Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Girls

I am lucky to say that I grew up with a great group of friends. Some of them I met in Elementary school and stayed in touch all these years through different schools, Marriages, moving, and kids. We normally try to meet up at least once a year but last year couldn't seem to make it work. This year we ALL made it and it was a blast like always! Kelley I've known since Kindergarten and Nadia shortly after. The others I met in middle school and a couple I went to Highschool with. These are the smartest funniest gals I know and I can honestly say that they helped me succeed in school and as a youth. Love them!

Left to Right: Laura, Andee, Ashley, Me, Nadia and Kelley (That's Albert in the front with the green scarf!)

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Thanksgiving Leftovers

I was looking at my pictures and realized that I skipped over Thanksgiving in my Blog. Ooops!

So here is our exciting Thanksgiving activities we had this year.
Both the kids had programs at school. Emma did a great play where she had a couple of lines to memorize and was dressed up as a Pilgrim. They sang great songs and had a fun time. I snapped a picture of her with one of her classmates Tomas. I think he is a cutie!! Matthew had a Thanksgiving "Feast" (AKA:Potluck) that had all the Thanksgiving fixings. We had Turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and anything else you can think of. They opened with a Turkey song that Matthew continued to sing for weeks and weeks after. Below is a picture of him with his Turkey hat and the Thanksgiving placemat he made for us. I was so blessed that the activities for both kids were on the same day. So I just took the day off to spend with them and Ben. It was a great day!

Actual Thanksgiving Day we spent in Peachtree City with Ben's grandparents. Grandma and Grandpa Johanson were moving to Utah so this would be our last big get together before they moved. I invited my parents and we all had a lovely time. Unfortunately I was still having trouble with baby sickness but I tried to eat everything I could because it looked so good! We are going to miss our trips to Peachtree City so much.

I am Thankful for having such a wonderful family! And it looks like Matthew is too. When his teachers asked him what he was thankful for he stated the following: "My Daddy, My Mommy, and My Emma"!

I also had to add this picture of the Reindeer we went to see! It was pretty cool to see REAL Reindeer. They had it at the Learning Express near our home. The line to see Santa was around the corner so we just took a second to take these pics. Happy Holidays!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


I had been feeling pretty sick since the beginning of October. I had back pain some cramping and just felt yuck. After about 3 weeks of this I finally decided to go to the doctor. I had a large cyst removed about 10 years ago and thought that maybe I had another one that was causing all my symptoms. I spoke to the doctor who decided that it could possibly be a cyst but she was going to run a bunch of simple tests to rule out anything else right away. I sat there waiting for a little while and the doctor came back in the room and said...."well, it's not a cyst.....but you ARE preganant". Um what?! Wasn't really expecting that response! She said it was really early but the test definitely was positive. I went home and after Ben and I let it soak in a bit we were really happy and excited. We shared the news with our parents that day and waited till my first Pre-natal appointment to tell the kids. They are even more excited than we are. Emma of course wants a baby sister and Matthew says he would like a boy. We should find out what it is in February.

That is all the good news. The bad news is that I continued not feeling well and in fact got worse. I can't keep food down and feel sick all day. I am tired from not eating and have a headache constantly. Smells make me sick and food tastes just awful. Even things I used to love taste so different now. At my last doctor's appointment I had lost about 5 pounds and a test showed traces of Ketones. The doctor wasn't too thrilled about that and said if the amount were any higher she would have me admitted for IV fluids. Instead she gave me some medicine to try - a combo of Unisom and B6. It seemed to work at first but I started vomitting again the other day. I'm giving it a couple more days and if I don't feel better I will have to go back to see the doctor.

I'm 13 weeks now and just pray that I will be over that first trimester Funk soon!! I have a baby to start getting ready for ya know.