Friday, March 30, 2007

I need a good book!

Okay, so now that I ended my life with "New Mooon" I need some other sappy book to keep me going! I just finished it this morning (put off reading the last couple chapters as long as I could) and now the wait is on for the next one!

So, what I really need right now are some good suggestions for other good books. Twilight and New Moon totally kept my interest, so anything with vampires in it... just kidding. Really if you have any suggestions, that would be great!

It's probably a good thing that I'm done. I've put off a lot of things and my house is showing it! I watched a little girl yesterday and she commented on how messy my house was. It was then that I put down my book for a minute and cleaned up the kitchen (: Maybe it's best I took a little time off from reading... Maybe not though.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

The curse of the vampire...

So I dreamed last night that I was pregnant and running away from a vampire with a yellow car! AAAhh!! Boy, it was scary. My car died at a gas station, so I left it there on foot and ran through a market trying to avoid him and get to my house in Tooele Utah. It was terrifying, but I made it. When I got there, my husband had to deliver the baby and there wasn't one, but two! He had to do a c-section, but forgot to "put me back together". I don't remember feeling any pain, but I just remember how relieved I was to be away from the vampire! So wierd!

You can probably guess that I've had my nose in the book "New Moon". I don't think I have been so involved in a book since I don't know when. I can hardly put it down, but at the same time I don't want to finish because then it means the end of Edward and Bella!! It's like loosing Edward again, but from my life. Mendy was telling me that she was bawling at the beginning of this book, but now I'm bawling at the end!
I remember doing this at the end of the Harry Potter books. I always have such a hard time finishing a good book because it feels like part of my life!! I don't even want to read the last Harry Potter book, because that means losing my friends forever!

Maybe today I will be able to read the last few chapters of my book and not feel like it's the end of the world. I'm just hoping I don't have nightmares about vampires every night. (:

Monday, March 26, 2007

Pictures finally!

Brian with his three girls after my England trip

Pucker up those lips Ashty poo!!

Home sweet home!

So, I haven't written for a while, but it's been a crazy week trying to get caught up with everything after my trip! I didn't count on being so jet lagged for about five days. All I wanted to do was sleep. It could also have something to do with this cold I have, or allergies or whatever it is. Anyway, things are looking up and I am finally getting my energy back. I actually woke up this morning feeling rested!! Yay!

As far as my family goes, it has been great being back with them. I think I lost a little of my patience (if I had any in the first place) in England. There were a few times this week when all that my kids wanted was their dad! I guess I should be grateful that they had such a good time with him while I was gone. I keep hearing about the "party" that they had where they got to eat Wendy's for lunch and pizza for dinner! Wow, they will remember that forever I think. Brian doesn't fail to remind me though, that he made them great dinners the rest of the week. My only stipulation when I left was that he gave them at least one vegetable a day. I came back to a fridge full of vegetables! I'm not sure if he actually fed them to the girls, or just bought them right before I got home. (:

The other great thing that Bri did when I got home was have our house spotless!! I was very impressed that he cleaned all of the bathrooms, vacuumed all of the floors, and even did all of the laundry! I don't think our house has been that clean since we moved in. He also had a wonderful dinner for me that I could tell took him tons of time. The girls were happily playing outside and he had even done their hair (or at least tried to)! My neighbor (Sarah) mentioned to me later that she was watching Bri run back and forth from the little hill (where the girls were playing) to our house all day. She asked Shay what he was doing and Shay said, "dad won't let us play inside because he's trying to clean the house". How funny!! Anyway, I am very grateful for such a wonderful husband!!!

Now that things are a little more normal in my life, I am trying to get ready for baby #4. I have put off a lot of things that I needed to get ready, and now I only have about eight weeks left, so I think I should get going. Bri had been working on our unfinished bathroom in the basement and didn't kill himself putting the electrical work in!!! He is now trying to get the plumbing done, hmmm..... we will see how that goes. We are trying to crunch it all in before my mom comes in May. We shall see....

Sunday, March 18, 2007

England Trip (continued)

So, I have still been trying to figure out how to get my pictures on. I have been putting it off until I did, but I'm getting behind, so I decided to just go ahead and finish with my trip so I don't waste any more time! Hopefully, I will figure it out and eventually put pictures up. For now, I am just going to do a quick overview of the rest of our trip.

Friday, March 9th

Hales Abbey Ruins
12th Century church
Beautiful country side!
Anne Hathaway's cottage
Shakespeares birthplace
lunch at English eatery
Holy Trinity Church (Shakespeare's tomb)
Mutual with Joni
Bella Italia for dinner

Wow, I didn't realize we had such an eventful day on Friday! Joni took us to the ruins in the morning, and the ride up was beautiful. That afternoon we went to Anne Hathaway's cottage, (very interesting) and then Shakespeare's birthplace and the church where Shakespeare was buried. That night we went to mutual with Joni and met her young women and leaders. That night we went for more Italian food (Yummy!).

Saturday, March 10th

Roman Baths
Sally Lunn for lunch
English pub

This was a great day for all of us I think. Bath was an awesome city that had tourists everywhere. Everything around us was quite authentic. I loved the atmosphere there also. I was taken back by the Roman Baths. There was much more to it than I thought. I don't really know what I was expecting, but it was amazing and very interesting!

I have to say, eating out in England was one of my favorite parts. I loved experiencing the British culture through their pubs and diners. It was quite fun! I feel like I should be talking with an accent now!

Stonehenge was amazing! I will always remember being in the "inner circle" and watching people taking pictures of us. Oh, I mean of the stones....

The English pub was quite fun "as well". Actually, this was one of my favorite things about England. We didn't know what we were doing, but it was so fun to find out. We had a great time. The food wasn't my fav, but I loved the short ceilings!!

Sunday, March 11th

Cami sick
Gloucester Cathedral

Well, Cami was deathly ill today, but managed to go to church anyway. I was very impressed! Church was lovely and especially her ward members. They were very friendly and kind to us Americans. It was actually just like a ward in the states and I felt right at home. Joni and Jeff were definitely needed in the ward. The members love them, you could feel that.

Even with the sickness, we managed to go to a cathedral that was beautiful. Little Leah came with us. I loved her company. We came home, rested for a while (I read a great book, Twilight!) and then we watched the Holy Grail for Joni that night.
It was nice to have a relaxing Sunday.

Monday, March 12th

Throwing up
2 hr. bus ride to London
Darlington Hyde Park Hotel
Hyde Park to Kensington Palace
Oragery for Tea and cucumber sandwiches
Lechster Square on the Tube
Palace theatre for Spamalot

We were off to London today! Both Cami and I threw up this morning. I think I was just a little ill from the vitamin I took on an empty stomache. Cami, was still recovering from the flu. She was quite a trooper! We stayed in a cute hotel in London called the Darlington and it was darling. It really was cute, and perfect for just the three of us. We walked to Hyde park and to Kensington Palace. It was a lovely walk. We had cucumber sandwiches at the Orangery and orange cake for dessert. That was a fun experience.

That night we went to Spamalot! We all were a little nervous about the content, but it was more or less clean and we had a lot of fun. That night we grabbed a pizza and went to our hotel to eat.

Tuesday, March 13th

Tube for St. Paul's Cathedral
Globe Theatre
Big Bus Tour
London Eye
Parlaiment Square
Big Ben
Westminster Abbey
Buckingham Palace
Covent Gardens
Lunch at Cafe Pacifico (Mexican)
Trafalgar square
Tower of London
Kings Cross Station platform 9 3/4
Lecester Square for a premiere of Factory Girl
with Sienna Miller
Prince Edward Theatre for Mary Poppins
Fish and Chips

This was our busiest day yet. We walked a lot and I think I lost a couple pounds. I was glad about that! There were a few things that we didn't get to see because of time, but all in all it was a great day. Mary Poppins was also a fun ending to a great trip.

Wednesday March 14th

Breakfast with Joni
Paddington station
Plane trip home

We had a lovely breakfast with Joni this morning and said our goodbyes. Cami and I made it safely to our train, (thanks to Joni showing us the night before) and we wer off back to the states. Our plane ride went smoothly and we were both glad to be going home after a fun trip.

It's amazing how different your kids can look after just one week! I thought my cute little Ashtyn was a neighbor kid when we pulled up. I was just about to go inside when I heard "Hi momma". I couldn't believe it was my little girl. What a great trip, but it's always nice to be home.

If you read this, thank you so much Joni for showing us around, letting us use your beds and baths, and even getting babysitters throughout the week! Cami also was a great companion and always kept me laughing. We had a wonderful time that I will remember forever.

One more thing, I just have to say these are my favorite British sayings.... As well, lovely, watch the gap, cheers, brilliant, oh and we can't forget, Give Way!

Saturday, March 17, 2007

England Trip (March 7th-8th)

On to the task of recording my England trip! I had such a good time and so many adventures, so I will try to sum it up by day. Well, here goes...

The thing that has scared me the most about traveling to England was that I might go into labor on the plane. I went to the doctor a few days before my trip and because of my preterm labor, she recommended that I don't go. That made me even more nervous. I hear that the air pressure from the plane can actually break my water. I was determined to do it though, so she sent me home with a copy of my medical records just in case.

Knowing this might be my only chance to go to England for a long time, I went on faith and prayed that nothing traumatic would happen. Brian gave me a wonderful blessing and the day I left I was finally comforted.

Well, there was really no reason to be worried. I had felt more calm about the trip since we made our plans. I drank lots of water and made sure that I took many trips to the bathroom. I was surprised at how calm I was. I don't think I had one contraction (which is great for me!).

Cami and I had a great time showing our new passports to the security officers. They definitely made us feel welcome and excited about our trip. The flight attendants were all very polite and we stuffed ourselves with a dinner right when we got on and then a breakfast about two in the morning (Maryland time!). We didn't have a very restful night though, but I think I was a little too excited to get the rest I was hoping.

We finally got on a two hour bus ride and made it to Cheltenham. It was a beautiful ride with rolling green hills all around. The sheep and baby lambs were grazing everywhere we looked. I was amazed at the old moss covered buildings. It seems that every house was built to last hundreds of years.

Joni was at the bus stopped when we arrived and she was very relieved that we made it safe (we definitely were too). It was great to be with Joni again. She looks the same except her little pregnant belly that she was just showing. She walked down the center streets of Cheltenham and took some pictures. She then took us to lunch at Zizzi's (an Italian restaurant). It was in a beautiful old church that they had made into a restaurant. It was late afternoon and so we were the only ones there. The wood burning stove was actually over the altar of the church. We had yummy pizza and garlic bread on the side.

That evening we headed off to a British grocery store. That was quite an adventure. Everything costs about twice as much as it does in the states. There were many things that we couldn't find though, like swiss cheese. We stocked up on English chocolate though and bought a few snacks for our travels.

That night we came home, had cheese and bread (mmmmm....) and tried to get a good rest after such a busy day. Joni let us take Leah's room (after bribing her with Mentos) and we were very grateful to have somewhere to rest comfortably! I was very glad to put my feet up, my ankles had swollen twice the size and were very uncomfortable to walk on. After a few hours of sleep, I woke up at two in the morning and couldn't go back to sleep. This was probably the only time I struggled with homesickness. I wished my family were with me in this strange land, but I knew that they were all safe at home with Brian. I was then very grateful for a wonderful supportive husband whom I had full trust in. I finally fell asleep for a couple more hours to be woken by cute little Leah wanting to play! I was glad to have Leah and Caleb reminding me off my sweet girls.

Sunday, March 4, 2007

I finally did it and went into the "blogging world". I think what finally pushed me over the edge is when a friend showed me how easy it is! I can actually feel like I am doing my part in keeping up a journal! So far it has been more fun than I thought also. Who knew what kind of experiences I have been missing!!

Speaking of experiences, I am going to England to visit Joni Stimpson (a friend) in a few days! Cami Turpin and I are flying together to London and staying with Joni for a week. I think both of us are a little nervous. I have never flown internationally, let alone seven months pregnant! I guess I will have an experience to tell my little girl someday.

Well, since this is my first blog, I won't write long. Hopefully next time I will have some good pictures of my trip!