Monday, January 21, 2013

January 21, 2012

January 21st is a special day for me. Exactly a year ago, I found out I was pregnant.

I had to go into the middle school that day for some grading. As soon as I was finished, I raced to the Smith's at Fort Union and bought a pregnancy test. I settled for the $7 one after the pharmacist reassured me several times that it was just as effective as the $26 one.

I ran into a bathroom stall, and a few minutes later, shocked the other restroom patrons with a scream of surprise and delight. A feeble plus sign had appeared, and then became more and more pronounced.

I stumbled out to my car. I was so overwhelmed and elated that I cried all the way home. When I burst in the front door, I found Russ on the phone. I smiled and held up the test and he quickly ended his conversation. We shrieked and jumped up and down together several times, then ran to the store and bought two more tests, just to make sure.

I love January 21st, and will always remember with fondness the day we found out we were going to be parents.

Talk about a cause for celebration.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

A Jolly Holiday

I started off Christmas Break by quitting my job.

I had very mixed emotions walking out of Midvale Middle School for the last time. So happy to get to stay home with Graham, and also so heartbroken to leave, not knowing when and if I will ever return to public education. I have had a wonderful experience. I learned a lot, made some great teacher friends, and also enjoyed the kids immensely.

The best part of having our families live so close is getting to spend quality time with both over the holiday season.

Graham met his cousin James for the first time. I loved seeing them together.

The highlight of Christmas Day was caroling at a care center, and then playing indoor soccer at the church- Russell's gift to my sister Emma.

Russell got to spend quality time with his best friend Gabe.

Graham has no bedtime (bad parents) and was wide awake to ring in 2013 with us.

2012 was a pretty good year- we went to Las Vegas and Phoenix, celebrated our fourth anniversary, and moved to Millcreek. Russ ran a marathon and I finished my second year of teaching. Best of all, we welcomed our sweet son into our lives and he has already made us happier than we could have ever imagined.

We are excited for 2013 and the adventures that lie ahead. One of my resolutions is to blog more frequently. We'll see if I can keep it and blog again before February. Ha.