Wednesday, May 27, 2009

My FAVORITE Chocolate Cupcakes

Vivian made these at our babies 1 year birthday party extravaganza. Roxanne makes these all the time and fills them with whip cream and turns them into "Hostess Cupcakes" I make them with cream cheese frosting because I think everything is better with cream cheese. The recipe can be found here at Vivian's sisters blog. It makes me happy. I think your families will agree.

Can you believe how bald she was a year ago?

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Graduation 2009

For years and years I have been taking classes at night, online and before Ben all day at SBCC. I am really proud to say that this semester was my last and that I have graduated with my Associates Degree in Liberal Studies. My plan is to transfer to an arts college in Maryland and complete my degree in Fine Arts with an emphsis in Photography.

Yesterday was Santa Barbara City Colleges Spring Graduation. I did not attend. Being 9months pregnant and having a "busy" toddler, Ben and I realized it would be very uncomfortable chasing Jocelyn in the bleachers and for me to sit in folding metal chairs for 2 hours. So we decided to throw our own. I made a diploma and printed it out on card stock (The one from SBCC is in the mail) and Ben handed it to me as my family hummed the graduation song at the beach. Ben said a few words and Tristan, Skylar and Jocelyn sang "Pop Corn Poping" as an opening number.

We finished it off with a toast of Sparking Cider and Cookies from Costco.

I don't suppose the Dean of Students has ever done this after handing someone their degree before.

Ben took Jocelyn and I out for dinner at Kyoto, a great Japanese restaurant where we had our own Tatami room. It was perfect.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

New Preggo Pics

Christine Olson = Genius
Thank you. A Thousand Times Thank you.
You can check out my favorites here and her AMAZING blog is here.

Friday, May 15, 2009

The Nutshell

This week has been such a roller coaster. It all started the second we got back from San Diego. My dad was in town to take Katelyn to Utah.

Jocelyn expressed her artistic expression with paint during Growing Times, not feeling limited to the paper provided.
and enjoyed some story time with Grandpa Kyle.

Mother's Day came which was spent in the truest sense of the calling of motherhood, Jocelyn was horribly sick and spent the whole day in my arms throwing up into a bowl. It was the saddest thing in the world. I have to say Ben and Jason were awesome, running around at my beck and call so that I could comfort her. Ben who was out of town until late Saturday night had Jason play helper elf and get beautiful flowers and delicious food for breakfast in bed and killer manicotti for dinner.
Unfortunately the next day as Jocelyn started to improve, I got hit by the stomach flu... hard. I got so dehydrated that I spent Monday night in the hospital because I was starting to have contractions. 12 hours and 4 liters of IV fluid later the contractions stopped and I was ready to go home. It was a good test run for Ben and I, as we realized we were so not packed for the hospital should I go into labor early. Big learning experience.
Later that night it was time for my baby shower. It was LOVELY, and I don't mean to brag but, I totally scored.

Isn't this precious? Jamie Hixon my visiting teacher made some beautiful decorations.
I would have taken more pictures, and better ones. The food looked AMAZING, (but I had just gotten out of the hospital and wasn't quite all there)

So taking the baby home from the hospital in this darling little number.
Would you look at these lovely ladies? I am so blessed to have such wonderful friends. A thousand thank yous to Katie Erb, Roxanne Shipley, Jamie Hixon and Kaity DeMartini and Lynette Mills for opening up your beautiful home. You guys are amazing. It was really beautiful and so much fun. I had such a wonderful time. Thank you.
I was finally starting to feel better so Ben and I saw Star Trek, which rocked my world. Warning to all pregnant women: I cried my eyes out during the first 10 minutes. However, that night my boys who had been SO strong all week both started to come down with the stomach flu. I have mentioned how much I love my husband yet? He is amazing, like superman only better. It is now my turn to take care of them, though I have to say they took better care of me.
Boys gratefully not as sick as Joce or I but still spent the day sleeping and watching really bad wrestling movies from the 80s. Jocelyn and I got out of the house to let them rest and took some mother daughter pictures with the wonderfully talented Christine Olson. I can't wait to see how they turn out. We went Meichelle Arntz beautiful home and took pictures with the dogs and horses. Jocelyn was all over the dog but totally freaked out by the horses.
Now it is the wee hours of Friday morning and I am up with heartburn and a tap dancing fetus, posting pictures and telling stories of my whirl wind of a week, of a life really. I will tell you this, I am grateful for the priesthood in my home, I am grateful for a heavenly father who loves me unconditionally and a savior who has been my friend as long as I can remember. I am grateful for a husband that completes me as a person and challenges me to be better, he brings out the best in me and the others around him, marrying him was the best decision I have ever made. I am grateful for a little girl so full of energy and love, a new life growing inside of me waiting to come out and greet the world. I am grateful to live near my family and share in their lives and loves, and for friends that are their for me when I need them. I don't know how in just a few weeks I am going to leave my family and friends behind and move to the otherside of the country. You all inspire me daily, thank you for your love and your friendships. I love you.

Jocelyn and the little man

While furniture shopping for our new home last week Jocelyn made a new friend.

P.S. we found a killer dinning room table as well.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

I passed!

I am officially receiving my Associates Degree from SBCC this semester! I am really excited since I have been taking classes there part time for way longer then I am willing to admit. I may even walk in the ceremony next week. (mostly to freak the other kids out because I will be SUPER pregnant.)
This week has been crazy and I will post more soon. I had a LOVELY baby shower this week I want to tell you about as well.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Fire Update

We are fine. Thanks to everyone for their concern. Check out insane pictures here.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Our San Diego Adventure