Tuesday, October 25, 2011

ahoy! (not the chocolate chip kind but the ol pirate saying)

I guess now is as good a time as ever to update everyone on our little family. We aren't the most exciting couple but I've come to terms with it :) In this stage of our life our main focuses are getting J through school, keeping our tot happy & healthy, and managing our stress level (that last one is the hardest).

Is attending his LAST semester at BYU-I, and its already half way over! His major is Recreation Management with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation and Natural Resource. A lot of people ask me what this is exactly. To be honest it has taken me a while to understand it myself, but basically its a broad career field that allows him to be in various settings helping the disabled, elderly, or troubled youth either in a community or clinical setting. Right now he's looking for an internship that is clinical because it is more reputable. This weekend we are going to Utah for an internship fair specific for TR's, so hopefully we can have a better idea of where we'll be living next summer! Utah would be nice because its not a far move and we'd be close to some family.
When he graduates in December, he will take an exam that qualifies him for the job title of CTRS (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist), and its kind of a big deal. It's a very expensive and long exam...so our fingers are crossed that he only needs to take it once! If he passes, then after his internship he will have a much easier time finding a job. CTRS's are high in demand because it is such a narrow field. I know that in this economy any job can be a difficult to get, but I have faith that it will all work out. Heavenly Father has blessed us so much already!
(sorry for the overly long explanation- I just get tired of people asking me what the heck he'll be doing exactly!)

Is 23 weeks pregnant today! Where did the time go? I feel like we JUST found out we are having a girl, but already a month has passed. Baby girl is getting pretty big in my tummy, I can feel her up in my ribs now and she kicks a LOT. I've been going a little nuts making baby hair bows and flower clips, and I've sewn a few things too. It keeps me occupied on something other than how tired I feel. I try to take a nap every day, but this doesn't always happen. It would be so much easier if I didn't have a toddler...but he is my whole world and I wouldn't want to go a day without him! He makes me laugh when I think I'm too tired to smile at anything. Gosh I just love him so much :)

Despite how incredibly BLAH I feel, I've been nesting like crazy. We moved the changing table (and soon crib) into our bedroom so that Emmalynne will be near to us in the 2 months that she's here, and now we're on the lookout for a toddler bed (so that baby can have the crib). This isn't how we originally planned on doing it but it seems more practical.

Despite some recent sickness, our son is wonderfully good! He has a whole range of vocabulary now (thank you tubes!) and is super hyper all the time. He turned 18 months not long ago, and we celebrated by taking him to Chilli's (they have the BEST kids meals) and shopping at Target.
Talmage currently loves: balls, anything with wheels, being outside in the leaves, taking off his clothes, helping mom with chores, playing in the leaves, learning animal noises, Elmo, giving kisses, talking on the "phone", climbing everything, and putting on his shoes. I have to say that I definitely love this age...he is just so active and entertaining ALL THE TIME, haha...

I finally finished his Halloween costume. If you couldn't guess he is a pirate :) and yes, I did add a few edits of my own.

haha, he is so fun to photoshoot!
Happy Halloween weekend everyone!

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