Saturday, May 23, 2015

Guess What?!


That's right! Daniel and I are thrilled to announce we are expecting a BABY in November! My official due date is November 15th. It's so fun to finally be able to talk about this little one. We are beyond excited!!

Back story: We found out I was pregnant early in March. An adventure ensued, because we had booked a cruise to Catalina + Mexico with Daniel's family months before we knew. Because of this, I got to have a super early ultrasound at 8 weeks to make sure all was well for me to go. It was! And that is how I ended up on my first cruise during my first trimester of my first pregnancy. Luckily, baby and I did just fine!

I actually felt pretty good for the first few weeks. Then, around week 8, food started to be less appetizing. After a few days of that, the full-blown "morning" sickness hit. I only had one truly terrible day with vomiting, but I pretty much hated food for a solid month. It was a constant battle of finding something to eat that didn't make me want to gag. Once I ate something though, I was perfectly functional. I know I had it a lot better than some others, so I feel very blessed.

That brings us to present day! I'm now 15 weeks (whaaat), and my relationship with food is much improved. We've even started to see a hint of a baby bump happening over here! I'll leave you with some stats, as well as a quick "wave" hello from Baby Sorensen at our last ultrasound!

How far along? 15 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: Lost about 7 pounds in the first trimester, but I've gained a few of those back by now.
Stretch marks? Not yet.
Sleep: About this. These days, based on my sleepiness level, I can tell you with about 98% accuracy when it is precisely 8:30 at night. Usually I can stay up a little bit later than that. But, based on the amount of first-halves of movies I've seen lately, my track record is not so great. I do tend to wake up earlier because of this though. So that is one positive!
Best moment this week: Telling my students!! It was amazing, you guys. It deserves it's own post.
Have you told family and friends: Yes. Family has known for a while, and the rest of the world found out today.
Food cravings: A few foods have sounded good this whole time, even during the food-hating phase. Are these cravings? No idea. Anyway, they are: any fruit (especially honeydew melon), applesauce, mashed potatoes, plain goldfish crackers, cheerios, popsicles, and...banana Slurpees from 7-11. Also, I have recently rediscovered my love for Chex Mix.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Fish. Red meat is hit or miss also. AND...swallowing pills is officially the WORST. Gummy prenatals all the way.
Have you started to show yet? I can totally tell, and once I tell people I think they notice. But it's nothing major yet.
Gender prediction: Daniel and I both think it's a girl. Who knows, though! We'd love either one.

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy!
Maternity clothes? Not yet. I broke out the hair-tie trick on my jeans recently. I also purchased a belly band, but I've yet to use it.
Movement: It's so hard to tell! Sometimes in the evenings if I'm sitting still, I swear there is stuff going on in there.
Labor signs: No.
Belly button in or out? In.
Milestones: Baby and I checked off the first trimester a few weeks ago! Wahoo!
Looking forward to: Finding out gender!

And here is the official First Bump Photo:
(taken at about 14 weeks, at the end of the day, which makes a big difference surprisingly)

Thursday, January 1, 2015


This is my one little word for 2015.


I picked it because I love setting goals, but I have a problem with procrastination. I know what I want to do, but I feel like I'm constantly waiting for something. I need to learn that the conditions will never be perfect me to make things happen. If I keep waiting for everything to fall into place, I will be waiting forever. The time is now!

So that's my goal for 2015. Here's to starting things NOW.


Friday, November 28, 2014

a thankful list

Just wanted to stop by at the end of this beautiful Thanksgiving Day and share a few things I'm grateful for. Some are silly, and some are serious. Either way, it's hard to count them all!

1. Daniel
2. Friends that are family and family that are friends
3. Being raised in the Gospel
4. Temple covenants
5. Our apartment
6. Cars
7. Careers that pay for our needs
8. Being able to afford many of our wants
9. Dry shampoo
10. Cable TV (especially the Nat Geo WILD channel)
11. My iPhone, which survived an underwater adventure this week
12. Food. Yummy, yummy food.
13. Boots & leggings weather
14. Holidays
15. Modern medicine
16. Good books
17. My laptop
18. My good health, both physical and mental
19. Freedom
20. Technology (most days)
21. Our comfy bed
22. Design blogs
23. My college education
24. Prayer, and answers to prayers
25. Laughter
26. Animals
27. Kind strangers
28. The Atonement
29. Parties
30. Shopping
31. Close relationships with parents, siblings, and in-laws
32. My strong, happy, loving marriage
33. My new pink zip-up jacket
34. Warm coats
35. Missionaries
36. Inspired leaders
37. Good examples
38. Beautiful art and design
39. Cute clothes
40. Sweet Tooth Fairy cupcakes
41. Kneaders soup & sandwiches
42. The Scriptures
43. Kate Spade bags
44. Cozy blankets
45. Being able to sleep well
46. Beaches
47. Vacations
48. Cabins
49. Warm weather & sunshine
50. Good-smelling candles

...and so much more. Those are just off the top of my head, but 50 seemed like a logical place to start. 

Also, my wonderful mother-in-law recently shared a quote with us. It said: "What if you woke up tomorrow with only the blessings you thanked God for today?" That really made me think of all the things the Lord has provided for me in my life. It also made my nightly prayers a little bit longer!

I hope your Thanksgiving was the happiest one yet! 


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Welcome Home Elder Jacobsen!

It's absolutely crazy to me that it's been two whole years since I wrote this post. It feels like so much longer, but at the same time, I never thought this day would come and now it's here! I am so happy that our family got to welcome home Elder Steven Jacobsen from his mission last month. He returned with honor from the Arizona, Tempe Mission this past July, and we are so glad he's home.

Here's some fun and happy photos of the day we picked him up at the airport!
Our house all decorated and waiting for his arrival!

Getting excited!

 Waiting not-so-patiently with my sign...

 And here he is!!! 
(photo credit to the sweetest lady at the airport who didn't know us at all, but sent me the pictures she took of us)

 Steven and Grandma + Grandpa

 Elder J and his cute cousins!

 So happy to see his good friends.

 Finally together again! (Minus Tommy...)

And my personal favorite picture of the day, taken by my Aunt Kim. I love that brother of mine!

And last but not least, a video. This never fails to make me tear up. Except at the end, when my Grandma asks Steven if they can "do a selfie." That part is hilarious!

Hooray for Missionary Homecomings!


Sunday, August 31, 2014

a hike.

Every time we go on a hike, I always promise myself we need to do it more often. The outdoors here in Utah are so incredible! It's something I need to take advantage of a lot more.

We hiked up to the waterfalls at Bell's Canyon, and it was a really fun one. It wasn't too hard (we are clearly not experienced hikers) but it was strenuous enough that it wasn't just a walk. There's also a lot to see! There's a lake, rivers, and several waterfalls if you choose to hike up that far. We recommend!

Any hikes to recommend for us? We'd love to hear. 
I'm excited to get out there once the leaves start changing!


As of Late

A few tidbits of what we've been up to as of late...

D and I took a weekend trip up to the cabin - just the two of us. 

Kiki and I took millions of pictures at John's Significant Sig award dinner.

I painted a handful of signs for our 5th grade State Fair! It was a smashing success.

Daniel and his brothers each ate their OWN 42 oz. porterhouse steaks at Spencer's. The waiter said they were made to share, but he clearly hadn't met the Sorensen men...

Fun was had by all at Daniel's Grandma Susu's 80th birthday bash! A yummy dinner and fun talent show at the Joseph Smith Memorial building made for a great party.

No matter what we're doing, I'm so grateful I get to spend my time with this handsome man.

Daniel's Graduation!

Hello! Back on the blog again. Just thought it might be a good idea to document one of the most important things that's happened to us this year. Daniel graduated from college!

 Tassel in the face with a John B. Sorensen photobomb in the back :)

Emily homemade these truly spectacular U of U cookies! It's even more impressive when you consider that she is a BYU fan.
After the ceremony, we had a luncheon for Daniel and his cousin Peter who graduated the same day. fun was had by all!

Post-graduation life was kind of interesting for us at the beginning. Before he graduated, Daniel had a great job at a law firm, but it was only part time and wasn't where he wanted to be forever. So, he started the job hunt. At first, not much was coming up. So when a friend offered Daniel a position at his start-up company, D put in his two-weeks notice and we started getting excited for this new opportunity!

That was when things got interesting.

Days before Daniel's two weeks was up, the job at the start-up company fell through. It was a huge blow. Not only was it financially not the best situation, it was also hard for Daniel to be finally graduating - only to be unemployed.

A few months into this unemployment adventure, I had started to get pretty discouraged. Daniel had been searching so hard for a job and doing everything he could, but nothing was working out. My life right then was the opposite of how I pictured it would be. Wasn't life supposed to finally begin after both of us graduated? Weren't we supposed to be making more money instead of less? We had lived in this tiny-shoebox-apartment for 4 years, and I just wanted to move on with our lives. It was a good thing I had Daniel to help keep me positive. He had a lot more perspective than I did, and I appreciate that now more than ever.

It turned out, as all "trials" do, that the whole ordeal was for the best. Not only did I learn a lot about myself and Daniel, but I also learned about patience and the Lord's timing. I learned for myself that when one door closes, another door opens. And that second door is the one you want to go through anyway.

After much searching and prayer, Daniel was eventually offered a great position at Extra Space Storage in their branding department. It was, and has continued to be, a HUGE blessing. It's an excellent company that treats their employees well. He travels nationwide and is learning a lot of valuable skills. Their most recent company party was even at the Aquarium! Pretty much my dream come true :)

A long story, but an important one for me to write about on the blog because it was a real learning experience for me. I've learned that keeping a positive attitude in hard times is important, because eventually it will all work out. We just have to trust!

Congratulations Daniel! <3


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