Saturday, December 31, 2011

Loving This!!!!

I posted this on facebook yesterday but I just can't get enough of it! I love, love, loved 500 days of summer and I think these two should fall in love! I have loved him ever since Angels in the Outfield, which Spencer just gave me permission to buy on Amazon! Hooray for good husbands! Our New Years plans consist currently of watching The Hills (yes, I own every season) and lying in bed. Still feeling a little yucky... okay a lot yucky, but everyone keeps reminding me that it's for a good reason. I guess I believe them! I'm just thrilled to have a husband who watches The Hills with me, after watching 3 season of Laguna Beach to prep him, and comments on it and totally is getting into it. We were made for each other! Hope everyone has an AMAZING New Years! Be safe!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Things I learned from Boy Meets World

Santa came and completed my Boy Meets World series for Christmas and since I have been in bed the past two weeks I was able to finish watching every glorious episode. I started my Boy Meets World collection 6 years ago, and became devastated when they decided to not release seasons 4-7... 5 years later they decided to release them all and it was a great day. Definitely called every member of my family to tell them. And finally 6 years later my collection is complete! I remember the night that the final episode aired. My parents were in Portland and we had a babysitter who became very concerned when I came out of the family room gasping for
air and crying insanely. I learned that being pregnant magnified that by 10. That episode is amazing... and don't worry I am tearing up just thinking about it. I was able to revisit all my emotions from searching for my Cory
Matthews (who I found), wanting hair like Topanga (never happened) and the wisdom that is Mr. Feeny. Being able to watch all of these episodes again made me realize that I have learned so much from that show. I remember sitting around the dinner table in Oregon and my Dad getting extremely annoyed because Kim and I would continually quote from Boy Meets World. Every sentence would either end or start with a quote from the show.... Obsessed. Anyway, even though those quotes have now shifted to The Office or Arrested Development, every now and then we throw in a Boy Meets World.... Here are some things that I learned from Boy Meets World.

He who hesitates is lost. – Eric

A date is not a date until you kiss. – Shawn

Money doesn’t make you rich. Life does. – Jack

Lose one friend, lose all friends, lose yourself. – Eric

I believe that when you find love you hold onto it and cherish it because there is nothing finer and it may never come again. – Mr. Feeny

Love doesn’t require you to be perfect but it does require you to forgive. – Shawn

Friendship is a real gift. It’s given with no expectations and no gratitude is necessary. – Eric

I believe in love like I believe in God: you can't touch it, you can't see it, but you can feel its wrath. - Shawn

We're all a little weird & when we find those people whose weirdness is
compatible we join up with them & fall into a mutually satisfying weirdness &
call them our best friends. - Cory

Believe in yourselves. Dream. Try. Do good - Mr. Feeny

Ever since I was young I never understood anything about the world. and anything that happened in my life, the only thing that ever made sense to me was you, and how i felt about you, thats all I've ever known, and thats enough.. thats enough for me for the rest of my life - Cory

And when you're not a little boy anymore, when the world has taught you how to be a man... Then you'll still make mistakes. But your family, and all those good friends you've made along the way, will help you. And even though you'll think
the world has gone out of it's way to teach you all the tough lessons, you'll realize that it's the same world that's given you your family and those friends, you you'll come to believe that no matter what happens, somehow the world will protect you, too. - Cory

This show is amazing! Of course are a thousand more quotes I could use, and Eric is pretty darn funny. But my absolute favorite part is in the very last episode when they go and ask Mr. Feeny if he has anything left to teach them and he says no, and that his work is done. They ask him to tell them that he loves them (bawling now) and he refuses to tell them. As soon as they leave the room he says, "I love you all. Class dismissed." Geez, am I really crying this hard right now???? Anyway, I never understood why he wouldn't tell them. But I think it's
because he didn't want them to leave, and by succumbing to their wishes, it would have made their leaving final. In that last episode I think we really get to see the most human side of Mr. Feeny ever. We get to see how much he really did care. I think we all have people like that in our life. People who we love so much and would never want to go without, but we can't always tell them how we feel when they want to hear it. I think that alone shows an insane amount of love. Boy Meets World was a huge part of my childhood and it has followed me into adulthood. I picked up on a lot of things that I never would have even though about when I was younger from this show... so glad that I have had the chance to watch them all again. Thank you Santa! And family be prepared, because I am restocked with Boy Meets World quotes for Sunday dinners.


I ran across this video the other day and it really touched me. I wish I could be this forgiving. I wish that I could understand this much this clearly. This man is truly an inspiration to me.... It also may have made a huge impact on me because I cried in public for like 15 minutes after I watched it... my bad.

Baby Bump

So I posted this picture on facebook last night and then I realized that there are a lot of people who read the blog and don't have a facebook, so I'm gonna double time it. Last night was the first time that Spencer looked at me and noted that I actually look like I'm pregnant now. This was probably because I actually got dressed in real clothes last night instead of hanging out in my usual sweats and baggy shirts. I love how excited Spencer is getting! I think that he makes me more excited about it every day! Anyway, I'm happy that we're getting past the "just looking fat" stage... I feel like I'm huge for 12 weeks, but apparently it's normal to be a little bigger with your first one. So excited to get into the second trimester, where hopefully (cross your fingers for me) I won't be best friends with the toilet and where I can eat again!!!! Yes, that is goldfish in the background.... They worked better for me than saltines... up until this morning that is. Thank you for that wonderful fetus!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Our First Christmas

Our first Christmas as a married couple, didn't go exactly how I thought it would, but it was still
great! I didn't plan on being in bed most of the day or having a fever. We didn't plan our meals around my super sensitive stomach or my constant nausea. But we were able to create traditions that we can continue in the future and we really did have a good Christmas. We were able to go to Zoo Lights with the Nield's a couple weeks before Christmas.

Cortney insisted on wearing her Panda costume and riding the Panda on the carousel.
This is the only picture that you will see of Spencer and I together because I am in no condition to take pictures at the moment.
2 weeks in bed does not make one feel pretty at all. For Christmas Eve we have decided to make this Mexican goodness that Spencer is pretty much a pro at making.
I cannot remember the name... because it's in Spanish. It was delicious! And yes, those are cheese balls in the background... AMAZING! Until they come up in the middle of a Smith's visit.... now we aren't friends. I did not throw dinner up, although I did not eat as much of it as I would have normally. It consisted of steak, bacon, red and green peppers, onions, and pineapple with mozzarella cheese melted on top.

Then you scoop it into warm corn tortillas and it is amazing! I am not even gagging at the thought of it. That is a HUGE deal! I also made salsa for dinner... and if you've tasted my salsa you know it's amazing!
Basically I miss food and that's why I'm making such a big deal out of it right now.

We both had a blast picking our presents for each other and watching each other open them.

Our favorite gifts may be the ones ones that others bought us for the baby... cannot wait until next year when we get to have an actual family Christmas with the stubborn fetus. We continued my family's tradition of strawberry waffles on Christmas morning. Pretty sure we just really liked using the waffle maker that we got for our wedding. It is a pretty awesome machine.
I am so thankful that even though it wasn't maybe exactly what we had imagined for a first Christmas, I am so thankful that Spencer was able to enjoy himself and be supportive of me and what I needed. I really hope that I can get better for him really soon. I finally tried the unisom that everyone suggested, and it did not help... sadly. Second trimester starts soon, so hopefully I will be able to get out of bed and eat again soon. I am also thankful that I am not an elephant. Did you know that they can be pregnant up to 2 years? I could not do that! Hope everyone's Christmas was AMAZING!

Friday, December 23, 2011

2011 Highlights

This has been a great year for me! Of course I have been hounded by ups and downs and am
currently living in a body which is no longer my own. This past year has been THE most significant year of my life. While looking at my post high lighting last year I can't believe that I
felt that those moments were most significant than the
ones that I have been able to experience in this past year. These were the best things that
happened to me this past wonderful year!!! Enjoy....

1. Nichole Comes to Visit
Nichole was one of my closest friends in high school and the last time I saw her was when she
came to visit my in Hawaii in 2005... Well I was lucky enough to have her come and visit me for
my birthday and it was awesome! I always find such a sense of comfort when my favorite
people from my past come back into my life and it's like nothing ever changed. We had a blast
when she was here! We went to the Sundance Film Festival, she came and helped me coach, we
got massages, we went bowling, and we ate great food! I sincerely hope that we don't wait
another 6 years to see each other...

2. Graduation
I never intended that I would ever graduate college. I went to college to get married of course.
But 7 years later I left BYU Idaho without a husband, without a fiance, but with a degree. I had
absolutely no idea that I would meet my future husband the next month. I think that I was
suppose to get that degree, and then I could obtain the blessings that I wanted so badly.
Graduation was so special because because Kim and Mom got to graduate with me. And, bonus,
my Dad got to hand us our diplomas. It was basically AWESOME!

3. Conference
Conference in April has become somewhat of a tradition for my family... to actually be able to go to the Conference Center is a huge blessing and I love being able to go with my family! I love that all the girls in the family including my awesome Aunt Julie and her girls, all go to Red Robin while
the guys go to their Priesthood session. Traditions are so important to me and make me feel as
though there's something more than just living life everyday to get through it. Traditions make
life that much better.

4. Les Miserables
This was one of the most amazing opportunity's of my life. I am completely obsessed with this
book, with the music, and with the story line. My personal copy of the book is highlighted like crazy and is so special to me. I felt truly blessed to be able to attend this production, and ever
more awesome... I got to buy a sweet dress, that I will never get to wear until late next year.
Probably not worth the money, but the dress looked great and it was a great night!

5. Jason
I know it might seem a little weird that my little brother being missing is a highlight, but it was a
wonderful experience for me. Not only did it occur during a time when Spencer and I could grow
closer together as a couple, but it also drew me closer to my family and helped me to better
understand the unconditional love that I have for my brother. I am so glad that he is okay and
at home with my family now and doing the things that I know will bring him happiness in the

6. The Fam Moves to Utah
I am so blessed to be able to have my family move to Utah and be so close to me! It was
wonderful to have them here to help me plan my wedding and to be able to cook us dinner every Sunday. I love a homecooked meal once a week. I am so so happy that they live here. I cannot
effectively express to them how much I love them!

7. Meeting Spencer
These next three may seem similar, but they are very different. Meeting Spencer was the best thing that has ever happened to me... and that is because if I had never met him, then I would
have never gotten engaged to him or marry him. I was instantly attracted to Spencer, but never
in a million years did I imagine that he would be interested in me. We had so much fun
when we were dating and I realized that I had never been treated that well by any male in my life, except my Dad. That's when I knew he was a keeper!

8. Getting ENGAGED!!!
Spencer was so crafty and so smooth when he proposed. I was so surprised! I love that he
included my cheerleaders in our special day. He just did everything right! As you can tell, I'm still over the moon about it!!! Watch the AWESOME video here.

9. Getting MARRIED!!!
As most of you know, I never thought that I would never get married... NEVER! But it happened and it was amazing and the day was perfect! I couldn't have asked for anything to be better. The
weather was amazing, our families were so helpful and so wonderful, and the pictures my sister took turned out awesome! Yes, I am glad that it is over and that I will never have to do it again,
but it was perfect! Plus I married such an amazing guy!

10. Discovering the Joys of Pregnancy...
Spencer and I wanted a big family... but we wanted to wait a couple years and enjoy life with just the two of us. Unfortunately, that wasn't the plan for us. It has been a very rough pregnancy
and I have been very sick, but we are still looking forward to having this miracle come into our life and to be able to be parents. It's very exciting, but at the same time, it is possibly the scariest
thing I have ever done in my life!!!! I feel so much pressure to do everything right and to make sure this baby has everything it needs. It will definitely be an interesting journey.

Other highlights in pictures....

It's been an amazing year! I cannot wait for 2012!!!