November Morning

Monday, September 3, 2012

Maternity Pictures

For one of my birthday presents I wanted to have some maternity pictures taken.  I wanted to have pictures taken of Dave and I to remember our last days as a twosome.  We haven't had pictures taken of the two of us since our wedding, so I thought now would be a good time.  I also wanted some pictures of just me so that I can always remember this special time in my life and be thankful for the gift of motherhood.  My friend Tara was nice enough to take the pictures and edit them.  We took the pictures at the beautiful park across from the Mt. Timpanogos Temple.  I love the way the pictures turned out and I am so glad that I will always have a memory of this wonderful time in our lives!
These are just a few of my favorite pictures.  I am so thankful to be trusted with a sweet spirit and excited to meet the third member of our little family!

Baby Shower

On August 25th, my mom, sister, and visiting teachers threw me a baby shower.  My mom and sister took care of the invitations, games, and prizes, and my visiting teachers took care of the food.  I felt really blessed to have so many people care about me and want to do something nice for me and my baby.

The food was delicious!  Since the shower was in the morning, there was a variety of yummy breakfast foods.  My visiting teachers did a great job of making a beautiful spread.

This is the cute diaper car that my visiting teacher, Amber, made as a gift and decoration!

It was fun to visit with friends and enjoy good food.

Then we played a few games.  The first game we played was a baby word scramble.  Then we played a scratch off lottery ticket game.  After that we played a game where everyone cuts a piece of yarn that they think will fit perfectly around my belly.  The closest person wins!  Almost all of the strings were too short which is super sweet.  However, my sister's string was extra long- I guess we know how she sees me :)  I was pretty impressed though that two people cut strings that were the perfect size!  There was also a cute estimation jar with blue and silver candies that someone won.  We had a good time playing just the right amount of games!

After games, I got to open presents.  It was so fun to get a bunch of stuff for the baby and I am really grateful for all the things that were given to me.  I think Dawson will definitely be the best dressed baby on the block!

I had a great baby shower and it was especially fun to share it with my mom and sister!

Jessica's 25th Birthday!

We recently celebrated my 25th birthday!  It was a great day because it was the first time in years that I haven't had school/work- gotta love Saturday birthdays!  It was so nice to sleep in and take my time getting ready.  Before we left for the day's activities Dave gave me my presents.

He gave me a beautiful bouquet of roses.

He also fixed my laptop.  I got my laptop when I graduated high school so it's pretty old and slow compared to what's available now.  After I saved what I wanted onto my flash drive, Dave took it to Best Buy and had them basically wipe everything out.  He also had them install more RAM so that it runs faster.  Then, Dave loaded anti-virus software on it, so it will be protected.  Let's just say that my laptop got a major makeover and I'm glad I can actually use it now!

Dave also got me a couple of my favorite things.  He got me a cd with 500,000 computer games on it.  The reason I like it so much is because it has thousands of versions of Mahjong!  Mahjong, despite its simplicity, is hands down my favorite computer game and time waster.  I have no idea why I find it so appealing, but I absolutely love the game and I'm excited to play new versions of it!  He also got me NOW 43.  I have been an avid NOW collector until the past couple of years.  I think I'm about ten behind right now.  However, I love the cds and I love how they can transport you to a different time in your life.  Also, he had to get me the cd because it has my two favorite songs on it from the summer- Call Me Maybe and Boyfriend!

After presents we went to eat lunch at Pei Wei which is my new favorite restaurant.  Pei Wei is like a more casual version of P.F.Chang's and it is delicious!  Later that evening we went to see a play at the Hale Center Theater in Orem.  We saw Arsenic and Old Lace.  We had a good time watching the play which was pretty funny.  I tried to have a man take a picture of us there, but after about four failed attempts I gave up (he kept moving the camera so they were all blurry).  Oh well.  I had a great birthday and I'm excited for the new adventures of my 25th year!