Monthly Archives: April 2012

April 22-30, 2012

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Five months still.

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I feel lucky that it’s been a pretty easy pregnancy. Hopefully, he’s a pretty easy baby!

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We like sending postcard thank-you’s. Julia (Holbein) and her husband Jake Miller came over for dinner one night, and they gave us these cute gifts for the baby!

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More cute gifts. I’m a terrible person, and can’t for the life of me remember who gave it to us. Thank you, friend!

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My first baby-belly casualty. Many more to come, I’m sure.

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We love hanging out with Grandma and Grandpa in Mesa! They are our best friends here. So tech-savvy, too. 🙂

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They had this sweet birds nest outside their front door. (I won’t tell you that one of the babies ended up falling out…)

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The Blodgett’s came to Mesa! We went to the pool, and had a fun time with their cute family.

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Aunt Sharron is the best woman I know.

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We keep it fancy around here. I used to make wraps like this a the Museum of Art Cafe at BYU. It was a fun job.

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The Adams invited us over for FHE! We had a lesson about Noah’s Ark, and then painted our own arks.

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My interpretation.

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Greg’s interpretation.

April 15-21, 2012

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 Five months!

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 He’s getting bigger and bigger!

2012-04-15 15.19.28_smallBeautiful Arizona.
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Happy six month anniversary to us!

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 I love this man more and more every day.

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He’s the sweetest husband.

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Rainy Arizona days are better than just about anything I can think of…

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This makes me laugh every time! I love these funny kids. He had no idea he had spelled his name wrong.

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I went to a baby shower for Shauna Tondevold. We have loved getting to know them! I think she’s about six weeks farther along than me.

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Elder Krebs made it into the Conference Ensign! I miss his face.

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This is in memory of our favorite restaurant in Mesa – India Oven. Their Naan bread is delicious. It was a buffet.

April 8-14, 2012

Happy Easter! We are so grateful for the Savior on this beautiful weekend.

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The Bays always hide their Easter baskets, so Tom is much more experienced than I am. The funny thing is that I hid his basket first and when he went to hide mine he was going to hide it in the same place I had chosen! Great minds think alike. We had to pick new spots. It took me awhile to find mine under/behind our guest bed.

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Tom found his pretty easily in the dryer.

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We were both spoiled by the Easter bunny!

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 Yummy treats.

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We were asked to sing in our ward’s sacrament meeting on Easter. It went well! I’m grateful to be married to a musical man.

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 We had a delicious Easter dinner at Aunt Sharron’s with Tam and her family. Grant and Tom were both looking handsome in their Easter best!

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This is a flashback scrapbook page, from when I spent Easter at the Bays house in Kentucky! My basket was hidden in the couch. I can’t remember why my family left me on Easter, but I think it had something to do with me having rehearsals for a play. I had a wonderful weekend with my future husband’s family. 🙂

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This is another flashback picture from our Youth Conference Trek in Kentucky. It was after my freshman year at BYU, and Jonny had just gotten home from his mission. I figured I’d throw it in here.

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We had to try the new Taco Bell Doritos Locos. Pretty good!

2012-04-10 19.10.18_smallAnd I played Chess for the first time. I was doing great. Until I lost. Tom is way smarter than I am.
IMG_1691_smallSmall world. Tom works with Jeff Pease (lives in Utah), who is the uncle of two of the boys in our Arizona ward. 
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This was a youth activity that Tom attended for his calling. It was a mission prep activity – they went to different houses and had to learn a mission skill. At this house they had to eat something that looked a little sketchy.

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We got a package from the Beckstrands!

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It had some pretty cool stuff from the girls, and a cute outfit for Harold. Thanks, Beckstrands!

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Tom loved the coloring pages and stickers.

April 1-7, 2012

 This was the best week!! Dara Hanrahan, my best friend from high school days, came to visit us in Arizona! It was such a blast doing all of the fun Arizona things with her. PLUS, some NCAA final four games as well. It was perfect.

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FIrst off, we had General Conference weekend. There were a lot of great and uplifting messages, as usual.

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Tom bought us this adorable puzzle to complete while we were watching Conference.

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We took a hike at Camelback Mountain. I have never done this, and it was beautiful. Since I’m pregnant, and it’s harder to move now, we only did a short hike. Not the whole mountain.

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King of the Hill.

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Arizona can be so beautiful in all its desert glory.

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I can’t believe that’s my shadow.

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Dara looks like a natural Arizonan, she should move here!

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Prepping for the big UK game!

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We were definitely getting in the spirit of things. What else are best friends for?

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We went to this bar in Scottsdale with the UK Alumni group to watch the Final Four NCAA game, and then the FINAL championship game. GOOO CATS! It was a lot of fun to be surrounded by all the Arizona Kentuckians. 🙂

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We love Kentucky! True Blue through and through!

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We won the whole NCAA National Championship! Go UK! It was a pretty big deal.

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Yeah, we’re #1!!!

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 We took a trip to the Desert Botanical Garden – also a first for me.

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They had a butterfly pavilion. It was very peaceful.

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 And this cool thing…

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We definitely had a good time walking around.

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THEN, we took the four hour drive up to the Grand Canyon! It was definitely worth it. It is a majestic sight. Tom and Dara had never been, so it was fun to share the beauty of Arizona with them. (And it was nice to wear a sweatshirt.)

2012-04-03 12.32.46_smallWe had a little picnic for lunch.
2012-04-03 14.12.51_smallOn the edge.

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No, honey! Think of the baby!

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We took a short hike a little ways down into the canyon.

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I love my husband.

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And I love Dara!

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This was a pretty cool look-out point.

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Can you even believe that view?

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Pondering.

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There was a neat little train station.

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I am so glad that we took the drive!! Thanks for coming to visit us, Dara! It was a wonderful weekend.

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On the 7th, we went to the Temple Easter Pageant with the Adams. Emma was loving the live animals walking around.

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 The audience and stage. It is a great and spiritual performance. I have to say that it’s not as amazing as the Hill Cumorah Pageant…but it’s still pretty good. 😉