December 24, 2012

Christmas 2012 - Part 1

We are spending this Christmas in Sammamish, WA this year with the Lambert family. Our 7th Christmas together! We are both super excited about the holiday break this year because it's extra long for both of us - almost three weeks. We don't start school again until January 7th. There are some benefits of the student life :)

Before leaving for Seattle, I was able to go to the Mormon Tabernacle Christmas Concert with my sister, mom, and aunt. It was so, so good!


The day we arrived, we went down to Seattle to see Elf, the musical, at the theatre. We both love the movie and thought the stage production was well done. At intermission we found Santa hanging out in the lobby!


Over the weekend we went up to the cabin. I LOVE all the snow - it just makes it feel like Christmas.


Dave and I made a snowman up at the cabin. All the rocks are buried 10 feet under so for the face and buttons we had to use scraps from the kitchen. He has grapes for eyes, a pickle nose, and pepperoni buttons that Jobe was particularly fond of!


We went down to Seattle again to see the lights and the gingerbread house display at the Sheraton hotel. This year the theme was Disney and they were all so neat! My favorite was probably King Triton's palace.


On Christmas Eve we went to the botanical gardens to see the lights. I can't imagine the work it must take to put up all those lights!


December 17, 2012

In lieu of a cake...

It was Dave's birthday this weekend and instead of a birthday cake, I made him some homemade macaroni. Dave was more than happy with the switch, but still wanted to blow out a candle so we stuck one in, sang real quick, and then took it out before it melted into the dish. It doesn't look that appetizing in the picture, but trust me, it was delicious. Mmmm!


November 30, 2012

25 Weeks

I decided it was time for a proper belly shot, even though it feels a bit weird taking pictures like this. I've reached the point where people no longer feel hesitant to ask if I'm expecting, because I'm definitely showing! I am, however, in an awkward stage where nothing really "fits". My regular clothes are too small, but the maternity stuff is too big. I'm sure I will grow into it (and then out of it) real soon!

Me and baby girl at 25 weeks


According to the baby websites she's the size of a rutabaga, but having never seen a rutabaga, I have no idea what to think of that. Is a rutabaga a scary size? It doesn't sound like the most petite of produce, but still a long ways off from watermelon (phew!) I feel her moving around all the time, and she is most active at night when I want to sleep - I hope this is not a sign of things to come...

November 23, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

For Thanksgiving this year we went out to eat and it was wonderful! Rather than have someone host a dinner, my grandma treated the family members in town to dinner at the Country Club. Thank you Grandma Mimi! The food at the club was yummy and it was so nice to just leave all the dishes on the table once we were done.

There was also an amazing dessert table with about 30 options. I filled my plate with key lime pie, caramel cake, pecan delight, eclairs, chocolate mouse, chocolate creme puffs, chocolate covered raspberries, and raspberry jello - I ate until I could eat no more.

Dave and I have so much to be thankful for. We are grateful for all the blessings in our lives and are excited to see what this next year will bring!


November 21, 2012

Happy Birthday... to Me!

Yesterday I turned 27. I always love birthdays, but it's hard to believe how fast time flies by. Was I really only 20 when we got married? We started dating right right around my 20th birthday (he cooked me a steak on his roommate's George Foreman), and now look at us 7 birthdays later!

 While I was at work Dave made me my favorite cupcakes - funfetti cake with rainbow chip frosting. Mmmm!


For my birthday dinner we went out to eat at Tucanos. My entire meal consisted of meat and lemonade - stomach space is at a premium for me right now and I didn't want to waste any room on side dishes!


Baby + Tucanos = Big Bump!
I feel like I grew a couple sizes after dinner tonight. I'm a little worried that nothing will fit after Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow!


November 19, 2012

Welcome Winter

The last couple weeks have been pretty low key. We spent our time at home, and I found plenty of opportunities to take naps, drink hot chocolate, read, and start my Christmas shopping.

A big storm blew through Utah two weeks ago and we got about 10 inches of snow over three days. The storm taught me that Toms make horrible snow shoes, we haven't put an ice scraper in our car yet, and covered parking is awesome!

Despite the snow, we decided to drive down to Provo for Gifts of the Heart, a free clothing exchange for student families (there are some benefits of being eternal students!). I think our little girl should be set for the first few months of life. I can't wait until she's here!


After the exchange we stopped at my sister's apartment and Dave helped Anne build a "snowsman"


He helped her get the eyes and nose in, but she did the rest by herself :)


Since there was quite a bit of snow, they decided to make quite a few snowmen. It started out with a daddy, a mommy, and a baby and then Dave just kept adding babies until he couldn't make them any smaller.


While they played, I got to hold this little guy who wasn't all that thrilled with his makeshift snowsuit - I think he was a little overwhelmed by all the white. It was so pretty!


After the snow melted, a bunch of tumbleweeds blew into our complex. Dave gathered the ones by our building after we got home from church - I think there must be a tumbleweed breeding ground nearby...


November 6, 2012

Shooting Guns in Saratoga Springs

On Saturday we went up to the hills of Saratoga Springs to shoot some guns with my sister's boyfriend's family. It was a beautiful day and it was nice to get out of our apartment for awhile and enjoy the outdoors!

I spent most of my time operating a skeet launcher they found at the thrift store while the boys shot the guns. At one point there were 7 boys on the line - 6 with shotguns and one with a rifle - and I had to work pretty fast to keep the targets flying!

The shot guns we were using were a little heavier than I was used to. I have only ever shot a 20 gauge, and these were 12s, but I still managed to get a good hit on one skeet. Dave took awhile to find his rhythym, but once he did he was able to hit several targets in a row.


I was also proud of my mother for shooting a gun for the first time! She was a little worried about the recoil, but I was glad she tried it anyway.



November 4, 2012

Our future is looking...

PINK!

On Friday we had the big ultrasound and found out Baby Howe is a girl. We are both thrilled, although Dave is already preparing himself for the teenage years. We could see her moving around a lot during the ultrasound, but I still haven't felt any kicking. I'm guessing it's not going to stay that way for long!

Our little girl at 21 weeks - and yes that is our baby even though the name at the top is Suzanne Jones. The tech had it set up wrong. She's measuring 20 weeks 6 days, so right on schedule!

October 31, 2012

Howe Pumpkin 2012

I normally like to get creative with our pumpkin, but this year I've really only had one thing on my mind...


Only 2 more days 'til we find out!!

October 27, 2012

Deseret Dairy

Dave and I are not able to participate in a lot of our ward events due to work/school/travel, so when the sign up sheet went around looking for volunteers to help at the Deseret Dairy, we put our names down.

Since we were working the evening shift, our job was clean up. Dave and I were put in charge of mopping up all the chocolate dust in the room where they make pudding and hot chocolate. It wasn't the most exciting job, but at least the room smelled really good.


It's hard to tell from this picture, but Dave's face is covered in water. When he went to rinse out our mop buckets, he had the high pressure hose turned the wrong direction and sprayed himself directly in the face. He was pretty startled, but I found it quite funny.


The best part was the "payment" we received for our services. Did you know the Deseret Dairy is the supplier for the BYU Creamery? We left with four bottles of chocolate milk and two pounds of cheese. Yum!


October 18, 2012

Day 5, Coronado Beach

We literally did nothing on day four - it was a much needed day of rest. On our fifth day, however, we went to the beach! Coronado has a beautiful beach and we really enjoyed the sun and sand. I just love the ocean and could lie on the beach for hours (as long as it's not too hot, or cold, or windy, or rainy).



The Hotel del Coronado - beautiful!


Dave with his seaweed "tail" he found on the beach. Anne could not figure out how he grew a tail and was pretty sure it was real until she touched it. Eww!


Dave was the only one brave enough to join my dad in the cold water for a little body boarding


I'm a little sad this picture didn't turn out better - in case you can't tell, it's a Mickey and Minnie head with a D+M. Awww, how sweet.


October 17, 2012

Day 3, Park 3 - Disneyland

Our third day in California was spent at the happiest place on earth - Disneyland!! I had a great time, but by the end of the day I was soooo tired of walking/standing. I swear the bottoms of my feet were bruised. Three parks in three days really takes it out of you... I'd have been a horrible pioneer.

Since we were visiting during October, the entire park had undergone a Halloween makeover. It was so fun and really put me in the mood for fall!


Riding the teacups with Anne - thankfully they did not make me sick. Since I wasn't able to go on the roller coasters, I got to spend a lot of time with Anne. We were good ride buddies.


Anne still spent plenty of time with her Uncle Dave. If you ever asked her who she wanted to ride with, her usual reply was "How 'bout Dave". We are both wondering how she will react when Baby Howe enters the scene and competes for his attention.


I took this video while we were in line to ride "It's a Small World". Can you tell she's excited? Anne sang this several times while we were waiting in line, but this rendition got applause from the people around us. My favorite part is her little laugh at the end - what a cutie!



Outside the Haunter Mansion, which had been redone with a "Nightmare Before Christmas Theme"


And this one doesn't really need any explanation - I sure picked a winner!

October 16, 2012

Day 2, Park 2 - California Adventure

We spent day two at California Adventure Park. It was so much more fun than the last time I went 10 years ago! The new Cars land was impressive to walk through, and the Soaring Over California ride will always be one of my favorites.

Anne riding the carousel with Uncle Dave - there is no doubt he is one of her favorite people. At one point in the trip I found her in a room singing to herself "Dave, Dave, Dave, Dave, Dave."


Being pregnant made this trip a bit different for me. I have always loved the biggest, fastest rides at theme parks, but most of those are off limits now. While the rest of the family was at Tower of Terror, my mom and I had a fun time with Anne in Bug's Life land.


In line for Toy Story Midway Mania - this is a newer ride that was definitely one of my favorites! You ride in a little car and have a gun that doesn't actually shoot anything, but the 3D glasses make it look like you are firing balls, darts, etc... at targets. My score wasn't that great because Anne was pulling the trigger while I aimed, but we both had fun!


The big event at California Adventure is the "World of Color" performance at night that uses water, fire, lights, and video projected on the mist. It was amazing! If you are going soon, make sure you get a fast pass for this as soon as you enter the park - it will give you reserved seating for the show right on the pier, and it's well worth it!!


October 15, 2012

Day 1, Park 1 - Sea World

Last week Dave and I hopped in the car and drove down to San Diego for a glorious week of vacation. We have put in a lot of time and effort into school/work for the past two months and really enjoyed taking some time off to have fun and see family.

On our first day in California we went to Sea World. I hadn't been to Sea World in 15 years and was surprised by how much fun it was - the park is a great blend of rides, shows, and fun animals.

My parade float pose on the log flume ride


The Shamu Show


The river raft ride - I've been on several versions of this ride, but never one this wet. Every single person was completely soaked by the end, including the iPhone that tried to hide inside a shirt


Dave's penguin walk after the raft ride - we were all a bit soggy for the rest of the day


And while part of the family was doing this....


... my mom and I jostled with the little kids on the wall for a a chance to pet a dolphin.


October 4, 2012

The one you've all been waiting for

You'd think after four years of looking forward to this day I would have come up with a creative way to share our big news, but I didn't; so I'll just skip right to it and say that Dave and I are excited to announce that Baby Howe is finally on the way! Hooray!

We are scheduled to find out the gender at the beginning of November, and are due around March 22, 2013. So far everything is going great! I am relieved to be feeling a bit more energetic now that I'm in the second trimester, although I did take a 2 hour nap on the couch tonight, and most of the nausea has passed. Luckily the emergency sickness bag I stashed in the car has only been needed once so far. Phew!

We are both thankful for all the thoughts and prayers from family and friends over the past four years. We are looking forward our future as a family of three, and will be sure to keep you all updated during this exciting time in our lives!

I am currently 17 weeks along and Baby Howe is about the size of an avocado, which feels both huge and tiny to me at the same time. We both have a lot of growing to do...


October 3, 2012

Happy Birthday Elder Lambert!

On Sunday my little brother turned 20! He is currently serving a mission in Brazil, but we had a family party in his honor. Our little apartment is not used to hosting so many people, and Nat and Brodie ended up eating on the couch. It was so fun to see everyone and a great excuse to get together and eat some cake!

October 2, 2012

Playing 9 Holes

Our new apartment complex is located across the street from a golf course. We brought our clubs with us from Washington and always say "sometime we should go golfing", and on Saturday evening we finally did! We had so much fun and hope to go again before it starts to get too cold.

We are definitely amateurs, but getting better. Dave is working on learning how to use a driver and hit straight (he only had to yell "fore" once when we went). I am trying to be more consistent with my swing - about half my shots are great, and the other half go 10 feet. I think we are both slowly improving, and hopefully with practice, we won't embarrass ourselves if we ever go golfing with people that actually know what they're doing.

I looked back, and I am wearing BYU gear in three of the last four posts. I guess you can tell which team I support!


Dave did great and even made par a few times!


October 1, 2012

True Blue BYU Fans

When Dave got accepted to the University of Utah, we always thought that with time we might become Utah fans, but now I don't think that will ever happen. All our love is for BYU, although it was tough to love them after the Boise State game. Ugh. My heart hurt for a few days after that.

On Friday we got tickets to the game against Hawaii (thanks grandma!) It was a beautiful night and BYU played great. It was nice to finally see us score a touchdown, or two, or seven :)

Almost as entertaining as the game, however, was the woman in front of us. She had a churro and would first lick every groove, then suck on the churro like a popsicle, then bite off the end, and then lick the paper. It was very thorough, methodical, and strange...

Right on the 50 yard line - Go Cougars!


September 30, 2012

One of those days...

Last week I had one of those days at work.... the kind where when I get home it takes me several minutse to tell Dave everything that happened because so many things had happened (most of them bad). It started off like any other day, but by the time I went home I had dealt with kids that:
  • Were sick with the stomach flu (my personal favorite)
  • Were sick with strep throat
  • Were sick with pink eye
  • Needed a change of clothes because they fell at recess and soaked every piece of clothing they were wearing
  • Needed a change of clothes because they dumped lasagna in their lap at lunch
  • Needed a change of clothes because their pants ripped not in the back, and not in the legs, but in the front, you know where (the poor boy was so embarrased to tell me this)
  • Needed a change of clothes because they didn't make it to the bathroom in time (the poor girl was not at all embarrased to tell me this)
  • Needed a change of clothes because they got a massive bloody nose at recess
  • Did not want to go to class and tried to camp out in the office because they were "injured"
  • Were sad because of a lost butterfly hair clip with pink sparkles
  • Got checked out early for one of the illnesses listed above, but mom did not tell dad, and dad flew off the handle because he could not find his daughter after school and thought we had lost her
You get the idea...

And then while I was out handling one of the problems, one of our student's left this sweet note at my desk:


It reminded me that I am lucky to work at such an amazing school, and that I do love my job, and the kids, and most of the parents (there are some people in this world that still need to learn how to be a grown up).