Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Maternity Pictures!

Last week, we ventured back to good 'ol Rexburg, Idaho. My brother and his cute wife graduated from BYU-I. It was so bitter/sweet to be back in that town that we love so much! Rexburg is where we met, fell in love, and started our family. It's fun to be grown up with a real job and in a more permanent living situation, but part of our hearts will always miss Rexburg, Idaho. 

While we were in Rexburg, Abbigail (and some other family members) caught a really nasty flu bug. We ended up packing up and going home early. We didn't even actually attend the graduation ceremony we went there for... but we heard it was great and we're so proud of Cameron and McKenna! 

Before all of that nasty sickness happened, we partied with family for two days! My sister and her little girl were in town from Kansas, so we had all the little cousins on my side together! (which doesn't happen very often) It was so, so fun! They are all getting old enough that they actually played together and surprisingly they played nice! (separate blog post coming!)

One other thing we were able to do was meet up with my good friend Jessica and get maternity pictures taken! I didn't get maternity pictures taken when I was pregnant with Abbigail and it's something that I have always regretted. As much as I complain about actually being pregnant, I am constantly amazed at how incredible my body is! Lets get real, I'M GROWING A HUMAN BEING! Even now, reflecting on these pictures, I am realizing there is something truly amazing about my body, especially while pregnant! I will always, always treasure these pictures! Seriously, if you are in the Rexburg area and are looking to get pictures taken, contact Jessica! She is awesome and affordable! (JO Photography)

Here are just a few of my favorites! Thanks again Jessica! You're the best! 

(Side note: Abbi wasn't exactly cooperative during this shoot, and most of the pictures were of Abbigail throwing her usual tantrum... but luckily we decided to take most of the pictures in an orchard and picking apples distracted her enough that we got a few good pictures! Thank goodness!)

Less than six weeks until little sister arrives! We are all so anxious and excited! 
Any tips on preparing our two year old for a new baby in the house would be warmly welcomed!
But seriously, I'm not kidding... Advice please?!?

Monday, July 21, 2014

{four eyes!}

I have had "glasses" since I started elementary school. I don't have terrible vision, but bad enough that glasses help headaches to go away and I stop squinting. When I was younger {like elementary-middle school} I owned glasses, but didn't wear them often because I felt self conscious. I would compare myself to others. People looked at me funny when I wore glasses. I thought girls looked much prettier when they weren't wearing glasses. (Isn't it funny sad how early this mentality starts?)

I can remember a time, around first grade {I think} where after talking with my Mom and Dad, I decided I would wear my glasses while I was at school. I woke up one morning, arrived at school and put my backpack away. Throughout the morning I felt fine. I could actually see the board without squinting and it seemed a lot easier to focus because I didn't have to worry about actually seeing what my teacher was writing on the board. Then the time for recess came. My older sister was in the grade right above me and we happened to have recess at the same time. I often saw her/played with her during recess. I can remember playing on a tire swing with Lindsay. {Aren't those the greatest and worst at the same time?} These older boys came over and demanded we get off the tire swing and let them get on. They saw my glasses and I remember them calling me "four eyes" and then telling us to get off the swing again. I don't remember exactly what Lindsay said, but I remember her sticking up for me. Something about me being her little sister and they needed to be nice and could play on the swing when we were done. She must have been scary enough, because the boys left us alone so we could finish playing on the swing..

Being called "four eyes" hurt, but something I remember more than those sad feelings is how happy I was/am to have a sister who would stick up for me. We talk about this story even now, 16 years later.  "Remember when we were playing on that tire swing and those boys called me "four eyes...." It's a good reminder of what a great sister Lindsay is and how family should treat their family members. 

Now that I have Abbigail and another baby girl on the way, I can't help but wonder if they will have a similar relationship to the one Lindsay and I have had over the years. Abbi and new baby girl will be two years apart. My hope for Abbi and her little sister is that even though there will be fights, love will win out in the end. Even though they will steal each others clothes and blame their messy room on each other and often just flat out annoy one another, they will also be each others best friend. I want them to laugh, play Barbies together, listen to Backstreet Boys while they clean their room together and just love each other.

If a similar situation happened to Abbigail and her little sister, my hope would be they would love each other enough and have enough courage to stick up for one another. I want my girls to always feel loved and accepted by their family members regardless if they are at home, school, church, etc. It shouldn't matter who is around or who you are trying to impress, putting your sister down to feel accepted by others is NEVER the right answer. I have many concerns about raising kids. How will I teach them "this or that?" What if they don't understand? But of all the life lessons I want them to learn, this is probably most important in my book. I want them to love each other.  Really love one another. 


"Love is the healing balm that repairs rifts in personal and family relationships. It is the bond that unites families, communities, and nations. Love is the power that initiates friendship, tolerance, civility, and respect. It is the source that overcomes divisiveness and hate. Love is the fire that warms our lives with unparalleled joy and divine hope. Love should be our walk and our talk.”
- President Dieter F. Utchdorf

Friday, July 18, 2014

Favorite Things.

{In no particular order}

+ Using the "self timer" setting on our camera. Seriously, Abbi thinks it's the funnest (most fun?) game in the world! Eight month pregnant Mama sets the camera up, puts the vacuum in front of the camera so it will focus, presses the button, and races to move the vacuum and get in position all before it starts snapping pictures. She just giggles and giggles. {I love her giggle}

+ Breakfast time. I sure love my Abbi, but she is like World's Worst Eater. Seriously, I wonder how she is gaining weight at all because she really doesn't eat much of anything beside applesauce. (thank you Go Go Squeezes!) However, I have found that she will eat if she is distracted by something else. So breakfast has become our time to make some food and eat it while we are cuddled up on the couch watching some morning cartoons. 

+ Watching baby girl have a dance party in Mama's tummy. Baby girl is having a good 'ol time in there! She can make my whole stomach do the wave and I kinda love it! Even if it is starting to get uncomfortable, it's still fun to watch. I can tell she already has a spunky personality! {just like her sister}

+ Chocolate Creamies {this one needs no explanation.}

+Reading books with my Abbigail. She is getting so fun and so quick to learn! She repeats almost every word in the book. I love it! Some of my favorite words include: "Mimmie"{Minnie}, "Gopey"{Goofy}, "Hey whoa" {Hello}, all the sounds in "Mr. Brown can Moo! Can you?" and the way she counts {2,3,4,2}. This girl I tell you, always putting a smile on my face!

+On the topic of Abbi repeating everything, she has started repeating Drew and I as we pray. Is there anything cuter than an almost two year old learning how to pray?! I will answer that - No! No, there is not. Is it wrong to record her saying a prayer? Cause I'm having a hard time keeping the camera away. I guess you'll just have to imagine my sweet, petite Abbi with her arms folded, head bowed and a big smile on her face saying "dank you daddy" and "dank you Jesus" (although her Jesus sounds scary close to cheese, so maybe she is thankful for cheese too?) It makes my heart so happy!

These are just a few of the things that are making us happy lately. 

What makes you happy?
What are some of your favorite things? 

I'd LOVE to hear them! 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Chocolate Chip Cookies - A Recipe

When Drew and I were engaged, I would travel from Rexburg to Inkom (pretty much every weekend) to see him. And pretty much every weekend, his family would make chocolate chip cookies. The Wright family takes chocolate chip cookies VERY seriously. It isn't just a cookie recipe, it is a work of art!

So from that point on, the pressure was on! Learn how to make perfect the Wright Family chocolate chip cookie recipe! {Which I have since found out is just the recipe from the Nestle Milk Chocolate Chips bag.} I can't say I have perfected it, but they still taste fabulous and Drew loves them too! I think this is his favorite craving of mine so far... 

Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened (We use Crisco)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips (or the whole bag;)

PREHEAT oven to 375° F.

COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. 

BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. 

* If you missed our video from yesterday, you can watch that HERE!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Chocolate Chip Cookies {For Breakfast?}

This Mama woke up starving! Cereal didn't sound good. Pancakes didn't sound good. Eggs didn't sound good and fruit {you guessed it} didn't sound good. So I asked my body and little baby girl, "what do you want to eat for breakfast?" Chocolate Chip Cookies was the first thing that popped into my head. Yeah, chocolate chip cookies at 8:30 am. That sounded REALLY good! So, I ran with it. After making Abbigail a small breakfast (then running to the bathroom to throw up, which I haven't done in a few months) I got started...

Abbi was oh so helpful! She really loved helping pour everything in and she especially loved playing in the flour! Am I the only one who can't make cookies without covering our counters, walls and floor in flour? {please say no} Until she got some in her mouth and she looked up at me with her sweet, innocent eyes and said "dis yuck!" Yes Abbi, flour is yuck, I couldn't agree more! 

Also, I started making the cookies and realized I didn't have enough Crisco! So I did what any rational person would do in my situation... Frantically called my husband at work telling him I would simply die if I didn't have cookies RIGHT NOW! Not really, but I did call Drew. Our conversation went a little like this:

Drew: Hello?
Me: Hi. Can you take a 10 minute break?
Drew: How Come?
Me: I really want chocolate chip cookies, but I don't have enough Crisco...
Drew: Right now?
Me: Yes.
Drew: Okay, I will go get some and be there in 10 minutes..

{Yeah, he is kinda the best!}

So here it is, our chocolate chip cookie adventure... messy hair, pajamas and all! It was the perfect way to start our day!

*Recipe to come!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Baby Bump: 31 Weeks

^^Yes, my toddler is coloring on her sister. {Anywhere BUT on paper! She is crazy, I tell you!}
** I realize this post is probably pretty random since I have been terrible at documenting this pregnancy, but I'm doing it anyways! So there! ;)

How far along: 31 weeks!
Total weight gain: gained 12 lbs total
Maternity clothes: YES! (Since like week 7) Thank goodness maternity clothes are comfortable! My go to stores are Ross and Old Navy. 
Stretch marks: I haven't noticed any new ones really, but I got a ton with my first pregnancy! 
Sleep: Mostly Good. Up until a couple nights ago, I was sleeping great! (other than getting up 2-3 times a night to use the bathroom.) I finally started using my pregnancy body pillow Drew got me for Mothers Day and it has been a life saver! 
Best moment of this week: I've been crafting this week! ( I know, those who really know me are genuinely shocked!) Abbigail and baby #2 are going to share a bedroom, and I am getting really excited with how their room is turning out. So probably the best part of my week was winning the war against Mod Podge! There will be NO air bubbles in my project! ;)
Miss anything: Oh Yes! Sleeping 8 hours a night straight (at least), red meat (spaghetti used to be my favorite, now I can't finish a plate without gagging), being able to bend over to pick something up without feeling like I just ran a marathon, and being able to eat anything I want and NOT get heartburn. {to name a few}
Movement: SO much movement! Baby girl is either having a dance party or trying to bust outta there {or both?} pretty much constantly. I love it, except for when her dance party happens to be on my bladder... then it's not so fun. 
Food cravings: Chocolate Creamies, Cold Cereal and French Fries! Nutritious, I know! ;)
Anything making you queasy or sick: Usually I feel pretty good! If I eat too much, I definitely feel sick and also some smells still make me nauseous... {but not very often}
Have you started to show yet: Uhhhh... Yes! 
Gender: Girl
Labor signs: Not really. I never had any pre labor signs with Abbi... but with this pregnancy, I have had a couple Braxton Hicks contractions, but nothing really significant. 
Belly button in or out: In.
Wedding rings on or off: Off. I am so terrible about wearing a ring regardless if I am pregnant or not. My original ring is too small, so I have a fake one that I still wear occasionally, but not as often as I should. 
Happy or moody most of the time: I'd like to say happy, but lately I have been feeling pretty moody. So maybe both? {If I can be real for a second, pregnancy hormones STINK! One second I can be totally happy and then the cashier at Walmart doesn't bag my groceries a certain way and it totally ruins the rest of my day! Rationality does not exist when you are pregnant.} 
Looking forward to: Going to the doctor this week and getting to hear baby girl's heartbeat! {It's probably my favorite sound in the whole world!}

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Cannon Beach, OR

For the Fourth of July, We packed up our car and headed to Washington! I went to Washington with Abbigail back in January, but Drew hadn't been since Thanksgiving and we decided that was too long! We left after work on Wednesday and stayed through Sunday. It was the best. We are all so spoiled when we go to Grandma and Grandpa's house. Abbi was the center of attention (like always), I'm pretty sure she is going to have some attention withdrawals now that we are back home. 

We enjoyed 4 days of relaxing, eating out, shopping and spending time with family. It was great! On Thursday though, Abbigail was acting a little off and everytime she had to pee (TMI?) she would scream! Something wasn't right. Thank goodness for modern medicine and doctors. We took her to one of the urgent care places, they took a urine sample and told us she had some kind of UTI. How do babies even get those? Anyways, the prescribed an antibiotic and aside from the fever that came along with the infection, she was feeling back to her normal self by Friday morning. Hallelujah! 

Abbigail's schedule was kinda messed up from the one hour time change. She was up at 5:30am every morning, which made for one tired Mama. But that also made for a tired baby and so for the Fourth of July we put her to bed at 8:00 and called it a night! Please tell me we aren't the only lame ones? But right outside my parent's window, people were setting off some pretty great fireworks, so we did enjoy quite the fireworks show without even leaving the house. It was perfect. 

*** Also, I blame this on the pregnancy, but Saturday night rolled around and I realized I hadn't taken a single picture! I was so upset. But trust me when I tell you we had a great time and can't wait to go back! 

Sunday Morning came and we decided we didn't want to be done vacationing. Driving back home and going back to work just seemed so blah. Can I get an Amen? It took a while to convince Drew (a whole 30 seconds), but then we decided to drive over to Portland to visit his sister Janelle and her husband Jacob. They are kind of the best! 

We got to their house and went swimming, played card games and Abbi really enjoyed coloring on their back door with window markers. I guess maybe I should invest in some of those. We convinced Janelle that work was for Lame-O's and she took work off for the next day. Jacob was a little more stubborn. Something about work is important and he couldn't miss. Darn you Jacob for being responsible! 

We woke up Monday morning and made plans to head to the Oregon Coast for a little day trip. Drew realized one of his contacts had torn and he didn't have any back up glasses. Luckily Janelle's eye doctor saved the day and gave Drew a couple pairs of new contacts. They were awesome! After Drew put his new contacts in, we headed to the beach...

Our day at the beach could not have been more perfect! We ate lunch at a little diner that sat right on the ocean! It was gorgeous! It was 65 degrees outside and overcast! It actually felt great, but we didn't pack a single jacket as we werent planning on heading over this way. So darn it, we had to go buy some! :) 

Drew said he would just "Man up" whatever that means, but Abbi and I both got some new jackets that said Cannon Beach on them! We had so much fun going into all the little shops. They had a chocolate cafe and a candy store! It's safe to say that Abbigail ate more candy that day than she had her whole life, but she wasn't complaining. I guess that's what happens when fun Aunt Janelle is in charge! 

Last year, when we were at the coast, Abbigail really liked playing in the sand, but hated the water. This year was totally different. She still loved playing in the sand, but she also loved playing in the water, chasing seagulls, and finding treasure (shells) in the sand. She is a little beach babe, that's for sure! We stayed for a few hours, but Abbi would have been happy there all night too! After splashing/sitting/practically lying in the ocean, Abbi was pretty wet. (Note to Self: Next time we go to the coast, bring an extra pair of clothes for the baby and toddler!) We stripped her down, tried to get as much sand out of her diaper as we could and wrapped her in a dry blanket. I think we wore her out. And with that, we headed back to Jacob and Janelle's to pack up all of our things and get ready for our long drive back home!

We had the best time! Thanks to Jacob and Janelle for letting us invade their place on such short notice. We sure love you guys!