Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Boy or Girl

Ok, I totally forgot to post about our last appointment! I think the reason I forgot was because it was kinda uneventful. (in our case that is wonderful news!) So we went in and were able to hear his/her little heart beat again. Bryan and I were both totally freaked out at first though because we couldn't find the heart beat. So for a good minute or two it was just silence in the room. And when you're waiting to hear your baby's heart beat two minutes is a LONG time! Well, everything was fine; our baby was just moving around a lot so it was hard to get him/her to stay still long enough to find the right position. We went from 160 beats per minute to (at the last visit) 140 beats per minute. Which is "totally normal and right on track"! I love those words! After that we kinda just sat in the room and talked for a few minutes. Bryan and I were very excited to find out that at our next appointment we get to find out boy or GIRL!
I definitely want a girl, and Bryan definitely wants a boy. I want a girl first mainly because they're more fun to dress up and you can buy a lot of cutsie things that you can't really do for boys. My secondary reasons are: to give my parents one grandson (Clayton) and one granddaughter! Also, if we have a girl first then she will be able to babysit our other children when they get older. So as you can see- girl first would be WAY better! Now here's Bryan to give his reason's for a boy... Ok guys, first of all boys are cooler. You get to play rough with them later on and when they grow up they'll be protective of our younger children. Now I know Randi says that girls are more fun to dress up but you can buy more fun stuff for boys like toy ray guns and footballs and stuff. Where's the fun in buying doll houses and Malibu Barbies? Those are my reasons at least, here's Randi back... Lol, did you catch all that? Either way we will both be very happy! But- until January 8th, according to me it's a girl, according to Bryan it's a boy!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

I will never forget!

I was typing up a spotlight for Relief Society and realized that I hadn't posted about our last appointment! It was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen in my life! First let me say that Dr. Mos is absolutely awesome! And to explain that I need to go into a little history...

Ok, really quick here's what has been going on- Bryan lost his job at the beginning of October. With his job went our insurance. Without insurance it's really expensive to have any sort of baby appointment even if all you do is talk to your OB. So Bryan and I had to decide between Cobra (the insurance that is offered to keep us covered) or applying for medicade. Well, Cobra would cost us more then rent and all of our other bills combined every month and medicade is free! So... easy choice right? Here's the thing- with medicade I would have to go to a different doctor that doesn't know anything about my pregnancy history and the earliest I would be able to go would be a few weeks after I got approved for medicade which is one month after applying! So long story short Bryan and I decided to go see Dr. Mos this one last time and just pay out of pocket.

Back to my original story. So Bryan and I went in to see Dr. Mos and her nurses kept trying to get Bryan and I to do all of these tests that we didn't really need (HIV test, STD test, ect.). So eventually Dr.Mos told them not to run any of those test and to get me set up in the room with the ultrasound machine. I had already given the nurses enough trouble about the tests so I decided to just go ahead and move and then talk to Dr.Mos about why I couldn't have an ultrasound when she came in. Well when she walked in the first thing she said was that she was sorry about us being without insurance and she know how stressful that can be especially when you're pregnant. She went on to recommend a different OB that she went to school with that accepted medicade. Then she told me not to worry about the cost of the ultrasound she wasn't going to bill me for it because, even if I didn't want it, she did!

During the ultrasound I was able to see my baby! I couldn't believe it! Now, I have had ultrasounds with both of my previous pregnancies, but the baby never really looked like a baby. It was always just a little grain of rice floating around in a big black circle. This time, I could see my baby's head, legs, arms, feet, and hands. You can even tell where the eyes are starting to form and how the fingers are going to separate. If that wasn't cool enough Dr.Mos went from still frame (where she took our pictures) to just a normal ultrasound and OUR BABY IS MOVING! He/She is dancing around in there doing little back flips and stretching out all over the place! And then, as if that wasn't enough to make me cry, Dr.Mos turned on the sound. Our baby has a strong and healthy heart beat of 160 beats per minute! It may have slowed down since our appointment, but at the time 160 was perfect! I will never forget that moment.

So Bryan and I went to check out and pay our huge bill only to find that Dr.Mos had told her receptionist not to charge us for this visit AT ALL! Everything we did Dr.Mos covered herself. Seriously, if anyone is looking for a really great OB, I've got a phone number for you!

Well, I'm now 12 weeks along and finally starting to feel better! I still have my bad days where I'm sick all day, but I'm finally starting to have days where I don't get sick at all or that the nausea isn't as bad. I'm so thankful for that! Bryan and I are reading this book that gives weekly advice and tells you what's going on with your body and your baby's body. Last week our baby was only the size of a small lime. This week he/she's a large plum! It cracks me up how my baby is always some sort of fruit! Anyway, Bryan and I decided to go ahead and get Cobra and just cut costs drastically. So my next appointment is going to be in about two weeks...I think it's December 12th, but I don't have my calendar and I can't remember anything without it anymore! I'll post again when I think of something new or after my next appointment!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Big News

Well, we were going to wait for the three month mark, but Bryan went ahead and spilled the beans at church...and I had to tell my family...so then we had to tell his family to be fair... ok fine! We're horrable secret keepers!
After two miscarrages and a lot of drama we're finaly pregnant and staying that way! As of today I am 10 weeks and 5 days! I will be sure to keep everyone updated as we hear any cool new news!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Since October...

Ok I know I've been the worst blogger ever, but things have been kinda crazy! Here's a quick list of updates:
1. Jessica had her baby! Welcome to the world Clayton Mitchel Jones! Clayton is one of the cutest babies EVER, and he makes the funnies little turtle and grandpa faces! I'll post pictures later!
2. Bryan was offered a promotion! His manager thought he would be a great manager for his team and put his name in for a promotion. Then she went out of town and...
3. Bryan lost his job. Experian is doing a lot of lay offs right now and unfortunately Bryan got caught doing the wrong thing at the wrong time.
4. School has gotten really busy! Just this weekend I have had an exam (actually that was Thursday, but it's still this week!), I have a five page paper due, and an art project.
5. 6th Ward is moving back to Legacy. I didn't thing this would really cause extra work for me, but you'd be surprised!
6. Work is getting pretty crazy too. We provide care for the kids in PASAR on the days that PISD is closed, but only to those parent who want it. So we've been having sign ups for Thanksgiving for the past week, and then when we get back from thanksgiving we'll have sign ups for Christmas, oh wait, I mean winter break. And right after that, but still before winter break, we'll do sign ups for MLK. We also get to have 3 parties every year, and our first one is this next week.
So I'm sorry for being a poopy blogger, but I'm hoping that things will calm down pretty soon and I'll get to update a little bit more! Oh, and if anyone knows of a job that offers decent pay, and full benefits, and that's available please feel free to let me know!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Baby Shower

It's officialy over! Jessica's baby shower was Spetember 27 and I am glad to say that it was a hit! Everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves. The games, as disgusting as they were, really went well. Everyone thought the poopy diapers were absolutley nasty, and so, naturaly, they had to get everyone else to play with them so they could be equaly grossed out! It was really fun! The "Guess the Gerber" game went over pretty well too. Unfortunately, some people didn't understand that the tasting spoons were only for the Gerber game, not the poopy diapers! (I think that was the funniest part or the whole shower!) We only played one organized game, The Mrs. Wright experiment, and everyone seemed more then happy to play. After the games, prizes and opening of gifts we had cake and socialized for a while. Then everyone went home... or at least they were supposed to go home. We had quite a few people not want to leave, and a few more who showed up right after the shower was supposed to end! It was lots of fun though. The one thing I learned from this shower was that, while I don't mind planning parties, I do not ever want to host one again!

Jessica's Baby BOY Cake... there's a story here. Jess and I went to get our nails done the morning of the shower and sent Ben to go pick up the cake. When Ben got back with the cake he showed us a PINK and GREEN square cake! Nothing about that was right. First of all Jess is having a boy... boy's don't get pink cakes! Second the colors of the shower were blue and brown, no green was involved! And Third, our cake was supposed to be round. Everything at the shower was round (The diaper cake, the buttons on the cake, the favor labels... everything!) Anyway, I'm sure you can imagine, but I started to freak out! So Ben went back and explained that something must have been mixed up, and thankgoodness, they had our cake ready for us in the back!

Here's the diaper cake I made. The circle on the top says "Cute as a button." It's also decorated with buttons in case you can't see themin the picture.

For favors we had a candy bar. All the candy was blue and brown. This was a big hit!

As is tradition in the Peterson family for any party, we had the chocolate fountain running, along with a few other yummy snacks!

Thank to everyone who attended! Jessica got some really neat baby gifts!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Happy Birthday Pa

Last Sunday was my Dad's birthday! Everyone came over for Sunday dinner which dad normally makes. This Sunday Jessica and I decided to give him a break from cooking and said that we would make dinner and dessert for him. Well... Dad decided that he wanted roast with dutch oven potatoes for dinner and carrot cake for dessert. This was all fine until Jessica and I realized that neither one of us knew how to make roast! So instead of letting dad take the day off from cooking, we gave him the gift of letting him teach us how to make roast! (lol, thanks Pa!) Fortunately, I have made a few carrot cakes before, so I did that, and Ben makes awesome dutch oven potatoes, so he did that.

When it came time to have cake my mom went to get candles for dad to blow out. Dad was turning 44 so she needed two fours. Well, she has one of every number... only one. So Dad got to be 43 plus 1! You can see what we did in a few of the pictures, if you look closely.

Mom got dad a new set of scriptures (all leather cases) and a new scripture bag!

Happy Birthday Pa!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

2 Month Old Anniversary Post

I know it was two months ago, but Bryan and I celebrated our two year anniversary this July! It was so great~ we both took a full week off to celebrate. We talked about it and agreed to spend Saturday (our actual anniversary) just hanging around the house and getting things done so we could enjoy the rest of our time off. Well, I guess neither of us are very good at keeping to our agreements because I ordered us an anniversary cake (it's the exact same type of cake as our top tier from our wedding), and Bryan bought me a gift.

Since we hadn't planned on doing anything special on the day of our anniversary we decided to each take a day of the week and plan our own anniversary celebration days for each other! It was kinda funny though because Bryan's day for me was really a day for him, and my day for him was really a day for me! Here, let me show you-

Bryan's Day:

For Bryan's day we stayed home most of the morning. Bryan played games and I lounged around in my pj's and watched TV. Later that afternoon we went over to my parents house and went swimming. After swimming we hurried home, took showers and got ready for a night at Medieval Times! It was so much fun! And the food was actually really good!

My Day:

On my day we had a jam packed schedule! We started the morning off at Einsteins for breakfast. Then we shot up to McKinney where we spent a couple of hours at Craig Ranch in the Spa. (We got a couples massage and played around in the "lounge room" for a while.) After our massages we were ready for lunch so we went to The Corner Bakery where they make the best panini's EVER! Then we went to... don't laugh... we went to make pottery. I know, everyone in my family gave me a hard time for making Bryan come with me to make pottery, but it's really relaxing and we actually had a lot of fun doing it! We both made pasta bowls since that's our favorite meal to make together. Mine was taller and a little less wide and I colored it brown with pink dots. Bryan's was a little shorter, but wider. His is blue with yellow dots around the rim. He also added the word "yum" on the inside bottom, and a smiley face on the outside bottom. By the time we were done with pottery it was getting late and we still needed to get back to Plano for our dinner reservations. We ate a Brio in the new shopping center off of Bethany. I thought it was really good, but Bryan wasn't too impressed. After dinner we were both pretty pooped so we stopped at The Cheese Cake Factory to get some dessert to go. The sad part is... we went home and went straight to bed. We didn't even eat our dessert!

We had lots of fun together on our week off! I wish we could spend every week like that. Oh well, Happy (really late) Anniversary babe!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Baby Shower, School, Work, Moving, and More

Ok, it's official... I suck at updating my blog! I don't know what happened! I went from having way too much free time to having literally none! So here's the speedy version of what's been going on since... when was my last post? Anyway- Bryan and I celebrated our two year anniversary in July and had a wonderful week off together! (I have pictures and stories to add when I get a few more minutes.) Ben and I finally convinced Jessica to have a baby shower! "Yeah!" (For all those interested here's the info about the shower http://showerforbabyjones.blogspot.com/ ) I'm up at TWU for school this semester and I've discovered a few things about this school. First- it's a freaking long drive to make three times a week! Second- I honestly believe that the teachers plan their curriculum assuming that you either live on campus or don't have a job. And Third- If you ever EVER admit to a teacher that your number one priority isn't school, you are going to get completely embarrassed in front of everyone else in the class. (No, this didn't happen to me. Thank goodness there was another girl who said what I was thinking before I got the chance to say it!) I'm also back to PASAR this year. This year I will have the privilege of watching the kids who were in Kindergarten when I started "graduate" from 5th grade! How crazy is that! Bryan and I are also moving in a few weeks into another apartment. Somehow we went from a tiny one bedroom at Benton point, and not having enough furniture to fill it, to a huge two bedroom here, and having too much stuff! So now we're going back to a one bedroom... this will be interesting! So to try and help with the "too much stuff" issue we are also trying to organize a yard sale for either late September or early October. "Does anyone need a BBQ? How about a vacuum?!" I'll try my best to let ya'll know when everything is happening and how it all goes! On top of all this Bryan and I are still in the "trying again" phase of the baby making process. So far the count is two pregnancies and zero babies. We've run a bazillion tests and so far Dr. Moss hasn't found any reason for "why", but we're sure it will happen when it's supposed to! Again, I know I suck at keeping ya'll updated. As Jess always says "...I'm a work in progress!"

P.S.- Jessica has got me hooked on The Office. I was watching an episode the other day and it made me think of her babyshower. It almost made me want to resend the invitations with this quote added-
Angela: "Meredith! If you don't come to my party, you will be very, very sorry."
Meredith: "Is that a threat?"
Angela: "No, it's an invitation."

Friday, August 8, 2008

The Preschooler's Law of Property

Today was my last day teaching Preschool for the summer! We talked about a whole lot during these few months, but I think the most important things I learned are the Preschoolers Laws of Property. For those of you who don't know yet, here they are-

1. If I like it, it's mine.
2. If it's in my hand, it's mine.
3. If I had it a little while ago, it's mine.
4. If it looks like one I have at home, it's mine.
5. If I think for any reason that it should be mine, it's mine.

Preschool is a lot of work, but the kids can be very sweet! You have your good days and your "this is crazy, I want to pull my hair out" days. But no matter how many times you feel like you can't stand your job, one little "I'll miss you very much Mrs. Randi" can make it all worth it!

We were sitting in carpool today waiting for the kids parent to pick them up, when this little girl ( I can't say her name) turned to me and said "Mrs. Randi I want you to walk me out today." I told her that I would try to be the one to take her out, but if I was already taking someone else out that the other teacher would take her. This answer did not please her. She folded her arms and huffed. I decided to not respond to her huff. A few seconds later she tapped my leg and asked "Mrs. Randi could you PLEASE take me out?!" I told her I would try. Well it just so happened that I was able to take her out to her car. Before she got into her seat she turned around and gave me a hug and said "I'll miss you very much Mrs. Randi." I just about died!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Wild Weekend

This weekend was very busy for Bryan and I. I got my hair done with Jess and mom, we went to see Batman, went shopping, got sick, and finalised a few big decisions.

Jess, mom, and I got to the same hair girl in McKinney. So, every six to eight weeks we plan on spending at least 3 hours together getting our hair done. After my last hair cut everyone kept telling me how I needed to get highlights, and put some color in my hair. But I've never colored my hair and really didn't want to. however, every summer my hair gets this natural red tint to it. It's usually so pretty! This summer, for some reason, my hair didn't turn red at all! So I've been very sad about that. So when it came time for us to get our hair done this last Saturday I decided that I would have her put in a few red highlights. It turned out so cute! So I tried taking some pictures to put up so y'all could see. Because she did exactly what I wanted and blended the color so well that you could only see the red in the sun... it doesn't show up in any pictures! So Just imagine my hair... now imagine it being in the sun and having a pretty red shine to it... See- Beautiful!

OK if you haven't seen this movie yet you MUST go see it! Don't worry I won't spoil anything for you, but just know it was awesome! It was such a good story and had a few really cool twists! I know it's two and half hours, and that sounds like a really long time, but it's worth every minute! I never had that feeling of "when is it going to end" or "OK, I get it, move on"! They did an awesome job!

Have you been to Targets clearance racks lately? They have some pretty cool stuff for really cheap! I got two really soft, stretch, t-shirts (one blue with a circle neck, and one green with a v-neck) for $4 each! I also got a cute orange sweater/3/4 sleeved t-shirt thing. That was only $7! And I got a jacket for $8. I know it's summer and you're thinking why do you need a jacket or sweater in the summer, but if you were in my classroom all day you would want them too! I swear it never gets above 70 degrees! "Brr"!

OK, Decision #1: Remember that house that we found that was totally PERFECT? Well, Bryan kept having panic attacks every time we talked about buying a house so we put that on hold for a few days. Then when we went to revisit the idea Bryan explained that the reason he really didn't want to get into a house is because he would much rather start a family right now. After many many many long and upsetting conversations Bryan still would not agree with me that we should get into a house now and start a family in a year or two. So here's the end result ... we're getting new furniture, and a nicer apartment, and in a year or two we will look for houses again.
Bye, Bye, House!

Decision #2: While we were getting our hair done Jessica said she was considering letting me throw her a baby shower. Before Saturday she was 100% against having one! So Ben and I had been sneaking around behind her back and setting things up. I even started a blog page that will be on the invitations! I am totally excited about it! And it's great now because I can actually talk about it openly with out having to worry about her finding out! Good choice Jess!

Summer Cold-
I had no idea you could get sick during the summer! Friday morning I woke up and had the worst soar throught ever! I figgured that I had just slept with my mouth open or something, but no matter how much water I drank it still hurt. Then Saturday, along with the continuing soar throught, my nose got all stuffy and I started getting light headed pretty randomly. Sunday rolls around and I was exausted! I slept horrable, and was so tired all day! This morning I called my Dr. and told her what was going on and she said it might be strep so she wanted me to come in asap! So I went it, almost gaged on a cotton swab ( I swear they stick those things half way to your stomach!), and found out that I didn't have streap! Thank goodness! She said that it was probably just a summer cold. Did you catch that? -A SUMMER (meaning hot and in no way chilly) COLD (usualy the thing you catch after being outside too long in the winter)! I guess she could tell that I had no cluse what she was talking about because she went on to explain that it was basicaly just really bad allergies that would me me feel like I would if I had a cold. So she gave me a very cool Rx for some miracle drugs and I came home and crashed for a few hours.

Well, that was my weekend... how was yours?

Monday, July 14, 2008


Well, Bryan and I are stuck. As many of you may know Bryan and I have been looking at houses recently. We have looked in Wylie, Plano, Allen, and Princeton. This last weekend Bryan and I found a house that we fell in love with! It was perfect- about 2000 sq/ft, new kitchen appliances and cabinets, 4 bedrooms (or 3 and an office), 2 bathrooms, built in 2005, BEAUTIFUL home! So here's what happened-

We found out the the deadline for bidding on this house ended Sunday at midnight. Unfortunately we wouldn't have our mortgage lone ready until Tuesday. So we were both totally disappointed and thought that we had lost the house. So Sunday morning rolls around and our broker calls us and says to place a bid on the house. She said we could defiantly afford X dollars so to bid that much. So then Bryan and I start to get excited about it again until we pull out a mortgage calculator and find out that yeah we can afford that much, but we would be very tight every month. So now we're back to no house. Then we start thinking of our down payment and how much we really have saved and what if we put a lot more into the down then we originally had planned and what about this and that, and all this other stuff came up! So to cut a really long story short we were very stressed all day long and could think about anything else except this house and if we could afford it or not. Eventually we decided that we were going to place a bid and just bid low- this way if we got it then is was "meant to be" and if we didn't then it wasn't! So Bryan calls his dad to place the offer and we find out that his dad's licence had expired. So all that stress was for nothing because we can't even place an offer! Once again Bryan and I were sad, but figured it really wasn't meant to be. So then we started talking about maybe staying in an apartment for another year and having a baby, then when Bryan was in a better job we would revisit this whole house thing.

This morning Bryan and I were talking about having a baby and how happy we would be with starting our family. As I'm sure you all know we almost started our family a few months ago, but ran into ... (we'll call it) a glitch. So while we had planned on getting into a house and then having a baby, we had accepted the fact that maybe we were supposed to wait a little while on the house. WELL- I was talking to someone about this house and how great it was, but couldn't remember the year it was built. So I logged on to the website where we found it and you would never believe what I found. The house didn't sell! Had Bryan and I made that offer last night we would have gotten the house! I called Bryan and told him this and now we are back to maybe this is supposed to be our house. Now it has gone to a daily deadline and whoever bids the highest the soonest gets it (meaning if we were to bid today we would probably get it even if our bid was pretty low)! The sucky part about all of this is you never know when someone is going to bid. This house could be on the market for another two weeks or it could be gone tomorrow! So Bryan and I have to decide - Are we going to find another realtor and bid on this house? Should we wait for his dad's licence to renew and if it's gone then it's gone? OR Should we just stick with an apartment for another year and start a family now?

The stress begins again! I hate being in limbo like this. I want that house so bad I can't stand it. But I also want to start a family. Bryan and I have a lot to think about, and a very short time to make some very important decisions! (Talk about your "good grief" situations!)

Friday, July 11, 2008

I'm Not Alone!

As many of you know my darling husband is a HUGE gamer! And I...am not. So we spend many of our nights with him at the computer and me in front of the TV. I usually last about and hour or two before I start begging Bryan to get off the computer and pay attention to me. Well- tonight Bryan and I were actually spending time together talking about houses and playing around on-line when he asked the dreaded question "can I play world of warcraft now?"! I was sitting at the computer when he asked. I thought I was being funny and typed 'I hate World of Warcraft' into the google search bar. AND GUESS WHAT... I'm not alone! lol- there are tons of chat rooms and blogs about how much people hate that game! I found this very amusing so I started to click on one, but Bryan didn't think it was funny so he pulled the computer chair around and "helped" me up out of it! (It was all good fun) After he logged on he commented that I should "join a club" - now I just have to figure out which one of the many I want to join!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Summer Summary

Lots to blog about... lots and lots! First there's the preschool. I love kids. I want to work with them for the rest of my life. I have gone to school for years to learn about them so I can teach them. I love kids... but I hate preschool!!! I just can't do it! It definitely takes a special person to teach anything Kindergarten or under! It's one thing to have a kid smart mouth to you and be disrespectful (that I can handle) it's whole different thing for a child to throw a truck at your face and then bite you when you try to get them to say sorry! I COULD deal with this and accept it as part of my job, but why?! It's not worth the stress. But hey, if you would rather go home with a bloody nose instead of a headache you have my great admiration! I can stand preschool for about two months then - I'm done!
There's also this buying a house business... good grief! Bryan and I have been looking at foreclosures and HUD homes to try and get a better home for less money. Unfortunately neither of us are really the " I know how to fix it" kind of people. So We have to look for the least damaged house available in those categories. A new fence, carpet, some pain, those are thing I can handle. Damaged foundation, mold in the walls, a wall where there shouldn't be one... those things are a little out of my range. So there's that issue. There's also the stress of when to move. Which is where Bryan and I are right now. I want to move in August so that by the time our lease is up all the work that needs to be done in our house can be done. Bryan would rather wait until the last minute so that we aren't paying bills in both places at once. I see both sides... I like my reasoning better though!
I also taught my first RS lesson on Sunday. That was probably the most nerve wrecking thing I have ever done! It turned out well though. After I got myself under control and started breathing again it went really well. A RS president from another ward was there and asked if she could copy the lesson. I took that as a pretty big compliment. I sent her all of my quotes and visuals through e-mail and she responded by asking where I got my hand outs. That made me feel good about it! So yeah I guess I did ok, but I am SO glad that I don't have to do it ever again!
I still have more to talk about, but I can only sit at the computer for so long! I'll come back to finish later- hopefully I'll get some pictures up too!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


Okay people... I have a new work schedule so I'm home from 2:00 on. Keep in mind Bryan doesn't get home until 5:30. That's 3 1/2 HOURS that I have to entertain myself. So here's my request...Could we work on a few new posts please!! I can only watch so much TV, and with the rain the past few days walks are out of the picture! Plus I'm not allowed to spend any money! I must blog... help.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

New Fun Songs

Ok, so I know a few people get really annoyed at those people who put songs on their blogs... well, you can be annoyed at me now! I dedicate the first song to Jessica Renea- she LOVES enchanted so I know she'll appreciate this song. The second one is for me, I really like this song right now. And the third is for all you other bloggers with nothing better to do then read my blog! lol, and since I have nothing better to do - I'm now going to read all of your blogs! Hope they're updated ;) !

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Wii Fit

Bryan has been talking about this new game for the Wii called a Wii Fit. When he was telling me about it I thought it was just an extremely expensive work out video so of course I didn't want to get one. I knew he really wanted it though so last Friday I found out from mom that they had some at Toys R Us. So of course I got one! After I brought it home I thought to myself "Self, you deserve something too!" So went out and bought myself some beautiful red Gerber's and arranged them with these pretty little purple flowers.... Aren't they beautiful?! Anyway, we decided to spend all night Friday playing with the Wii, and it was actually a lot of fun! You can do a bunch of different things. Bryan likes the strength training and I love the yoga section! There's also an aerobics section and balance games. Bryan and I took turns playing around in the different sections. It's funny though because at the beginning of the game you have to input information like your height, age, and how heavy your clothes are. Then the Wii board measures your weight and determines your BMI. Then it takes all of that information and changes your Mii (a little person you make to look like you) to either be tall or short and either Fat or skinny. It's so funny! My poor little Mii got fat! My little brother and sister also made a Mii and played. Both of their Mii's got really skinny! Here's a few pics of Daniel and Bryan playing a few of the games...
Side Twists.... Go Bryan Go!!

Oh my goodness! These push ups are CRAZY!! First they have you do a really slow push up (it can tell if you're going too fast) and then it has you balance yourself for 15 or 30 seconds on one hand!

Like I said - CRRRAAAAZY!!!

I'm not sure what this game was, but I thought it was a funny picture!
Here's Daniel's attempt at Yoga.

Can you see his face? lol....

Poor Daniel!

Lol, this game is a lot of fun! I would highly recommend it to anyone who has a Wii!


Ok so I made a HUGE mistake! Bryan and I took a little weekend off together a while back and I got pictures of everything. We went to a baseball game, I got a really cute new dress, we stayed at the Westin Hotel, and had a lot of fun! So I was going through my camera and deleting pictures and I could have sworn that I already loaded those pictures onto my computer but... I didn't! So now I am frantically searching for a way to get those pictures back. Any advice? Anyone who knows or can think of any ideas PLEASE HELP!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Saturday, May 3, 2008


Okay so I'm supposed to be putting together my portfolio for EDUC 1301, but good grief! I've had to make portfolio's for a few of my teacher classes, but this one is by far the most detailed! There are supposed to be seven sections: Resume, Philosophy of Education, Field based experiences, Instruction and Assessment, Classroom Environment, Implementing Effective and Responsive Instruction and Assessment, and Fulfilling Professional Roles and Responsibilities. For the first section the only thing I had to do was make a Resume and put it in there. But for all of the other sections there's a three page paper, a project and a bunch of other stuff. Like in the Field based experiences section I have to type a page of observation for every lab hour I had to do. Then I had to type a three page paper summarizing those pages, and include a record sheet to prove that I did all 16 hours of Lab. That's 19 pages for just the one section! For another one of the sections I have to design a grading rubric and a ten question test to grade two lesson plans that I had to make. With the lesson plans I have to include any worksheets or copies I would need to actually teach that lesson. (That's another section.) I also have to create a discipline plan and write a letter to parents explaining that plan. And write a letter to parent introducing myself and my expectations for their children for the year.

For a long time I was looking forward to putting this portfolio together because it sounds like a great thing to use after I graduate! It will be a perfect thing to bring to interviews to show myself off! So why am I whining you ask... Well, this portfolio is due on the same day as our exam. So not only am I trying to study for the exam and put together this crazy portfolio, but I don't even get it back! My professor KEEPS IT!

I'm going to see if there's any way I can get it back after he grades it, but I seriously doubt he'll be able to tell me when I can come get it. Anyway, I was tired of writing about Lab hours and needed a break so... thanks for listening to me whine!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Five Things...

Alright Emily, here's my tag...
5 things I was doing 10 years ago
1. Trying out for PAL at Hendrick
2. Spending way too much time with friends
3. Playing my last year of Soccer (then I tried coaching... that was a joke!)
4. Meeting and becoming friends with Bryan
5. Finding new ways to cover for Jessica while she finds new things to tell on me about!

5 things on my to-do list
1. Finish laundry
2. figure out how to use my student loans to pay for classes
3. Finish School
4. Find and buy the perfect house (in our budget)
5. Try again at this being pregnant thing

5 snacks I like
1. Ice Cream
2. Frozen Yogurt
3. Dippin dots
4. Watermelon
5. Pineapple

5 things I would do if I were a billionaire
1. Finish school with out student loans
2. Buy the perfect house (in our new budget)
3. Pay off my car
4. Quit my job and take a serious vacation
5. Set up a college fund for my future children

5 bad habits
1. biting my nails
2. eating ice cream too often
3. waiting way too long to do the laundry
4. not telling Bryan how much I love him often enough
5.not being able to think of enough bad habits

5 jobs I have had
1. Soccer Coach
2. Tom Thumb Cashier
3. Apple Creek- Preschool Teacher
4. PASAR (Wyatt Elementary)- Activity Specialist
5. PASAR (Wyatt Elementary)- Assistant Site Manager

5 places I have lived
1. Gardenia California
2. Victorville California
3. Plano Texas
4. Allen Texas
5. Plano Texas

5 people I Tag
1. Jessica Renea
2. Jamie
3. Lisa
4. Sister Kari Tolle
5. Katie

Friday, April 11, 2008

Baby Update

Well, I'm sure a lot of you are wondering why I haven't been updating like crazy about the baby. So here's the update...

Bryan and I went to our first OB appointment with Dr. Innes on March 18th. It was probably one of the worst experiences in my life! First Bryan and I waited in the waiting room for about 20 min before a nurse finally came and got us. She took us back and asked a few questions about my thyroid and then left. We waited probably another 15min before we finally got to meet Dr. Innes. She walked in and told me that she would be doing an ultra sound and that after the ultra sound she wanted to do her own blood work to see where I stood with my thyroid medication. Then she left the room. When she came back in she did an ultra sound and measured the baby. She said it was about five weeks old according to her measurements, but there was a problem. She couldn't find a heart beat. So I immediately started to panic and feel just absolutely sick to my stomach. She started talking about miscarriage and my "options". She talked about a shot she would have to give me to induce the miscarriage, or a pill I could take. Then she talked about doing a DNC. I was completely devastated! I went home and bawled all night. Jessica called me later that night to see how things went and I told her the whole story. She went on-line and found out that MOST babies don't even develop a heart beat until six or seven weeks! Well, I woke up the next morning and my eyes were swollen shut and I had broken out in hives. I went back to my regular doctor to see what that was all about. So of course I had to tell Dr. Dejecacion (that's who I normally see- LOVE her!) all about the appointment. She was very reassuring and said that the reason I broke out was due to my very high levels of stress, and the best thing I could do for myself and the baby was to relax. She also told me that you usually don't see a heart beat this early, and it was possible that my baby was just sleeping or in a weird position that made the heart beat hard to see. So at this point I've decided that I hate Dr. Innes for not even mentioning any of these other possibilities to me! There was a lot more that happened, but with a little help I found a new OB that said she wouldn't see me before 8 weeks because everything before then was likely to be inaccurate! (Again, something to add to the "why I hate Dr. Innis" list)

So I canceled my follow up with Dr. Innes and scheduled another first appointment with Dr. Mos. Let me just say right now- Dr. Mos was perfect! She was so nice and really what I needed after Dr. Innes. Anyway, Bryan and I went to see Dr. Mos on Monday (April 7). When we walked in they had us fill out patient history forms, and then as soon as I was done a nurse came and got me. She took my weight, height, and blood pressure. She explained that the weight and blood pressure were something they would do at every appointment from now on and why. Then she brought me back to a room where Dr. Mos had a "goodie bag" waiting for me. It had a bunch of different prenatal vitamins, a booklet about what I should be doing and what I should avoid, a calendar to mark important dates, a little diaper bag, and even stuff for after the baby was born. It was way cool! So when Bryan and I got finished looking through the bag we did a few more fun things and then Dr. Mos came in. She spoke with us for a while about what to eat and what I couldn't do anymore, she told us what she was going to be doing that day and then what she expected me to be going through in the next few weeks. She asked if we had any questions and then we got started. Keep in mind this was all stuff that Dr. Innes never even brought up. I had no idea that there were different kinds of prenatal pills or how important they were, nor did I know that running is a bad idea even during early pregnancy! There was a lot that Dr. Mos told me that I had no clue about that Dr. Innes never even mentioned! Anyway...

Dr. Mos started the ultra sound and at first she was the only one who could see the monitor. She was looking and moving things around for a good five minutes before she turned the monitor to let Bryan and I see. She showed me where everything was and explained exactly what I was looking at. Then she showed us where the baby should have been. She stopped the ultra sound and told me that this typically mean that I had miscarried and just didn't realize it, but it was very possible that it was just too early, or that the baby had developed in such a way that it was too hard to see right now. I told her that I hadn't been cramping or even spotting. She rolled over to me and put her hand on my back and told me that some women don't, and they still lose their babies. She told me that she wasn't ready to give up just yet, and that I shouldn't either. She was going to do a hormone test to make sure my hormones were still going up. If they were then she would assume that this was just too early and she would see me again next week.

Because Bryan and I had seen the baby with Dr. Innes and now there was nothing we knew that we had lost the baby. I didn't really want to talk about it right then, but I had to come back on Wednesday to finish the hormone test that she wanted to run. I told her about Dr. Innes on Wednesday and she said that she still wanted to run the test to be sure, but she agreed that I most likely lost the baby. She asked if I wanted to do a DNC, and said that it was probably the fastest way to go. We talked about what all a DNC involved and what I could expect after the surgery. She asked if I had any questions about that and then asked if Bryan and I would be trying again. I told her about a bunch of people that I knew of that got pregnant again within a few weeks of having a DNC. She told me that it is very easy to get pregnant again after something like this, but that she would strongly recommend I wait two months before trying. I guess the chances of a second miscarriage are pretty high if you don't wait.

So, in summary...
Dr. Innes-Bad

Dr. Mos- Good

We lost the baby, but will try again soon.

Oh, and P.S.- My surgery is Monday morning so any prayers of it going well would be greatly appreciated!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Guard Dog

We have noticed something a little odd about our puppy. He's a little bit of a guard dog. The problem is he doesn't guard the house when we're gone, or us while we're on a walk. Instead he's decided to guard the bathroom door while someone is in the bathroom.
Anytime someone goes to the bathroom he'll follow you to the door and then turn around and lay down in front of the door until you come back out. At first I thought it was just when Bryan went to the bathroom, but then that night Bryan caught Jack doing it when I was in there!
What a weird little dog!

Bryan's Day Off

A few weeks ago Bryan and I decided to take the day off together. It was such a great day! Even though Bryan and I are both young and don't have any kids YET, we seem to be so busy all the time. We both have class Monday night after work until 10:00, I have class on Tuesday and Thursdays, and he has class again Saturday morning until 12:00. So to have a full day where we could both just be together was really nice!

First thing in the morning we went out and did a little shopping. Bryan is always so good about not making me carry any of the heavy stuff up the stairs. We live on the third floor so he always has me load him up as much as I can and then he'll run up and try to beat me to the door. He's such a good guy!
After shopping we went out to a movie. It was really weird because we were the only ones in the whole theatre! After the movie started a few other people trickled in, but there were literally no more then 15 people the whole time.

After the movie we went home and took Jack for a long walk. I love to go on walks with Bryan and Jack. It gives Bryan and I time to talk about what's been going on in our separate lives. He usually tells me how much he hates work, and I'll tell him about all the drama at my work. When we got home from our walk jack immediately pooped out in the middle of the living room. Bryan and I started to watch TV, but he only lasted about 10min before he fell asleep too.

To finish up the day I started on dinner while Bryan started to fill our dining room table with this computer parts. He's pretty good at up grading his computer so we don't have to keep buying a new one just to keep up with "the coolest new thing". He shares this disease with my dad... they have to have the best, newest, and most expensive piece of technology available to them. Luckily, Bryan is also big on have a savings account. So he'll compromise with me and just upgrade what he already has instead of buying a whole new computer.Bryan and I had such a great day together. I hope we can take more days like this to just spend time together. I would highly recommend taking a date day with your husband at least once every few months!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Happy Easter

Well a lot has been going on that I have meant to post about and just haven't! I'll probably end up breaking it up into a few different posts though. Plus my last few post have been pretty pictureless so I intend to make up for it here...

First of all, Happy Easter! Bryan and I had a great Easter together! I know we are both adults and no longer believe in the Easter Bunny, but some how he still finds us! We celebrated Easter with baskets and an egg hunt just like every family should! We just do things a little different...

In Bryan's basket he go a book that he saw at Jess and Ben's and decided that he just had to have! It's called What Your Poo is Telling You... I don't even know what to say to justify him getting that book. I can tell you that the "Easter bunny" was extremely embarrassed when she had to ask someone to help her find that book! Anyway, he also got the new Stargate movie, and huge blueberry muffins from Sam's.

In my basket I also got a book. Mine is called You Are Special by Max Lucado. I LOVE his books! When I was in Sister Kari Tolle's YW class she read this book to us and I have been dying to get it ever since! "Thank you Easter bunny!"I also got this really cool figure of a pregnant women. I actually bought the same thing for Jessica just a few days before Easter so I guess that's one more thing that we both have!

Jack had a GREAT Easter. Bryan filled some plastic eggs with his favorite doggie treats and we hid them all over the living room. I was amazed at how quickly he found them all. I was also very surprised to find that he could open the eggs on his own and get his treat out all by himself! (This is good to know for future egg hunts when the eggs will be filled with things that are not for puppies!)

He found them hidden under his toy basket...
...under the dinning room table...
...up on Bryan's chair...
...although that one took some thinking about how to get it down!It was way cute!

After a nice breakfast we left for church and taught the Easter lesson to our sunbeams. For those of you who don't know sunbeams are the class of 3 or 4 year old children. So was talked about the REAL meaning of Easter and when we were really celebrating. After the lesson we had each of the kids tell "Brother Bryan" what Easter was really for and if they were right they could get a treat. WELL... I'm not sure if parents would freak out about their kids names being on the Internet so I won't say who, but we had some of the funniest things! The word we were trying to get them to say was resurrection, but it rarely came out that way. My two favorites were from a little boy and a little girl. The little boy told Bryan that Easter was about "The resur-rectum of Jesus Christ"! The other girl kept say that "today is Easter-rection"! I swear these are some of the funniest kids I've taught in a long time!
When church was over Bryan and I went home and changed and then met over at mom and dad for a big "Easter" dinner. It was really more like a mini thanksgiving though. We had turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, and rolls. It was delish!
I hope everyone else had as much fun on Easter as Bryan and I did.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Secrets Secrets...

I'm sure almost all of you know by now, but I have to post about it anyway... Jess and Ben are expecting! Jessica finally decided to announce it so I'm allowed to talk about it now. Yes, she was the friend that I referred to earlier (you are all just too smart for me!).

As most of you know when I got engaged my family was totally excited for me... for a few weeks. Then Jessica got engaged and they were totally excited for US. The same thing happened when we got married, it seemed like she was going through the temple just as I was getting back from my honey moon! So you can imagine our reactions when I announced that I was pregnant and then a week later she announced that she was also pregnant! I guess we just have to do everything together! ! My first reaction to her announcement was shock, disbelief, and "I can't believe your doing this AGAIN!". But that only lasted about 30 seconds until I realized what it means for us to be so close. This time I'm very glad we are going through it together! When you get married at the same time there's quite a bit of...what's the word..."dislike" for the other person stealing part of "your day". But with this I couldn't be happier! After our kids are born we can have mothers day out together, count on each other to babysit, lose our baby weight together and as an added bonus- our kids will get to grow up together! They'll start school at the same time, start dating around the same time, graduate together and all that good stuff! I'm so excited!

Jess is two weeks further along then I am so it's nice and kind of scary to see what I can expect in the next few weeks! Although we are a great example of how each pregnancy is different. She's sick all the time and I only get nauseous once or twice a day (on a bad day). While she's eating every few hours I have to force myself to eat! (Everything sounds yucky right now... I have "anti-cravings"!)

I have an appointment next Thursday... hopefully I'll have something new to post then! But until then remember (Jessica Renea) "secrets, secrets, are no fun!"

Friday, March 14, 2008

New Background

Ok my friends... I have now spent a good hour and a half searching through a million horrible websites trying to find a new background for my blog. I am officially giving up (for tonight). Does anyone have any advice??

My Best Friend

Well, I have more exciting news! I just recently found out that one of my best friends is also pregnant! What's more exciting is that we are only two weeks apart. It will be so nice to have my baby be so close in age with her baby. She's not ready to announce it to the world yet, so I won't take that from her. But I want to wish her congrats, and good luck!

Bryan and I are going to my first baby doctor appointment on Tuesday. I'm not sure what to expect because... from everything I've read my baby is the size of a pinto bean right now, and looks something like an alien fish! I am glad to be going though. I haven't been very sick and that worries me a little bit. I've read a bunch of articles about women who don't get sick at the beginning and some of the stories didn't have very happy endings. I have been reassured by a few women that didn't have major physical symptoms, and their children turned out very healthy and happy. It just makes me nervous! Anyway, it's past two so I have to get to work! I'll update again soon!

Friday, March 7, 2008

Exciting News

I'm sure you all remember that post that said "Sometimes JUST sick". I took a pregnancy test and it came up negative. I went to the doctor and her test came out negative too. So we all assumed that my dizziness, nausea, headaches, and tiredness was all due to stress. WELL, we were all wrong! As of March 5, 2008 I am six weeks PREGNANT! Bryan and I are so excited! But at the same time we are scared to death. I am a planner and need things to go according to my schedule. Bryan and I have been saving for a house and are still planning on moving into a house, but now need to start REALLY saving for this baby. So for all of you who are wondering, yes we were on the pill and yes we got pregnant...somehow! Right now I don't have any "morning sickness" (I'm counting my blessings) I'm just tired, but I've been tired for the past month so I'm used to it! Now, I know that some women look totally cute when they are pregnant, and some look fat, bloated and ugly... I'm praying that I'm the cute type of pregnant! Anyway, "we" are due November 8th. I'll continue with updates as they come!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008


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Well, Jessica tagged me a while ago with a purse content tag... unfortunately for you I'm a pretty organized person so my purse is also organized. So, in my purse, I have:

My wallet
a 3oz. Berry Crush lotion from Ulta
2 rubber bands (One black and one brown)
My keys
2 Pens (One black and one blue)
Chap stick
Lip gloss
PISD Badge
Cell Phone
and depending on what I'm doing or where I'm going I'll take my camera.

So that's it...nothing fun or exciting, I'm just a little bit too OCD for that.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Matie Kay

I just changed my background to this one from Matie Kay. I love her stuff! This is her Teacher layout. What do you think? I'm not sure about all the colors...

Monday, February 4, 2008

Sweet Spirit

Have you every told someone that they had a sweet spirit? It's one of those compliments you give when you can't think of anything else nice to say about a person. Well guess what... I took a quiz to see "what makes me Amazing" and look at the result- I could cry!

Take this test!
Have a heart? You certainly do. Thoughtful and warm, you make other people feel at ease and welcome whether you're hosting a party or just attending it. You can't help it — you're a sweetheart who's a great friend to just about everyone.

Sincere and kindhearted, you look out for those you love and will often put the needs of others before your own. It's no surprise friends and family look to you for advice and a shoulder to lean on. Helping other people makes you happy. That's the best super power any hero could have!