Monday, January 30, 2017

2017! The year of the baby.

It's officially 2017, and that means the year of big changes in the Wright household!

Baby girl coming in hot the beginning of March.
Quentin graduating the first of May!
Moving somewhere, outside of Utah, and Quentin with his first big-kid job!

We're both so excited for this year, and all the great things to come. Hooray for moving forward and onward with our lives. 

January has already been a crazy busy month. I feel like it just started, and wham! It's the end! 
But also, this January has been so annoying, so I'm not terribly sad to see it go.
I've been busy working at the Cancer Center here in Logan. It's a fabulous job, I do all my homework, and occasionally update my blog! No, I kid, I do a whole lot more than that, but I try not to.
I'm also thoroughly enjoying my practicum this semester. I love elementary-aged kids!
There's no whining! Also, if you're pregnant around kids, they think you're super-human or something. I'm not kidding. And they all love you. Also, you can play way better games, and these kids actually care that they can't talk, and so you have so much more progress!
Overall, I like it a heck of a lot better. 
It's also beneficial that I'm more than halfway done with this practicum, and I've only been going for four weeks! I should have babies more often, they're pretty handy in accelerating your schooling.

Now for the photo dump, and catch-up on this whole month:

Look! A little bit of Austrian love came my way. 
Now, to find a way to get Q and I over there in the next couple years...


Other than snow, and cold, and colds; January has been filled with preparing for a little baby, and lots of school work. Quentin is also going under the knife tomorrow - he's getting his tonsils out!
It seems weird that I'm so excited for him, but I'm just happier that he'll be healthier, supposedly...
We did make the mistake of YouTube-ing a tonsillectomy though.
I gagged the whole time, and it honestly looks so painful. Then I couldn't stop feeling sorry for Quentin and of course he took advantage of that. I bought him five different types of ice cream, and cleaned out the grocery store of Gatorade's in preparation for his recovery. 
Here's to hoping all goes well!

That weird MadGab-esque game that you play without being able to use your lips? 
If you're an SLP, you'll probably win, because you're so used to listening to people who can't say their sounds correctly. It's kind of an unfair advantage in my opinion.

Also, tiny clothes and shoes!
I look a little stoned here. 
Someday's when I come home from work or school, I'm so tired I just can't even. 
This day was one of those days.

Church. The one time I shower and curl my hair in the same day!

One snowy, depressing Saturday, Chels asked me if I wanted to come over to sew!
I'm a sucker for crafting, and especially for crafting with friends, so I went over and we made a bunch of adorable burp clothes, and actually mostly just chatted. 
Later that day though, I got the sewing bug, and decided that I wanted to learn how to make some tiny bows I've been seeing all over on cute little girls, and plus, they look dang easy.
I have lots of fabric scraps, like any good crafter should, so I experimented, and made cute bows!
However, in the process I broke my sewing machine, and proceeded to have a meltdown, which Quentin so graciously halted, and then he fixed my machine!
Again, YouTube to the rescue.
But also Quentin, because he has the stable mind to think through things like that when I don't. Which is most of the time unfortunately.
And look, he's not even frustrated.

Also, he's the cutest and sends me selfies while he's working. 
His are always cuter than my dramatic-look-like-I'm-dying ones...ha!

We ventured up to campus the other day to see all the snow sculptures that have been crafted by single people. You know they're single because 
1. They care
2. They have the time for that
3. It's worth it to spend time with other people to them in the freezing cold, rather than snuggle in bed.
They have to be single.
But, there are some cool snowmen, and dragons, and ducks, and igloos!
Quentin's idea was to enter this one igloo that required sliding in and out on your bootay. 
Let's just say that was pretty comical getting me in and out of there in one piece

And now. A picture that I look highly pregnant in!
34 weeks, and feeling fine.
Waiting and wishing for the next five weeks to fly on by!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Christmas 2016

Christmas break! I believe that everyone needs a good, long Christmas vacation from life, and school and especially work. I also don't believe in working places that don't respect that philosophy. So, hooray for the Cancer Center, and allowing me to take vacations all the time!
I realized before this trip that, there isn't actually someone I report to, and no one that I have to go through to get my vacation days approved...this is fantastic. It means I can just up and go whenever I please! I did ask one girl if she would work a few days while I was gone, and otherwise, the place can survive without me. I'm not even sad about that fact.

Quentin and I planned to leave Logan on Friday the 16th after both of our Dr. Appointments. I started out the day drinking the yucky orange drink bright and early at 7am! I literally woke up and started drinking it. Talk about a breakfast of champions. After my appointment, we treated ourselves to breakfast at the hospital cafeteria. I get quite all kinds of free meal tickets to the cafeteria from work, and it was nice to not have to have any dishes before we took off.

Our drive wasn't terrible, thankfully. A few snow storms, but roads were mostly clear. They did close the pass the next day though, and some of our friends didn't even get to go home for Christmas because the pass was closed. Yikes! This has been a crazy winter. When we got to the Tri-cities, it was -5*, and the high for that whole week was somewhere in the low single digits. 
I pretty much immediately came down with bronchitis upon stepping foot into those temperatures.
I don't think I've ever been so sick.
Finally I made Quentin take me to urgent care where they gave me breathing treatments, antibiotics and an inhaler. I have a new found love for inhalers, and healthy lungs!
It took me probably the whole two weeks to fully recover, but I was so grateful to be able to relax and rest without feeling that I needed to do school or work on top of it.

So, for the record. I do not recommend bronchitis while 30 weeks pregnant. It's pretty miserable.

On the drive home I told Quentin I would pay him twenty bucks to wash the windshield at the next gas station. When he grabbed the bucket and wand thing, it was frozen solid, and we both laughed for probably twenty miles over that. It's been obviously uncharacteristically cold this year.

The holidays were busy as usual, and we were able to pack in all kinds of fun activities with both families! I really do love that our families are so close and we always get to see so many loved ones while being in Washington. 

My favorite activities include just our families though, and spending time with the people that I love and don't get to see as often as I would like.
Haley and Trevor came into town, Nick and Ashley and their girls are always there, and of course spending lots of time with Roger and Brenda. We love all the Wright's.
My family was pretty spread out this year, but we got to spend a lot of time with Trav and Janine and their kiddos, as well as Dan and Haylee and their girls for a few days. My parents are always a hoot, and little Hailey girl is at such a hilarious time in her life, I kind of can't get enough of her.
My parents flew out two days after Christmas to go spend a while back in North Carolina with Justus and Marian and their kiddos; so Quentin and I "baby-sat" Hailey girl. It was super tough. As I'm sure you can imagine. Hailey and I basically shopped, and cleaned and organized the farmhouse and played all the days until Quentin and I had to leave to come back to Utah. 
It was really great to get to spend lots of quality time just her and I, or sometimes with Quentin too.
Good, honest sisterly bonding time. I love that Hailey girl!

And here is a photo dump of a bunch of things that happened during Christmas break.
Now, March, get here quick so baby girl can join all the fun!

My mom and I spending an afternoon at Sephora picking out make-up for stockings and gifts. A saleslady talked my mom into this atrocious lip glitter. And then, I proceeded to pee my pants in the store, because laughing that hard, and a pregnant lady do not go well together!

Roger took Quentin, and I, and my Dad on a field trip to see the submarine one day.
I'm so over the freezing cold already. Pretty snow I can handle, negative temperatures are out!

Which reminds me. Quentin and I have talked a lot about where some places are that we wouldn't mind living starting this summer for his first job. I suggested Alaska, because there are so very many aviation opportunities there. After this Winter though, I told Quentin I'm taking Alaska off the table indefinitely.

Quentin babysat all the little kiddos one afternoon while all the Adamson women went and got pedicures. He kept sending me pictures of the twins refusing to sit anywhere else except his lap. 
(So many heart eyes)
And then the next one, of all the girls cuddles around Uncle Quentin. 
That guy is a real heart-breaker! Little girls LOVE him. 

Oh! My mom and I finished my quilt! It's all quilted and bound and everything! I love it, I super love it, I'm in love with it!

Hailey BABE!

After Christmas Church pictures of course. 
I love Christmas on a Sunday. It's so relaxing, and I love feeling the spirit of Christ on His actual birthday. It makes me so happy, and reminds me how very blessed we are to have such a loving Heavenly Father and Savior.

My favorite parents!

And of course, Quentin's very favorite Christmas present from under the tree.
We can't wait to meet our little BYU cheerleader!
Go Cougs!

We then drove home to Logan in a raging winter storm, and I was certain we might die, at least a few times. What is it with this winter! I swear, I can't say it enough.
And we were welcomed home by at least a foot of snow. That next week we got another 20" or something ridiculous. They didn't come plow the parking lot at the Cancer Center, and we kept having people get stuck! It was really annoying mostly.
Quentin, the brilliant guy that he is put my chains on my car for me, and all of a sudden, I was the most stable car in Cache Valley! We drove it up and down the really steep hills next to us just for fun, and we never slid or lost control. We honestly just drove around and looked at all the stuck people while plowing through in the little red car. We helped people out too! Well, mostly Quentin did...

And now I fill my days with my practicum that's taking up a TON of time, working part-time, fitting in Dr.'s appointments and schooling. Come March 1st, I will have zero obligations to anyone or anything, and I honestly and beyond excited. Hooray for Spring!