Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Summer Love

How it all began...
       It was 5 years ago today that I met my prince charming. Chris and I were both so young; I was only 18 and he was 23. I had just graduated from high school a few weeks earlier and my next plan was to go on a mission for my church. I planned on going early because I know 2 other female missionaries that served when they were 19. I loved going to the missionary prep classes. I felt so much joy and enthusiasm knowing that I would be sharing the gospel with so many people. And since Chris was one if the teachers, it made it much more fun too. The first time I saw him was when he was teaching. He looked so "cute". I couldn't hold back my smile every time I looked at him. He was wearing a white shirt and tie with gray pants and glasses. I went up to him after class, shook his hand and thanked him for a great lesson. (I don't even think I was listening to his lesson ha ha). I kept it short and sweet. I even cut him off and said I had to go... A girl's gotta keep a guy on his toes! So I left and saw him again the following week. This time he made it a point to sit right behind me. At the end of church as I was walking to my car, he "ran" after me to get my phone number. (Of course he says he didn't chase after me, but he did).
       June 21, 2006 was our first date. At this point I had only seen him at church where he wore a white shirt and tie and glasses, so I was anxious to see what he was really like and if he was dorky. He picked me up for our date looking cuter than ever and I was surprised that he wasn't wearing any glasses! turns out he was a contact wearing guy but when I met him he had just ran out of them. We went on a double date miniature golfing. Then after wards he took me to Jamba Juice where we sat on the bed of his truck talking for hours about random things. It was the best first date I had ever been on and not because it was the most creative or anything, but because I felt something I had never felt before with any other person. Chris and I had a blast dating. We went hiking, camping, tubing down the Kern river, we saw a fancy play in L.A, there were of course many beach and river trips, and we even went bungee jumping.
       June 21, 2007 he proposed in the most romantic way! He blindfolded me as we drove to our surprise destination. He walked me out of the car, down a few steps (that's where trust came in to play ha ha) and finally untied my blindfold. I was looking down onto the ocean as the sun was setting and reflecting a combination of beautiful colors onto it's surface. In the sand was written "EMMA, MARRY ME." I quickly turned around to see him and he was down on one knee. Do I need to say what my answer was... We hugged for a while. As we continued watching the sunset, Chris was telling me all the reasons he loves me and why he wants to spend the rest of his life with me. Three months later we were sealed together for time and all eternity in the Newport Beach, California temple. I feel so fortunate to have such a wonderful man in my life.
  June 21, 2011, here we are 5 years later, happily married with a beautiful baby and another on the way. It's amazing how our love for each other keeps growing and growing. I look forward to the adventures the future holds for us.

One of our many water adventures

I'm great at holding the flag!

Ducks hockey game

ha ha! Birthday surprise
Down Town Wednesday Night

late night hot chocolate date

his work Christmas party at Disney Land

Hanging out after church

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father's Day

 This was Chris' official Father's Day! Lincoln and I had such a fun time making his gift. I put a poster board on the floor with some paint and had him go at it! He had a blast making it, I just had to keep him from licking it! Ha ha. Once he was all done, I let it dry and cut a piece of it the fit the frame. I cut out a quote to paste onto it, and with his signature hand print, it was complete! On the side I added pictures of him in the process of making it.

Notice all the paint around him mouth... ha ha

I also thought it would be a good idea to take pictures of Lincoln with things that represent his great dad. Here's Lincoln wearing one of Chris' military uniforms. Isn't he a cutie!?

Chris is a great example of a church member and patriarch of our home. (That's what the tie and dress shoes represent). He is also a very well educated man, hence the books in the background.

And Chris loves the outdoors, especially being in the water. He is a great surfer and I can't wait 'til Lincoln is old enough for Chris to teach him how to surf too! Here's Lincoln in his rash guard on daddy's surf board.

After church, father and son enjoyed a relaxing time in the pool (while mommy took pictures of course!). They are so cute when they're together. Lincoln loves spending time with his daddy and always get so excited every time he sees Chris.

I am so grateful to have such a wonderful man be the father to my children. Chris is so great and patient with Lincoln. It's so obvious how much love he has for his son.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

the Latest on Lincoln {9 months}

Lincoln's 9 month Well Baby visit:
weight - 21 lbs. (67%)
height - 29.5 in. (85%)

Lincoln had his 9 month well baby visit yesterday and we were so excited that he didn't need to get any vaccines... but then we found out he needed to get his blood drawn! (just routine to check for led, iron, etc.) I was so nervous taking him to the lab and hoping they would be able to find the vain and only have to stick him once. The tech tied his left arm with the band and looked for a vain on the left arm, then the right arm, then back to the left. I could tell she was nervous and that made me more nervous! We distracted him with a little toy as she prepped Lincoln's arm. He was leaning in to lick her bright blue glove when she stick him with the needle. All he did was pause as it went it and just continued playing with his little toy! He didn't even cry at all, it didn't even phase him! Chris would be proud. Ha ha ha. He did however scream once we took his toy way!
My little baby is getting so big. It makes me sad that he's not going to be a baby forever.

>> he stands up on everything! He'll even stand on his own for a few seconds.
>> he also walks along everything
>> he's getting a little better at eating solids... He usually just eats a few bites of whatever then gets over it pretty quickly.
>> the 2 top teeth just cut through and it seems like there's going to be gap between them so he's going to have a goofy smile petty soon.
>>still licks and puts EVERYTHING in his mouth, it's ridiculous how many times a day I'm taking things out of his mouth!
>> he LOVES going in the pool
>> when he's really excited he makes the funniest face. He'll tense up his arms and fists and shouts!
>> and he has discovered biting with his new teeth...
>> he wears most size 12-18 month clothes already!

     It brakes my heart sometimes to know that he's not going to be my only baby for much longer. I feel like I did rob away some of that precious time with him. I'm trying to squeeze in as much one-on-one time with him before [baby girl] comes. We read books together, sing songs, and cuddle. I feel so guilty too because there is so much I can't do with him because I'm just in so much pain from being pregnant right now plus my belly is so big it's hard to even hold him.
     I really do believe that Lincoln was sent to us first for a reason. We have such a special bond. I know he'll step up and take care of me and his younger siblings when Chris is deployed. He's got such a strong personality. He is very determined and driven, just like his daddy. He's also a tough little guy finding all sorts of adventures, already getting scraps and bruises and he's only 9 months old! He loves it when we say prayers. He gets quiet and has this big smile on his face, (I peek every time) and then when we say "amen" he lets out a happy "ahhh." I love my little linc-a-dink so much!
He won't be a baby for long, but he will be MY baby forever.

Picture time!

7 month pics:

enjoying his banana... peel and all

he was trying so hard to jump into the fountain

he was digging deep into his toy box

...but toys aren't enough! He has to be exploring

my messy eater
8 month pictures:

At church with his friends. They're so good at sharing their toys. ha ha

two buddies hanging out

he gets scared every time we vacuum so we always have to carry him around. (He is so tired in this picture!)

he's helping me with the dishes!
Beginning of  9 months:
straight to the mouth

he's been sleeping in his crib! YAY! hands behind his head and ankles crossed always. ha ha

enjoying his first mango

Thursday, June 2, 2011

She's Got at Least 9 More Weeks

...technically she's got 12 weeks left in the oven, but in 9 more weeks she's considered full term.
Hospital update:
One miserable night spent in the hospital, hooked up to 3 different monitors, laying on a hard bed, must stay in the same position, and the meds to slow down the contractions are giving me a killer headache. Doc comes in at 8:30 am to do another ultrasound of my cervix. Not much has changed which is good news. I just have to "take it easy" now (which isn't easy since we're in the middle of moving.) but i really have to listen or else they'll have to give [baby girl] steroids to help develop her lungs. We can do it... She'll  be one healthy full term baby!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

[baby girl], Be Patient!

Well, i was having intense stomach pain all day and it had been getting progressively worse throughout the day. I finally decided to go in to labor and delivery at 10:30 pm. (I'm actually in the hospital writing this through my phone right now.) The pain is constant and its becoming unbearable. The doc takes a swab test to see if it comes  back positive for preterm  labor. While we wait for the results, they give me an I.V to hydrate me, nausea medication (i still threw up), and pain killers. The results are back and at 1 am, I get the news that it came back positive. Doc isn't too worried but he's keeping me over night to keep an eye on things. So here i am laying in a hard hospital bed blogging rather than getting sleep. [Baby girl] sounds healthy, I'm just praying that she doesn't come too early and that everything will be okay with her.

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