Monday, August 29, 2011

The Sorensen Summer

     First things first...
Yup, this is me. Nice and big. And uncomfortable. You can't see it, but I'm wearing heels. ;) If figure if I'm going to be uncomfortable no matter what I do, I may as well look cute! Oh, and I had to give the opening prayer in Sacrament Meeting that day too. I think there were a lot of people feeling sorry for me. ;)
     Okay, now that I've showed off how large I am, let's get to the fun summer we had with the Sorensen side of the family! I apologize for the lack of pictures, I actually have a ton of them, but out of respect for my sister-in-law who does not like pictures of her family up on the internet, I've decided to include only pictures without them. You can see how much we love them considering there are only 2 pictures from this summer without them in them. :) Ashley spends all of her time with her cousins and she's still talking about them a month after we've been home. :)
     We went to the cabin twice this summer which is awesome because we don't get to go very often anymore since we don't live close now. We went on rides on the 4-wheelers, hiked around, played with bugs, and watched all the men participate in a "Man Challenge." You'll have to ask Spencer about that one. ;) Spencer's oldest brother and his family were able to be there from Texas and we don't see them much so it was a real treat! We also took advantage of the opportunity to take family pictures while there (pictures to follow). We also spent lots of time playing games at the house, and swimming, whether at the city pool or in a kiddie pool in the backyard.
     We were able to visit twice this summer and the first time we visited Spencer had to go back to start his rotation and he left Ashley and I with the family for 4 days. I've never spent time apart from Spencer EVER, not even one night, and Ashley has only spent the night away from him twice and she was pretty little both times so in a way, this was a first for her too. It was so much fun to spend extra time with cousins but by the end of the 4 days we were missing Spencer quite a bit! Ashley's had attachment issues ever since. ;)
     The second time we visited (right before coming home for the summer) Spencer was able to spend the whole time there (yay!) and we were there for almost a week! It was great to see them twice in one summer, especially since we're not sure when we'll see them next because of the baby that's soon to be born. :)
     We had an awesome time with the Sorensen side of the family, we're grateful to have been able to see them so much, and we can't wait to see them again!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Home Again!

     We're finally home! It's been quite the whirlwind of a summer with no signs of slowing down. Spencer finished his first clinical rotation in Cedar City, UT and he loved it! We stayed with my parents so that we could keep our apartment in Henderson without having to pay a second monthly rent somewhere else. My mom and I spent a little bit of time sewing up baby bedding for Baby Boy on the way (though we were not able to finish everything because of the insane business) and I was able to start putting up what I had yesterday after church (more pictures to follow when it's more complete). Ashley is a little wierded out that her bed is being changed but I had to remind her that it's not her bed anymore, she has a big girl bed just for her (which, by the way, she is still sleeping in fabulously).
     And here I am now at 33 weeks. My skirt was a little tight around my stomach (it has a tight panel around the middle) so it sucked me in a little and my shirt is a little billowy so you can't tell, but I've grown a ton! I compared myself last night to pictures of when I was pregnant with Ashley and I'm as big now as I was with Ashley at 37+ weeks. I may be in trouble. We'll see. ;) I've got an insane amount of chronic back pain and I've had it for the last month or so already. Spencer, bless his heart, has been giving me many a back/neck rub and working his physical therapy magic on me to relieve some of that pain. What a sweet man!
     Among all the other crazy things that went on while we were gone, Ashley and I drove with my parents up to Provo on July 27th to take my youngest brother to the MTC! He's going to the Atlanta North Georgia mission and we're all so excited for him. Ashley got to bond with Daniel for about a month before he left which was so good. We drove with my parents and Daniel so Ashley had the car ride with him as well and on the way home from the MTC she kept asking where her Uncle Danny was. It was so sad! My mom cried haha.
     A week later we were able to welcome home my other little brother from his mission in Mexico! Ashley had not seen him since she was about 3 months old so of course she didn't recognize him very well. We've showed her lots of pictures of him but the boy looks so different now I think it took her a bit to figure out who he was! If possible, David grew even taller and skinnier while he was away. :) It was so good to see him and I'm SO glad we were able to be at the airport to pick him up!

Waiting for David to walk through!
And there he is!!!

     We've had a great summer so far and I'm excited to download the rest of my pictures and share our adventures with the Sorensen side of the family!