Saturday, December 25, 2010

Chase and Kim... Plus Her or Him!

The secret's finally out...
We have a little Woodbury on the way!

I know our blog has been really boring lately...
but this is why.
The only thing going on in our life right now is this itty bitty little secret we've been keeping until Christmas because we wanted to tell our families in a special way.
And this is how we told them...

We are SO excited and feel so blessed to be so lucky to have a baby on the way (I'm almost 13 weeks now).
We've been looking forward to this for a long time now and can't wait until next summer (the little girl or boy is due the fourth of July!).

Trust me, you all have not been missing out on much though.
I can catch you up in very few words.

To sum up my first 12 weeks... there was:
-Itchy stomach
-Insatiable hunger
-Chronic headaches
-Extreme fatigue
-A month long sinus infection
-Oh... and did I mention the nausea?

I will not sugarcoat. It was not a pleasant experience and I was not a pleasant person to be around. I was a mess. And Chase put up with A LOT.
But on a happier note...
I have felt MUCH better lately and am practically back to normal!

I promise I'll be way better at updating my blog from now on now that there is more to our lives than just work and school.

We're so glad to have our news out in the open now and to be able to share our happiness with everyone :)

Merry Christmas!

I don't know if I'm more excited to have 3 days off of work,
or that it's finally Christmas!

I'm grateful for this much needed break
and to be able to spend the next few days with friends and family.
I hope you all have a wonderful day!
Merry Christmas!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

The 5 Stages of Loss

For the past 10 days I have been going through an internal struggle...
also known as The 5 Stages of Loss and Grief.
As many of you know 10 days ago Chase's dear and beloved younger brother,
Jess buns, left to go on his mission to Spain for 2 years.
And ever since it has not quite been the same.

The stages I have gone through are as follows...

Stage 1) Denial: It won't be that bad. We only saw him a couple of times a week anyways, time will fly by and we'll barely notice he's gone.

Stage 2) Anger: Wait a minute... Jesse is gone for TWO years. What are we going to do?! Who are we going to tease day in and day out? Who will get mad at us for eating all of his food? Who will constantly circle the kitchen island for hours on end? Who will spill things more times in a day than even I can? How will life go on...?!

Stage 3) Bargaining: If only we hadn't teased him so much. If only we hadn't given him an embarrassing nickname. If only he would've been born in the spring so we'd have a little more time together. If only we could fast forward 2 years in the future...

Stage 4) Depression: the current state in which I find myself. Sad. Very sad. I was looking through Jesse's facebook pictures earlier today and realized I was in this depressing stage. I'm hopeful though that soon I will move on to the 5th and final stage...

Stage 5) Acceptance: He is doing the greatest act of service and will open many hearts towards the Gospel. He is excited to be going to Spain and to be serving the Lord. He is going to be a great missionary and the next 2 years will fly by before we know it!

I can't wait until stage 5. But until then, I will slowly advance and accept his absence little by little. It makes it kind of hard though now that Chase owns Jesse's entire wardrobe...

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween Festivities!

This weekend was filled with Halloween fun!

We started off the weekend at the our friends' Pumpkin Carving Party
where there was great company, great food, and great lookin' pumpkins!
We carved a cute little minion from "Despicable Me"...
He didn't glow as well as we wanted, but I still liked him :)
Then later that night we went to our ward's Trunk-or-Treat dressed as pirates.
Here's some pictures of our cute nephews that were there too.
THEN we went home and made fun spider cupcakes for our primary class!
They were actually really easy to make and I thought they turned out great!
I hope your Halloween weekend was as fun as ours!
Happy Halloween :)

Monday, October 18, 2010

Weekend in Utah

So the last couple weeks have been really hectic it seems.
Last week in particular.
I got the stomach flu again which put me a little behind in preparation for our trip to Utah over the weekend.
The result: forgetting to charge my camera before we left.
My reaction: sheer disappointment after taking about my 5th picture in Temple Square.
Here are the few pictures I got in before it died.
The rest are just mental memories that I will cherish forever.

The stunning Salt Lake Temple
The newlyweds, Don and Annie :)
Love the Leach family.
Loved my first time in Temple Square.
Love the history behind it all.
Love the fall weather in Utah.

The reception was absolutely beautiful,
I'm so sad I didn't get to take any pictures to put up.
But believe me, it was perfect.
It was so great to see Don and the rest of the Leach's,
I wish they still lived in Arizona!
But on the bright side,
at least we have a place to stay when we visit now :)

Oh and yes, now that the wedding is over,
Chase will be shaving off his beard.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Let the Beard Begin...

To Chase... fall and winter mean "beard season".

Our dear friend Don grew his beard out for our wedding last fall.
Don is getting married this fall.
And therefore Chase is returning the honor and growing his beard out for Don's wedding in October.
Let the beard growing begin.
To beard season.
May you end quickly.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

One Year!

Has it really been one year?!...

Actually to be honest, it seems like four.
Not in a bad way by any means, it just seems like our wedding day was so long ago and that we have been married for years now.
Maybe it's because of how deep our relationship has grown since then, or maybe it's because of all that's happened in that one year.
I look back at this day and I remember how in love we were and how excited we were to be starting a life together.
And now I look at us and it amazes me how much MORE we love each other now than we even did then.
Chase is more than just my husband, he is my other half- my best friend.
I couldn't have asked for a better year, and I can't wait to see what the years to come will bring.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Weekend Get-Away

Since I work every Saturday,
Chase and I haven't really had much of a chance to spend a weekend together.
Until this weekend.
And it was wonderful.
Our one year anniversary is coming up in a couple of weeks,
and since it will be on a Sunday, and I work on Saturdays,
we saw this 3-day weekend as our only opportunity to get away for a couple of days and celebrate it.
We couldn't go too far though because my friend from college was getting married on Saturday night and I really wanted to go.
So we stayed at The Pointe at Tapatio Cliffs for two days and it was perfect.

We sat by the pool all day Saturday, on a terrace by the waterfalls...
And read our books...
Chase's choice: Dracula.
My choice: Hunger Games.
Saturday night we went to my friend's wedding.
Sunday we went to church, read, and ate all day with family.
Monday we had a BBQ and swam. And read and ate all day again.
(Are you sensing a theme yet?)

I feel bad for Chase because this was supposed to be a weekend to "us" but I ended up getting so captivated by my book (it's a real problem I have) that I probably didn't give him the amount of attention he was hoping for.
Sorry babe.
I'll be back when I finish the trilogy. Only two more to go...

Anyone have "Catching Fire" that I could borrow?

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Best Show on TV

Chase and I don't really have time to watch TV.
But we make time for one show in particular.
The BEST show on air.
It is witty, hilarious, interesting, clean, and just overall fantastic.
Every episode, every season.
It's on USA, Wednesday nights at 10pm (or 7pm for any dish networkers).
Watch it. Record it. Download it. Do whatever it takes.
Trust me. It'll be worth it.
As Shawn and Gus would say, "whaaaaaaaat".

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Family Disneyland Trip!

We have been wanting to go to Disneyland with the whole family all summer and we finally coordinated a weekend that worked for everyone.
Last weekend.
We actually planned the trip last week and luckily everyone could go!
It was my last Saturday that I won't have to work, and I couldn't have asked for a better way to spend it. Because for those of you who don't know... I'm obsessed with Disneyland.

SO cute in her little minnie outfit that Chase and I got her the last time we went to Disneyland...
A random exhausted grandpa... poor guy. We feel ya...
The aftermath of Splash Mountain...
A monkey hat for our little monkey...
Chase made me put this on... sorry Cliff :-/

If you're wondering why little Chris is missing from this family photo... that's because he went missing. For the hundredth time that day.
It was our nephews' first time there and it was so fun to see their excitement at the end of every ride.
Even little Jack Jack (who's 3) went on Space Mountain! All three of them were so brave!
Anyways, it was a BLAST and we all enjoyed ourselves a lot :)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Shoo Flu, Don't Bother Me

Dear stomach flu,

I have not missed you these past 10 years we've been apart...
I was starting to think I had special powers to fight you off with.
You have indeed proved me wrong today.
Many times.
I'm thirsty and hungry, but you won't let me drink or eat.
What's your deal?
Please go away so I can still go to Disneyland this weekend.
I'll never ask for anything again.
I promise.

Sick and concerned,