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Archive for November, 2010

Almost done!!

Only two more weeks of grad school! Last week, I had my oral presentation for my final project, finished my revisions to my paper and submitted it Friday. Now I just need the final sign off and I can turn in my Notice of Completion to the graduate school. I’m so excited to be done but I can’t believe the last 18 months went so quickly! So, now that we’re past papers and homework, I have no excuse to slack on blog posts…well,¬†this whole baby situation might take up a little time, but we’ll see ūüôā

We’re officially at 36 weeks now. Only one more week until she’s full-term, although we hope she stays put for at least one more week after that! But we’ve been talking to her, she’s welcome to come anytime after the 5th! We spent this freezing weekend picking up some last minute things at Babies R Us, organizing her room and doing load after load of laundry to get ready for her arrival. We’re getting so excited to see her pretty little face. We had another ultrasound Friday and¬†she’s 5 pounds, 11 ounces now. I think she’s getting quite big and running out of room in there, hence the karate kicks periodically throughout the day!

Last weekend, we had the pleasure of hanging out with Krista, Nick and Ewan. My Uncle Dave was in town too, and treated us to a fabulous dinner at Bertha Miranda’s followed by a day of fun at Virginia Lake and the UNR basketball game. Ewan was a bit overwhelmed by the ducks but I think he had a good time.

He also spent some quality time loving on Jett. Hopefully all this time spent with kids will help Jett not be such a jealous monster when the baby comes.

And the last exciting news since I last posted, Pi Phi initiation was last Sunday. Alyssa is officially an active member. This has been such a fun semester for her and I hope she has as much fun with it as I did in college. It’s¬†a great opportunity to meet new people and be involved in something outside of classes. I know she’ll love it and be an awesome active member!

That’s all for now. Hopefully we can make it to El Dorado Hills for a delicious Thanksgiving dinner. I hope everyone has a great weekend with friends and family!

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I love my grad class!

Have I told you lately that I have the greatest grad class ever? Today, they had a surprise shower for me after class complete with delicious cupcakes, homemade hummus, Brazilian treats and a birth chain that counts down the days until December 17th, made from recycled scrap paper, of course, that now hangs above my computer in our classroom. They are the most thoughful people ever.

I’m so glad I decided to apply for this program when I did! We have a great group of students and awesome faculty that have made¬†it so amazing. I can’t believe we’re done in less than a month but I’m so thankful for all the people I met and experiences I had because of this program! And of course for all the support this semester with the rapidly growing baby g!!

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A Fatherhood Celebration!

Another week closer to meeting this little girl and another great visit to El Dorado Hills. Mama G, Larry and Grandma Lori put together a lovely shower to celebrate the upcoming arrival. We always have a blast with the Gibsons, James Gang and Smiths, but this weekend takes the cake! Mama G brushed off her teaching skills and put together a full lesson plan to keep the evening on track. The theme was Celebrating Fatherhood with a complete guy-filled evening of fun. The only girly elements were the delicious cake, specially selected by Larry, and a beautiful bundle of pink balloons from Lisa and Carol. 

The rest of the party was all about great fathers and fathers-to-be. The guys had their own pass-the-baby game in which Perry¬†came out victorious. Jimmy says it’s like the garter at a wedding and he’s next in line for a baby. I think Shawna might disagree! Then each person shared a special memory¬†they¬†had of¬†their own fathers. It was so fun to hear from all the different generations and the little things that stick with people through the years.

Jimmy and I had the best time visiting with both sides of the family and are so glad to have so many people who are so excited to meet this little one! We’re so blessed to have such great families and I know this baby girl will have the best life ever getting to grow up in such amazing company! Thanks again to the Smiths, James and Gibsons for celebrating this exciting time with us!!

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Best. Wedding. Ever.

My very dear friend Gina married the most wonderful man last weekend! She’s been one of my best friends since 9th grade and I¬†felt so blessed to be a part of her celebration.

The weekend started with a delicious Indian dinner, a Roce,¬†with Sunil’s family where all the single guys and girls received an Indian blessing for love and fertility.

The next night was the rehearsal and fantastic dinner where Gina and Sunil’s amazing families gave the most heartfelt toasts to the soon-to-be bride and groom.

Then it was time for the big day!! Gina and Sunil have been waiting for this for nearly 18 months and all the hard work and planning sure did pay off. Gina was a stunning bride, as to be expected, and every last detail was simply breathtaking! It was just perfect in every way.

And in case you were wondering, this is what a bridesmaid dress at 33 weeks looks like. Thankfully I was paired with¬†Sunil’s¬†wonderful friend, Bailey, who didn’t mind helping my pregnant self, and very sore feet, down the aisle! I’m so glad I didn’t fall on the way or pass out during the full Catholic mass!

Of course, the reception was gorgeous with flowers everywhere, a photo booth for the guest book, an amazingly talented harpist and sax player and tons of dancing from all Gina’s crazy friends!

We had such a great time and are so glad that Gina and Sunil found each other. They are so perfectly matched and I have no doubt that they’re going to have a beautiful life together. Congrats to the newlyweds!!

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