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Friday, December 2, 2016

Thanksgiving 2016

I just love the holiday season. I always feel like my birthday is a great kickoff into the holidays, and they just get better and better from there. November was a busy month. I keep telling Quentin that I think my expiration date for being the energizer bunny is going to happen sooner rather than later. I've been working more hours than I expected, plus fitting in my practicum once or twice a week, schooling like a MAD WOMAN, and growing a baby. AND, we even eat on a fairly regular basis.

I have been ready for a real break for a while, and hallelujah Christmas break is coming! Also, I'm dead serious about this, I am SO GRATEFUL for jobs that let me have all the time off in the world that I want. I don't have to do any of that time off request stuff, and I'm not limited on my days at all. I would literally not function if that wasn't the case. I hate being tied down, and I need my vacations, desperately! Now, on to Thanksgiving!

November is anniversary month for Quentin and I! This year it's been four years since we got married, whoa. It went by so quick. We were laughing and talking about some of the fun and crazy things that we've done in the last four years together, which made it seem like we've never not been married. Also, let's be real, I dated a few winners, and every anniversary that comes around I'm reminded how much I love Quentin, and am SO grateful that I waited and waited for years to marry him instead of anyone else. Even though I had to wait a LONG time.

We started out celebrating by making a delicious dinner by candlelight. Food is pretty much how we celebrate these days. We also went out to Cafe Sabor, our favorite Mexican restaurant in Logan. Plus we've had a gift card to there for two years now and hadn't used it. AND! We got tickets to go to The Forgotten Carols next weekend, so that's part of our celebration too!






We then drove to Washington to spend the Thanksgiving break with out families. Sam was having a baby shower and we were not about to miss it! Plus, with her not coming for Christmas this year, and me not going to be able to go out to Cali when she has her mystery gender baby, Q and I decided we'd best get our booty's up to WA to spend some time with her and Chad. So, we did!
Granted, I didn't take any pictures with them, but you know, that just means it was true quality time spent (:


I love going home to Washington, but Quentin and I love going there for different reasons I think. 
I personally love hanging out with people I don't get to normally see, riding horses, picking apples, setting up Christmas trees, doing girl things with my favorite girls, etc, etc.
Quentin loves to go to Washington because our dad's are always working on projects, and that means toys - in the form of hydraulics and big tires with big engines. AKA Quentin's favorite stuff ever. This year Roger has been working on a pole barn in their back yard, and Quentin helped dig holes and set posts and pour concrete. If you ever couldn't find Quentin, even at like seven in the morning, it's because he was out there playing on the equipment. I'm not kidding. 
It's actually one of my favorite things about him, he loves to work! Which is really good for us, I'm a bad worker, and a worse employee. But don't tell the hospital, they think I'm great!
Quentin and I laugh a lot about how many people I've fooled into thinking I'm a great employee actually...oh well.

Other than Quentin working on the pole barn in the back yard, we also picked apples with my Dad one Sunday. We gleaned them actually. Ever since the commercial orchard across the street from my parents house took out their Honeycrisp apples a year ago our family has been in slight mourning. A lot of years ago they approached my dad and asked him to take out our little family orchard that we had. If we would then they said we would forever have rights to whatever fruit we wanted of theirs. And they have a lot of variety of fruits! So I mean, it worked. But then they took out the Honeycrisp, and we all died a little inside. I kid, we're all fine. And they have great apples just down the road, so we survive, but they better put in something just as fabulous as Honeycrisp, or I really will be angry!
Anyway, we drove down the road and picked a bunch of cider apples that had been left. Quentin and I brought a bucket back to Logan, and man, I eat at least one of those babies a day. 
THEY ARE SO JUICY!








My family also always does a "Pie Night" on Wednesday before Thanksgiving. This is mostly because on Thanksgiving day you're always so stuffed after dinner it feels like maybe you don't get to appreciate all the desserts and pies that evening. So we like to make sure that we get all our pies in on Wednesday before, and Thursday too, but that way we extend our holiday, and really appreciate all those calories. We had the Wright's out and Trav and the kids, as well as Cassie's parents out for it. It was so fun! I love get-togethers really. We ate homemade chicken noodle soup, and then all loaded up on all the pies we could. Yumm! 
I can attest that it helped to grow this baby bump too, so success all around!

We then had to of course go Black Friday shopping! What would a Thanksgiving vacation be without some Christmas shopping? We ended up going Thursday night...(don't judge!) because we really wanted to get this deal at Walmart, and we did! Worth it, and then Friday afternoon when all the crazies were gone. Although there were still tons of people everywhere. But we scored some really great deals, and had a super fun time too! 
Now I'm sitting here procrastinating studying for my comprehensive finals and dreaming about Christmas break. I just really like vacationing. I can't help it.

Black Friday Shopping!

We made a few gingerbread houses to start out the Christmas season. I put Quentin in charge of the extra candies from Winco's bulk candy section. As you can see he is professional at candy picking, even if some of those are not good for gingerbread houses, he thoroughly enjoyed it at least.








And now we're back in Logan finishing up final projects, working, finalizing my practicum stuff, setting up new practicum stuff, studying for finals, Christmas shopping, and realizing that a baby girl is going to be here sooner than I think, and that I'd best start thinking about that already!
I'm not sure it it's been denial, or if I'm just thinking that nine months is longer than it is, but I realized I haven't thought about anything we'll need at all, and that I'd best get on that already. Do babies need a place to sleep? Or can a little rock n' play thing work? Do they have to have a tub? Can I just wash their tiny bodies in the sink? What about bottles...do all babies need bottles? Do I need to think about car seats, and strollers?....yikes.
Basically I've been thinking we'd get by on diapers, wipes, blankets and maybe an outfit or two...I've been disillusioned. 















Tuesday, November 29, 2016

ASK ME IF I'M PREGNANT ALREADY

I've reached the point in this pregnancy where I FEEL like I look quite pregnant. Really, I do! And yet, not a SINGLE person in the whole world has asked me if I am. In fact, today, I had a friend tell me "It's amazing, you don't even look pregnant yet!"
I understand that this is an attempt to be kind, and maybe I don't look pregnant to her. Granted, the whole time I've known her, I've been pregnant, so she doesn't even know pre-pregnant Becca. 
But I came home and told Quentin "The whole world thinks I'm letting myself go apparently."
Then, Quentin and I laugh and laugh and laugh. Because it is very apparent to both of us. Also, Quentin and another baby who loves him, baby Knox this time. He is a baby magnet that guy!




And while no one has asked me if I'm pregnant yet, I did have one girl at our ward party ask me if my belly was real or fake on Halloween...
THERE IS NO MIDDLE GROUND.




My family all came down for my cousin Lance Pants' wedding! He and Romina are adorable, and their couple name is Romance, so, they're a match made in heaven. We had a great time with my parents and Trav and Jonas and Liv in town. I think something was planned every single hour that they were here. Plus, the Harrison's know how to throw a party! And Brooke came! I don't get to see her enough. It's always so great when we get together, we have such a fun extended family. I never want to leave!






This is Quentin watching Brynn and Jett for a while one morning. He decided playing "statues" was the best use of all their energy, more like, his lack of energy.




Annnnnnd. Here's a little belly update. 24 weeks!! Also the week that the grocery store started selling Christmas Cadbury eggs, and I can tell I'm going to have to start lying to my doctor....




Friday, October 28, 2016

ALL THE PINK THINGS!

GUYS.
I was tricked!
In the best way possible though. We're having a tiny baby girl in March! The best news to ever be tricked by, am I right? Little girls are so cute and sweet, so obviously we're really thrilled. 

We had our ultrasound appointment on Wednesday the 19th. I was officially 20 weeks along. Quentin and I met up and headed to the doctor together.  We were both so excited, and eager to see tiny baby again! This ultrasound was SO fun. 
The tech took us back and we started up right away. I am always relieved when they find the heartbeat right away. And it is completely WILD that there are two hearts beating inside of me.  
Anyway, the appointment was great, we got to see the brain, and the heart, kidneys, bladder, and everything else of importance. It. Was. Amazing. 
I forgot that I love anatomy, and that the human body is truly remarkable. One human, can make a complete other person! Whoa. 
Anyway. Then, we found out we were having a girl!!!!! Quentin and I were both shocked and so EXCITED. We looked at each other and just laughed and laughed. The tech guy checked at least three more times during the rest of the appointment, and Everytime. Still a girl! 
We found out baby girl was/is the size of a can of pop basically. and weighs 12 oz. Which is still teeny, itty, bitty, tiny, but growing! So that's all that matters.
So, now we're thinking all about pink and bows, and girly names. It's maybe my favorite thing ever. 

Twenty weeks. 
Doesn't do the belly justice, but hey. 
I will say, some of my pants aren't fitting very well lately. And little girl has an attitude about it! 


This is not related to anything. Except for the fact that I love the lunches I get at the school I'm working at. They have a fabulous salad bar every day, and they have beets!! Like, my favorite food that I NEVER bother to make. So yeah. It's my favorite. 


Also not related. 
Quentin looking so cute on campus with me. Love these warm fall days. 


Baby girl!!
She is/was curled up into the tiniest ball and is stubborn! It was tough to get a picture of her face, since her hands and even feet were blocking it. Oh well. She's bound to be adorable. 


So.
We're super excited to see what baby girl looks like. But then again, I look at these pictures and realize that she is going to be pretty lucky. I mean, Quentin was adorable, and me? I never really realized that smirk was so apparent! Haha

Okay, but seriously? QUENTIN'S face!











I made Quentin go to the fabric store with me after we found out about baby girl. Then, because I'm not busy or anything, I decided to make a quilt!

I decided on hexagons, because, again. I'm not busy already, and I've made so many hexagon quilts before...haha!
I've just finished the top, and it actually wasn't too terrible. It's not perfect, and corners don't match everywhere, but, I think it's cute! So now to find the perfect backing and get it quilted. I might turn that part over to my mom. 





Also. I started a new job! This news is fairly old, but, still new -ish! 
I'm now working at the Logan Cancer Center few days a week. I LOVE it.
Okay, that's all. Yay for updates and for baby girls and all things pink!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Happy Birthday to ME!

27!

Let's all just pretend I'm still 21, because I definitely feel that way. Actually, Sam and I were chatting on my birthday, and I told her, I guess 27 won't be too terrible of an age, I'll at least get a baby for part of it! She just said, wait, you're 27? I thought you were 22?...Ha! So that doesn't make me feel so bad, because honestly, I feel 22.
The other day I told my doctor that I dread the day I turn 35 and become high risk for babies and pregnancy, and that I still feel 21, and heaven forbid the 30's are nearer than they are far now! He laughed and said he still feels 21. I think he was offended because I had to pick my jaw up off the floor. Especially when he told me his oldest child is 21, and I made a bad joke about them being best friends. Annnnyway. My doctor is great ya'll. And I guess I appreciate that he still feels 21 too.

Speaking of Dr. appointments, we have another one next week! It's technically when they do their big anatomy scan, blah, blah, blah. Which should be super exciting, I've already rescheduled it four times, no exaggeration. I'm going to give my Dr. home-baked bread or something as a token for being the neediest of patients. Actually, not neediest, just the ficklest. I reschedule every single appointment I make, but I can't help that my life is constantly changing!

For example, I used to just do my practicum on Monday, Wednesdays and every other Friday. Which, I still do. But I also just barely got a new job, hooray! It's at the hospital ironically, and it's Tuesday's and Thursday's, and every other Friday. So now I never have a free day. Plus, I am still waiting for my clearance through the hospital to go through, so I'm not even sure what day I'll be starting my new job, which meant that I had to reschedule all my Tuesday/Thursday appointments, but to when? Exactly. Plus, Dr's work weird days, who takes ALL Wednesday's off? I mean, I know a lot of dentists do...but that's because it's usually a slow day. Even though I was SO grateful that when I worked for Dr. L the dentist, we had Friday's off. 3-day weekends every weekend were glorious. Anyway, so now all my appointments are on Monday's and maybe Friday's, but I have to skip my practicum to get there. So that's fine. I have so many hours there already I'll be just fine.

Oh, and my Dr. told us it's a boy! He did another ultrasound at like....13 weeks I think, and that's when he said he thinks it's a boy! I obviously really like boys. So there's that.I guess the gender could change by the time we go in next week, however, I think I've thought it was a boy the whole time. So I'll be crazy shocked if that's the case. 

Oh, and look! I bought these...whoops. But, the airplane?? I couldn't not. Plus, I went to this huge Saranoni Warehouse sale that was last weekend here in Logan (FYI there are a CRAZY amount of places that are based out of Cache Valley. No really, a crazy amount.) And they were selling their huge blankets for a steal of a deal, in fact everything there was a STEAL of a deal. However I only had real eyes for baby things. Plus, I have so many friends having babies right now, or in the near-ish future, I just thought it was a grand ol time to stock up on cute gifts. Plus, the airplane! So cute, I died. 


Back to my birthday celebrations...

Tuesday I didn't have work, or practicum stuff or school stuff. So we woke up, Quentin made me a delicious breakfast, and I did pilates for a whole hour! Maybe more. I'm in love with pilates. It's my new favorite, and I swear it works, sometimes better than when I do crazy intense workouts. So...I'm liking that. Plus, the weather has been so nice lately, and I've been enjoying lots of walks and runs outside. Also, Quentin's schedule this semester is absurd. Mondays and Wednesdays he doesn't start until 3! And even then, he only has one class until 4:30. And Tuesdays and Thursdays he doesn't start until noon, and he's done by 3 I think. It's ridiculous. Anyway. So I somehow convinced him to skip his noon class...and we went and got free Jamba Juices! Plus my free Firehouse Subs sandwich, which whoa, I love that place too much. Then we picnic-ed and I dropped Q off at school for an hour. When I picked him up we went bowling, and I won! Typical. I always forget that I took a bowling class with Sam at BYU, and that I got really good at it once upon a time! It's a fun talent to have, except even still I wasn't fantastic. We ended the afternoon with dinner at Olive Garden and their chocolate cheesecake cake. Mmm, so delicious. 



Honestly, you just CANNOT beat that form! hahaha...


Also, haha, clown shoes!


After dinner, we came home and tried to bake a cake. It's a weird tradition that we have in this household, but every single year that we make a cake for my birthday, Quentin claims that he's going to take care of the whole thing. He even picks the recipe and everything, and then we always, always, always end up burning it, with actual flames in the oven. Whoops. For some silly reason, we/I/Q always overestimate how big my cake pans are, and over-fill them, leading to spilling cake batter in the oven, and hence, fire. It was a good thing we brought home the dessert from Olive Garden, and had a back-up plan...

In the midst of a fire-smelling home, it was a fabulous birthday. I love birthdays, and I love Quentin, he always spoils me rotten, and I love being spoiled (:

Oh yeah, and...we decided to announce to the world that we were having a tiny, little baby! I still sometimes forget that I'm pregnant. So I guess that means it's going well!




Saturday, October 1, 2016

New apartment!


We moved into our new apartment! It's brand spankin' new, and also on the fourth floor. So there's pros and cons, obviously. We didn't have any knobs in our kitchen for a few weeks, and we get a serious workout any time we go grocery shopping, and don't even mention moving everything up all those stairs! I really think we won't have to ever have a leg day again, at least until May.

It took me a while to get anything on the walls and furniture organized. Mostly because, we decided to sell everything! It was really fun, it turns out that I love dejunking too much probably. 
I was trying to get Quentin to agree to sell every single thing that we own, except for the couch, my beloved chair, and our bed. He didn't think that was the best idea. But come May, it's all gone! 
Except for the chair. I love that thing.


Midst of moving in process. Taking a much needed break between the hundreds of trips up and down those stairs we did. I've never hated STUFF so much in my whole life.
And I thought we didn't own very much!
But you should see us now. minimalists!

Also, funny story:
 That book on top is one of my textbooks for my fluency (stuttering, blockages, etc.) class that I'm taking this semester.
When it came in the mail one day I opened it up, and said "duh, duh, duuuuuhhhhh, It's here!!"

Quentin looked over at me and said "don't you mean dddddddddduh duh, duuuuhhhh?"

I know it's bad. But I laughed so hard, and hey, it's actually proven beneficial to pseudo-stutter with people who stutter so you know what it's like!
Also, in this class I had to spend half a day pseudo-stuttering. Verrrry interesting indeed. 


Lots and lots and lots of crap.



The view out the bedroom window is so pretty! You can see all of Cache Valley, because we're up so high, and on a hill. It's my favorite part of the whole place!


Oh yes. Also, a week after we moved in, we had our first visitors!
Janine, Cyrus and Charlotte all came down for Janine's nieces wedding and we got to play all weekend! Janelle, Isabelle and Ethan also came, and I gave them the very best Logan tour. We decided to do a bunch of food factory places, so the kids would be interested. And let me just tell you. We scored. 
First, I took them to Gossner's, which is one of my favorite places ever. We buy cheese there on the regular, and I love it. It's the best cheese, and I know it's at the top of the list of things I'll miss about Logan. Anyway. The kids all got to see some cheese being made through the window, and then of course try every type of cheese they make, along with all of their milks!

Janine fell in love with Gossner's, and that proves to me her good taste. They have all different kinds of shelf-stable milks, as well as whipping cream! I keep the whipping cream on hand all the time, and a lot of the chocolate milks. Janine bought cases to go back with her! It's a really great thing for food storage, or kids in general, or wait, anyone who likes chocolate milk, which should be everyone.




Then I took them to the Bluebird Chocolate Candy Factory! I'd heard this tour was a hit or miss, but let me just say, that if you're ever in Logan between Memorial day and Labor day on a Tuesday or Friday. GO! It was the very best food tour hands down, plus the best samples (Chocolates, duh!), and then of course you get to buy chocolates at the end if you wish, and you can't go wrong.





Plus, they have the same machine that is in the I Love Lucy episode that Lucy and Ethel get jobs in the chocolate factory, and they can't keep up with the belt, and so they start stuffing chocolates in their mouths? Right. Watch that episode too, it's my favorite.


Anyway. We're moved in now, and officially accepting all visitors!
We've already have three sets of visitors in the first month, and I that to me is success!