Sunday, December 15, 2013

Christmas Preparations

With Christmas around the corner and baby girl on the way we figured we better squeeze some Christmas festivities in!

-So we lit our fire, made hot chocolate and watched elf one night
-Helped make paper ornaments for a Christmas package for my missionary brother
-Went and saw our favorite Fashion Island Christmas tree with the Youngs and Thompsons
-Put up our Christmas tree and hung lights on our home for the first time 
-Watched the Christmas Devotional
-And been listening to Christmas music NONSTOP

Duffy Ride

My grandparents came into town for the blessing of my sisters baby. She is the sweetest babe and we love her so much. 

While my grandparents were here, my family finally did a Duffy ride through Newport Harbor. We had a marvelous time and I highly recommend that everyone do it


We had a wonderful thanksgiving with Stuart's family out in LA. Everyone came into town and it was such a treat! We went up Tuesday night thinking we would surprise everyone at Stuart's grandmas and no one was there. FAIL. It's okay though we saw everyone the next day and the party began! We had a fabulous Thabksgiving at grandma Anderson's with all the extended family and ranch and can even put on a turkey trot for us that morning! The SSRTT. Semi Serious Recreational Turkey Trot. It was so fun, even though I walked the whole time. Stuart, as you can see in pictures below, ran his booty off and is now determined to get back in shape ;)

Friday we headed back home and some of Stuart's family came and saw our place. Then on Saturday we met up with all of Stuarts immediate family in San Diego. It was so nice to be with everyone and we cherish the moments we get to spend together.

Our top 5 thankful this year:
Eternal Families
Baby Girl on the way
Stuart's Job
Health Insurance
Modern Medicine.

We are a very blessed family

Overdue Baby

The due date has officially come and gone. It is hours before I am scheduled to be induced and there is just no way that I can sleep. Too many thoughts and emotions running through my mind at this pivotal moment in our lives.

I am so grateful for the time Stuart and I were able to have in our marriage just the two of us. It has been the most wonderful 3.5 years and I would be lying if I said that part of me wasn't sad it was ending. I have moments where I am anxious of what a baby will do to our relationship and how we will respond. Will it really be as amazing as everyone says? Will I be a good mom? Will I be able to meet all my family's needs? Can I really do this?!

These probably cross every soon to be parents mind at some point or another. However when I pray and lean on my Heavenly Father, I am filled with peace. I know this is what we are supposed to be doing at this point in our lives. It is a wonderful thing to be able to bring a child into a happy home, loving marriage, and a gospel centered environment. 

ohh I am SOO excited to see my husband become a father. He is truly going to be wonderful, I do not doubt that for a second. This baby is one lucky girl to have him as a father.

I can't wait to tickle her little toes and kiss those cheeks all day long. The newborn baby smell just melts my heart. 

We are so excited for you little one

34 weeks 

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39 weeks 

 Last date night with my lover at Cheesecake Factory. That cheesecake was heavenly...

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Paddle Out

There was a paddle out to honor my father-in-law and I know he was looking down loving every second of it. Such a cool experience to witness...


This is a hard one for me to post and I have alot of deep emotions about this that are personal but I do wish to briefly express my gratitude for an amazing father-in-law that I was able to have.  Dave is a wonderful man who served others and loved the Lord. He welcomed me into the Lange family with open arms and always made me feel welcome. I will truly miss his great laugh, singing on the uke, story-telling, and joy for life. If there was anyone that knew how to LIVE, it was him. He was loved by everyone and brought so much joy into peoples lives. Stuart and I both miss him so dearly and look forward to the day we get to see him again.

As I know Stuart would agree, even though it is an extremely difficult time, we have been able to see the Lord's hand in our lives more than ever before. I can honestly say that Stuart and I have had spiritual experiences that we will never forget. We have never felt that love of our Savior and Father in Heaven more.

We love you so much Dave

I love this picture of him walking out at our wedding. Fits him perfectly.

Bed Rest

I feel that I should document my bed rest experience. Looking back it really was not all that bad, but in the moment I thought it was the worst. Pretty sure because in my head I had that I would be on bed rest till the end of my pregnancy which would have been 8 weeks, yikes! I thought I would only be getting up to use the bathroom and shower and have people wait on my every need (not as good as it sounds) for that whole time. But after two weeks since I had not had any more bleeding she switched me to modified bed rest. Hallelujah! I was so happy. I was allowed to be on my feet a little more, meaning I could run errands here and there, etc. Then two more weeks after that they took me off bed rest completely and gave me free reign to do whatever I wanted. So awesome. I really was not all that productive during my bed rest time but oh well....resting will he hard to come by the rest of my life, right?! I'm so grateful everything is okay with my sweet baby and that she has been growing like a champ.

Million thanks to my sweet husband who took such good care of me and was so patient with this pregger mama. To my parents who stocked my fridge and visited me often.  Also to all those who brought meals, books, movies, and visited. I'm a very blessed person.

The only pic I have from my bed rest rocking the granny scooter!

Camping at San Mateo

So we had been wanting to get in one last camping trip before this babe made her debut. It was very last minute but we headed down to San Mateo with the Hams and the Youngs and had a great low key camping trip! The spot is literally 10 mins from our house so it was easy peasy, just the way I like it :) our friends both brought their babes and they were champs! Stella and Carter are dream babies and were the best little campers. Made me extremely optimistic about life with kids. We kept it low key and ate hot dogs, roasted s'mores, and just hung out by the fire. In the morning we grabbed bagel shack, ( who needs to cook when you are that close to amazing bagels?!), and boys went surfing after. It was a grand old time and I'm grateful to live somewhere where I can camp and not be cold in October!