Friday, September 30, 2011

Another First

First of all, wasn't I just saying I couldn't believe it was September??  Tomorrow is OCTOBER!  I am due in NOVEMBER, not that I need any reminders or anything!

Anyway, when I posted my list of "firsts" last week, I knew I was missing one and couldn't remember what it was for the life of me!  That is, until my feet started to ache.

Before I got pregnant I would never let Trent massage my feet.  You see, when we first got married 3 1/2 years ago, Trent started rubbing my feet and told me about how everyone has uric acid crystals that settle at the bottom of their feet (it's waste material).  I was so grossed out and didn't like the idea of him "crunching" these little crystals in my feet.  Every once in a while he would proceed to grab my feet and try "crunching" them just to bug me (it was all in good humor of course!).

Now that I'm pregnant though, I hand Trent my feet all the time..haha. They get so sore and achy.  It's almost a burning sensation.  What's annoying is I basically only get this burning sensation after I get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom and Trent is fast asleep.  I have to try to reach around my belly and rub my feet out myself.  Last night right after Trent and I had both settled into bed (it takes me a few minutes to get comfortable with my body pillow) my feet started to burn.  Trent got right back out of bed and gave my feet a quick massage!  Sweet boy :)

I guess I need to enjoy the little perks of being pregnant while I can ;)  After all, I am 32-weeks today.  My pregnancy has absolutely flown!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Some Firsts

Over the last week or so I've experienced a few firsts.
  • Baby got the hiccups for the first time (at least the first time I've noticed) Tuesday night as I was trying to fall asleep and it kept me up for a while.  It kind of freaked me out at first because it felt like a strong pulse and many of you know I hate feeling pulses and thinking about blood run through my veins and what not.  Anyway, it was weird to recognize his hiccups for the first time.  He got them again yesterday during the day.  It's quite distracting.
  • Speaking of sleep, baby has also kept me up a few times at night when it feels like he's pressing against the mattress.  It's as if he doesn't want me to go to sleep and is trying to get me to get back up!  I try to trick him by turning onto my other side but it doesn't always work..haha.
  • This last Sunday before Church I had to have Trent put my sandals on for me.  It's getting really hard for me to lean over or squat down. Luckily I'm still wearing flip flops 99% of the time (it's still in the high 90's here).  I thought I'd have to have Trent help me repaint my toenails last night, but I was still able to do that.  Although my tummy got pretty squished while I was at it.
  • Over the last few days I've been getting uncomfortably full even though I'm eating the same portions I usually eat.  I think my stomach is just getting more crunched as baby is getting bigger.  I guess I'm going to have to eat smaller portions at a time.
  • Lastly, and this one doesn't really have anything to do with my pregnancy, I made nectarine scones for the first time this afternoon and had them ready for Trent when he got home :)  One of my former college roommates, Cassie, posted the recipe to her blog, and now I'm going to post it for you!  Check it out here! 

Do they not look amazing?!  Go make them right now!  You won't regret it! They are stinkin' delicious!  

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Gobble Gobble

I loved the simplicity of our Friday evening date last night.  It was so simple yet so fun for me.  It was kind of a rough week so it was really nice to just be with Trent enjoying our time together before this little guy comes.  I'm 30-weeks now and kind of, totally freaking out (haha) BUT I'm also totally psyched :)

We first picked up some sandwiches for a young family in the ward (I visit taught the girl) that's moving today.  The Compassionate Service committee came up with the idea to drop by sandwiches the night before any family moves since they've probably packed away all of their silverware and what not.  I think it's a great idea, something I had never thought about!

Then we headed over to Border's at the mall.  I had heard rumors that Border's was going out of business a while back, but didn't realize just how soon!  We got there and it was already completely closed.  Nothing was there anymore!  We thought we'd be able to get some steals of a deal.  Oh well!

Outside of Border's we ran into a buddy from Trent's mission and his wife.  It was so fun to hear them catch up some.  They were both so excited to see one another..haha.  We may just be hanging out with them in the near future :)

I didn't want to just head home after this so we went inside the mall to see if any of the department stores had a cute outfit I've had my eye on for baby boy.  Our first stop was J.C.Penney and sure enough, we found it!  And it was on sale!  I was so excited.

Baby is due November 25, the day after Thanksgiving.  Since I first got pregnant I've assumed he'll come a little early, maybe just because I came early (although I'm a twin).  I don't really know.  Anyway, when I saw this little outfit I just had to have it :)

Here's the front...

and the little bum bum is what had me sold!  It's a turkey if you can't quite tell :)

Trent keeps asking what we'll do if baby doesn't actually come until his due date or even after.  I've assured him we will still dress him in this..haha.  You all will be seeing a picture of our new baby in this outfit, promise..haha.

After I had perused the baby section a few times over (it was SO fun!) we obviously (from the pictures) headed home.  I have been craving an orange julius for several weeks now so I finally made some for us and it was DELICIOUS!  I used this recipe.  Be sure to read his updated note about using half powdered sugar and half regular sugar.  Oh and we had to half the recipe.  Our blender wasn't big enough for all of it.

Pourin' in the sugar :)

And wa-la!  Fancy glass and all :)

So delicious!  We finished off our evening by watching "It's Kind of a Funny Story."  We really liked it!  It's pretty funny!

Thursday, September 15, 2011


This last weekend, from Thursday the 8th to Sunday the 11th, Trent's parents treated us to a little trip to La Jolla, CA.  To explain the title of this post, during the drive there Trent asked, "What ever happened to using the word 'bodacious'?" and we had a whole conversation about it..haha.  

We pulled into La Jolla around 3 in the afternoon and Trent and I promptly decided to take a nap while Tanis and Kent promptly headed to the boardwalk..haha.  Trent and I woke up maybe an hour later and were wondering why our room was so warm.  De ja vu, anyone?!  We headed downstairs and found out there had been a power outage.  We figured it would turn back on soon and headed to meet up with Trent's parents.

We watched the sea lions for a while.  Unfortunately this is the only picture I got on Thursday.

I was really burning up outside so we headed back to our hotel after a while.  What we thought was just a minor power outage turned out to be a huge power outage all the way from Yuma, AZ up through much of Orange County, CA.  We were informed it could be a while before it came back on.  It was too hot for me to just sit around in our room so Trent and I headed to the pool and read our books.  I finally started The Help :)

Kent came to get us later because the hotel was serving us a free dinner because of the power outage.  There wasn't really anything to do afterwards with the power being out so we took a walk along the boardwalk and then headed back to our room.  The hotel provided us with a dinky flashlight and a glowstick.  We all ended up showering with just the glowstick in the bathroom..haha.  Don't know if I'll ever have to experience that again..haha.  We ended up going to bed early since there wasn't anything to do and the power came back on around 1 am or so.

Friday we spent the day at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.  I LOVE any kind of zoo atmosphere and really enjoyed our time there, but now I know I may want to put that on my list of "places to avoid while pregnant."  It was a little too much walking for me and I was SO hot.  I felt completely worn out after the first few minutes of being there :/  Not a good sign!  Luckily there was plenty of shade and benches to sit on throughout the park.

Some macaws up in the trees near the beginning of our adventure.

A mommy gorilla with her baby.  I love how she's holding it like a football :)

You'll notice that I got pictures of several animals with their babies ;)

Trent compared to a gorilla...

...and myself :)

We got to watch a bird show.  Here is a West African Crowned Crane.  See the crown?

After the bird show we got to take a ride on the Safari Tram.  The next two pictures are looking out on the park reserve.  If you look really close (like zoom in) at the second one you can see several different animals roaming.

On the tram we got to see the cheetahs first.

A flock of about 100 flamingos.  We learned that in the wild they may stick together in flocks up to 1/2 a million or more!

A mommy rhino and her baby behind her.  Doesn't look like much of a baby does it?!  Apparently rhinos can reach 4,000 pounds.  They even said one of their rhinos gained 25 pounds in a day!

Wild donkeys.

Zebras.  Not a great picture because they were hiding in the shade.

Giraffes.  Loved seeing them!

You can see there were several babies!  At birth they are already about 6 feet tall!

At the end of our ride we were lucky enough to get to see this lion! Apparently they will sleep for up to 20 hours a day so many people don't even get to see them!

He headed towards the car in the exhibit...

jumped on...

and posed for the perfect picture :)  Love it!

A lioness.

Next we headed over to see the elephants.  This is a baby elephant.  It was so funny to see them run because they look so unsteady and a bit clumsy..haha.

Love this picture of a mommy elephant and her baby :)


Lastly we got to see a cheetah run at full speed - up to 70 miles per hour. They told us not to even bother trying to get a picture..haha.  It was pretty dang neat!  Afterwards we headed back to our hotel and had a VERY nice seafood dinner.

Saturday we spent the day on Balboa Island, like we did last year. Again, we loved walking through the neighborhoods and looking at all of the cute and beautiful homes.  It seems no two are alike!

We grabbed some drinks and fries at the famous Ruby's on the pier! Here is our one picture from the day :)

Before we headed back down to La Jolla we dropped off a duffle bag for Amy (Sister Christensen) at a family's home in the ward Amy is serving in right now (the Trapp's, who happen to be Tiersha's cousins!).  We were pretty bummed that we weren't allowed to see Amy.  When we dropped off the bag, Abby told us she'd be seeing Amy in just a few hours at Stake Conference.  MAN!  She passed a hug on for me :)

Sunday morning we headed down to the boardwalk once more before having breakfast and checking out.

My bump at 29 weeks :)

On our way out of town we got to stop at the Mormon Battalion to visit Hermana Livingston who has just 2 more months left serving in San Diego!  It was so fun to see her and I wish we could have caught up more, but she had to head off to Church.

The Battalion was so different from when my family visited back in high school while my grandparents were serving in San Diego.

Trent and I sitting in a wagon out front (it's kind of hard to tell it's a wagon).

And that concluded our trip!  A big "thank you" to Tanis and Kent for taking us :)  I hope I didn't drive them too nuts!  I learned that it's not too fun to travel while 7 months pregnant.  They probably got so sick of hearing me say, "I'm always hot, I'm always hungry, and I always have to pee!"  Haha.  Thanks for putting up with me Tanis, Kent, and Trent :)

(By the way, on our drive back home (September 11th) I absolutely loved seeing so many flags at half staff.  I am so proud to be an American and I will never forget that day!)

Monday, September 12, 2011


This right here...

has been sitting in my fridge and staring me in the face every time I've opened it for the last few weeks.

In just a few hours I have to take my glucose tolerance test.  I have to drink this whole bottle of glucola 30 minutes prior to my prenatal appointment.  I think I'm most worried about having to drink it within 5 minutes.  I am a terribly slow eater and drinker and I hate the idea of having a time limit..haha.  I've heard it doesn't taste as bad as you'd think.  Apparently it's like a really sugary, non-carbonated soda.  We shall see!

I am mostly dreading though, that I have to have my blood drawn.  I HATE that, especially the rubber band thing they tie around your arm.  I HATE feeling the blood pool in my arm.  Not looking forward to it :/

Trent's coming with me to hold my hand!  He's awesome!  What a good dad he'll be :)

Wish me luck!

P.S. Post to come on our trip this last weekend to La Jolla :)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Lovin' These Quotes

So I read two quotes yesterday that I now just love!


I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I have been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. 
And that is why I succeed.

{Michael Jordan}

And second.

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

{Albert Einstein}

I actually discovered these quotes in an Etsy shop - the Vinyl Crafts Etsy shop to be exact :)  You should really check it out!  I would basically LOVE to get anything from her shop (gift ideas anyone?!)  Lucky for me there is a $50 credit giveaway going on at the Brassy Apple blog that I totally entered! I have my fingers crossed!! The giveaway only goes until Friday so you should hurry over if you're interested :)