Sunday, June 14, 2015

Halfway There!

Busy Bee's. . . 
I would like to say that I have a really good excuse for not being able to post to my blog in almost three months but I really don't have a good reason. We are just incredibly busy all of the time and it seems like it is so hard to find time to even breathe. But it is a good kind of busy. :) I guess the last time I really updated anyone was in March so I will try and updated you on the general things that have happened since then.

Well as you all should know we got a second dog. She is the litter mate to our little boy scout which makes them brother and sister. She is a lot bigger then him though and they hardly look anything alike. Scout finally weighs about 6lbs. and Daisy is a whopping 9 lbs. so there is a pretty big difference. They both keep us busy and they finally hit the 5 month mark in age so they're getting a little easier as they get into their routine. They have very minimal accidents in the house and most likely if there is one it is Daisy because she is more difficult to train since we got her later. We got Scout at 5 weeks old and Daisy at 10. so there is a lot of learning time Scout had with us that Daisy did not. They are both doing really well with commands and they have down sit, stay, and fetch. But Daisy hates playing so the last one is a joke to her. She is really lazy. and Scout has severe ADHD. Meaning the poor little guy can sit for about three seconds before he moves onto something different. They aren't too destructive unless it is Josh's grey socks (yes only the grey ones). They are finally getting close to being too big to fit through their gate so we can lock them in the kitchen when we're gone. Scout scratches at the door when he needs to use the restroom and Daisy just does whatever she wants. They are fun and really crazy and drive me nuts sometimes but I love them regardless.

So because of our recent adventure in getting two puppies and due to the fact that we bought the last three months of someones contract in our first apartment we decided to move at the end of our contract in April. Of course we also decided that since we are having a baby in October and it will be the middle of winter that it may also be easier to have a washer and dryer in our apartment. We prayed a lot about finding somewhere to live and if it would be a good idea to move. Well that day one of my classes got canceled so I stayed home and logged into Facebook and the first thing that popped up on my news feed was an available apartment that was pet friendly, had a washer dryer, and was in our price range. I called right that second (around here pet friendly housing that is not super expensive is impossible to find) and spoke to the manager. She told me that there was no monthly fee for a pet just an additional deposit that is fully refundable. She said she had already had 7 people call inquiring but its first come first serve so if I could fill out the application, pay the application fee, and look at the apartment as soon as possible then she would hold my spot as first in line. Within the hour we had all of that done and we made a decision to move there. She told us we were all set and that we could move in on April 15th. Well the day came to move and it hadn't snowed since early February and of course it was snowing, windy, and the coldest day ever on the day we were supposed to move. Luckily, Joshua's parents helped us and our friends Karie and Paul helped too. We got it done in a little under 2 hours. Which was awesome because we had to clean our old apartment too and we had to do all of this before 10am. We got it done though. Our new apartment is awesome. It is twice the square footage as our last apartment, there is a washer and dryer, and a dishwasher, its a great place for our puppies, close to campus, and a majority of it is new because the flood last spring caused the entire apartment to be redone. We have really loved living here so far and plan to be here for a couple years until Josh finishes school or transfers.

So of course school is one of the biggest part of our lives right now. Big shocker there. Anyways I am so close to being done I have senioritis all over again. Despite what most people think the baby did not put me behind in school at all. Unfortunately, a mess up at the university is what cause me to add semesters on to my schooling. I will have 5 class left for my bachelors degree after this semester. I am taking one class for the first half of the semester right before the baby is due. Because the classes I have left are practicums (where i physically have to be in the elementary schools) it complicates my schedule because I can't take two in one semester. So I will take three classes in January-April, and two classes April-July 2016. Then I will be done. Everyone asks what we are going to do with the baby during the time I am in school. Well its actually way more simple then everyone may think. I am in school all three semesters of the year because I chose to do so to get done faster. Josh on the other hand is only assigned schooling 2 semesters a year which is what normal people do. So when I go to school Jan-Apr. Josh is actually not in school. I will be done by 11:30 go home and then Josh will go to work. The next semester after that where we will both have school will be a little more difficult but not too bad. I will be hopefully done with school by noon everyday and Josh will take classes after that and then work. Of course life doesn't always go as planned but I am not concerned because I will finish school no matter what. I want to do it for me. As for Josh he switched his major to Business management with an emphasis in Human Resources. It is pretty much the same thing that he was doing except it is a more credible degree then psychology and he doesn't have to have a doctorate to get a job. Plus he can make more money this way. That being said BYU-Idaho does not have his specific program so we may have to transfer after I am done with school but we haven't really figured that out yet. If we do transfer schools we would either go to Boise State University or BYU Provo (the main campus in Utah). You may be asking why am I saying we if I will be done with school. Well I would like to do an online masters program in English if possible so we are looking into that too.

Our Little Munchkin:
Well finally I will tell you about the most exciting part of our lives right now. Our real child. A lot has changed since I last posted but it wasn't until the last few weeks so you didn't miss much. First off I am 20 weeks and 2 days currently. Yes, that means I am halfway done! It went by crazy fast. I have been keeping a journal so if you want to know more then I am telling you here let me know and ill send pics of the pregnancy journal (or bring it to my baby shower). Anyhow I was really sick all the way up to my 17 week. I actually lost weight and dropped down below my pre-pregnancy weight of 100 lbs. to 98 lbs. Luckily, I did not have to go on an IV or anything instead they just told me to watch it and if I did not progress we would talk about it. Well right after I went to my 16 week appointment I stopped feeling sick and haven't really thrown up since. I also started feeling little flutters around week 14. :)

Week 17: Week 17 deserves its own space because it was  big week for us. Since I was a little girl I totally thought I would have a girl first so from the beginning I told myself that this little baby was a girl. Well about a month before we actually found out I told Josh (who always thought it was a boy) that I had this feeling that I knew for certain it was a boy. However, I also told him that I have to go against him so I stuck to keeping my answer as a girl. Well funny enough the day before our appointment to find out both my mom and his dad said I have this weird feeling it is a boy. Both of them were also certain it was a girl so that just solidified me knowing that it was totally going to be a boy. Well we go into the ultra sound and our little baby was folded in half blocking everything the technician needed to see. When the little baby finally uncurled the technician said "Let's please note that the hand is directly in front of the crotch" It was hilarious. Well finally she said "It's a boy!! and his hand is just right on his little boy parts" So our ultrasound has his hand in it as well. It was quite funny. Needless to say neither of us were shocked. So we went to the store bought 3 blue star balloons and an it's a boy balloon and put them in a box so we could tell our families at exactly the same time. We went over to his parents house and skyped my whole family in. When we opened the box the balloons didn't fly out, but hey who expects anything to work perfectly? So we pushed them out and everyone cheered. Except for Bricen. Bricen exclaims "Wait, so you're having three boys and a girl?!" It was hilarious because he thought that each balloon represented a baby. But I promise you we are only having one.

Josh and I the day we found out "It's a Boy!"

Our little munchie at 16 weeks 

My baby bump the day before we found out :) 

Week 19: So this week was significant for a couple of reasons. Over memorial day we went to Arizona to purchase a better family car. It is so hard to find a car anywhere close to where we live so it was a huge blessing that we found the car we wanted in Tempe. Which means I got to see my family. We drove my car down from Idaho and surprised them. It worked out so perfectly because my Grandma Marilee said she would take my car back. So we got to Arizona went to the dealer and saw the car that we wanted. A 2004 Subaru Forester with great mileage. It was a really nice car and because my grandma's cousin works for Auto Nation we got them to inspect the car for us before we actually came to Arizona. Well before we got there they told us they found a coolant leak and that they were fixing it for us. Mind you, they knew we were driving the 15 hours back to Idaho 2 days from then. So we signed all of the paperwork and took the car directly to another mechanic. Sure enough they did not fix the problem as a matter of fact the other mechanic said we wouldn't even make it out of Arizona before the engine blew. So we took the car back to them and of course it was a battle from there. Finally they told us Saturday (we were leaving the next day) that they wouldn't be able to fix it in time and so they would have to give us a rental car and find a way to ship us the car. So we went home there were several other issues and finally last Friday my grandma called and told us to meet her in Salt Lake City and that she would have our car and take the rental car back. So we met her and it was a lot of fun. I was happy that I got to see some of my family a couple weeks apart. The night before we were leaving Salt Lake City the check engine light went on. Another problem. Luckily the dealership is again paying to fix it here in Rexburg. The best thing that has happened so far in pregnancy though was on the way home from Salt Lake City and that was feeling the baby kick me really hard. :) The next day Monday Josh was also able to feel him kick. It is seriously the best feeling in the world and I could sit and feel him kick all day long and never be bored. Overall this was an eventful week of pregnancy and it was the week that people could really start to tell that I am pregnant. I saw the most change between week 18 and 19 then any other week.

Week 1- Week 18 

The little whale outfit for his hospital outfit :) 

Week 20: So now we are caught up to our little man in his current state. On Friday we had his 20 week Ultra Sound which for those of you who don't know is the big one. They check out all of his organs and tell us how he is growing. I was really nervous for this appointment because you just want your baby to be really healthy and strong. Luckily, he has four valves in his heart that all work perfectly. He has both kidneys, two arms with two hands and ten fingers, two legs, two feet, ten toes, two eyes, two ears, and a spine with no spines of spinabifida, and a perfectly developing brain. My cervix is free and clear of the placenta so I can do a vaginal delivery and everything else looks great. He is in the 68th Percentile so on the small side for his weight but hes only two days behind his due date growth wise. Which the doctor said was perfectly fine because he will most likely be a small baby due to our small builds as his parents.
This is some of the 3-D pictures we got :) 

Our little munchie at 20 weeks :) 

He is currently the size of a Banana (Length wise)
Which makes him 10 1/2 inches long.
Heart is 150 BPM (right where its supposed to be its been consistent since our 16 week ultra sound)
His weight 3/4 of a pound.
My beginning weight was 100 lbs. at 16 weeks I dropped to 98 lbs at 20 weeks I weigh 107 lbs. :)
I no longer fit in any of my normal pants (not even close) and you can see my belly through pretty much all of my clothing. The doctors were really proud that I put on the weight since I last saw them and said as long as I continue to gain weight that was the last time I will see our son until I am holding him in my arms. Which is crazy exciting. :)
Cravings: Spicy food, burritos, peanut butter M&M's, Crystal Light, and cheese fries.
Current Name Favs: Chase Reeser
133 Days to go!! :)

Monday, March 16, 2015

Puppies and Playtime

Our Little Boy: 

This week we have had a lot of changes and a lot of exciting stuff happen. Last Monday we got our little puppy Scout and he was only 5 weeks old. Yes I am talking about that little boy ;) I mean we all know the baby is going to be a girl. :) But he has been such a good little ray of sunshine in our lives. He is such a good puppy. He doesn't have accidents and he sleeps from 10 pm to 8 am (yes this is incredible I know). He is just so dang cute I wish you all could meet him and see him, as I am so sure it would bring you much happiness like he has done for us. He only had two teeth when we got him and over night they all grew in... It was very painful for us because now he is teething really bad. But we got him a few toys and try to remind him not to chew on us but of course hes still a baby so he has a hard time even understanding what we're saying. We took him for his first shots and asked the vet a lot of questions. Luckily Josh is one of those people that over researches EVERYTHING so we are always well prepared with weird and sometimes unimportant questions. But that is what I love about him. :) The vet told us he seems really really healthy for being weened so young and that he probably won't get much bigger then he is now which is a whoppin' 2 lbs. We also found out that puppies can't see very well when they are this young just like kittens that is why they have a hard time training. We can tell he can't see very well yet because he runs into things and then it scares him and he jumps away like he's all tough. It is so funny to watch him play it is like a little toy and he is bow legged so he runs all funny. He is just so precious. I just love him and he makes me proud with every little milestone he hits so I cannot wait to know how it is going to feel to have a child. So here's my proud mommy moment and I am going to post little puppy pictures of Scout. 

I cannot figure out how to flip them but you get the idea :) 
Little Munchkin Update: 

Well these weeks have been a little more rough. I am pretty much nauseous all day everyday. I can eat beans, cheese (on occasion), vegetables (peppers, cucumbers, carrots), smoothies, and on a really really good day saltines. Pretty much everything else makes me gag or throw up. I am taking Zofran for my nausea and it helps but it gives me massive headaches and super bad constipation. TMI I know. We go in for our first ultra sound on the 24th so that is really exciting! I can hardly wait. I just want to know that everything is going okay because I worry about it all the time. 

This week I am 8 weeks but i'll give you an update for both 7/8 weeks: 

The big news this week: Hands and feet are emerging from developing arms and legs — although they look more like paddles at this point than the tiny, pudgy extremities you're daydreaming about holding and tickling. Technically, your baby is still considered an embryo and has something of a small tail, which is an extension of her tailbone. The tail will disappear within a few weeks, but that's the only thing getting smaller. Your baby has doubled in size since last week and now measures half an inch long, about the size of a blueberry.

Webbed fingers and toes are poking out from your baby's hands and feet, his eyelids practically cover his eyes, breathing tubes extend from his throat to the branches of his developing lungs, and his "tail" is just about gone. In his brain, nerve cells are branching out to connect with one another, forming primitive neural pathways. You may be daydreaming about your baby as one sex or the other, but the external genitals still haven't developed enough to reveal whether you're having a boy or a girl. Either way, your baby — about the size of a kidney bean — is constantly moving and shifting, though you still can't feel it.

My Starting weight was 100.6 lbs. 

8 Week Weight is: 102.4 

I am starting to feel a difference in my belly most likely because really any changes to my body are noticeable to me. My stomach is really hard and my pants are tight probably from the bloating but its still crazy!! 

I do not have an 8 week picture yet since I take them on Tuesdays but here is my 7 week one not much of a difference :) 

Lastly I would like to just share my spiritual thought for the week :) I was reading an article about this girl who's video of her singing to her baby went viral here's the link: but this lady was debating whether or not to get an abortion. She says that as she was sitting in the clinic she got so many signs from God not to do it. She did not end up going through with it obviously but what really touched me was how strong her faith was even though she did not think she could raise a child all by herself. The woman at the abortion clinic actually told her the second you see your babies face you will be so glad you walked out of here today. The scripture that this reminds me of is Joshua 1:5,9 ‘I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. … Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest’  
I love this verse because I think so many time we are so unsure of things in life that are happening and we are not sure that we can make it through. But I think this verse really helps me to remember that Gods plan is bigger then our own and that, like this lady with her child who she now loves more then anything, we can be guided in the most difficult of times. 

I love you guys watch this video it is so funny. :) and kind of weird.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Our Sealing and Open House

Little Munchkin: 

This last month has been extremely crazy. But so much fun. On the 21st as you all know we found out we were pregnant. It was a HUGE shock but a HUGE blessing. We are so excited and we will post frequent updates on here as well as baby bump pictures. :) There obviously isn't a huge difference quite yet. But I have gained a couple pounds and my wedding dress is tight on my belly i almost couldn't zip it up. So that was scary. I have been feeling a little under the weather so far but mostly I think it is from my pre natal vitamin. We are luckily in a pretty good financial situation so far since both of us are working and we have full tuition scholarships. We are super excited to find out what we are having. Right now we have a pretty even split of who thinks we are having what. But Josh really thinks it is a boy and I really think it is a girl so we will see who it right :). Although I am sure all of you know what happens in the developmental stages of a baby I do not so I will track it here. 

Week 6:  

Major Developments: This week the nose, mouth, and ears are beginning to take shape. If I could see inside my uterus I would find an oversized head and dark spots where my baby's eyes and nostrils are starting to form. The ears are also marked by small little dents on the sides of the head and the arms and legs are little buds. 

This week little munchkin is the size of a Lentil.... Yes a teensy tiny lentil. Week 5 is was a sesame seed and week 4 was a poppy seed. That is so tiny!! How does something that small grow into a baby human! it is crazy to me. 
Sealing and Open House: 
So this week Josh and I had the great opportunity to go to the Rexburg Temple and be sealed. A sealing is performed in the temple to unite a husband, wife, and their children eternally. It was so beautiful. It was really cool because I am sure you know that really beautiful feeling you get when you get married and the connection you feel with your spouse. Well we got lucky because we got to experience that twice. Once at our wedding and once in our sealing. It was also really cool because the church is really big on the family and we were able to actually know about our child in my belly at that time. I included pictures of the temple below and a brief description about what each room is used for. I thought you guys would want to see the room we got sealed in :) 

The Sealing Room: 

This is a picture of the sealing room where couples are sealed for time and all eternity.
The Baptismal Font: 

In the Bible, Jesus taught about baptism. Because many people do not have the opportunity to be baptized in this life, the fonts in temples are used by the living to be baptized in behalf of those who have died. The baptismal font rests on the backs of 12 oxen, following a tradition dating back to the Temple of Solomon that is described in the Old Testament. The oxen represent the 12 tribes of ancient Israel.
The Celestial Room:

The celestial room symbolizes the exalted and peaceful state that all may achieve through living the gospel of Jesus Christ. This room represents the contentment, inner harmony, and peace available to eternal families in the presence of Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.

Finally my baby bump: 
6 week bump.... well really not there

Here is also a picture at our sealing :) 

Love you all!! 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


Power of Prayer: 
Well we are close to a month of marriage already and it has been so busy but so much fun :) Joshua continues to amaze me with his never ending patience and love for everyone. He continually proves to me that always being kind is possible and for that I am so grateful. I have started to keep a blog because I think it will help me keep everyone updated better than just an email. Plus it is like and online journal and I have been keeping a journal for the last year now and I just love it. This week I have been looking back at my old journal entries reflecting on the last year and everything that has happened. It is really cool to see how this last year has been my favorite so far. I have been blessed with many things and it is really cool to see even the small blessings that I maybe forgot about since they have happened. It made me wonder what was so different about the years previous and I realized that I pray everyday. I keep an open communication with God and anytime I am unsure, worried, thankful, or just want to talk to someone I turn to God. I saw a complete difference in the answers I was receiving because I was seeking an answer and I always got one. I was reading out of Job in the Old Testament today those unfamiliar with this specific story I will give you some background knowledge. Job is found in the Old Testament he is a very righteous, and wealthy man but he suffered a lot through his life. Job was put through many trials he lost everything including all of his children but he still loved God. He was then plagued with sickness, sores all over his body and he still loved the Lord. Which brings us quickly to the chapter that I am speaking of where Job discusses with his friends that God knows he is a righteous man and that he is not being punished. His friends are convinced that God is punishing him because he thinks he is a wicked man. Still Job stood by his faith and said that sometimes good people go through difficult situations and that is why we have prayer to help us get through hard times. In Job 22:21-22 he says. "Acquaint now thyself with him (God), and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee. Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart." Basically Job is saying that speak to God and listen he will answer prayers and good will come to us. I also like verse 22:27  "Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows." God will hear our prayers even if we do not think that he will. Now that I understand the power of prayer and its blessings I never fear not feeling comforted I know that I will always have prayer. 

The Adventure Continues: 
Now back to updates with Josh and I. We have been extremely busy with work and school. Joshua is working full time and has picked up a lot of extra hours, and I am taking 19 credits and attempting to complete all of my proficiency exams (3 math tests. 1 spelling, 1 writing, 1 technology, 3 state literature tests, a praxis, and of course my certification tests). I need the first 6 to move on to my classes next semester and one of the literature tests to move on in the program. People who say that elementary education is not a hard major are very wrong. First of all I love kids everyone knows that but man as you all know they are hard work. Especially 26 of them... learning unfamiliar material, in an unfamiliar setting, with 26 sets of insane parents, and did I mention 90% of them are falling behind in at least one subject (meaning they perform below grade level) oh and a lot of them hate school because they think it is hard (who can blame them). I love teaching do not get me wrong but it is a lot of work. A lot more work than people think... I would say one of the most important things I have learned about teaching is that it is most difficult when you have an emotional investment in a students future that the parents do not have. Believe it or not it is so much more common than you may think and it breaks my heart. It is also scary the amount of work you have to do to protect yourself against the parents. My mentor teacher was telling me that she has to keep a folder full over index cards of even the tiniest incident it is really sad. 

So about Josh. We finally are completely settled into our apartment and are preparing to have a reception here after the temple. It is going to be very low key with just a handful of people so it is not nearly as stressful as our wedding day but still stuff to plan for. Josh has been working a lot but it is nice because we both go to class/ work at the same time and get off at the same time. Josh really likes his job and he is also taking to online classes. We some how manage to still have time to do fun things (very rare) but i guess that is common when you're this busy. Next weekend we are going with our friends Karie and Paul and Josh's Brother Jacob and his wife Ardeth to the cabin to go snowshoeing and snow mobiling so that should be a lot of fun. We both decided that we wanted to cut all of our hair off so of course I cut off 9 inches as you saw and Josh is getting his cut off today. We are so grateful to all of you for the support and love you have given us and we can't wait to see you. Hopefully over the summer :)  MAKE SURE YOU WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW. It is absolutely hilarious.. :)

Special Shout out to Dad!! Happy Birthday. Love you :) 


Ky and Josh 

P.S. please watch this video it is hilarious and will surely make your day :)