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!
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.
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!
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!!
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.
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...
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!
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!
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...