Tuesday, February 11, 2014

5 things going on with the Gossetts

Here are the 5 most exciting things going on with us right now! 

 1. Dax is a fun loving kid and learns new things every day. He likes to blow kisses, play with any ball he can get his hands on, and feed himself by taking bites instead of having it torn up for him. Torn food is thrown on the floor most of the time. We have to watch him though so he doesn't stuff to much food in his mouth. He has also learned to do without a binki! This kind of makes me sad but also happy. He was so cute with his binki and how he would share it with me when I would ask for it, but at the same time I don't have to search for it before nap time, it doesn't get thrown around the store and he talks so much more to us without it! So Dax is doing great and we love every minute with him! 

 2. Graduation is creeping closer and closer! I graduate May 2nd and Kris graduates April 25! We are both so excited to be done with school (at least for now) and can't wait to not buy any more text books. 

 3. Kris got a promotion at work! This means that we will be staying in Provo for at least another year. After that we may move to Colorado so Kris can go to grad school or we may do something else. Who knows? 

4. I am doing my internship at the Best Western Mountain View Inn in Springville. This is exciting because I will be able to finish college and graduate. Its not exciting because it gets lonely and there is only so much to look at on Facebook, pinterest and blogs before I just want to do something else. I do need to read more since my sweet husband got me a book for Christmas that I haven't started yet, but reading at work isn't the cozy, snuggle up in footie pajamas and drink hot chocolate kind of reading. Its arched back in an uncomfortable chair kind of thing. Anyways back on topic...I do enjoy it for the fact that I meat tons of great people from all over, even from East Carbon and Australia. We also get tons of Canadians going down south. Lucky guys! eh. p.s. if you ever need a place to stay I can get you a friends and family discount. 

 5. We have enjoyed having Aryn and Mom stay with us for the past little while so they can watch Dax while I work and our normal babysitter, Kim, has been taking care of her new baby. We have been able to do fun stuff like get Aryn to laugh really hard and make cute skirts! Dax will probably go crazy having to put up with just me all day after they leave this week. 

 Bonus 6. I have had 3 friends have babies in the past month.  Go ladies! New babies are so wonderful and beautiful! I just love to cuddle little babies!!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

The end is near...pregnancy style!

After we found out we were having a boy everything got busier and more exciting. I also got a lot more uncomfortable and sick! I was still working at A to Z Building blocks and towards the end of August I moved to the baby room. The plan was for me take Dax with me to work but that ended up not working out. It was fun though and I got some good experience taking care of newborns. Kris started Fall semester and continued to work at Vivint. Towards the end of October or beginning of November he ended up back on the phones, which he dislikes greatly but still does to support us. He will hopefully be off the phones again when sales pick up and they need someone else doing refunds and such again. In August, Catherine started planning my baby shower to be held in October! The baby shower turned out awesome with good food, friends, family and wonderful gifts for Baby Meko! By October I was feeling huge and having a lot of sciatic nerve pain. Working at the day care chasing 1 yr olds and being down on the floor a lot seemed to help keep me in shape and stretch me out, which was great when in came time to deliver. By the beginning of November I had started to dilate and become effaced which got me even more excited and brought hope that he might come a little early! I also got very sick from my lactose intolerance being intensified. I could eat small portions of dairy each day but drank soy milk instead of dairy milk. I worked up until November 16th and just the last week did I get cranky and complainy (according to my co-workers). The last week before I had him I enjoyed sleeping in and did a little cleaning. I was not one of those mothers that had the "nesting" instinct. I had to make myself clean. The weekend before Dax was born, Kris' Mom came to town. We had planned to have Thanksgiving at our house since we figured he would be born close to Thanksgiving and we wouldn't want to go anywhere. This also gave our parents the chance to see him soon after he was born. My Mom and sister, Aryn, came to town on Monday and my Dad came in on Wednesday. Wednesday night we all went to Gardner Village in the Salt Lake Valley to walk around and enjoy some window shopping. We also went to dinner together at an Apollo Burger. I was huge and uncomfortable! Little did I know that the next day I would have my baby!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A little of this and that!

Howdy all! Not much has really lately since Kris and I mostly just go to work. We did find out we are having a little boy! We are so excited to have him. We are enjoying getting his room ready. We are decorating it in a Lion King theme. I also enjoy buying baby clothes and decorating his bathroom with rubber duckys. I started feeling Meko move around 19 weeks and he moves a lot now. He likes to move late at night around bed time. Kris and some of my family were able to feel him move a little bit last week, but last night kris got to feel him kick really hard. He was really excited about that. The other exciting thing was feeling Meko's hiccups last night. At least I think they were hiccups because they were different than just moving and kicking. Feeling him move keeps me awake but I enjoy feeling him. Kris says it's fine if he keeps me awake now as long as he sleeps well when he is born. Lol Other than that we don't have much to say. We have spent time with both of our families for a couple days at a time. We have gone to a Bees baseball game andthe Days of '47 Rodeo with kris' sister and family. We also went to Seven Peaks last weekend since we have season passes and plan to go again this weekend. I will use more sunscreen though since what I did put on didn't do much. We hope all continues to go well with the pregnancy and we will finish up our summer with fun weddings before kris goes back to school.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

A Baby Is On the Way!

Well a lot has happened since I last posted, but most of it started around the end of March, when I started suspecting that I was late. I had been late before so I waited a week longer, with the anticipation building, before I decided I should take a pregnancy test. After seeing the first ones results I decided I would not need the other two test for a while. It was positive; Kris and I were a little bit stunned to be able to get pregnant so quickly and easily, but very, very excited! Soon after we found out we were prego, we decided we wanted to take a vacation before having kids, so we planned a trip to San Antonio. I, along with many other people, were wondering what there is to do in S.A., but Kris soon filled me in on what we would be doing. We spent time exploring the famous Alamo as well as four other mission (although these ones did not have fighting occur in them), we watched a movie about the Alamo, that I slept through, and spent lots of time exploring the river walk which is beautiful. We also went to the little San Antonio temple, where you should normally make reservations and bring your own clothes since they have a limited supply to borrow. We didnt know those things but were still able to enjoy our time in their beautiful temple. For some more "historical" enjoyment we went to the Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum, The Guiness Book of World Records Museum, Ripley's Wax Museum and their other amusement attractions. All of those museum are right accros from the Alamo which I think is funny. I wonder what the people that fought at the Alamo think about having kind of ridiculous museums across from the place they fought so hard for. We did go to another museum that housed tons of antlers, along with exotic animals and info about Texas Rangers and their guns, jail house, and badges. While planning our vacation, I requested that we stay at a hotel nicer than a days in. Kris found us a great deal on the Historic St. Anthony Hotel. It was very elegant and old with a nice red carpet grand stair case. Sometimes I felt so crappy walking through the hotel all sweaty and nasty, but it can't really be helped the humidity down their. One night they had some kind of fundraising event with people dressed very fancy, and they had fancy food and fancy card games. Over the weekend they also had the aetherfest. People were dressed up in every sort of costume from Victorian, pirate, futuristic, Halloween, ect. Evidently it was a punkrock fest. who knows what they were all doing... San Antonio was very beautiful, and we enjoyed exploring all the history and kind of random places while down there. I would totally recommend this as a nice place to visit if you enjoy historical places like my history buff husband and I do. We did have to come back to the real world eventually though... Since then we have been working, packing and visiting the doctor. Kris is still working at Vivint in the Retention Dept but he is very stressed out being on the phone all the time. I am working at A to Z Building Blocks, with the two year olds, but will move to working with the babies in August. That way I can be with my baby while I work and I am very excited to be with them. Visiting the doctor has been lots of fun and exciting. On our first real visit at 13.5 weeks, we got to see the baby on the ultrasound to check length to make sure they were correct in how far along I am. It was very exciting, and made us feel like the baby was actually real seeing his or her heartbeat and hand wave and scratch his/her head. On Tuesday at 17 weeks we were able to listen to the babies heart beat which was good at 150. I have gained five pounds in four weeks, and have normal blood pressure. We also made an appt for July 9th to have the ultrasound to find out if our little baby is a boy or a girl. I want a boy but Kris doesn't care. We will be happy either way though. I have always wanted a boy first I think because I always wanted an older brother, not that the younger one wasn't nice to have. A girl would be fun though because then I can dress her up in cute clothes and headbands. lol For the record I am not feeling nauseous on a regular basis anymore, but my tailbone does hurt often and its hard for me to sleep on my side all of the time. I often find myself waking up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom and I am on my back. I get very tired in the afternoons when I get off of work and can take a break, so we take naps a lot. Lastly, I developed a small bump near my left elbow a week ago that hurt like a bee sting for a couple days, then just hurt when I put pressure on it, and now seems to be getting smaller. Last of all, Kris and I moved to a bigger, nicer apartment in Provo! We found the apt. soon after we found out we were prego and it has all the things we need right now...three bedrooms so the baby doesn't have to have the deep freeze, spare bed, extra dresser and storage in his room. Air Conditioner-we about died last summer and didn't want to try it again. Pet friendly! Our apt managers found out about our cats after we had lived there for over a year. They went to live with my parents for a month and a half until we moved and we missed them a lot, but glad they enjoyed Grandma and Grandpa's house. hehe The apt is also generally bigger, except the kitchen, and has TWO bathrooms. The spare/babies bathroom is decorated with duckies! Well I think that is about all for now. I will try to update more so that my posts are not so long! and so everyone knows how the baby is doing.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Welcome Spring

Well I am pretty excited for Spring! So I made a wreath to show it. But first of all I just want to say how everyone elses lives seem more exciting than mine! Sometimes I feel like I just go to work and school to the gym once in a while and read everyone's exciting life experience. Kris and I do fun stuff to like we went to a REAL Salt Lake Game last Saturday but other than that we haven't done much recently. I just need to remember to find joy in the little moments and remember that once I graduate, get a job, move somewhere else, have kids it may get exciting for a time but may also get more tiring and not as fun. I love a song that talks about how in life you shouldn't wait for the next station on the train ride, just enjoy the ride.

Anyways I am excited for Spring so here is the wreath I made! I love how fluffy it is and I love the colors.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Pinterest Ideas - Making a Wreath

So recently I have been spending a lot of time on pinterest (my husband calls it an addiction but he spends just as much time ready sports plus the time he spends watching the games.) so I decided to actually make something and this is the wreath I cam up with. Its not perfect but it is cute and was fun to make!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Soup Contest Winners

Recently I received an LDS Living magazine with soup recipe contest winners printed in the pages. So far I have made two of the soups and have loved them both, so I figured I would share them with all of you.

1st Runner-up: Creamy Potato Soup

10 medium potatoes, cubed
14 slices bacon, sliced into 1/2" slices
1 small sweet onion, finely diced
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese (at room temp and sliced)
1 cup unsalted butter
4 cups 1% milk
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup flour
Salt & pepper
3 cups potato water (from boiling potatoes)

Place cubed potatoes in a large pot and cover them with water. Add salt for flavoring and bring to a boil. Cook until tender and remove the 3 cups of potato water to a separate bowl. Drain remaining water off potatoes.

While potatoes are boiling, cook bacon until golden brown. Reserve some of the drippings, add the onions and cook until transparent.

In large saucepan, melt butter, and with a whisk stir in 1 cup of flour slowly to incorporate. Slowly add 2 cups milk into the roux, making sure to stir constantly to avoid lumps. Slowly add sliced cream cheese to mixture, stirring until well blended. Add 1 cup milk, along with 1/2 cup sour cream, and incorporate into mixture. Slowly add up to 3 cups of reserved potato water. Sauce should be consistency of a medium-thick gravy. Salt and pepper sauce to desired taste.

Mix together bacon, potatoes, onions, and cream sauce to serve. If there are leftovers, add extra milk or water when re-heating to achieve a desired consistency.

Makes approx 14 servings

Rainy Day Ravioli Soup

4 cups chicken broth
1 Jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
1/2 diced yellow or white onion
1 strip bacon, diced
1 tsp minced garlic
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 can corn
1 cup julienne carrots
1 bag frozen cheese ravioli
1 lb ground beef
2 tbs olive oil
salt & pepper
optional: 1 can Italian-style stewed tomatoes (I added them and it gave it a good flavor.)

In heavy stock pot, saute bacon, red pepper flakes, and onion in olive oil until bacon begins releasing its fat and onion begins to soften. Add ground meat and garlic and cook until meat is browned and almost cooked through. Add corn, carrots, chicken broth, and spaghetti sauce to the pan and bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer and add in the ravioli. cook according to time recommendations on package. Salt and pepper to taste.