Monday, March 31, 2008

Baby blanket

I've had a goal for a while to make something for our baby before she was born, like a blanket or a baby outfit, but I haven't had the time or energy. We have a few blankets for her, but two are my baby blankets from when I was a kid and I don't want them to get used too much, and the other is a thick afghan. My mom knew that I wanted some thinner blankets so she picked up some material for me (I wish I remembered what it's called) and I picked up some blanket binding. Today, I was shocked to see how swollen my ankles were at the end of the day so I've been on the couch all evening with my feet up. It provided me with an opportunity to pin the binding and the sewing was super quick after that. It wasn't really a difficult sewing project, but it still makes me feel good!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Free taxes

So today was an eventful day. I had my 36-week check-up at the doctor and all is well with the baby. He couldn't tell what position she was in though, so we had to get a really quick (literally only about 30-second) ultrasound to determine her position. Luckily she's head-down like she's supposed to be! After having him knead my belly looking for her head, I was really relieved to not have to go in for a procedure where they turn the baby, since that's what they would be doing.

Then we decided to skip our last class and go straight home. That sounds simple, but in fact, we forgot to drive the car this morning and so we had walked to the doctor's office. I just checked GoogleMaps and the distance from the doctor's office to our apartment is only 1.2 miles. It took us an hour to walk home. I'm not sure how much of that time was sitting and resting, but I had to rest after only five or ten minutes of walking each time. Plus, the whole trip was uphill, and I have a real problem with getting leg cramps whenever I walk uphill or walk downhill at too fast of a speed. We've done it once before and it was miserable both times, but for some reason, it made sense at the time! My appointment next week will be the first one that Adam misses because it's during his classtime, but it's on a day that he drives so we'll have a car on campus.

For enrichment we had the Director of Financial Solutions at BYU come to talk to us about finances and investing and random bits of trivia (like, the best time to buy new appliances is in September/October). A lot of it was stuff I already knew, but it was good to hear it all again, especially with the baby coming and a huge move and possible job change, etc. But I also learned some new stuff, like what the heck an IRA actually is and the difference between it and a Roth IRA. And that the 3-month treasury bond is a risk-free investment. I'm starting to learn Adam's language!

Then they had a drawing for this guy to do our taxes for free and I won! Hooray! Of course, most people had already done theirs, so only a few people entered. Adam enjoys doing taxes and we've just been delayed by some missing documents, but now I don't feel bad about waiting so long if this guy can help us out. Our taxes are a little more complicated this year than in past years, so the knowledge of an experienced accountant is nice.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Pictures


Here at last are some pictures of me, currently at 35.5 weeks pregnant. Compared to the picture of me at 28 weeks pregnant (it's the last picture in our slideshow at the top of the page), I actually don't look a whole lot different.

Pregnant and Huge

I know my belly is huge, but I actually feel pretty cute. I only have 4.5 more weeks and generally feel pretty good. But still, when some ignorant single person who never sees pregnant bellies tells me it looks like I'm about to pop . . . beware. Advice to people: pregnant women are just the same as normal women. Meaning, you don't make comments about the size of their body, you don't touch their bellies just because it sticks out so far, and you especially don't call them names like "Fatso." All of those have happened to me.

Of course, it's slightly different if a close friend or family member does these things, but not always. Adam can touch my belly whenever he wants. If someone asks me first, I don't mind. I understand the desire to touch big round pregnant bellies. I did it to my friend Chelsea last time I saw her, then immediately thought, "Oops, here I am doing what I hate when other people do to me!" But anyway, people should just think about how it would feel to have their own bellies touched or their own weights commented on before they speak or act.

End of rant. :]

P.S. When the girl told me yesterday I looked like I was about to pop, I laughed while saying, "Oh, I hate hearing that!" She quickly apologized. So see, I am nice to people even if do sound hormonal and mean!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Dream House Revisited


Adam and I went back to that house we liked and took cell phone pictures. They don't quite show how cool and castle-y the house is, but they do show how awesome my phone is at taking pictures!

We're counting down--five more weeks until the baby comes! Kind of scary.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Dream House

Adam and I succumbed to temptation and went on a Sunday afternoon drive today. That sounds innocent and fun, but really, our Sunday drives are just an excuse for us to drive around the rich neighborhoods in the foothills and lust after the expensive houses there. We drove up past the temple today and then just kept going towards Orem. There was a subdivision, Canyon Cove Estates, that had some of the best houses we've seen on a Sunday drive before. Our favorite looked like a castle and was absolutely gorgeous! I wish I had taken a picture on my phone so I could post it, but you'll have to take my word for it. We also like to climb around half-finished homes, and there was one home still under construction. Adam really wanted to go inside, and I was pretty tempted, but the whole yard was full of construction debris and it didn't look like there were steps or anything for me to get up into the house. We decided an almost-eight-month pregnant woman shouldn't be climbing around there.

These excursions are always fun, but then we set our hopes really high for what kind of apartment we can move into after graduation. There are definitely some really nice apartment complexes in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area. We've seen them online. However, even though if FINRA hires Adam he'll be getting paid very well, we probably can't quite afford the kinds of places we really like. We would love to live in a two-story townhome. For some reason that would feel so much more like a house than just an apartment would. I've lived in an apartment before that had two stories and I really liked it. All the bedrooms were upstairs and the living areas downstairs. And I am really setting my heart on having both a dishwasher and washer/dryer in our apartment. I hate taking laundry to the laundromat. Hate, hate, hate. I don't mind laundry otherwise. And I am getting way tired of washing all of our dishes by hand. So hopefully we'll be lucky and find an inexpensive nice townhome close to both Philadelphia and Adam's parents, with a dishwasher and washer and dryer, and with good management. After all, we can dream!

Monday, March 3, 2008

What I Read

Since this is a blog about my life and my family, I thought I'd share what goes into my brain. We are all bombarded with information and we have to be pretty selective about what we actually read (and be even more selective about what we retain). I thought you might like to know what information I allow in, and thus shape the way I think.

Blogs
  1. Greg Mankiew - An economics professor at Harvard. Very insightful, and occasionally entertaining (his is the only econ textbook I haven't fallen asleep reading).
  2. Joel Dehlin - The CIO of the LDS Church
  3. ldsWebGuy - The Chief web guy for the LDS Church
  4. FamilySearch Labs - What's new in the LDS Church's efforts in Family History
  5. Exchanges - The official blog of the NYSE

Forums
  1. LDS Tech - All things tech for the LDS church
News
  1. CNN.com
  2. The Wall Street Journal
  3. SIFMA's SmartBrief - a daily e-mail letting me know what's happening in the securities industry.
Now that I have listed all the things I read everyday, I can't help but ask, "Do I ever get anything done, other than staying abreast of current events and opinions?" The answer? Probably not.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

10 favorite pictures

I've been tagged by Elise to post ten of my favorite pictures. This will be a little hard. I just went through all of our pictures with the two of us in order to make the slideshow at the top of the page. But I have tons more pictures than just the ones of me and Adam! Okay, here goes!


This picture is from my sophomore year at Halloween. We're all Newsies! I'm Racecar, the one who sings "I'm the King of New York."

I love Adam in his Air Force ROTC uniform! This was our first date. We went to his ROTC dinner/dance, Dining Out. I was super sick (probably one of the worst viruses I've ever had) and I almost backed out, but didn't and we ended up having a great time and going out again the next night. I like the Christmas tree in the background that my roommates stole from the porch of some guys in our ward.

Here I am in front of a church in Moscow, properly covered up like a good Russian Orthodox. This is from my Study Abroad to Russia the summer before I got married.

Adam had barely recovered at this point from an emergency appendectomy. Luckily he was completely better by the time of the wedding, but for the two weeks that I was in New Jersey after Study Abroad, he was sick and in bed. We got him out of bed for a day to go to the beach, though, and I saw the Atlantic Ocean for the first time and even went swimming a little!

This is from our open house in New Jersey before we got married. I like this picture mostly because it kind of shows how much my dress swallowed me up when I sat down on the couch. Adam was shoved into the corner because I took up the entire thing!

This is my sisters and sister-in-law at my bridal shower. I don't usually like myself in pictures, but I like this one. My sisters are so great!

For some reason I really like this picture a lot. This is the first time that Adam and my brother Rob met each other: about two hours after we got married! Robbie missed his plane and barely was able to make it out at all, so I was so grateful he could be there. They're both so suave-looking!

I think this one is kind of self-explanatory! This is me and my dad dancing together at our Utah reception. It was a really special moment for me.


This is from New Years 2007 in New Jersey. We had a fourteen-course meal and a murder mystery in which we were all assassins. Adam was basically the Tom Cruise-like character so he dressed up all nicely in his suit (and gun).


You can tell that we don't take pictures very often, because this is the most recent of the ten I've posted and it's from last April! This is when we first became temple workers at the Provo Temple and wanted to take pictures of ourselves in our white outfits. Sadly, I've stopped working there because of the pregnancy. Last week was supposed to be my last week, but I was in the hospital. I should post a picture of myself in my temple gown now, since I think it makes my pregnant belly look really cute!

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Date Night

Adam and I just had a fun, though unusual date night. Sadly, we're still both feeling so awful. I'm still recovering from the cold that put me in the hospital last weekend and Adam seems to have regressed (I probably got him sick again!) and last night had a migraine. I'm actually feeling lots better, but I didn't eat enough today so I crashed in the middle of making dinner and Adam had to finish it. We usually eat out on Fridays, but yesterday I was taking too long to make dinner so Adam suggested we do fast food and then tonight eat at home. Since I came home early today (last night I got like four hours of sleep) we started watching My Fair Lady when Adam finished up work at 4.
So, after we laid around for a while after dinner watching bad tv, we went out to get Jamba Juice. On the way out to the car Adam suggested we go on a walk. Now that might not seem like anything special, but we never go on walks, especially since I've been pregnant and feeling so sick so often. When we were dating and engaged we didn't have a car and walked so much. We've walked around the whole area south and east of campus, and even a little bit west and north too. After curfew, or when neither of us felt very welcome at our apartments, we would walk around on campus and find "secret" places, even if it was super cold and snowy. So anyway, the weather was perfect tonight and the short walk was lots of fun. Then after we got Jambas Adam had me close my eyes while he drove to a nearby elementary school that we used to walk to. We have lots of fun memories of the squeaky swings, the rope jungle gym, the fence that I "climbed," or rather, fell over.
So now we're home watching our customary Scrubs and Simpsons, laying on our respective couches and being boring. But it was a really fun, if simple, date night!