Wednesday, May 16, 2012

husband and baby

Remember this guy?
He hasn't made an appearance on the blog in quite some time.
So in case you were wondering -- yes, we are still married : )
On Mother's Day we went on a walk along the Hudson River Parkway and snapped a photo.
It was a nice evening in the city now that the weather is getting warmer.
Also, I found this "Project Baby" shirt through a friend of a friend's blog...
Good idea right?
Maybe you can't tell but the numbers represent every week of pregnancy and it comes with a red fabric pen to cross the weeks off as you go.
I wish I had started at the very beginning of my pregnancy!
The shirt itself is really comfy and I've been tempted to wear it out but that would be super weird.
My favorite part is that after you have the baby you can send the shirt back to the girl who makes them and she'll turn it into a lil onsie for your babe.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Home Part 2

Being home made me realize that Salt Lake City, Utah's coolness level has risen dramatically since I moved away a year ago.
Not sure if it got cooler BECAUSE I moved away or what...
But this new mall they have downtown is pretty amazing.
Even though I live in NYC (best shopping, duh) I think I prefer the mall/food court/restaurant set up, and this new mall does not disappoint in any of those areas.
I guess I will always be a mall rat at heart.

During my stay at home the baby bump at least doubled in size! (Perhaps it's just the box of Krispy Cremes I devoured?)
Ty could hardly believe his eyes when I walked in the door after not seeing me for almost 3 weeks.
I can feel baby girl moving around a lot and it definitely makes this whole thing more real (and alien-like).

I was able to spend a lot of time with family during my stay in Utah and even got some baby-holding practice with new baby Carter. My nephew Tanner is adorable, btw. 

It was sad to leave Utah but I am happy to be back in the big city : )

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Heaven Is Here

Have you ever read a book that is so good you wanted everyone you know to read it and feel what you felt?
That's how I was reading this book, Heaven Is Here by Stephanie Nielson.
So I would like to tell you about it.
Sorry to my friends family members who have already heard me rave about it : )
I was immediately interested when I heard about this book because I have read the Nie Nie Dialogues for years and have also heard Stephanie speak at an event. 
When I learned it was available I downloaded it and read it in like, 36 hours. 
Which is saying a lot because I am most likely the slowest reader ever.
She describes in detail her life before, during, and after a devastating plane crash that left her body 80% burned. 
Her descriptions of the accident and recovery are heavy...hard to read but I could not stop.
My favorite thing about the book is that it is a real life love story.
Stephanie and Mr. Nielson (as she calls him) met, fell in love, and were married by the time she was like 19 years old.
Something I can relate to being somewhat of a child-bride myself   : )
All she wanted her entire life was to have a family of her own.
Stephanie and Mr. Nielson went through an unimaginable nightmare together.
Can you imagine literally being burned alive?
One of my biggest fears.
Instead of harvesting blame and anger their love and respect for each other grew and they came out of their trial even more in love than before, despite their majorly changed and disfigured physical appearances.
Being LDS I also enjoyed reading her words about the Church. 
She didn't come off preachy at all, she simply stated what she believed in a 'take it or leave it' kind of way.
I was constantly wondering what people who aren't LDS thought of it all.
The only thing that I didn't like about the book is that I was sad when it was over.
Make sure you have a tissue handy with this one.
For realsies.