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Monday, December 28, 2009

It's official!!! We've tied the knot! :)

Yuppers, it's official!

On December 26th, 2009 we finally tied the knot! Introducing the happy couple - Mr. and Mrs. Moreno. Thanks to everyone who attended and who helped make this day a fabulous one for us. We love and appreciate you all!

Mr. and Mrs. Moreno

My handsome groom and my pretty dress. :) Oh, and the FABULOUS and delicious cheesecake wedding cake that my wonderful Aunt Judy baked for us. YUM!

My boys - brother Michael, me, brother Kevin, and dad Russell

Me and my beautiful momma - I love her so!

My girls - Aunt Judy, sister Tiffany, mom Kathy, and sister-to-be Deena

I'll get the rest of the pictures of all my great friends that showed up to help us celebrate as soon as I can. Still trying to pack up and get things ready for the move down to Texas!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Sweet Lina

Zeus's sweet mom Lina passed away last night in San Antonio. She was an amazing woman whose bright smile, fierce love and devotion for her family and friends, zest for life, feisty spirit and endearing sweetness touched all who came in contact with her.

momma Lina and her Coy (Zeus), at her home in El Paso

Zeus (Coy), his nephew Freddy, and grandma/momma Lina

at Zeus's friend's wedding in El Paso

Zeus (Coy), Me, his brother Augustin (Tuco)

friends David (Cookie) and Violeta, momma Lina, and her husband Poncho

Danny's wife Hilda, brother Danny, sister Bertha,

momma Lina, and Zeus (Coy) at his house in Austin

We love you Lina.

You will be greatly missed,

never forgotten, and

forever in our hearts.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Over before it started...

So, Zeus flew in on Wednesday for the ultrasound. Today we were able to get a last minute ticket for him back to Austin and within 15 minutes we were packed and out the door to the airport so he could make the flight. (Thank you so much to my good buddy Iain who got us a buddy pass flight out today!) I'm still in shock about him being gone because it was such a fast and furious departure from the time we found out there was a flight to being out the door, on the way to the airport, and then dropping him at the curb. I didn't even cry until I pulled away from the curb, but then I cried all the way home. I know that's where he needs to be and I'm glad we were able to get him a flight so quickly, I just wish I could be there with him to support him and his family and to be with him during this hard time.

Zeus was going to be staying the month to help pack, prepare for the wedding, and move. Unfortunately, his mom's has been having major health problems since surgery a few weeks ago and has been in the hospital since. She started out in El Paso and was moved to the transplant center in San Antonio via Medivac. She's a feisty lady and is full of spunk, but is a tiny little thing (5'3ish I think) and her body is starting to shut down from all the stress it's undergone. Zeus has been keeping in contact with his brother and sister who are there at the hospital with his mom. Today they said she was doing bad and he needed to get home. He was torn about heading up here in the first place with his mom's health being so poor, but he really wanted to be here with me for our first doctors appointment and she wasn't getting any worse at the time so he headed up here. My heart is torn and I wish I could have been on that plane with him and with his family at the hospital.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Baby, baby, baby...

So, we weren't sure how long we were going to keep it under wraps, but we just went in to our first ultrasound yesterday and it's so hard to keep such an exciting secret! :) Zeus and I are expecting our first baby at the end of June!!!

10 & 1/2 week ultrasound

Here's the ONE picture the doctor gave us. We would have loved ten or so THOUSAND more, but we're happy to at least have one! :) The little head is on the left and the body on the right. You can't see the little arms and legs in this picture, but during the ultrasound, this little one was rolling around and kicking it's little legs and waving it's little arms like crazy. Definitely a mover and a shaker! It was fun to see the little heart just a beating away and to see the movement of the little arms and legs. It still seems surreal, but at least I have an ultrasound picture now to hang on my fridge. Every time I walk by and see it I get a silly grin on my face.

So, for my sister Michelle's birthday I bought us both these Intilligender tests (since we are two weeks apart in our pregnancies) that you can take at 10 weeks. They say not to paint the nursery pink or blue until you have your 20 week ultrasound to find out for sure, but it's fun just the same. Michelle's turned smokey green which is suppose to indicate a boy. Well, Zeus came into town yesterday and so we did ours this morning and... thinks we're having a boy too. :)

Michelle still thinks that she's having a boy and we're having a girl, but it'll be a few more weeks before we know for sure. My cousin Tania took the test and got a girl result and now has a beautiful, bouncing baby boy, so you never know, but it's still kind of fun to take for kicks and giggles. We can hardly wait to find out for sure!!!

So, I'm not showing yet and can still "technically" fit in all of my jeans, but the waists have been getting more and more uncomfortable. I've put away quite a few pairs and have a few that still work if they are jolly-rigged, which I've become quite creative at...

Praise the lord for rubber bands!
So, we announced the pregnancy to our families with this cute little poem that I found online and adapted (because I'm anal), and to have a better rhyme and meter to it. I also switched it up to account for grandchild or niece/nephew depending on who we sent it to. It was a fun way for us to let people know that we had a little one on the way. Here's one of the versions of the poem we used
I do not have a face to see
Or put inside a frame.
And though I'll have soft cheeks to kiss,
I don't yet have a name.
You can't yet hold my tiny hands
Nor whisper in my ear.
It's still too soon to sing a song
Or cuddle me so near.
But that will change by the end of June,
When they say that I am due.
I'm your new grandson or granddaughter
And I can't wait to meet you!
Baby Moreno

I had taken three home pregnancy tests before going into the doctor and finding out for sure, but thought that they'd all come back as negative. I was unaware that even a FAINT second line was considered a positive. I just figured that I was looking at it so intensely that I was seeing where the chemical strip WOULD show up if I actually WAS pregnant. Silly me. Below is a picture of the pregnancy test I got from the doctor's office that confirmed our pregnancy, along with a pacifier I got from my friend Amy. I texted Zeus the picture to let him know what the doctor confirmed.
Along with the text I put something to the effect of:
"Baby, it's official, we're having a baby! You're going to be a papa!"
There we are. The news is officially out. :)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Dresses, dresses, dresses

So, my mom talked me into going looking at wedding dresses with her on Saturday and I caved, so we ended up spending ALL DAY looking at different dresses. Seriously, ALL DAY - from 11 am until 8 pm. We also ended up doing a road trip from Kaysville, to Hooper, to Orem. Gag! I hate driving, but it was fun hanging out with my mom and trying on pretty dresses.

At the place in Hooper, the lady runs a shop out of her house. She really only had two dresses that would work and they were both pretty, but we decided to look at David's Bridal since they had a sale going on to see what they had. Funny thing though, while at the Hooper shop the lady brought out this dress that she said she thought would look great on me and make me look thin, which is never a bad thing. :) She took this dress out and opened it up so it could go over my head. I stepped under the dress and went to put my arms through the arm hole and it would only go on just an inch past my thick ol' wrists!!! She said, "Oh, I've taken it in quite a bit - hold on." She pulls the dress off over my head (after I peeled it over my thick wrists) and proceeded to whip out a seam ripper and slit open and then pulled/tore the sleeve open down the side of the dress! She then tries to get me into the dress again, not realizing that she'd only ripped open ONE of the sleeves. Oh my goodness! So after one of my arms won't fit through the sleeve again, she decides to check the size of the dress and low and behold it was a size six. SIZE SIX! Less than half my normal flippin size! What was she thinkin?!?!?! For crying out loud! Apparently she had the wrong dress. Go figure.

We went to David's bridal in Layton and found two great dresses but they only had them in a size below and a size above. They called other stores and luckily they had BOTH of the dresses I liked at the same store. Bad news is though, it was clear down in Orem which was a 90 minute drive away. We ended going down there and trying on more dresses along with those two, but it came down to those two in the end and I just could NOT decide! One dress fit better and was so pretty and elegant that I just loved it. The other one was pretty in a more simple way and was about $250 bucks cheaper. I would try on one and then try on the other and then back and forth and back and forth. We were the last ones there and stayed until the store closed and I just couldn't decide. We decided to get both dress numbers and go home and think about it and then call and order the one I decided on as soon as the store opened in the morning. We had forgotten a camera so we were only able to compare tiny cell phone pictures. I was able to email them to my email from my phone so that we could see it a little bit bigger and it was still so hard to decide!!!

Well, I finally decided and my dress is hanging downstairs in the closet. Can't wait to wear it! Pardon my concentrated view as I tried to get a picture of the dress. :)

A special shout out to my girl Karin who let me borrow her wedding dress to use for my wedding. I've had it for over a year in my closet and was set on using it cause it's gorgeous, but decided that if I found one I fell in love with I might go with that instead. Didn't think it would happen, but it did. This new one is a little less sexy, but a little more me. It won't need any alterations and it won't need to be cleaned before wearing - I'd have had to do both with my friend's dress. Karin, I appreciate your enormous generosity and your patience with me during this whole process. You rock!

I'm getting married!

Friday, November 27, 2009

My Oh My!

My oh my! Our first blog posting and so much to share! We've got a wedding coming up in less than a month, and only the location chosen. So much to do!!! Still need to pick out colors, flowers, find someone to marry us, decide on decorations and food, and get announcements printed out and ready to mail. AGK! Can you say OVERWHELMING?!?!?!

At least we have the wedding announcements pretty much finalized, thanks to my amazing brother Michael - shout out to Mike! He took my crazy ideas and made it exactly as I had it pictured in my mind. Amazing brother! :)

Mike, you did an awesome job - thank you!!!

This are the two that I worked on myself with my own with my not-so-stellar skills before my brother Mike took over the reigns and was able to make the one that I actually wanted to try but wasn't sure how to make.

This one Zeus didn't love the way his cute little face looked, but I thought he looked fine. Also thought it didn't turn out too shabby. I like the font with the bamboo and had to post it anyhow. My sweet sister Michelle took this picture of us at the Austin Botanical Gardens in Texas.

This one I also liked, but wasn't sure about having Zeus with is dark glasses in a wedding announcement. This one was taken out at Antelope Island in Utah. As you can see, the date was up in the air for a moment. Someone already had the church reserved for a family reunion or something so we're getting married on a Monday instead. Que ser a ser a. 12-21-09 has a nice ring to it I think.

Anyhow, we're actually getting married!!!! Who-rah!