Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Personality Color Test

You're brown, a credible, stable color that's reminiscent of fine wood, rich leather, and wistful melancholy. Most likely, you're a logical, practical person ruled more by your head than your heart. With your inquisitive mind and insatiable curiosity, you're probably a great problem solver. And you always gather all of the facts before coming to a timely, informed decision. Easily intrigued, you're constantly finding new ways to challenge your mind, whether it's by reading the newspaper, playing a trivia game, or composing a piece of music. Brown is an impartial, neutral color, which means you tend to see the difference between fact and opinion easily and are open to many points of view. Trustworthy and steady, you really are a brown at heart.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Tatum turns 4!

Our little girl is four! I can't beleive how fast she has grown. She is not my little baby girl anymore, as she constantly reminds me. It has been a wonderful four years watching her grow into her little self. She is so imaginative and always cracks us up... and she is still as fiesty as ever. She is such a good big sister and is so excited to get another baby in our family. Happy Birthday Tatum! We love you!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Memoirs of a Beached Whale

Okay... so the end is near. Thirty-four and a half weeks of pregnancy bliss (hah) and a little over five more weeks to go. And, I am large- really large, I have to compare my existence to that of a beached whale. My husband has lovingly rolled me out of bed on more than one morning. I wanted to journal the journey of my gestation and recap on all the highs and lows of pregnancy.First Trimester...
I found out I was pregnant June 22nd, which was a total surprise. I had to hold the secret in for almost two weeks, waiting for just the right moment to break the news to Ryan. Finally, at the top of the Eiffel Tower, I sent Ryan into momentary shock, followed by complete elation. An official due date of Feb. 29th, 2008 was given, followed by a comparatively easy first trimester (meaning I didn't spend ten weeks puking my guts out, as I did with Davis).

Second Trimester...

It was so exciting to see the baby's little heartbeat for the first time! It is overwhelmingly joyful knowing what is to come of this little peanut in my belly. When I broke the news to Tatum, she was confused at first, but quickly took to the idea of becoming a big sister again... and possibly getting a little sister (but a brother would be ok too, she assures me). I felt the baby move at about 16 weeks... such a wonderful feeling! It makes everything seem so real and makes up for the last 16 weeks of queasiness, headaches, backaches, insomnia, and never-ending heartburn.

Third Trimester...

Even though I am getting enormous, I am happy knowing that this little baby inside me is growing and I will soon get to meet him or her. It is so exciting not knowing the baby's gender. I have agreed to let Ryan have complete naming rights over the baby if it is a boy and I get to name the baby if it is a girl. I know that the sleepless nights and the tribulations of nursing are around the corner... but I can't wait to meet the little one who has been elbowing me in the ribs, and finally hold the baby and smell his/ her sweet baby smell. Our family is so thrilled to grow in numbers and in love and we anxiously await for d-day.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Place your bets on the on the walking time bomb...

We are approaching the final stretch and are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our new little addition. We thought we would have a little fun and take on pool on some of the unknown baby variables... gender, birth date, and weight. Leave a comment to enter your guess (the baby's due date is Feb. 29th).

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Christmas 2007

Davis caught red-handed tampering with the tree (yet again).

Davis' first sledding experience

Tatum, playing in the snow... our neighborhood brings it in every year for sledding.

Davis and Ryan enjoying the lights at the Mesa temple.

Davis has had some difficulties distinguishing between Santa and pirates... he likes to wear his Santa hat and eye patch and run around the house yelling "yo,ho, ho!"

Tatum showing off her Christmas dress... it was my first attempt at making her a dress... luckily, it doesn't take much to impress a 3 year-old.

The Nelson crew at the temple on Christmas Eve.

Davis, unwrapped his undies, happily yelled "Spiderman!" and then tried them on his head. (I don't see us potty training any time soon).
Tatum loved all of the beautiful ornaments and Christmas decorations.
Tatum, informing Santa of her Christmas list.
Tatum and her little cousin Aspyn.