Thursday, July 21, 2011

Steamboat Springs, CO

Logan's parents have a timeshare, and we are lucky enough to use it and take family vacations together. Last weekend we went to Steamboat Springs with the gang, and it was so fun!
We hiked to Fish Creek Falls,
Which was gorgeous.

Mostly we hung out at the pool A LOT.
Something about being in the pool 7 months pregnant is WONDERFUL.
We had a KILLER game of "Monkey in the Middle" going on, with everyone, I mean everyone, even Deana :). It was so fun!
(Doug makes a funny "sea monster" when he's trying to get the ball from you. Terrifying, in a laugh your head off way)
Also, the boys thought it would be cool to make a 4 man tower.

And they were successful....
Most hilarious moment ever.
Check out Doug's face...hahaha.
And this is for Autumn...her and her cute baby.
Bailey was so dang funny in the pool with us, I stinking love her guts.

We had such a great time up there, it was so relaxing, and full of lots and lots of laughs. Thanks Mom and Dad Spence for inviting us up! We really enjoyed our weekend there!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Daddy Logan

We're getting the nursery ready for the baby.
Logan set up the crib today.
It's feeling a lot more real being able to walk in and see the room coming together.
This baby is so lucky to have Logan as a daddy.
He is so great with kids.
He loves playing with our nieces and nephews.
He loves running with them, tackling them, wrestling them, snuggling them, throwing them in the air, he just loves them all a whole bunch.
He's got a special little attachment to Bailey.
She loves him back. A lot.
I love watching him play with her, it's like "practice" for our baby.
He seriously adores her to pieces.
We joke around that if his niece can get him so wrapped up around her little finger,
he's going to be A TOTAL MESS when he has a daughter.
(I bet it will take about 3 seconds after her being in his arms that he will be a melty, goopy, in love with his daughter mess)
But for now he keeps practicing on Bailey.
He can't help himself...she's just so darn cute!
(Her mama's real pretty too.)

4th of July 2011

The 4th of July, to the Belnap family, is practically our summer Christmas. It's a huge deal. I love, love, love the 4th of July. Every year for as long as I can remember, we go up to my parents' hometown for a chuck wagon breakfast, then watch a parade, and then we have a big family bbq and swim party at my grandma's sister's house. This year we got to celebrate with my family on the Saturday before, and I forgot to take pictures...but it was a lot of fun!
The actual 4th, we went to a hot air balloon launch with Logan's family. It was kind of windy, and they weren't actually able to get the balloons off the ground, but they still blew them up and let us walk around. Logan loved the Darth Vadar balloon the best :)
Ever since I was little I have LOVED hot air balloons, so this festival is so fun for me every year.
Later that day we had a bbq with Logan's family, and I made this delicious "Fruit of July Pizza" that made me feel uber-domestic, and was really fun to make. As my mother in law put it...strawberries, blueberries, and chocolate, how does it get better than that!?

That night we went to watch fireworks with my parents, and it was a great show. Baby Spence was so jumpy the whole time, she does NOT like loud noises I guess.

It was a great 4th...all the way up until Logan decided to give us another fireworks display and throw up all over my parents' bushes in their front yard. Kid never gets sick, so it was kind of scary to see him not feeling well, but two days later he was fit as a fiddle.

It was a great year, and I'm so excited for next year to be able to dress our baby girl up all patriotic and be able to watch her experience her first 4th of July (even if she won't remember it at all).

Monday, July 11, 2011

Wish List

We are loved. A lot, and by a lot of people, and we are super duper blessed by all these people. We have been given so many things for this baby already, and have been really lucky to find wonderful deals on things like a crib and stroller, and Logan's sisters have been wonderful to let me borrow things like a swing and a bassinet for when this little girl arrives.

My dad has a younger brother who is actually closer in age to me than to him. He's married to a seriously awesome gal. They have two little girls, one almost 6, and one who will be 1 in a few days, and they are adorable. When they found out we were having a girl, they so kindly gave us all their baby clothes that their baby is so quickly growing out of.

And then I have a friend from school who also gave me some hand me down clothes after her sweet little girls grew out of them.

And then my birthdad Mark and his cool wife Angie had a baby last June, and they are done with the having kids thing too...and gave us all of their (practically new) clothes, along with some other things like a baby bathtub, a play mat, and such.

We are BLESSED to have received all of these things. I will admit, we are poor, struggling college students just trying to do what we feel is right for our family, and trying our darndest to follow what God has in plan for us. We are not "settled" in a career or a home or really anything. But we realize that we have been so blessed by those around us, who love us, and support us. These kind acts are only a few of about one billion that have already happened, and we are so grateful to all the support we have received.

Since we have been given so many things already, there are things we don't really need (like clothing), so my dear mother asked me to post a list of things we still need for our little girl, so if you are another wonderful person who loves us, and want an idea for what we are still needing (for shower gifts and such), here you go (and thank you so much!!)--

-Diapers and Wipes
-Baby Shampoo, Soap, Lotion, etc.
-Diaper cream, powder, vaseline
-Baby Thermometer
-Baby medicines--Tylenol, Gas Drops, Motrin, etc.
-Medicine dropper or spoon
-Swaddling/Receiving blankets
-Burp cloths/wash cloths
-Hooded Towels
-Diaper Genie
-Changing Pad and Covers
-Crib sheets
-Baby hangers
-Breast Pump
-Bottles, Milk storage containers/bags
-Nursing Pads
-Lanolin Lotion
-Bottle brushes/drier rack
-Snack containers, sippies, dinner ware
-High Chair
-Organization bins/baskets/jars
-Umbrella Stroller
-Children Books

We're also registered at Babies 'R Us and Target. And of course, we would put gift cards to good use :)

Like I said, we have been so incredibly blessed to have already been given so many things for this baby. She is already so loved by everyone, and is seriously the luckiest girl I know to have the extended family and friends that she will have.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Strawberry Days 2011

Every summer, Logan's hometown has their summer celebration called "Strawberry Days." I wasn't all that into it before we met, since I didn't grow up in the same town, but Logan's family has completely converted me. It's a week full of carnivals, rodeos, parades, and Logan's Favorite--the doubles tennis tournament.
Logan and his best friend, Max, played in high school together, and the past two years they have competed in this tournament together. They won the B-Division bracket in 2010, and this year they won it again, defending their title. I love watching them at this tourney, they get really into it, and I love seeing Logan get so excited and happy about something he loves.
About 2.8 seconds after Max got his trophy, he promptly dropped it on the ground, snapping the little star thing on top. Nice going Maxy-Boy!!
And no, they are not twins, or brothers, or even related.
But people ask them if they are all the time.
Dang my husband is a sexy man :)

Two Years as Mrs. Spence

Logan and I have been married for two years now. I still can't believe how lucky I am to have this wonderful man as my husband. I am so extremely grateful for him, and I am so glad that we were married in the temple so I can be with him for the rest of eternity. I love him so much!!
Last year we were in Paris, France for our One Year Anniversary, which was so much fun.
I remember just feeling so much more in love with him than on our wedding day, and I couldn't imagine loving him more than I was right then. But I was wrong, every day I just love this man more and more. I can only imagine how my love will grow for him after our little girl comes.
This year we happened to be in Vegas with Logan's family. We actually went to the Paris Hotel there, but being a doofus, totally forgot to take a picture...drat. But we did get this picture of us in the Bellagio Hotel.
We also scored some 5th row seats for a killer deal to Phantom of The Opera (I have a friend who concierges at the New York, New York--It's not what you know, it's WHO you know, haha). The play was amazing, we absolutely loved it! Our favorite parts were all of the special effects built into the theatre at The Venetian. There were so many trap doors the Phantom went down, or firework type effects, or the chandelier coming back together at the beginning and crashing down at the end.
Logan and I have been so blessed to see so many broadway plays together since we've been married, and it's some of our favorite memories. I hope it's a tradition we can keep up over the years :)

I love you Logan!! Here's to a billion-trillion more years together!!

29 Weeks Down, 11 More to Go!!

Do you see this? I look like a legit prego!! I'm actually almost 30 weeks, which means after this week, we'll be down to single digit weeks left on the countdown. Crazy!!

Things as of late:
--Baby Spence is around 3 pounds, and 15 inches long from head to heel. She's getting cramped up in there, and she keeps trying to stretch out into my ribs...which is quite uncomfortable.
--My favorite thing she does when she stretches out, is we can feel her whole back and little baby bum up against my left side. It's so wild, and just feels so weird.
--I have to pee all the time. I mean, seriously, about one billion times a day.
--It's also starting to get hard to sleep, but after getting my "pillow cave" figured out (body pillow along one side, one pillow for my head, and two pillows on the other side in case I roll over...I need to have one in between my knees, and one under my tummy. Logan thinks it's a little high maintenance, but I just do what I gotta do), and my sister in law Autumn told me she took a half a Unisom to help sleep, I've been having much better nights for the past 3-ish nights, which feels great.
--Baby Spence doesn't like fireworks...we were watching some for the 4th and she kept jumping around every time they popped like she was scared. I think she'll probably be a crying mess next year.
--Hands and feet are starting to swell a bit. Not very bad, but enough that sometimes I'm afraid I won't be able to get my wedding ring off at night, when it's the worst.
--HEARTBURN. Constantly, basically no matter what. Equate's Mint Tums are my BFF.
--It's quite warm. I wasn't that heat-tolerant before, but now I hate hate hate being outside. Even walking out to the car to go somewhere is beastly. I'm a huge fan of ice water, the shade, and fans while being outside. Thank goodness we live in a freezing cold basement apartment. AKA, Logan freezes, and I'm in heaven.

--Popsicles, especially Pace's Fruit Bars (Peach and Lime are the best)
--Fruit in general
--Occasionally chocolate, except it makes my heartburn TERRIBLE.

I am so grateful everything is going so smoothly. Every time we go to the doctor, everything has been right on track, and we're relatively complication free. Only 2 1/2 months left, and I think they'll fly right by. We're both getting antsy to meet this little girl, so I sure hope it goes by quickly!!