Sunday, May 26, 2013

Friday was my last day of teaching and it was bitter sweet. This year I had some really challenging students and I have been eager all year for summer break, but all in all I do love teaching and even the students that test my patience have a special place in my heart, but most of all I am really sad to be leaving my wonderful co-workers. They have become some of my closest friends and have been really supportive the last couple of years. They all threw me a surprise baby shower before I left and spoiled me and the baby with loads of cute clothes. These women are all advocates of staying home and raising your children and they get me so excited about getting to be a stay at home mom and wife. I'm grateful that I am able to stay home with our baby and experience being a mom full time. These women have been my second mothers and best friends and family when mine has been so far away. I'm really lucky to have had such amazing examples of women in my career.
(Tonya Snelson: my room buddy)
(My fourth grade team: Karalee Reeves, Megan Messer, Teresa Taylor)
(My second grade team: Ali Cecil, Alyssa Christensen, Michelle Parker, Laurel Fox)
(My best friend and venting buddy: Tonya Palmer)
(My special education team: Sylvia Kearny, Janine Talbot)
I think I have finally hit the normal phase of pregnancy. It took a whole 19 weeks to finally feel like I could function without puking and the last half of this second trimester is so much better. I lost 13 pounds in the first trimester but have now gained that back and then some. The two lowest points of the pregnancy were throwing up in a barf bag on an airplane(note to self: never fly when pregnant) and having to pull over on the side of the road on the way to work and throw up out my door while cars had to swerve around me. These are the "joys" of pregnancy that I'm so grateful I get to experience. I am basking in the uncomfortableness, stretching stomach, weight gain, waddling, and the fact that my life now is planned around scheduled eating times. I finally felt the baby move around 19 weeks and Jesse was able to feel her too. All her movements have been so fun to feel. We had our anatomy ultrasound last week and it is still a girl and she is developing normal and looking strong and healthy. At our 15 week ultrasound her head was under my placenta so we couldn't see her face and last week at the 21 week ultrasound she had her face smash against my back so we couldn't see her face again. She seems to be a little shy and maybe stubborn. After our anatomy ultrasound Jesse and I went to La Jolla Groves and had a delicious dinner to celebrate our healthy baby girl and our 3 year anniversary. Life is good.
(baby bump at 21 weeks)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Two weeks ago Jesse graduated from the Marriott School of Business at BYU and I couldn't be prouder. We were blessed to have both our families in town for the occasion. His graduating brought about decisions of where to go for grad school and what our plans for the future will be. Jesse decided to go to USC for grad school and we are thrilled to be going back home to sunny weather and family. We will move back at the end of June and prepare for our baby girl's arrival in September. There will be a lot of changes for our little family, but we are excited to for the future and what it could bring. Utah has been good to us for our first three years of marriage. It was the perfect place for us for this time, but we are ready to take on a new adventure. 
Jesse and I made a trip out to Washington DC in March so Jesse could interview for grad school at Georgetown. Despite what my husband thinks I really did enjoy the trip and was glad I got to see the sites because the history over there is incredible. I was seven weeks pregnant and puking all the time and not able to eat anything so I may have seemed grumpy and I was definitely out of energy. My favorite part of the trip was definitely Arlington Cemetery and the Holocaust Museum. Our hotel was so nice and we even got to spend a day in the city with some of our good friends, which brightened my spirits. We did so much walking and my feet were killing me by the end of the day. We experienced the metro and the biter cold weather. It was a great experience, but I learned that if I had a choice DC is probably not the place for me, but I do understand why people love it there so much. Jesse did get accepted to Georgetown, but ended up declining the flattering offer. If we were to do this trip again I would suggest we do it in the warmer months with the cherry blossom trees and while I am not pregnant. 
I have been neglecting this blog for a while, hence I am just now posting about Christmas break. We had a great break at home and were spoiled with gifts as usual. On my dad's chest in the last picture is Vinny. He didn't last long in the Conley family, but he sure was fun to have around while it lasted.