On the day of the BYU vs U of U game I was driving Sam to a friend’s birthday party and decided to pass the time in the car I would sing the Cougar fight song to him. I figured it was a good way to get him into the spirit for the game. I sang the song to him probably 10 times on our drive and then we sang a few more times when we got home. He wisely slept through the game that night (not that he would have had any opportunity to sing the song during that game) and I didn’t really think about it again.
A few weeks later that has become one of Sam’s favorite songs. I’m really impressed with how well he has the words down! During last week’s game we got video of him singing it and so I’ve posted it below. Hope you enjoy :)
I started this post just after Thanksgiving while it was all fresh in my head, and I’m not sure why it never got completed before now, I was only about 4 sentences from finishing. Oh well, here’s our Thanksgiving post.
Every year we try to swap which family we’re with for Thanksgiving and Christmas. So one year we’ll do Thanksgiving with the Hansens and Christmas with the Andersons, and then the next year we switch. The Christmas we were engaged Eric came out to California to meet my family, so the next year we decided it was only fair that we went out to Indiana to spend Christmas with his family. We figured this was the best way to keep it from seeming like we were playing favorites with one family or the other. What was interesting to me was how surprised people were when I told them we were going to spend our first Christmas with Eric’s family rather than mine. Apparently most girls will demand to spend Christmas with their own family, which seemed like such a strange concept to me that I never considered it. Each of our families is very important to us, so why would we want to leave one of them out? But I digress.
So, this year was supposed to be a Hansen year for Thanksgiving and an Anderson year for Christmas. We were making plans accordingly when my mom told me they were thinking about coming up to Utah for Thanksgiving. I was excited that they’d be coming up… but it was a Hansen year for Thanksgiving. Even though we live with Eric’s parents I still wanted to make sure we were being fair with everyone, so I told my mom that we’d obviously try to see them as much as possible while they were here, but this year we were sorta committed to spending Thanksgiving with the Hansens. When I told Dad Hansen about this predicament he told me that he and Mom Hansen were going to be in Illinois over Thanksgiving watching Eric’s brother’s kids anyways. That made things very easy, we just switched which holiday we were doing with which family this year and everyone was happy! In fact, it even worked out better because with our house closing at the end of December it was going to be stressful trying to travel back and forth to California at the same time.
My family was planning to drive up here on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. So a few days before my family was planning on coming up my mom starts noticing that the weather patterns aren’t looking especially conducive to traveling (for those of you who don’t know, my mom is a meteorologist). The closer they got to leaving, the worse the weather looked. In fact, from the way the storm looked it was set up to possibly create one of the biggest snowstorms Utah had seen in a very long time. In fact, I looked at the weather maps as well (as much as I can understand them) and encouraged Eric to come home from work as early as possible on Tuesday and try to reschedule his meetings so he could work from home on Wednesday. I also stocked up the 72 hour kit in our car and sent Eric with a sleeping bag, pillow and our Kindle, just in case.
As the time for my family to leave came close they decided they ought to just wait the storm out in sunny California and see what the damage was after the storm had passed. I was very relieved to know that they weren’t going to be driving in that storm and just focused on waiting for Eric to get home safe and sound.
The original predictions for when the storm would hit were pushed back a couple of hours so Eric stayed a little bit later at the office to really finish off his work for the day before coming home. That, of course, made me nervous but eventually he did make it home safe and sound before the snow started to fall. Then we hunkered down to watch “Snowpocalypse”. After a little while the snow started to fall. I opened up the blinds in the front room so Sam could watch the snow falling, and he thought it was pretty awesome. We went about doing the things we had intended that evening while keeping an eye on this storm. Then, after a couple hours, the snow stopped. We thought we were just in a break in the storm, but it never picked back up again. That was it, “Snowpocalypse” was over.
We did get a fair amount of snow and it definitely wouldn’t have been good to be out on the roads while the snow was falling and until the roads were cleared off. But it definitely wasn’t the epic storm it was supposed to be. However, I still don’t feel dumb for making the preparations that we did or that my family waited to come up. Especially if you look at what that storm did further north, there was every reason to think it was going to be pretty bad here in Utah as well. I’m glad that we didn’t have the massive storm that was predicted, but I’m also glad that we were prepared in case we did.
Anyways, my family finally came up on Wednesday. They drove all day long and luckily by the time they hit Utah the roads had been pretty well cleared so they made it to Provo without incident. They had to stop in Provo so that my little brother Cody could go on a “polyga-date” with a couple of the girls he’d met at EFY and then they made it up to my in-laws place where we’re staying now. We ate dinner together and then quickly packed up to go to my grandparents house in Logan. We arrived in Logan pretty late. By the time we got there it was time to put on pajamas and hop into bed.
Thanksgiving morning was spent preparing food and just spending time with family. Sam was really excited about the snow and wanted to go outside with the bigger kids. Unfortunately, despite my Uncle Paul giving us a snowsuit for Sam just a few weeks before I had neglected to bring it with us up to Logan. I had been operating on the philosophy that it was way too cold to go outside (it was only 2 degrees!) and had forgotten that little boys might feel otherwise. So after much begging I found the closest thing to snow clothes that we had for Sam – his pajamas, warm coat (but not waterproof), and sneakers. Then we borrowed a beanie and gloves that were way too big for Sam and sent him out.
Luckily my brother Cody was willing to take Sam out so that I didn’t have to brave the cold. But he was so cute and happy out there I eventually found some makeshift snow gear of my own and took a few pictures –
Evidently Sam enjoys the snow. In fact, it’s all he’s been talking about ever since we started getting snow here. He will pull me to the window a few times a day and say “Look! Snow!” It’s a good thing because we’re going to be living where we’ll get a lot of it. You probably can’t see in the picture, but towards the end Sam took off one of his gloves. He was mad that he couldn’t touch the snow so he got the glove off and touched the snow. That was all fine and dandy, until we got him inside. The cold hadn’t bothered him so much, but warming that hand back up really did. Poor kid, it wasn’t anywhere near frostbitten or anything like that, but when you don’t know that the pain is going to stop and your hand will feel warm again it’s pretty scary to go through that. We’ll have to do a better job of securing his gloves in the future.
After all the fun in the snow it was time for the delicious Thanksgiving meal. My grandma had opted to do the whole meal on paper plates this year, which I think was absolutely brilliant! Why have dishes for 30 people when you can just throw it away and be done?! The food was delicious and it was fun to be with family to enjoy it. Sam didn’t eat too much but he enjoyed some of the rolls and corn, not exactly a Thanksgiving feast on his part, but he was happy so who cares?
After we cleaned up the meal we played games and watched TV. I laid down on the couch to just rest for a few minutes… and woke up three hours later. Oops! Apparently I needed some sleep. It wasn’t even a quiet place to sleep, I was right in the middle of where people were playing games and doing stuff. The boys set up a Mario Kart Wii tournament in the evening. Eric came in second despite wearing his lucky Mario Kart t-shirt.
After a few more games it was time for us to head back to South Jordan. My brother Jayson had a flight to catch the next morning and we decided it would make the most sense for Eric and I to just take him home with us and then take him to the airport the next morning. Particularly because Sears was having an incredible Black Friday deal on a washer and dryer set that we actually thought it might be worthwhile to wake up early for, even though we hadn’t gotten back until after midnight. We since there was no way we were taking Sam Black Friday shopping we would divide and conquer. Eric would wake up at 3:30am to be at Sears to try and get the washer and dryer and I would sleep with Sam and get Jayson to the airport by 9am. We had the deal that Eric was allowed to sleep through as much of the rest of the day as he deemed necessary in return for braving the Black Friday crowds.
Well, we didn’t get the washer and dryer that was ridiculously priced, but Eric still managed to get the very best deal I’ve seen on a steam washer and dryer. In the end I’m happier that we didn’t get the “doorbuster” set because it didn’t really have the features I wanted, it was just at a price that we couldn’t pass up. The set that Eric got us instead are way better and he still saved over $1000, so a successful day overall.
On Friday my parents came back down to South Jordan and my sister Taylor and her husband Ryan and son Skylar returned from their Thanksgiving in New York. Since Mom & Dad Hansen were out of town they had graciously offered that everyone could stay at their house, so the whole family stayed here and played games that night. We also did our traditional Chinese meal that Eric puts together whenever my family is in town (it’s by special request now, he does a great job). We made fried rice, dan bings and potstickers – yum! The food was great and we had a great time together. It was really fun just being our own family for a little while and enjoying each others company.
On Saturday we got to take my family up to our new house and finally get to show them how it’s coming along and where it is. It was fun to finally be able to show them physically what we’ve been describing to them for awhile. Then we continued on to Provo to watch the BYU vs U of U game. For those of you who may not know, there is a HUGE rivalry between the two schools, and that rivalry is extended into my family. Eric and I obviously both graduated from BYU, Taylor & Ryan are currently students there, and Cody is working on getting ready to apply to BYU to attend in 2012. On the other hand my parents met at the U of U and are die hard fans (well, at least my dad is die hard, my mom is definitely a fan, but probably not as adamantly so). So we all gathered with Brick Oven Pizza for what was sure to be an exciting game.
It really was an exciting game, it came down to the last few seconds of the game, and the U of U won despite not having scored a single point in the first 3 quarters of the game. It was fun to watch even in light of the disappointing ending. Afterwards the girls went to a bridal shower for a good family friend and the boys went to the gym to play raquetball. The quote of the evening came from my brother Kyle who, when my dad asked him how he liked the biggest Gold’s Gym, he replied – “They had the buffest midget ever!” Apparently Eric and Ryan knew exactly who he was talking about, but it was still a pretty unexpected response.
On Sunday Taylor and Ryan had their baby blessing for Skylar. We had a fun luncheon at the Lockwoods apartment before church (their church doesn’t start until 1:30pm). Taylor and my mom made some yummy soups and bread, and Mom Hansen was able to rescue dessert by having left a frozen cheesecake that she had asked us to eat while she was gone. The blessing was a great event to be able to participate in. It was really neat to see this little baby who had struggled to get into this world, now receiving his baby blessing and you wouldn’t have known he had ever had those struggles.
There was (of course) another huge snowstorm coming in that afternoon so my family was anxious to get on the road before it hit too badly. They had a pretty treacherous journey back and we kept getting text messages like “Almost through filmore. We definitely won’t be doing this trip in any record time, a few minutes ago the truck we were following did a 360 and slid off the road. Why do you guys live in Utah?” and “By the way we keep seeing 4 wheel drives off the road” and finally “We are to Vegas and we are still finding chunks of ice that have fallen off cars”. They did make it home safely and we got back to normal life.
We are so thankful at this time of year for wonderful friends and family. We’re thankful also for the gospel that gives our lives so much meaning. And we’re thankful for the many rich blessings that our family has been afforded with. We couldn’t ask for more :)
Since this is me, I won’t be doing a novel-lengthed post. I don’t even think there’s much Brittny could write about.
BYU didn’t play football this week, but the crazy upset loss USC had was pretty nice for us (even though analysts still don’t take us seriously)! Hopefully we can keep this winning streak going! We are the last non-BCS team to win a national championship, so that would be neat to do it again!
We went to the Office Premiere party at Cody & Amber’s house last Friday. It was a ton of fun! I won’t spoil the exact detail, but something has happened that we have been waiting to happen for quite some time.
I’m still really enjoying my scooter, by the way. I went to fill up this week–$3.52 and that’s all :) Wish me luck on my skills test (to make my motorcycle license permanent) next week.
School is school. I’m trying to fight Senioritis, and so far so good…
Well, this last Tuesday it was back for another semester of school for Eric. We’re still getting used to him being back in school after the nice break he’d had this summer. Luckily it doesn’t look like this semester is going to be too bad for Eric overall, although I’ll let him post about it himself. With the beginning of a new school year it means another big change for our little family – my BYU bus pass is no longer valid starting next Monday, and since I’ve graduated I don’t qualify for a new one. We only had to pay $70 for it for the entire year and I was able to get to Salt Lake City almost every weekday! We’re going to miss that convenient and VERY economical way for me to commute. We looked into buying me a monthly bus pass, however the cost of a bus pass is $160 per month, which wouldn’t really be saving us that much over what it would cost us in gas. Plus, since I can work from home sometimes or work out other ways of getting to Salt Lake on occasion it quickly becomes more economical to drive.
As sad as it may seem to be giving up the bus pass I’m actually kind of excited to be driving in. I really like the freedom I have with driving that I can come in whenever I want and leave whenever I want. It will also mean that for the first time in our married life Eric and I will be able to have similar morning schedules so we can see each other in the mornings, which I’m definitely looking forward to :) Part of the ripple effect of me starting to drive to Salt Lake every day is that I’ll be taking over our Corolla as my primary vehicle and leaving Eric home with our Cadillac. While our 1994 Cadillac Seville has held up surprisingly well so far… Eric wasn’t very comfortable with having to rely on it to get him to and from school and work every day. So, we decided it was time to get rid of our Caddy and instead invest in a scooter which Eric bought on Thursday. He’s pretty excited about it as it will get him better parking and AWESOME gas mileage (82 MPG). I’ll let him post about that as well since he can give you more details about the kind of scooter we’ve got and all that, since about as far as my technical specs go gets us through the fuel economy and the color (red).
After this long week of school and work were over we had a pretty packed Saturday to follow it up! It was actually a really fun day, if not as relaxing as our Saturdays generally are. We had 5 years worth of YA technicians over to our apartment in the morning for breakfast. I really enjoyed seeing a lot of people who I still consider to be close friends, even if they aren’t people I see very frequently (traveling the world with people tends to form some pretty strong bonds, especially when you’re working so closely with such great people). Young Ambassadors was a wonderful chapter in my life that deeply influenced me, but I’m definitely where I’m supposed to be and doing the things I’m supposed to be doing. I wish we’d taken some pictures of all the people in our apartment but I never think of taking pictures until I’m sitting down to write these posts. Oops!
After the YA breakfast I had just enough time to change my shirt (that had somehow gotten all grease splattered while standing next to Kyle cooking bacon) and head over to my friend Stephanie’s baby shower. Stephanie has been a great blessing to me for the past few months as I’ve been pregnant. She and I talk online while we’re both at work and she’s been helping me get through the weeks of pregnancy. It’s really nice to have some friends who’ve already been there to help show me the way and celebrate the little milestones that pregnant women appreciate more than most other people. Even though I didn’t really know any of the people there it was fun to meet a lot of the people who she’s told me so much about.
When I got finished with the baby shower Eric came and picked me up (yup, on his cool new scooter :) ) and we were back just in time for more friends to come over for the BYU Football game! Even though I’m not a big football fan I can really get into a game like that. It was a pretty intense game, especially since there seemed to be some bias on the part of the referees against BYU. I was very proud of our team that they were able to pull through and shine in the face of that and go on to win! It was a great game and we had a lot of fun watching it with friends.
So those are basically the highlights of our week. I’m sure Eric will have more to add in later. I’ve been feeling very blessed this week as the rumors I’d heard about the second trimester being easier than the first have proved to be true! I’m about two weeks into the second trimester, and I haven’t felt nauseous hardly at all this week. I can finally eat like a normal human being instead of a hamster! I’m hoping this can hold up for most of the rest of this pregnancy (I know there are more symptoms that rear their ugly head in the third trimester but I’ll be happy to keep the nausea at bay!) I’m a little frustrated to be 15 weeks along and still no baby bump to show for it. It’s kinda weird, I guess I never realized how long into pregnancy you can get before starting to show. I’m sure soon enough this baby will be taking up plenty of space in my body and I’ll be huge and wishing to be back to regular pre-pregnancy size. For now though, I slightly envy my friends with big tummies that can feel the babies kicking. One of the cool things is we can sorta feel where the baby is, but it’s still too low in my pelvis for anyone other than the doctor, Eric or I to feel it. I know I just need to be patient, I’ll be showing soon enough!
I almost forgot! One of the main things I wanted to do with this post is to invite everyone to take the poll in the right column about what flavor of baby we’re going to have. (sorry, I think that’s an Anderson thing to talk about a baby’s gender as a flavor… don’t ask how it started, I have no idea) Generally speaking people won’t find out until week 20 when they have the anatomy ultrasound whether it’s a boy or a girl. However, there are places in Provo/Orem where we could go and get an ultrasound as early as the end of this week to find out the baby’s gender. It would only cost us $45 for the ultrasound and an optional $10 for a DVD recording of it. But we’re not sure we want to fork out the extra cash just to know a few weeks earlier. However, my little brother Cody is apparently DYING to find out and he’s offering to put up the money for us to do it earlier :P. We’ll have to see what we choose. Another big factor is that I’m not home during the days anyways so I’d have to plan to work from home another day to go in and do it. But maybe we’ll start going crazy enough about it that we just want to find out. It will be really cool to finally get to see this baby, even if it’s just the vague images on an ultrasound. I can still remember going to my mom’s ultrasounds when she was pregnant with my younger siblings. Those were cool experiences and I’m sure it will be even cooler with our own baby.
Anyways, we’d love to hear what people think our baby will be or even just what you want it to be. Don’t ask us for our opinions, because we don’t have very solid opinions. Eric hasn’t been able to make up his mind on what he thinks it is, and I keep having very decided opinions… and then changing them (yup, I’m definitely a woman :). So much for parents’ intuition! If you do make a vote we’d love it if you left a comment stating how you voted and maybe why you think that, just so that we can sorta see who thinks what! We did leave an extra spot for people to guess both if you think we’re having twins (which there isn’t any evidence of so far, and the fact that I’m still not showing would tend to indicate against). For now voting ends on the day that I hit 20 weeks, but when we figure out when we’re going in for the ultrasound I’ll change it to that date and time instead. Happy guessing!