Tuesday, November 27, 2012


We went in for an ultrasound today. It was the first time we had an actual ultrasound technician do it. Our doctor did all of Steven's plus the first two of this baby's ultrasounds. It was so fun for us to see the technician take so much time to show us the baby and what he was looking at to make sure everything looked healthy. He confirmed that it's a girl! He also mentioned she has a big head. According to her due date the baby is 22 weeks but the technician said the baby's head was measuring at 25 weeks 2 days. We also caught the baby yawning during the ultrasound. She's very cute :o) This is also the first time we got a CD with all of the pictures from the ultrasound so we thought we should post them on our blog!
Butt Crack

Lady Parts

More Lady Parts

Little Feets

Good lookin' arm bones!

Smooshed Face

More Face

Profile, her good side!

She has a cute nose, don't you think?

This is her yawning. The black circle is her mouth closing.

Gun Show

She is very snug.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Family Pics

So I guess I just need to come to terms with the fact that this blogging thing is just not my forte... I just can't seem to keep up with it! Maybe I'll get better someday...
It's been a pretty busy, what, month and a half? TJ and I found out we're expecting baby #2!! We actually have an ultrasound this week where we'll find out the gender! I've been much more sick than I was with Steven, though I've only actually thrown up once. Now that I'm out of my first trimester, things have gotten a little better, though not as much as I would have hoped. I guess as long as it keeps improving, maybe I'll be feeling great by the time the baby comes!
TJ's been busy applying to optometry school. He applied to 3 schools and has had 2 interviews so far, and gotten accepted to both (Houston and Indiana)! He has one more this weekend in Memphis. So we'll see how that one goes, but it looks like his odds are pretty good. :) We're excited for all the interviews to be over, though, so we can make a final decision on where we're going!
Amid all of this craziness, we decided we needed to make time to take family pictures before it got too cold (and ugly) outside. My amazing friend Nicole took them (of course) even though she was getting ready to have a baby in a week! She did a fabulous job with them :)

These are from a night we hung out with a couple of my friends from Macomb. I guess Steven has a girlfriend! (I'm trying to hold him back, but he really wanted to kiss Ashlynn!)

Sunday, September 2, 2012

End of Summer

Well, now that school has started, we're all pretty sad about it. It's definitely still warm here, so it's not like we can't go outside, but there's definitely not as much time to spend out there. We tried to make the most of it before school started.
Steven wanted to play outside with Tate ALL the time. He even started bringing his train tracks outside because apparently there wasn't anything else fun to do. (Tate had his shirt off that day, so of course Steven had to take his off too).

We also did a few BBQs with the Hopkins up the canyon. It was so gorgeous up there!

**All these pictures were taken by Nicole, by the way. I guess I'm getting pretty lazy in my blogging now-a-days. I can't even take my own pictures! But even if I do take some, her's are always way better :)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Rands Family Reunion

Back at the beginning of July, my family came to Utah for a Rands' family reunion (except for Geoff and Emily who had to work). It was so much fun! Things, I thought, went really well! Most of my family stayed at the house of one of our on=ld family friends from Macomb. It worked out perfectly! Everyone fit pretty comfortably there except for Hillary and Tim, who stayed with TJ and I at our apartment. That was only about 5 mins away from the house, though, so it was great!
We did a bunch of fun stuff. We went to Seven Peaks water park in Salt Lake and spent basically the whole day there. It was awesome. Even Mom and Dad when on one of the biggest slides there. I was so impressed! I know somebody who works there, so we even got hooked up with some free food, free tubes, and a free cabana. It was awesome!
The next day, we went to the Mt Timpanogas Temple. It had been a year since my grandparents had passed away, and so we were able to do all their work. It was a really special and awesome experience. My parents were finally able to be sealed to their parents! We all felt so lucky to be there all together. We missed Geoff a lot, though. We would have loved for him to be there with us. When we got home from the temple, we went to Tucano's, which was so yummy, and then we got some family pictures taken. My awesome friend, Nicole, had offered to take them, which was so great of her. They turned out great! Here are just a few...

Wednesday was the 4th of July, so we didn't do a whole lot, but we did get to go on a bike ride around campus, which was so much fun! 
Then on thursday, one of my other awesome friends, Kami, took us up to her families cabin about an hour and a half away from Provo. It was so awesome! The cabin was on thousands of acres of land, and so we got to go on a hike and some 4 wheeler rides. They also had a little man mande lake and some boats. All the kids loved that! In fact, the most common question I got while at the cabin was, "Can we come back here next year??" It was quite a hit I guess.

After the cabin, we headed back to provo. The next morning, the men took the kids up to downtown Salt Lake to tour around, while we cleaned the house and headed up to meet them. We went to a little neighborhood restaurant called Hook and Ladder that my parents and sisters used to go to when they lived in Salt Lake.

We also got to tour around the old neighborhood a bit. We then headed back to the hotel and played a few Minute to Win it games, after finally getting the kids all to bed.

Sunday, we went to my Parent's old ward and there were even a few people there that they had known (I think it's been about 30 years...)! The Christopherson's had already left that morning, Tim and Greg had left too, and everyone else was going to start the drive home the next day. It was such a great week, and I can't wait till next summer to do it all again!