Ten years ago, I was...
13 years old. That would be the summer before 8th grade. I was probably at some sort of soccer camp or practices by now. I believe that was also the summer I was put in the advanced performance class at my dance studio...so I was trying to learn all the dances and catch up to the other girls.
Five things on my to-do list...
1. Clean out and organize the closets so there is room for baby stuff.
2. Get ready for work.
3. Go to the gym with my hubby after work.
4. Read Eclipse to get ready for the release of Breaking Dawn on Saturday!! Wooohooo!
5. Finish watching So You Think You Can Dance!
A snack I enjoy...
I LOVE ice cream, perhaps the best thing ever invented. I also like apple slices dipped in caramel. Ooooo....wheat thins and string cheese is also tasty. Did I mention granola and yogurt? Pretty much I like many many snack foods.
Things I would do if I were a millionaire...
I would buy a house and a bigger car for the family...like a Suburban or something. We would pay for Jake's medical school and help purchase a practice when he finished. Put money away for our daughter's college fund and invest. Maybe go on vacation to somewhere by a beach. It would also be fun to buy a boat.
Places I have lived...
I tag......Jen, Karon, and Leslee
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Posted by Gretchen at 8:28 AM
Friday, July 18, 2008
Wow, It is hard for me to believe but yesterday I was officially 20 weeks pregnant. Our little girl is quite the active little thing. I feel her move very frequently and each time I can't help but smile. Both my mom and Jake were able to feel her move as well. It is so fun to realize that there really is a little person in there. We can't wait to meet her! I'm glad we still have 20 weeks to prepare, there is still so much more to do to get our home ready for her!
I don't think this picture does the baby bump justice...it seems so much bigger to me, haha.
Posted by Gretchen at 1:13 PM
As I stated in a previous post, my parent's were able to come to Utah for a quick weekend visit. They arrived on July 5th and left on July 8th. They were in town for Daniel's baby blessing and my gender ultrasound, which were all wonderful =) When my parent's left on Tuesday the 8th they didn't realize how bad the fire was near Paradise. In one day it grew from a few thousand acres to over 30,000 acres. For those of you who don't know, my mom is very allergic to smoke, and when they reached Nevada on their way home, it became apparent that it wasn't safe for my mom to continue the journey home. So to my pleasant surprise she hopped on a train and headed back to Utah to stay with Jake and I!
It was so much fun having her stay with us for almost a week (she left on Weds night). She is an amazing roommate and we hope she comes back to stay more often=) While she was here we had a lot of girl fun filled with manicures, shopping, yummy food, picnics, and a trip to the movies to see Get Smart! On Monday night we got together with my brother Ronnie and his family and enjoyed a lovely picnic in the beautiful park near our home. I took a few pictures of our fun with their family when we got back to our place.
My sister-in-law Rashell was nice enough to go through her baby clothes (she had 2 girls and just recently a little boy) and gave Jake and I 3 HUGE boxes full of clothes, blankets, bibs, and shoes for ages newborn to 9 months. She also gave me a ton of very adorable maternity clothes. It is so wonderful having a sister-in-law who was not only blessed with so many girls, but who is kind enough to share with us the cute things she collected over the years. My other sister-in-law offered their baby crib to us, which is also very generous. Jake and I are so grateful for the generosity of our family and we don't know where we'd be without them. Both our parent's are also the epitome of generosity. Thanks family! We feel so blessed!
Grandma and Daniel hit it off quite well. They kinda like each other, a lot =)
Kiah is such a good big sister to her baby brother.
Poor uncle Jake was the horsey for a while. Not sure what the facial expression on Jake's face means.....pure bliss maybe?
Our nieces are hilarious. My favorite was about a week earlier when little Leah wanted to feed the ducky's at the park. We were at the park and had just eaten Chinese food....she opened up her fortune cookie and said it as though reading it "Go feed the ducky's....ok!" And then she walked off with her cookie to the pond.
Apparently the horse didn't like to be squished.
Posted by Gretchen at 12:38 PM
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
This morning my parent's, Jake, and I went to my gender ultrasound. The baby looks healthy and measures a little big for dates so the baby might be coming a little earlier then anticipated...Nov 30th instead of Dec 4th. But we'll see. The most exciting part was when he asked if we wanted to know what we were having. And he told us that we are having a little baby girl!! Jake and I couldn't be happier. We are sooo excited to add a beautiful little girl to our family. One of the first things Jake said was "I guess we need to start saving for the wedding". I think he is funny =) For the past couple of weeks I have been planning out what I wanted to buy depending on whether it was a boy/girl. After the ultrasound I went on a bit of a shopping spree. I bought the most beautiful peachy pink dress with tiered ruffles on the bottom which I am really excited about...and a few other things. Now we have a few months to prepare for the little one!
Posted by Gretchen at 3:49 PM
The week of the 4th Jake and I drove to Boise to spend time with his family. We started off the trip with attending a Brian Regan show. For those of you who don't know who he is, you should listen to his stuff....he is a hilarious comedian and we loved seeing him in person. The following day we drove to Sun Valley, ID to spend some time lounging in the sun. Jakes parent's own a timeshare there and we had a lot of fun shopping, eating, relaxing, and swimming in the pool. Jake also enjoyed golfing with his dad at amazing golf courses. We had a ton of fun with his family and a highlight was discovering that Jake's sister is expecting a little girl (She is due just a few weeks before me).
When we got back to Boise the girls spent a day shopping and the boys went golfing again. My mother-in-law took me to Build-A-Bear where we made an adorable teddy bear for the baby. Jake and I went to the movies and saw Get Smart, which by the way is hilarious! We loved it.
The next day was the 4th of July. I participated for the 3rd time in the traditional holiday celebration of the Pollard's, Buckley's, and Olsen's. We began with a devotional and ended with a flag ceremony. Following listening to our 4 year old nephew say the Pledge of Allegiance (where he ended it "with jeopardy and Elizabeth for all"....It was pretty funny....we went to Cracker Barrel and had a delicious meal. Following breakfast we saw Hancock in the theater (we do not recommend it, everyone was very disappointed by the movie) After the movie we went to the Veteran's Memorial and Fancy Freeze where I was introduced to the AMAZING Boston Shake. The Boston Shake is a milk shake with a sundae on top...soooo good. We then relaxed at home until we all headed to the Buckley's for a wonderful dinner, games, and fireworks. It was a very fun and event-filled day.
The day after the 4th we drove back to Utah to attend our nephew's baby blessing. My parent's drove in from California to be there and also to go to my gender ultrasound. It was fun to have them in town and to see how much the grandchildren missed their "gwrapa and gwrama". They also took us shopping and Jake and I made out like band-its with a beautiful gliding/rocking chair, clothes for me and the baby, and a car wash. Not to mention some yummy meals. We are sad the week is over, but it is also nice to get back to the swing of normal life.
Monday July 7th was mine and Jake's 2nd Wedding anniversary. The past couple of years have just flown by. I have grown to love Jake so much more during our marriage than I could have ever dreamed of. He is a wonderful example to me and the perfect husband for me. I can only imagine how great of a father he will be to our children. I'm so glad I have an eternity to spend with him.
Posted by Gretchen at 3:27 PM