Sunday, November 30, 2008

Lettie tagged me...

Here is my fourth picture from my fourth file folder. I was happy to see that the fourth photo was a photo of both Brandon and I.

This is a photo of Brandon and me on our Beaver Creek Skiing Trip in January of 2006. We were engaged at that point. He had asked me to marry him on Dec 3 of 2005.

The funny thing about this trip is that Brandon had to ask me to go when we first started dating with the hopes that we would be dating by the time the trip rolled around. This trip was with the Huntsville Ski Club and they arrange the trips months in advance. I wonder if this trip influenced Brandon to keep me since we were already bound by a ski trip.

We had a great time on this trip. Brandon is a lot better snow boarder than I am even though we have about the same amount of experience. Brandon has his "Evil Brandon" chin that he grows when on vacation.

He was also my hero on this trip. On one of the back bowls of Beaver Creek while on a lift, my snowboard got caught on some snow several feet from the jump on point and it drug me out of the seat with Brandon and the seat went over me. Brandon jumped out to the lift which was several feet off the ground by the time they got the lift stopped to come and get me. I was fine but once he got to me I buried my head in his coat and started bawling. The bad thing is when you are on the back side of the mountain you really have no choice but to get right back on the 1970's model lift that just kicked your butt (which barely holds two people and is going three times as fast as the ones on the front side of the mountain). So, Brandon and I attempted the same lift again about three minutes after the first experience. This time with me on the other side. I made it that time but started crying again on the way up just by thinking out the first time. I don't think I will ever go to a back bowl again, but I knew that Brandon was a keeper if he could put up with that.

Well, I guess this tag stops with me because I just started blogging and only know Lettie and Ellie who have already been tagged.

5 Months to go...

Sorry, it has been awhile. I got back from travel and immediately got a cold, but I am finally feeling better. I think I caught that cold that everyone has been getting that lasts for awhile. I still have a cough, but at least I feel like I can breathe now.

I am now 18 weeks and 3 days. I have gained about 11-12 lbs so far. My belly has definitely increased in size. When I got back from travel, everyone said it looked like I popped while I was gone. This past work trip is supposed to be my last long trip from here on out. The other trips are supposed to be 1 or 2 day trips. I am happy to be home. Now, I need to get ready for the holidays and the baby. We will find out December 15th whether we are having a girl or a boy. We are so excited about the ultrasound and finding out. It has been awhile since we have seen our little one . I am feeling slight movements of the baby, but they don't last long. I have been told the movements will probably be more reliable when I am about 6 months long.

We had a great Thanksgiving. We had Brandon's family Thanksgiving early on the Sunday before. We traveled to Houston on Thanksgiving day to celebrate with my family. We stayed in Houston through Saturday and visited with a few of my long time friends and their children.

We will be putting up our Christmas tree this week. We were going to go pick out our tree today, but it was sprinkling. Hopefully, we will pick it up after work on Monday. I am excited to see what the tree will look like this year. We always try to get the biggest one that will fit in our house. We are talking about getting an artificial one after the baby gets here so we don't have to deal with the mess.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday and good luck getting ready for Christmas!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Trip to Fort Payne and Little River Canyon

Brandon and I went to Fort Payne a couple of weekends ago furniture shopping. We finally found some stools to go with our kitchen bar. We stopped by Little River Canyon and took a few photos. I couldn't resist putting some of the photos on our blog since we had such a great time. The trees are so gorgeous right now. I hope we take the camera out this weekend before the leaves totally fall off the trees.

and the Belly grows bigger...

I am 15 weeks and 1 day today. I went to the doctor today. I pushed my doctor's appointment before my two week travel instead of after because Brandon and I couldn't bare the thought of having to wait an extra week for the ultrasound. We can't wait to find out whether we are having a little girl or little boy.

The doctor said everything looked great at the appointment. I have gained 6 pounds since my first appointment at 8 weeks. The nurse had a little trouble picking up the heart beat this time. She moved the sensor from one side to the other -- which made Brandon and I nervous. But once she picked it up on doppler, you could hear the baby moving around. The heart was beating 146 beats per minute.

I can't wait to start feeling the baby move. The nurse said for the next appointment I will need to wake the baby up so they will be able to tell its sex -- so the baby won't have it's legs folded. She said especially if the baby sleeps in the morning. I just look at her and thought thats weird how can I possibly know if the baby sleeps in the morning. The appointment is 5 weeks away. It doesn't seem possible that I will know the baby's sleeping pattern by then- especially since I haven't even felt anything yet. The nurse told me to get some caffeine or sugar to make sure the baby is awake. Brandon and I both thought that was odd.

I am traveling to Arizona and Nevada for the next two weeks so I am hoping that goes okay. This will be my last live fire for awhile. I am the most worried about eating and drinking because it is hard to eat healthy on the range. For the second week, the tests will be conducted at night, and I am fairly brain dead after 8:00 now a days. The good thing about the trip is that Brandon may get to visit me in Las Vegas on the weekend of the 15th.

About being brain dead, I definitely have pregnancy brain. Its like I am in a dream as far as my reactions -- I am so slow mentally. I don't seem to get any jokes and I am constantly making Brandon laugh with my off handed remarks that don't make any sense or when I fess up to him about forgetting to do something and then I realize as I am apologizing that I did do it I just don't recall doing it.

Oh well, I hope everyone has a great two weeks. I probably won't blog until I get back November 23rd.