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35 They were desirous to be baptized as a witness and a testimony that they were willing to serve God with all their hearts; Mosiah 21:35

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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

Skousen Family!
Somehow we all managed to get together for a great family photo!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Christmas wrap up

I had a great Christmas this year! Stephen and I went to his work party where I met his trainers. He is surrounded by some good air traffic controllers and that should make us all feel safe when we fly. We got one good shot from the Christmas party, so enjoy.

We headed down to Phoenix on Christmas Eve so that we could spend some quality time with the Barnes. I am so glad we got to see all of Stephen's siblings. Michelle drove down from Vegas to surprise her son while Sonya and Jeremiah let us know they are moving to Michigan. We spent the morning at the movies and then opened gifts with family that evening. We took a great Barnes family photo and I think we got everyone in the shot.
Stephen and I drove to Maricopa to play some games with Craig and Blair. Somehow, Stephen has managed to win the games lately. Sharla, Wade, Kendra, and Mike were all able to come and stay with Craig in Maricopa so we played more games, and of course, I lost.
*Note the blue for Boy!
Blair threw me a great baby shower on Saturday and I am so blessed to have such good friends and family who support me. There is no way I could raise a child with out their support. Thank you to EVERYONE who came!
I am so grateful for my family and my friends. My parents were able to drive down just for Saturday, so I did get to spend a few hours with them. My Mom had surgery on Monday, so she was restricted to her travel times. I truly thank each person who has helped us out so far with our unborn little boy. We won't see anyone until after he is born... so hopefully you got a good look at the "belly" because it will be GONE when I see you again!

Enjoy the new year!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas, Kidney Stone!

Stephen and I spent another wonderful weekend in the hospital. No, the whole weekend didn't start out that way, it just seemed to end that way. Saturday was Stephen's work party so we went out to eat at a VERY expensive restaurant and shared a steak. Sunday I sang in church. Then the world crumbled fast. I came home with a lot of pain in my back, so I got a back massage from Stephen and put a heating pad on it. I thought I was feeling better so I got up to make deep fried apple pie. Nope, I was not feeling better. After a few hours of throwing up and not being able to keep anything down, Stephen took me to the hospital. They gave me a nice shot of Demerol, something to stop the nausea, and of course, all this excitement was putting the little baby in some distress so they had to give me a shot of something else to stop the contractions.
After a long night of intense pain, the hospital staff sent me home with some percocet (sp?) and said to come back if I felt more contractions. I have no idea what a contraction feels like, but if what I felt the last two days was any where near what a contraction feels like, then COUNT ME OUT!

Hopefully we will be seeing most of you for Christmas. We are supposed to be driving to the valley tomorrow. Merry Christmas and sorry little baby for giving you pain meds and causing you to go into distress.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Date night and snow in ABQ!

Unannounced to me, it snows in Albuquerque. I am sure that does not seem foreign to some, mostly because it snows in Arizona. However, I had no idea that I needed a warm winter coat and snow tires for the tiny town of Albuquerque. The roads and drivers remind me of my four good years spent in Rexburg, Idaho! The snow melts a day or two later so it isn't too bad, just a little unexpected.

Stephen and I went on a little date night a few Friday's ago. We had pie and hot chocolate. "Everyone" says that you should go on plenty of dates before the baby is born, so I am taking advantage of that. My favorite dates in college were the hot chocolate dates with my friends. So I am keeping the tradition alive. Every Friday night, Stephen and I are planning to do something small and special.

Two more months and we will have a little baby boy to take care of. I have not been able to really grasp that statement, but it feels better to write it down. 30 weeks and the countdown continues. We are not prepared at all for a baby, but maybe, just maybe I will have this thing women call a "maternal instinct" and I will start shopping for baby items that are necessary. So if you are wondering, NO, I don't have the nursery ready and it may be 9 weeks until I really start to prepare! :)

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 11, 2008


I have other things to blog about... such as date night and snow in New Mexico... so I will make this short.
HOA's ARE EVIL!!! They give you stupid violations and up the price with out telling a soul!

I state this one more time for my own benefit: HOA's ARE EVIL!

OK... I will update later about the positive.


Friday, December 5, 2008

Ultra Sound!!

Had another Ultra sound and noticed this little guy might have my nose. What do you think?

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Thanksgiving '08

Stephen and I had a great trip to the small town of Kingman, Arizona over Thanksgiving. We woke up at 4 am to make the 6 hour trip. Along the way we came across an Arizona winter storm. It snowed for about two hours of our trip and I was surprised to see how much snow had actually fallen and STUCK! We took a few pictures of the snow as we drove 35 miles an hour through the icy patches.

We arrived in Kingman just in time to join the family playing rock band. I learned how to play the drums and watched Kendra and Micheal beat all of the family at playing the drums. We turned on Mario Kart and Stephen began his weekend long domination. I had to force him to play other characters in order to beat him. Friday all the guys went golfing for 5 hours while the girls went out for a nice movie (Twilight, my second time) and shopping. I love hanging out with my sisters and sisters-in-law. We had a lot of fun talking and shopping. I got to hold my new little nephew while the girls were in the movie and I learned that babies need a lot of attention. Am I ready?

Saturday and Sunday we did a lot of laying around and, of course, headed to church. I am so grateful I got to spend 4 days with all of my family. Everyone is happily married and have lives of their own. It is awesome to get to see each of them and get the entire Skousen family together.

I can't wait for Christmas!!

5 Things I am thankful for:
1) An awesome husband who rubs my back each night
2) A forever family! We all get along so well and I am happy to spend eternity with them!
3) A healthy baby boy who is less than 3 months away from joining my family
4) A beautiful home in Albuquerque (yes, my apartment)
5) A great job that has helped pay the bills for the last 4 months
Happy Holidays