Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Park City

Aaron was able to get a condo in Park City on Saturday so we went up with my family for a nice relaxing night. We rode the alpine slide (I didn't.. it would have probably put me into labor.. which now that I'm thinking about it maybe I should have??) but Danny took Whitney and she loved it. He said the whole way down she kept telling him to go faster and he was going as fast as could. Little Whit. Between her and her daddy... they are both fearless. Makes me a little nervous the kind of trouble those 2 could get into. Hopefully Hank will be a bit more calm like his momma.

Dad, Grandma, and mom making us some yummy breakfast!

Good morning handsomes.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Friday Night Football!

My little brother Parker is a junior at Hillcrest High School and plays on their varsity football team. They had their first game yesterday against the new Herriman High School football team. The line to get into the game was--- no joke-- about a 1/2 mile long. It was pretty insane. It was a lot of fun though and we beat them 17 to 7. I am super excited for our Friday night football nights even if I have to carry a long a newborn baby.. we will be there!

Go Parker!!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Potty Training and Pregnancy

I was bound and determined to get Whitney potty trained before the new baby arrives. Diapers are stinkin expensive and I am not about ready to spend $100/month on diapers for Whitney and Hank. We have tried a couple different times to get Whitney potty trained all of which were unsuccessful. One of the times ended with Whitney picking up her potty, throwing it in my room, slamming the door shut, and yelling: "I DON'T TO GO TO THE BATHROOM." We gave up after that tantrum. I decided to try again a couple of weeks ago.. the first couple of days were rough and I was about ready to give up and then... she finally got it!!!! WAHOO!! No more diapers. She has had VERY FEW accidents and it feels like the biggest accomplishment! She is so independent about it now that when we go to a public bathroom she won't even let me in the stall anymore. She makes me wait outside the door while she goes to the bathroom. I'm so proud of my little big girl!!

Now for the pregnancy.. I feel and look like I'm about ready to pop. I am excited to get this baby out of me! I went to the doctor on Tuesday and I am dilated to a 2 and the doctor said that I could go anytime. If I don't have him by August 31st then he will induce me so we are working on getting this kiddo out. I am pretty crampy and am having braxton hicks very often so hopefully it's sooner than later. Can't wait to meet little Hank! Lots of changes coming our way and we are excited!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

All good things must come to an end..

"Day by day, minute by minute, second by second we went from where we were to where we are now. The lives of all of us, of course, go through similar alterations and changes. The difference between the changes in my life and the changes in yours is only in the details. Time never stands still; it must steadily march on, and with the marching come the changes.

This is our one and only chance at mortal life—here and now. The longer we live, the greater is our realization that it is brief. Opportunities come, and then they are gone. I believe that among the greatest lessons we are to learn in this short sojourn upon the earth are lessons that help us distinguish between what is important and what is not. I plead with you not to let those most important things pass you by as you plan for that illusive and nonexistent future when you will have time to do all that you want to do. Instead, find joy in the journey—now."

--President Thomas S. Monson

Sunday was a bitter sweet day. I kinda knew some "changes" were going to take place but sometimes you still just aren't prepared. After serving in yw's for 4 years, our presidency got released. It's weird thinking that the last 4 years every Wednesday night and Sunday's were devoted to our cute girls and now I feel a little bit lost. What am I going to do with all of my time? Yesterday I had to give away my binder and all of my young women stuff to the new counselor and I had a really hard time parting with it. It's stupid, I know.. but it was like giving away the last 4 years of my life to someone else. I loved the girls and leaders and they became my best friends.. really. We had such a good thing going for us and I am sad that it has come to an end. It is good though. Change is necessary and I am super excited for the new presidency. I think that they will do an awesome job. Bishop said that he will give me 3 weeks off to have the baby and then 1 week to recuperate before he will give me a new calling.. We will see if that holds true. :) So wherever I go, I will go happily but I will never forget the fun, sweet moments I had with the leaders and girls and the life long friendships I have made with both.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Jealous of Rick and his girlfriends.

As you may recall Danny gave me 3 chickens for my birthday. The 3 chickens turned into 5 (2 are actually the Gleason's that just stay with ours) . Turned our summer into a "building a chicken coop project". Which turned our backyard into a construction zone mess. It is finally completed, thank goodness, but we have left many other projects slightly neglected. For example, we are completely re doing our basement.. gutting, re painting, carpeting.. the whole works. We are putting our office and play room downstairs and doing a new room for Whitney upstairs. Well good thing that we only have 1 month left until this little guy comes and we haven't done a DARN thing in the basement yet. Little Hank may be room less for a month or 2 until we can get things finished down stairs. That's true "Westenskow" style.. waiting until the last minute. Not to put all the blame on Danny though because I would consider myself more of a procrastinator than he is, he is just incredibly busy with other things and there is only so much my prego body can do. So if Hank has to sleep in a pack in play for a little bit, that's ok.

Anyways.. the chickens. They are kind of a touchy subject with me. In fact, the only arguments I can recall me and Danny having these last couple of months ARE about the chickens. Initially, I whined and complained that the chickens were in the house and too noisy so Danny moved them outside into our dogs kennels. Well, I whined and complained that I had to let them out every day, feed them, and catch them so he built a chicken coop. I whined and complained that it was taking too long to build and costing us a lot of money. (Just to preface.. Danny initially did a great sales pitch on me by saying they are really inexpensive and a great investment.. fresh eggs. We haven't received any return on our investment yet and building a mansion for chickens isn't cheap.) Rob and Danny finally finished it.. BTW they did a great job! But I was still whining and complaining because Danny didn't want them to be "stuck" in the coop all day. So I would let them out and their favorite place to hang out... on our cement under our table or perched on our chairs. Well, they do poop and poop ALOT! Our backyard cement area, where I like to hang out, is covered in chicken poop. They also like to eat in our garden and have eaten all of our cucumber plants. So Danny and Rob built a chicken run and now they have only a certain area where they can go.

Problem solved and pregnant lady happy.. Well so I thought. This morning while I was working I opened the window to get some air flow and instantly hear crowing. The "cock a doodle do" crowing. I had never really heard a rooster crow before but there was NO mistaking it. 6 AM every 3 minutes or so I hear a "cock a doodle do". I honestly could not stop laughing. We have a Rick amid 4 other female chickens whom I'm sure are ripe and ready to either lay eggs or re produce which ever will happen first. I sure hope that he hasn't impregnated any of the other chickens or we are really in a mess.

Danny bought the chickens at IFA and told me that there is a 90% chance that they are all chickens. I guess when they are babies you can tell by the way they poop if they are going to be chickens or roosters (according to Danny.) Honestly, you can tell by the way the poop? I'm sorry, I don't believe that. I'm sure its just a sales pitch. But we were unlucky and are in the 10% category. I don't know what Danny is going to do with it or how you dispose of a rooster?? There is no way I can watch him kill it and there is definitely no way I am eating that thing! When I told Danny about the rooster he said and I quote: "People would pay us lots of money to eat our rooster. It is really healthy, natural and it would be like eating organic chicken. It eats fresh vegetables and lots of grass." SICK! I am NOT eating a chicken that tastes like cucumbers. Um.. no thanks.

I have figured out, though, the "root" of the problem and why I so despise the chickens/rooster. I am jealous. I am jealous of Rick and his girlfriends. Sunday mornings Danny loves to go outside, sit on a chair and watch the chickens. He loves to watch them burrow in the dirt and loves to watch them run around the yard. He likes to hold them and even tries to discipline them. Maybe if I rolled around in the dirt and ran through the yard like a chicken Danny would love to watch me to?? Maybe.. if I had on a sexy outfit.. I could distract him from the chickens for a minute or 2. He spent hours building them a mansion.. well I want a mansion or maybe just my basement finished. But we have finally made a peace offering.. Danny and I. He says he does love me more.. whew.. thank goodness! :) And honestly, if Danny wants his hobby to be chickens then whatever. I'm going to let this one slide and let him do his thing.

Here is the coop and run. It isn't completely finished yet. I think they are putting siding up and painting it.

Girls Camp

I just got back from girls camp a couple of weeks ago and had a blast!! No drama, no fighting.. just lots of fun and lots of laughs. I love hanging out with the girls... I honestly feel like I am 16 years old again when I am with them. But the leaders I serve with, for sure make it the best! We have grown so close with each other, it has been so fun to spend time with them.

Canyon Rim girls and leaders.

Check out that belly.. I look like I'm about ready to pop. This little Westenskow boy has really taken a toll on my body. :)