Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Catching Up

It's been so long since my last post...and so much has happened since then that it's almost overwhelming to catch up.

I missed

  • My retirement. I have officially left the work force. (Loving it, by the way).
  • Finals.
  • Graduating from college! (Almost...one independent study class to finish up before baby arrives).
  • Christmas in St. George with the Lovejoys.
New pajamas on Christmas Eve
  • Shopping in Las Vegas for after-Christmas sales
Eating at Joe's for lunch with my family.

Scott looks out of it because he just had good seafood for the first time in over a year and is a happy camper.

Now there is so much to do at home before we're ready for our little kid to come. Better get to it!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Distraction

I'm trying to finish up my final project for one of my classes. It's getting pretty late and I'm ready to go to bed. But I keep getting distracted because this baby of ours is doing aerobics or tap dancing in my belly. I keep looking down to watch the bumps and rolls and wiggles. She must be having fun...

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Dear Baby,

It is not acceptable behavior to wake up your mother everyday at 5:30. At least not until you actually get here. I'm not exactly lithe and graceful these days so when I wake up, I wake up your father. And it's his vacation this week - the few days of the year when he doesn't have to get up at 5:30. Plus, there's nothing on TV that early. So cool it. Okay? Thanks.

Love,

Your bored, tired mother

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Oh Man, This Class is Boring

I know it's not a very exciting thing to blog about, but I am so not interested in learning this "stuff" anymore. Senioritis is in full swing. Seriously, I'm in class (I actually came today - it's been two weeks since I last made it to class) because today is the test review. And I'm quickly remembering why I haven't been coming. Learning how to be a "front-row player on Wall Street" is clearly not high on my priority list. I don't care how alpha affects a Sharpe ratio. I really don't care about hypothetical arbitrage. And honestly, I love that I'm winning the class stock market competition because I bought stock in Budweiser. Hooray Beer!

In other news, Scott and I have started taking a prenatal class at the hospital. My only interest in signing up for the class is so that I know what is normal procedure for this hospital. Everything else you can learn online (and with my interest level in my classes, you can bet I spend a lot of time on pregnancy websites). Anyway, so last week in class our instructor shows a little video describing episiotomies and then they showed one being done. Luckily, Scott and I sat near the back and someone up front was blocking my view. All of a sudden, one of the wives turns around, frantically looking for the nurse - BECAUSE HER HUSBAND PASSED OUT. The poor guy had completely slumped over in his chair, was as white as a ghost, and was way warm. Scott got him a cup of ice and he eventually recovered, but it was absolutely the highlight of the evening.

And for my own entertainment, here's my current countdown:

Class periods left until Thanksgiving Break - 7
Official days left of work - 5
Days left until Baby Lovejoy's arrival - 68
Loads of laundry left to do - 3
Hours until Scott picks me up to go to dinner - 4

If I can just get through the next week (and finish my paper on the imaginary world of the Himba people of Namibia - yes, I'm being serious - and my Investments test) life will be lovely.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Happy Veterans' Day

Our Veterans' Day Highlights:

  • Scott went to campus early in his Class A's (fancy uniform) to be in charge of flag detail.
  • One of my professors told me to thank a veteran. I gave Scott a big smooch.
  • We went to Famous Dave's in Midvale where they offered a free meal to any veteran and enjoyed some good old fashioned barbecue.
Luckily, I get to work with veterans on a regular basis. One of my main responsibilities at the financial planning firm where I work is helping veterans apply for a benefit to help them pay for their medical care. It's always really fun to talk to them about their service and look at their old discharge papers. (Side note: One of the vets that we've been working with brought in his discharge papers for me to work with. He is trained in judo and knife fighting. He's a real life ninja.)

Here's some eye candy of my favorite veterans.

Scott and his dad soon after Scott enlisted.


Scott with "his boys" at Ft. Sam Houston.


Me and Scott on our way to the Army Ball 2007 - just a day or two after we got engaged.


My father-in-law in his Navy uniform.


My love on his way to drill in the early, early morning.


Happy Veterans' Day to my military men!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Jerry Has a Friend

Eeeeeek!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

RIP Jerry

Recently, we discovered we had a little house guest. An uninvited house guest. Jerry the Mouse had taken up residence in our kitchen of all places. We placed traps - enough so that Scott stepped on one (thankfully with a shoe on). We set down those sticky pads - I stepped in three (twice with shoes, once without). But apparently little Jerry was quite the ninja. Not only did he successfully clean off three traps of their peanut butter completely and nibble just enough of the cheese to avoid setting off the trap mechanism, but he managed to avoid all the sticky things that I couldn't...until tonight. Little Jerry finally got careless enough to get his tail stuck in the sticky pad. Poor Jerry.

I felt a little guilty about the whole ordeal. He was kind of a cute little bugger. But I'm also convinced that he's riddled with diseases and absolutely he scares me to death so I'm afraid it was time for him to go. RIP Jerry.

Let's just hope Jerry was a loner.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

26 Weeks Along

Right now, I'm 26 weeks pregnant. It is my last week in the second trimester. This is how far along my mom was when she gave birth to my little sister Chelsea. It has been so hard to comprehend how that is even possible. I feel big, but not big enough to have a full-grown baby. But I guess my mom wasn't either. Little Chelsea came into the world at just 2 lbs 6 oz.

2 days old

Even then, she got sick. Between spinal meningitis and other infections, she dropped below 2 pounds for a while. But slowly, she got stronger and continued to gain weight.

2 weeks old

To give you an idea of how small she really was, below is a picture of my dad reaching into her incubator. Notice how his hand can cover her entire body.
She was so small that they would put my mom's wedding ring on her wrist and it fit like a bracelet. She was tiny.

2.5 months old

They're not sure why my mom went into labor so early with Chelsea, especially after three perfectly healthy pregnancies. On one hand, it's terrifying knowing that at any moment our little girl could decide she's ready to make her grand entrance. But on the other hand, it's very comforting to know that even this early, her chances of survival are pretty good. Even though it was all so scary, especially 19 years ago, Chelsea is perfectly healthy now. We're glad you're here Chelsea - we just wished you had waited another three months or so!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Belly: Week 25

I'm pretty much huge. I can't believe I'm only 2/3 of the way done. I'm going to be enormous.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Of Course

It's been a busy week. Between a difficult Investments test, a 10-page paper on why the Kalahari Bushmen hunt (not kidding), three group meetings I hadn't planned on, and lots of other craziness I finally made time to sit down to do an assignment for my financial planning class. It's a simple assignment, but one that requires a little time and access to my bank account. For the first time in the six years I've used the bank, the online banking page is down.

Of course it is.

The good news is that I really don't care at this point.

The bad news is that I will care tomorrow.

Oh well. I'll figure it out then.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Countdowns

Days til Baby Lovejoy's estimated arrival: 106

Weeks until Christmas: 11

Tests left to take in the testing center for the rest of my life: 3

Days left of work: 27

Pounds left to gain (at least until I exceed the recommended allotment): 19

Sundays until the Primary Program: 3

Ways I can procrastinate studying for my Investments test: infinite

Monday, September 28, 2009

Random Thoughts

  • You know how driving and talking on a cell phone makes people lose their minds. It's the same at the grocery store, too. I would vote for a law that outlaws operating a car or cart while talking on the phone.
  • Our baby moves a lot. We like her.
  • I eat a lot. I eat all day long. I eat a lot all day long.
  • School keeps us busy. Scott thinks sleeping past 6:30 is sleeping in.
  • The mall is a very weird place. Especially on the weekends. Seriously, where do those people come from?
  • I can't zip up the pre-pregnancy jacket I wore to school today. Not even close.
  • We're watching a movie in one of my classes right now. It's my last GE requirement. The movie just said, "hell." People started to squirm. Love BYU.
Happy Monday!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

The Countdown Has Begun

This is the first time I've ever been excited for fall. Don't get me wrong, I love the fall. I love the change in the weather and the cool breeze. I love the excitement of school starting and BYU games. I love the way the leaves start to change and gradually the entire side of the mountain becomes covered in a blanket of oranges, reds, and yellows. I love looking forward to Thanksgiving and the entire month of December. But that love has always been overshadowed by the knowledge that after the New Year's celebrations are over, we still basically have four more months of cold, dead, demoralizing winter.

But this time is different. This year I'm not counting down the days until finals are over or counting down to Christmas. This time I'm actually looking forward to the months of January, February, and March.

This winter, I'll have a little girl to wake up to; a husband coming home to me. No more school work, no more clients. Just one little baby girl and a very handsome husband/daddy.

Yep. I'm excited the weather is changing. For this year, at least.

Friday, September 11, 2009

It's a ....


GIRL!





We went to the ultrasound this morning and our baby is a healthy little girl! It was so fun to see the heart beating, the little spine, teeny tiny fingers and toes, and see her squirm around.

It's a little scary knowing we're going to have a daughter. I can't stop thinking about all the things to come: glitter and dress-ups, junior high (and all that comes with that!), boyfriends and prom dresses, college and a wedding day...

We can't wait for you to get here, little girl!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Belly: Week 19

This is the most recent picture of the belly. It's growing like crazy. I officially waddle when I walk now. This was taken on Sunday so at 19.5 weeks. I'm officially 20 weeks now. Halfway there! Friday we have the ultrasound to find out the baby is healthy and growing...and whether it's a boy or girl!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Happy Anniversary Lovey!

Two years ago, the most relaxing summer of my life was ending and the most exciting time in my life was about to begin. That summer I had gone to Chile for a humanitarian trip with the group Ayuda, to Japan to pick my brother up from his mission, to California to spend some time on the beach, and to Alaska to hang out with my roommate and see her hometown. It was amazing. Three different continents, two different seasons (winter in Chile....brrr), and a lot of enjoying life.




A week later I moved into the Santa Barbara apartments south of campus with Mandi and Katie. It was here at Santa B, playing foursquare in the quad that I met my future husband. Three days later, he gave out home teaching assignments in church. He had assigned himself to my apartment. Fancy that...


I was interested, so I tried to reciprocate the next day at Ward Family Home Evening. We played a get to know you game and I threw the tennis ball to Scott. He seemed pleased.

A week later, Scott invited me to go to the devotional given by President Hinckley. I told him I'd love to, but I had some errands I had to run beforehand (translation: I had to get cute so I told him I'd meet him there). It was a lot of fun and I did look very cute.

Afterward, my mom picked us up and drove us to my car at her house. It was the first time he "met the fam." My mom said he had personality.

Our first real date was two days later - the Homecoming Spectacular. Good conversation, good people-watching, and a definite hope for a second date.

That Sunday I kissed him. I know, I know - but I had given him the cheek for a few days by then and I wasn't patient enough to give him the chance to try again.

Three weeks later Scott invited me to go to St. George for the weekend with his sister Rachel and her roommate. This was my first time "meeting the fam". Loved them.

On the way home, we sang Disney songs at the top of our lungs. The next day the "L" word was tossed around...less than a month after the first kiss...and the rest is history. Marriage talk a week later, engaged 6 weeks after that. We got married on August 22, 2008 and have loved every minute of it.



Happy Anniversary Lovey!



Saturday, August 15, 2009

Schedule for a Happy Saturday

(Sorry, it's starts on Friday night)

10:30 pm: Take Unisom to avoid waking up like the past few nights
8:30 am: Wake up, make breakfast, and get back in bed to watch Gilmore Girls re-runs.
10:30 am: Take Nap #1
12:00 pm: Lunch (not that I hadn't been grazing all morning)
1:30 pm: Husband comes home from golfing. Watch TV and relax with the hubby.
2:30 pm: Take Nap #2
5:00 pm: Husband leaves for work, wife starts to get motivated to leave the apartment for the first time that day.
6:00 pm: Run a couple of errands, one of which involves the grocery store. (PS - I shouldn't be able to go to the grocery store alone anymore. I only bought junk food and cereal.)
7:00 pm: Go to Nordstrom for a pair of sunglasses and the always delicious Mango Smoothie with whipped cream. Yum.
8:00 pm: Relax in the tub.
9:30 pm: Husband comes home for a movie and pizza rolls (part of the junk food extravaganza at the grocery store today.)

Two naps, the tub, junk food, and the husband? A very happy Saturday indeed.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Belly: Week 15

This is the first of my belly pictures. I'm officially showing. Thank goodness! Being in the "Is she fat or is she pregnant?" stage definitely gets old fast.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Smarty Pants

Scott was accepted into the Marriott School of Business at BYU!



Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Boy or Girl? You tell me...

Most women find out if they're having a boy or a girl at their 20 week ultrasound. But Oldroyd girls aren't that patient.

When Shannon was pregnant with her first, my dad suggested she try a new gender prediction blood test that had just come out on the market. They take a small sample of the mom's blood and test it to see if there are any Y chromosomes. If they find any in her blood, it means she's carrying a boy. If not, it's a girl.

That test was cool and exciting, but it's also really expensive. So yesterday my mom and I were talking and we decided to go buy this:


Somehow, this test - which works kind of like a normal pregnancy test - is supposed to be able to tell you if you're having a boy or girl. I took the test this morning and it showed this.


It is supposed to be orange for a girl or green for a boy. But it looks orange/green to me. I'm leaning toward orange, but only because if it turned green, this is what it's supposed to look like.



So...what do all of you think?

Friday, June 26, 2009

20's going on 80's?

I had a strange realization the other day. It came after a series of three events:

1. Scott and I were at the grocery store in the checkout line. The next row over consisted of a couple of college-age girls who apparently hadn't seen each other for a while. There was a lot of hugging and high-pitched enthusiasm. Scott became irritated.

2. I routinely fall asleep before 10 o'clock. I look forward to get it getting dark enough to go to bed. Last night, I fell asleep during the news at nine.

3. For the past three days, Scott and I have been working on this

It's a puzzle of Provo. Lame, I know. Lately, we've been acting like geriatrics. But to make up for it we had a real date night tonight--one without dentures, walkers, or hearing aids.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Letter to Ronald

Dear McDonald's,

I know I boycotted your breakfast for many years, but that was because I think Egg McMuffins are about as good as hot pockets. (Seriously, what is appetizing about that "Canadian" bacon?)


Anyway, about a year ago you redeemed yourself. You see, I tasted a McGriddle. Now, normally egg product and processed cheese food wouldn't be on my list of "things to put in my mouth". But, there's a baby in my belly. And he's rejecting everything else I eat and demanding those syrup-pocketed pancake buns and sausage breakfast sandwich.

So, dear, kind, friendly McDonald's, could you please consider serving breakfast in the evenings when I actually want to eat something?

That would great, thanks.

Love, Michelle

Monday, June 8, 2009

Poor Scott


Poor Scott. He has a crazy lady for a wife. Seriously. I'm always sick...and always whining. And then when I start to feel bad about whining all day long, I go insane. Timeline of today's events:

Scott wakes up early for his shift at the MTC.
Michelle wakes up from psycho dreams and proceeds to spend the next hour in the bathroom.
Michelle whines to Scott over text while he's in a work meeting.
Scott finds a substitute for his afternoon shift so he can come home early.
Scott finds Michelle curled up in a ball on the couch crying...but she doesn't know why.
Scott tries to comfort Michelle.
Michelle realizes how lucky she is to have a sane, caring husband while she's losing her mind.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

A little bit of love...

...and a little bit of joy...


...and you get a


BABY LOVEJOY!


There's a baby on its way!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Teen Witch

I almost forgot. Remember in the last post how I mentioned I have a great husband? Well I forgot the most important reason why!

He let me buy Teen Witch. And agreed to watch it with me. Shannon, you can come to the party, too.

Here's a clip of the movie that proves how rad it really is.


Finally...a real vacation to blog about

Scott and I made it down to St. George last week for a quick visit with his family and a little R&R. It's been amazing.

The day before we left, Scott and I started talking about Twinkies. It came out that I had never actually eaten one before. So on the drive down we changed that.


Twinkies are disgusting. I felt like I was eating a pillow.

We made it to Fiesta Fun where I creamed Scott and my sister Chelsea in a competitive game of mini-golf.


We went to one of my most favorite places in the entire world. Yum.


And I should mention what a good husband I have. First, he walked around Tai Pan with me for an hour while I tried to figure out what kind of flowers I wanted to buy for our apartment. I finally settled on some green hydrangeas. Scott told me later that while I was picking them out they looked like a head of lettuce.

Disclaimer - I didn't buy all of these. It's just a picture from google.

And last but not least...he had scheduled an appointment for me to have the most amazing massage here -


Pure heaven.

It's been a pretty good trip to say the least. I'm sad we have to come home tomorrow. But life is good. Life is really good.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!




We just wanted to wish our wonderful mothers a Happy Mother's Day...
We Love You!


Saturday, May 9, 2009

Amazing Historic Getaway Back East

Since everyone was going on some exotic vacation - Sam and Terri Anne, Tracy and Rachel, Bob and Sue, Matt and Tazbaa (2 vacations!), and Chelsea and Kelsey - and no one invited me, I ended up feeling a little jealous. So...

Scott and I went on our own vacation. He wanted to take me back east to see where he grew up. We saw some of the sights and it was freaking amazing.

We started out on the famous transcontinental railroad. Boy was it a thrill!


Then we made our journey through some of the scarier parts of this country:

The sad cotton candy machine...with no cotton candy (and a scary door leading to who-knows-where).

And the dark corner. Enough said.


On our way to beautiful Washington DC, we stopped at the famous Mt. Rushmore.

What a sight!

Finally we arrived! It was time for some sightseeing.

First we saw some monuments that were erected to celebrate the efforts of our former leaders.

Here I am at the Lincoln Memorial
And here is Scott enjoying the beauty of the Washington Monument.
We even had time to squeeze in a quick game of golf. This is near where Scott got his first hole in one. Congratulations, honey!



After the beautiful sights of our nation's capital, we left for New York City. On our way, we were able to see the historic location of Washington's famous crossing of the Delaware River.


Finally, our last stop. NYC! I didn't get a picture of the Empire State Building, but here's a picture of me in front of the Statue of Liberty.


We had a great time. It was the trip of a lifetime. Thank you Liberty Land. Thank you.