Sunday, October 31, 2010

Baby Preparation

So this summer I had a lot of fun transforming the guest/junk room into a nursery. As most of you know, I have a growth in my abdomen that will emerge as our very own miniature human come February. Before I knew the gender, I started revamping the house since I knew I wouldn't have time when school started. One of the big projects was redecorating my doll house that my dad made for me when I was little. I was anticipating that we were going to have a little girl. At least the house has blue trim for our baby boy.  
 I decided to get pictures of my parents, Will's parents, Will, me, and Baby Cole when he arrives as a little family tree. We are still working on getting some of the photos.
 And I gave my old dresser some pizazz with a fresh coat of paint and a polka-dot design. Again, the treasure chest on top of the dresser was decorated when I had my premonitions about a girl-child.
This isn't quite the finished product. I am still going to do some paintings and create pelmet boxes above the blinds, but it's getting there. We bought a really cute crib set, but have yet to find a crib. While Baby Cole is young, we are going to use the cradle my dad lovingly built for his first-born child.   We're excited about Cole Emerson Lehmitz joining our family, but I am content to wait a couple more months to get used to the idea of motherhood. We are starting birthing classes this month and reality is setting in a little bit. Decorating for a baby is one thing, but actually giving birth and becoming a parent has left me feeling a little scared, but I just have to look at it as another grand adventure.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Nebo Loop

Since Tiffani and I were overcome with a bad cold last week, we had kind of a lame fall break. While I didn't have to go to work for a couple of days, being trapped at home all day for 3 days straight was not too fun. You can only watch so many movies on Netflix, right? We did watch a cool documentary series on the National Parks, but we were ready to get out after a few days. Since we still didn't feel up to much, we decided to get out in the mountains to enjoy the beautiful fall leaves. We headed down to visit Tif's mom in Provo and, from there, we headed down to Nephi to take a drive on the Nebo Loop Scenic Byway. Here's some pics.

Surprisingly, these red rock formations are along the loop at a little stop called Little Bryce Canyon.

The rest of the pics just show the beautiful aspen and oak trees in their incredible, vibrant autumn hues.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Autumn in the Wasatch

We have had three main adventures over the past month to add to our travel log.

1. Dog Lake
Tif and I took our mountain bikes up Millcreek Canyon a few weeks ago and rode up the trail to Dog Lake along with some of the teachers that Tiffani got to know over the summer from her hiking group. The weather was perfect and the scenery, as it always is this time of year, was beautiful.

2. We also took a trip to BYU-Idaho to take Tiffani's youngest sister on a campus tour. The campus has changed quite a bit since Tif was there for school, including a brand new 15,000 seat auditorium, a new book store and cafeteria, complete with glass skywalks between buildings. After the campus tour, both Tif and I felt like we were ready to jump back into the university life with all of its fun activities. While there, we were able to visit Brother Anderson, the former Manager at Badger Creek. We also spent several hours with Tiffani's friend T-Bird exploring Kelly Canyon and the metropolis of Rexburg. I had know idea that Rexburg had 3 different Subway stores. We also spent a couple of days visiting Tif's Uncle Torrey and Aunt Wendy and their family in Idaho Falls. It was nice to relax, visit, play with the kids, and enjoy the Conference Weekend. (Sorry, we forgot our camera on this trip, so no pics)

3. This last weekend we took our niece and nephew and Tif's sister Megan on a little hike up to Donut Falls. The Wasatch mountains were beautiful, and we had fun carting the little baby boy on our back. I guess we better get used to that.
We tired little Bentley out, though, and his head bobbed up and down against his carrier on the way down. One of the coolest things we saw, we weren't able to capture on film. As we were leaving Donut Falls, a car was stopped on the wrong side of the road. As we approached, they rolled down their window and told us they had just seen a moose. Just when they said that, a giant bull moose popped up over the small hill overlooking the road, not more than 20 feet from our car. We were disappointed the camera was in the trunk with our packs, because it was such majestic animal. Plus, you never want to be that close to a moose when you're out of the car anyway.

Anyway, that's our most updated adventure. We'll try to follow with more thoughts, pics and blurbs again shortly.