Sunday, February 13, 2011

Fine, I'll do it...

but I won't be happy about it!  So I'm not a big fan of taking pictures of me being pregnant.  I guess I should want to capture the moment and make the memories last, but I'm fine if they just fly by.  So my mom took this picture of me large and in charge because she said that Keri made her do it.  I made Bailey come in the shot so at least it wasn't me all big and awkward.
So this is me prego at 34 weeks and 2 days. 

This stomach and baby of mine have been growing exponentially the past three weeks.  It was like my body knew when Toni's wedding was done and waited to explode until after.  I should be thankful that at least it waited until after the wedding.  I just feel huge and I hate all of my clothes.  Other than that, life is great. 

I did have a small miracle on Friday night, I slept for almost 7 hours straight!  I was pretty much a zombie at school on Friday since my lovely students got me sick.  But I can't take a sick day to actually be sick!!  Who would do that?  On Saturday I woke up for the first time at 5:45 and it felt like noon to me.  I know I shouldn't get used to it because in 5 weeks all sleep will be quickly forgotten.  But don't worry, I was up my usual 3-4 times last night and I'm sure I'll be up tonight too.

I also think I've maybe started some early nesting things.  Friday night, while Brian was at work and Bailey was sleeping, I made a three page To Do list.  It includes everything that I could possibly think of that I need/want to accomplish before Brooklynn comes.  It ranges from cleaning, to organizing, to decorating and crafting, and finding a middle name.  So this weekend, I was able to cross one thing off the list.  I'm thinking I need to pick up the pace a little bit.  I can halfway cross off several more items, but almost only counts in a game of horseshoes.

Besides being pregnant, the other big news around the house is: Bailey is turning 3 on Saturday!!  I can't believe it!  She is such a big kid it kind of makes me sad when I think about it.  We've been talking about her party for a few weeks because she knows that her birthday is on February 19th.  She is pretty consistent about a few things at her party: decorating cupcakes, cousins coming to play, and making a craft.  Other things like--the color of her cake, what food she wants, what she wants for her birthday--change from day to day.  Her latest obsession is going to pick out the color of her plates, knives, forks, and spoons for her birthday.  We'll be making a trip to Party City to see what rainbow of colors she picks out.  It's really funny that she's so into picking out the plates.  I can only guess that it's from picking out all the colors and plates for Toni's bridal shower and wedding.  I'm pretty sure that she also has fond memories of that store since half of it is candy.

I'm going to try to fill this week with fun Valentine's, party planning, anything else that's fun to distract me from work.  I only have to make it through four days and then I have a four day weekend!  I had a doctor's appointment on Thursday and I was slightly hoping that he'd put me on bed rest just for a few days--maybe even every Friday.  My wish was not granted, but everything else looks good (except for my left elephantitis foot and leg).

Early Happy Valentine's Day to all!!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Toni & Aaron's Wedding

Toni & Aaron got married on January 8th.  It was such a fun day and everything was perfect!  It's only taken me about a month to post about the big day, but I've had a few technical difficulties.  Today, I finally just purchased more storage space for my blog because it kept telling me I had no space left.  It made no sense, but I was sick of waiting for it to fix itself.  So without out further ado, here are some snapshots of Toni and Aaron's big day:

It was a perfectly cloudy day at the temple which makes for great pictures.  Here's my attempt at an artistic, pretty picture of the temple.
This was the only family shot of the three of us on that day.  It was probably due to the fact that I'm not a big fan of pictures these days because of my size.  Although compared to the size of my belly right now, I should have taken tons of pictures that day.
Bailey and Brian :)  Shelly made all the little girls mini bouquets.  Bailey had to have her's all day long.  She loved it!  And don't you just love their outfits?  They were adorable.

Here are the beautiful bridesmaides: Rania, Alish, and my sista Keri.
Bailey and Papa. She was so excited for Toni's big wedding party. She talked about it everyday for a couple of months. She couldn't wait to see Toni in her princess dress.

A cute family photo!
Once Toni and Aaron finally came out, the kids were so excited to see them.  They all wanted to help Toni with her princess dress walk over to the site of our photo session.
All of the siblings from both sides

Keri, Emily, and Ty

Dad, Mom, Toni, and Aaron

The entire Miller Gang!

I didn't get a great one at the temple of just the two of them, but you can still tell how happy they both are.

Both families joining together: Thomas & Miller

Bodie & Tyler--we were so glad that a lot of the Francis family was able to come down.  Shelly is our family's designated florist and we are forever grateful for her crafty eye.  It was even more fun because the boys came down too this time.

Bailey enjoyed her twirlly dress

Flying high in the sky!
This picture was a good as we could get of Mom and all the grandkids.  At this point, we were bribing them with whatever we had to smile.
As you can see from the next picture, the bribes weren't really working anymore.

Ty, Kyle, and Keri
Cute Josie
This was Bailey after 5 minutes in the car.  She was out like a light.

As soon as we got home from the temple, we headed back over to the barn to finish setting up for the reception.  Toni had done such a fabulous job at planning everything for the wedding that it wasn't that hard.  She had a map with detailed information about where everything went.  I didn't take a ton of pics of the barn, but trust me--it was beautiful.  
One thing that Toni and I worked on a lot for the wedding, was her sweets table.  We had so much fun ordering all of the yummy candy that we wanted!  Everybody loved the table.  We kind of over bought on the candy, but at least we didn't run out.  You can't see it that well in this picture, but there was even a mini chocolte fountain at one end of the table.  There was so much sugar at this wedding; it was so sweet!
Another thing that Toni wanted was a wall with lots of their engagement pics.  A last minute addition was the banners with their names.  I had so much fun making it with my cricut!  I always feel so accomplished when I'm crafty.  It turned out really nice and added an extra special touch to the barn.

Toni also wanted a ring ceremony to start off the reception.  The best part of the ring ceremony was the kids!  We had Bailey and Kate as flower girls and Owen was the ring bearer.  We had basket of petals for Shylie too, but I think she was just a little bit too young for it.

Here's Bailey with her big basket of petals.  We had some last minute instructing to do with the girls to show them what to do. 
The two of them looked almost like twins.  Despite the 11 months that separate them, they are the same height, the same hair color, and same cute hair cut.  They both felt really special that they could play a part in the wedding party.
Both Kate and Bailey in deep concentration performing their task of dropping petals.
The newly-married happy couple: Aaron and Toni Thomas!

Bailey wanted to use her entire basket of petals, so once she was in her spot she just dumped them all out.  It was hilarious!

Bailey wanted to take pictures with Toni, the princess, all night long.  She loves her Auntie Toni!
The Daddy-Daughter dance 

Here's the beautiful cake, thanks to Shelly who saved the day and covered up the disastrous attempt at a lace cake made with fondant.

I love how the both of them are cutting the cake ready to eat--open wide!
The garter belt thing
This was a classic moment of the night.  Toni never really wanted to do the bouquet toss, but we convinced her because it was such a good photo op.  On her first attempt, she threw the bouquet into the wagon wheel chandilier.  On her second attempt, once we got the bouqet down, she threw the bouquet up on top of the lighting fixture that you can see on either side of the wagon wheel.  She's just so strong!  So the bouquet toss did end up making for some great pictures, just not what we were imagining.
Once everything was done, the real party started--on the dance floor!  The kids truely danced their hearts out.  They danced for about an hour and never got tired.

They were so delerious and on a great sugar high, that much of their dancing took place literally on the floor.  This was Bailey doing a sort of back stroke dance move.

By the end of the night, Bailey was done.  It was such a fun day!  I'd do it all over again, and it wasn't even my wedding.  Welcome to the family Aaron!!

Happy Birthday Mom!

Yesterday was my mom's birthday!  I will not reveal the age because a true lady never reveals an age :)  We thought that we should attempt to do a surprise party to make the day even more exciting.  The plan was to meet in Huntington Beach at Buca di Beppo; it was kind of a halfway point for everyone.  My mom was going up to Toni and Aaron's post-wedding photo shoot and then we would all meet at the party location.  I almost ruined the surprise a couple of times during the week, but we made it successfully without anyone ruining the surprise.  It was so much fun to have most of the family together and to actually surprise my mom.  We gave our mom money to buy a new sewing machine--she is quite crafty.  We love our mom and we hope she loved her party!  Here are some pics of the day for those who couldn't make it:

While we were waiting for them to come up to the table, we all sat with menus in front of our faces.  Everyone in the restaurant thought that we were a bunch of crazy people.  Brian was able to get a good shot that captured her surprise when she came around the corner.

Toni made a beautiful cake for the occasion.  It was quite delicious!

Happy Birthday to our Mama!

The cousins were all so excited to see each other.  Bailey ate three bites of pasta and wanted to run around and play with Kate and Owen the rest of the time.  I really couldn't blame her.

Kyle and Sam came down with all the kids.  Josi was an angel and slept for most of the lunch party.

It was extra specially fun because Grandma and Grandpa Mosher were able to be in on the surprise too.  They are so cute!

I love this picture!!  Those candles were well extinguished with all that wind power.
After we did our song, cake, and candles, the restaurant brought in their version of cake and candles.  The kids, of course, were up to the challenge.

Here's the whole group.

Even though we had just finished eating Toni's yummy cake, the kids were down for eating the brownie and ice cream from the restaurant.  Good thing Bailey only ate three bites of pasta, so she had plenty of room for the good stuff.

Kate was kind enough to share a bite with Papa.  Notice that Bailey did not waste a moment to get a bite while nobody else was looking.

She was one happy girl!  My mom was laughing because she had just eaten the hugest bite.

I love this precious cousin shot.  It was hilarious because Bailey went right up to Kate and did the typical prom pose without even being prompted.  She loves her cousins so much and is going to miss them a ton when they make their big move in a few weeks.

Look at this cute little nugget!!  She is getting so big and just wants to join in with the big kids.  She even ate some bread and crackers with her two tiny teeth.