Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Life is TOO Short.

You better believe that today I moved a little more carefully, drove a little slower... was a little more on time to work (not all the way on time.. just a little more than yesterday), held my cup A LOT tighter and even had time to "smell the roses" while driving to work today.

(P.s. I bagged the two breakfast idea.. I figure I was getting a little greedy.. one successful breakfast is good enough for me.)

I say the phrase "Life is too short" quite often... and in reality.. I don't wish to stay any longer than I am supposed to. I am cool with what God has in store for me. But I do think time is flying by faster than ever. I imagine that with each passing year they fly by even quicker than the year before. Which is somewhat of a scary thought. I am so excited to be a mother because I want to take a few steps back and live through those childish eyes that are so tender, sweet and innocent. Me and my little Londyn are going to be besties. Because I will probably love her toys more than she does. I will probably want to spend ALL day in Toys R Us when she is ready to go home, and she will probably just want to play with her friends when I just want to play with her.

This morning while driving to work.. I passed a BIG fort in the front yard of these two darling boys that live in our neighborhood. I am going to start taking pictures of the things they do.. because there is always something out in the yard (Good thing the HOA isn't too on top of things)... a couple weeks ago it was a homemade tent set up in the yard... an Easter egg garden.. toys everywhere.... but it is so much fun to see! These two boys are always out riding bikes and playing in the bushes and trees. It makes me wonder what their make belief life is really like. Oh, the joy of being a child.

These two little boys are almost always dressed in their ACUs (Army Combat Uniforms)... literally it is the cutest thing ever.. Most the neighborhood is military and can you just imagine how fun it is for these little boys to dress up the way their Daddy dresses everyday for work?! It makes me happy just thinking of these children and the imagination and joy they bring into this world. I'm thinking about getting Londyn her own set of ACU's. I might just have to put a big bow or flower on her head when she wears them... maybe I'll sprinkle some glitter on her cheeks as well... just so nobody confuses her with the boys.

A talk by President Thomas S. Monson said, "Who among us has not praised God and marveled at His powers when an infant is held in one’s arms? That tiny hand, so small yet so perfect, instantly becomes the topic of conversation. No one can resist placing his little finger in the clutching hand of an infant. A smile comes to the lips, a certain glow to the eyes, and one appreciates the tender feelings."

It's interesting because I can attest to this very quote. I have a friend that comes to visit me at work and she always brings her baby with her. He is such a good little boy and he will just hang out in his car seat while we chat. I have seen every type of soldier and man come in when lil Logan is on the floor and EVERY single one of them stops and talks to him, smiles at him and just looks at him. I have watched Columbian soldiers, Saudi Arabian soldiers, Norwegian soldiers and our own American soldiers stop and just hang out with Logan. As I watched all these different types of men from all over the world, there was no question in my mind that babies are something so special and they bring a feeling of God's love with them when they are born. No one can deny it.

I started out with "Life is too short" because it is too short to not live everyday to it's fullest. If we could be humble, imaginative, creative, non-assuming, non-judgmental, slow to anger, slow to be defensive of ourselves, our ideas and our opinions, and quick to love, forgive and show kindness to those around us... essentially if we could live looking through the eyes of a child our lives would be more fulfilling and more joyful. I know this is nothing we haven't heard before. But I urge us all to be a little sweeter to our husbands, friends, family, parents, neighbors... and to plan a camping trip in our living rooms this weekend!!!!


I can't wait until our little one causes all sorts of disasters...

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

22 Weeks Pregnant & A Husband in Flight School


Like my fellow blogger and friend, Alison, I started the morning out right... with two breakfasts. Two breakfasts is definitely the way to go, especially when your lil one is over a pound and almost a foot long!! The morning started out on a good note... but went downhill very quickly. On my way to work, I spilled my second breakfast (a smoothie) ALLL over myself and our new car. I was drenched in smoothie and so was the console and in-between the seats.. ughh. A total disaster. Soo, I did what anyone would do.. I pulled over took off my shirt and started sopping it all up so it wouldn't ruin the car. Then I drove home, detailed the car, did laundry and finally made it to work... only a couple of hours late. I am going to blame that whole incident on pregnancy, though we all know I probably would have done it anyways.

I am now, happily blogging, selling combat boots like a champ and eating my midmorning snack (A Nature Valley, sweet & salty pecan bar.. I suggest you all go find a box.)

Last night Brooke and Trent came to our house for dinner. Sooo much fun!! We just love them... Wish we lived a little closer than 6 hours.
My adorable husband in his flight suit!! He has his nickel ride in just a few days. This is his very first training flight where he will pay is IP (Instructor Pilot) a nickel minted in his birth year. The nickel ride dates back to World War II and it's a little piece of history that Fort Rucker keeps going. (I obviously forgot the story.. I can't even hold a cup w/o spilling. Incase you didn't know your brain shrinks when you are pregnant.)
Me @ 21 weeks. Yeah.. I look like I am about to explode. We had just gotten back from a dinner at Outback complete with a bloomin onion.. which we finished. I look like I am like 30 weeks. eEEK.

Me @ 22 weeks.

Friday, April 16, 2010

random.

Silver Cross European Buggy from Courtni and Shaun. We Love it!! They are too good to us! xo
(This is the stroller that I pushed through multiple airports from LA to Alabama.. w/ no baby.. totally embarrassing!!)
19 weeks
(I am skipping 20 weeks because I never took a picture.. oops!)
On Easter Sunday (after conference.. duh) Sam and I went exploring.. we found the MOST beautiful park I have ever seen... right here in our town. There are walking trails everywhere, a lake, fish, a bridge, benches, swing sets, BBQs and pavilions.. it's huge! This pic shows just a little bit of it's awesomeness.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

All Things Baby and a Happy Birthday to Me!

Why is it that.. when you are pregnant, everything turns baby? It's just too much fun to talk about babies, baby names, look at baby clothes... and blogging is the last thing on your mind!! I am 20 weeks and 1 day today! I am just over my halfway mark. It seems to be going by so fast. But is also seems like I am not growing anymore. I have an 18 week picture.. but my 19 week is still on my camera.. and my 20 week must be taken today!

3/28/10 exactly 18 weeks
3/27/10

I turned 26.. and had the most amazing birthday. Sam was sooo sweet (as always), my parents, siblings and friends all went way over the top. Sam even ordered me the most beautiful birthday cake from a gourmet lil cupcake shop. It was pound cake with cream cheese frosting. Mmm!


Alabama is absolutely beautiful this time of year. The weather has been between 70 and 80 for the last month or so. We have enjoyed spending some wonderful time together.. but are anxious for Sam to finally start flight school. It will be sad to see our super mellow days go... maybe even a little more sad for me! He starts tomorrow... so it will be no time before I am posting about his first flight! Yay!!

Our little one has been a wild swimmer, dancer, and kicker. I am not sure what she is doing in my belly but I feel her all day long. I felt her for the first time at about 15/16 weeks. So It has been weeks of feeling her flutter and I LOVE it! It makes it so much more fun. The days where she is calm I get worried and so I poke her.. Sam tells me I am not allowed to poke her cause she is probably sleeping.. but I can't help it.

I have been busy working, doing my graphic design classes, trying to get walks and jogs in most days, and well... growing a baby. Sam is memorizing and studying, working out, and spending time with me when he can.