Thursday, November 29, 2012

22 Weeks

The past few weeks have been great! I'm feeling great and we are certainly enjoying the thought of having a baby girl. We have been able to start registering and buying a few outfits. Of course we are really trying not to buy too many clothes but sometimes the outfits are just too cute to leave without.
For example, I just had to have this CUTE penguin hat! 

The main question we have been asked since we found out baby is a girl, is "What are you going to name her?" Everyone wants to know, but we have decided not to tell anyone until our bundle of joy is born. We are both very excited about the name and think it is perfect. So I am sorry, but everyone will have to wait for another few months. 

One of the greatest parts for us about being pregnant and knowing the gender, is just how excited our family has been. This little girl is already loved so very much and I enjoy seeing how happy everyone gets when we talk about her.

The big "new" thing since the last update is our baby girl is a wiggle worm! I can now tell when she is asleep and awake. The best part is she starts by pressing against my belly like she is stretching then the moving begins! Josh got to feel her for the first time last night. We were laying on the couch and he asked if she was awake, I told him I didn't think so because I hadn't felt her in a little while. So he started talking to her. It took no time at all for her to start moving like crazy, I have never felt her move so much. We were asking her to move for Daddy because he hadn't felt her yet and I could tell she was really trying. It took a little while for Josh to feel her but then she went all for it with four big kicks right where his fingers were pressing against my stomach. We both were very excited! He finally got to feel his baby girl move. It was something I don't think we will ever forget. 

Here is where we are now. 

How far along? 22 Weeks and 3 Days
Total weight gain/loss: According to my last Dr appointment I have gained a total of 2 pounds.
Maternity clothes? I now have a couple actual maternity shirts but can still fit comfortably in most of my other shirts. As far as jeans, there is no way I'm fitting in my pre-pregnancy jeans so I just bought 2 pairs of maternity jeans (both for $5!) and I love them!
Stretch marks? Not even a little bit!
Sleep: I have good nights and bad, I sleep well when I'm asleep, but tend to have a hard time falling back asleep after I get up in the middle of the night.
Best moment this week: Yesterday! Kim and I went shopping for baby while all the boys played air-soft. Then later that night Josh felt her move!
Have you told family and friends: Yup, but not the name ;)
Miss Anything? I honestly can't think of anything right now, I'm just very much enjoying our baby girl!
Movement: Of yes! And I love every moment of it! Specially now that Josh can enjoy it with me!
Food cravings: Well, not so much cravings but things I can't get enough of are corn dogs with mustard, McDonald's fries, bananas, and orange juice with ginger ale.  
Anything making you queasy or sick: Still can't do deli meat, even walking into Subway makes me feel uneasy.
Have you started to show yet: Oh ya. I even have had some strangers ask me which I think is quite brave of them.
Gender prediction: Baby Girl!
Labor Signs: Nope.
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Very happy!
Anything new? Josh felt her and we are now working on the nursery!
Weekly Wisdom: Take more naps, enough them while I can!
Looking forward to: Appointment next week to hear her heartbeat and of course the Christmas season!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Baby Bacon Is A...

The night before was like waiting for Christmas as a kid. I had the hardest time falling asleep and every time I woke up I checked the clock to see if it was an okay time to get up and get moving. I ended up actually waking up at 4:30 am and just sat there thinking. After 5 months we were going to find out if we would have a daughter or a son. After awhile I ended up getting up and getting started on my day. A lot of it was cleaning, I wanted to make sure the house was spotless when our families came over that night.

Well the day seemed to drag but eventually Josh got home to pick me up and go with me to our appointment. Our appointment was at 3:20 and the ultrasound at 4:00. I thought the day had already dragged on, but sitting in the waiting room took forever, specially because my Dr was running behind. It was finally ten till 4:00 and I asked the receptionist what was going on, my main thought was I do NOT want to miss the ultrasound, I could care less about the appointment. They ended up doing the ultrasound right then.

I couldn't believe how big baby had gotten. It's head was as big as it's whole body the last time. And man was baby moving! Well, moving it's hands and feet, but did not want to turn over so we could see it's profile. Very stubborn, which seems to fit in both sides of it's family. I think it is just baby's comfort zone facing my back, because last time baby was doing the same thing. After a lot of poking of my belly, baby turned to let us see it's beautiful face. The feelings I had were indescribable. Baby was yawning, and you could see it's little nose, chin, and mouth. Then baby started sucking it's hand and had a few good stretches. The ultrasound tech then wrote what the sex was on a paper and put it in an envelope so we still had no idea.

After the ultrasound we waited another half hour or so to do my appointment, I was getting impatient and very hungry. We eventually left to run our quick errands before making it home to meet our family. We got home and both sides of immediate family started to show around 6:30. We ate pizza and all watched the DVD of the ultrasound in amazement. My dad worked so we all had to wait until 7:30 to find out the sex. I honestly don't know how Josh and I made it. We had the envelope in hand the whole time but some how had enough self control not to look.

Once my dad got their we handed everyone a pink or blue balloon to pop. Slowly everyone started shouting what their note inside said.
Everyone but one person got this inside their balloon. A lot of "Nope Sorry", "Nope Sorry", "Who has it?!" I was sitting next to my little brother who was one of the last people to pop theirs, he is also the person I had dreamed about getting the right balloon. Sure enough he got THE balloon. He unfolded the paper and he and I just sat there for a second, my mouth dropped and everyone was shouting "What does it say?!" He read it slowly. It... says... it's.. a....

Everyone laughed and cheered. Josh and I were shocked, we both were convinced it was a boy, but this was an amazing surprise. We have a daughter, and we couldn't love her more. It is fun finally being able to say "she is moving" or "she is doing good". 
The happy parents of a beautiful baby girl. My cheeks were hurting so bad from smiling so much!

As the family left we started making our phone calls, everyone was so happy and excited for us. Our little girl is already so loved by so many people. I pray she always knows that. 

The next day was quite fun when we were talking about "her" and Josh was texting me asking how his girls were doing, or asking if his daughter was hungry. I have a feeling it wont take long before he is wrapped around her little finger. 

So there you go! We are very happy to announce we are having a baby girl and couldn't be more thrilled and excited about our new adventure to come!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

18 Weeks

It has been an eventful week! A lot of new baby stuff (see below). It was also our first Halloween in our home! It was quite fun! We had many trick-or-treaters and Josh enjoyed handing out candy! Although this last week was busy, this coming week is the big week we have been waiting for! This Thursday is our 20wk (more like 19wk and 4days) appointment. We will be able to find out the sex and we are so very excited! I get to finally refer to our baby as a he or a she!

This was my costume! Everyone seems to love it, and I sure don't want to take it off! Hopefully people wont mind me wearing this more than just on Halloween.

Not sure if any bigger than last week but feeling bigger!

How far along? 18 Weeks 5 Days
Total weight gain/loss: Still a total of 1 pound (Find out more at our appointment this week!)
Maternity clothes? I'm slowing starting to box away the clothes that wont fit me now, loose fitting shirts and yoga pants or leggings are the way to go!
Stretch marks? Nope.
Sleep: Getting worse every night. I sure do love my sleep when I get it but wake up often.
Best moment this week: Halloween was quite fun!
Have you told family and friends: Yup.
Miss Anything? Being able to sleep.
Movement: YUP! This is probably the most exciting thing so far. It is not a constant movement but I feel little flutters every now and then, specially if I am laying down. It almost feels like waves in my belly. Very special and Josh is a bit jealous now and is looking forward to when he can feel baby.
Food cravings: Nope, I haven't had much of an apatite this week. I currently want a Frosty right now but don't want to leave to get one. Maybe I will have to hint this to Josh ;)
Anything making you queasy or sick: I had my first subway sandwich since I got pregnant! It was a deli meat one but I'm not sure I will go there any time soon again. Still deli meat and peanut butter.
Have you started to show yet: Oh ya. I think it is quite obvious now.
Gender prediction: I think I'm 51% boy and 49% girl. Find out Thursday!
Labor Signs: Nope.
Belly Button in or out? Definitely in.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: I would say happy, but exhausted.
Anything new? Little movements!
Weekly Wisdom: Must try and workout more.
Looking forward to: Only a few more days till we find out our baby's gender!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

17 Weeks

I was really trying to keep this updated but the last few weeks I have been overwhelmed with things to do. Sorry!

We did have our 16wk appointment on the 12th where we made our appointment to find out the sex of baby Bacon! We should find out at our 20wk appointment on Nov. 8th. We are crazy excited! Josh is still determined it is a boy, I'm starting to think maybe but still not 100%... I mean there really is only a 50/50 chance so we will just wait and see! Either way, boy or girl, we will be excited and happy for our new adventure. All we pray for is a happy healthy baby. We are going to have the Dr put it in an envelope and invite both our parents over to find out all together. Nothing crazy just pizza and my dear friend Devon gave us the idea of getting a bunch of balloons (pink and blue) and have everyone pop them and one of the balloons will hold the answer! =)

This was at 4wks.

And now at 17wks

How far along? 17wks and 2days
Total weight gain/loss: I have only gained one whole pound. My 16wk apt said I was the same weight as my 12wk. I guess it is just sucking it out of everywhere else and going to my belly, because as you can tell I have quite a bump now.
Maternity clothes? I still could live in my yoga pants. I just bought maternity leggings which I love and I have to wear a belly band with some of my jeans.
Stretch marks? Nope.
Sleep: Eh, I get up far to often and wake every time I turn to my other side. So I'm quite tired right now.
Best moment this week: Josh surprised me with beautiful roses and a single white rose for baby. It completely made me week!
Have you told family and friends: Yup.
Miss Anything? Only random things on different days, like coffee, sushi, etc.
Movement: Dr said it should be anytime now! Can't wait!
Food cravings: Nothing really. I'm loving pizza more! And anything potato!
Anything making you queasy or sick: For awhile I was not able to keep anything down but the last week has been much better. Still not loving sandwich meat or peanut butter.
Have you started to show yet: Yup. Not sure if I look pregnant or like I drank too much beer haha
Gender prediction: I think I'm 51% boy and 49% girl.
Labor Signs: Nope.
Belly Button in or out? Definitely in.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: I would say happy, but exhausted.
Anything new? Getting less comfortable in one position for too long. And just did yoga and my balance is way off!
Weekly Wisdom: Must try and workout more.
Looking forward to: Feeling baby move anytime now and finding out the sex in 15 days!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

13 Weeks

Nothing too much has changed. However, I just had to show that I now have a little pointy bump. Not much, but it is there!
Excuse the mess, I was gathering the laundry. 

Even looking at it just seems so bizarre!

How far along? 13Wks and 1 Day
Total weight gain/loss: According to my at home scale, I have gained nothing.
Maternity clothes? I just got a pair of yoga pants (as seen in the picture above) that I just can't get enough of! I could live in these pants!
Stretch marks? Nope.
Sleep: When I'm not waking up to go to the bathroom, sleep is great! I love it!
Best moment this week: Not related to baby, but got to shoot my first wedding which happened to be my Aunt's. It was a blast and I got to do it with Josh which made it that much better!
Have you told family and friends: Yes. We just told Facebook friends last week and so far have gotten a lot of positive comments and prayers our way.
Miss Anything? Bought my favorite Italian Salami to have with cheese and crackers. I was so excited to get home and eat it! Then I realized it was considered a Deli Meat and the only way I could eat it was to heat it up. Who eats heated up Salami! Gross... and so sad!
Movement: Nothing yet, looking forward to it though =)
Food cravings: Baked potatoes! But if you know me this is nothing new.
Anything making you queasy or sick: I have been doing better with some meat lately but still no sandwiches or peanut butter for me!
Have you started to show yet: A little pointy bump!
Gender prediction: I honestly have no idea right now. Everyone thinks boy, but I'm not so convinced.
Labor Signs: Nope.
Belly Button in or out? Definitely in.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Tired. Today I feel like I'm not getting enough protein because I just feel weak and needing to eat constantly!
Anything new? This week has started with leg cramps, side aches, and currently lower back pain. I feel it is too early for that!
Weekly Wisdom: Must buy some pregnancy leggings!
Looking forward to: Finding out the gender next month!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

12 Weeks

Well, I'm not really sure if I am doing this more for family and friends, or just for myself. I think it is fun to look back at stages in our lives and maybe I will be curious the next pregnancy. So here is our 12 week update! =)

Here is our beautiful baby! We were so excited about this ultrasound! Baby looks like an actual baby now instead of a bean. This ultrasound had us both in awe, and me in tears. Baby was squirming around! Baby was sucking its thumb, waved to us (as shown above), and even had the hiccups (you could see its little head bobbing from them). It was an indescribable feeling. To see our baby moving about, and not even feeling it yet! I look forward when I get to feel those hiccups! Josh finally got to hear the heartbeat for the first time, and he commented how fast it was too. Our baby is already so loved!

How far along? 12wks 2days
Total weight gain/loss: According to the Dr office I have gained one whole pound!
Maternity clothes? Not really, I have a belly band that I have worn for some of my pants. Some pants I just do the rubber band technique and other pants I can still button.
Stretch marks? Nope.
Sleep: I feel pretty exhausted throughout the day and at night I'm tossing and turning, and getting up to go to the bathroom 4 times a night.
Best moment this week: Seeing our baby!
Have you told family and friends: Of course, just announced it to the internet world though.
Miss Anything? Not too much. I wanted sushi the other day, but that is pretty much it.
Movement: Only what we saw on the ultrasound. Haven't actually felt anything yet.
Food cravings: Whatever doesn't make me sick. I have been really enjoying, oven baked pizza, mac & cheese, spicy v8, oh! and tangerines and been my life saver I have at least a few a day.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Sandwiches and peanut butter, the very thought of them makes me sick! But I have eating a lot of things that wont stay down, just depends on the day.
Have you started to show yet: I can tell I have a little bump and my tummy is harder but it just looks like I'm bloated to everyone else.
Gender prediction: Everyone thinks boy.
Labor Signs: Gosh, I hope not!
Belly Button in or out? Definitely in.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy and excited! But I will cry at the drop of a hat!
Weekly Wisdom: Get more rest!
Looking forward to: Finding out the gender next month!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Here We Go!

So here we go. It is out in the open and everyone knows (well most everyone, at least those who read my last blog) we are expecting a little miracle! My last post I wrote about our troubles trying to conceive and how after a year all our prayers were answered the same month! I can't say enough how blessed we are. So our new adventure begins and this post will simply be to catch up on the beginning. I would like to keep up to date for all those who wonder how we are doing and don't get a chance to talk to in person often.
When they say "you will just know" boy were they right! After the past year I honestly didn't believe it. I thought the only way I would know is by the test... or if I started throwing up, because that is a rarity for me. Well I knew two days after it happened. I wasn't sick but felt, well different. Of course it was way too early to test, so I had to wait. I told no one how I felt. Josh would have been the one person to tell, but I couldn't get his hopes up. So many times over the year I thought I felt something, and told him so. I think it was just me wanting to see something so bad that I looked into too many things. So for this time, I didn't tell, even though I had a pretty good feeling. 

The two week wait was over. It was a Friday and Josh's last day at his new job. So my plan was to take a test Friday morning and surprise him somehow after work, say it was a "congratulations on your last day" gift. So I took a test. It was so faint, but there it was. The two lines I had been waiting over a year to see. I cried so hard, and laughed even harder. My only problem was, it was so faint I thought Josh was going to think I was out of my mind crazy! So I waited, not sure how, but I did. I took a test the same night, the next morning, and that afternoon as well. My new plan was to surprise Josh after work on Monday now, as a "congratulations on your FIRST day". But Saturday evening Josh wanted to go sleep on the boat and I hadn't slept well in days and wanted to stay home. He told me I could stay home and come out the next morning. I started crying (I blame the emotions for this). I asked him if he would change his mind about leaving if I told him I was pregnant. He didn't believe me, so I showed him the tests. Each one just got darker. He grabbed me and hugged me. I think I even saw him tear up a bit, but he won't admit to that.

We were so happy, and Josh was happy there was a reason I was always complaining about not sleeping, being tired, being hungry, and being emotional. We decided to wait to tell family until the first appointment when we had a picture to show them. During the next week I was in so much pain. Josh would leave around 4:30am for work and I would be bawling because I was hurting so bad. He was worried and asked me to go in. So I did. We had our first actual ultrasound at 4wks. Of course it was too early to see anything, but they check everything and it was looking good. At that point I was at risk and they checked me every two weeks. At 6wks Josh was able to go with me and we saw our little gummy bear for the first time. 

6 Weeks

Right after our appointment we went to dinner at my Dad's house and gave him a late birthday present. He opened the box to a picture frame that said "The best thing about having you for a Dad is my children having you for a Grandpa", below that was the ultrasound, and then a onesie that said "I love Grandpa". My family was very excited! They gave us both hugs and talked about making a spot for them to stay.

A few days after that we went to tell Josh's family. I had done some photography for his Dad and had about 14 frames with all the pictures. As they were looking through the stack of frames, the last one held our ultrasound picture. Again, more hugs and more happiness! Our baby was already loved by so many. 

At our 8wk appointment, Josh unfortunately couldn't make it because he had already taken off work early the week before, so his Mom and younger sister, Chelsey, came along. Baby still looked like a little bean but this time, we got to hear the heartbeat. We were all in awe, I can't say for them, but I definitely teared up. It was so fast! And then the ultrasound tech showed us where the heart was, and we could see the flutter of baby's heart. It was the most incredible experience and I was happy to share it with them.

After the appointment Mom said, "It's a boy." So we will see if she is right in a few weeks. =)

8 Weeks

Friday, September 14, 2012

Journey Over the Year

Ever since I was a little girl I knew what I wanted to be, not a ballerina, or a doctor, or even the president, I wanted to be a mom more than anything. I have always loved working with children of all ages and knew one day I would have my own to love.

So our adventure began. Josh and I decided summer of 2011 that we wanted our own baby to love and cherish. It was exciting to think soon we will be parents! But "soon" didn't come. We heard it was common to take about three months to conceive. Three months came and went and nothing. I have always had a regular cycle and the next month, I was late. I got so excited. Took a test and it came back negative. Waited a week and another test with the same results. For the next three months I didn't have a cycle at all. This was probably the hardest time for me. I guess in our mind, when we decided we wanted to start a family, it would happen... right when we started trying.

Within those three months a lot had happened, a roller coaster of emotions for me. It was hard, you want something so bad and you are not sure you will ever get it. To top that I wasn't sure what was going on with my body. I was told to test every month and maybe my hormones weren't high enough to detect a positive. So every month I took a test. And every month it was as if I lost something. I would know the results before the three minutes were up and yet when I actually saw the negative, I cried. Every time. There were only a handful of people at this time that knew we were trying. We both were continued to be told "Oh don't think about it and it will happen." I hated this phrase. I got it, but still I hated it. How do you not think about it?

Well we set up an appointment to see what was wrong with me. Right before my appointment I had my first cycle in three months. We still went to the appointment to see if there was a reason for the past months. Nothing was wrong. My blood work came back fine and everything looked good. About this time we had been trying for 7months, so my Dr put me on Clomid. Clomid is a fertility drug and the first step we had to take before possibly having to do IVF (In Vitro Fertilization). After a few months of this we would do more testing to see if we were able to have kids.

At this point I was doing much better emotional wise. Now that I was back to normal I didn't have the constant "what's wrong with me?!" feeling. We were still a bit disappointed every month but really just gave it to God. We knew there must be a reason why it hadn't happened yet and we are just waiting for the perfect time.

So a few more months came and went. We prayed everyday. And we had a few more prayers at the time as well. We had been waiting to get insurance for me, just trying to find the right one that would provide prenatal care. As well as Josh's job. He started to really dislike it and the pay started to be not great. He wanted a career, and this was not a career. Then our testing were coming up.

Another month later, we went and did our tests, but had to wait to get the result. Shortly after testing we found out I could still be on my dad's insurance, which was such a blessing! He has great insurance and now I can be completely covered again. A few days after that we got our results back. Nervous and scared we answered the phone. Both Josh and I were perfect. We are able to have children. I fell down crying. It was such a weight I had no idea I was holding.

After we got the results back Josh was finally determined to talk to his dad. For a few months he had been wanting to talk to his dad about working concrete again, but didn't want to actually ask for a job. It was something we prayed about and I continued to ask him, "How is Dad ever going to know if you don't tell him?" Well a few days after our test result his dad called him asking to go out to lunch. Josh thought it was a perfect time to bring it up, but he never got the chance, because his dad asked him to work for him before Josh said anything. Josh came home to tell me. And yet again I was crying, I was in awe that all of our prayers had been answered in the last two weeks. It was overwhelming. The next day we found out the Josh got a significant raise and I was in tears again. We sent our good friends an email telling them everything that had happened and saying "we are blessed beyond our means."

God works in a funny way sometimes. Within two weeks. Literally two weeks I got insurance, Josh got his career, and we were told we can have children. How amazing is that? Well it doesn't stop there. A week after all that goodness happened, I found out I was pregnant! More tears came and then laughing. I just couldn't believe the last month. This is what we had to wait for.

Even though it was a rough year on us both, we wouldn't take it back. We are in a far better place now then when we started trying. And we appreciate our little miracle far more then I believe we would if we had gotten what we wanted right away. We are truly blessed WAY beyond our means. I can't help but smile and thank God everyday for everything we are blessed with. I am now 12weeks pregnant. And will be writing another blog updating on that! This was our journey over the past year, a lot of tears, both sad and happy, and a new beginning. We look forward to what life has in store for us and to enjoying every aspect of our little baby.

Romans 12:12 
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Madeline Danielle Hollingsworth

Yesterday Madeline Danielle Hollingsworth was born. Josh and I woke up eager to meet her, however Josh had to work. I got to see her in the morning and she took my breath away. Beautiful doesn't come close to describing her. She is perfect in every way. Yet again, Buz and Jolen did a great job. I was able to take a few pictures and headed out to let Jolen get some rest.

As soon as Josh got home from work we rushed to get ready and leave. We arrived at the hospital around dinner time and Maddie was asleep, so we got the chance to have dinner with Buz and Jolen and enjoy their conversation.  After we ate, we washed our hand and got ready to hold her. Buz picked her up and asked her, "Are you ready to meet your Godparents?" Then handed her to me. Josh and I both thought it was just a joke and wasn't even sure if he meant to say it. Jolen saw the confused look on our faces and asked Buz to say that again. They proceeded to asked us to be Madeline Danielle Hollingsworth's Godparents. I took one look at her and started crying. "Of course!" No thought had to go into this. We love the Hollingsworths and they are as much family as our own.

A few months ago I found out that her middle name was after me. I was overwhelmed with joy. This is no light matter. They have to know and trust me to be the kind of person their daughter can be proud to be named after. They will never have to regret naming her after me. I thought that moment was amazing. Now here I sit, overwhelmed with joy again. We our Godparents to someone we loved the moment they told us they were pregnant. To someone we had no idea the role we would play in her life.

Josh and I left their hospital room and started walking down the hall and stopped. We were in the middle of the hall hugging with huge smiles painted on our faces. We are honored in a way we have never been. We are blessed in more ways then we can imagine. This new role we play is something we will not take lightly, however I believe will come naturally to us. Doing our research when we got home one website had this:

Christian Responsibilities of a Godparent
1. Pray for your godchild regularly
2. Set an example of Christian living
3. Help him/her to grow in the faith of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
4. Be there for them in big moments throughout their life

We believe this will come naturally because it is no different then we do for Ellie and Josie. We pray for them, we try to set examples, and we try to be there for them, whether it be dedications, doctor appointments, or just making sure they know they are important by hanging up their art in our home. Not on the fridge but framed on the wall, because that is what Ellie wanted.

We look forward to being there to see them grow up into bright young women. And being there for all their big moments in life. We are blessed to be Madeline's Godparents and to be family to Buz and Jolen, as well as Josie and Ellie. Thank you Hollingsworth for making our day yesterday. We love you all! Congratulation on yet another beautiful baby girl.

Friday, March 30, 2012

The New Addition

Like every Saturday, I got up and went to work thinking it was going to be just another day. Josh was going to bring me lunch which I always look forward to. I told him 1:30 was my lunch. Well at 1:15 he came into my work with a grin on his face. Not just any grin but what I like to call his "guilty smile", yes it is very distinctive, not like any other of his smiles. Then when it got slow he came up to my counter and said it, "I was bad." "What did you buy?" Then he wasn't saying anything but had this huge smile painted on his face. Finally I got it out of him, he got us a puppy! This is something we would have done together but he went to Spokanimal and this puppy had just became available and he would be adopted fast. Josh knew I would love him, so he adopted him right then and there.

We named him Kilo. We finally got to take him home on Tuesday evening, which made both of our days very long! Kilo is a 5 month old German Shepherd mix. He is very loving and just a little timid. He is such a great dog, we got blessed with him. The only time he has ever barked is when we put him in his kennel, which just broke my heart. Even when we take him on walks and other dogs are barking at him he just glaces there way and keeps on walking, paying no real attention to them.

Kilo already knows who "mom and dad" are. If Josh asks " Where's mom?", he runs around the house to find me. He loves us! He also loves his blue dog toy, which I got him as sort of a welcome home gift. He takes this little dog everywhere! Specially to sleep. If he forgets it downstairs when we got to bed, he runs down to get it and brings it to his bed. He always comes over to each side of our bed at night with his puppy, which reminds me of a small child coming in with its teddy like "Ok mom I'm ready to go to bed now, can I lay with you?" We have only let him lay on the bed a couple times but not at night because he has a hard time jumping on and off the bed and he is not completely potty trained yet. However, he is doing great with potty training! We were told he wasn't at all so we expected it to be quite an experience but so far he has only went potty in the house 3 times and no poop! WooHoo! And never at night. The last few nights we have let him out around 2am because that is when he gets antsy but last night he slept the whole night! I was so proud.

We are so happy for our newest member of the family. He is so adorable! We are already excited for this summer to take him camping, fishing, to the lake, on hikes, etc. We love our Kilo!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

What's On My Mind: Summer

That's right, I said it! S.U.M.M.E.R. Summer! I don't say this because of the usual Spokane weather we have been having, I actually like the snow so that is not a factor. I am genuinely excited for what the warm weather brings. Of course there is not a whole lot of differences between this summer and the last but I just have a really good feeling about this coming summer and I get happy thinking about it. I have a few reasons I am so excited for the warm weather to arrive:

Our first summer in the new home: This topic alone brings more and more excitement for me every day. I love the thought of seeing what are trees will look like, seeing our (hopefully) beautiful yard, and seeing the bright summer light shine through. I can't wait to swing on our front porch swing reading and drinking something cool and refreshing. I think I might even have to call my Grandma Holly over to help me start a garden. She has the most beautiful garden during the summer and has the greenest thumb of anyone you could meet.

Walks: With our new home brings new adventures. It has been a bit too cold and too dark by the time Josh gets home to really enjoy our new neighborhood, but I am planning in getting the most out of it soon! We live in such a great area. It is just far enough to have a nice neighborhood feel to it but close enough to walk to Garland Street and enjoy what that area of town has to offer. If you walk straight down our street you will run into Rocket Bakery, which will be a nice spot to grab some coffee before walking around. Then just a bit further down is our good friends the Hollingsworths, which will be fun to walk to and say hi. Have I mentioned how much I love walks?!

Family Get Togethers: Josh and I both love spending time with both of our families, but we hardly ever do anything with both of them at the same time. I am determined to change this. We already talked about inviting them all over for a BBQ which I look forward to. Now that I think about it, we might just invite our close friends too! HOW GREAT WILL THAT BE! It will be another fun first time home experience shared with people we love! I'm also looking forward to setting up the basketball hoop and playing some basketball with Josh and Trace (aka little bro) or anyone who would like to join in. Pretty much anything outside with our family and friends will be enjoyable!

Chelsey and John's Wedding (Little after summer): As anyone who has been to Katie's wedding and/or  my wedding will know, the Bacon family knows how to through a wedding. Both of our weddings were a blast and everyone had a great time, that is only one reason I look forward to Chelsey and John's wedding. As a married woman I love, love! I'm so happy for Chelsey to experience this. Marriage is such an amazing adventure and for someone I love to experience it brings me great joy. I look forward to seeing what their future together brings.

I'm sure I could think of many more reasons to be excited for this time of year but for tonight, this is what I have. For all of our close friends and family: be prepared to share some fun times with us at our home this summer!

We love you all.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Book Review: The Shack

"Where tragedy confronts eternity." The main character, Mack, receives a note in the mail apparently from God, asking him to come back to the shack. The shack is where Mack's "Great Sadness"  comes from, it is where his youngest daughter, Missy, was taken to a few years ago and was murdered. Mack is unsure of the note, but can't stop thinking  about it and decides to take a trip to the shack. This is where Mack meets God.

That is what I heard about the book and was instantly hooked. I had to know what happened before I even read the first page. I was surprised at how quickly it gets into the story, so much so I couldn't think of what the other half of the book could be about. As I was reading it I had a lot of people question me about reading such material, that it was not correctly portraying God at all and not what the Bible portrays. Well first of all, it is fiction, second of all it is about God's way of helping Mack, of bringing him back into a relationship with God. What I had heard is people either love the book or hate it. I actually really enjoyed the story, but not so much the writing. I felt like the author was almost trying too hard. He seemed to add more words then necessary to one sentence. The story, however, was great. It may have not been what the Bible portrays but it was just a different way to look at the situation and really just made me feel better about my own faith. The story makes you think. There were so many moments that I had to put the book down and really think about what I had just read. He sees God in a new light. This book is obviously not for everyone but I would recommend it to those with an open mind, or people who have gone through something tragic and wonder where God is in all of the darkness.

The book is really about the common question, if there is a God than why does such horrible things happen in the world. If you have ever asked that question yourself, then this book is for you.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

What Have You Been Up To?

Well, it has been over a month since my last blog. What have I been up to? Reading! I love reading but only read so often. This year I have discovered a website called I love this website and it makes me want to read so much more! You can rate the books you have read and it will then give you recommendations, the more you rate the better it gets to know your style of material. The best part for me is I can keep track of the books I want to read and can talk to my friends who also have it about books we have read. (So far I only have one friend on there, but it is still fun! THANK YOU JESSICA) To conclude, I have made myself a little goal for reading this year and have already finished two books and started another. This is actually good for me, I normally get into phases where I read one book and quit reading for awhile, but so far just reading one after another.
This year I started with The Help. I had seen the trailer for the movie and knew right away I wanted to read the book before watching the movie. I could not put this book down. The book is written in the perspective of three character: Aibileen, Minny, and Skeeter. Each character is unique and  I loved them all for different reasons. Maybe because they could be preserved as different personalities of ourselves. Aibileen is humble, Minny is the rebel side, and Skeeter would be the witty side who, for the most part, does not care what people think of her as long as she is doing the right thing. I truly hope that if I were to have grown up in this era, that I too would stand up for other people, no matter their race. I will have to mention another character which was my favorite, Mrs. Celia Foote, and for many reasons, mainly she would just make you smile every time you read about her. Overall the story gives such a unique insight to this era of being an African-American maid in the south in the 1960s. I would definitely recommend this book,  I loved this book and it is easily in my favorites list.

After reading this book I had also watched the movie, of course the book was way better. However, there was only a few real changes to the movie and one big change to the end, but I really am glad they changed it for the movie, it was simply better to watch that way. (If you are lost you must read and watch the movie to understand)

I will continue onto my next book tomorrow, it has a bit more controversy and most likely needs it's own post. Tomorrow's review: The Shack.

*Side Note: Please forgive me if this review may not make as much sense, I am currently sick, and fighting off Nyquil in order to get this done tonight like I had said I would.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Dinner Review: Sweet & Sour Shrimp Stir-Fry

Not the best picture because it is from my phone, but it will have to do. There is it is, in all it's yumminess. Note: I do not take any responsibility for drool getting on your keyboard. Since the move I have really been lacking on my dinners. Not that I haven't made dinners, just nothing new and exciting like I had been doing before. So last week I made a list of dinners for the next couple weeks and a grocery list to go with it. First up was one from a recipe book that I have yet to use. This sweet and sour stir-fry consisted of  shrimp, snow pea pods, tomatoes, pineapple, and of course a sweet and sour sauce. It was so good! The only thing I would have done different is  add more pineapple strictly because I LOVE pineapple in stir-fries. The recipe made plenty for seconds and leftovers! The only downfall to this was the left overs were not as amazing. The tomatoes were just horrible reheated, but everything else was pretty good.

Words from the main critic aka my husband, "Love it, not the best reheated, but still good."

If you are interested in the recipe, just let me know!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Day Calender

I pinned this awhile ago on Pinterest and am so glad I remembered to do it before the New Year! I have the tendency to find awesome ideas and remember them when it is too late. The picture is pretty self explanatory, it is a day calendar made up on note cards for each day and postcards for the months. You write the year and then something that you did or happened that day. I am very excited to see how this will turn out. Hopefully I can stick with it and do it every year, because the more years the more fun it will be! I guess we will see in a couple years!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Our Extended Family.

Josh and I are blessed to have amazing friends and family, and amazing friends that are no less of family then our own. Our "extended family" is what they are known as. People in which if we had any news, good or bad, they would easily be in our top 5 people to tell first. This is a couple that we not only consider family, but role models. Role models for life, for our faith, for marriage, and last but not least for parenting (one day).

Buz was Josh's youth leader when Josh and I first started dating in Junior High. Of course Josh told him about me and they were eager to meet me. However, Josh kept me hidden for a few years. Josh soon became a Student Leader for the youth group and about a year later I joined the team. After that we were in it for the long haul with the Hollingsworths. We were able to grow as friends through our time leading the youth group and then as family through everything else life had in store.

Buz and Jolen have been through it all with us and we were always a phone call away for them if ever needed. When I say they have been through it all, oh do I mean "it all". Buz and I'm pretty sure but not positive Jolen, knew about our engagement well in advance. They were one of only a couple people to see the ring before. Jolen was at my bridal shower. Buz and their daughter Ellie were in our wedding. Even though they were no longer a part of Fuel, they were there for one of our hardest decisions, to step down. More recently we bought a house, one that is only a few blocks away from their home, and they came by the next day.

We were also blessed to share a lot of their life's big moments as well. Josh was at their wedding. We were over joyed to find out they were having a baby and a few month later, to find out it was a girl. We got the "thunder cats are go" text. We were pulled to the side before Fuel one night and were told that baby number two was on it's way. We were just as excited as the first time. Then, another girl and again, we were not any less excited. We had told them if they need someone to watch Ellie when Jolen goes into labor, we were there, no matter what time. We got the call one evening and headed straight over. I remember just how giddy we were to the point of forgetting we both worked in the morning. It didn't take us a second to know that it didn't matter, one of us would call out to work, we were going to be there for them.It ended up being a false alarm, but a short while after, we were at the hospital holding baby Jocelynn.

Josh and Buz would joke saying that we would have our first and their third at the same time, mainly because they needed each other through those harsh nine months, and how cool would it be to say "Josh since you are already at the store grabbing ice cream could you pick up something for Jolen." Well we soon found out that wasn't going to happen, because baby number three was now on it's way! I could not control my joy, I'm pretty sure I was shaking Josh on the way home. He shared in the joy, but did not much appreciate the shaking being he was driving, I guess that could cause a wreck or something? Well just last night we got the phone call. Boy or girl? I made Josh rush home so we could call them. Either way we would be just as excited as we were with Ellie, and with Josie. We honestly thought girl. "Ellie can you tell them the name of the baby"... "KENNEY!" We pretty much jumped out of our chairs. "No, Ellie is just being silly, what is the real name?" ... "Madeline Danielle."  Another girl, and yet again, no less excited.

The middle name I thought was a complete fluke. It is a great middle name of course, they must have heard it somewhere and liked it. As I read Buz's blog today telling everyone the sex of baby number three, he explained the reasoning behind both first and middle name. I was in shock to hear the middle name was actually after me. No idea what so ever. I feel truly honored and over the moon excited. They might as well have told me I won a bunch of money as excited as I am!

I honestly hope everyone is as blessed as we are to have such great friends. People who will be in our lives for the long haul, through thick and thin. People you can trust your children with. People who you can call in the middle of the night and they won't waste a second getting to you. People like Buz and Jolen.

Thank you Hollingsworths for everything. We will always be here for you all.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

What Every Wife Should Know

Wow, with a title like that I feel like this should be a huge post, but it is not. This is just one simple tid bit of information that I have learned over the years that I found surprising to hear that other wives do not do this. That my friends is what we call a "hook", a start to a story that draws the reader in and makes them interested in reading more =) . This "tid bit" as I like to call it, has occurred quite a few times in our marriage and I always react in the same way.

It does not matter if it is 4 in the morning or 4 in the afternoon, if your husband is going to work and says these seven words, "Do you know where my keys are?", you stop whatever you are doing, this DOES include sleeping, and help him find the keys. Normally Josh leaves for work before I get up, specially when he works a 4am shift. Josh is the primary provider so I find it necessary to get him to work and on time. If he comes in and whispers those words at 4am, I am up helping him look, and if we can't find the keys by the time he needs to leave, which is normally shortly after he asks me, then I will put a sweatshirt and shoes on and drive him to work myself.

I had thought this would be common sense but recently found out, from an anonymous source, that that is not the case. Some woman will continue sleeping or at the very least mumble some sort of word formation that he can not understand. Big help, right? Now, I am not trying to get on anyone's bad side by posting this, I am merely suggesting that if you do this, then maybe you need to step back and think how would you feel if you are in a rush to get somewhere and the one person that could help doesn't even put forth the effort. I know I would be frustrated.

It does not matter if I hadn't slept in days and finally was getting the best sleep of my life, if Josh comes in and says that, you know I will jump out of bed like no bodies business!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Twenty Two

This year for Christmas Josh and I decided to just do stockings. We did this for a few reasons. Our main reason for doing so, was that my amazing husband surprised me a few weeks before Christmas with a brand new, very nice, camera for my photography, which was a pretty penny. Of course he can't be left out, so we are planning on getting the gun he has wanted for quite awhile. So anything more for Christmas might be over doing it. However, I don't believe Josh would be able to do this if it wasn't for my birthday being so close after.

A few days before Christmas, Josh placed a big box on our fireplace. This box was not wrapped in Christmas paper but rather birthday wrapping. He is very sweet to make sure my birthday is special and my day, not just an after Christmas kinda day. Back to this box. It was completely teasing me just sitting there every day! I had no idea what so ever what could be in the box. Josh was very excited about it and wanted me to open it up early. I decided to wait, being I only celebrate my birthday on my actual birthday with the Bacon side. (My family celebrates it on another day... I write another blog explaining that later.) Well, the 29th came and as soon as Josh woke up he jumped up and ran downstairs wanting me to open my gift. The big box was holding a thinner box. Could it be... no, he wouldn't... Sure enough he did. A brand new laptop. Mine crashed completely just a few weeks ago and here was a brand new, way better one sitting in my lap. I was completely shocked. My husband spoils me way too much! The best part about it is how happy it makes him.

The day continued to be great. My Aunt, baby cousin, and Grandpa came over to see our house for the first time and Grandpa treated us to Thai Bamboo. Then later that night Josh baked me a cake, first cake he has ever made, and it turned out great. We had his parents over for dinner which Josh also made. The whole day was amazing. I am so blessed to have such an amazing husband and amazing family! My 22nd birthday was the best so far!

22 Facts on December 29th
1. 1702- Elizaveta Petrovna (Empress of Russia) was born.
2. 1800 - Charles Goodyear (American Inventor) was born.
3. 1808 - Andrew Johnson (17th US President) was born.
4. 1845 - Texas admitted as 28th state
5.1848 - U.S. President James Polk turned on the first gas light at the White House.
6. 1851 -The first American YMCA opens in Boston, Massachusetts.
7. 1852 - Emma Snodgrass arrested in Boston for wearing pants.
8. 1862 - Bowling ball invented.
9. 1867 - 1st telegraph ticker used by a brokerage house, Groesbeck and Co, New York.
10. 1888 - The first performance of Macbeth took place at the Lyceum Theater.
11. 1936 - Mary Tyler Moore (Actress) was born.
12. 1938 - Construction on Lake Washington Floating Bridge, Seattle, begins.
13. 1947- Ted Danson (Actor in Cheers) was born.
14. 1948 - U.S. State Department announces work on placing objects into Earth orbit.
15. 1952 - 1st transistorized hearing aid offered for sale in Elmsford, New York.
16. 1955 - Barbra Streisand's 1st recording "You'll Never Know" at age 13.
17. 1965 - CBS purchases NFL TV rights for 1966-68 at $18.8 million per year
18. 1972 - LIFE magazine ceases publication.
19. 1972 - Jude Law (Actor) was born.
20. 1986 - Cary Grant (Actor) died.
21. 1996- A peace agreement was signed, ending 36 years of conflict in Guatemala.
22. 1997 - Hong Kong began killing 1.25 million chickens, the entire population, for fear of the spread of 'bird   flu'.