last (and only) valentine’s day without kids

Bump Date: 25 weeks


At church, William was kicking like crazy! I loved feeling him move so much. There was one really hard kick that Braden felt pretty distinctly, which made us both very excited. I wonder if people in Sunday school thought we were weird for having our hands all over my belly! haha… After a light lunch, we worked on setting up William’s crib. It was so fun to put together, and we love having it in the room as a reminder of our growing baby boy. Thanks mom and dad for gifting us the crib/bedding, we love it! Now it’s all starting to feel more real!


Today I feel so grateful because I am the luckiest girl in the world. I’m serious. Braden is such an amazing husband and partner. He knows that this week is a really busy one for me, and that I’m worried about getting everything done. So what did he do? He made dinner & did the dishes! I tried to persuade him to let me do the dishes, but he told me he’d take care of them so I could work on homework. Even though it was a small gesture, it meant SO much to me. I was able to get a lot done during that time thanks to him. Even though he had a test to study for, he put my needs before his own in a very selfless and loving way. I love that about him, and hope he also feels that I do the same for him.


There really isn’t much to say about today, other than the fact that I finally finished my motion design project! I probably spent 8-9 hours finishing it before class tomorrow morning. It’s still not perfect, and I got a lot of feedback in class of things I could change to make it better. So if I have time before the end of the semester, I will try to make those changes. With that said, I’m really proud of everything I’ve learned in my class so far. I used to be afraid of using Adobe After Effects (a motion design platform), but now I am much more confident. It’s always good to look at where you started and compare yourself to that instead of comparing yourself to other people.


Today was such a good day! It started with snuggles and lots of “Happy Valentine’s Day” and “I love you’s.” Words cannot express how much I’ve grown to love Braden over these past 9 months. It’s crazy to think that this time last year we were just about to get engaged (Feb. 18th).

Braden and I were both at school most of the day, but he came and found me halfway through the day to give me a beautiful white rose and a kiss. I hadn’t finished my paper that was due 30 minutes later, so Braden helped me with editing/final touches before heading to class. Even though everything went wrong in that moment (my computer died, I was running out of time, and hadn’t eaten lunch), I still felt all happy and bubbly inside because it was valentine’s day!

Braden chose where we were going to have dinner and found this cute pizzeria called MidiCi. The food was so good! When we got home, Braden opened the door and I found the sweetest surprise inside our apartment! The song “I believe in you” from our wedding was playing, and the house felt so cozy. After his class he had gone grocery shopping, done the dishes, and put a fun arrangement on our table with a card. My favorite part of the night was reading the cards we’d written each other, and reflecting on life. I started crying while reading Braden’s card. My heart was just SO full. My dad also sent me a beautiful bouquet of flowers with a note that said, “you are still my valentine”! I thought that was so cute!

This year I am lucky enough to have two boys in my life , Braden and William! They both have my whole heart.


I finally had sushi today!! Yesterday for Valentine’s Day, Braden got me some “cooked” sushi to satisfy the craving and distant memories of sushi. I’ve missed it so much (since you aren’t supposed to have it while pregnant). Sushi is my favorite food, and the “cooked” version wasn’t too bad! It was really tasty!

It’s crazy how people keep finding my work and reaching out to me. I feel so blessed that this videography job has worked out so well for me, and for our family. Braden and I really feel good about my business and know it will be a huge blessing once William is born. It will give me the flexibility I need to still work, express myself creatively, and contribute to our family while still being at home with Will. I’m excited to see where it all goes in the future, and hope my belly doesn’t get in the way too much these next few months ;)

This past week we have been watching the Olympics every evening (while doing homework). Watching the Olympics always makes me nervous for the athletes, and sometimes emotional! ha I may have shed a tear or two after Nathan Chen fell on all of his jumps :/


Friday’s are usually pretty chill, because we use most of the day to do homework. Even though Braden and I are busy, we always try to do something together for “date night” every week, even if it’s just grocery shopping. This week we had tickets to “Romeo and Julieta” a play on campus. The play had a comedic twist on the original story and half the dialogue was in Spanish. They did a really good job performing, and we thought the hispanic jokes were funny! We got home from the play somewhat early, so I spent the rest of the night editing a recent First Look. I don’t have a ton of time during the week to edit, so I’ll be cramming a lot of editing in on the weekends for the next few months!


(above Braden and the photographer, Ethan are taking a selfie with the bridal party)!

I am so proud of Braden, because he had his first wedding shoot today! I wasn’t feeling great and we both thought it would be a good opportunity for him to get experience, so shot most of the temple footage. He took charge, was confident, and did his best. It was fun watching Braden “in his element.” I have to say though, I had a hard time “letting go” and not being in charge! I’m definitely a control freak – so it was really hard for me to not be completely in control the whole time. However, I tried my best to let Braden do his thing and practice – because that’s the only way you learn and get better! We worked with an awesome photographer who was very passionate, down-to-earth and funny. By the end of the night we were all joking around and having a good time.

With weddings on our mind, we reenacted our first dance while making lunch in the kitchen (before heading out for the shoot). I love looking back on significant moments in life with so much meaning. It always reminds us of where we started and how far we’ve come.

Recap –

It was a great week! I’m grateful for valentine’s day and the opportunity it gives us to celebrate love, family, and friendship! Braden and I realized that this was our last (and only) valentine’s day as a couple – next year we will be parents! It’s so crazy to think that next February we will have a 9 month old!

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