I have pictures. Lots of 'em. But they are trapped in my camera. Someday I will get a new camera and not lose the USB cord so I can upload pictures with ease. But until that time, you have to settle with using your imagination and looking at poor quality pictures from my phone. This Christmas we went up north. We started our journey on Sunday, December 20th. We drove up to Springville and spent the night in my parents little house. We had it all to ourselves which was really nice. I went in to work in Murray from Monday through Wednesday. It was great to meet all of the new people who have started since I was last up there. Monday night Glen and I went up to Salt Lake and went shopping. It was freezing! But we had dinner at Biaggi's and it was pretty good! Plus we got to spend the evening alone. Tuesday night we took Glen's dad, Wayne and little sister, Marianne, to Tucano's. We love Rodizio Grill but we figured Wayne wouldn't want to go all the way to Salt Lake just for dinner. So we settled with Tucano's. They had never been and the restaurant serves a lot of the food Glen at while in Brazil so it was fun to share that with them. (PS. we later found out there is a new Rodizio Grill in American Fork. Go figure!) Anywho, it was good food and good fun. Wednesday night, Candice and I braved the crowds and headed to Wal-Mart for some last minute shopping. Luckily people are usually really nice to two pregnant ladies so this close to Christmas they were at least decent instead of horrible. However, Thursday, Christmas Eve, I went to Reams and was almost cutoff by a rushed shopper with one item. Luckily I kept my cool and just kept walking so she didn't make it in front of me. There was no one else in line so I don't know what her big deal was. I had like 7 items. Come on people! It's Christmas! Anyway, Glen and I headed up to Farmington for the annual Hicks/Loveless Christmas Eve party. It was really fun as usual. The food was awesome and we all opened presents. I think I won in the present department though. Since I have a nephew in my belly, he got a present from his little cousin Aaron. He got a Diaper Genie! So really, I got a present and I'm so excited! Later that night we found ourselves and Dayton and Candice's (from now on they will be known as D & C) place to open the "star present". This is the present we get to open on Christmas Eve. It is always pajamas. The purpose of this is to ensure good looking people in your Christmas Day photos. Glen got me really cute pink and gray pajama pants and a maternity shirt that says Baby with a big heart. I love them! Glen got the usual plaid pants and an Old Navy shirt. Knowing the babies at D & C's house would sleep until at least 7 am meant I got to sleep in this Christmas. Of course I still naturally woke up at 5 like I do every Christmas, but this year I went right back to sleep. I'm usually the one to wake everyone else up but I'm too tired as of late. We packed up our presents and headed to D & C's. So, now it is time for the present wrap-up: Chelsea from Glen received: One freakin' awesome body pillow, The Little Mermaid, Mario Kart Wii, maternity clothes, candy, a new electric toothbrush and a beautiful sewing machine! Glen receive from Chelsea: two organ books, DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons, clothes, a lamp for the piano and random food stuffs he specifically asked for. (I think he did a better job... but these are things he asked for...) We also got a really nice piece of artwork from our friends the Carnesecca's that has our name and wedding date on it. My mom and dad got Glen a Flip video camera and me another cottage for my Christmas village. They are also taking us all to Mexico at the end of May! We ate a hearty breakfast and then headed over to Glen's dad's house to open presents with them. From Wayne I got the cutest onesie ever! He is a farmer so it is just perfect! It is pictured above. I also got the movie "A Christmas Story" which strangely enough we did not have yet. From Glen's sister Marie I got a maternity sweater and a scarf to match. They are really cute! Glen got an Old Spice gift set. He loves Old Spice so that was perfect. Wayne also put together a photo album of old family photos which we don't have a lot of so that was really nice. Marie got Glen books of organ music. After presents, the four of us (Glen, me, Marie and Marianne) met up with D & C at the movies to see Sherlock Holmes. I loved it but a couple in our party felt it lacked a certain something. That night we had dinner at D & C's house with Candice's mom and little sister. Saturday we spent most of the day at Glen's dad's. We had lunch with them and then played the 1981 version of Trivial Pursuit. It was fun to guess things like what company has the 2nd largest truck fleet when it is now 28 years later and the answer has probably changed. We came home Saturday night. We have been playing with our new toys ever since. I can't get Glen to stay home more than a few hours before he is off to the church to play his new organ music. What a nut! But he does play Mario Kart with me and we have a blast. Anywho, that was our Christmas. Now we are back home and I am back to work and Glen is trying to fill the rest of his break with unproductive activities. (If you read all of this you are a true friend. Remember, blogs are somewhat of a journal so I have to make sure I include everything)
Per Melissa's request, here is a picture of the bump. No, I do not need to go potty*, I was just trying to emphasize the bump:*Okay, well, these days I probably did need to go potty... but that is not why my hands are there.
Although I complain about having to wait nine months for this baby to be in my arms, time is really going by fast. I think that has a lot to do with the holidays and birthdays and end of semesters. Speaking of end of semesters, Glen has finished his last semester as an undergrad! He starts student teaching in January! We have no idea where we will be by the end of May, which makes it really hard to get a nursery ready. I'm pretty sure we won't be in this house at least because we want to buy a house. But this is not why I started this post. I am coming up on 25 weeks. That means 15 (or 16 or 17) weeks left. At this point, I am feeling great! My joints are a little sore and I do get some round ligament pain from time to time but nothing worth complaining about. My new favorite past time is laying on the couch watching my belly jump around. It makes me think this is one strong little baby! And active... He never stops. He might when I am asleep but most of my waking hours are filled with kicks, jabs, rolls and punches. And I absolutely love it! I think it's funny when he kicks my bladder but I still get after him because I don't want to pee my pants. I have gained more weight than I need to my whole pregnancy so I think I'll fast for the next 15 weeks. Just kidding, of course, but it is still hard. I have been overweight all my life and my self-image has never been great so getting heavier is not easy. My doctor assures me I am not a fatty but I am not sure if he was saying that as a doctor or as a man. I think the latter. But that's okay, it still made me feel better. My belly button is still an innie but it is slowing growing out which is fun to watch. We have come up with a few names that shall remain unspoken until he makes his appearance. I have to do the glucose test as soon as I get back from our Christmas "vacation" up north. I am not at all excited about that. We only have to buy for two more people and then Christmas is taken care of. This is something I am excited about. I've never seen so many wrapped presents this soon before Christmas. It feels great! We also finished our neighbor gifts last night and those will be going out today. We bought Christmas cards but we haven't sent them yet. We will need to do that soon. Glen still won't let us do a picture. I think it would be awesome to have matching hideous Christmas sweaters and I could sport a side ponytail. But alas, not this year. Thanksgiving was great! we were in Arizona but to avoid making this post so long that no one reads it (too late) I will end there.