Thursday, April 6, 2017

Baby Shower!

Today was my baby shower! We celebrated by stuffing our faces with homemade cinnamon rolls and muffins. Then we awed at all the cute-tiniest baby clothes and the nicest quilt ever stitched. Following we sat and shared and I listened to inspired parenting advice and life lessons of motherhood.

 I am feeling so grateful for my friends and ward family here in Japan. I sure got so spoiled today. One month until I'm a mom!!  

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Out of Hibernation

Its been a combination of being pregnant and winter that has made getting out and taking pictures and blogging one of my last priories. These last six months living in Japan has been a mix of good days and bad days. It has been a steep learning curve for me living in a foreign country. I often find myself counting down the hours until Riley is home from work. Counting down the months until warmer weather, and counting down the days until our baby boy comes into the world (just over a month left people!).

I recently came across a quote though that hit home and left me feeling guilty. It said:
"Don't count the days, make the days count."
I've spent far too many of these days counting down and on Netflix and just being highly unproductive. I don't have a child yet, or a real job and still can't manage to keep up with our dishes? I know right. I need to start making days count.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

My Forever Valentine

stay stay stay. from alyssa on Vimeo.

We celebrated this valentines day apart from each other most the day. We came together in the evening after both working with tired feet and hungry tummies.  We ate dinner and then shared some chocolate covered almonds and mochi ice-cream to celebrate the day. We spent the night unsuccessfully trying to find a good movie to watch and then opted to go to bed and call it a day. 

Riley held me and we cuddled feeling the baby kick occasionally until we both fell asleep holding each other. Its hard spending so much time apart, but makes me appreciate and love the quite moments together each evening. I admire Riley's hard work in his new career and diligence in church calling, and how without fail he makes me feel like the luckiest girl each and every day.  

I found this video of us last year stuck in north shore traffic, it made me smile and remember this song throughout our dating days and how you would always say "stay, stay, stay" and not want me to go home yet and now we share a home forever. 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

January Updates!

January has been cold noses and frozen fingers. Its been long-stressful work days for Riley and weekends we never want to end. Movie marathons, baby name conversations, and evenings swimming at the community pool. Januarys been full of good food, bananagrams, and finishing up one of my new favorite books: "Peter and the Star Catchers." 

Here's an overload of pictures from this month's trip and other Japan times: