Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Aunt Lisa was so much fun!! Lisa helped out more than Melanie could have asked for. She did the dishes, cooked, played with the kids and even emptied the trash can! We wish we lived right next to her. Hailey calls Lisa "Li Li" and Logan "Lo Lo". We miss them already.

We were so excited when we heard that Logan and Lisa were coming to visit us!! (Thank you Dad and Mom for making it all happen!) Hailey played for hours with Logan without getting bored. Sorry Logan, you thought you were getting a long, relaxing vacation.

Monday, March 5, 2007

Moving to Indiana

We were only in our newly built home in American Fork, Utah for seven months when we decided to take the job opportunity in Indiana. John had to start working in Indiana the first of August. We soon found out that because the house wasn't sold and our insurance wouldn't cover me in Indiana that we were going to be separated for a while. I would stay back with Hailey, the house and our unborn child and he would leave to Indiana to work. It wasn't easy being separated, especially because I was sick the ENTIRE pregnancy with Kate and because Hailey had become an active little toddler. I also had a huge fear that I was going to go into labor and have Kate by myself. Thanks to all of our family and ward we were able to pack everything up and get it to Indiana. Hailey and I moved into John and Arlene's basement in Alpine for about a month until I had the baby.

John and I flew back and forth to see eachother as often as we could. I don't think I will fly alone, eight and a half months pregnant, nauseated, with a toddler on my lap, in the middle seat of an airplane, with people on both sides of me, EVER AGAIN if I can help it!!!

Soon after we had moved into Grandma and Grandpa's basement I found out that I had high blood pressure and was put on bed rest for the remainder of my pregnancy. I felt so bad because Hailey wanted me to play with me. Arlene made sure I stayed in bed and helped me take care of Hailey (even though she had just had foot surgery!!). We couldn't have done it without the help of the Rigby and Heiner families. My blood pressure was still high about three weeks before my due date so my doctor induced me on October 20th. John made it to the hospital in time all the way from Indiana, but almost missed the birth because he left to get my diaper bag in Alpine! I progressed faster than he thought!

Hailey was so worried about me while I was in labor. She would come up and kiss my hand and hug my arm to make sure I was ok.

Kate was born October 20th 2006 (almost three weeks early). She weighed 5 pounds 15 ounces and was 17 inches long.

Hailey was so excited to have a baby sister!!
After the birth of Kate, John headed back to Indiana. Hailey, Kate and I went to Rexburg for a while to recuperate and visit the Rigby family. We had so much fun! We loved taking pictures at Halloween.

We had fun eating with the Rigby family and Uncle Ryan before we left.

We went up to Grandma and Grandpa Heiner's home the night before we left to Indiana to say goodbye. We can't thank you enough for taking care of us while John was in Indiana!

Nana and Grandpa Rigby helped us so much. Grandpa drove us all the way to Utah from Rexburg, and Nana helped us the rest of the way on the plane to Indiana. I couldn't have done it without everyone's help!

After a long and eventful time apart it was so good to see John as he picked us up at the airport. Hailey saw John and would not let him go. I tried to get her to come to me and she wouldn't. She loves her daddy.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Our English Bulldog Lucy (More Pics!!)

We had to give up our Lucy when we moved, but her new owners are giving us one of her pups when she has them

Trip to Riviera Maya, Mexico

Every year Breg (one of the companies John is a distributor for) holds a convention/vacation for all of its distributors and sales reps. This year we went to an all inclusive resort in Maya Riviera sixty miles south of Cancun. This of course meant no children were allowed including our three-month old nursing baby Kate!! I pumped the entire time and somehow ended up getting a flu bug, but I was determined to have a good time. John and I had so much fun ordering virgin Pina Colada's by the pool and basking in the sun. I didn't get to enjoy the food as much as I wanted, but near the end I loved the all you can eat chips and salsa with guacamole and strawberry ice cream!

John and I had never experienced an "all-inclusive" resort before. It was so fun to go to any restaurant (there were many) and not have to pay a dime. We didn't even have to tip! We could have room service brought to the room at almost anytime for free and there were tons of events going on all the time.

Me, Monica, Stephanie, Stephanie

We met some fun people! We called ourselves the "Cancun 1st ward" because we were all members.

Before we left on our trip we had so much fun spending time with both Grandma's. Arlene (Grandma Heiner) made Indiana her long layover spot on her way back from dropping of Jessica and Gio in Florida. She was with us for a day and we were so glad she came!! Nana Rigby and Annie came all the way from Idaho a couple days later and were our babysitters for the trip. Mom and Annie how can we ever thank you enough for taking such good care of Hailey and Katelyn?

Nana in baby heaven

Annie and Kate

Annie and Hailey
Hailey didn't even know we were gone because she was having so much fun with Nana and Annie.

Grandma Heiner and the girls