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Annnnnnnnd I’m back.


It’s been 2 months since my last post…  Jake challenged me to do 2 posts per week – a little ambitious considering I haven’t even done 2 posts in the last 2 months.  But he put this super cute new theme on my blog so I HAVE to write something so I can get back on the radar!

We’ve had a lot going on over the past 2 months.  Here are some highlights, newest to oldest:

I’m now 34 weeks pregnant and feeling quite uncomfortable.  The kid likes to kick me in the ribs and all the organs that he’s displaced.  Thanks Baby – you’re grounded as soon as you’re born.  This whole baby thing is starting to feel pretty real now that we’re coming up on our last month and a half!  Tomorrow we start a prenatal/parenting class, we bought a bassinet and Jake put it together tonight, we’re getting close to deciding on a car seat… SO MANY DECISIONS!!  But it’s comforting to know that no matter what we decide, he’s coming ready or not!

New Year’s week, my parents came out to visit and they’re the hardest working visitors we’ve had!  My dad and Jake tore it up in the basement (and Ken, too, on New Year’s Day) while my mother spent the days working on my list of projects (ie. hemming the curtains and making runners for the furniture in my room, putting away the Christmas decorations, doing dishes, vacuuming, and on and on).  My sister Laura also helped out both in the basement and the house.  We’re pretty lucky to have family that likes to help out.

Speaking of help, we’ve had a bunch of awesome help on the basement.  Jake’s brothers, dad, uncle, my dad, brother and sisters, a few friends, etc.  The goal is to have it finished before the baby arrives…  The sheetrock is finally done, so the next step is mudding and taping – fun stuff.

Christmas was spent with the Spurlocks at Jake’s parents’ home in SLC – complete with Christmas Eve Mexican dinner and a turkey feast on Christmas day.  Oh, and snow.  Blech.  White Christmases are so overrated!! (I know, I’m a whiney California import that still can’t get over the snow after being in Utah for 10 winters now…  YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT IT’S LIKE!!)

Thanksgiving was spent in Arizona with the Bains at my brother’s house.  We had a super fun week full of lots of playing, eating, Hand and Foot, the Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch, family pictures, cute nephews making a go-cart with Grandpa, and BEAUTIFUL Arizona November weather. My brother and his wife are superb hosts! (And we can’t wait for their 4th arrival, due in August!)

And finally, the weekend before Thanksgiving, Jake scored 2 nights at this awesome condo in Park City. So we invited Jake’s bro Ty and wife Ashley to come stay with us – they’re a blast to hang out with.  We pretty much just vegged the whole weekend, staying up late, sleeping in, outlet shopping, watching TV, and eating out.  Hip hop hurray for mini vacations.  I could really use one now!

So that’s a wrap,  I won’t add pictures to this post since it’s already WAY too long (just follow the links).  Maybe I’ll add some to another post… No promises but I’ll do my best!  If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll get a peek at the size of my tummy, or maybe even the 3-D ultrasound picture I mentioned 14 WEEKS AGO!!!  Stay tuned…

Cool cool cats


Here we have The Bain Girls in all their 80’s coolness.  I must have been about 7 years old.  (In case you can’t tell, I’m the one on the left.)  I’d like to point out my purple “earings” – since I didn’t have my ears pierced until later in life, I would press my hair barettes onto my ears as hard as I could and stand really still so they’d stay on at least for the picture.  Creativity at its finest, eh?  And compliments to Carl’s Jr. for the free sunglasses.  Anyone else remember when those were all the rage?  Good times…

Bain Girls in thir Carl's Jr. Sunglasses

I stole this picture off of my sister’s blog (Thanks, Laura).  And since I’m stealing pictures, I might as well post this one, too.

Bain Girls Halloween

I’ll see if I can find that pumpkin cape to use again this year.  It’s probably one of the few costumes that will fit a pregnant belly…  And who doesn’t love plastic vampire teeth?!

Help For Serenity


From Jeff Barr, because I didn’t think that I could write it any better.

In a series of Twitter messages last week, my friend Phil Burns shared with the world the fact that his 2-year-old daughter Serenity had taken ill and was subsequently diagnosed with Leukemia. In the course of a couple of days their life went from normal, to “what’s wrong with Serenity?” to “rush her to the ER” to “she could die” to “she’s going to make it but she needs two years of chemotherapy.” She has entered treatment, and it looks like she’s headed in the right direction.

Phil and his wife Adria are going to have their hands full. They have 8 kids, Phil’s in the middle of putting a startup together, and this is going to be a huge drain on their time and on their finances.

As a first step at helping Phil’s family handle what I can only guess will be a $100K+ bill for treatment, Phil’s one-time business partner Jesse Stay has started to collect some funds using a ChipIn widget, a copy of which I have posted at the top right hand corner of this blog. The goal is $500. I am feeling generous this morning and will happily augment the final amount by another 15%.

This is just a drop in the bucket, and there’s going to be room to do a lot more. If you can help, just click on the widget. I’m sure they’d appreciate your positive thoughts and prayers as well.

Some might wonder how and why Phil and Adria have the time and the inclination to Twitter and to blog at a time like this. I am guessing that this is actually the easiest and most efficient way for them to keep their virtual community of family, friends, and well-wishers in the loop. Instead of fielding endless phone calls and email messages they can simply direct people to follow along on the blog.

I have added a little to the pool, and would encourage you, if you are able, to do the same.

Help Here

Party like it’s yo berfday


(Long post warning!! Sorry, I’m still getting the hang of this blogging thing…)

Yesterday I turned 26 – not quite old enough to be embarrassed about my age, but my mother and I decided no matter how old you get, it will ALWAYS be better to tell someone your age than your weight. Good advice, Mom.  So in light of that, today’s post is a random collection of birthday memories.  And if this post gets a little long, it’s ok because it’s my birthday, so there.

My mom always let us chose what to have for our birthday dinner, so in my teens, I think I usually picked BBQ chicken, shrimp/dill/cucumber pasta salad, and baked beans.  And before I was mature enough to like shrimp and cucumbers, I would request baked beans and hot dogs.  My mother makes the BEST baked beans – I think I like them because they taste like BBQ sauce.  And those who know me knows that I like anything that is a means of getting more BBQ sauce into my belly.  Mmm mmm good.

Growing up, we had somewhat of an “adopted grandpa” named Howard Evans and he came to our house for dinner almost every Sunday.  Each year on our birthday, he gave us a mini box of See’s Candy (except for that birthday when Eric got a nose hair trimmer…) and he would always end the birthday song singing “without a shirrrrrrrt”.  I guess very old men can get away with stuff like that…

One of my sisters (to remain unnamed, Laura) used to talk about her birthday SO much all throughout the year (suggesting presents, party plans, etc.) that we had to instate a 10-day rule – she could ONLY mention her birthday 10 days before and 10 days after the actual day. This rule was only applicable to her and it is still in effect today.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m terrible with birthdays – I’ll usually call, but I am not grown up enough to actually get a card written and in the mail. And speaking of birthday cards, I’ve been mostly miss and seldom hit with my sister Cecilie – one year I spelled her name wrong in the card, and another year I made this awesome homemade card for her but with the wrong age on it. She is still in therapy about it.

I share my birthday with my brother’s wedding anniversary, Jackie (a FAVORITE roommate) & Doug’s half wedding anniversary, and my most UN-favorite roommate of all time (IMPORTANT CLARIFICATION: this is NOT Jackie!!!  Sorry for the confusion, Jack!).  And it’s two days after my Dad’s birthday. (He turned 60 last Friday! Go Dad!)

My FAVORITE birthday before this one was 22.  As far as birthday bashes go, my birthday was usually somewhat anticlimactic as it was after I got home from BYU but before my other college friends came home for the summer.  But this was my first summer staying in Provo and I was determined to have an awesome summer, so I threw myself a huge birthday BBQ.  I had just moved to a new apartment, so I invited a bunch of my old friends and everyone at the new place – it was SO MUCH FUN!!  And Jake and I had met at that point but we weren’t dating, so he came “just for the food” (his words).  So that makes yesterday the FIFTH birthday of mine that I’ve spent with Jake!  Everyone, I HIGHLY recommend throwing your own birthday party every once in awhile.

And last but certainly not least, this birthday has been superfantastic.  Saturday, Jake and I had an official Birthday Day O’ Fun in Salt Lake City.  We took pics of the flowers at Temple Square, ate Mexican mole at the Red Iguana, went for a drive up Emigration Canyon, had Tongan watermelon/coconut/pineapple juice and a Basque steak sandwich at a street festival downtown, visited Jake’s grandma and aunt, and just enjoyed the warm spring weather that FINALLY decided to show up. It was so much fun to hang out with Jake all day, and he was such a champ catering to my every whim AND letting me hog the camera the entire time. Even before the surprise party on Sunday (see next post), I’d say 26 was a huge success!

Here’s one of my favorite pics from Saturday – I’ll post more later.