Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Independence Day 2016

We felt so blessed this year to be able to celebrate the fourth of July as a family, with a four day weekend because JT got the fourth and fifth of July off from work! We took full advantage of this extra time to spend quality time together, and check a few items off our list of things to do around the house.

Friday night JT planned a great date night, I'm so thankful I have such a loving and thoughtful husband! He arranged for my sister to babysit Jonas so we could see a movie, then we enjoyed walking around and getting a treat, while enjoying a little street concert close to campus in Rexburg. It was some much needed couple time out!

Saturday mostly involved JT doing yard work while Jonas and I watched and played outside. It is HOT in Idaho right now. Jonas loves playing with his new bike and all the bubbles he got for his birthday. We literally played with bubbles for an hour. It was a great productive day, and Jonas got plenty tired from all our time outside.

Sunday was a great family day to take a day of rest and focus on our faith, as we do every Sunday. I am always grateful for the special spirit that is felt on Sunday's, and that Jonas loves spending nursery with his Aunt Britt and Uncle Jason. (The picture has a snapchat filter Uncle Jason played with Jonas during nursery)

Fourth of July was on Monday, it was a great family day filled with opportunities to spend time together, and celebrate the independence and freedoms we enjoy as Americans. We spent the day with Brittany and Jason. The day started with the Rexburg parade, it was the best it has ever been and Jonas had lots of fun collecting candy and seeing the fun "floats" drive by. We also enjoyed our time at the park after the parade, of course this included yet another visit to the carousel. We decided to stay low-key with a BBQ at our home, then some small fireworks with Jonas before bed, and we got to enjoy some bigger fireworks from our neighbors after dark.

Tuesday was the last day of our fun four-day weekend together as a family, we mostly relaxed and got some housework done. We feel so blessed we had the opportunity to spend so much time together this weekend!

{Neighborhood kids playing together}

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Baby #2: Second Trimester

A review of my second trimester and my bump pictures, I wasn't as good as I planned at taking weekly bump pictures but it is still fun to see how my bump has progressed this trimester!

14 Weeks:

Getting to 14 weeks is exciting, it is the point when the first trimester is done and enter the second trimester. Although I don't get morning sickness (seriously so blessed) it is a relief to get past the first trimester, with the risk of miscarriage. 

16 Weeks:

At 16 weeks we were able to get the ultrasound that showed us our baby GIRL! It was a fun week and I was in shock for days over the news.

19 Weeks:

At 19 weeks it was Mother's Day, of course Jonas was not cooperating with pictures so we didn't end up getting a good bump picture. (More on my previous post about Mother's Day)

20 Weeks:

Hitting the half-way mark is so exciting! We celebrated by having the 20-week ultrasound, we saw that baby girl is doing great and ahead in development and growth just like her brother. By this point I have also gathered quite the collection of bows, but it's okay because they're on sale.

24 Weeks:

At this point I have gone far past the standard nesting instinct, our whole house is clean and organized (with labels from my new label maker as evidence). And this is my pregnancy cycle: emotional, tired, back aches, emotional, hungry. Baby girl has also become quite the mover, since I've gone through this before I'm a lot more aware of her movements and it's fun to realize when she's moving around and the placement of her kicks. 

27 Weeks:

Hitting 27 weeks means I have arrived at the end of my second trimester, this pregnancy has gone by so fast! I literally can't believe it is July, I feel like I'm gonna blink and it'll be my due date. I feel like I haven't done much to prepare for baby girls arrival, besides clean the house and buy bows, so I guess that'll be my focus this trimester. Of course this will be a little harder because in order to achieve anything I first need to get over my discomforts and exhaustion.
(I find the above picture comical because the classic Rexburg wind made it hard to get good pictures)

Although I feel anxious, I am happy to be entering the last part of my pregnancy healthy!