Oh dear, there are so many bloggable topics in my head right now, but I don't want to turn this into a huge long random post. Let's just sum up some of them:
Mini Blog Post #1:
We have been doing lots of fun things lately, including a fun visit with Ken and Barbara, Kyle's parents. I now like Springville even more! We found great restaurants and shops on Main Street, and our canyon is cute. The Beehive Bazaar at Thanksgiving Point was awesome (we actually went twice and bought some neat stuff). Kyle's childhood safe (with a long forgotten combination) was returned to him this weekend, and after one night with Kyle and Alan going at it with a hammer and tire iron, they managed to open it--we discovered childhood journals and a TON of comic books.
Mini Blog Post #2:
Pregnancy. I only throw up like once a week now, which is awesome. I could do that under normal non-pregnant circumstances and feel like I was a happy healthy person (ok maybe not, but whatev). I am now having WICKED heartburn though. Kyle is teaching me his dealing-with-heartburn tricks that he's learned after a lifetime of heartburn, most of which involve pacing and waving my arms around and looking silly. But Velocity's kicks and punches are becoming stronger, which makes any pain completely worth it. She is getting so big! (As is my stomach.) Unfortunately our scanner issues are keeping me from putting up cute ultrasound pictures.
Mini Blog Post #3:
I am a huge grudge-holder. If someone treats someone I love badly (or, let's be honest, treats ME badly), then I basically hate them forever. I know that's wrong. BUT. I am making huge strides in not doing that anymore! I mean, I have treated people poorly in the past and I feel guilty about it, but I like to think that I've changed since then. These folks who were jerks to me or my sisters or Kyle 2 or 3 or 7 years ago have probably changed too! I really should let people change. So, I've let go of a lot of my hate. It's amazing how much better I feel. Next I need to work on liking people who are CURRENTLY jerks.
Mini Blog Post #4
The weight of the responsibility of naming a child is coming crashing down on me. IT IS A BIG DEAL. We have our top 3 choices and every day I decide on a different one. Luckily we have months to decide. There just so many things to think about! Some names we love but they're too trendy. Some names I love but I don't love the full proper form--and I just can't feel okay with putting a nickname on a birth certificate. Some names we love but they offer too many teasing nicknames. ANYWAYS. Considering all these things PLUS deciding which name we love the most and feels the most right is taking up most of my pregnancy-limited brainpower.
Ultra Mushy Mini Blog Post #5
Our 2nd anniversary is in less than a week! Kyle has secret plans for this weekend--I am very excited. 2 years. It is kind of crazy. Dating and engagement seem like an eternity ago, but it seems impossible that we've been married for Two Whole Years. It also seems impossible that I could love Kyle more than I did two years ago, but I certainly do. I find myself saying prayers of gratitude for him every single day. He continues to impress me with his coolness and maturity. Being married to each other has changed and improved both of us, and I think it's more fun now than it ever has been.
Ok, so I couldn't leave on that mushy note that so many people find uncomfortable (I usually do too, I just think that anniversaries are special occasions). I didn't know if I would blog this, but let's just see what happens.
Here are our top name choices (not in order):
--Ruby Caroline, Ruby Kay, etc. (the middle name isn't set yet)
--Abigail Valentine (we'd call her Abby)
--Penny Valentine (I need to decide if I am the kind of person who names a baby Penelope) (And I need to decide if it matters--technically we could just name her Penny Vaughn--this is one of my internal struggles)
Ruby has been THE name for months and months, long before I was pregnant, but suddenly it isn't set in stone and we're strongly considering other options. We LOVE Valentine as a middle name (it's a big family name on my side) and I couldn't do a Ruby Valentine (too gimmicky), so that's one point against Ruby. Love Penny but not wild about Penelope. Love Abby, and Abigail is quickly growing on us (pretty strongly, too). Isn't Abby Valentine one of the cutest things you've heard? But Ruby Vaughn=my heart. And Penny is just adorable.
I think it might be awkward to blog the naming process and have people form opinions before it's a reality, but I think it's so INTERESTING. I love hearing about what other people are thinking about naming their babies, so how could I refuse to share these tidbits with others? And I feel fine telling anyone who asks, so why should it be weird to blog it? Anyways, there you have it. Hopefully we will have enough children to use up our favorite names. If I don't get to name a boy, I will be bitter my entire life.