Thursday, November 17, 2011

Time for an Update...

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Well, it has been ages since I blogged so I thought I would post an update of some recent goings on, before Baby U arrives.

At the end of October we headed up to my parents for the weekend, for my mum's birthday. We called into London on the way and picked up my brother and sis-in-law too so nearly all of the fam were there (we miss the Vegas Buecheles).

Bright and early the next morning my mum, sister Emma and I went to a car boot sale at York races. I even took up a few bits to sell (bags and shoes - it was time for a clear out). It all went really well, it was quite and experience, but it was cool to be able to make a bit of cash super early on a Saturday morning. Mike thought I wouldn't make any money off my things so it was nice to prove him wrong ;)

We then went for a wander around Ripley, got an ice cream, played Wii and then all went out for dinner. Got to get a few pics of our lovely nephew Harrison...





Onto the bump. Here is what I was looking like at 36 weeks preg... (slightly Chinese I think, it was an early morning)!



And at 37 weeks...



Baby U is ready to come into the world, his head has been engaged for quite a while so we are counting down the days - 11 until due date. I really hope that he isn't super late, but hey, what is a few days after 9 months?!

So what is going on with us? I started maternity leave this week and so far I am loving it! It is so nice to not have to get up and go to work. I am also feeling so so so tired with the latter part of this pregnancy so it is great to just be able to nap whenever I need to. I have been to the temple, done some shopping, cleaned the house like a crazy woman and have even made a start with my Christmas shopping and hopefully can get this all sorted before the baby arrives.

Mike has been working hard in London and doing some extra freelance work. Hopefully he will be doing something with his dad in the new year so he is rather excited for that.

We have both been busy 'nesting' and Mike has been great with helping with all of the painting and finishing off all the bits that I can't do. We re-vamped an old chest of drawers for the baby's room and have all of his things set out and laid out. The moses basket is ready in our room, is that a little sad? All is missing now is him :)

We are still unsure of names for Baby U so watch this space... There a few that we like but everyone keeps telling us that as soon as you see them you know what to call them, so we are hoping that works for us.

A few weekends ago we went on a tour of the hospital so we know where to go and what the rooms are like etc and it was so scary! It just means it is so close but it's exciting at the same time.

Mike and I are still kept busy with our church callings. I have been travelling around the stake a little bit, to visit other wards for their primary presentations and it's been really nice (the stake boundary is huge though)! Still learning a lot about the calling and we had the stake primary leadership meeting in October. I was soooo nervous about giving my presentation, public speaking is not my favourite thing (is it any ones favourite thing?!) but it went really well so I was really grateful. Mike is still YM president and they are all a very active bunch so it means lots of sports and circuit nights which Mike loves.

We have been making the most of just being able to get up and go to places so have had plenty of cinema trips, (Breaking Dawn tickets booked for this Friday - yeees)! Had a few meals out and taken random shopping trips. We recently went to Bluewater in Kent and popped into the Cadbury Cocoa House for something to eat. It was such a cute little shop and the food was amazing... We had white hot chocolate and orange to drink (lets just not think about the calories)!



Wish me luck for the next few weeks... Next time I blog we will most likely be parents! Eeeek!

Until next time... B x

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Babymoon...

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Mike didn't believe me that such a thing actually exists, but according to Wikipedia (lol) it does! And I quote: 'A babymoon is a period of time that parents spend bonding with a recently-born baby. More recently the term has come to be used to describe a vacation taken by a couple that is expecting a baby in order to allow the couple to enjoy a final trip together before the many sleepless nights that usually accompany a newborn baby'.

So, we thought the latter was a good excuse to get away and enjoy some sunshine, before I get too preg to fly.

We went to Spain and were staying in a little town called Estepona, just a few miles away from Puerto Banus and Marbella. The sun shone and we have both come back feeling rested and chilled (and with nice tanned skin - I don't care what people say about embracing pale skin, everyone looks better and healthier with a tan, well a real tan anyway).

We took a day trip to Gibraltar, lazed by the pool and on a few different beaches, ate some yummy food, visited a tiny little town that is in the Guiness book of records for having so many restuarants, admired the huge yaughts in the Banus Port, visited the old town in Marbella including Orange Square and generally just chilled and relaxed. (oh and we were on the same flight back as Nicole Scherzinger... yes she is as totally gorgeous in real life as in the pics you see)!

Here are a few of the snaps...















Thursday, August 25, 2011

The bump...

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I think this was at 24 weeks with my sister in law who was around 20 weeks...




Monday, August 22, 2011

As a wise man once said...

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... 'Birthday's are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live'.

Mike celebrated his birthday this weekend - the big two-six. I know it's not really a big anything, but he sees it that now he is now officially closer to 30 than to 20 (more of a big deal than he thought it would be I think). So some celebrations were in order!

The birthday weekend started on Friday evening when we were both home from work. Mike had been to a wedding rehearsal as he was playing the piano at a wedding on Saturday morning. I had made his cake the night before (white chocolate and strawberry - was delish even if I say so myself) so we had that with some Shloer (as you do) and we watched a film using his main birthday present (a new 46" plasma from his parents and also a gift to himself). We didn't want to be up too late as we had a wedding to go to in the morning...



For some reason I woke up really, really early the next Morning. (Mike was up too but I know it will have been to do with nerves about paying at the wedding)! So we went downstairs to get breakfast and he opened his gifts.



I dropped Mike of at the chapel around 9am and then went back home to continue getting ready. He wanted to practice before the ceremony and I didn't want to hang around for 2 hours so I just headed up in time for the ceremony.



The wedding was lovely, the bride was beautiful and the music was amazing! Mike is such a perfectionist and really does put a lot of pressure on himself for things like that, but he played wonderfully. He was glad for it to be over but what an achievement (and now the cat's out of the bag that he is amazing on the piano so who knows what will crop up next)?!



We headed over to Mike's parents after playing with one of his birthday gifts (Mario Kart on the Wii baby)! It had turned out really sunny so spent time in the garden relaxing and then we ordered a curry for his birthday tea.



Sunday we attended Mike's parents ward and then had a family BBQ afterwards. The weather was far too hot for a pregnant lady but oddly enough, the house became hotter than the outside, so again we were in the garden until late playing games and talking.





Love having family time.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Candygram...

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Growing up with a lot of Americans in my ward I got used to some very 'American' things such as jello with your main meal (?!?!), spray cheese (again ?!?!), grape soda, Veggie-Tales and Candygrams. Some of the things I learnt from people in the ward I really loved (and others like the whole jello thing, not so much). But I did really like candygrams - who doesn't love a nice cheesy saying to make you feel all 'fuzzy' inside and then you get some chocolate goodness to devour?

From time to time I like to leave candygrams around the house for Mike... he has embraced this 'American' thing that I do and is even trying it for himself. Look what was left for me by the door when I came home from work on Friday evening...



What a cutie!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Time for an update...

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Just thought I would update on all things Urie. Life is crazy busy so it's nice to just sit and write about all that is going on, even if it just means that it gets everything straight in my head - as those of you that know me know, I love to be organised!

Well first major thing that (and I will need to add pics later), is that our house is practically finished. We had carpet fitted on Tuesday and it is like the icing on the cake. The rooms look so much brighter and basically 'finished'. I had totally got used to having floor boards on show and constantly wearing shoes or flip flops around the house. It was so nice to take my shoes off and my feet sink into the lovely new carpet (plus taking my shoes off help to keep the carpet more clean lol).

I am excited that we can finally start to unpack those few boxes that never did get unpacked and actually see what is in them. If we have survived this long without the contents we can probably just get rid of most of it (well, if my hoarder of a hubs will actually let me throw anything out haha). I am also looking forward to putting up pictures and like the advert says 'make a house a home'.

I am nearly 24 weeks preg and getting larger and larger! I think I am carrying quite low though (maybe due to my height?!) but I know it will get even bigger as these next weeks go on. We have a few favourite names picked out but think we will make an official decision when we see that little man. I am not sure I am OK calling my bump an actual name... not yet anyway! My brother and sister-in-law are expecting 3 weeks after us and I really want them to find out what they are having, but they are going to wait and see - I'm glad this baby (and I'm sure more in the future) will have lots of cousins around whilst growing up.

Does anyone have advice on baby prams etc? We have not bought anything for the baby yet so have all that to go. I just keep saying we'll do it when the house is finished etc so we have weekends free to go shopping, and as the house practically is now, we need to get cracking! So guess what the weekends will consist of for the next couple of months?!

I recently got a new church calling which just shows to me how much Heavenly Father has a sense of humour. It is on the primary presidency. And not just any presidency, but Stake Primary presidency. I am meant to lead and guide ward presidencies how to follow the handbook and to best serve the children, and the last time I was in Primary was when I was 11?! A big growth opportunity coming up and I think it will be fun to go and visit the other wards in the stake. It will be weird not having a mid-week church activity to go to as I have been serving in YW in different wards ever since I left youth really. Mike is still YM Pres, so he will wander of to mutual by himself every Thursday now - what am I to do with this new 'spare time'?! Probably reading the Church Handbook!!

I have really been enjoying seeing my family more than I normally would, for the past few weeks, as my sister is over from the US. Will get to see them again this weekend and next week as they come down here so we can all play tourist in London. We have booked to go see inside Buckingham Palace and there is a display of THE Royal wedding dress, so being slightly obsessed with the Duchess of Cambridge, I am quite excited for that!!

Both my family and Mike's family will also be getting together on Sunday afternoon - it's fun having everyone together. The Urie's have just got back from a trip to Utah though so my non-sun-kissed skin may be a tad jealous of theirs! Speaking of which, we are going to Spain (a month today - wahoo) as our last holiday as a couple before baby arrives. It is the last time I can fly really too so lets just hope they let me on the plane (and also, if you hear any reports of a beached whale being reported in Spain, relax, it will just be me and my pregnant self trying to tan!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Privacy please...

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I have made the decision to make this blog 'private' to keep away any creepers...

I will change this next week, so you if you do want an invite to read the blog you have chance to please leave your email address in a comment below or send direct to me: urie08@hotmail.com and I'll send ya an invite.

Would love you to stay in touch!

Day Trip: Day 2...

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Day 2 was a trip to Stonehenge and to Salisbury...















I am getting ready to pack for some more sisterly adventures this weekend... yay!

Happy Friday!

Day Trip: Day 1...

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My sister and niece are over from the states for a few weeks, so that means time off work to see them and do some very 'English' things with them.

Growing up in the north, day trips would normally stay up in the north of the country, so now I am living in the south, it was time to explore what the south has to offer.

Day 1 was a trip to Bath. It is such a lovely city, amazing architecture and it was great to be with nearly all of my side of the family. The weather was lovely for us too!

Here are a few pics from the day...



Mother, sister and niece at the Royal Crescent...



Bumpalicious...?











Cousins...



Sisters...





The hotel we stayed at...

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Bump...

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The brother and I at his graduation in Oxford when I was about 16 weeks preg... I know I probably look just a little bit fat rather than preg and the bump looks non-existent, but believe me it is most definitely getting bigger... More pics to come...

Monday, July 11, 2011

It's a...

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BOY!!

The 20 week scan was this morning and all is well with our little babe. I loved being able to see him again and to find out that it actually is a 'him'.

(7 year old Uncle Sammy will be very pleased - he was desperate for it to be a boy as he "doesn't like girls")!



Bring on all the blue!

Friday, July 8, 2011

In a pickle...

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So I know pregnancy can do cray things to you and make you crave certain foods, but lately I just can't get enough of pickled onions! I have always liked pickles in general, so it's not like I have started eating something I never normally would. I would only ever had them every now and again but now I am going through jars like they are going out of fashion! If I get the thought of them in my head then I HAVE to have them. Isn't it so bizarre that growing a little person in you can cause all this craziness?!

The hubs and I have been wondering whether it will become one of the bubs fave thing to eat one day, as it sure is liking them right now! We are also wondering if this kind of craving is an indicator as to whether it is a girl or a boy... but after some extensive research into the matter, ha ha, it was all very inconclusive. Guess we will just have to wait until the scan on Monday... yes that's right, Monday, as in 3 sleeps time!! Eeeeeek!

P.s - Happy Friday! (Has Rebecca Black ruined Friday's for you as she has for me?! At least having the song in my head today works out OK, as 'we, we, we, we so excited'!!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Mr & Mrs...

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We recently attended the wedding of Ryan & Emma - Mike has known Ryan since he was born I do believe, so it was really lovely to be part of their New York themed special day. Aren't they going to have such beautiful brunette babies?!

Bro-in-law Rob was the best man and Ben a groomsman...



Bro-in-law Chris & I, what a stud...

Monday, June 20, 2011

Graduation Day...

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This past weekend we were able to spend some time with both of our families which worked out perfectly, as it was Father's Day after all.

On Saturday we went to Oxford to meet up with my brother, sister-in-law and my parents; my brother was having his graduation ceremony. They had been in Oxford fairly early as he had to collect his gowns, have a Hertford College lunch and then the ceremony. As tickets were limited Mike and I wandered around the shops and went to the Taylor Institute museum and met them afterwards for photos and a yummy meal. ('The Trout' in Oxford never fails to deliver).

He collected his Bachelors degree and as he booked his ceremony 7 years after his matriculation, he was automatically awarded with and Oxford MA too! Not too shabby. The whole ceremony was in Latin and sounded much more prestigious than any other graduation ceremony, with all of the history of Oxford University it must have been very traditional and British. Oxford definitely is a cool city and the architecture is amazing. We saw his old college and where he lived in his first year (probably the most posh 'halls' I have ever seen)! It really would be an experience to go to Uni there.



Sunday we went to see Mike's family after church and had a lovely roast dinner with my father-in-laws famous gravy! ( I had been craving it ever since I knew we were going there a few days before). We all took a walk afterwards and ended up getting some nettle stings as we got slightly lost down an overgrown bridle path! All fun and games...

Both families were keen to see my ever expanding belly (though they all say its small, I assure you it is huge lol) and I think everyone is taking bets as to what we are having - 3 weeks today we will know boy or girl...

Monday, June 6, 2011

Derby Day...

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Each day on my way to work I drive past the Epsom Racecourse. The past few weeks it has been getting busier and busier there with new signs, fencing and lots of vans. I was wondering what it was all about and this weekend we found out - it was the Epsom Derby Race weekend.



Ladies Day was on Friday and so we saw a lot of people dressed up in their finery and crazy big hats. Saturday was Derby Day and it seems like everyone in Surrey came out to play! It was crazy busy, but interesting to go and experience - there was a fun fair, BBQ's and every type of fast food imagineable. We also found out later that day when we saw on the big screen, that the Royal family were there (but they were obviously in the stand and not mingling among us commoners...)

 

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