Sunday, December 28, 2008
I haven't blogged in awhile, so I wanted to post some updates.
Baby...I am finally past throwing up everyday and I am so happy to be feeling better. From what everyone has told me this is the time you feel the best so I need to enjoy the next few months! We have our ultrasound scheduled for January 14th to find out the sex of the baby, we are SO excited!
New Callings...Nic was called to be in the Elder's Quorum Presidency and I was called to be in the Primary Presidency. We are both really excited and are looking forward to growing in these new areas. I worry about Nic's time while he is in law school, but I know he will be watched over and blessed.
Everything else in our lives is going great! We are looking forward to 2 awesome bowl games next week (Penn State in the Rose Bowl & Utah in the Sugar Bowl)!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
The holiday season is traditionally the time Americans choose to thank those who provide them with year-round services. In these tough economic times it’s important to remember that holiday tipping is truly about saying thank you. With a little creativity you can accommodate everyone on your list this year without blowing your budget.
Holiday Thanking Recommendations
The table is posted on her website at: http://www.emilypost.com/everyday/holiday_tipping.htm
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
I am enjoying my second trimester much more then my first!! I feel like I can function again because I am not throwing up all day. It feels nice to be able to eat normal foods again and not feel quite as tired. Well, that special time is quickly approaching for when we get to find out the sex of the baby. I would love to hear your guesses of what we are having!
You all know what a fact geek I am. I am loving reading all kinds of books and articles on pregnancy and babies. Here are some facts that were especially interesting to me:
A baby is born every seven seconds.
While in the uterus, babies spend most of their time sleeping. By 32 weeks, a fetus displays rapid eye movement (REM), the hallmark of dreaming. No one knows what babies dream about, although floating around in the warm, comfortable dark is probably a recurrent theme. Scientists believe that fetal dreaming plays an important role in brain development.
By week 34, babies can recognize a specific piece of music. They might even move along with the beat.
Your blood volume will increase by about 50 percent during pregnancy (although this increase varies from person to person). This additional blood volume contributes approximately 4 pounds to the average woman's overall weight gain during pregnancy!
Babies are born with very poor vision but can recognize their mothers almost right away.
Babies are born with swimming abilities and can naturally hold their breath. However, they shortly lose this instinct.
Monday, December 1, 2008
When we returned home on Friday Nic and I bought our Christmas Tree. We always get our tree the day after Thanksgiving. To us, the season goes by way too fast as it is. Might as well start early, right? Here are some pictures...
Do you have your tree yet? How is your Christmas shopping coming? Only 24 days until Christmas!!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Like food on our table or money in the bank,
A gracious Father looking down from above
Or a brand new baby to increase our love
Wait just a minute! I’ve let it slip
That my expanding belly and growing hips
Will be more than a product of delicious food
And my emotional swings not just a bad mood.
Because this year more than the turkey will be
Stuffed to the brim…Yes, I’m talking about me!
I was able to hear the most amazing sound today, the sound of my baby's heartbeat! I can hardly believe that Heavenly Father has blessed Nic and I with this incredible miracle! We are expecting our little bundle of joy around the end of May. We are scared, and excited, and did I mention scared? I am looking forward to all of you giving me your words of wisdom and advice!
Thanks to my sister Wendy for writing the cute poem!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
It's a Wonderful Life
Miracle on 34th Street
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
What other Christmas movies do you you love?
Merry Christmas! Ok, Happy Thanksgiving for now :) !
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Then we went and picked out our pumpkins. This is one of my favorite things to do in October. There is a great little produce stand that is close to our house and I always buy the biggest pumpkin they have every year.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Sorry for the flashback moment! Anyway, I am so excited that it's Friday! Our Friday nights usually consist of Bountiful High Football, which is a lot of fun to support our brother Benj. He is really good and is so much fun to watch. Saturday will be regular Saturday--chores & errands and Sunday I am having my in-laws over for dinner. But the reason I am so excited for this weekend is that it's a 3 day weekend! You gotta love working for a bank--paid holiday for Columbus Day. I am even more excited because it is Nic's Fall Break and we will finally get to spend a whole day together!!! He has promised to limit his studying that day to 2 hours so we should be able to have a lot of fun. I hope that you have a great weekend!
Here are some Friday facts for you:
- The first letters of the months from July to November spell the name JASON.
- In every continent, there is a city named Rome.
- 215 jeans can be made with one bale of cotton.
- The reason why women's dress shirt buttons are on the left and men's on the right is because when buttons were first used during the Victorian period maids used to dress the ladies, and since the maids put on their shirts the buttons were put on the servants right side, hence the women's left. (Ashley's note: this is a theory that is believed to be true).
- 38% of Americans eat breakfast everyday.
- After chocolate and vanilla, orange is considered the world's most favorite flavor.
- Americans consume the most peanut butter in the world. (Ashley's note: Not a surprise to the Browns!)
Friday, October 3, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
I loved this book. I really enjoy books that I can learn from. I loved how thought provoking and inspiring it was. Like all heroes who have endured hardships, it is amazing to me how he was able to see the meaning in his suffering. Some of my favorite lines from the book are:
"He who has a Why to live for, can bear almost any How"
"In Spite of all of the enforced physical and mental primitiveness of the life in a concentration camp, it was possible for spiritual life to deepen"
"The Truth--that love is the ultimate and the highest goal to which man can aspire"
"I understand how a man who has nothing left in this world still may know bliss, be it only for a brief moment, in the contemplation of his beloved"
"Tell her that I talked to her daily, hourly. You remember. Secondly, I have loved her more than anyone. Thirdly, the short time I have been married to her outweighs everything, even all we have gone through here."
"Suffering ceases to be suffering as soon as we form a clear and precise picture of it."
"Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms-to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way."
The last quote is the basis for the whole book. Like I said, it was so inspirational! I highly recommend reading this book. It has made me catch the WWII bug--I want to learn everything I can about it.
October's Book is going to be Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. I would love to have you read along!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
I could not ask for more than this time together
I could not ask for more than this time with you
Every prayer has been answered
Every dream I have's come true
And right here in this moment is right where I'm meant to be
Here with you here with me
These are the moments I thank God that I'm alive
These are the moments I'll remember all my life
I've got all I've waited for
And I could not ask for more
Nic, I just wanted to tell you how much I love you! Thank you for making me the happiest, luckiest girl alive! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I had a Birthday party for Nic on Saturday and I appreciated all of our family members & friends for coming! Thanks for the great potato salad Char--it was a big hit! Here are some pics...
Monday, September 15, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Medical issues can be embarrassing to talk about, I think that's why people find it humorous to start sending me jokes and stories when I tell them I have to go in for a dreaded colonoscopy. I am scheduled for this lovely little surgery this coming Friday and I get to take Thursday off for the "prep" day. I am really dreading having this done and can't stop stressing about it. At least you are under anesthesia for it, right? My boss sent me this story and it was so funny that I thought I should post it! If you have had one, I would love to hear your thoughts!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz , while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of those he treated in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl's theory—known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos ("meaning")—holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.At the time of Frankl's death in 1997, Man's Search for Meaning had sold more than 10 million copies in twenty-four languages. A 1991 reader survey by the Library of Congress and the Book-of-the-Month Club that asked readers to name a "book that made a difference in your life" found Man's Search for Meaning among the ten most influential books in America .
Friday, September 5, 2008
Naps on Sundays, Being the hostess, Interacting with & watching animals
Something happening to Nic, not being able to have children, someone breaking into our apartment
Nic, Organization, Shopping
3 Surprising Facts:
Grew a 14 lb tumor, Broken both legs, Shark Diving in Hawaii
I tag Jamie, Allie, and Anna!!
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Twilight Books (I have a separate post about this!)
Brad & Angelina
Pickles (they smell horrible people)
Kenny Chesney (don't be mad at me Jamie & Kevin :)
Coke, Pepsi--any cola drink
Gone With the Wind
Email Forwards (that are false)
Board Games (most, not all)
Leashes for children
I must be missing something, because I realize that I am the exception on most of these things. Maybe you can help me out here, why do you love these things?
My eyes, of their own accord, flickered to him....
His eyes somehow managing to smolder...
His voice was was dark and his eyes were cautious...
Those are all in one paragraph! I can't handle it.
No matter how much Stephenie Meyer tries to portray that Edward is some gorgeous creature--your thoughts immediately go back to the fact that he is a blood sucking, fast driving, pale skinned, mind reading psycho vampire!!
I thought that the lines were very corny and that the book was very plainly written. I was offended that an LDS person would swear in her books as well. There are 469 pages in this book, and not a lot happens. The whole book is conversations. Basically, they meet, spend a couple of days together talking all about the details of what a vampire is and does, they go to the baseball game and then she gets hunted and attacked. I just don't get the obsession with these books. There are many more interesting, better written books then Twilight.
Ok, lets have it Twilight fans!! I am no book critic, but I really, really don't understand the fascination with this book!!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
The living room needed some year round decorations for the fireplace...(the wreath and sign came from that boutique that I mention in my Brigham City post)
This is our office/closet/storage/laundry room. Since we moved in it has just been piled up with stuff and had no organization. Although it isn't pretty, at least its organized.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
We stayed in the cute little town of Tremonton. We stayed in the Hampton Inn there. I really love Hampton Inns because they always seem so clean. Plus, their beds are the most comfortable things in the world! Doesn't this beautifully clean white bed make you want to take a nap? We spent most of our weekend in Brigham City. I can't tell you how much I want to live in this city! Something literally draws me to it. It seems so perfect to me. It's small enough for everyone to know each other, but big enough to have everything you need. It is right off the freeway and has gorgeous mountains right behind the city. Not to mention Box Elder High School is the best at everything and they are so stinkin nice about it! I was obsessed with asking every person we talked to on our trip if they liked living there and how they liked raising their family there. You can imagine that everyone responded that it was the greatest place in the world. Nic and I would really like to move there after law school, maybe in about 5 years from now. Brigham City is home to Nic and me's favorite places in the state. Nic's favorite place is the Maddox Ranch House. I think I have done a post about the Maddox before, but it has the greatest food. Nic loves everything on the menu! Their great customer service, rolls, and well water are just wonderful extras! My favorite place is "Where Else". It is the cutest little boutique ever. I love buying gifts from there (they gift wrap for free)! They have the cutest home decorations plus great purses, jewelry, and holiday items. It's worth a trip up north just to go shopping there. The owner is so cute and I want to be (and look) just like her! So after we have eaten at the Maddox and gone shopping at Where Else, Nic and I both leave Brigham City feeling very happy & satisfied!
We are going back to Brigham City with our friends for Peach Days at the beginning of September and I can't wait to go back!! http://www.bcareachamber.com/14.phtml
Thursday, July 31, 2008
I love that every great restaurant around her is not a chain!! With the exception of Brigham City (Maddox, Maddox Drive Inn, Idle Isle) Davis County has the best food in the state! If you haven't tried the local favorites--its worth a trip! Here is my run down on our favorite places:
Cutlers-Is my favorite restaurant at the moment! They have 2 locations, 1 in Centerville (the best) and 1 in Bountiful. They have the BEST sandwiches in the world and you will love their homemade cookies!
Nielsons Frozen Custard- Do you want to take a step back in time? Try this fabulous old fashioned diner! They are known for their frozen custard and to-die-for chicken sandwiches! Only cash or checks are accepted (like I said, old fashioned diner)
El Matador- My husband's favorite! Great Mexican food, great service! They have the best homemade chips & salsa!
Parson's Bakery- This place will break your diet! Seriously the best rolls, cookies, and cakes! It's located across the street from Nielson's so you can hit those both in the same trip!
Robintinos- There is something for everyone at this traditional Italian restaurant! My husband loves their lasagna and I love the garlic cheese pizza! Great garlic & cheese bread as well!
Mandarin Restaurant- We don't go here as much as we would like, but this place is ALWAYS packed! Great Chinese food! Some reviews online say that they travel long distances just to eat Chinese at the Mandarin!
Pace's Dairy Ann- Very similar to Nielson's. They have great hamburgers & ice cream cones. Again, only cash or checks are accepted.
Have I forgotten any? I love supporting local businesses! So does everyone in my family! Check out this site for ways to keep your business in Utah http://www.localfirst.org/ . Do you have favorite businesses close to where you live? I would love to hear about them!!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
He looks pretty happy!!
If you know Kenny, you wouldn't be surprised at the grooms cake..