May 16, 2012

Hillcrest 1st Ward Senior Tribute

Last year I was asked by my father-in-law to help him put together video tributes for the graduating seniors in his ward. He was the young men's president at the time and they wanted to change things up for their annual Senior dinner. The "I'm a Mormon" campaign was very popular at the time so we styled the videos after that. They were OK. At least that's what I thought of them.

Flash forward to the present and my father-in-law is no longer the young men's president and Beth and I are living in his basement and now members of that ward. The young women's president is the same as last year and apparently she thought of last year's video more highly than I did because I was once again asked to put together a senior tribute video.

I reluctantly accepted but this time I wanted to do something different. I wanted it to be better. We had just bought our new camera and this was the perfect opportunity to test it out. So with the help of a few friends (Ben Peterson) that lent me the rest of the equipment I was ready to go. Unfortunately, I only had two weeks to get everything done and my father-in-law would not be in town to help me with the interviews. I wasn't sure I'd be able to do it. But as with all service efforts I wasn't alone and the end result, if I do say so myself, turned out very good.

The seniors I got to know are all very different but very special in their own way. Each one has a testimony of Jesus Christ that has grown during the last four years of high school. I think putting all of their interviews together, instead of separating them like last year, helps show them as individuals but also how together they provided strength to each other as members of the same ward.

You probably don't know the people in the video. I didn't either when I first started. But I think that you'll still be able to enjoy it as you listen to them share who they are and what they stand for. I know that I learned a lot.

Let me know what you think! I hope you enjoy watching as much as I enjoyed making it.

May 10, 2012

Goodbye First Tri

Today I'm officially 13 weeks.
Pregnancy websites say that means my baby is the size of a lime.
When I think about having a lime in me
it makes me think of those cartoons where the animals swallow fruit hole 
and their body gets all weird shaped.
I feel like my body is starting to get all weird shaped.
It's not super noticeable to people besides Brian and me.
Right now, I just look like I've had too many chicken nuggets.
Which I probably have.
Don't judge me.
My baby nugget likes them.

The nausea is still in full swing
But I'm really hoping it subsides soon.
I'm getting by on the meds
but MAN they make me tired.
Hopefully I can ditch those soon.

It's starting to get real.
For a while it was just a saying.
"We're pregnant."
Then for a while it was more of a pain.
"Ugh... I'm pregnant."
Now, it's getting exciting.
"OMGosh... We're having a baby!"
I am a mother this Mother's Day.
I am a mother.
I don't care that I won't be holding my baby on Mother's Day.
This baby is real and alive inside of me.
And it's mine.

I make tons of baby-related lists.
Songs I need to learn to sing to baby.
Books we need to read about baby.
Stories we need to brush up on to tell baby.
Crafts I can make for baby.
Stuff I need to buy before baby comes.
Pictures I need to take of baby.
I'm sure these lists will multiply and grow as the months go by.
But our excitement and joy grows as well. 
We are getting very anxious to meet our little one.

Love much,
Mommy Beth