the baby is scheduled for dec 12! tentatively, of course. whenever that little genius decides to come is going to be the day. the day of all days. last time we checked it's heart rate was 135. isn't that great? i still haven't felt my little one kicking or punching or somer-saulting. i'm still waiting to explode in my tummy. i don't really look tooo different yet. i have had two people tell me they can tell. one of the ladies i work last night looked at me and said "girl you boomin..." me: "what?!" "your hips are boomin!" so apparantly my hips are booming now. everyone else just teases me about it. but scrubs are very forgiving. more than anything i've been very emotional!
so, that's that. we are thrilled and excited and can't wait to have our own little youngster to wear matching tie-dye shirts with and play with sticks and make mud pies and go on family outings and oh boy, the adventures are already endless...
we had the manliest truck in existence to pick them up. thank you aaron and aly!
our next apartment has space for the side by side, so it's perfect. we've been doing hundreds of loads (it seems like) because we have to wash everything we owned because it's still full of rubble and yucky smells.
life has been just marvelous for the mulders! we found an apartment and it has everything we were looking for! it's set apart in a little forest of trees so it's got a secluded foresty feel (as much as an apartment can), washer and dryer hook-ups (we are searching like crazy on craigslist and SO excited to have our own!!), a fireplace (oh, how excited i am to decorate!!), ceiling fans, lights on the ceiling (the things we take for granted), a walk in closet, a screened in back porch and past that is just treees and nature, plenty of kitchen space, a dishwasher, TWO bathrooms, anddddd.... TWO bedrooms! but we only get one. let me explain...
we told them we were looking for a one bedroom apartment. (we couldn't afford the two bedroom, it's $200 more!!) they told us they were out of one bedrooms but due to demand they are "converting" the two bedrooms into one bedrooms. sounds very technical, huh. so how do they do that?
they LOCK THE DOOR to the second bedroom. and you aren't allowed to go in! even though it's in your very own apartment. and it just sits there. unused. empty. lonely. and voila! you have a "one bedroom" apartment. (they are nice enough to let us keep the second bathroom for like $30 more a month)
i have been having an ethical dilemma about how "wrong" it is to pick the lock to the second bedroom. it's no difference to them, right?! someone rationalize with me please...
anywho. it's a short and pleasant bike ride to campus, a less than ten minute drive (&even closer than where we are now) to work, and we are excited! it's called POINT O' VIEW apartments (not 'of'). we were soo stressed trying to find a place to live. we feel, like, 100 pounds off our backs now that we have a place! thank you dan for looking so diligently every day! so we move in august 7th. our lease here ends the end of july. so we have nowhere to live for a week... we'll figure it out.
in other news... dan is taking a summer semester class. PHYSICS. it's hard. but he's good at it (of course). dan's birthday week begins today! his birthday is next sunday (father's day!). we are doing great. just trying to live happily and simply and love each other. oh, and i discovered pinterest...
So when I went out there I thought I didn't need a root canal after all, just a crown. So we went in to see Brad (i mean, Dr. Peterson DDS), he did an x-ray and.... "You're going to need a root canal after all." My heart was racing, my toes were tightly clenched, my respirations were around 30 or so. I cried for my Mommy. I was so terrified! So my mom and I hopped in the car and drove up to St. George, spent the night with my sweet Aunt Judy and trekked the next day up to Draper, UT- location of Dr. Chad Molen, the imfamous endodontist! Okay, please listen to me... if you live in Utah Valley and ever need a root canal or endodontic work, do yourself a favor and go see Dr. Molen! He is like Picasso of root canals. They have a massage chair and good magazines (Seventeen) in their soothing dark green painted waiting room with classical music softly playing in the background. They are so homey and cute and the office is all his. Once you get in the chair, you are overlooking the beautiful mountains of Utah Valley through big glass windows. Dr. Molen's exudes confidence and skill as he gently guides the needle around your mouth to numb you up. And can I just say... those shots did not hurt! At all! He did all sorts of tricks to help it not hurt. It was such a relief. Then the root canal began. And thanks to a dental dam and a jaw holder opener and I was perfectly comfortable... and fell asleep! My root canal experience was sitting in a massage chair and a nap. It only took an hour and out the door we were with big smiles on our faces. Thank you Dr. Molen! I will never forget your kindness to me.
My mom even treated me to a MCFLURRY for being so brave!! Sigh. It's the life. We drove a lot in that day and a half but we had such a nice time being together and talking. Thank you Mommy for driving the wholllle way even though I wanted to help out and drive! She wouldn't let me. We also visiting Grandpa and Grandma Hickman! It was so good to see them. They are so sweet and always have lots of good stories. :)
But don't worry, that's all not with the dental visits. I had another one to get my crown put on. I know have an all gold tooth. It's so shiny and pretty. I love it. You can only see it if I open my mouth up wide or smile really, really big. Dan said when he picked me up from the airport and I smiled (so big I'm sure) he saw it. He liked it. How did a get a gold crown? Oh, just some more selfless service from friends. Bishop Dixon did all the impressions and everything for free. He is so sweet and humble and it was fun visiting him at his office.
The rest of the trip we ran errands and just tried to relax as much as possible. It was simply blissful. No destruction. No rubble. No bobcats or chain saws. Just pretty trees and well-groomed roads and a perfectly unrealistic way of life for most people. Lovely. We went on several walks through the golf course and admired the sweet little bunnies and quails as we made our way to the new Tivoli shops, so much fun admiring and strolling through the Little Italy. We ate plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Soo delicious! I know I got all my Aantioxidants last week. A fun little lunch with the girls at The Cheesecake Factory. A trip or two to Costco (yes, I did get a chocolate chip gelato... of course!!!). A couple more trips to Target. My mom and dad spoiled me and took me shopping... I am all set! My sweet Daddy was such a good sport. He came with me and mom to get my hair cut and eyebrows waxed!! We already knew he was a gem! He loves his girls. :)
Plenty of bonding time with Tubby. She is the most precious little creature. Attempted to watch The King's Speech several times but we always put it on when we were tired and would fall asleep. Still, a very good movie! The Bachelorette (x2)! So thrilled I was there for two Mondays. Plenty of visits to my sweet Daddy at his office just to visit. I loved to be introduced to all his "girls" at the office (Cupcake, Shasta, Chocolate Thunder, Shortcake... he makes nicknames for all of them and they love it). And reminiscing through all the old notes we have written him over the years that he still has there in his office drawer! Soo precious!! Like, a love note I wrote to him in 1990. Sigh. So much love!
Memorial Day we had our very own pool party, just the four of us (Mom, Dad, me, and Tubby). It was so perfect. Gliding around on the blow up lounge chair as we listened to the water fall splash and ate popsicles and fruit. Tubby even got on with me!! I was soo thrilled. She wasn't scared because she trusts me. :) We then made a delectable Phyllo Fruit Tart and headed over to their Empty Nesters Family Home Evening. It was a wonderful evening full of fun, mature conversations and even more mature food!
Another highlight was organizing the fridge for my sweet Mama and Daddy. I love it. It's so rewarding and they are always soo appreciative. I also managed to squeeze in some schoolwork... and I got it done! Yay.
I love my Mama. She is always right there when I need her. She always puts me first and would do anything for my happiness. She is willing to sacrifice any of her own needs for mine, and always does. She and I have so much fun together, whether we are looking around at Target or just hanging out on the couch. Everytime I see her I think she gets younger and younger! I am so proud of her and how much she prioritizes her health. So active and young... she has more energy than I do! I love you Mommy!! Can't wait to see you in a few months. :)
I am a Daddy's girl. He is a man after my own heart and I am a girl after his. We always get along and just know how to have fun. He always loves me and makes me feel like the greatest girl in existence! And I know to him I am. I always learning from him and I hope to be like him. He always makes me and my mom laugh- from his dance moves to his hearty singing voice to his cute little ways.
I love you Mom and Daddy! Thank you for taking care of me and just letting me be their little girl. I needed that!