Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Returning to *our* story. Day 2

So back to our love story. I'm sure y'all are just on the edge of your seats waiting for the rest of this! You can only imagine our excitement and anticipation to see each other the following morning. T had slept in my brother's room who is on a mission and I slept in my room. I woke up the next morning and quickly made myself look presentable. Yet to my horror, yes, to MY horror, I looked in the mirror I have in my room and about fell to the ground unconscious.

My lips were BLUE. I thought "what the heck is on my lips?!" I tried wiping it off and nope, it didn't come off. I then realized that it was from some soft kisses T left me with the night before. I guess my skin was just that sensitive having been a while since I had kissed somebody! haha
Horrified, I text T to ask him what in the world I needed to do. I could NOT have my family see this. You can imagine, my hands were so shaky and sweaty. I was so nervous. He text me back laughing saying I should put on black lipstick. Yeah, like THAT was going to hide it! haha (I didn't own any black lipstick anyway.) Panicking, I went through all my make up and tried to cover it up. Let's just say, it was a pretty funny looking set of lips.

So we meet downstairs for breakfast. My Mom is standing in the kitchen and my younger brother J is at the table. Not even 3 min downstairs my Mom comments from across the room "C, what happened to your lips? It looks like you have something on them. Did you eat something?" I tried so hard to avoid it and said I was trying on new lipstick. She thought I was weird.

Throughout the day she kept asking me over and over again, "..seriously C, what's with your lips?" I just wanted her to stop asking! haha I'll get to the rest of this blue lips story later on.

After breakfast, T and I went on a hike in our Preserve in our neighborhood. We had so much fun as we followed the trail to a small waterfall and sat on the rocks in the little river-bend. We talked so much and just had a blast. This is when T mentioned that he could talk to butterflies. haha Oh my gosh, he has to be one of the funniest people I have ever met in my life. (Don't worry kids, we don't have a Dr. Dolittle on our hands!)

That evening we had plans to meet up with my Dad at Dave & Busters in Austin. As we were finishing getting ready for the night, I was in my Mom's bathroom with her helping her do her hair and getting all dolled up, she said, "Now C. I think it's so funny your lips are blue. But I really am stumped as to why they are that way! Did you fall and get hurt?"
I swear my Mom was playing dumb! I thought for sure she read right past that and was just trying to get it out of me. I start laughing and say "Mom. Think about it. My*LIPS* are blue. They aren't hurt..." ****LIGHTBULB**** "Ohhhhhhh....." my Mom says. "Oh my gosh! I'm so sorry! I really didn't mean to draw so much attention to them! I seriously had no idea!" I laughed and told her it wasn't a big deal but that it was sort of embarrassing. We laughed so hard. I told her not to tell my Dad.

Mom, T, J and I get to D&B's first, then my Dad shows up from work. We are sitting at the booth and he sits across from me and seriously one of the first things he says to me with this confused look on his face, "C, you have something on your lips". I start laughing. Silently. Then I just try to ignore it. Now that the attention had already been brought to it, I couldn't stop giggling! My Dad looks back at me and with this continued confused face says "No, seriously C. You have like blue ink on your lips." "C, I mean it. You have pen on your lips." Finally, my mom interrupts and says "S, stop." Then he stopped. haha I never confessed to him till the night before our wedding.

Dinner was wonderful and so much fun. Then after we ate we went and played on all the games they had, boxing, shooting, wave name it and they had it. I love playing arcade games there!

Afterwards, my family went back home and left us to go see a movie. We went and saw Coraline in 3D.
Here is the only picture we took that whole weekend. This is in the theater. Seriously! How silly of us not to take more. This was taken on his cell phone so it's not the greatest quality. But, this is the weekend that true love took over.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

And so the pregnancy journey continues...

I was doing pretty good as far as feeling great up until about week 6/7. Exhaustion, no appetite, throwing up, nausea, more exhaustion, and so forth. I thought it would never end.

Yet, it did. About week 18 is when things started calming down and week 20 I started feeling like a normal human being. Thank goodness! I felt so bad for T because I'd come home from work and just be so sick and tired. Thank goodness he has been the biggest sweetheart in the world and has taken care of the things I haven't, plus some.

Usually, at the hospital we go to, we weren't suppose to find out the sex of the baby until our sonogram at week 20. Yet, we cheated. We paid to have a 3D/4D ultrasound done. Best $80 we spent! It really brought things into perspective as we could see her. I didn't believe it. I asked the lady if they were just playing a video feed of someone's baby and pretending it was mine. She said "shake your belly", so I did. The picture went all wobbly and shaky. Well, I guess it's real then! We were told that this company has a policy that if they are wrong with the gender they will refund in full. They are pretty confident in their skills.
It was pretty funny because T asked the lady not to blurt out what the gender was, he wanted to be prepared. So when the lady found the perfect view, she had us guess. T says "That's definitely a boy right there. I can see it." I didn't want to say anything! lol I didn't want to be wrong! haha So, as we all know now, the baby is a girl! We were so excited! I felt assured because all along I felt like the baby was a girl but was nervous to say anything because I didn't want my "motherly instincts" to be wrong that soon! lol

Another funny story, when we went to the hospital and they did our sonogram, she said she wasn't "sure" if the baby was a boy or girl. Therefore, I am even more grateful we paid for an u/s to have a guaranteed answer! We have had another 3D/4D ultrasound that reconfirmed our baby is indeed a girl!

Since the very beginning I have been so anxious to start showing. I thought at week 16 that I was showing for sure. I look back at that photo and laugh, because I still look tiny as ever. You can imagine my excitement when I started getting random strangers saying "Oh, so how far along are you?" "Is it a boy or girl?" etc. I beamed knowing people could tell I was pregnant. Although those comments didn't start coming till about week 24, I didn't care. It was all worth the wait.

Oh! As I began to feel movements in my belly, T and I decided we wanted to buy a doppler (For those of you who don't know, a doppler is used to hear the baby's heartbeat.) , so we found one on amazon and were so excited to use it! It was a great way for us to connect to the baby and for T to have a part of this time of the baby's growth. Just today, we tried an experiment. T laid his ear on my belly and heard my heart beat, then he moved a little and could hear a heart beat significantly faster than mine. Then this cute little girl started kicking him in the head. :)

This whole pregnancy has been so amazing. Week by week it's incredible to think there's a little human growing in my body. I love this little girl more than I can express. It's so wonderful feeling her little body inside of mine, she'll kick out, push out, and I can feel different body parts. It's seriously a miracle. I never take one moment for granted. I thank our Heavenly Father every chance I remember for this little miracle.

I can't believe I am 30 weeks pregnant already! I have less than 10 weeks before she will be here. We can't wait. We have decided on a first name, and are pretty sure on the middle, but it's possible we might change it. So as of right now, her name is E.

I am going to include some photos. I'll share some belly photos and a few of the ultrasounds. I hope you enjoy!
16 weeks 18 weeks 2 days

19 weeks 2 days 20 weeks 1 day
21 weeks 2 days 22 weeks 1 days
23 weeks 2 days 24 weeks
27 weeks 28 weeks 30 weeks

E at 18 weeks E at 26 weeks 3 days

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Changing things up a bit...

I decided that I need to make a post about our little one that is on her way! Because I have been so focused on making this blog start from the beginning of "our" time, I have been slacking and before I know it the baby will have come and I might forget some very important details.

So, if you don't mind, I am going to make this post and dedicate it to our baby girl we are so patiently waiting for.

T came home from Iraq January 31st 2010. After 6 months of being separated I think it's fair to say that being together again was one of the most incredible feelings. I never want to have to go through a deployment again, however, I am sure we will and at that time I will put on my BGP's (Big Girl Panties) and get my game face on. Until then, we will just enjoy our lives together each and every moment.

At this time when T came home we set up our place and were just looking forward to living life. Then an opportunity came up for T at work. If he were to take this year long commitment (with some not so great circumstances) that he would be un-deployable and would be made sure to be home at least a full year before even being considered to deploy. (If he didn't take this job offer, he could have deployed 6 months after being home.)

After he accepted the opportunity we began to think. We had discussed having a baby before but we both had felt in the past that we didn't want T to miss out on the whole experience of the pregnancy and possible birth of the baby so we were putting that off till it seemed right. We told family and friends that we weren't going to have a baby for at least 4 years. :) (Oh you know how excited people get when a couple get married. "When are you having a baby?!" "Are you pregnant yet?!" etc)

We then realized what a great time it would be to have a baby. A FULL year home??? If we were lucky enough to get pregnant right away then he would be able to be around for the full 9 month pregnancy, birth and at least the first few months of baby's life. It sounded great! But we were still iffy about it. So we took it to the Lord. We prayed and prayed then fasted some to receive an answer if we were to have a baby. Then we decided that "hey, if there is a baby ready to come RIGHT NOW, then we will get pregnant." So we took that faith and went with it.

I'm sure that every couple has felt the same emotion as we did as we were attempting the whole "getting pregnant". The timing, anticipation and worry that comes with it all. I began to realize the reality of "what if we can't conceive?" That began to really scare me, worry me to the point that I was afraid to try. After discussions with T, I realized that it was all in the Lord's hands and if it happened to be that I couldn't conceive or would have a miscarriage, it was all because the Lord had it planned that way and we would then go with different options. T is very good about keeping me in the "now" and not letting me get ahead of the situation, or myself.

April 7th 2010, T had just left that morning to go to work. After he left I started to realize that it was about time I could take a pregnancy test. So after much debating, I decided to take the test. (Lesson learned, probably should wait for when your spouse is home to do these sorts of things. But I was so nervous of it being negative that I didn't want to be disappointed WITH T being there.) I about hyperventilated as I waited those few minutes for the results. As you can guess, it was positive! I jumped up and down! I was thrilled! I quickly came up with an idea on how to tell T. I decided I'd go up to his work that night (at this time he was staying the night up at work) with some dinner, sparkling apple cider and cute glasses. I drove the hour up there and he was so confused why I was there. lol So I broke the news to him and this is how it went:

Me: *Pulls out sparkling apple cider and glasses that were hidden in the back seat*
"Alright babe, it's time to celebrate!"
T: *Confused look on face* "Celebrate what? Our anniversary? It's not for another 4 days..."
Me: *smiles* "No, silly.....because we're going to have a baby! I'm pregnant!"
T: *even MORE confused look on face* "You're not pregnant."
Me: *laughs* "Yes baby, I am. I took the test this morning"

It took a bit convincing and I even took the test to show him. lol Needless to say we were thrilled and it was quite a change to our emotions that night.

I guess-ti-mated my due date to December 14th. So at my 11 weeks mark I had an appointment out on base. We were able to have an ultrasound and to hear the baby's heart beat. Heart beat was strong and at 160. Here is a picture of the cute little bean as we called it.

There it is. So tiny and precious. You can see a little head, body, legs and arms. It was a start to an amazing journey.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Our first day together

February 12th 2009. T flies into the Austin Bergstorm Intl. Airport.

Oh man I can't tell you how nervous I was. I arrived at the airport probably an hour before his schedule landing because I didn't want to be late. I prayed and prayed that we could have the same relationship in person as we did via telephone.
I then saw him coming down the escalator. It was like light was shining down from the heaven's on to only him. ha ha I'm totally kidding. He did look amazing though! He had a gorgeous red rose in his hand and a backpack. We hugged, and went to the carousel to get his bag. He mentioned to me how he hates flying. So the fact that he flew over 3 hours to see me made it even that much more special.

I made him drive, I figured he'd like that. Being the man an all. So as we drove back to my parents house we talked and talked. Mostly about how amazing it was that he was actually there in person and it felt like we had always been around each other. Also, you could tell there was a bit of hesitation, like we were both a little nervous around each other. ;-)
6th Street.

We got to my house where my parents, oldest brother, his wife and 4 kids, then my younger brother were waiting. T was pretty nervous to meet everyone! Although he had known them when he was little. We ordered pizza, hung out and chatted with everyone. It was pretty casual. So after we spent time with the family catching up, T and I headed downtown to the famous 6th Street. We needed some alone time away from family!

(For those of you that aren't familiar with this famous street, it's in a way comparable to the Strip in Las Vegas. It has lots of live music, clubs, bars, restaurants etc. Oh and a great place to people watch! ha ha )

As we walked up and down 6th street, I, for some reason kept walking a few paces ahead of T. He would laugh and say how I was walking too fast. I just said "This is how I walk, so keep up!" with a giggle of course. (I was used to that quickly paced missionary walking) So after many attempts of T trying to get me to slow down, he finally (FINALLY) put his arm around me to hold me close to him. (I know, way cute, right? ha ha ) From that moment on we walked totally in-sync (as in we'd both step with our right foot, then left all simultaneously) and even the stop lights were in-sync with us (ha ha) the light would be green or turn green as we approached it. It was pretty cool. We ended up walking to the Capitol and I took him on a little tour inside to check out the beautiful architecture and how if we stood in a certain spot in the center of the building on a star, the acoustics were tweaked so we could whisper yet still hear each other as if they were standing right next to your ear. Pretty sweet!
Austin Capitol.

After the tour, we walked outside and found a bench to sit on. We sat and talked. Then we cuddled. And we had a really fun time just having our wonderful conversations yet in person. I accidently dropped my keys and T bent down to get them, yet so did I. So I ended up hitting him in the head. Whoops! After a couple hours of chatting on the bench we finally had our first kiss. Awwww. I know. I'm leaving it at that though. No more details! ha ha I don't kiss and tell. ;)

Afterwards, we headed back home and chatted some more and watched a movie. Then we called it a night to a perfect first day together.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

The preface (Because let's face it, we all need one)

For this story to really be tear jerking and sweet, I must start back before 2010, or even 2007 - before it all began.

Yes my dear readers, we must go back to the year 1990 when my dear family was moved to Birmingham, Alabama for my Dad's work. Interestingly enough, so was T's family. :) We happened to attend the same church. Both our Dad's became best of friends, they served together in the church. T's Dad was my brother's (and his own brother's) scout leader and spent a lot of time with them. Camp outs, meetings, activities etc. My older brothers were very close to T's older brother's, they would hang out a lot. (I have 4 older brothers, and two younger brothers, T has 4 older sisters and 2 older brothers)

Both our families lived and were friends in Birmingham until we moved away in 1993. My family moved on to Mesa, AZ for 3 years then off to Kaysville, UT for 7 years and are now settled in Austin, TX since 2001. T's family moved back to Southern California after we left.

Though T and I did not keep in touch during those many years that passed. Our father's did. They would contact each other every so often to get a family update. I remember the day my Dad came in and said that their youngest son T, was called to serve in the Birmingham, Alabama mission. (To serve in the same area where we met) I thought that was pretty cool!

Come January 5th 2009, I am curiously looking on Facebook for emails, friend requests etc. Then I see on my news feed that my Dad had just become friends with T and several of his siblings. I thought that was pretty cool since I had remembered their family since I was little. So, I added him. No harm done. ;)

To my surprise, he accepted my friend request instantly and we wrote on each others walls. "Hey! Long time no talk! What, it's been 15 years?! What's new?!" You know, the silly dumb stuff we write on EVERYONE'S walls when we first find them.

I see he's on Facebook chat, so I said hello. (Or did he first say something? I forget.) So we start chatting for a few min. (This is when I wish we could save our Facebook chat's!) Then T mentions that his internet connection is acting up and he better go. So he sent me his cell phone number and told me to hit him up sometime.

Well, let's be honest, it's rude not to let them know your number too, right? So I instantly text him and say "Hey! It's C, here's my number so you have it too! :)"
----I'm sooooo smooth. ;) I'm so smooth I'm pretty sure he thought it was nonchalant and thought I was being completely innocent and sweet. Little did he know, I was plotting our eternity with that simple text.

No I'm totally kidding. Yeah he was way cute in his pictures an all. But coming home from my mission I decided I needed to be a "grown-up" with this whole dating thing. I didn't want to get all excited over him and nothing come of it. ----

So we start texting. :) Hee hee! Then I had some things to do, and he said I should call him later. So I called him on my way home from FHE. That's where it all started. I heard his voice, I was hooked! He was chill, not pushy, very sweet, wanted to know about me etc. We hit it off and we talked till the wee hours of the morning. Not to mention we started texting again at like 6am the next day. There has never been one day that's gone by since January 5th, 2009 that we have not spoken. :)

This went on for a little over 4 weeks when I finally felt this strong desire to meet him in person. (Now remember readers, I was in Austin, TX and he in Las Vegas, NV so it's sort of far. ) So on Feb 5th, during our "Texting" I say to him "So when are you coming to see me in Austin?". It took me a min to hit the "send" button because I knew he would like to come out and I wanted to make sure I really did want him there. So I sent it. 2 min later he calls me with the cutest most excited voice ever!

"C! Are you serious? You really want me to come out to Austin?"

My reply "Um, yeah? Was that too forward??" *holds breath*

T says: "No way! I'd love to come out! I have wanted to come out for a while now but didn't want to be too pushy! *stops to think* Ok, tomorrow morning I am going to get online and book a flight to come see you NEXT WEEK during my days off"

My reply: *Thinks* "Oh my gosh oh my gosh is he for real? Ahhh! *big butterflies in stomach* This is so exciting and I have to remember to breathe!"
*Says aloud* Really?! Can you come that soon? Wont the tickets be expensive? We'd love to have you here! Let me know if it works out!"

Talon says: "Oh I don't care about how much it will be. I really want to see you soon! I'll make it work."

Ok, that did it for me. I let the excitement take over and from that day on I felt LOVE for him. I could feel a difference in the way we talked to each other. Our emotions were different and little did we know what was all about to go down.

Since this post is already a novel in itself, I am going to end this and we'll talk about the first weekend trip on the next post! Stay tuned!

(Sorry no photos- when I can I'll post some of us as little kiddos!)

Monday, July 12, 2010

Before IT began

Once upon a time, there was a lovely young woman, who had dreams to fulfill. One being that to serve a mission for the ever so giving and loving, Heavenly Father. This lovely young woman was called to serve in the Chile Santiago North Mission reporting June 20th 2007 to the Provo, Utah MTC. (Missionary Training center)

This is where she was to
learn the language (Spanish) and etiquette's of being a missionary and servant of the Lord. It started here...

Two months of delicious food and long classes, she was finally acquainted with
wearing mostly
skirts, stockings and blouses. Oh and speaking random words in
Spanish which really, made no
sense whatsoever!
After those 2 months, it was time to leave. Say good bye to the infamous giant map at the
MTC and say hello to the "promised land" to which we were all called to serve.

Santiago, Chile of course! (For me, at least!

Ok this is on the outskirts of Santiago. This is actually the beautiful countryside of Colina. I wont go into many details of the mission, I'll save that for another blog! (Or post, I don't know if I can handle two separate blogs!)

Let me back up a bit, you know this lovely young woman of whom we are speaking? Well, as everyone knows, in every fairy tale, there's a handsome prince. Well, MY prince, or *ahem* this "lovely young woman's" prince has a history too. Let's catch up to his story and then we'll somehow compare the two.

T as well served a mission for the dear Heavenly Father. He served in Birmingham, Alabama back in 2003-2005. But since those years are a bit further
than we'd like to go, we'll skip forward to 2007 again. November 2007 T made a very courageous stand in dedicating his time and loyalty to the United States Air Force. So while I'm enjoying myself in the beautiful fields of Colina, Chile.
T is....well here. Check out his view.
Lackland, Texas AFB. Quite the view, eh?

Well that's Texas for you! (Besides Austin, ohhh Austin how I love thee. We'll get there some other time.)

So here is this lovely girl enjoying her 18 months in gorgeous Chile while her dear prince is working hard on becoming a dedicated Airman and serving his country.

Now, for this lovely young woman, it wasn't all play and no work! There was definitely a lot of work and that will be explained in further posts. As for T, well he definitely had his fun times too.

This lovely young woman returned home to her family awaiting her the 26th of November, 2008 in the beautiful Austin, Tx. Little did she know what soon was to unfold in her life.

T, after completing 6 months at Lackland AFB he was stationed at the just-as-hot if not hotter Las Vegas, NV. Little did HE know what would soon unfold near in his future...

May the posting continue!

To blog or not to blog...

I'm here to tell you it's TO BLOG! :)

I finally had my revelation and I now know, now is the time. So here is how it's going to work, like I said, I have a lot to catch up on and so I'm going to start back to before IT even started. Yes, before T and I even met.

So my dear friends, get ready to get to know the Mr. & the Mrs. before we became as such.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

It's been a looooong time. ;)

Where do I even start? Maybe a sincere apology would be good.

Well as you can tell, my first and last post was May 11th 2009. lol That was 8 months ago! I don't know where the time has gone and I haven't even posted since then. *shakes head at self* I do get to do better at this, and I am excited to start recording life's adventures! I feel like I will be working backwards at this time, because there is so much to fill in from these past 8 months! :) So, from the sincere bottom of my heart, I do apologize for not keeping up with this blogging! Y'all need to kick me in the bootay if I don't keep it up at least weekly...or even monthly! ;)

Ok...let the posting begin!