Tuesday, December 28, 2010

4 Years of Married Bliss!

Today is my 4th anniversary, and how am I spending it? Sitting at home just wishing that Jake calls home today. Today marks 2 weeks that he's been at boot camp, and he said that he could call in 2 weeks, so I'm hoping it's today. We'll see though. Until then, here are some fun Christmas pictures to hold everyone over:

My baby got really spoiled over the holiday, which is exactly what I wanted! He now owns 8 pairs of shoes (which is more than his dad!) and he isn't even born yet!!

P.S. Did anyone else see the super creepy Christmas fog? Being a fan of the Mistborn books, it creeped me out!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

A Call For Letters

I just got my first letter from Jake at Boot Camp, and he is very discouraged. He has to spend the Holidays there alone and obviously boot camp is not a fun place to be. He can't receive packages, but the more letters the better! So PLEASE write him as much as you can over the next 2 months!

SHIP 09 DIV 076
GREAT LAKES, IL 60088-3515


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I'm So Proud Of My Sailor!

Well, he's gone. He arrived in Chicago late last night and he'll be there for 9 weeks. I'm doing much better than I thought I would be doing, and I'm just so proud of him!
P.S. I spent my first night alone, and I actually did okay! I'm pretty scared of the dark, so being here on my own frightened me, but I'm proud of how I handled it.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Now we just need to agree on a boy name!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Florida 2010!

It probably seems like Jake and I travel a lot, and that is probably because we do. Not having kids for 4 years of our marriage has made it easier to travel. Now that we are finally adding to our family, and with the fact that Jake is going to leave me for 9 whole weeks at Boot Camp, we needed one last trip just the two of us. So we went to Florida! We spent a few days in the Keys, and the rest near Miami with his parents. It was a blast!
The Keys: We got the tail end of Hurricane Tomas, so it was windy and rainy most of our stay there! But we were able to go to the turtle hospital ( I LOVE turtles!) and feed some of the rehabilitating turtles. We also went snorkeling along some of the reefs, but Baby Cuthbert didn't like that very much so we sat out for most of it and didn't get any pictures of it.The pouring rain in Key WestA turtle with only 3 flippers (one was amputated) being prepared for another surgeryFeeding the turtles! Fort Lauderdale: We went on an Inner Coastal Waterway Cruise (saw a navy ship about to be commissioned and some MASSIVE yachts), drove through a wildlife zoo type thing and saw the funniest sign ever (that is, it was funny until I realized just how true it could be!), and then we went on an airboat ride through the Everglades. I could not believe how absolutely beautiful the everglades were! Definitely one of the highlights of the trip!
This yacht is the 2nd biggest in the US and costs a whopping $98 Million!

We will miss you Sunny Florida!!!

I have some catching up to do!

I finally got some pictures off my camera and onto the computer, so be ready for a feast of pictures!
September: Jake took my dad, my brother Conner, and I shooting. Echo had her belt advancement in Tae Kwon Do.
October: We celebrated my one year of cancer free by going to the aquarium, and Alex had her first choir concert in Chamber Choir.

I was going to put my pictures of our trip to Florida on here, but realized that they needed a post all their own.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Confession: I Do Judge Books By Their Covers

I love wandering around the young adult fiction part of the library. I will pull books off the shelf at random, look at the cover, and if I like it, add it to my pile of books to check out. If the cover makes me mildly interested, then I'll read the synopsis, and then decide whether to read it. If the cover looks completely dull, then back on the shelf it goes. Using that system, I chose to read this book:

I started reading the book, and I didn't quite know what to make of it.

I would get to parts where I felt like I needed a lot more information to figure out the story and then the author just didn't give it to me. And then later, much much later, that information that I felt I needed would turn up in an unexpected place and I would have to think back to what I had read previously and piece together everything in my mind until it made some sense. It took some effort, and I thought that the author was just making sure her readers were really smart. But then I remembered that this was a young adult book, which means that there shouldn't be that much effort needed to piece together an otherwise simple, yet well written book.

So then I thought that maybe it was a young author and when she was reading back through her drafts she realized that she hadn't provided the reader with everything they needed to know, so she added it in later to help make everything make sense. I was satisfied enough with the book, but thought that there were some things lacking, but by the end I was determined to give this author another chance. When I got to the last page, that was when I saw something that made the entire book make sense:

It is a the final book in a 3 book series and I had read the last book first. No wonder I was so confused! I will now proceed to start at the beginning of the series, even though I know how it all ends! :)

Friday, October 15, 2010

A Celebration of Life - In So Many Ways

I haven't blogged in forever, but I couldn't let this day go by without commenting on it. One year ago today, I found out that all of the treatments worked and my cancer was gone! So today is my "One Year Free - It's the Way to Be!" day! I can now officially say I am cancer free, and in 4 more years I can call myself a cancer survivor! It's very exciting! Let me tell you some of the other exciting things going on in our lives now, because there are some BIG NEWS and BIG CHANGES! (because of the use of all caps, you are now required to keep reading)

First big news and big change: I'm FINALLY pregnant! Woohoo! This is something that I have wanted for years, but the cancer put on hold any of those plans. Jake and I are so excited to welcome our little baby on or around April 29th! I am at about 13 weeks and so far, this has all been fairly simple! I haven't been sick a day, I have tons of energy, and I don't have a crazy appetite. My oncologist kind of predicted that I would react this way to pregnancy. I have already seen my baby once and heard the heart beat twice! And every time I just sob! It's still so weird to me that this is all real! I think that after awhile, I just figured it wasn't going to happen for me and I would be a mom some other way. I am so grateful every single day!

And now to our other news! For those of you excited to come and hold my baby after it is born, you are going to have to come a LONG way! That is because we are moving to Great Lakes, IL! It is about an hour north of Chicago. And why are we moving there? Because Jake joined the Navy! So I am officially a military wife! He is going to boot camp December 14th, and then I will join him in Illinois sometime around the beginning of March, which means that the baby will be born there. But don't worry - I am planning tons of pictures and possibly several trips home so everyone can admire what is sure to be the cutest baby ever!

So there you have it! Huge changes to announce on a very special day! We should find out if it's a boy or a girl around Thanksgiving, so I'll make sure to keep you posted!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I'm a Tour Stalker!!

For those of you who don't know (which everyone should know by now) I am addicted to the sport of cycling. Not actually doing it - but watching it! My life basically comes to a complete stop in July when the Tour de France is on. Which is why I was so excited for the Tour of Utah! Not that many big name riders were going to be there, but I was ok with that.
The Tour of Utah was so much fun! I had a blast running around the state, meeting with other bike racing fans, playing paparazzi with my favorite riders, and just overall enjoying the entire experience!
I went up to the U of U to watch a finish up there:
And then to Thanksgiving Point to watch a start there. I got pictures of George Hincapie (who later crashed out of the race on this stage): Pictures of Levi Leipheimer (who went on to win the whole thing): and Bob Roll, one of the best commentators for cycling, and a darn good cyclist himself: Then I convinced my mom, Conner, and Robbie to drag themselves up to the top of Mount Nebo to watch the finish up there. We weren't planning on going up there originally, so we were almost all dressed in shorts and short sleeved shirts! It was in the high 50's, and we were freezing! But it was so much fun and we got a lot of free stuff!
We got to see Levi Leipheimer make a solo ascent up the mountain, which is a really really hard thing to do, and win the whole thing! After, we tracked down the team bus for a team called Team Type 1. They are a team that rides with Type 1 diabetic riders. We used to think that everyone on the team was type 1, but then we found out only a few of them were but they are sponsored by a lot of different companies that help out those with type 1, like my brother. So we talked to one of their diabetic riders who showed us his pump and his meter and let us ask him all kinds of questions. It was really helpful for Conner. We were exhausted when we got home, but I decided to check out http://www.cyclingnews.com/ to see what they had to say about Levi Leipheimer's win, and you'll never guess what I saw! You might have to look close to see it, so to help you out I pointed out with the white arrows me, my mom, and Robbie! We were on the front page! You can't see Conner because my mom's hand is in the way, and Robbie's head is sticking through the rails turned the wrong way because Levi can in too fast for Robbie to see, but there we are! I am a cover model! :)

Monday, August 16, 2010

The Plus Side to Unemployment

I don't know if anyone actually reads this anymore since I was a major slacker in my postings while I was working. But for those of you who are still reading this, I quit my job! It was kind of long overdue, and now I am just blissfully unemployed! So here are my top reasons why being unemployed is awesome!
  • It is 8:25am, and I am still in bed!
  • When I go to the gym at 9am, there is always a machine open
  • I can dedicate my entire week to the Tour of Utah, a bike race happening around Utah this week
  • I can actually make yummy dinners instead of something just quick and simple
  • Since we are now a one-income family instead of a two-income family, I get to be far more creative in how I shop and how I re-use items
  • I get to read to my hearts content! And I definitely have been!
  • I have more time to dedicate to my calling now, so I don't feel like such a slacker
  • My house is actually clean now! Well, actually, that one is a lie. But in theory, I would have more time to clean my house now. :)

and the best reason for being unemployed is

  • On Sunday night, when I have had such a wonderful day and I am having so much fun with my family laughing, eating, and playing games, and then I think that tomorrow is Monday and I get this little knot in my stomach knowing that all of the fun ends because I have to get up early and go to work tomorrow, and then it usually takes about 3-4 seconds for me to remember that I don't work anymore, and then this sense of euphoria fills me and it's the best feeling ever! This has happened the last two weeks in a row!

So being unemployed definitely isn't the worst thing ever. In fact, I could definitely get used to it!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Product Review: Spin Pins

The Spin Pin by Goody claims to hold your hair with the strength of 20 bobby pins. You are supposed to twist your hair into a bun, spin one pin into the top and one into the bottom and poof: your hair is done and it will hold all day. Here is what I have found about this product: IT WORKS!!!! I don't fully understand how, but it does exactly what it says it does! It is as simple as spinning them into your hair, and you don't have to worry about it ever again. I've gotten good enough to where I don't need a mirror anymore. You don't even have to have an elastic for your hair or additional bobby pins. And instead of having your head ache from the bobby pins, you don't even feel these in your hair. I even slept with mine in and didn't feel it. The only downside is that it is only good if you want to do your hair in a bun. I recommend this product to anyone and everyone! It's one of my new favorite things!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Time for Prom Pictures!

Alex went to her first prom last month, and it was so weird to see her so grown up! She had a blast and she looked amazing! And to prove it, I have pictures! Getting her hair done: (thanks Kandice!)Hair done but no makeup:Hair and makeup both done: (the makeup was done by yours truly - light and natural) Introducing, The Lady In Red! (applause is appropriate)
And don't forget her fabulous shoes!
Her date was adorable:and he gave her the coolest corsage EVER!!!It matches her dress and shoes exactly and he didn't even plan for it! They were just the cutest couple and had a blast!