Friday, December 16, 2011

Nuts n' Bolts...

We are moving! yay! and....noooooo :( all at the same time!! I have so many mixed emotions. One second I'm bawling and then next I'm excited to see what the future brings. All and all, i know that moving is what's best for our little familia. Soo.....we are coming up to So Jo for Christmas Dec 20-27 (during that visit we are meeting with the financing people- talkin about moving into Bret and Katie's condos) Then on the 27th- Me, Steve, and Bradyn will come down here for a few days- just depends on how long it will take us to box everything up and put it all in the garage and then to take what we need to live on for about 2 mos. We'll then leave prob the morning of the 31st to drive back to my parents. We are then living at my parents for a couple-few months. Then when our condo is ready to move into/when we have the money for the down payment- we will drive to St. George, rent a U-haul put all boxes and everything in the truck and drive straight to our condo in Eagle Mtn. And that will be it!!! so the good news is- we get to go to Jen & Ben's New Years Eve Party!!! yay!!! lol. I'm excited! So please let me know if you want to hang out during Christmas week, we'd love it! Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Cross road

(pretty much ME the past week)'s that time to write everything i can process.
As most all of you know, Steve just graduated from the Medical Radiography program here in St. George. He was one of many that graduated with not a lot of job prospects, in fact none. After praying that something would come along- we decided to begin looking else up North. B/c it was becoming apparent to us- more opportunities are available in SL.
(i mean think about it, like dozens of hospitals as compared to two)

Well, a job has come up. It is a Mobile X-ray company. Pretty much Steve would have x-ray equipment in a vehicle and would travel to different locations performing x-rays (nusing homes...assisted living houses...anywhere between ogden to provo) pretty much places where people can not go get x-rays done themselves. Steve would manage himself. Big chance of moving up the chain and becoming a team lead- when more guys are working for this company in SL. Be given a company car & phone. (meaning, we would trade in our two cars for a new car and could take his phone off our plan, making our bill cheaper) Annndd....a gauranteed full time hours. Major reason for that is b/c we would be relocating for the job. Even if he may only get paged to do one or two x-rays per day..and he's only gone for a few hrs. No matter what- gauranteed full shift hours. (pretty chill, right??!) Also to add we have been planning to go on a cruise in March and working for a job like this would make that plan very easy for us to still make. This job would start Jan 1. Meaning- yes, we would move to Salt Lake. So we then have thought ok- if this was the case...where would we live? And Eagle Mountain seriously was the first place we thought of. Not only are a big chunk of our friends there..but I have always loved where our friends- Katie & Bret Boyd live...and think it would be awesome to buy into their same bldg. Tomorrow- Steve is going on a "drive along" down in Vegas (where the company is based from- but they need Steve in SL) with some of the guys to see nuts and bolts of it all and what a typical day is like. So that is the SL plan.

So....admist this job in Salt Lake-we had been hoping an x-ray position would just open up here at the hospital (b/c we had been told the hospital would take 2 more students in Dec) A job did open up- but it is a front desk position for Radiology- not only would he be in charge of registering in patients but can also go back and perform the x-rays himself. And when the next tech position opens up- he would get first dibs since he's already working within the same department and is an x-ray tech himself. The only thing is the matter of - WHEN would the next tech position open up??? Could be one, two..or months from now. So, he went in and had an interview and it went well. He actually will be hearing either today or tomorrow if he got the job.
So the huge pickle that we are SL job we know would pay more than the hospital job here in St. George..BUT the big clencher is--- my job is HERE. And that is the biggest reason why I am digging my heels in the dirt is b/c of my job. I know we could get by fine with staying here and me working and him doing this front desk job and fingers crossed that a tech position would present itself shorty..and everything could perfectly fall into place and be fine and we could live the best of both worlds.
When speaking to a friend about all of this madness she said to me- this is interesting b/c most people are driven by money...but then again, most people don't have their dream job. After she said that, i thought yeah- you know to some, this could be such an easy choice- go with the job that you know will pay more and has more perks. But it's the whole matter of me leaving my job DREAM job. Not to mention, we LOVE st. george.
That's the biggest thing is the unknown..we don't know. And the future is so unclear right now. And it's been hard b/c I am a planner..and right now, I don't have a plan! Within 2 weeks we could be gone..or could remain here!! It's just so so up in the air at this point! And I wish I had all the answers! But I do know after we hear back from the hospital and he does this "drive along" with this SL job tomorrow- we will have a better idea as to what will happen. well..that is, I hope we have a better idea. I want to enjoy the holidays and make a decision. Crystal ball- please, where are you?!
I will keep you posted!


Thursday, December 1, 2011


Steve graduated for the Medical Radiography Program at Dixe State! It was a 2 year program :)
It seems like yesterday we just moved to St. George, crazy! Steve has been the class president for his class and was asked to speak at the Graduation as well as introduce some speakers. He got the award for- "the final rose" Most updated with Reality TV. So funny!! all b/c of me :) Following that award he got up to say- "stay tuned for the Bachelorette starting Jan 1 ha ha"!! After the graduation we went to dinner with his sister, trisha and his grandma. Thank you to all who have sent such sweet cards/gifts. Steve really appreciated all those who cared so much for him. My family is such a great support system!


Thursday, November 24, 2011

steve loves me :)

We decided to add on to our Willow Tree Nativity set. L.O.V.E it!!!

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Wilson update :)

Many have been curious to know what's going on with Us lately. We are approaching a big cornerstone in our lives this week. Steve is GRADUATING!!! I am's not the end. He will be returning back to school in August to move on. the meantime we are figuring out our plans.....

Steve will be graduating with the title of- Rad Tech. (performs X-rays) Right now Steve is trying to find a job. As most of you know- for the past 2 years I have been the one to work. (which I LOVE) So now that Steve is finished with the program he will now work..and I will too (b/c i LOVE it) There is 12 graduating in Steve's class..and 4 have jobs already. The hospital is taking 2 more students in Dec. So we are obviously hoping that Steve will be one of them. Big disadvantage is- we don't have many options here..but would have many in SL. Steve has had a job offer at the Las Vegas Hospital. (don't know the exact name) So that is of course, a back up plan. It is not by any means the most appealing idea. It would only work if- Steve's has no other luck in St. George, if he works 3 days a week 12 hour shifts, the pay per hour is a lot more than here, and we buy a new fuel- efficient car. The commute is 1 1/2. So we will see about that.

There have been questions raised of- would we move back North? Well, if we did- we totally would move to Eagle Mountain :) BUT- i honestly doubt we will move back. 1- we HATE the cold. 2- I could NEVER EVER leave my Job. I try to explain this the best way possible..but there is NO Way I could ever walk away from my Dream Job. A big part of it, is b/c I worked for 5 yrs to not only get a degree and to be working in a field that is related..and a place I have always sought way will I walk away. (not to shabby income either) I feel like if I walked away and whatever place I would be working at- I would always think..I'm better than this. Plus it's different b/c where I work is a Fitness Resort (not a gym) aaannnnddd...I am continuing to work up the ladder for higher positions. So, I'm really hoping Steve finds something here!

So, once Steve finds a job (the goal is by Jan 1) we will both continue to work. The ideal situation is- Steve works graveyard shifts full I can work during the day. Would be hard...but do- able. As for now, the plan is moving out of my parents house in June and finding a house to rent nearby. Then in August Steve will return to specialize in MRI through Weber State via online. That will last 1 1/2. And then he can go on to have a job in that specific modality. With every area he specializes in, salary increases (dramatically :)) Big Perk!

NOW- there is the option of an idea that has come to our attention of- selling security for the summer :) If this occurs, Steve will find a job now..leave it in April (as well as me leave my job) and then return in August for Steve to begin school again. We shall see. The worry- is my job wouldn't accept a leave of absence like that. As some of you know- I had a pretty bad situation where- while being on maternity had my job position filled at another Resort I was working at (if you recall, I worked at 2- it's a VERY long story) So I am very very hesitant about leaving jobs like that..since that had just happened to me. But I do think it would be a blast. Even cooler that all money could go towards paying off our student loans from the past 2 years. And I'm pretty sure- I would want to be the one to sell. It's an idea we are playin' with.

So that is our update. In other news, Bradyn is now 3 months old and Peyton is 30 months. I just had a fantastic birthday! I loved it! And we have been getting ready for the Holidays. Christmas shopping is almost all done. My sister, Amber is engaged. Her and Russell and my parents are coming to us for Thanksgiving this year. Christmas this year will be in South Jordan :) We are so excited for Christmas. I want to spend every day with my friends and hanging at my parents. So excited to see the lights at Temple Square. Pretty sure- we will be decorating for Christmas early this year. Last year we had everything up before Thanksgiving (partly b/c we were leaving for SL) Might do it again this Year....:)

ps- we re-did our blog header, let me know what you think :)

And..fingers crossed- Steve finds a Job....HERE! ha ha

Monday, October 31, 2011

Blessing Day!

October 30, 2011

was Bradyn's Blessing Day. He was 11 1/2 weeks old. It was such a wonderful day. I decided to have Bradyn wear Peyton's blessing outfit- he barely fit into it. ha ha :) We blessed Bradyn in our parent's ward. Steve had in the circle- my dad, his dad, my Grandpa Devey, Chris (bro in law), Ben (bro in law), Russell (future bro in law), Bryce Nelson (close friend) and Nic Koelliker (close friend). Steve's family was in town but only his dad could make it...
After the blessing we had a brunch at my parents home.

I LOVE LOVE my friends. They mean so so much to me. I love this gang so so much! I take for granted how much these people mean to me and all they do for me. The are such a great support system. I know that any day in St. George when I feel lonely or stop and think of days like these and know that my friends are always there for me no matter what. I love them so so much!!!

Little Bradyn

Our family

We weren't able to get a family shot of my fam...hope to soon. Loves!!!

Friday, October 21, 2011

A loss :(

Steve's grandpa Emmett Smith passed away early this morning :( He was by far the sweetest generous grandpa I have ever met in my life. I will always hold dear the memories of driving to Central
(a little town tucked away from busy city life in the forest)
where we would stay whenever Steve and I traveled to St. George and needed a place to stay. They would be waiting at their doorstep for us to arrive. They were the kind of grandparents that would stay up late just talking and talking. Hours and hours of playing Scrabble. Just hearing of all the adventures of Grandpa Smith's life. In honor of him our first born son possesses his middle name ~Emmett. I loved how involved he was in his children and grand children's lives. Ever since deciding to move to St. George we have become very close to them. What's been the hardest for Steve and I is how the process of him fading has happened so quickly. I would have never expected it at all. He's been so healthy and in shape his whole life. We just have to hold on to the fact that Heavenly Father sees the bigger picture and to hold on to the eternal perspective of things. What a great missionary he is being right now.

Families Can Be Together Forever

We love him SO SO SO much. And am so happy to see him before he passed. I'm proud to say not only is he my husband's grandfather but that he is Mine as well.

Monday, October 10, 2011

2 months!!!

Our sweet Bradyn is 2 months old!!! He got his shots today :( He did quite well, actually. Only stressful part was 2 kids at the Pediatrician's office at once! Here are his stats:

WEIGHT: 11 LBS 6 OZ ~ 43%
HEIGHT: 23 1/2 INCHES~ 80%
HEAD: 15 INCHES ~ 15 %

He's doing great!!
*Smiles and coos
*While on tummy holds up head and looks from right to left
*While sitting on our lap can hold up head
*Discovering hands
*Gets up twice at night
*Loves Nursing (going very well)

We Love him!!! Its true what they say- you hardly take any where near as many pictures as you do with your first baby. We are Thrilled to be going up North soon for all family and friends to finally meet him!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Mama of Two

Does anyone have any advice on how to teach your 2 yr old to not attack their sibling that is a baby??
We are kind of going through a hard time with that.
Peyton has had some scary moments of wanting to attack Bradyn :(
hitting, squeezing...
Sibling rivalry? Jealousy issues? All the above?
It seems no matter if it is negative attention..he wants it. I think another example with that is- he chewed off the keyboard off my phone...(not like him) and has chewed buttons off the remote.
He just seems to be doing things we aren't use to him doing.
This is EVEN with Steve and my mom around..a lot...
Wish me luck when that is not the case

I don't think I can fully say I know what it's like yet to be on my own in a normal daily routine yet. My mom has been with me every day..and will still be in town till Sept 6th as well as Steve has been around alot. So I haven't felt like I've experienced what it's like to be "on my own" at home with the two of them..

Can I just say how much i LOVE nursing?!? So So much better than it was one week ago!!! Bradyn has made it so easy for me and is so flexible. I nurse during the day..and then pump at least once during the day to provide milk for the that we are able to feed him bottles at night. Not my idea- steve says..."Brooke, you do enough during the day...I get him at night..please pump so that I can feed him at night."
Um...HELLO!!! where the freak did I find Him!!? Love you Steve :)
on a side note- am a little worried not getting up at night to nurse or to pump how that will effect my milk supply. Nurses have told me as for right now, it shouldn't be a problem..I may need to adjust if needs be.

Exciting Moment- I gained 20 lbs with my pregnancy...and I've lost 26!!! in 2 weeks!!!
Freakin excited!!!! :) yay for breast feeding!! It makes me more excited to get back to work.


Saturday, August 20, 2011

3rd yr Anniversary

Yesterday was our Anniversary :)
It was Steve's turn this year. We do this thing whoever plans it for that year- is the only one that gives gifts.

This is what we Did:

Watched our Wedding Video
Lunch @ Kneaders
Bought "Something Borrowed" and watched it
Got all dressed up & had Dinner @ Redmountain Spa
(first time we have ate somewhere having a bill over $50)
Got a massage

As an anniversary gift Steve gave me-
A legit Professional MASSAGE TABLE!!
2 massage specialty towels
Massage oil/Cooling & Warming Lotions
"How To" Massage Book

Just another fun thing to add to the Wilson's Resort & Spa :)

It was a great Anniversary! The day was spaced out enough that I was able to nurse Bradyn when we were home.

Love you Steve!!!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Baby Bradyn

8 lbs 7 oz
22 inches long
12:28 pm August 10th

So we are home!!! Everything was so so awesome!!!
So i went in @ 7am the morning of August 10th to be induced. Once they got me all hooked up...the next words were- Um, you are in you not feel these contractions? I said- Nope. I ended up not being induced after all and countined dialating and thinning out on my own. At 12:00 i started pushing. And at 12:28pm had him!!! My mom was there in the room with us. She liked it alot. They lied him down on me...and washed him all off...didn't wisk him away :) He ended up weighing less than I thought he would. And they said- ok let's start with the nursing- and he latched right on and sucked and sucked away!!! 2 hrs later I got up and began walking around...excellent food service. He's been doing great!!! Such a completley and total different experience from last. Have had a few hiccups with nursing today...but I think it will be just fine. I have to nurse with a nipple shield on due to such large boobs ha ha!! He can't quite fully get everything he needs to in his mouth due to my size. Peyton loves him. We are doing well! :)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


it's finally here!!! My Doctor informed me he is going out of town and since I'm 39 weeks....he asks- wanna go ahead?? I'm Like- Yes!!! :) Tomorrow Wednesday, August 10th is the Day!!!
Yay!!! I'm so so so ready!!!!

Monday, August 1, 2011

38 week pic

We'll see you soon Bradyn!!!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Preggo update- 37 1/2 wks

I found out Tuesday that I have Toxemia. Although I find it a little strange because I'm not experiencing many of the symptoms. I don't have headaches, swelling or blurred vision. Never had it with my 1st child. But i do have high blood pressure and protein in my urine. He didn't exactly tell me to go on Bed rest...just to "stay off my feet" as much as possible. I am still teaching classes (i know, i know- im a freak) I feel fine when I am at work, but once I'm done i'm in so much pain from walking I just want to bawl. I am still having MAJOR pelvic problems :( Probably because right now I weigh more than I ever have my entire life as well as the baby's weight. All i want to do is eat ICE!! I LOVE it!! I still have heartburn I end up taking a combo of Pepcid AC as well as Tums.
The doctor told me that I will be getting induced. My next appointment is on Tuesday and he told me that if my levels are still high that he will induce me that very day. If the levels are OK then to wait till I'm 39 weeks (Aug 9th) I kinda like the idea of being induced. It's so PLANNED :) So ME!! I like the idea of having my bag all packed, house nice and clean, freshly showered and ready to go with a scheduled appointment :)

If it were up to me- my vote is to have the baby Aug 9th. I want Bradyn to stay in there as long as possible, but obviously if it's detrimental to his health then of course take me whenever. Just watch- I'll actually just end up going into labor on my own before I even have the chance of being induced. Who knows what will happen. I will have more clarity on Tuesday and will give you an update. I'm excited for my parents to come and to be here with us through it all. They will be such a big help for Peyton.
I'm not nervous at all.
Just a list of Hopes :
1- my labor and deliver will go far much better than last time, no Nicu experience, be able to leave the hospital with our baby, and to have a smooth recovery.
2- Peyton's needs and wants continue to be met as well as for him to have a smooth transition to a new brother
3- That the new experience of breast feeding is completley non stress and a success


Saturday, July 23, 2011


My Little 24th of July Baby!!! Love my Steve with all my heart!!! We are truly meant to be!!! Happy 27th Birthday Steve!!!

Love, Brooke

Saturday, July 9, 2011

breastfeeding qts...

Hey! So I never breastfed Peyton and really want to this time with Bradyn. So what's the deal with -if you want to breastfeed then no binkis??
Is that true? I've heard at the hospital to tell the nurses no binkis...right? But then what about once you are home? No binkis at night? What's been your experience?

Thursday, July 7, 2011

34 weeks

34 weeks and 1 day

I feel so so so BIG!!! Went to my Doctor's appointment. Things look good. He is breeched still...
I am measuring at 36 1/2 weeks...he thinks i may go early (let's hope so) But he's not changing my due date- remains as Aug 17th
My doc calls him "a tank" ha ha....He feels he knows without a doubt this baby will be over 10 lbs.
I have gained a total of 14 lbs.
Heartburn is SEVERE!! No more tums...i'm moving on to the good stuff- Pepcid AC.
My entire groin, thighs, and hips are constantly hurts really bad to walk. He says it's b/c the baby is so big my ligaments aren't strong enough to support. I even wear a maternity belt!! The thing that's hard with a maternity belt is with how hot it is down here...with it on, i sweat so so much :(
I have to choose- do i want to be soaked all day in a furnace or not hurt when i walk??
The siatica i think is gone...
So I have 2 jobs- Biggest Loser Resort and Redmountain Spa. I've decided to stop working at Biggest Loser Resort on my due date. And Redmountain the last Saturday in July be my last day.
Am i pushing it too much?? probably a lil crazy!!
We have asked my sister in law, Trisha to be there for us to watch Pey in case I go in labor in the middle of the night...pretty much she will be at mercy to our beckon call lol.
We have absolutely everything done and completed..and now just waiting :)

Today is Steve's last day for the summer. He is off for 6 1/2 weeks..He starts his LAST SEMESTER on Aug 22nd!!! (so so so ready to be DONE DONE DONE!!!)
so that will be good to have him around all the time to help out and stuff. We are thinking of going up North next week...mainly b/c we have nothing better to do :) Doc says it's fine to travel at 35 weeks (which i will be next week) but not 36. Pushing it??

Besides baby stuff- we are in the water once a day...anything from the splash pad to the pool. Steve's Birthday is on the 24th of July. He will be 27!!! OLD!!! and will be running in the same race he ran last year. So that will be fun. Speaking of old...i'm turning 27 this year too!!! Which ps- excited for my Birthday to land on 11/11/11 this year!!!! PARTY!!!
Steve's mom is coming into town for a couple of weeks so that will be fun too.
We are finally getting past a huge car repair- in total cost us $750. I HATE spending money like that on gay cars!! ugh!!
Speaking of cars, we are actually thinking of trading in our Jeep as well as my Neon and getting a brand new really nice car....don't know what yet??? I would rather have one nice car then 2 crappy cars....
And we figured once Steve starts working at the end of his program (November) he will be working full time- graveyard shift...allowing me the opportunity to work during the day. So it's not like i need the car in the middle of the's just that he would be car less when i would go in for work. So it should work with just 1 car?? hope..

All is Well!!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

He's Been There Before

"The alarm rings at 6:30; i stumble to my feet. I grab on my companion's bedding and pull on his sheet. A groan fills the room, is it already time to arise? It seems just a second ago I was able to close my eyes. The morning activities follow study, prayer and such. When it's time to leave the apartment you feel you haven't accomplished much. "We have a super day planned" my comp says with a grin. I utter a lowly faithless breath. "Ya, if anyone lets us in."

With the word of God and my faithful Schwinn, we ride off in the street. Prepared to face another day of humidity and heat. It's 9:30 in the evening. The day is almost through; my companion and I are riding home not accomplishing what we thought to do. We ride up to the mail box hoping to recieve a lot only to look inside and hear my echo reverberate "Air box" We go up to our apartment the day is now complete. The only thing to show for our work is a case of blistery feet.

It's past 10:30pm, my companion is fast asleep. Silence engulfs me all about and I begin to weep. In the midst of sadness I kneel down to pray; I need to talk to Father but I'm not sure what to say.

"O Father" I begin "what happened to us today? I thought we'd teach somebody, but everyone was away. My hands, my aching hands...worn, hurt, and beat; if our area were any smaller we'd have knocked every street."

"Why on missions are the days so much alike? The only difference about today was the flat tire on my bike. Will you send some cooler weather? The heat is killing me. I sweat so bad it gets in my eyes, it's very hard to see."

"Why do i have to wear a helmet? Isn't your protection enough...people always laugh at me and call me stupid stuff. Please send us some investigators so I can give them what they lack. I want to give them books of mormon, the weight of them hurts my back."

"And what about my family? They don't have much to say. I'm sick of not hearing from them day after day. O Father why am I here? Am I just wasting my time? Sometimes I just want to go home. I'm sorry, but that's just on my mind."
"My companion, heavenly father...what are you giving me? The way he rides his bike..i don't think he can see."
"Now you have it, I can't go on...I don't know what to do. That, my Heavenly Father, is the prayer I have for you."

My prayer is now finished. I stand up, and jumped right into bed. Sleep starts to over take me. I seem to drift away. Then it seems a vision takes me to another time and another day. I'm standing alone on a hill, the view is very nice. A man walks towards me and says, "My name is Jesus Christ."
Tears of joy well up inside, i fall down to his feet. "Arise," he states "Follow me to the shade. You and I need to speak."
My attention to my Savior total and complete. He says, "your mission is similiar to what happened to me. I understand how you feel, I know what you are going through. In fact, it would be fair to say i felt the same as you. I even know how you felt when no one was listening to you at times I felt not quite sure what else what I could do. I know you don't like to ride a bike for you, a car would be sweet. Just remember the donkey I rode wasn't equipped with 21 speeds."
"I understand you don't like sweating, in fact it's something you hate. I remember when I sweat blood from every pore. Oh, how the agony was great! I see you don't like your companion. You'd rather have someone else. I once had a companion named Judas who sold my life for wealth."
"It's hard to wear a helmet and have people make fun of you. I remember when they put thorns on my head and called me the King of the Jews. So you feel burdened down by the weight of your pack. I recall how heavy the cross was when they slammed it on my back."
"Your hands hurt from tracting and knocking on doors all day. I guess when they pounded nails into mine..they ached a simiiar way. It's hard to not hear from home when your family is not there to see. I lost communication on the cross and cried." Father, why hast thou forsaken me?"
"We have alot in common, but there is a difference between us, you see. I endured to the end and fulfilled my mission. So follow, and do like me."

He embraced me with his arms, his Light filled me with his Love. With tears in my eyes, I watched as he went back to the Father above. I stood with awe and wonder when a beep rang in my head. I listened then heard my alarm, then realized I was in bed. My companion let out a groan, "6:30 already, no way?" I sat up and said, "Come on, I'll even carry your scriptures today."

No matter what we go through, when we feel we can't take more. Just stop and think of Jesus Christ. He's Been There All Before.

i was watching the Best Two Years today and became very nostalgic. I sent this to my brother, parker :)

Sunday, June 26, 2011

it's that time again.....

"My Homeland, Territory, and Element...."- me

My 13th trip to Lake Powell!!
What greater way to spend it than with Aubs :) This is Aubs 3rd time with my family. Her and Jamie are in the running for most times gone with my fam :)

Peyton was a complete angel the entire time. He just loved every minute of it! A natural boater! He'll be skiing by the age of 5!

yes, i'm HUGE! so..i don't know if i would recommend going so far along. I still went on the tubes but due to my size felt a little uncomfortable...the only things that were a little challenging was the heat- especially when there was no air circulation in the house boat...and this trip, there was not a whole lot of food to munch on...and prego in 3rd snacks = no bueno. :( This heart burn is killing me...i'll consistently have it throughout the day especially when I'm not snacking on something at least every few hrs. I've gained 9 that's better than just a few!!

To think of a new little boy sitting next to them :)

We had so much fun!! I love how much Steve loves my Family. I love how much he interactes with everyone and that he is truly interested in their lives. He and my Dad get along so well with each other....i love how he truly feels like they are his family. I love how much my famly loves him and describes his as a natural member of the fam. From Day 1 he has always felt like he can call my parents- mom and dad. Well, on the trip I heard him call my mom- "hey, mommy" ha ha!! it was funny. I love doing such fun summer activities with family :) So many more Lake Powell memories to come in the next years!!!

Monday, June 13, 2011

To Bradyn

(may be cheesy, but i love it)

Dear Bradyn,

We just can't wait for you to come into our lives!! You have an amazing dad who will do all sorts of fun things with you :) Besides having an incredible Dad- your older brother Peyton already just loves you so so much. Not an hour goes by in the day that Peyton comes up to my belly and says- "baby" and gives you a kiss on my tummy and then lies down on my tummy pressing his check to try to feel you :) Your mommy and daddy are so blessed to both work in areas of love and passion in which we have worked so hard to accomplish in our earlier years. We live in such a warm place and have so many fun things to do outside. We will have you swimming in no time! We are so excited to take you on walks and to the park. You have so many little buddies just waiting to be with you (most of them live far away, but we see them often) We are so anxious to see how much you look like Peyton or if you will look very different from him. And I am so happy to plump you up! You have, in my opinion- an adorable room that is waiting for your arrival! The animals in your room are so happy to play with you soon. Get ready to learn how to pose and smile at the sight of a camera. We have trained your older brother, Peyton quite well. Your Daddy and I will help you achieve every dream you can imagine. Your Daddy and I both had the opportunity of serving missions and are so excited to watch you follow in our footsteps. We are so excited to see you smile, hear you laugh, and watch you as you grow in all stages of life. We can't wait to kiss every inch of you. We love you and just can't wait for you to come into our lives in just 9 short weeks...

Love, Your mommy Brooke, Your Daddy Steve and your brother
(best friend for life) Peyton

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Weekend Fun!

Last weekend Joyce, Nic, and Jack came to play! We went to see The Little Mermaid at the Tuachan. It was so fun!! We spent the weekend at the Splash pad, swimming pool, and Dixie Rock. We missed Jamie, Bryce, Stockton and Aubree!!
Amanda and her kids then came to stay a night as well :) We love when visitors come! So many fun things to do here in St. George. Happy to live in such a hoppin place!

As far as a baby update- I'm 30 weeks along! 10 more to go! From here on out I'm being seen every 2 weeks. My first physical therapy appt for my sciatica is on Friday. Hopefully that will diminish soon....

Sunday, May 29, 2011


Peyton's Heart Surgery Day seems such a long time ago. That day was a complete blur. I do remember feelings of worry and stress. I came upon this excerpt in an Ensign so touching.
The article is called- The Atonement Covers All Pain
by Elder Richards.
Of all general conference talks- this one stood out to me most.

Thirteen year old Sherrie under went a 14 hour operation for a tumor on her spinal cord. As she regained consciousness in the intensive care unit, she said- "Daddy, Aunt Cheryl is here....and....Grandpa Norman...and Grandma Brown...are here. And Daddy, who is that sanding beside you?...He looks like you, only taller....He says he's your brother, Jimmy." Her uncle Jimmy had died at age 13 of cystic fibrosis. For nearly an hour, Sherrie described her visitors, all deceased family members. Exhausted, she then fell asleep. Later she told her father, "Daddy all of the children here in the intensive care unit have angles helping them."

This brought tears to my eyes. Peyton had his own guardian angel in his room with him that day. At the time of his surgery my parents described that the spirit was very strong in the room....and that he was being looked after.

"Fear not, Little children, for you are mine.....wherefore, I am in your midst, and I am the good shepherd."

He goes on to say- "I have noticed that children are often more naturally accepting of pain and suffering. They quietly endure with humility and meekness." I find that so True! Peyton was home in four days on only Tylenol.

What a day that was. So happy it is in the past. It has helped Steve and I to appreciate Life and the blessings we have.

I am so grateful for those who visited and supported us during that time...who helped relive my mind from stress and worry.

We love You! :)

Monday, May 23, 2011

2 Year Appt

Our Little Boy is Growing, Growing, Growing!!!

Weight- 24 lbs 6 ounces - 12th percentile (BIG YAY FOR US :))
Height- 36 inches- 74th percentile (taller than 7/10 kids his age)

We are so excited to hear how he's doing so well!
I learned from my Pediatrician that boys potty train between 2- 2 1/2! I had no clue it was that early! Any good tips, please!!

No more whole milk..we are moving on to Pediasure. Hope he likes it.

His 1st Dentist appointment is on Wednesday!

To enhance him learning more words- our doc gave a good suggestion on just rotating through 4 books instead of a big variety. Also there is a very good speech center here in town that if we are concerned we can take him to.

He had just one shot :)


Steve and i were talking- as much fun as he is...we are SO SO SO EXCITED to have a New Baby soon!!! We are so ready and just thrilled! I want a tiny little baby I can cuddle up with again. It will be fun! and stressful lol

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

My Little Boy is 2!

Peyton Turned 2 on May 13th! We drove up to my parents house to be closer to friends and family during this celebration :)

We went to the Zoo

Jack and Peyton ate some Birthday cake together

I did everything Sports themed for his party. The party was suppose to be a park party, but it was pouring by the time the party began. So we did cupcakes and gifts inside and then headed on out to the park to play.