Saturday, December 31, 2011

The One with a Bun in the Oven!

Wanna know the real reason for my laziness and lack of mojo and sleepiness and poopy blog posts lately?

THERE'S A BUN IN MY OVEN!
WE'RE EXPECTING!
I'M PG!
I'M KNOCKED UP!
I'M WITH CHILD!
SOON TO BE EVANS PARTY OF FOUR!
FOX IS GONNA BE A BIG BROTHER!
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I'm 10 weeks and 1 day along. I feel like I'm already showing, though it must be taken into account that I never got back down to my pre-Fox-pregnancy weight and still sported a muffin top, I just ate dinner, I'm probably pushing it out unintentionally, and I'm bloated. The joys of the first trimester :)
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I'm due July 27th 2012. That seems forever away still, but I know it'll go by fast chasing a toddler around.
I have been sooooooooo tired and unmotivated it's not even funny. I sleep most of the day as the Evans family can attest to after Christmas vacationing with me.
I haven't thrown up (yet). I didn't start vomitting with Fox until 10 weeks. So perhaps it'll still come. I hope not though.
I have major food aversions and cravings.
We had our first ultrasound the morning we flew to Colorado and got to hear the precious heartbeat, as pictured above.
We'll find out the gender around 20 weeks so in 2.5 months.

We already have names picked out (I hold nothing back :)
Girl: Jane Catherine Evans
Boy: Clark James Evans

We are extremely excited for this little miracle. We'd actually been trying to get pregnant for seven months (yes, we are soooo crazy). Every month when I took an early pg test and only one pink line showed instead of two I was heartbroken. But God had our best interests at heart because Fox and baby #2 will be 21.5 months apart which is about as close as I really want and can handle them. I'm grateful for the trial of learning to be patient and working on the Lord's timeline and not ours.

There you have it! I hope to be back to my regular happy, chipper, daily blogging self by the time the 2nd trimester rolls around in a few weeks!

And happy New Year's Eve - 2012 is going to be grand!

The One with 2012 Calendars Now Half Off!

The New Year starts in just three days! In an effort to get rid of all the 2012 calendars I made, they are now 50% off the original price! For $6 (originally $12) you can own one of these beauties :)
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Visit my etsy shop to get yours today!
(Wow I sound like a commercial or something...)

Now I need to go stop Fox from flushing the toilet over and over and over and pulling all the toilet paper off the roll. Silly boy.

Friday, December 30, 2011

The One with Christmas in Utah Days 1+2+3

We got to Utah in the early evening Monday and after we settled at the Taylor's house I drove out to my favorite Thai food restaurant in Orem (Thai Drift) to pick up some curry. So good. 

Tuesday all the Evans' went to do a session at the Salt Lake temple but I stayed behind to see family and go to a work party. First order of business: lunch at Noodles & Company. It's funny how vacations revolve around food. You gotta eat at your favorite places while you can!
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I got buttered noodles and Fox got the Wisconsin mac and cheese. 
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He liked it a lot :)
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Coming soon to Orem: J Dawgs! No way! This once little po-dunk stand at BYU is turning into a franchise! Come on over to LA!
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I visited my Warner grandparents and admired the beautiful sunset across the Wasatch mountains and valley. 
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That night I went to the Northridge work party at the Riverwoods Country Club.
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It was so serendipitous that I was in town for the occasion! It was SOOOO FUN to see all the people that I work with on a daily basis via emails and chat IN REAL LIFE. It had been YEARS since I'd seen Pam - the Editor in Chief - and Tammy - the Editor of the Cricut Mags - and all the photographers and designers and ad managers and everyone else who keeps the mags running. I can't believe how much this company has grown since I started working there six years ago. Everyone took up three entire rooms!
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I sat next to my good friend Alisha and we chatted all night long. I love my co-workers :)

Wednesday morning was MTC day! Seven years ago Chris went into the MTC. That was one of the hardest days of my life. As you can see from my face. 
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In the morning Grandma Doris hosted a good-bye brunch for Nick. Afterwards we sat down and talked about this and that until it was time to go. 
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They don't do the drop-off and video and take their leisurely time like they used to. Ever since the Swine Flu epidemic a couple years ago you roll in, kick your kid to the curb, and say peace out - see you in two years! I actually like the process - quick and painless. Well. I guess it's not painless. Two years is a long time to not see your son/brother/friend.

We found a parking lot to stop and take some pictures before we dropped Nick off. 
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We drove into the MTC and were guided to a numbered spot. There a group of missionaries greeted Nick and helped unload his bags. I love this picture of Margi and her look of supreme adoration. 
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Saying goodbye to Pops. 
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Saying goodbye to Mom. 
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Bye Nick! Go forth and serve! See you in two years!
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We went to the BYU Creamery on 9th after we dropped Nick off, took naps, and then said our goodbyes. We woke up at 3:30am and flew back home to LA. 

We had a merry Christmas with family! Now it's back to the grindstone :)

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The One with Christmas in Denver Days 3+4+5

We're finally back to home-sweet-home so now it's time to play some major catch-up!

Christmas Eve-Eve we did some stuff. See that's the problem with not blogging everyday - I can't remember! And I was super bad at taking pictures so even that doesn't solve my problem. I think we went to the mall which was utter madness because everyone was buying last minute presents. Other than that we spent most of the day inside looking outside at the GORGEOUS snow-covered Denver metropolis. 
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Bethany and Peter brought some books to entertain Evelynd - one of them in particular Fox loved to bits. 
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On Christmas Eve Margi and Tom hosted their annual Nativity in the barn. Fox was the staring role of baby Jesus!
(Thanks to Jay for all of the following pictures.)
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Friends and family and horses and dogs gathered in the Evans' barn to watch and behold a reenactment of the nativity. 
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Chris was Joseph and I was Mary and we swaddled baby Fox and laid him in a manger. 
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Throughout the night we would sing carols and Nick accompanied us on the piano. 
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Margi was the angel, naturally, and narrated the nativity. 
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Peter and Evelynd. 
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Bethany and Evelynd. 
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HANS. 
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Christmas morning we woke up bright and early!
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Looks like Santa came to town!
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We opened presents then ate a delicious breakfast of homemade cinnamon rolls and egg casserole. 
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Before we flew out to Colorado we had our own Christmas at home. We didn't want to haul all the presents out to Colorado just to bring them back. Goodness knows I'm not a light packer as it is - to add presents would just be the cherry on top! Fox doesn't quite 'get' opening presents, but he sure likes what's inside them!
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His toys entertained him for about 5 minutes each then he wanted our cell phones. 
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Kids these days :)

Monday morning we packed up and drove to Utah. Our Christmas in Colorado was two-fold in purpose: enjoy time with family then take Nick to the Missionary Training Center where he will learn Spanish and then fly to Leon, Mexico to serve an LDS mission for two years!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The One with AWOL

This is the first time I've touched a computer in 5 days. (That's gotta be some kind of world record for me.)
Vacations are nice. 
Instead of blogging I've been napping. 
Instead of tweeting I've been reading. 
Instead of Facebooking with family and friends I've been seeing the actual faces of family and friends. 
I'll play catch up in the near future when life has gone back to normal! 

Friday, December 23, 2011

The One with Christmas in Denver Days 1+2

We made it to Denver! As soon as we landed yesterday afternoon it started snowing and didn't stop until this afternoon. So. Much. Snow. We left sunny, warm SoCal wearing sandals and t-shirts and now we're dressed up like eskimos. But more about that later. First, traveling to Denver!

Fox was a good boy on the plane. He slept the first half and played in the empty seat between us the second half. 
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Margi and Tom's house is immaculately decorated for Christmas. It's so comfy cozy!
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My mom made this nativity set! It's fun to have a little bit of home all the way in Colorado.
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We took Fox out in the snow for the very first time.
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We'll try again tomorrow.
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It truly is a winter wonderland here!
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Hans the poodle watches more TV than all of the Evans' combined. What a funny dawg.
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Christmas is in full swing!