25.5 Weeks


25.5 weeks so far...so good!  Pregnancy has been pretty good to me so far.  Well, except the first trimester where I felt nauseous pretty much the whole time!  I'm still craving the same foods-fruits and veggies.  It's been hard staying away from all the holiday sweets.  Luckily I've got a husband who loves sugar...so he's taking care of all the sweets for me!

25.5 Weeks


EBC Christmas Program


This past weekend we had a Christmas Program at our church.  Tim did an excellent job and so did the orchestra, drama, choir, tech and everyone else involved.  The program this year was centered around a radio show with "special guests" and "special musicians".  All of the guests that called into the show were telling about something they went through in their life and how God showed his faithfulness to them during their situation.  It was pretty awesome to hear all of their stories!


Maternity Pictures


A couple weeks ago, a good friend of ours, Rico, came over to take some maternity and family pictures of us.  He did such a great job!


22.5 Weeks


This month of pregnancy has been pretty good.  I'm still craving the same foods.  Just glad it's health food.  My doc said Madelyn is growing well and I'm right where I should be.  We now have all the furniture for Madelyn's room and we're planning to register this weekend.

22.5 Weeks


Thanksgiving Day


This year for Thanksgiving we decided to stay home with the 2 of us...and 3 crazy dogs.  Some of our friends went out of town so we babysat their dog for the week.  Daisy and their dog, Buddy, absolutely loved hanging out together.  I think Sadie enjoyed having him there too because this meant Daisy wasn't pestering her like usual.

Tim and I fixed a turkey with all the sides that we like and just finished up the leftovers yesterday.  The turkey was yummy!  Since we were homebound for the day because of the snow, we watched the Macy's Parade, ate, watched a movie, ate, played some wii, then ate pie.  It was a nice, relaxing day for the 2 of us.  I am very thankful for my husband and the incredibly blessing he is in my life.


Unexpected Snow


Last week, Seattle got quite a bit of unexpected snow.  My boss let me off an hour early on Monday to head home in the wet and cold weather.  What normally takes me 30 minutes to get home, took an hour.  We heard later on the news that it took some people in Seattle 8-12 hours to get home...crazy!  The roads were starting to get slick and there were chances of even more snow.  It snowed pretty much all day Tuesday and a little on Wednesday.  Luckily for me, school was canceled on both Tues and Wed.  It snowed on Thursday morning as well.

Our house on Wednesday morning

Madelyn Joy


Tim and I are having a GIRL!  We've decided to name her Madelyn Joy :).  The big ultrasound was yesterday and the tech said everything looks just fine and that our baby girl is doing great!

18 1/2 Weeks

Things are going well around our house.  I'm still feeling good-eating all the fruit and pickles I can get.


16 Weeks


Yesterday, I went in for my 16 week appointment.  The doc said everything still looks good and on track.  I'm still feeling pretty good and craving fruit...and McDonald's; just tired all the time.  It takes me a little longer to get up and ready for work...at 5:30am in the morning.

The exciting news the doc told me is we'll find out the gender of baby at my next appointment on November 2nd.  Tim and I can't wait!  If you know us well...or at all, you know we're both planners.  We like to have everything planned ahead on our schedules and we try to be everywhere on time.  We know a kid will change this..immensely...but at least we can know ahead of time what gender the baby is.  We're planning to do a "gender neutral" nursery anyway.  But we're still excited to know what baby is so we can decide on a name!



So if you haven't already heard, Tim and I are expecting our first child on March 30th, 2011.  We are super pumped about it!  Right now, I'm almost 15 weeks.  The first trimester I felt bad pretty much everyday.  Not throwing up, but continually nauseous.  The second trimester has been much better so far.  As long as I eat snacks all day, I'm usually fine.  Tim's been great with everything!  He goes to the store for me whenever I have "cravings" and has been a great help around the house...with cleaning and the dogs.  My cravings have been fruit so far...well...and McDonald's french fries.  But I craved those even before I got pregnant!  Here's a shot of the belly..just pooching out a little so far...but enough that my pants are getting a little tight!

14 1/2 Weeks


Olympic National Forest


Last Thursday, Tim and I ventured over to the Olympic Peninsula with my parents.  It was beautiful!  We went through Port Angeles, over to Forks then to La Push.  We drove all the way around the forest so it took a long time, but it was fun.  If you're a fan of Twilight like I am, then you should definitely check it out.


Mt. Rainier


On Saturday, we headed up to Mt. Rainier National Park.  We were brave and took both pups with us.  They were on their best behavior the whole time.  They both did really well riding in the car and they didn't even bark too much once we got there.  If you ever get a chance to come up to WA State, I highly recommend seeing Mt. Rainier.  It is spectacular!


San Juan Islands


My parents came in town last week from Arkansas.  We're enjoying time with them and have taken a couple trips while they've been here.  Last Friday, we took the Clipper up to the San Juan Islands.  It was a beautiful ride up.  We saw quite a bit of wildlife including seals, bald eagles and WHALES.  We saw two orca pods!  I've been wanting to see a whale since we've moved up here...and it finally happened!




This past weekend, Tim and I were able to get away and visit Seaside, OR.  Our friends, John and Tina, visit there often and love it..so we thought we'd give it a try.  John and Tina kept our crazy dogs for the weekend...thank you!  We left Friday after I got off work and drove down there.  We got into some traffic, but finally arrived at around 5pm.  We were able to spend some time on the beach and even caught the sunset.  It was beautiful!  It was a little too cold for us to swim, but there were some brave swimmers in the water.

Saturday morning, we went down to the beach again and caught some more pictures.  Seaside is a cute town with lots of little shops on the main drag.  We did some quick shopping, ate brunch and headed back up to Seattle.

Tim and I had never seen the Pacific Ocean before...the waves are huge!  I definitely recommend going to see it if you never have.


Jim's 50th

One of our good friends up here, Jim, turns 50 in December.  His wife, Cathy, threw a surprise party for him last week...6 months before his birthday!  Turned out to be a good surprise!  It was at one of the suites at the Mariner's stadium.  It was awesome!  We had such a good time celebrating with Jim and Cathy and a few friends.


Family Visit


Sorry for the delay of posts.  It's been very busy since we've moved into our new place.  Less than a week after moving in, Tim's parents, sister and 2 nieces came up from Alabama to visit.  They have not been able to come up here since we moved out here 3 years ago; so it was fun showing them around our new home.

We did several things around the city such as...eating lunch at the Space Needle, Mariners game and a ferry ride from Edmonds to Kingston.


And we're in...


We closed and received our keys on Friday.  We're very excited to be in.  Now it's time to unpack everything and get all setup.  Thank you so very much to our friends John and Tina who hosted us for the past week and 1/2.  We love and appreciate you both very much.




Well, we still haven't closed; hopefully it'll happen in the next couple days.  We had to move out of our previous house last Monday.  We're temporarily living with some very gracious friends from church until we close.  We decided to go to the Mariners game on Saturday since we couldn't move anything in quite yet.


Carrie Underwood!


For Valentine's Day this year, Tim got me tickets to see Carrie Underwood!  I had to wait 3 months after v-day to see her, but it was totally worth it.  The concert was at Everett Comcast Center last night.  She was amazing.  She has one of the best voices I've heard and I just love her songs...and that she won American Idol...a show that I watch every year.


New House-Week 13


The fence, rockery around the garage and inside is complete.  They planted grass seed the other day and it shouldn't take too long to come up...considering it's been raining almost every day this week.  We're still waiting for them to plant the daisies next to the porch and our little white fence railing around the porch.

Our closing date has been pushed back about 3 times now.  We're hoping we can actually close next weekend.  We're definitely past ready to move in.  We've been living out of boxes for awhile.


New House-Week 10


More of the siding.  The outside is almost finished!


New House-Week 9


Sorry for the delay on posting pictures...we were waiting for the siding to be put on.  It's not quite finished yet, but here's a glimpse.




Here are some updated pictures of our furry babies.  They both got haircuts yesterday and look very cute.  I'm not biased or anything, ha!  Daisy is now almost as big as Sadie; I think she'll outgrow Sadie over time.  They love being sisters...most of the time...Sadie gets tired faster than Daisy and sometimes gets annoyed when Daisy wants to keep on playing, but all in all, they love being around each other.


New House-Week 7


We have a roof!  It's getting closer.


New House-Week 6



New House-Week 5


Our building crew has been hard at work this week.  We now have some walls up!


New House-Week 3


Not a lot of visible changes this week, but they did run all the utility lines!  They also put down gravel for the driveway and moved all the dirt piles.


New House-Week 2


Two nice additions to the house this week-the sides of the garage and the SOLD sign.  They've been working on some of the siding as well.  Today they'll have a full crew out there cutting down limbs behind the house and putting in a sewer line.


New House-Week 1


Our house is coming along quickly!  Here is the outline!


New House


Tim and I have been on the lookout for a new house for the past couple months.  Last week, our realtor took us out to a neighborhood with newly built homes and lots where houses weren't even built yet.  After praying and thinking about what we should do, we decided to build a brand spakin' new house!  We are super pumped about this and will document each step of progress along the journey.

Ground breaking on our new house begins today.  It should be complete by the middle of May which works perfect for the lease at our house right now.  It's evident that God's hand has been in this whole process.


Mariners Jerseys


For Christmas, Joe and Jimmi, bought us Mariners jerseys.

Pretty sweet, huh?  We're ready for baseball season to begin!


Happy Birthday, Tim


Happy 27th birthday to my wonderful husband!

The dogs woke Tim up this morning with lots of birthday kisses.  We're celebrating his bday looking at houses after work and then eating a birthday dinner.  Should be a fun-filled day.  I love you baby!

Oh...and happy groundhogs day!


New York City-Day 5


Day 5:  We went home shortly after getting up this morning.  It was sad to leave the bustling city, but we had such a fun time and great 5th anniversary.


New York City-Day 4


Day 4:  We got up and headed to the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Wall Street, Ground Zero, the Manhattan Bridge, the Brooklyn Bridge, then headed up to the Empire State Building that night.  It's seriously an amazing and very busy city!


New York City-Day 3


Day 3:  New Year's Eve...We spent some of this morning in Times Square, but it was crazy!  We got down there around 2:30pm to get a spot for the ball drop.  They put us in what looked like a pig pen and we stood there for hours.  It was a fun...and cold...experience, but I wouldn't change it.  We saw David Cook, Jennifer Lopez and several other bands setting up.


New York City-Day 2


Day 2:  We went down to the Today Show early early in the morning.  It was fun to see how the show runs!
We also saw the huge Christmas tree, ice skating rink, went to Top of the Rock (my favorite place!)
We took a bus tour around Manhattan-seeing Central Park, ABC Studios, CNN, the Lincoln Center, the Natural History Museum.  It's amazing how much is in this city!

We also went to see "The Phantom of the Opera" that night.  It was so good.  So so good.  There were no pictures allowed.  I loved it.


New York City-Day 1


For our 5th anniversary this year, Tim and I ventured eastward to NYC.  I've been wanting to see the ball drop in Times Square for as long as I can remember.  My friend, Katy, and I would watch it every New Years Eve growing up and it looked like so much fun.  We were in NYC for 5 days and packed each day as full as possible.

Day 1:
Flew out Tuesday morning and arrived at JFK at about 2:30pm.  Settled into our hotel and ate dinner in Times Square.

After dinner, we went on a "Holiday Lights Tour" of Manhattan.  It was a fun way to start the trip.