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Summer Bucket List

Summer used to be a lot different for us. We got married while still in college so we got to enjoy looong summer breaks together–going on trips, visiting family, living the awesome married-but-still-living-like-college students-life. Now, with full time jobs and a mortgage to pay, our summers are a little different. 

There is still lots to enjoy about summer time–even without the months of freedom. I’m looking forward to windows opened with cool night breezes, walks around the neighborhood at 8pm with plenty of sunlight left, fresh fruit that this mama-to-be has especially been craving, weddings of clients, friends, and family, and much more. But here is a look at our Summer Bucket List–a look at what us Albinis will be up to the next few months.

Summer Bucket List 
–Laundry Room Makeover
–Yard Sale for patio furniture and a dresser for Nursery
–Use hand crank Ice Cream maker
–Grill lots and lots
–Paint Nursery
–Enjoy lots of showers for beautiful friends.
–Summer salads
–Sew curtains for Master bath
–Register for baby
–Cheer on Travis and his two softball teams
–If we are having a girl, make headbands
–Plan Babymoon
–Finish year four of marriage book
–Sunset walks in Upper Bidwell

This is a good start to our Summer Bucket List. I’m sure we’ll be doing a lot of swimming and laying on the couch, too. Got myself a new(large) bathing suit so I’ll be sportin’ the bare belly this summer–love it. 
What are some of your favorite summer things to do? 

Happy Birthday!

 Happy Birthday to my sweet husband!! You are a quarter of a century old. 
Since my favorite trip ever was our Road trip in 2010, I will share some of your photos from  summer.
I am so thankful to have you in my life and to get to wake up next to you every morning. You are the greatest.
Grand Canyon
Bryce Canyon
Windcave Nat’l Park
Mt. Rushmore
Chasing sheep to keep us all entertained.
Pike’s Place, Seattle 
Crater Lake
 You add so much to my life. I truly thank God for you every day and I pray for many more birthdays together! 

Special Moments

The special moments in life are fleeting. But, there are so many that it keeps me on my toes–waiting for the next to arrive.

Last night Travis and I were getting ready for bed. He came and sat next to me with his head resting on my stomach. He said “Hi.” I just assumed he was talking to me. Then he said “I am your father.” You know, in the Darth Vader voice…who could resist saying it like that? Then I think he said something about playing sports like “Singles and doubles, singles and doubles.” or “I will teach you to hit a homerun…eh…maybe your uncle Kyle or Aunt Torrie can.” Then I told him to keep talking to the baby and he stopped. I think it got a little too sentimental for him and his coaching lesson was done.

Yes, I am a sentimental sap. But I would much rather be aware of special moments than not appreciate them. I consider my husband talking to our little baby in my tummy to be a special moment. I’m sure once our little one is born, I will be overwhelmed with special moments. I’m sure my idea of a “special moment” will grow to unimaginable heights.

I want to get this poster for the Nursery. I think it speaks to the idea that special moments, especially in a baby’s life, are fleeting. Time goes quickly.

I write and take photographs and share. Sometimes this blog is an outlet for me– most of the time it is to share photographs to clients, friends, and family. Every post is special and involves moments in my life or other people’s lives that they appreciate.

As I ponder these special moments in life–the ones that just keep getting better, I pray that there are lots, lots, lots more of you who are aware of them. Create them, be a part of them, appreciate them.

15 weeks

Well, we are out of the first trimester and onto bigger and better things! My belly is starting to pop a little and hopefully the nausea in the morning is getting close to being done. I must say this has already gone by quickly.

Sportin’ some Memorial Day attire and a little baby bump…

I want to make sure I remember all the little things so in a way this blog will have a little bit of a pregnancy journal.
Weeks: 15
Weight gain: 2 lbs.
Changes: Having to sleep on my sides. Pants are uncomfortable buttoned. I am in the cleavage club–what, what?!
Maternity clothes: Been wearing most of my regular clothes but have worn a few shirts and a dress. Less as necessity and more because I am excited!
Cravings: Carbs. Not wanting meat.
Best moment this week: Making our appointment to find out the sex–June 22nd!
Worst moment this week: Nothing.
Movement: Not yet but I absolutely can’t wait to feel him or her!
Miss anything: Sleeping on my stomach. 
Looking forward to: Hearing the heartbeat again tomorrow! 
June 8, 2012 - 4:53 am

Anonymous - So happy for you two! Can't wait to watch the progress :)

Karen Brenner

Chico California Photographer::Graduate Katelyn

Okay, Katelyn is seriously one of the happiest people I know. Every time I see her, she has a smile on her face. Most of the time I see her she is working so that says a lot! I was excited to get to photograph Katelyn again–her and her roommates were some of the first people I photographed when trying to start this whole Photography business. 
We are thrilled for her that she is just about done at Chico State but will be sad to see her go, if she is lead outside of Chico. Especially when I come in to get my White Mocha and Katelyn isn’t the one taking my order! 
Katelyn is beautiful and her smile is contagious.
The whole family was in town to celebrate Katelyn’s 21st birthday.
 Katelyn, selfishly I hope you stay in Chico but I know there are big plans for you either here or elsewhere. Congratulations!