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Our Love Story: Part 5: Engagement

Garren and I dated for 4 months before we got engaged. Yes only 4 months, but keep in mind we had known each other for 6 years by then. We already loved each other we just had to see if we were in love. SPOILER ALERT: We were definitely IN love ;)

Here is the story of the day we got engaged!

Garren took me snowshoeing! We headed up the mountain at around noon. Not going to lie. I hated snowshoeing at first. I couldn’t do it. I already am not the most coordinated person in the world so it was super awkward at first, but I eventually got the hang of it. We hiked 2.5 miles completely up hill. At one point I seriously considered laying down in the snow and telling him to go on with out me. He was incredibly patient and encouraging to me the entire time. I feel like I can do anything when he is supporting me. I always make fun of him for being impatient while driving or in other circumstances but when it comes to me he is the most patient man in the world. Any way getting to the top was MORE than worth it. The view was breath taking. One of the most beautiful views I have ever seen. We ate lunch and then I joked with Garren that I deserved a trophy or something for making it. He agreed and told me he had a prize. He made me close my eyes… and eventually, let me open them. When I did he was on one knee with the most beautiful ring and asked me to marry him. He said other things, but I honestly can’t remember a single thing he said, other than the life changing question. I think I said yes a hundred times and possibly cried a little bit.  My hands were too cold to take my mittens off so I had to wait till we hiked back down the two miles to put my ring on. Talk about making me work for it! So worth it.

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Our Love Story: Part 4: “I Think I Like You”

Love Story Part 1

Love Story Part 2

Love Story Part 3

Garren and I talked on the phone a lot when he got home from his mission. One night I was nursing a broken heart when Garren called me. We talked for a long time and he managed to get me smiling. A few weeks later I was going down to Cedar for my nephews birthday and Garren asked if we could hang out. He picked me up Sunday morning and made me breakfast and we watched conference together. I could tell something was on his mind but I didn’t want to force him to talk to me.

I kept waiting for him to say something between conference sessions but he didn’t. Finally right after the second session started, he said, ” Larissa, what if, I think I like you?” All I said back was, ” You think you like me?” Really what kind of statement is I think I like you? So he took it back and said he liked me and that he wanted to date me.

I was speechless. We had been friends for so long I just didn’t think this was really happening. He asked me what I thought about it and I gave the excuse that my favorite apostle was speaking so he had to wait until the talk was over. Really I was freaking out inside wondering if this was going to ruin our friendship or if our lives were about to change for the better. I was too nervous to speak so I wrote down everything I was feeling and gave it to him to read. He still has that embarrassing piece of paper somewhere.

A part of me was really nervous that things would get weird between us but the transition from best friends to falling in love was the easiest thing I have ever done in my life. Being with him just felt right. Life has thrown us some curve balls and there have been some very hard trials but being with him has never been hard. Our love story is my very favorite :)

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Blair Monroe- 8 and 9 Months Old

 

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I have failed at blogging the last 8 weeks. Let’s just say I have just been trying to survive. It’s been a rough couple of months. So here are the 8 and 9 month updates.

Blair had a followup doctor appointment for her ear infection three days before she turned 8 months so we were able to get her height and weight!

Height: 27.2 inches (61%)

Weight: 15 lbs 4 oz (9%)

Her 9 month appointment has been postponed due to Garren’s clinical schedule and us only having one car. (Kill me) So I will have stats for her 10 month update.

Clothing: She is still wearing 6-9 month clothing. Most are still big on her but some do fit very well. I have a feeling she will ring in the new year still in this size clothing. The girl has a ridiculous amount of clothing so it’s nice to have time to have her wear all of it! Getting her dressed is my favorite part of the day. If only I could get myself ready too!

Diapers: Cloth diapers=Love. Blair is now pretty regular with how often and when she goes to the bathroom. She poops once every other day and goes through 4-5 diapers a day. I now only have to wash about twice a week!

Eating: She is nursing every 3-4 hours during the day for about 4 minutes on each side. She is honestly horrible at eating solid food. Occasionally she will take 4-5 bites of baby food, and she will eat some solid table food. Tonight she ate mashed potatoes, pork chops, and asparagus. She doesn’t actually consume a whole lot but I pray this gets better soon. (See Sleep)

Sleeping: She still wakes up 2-4 times a night. I honestly can’t believe my 9 month old still wakes up as often as a newborn (at least as often as she did as a newborn) I am exhausted. We got so desperate as to try CIO and it just made things worth. We gave it a fair shot. 2 weeks of her crying and absolutely no progress. I know this will past so I am just trying to get through it. Thankfully she is the world’s happiest baby during the day so it makes up for it.

Social: Blair loves people. She first stares them down to see if they are trust worthy and if she likes you (which she normally does) she smiles. She has become quite the momma’s girl lately. She generally wants me and has some separation anxiety on the rare occasion I am not with her. She says mama, dada and gives kisses, but only when she wants to. She kisses her stuffed animals a lot more than she kisses us. She loves talking, so that hasn’t changed. I take her to the park a lot and she just loves watching all the little kids. I can see just how badly she wants to be running around with them!

Likes: Violet (Dog that says her name and a bunch of other stuff) her bear, blankey, and turtle in her bed when she goes to sleep, standing, trying to walk, swinging at the park, reading books, talking, going out of the house, play dates with Lucy

Dislikes:  When I walk out of the room, going to bed, being overly tired, when dad kisses her when he hasn’t shaved, waiting to nurse

New this Month: Well she graduated from army crawling to regular crawling just before she turned 8 months old and then two weeks later started pulling herself up on everything. That first week of her doing this was terrifying. She hit her head on EVERYTHING. I was a ball of nerves the entire time. Not sure why people seem to forget to tell new parents about this horrifying stage but seriously! Now she is pretty good about getting up and down and walking along things. She gives kisses, dances when she hears music, and understands small phrases we say to her. She is at such a fun (and exhausting) age! We go to Texas in two weeks and I am not looking forward to the 4.5 hour flight. Pray for us! Oh! Plus she has SIX teeth. Three on top and three the bottom with one more on top trying desperately to come through.

Fun Things We Did:

  • Nana and Papa came to visit
  • went to the circus
  • went apple picking
  • went to Boston and rode on a bought for the first time
  • went to Portsmouth
  • went to the movies for the first time
  • first halloween!

Looking Forward to:

  • Going to Texas
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas!

Pictures from the last two months: 

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