Monday, February 24, 2014

XOXO!

I know a lot of people don't care for Valentine's Day. I've heard people say they think people should show their special person they care about them every single day of the year not just on one day. I couldn't agree more! 

But, that doesn't mean if we do show our special person we love and care about them every single day of the year that we can't go above and beyond to make our person feel special. I'm a strong believer in Valentine's Day. I believe in love. I believe it is important to make sure your significant other knows how much you adore them. They need to know that you love them, and couldn't imagine life without them. They need to know that you would do anything if it means making them happy because their happiness is that important to you. Valentine's Day is the perfect day to reaffirm this. 

Valentine's Day is not about you. 

Valentine's Day is about the other person. How can you make their heart happy? How can you brighten their day/week/year? 

The way to Drew's heart is a Little Caesars pizza and a Route 44 Peach Dr. Pepper from Sonic. He will forever be my favorite person to shop for because that and new socks, ties, or white shirts will always be his answer for "what do you want for your birthday?" or "what's on your Christmas list?"  It's the simple things that make him happy and I absolutely love that about him! 






Abbi and I had such a good time making cards for our special guy. Also, we discovered that Abbigail has a love for obsession with stickers! She couldn't get enough of them! Of course after we finished her card, she had to admire her work saying "wow" and "pretty!" She was pretty proud of herself. 

Then I remembered how I want to be successful in different photo shoots with Abbi and I thought I would take some pictures of her in her adorable Valentine's Day PJ's. I think it was pretty successful! When I told her to say "cheese" she fell to her knees and started pouting but that didn't last long. After her short pout session, she got on all fours and started growling at me. I guess my little pet lion didn't like the idea of a photo shoot after all. {surprise, surprise!}



Really, We just want Drew to know how much he means to us. He is so hardworking, committed, caring, loyal, loving, silly, energetic, thoughtful and I don't know where we would be if we didn't have him in our lives. Life definitely throws us curve balls, but I wouldn't want to take on this world with anyone else!

We sure love you Drew! Thanks for everything you do for us! 
XOXOXO

Friday, February 21, 2014

Our Big News!

{Rewind to January 2013}. When Abbigail was four months old, I had this thought/feeling that it was time to have another baby. Crazy, right?!? We had just had a baby four months prior, I already had a baby that was still waking up a couple times a night, barely rolling over, not talking, not eating solid food, heck she was still wearing newborn/0-3 clothing. What was I thinking?! But I couldn't shake this feeling. 

I brought my predicament up to Drew. I'm sure he thought I was nuts, but he was so calm and loving! We decided to both pray individually and as a couple to see what God had to say about this. It didn't take long for us to both receive our answer that we were indeed supposed to have another baby. Fearfully and excitedly we stopped taking birth control. 

{Eleven Months Passed.}

I understand there are some women, even some close friends that struggle with infertility for years! I'm not pretending I know what they are going through. I can't even imagine. One year may not seem like a long time, but I can tell you it was the hardest year of my life! I couldn't understand why God would tell us to have another baby, and then not allow us to conceive. What was going on?! 

This experience, as hard as it was, definitely humbled me. It taught me to have patience and to rely on God. It taught me that faith in God includes faith in His timing. It taught me how to pray more personally to God and really tell him what I was feeling and how much I was struggling. I think I can speak for both Drew and I when I say our relationship with our Father in Heaven grew so much stronger during this time. 

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Drew was offered the Job and we moved to Kimberly, ID. My parents came to help us move in. My Mom asked me If I was pregnant and I told her I wasn't sure, but I didn't think so. She told me she had a feeling that I might be. Mothers Intuition?! I took a pregnancy test that weekend and it was positive. I couldn't do anything but cry. I was/ am so grateful to God for this chance to bring another sweet baby into this world. 


Currently, I am 10 weeks pregnant. We are due on September 16th, 2014. We couldn't be more excited! I am feeling the effects of "morning sickness" pretty much every day, but it is so worth it. Abbigail is already so nurturing with her baby dolls and stuffed animals. She loves babies and I know she will be a great big sister! 


Monday, February 17, 2014

Welcome Spring!








We love spring! It seems like the perfect time of year. The flowers start blooming, the birds are singing and it's good weather to go on a nice family walk and enjoy each others company. We had a random few days that were very springy. {And I didn't complain one bit.} This particular day, we waited until Drew got home from work, played with Abbi's car, and went on a walk around our neighborhood. 

We LOVE where we live! After only having two weeks to find a place and move, we were really nervous about signing a lease and being "stuck" in a place we hated. But I am absolutely certain that God had a BIG part in us finding this house to rent. It is the perfect size, less than a mile from Drew's school, in a great ward and there are a ton of kids in the neighborhood. We feel so blessed. 

As we walked, we started dreaming. There are a couple houses for sale and a few lots as well. One day we will buy/build a home and we will make it our own and raise our family there. I think about it often. But for now, we are just enjoying life where we are at. We're grateful for a good job, house, ward, community and family. I couldn't help but smile as I was holding my sweetheart's hand, he was pushing Abbigail in the stroller, she was talking to herself, and we were just reflecting on our many blessings. 

I'm looking forward to many more family walks just like this one. We love spring! It seems like the perfect time of year. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Donkey Basketball

It's Friday Afternoon. Drew comes home from work and announces "Tonight is Donkey Basketball and I think we should go!" I grew up in a city of 60,000 people. I had 800 kids in my graduating class and we never, never, ever had a thing called "donkey basketball". I was sure Drew was pulling my leg. I thought for sure this was one of those times where he was teasing me and after he had convinced me it was real, he would come back a couple hours later and say, I was totally kidding, I can't believe you fell for it kind times. After two hours, I finally told him I would believe it when I see it. We first we to dinner at this cute, local pizza buffet. I gave it a thumbs up, plus it had a little photo booth there so of course we took advantage of it! 


After dinner, we drove over to the gym. We walked in, heard some kids say "Hi Brother Wright!" (I love when he gets recognized around town by his students.) We found our seats and a few minutes later they brought the donkeys in. 

You guys, this was probably the funniest (most funny?) thing I have seen in a long time! They rode donkeys and played basketball. It was nuts! Some donkeys wouldn't move, other donkeys booked it down the court it was hilarious! Abbigail was entertained the whole time! She thought the donkeys were horses. We tried teaching her donkeys say "hee-haw" but she was pretty content with a neigh. She yelled, laughed, cheered, clapped! Sitting on the bleachers wasn't good enough for her. She wanted to be right up against the railing, so she could really see what was going on. She's a hoot. 



^^ Failed Family Photo ^^




Long story short: Donkey Basketball IS a real thing and if you ever get the chance to go to a game, GO! It's root tootin good time! 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Sugar Cookie Photo Shoot

Okay, first things first. If you haven't been to/stalked this website, visit it now! I'm not kidding. I'm so not kidding that I'm going to post it again...


Drew and I found that website one day and probably spent the next hour peeing our pants from laughing so hard. We weren't laughing AT the people... Okay, maybe we were, but we were laughing harder because we could relate! Seriously, that is the story of my pinterest projects!

{Our sugar cookie adventure was no different.}

I love reading other blogs, especially when I feel like I can relate to the blogger. For those of you who blog, you know that blogger that you have never met in real life, but you're pretty sure if you did meet in real life you would be inseparable best friends. Lauren is one of those bloggers for me. Her blog is cute, she is cute, her sweet little girl Millie is stinking cute and they live in the cutest little farm house. If you didn't catch it, they have a pretty cute life.

She posted this post last week and I died. Dare I say that word again?! CUTE! I thought this was the best idea and I couldn't get over how cute she was baking cookies with her prego belly and Millie standing next to her. I loved it and thought "Abbi and I should do something like that!"

Sugar cookies sounded good to me. A few weeks ago, I tried a recipe I found on Pinterest. I wasn't crazy about it. So for this sugar cookie making adventure I decided to go with the tasty premade dough from the store. But that also meant the only thing I could get pictures of was the frosting making.

Maybe I feel like this was a fail because I didn't have my tripod, so I had to hold the camera the whole time and couldn't really get any pictures of Abbi AND me. Maybe it was a fail because I don't know how to edit my pictures and we had terrible natural light. Maybe it was because unlike Lauren, my "prego belly" consist of 5% new baby belly and 95% flabby baby weight from my last pregnancy (so it's not the cutest.) Maybe it was a fail because instead of chocolate chip cookies, we did sugar cookies and the frosting was EVERYWHERE! It got on my walls, floor, Abbi's clothes (hence the naked baby), her hair and all over her body, but maybe that's what made it more fun!

We had a blast and Abbigail especially loved it, but it just didn't turn out how I wanted it to. Looking at the pictures now, I realize I got some cute pictures (Abbi makes anything look cute) but I think we will be trying this again. I can't stop, won't stop until I get my dang cute cookie making photoshoot. 





P.S. You guys should follow Lauren's blog. I'm not kidding. She is the cutest!
P.S.S If you guys have some good sugar cookie recipes, send them my way! Please and Thank You!