Sunday, October 18, 2009

Bear World and other updates.

Brad and I have had some exciting days the last couple weeks.
First, while I was in California at the beginning of the month, I found out that we're going to be having a baby!
I'm still only 7 1/2 weeks along, so there's no ultrasounds or even a first doctors appt yet, but i'll be sure to keep you all updated!
We're pretty excited.
I feel so blessed lately and it makes me so grateful to the Lord.
First we find out about our sweet little child, and then last Thursday, Brad got a job!
I saw a posting ont he BYUI website for an early morning custodial position on campus and I immediately told Brad about it.
He went down to the office that day, and they hired him!
A girl came in the room right after him about the job and they told her "Sorry, we just gave away the last position."
Talk about perfect timing!
The extra income is going to relieve so much stress, and since stress is the last thing I need right now, this makes me pretty happy.
So far, the pregnancy has been a little bit more suffering than joy.
Don't get me wrong, I am SO grateful, but i've got indigestion, extreme fatigue, morning sickness, and my stomach hurts ALL THE TIME.
But, this too shall pass, right?

This last Saturday, my brother Paul invited Brad and I to go to Bear World with him and some friends!
None of us had ever been because it's so darn expensive, but it was the last weekend of the season and half price, so off we went.
It was pretty awesome.
You can drive your car through the enclosure, or take a curator tour, or even both as we did.
While we were waiting for our tour to start, we checked out the baby cubs.
They were so adorable!
This is one of the female black bears.
We then stopped by the petting zoo. There was this goat that stood by this food vendor and kept licking the inside. Brad tried to get some food out, but I couldn't hold the goat away long enough!
Brad ended up getting some of the food out, but the goat ate the rest of it right out of the dispenser!
The deers in the zoo were free to pet, but this one was hiding behind a fence, so Brad fed it through the gate.
Bear World has two of these super rare white elk. One in 60 million is born white!
This is the fattest Grizzly bear there. I forgot what his name is, but he was huge!
These cubs are about 1-2 years old and they love climbing on these things! Looks like a heart, huh? Cute!
This black bear was so funny! He came over and sat next to the tour bus and we all threw food down for him!
This arctic fox was sleeping in the same spot, in the same position, the whole time that we were there.
They had french fries shaped like bears. Pretty yummy!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

California, I'm coming home

So, I flew out to my sister Laura's place in NorCal this past Thursday.
I had some time off from work for harvest and Laura was due to have a baby on the 5th, so I decided to come out for a week.
I was flying out from SLC thursday afternoon, so I made from the 4 hour drive from Rexburg around 5 in the morning.
Around 7 Idaho time, my dad sent me a text message telling me that my new niece was born.
I was pretty bummed that I missed the birth by only 6 hours, but still excited for brand new baby girl Peyton Fay!
My mom picked me up from the airport in San Jose, with my 5 year old niece Jordyn in tow, and we went straight to the hospital.
Peyton is such a cute newborn!
You know how most newborns just look kinda gross? Lol.
Anyway, since Thursday we've just been hanging out and having fun.
I went to Ikea with my mom (who's been up here since Tuesday), my brother-in-law Ben took me to Chipotle, we brought Laura and Peyton home from the hospital, we went to Gilroy Gardens (a theme park in Gilroy), and last night we went to Red Robin (apparently it's their tradition when a new baby arrives.)
It's been a fun past few days, but it only makes me miss California and my family more and more.
Brad, can we PLEASE live in California after you graduate?!?!
The only real downside is that Brad wasn't able to come with me.
He still has school, so he couldn't really just miss a week of classes.
I miss him tons, but only 4 more days until I see my lover again!

I stole the first three photos from Ben.