The Ence Gang

The Ence Gang

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

NYC Days 2 & 3

Back to New York, still playing catch up!

NYC Day 1 was so spectacular, how could anything compete with it? On our second day, we woke up to Deric's Birthday!

The previous night my parents had gone to their night of Wicked, and on their way back they found some birthday cupcakes that we ate for breakfast. We also tried to decorate a bit and had a few gifts!

Deric was awesome and shared all of his gifts with Bladen, since most of them happened to be toys. (Star Wars Legos!)

Then we were off for the day! It was kind of cold and rainy, and I had the early 1st trimester pregnancy tireds, so we took a cab to The Museum of Natural History in Central Park.

I wish I had awesome things to say about the Museum. You see it in movies, and in television shows. It is always made to out to be so cool, but in my opinion it was kind of boring. I thought there would be more artifacts, not displays and man made diagrams. There was a lot of reading, so it was pretty boring for Bladen. Deric on the other hand thought it was pretty awesome. Nerd.

There were some interesting things that we all enjoyed, it was just not what we had expected I think. Bladen really enjoyed the dinosaurs, so we spent a good amount of time there.
This was in the afternoon, I was pretty pooped by then.
He loved the dino bones and ran around with Papa, and Grammy looking at all the big dinosaurs.
For lunch I had done some research before hand and found out that there was a Shake Shack just up the street from the museum. We put our learning/exploring day on hold for a bit, and went to get some yummy sustenance! Apparently Shake Shack is the East's popular burger joint as opposed to the West coast's In and Out Burger.  It was insanely busy, very hard to get a table, and tasted pretty good. Everyone really enjoyed devoured their burgers and fries. I thought they were ok, In and Out still has my vote. But I did really like their fries and strawberry shake.

Then it was back to the museum for a bit before I was totally pooped and went back to the hotel.
On the cab drive back, we happened to see the NYC temple! It just kind of popped out of no where and actually blended in pretty well. This is the best picture I got, and it is still hard to see, it almost looks like a regular building. Neat!

After some rest and some dinner, it was now Deric and I's turn to go to Wicked!!! It was drizzling/misting pretty good still, so we decided to try and get a cab. I think I've heard somewhere how hard it is to get a cab in the rain in NYC, they weren't kidding. We were in our nicer theater clothes, standing out in the rain, waving our arms to the million cabs that were apparently already full of customers. When we would finally get one to slow and pull over to where we were, all the experienced rude New Yorkers would pounce and hop in the cab before we had a chance. It was a little dumb founding. After many attempts and deciding we were pretty soaked already, we just walked to the theater.

Oh man, Wicked was pretty darn amazing, it was everything I expected it to be. Deric was skeptical of what it would be like when we sat down in our awesome seats. (We had a great view, not too close, not too far.) I asked if he was excited and he said not really, he expected it to be like the other plays he had seen in Cedar City at college. (What?!) Deric really didn't grasp how awesome Broadway is, how everything is amazing and over the top. Well he was in for an awesome experience, it made me even more excited to watch the play and watch Deric experience it all.

At intermission, after "Defying Gravity" Deric was sucked in and sold. He was taken back by how awesome it was and was really enjoying himself. I knew he would, it was really fun to experience that with him. (Kind of like taking him to Disneyland for the first time!) Wicked was amazing and we are so grateful we got to go!

Day 3 in NYC

I wish I could say I enjoyed this day more than I did. I think a lot of it had to do with my hormones being wacko, but I think it would have been hard for me anyway. We went to the World Trade Center Memorial, and they did such a great job with it.

We took the subway over to Brooklyn. Subways are always fun, Bladen thought it was pretty fun!

Then the really cool part of the day that I did enjoy was walking over the Brooklyn Bridge. That was something that several people suggested to do, so walk we did!
It was a bit windy and packed with other tourists and runners. It was really neat to walk across and look at all the buildings in the business district, where the WTC's were.

The giant tall building behind Deric is the new Freedom Tower that they built in place of the 2 big towers. To the left of the pic is the Statue of Liberty, and to the right of the pic is the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building.

I liked walking across the windy bridge, it was pretty cool.

Then when you actually get into Lower Manhattan, there is such a different feel there. Maybe it was just my own somber feelings, but it isn't happy and upbeat like the rest of the city. I think it was also Saturday, so all the business peeps weren't around either. But it just felt different.
Dude, that's a tall tall building. It is very beautiful and looks cool with the clouds and the windows. But I don't think I would ever work there. I think it's kind of crazy that they built another building that tall again. I understand why, it just seems kind of intense to me.

Looking up the Freedom Tower. Bladen liked it a lot and kept talking about how tall it was.

The memorial itself was breathtaking, and reverent, and so ridiculously sad. The two fountains where they buildings once stood were beautiful. I am a bit of an emotional person anyway, but like I said I think I had a more concentrated amount of feelings that day anyway. I pretty much cried and sobbed to myself the whole time we were there walking around. I prayed for all those people and their families as we walked around and looked at the water and all the names. I remembered all the horrible images and imagined all the terrible ways that all these people died and how sad it was. I wish I wasn't like that, so imagery based and emotional. The rest of my family was able to walk around respectfully with their heads on straight. I guess it's just different for everyone. So it was a hard experience, not super enjoyable, but that's not what it's about. Regardless, I am glad that we went.

Anyway- that was our New York trip! 3 short, jam packed days full of fun! It would be fun to go back or have had more time to explore, but it was perfect. The first day was my favorite, the energy of Time Square can't be beat. I bet Central Park would be awesome, but it was still winter/spring time and the trees didn't have any leaves. So when we drove through it to get to the Museum, you could tell it's a pretty cool park. But would be especially beautiful with all it's foliage.

Things I want to do if I ever get to go back:
-See another Broadway musical
-Eat some awesome cheesecake
-Go to Central Park
-Do more shopping, or looking
-Try more fun and unique food places
-Check out some more big landmarks

Thank you mom and dad for taking us to New York! We are so glad that we got to experience it in general, but especially with you! We had a blast and have so many great memories!

Monday, August 25, 2014

32 weeks

I wish I had been awesome and updated throughout this pregnancy like I did last time, because honestly I was a hoot. I found this bravery and courage to say what I wanted to say because I was in a "I don't care what you or anyone else thinks" kind of mood. It's safe to say that this time, I am overall a little less moody and hormonal. I have my moments where they come in full force at random times, but overall I think I've been better this time around. I don't know what Deric would say, he would probably disagree. Men, what do they know? Right?

Well holy freaking cow, we are having a girl! I can seriously still hardly believe it. I was teasing Deric that I am pretty much invincible now because I get what I want every time. I wanted a boy first, was convinced it would be a girl, got a boy. We both really wanted a girl this time, I was convinced it would be a boy, got a girl. Boo-ya. Invincible.

I had the ultrasound people put the gender results in an envelope because we couldn't be there together to find out at the same time. So at dinner that night, and after a full day of texting and teasing my family, Deric opened the envelope first. As soon as I saw his smile I knew it was a girl. It was a really cute special moment to finally know what we were going to be having. So we threw on some of my socks and what we had laying around and took a super cute picture to let everyone know the good news.

We also have known her name before we knew she was a girl. Deric came up with it which just makes it ten times cuter anyway. We will call her Addie Lu. You're melting with cuteness overload, huh? I like that it is a bit unique, but not super weird.
Bladen and Adelaide.
This pregnancy has been SO different than my last. I can sum it up in two words. Lazy and pain. Deric would say I need one more word to accurately describe this go around, and that word would be, complains.
Sweet girl is covering her eyes and opening her mouth. She'll probably be loud, just like her mother.
-I haven't gained more weight than last time, so far. I started about 10 pounds up from where I started with Bladen. But all the weight I have gained has gone straight to my thighs, booty, and love handles area. I am getting w i d e r.
-Since I'm getting wider, hardly any of the maternity clothes I share with my sister, fit. Giant bummer. My thighs are just too big.
-More sick, about the same puking
-Puke count: 7 or so
-Heartburn is OUT OF THIS WORLD, especially now in the 3rd tri
-Sleeping has been mostly terrible the whole pregnancy
-She moves a TON and generally stays on the right side of my stomach
-I've had no pregnancy dreams (that's been nice)
-I haven't been nearly as emotional or hormonal in general. It's kicked up a notch in 3rd tri though
-My hair is not very pretty and nice like it was last time
-I don't crave much of anything. Some things sound good, but no true food "cravings"
-Hmmm, I do live off of ice though. I freeze water bottles for a couple hours and munch on the ice that forms around the edges so it's not too hard. It's weird how it makes me feel better. (No I don't have pica.)
-Even though no cravings, I enjoy sweets a lot more than I usually do. Dinner doesn't seem complete unless I eat a mini choc doughnut or cookie.
-Not as clumsy. Although I am trying pretty hard not to have to go in for any special reason this time.
-Braxton hicks like crazy! If I stand up from sitting down too long I get one, I get them laying down, really any time. I had like 2 last time.
-Energy level is way down
-Chest has hardly grown, I feel all disproportionate (I went up to an F last time! What?)
-Much harder to eat healthy
-Round ligament pains, holy OUCH. I had them on my right side last time, I've got it everywhere this time. And it unfortunately hasn't let up. I have literally felt myself and my hips stretching out. Much more pain this time.
Eyes and mouth open, hands kind of in the way.
That's all I can think of right now. But yes, I have been super lazy, in lots of pain, and apparently complain about it a lot. I don't mean to, I suppose it's just hard not to. Sorry Deric. I am working on making a beautiful little girl for you though, so just stick with me and be NICE for another month and a half.
31 weeks on the left, 2010.         32 weeks on the right, 2014.
I've been a bit self conscious this pregnancy. I don't mean to be, it drives me crazy. I usually have self esteem coming out of my ears. But when I'm pregnant, that kind of all goes out the window. Eh, oh well right? And even though these pictures are a week off in gestational growth, and I weigh more this time (haven't gained much more than last time though), I don't look too far off. Plus I look a lot cuter in the picture from a couple weeks ago. Suck it 2010.
I did and do try rather harder on Sundays. But when I get home it's back to comfort city. T-shirts and basketball shorts!

Oh, one more thing about this pregnancy. It might be the tums plugging me up and or it just being different this time, but sometimes I totally feel like I deserve this.

It just makes you feel good, doesn't it?

You should be dancing, ya!

Bladen's got some sweet moves, and this pregnant momma can still shake it!

Summer in Cedar City

Few things make me happier than getting to be in Cedar City during the summer time. Growing up we would often visit grandparents during the summer in Cedar, and I have the very best memories from that.
-Swimming at the Cedar Pool with the old ghetto, but fun, water slide. (It's now a parking lot, sad.)
-Playing in the giant gutters they have there, especially after the fun flashfloods that would bring oodles of water.
-Going to the canyon park
-Eating alligator jaws from Ron and Cris's
-Playing in my grandparent's back yard
-My grandma's house in general, her toys, breakfast, cable TV, being paid to eat the crusts off our sandwiches, ha!

Summer in Cedar was awesome.

Then I went to college there, and I never really got to stay during the summer until I got married. It was still really fun and nice, but when you live there and aren't visiting, it's a little different. Although Cedar at any time is welcomed and loved.

But we were ecstatic that we got to go visit family during the summer, and not just at Christmas (the only time we really travel to see family.) Thank you so much Karen and Clint, we had an incredible blast. It really was one of my very favorite trips and now memories to Cedar City.

 Deric got in some serious Lego time, and he had some help along the way with his crazy goal of finding all the pieces to the pirate ship, and then building it. There were a lot of Legos to sort through, so I suppose (rather than a giant waste of time), it was an incredible accomplishment. Ha!
Before we left for Utah we talked to Bladen about all the fun things we were going to get to do, that included swimming. Bladen was very excited and thought it was really fun that he got to swim in his clothes, and got Grandma to jump in too!
Baby Brayden joined the swimmers, and then his mom decided a life jacket was in order. Brayden didn't think that was too fun or a good idea. The rest of his swimming involved the rest of us giggling at his whiny cute protests.
Then they had a nice cousin bath and all was well.
The Ence's own a cabin and property up on Kanarra Mountain. Deric and his family have so many great memories growing up and staying there for weeks at a time. It was more primitive then, and the cabin has since been updated a bit, which I loved and appreciated. (Deric not so much.) It was nice to have a flushing toilet, a fridge to keep food cold in, and beds to sleep in.
We spent a couple of days there fishing, eating, talking, watching the little boys run around and play with everyone. Even my bro was able to come up for a day to spend some time with me.
Four wheeling, aunt Liz, and Grandma kind of fun!
Hanging out talking at the pond, fishing with Daddy and Uncle Tyson and Aunt Heather fun!
Naked boy, connect four, bathing in the sink (because that's where Deric used to), cute cousin sitting fun!
Sunday night means family time and really yummy Uncle Travis cooking!
Brotherly love, trampolines, castle jumping kind of fun!
The rest of our trip consisted of swimming, splash pads, parks, food, and good play time with family.
Green Show (Egg Dance!), squish facing at the park, splash padding with Aunt Kaylee kind of fun!
Also this happened, twice, and it was probably at the top of my list of favorites that happened this week. Family trumps all, but food is a serious close second.
The next best thing that happened on this trip was all the coconut Diet Cokes I could drink. There was no time or need for pictures. What is needed is MORE COCONUT DIET COKES!
I also got to visit with my grandma and grandjack, we got to go to lunch and had some nice conversations while we watched Bladen played with toys. I also visited my buddy Ron at Home Depot. One of these days it will work out for us to do dinner together again. No pictures of either, unfortunately.
We swam, we ate, we watched movies and TV (we still don't have TV, going on 5 years now), we visited with Deric's grandma as well, and played a whole lot. Cedar City never disappoints!