Monday, November 27, 2006

A lot to be grateful for...

During Thanksgiving we were able to reflect on what we are grateful for. Eric mentioned that he was grateful for the freedoms we enjoy here in America. I am so thankful for this little girl growing inside me and for such a wonderful husband.
We enjoyed a small gathering of family this year for Thanksgiving here in California. It was a nice change of pace compared to the usual 50 plus dinner party in Arizona...although, we did miss seeing those relatives. The Suman parents, Meredith and the Bates made 8 for a fabulous turkey dinner. We played games and watched movies, making the most out of our long weekend.

Another fun event that happened was my baby shower! I opted out of the traditional party and decided to go to dinner with all of the girls in the family. On Monday, November 20, we went to Chilis (where else?!) and had a fun night. My mom was able to throw in a couple surprises. She sent gifts and Dana worked with her on a little informational game. We learned about her pregnancy and a little about me when I was a baby. Thanks mom! We missed you. I was so grateful to everyone that came and participated and sent gifts. We really are prepared for this baby, especially when it comes to cute little pink clothes.

Camille, Rachael, me, Dana, Meredith, Cindy, and Karen
Now for a baby update...I am still pregnant! I am due in 11 days. Seems a bit unreal but it really is coming. We are anxious, nervous, excited, etc. Pretty much any emotion...we have felt it in the last week or so. I have a doctors appointment tomorrow and she will check to see if I am dilated at all. I have the bags packed and ready to go. Here is a picture taken yesterday...38 weeks pregnant. (Also, you can check out my new haircut!)

Christmas is coming up so soon and we are really excited. We plan on putting up our Christmas tree and decorations this evening. Over the weekend Eric and I went up to LA. We went to an outdoor shopping area called The Grove. It was really fun and festive. It was practically Disneyland with the extravagant decorations and crowds. Every night they make it "snow" by shooting soap from the shops' rooftops. It really did look like snow except that it was 60 degrees that evening instead of 30 degrees. I am starting to really like this whole California Christmas season.

Well, the doctor won't let me go more then 2 weeks past my due date before inducing so hopefully the next entry on this blog will have pictures of Ava all over it! Wish me luck.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

23 days and counting

There are only 23 days left until the due date. That's just about three There is a lot to do in three weeks time but I am confident we can get it all done. We've had a busy schedule this month and it only will prove to get busier with the holidays and Ava arriving home. I am already deep into my Christmas shopping! The photo here was taken at 34 weeks. You can see that there definitely has been some growing happening. At my last doctor's appointment, all was well. I wasn't dilated at all so hopefully I am taking this kid to full term. She has cooperated and made the turn to be head down which makes for a little easier breathing but more frequent bathroom breaks!

We had a fun Halloween. This year it seemed to last forever. We went to trunk or treat, the Andres' annual bash, a haunted house, carved pumpkins with the Bates, ate candy, etc. It was a fun holiday. We didn't have costumes this year, although, everyone had an idea or two about what I could dress up my bulging belly as. Sorry to disappoint. Instead of actually carving a face on our pumpkin - Eric had the brilliant idea of drilling it. I think he was inspired by all of the home improvement projects we've done in the last couple of months. So, as you can see, we had a pumpkin full of holes. It was actually a lot of fun drilling into it and (we thought) looked pretty cool too. Unfortunately, our pumpkin didn't even last until Halloween night before being attacked by the mold monsters.

We have been trying to take advantage of some of Orange County's activities they have going on. We have visited the Orange County Museum of Art. Sometimes they have bands play for free, this was one of those nights as well as the best of OC Weekly. A local paper was naming all of the best of places around and having an awards night. Eric and I managed to sneak our way into the VIP party. We enjoyed the music, chocolate fondue, fancy cheese and sushi - all for free. We also had a C-lister celebrity siting - Omarosa from The Apprentice (ooooooh!). We were able to go to Huntington Beach's named "best burger", TK Burger, on PCH. They were pretty good. You can't beat the view at sunset right on the ocean either. Eric has also fully taken advantage of running along the beach usually in the morning before work. We also enjoyed the Oktoberfest here in Huntington Beach. They have it in a German "old world" village with cobblestone roads and little shops. The scenery was great - the fest itself, definitely lacking but fun to do once. I guess the no drinking thing probably "ruined" it a bit for us. We did see some crazy sisters in a contortionist act though. Always good fun.

Eric and I managed to sneak away for a few days down to San Diego. Unfortunately, we forgot our camera so there is no proof but we will always have the memories. : ) We had such a great time despite us both fighting a cold. We saw just about everything there is to see and then some. We went to Coronado Island and visited the famous Hotel del Coronado. It's like stepping back in time with all of the dark wood, bell hops, and gated and escorted elevator. We enjoyed looking in all the shops and seeing the ocean views. We also went to Tijuana. We ended up missing "the last exit" for America and drove our car right into Mexico which was exactly what we didn't want to do. We drove through the tourist and shopping areas, just seeing the bargainers from the car was enough for us so we continued onto the highway that we thought would take us more south into Mexico. We ended up going the wrong way and found ourselves in the traffic back to San Diego. There was no getting out of that so our Mexico trip was cut short...very short. Eric enjoyed teasing the guys walking up and down the street trying to sell us blankets, baskets, burritos, tables, etc. We definitely had our fill of hagglers. We also went to Balboa Park. We were able to visit some of the free museums there and just enjoy the pretty architecture and gardens. While in San Diego, we found our new favorite pizza place - Bronx Pizza. It's New York style - thin, foldable and full of yumminess. We went there twice and know we'll be back one day. One of Eric's good friends from high school, Jason Hope, lives in the Gaslamp Quarter so we were able to visit him and his wife and have dinner together. It's always fun catching up with old friends. Jason and Eric both graduated in Accounting from BYU at the same time so we all had something to say about their new professions and work schedules.

We are still loving California and in fact, I made it official just today...I am a licensed and registered driver of California. I even have the plates to prove it. I am hoping that without the Utah plates, I will stop being discriminated against on the road. : ) My Utah drivers license always strikes up a little conversation with cashiers at stores and sometimes even with other customers standing by. Just last week at Wal*Mart I met a nice return missionary who just started as a freshman at BYU. Ah, the good ole days.

Speaking of Utah, we recently found out that my brother, Bill, has accepted an IT position in Salt Lake City. He and his family will be moving from Connecticut to Utah in just a couple of weeks. Even though our parents are probably bummed about their new long distance relationship, Eric and I are excited to have them back in the west. We will be able to see them more often now and we love excuses to visit Utah again.

Well, I hope to get one more post in here before the big announcement. Time will tell.