Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
I realize that I am slow at this blogging thing, but I have really enjoyed looking at each of your personal blogs! It is fun to know what is going on in each of your lives. So...two months later, here are some pics of our day. We are loving our "first Christmas together." We hope that everyone is excited and enjoying their holiday season.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Thank You, Savanna
Monday, October 20, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
I know it's been ages since I got on here. Don't worry we are all breathing and doing fabulous. I have finally put together and updated a blog for our family. It is ccbrazelton.blogspot.com. Check it out when you have a chance. Also my email address has changed to email@example.com I am getting a ton of spam at my hotmail accounts to I'm going to get rid of them. Thanks and take care.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
We are blessing Masen Reed Hancey
Date: Sunday, July 13th
Place: 139 E 300 N Brigham City, UT 84302 (behind the Kent's grocery store in Brigham)
Time: 9:00 A.M.
Please join us afterward for lunch at Christen's Park located about 300 North and 1100 East. It is along Highland Blvd up against the mountains in Brigham.
Hope to see you there. If you have questions call me or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Allen, Savanna, and Masen Hancey
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Just an update on our little one. Jason and I recently went in for an ultrasound and found out we are having a little girl. We are both really excited. Either way we would have been, but it is just fun to finally find out. She is just perfect and beautiful. This picture isn't the best. Jason took the clearer one to work to show off and put on his desk. It has been so much fun to experience the little movements she makes as she gets stronger. Jason finally got to feel it for the first time on Father's Day. She obviously wanted to give him something special.
Jason's family is really into football and even though Jason had dreamed of his own football team, he is still really happy. For Father's Day I ended up giving him a Broncos shirt that had DAD on the back for the name and a big #1. Then I bought a little onesie and embroidered BRONCOS in blue and orange. Jason was thrilled to know that even though it wasn't a boy, he could still have his little football fan alongside him.
Well, hope everyone is doing well. Take care!
Saturday, June 14, 2008
I am posting this announcement for Alicia. Please comment on this post or e-mail Alicia at email@example.com and let her know if you can come! We will miss all you that live far away. Just wanted to let everyone know that you are all invited!
Love, Andrea :)
If you don't want to call me, you can sure just e-mail me back. I forgot to put that on the majority of the e-mails. If you are around any of the other friends, please tell them of the shower. I know many of you are far away, but we wanted to let you know that we are thinking of you. I hope to see you all there!!!
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Well I guess that this post is long overdue! Brooklyn Mae Watkins was born on April 29, 2008 in Mesa Arizona! She was 9lbs. 8ozs. and 21 and 1/2 inches long! She sure is beautiful and a very sweet baby as well!
It was alot of effort to get her here, she was transverse and so the doctor tried to do a bunch of things to manipulate her position, nothing seemed to be working though! Because she was transverse she would not drop at all, so I was dialated to a 3 and 75% effaced for almost 3 weeks. My doctor is a very traditional and conservative guy and so he did not want to start anything early, his philosophy is, is that if you can let things work out naturally then it is so much better for the infant and mom. Well I completley agreed with him, until it seemed that nothing was going to happen naturally. :) Finally, on Monday April 28 I was getting up to go get ready for bed and my water broke! We were so excited! We went to the hospital and then waited and waited and waited. The contractions came but after 12 hours I was not dialating anymore and the poor baby still would not drop and still was the wrong way. So they started me on potossim(sp?) and said ok well you are going to be here another 12-14 hours!!! So we just waited and waited. I did get an epidural but becuase my labor was so long the silly thing ran out about 3 hours before she was born! Finally things had progressed enough to start pushing, and I had a great nurse who somehow got this little girl to turn around! Well then she came fast! The nurse barely could get the doctor fast enough!(I think he almost did not even believe her considering the way things had been going!) So our little Brooklyn was born at 7:56pm after 22 hours of labor! It kind of sounds like it wasn't that much fun, but we had a great nursing staff and Ryan and my mom helped me keep my mind off everything so it was actually a really nice experience. We feel so blessed that she is here, and that all went smoothly! I just can't believe she is 2 weeks old!! I hope everyone is doing well! Congratulations, Savanna on your new little one, and Congratualtions to Andrea on such wonderful news! Have a wonderful day!
Holly and Brooklyn:)
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
I just wanted to post an expression of my gratitude for everyday miracles in my life. First off, I better just come out with the big news. I figured it was about time for me to contribute to the baby frenzy. Jason and I are expecting a little one October 30th. Many of you were probably wondering when it was finally going to happen. We are coming up on four years being married and have numerously had to answer the torturous question of “So, why don’t you have kids?” I guess we can finally be rid of that in our lives.
Just to explain a little of our background, we had been trying for quite some time to get pregnant and were successful three times, but all ending in an early miscarriages. We sought out medical explanation, but they couldn’t figure it out for quite some time. We finally had a lot of blood work done and found out that I was at a very high risk for blood clots. So, this increased my chances of miscarriage significantly. They told me that if I ever wanted to stay pregnant I would have to test very early on and get into the doctor as soon as possible. So, month after month we waited and nothing. We were getting quite frustrated and one day decided that it was going to happen on the Lord’s time and there was no reason for us to force the issue. And you guess it, just the next month we found out I was pregnant. This being a miracle that we weren’t sure could ever happen.
I have been watched over very carefully by my wonderful doctor (another miracle that we found him). He is just perfect for our circumstances. We had some difficulties at first with a lot of bleeding and cramping, but a very inspired priesthood blessing was offered and comfort was given. Everything was looking good and we were finally letting it sink in. Until, my second run of blood work came back. They immediately filled a prescription for me for injections to thin my blood. I was terrified of the idea of sticking myself with a needle everyday. We had prepared ourselves for this because we were told that with my condition it may be the only way to remain pregnant and alive, but I still didn’t want to face it.
Luckily, it has been tolerable but my belly looks like a battle ground. Jason has been so kind and comforting when giving the injections. I think he may even enjoy it a little too much. How many husbands are given permission to “bruise” their wife?? Well, we have really learned so much from this experience and I am sure we will be learning much more. I am so appreciative of the Lord’s guidance in my life. He has been a steady hand for me throughout it all.
Sorry about the novel and I don’t mean to write a pity post, but I just wanted to give the details of a grateful heart and a few miracles.
Take care everyone and I will keep you posted.Love, Andrea
Monday, April 14, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Monday, March 31, 2008
I hope all of you are doing great. Holly and Savanna - time is close, yeah!!! Good Luck!! Send lots of pictures. April 11 is when I get to find out the gender of our baby - I will definantly let all of you know!
Also, I have also started a Blog if any of you want to have more detail of my overly excited life?! http://justinandjanae.blogspot.com/
Take Care Everyone!
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
To all of you out of Brigham City I hope you all come back and visit soon, and I will post the schedule, and if you plan on coming to town if ya give heads up I am sure we can switch around the schedule.
So let me know, and you can come even if you don't have kids yet , and that includes the expecting parents too!
~Heather i am so glad you made it home ok, and I hope you are feeling better now! Also your easter picture is just to cute, and that little man is growing way to fast! Take care out there!
Monday, March 17, 2008
We had the funnest girls night two weeks ago! Do all you Brigham Girls remember our Pride and Prejudice parties? Well this was even better! We had a English Tea Party and watched "Becoming Jane". My darling friend Allie had this awesome idea to have a movie night and have a traditional English tea(all except the tea of course). I must say that it beat out our old Jane Austen parties by virtue of the fact that we all have gotten to be much better cooks in our latter years. We had scones with (fake) clotted cream and lemon curd, cucumber sandwiches, cranberry white chocolate scones, brie melts, cookies and an English trifle that I made with homemade lady fingers. It was such a delightful evening. There is something so refreshing about spending time watching a good movie with great friends who share your enthusiasm for Austen all while eating delicacies off of china dishes and tea cups! Simply Charming! I only wish you all could have been there!
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
I talked to Jared about his views on it and he basically told me not to try to make him a vegitarian. He likes his meat. :) Does anyone else know what I mean?
Sunday, February 24, 2008
-After we had been using balloons in a lesson a little boy said, "Oh I get it, Mrs. Watkins, your stomach is like a balloon and it just keeps getting bigger and bigger and when the baby comes it will just POP!"
-A little girl came up to me with a very sad face; Me:"Whats wrong?" Girl " I just think that you just might love your baby in your tummy more than you love us, your real kids!"
- "Mrs. Watkins maybe when I am big I will marry your little girl!"
-"Mrs. Watkins when we came to 2nd grade you were just an old kid, now you are mommy, that means you are all grown up!"
-After I had accidentally bumped a student with my tummy she said, "It is ok, your baby just wanted to give me a hug!"
-"Mrs. Watkins can't race us anymore becuase she is fat and her tummy will make her fall over!"
-"Mrs. Watkins, I think after you have your baby you should make your husband baby-sit it. Becuase we need you more here at school and we don't want a substitute!"
-"Mrs. Watkins your legs are starting to disappear when you sit down!"
-"Mrs. Watkins I think your baby is going to be super smart because everyday she is learning what 2nd graders learn, and that is ALOT of hard stuff!"
-I had a little boy with Asperger's syndrome last year and when I told him I was going to have a baby, he said, "Boy I just make all of my teachers have babies!" His first grade teacher had a baby the year after he left as well! Then he said, "I am an Uncle now!"
-Names that have been suggested: Hannah Montana, Miley Cyrus, Sunshine, Susie, Holly Jr., Shanelle, Dulcita, Juana, Maria, Pocahontas, Ariel, Springy, Molly, (so our names rhyme!) Beauty, Daisy, Rose, everyday there is another one!
-"Mrs. Watkins what do want your baby to be Mexican or American?"
-"Mrs. Watkins, can I baby-sit your baby? I will be very careful! I will even take her to the park and let her ride in my basket on my bike! I will push her on the swing so she goes very high! I will let her have chocolates too! Well, maybe just chocolate milk since she is just a baby!"
-"Mrs.Watkins everyday you get more and more glowy!"
-Some of the girls at Recess were playing school. They were taking turns being the teacher and when they were the teacher they would place there jacket up thier shirt so they could look like me!
-For Valentines Day the baby recieved, 5 used stuffed bears, a marker(that smells), many drawings, many chocolates and a naked Barbie doll!
These kids are so cute and funny! I need to be better about writing down all the funny and cute things, I just always forget!
As you can tell I teach in an area that is highly Hispanic. Out of 30 kids 24 have Spanish as their first language!
As far as the pregnancy, things are going well! I am trying to keep my energy up for these cute kids at school, but everyday it gets a little bit more difficult. I just found out that I am enemic as well so that has made me very tired! I am trying hard to eat all the red meat and leafy greens that I can find! So hopefully that helps! We still have not decided on a name, but we have narrowed it down to 2, so we will see what she looks like!
Take Care! Have a wonderful day!
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
I would love to have a little girl and right now I have a feeling that is what it is and plus everyone around me says they feel it is a girl (due to the fact that I am sicker with this one than I was with my boys). Justin and I were talking and we think it would be great to have another little boy. Corbin and Taylor are such opposites that it would be interesting to see another boys personality and see who he was more like! (How is it Christina?)
Either way, we will be so happy with a healthy beautiful baby!
Here's what really happened...I did go to college (BYUI). I was supposed to be out of here in 2 years and moved back home to finish my bachelors. Instead, I met the man I was going to marry at age 19. We got married in the Bountiful Temple when I was 20 and I finally decided what to major in when I was almost 21. I graduated in Early Childhood Education/Special Education at 22 years old and taught special ed preschool for five months before Allie came along. (I really wanted to be a kindergarten teacher and have nothing to do with all the special ed. paper work). Funny where the jobs lead...
I did what I swore I would never do (once I had kids) and finished teaching the school year. Thank goodness Cody was off of work for those 2 months to take care of Allie, or else I probably would have just resigned without finishing teaching. Teaching was a blessing. I am grateful for the experience I had teaching, but I am so grateful to be done for now and raising my baby.
I should have moved back to Utah 4 years ago and be living in a starter home raising a few kids by now. Instead, I am married to the love of my life, we have the best baby I could ever wish for, and we are still living in an apartment in Rexburg. We have since applied to 6 grad schools, and been invited to interview at 1. We are in the process of applying to 2 more and hopefully we will get more interview invites soon. :)
I think what I have learned the most is to totally rely on the Lord. He puts you where He wants you when He wants you there. Hence, I am still in Rexburg enduring the snow ;). Our temple was dedicated last Sunday, and I have the opportunity to see it everyday out my kitchen window and attend as frequently as I want. There's a reason for everything and I hope that I can just have the faith to press forward when I don't see that reason.
I thought I might put some future plans here just to see what really happens. I would like for Cody to attend grad school this fall, graduate in 4 years with a doctorate, move back to Utah, practice for a few years with a collegue and then open his own practice (in Marriage and Family Counseling). I woud like to have at least 3 more kids and live in a comfortable home in a nice neighborhood with a good school district. I would like to serve faithfully in the church and raise a righteous family. After my children are grown, I would like to continue teaching in an elementary school and eventually serve a mission with Cody. We'll just see what actually happens... :)
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Now we are making other plans, having a baby, buying a house, quit teaching, Ryan taking his last CPA test (WAHOO!!) Who knows if these plans will all work out. I do know that if we have faith in Heavenly Father, he will lead us to the best plan that we could ever dream of!
Thanks Heather for asking this great question! Like you I am very interested in others response! Take Care!
I had several different ideas of what to do after graduation. Luckily Cindi asked me to move to Salt Lake - which (thanks to her) was where I was suppose to be. I started dating Justin weeks after sending off a missionary (Cindi would always tease me - "you couldn't even last two months!") But it was right for me!
Five years later and I have the most wonderful husband, two of the greatest boys, and (I guess this is a great time to announce - I am pregnant with a third child!!!) I am 12 weeks along and that is why no one has heard from me for a while - but I am hoping the sickness will soon be over! We couldn't be any happier. I know to some people this is not leaving a dream, but to me, it really is.
I do plan on going back to school and graduating in health and nutrition. I would love to be a dietition when all my kids are in school. Of course this is a few years down the road so as we have all said - anything can happen!
This was a fun idea! And I will be sure to keep you posted on the pregnancy and when we find out what we are having in a couple of months!
Monday, February 11, 2008
I knew I wanted to be a dental hygienist about junior year. I finished my dental assisting program the summer after high school and then I was going to take the fast track to my dental hygiene degree which included (I thought) getting into school the first time (even though only 1-2 people out of the class of 30 get in on the first try). And then I was going to be a hot young well-off dental hygienist living the single life, dating and having fun. Then I was going to go on a mission. Then I was going to come back, date a couple more years, get a cute red sports car and then find Mr. Right.
Alas I did not get into my program on the first try, but it ended up being one of the best things that ever happened to me as I moved to Salt Lake and got to live with Em for two years and was the reason I met Jared. And as I got preggo I never did get to live the well-off hygienist dream as my belly got in the way of getting hired. But I've got one of the hottest husbands (who we hope will someday be a successful MBA), one of the most beautiful, sweet babies around, a temple marriage, and a happy( if crazy) life here in Indiana.
So the question for all of you is, "What did you "plan" on doing with your life and what have you actually done?" To answer this question add a new post, not a comment. I think it will be fun to compare!
Saturday, February 2, 2008
I have a great recipe for you all if you need something to take for your Super Bowl party tomorrow (J/K)! We have a recipe night once a month for Relief Society and I got this great spinach dip this last time that I wanted to share with you all. Super easy and way yummy! I made it for my playgroup and a party the other day and everyone loved it!
2 packages chopped, frozen spinach
2 cups onions
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
12 oz mexican Velvetta
Thaw the spinach and put in crockpot with onions, salt, and garlic powder on high for 1 1/2 hours. Cube velveeta and add to spinach mixture, cooking on high for an additional thirty minutes. Serve over crackers or baguette slices.
Hope some of you try it! It is soooo good!
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
Oh and on that note, a big "Good Luck" to all of you that are either applying for graduate programs or have husbands that are applying! This time last year was very stressful at our house, waiting for decisions! A special "Good Luck" to Emily and Chelsea and to Cody and Jason and whoever else that I don't know of.