Sunday, March 21, 2010

Insert Clever Lion Joke Here

Last month, Aubrey and I went to the Wild Animal Park in Southern California with my siblings and parents.

Uncle Orrin and Aubrey. Aubrey and her cousin, Lily. They are only 4 months apart and such buddies already.

It's Auntie Beck!

We couldn't take our eyes off the majestic lions. Then a lioness came walking over to our glass wall and started watching us. They are really massive, but Aubrey didn't seem to mind the "big kitties."

Yahoo for Coupons!

Any guesses on how much I spent on all this at CVS??


If you haven't tried using coupons on some things, you might want to check it out. It's really fun! CVS has some great coupons like $5 off a $20 purchase. Combine that with coupons for other items you need and you get a low total everytime. Great way to stockpile some essentials and even some candy for all your Young Women's lessons too.

If you need more info: check out (she's a pro in Kansas) and (she's a pro in Roseville, CA).

Have fun!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

I'm two!

Happy Birthday on the 16th, sweet girl! We love you!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

PFAQ: Possible Frequently Asked Questions

Hi everyone,
I'm back. As in I hope to be back blogging regularly again. Now, I want to introduce a one time only segment called "Possible Frequently Asked Questions."

i will take the time to try and think of questions you might possibly have for me while I've been gone. Here goes...

Q: Arianna, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? Its been months since you've been posting anything.
A: Well, that is VERY true. The answer is that while I love to blog, show pictures, and share my latest's the first thing to go when life gets a little...interesting.

Q: What do you mean by interesting?
A: We enjoyed a wonderful Holiday season, complete with staying at my parents for Christmas. Ryan has continued to stay very busy at work with lots of traveling. We both are in the YM/YW presidencies in our ward. That is crazy busy and fun(emphasis on crazy and fun). After everything was starting to get back to normal, we found out I was pregnant!


A: We decided to keep this tidbit to ourselves until we saw a sweet little ultrasound picture. Hardly anyone knew. It was tough. Morning sickness kept creeping up at each passing day. Luckily just a lot of "I'm feeling so sleepy and my stomach is on a carousel" feeling and not the "I'm going to throw up everyday" feeling.

Aubrey and I laid very low. It was raining ALOT so we stayed inside, did art projects (without food) and watched movies and cuddled. Sadly, I miscarried at 11 weeks on Feb 23rd without ever seeing anything on the ultrasound screen. We were warned by the Drs, which made it a little less of a shock.

Q: ...I don't know what to say. How are you doing?
A: I am actually much better now. It was quite the experience (including going into labor and being at the ER 7 hours). But, the Drs took great care of me, as well as my family. I had my tears and hugged Ryan alot. It will be okay. I think the best thing for anyone to say to ME is that they are thinking of us/love us. We have felt so much love through all of this and it is so wonderful.

Q: What/How are you doing now?
A: Currently, I am doing amazing. It is very bittersweet to be happy about having energy back and no morning sickness. I am catching up from all the laying low. It feels really nice. I am looking forward to a beautiful spring and going outside with Aubrey. I am also a returning coupon junkie and getting enough courage to finally admit it! You may see some recent deals on this blog. It's so fun! Time to restock our food storage...

Q: What is Aubrey up to?
A: She just turned 2 yesterday! She is such a joy. I catch her reading out loud to herself from her books in her little language. She loves to sing songs and give me hugs. I am so grateful for her cheerful disposition.

Q: How is Ryan through all of this?
A: He is doing well. He continues to work so hard and readjust to growing demands from work. I am grateful to have him in my life and he is such a best friend to me through the fun and tough times. He works with the 12-13 year old deacons in our ward and has such a strong desire to help each boy succeed in the program. I truly am blessed.

Q: Anything else I should know?
A: I just returned from my sweet Grandmother Herterich's funeral. It was nice to be with family. I have also had my ipod touch disappear through all of the commotion at my parent's house. That is my link to my email. So I am not ignoring you if you don't hear from me. I am just waiting the 30 minutes it takes from my ancient desktop to decide to start working. Sometimes I just give up and go read a book instead. Please don't be offended.

Q: Well, glad everything is ok now.
A: Yup, everything is ok. We love you all and will now be rewarding you with pictures!!

Love, Us

Saturday, March 6, 2010

We love you grandma...

My Grandma Herterich passed away this morning after a long battle with throat cancer. She is joining my grandpa who died a little over a year ago. I love you grandma and grandpa. You always made me feel so special. I miss you both.

I'll post an update about what we've been up to these past few months - later.