Monday, December 28, 2009

37 1/2 Weeks

Clothes are washed, bags are packed... we are officially on the countdown until we meet baby!

I just went to the doctor this morning and was told I'm at a 2. He doesn't think I will go over my due date. In fact, he thinks she will come earlier than that (even though I'm not counting on it.) Doctor also say's baby's head is so low, he's surprised I can walk as well as I do.

I still have so much to do. We are moving to Draper sometime in the the next few weeks, so I will have to scramble to get her nursery done. The good news is, I just finished school and am happy to be able to finally focus most my attention on getting ready.

Nate is beyond excited! He makes sure he has his phone on him at all times. He is going nuts since he hasn't been able to set up the crib yet. Seriously though, can someone please tell my husband he does not play for the Cougars???

I just finished a quilt for baby. It took me a very long time, so I'm happy to have it done.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Man Cold

Why is it that a "man cold" is much worse than a "women cold," or any other sickness for that matter?? Nate rarely get's sick so I can't say this fully applies to him. With that said, I think he secretly likes the extra attention I give him when he does get sick...although I don't mind giving it.

One of our friends showed me this and I couldn't resist sharing it with the rest of you. I would love to hear your thoughts regarding the "man cold."

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Baby Shower

This past Saturday Paige and Jenn threw me a baby shower. I have to say they went all out! The food and decorations were amazing. Thanks Paige and Jenn for throwing the perfect shower! Also, thanks again for those who came. I missed all of you that couldn't make it!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Cold & Crazy

We aren't ready to discuss yesterday's game. We will however, post pictures of College Game Day. Yes, College Game Day came to BYU yesterday for the first time ever, and we were there at 6:30 in the morning to be part of. We went primarily to protest against the BCS.

This sign served it's purpose for a good 30 minutes, until a cop took it away.

Some of the signs were hilarious

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


We had flight credit we needed to use up before January. Since baby is coming soon, we decided we better use it now, towards a trip home to Seattle.

Our first day was spent in downtown Seattle with Nate's mom. We always love spending time with her. For those who don't know her, she is probably the sweetest person you'll ever meet. I consider her the perfect mother-in-law.

This was the view from the restaurant we ate at on top of the Space Needle.

The number one HS quarterback in the nation has just committed to play for BYU this upcoming year. Since he's from Washington, we went and watched his High School football game. Before hand, Nate's mom made treats and hot chocolate to take to the game. We got there an hour before the game to make sure we got good seats, and made sure we wore our BYU gear. Needless to say, he didn't disappoint.

Jake Heaps

Jake's family

It rained the entire game (hence the ponchos)

Friday, October 2, 2009

Happy 27th Birthday to this guy...

Some fun things you might not know about Nate:

He secretly thinks he plays football for the Cougars.

Every night, he tries to sneak "cheesy chips" into our bed as his bedtime snack.

He will pass out if he hasn't eaten in a while.

When we watch Jeopardy, he knows almost every answer, even the weird ones.

He USED to beat me every time at mario cart.

He is super organized and can clean the house as good as most women.

He doesn't say harsh things about anyone.

I wanted to post a couple things people have recently wrote about Nate. A girl in Japan where Nate served his mission, randomly met a guy Nate knew a few years ago in our singles ward. Nate's name was brought up in their conversations through email. He wrote this email to her, and she forwarded it to us. I saved it for a day such as this. This is what he wrote:

"I have always admired Nate for his depth of character, spirituality, and example. Nate is the kind of guy that everyone looks up to--a true leader. Every girl in the ward would have dated him, if given the chance. He proved that you can still be cool, fashionable, and a stalwart member of the Church. The best way I know how to describe Nate is "quiet dignity." He wasn't a man to speak much, but his actions were worth a thousand words. I always admired how he never let any attention he received get to his head--very unpretentious. Any gentleman-like quality he would attribute to me, I would ascribe to him many times over, especially in his manner and respect for women. Nate is a great athlete and I always enjoyed playing with him in pick up games and on our intramural team. He is a hustler on the court and has a rare ability to create shots and produce on the offensive end. I am excited for him and the coming addition to his family, how exciting."

One day I came across a touching message sent to Nate on his facebook account from one of his Muslim friends from High School. She had been persecuted in school for her religious beliefs, especially after 9-11. Reading this message just confirmed what I already knew about Nate and his character.

"Hello buddy, how is everything? I hope everything is going well for you. One thing that I admired about you above anyone else in school was your kindness. After September 11th I remember writing to you, and your email provided words of kindness. I still remember every word of that email and it has stuck by me ever since. You know in that email, is where you told me about your beliefs, and thanks to you I searched about that religion. Then I remembered that most of your great behaviors was molded by your faith. No matter what, faith defines us all. Now thanks to you I have learned much about Mormon. We were good friends in high school, and it was people like you that made the rest of us feel that we are all humans no matter where we have been or about to go.
After high school we were all hit with September 11th, some people believe that bad things and bring good out of people. And that's what happened to me, I became more religious. I started to understand other faiths so we can work towards understanding and accepting. That's what I did, and I have forgiven my fellow class mates, because I looked the good in them. And I continue to look the good in others, its a healthier way for all of us."

Happy Birthday Nate!!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Baby Update (and other happenings)

On August 24 we had our 20 week ultrasound appointment. The ultrasound tech said everything looks great! We are happy to know baby girl is doing good!

It's been so fun as I've started to feel her more frequently. Nate has been trying to feel her kick the past couple weeks, but unfortunately has not had any success. Last Thursday, he felt her for the first time at 3 a.m. She was however only willing to give him two kicks.

currently the length of a carrot

Latest cravings:
Cheese and grapes
Gandolfo's Upstate breakfast sandwich (for breakfast, lunch, or dinner)

In other news, my biggest accomplishment for this week: wrote STARBURST and told them to BRING BACK THEIR ORIGINAL TROPICAL CHEWS! (They changed the flavors a couple years ago and I'm still mad about it!)We've been beyond excited for the new BYU football season to start! This weekend is the first away game. We leave on Friday to spend the long weekend in St. George with our friends Brent, Jen, Cortney, and Laura. We will of course be watching the game!

Lastly, I'm in my last semester of school and couldn't be more excited! I'm at the point where I feel I'm going to pull my hair out if I have to write one more paper beyond seven pages! It's been a long time coming and am happy to almost be done!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

XX or XY?

We went to the doctor yesterday and found out we are having a baby GIRL!! We both thought it was going to be a boy and were pleasantly surprised when she told us a girl (I annoyingly asked the ultra sound tech two times if she was sure). We left the doctors office so excited. My first ultra sound was at 7 1/2 weeks and she looked like a little peanut. But yesterday it was cute to see her actually in the form of a baby. We were amazed as we sat there and watched her kicking and moving. This past week I've felt her movements for the first time.

I haven't posted anything since Nate made the announcement so I thought I would expound a little more. I am currently almost 4 months along. We found out the night before mothers day when I was 4 1/2 weeks. Even though I was sick the first 14 weeks or so, I have loved this time being pregnant.

Nate is beyond excited knowing he will soon be a dad. He says our little girl is going to have him wrapped around her finger. I had to convince him not to tell everyone until I was about 12 weeks along. For such a smart guy, I was amazed at how many times he claimed the news "accidentally slipped out," or so he says! I've also had to convince him that I'm still perfectly capable of crossing the street by myself. He keeps telling me he can't wait until my stomach "gets huge!" He is literally trying to shove food down me!

We are both enjoying this exciting time as we know we will soon be parents. It's amazing how the protective parent instincts have already kicked in. Feel free to leave any advice or tips, but maybe try and keep the horror stories to a minimum! :)

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Need help with the Chub Chub!

Pardon the insensitive title of this post, but I'm a little concerned about some recent changes that have occurred in my wife as of late. By posting, I am hoping to receive some help or advice from other women who have experienced similar phenomena.

For my senior thesis I completed a 48 page case study th
at focused on unexplained weight gain in women who maintain consistent diet and exercise patterns. Lynlee's diet and exercise patterns are the same as they've always been. My concern stems from the fact that Lynlee doesn't match up with any of the common reasons for unexplained weight gain.

She doesn't suffer from lack of sleep, which triggers hormones that affect appetite and satiety. In fact, she's been
sleeping a lot more lately and frequently takes naps throughout the day. Sometimes she's dozed off on the couch right in the middle of our coversation.

She doesn't appear to have an increased level of stress. As we know, stress secretes the hormone cortisol, which increases your appetite. Conversely, sh
e appears less stressed than ever. She constantly has a big smile on her face while looking at her tummy. You'd think most women would be concerned about not being able to button their jeans, but Lynlee appears to welcome the pudge.

I don't assume she's experiencing menopause this early in life. The changes with menopause affect hormones that can alter your appetite. Your metabolism slows down and weight gain around the midsection is very common. But she's too young to be going through menopause right? Although come to think of it, for the last 4 months she hasn't been sending me to the store for any emergency "it's that time of the month" products.

In all sincerity, my wife is as beautiful as ever and now has a little bit "more" to love. Although I'm still confused about some of the recent changes in Lynlee's appearance, something tells me that everything will make sense come...................... January 2010.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Take Only Pictures, Leave Only Footprints...

Friday night we went camping with Hayley and Darek up Spanish Fork Canyon. Dinner consisted of tin foil dinners, lots of pistachios, lots of peanut butter m&m's, and a Whatchamacallit candy bar on my end! Casual conversation consisted of A LOT of embarrassing stories both Nate and Darek told at my expense (how nice of them!)

Monday, July 6, 2009

Happy Birthday America (and Jordin, Jaden, Aj, & Kerstin)

Jason, Amanda, and their two kids came and spent nine days with us this past week...

Thursday Nate and his friend DJ took Jason fishing at Strawberry Reservoir. They caught 45 fish.

Friday we celebrated Jaden and Jordin's birthday at fat cats. Nate's best score was 198. My best score was 98, even when I used a 6 pound bowling ball.

Aj and Kerstins birthday dinner at Texas Roadhouse...
Some of my Aunts and Uncles, and my parents.

Provo Parade
Nate and I loved hanging out with little Jordin. We miss her already!
For those who know Nate, you'll know this is his famous football pose.
Nate and his sister Cami
Firework show
Ketchup & Mustard