Power Walking

I’ve been going on walks a lot lately, but I took one last Wednesday that was incredible. I walked from our house, past the temple, then up and up the hill. I’ve always wanted to know what was at the end of the road, and so I went exploring, not to mention I got a great workout (for a pregnant lady).

Anyway, at the top of the road behind the temple, there’s a park and the start of a lot of great trails. So, that’s where I’ll be walking this week. Who wants to be my walking buddy?


Homemaking Basics

Since I became pregnant, I have been neglecting some my wifely duties, namely cooking and cleaning. Remember when we first got married and I would post about all the delicious meals I was making? Pork chops, enchiladas, peanut sauce chicken. And now the extent of my cooking is grilling a grilled cheese sandwich, and if I’m lucky, heating up some soup. But it’s not my fault! I’m blaming it on the baby. How am I expected to cook food if just the site of some items make me sick? I don’t even have to see some foods, just the smell or the literal thought of eating it makes me nauseous. Oh, gosh, that makes me think of one such item. Now I have to try to clear my thoughts.

And cleaning. In the first trimester you’re not supposed to be around chemicals and such, so I haven’t really wanted to clean my shower and inhale those 409 toxins. (Is toxins the correct word? It sounds right…)

But as I am leaving the first trimester and I’m not feeling nauseous everyday now, I’m trying to get back into those routines and be a better homemaker. I decided that everyday I will conquer one cleaning project. So, then I don’t feel like I have to clean the whole house on Saturdays like I used to. And now, I really want to try to cook dinners a few times a week.

Here is where YOU come in. I need easy and, most importantly, healthy recipes or ideas that I can make for T.J. and I this summer. We have a George Foreman grill, so tell me what to grill and instruct me which sides I create. I do NOT want to blow up like a balloon in this pregnancy (well, not more than I already will), so I need all the help I can get. Please leave me a comment on this post or send me a message here.


And I’m Back!

The blogging funk has ended. To tell you the truth, it was hard for me to write anything for these past few months because the biggest thing going on in my life, I couldn’t share with you quite yet. But now that we have covered that area, I have sooooo much to tell you!

So, I guess I could answer for you all some questions people have been asking.

When did we find out?

I found out March 28th, the day after my birthday (craziest birthday gift I’ve ever received!). I honestly didn’t think I was going to make it through finals, I was so tired and having that on top of the of the senioritis was a killer. Thankfully our semester ended in April and I made it through okay.

Do I want a girl or a boy?

I obviously would love a little girl so I can put her in cute headbands and dresses, but little boys are adorable and aren’t as much drama (so I’ve heard). I kind of feel like it’s a little boy, but who knows. Oh wait, we will… at our next appointment. I can’t wait!

Have I been sick?

It hasn’t been that bad, although there have been days I just wanted to sleep all day. My doctor described it perfectly to us, I’m in the the “Blah” stage. I never know what I want to eat, I never feel like doing anything, and I just don’t feel like myself. The nauseousness at one point was awful but has gotten better and the only thing that is still bothering me other than the sleepiness is that everything smells and tastes differently. I hate Diet Coke now (which is good because I really shouldn’t be drinking it) and I wear a face mask when I’m at home because the smell makes me sick. It looks ridiculous but it works like a charm.

Do I have a baby bump?

A little one. I kind of wish I had a big belly instead of where I am now because it just looks like I’ve been eating a lot of donuts. But, I’m sure a few months down the road, I’ll be dreaming of these early days.

Alright, I think that covers it! Oh and a fun little fact is that our baby is due two weeks after Dustin and Lindsey’s baby is due (Dustin is T.J.’s brother). We’re going to have a fun Christmas with all these little babies! Wouldn’t it be nuts if they were born the same day?




I’ll get a picture of T.J. as a baby soon!



The Baby

Just in case you haven’t heard, I am expecting. A baby. December 1st. It’s unreal to be saying that right now, I mean it was planned (and I’m only telling you that because that is one of the first questions everyone has asked me), but it’s crazy to think that in just a matter of months I will be a mom and T.J. will be a dad.

T.J. and I went to the doctor yesterday for the first time. I’ll tell you what, my wedding in the Salt Lake City temple last year was the best moment of my life. Looking across the alter that day and knowing that we were going to be together forever was a moment I’ll never forget and I didn’t know that anything  would ever top it.

But hearing that little heartbeat, seeing my baby’s arms and legs move all around, and having my husband beside me just as choked up as I was, was almost indescribable. It was right up there with that moment in the temple.

It was a miracle.

You know, you study about the development in school and hear from other people how amazing it was, but everything changes when you are experiencing it first hand. Suddenly, you are responsible for something more than yourself and you realize this is what life is all about.

I’m so happy that I finally get to share this news with all of you. Can you believe that at Christmas, we’ll have a little baby in our home?!

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I’m a [Baby Mama]

I’ll write an “official” pregnant post soon that will be emotional and make me want to cry. But for now, just watch clips of Baby Mama and think of me! Here’s one of my favorites.