Tuesday, August 25, 2009

9 Wonderful Years

It was 9 years ago today, after babbling my cousin Hollee's ear off all night, that I woke up more excited than I had ever been. It was my wedding day.

After a frantic morning of fancy hair styles, makeup, beautiful dresses, and final preparations, it was time to head over to the church for the wedding.

I remember watching our wedding party leaving the hall and entering the wedding. Suddenly it was just me and my dad left in the hall. I became really nervous.

The following is from my journal entry. It sums up our wedding perfectly:

"It was our turn to enter the chapel. It was absolutely stunning. The decorator had done and amazing job transforming that gym into the most beautiful room I had ever before seen. And to top it all off, the most handsome man I had ever set eyes upon was standing at the front of that room. From that point on I knew that everything was going to be okay.

I think we had the shortest wedding ceremony in history. Not only were Chad and I completely confused about where to stand and what to do, but our bishop had never before preformed a wedding ceremony. I would swear that it didn't last any longer than five minutes. But I would not have had it any other way. It was great."

Chad's dad provided a fabulous wedding luncheon, the reception came and went, our cake was beautiful, we danced our first dance, Hollee caught my bouquet, Luke caught the garter, we made our exit through thousands of floating bubbles, and drove away in a completely trashed, confetti filled car.

Thank you for 9 wonderful years Chad. I love you!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Petting Zoo

To keep my little Nix from getting too bored while his big brother is at school ALL DAY LONG, I took him to the Gardner Village Petting Zoo. It was supposed with the neighborhood playgroup...but we were the only ones who showed up! Where was everybody? Regardless, it turned out to be really fun for Nixin. We called it a date and finished it off with a trip to Dunford for some absolutely perfect donuts!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Remembering You

Coral Jean Huddleston
August 1, 1928-August 20, 2005

Missing you every day Grandma!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Tomato Cream Sausage Pasta

Here's one for you- A delicious pasta recipe that makes us say "Mmmmmm!" every time. It is so easy to prepare and different from your every day pasta. The original recipe does not call for the sausage, but we love this dish even more since adding it. Enjoy!

1 lb. Rigatoni or any other pasta of your choice
1/2 lb. Country-style sausage
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, diced*
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (14.5 ounce) can Italian-style diced tomatoes, undrained
1 tablespoon dried basil leaves
3/4 teaspoon white sugar
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup heavy cream*
1 tablespoon butter

Prepare pasta according to package directions.

Brown sausage in pan. Set aside and keep warm.

In a saucepan, saute onion and garlic in olive oil over medium heat. Make sure it doesn't burn. Add tomatoes, basil, sugar, oregano, salt and pepper. Bring to boil and continue to boil 5 minutes or until most of the liquid evaporates. Remove from heat; stir in whipping cream and butter. Add browned sausage. Reduce heat and simmer 5 more minutes. Toss with prepared pasta.

*I usually use regular whipping cream and omit the onions for my onion hating husband. The results are still fantastic!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

1st Grade!!!

Wow! I can't believe that this day is here already. Jack started first grade today. I miss him! What a leap for both mom and son to go from half day kindergarten to 7 hours of school. I'm not sure how well I will handle this. Today I am fine, but I am sure as the week goes on and I see so little of my sweet little boy that I will miss him more and more.

We are excited for Jack's teacher this year. Her name is Mrs. Eberle. She is new to his school, but has taught before and also worked as a literacy specialist at a different elementary. She was so organized yesterday when I took Jack to meet her for the first time. Her room was clean and she was great with Jack.

Jack was SO EXCITED this morning. He loves school. He loves learning and teachers and friends. It is good for him and I am glad that he is there. We packed his lunch, had him shower and get ready and off we went. Nixin and I walked him there and said our good-byes. He did great.

I remember saying good-bye to my mom the day I started first grade...I did not do so great.

Jack and Nixin before school:

One happy little guy:

Almost there:

Other things that have been going on at the Williams' house this week: Murphy has a swollen anal gland AGAIN! What a pain in the butt (Ha! Ha!). Really though, it stinks. She just lays around all grumpy and stuff for a few days until the thing pops itself and then we are free and clear for a couple of months until it re-surfaces. We need to figure out what to do about that. She is doing well though. Nixin has taken it upon himself to take the best possible care of his pooch.

Oh, and yesterday my dad and Debbie came down from their house in Hyrum and took my little guys fishing. They were so excited that they could hardly stand it. They would tell you that the bad news is that they didn't catch any fish, but the good news is that they had a lot of fun. Here they are just before they took off:

Sunday, August 16, 2009


As I was just laying on the couch resting, I was thinking how lucky our family is to have such wonderful friends. We are surrounded by awesome people and I hope that they all know how much we love and appreciate them.

In just the past week I have received numerous phone calls, emails, kind and encouraging words, advice, and I know that sincere prayers are being said on our behalf. I am fully able to fix dinner for my family right now, but would you believe that I have only done that twice this week? Thank you Camie, Kim, Julie, Misty, and Amie for caring enough to feed us! It has been such a nice thing to be able to rest and not have to think about what we will be eating for dinner. I am full of gratitude and love for all of you. Thank you for being my friends.

Thursday, August 13, 2009


Another week has passed and still no Cohen.
Today at my 37 week prenatal appointment Dr. Langer measured me at 37 1/2 centimeters, I was now dialated to a 4 and still hanging around that 90 percent effaced mark. She said that he had dropped even further than he was last week.
It is so hard waiting! Twice now I have thought that he was coming. The contractions start, get a little painful, and then gone. My pelvis bone aches more than I thought possible. Dr. Langer's instructions to me were to "be patient".
So, I will be. He will be here soon. I have been scheduled for induction on August 27th, only 2 weeks from today. If it comes down to it I can wait that short time. The way that time flies around here, he will be here before I know it.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Becky's 50!

Happy Birthday to the most wonderful step mother in law in the whole world! We love you Becky and hope your day was perfect.

Catching Up

I've been a blog slacker! Time is flying, and I'm not quite sure where it is going!

August 1st I celebrated my 30th birthday. To my request, we had a semi-lazy morning and then went out to breakfast at Mimi's Cafe. I LOVE breakfast there. I had French toast stuffed with a cream cheese and orange marmalade mixture, topped with fruit and served with eggs and bacon. Yum!
We came home in just enough time for me to leave for a pedicure, arranged by Chad. How nice to have someone touch my feet! I can't exactly bend down there to do it myself, so it truly was a treat.
My day was really nice. Chad and the boys made it extra special and I am so thankful to them. They even bought me Dunford donuts for my birthday cake :) Thank you to all of my wonderful family members and friends for their birthday wishes as well. I am blessed to have you all in my life.

My brother Luke, knowing how desperate I have been for a haircut, called and told me that he had made arrangements to trade roofing work with his friend in exchange for me to get a free haircut. I talked Luke's girlfriend Lindsey to driving with me down to the Gateway to visit this famous Umi (no clue how to really spell his name!) this past week. I have NEVER had a haircut like this before (sorry girls who have cut my hair before). He seriously spent about and hour and 20 minutes just cutting my hair. It is thinner and laying better than it ever has. I LOVE it! It feels so good to have a really great haircut. Now if I can figure out how to afford having him cut my hair every couple of months...Thank you Luke! Here is a pic of the new do:

Today was my 36 week prenatal appointment with Dr. Langer. I definitely believed her when she said that things were progressing. I was measuring right on at 36 cm, the baby has officially dropped right into position, I was 90% effaced and dilated to a 3 1/2! This past week has been a little harder for me. I am feeling extreme pressure down there and my pelvis bone- WOW! It KILLS. We don't have very much longer to go though. Dr. Langer said that she guesses within 2 to 2 1/2 weeks we will be holding our little Cohen in our arms. I am so excited for that! We seem to have everything ready for him. His dresser arrived safely, we have the nursery all set up and we ordered and received our new infant car seat and stroller system. Did you know that car seats expire? We didn't. But thankfully we figured it out before he arrives and the one we got is a really cool one, the Combi Helio:

Hopefully our next blog post will be pictures of our new baby :) Okay, wishful thinking, I know. Soon enough :)