Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas- I'm Pregnant!

Peyton is going to be a Big Brother! So many of you know I had a miscarriage beginning of November. And found out few weeks later that I was pregnant had me come in for an ultrasound and took blood tests...and everything looks great. Research has shown it's uncommon to have 2 mis carriages so close back to back like we feel confident things will go well. Also, it seems this is really meant to be. Plus it's Christmas! Best time to annouce it! I'm any where from 5-7 weeks along. I'll find out more on my next appt on Jan 18th. YAY!


Friday, December 17, 2010

Peyton's Christmas Present!!


You think he'll like it?!? I know he's a little on the young side....BUT...this trip is mainly for Steve & I. My parents are coming with us to be our little baby sitters! Plus, what grandparents wouldn't want to be there for their grandchild's first experience at Disney..? :) WOOT! I'm excited!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The True Meaning of Christmas

Willow Tree Nativity

My Mom & Dad gave us half this set for Christmas this year and then Steve went out and got the rest of the set. I LOVE IT! I can't stop going over and looking at it. I felt the Spirit so strongly as we were setting this up. This nativity set truly shows us the true meaning of Christmas. May we always remember this event!

Monday, November 15, 2010

1 1/2!

Peyton is now 18 months!! Crazy!


Weight- 20 lbs 10 ounces~ 2nd percentile

Height- 33 inches~ 70th percentile

Head Cir-18.6~ 34th percentile

Doc said he's doing great!
And he loved nursery on Sunday!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Most Creative 26th Birthday!!

I thought to write a post about my was quite creative of Steve :)

So I woke up in the morning to find the computer opened and it said "Play me." I pushed Play and he had done a movie of what was going to take place in the day's events (he was @ work)
As he was narrating the video their were pictures that went along with it.
So the video began by telling me that I would find my breakfast in the the fridge were cinnamon rolls and then when to drop Peyton off at a neighbors house to be babysat while I go to Red Mountain (where I work) to get a massage...

Redmountain Resort & Spa

Desert Dream Massage
Sweet Deal...since I work there I got 45% off!

The video proceeded to say after I come home from my massage a mystery guest would be showing up at the door...and that it wasn't going to be Ryan Reynolds, Matthew McConaghey or Bradley Cooper :(
and then Flowers were delivered! :)

Then the video said Steve would be getting home @ 2:45 and we'd go eat @ the Pizza Factory (my Fav)
So after Dinner we went to the mall and I bought some jewlery. Then we went home to watch a chick flick and had ice cream cake! (Fav) And had a Pumpkin Spice Frap @ Starbucks (first time...and Yes, Jen...amazing!!)

Awesome Birthday! So creative of Steve! Loved it!!

And here's the video Steve had made, so you can actually watch it for yourself :) lol

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

A Loss

So I really wasn't planning on telling anyone this. I don't want anyone to think I'm doing this for attention....I debated about it...And thought blogging is such an easy way to express my feelings....I've been too down about it and need girl support....

I had a miscarriage....:(

But I'm not too depressed about it....I barely had found out last Tuesday I was pregnant...and that I was 4 weeks along...and then 3 days later...began bleeding alot....and a lot...and a lot.... went into the doctors...
And waited a couple of days, took a pregnancy test..and it's a negative....

But it could be worse-- I could have experienced having a miscarriage furthur along...and could have found out after announcing it to everyone... it could have sucked way way more....

But at least I know my IUD hormones are FINALLY away from my body and I should be getting pregnant way quick now...hopefully...

Interesting how Peyton came with little effort at all...and know I actually feel like I have to try.....

Hopefully my upcoming Birthday week will be better...


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Peyton's Heart Surgery

Wow! It's over! And all I can say is it went so much better than I thought it would. He acts as if he never had surgery. He's crawling and pulling himself up onto everything..just like he always had been! Boy, were my expectations wrong! He's doing great! Everything went awesome! No complaints whatsoever! Now, I'm just very anxious to get back home to our life in Saint George. Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers...:) Check Face book for pictures!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


So we drove up from Saint George all ready for Surgery today....and.....not gonna happen. Peyton had gotten a fever over the weekend, we had taken him into a our Pediatrician (thinking that was the right thing to do) well, he was given some antibiotics to get rid of the fever...and it completley jeopardized him having surgery......(DUMB DOCTORS- should have called our heart doctor up North to have asked) And with all this chaos made us eliminate the possibility for him having the catheterization done. So....thankfully, they resceduled us for next Monday. Which was totally fine with us cuz we were planning on being up here for that long everything is working out. For a few days though...we were in a lot of Limbo and waiting....and, we have answers!! Now, we can enjoy this week and get even more prepared than we already felt like we were. I personally, feel like I will still break down and have a very hard time saying goodbye to him and seeing him for the first time after Surgery....those will probably be my breaking points...not looking forward to that. But he needs this. All will be well.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Yes, Peyton is in fact a Boy

I can not even tell you how many people I meet a day that asks- "Your child is a boy, right?" People seem to think all the time that Peyton is a Girl. The name doesn't help, totally understand that...BUT seriously. My favorite one was at the doctor's office....Peyton is wearing a Blue one-sie that says Momma's Boy...and here comes a nurse...."Now..your daughter is looking excellent....." SERIOUSLY!! Once the correction is made, there is the..."Oh well, he's just too pretty to be a boy.....just look at his eyelashes!" People- he is a BOY!! I laugh about it now. When he was first born, I took offense to it...a little....just kinda funny.

I got all of Peyton's surgery papers today.....:( SO SO HARD & EMOTIONAL!! Does any one have any suggestions on like muscle relaxant/anxiety pill that I can take during that week? I really think I'll need it.....

PS...SO EXCITED & READY FOR FALL!! Freakin St. George, get cooler!
Love ya!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Wednesday, October 6th :(

Peyton's Surgery Date is:

Wednesday, October 6th

We are still wanting to go the route of catheterization. The day before his surgery he will be getting another Echo...and we'll then find out if he's a canidate for the catheter....if not, he will already of Surgery scheduled for the next day. Keep on prayin....:)

On a lighter note....look at this adorable picture....

Peyton, Stockton, Jack

We just spent a weekend with these adorable boys and their parents in Panguitch for Jack's one year birthday. They, along with Aubs gave Peyton the cutest Build a Bear dressed in scrubs so that he has a little friend for the hospital.
We love you Nelson and Koelliker Family....the greatest friends ever!

Love, Me

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Two year Anniversary


Today was our Anniversary! Things We did in Park City-

Alpine Slide/Zip line

Lunch @ Loco Lizard....AMAZING!!

Movie- "Eat, Pray, Love" = very good:)


Dinner @ Eating Establishment

Main Street

And of course, watched our wedding video

It was a blast! I've realized that so many of my dreams have come true being married to Steve. I love knowing that we are right on track of accomplishing EVERYTHING that we have ever wanted to do in this life. Love it!

Maybe we'll get just as lucky tonight as we did 2 years ago...(if you know what I mean...) lol

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Lake Powell 10'

This year was Peyton's first time at Lake Powell. The week started out with him having a high fever...which led to the fact that his molars are coming in...It broke a few days later. Then the rest of the trip he was a sweetheart. We had a great time!!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Heart Broken

As most of you know, today was Peyton’s appointment to see the Pediatric Cardiologist….an appointment we have waited over a month for.

I’m not going to beat around the bush, so I’m just going to fight the tears and say it….

Peyton is in need of open heart surgery

My heart feels so compeltley crushed…your child in your eyes is perfect. Perfect just as God intended for them to be. And it’s so so heartbreaking to hear of an imperfection that needs attention.

Our doctor explained everything very thoroughly with us…went over the anatomy of the heart and explained how he has a VSD and that we have the option of going one of 2 ways--

Both procedures will take place in Salt Lake at Primary Childrens.

Either he has a catheter that is inserted through the femoral artery and a patch is placed on his heart. But if the cath lab does not feel comfortable on doing this on such a low weight child…as peyton…then our next option is Surgery. She stated how some go the route of the cathether placement but then find out it doesn’t work after all and is then admitted into surgery. So it’s the possiblilty of going through 2 events…or just with one event which is--surgery and getting it all over and done with.

Essentially, we get to make the choice. We feel at this time if we hear back that the Cath lab without any hesistancy feels 100% comfortable in placing the patch…we will go that route. But if they don’t feel comfortable---we will do surgery.

It is also up to us when we are available. We are to give them a date and onward that we are available for..and she will get us in. Our doctor stated that this situation isn’t urgent or emergent but is a “gosh, we need to do something about this soon.”

We have a lot of things coming up in August so we are thinking of telling them we are available August 29th and on…..although I feel i'm being selfish..

If the catheter is the route we go for…we will be in the hospital for one overnight stay. If surgery takes place—he’ll be in for 5 days.

(I will totally NEED visitors ps)

Peyton’s heart condition has answered a lot of questions—Q: why is Peyton weighing the same 18 pounds he did at his one year appt…A: Peyton’s heart has been working so hard it burns so many calories leaving his body at a low weight. They say once this procedure is complete his weight should double immediately. It sounds fun to see Peyton being chubby.

Why has Peyton been sick a lot? RSV, Rosyola, etc…

His heart condition has made it so that he can’t fight viral infections well and has been harder to have a strong immune system.

One question I would like to know the answer to—is why couldn’t this have been detected in the womb through all the ultra sounds I had while pregnant? And will this effect other children we have as well?

Please pray for him. I have been bawling non stop since 7 am this morning….

I’m not going to ask—why me? I’m too strong in the gospel to even become close to asking myself that question. Trials are given to us for growth and learning. And that no trial is given to us upon which we are not able to bear. I can do this. We will do this.

Thanks for reading


Saturday, July 24, 2010


So I taught a Hip-Hop Cardio class last Friday at Fitness Ridge...and guess who was there!!!???

from Season 7 of The Biggest Loser

I was so Star-Struck...I didn't say anything....! I need to get used to the fact that contestants from the show stop by every now and then!

Monday, July 5, 2010

NOW I can begin to freak out!

Yay!!! I'm officially hired. My position at Fitness Ridge is called: Test Administrator/fitness instructor!!! I'm so so happy! Prior to graduating i knew I wanted to be associated with a corporation bigger than just a Gym..and when I researched Fitness Ridge early on I knew it was the perfect place! Then after graduating being pregnant at the time I often wondered if I would ever do anything with my degree....I seemed like it would be awhile till I could...

My dream has come true!:)

Friday, June 25, 2010

I hope to get the Job!

I'm sure many of you know..but through out high school...I knew exactly where I wanted to go to college and exactly what I wanted to major in...I can think back being the age of 9 and imitating Kathy Smith's exercise tapes...I got certified at 18 and have taught various places various classes. As I was finishing up college I researched where I would like to work. And it kept being made known to me that Park City and St. George are the greatest locations for the fitness industry...And began looking into Fitness Ridge Resort.
SO... I don' t know if I should freak out quite yet.....?? BUT I had an interview at Fitness Ridge Resort today aka- The Biggest Loser Resort. For those who don't know much about the show Biggest Loser...The show is filmed at the Ranch in California...and Fitness Ridge Resort..located in St. George is partnered with the Biggest Loser and what the resort does is they have people from all over the world come stay for 7 days or more...and they are put on a 1200 calorie diet and they attend lectures, spa treatments, personal training, and go through many exercise classes every day through out their stay. Their ultimate goal is to obviously lose weight..while vacationing... Aug 08 I interviewed at Fitness Ridge while Steve had interviewed for the Radiology program. Unfortunately he didn't get in that year so i pretty much had to let Fitness Ridge know that we weren't moving to St. George anymore....Well, now that we are here...I went in today....AND........

Had an amazing interview! Honestly, could not have gone better....She told me that I would be the perfect person to work for the Resort. Not only for my qualifications but the fact as well that I am a Mom. She talked a lot about how so many women will be able to relate to me so well...and she also expressed how confident she thought I was. And the most awesome part was the fact that she did not have a problem at all that I haven't really taught since having Peyton... I loved when she takes most women a year to get back into the fitness realm of things after having a baby.

So this picture is going to totally be

SO....through out this whole next week M-F I'm starting by coming in 2-5 to attend 3 different classes to get the hang of things, and how they are taught and what not....then she told me that I will be meeting with HR and be put on their sub list. She did mention that even being on the sub list I should be teaching 1-3 classes per week....

So like I said I don't know if I should begin to freak out yet or not.....kinda sounds like it's in the bag....BUT...I don't want to get my hopes completley up yet.....BUT...... you get the picture!
In previous blog posts I have stated how I haven't felt completley fulfilled being a stay at home mom...and I feel like this will be my break through..a sense of contributing to society...and doing what I LOVE to do!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day

So...I know of some pretty GREAT Dads...Let's Begin with my Dad.. My Dad to me is very unique in that he takes a sincere interest in my Life. I've known of so many Dads growing up who never quite involved themselves in their daughters lives...and I am so proud to say that my Dad isn't one of those men. He has always been so fun and has been all of my friends Favorite Dad to be around. He has done so much for me...To name a few.....

He Voluntairly took this lovely group to Lake Powell for my Graduation Trip....I've thought to myself what kind of a dad would do this sorta thing for their daughter...take a bunch of friends, camping out in the sand for 4 plus days....? my Dad. And we loved it.

My Dad was one of my inspirations to serve the Lord on a Mission. I was raised in a family where both my parents had served and he was there for me at the very end...when all was said and done....Exhausted as I was..he was there as I stepped out of the doors in Georgia to finally go home....

When I came home he made sure he had purchased a car for me and took me up in a hot air balloon ride...why? Because he knew I would like to...

He even put me up for

And then this fella came along...and swept me off my feet....

My Dad was there for me at my wedding, like all good Dads are....

Shortly after we were married I found out I was pregnant....Steve became my Rock. When dating him I made sure he possessed the same qualities as my Dad. Being a Father has come SO SO naturally for Steve. He is truly MEANT to be a Dad....:) It has been so amazing to be married to someone and watch them sculpt into a Father...

He's been there for Peyton during his 1st diaper change.....

This picture signifies a lot to me in that Steve will be there to support Peyton and to raise him up in times of trouble and need.....

I know that Steve will always provide for us...and will be the Dream and Ideal Dad that I had to our children. These Men are very Special to me and will ever remain special. How I love them So!

Happy Fathers Day!!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Peyton's Echo

Peyton got an Echo done. It went well. They gave him LOTS of sedation medicine...he kept fighting it so they had to give him an injection of the medicine besides the regular dose. That was sad to see him asleep like that. We'll hear back from Primary Childrens soon. I'll keep you updated.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

New Zealand!



I am so so jealous!! I love the movie Lord of the Rings...well I grew to love it!! And this is where they filmed it!! I'll tell you what I so want to save so Steve & I can go see him!! So So excited! At times I'm like how do they really decide where missionaries go...I mean really? Obviously they follow the Spirit, but seriously....I went to Georgia of all places! Which I loved...I'll be honest wasn't too excited initially...because I wanted to badly to go foreign I wrote ALL over my papers how I wanted to go foreign, learn several languages, go to the hardest mission ever, and endure the harsh-est conditions on some remote island....I know many of you may think- What Brooke on a remote island? She's too girly girl...but for real though I wanted that so so Bad. Don't get me wrong, like I said loved Georgia.. But I'm so so Jealous of Parker!! Every missionary's dream is to go there!! I just remember the church quote that says:

"you're chosen to serve where your personality, abilities, dreams, and goals are perfectly woven and matched with the people that inhabit that land."

Congrats Parker!!! I'm so so excited to scrapbook every single picture of your mission!!!


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Peyton is Uno!!

A year ago this sweet little boy came into our lives....

And now he is ONE! Peyton had the BEST BIRTHDAY EVER! This is what we did:



Kind of weird-ed out by the mascot lol

At Peyton's party he had 6 boys come and 1 girl!

The Most Amazing Cutest Birthday cake I have ever seen in my LIFE!!

We kinda went all out and Peyton had 3 cakes at his party. One for everyone, (which is in the back) a smash cake, and the amazing cute cake (which I couldn't bear to eat it was too cute)

Needless to say...he did have few bites but most of it he just kept smashing....


Our friend Daniel Olsen took Peyton's 1 year pictures!

It was an amazing weeknd full of so many fun things! He even got a swimming pool for his birthday along with toys & clothes:)



Peyton is into everything now! He is crawling everywhere and has 6 teeth! Not walking yet...He is still in the 3rd percentile for his weight. But once again the doctors don't seemed worried at all. One very exciting thing is now that he is a more bottles! He goes on to whole milk:) And he loves it! A kind of sad his doctor's appointment the pediatrician was checking his heart beat and told me it sounded very strange and told me to go downstairs in the hospital to get an x-ray the pediatrician rushed to give him 4 shots and to hurry him downstairs. I did and turns out we will be taking Peyton in to do an echo-cardiogram~which is an ultrasound of his heart. He didn't seem to worried. At his 9 month appointment the doctor had noticed he had a heart murmer. So hopefully, it's nothing serious at all. I'll keep ya'll updated. And remember if you're heading South come visit! Oh and PS we are going to start trying again....Soon!!! ha ha

Thanks for reading!


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Love, Me

So Many Fun times are ahead....Mothers Day is on Sunday!!! It feels so cool to actually feel like Hey, this day is for ME!! Cuz I am a mom! Gives a good reason for Steve to shower me with gifts and It makes me feel so grateful to be a mom and for my cute little Peyton. Speaking of Peyton....he's turning ONE next Thursday!!! What the Heck!? Time has flown by so so fast! I am so EXCITED for his Birthday Party next Friday too....let's be honest I love planning anything!!

And am so excited for my friend Jamie to have her baby soon:) And so so excited to be going home next weekend for all this Fun to occur!! Steve just finished his first semester with straight A's in every class!! Goes to show you everything he's been learning has become so natural for him to grasp. He's off for a few weeks and starts back on May 24th. I'm so grateful to have a husband who values furthering his education and is pursuing a career in health care which is such a worthwhile, secure work place. Love you Steve! And am so dang grateful for my friends! And feel so spoiled to be living in this house! And Happy Mothers Day to all of you! Even with some of you who have your lil baby in the oven!! This day will take on a whole new meaning!

Ps. Go Suns!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Summer Already? Yes, Indeed!

Dixie Rock

It feels like summer already here in Sunny St. George! Come Visit!