Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Christmas was perfect

We got to sleep in till about 8:15am. Zoey only talked about Christmas and presents once Brit mentioned it. So we went down stairs and Zoey looked at her stocking and said,"Mom Santa came!" As she opened one present out of her stocking she said, "It's princess stickers, but I didn't ask for that." With a sad and disappointed look on her face she said, "It's not Princess and the Popper". I told her to keep looking. She acknowledged the fact that Santa did not bring her dirt so she must have been a good girl. At that same moment she looked next to her stocking to find her Princess and the Popper Barbie doll. She was so excited she said, " Mom look he didn't forget me!" After that everything was good! We opened all the presents some with my parents and some without. We had pancakes for breakfast and watched Zoey's new movie "The 3 musketeers"...(Barbie version). She got the Barbie as well so it was cute to see her mimic the movie with her Barbie.

I was delighted to recieve and orange and white Coach purse! Brit got lots of movies and will buy the new lego ship that comes out on January 1st!

Pictures to come shortly!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve

It wouldn't be Christmas eve unless I worked at the Gap...11-4 is my shift. Then we will go to In n Out, look at a few Christmas lights, read Luke 2, watch Nightmare before Christmas, and make cookies for Santa. Best of all Santa is all set and will thoroughly enjoy a cookie sandwich with peppermint ice cream! Yum!

We did everything and Zoey was so cute! We read Luke 2, 2 kid books about the birth of Jesus, and then Twas the Night before Christmas. After that the Christmas Elf that has been watching Zoey all month(Elf on a shelf) left PJs for her on the porch. She was so excited! Her prayer tonight was extra special! "Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for baby Jesus, grateful for the baby in mommy's belly and grateful for Santa Claus in the name of Jesus christ, amen."

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Marriage Proposal

Zoey had had her first marriage proposal today at church. I'm not sure on all the details but here is what I heard.
Braden- Zoey when we are mommies and daddies we are going to get married.
Zoey- Yeah and were are going to get married in the temple!
Charity- And we are going to be best friends.
Zoey- And have pretty dresses!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Everyone has an opinion...why can't I?

Just because I don't want to tell everyone the details of my life they feel that they can ask if I'm in a bad mood or if I missed my nap. Why would anyone say such a thing. I'm sure they consider it to be a joke but come on! How rude! Sometimes people drive me nuts. May God help us all to have compassion, empathy and respect for others rather than sarcasm!

Be nice to the random stranger in the grocery store and don't get offended when they don't want to tell you every detail because you ARE a stranger.

Don't be afraid to ask me questions but I'm just saying we all need to be respectful to other people's wishes. And If your reading this blog I sure I am confortable enough to tell you how I really feel. I'm just venting about a stranger who expected me to be their best friend just because I gave them a friendly smile.

21 weeks and counting

This gift is my belly is 21 weeks old and growing. I had an ultrasound to ensure that everything is okay. 90% is okay, baby is healthy and developing fine there is not a life threating issue. However, they are determining me to have Placenta praevia which means I might be forced to have a c-section. This I'm NOT okay with so pray that the placenta moves so that I can enjoy what I can of this pregnancy.

A perk to this is I am excused of strenuous(AKA ALL) housework or heavy lifting...

If you wish to find out more don't ask me read here...

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A little bit of Love and logic

Last night was a great night for love and logic. We had family night and Zoey got to pick just about everything. We went miniature golfing, I did not force her to golf she mainly rolled the ball in the hole and had tons of fun. She got to pick the course. And tell me how many hits it took her to get the ball in the hole. Zoey won of course! However, I beat Brit by 3 strokes. We had an Oh so sad moment when it was time to leave but it was entirely her problem and not ours. She stopped crying, kicking and screaming after about 3 mins.

After mini golf we went to MC Donald's and Zoey got to pick where we sat and what she ate.

Then we went to see the Temple lights. Zoey got to pick which direct we walked, which hand of mine she wanted to hold, which things to look at and how long. She started to run off to the small pond area that is behind the reflecting pool. If you have been to the Mesa Temple, there is a little ledge that you can sit on but it has water at the same level then water up higher. I wanted to protect her by stopping her or warning her but held my tongue... Zoey did not see the step that had water she just thought it was a step so my little Zoey fell in the water. Her whole right arm, side and face was drenched. She turned and looked at me and started crying. I was so excited I was ALMOST laughing. She did a mistake that was by the book, I was so excited to help her learn. We talked about it for a little and what she learned. She even got to decide if we were to stay for the music with a wet arm or go to the car and get warm. My little Zoey is so SMART she choose to go to the car, get warm, take off her shirt and put on daddy's jacket! She said that the water is cold and she wants to hold my hand the whole time. Brit and I giggled at her fun remarks. We also stopped to get some hot chocolate. Zoey learned a lot tonight and I'm totally excited!

With examining her face at home we noticed she scratched her face pretty good. I just hope she does not get a black eye.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Family Home Evening

Getting updated

I have been doing Homework the last 4 months without wireless Internet. It has been annoying but manageable. Thursday Brit got the wireless Internet to work! I am so thrilled with my mobility! However, on Saturday while doing my final my wire shorted to my laptop and it died! So we went to the store to get a new cord. I expected it to be $40 or $50 bucks but it was $115! I figured for that price I might as well buy a new computer. Sooooo we did and it works great and is super nice. Only problem is I still needed access to my OLD laptop to get all of my work off of it. So I turned around and bought the cord too. Needless to say we now have 2 laptops that work great yet I am still using the old one. Fancy that huh? Brit is happy he doesn't have to worry about fixing the desktop that just decided to stop working a few months ago. With Brits access to the new computer he downloaded all my pictures that I have failed to upload. (Sorry, homework is more important then least for now.) Now that all the pictures are uploaded I will be able to post some for your enjoyment.

*Did I mention I hate computers and if I was not an online student I would do without!

One more down 5 to go...

I finished my research class today. I managed to go on a cruise and still keep a descent grade
That class was so horrible!

Ice Skating

We went Ice skating for the heck of it. Zoey and I bundled up and Brit said he was sweating just looking at us.

Zoey did very well while skating it took us about 10 minutes to get around the Ice the first time and 2 hours later it only took her 2 mins to get around. She got good at keeping her legs together while I pulled her along.

She tried running a few times which didn't help, but she had a smile that went from ear to ear! She even did well on her own but wouldn't let me get too far away. It was a fun night that I hope to repeat very soon.

*Brit and I managed to stay on our feet the whole time

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Day 8 Picking up Zoey

We disembarked the ship and Doug took us to our car. We then went to pick up Zoey who was very excited to see her parents. The pictures are priceless!

We went back to Dave and Kelli's where Zoey and I enjoyed a nap. After the nap and dinner Zoey and I went to Disneyland to see It's a small world and Jack(the haunted mansion). They were both well worth the wait.

Day 7 at sea

Brit woke up and headed for the pool. I was tired and the water was really choppy so I enjoyed one more hour of sleep. I then ate a bit of breakfast and met Brit at a culinary and kitchen tour. It was in the big theater(which made me queasy the last 3 times I was there) I ended up leaving after a few minutes into the presentation to alleviate my breakfast and take a nap. I took Dramamine so I think it was a combination of sea sickness and being Prego. After a 3 hour nap Brit came back and we went up on deck to enjoy the sun on the back of the boat. Today has been really windy so the pools at the back are the ones with the least amount of wind with an awesome view! The boat has 4 tiers at the back with a pool on each level. Brit swam a bit while I read on a lounge chair. Again, we were stopped several times by guests that wanted to chat and laugh about last night’s game show. We then played trivia and got ready for dinner. Dinner was good, I had a New York strip steak and to be brave tonight I tried muscles. Muscles were very good with a little bit of butter. For dessert I had mud pie and Brit had Baked Alaska, I thought it was good but I’m not a fan of meringue so I’m glad he ordered it. I am proud that I tried so many different things and I am amazed at the different textures and tastes. It was a once in a life time kind of thing and I am proud to say that I did it(the food, not the cruise).

Day 6 Cabo

We only had a ½ day at cabo so we woke up super early to get to the beach. We watched the sunrise and by the time we were getting off the dock the sun was warm and toasty. We walked our way over to Tabasco beach and laid on the beach. We enjoyed the clear and warm water.

We read a bit while baking in the sun while ignoring beach vendors. Within the first 5 minutes of being on the beach we decided that our vacation next year would be 7 days in Cabo! Anyone care to join us?

After that we went to CaboWabo and enjoyed GREAT tacos and some not so great guacamole. I also indulged in a bean and cheese burrito which was AMAZING! I need to figure out how they cook their beans and what kind of cheese they use! We headed back to the boat and I enjoyed a nice lobster dinner with King Prawns both were very tasty! However, I tried white fish caviar and salmon egg row both known as fish eggs. They were very salty I only needed one bite to know that I did not like it.

The highlight of the night was that we were on the boats “marriage game show” We were the newlyweds. The questions were funny and our answers were even funnier. However, the old couple that was married for 53 years won. It was fun to say the least! I would enlighten you in on the questions and answers but this blog is for Zoey so I don’t want to make her puke when she reads it. After that we were like celebrities people were always commenting on how funny we were and our answers to some of the questions. It was fun to say the least.

Day 5 Mazatlan

We slept in a bit more than yesterday. We strolled off the ship around 9 and made our way through the sea time share salesmen. We grabbed a taxi and made our way to the Golden Zone. The golden Zone was for tourist, resorts and shopping. We found a taco shop that had some not so great machacia tacos but GREAT salsa and chips.

The ship and a resort had a deal where we could use the resort’s beach and pool for free. It was there that I got my hair braided for 20 bucks. The woman was amazing! She did one braid in 20 seconds. It took her 20 mins to do my whole head. She started braiding hair when she was 10 years old and it took her 5 years to become fast at it. It was absolutely amazing.

After a day in the sun and lounging on the beach we hired a cab to find us some good authentic tacos. He did a good job, it was cheep but yummy!

Brit ordered a coke and the lady said yes. A few mins later her son ran across the street to a liquor store to grab the coke, ran back and handed it to Brit. We laughed but thought they were inventive. The tacos were just as good as the PV tacos. The taxi ride back to the ship was fun it was these little go carts that were open with no doors or windows. He drove fast and gave us a little tour and some history of the town. I had lamb for dinner… note to self I like lamb. After dinner we went to the comedian who had clean and funny jokes. Many of the jokes had to do with the showers on the boat. I had a good chuckle!

Day 4 Puerto Vallarta

We arose early and got a taxi and headed downtown for an adventure to find some awesome tacos. We walked up and down the streets and shopped for nothing. We looked at the beach and were not impressed. We were told that there are 11 rivers that run down the mountains through the streets and into the not so beautiful beaches. We found some tacos in a so called farmers market. Yummy but different!

We walked along the beach towards some resorts and were bombarded by the portable beach vendors on foot…Ha-ha that was fun! No gracias, no gracias, no gracias, no gracias….you get the picture. We made our way down the beach and snuck into the Sheratons pool area. This pool was awesome it was big and had a few islands in the middle that was made of planters and shrubs. We saw a few friendly and bold iguanas that made their way through the lounge chairs, swam in the pool to make it to the island.

As I was lying out one walked under my chair to make his way to the pool. They were so awesome! It made me miss my childhood pet iguana, Petunia. After that we made our way to the busy streets to find some hole in the wall taco joints! We found what we were looking for they were so tasty and authentic. After the tacos we were debating about how to get back to the boat. Walk, Taxi, or public bus. We talked with the locals to figure out how much and which bus to ride on…there were hundreds! We hopped aboard and paid 5 and ½ pesos… I think that’s 40 cents. There was not really any sitting room so we stood in the back. It was dirty but worth the adventure. The bus had about 30 seats and about 25 people on it and by the time we made it to our stop which was 5 minutes away there were about 50 people crammed into that old, almost broken down bus! The best part is they would gas it really hard and break at the last minute. I thought were going to crash a few times. Another interesting fact about PV is they spare only inches while driving. PV is a place I never want to drive. If I had the crazy idea of looking out the window or even sticking out my hand out it would have been hit by another bus or car speeding by. They have no concept of using a blinker and a horn is blown every second! It was awesome and we arrived safely at the dock. We did a bit of shopping and haggling which worked in everyones favor. Brit was giving the vendors a hard time so one smart one said…"Hey Gordo! I have shirts in your size!” They got very creative with says like...
You buy and I give you free bag
My turn, my turn look at my shop
Name your price…Oh no that’s too low
Oh you don’t want theirs it fake but mine is the real thing
Buy a necklace for your senorita she deserves it
I was impressed with their funny lines
Once back on the boat we had dinner and I was brave by having escargot (snails), French onion soup and for the main course…frog legs! The escargot was not bad I ate 3 out of 6 but then got freaked out that I was eating snails. The French onion soup was to die for. Brit said it was just as good as Claim Jumper (the best in his opinion). I had one bite of the frog legs and wanted to puke! They were very tough and very fishy. I was happy I tried them but they were not worth another bite. I had a creaser salad to make up for it.

Day 3 at sea

I woke up early this morning had a light snack and then enjoyed a 75 min massage and facial. I even got to enjoy it on my belly before the baby bump got too big! We sat at the adult pool and enjoyed seeing a few islands and a bit of Baja. We called Zoey and she like talking but she enjoyed giggling more with Boston and Jackson. It was something funny about diapers…I guess they think diapers are funny now that they don’t wear them! We then had lunch in the dinning room with an old couple that were dating…and a funny and “lovely” couple from England. I LOVED the way she talked. She was so candid and funny. She wanted to know what we thought about Obama and the health care plan. The old couple were strong democrats so we let them have their 2 cents and when they left we gave the English couple our thoughts. She said it was very different from what the news portrayed to them back at home. After lunch I went to the pool and Brit got a shave. He enjoyed having someone else shave him. Fat chance of that ever happening again…just kidding. We played shuffle board and wandered for a while. The highlight of the night was a blackjack tournament that Brit played in. Everyone paid 20 bucks and was given $1000 in chips. Players played 7 hands and whoever maximized the $1000 the best continued on. The best six went to the final round with one wild card. He was at the first table out of 5. After the fist qualifier he was 3rd but ended up tied for 6th with a total of $2,900. So they had a tie breaker. Brit won the tie breaker round and went on to the finals. He ending up in 3rd place over all but did not win the jackpot of $500.

Day 2 at sea

We went to bed early so I woke up and decided to go for a mile run. It was wonderful I felt like I was running up and down hills from the rocking for the boat! We had a late breakfast and were not feeling too well. We went up on deck to get some sun and enjoy the pool. There were a few kids up on deck that reminded us of Zoey but we were glad to be able to sit still and enjoy the sun. We realized that we were not eating frequent enough which allowed us to feel queasy. So our sickness problem was solved but eating more! This is not hard to do on an all you can eat cruise ship. We went to the casino and gambled away some of our money. $40 only got us 30 mins of fun …I picked up some cute diamond earrings aka Cubic zirconium to help my casual skirt and flip flops look formal. Brit went to the buffet and skipped the formal evening he refused to wear kakis and a short sleeved shirt with a bow tie. I told the table that he was not feeling well…bad idea. Old people never forget when someone is not feeling well. He had to answer the “How are you feeling” question every night after that! Whoops.

Day 1 Set sail for Mexican Riviera

We boarded the Sapphire Princess at 3pm and then went on a scavenger hunt to find all the lounges that would be useful. It was something to do and it was fun to wander around. We went to the top deck for the “castaway” party but were distracted by a container ship that was loading and unloading. We then had a survival meeting that required us to take our life jackets and practice putting them on. I giggled at the sight of 1000 people in orange life vests just sitting in a theater. After that we headed to the pool and then went off to dinner. While at dinner and in the theater I developed a headache and started to feel nausea I told myself that I just needed food and rest so I hoped for a better tomorrow.