Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Shelby Elise Lovell

Shelby Elise Lovell

We were blessed with the early arrival of Shelby Elise Lovell on January 24th at 1:27am! She weighed in at 6 lbs 1 oz and 18 inches long. SO TINY!! She is so beautiful and has such a wonderful, sweet nature. She is completely content most all of the time. She only fusses when she is hungry, when she gets her bum changed and she lets us know if she has another burp in her. Her dad is so in love with her!! So are her big brother and sisters! We were so lucky to have my mom come up and spend a few days with us. She just took right over and made sure everything was taken care of. My laundry was done, my house cleaned, kids taken to school, meals made, groceries bought... not to mention lots and lots of TLC to me and Shelby. Thanks so much mom, I couldn't have done it without you!
We are so happy to have this little girl in our lives. Thanks to all of our family and friends for your love and care!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Birthday Girls!

Both Shannon and Ellie celebrated their birthdays last week. Shannon turned 10 and Ellie turned 5! I can't believe how big they are getting... Shannon had her friend, Haily come over for a girls night out. I took them out to eat and then shopping at the mall. It's interesting what 10 year old's think is fun - playing at the children's lounge and spending $5.00 in quarters in the candy/prize machines. They found absolute treasures inside those little plastic globes!! But not one store in the mall had anything that they needed or wanted. We followed it all up with frosties and a sleepover - they had a great time!! Ellie decided to do a girls day out with her friend, Darcee. A 5 year-old's idea of fun: Going to McDonald's to play and eat. (I don't understand why they like their food better when it is colder than the snow outside, but they do.) Afterwards Ellie wanted to go to the dollar store to shop. The Six Star Outlet is her FAVORITE place to go. You could hear the excitement from those girls throughout the whole store. "OHH, I want THIS!!!! Look at that, ohhh, I want THAT too!!! DARCEE, let's get some of these!!!" I told them that they could each get 3 things and man, it was tough for them to decide! We left with an assortment of costume jewelry, make up, fake nails, purses and candy. They couldn't wait to get home to try it all on!! I have decided these are my kind of birthday parties. All I had to do was chauffeur and watch the fun. No planning, no preparing, no mess, no stress!!

Friday, January 11, 2008

Thank you honey!

I wanted to take a second and thank my sweet wife!

I'm so glad that you are in my life and I love you so much! I look forward to an eternity with you. Thank you for going through everything that you are so we can have a baby! I love you!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

2007 was a great year!

A lot has changed in our lives over this past year!
Here are some of the highlights from 2007:

*Just got married to my best friend, Matthew Lovell! (Even though we had to continue living apart for 3 more months!)
*Put my house in Payson up for sale. Had lots of hits, but no takers!
*The girls turned 9 and 4 and I turned 27 (again)!
*Lots of singing with friends - we even got PAID to perform!
*Christopher turned 12 and was ordained a deacon
*A lot of time spent with family and friends
*My last month in Payson
*More time spent with family and friends saying goodbye
*Packed up and closed my studio
*Sold my home, just in the nick of time! WHEW!
*Moved to Smithfield!! (While I was so glad to finally be able to live in the same home as my husband, I cried all the way to Logan that day. The tears flowed freely for about another month while I learned to adjust!)
*Spring Break
*We all started to make some new friends
*Went to Women's Conference with friends - 12 women and only 1 bathroom, but we had a blast!
*Camping at the Sand Dunes and Cub River
*Visits from family and friends
*Started teaching again
*Schools out -
*Finished painting the bathroom (from a horrid purple to a lovely chocolate and light brown... Dang, I'm good!)
*We're having a baby!!
*Swimming and jet-skiing at Bear Lake -burrr!!
*More Camping
*Making more friends
*More students
*First Family Vacation - Wyoming, Yellowstone and Montana. (Not as much fun traveling when you have morning sickness...)
*Christopher goes to Scout Camp
*More family visits
*Bear Lake and sight seeing!!
*Finished painting the living room (Yes, this did take me all summer, but if you only knew what I had to work with!! It looks great now and that's all that counts!)
*2nd counselor in YW!
*More camping trips, boating trips and 4-wheeling trips
*School starts - YESSSSS!
*Visits with old friends
*TONS more students!
*We're having a little girl!!
*Kids busy with school and having a blast with all their new friends
*No more morning sickness!
*Last trip to the sand dunes
*Matt's birthday!
*Family visits
*First Christmas Recital with my new students
*Lots of family parties!
*First Christmas in Smithfield
*One more month and we'll have our little girl!

We are so grateful for all the fun things that we were able to do and all the memories we made over this past year!