking how much bigger she was than me until we took this picture. I guess I just don't feel that pregnant when I look down or in the mirror. But man! In pictures I look huge! In the picture she is at 34 weeks and I'm at 32. I can't believe we're going to be having babies so soon! I hope our baby likes playing with both her boy cousins! She'll have enough girls on Vince's side of the family, she can handle some boys from mine :) We did a lot of fun shopping at Deseret Book and Seagull Book for baby board books and things like that. I wanted to buy everything! I only bought a couple but Mom and Dad were nice enough to get us some "Christmas presents" and fund a lot of the reading I'll be doing for my baby :) But then Annie left and the cabin week was over.

Well, we're back for realsies this time! Most of my family is back in Washington and we're in our apartment. It was my first day really feeling like a stay at home wife (/mom-to-be) even though I have been retired for two weeks now. Good thing I had a lot to do! Luckily, my little brother, Adam, is staying with us for the week before he returns to BYU Idaho on Monday so he could help me with some heavy lifting. We had bags and bags of food left over from the cabin trip, all the boxes we had dropped off from previous weekends at home, lots of garbage to clean up, and some basic cleaning to do. I tackled the downstairs today to try to make it livable, which meant moving a lot of things upstairs and into closets and just trying to get things out of the way :)

I also bought a rocking chair that I found on KSL! It was $22 (I gave them $25 because it was totally worth it) and I'm really excited! We'll have to post pictures later, but we're going to be refinishing it and a dresser to put in the nursery. I can't wait! But the nursery is the next big project. Bleh. It still has stacks and stacks of our things in boxes and bins that I have to go through. A lot of it will stay in boxes since we'll be moving in December or February so we probably won't need a lot of it. Hopefully by the end of the week we'll have everything in place and be nearly ready for the baby to move in! I still can't believe it!

The last big event was getting our last snow cones of the summer (unless we can find some late-closing booths around town). We'll miss you, Snow Cones. You've been good to us.

Vince is in his second week of school now and we'll finally start being able to settle in a normal schedule. I'm looking forward to that. And also seeing some friends once we get things into better order around here! Buckle up stay-at-home-mom friends! We'll be seeing a lot of each other if I have anything to do with it! I can't wait to be one of you!