Friday, December 10, 2010

Baby Girl Long and her Mom

32 weeks...
we are starting to set up the nursery! we have the crib up as you can see (thanks to Geoff's sister Stacie for giving her crib to us)!

Baby girl kicks me so hard I say AH! out loud sometimes! We get a kick out of seeing a heel poke out or an elbow.

I am feeling good, but it has been hard getting used to how big I am getting. There is no more squeezing through small spaces, like between shopping carts at the store.

I can't believe I only have 8 weeks left! The third trimester is flying by.. before we know it She will be here!

Friday, October 29, 2010

I'm getting and feeling BIGGER!

Last week at 25 weeks...

Things that are getting harder to do:
1. Bend over and pick stuff up
2. Tie my own shoes/put socks on
3. Feel comfortable
4. Flip over to my opposite side during sleep
5. Get up from the lying position (my abs are so weak!)

Things that are now impossible to do:
1. Lay on my belly
2. Ride my bike :(...
(i loved riding my bike to school up until last week)
3. Not have back pain (meaning I have ALOT of it)
4. Walk up a flight of stairs without feeling winded

ALL IN ALL, I LIKE BEING PREGNANT BUT DO NOT LOVE IT! I am the type of person that LOVES to feel comfortable at all times, and when I do not I tend to complain a lot... poor Geoff, he puts up with a lot! We cannot believe that we only have 3 more months to go, we both were laying in bed thinking about that last night and were in SHOCK!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

drum roll please...


Geoff and I are very excited to have a baby girl and can't wait to start this next chapter in our lives!
We know that she will be such a blessing to our family.
I am 20 weeks today (5 months) and am due on February 4th. I can now feel her moving and kicking, and what is more exciting is the ultrasound today showed that she is completely healthy!

check out that profile... so cute!
she is about 7 inches long

Monday, August 9, 2010

california has treated us well

Dinner at Olive Garden with the Tao family and Grandma Georgia... I could never get sick of this restaurant! I have loved getting to know our aunt, uncle, cousins and grandma on Geoff's side of the family.
Katie, Lizzy, Geoff and I...we've been able to see them almost everyday!
spending time with Grandma Georgia and Aunt Linda

we house-sat for 2 weeks and picked peaches from the people's tree in their front yard... we absoulutely loved it! We can't wait to have fruit trees and our own garden some day!

Every night we swam in Grandma Georgia's complex pool.. Geoff has been doing laps and is getting very good at it! He is up to 45 laps, and even hit 50 one night! It has been very impressive watching him become a strong swimmer and he even inspired me to start doing laps as well. I, on the other hand, have only made it up to 13 laps... swimming is hard! This is Geoff swimming below.

we went to the beach a few times Geoff always finds the coolest shells at the beach... but this time we went I was determined to find the prize of the day. well, I found this AMAZING crab!! It would have been even cooler if it was alive! I still claimed the win that day.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Graduation Day

Back in May my oldest brother Tony graduated from Law School at the University of Utah. Mom and Dad, Krista and her 2 girls and Grandpa Tony were able to come from New York. I am so impressed with my brother and the fact that he survived the 3 years of law school!

Krista and Aubrey, me, Tony, Matt and Olivia
(4 out of the 5 siblings...we missed you Ryan)

Geoff, Grandpa Tony, and I after the graduation ceremony.
It was so great to show grandpa around Utah and where we have been going to school and living for the past 7 or so years!

Aubrey Grace
she is a doll and is such a character. Her adventurous personality and independence are fun to watch!

Olivia Rose
she is all girl! I happened to be in the right place at the right time to snap this perfect shot of her smelling a tulip. How precious!

I love my two little nieces and I treasure the time I get to spend with them because I don't get to see them very often. Spending the week with them and having my sister and these two little girls stay in my apartment for a few days was a blast!

Some love and congratulations for Uncle Tony! We love you Tony and are so proud of your accomplishments.

Monday, July 19, 2010

4th of July in California

The first thing we did this independence day was go to church. we decided to indulge in the holiday and dress for the occasion!

then we put on a bbq and geoff ruled the grill. he did a great job making hotdogs (J-Dawgs style) and hamburgers. all who were present were grandma georgia, cousin katie and her daughter lizzy, cousins matt and emily and their friends. it was a great success, but unfortunately i did not take any pictures!

then we were off to see fireworks at the tree farm. we had great seats and it was a great show. this was the first time geoff and i went to an actual public fireworks show together. last year in Orlando we watched some friends set some off in the parkinglot of our apartment complex and the year before i was in new york planning our wedding.

our favorite fireworks this year were the chandelier looking ones, like this one.

we ate cherries and geoff sang the star spangled banner while we watched the show. i couldn't have asked for more!! i felt much gratitude for the freedom we enjoy as a nation and for the people who fight to keep us free.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Catch up...

on our way to Geoff's summer internship in California we were able to stop in Arizona for the week to spend time with his parents. We absolutely love Arizona and Steve and Nancy's home there is like heaven to us. The week went fast, but here are some of the highlights...

One of the things I miss the most about Arizona are the sunsets. The outline of the cacti is gorgeous to me! I think the Arizona sunsets are breath-taking.

A few mornings i woke up to breakfast in bed.. Geoff is so good to me! This was one of his creations one morning. It was so delicious!

Attending an Arizona Tea Party was a first for us, and was quite the experience! Sitting through 4 hours of rallying with Steve, Nancy, and Geoff was hilarious because we all gave each other looks when someone would yell out something ridiculous from the crowd!
Sheriff Joe Arpaio was the key speaker and after 4 hours of him not getting up to speak the crowd started to chant "Joe, Joe, Joe, Joe!" The Hulk showed up, which was very exciting too! (see below)

My favorite was this security guy dressed in costume!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

spring showers

Our Easter Outfits
Today is a very rainy day in Provo Utah. The flowers and trees are in full bloom and as they say "April showers bring May flowers". Geoff and I have been out enjoying nature these days. One of our favorite things to do is throw the frisbee at the park a block from our house. The other day we actually brought the golf clubs, a frisbee, a basketball, baseball mits and a baseball. We then played with each of these sporting items! It was a blast and it felt good to be outside. I have my terrible allergies under control with the 24 hour pill called Zyrtec. It is saving my life! We love the spring time, it is our favorite time of the year!!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Good Friends, Good Times

the Beesons came down to Moab the second day we were there...

Melody and Erin

Ben and Geoff
The two main arches we saw were this arch, the Landscape Arch,
and the Delicate Arch. This is as close as we could get to the arch because
the middle of the arch continues to break off and it is getting thinner and thinner.
Who knows how much longer it will be I'm glad we were able
to see it before it's gone!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Moab: arches national park

balancing rock

Climbing through this narrow gap was scary, yet exciting!

Once I saw Geoff, Ben, and Melody all do it,
I knew I needed to as well!
Since visiting Arches National Park a few weeks ago I have come to appreciate my surroundings more fully. We are so blessed to live in a place that is beautiful and pleasing to the eye!
Taking time to stop and appreciate God's creations helps me to feel of his love for me. Spring has arrived here in Provo and the blossoming flowers and trees a quite a sight to see! Unfortunately, I have developed allergies to these blooming wonders and have been miserable for almost 3 weeks now! . . . itchy throat, runny nose at times, completely clogged nose at times, watery eyes. Luckily I have a very caring and thoughtful husband that made me a very very hot bath filled with vicks vapor rub. For a good two hours I could breathe through my nose again and it was glorious! I always took breathing for-granted until it has been very hard to do for not 1 or 2 days, but 3 weeks! I must simply try to enjoy the beauty and not think of the discomfort it is putting me through!

Thursday, March 25, 2010


Camping in Moab last weekend was a blast! The best part of the trip was exploring Arches National Park. I never knew the overwhelming beauty that I was missing out on! The hike and then rounding the corner to see the free standing Delicate Arch changed my life! I am so grateful for the love of God, because that is what I felt as I sat and soaked in the incredible rock formations on thousands of miles of untouched land. We look like ants as we stood under the arch with arms outstretched! If you have not been to this national park I highly recommend it!! For the next few days I am going to share more of the 125 pictures I took and the fun that we had!

Friday, February 5, 2010

change is good...



And Geoff's Reaction: