Sunday, July 27, 2008

The Beginning of the End of our Summer

It feels like just a few days ago that we arrived to Athens, Georgia for my summer internship at UGA. Now we're done, and we're at the beginning of our journey home which will involve seeing new sites and visiting family. I often spend a lot of my time planning the future, but it's days like these that remind me I need to spend more time living in the present.

My internship was a great opportunity, and I learned so much. It was a lot of hard work, but I was able to accomplish some good work. In academics, your skills or your personality don't really matter unless someone with an important opinion takes notice and can verify those things. I was very lucky this summer to interact with people whose opinions matter. Not only will they be some of the people who write letters of recommendation for my future graduate school applications, they may also be the people to whom I send those applications!

We are also very lucky that Stephanie was able to be with me all through this summer. It would have been very difficult had she not been able to come. Stephanie was able to take classes through independent study, and the amount of progress she made will help her finish school despite being busy with the arrival of our first child next year. I have appreciated her hard work this summer, and the love and support she constantly provides.

Stephanie has had some tough days this week, and we've really started to see how bad morning sickness can get. Some days she wasn't able to keep anything down, and some days she has to lay down to avoid vomiting. We are really glad for the times when she is able to move about and be on her feet. This is definitely going to have implications for our summer vacation, but we're going to have a good time regardless of what we do!

We hope everyone is doing well. We love to hear from you. Take care!!!

Sunday, July 20, 2008


Let's see... we are:
  • one week closer to coming home
  • one week closer to Stephanie being done with morning sickness (by the way, any more suggestions or remedies?)
  • one week closer to the BEACH!!!
  • one week closer to our most excellent cross-country road trip
  • one week closer to leaving dorm life!!!
  • one week closer to having our first baby
  • one week closer to our own bed!
  • one week closer to our own kitchen (with a full-sized FRIDGE!)
  • one week closer to seeing Stephanie's family in Colorado
  • one week closer to seeing Daniel's family in Utah
  • one week closer to our next blog post...keep in touch!
We love you!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Road Trip!!!

Ok, so we've still got two weeks left here in Athens...and we're having a good time. But we're really excited for our road trip home. We made campsite reservations a few weeks ago for Edisto beach, and yesterday we made hotel reservations for Charleston, SC and Durham, NC. Duke University in Durham is one of the schools I am interested in attending for graduate school, and so I have arranged to meet with a few professors there while we are still on this side of the country. Hopefully those contacts will prove helpful when it comes time to submit my application! Either way, Stephanie are both excited about our road trip home.

Oh, by the way, don't let Stephanie fool you. She may feel like the Wicked Witch, but she's been doing very well despite her morning sickness (or "all-day-except-1-to-3-pm" sickness). She's had trouble keeping food down at times, but she's remained cheerful and positive for the most part. I sure chose a wonderful wife to marry!

We love hearing from everyone. We hope you all have a wonderful week!

Monday, July 7, 2008

We have some wonderful news!

So, I've been feeling a little like the wicked witch of the west lately. Poor Daniel has been so patient and loving. I didn't exactly know why I was acting the way that I was, I just thought that even though I was late, I was still having PMS although a little worse than usual. Well, it turns out that it wasn't PMS after all. Instead of being late for the twenty-eight day cycle, it turned out that I was perfectly on time for the nine-month cycle. You guessed it: We are FINALLY pregnant! After a long 11 months we were starting to get a little worried about things, but I guess we are all right after all. The baby will be due March 1st or 2nd, right smack in the middle of the winter semester. We are super excited to have the opportunity to be parents soon!

We love you all and hope that you are continuing to have a wonderful summer!