Sunday, December 28, 2008

Date Night!

I love going on dates with Darin!! Our most recent date was to go see the lights at temple square! Here are some pictures from our wonderful night!


A nice picture of the temple



The new nativity on the reflecting pool

The nativity from Japan!

Merry Christmas!!

We hope you had a wonderful Christmas! We sure did! It was so fun to just relax and spend some time with family! Christmas Eve we had a great time at Darin's parent's house with lots of family, cousins, delicious food, and excellent entertainment. The grandkids did an outstanding nativity--my favorite part was Noah being the donkey! Good times! Here is a picture of the whole clan from Chrsitmas Eve at Gunnerson's.

We also snuck down to my parents and mom gave us ALL matching p.j.'s--including little baby pants for Matthew! Here is a pic of us in our matching p.j.'s

Christmas morning was wonderful too! Santa found us again this year!! And, just like last year, he ate the milk and cookies we left out for him! (If you look close, you can see the crumbs)

Here is a cute picture of Darin looking so happy on Christmas morning!

Santa brought us some fun gifts! I got LOTS of my favorite candy bar (recess peanut butter cups) and recess peanut butter cups with banana cream. I also got the BEST movies in the WORLD!!! I got my all time favorite movie--Sleeping Beauty and Kung Fu Panda--both on blue ray. The best part is that on Sleeping Beauty, on the main menu page it shows "your kingdom" which shows the weather here in Bountiful! So when it is snowing here, it also shows it snowing on the Sleeping Beauty Castle! It shows the temperature here too! It is sweet!

Santa brought Darin some cologne, a book, a PS3 controller, a pen, and a few other things. Santa also got us a new Pot and Pan set, and a juicer extension for our kitchen aid. Here is a picture of Darin making fresh squeezed juice for our Christmas breakfast!

Our family Christmas breakfast was wonderful--as always! Very yummy! These are a few pictures from the morning!




Saturday, December 20, 2008

It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas!

I love Christmas!! Here are few pictures of some of our Christmas decorations! Darin and I found this tree for $13! What a steal! The Christmas tree ornaments are all from my Grandpa Welling!



Mom helped me set up this cute garland/ribbon around the door!

She also helped me make this cute wreath that matches our tree! Thanks for your help mom!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Blog=Brag

I know that blogs often turn into brags, but I just had to brag about Darin really quick....

DARIN PASSED HIS SERIES 7 TEST!!!!! WAHOO!!!!

Congrats Darin!! I am so proud of you!! He has been working and studying so hard! And he did great!! 14% above the national average!! Great work!! Thanks for all of your prayers! They helped!! We love you Darin!!

Shower Time!

This was a wonderful weekend! I had two baby showers, and I feel so blessed to have such amazing people in my life! Friday my friend Lara threw me a shower and it was so fun to see some of my old friends again. Here is a picture of some of the girls:

Oh, and for all those who have been asking, here is the long awaited belly shot! I am getting huge!!

Saturday I had a double baby shower with the people at my work for me and my friend Jana! Here are the two pregos:

And here is a picture of Ana, me, and Angie! Thanks so much again for the wondeful shower girls!! It was awesome!! Love you!!!

New Bathroom!!!!

Oh Happy Day!! We have a new bathroom!! We stayed with Darin's parents the last week while we got it done (thanks mom and dad!) It was fun to be with them, kind of like a little vacation!! But, when we came back from our little vacation, we came home to a new bathroom!! These are a few pictures of the process, and the final product!



Friday, November 28, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

We had a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving, and have so much to be Thankful for! We had dinner up at Gunnerson's, and the food was DELICIOUS!! I feel to thankful to have such wonderful in-laws! I really could not have asked for better ones! It was fun to have everyone there, minus Geoff, Jadi, Kaden, and Kaylee (we missed you). Darin's mom is an excellent cook and everything tasted wonderful! Baby Matthew liked it too! Here is a picture of Darin's dinner plate:

After dinner, Darin led the grandkids in a game of Thanksgiving BINGO! The kids had a great time! Then the kids made ornaments for the Christmas tree, which turned out really cute! I just wish I would have taken more pictures! After decorating cookies we went out and played football. The teams were Darin and the grandkids vs. Thom and Chris. Here is a picture of "the huddle"

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Rise and Shout!


Darg! Too bad cougars! Oh well, good job to the Utes! We had a fun Ute/Coug night with Darin's parents, Rick, and Noah. I had mixed feelings the whole game. Normally I would really want BYU to win all the way, but this year I was happy for the U because of the great season they have had so far! We had lots of yummy food including nacho caserol, vegie tray, crackers, cheese, dip, and cookies! I had a fun night with Noah too! He even helped me do the dishes! What a great night!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Luck be a lady!


I have been on a luck streak lately! On Monday I won a radio contest, and got 4 tickets to go see the early showing of Twilight! On Tuesday I won a drawing from a teacher's night at Costco and won some balsamic vinegar and bread! Tuesday night I took my mom and my sister to go see the movie, but unfortunately they gave out more tickets than they had seats so we didn't get to see it! Bummer. But, they did take pictures of us (hence the picture above) and gave us Twilight bracelets and stickers.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Baby...and bedroom update




I couldn't wait any longer to post this picture! Over UEA weekend my mom and I did pretty much the whole baby room! Can I just say that I have the most wonderful mother in the universe? I really wanted the "Chase bedding" from Pottery Barn, but I wasn't willing to spend $300 on the bedding alone. So, my mom and I looked around for similar fabric, and this is what we came up with! I like it even better than PB's! My mom did all the sewing including the changing pad, the fitted sheet, the bumper pad, the dustruffle, the valance, matching bow ties for two stuffed bears, and even did matching liners for the baskets that are going on the changing table! It will be so cute! She has also painted wood letters to hang his name on the wall! I would put all the pictures on, but I don't get everything until Christmas! I am so excited! So far it looks REALLY cute! Thanks mom for everything!! You are the best! (And thank you to Darin for letting me take over the "office/weight room" 3 months early).

Well, I haven't updated a lot on the baby lately, but he is doing great! He is such an active little guy and we are getting really excited to see him! He is always kicking my belly and "it looks like there is an alien inside trying to get out" because my belly moves so much--as quoted by my doctor at my last appointment. I have been feeling great and I can't believe that we are already into the last trimester! Last week I had my glucose test, and I don't know why but I am nervous about it. I will probably find out the result next week, so I will have to let you know!

Oh, and this little guy will probably be named Matthew--hopefully he comes out looking like a Matthew since mom already did those letters for the wall!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Gunnerson Get Together






We had a wonderful time with the Gunnerson clan on Nov. 1st. Mom and Dad Gunnerson made a delicious breakfast and we a had a really fun time spending time with the family! It was fun to see the brothers together playing basketball, but we all missed Geoff, Jadi, and their family a bunch! Here are a few pictures from the day:

Happy Halloween! (a little late)

We had a great Halloween! My wonderful mother came to my school and helped my students make these cute cookies:

Also my wonderful husband, Darin came to school and took lots of cute pictures! The kids had a great time, we made toilet paper mummies, halloween bingo, cookies, and decorated halloween bags. Here is one of our "TP mummies":

Here is a picture of me and my friend Jana:

Here is a picture of our third grade team:

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tag, I'm it!

Tag, I'm it!
Go to your 4th folder and pick the 4th picture and then give a brief description.

Thanks for the tag Shauna! Sorry no posts for a while, we are without the internet at home, so I am doing this from my mom's computer. On our computer our 4th file, 4th folder is of Darin's cousin Traci and Skylar, but on mom's computer it is this:



This is a picture from when we were getting our engagement pictures taken. Something funny must have happened, but I don't remember what it was!

I tag, ANYONE who reads this post!! That means YOU!!!!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Luckiest girl in the world!!!

Well, I know that some people refer to blogs as "brags." But, I just couldn't resist! When Darin came home yesterday I was scrubbing the toilet and he took me into the kitchen to find this:

What a man! Not my birthday, not an anniversary, just to say he loves me! He even arranged the flowers himself! Thanks Darin!!! I LOVE them!!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

"Spook-tacular"


I am REALLY getting excited for halloween!! I love the fall, and I love halloween! I found this idea for the lamp a long time ago so I don't remember who to give credit to, but I thought it was a really cute idea! I just cut bat shapes out of paper and taped them to the inside of the lamp. You can only see them when the lamp is turned on. And, of course, the candy always makes for great halloween decor! (as long as we don't eat it all).

All because two people fell in love...


My parents have now been married for 34 years. I am so thankful for their example in how to treat eachother and how to make a marriage successful! I hope that Darin and I can continue to follow that wonderful example! We look forward to when we get to that 34th year!! Happy Anniversary mom and dad!! We love you!!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Busy Weekend

What a weekend! It was busy but wonderful. Friday was Grandma's funeral, which went very well. All of Darin's brother's came in town, so it was a nice reunion. It was fun to see everyone, and get to spend some time together.

After the funeral, I went up to Logan for my friend since 1st grade's bridal shower. It was fun to see all of my friends, and to catch up.


Saturday we spent some more time with Darin's family, watched the U and BYU games, and I went to another shower. That night we went to the "Welling" family party up in the canyon! It was beautiful up there!

Darin and Ellie


The salad I took (recipe at hayleesfood.blogspot.com)


Me and Darin