Tuesday, December 21, 2010

my weekend job + a happy food item in bethel

notice the pregnancy chub growing on my face... ugh.
i have been a blogging bum lately.
i have a good excuse.
everyone meet collen.
my new weekend job.
his mom works with cory at the police department and needed a sitter.
i watch him friday-saturday-sunday-and monday nights.
poor little guy is teething right now, so he is not much of a sleeper.
but it doesn't matter, he is sure good practice for april.
even though everyone says its totally different with its your own kid.
anyways. that's why i have been a blogging bum.

but on another topic....
i know some of you are rolling your eyes, or thing i am gross for being so excited.
my co-worker went to anchorage and came back with this beauty...
there is a mcdonalds in the airport right next to the terminal you always take to come to bethel.
so most people snag a couple before they come home to sell.
these 89 cent burgers can easily go for 5 bucks in bethel.
sad huh.
luckily mine was free and let me tell you, it was SO VERY VERY TASTY!

for all those who think i am going mad, you try not having any kind of fast food for a year!
you would miss mcdonalds too.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

i cried.

pic taken 12.07.10 (21 weeks pregnant)

look what i found!
i wrote this blog post a little over three months ago.
you will be glad to know that now cory and i are completely happy with how things turned out for us.
just in case my kids ever ask how i reacted to finding out i was pregnant.... this is how! (read below)

written sept. 5th. 2010.

my anxiety has left.
i seriously think cory thought i was going mad.
people talk about birth control making them crazy.
luckily i never had that.
birth control didn't change me at all.
but let me tell you.
finding out that all the things you did not to get pregnant didn't work,
that is scary has hell.
the first week i cried. i cried a lot.
first to my sister while holding a pee stick shaking uncontrollably on the toilet.
(the PLUS SIGN showed up within three seconds. the second test was even faster)
i called brittany first.
she is the GREATEST secret keeper on the planet.
i am the worst.
i have gotten a lot better now that i am out of high school,
but honestly don't tell me something unless you want cory to know.
no matter the secret, cory will find out.

the next person i told was cory.
i cried.
he hugged me.
i cried.
he told me everything would be fine.
i cried even harded.
he laughed that i was crying so hard.
i stopped crying (only for a second) to give him a dirty look,
then of course, started crying again.

next to know were my two right hand girls.
arizona girl: kayla
utah girl: maelyn

poor maelyn i probably called her phone 1000 times. stupid movie she was in.
but when she did answer i got exactly what i was looking for.
seriously people, she is good!

kayla was also a big help.
she is a mom already to a gorgeous boy named recker.
she, like me, got prego before her first year anniversary
so she had tons of advice.
*sigh* she is amazing.

the next person to know was my mom.
i didn't think that i was going to tell her so soon, but i couldn't help it.
she called and just wanted to talk (we talk almost everyday)
this time i think she could tell that i was a little sad.
after i barricaded myself in the cafeteria and hid under a lunch table i told her.

and guess what i did...


so a special thanks to you all.
sorry you had to hear the tears all the way from alaska.
but you guys were great and helped tons.

Monday, December 6, 2010


thanks shay and joscelyn for tagging me!

shay's blog: here.
joscelyn's blog: here.
1. biggest looser - your talking to a certified personal trainer here. (not that you would be able to tell with this pregnant body growing on me) but i LOvE seeing jillian and bob work these people death! hehe. reminds me of old times when i was the one wearing the trainer shirt.
 except i wasn't nearly as harsh as jill. she can be scary.
2. modern family - umm.. amazing! i laugh so hard on every episode. great stuff!
3. friends - i can't help it. it seriously is LOvE. some of my most favorite high school memories were sitting around with my girlfriends watching the dvd's start to finish. and yes. i am one of those annoying people that can quote every line from every episode. it's pure talent.
4. super nanny - i don't know if it is because i'm pregnant or what, but i lately an obsessed with this show!

1. "what should we eat for dinner" - i find myself constantly saying this. we have seventeen kids to feed and sometimes its hard to come up with something to cook from the free food that is provided from the school.
2. "does it feel real yet" - this is in reference to talking with cory. he might feel the baby move and see the ultra-sound pics, but to him it still doesn't feel real yet. he says it probably wont hit him till he/she comes, but we'll see.
3. "are you running numbers" - this is also in reference to talking with cory. since the situation we have here in alaska works so much in our advantage we are able to save money like mad people. he likes to run the numbers of money coming in, i think it keeps him motivated to stay here. put is this way other than a cell phone we haven't had a bill for almost one year exactly. that will change this next couple of weeks, can you say mortgage payment??
4. "poor" - this one is completely because i live in a little native eskimo village! they have their little sayings for everything here. "poor" is something you say when someone does something sad/embarrassing/silly like fall on their face, or loose ten bucks, or get hit on by some ucky old drunk man. me and my co-workers are constantly saying this throughout the day, usually followed by a good laugh.
passionate about:
1. family - being away from my family for so long is HARD. they are so important to me.
2. diet coke - yes. i said it. i am passionate about diet coke. its all about the ice cold can, the click and fiz sounds it makes when you open it, and of course the feeling of your first taste of the day... yikes. i sound obsessed. my dr. said that i can only have one can a day, which means to my husband that i should only have one can a week. lets just say when i do get my diet coke fix i am one happy momma. (future momma)
3. being the best wife i can be - i love going out of my way to make cory happy. it makes me happy to have the house cleaned for him, or dinner made, or just making sure the kids are quiet while he sleeps.
(he works a lot)
4. saving money - about three months into our marriage we found the book "totally money makeover" and have been living it's principals ever since. great book, way motivating!

1. anywhere man vs. food goes - i don't know if any of you have seen this show, i hope you have! i always find myself telling cory that we are taking out next vacation to eat at whatever restaurant they are featuring!
2. japan - i am a huge sushi fan. i really really want to eat authentic japanise sushi.
3. hawaii - cory lived in hawaii before we met. he absolutely loved it, can you blame him? i would really enjoy taking a trip to visit his old stomping grounds. plus, today it was -2 degrees, so i would LOvE to be anywhere the sun is.
4. anywhere that has a flash mob - two modern family episodes ago there was a flash mob. i about died from laughing and soon realized that is something i have to do in my life!
1. blogged - of course, what else is there to do in bethel?
2. had a hamburger delivered to me - imagine calling up mcdonalds and having a burger show up at your door five minutes later. we hardly ever order food, but on the rare occasions when we do, its heaven!
3. i enforced a strict curfew - trying to keep 17 kids in line is not an easy task, so every night a strict curfew is enforced. i might not have any idea how to raise a baby, but trust me i am killer with teenagers!
4. made a super small batch of cookie dough - okay so i wanted some cookie dough so i got a recipe online. once everything was mixed the dough was the size of a baseball, that's it. 

looking forward to:
1. meeting our baby -  will it have my smile? will it have cory's eyes? i am so excited to see what he/ she looks like. oh and my husband is adopted so really we don't know what kind of genes are kid could have... maybe we will have a red headed kid with freckles (so cute), you never know!
2. eating sushi again - I LOVE SUSHI! it will be the first thing i eat after i have the baby.
3. going on a date with my husband - we haven't been on a real date for a LONG TIME. mostly because we can't leave the house when the kids are here.
4. purchasing our first house - our loan is in underwriting right now. so just we're just waiting for it to go through. i am excited bethel has helped us reach this goal.
1. christmas lights - umm. do i really need to say more?
2. decorated malls - for someone that has been mall deprived for almost a year. YES i would LOvE to see a decorated mall, with the santa and everything.
3. food - grandma's cooking. yumm!
4. family traditions - everyone has their own family traditions, like one of ours is getting matching pajamas on christmas eve. (yes matching. think of them as our christmas uniform).

1. kayla @ rousselicious
2. jackie@ house of sarager
3. kaitlan @ himes happenings 
4. emily @ finding your aloha

Sunday, December 5, 2010

dear baby...

hello there little one.
first of all, i love you.
i feel you rolling in my tummy constantly, somedays i don't even think you sleep.
i love it.
i have been told i wont like your kicks later on (when you start kickin my ribs) but for now it's fun.
we are so excited to find out if you are a boy or girl.
one day you might read through this blog and notice that i keep saying i want a girl,
but if you are a boy.... i want you to know I WILL BE SO HAPPY!
you would be the first boy in my family.
grandpa wrigley will love having you around to help balance things out.
right now its just him and your daddy, up against mommy, grandma, and your two aunts.
oh speaking of your aunts, you are going to be insainly loved by them.
kaylee and you are going to be closer in age then any of her sisters are with her.
just so you know...
when ever i imaged kaylee's babtism i always pictured having a little one.
its crazy to think that you were that very thought.
i also would imagine my little one making a mad dash for the font, but you wont do that right?? :)
oh there are so many things that i want to you to know about your little life, but where to start?
i guess first you should know that you are coming into the two most amazing families ever.
take mommy's side for example, not only are you going to be the first grandchild for my parents.
but also the first great grandchild for both of their parents.
i think that fact alone shows you just how much you will be loved.
grandma wrigley is going to be like a second mom to you, i just know it.
she will be there every step of the way showing me the ins and outs of motherhood.
(yikes, you might have to be patient with your dad and i. we really have no idea what we are doing)
grandpa wrigley is going to be a huge part of your life too, i just know it.
let me tell you one thing about him, his laugh is addicting.
you just wait, you will always want him around to watch funny shows with... just for his laugh!
just a heads up you're coming into a family will lots a laughs.
especially when all the cousins are together, we like to tell funny stories.
most are about you mommy and her embarrassing moments.sadly, i have lots!
i was the first cousin on both sides to get married or pregnant. haha, with you!
hopefully it wont be long untill another cousin gets married and pops a little one out too.
but don't you worry that doesn't mean you wont have anyone to play with.
aunt sherrie had cousin quinn not long before i was married.
i bet you two will be close (especially if you're a boy)
a boy. just thinking about that made me smile.
i also want you to know just what amazing great grandparents you have.
absolutely amazing.
they are so steadfast in the church and such examples to me.
they are who i look up to for my future family,
because with the families they have, they must have done something right!
i am excited to have you grow up knowing them,.
i remember my great grandparents and feels blessed to have memories with them.
not everyone grows up knowing their great grandparents so don't ever take that for granit.
ooo and let me tell you about daddys family.
well first off its a gorgeous family, with so much love.
grandma brian could be the next martha stewart (one day you will know what/who i am talking about)
and grandpa brian is probably going to be the one to take you on your first motorcycle ride.
(when your old enough of course)
you daddy's sisters are so excited to meet you.
i can't wait for you to meet them.
i mean seriously the cutest girls ever!
oh and otis of course... you daddy's gentleman caller (his dog)
i just got all gitty inside thinking about snapping pictures of you playing with otis.
there is just so much to be thankfull for with you in my tummy.
i want to you know that you have been super easy on mommy.
you didn't make me sick at all, just very very tired.
but mommy loves to sleep anyways, so that wasn't so bad.
so thank you for that.
you should also know that there is a good chance you will be born in alaska.
it really is gorgeous and hopfully things will be warm enough for you by april.
well i better try to sleep its almost 2 in the morning.
i will write you again soon.
i kinda like writing you notes.
p.s. i love you. WE LOVE YOU!

Saturday, December 4, 2010


certain days it seems i only want to eat certain things.
bagels with strawberry cream cheese.
i've had two already.

Friday, December 3, 2010

my favorite free holiday printables this season


find the link to each below, starting from left to right:

1. monogram gift tag 

2. cute downloadable wrapping paper

3. christmas warning labels

4. trendy reindeer gift tag

5. reindeer orange and blue gift tag

6. holiday candy bar wrappers

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i always feel odd putting printables on a tutorial site.
that's why these finds are on this blog instead of GS.
but, knowing me, it will probably find its way on there eventually.
hope you enjoy.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

baby kicks....cory

i think every blog post deserves a picture.
even if it has absolutely nothing to do with the post.
think of it as our way of documenting bethel.
* * *
this boat cor found just laying on the side of the road.
we have been here a year and haven't noticed it till this week.
its crazy the things you find in this little town.
 anyways, story.
so its like five in the morning and cory and i are up talking
(somehow we both woke up at the same time)
after we get some water and lay back down i tell him that i haven't felt the baby kick all day.
you must know that i feel the baby all the time, so to not feel it was weird.
cory tells me not to worry and that he would get him to kick for me.
he then starts knocking on my tummy like you would at someone front door
and REALLY loud says, "hey you baby. WAKE UP."
after probably blowing out my babies newly formed ear drums
he puts his head on my tummy and listens.
i don't know if he expected the baby to talk back or what.
but the next thing i know the baby does the BIGGEST HARDEST KICK YET.
right on cory's face.
i laughed so hard.
i could just see this pissed off zygote telling his dad to BACK THE HECK OFF!