Wednesday, December 15, 2010

23 weeks and counting

I feel like every day I get bigger and bigger no matter what I eat. We leave for California in 2 days for 2 weeks and I don't know how I am going to be able to have self control. Basically my mother in law said all she wants to do for those 2 weeks is bake and cook and since it's ALL good food I'm screwed. It also doesn't help that I am just starting to get that "I am hungry all the time feeling" and basically don't really get full anymore. Don't be a hater if I look like this in my next pictures:

Minus the blue part.

Friday, December 3, 2010

21 weeks

A little more than halfway there! He already has some strong kicks on him and is already super stubborn. Whenever I have to pee he kicks like crazy until I go. He sure does love his space. I have a feeling he is a mini me of Eric already.

Oh I also really want this:

And this:

Oh yeah.. the baby shopping has begun.

Thursday, December 2, 2010



 I thought after living in Utah for 4 years now I would come to enjoy the snow a little more but every year it comes and every year I hate it. I was told to try snowboarding so I did and yes I hated it. The last time I went sledding I was knocked out cold and had to be rushed to the hospital. I think maybe I wouldn't hate it as much if it didn't try and kill me every time I go to play or drive in it. Although I would rather be playing in it and have the snow win than driving in it and have the snow win. 
I proudly admit that I am that slow grandma driver that's going 35 on the freeway when it's snowing. I would rather drive slow and live than drive fast and die. Yes I make other people mad with how slow I drive but hey it goes both ways. It's so infuriating to see all these idiotic drivers zoom past me because they have all wheel drive so they think that magically the black ice on the road will melt when they drive over it or because they are in a big car so the snow just won't touch them. As Dane Cook would put it...UM HELLO....UM HI. It's YOU people that cause accidents and deaths because you are driving like there is no snow on the road.
Not only is snow a death trap it's freaking fffrreezzzing! I hate walking out my door and having my whole body almost freeze to death because it's like 20 degrees. 
I will admit there are only TWO good things about snow. It makes things look pretty and when it snows it means Christmas is coming. That's just about it. I use to not be this bah humbug about winter but that was because all I had to worry about was if I had an umbrella in my car and during the day it never got colder than 40. I wish I was one of those people who enjoyed snow but after 4 years of waiting thinking maybe my blood would thicken up I have given up hope. My body refuses to like snow. I look forward to the day when I enjoy my winters with just rain. 

Monday, November 22, 2010

It's a........


The first picture is of the leg and then the second one is of the face! We are both so excited. We would have been fine with a girl but to be honest we both really wanted a boy to start with.  Everything is fine and the baby looks great! The way we found out the sex was so funny. The ultrasound tech said "that's a nice package" and Eric said "wait, are you saying it's a boy?" and the lady said "uh, yeah, that's what a package means." We both couldn't believe it. He is such a kicker! When the ultrasound wand was put on, the baby immediately started punching and kicking like a mad man, yeah he is a true Monson!!!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

19 weeks..

Pregnancy highlights:
1. I have been feeling the baby move a ton. For some reason
whenever I drive in the car that's when I feel the movements
the most. Baby starts kicking like crazy. It's kind of funny.
2. We find out November 22nd what the baby is! We can't wait
to finally know what it is. It's been driving me nuts.
3. My appetite hasn't really changed. I have been waiting to get
crazy hungry like I have heard my whole life but it
hasn't come yet.
4. I don't really have cravings I just really know what 
I DON'T want.
5. My weight gain is right on track but with Thanksgiving
and Christmas coming I highly doubt it will stay 
that way.
6. I have to pee all the time which is really annoying especially
since our bathroom is upstairs.
7. I hate hate hate my stomach being hot. Everywhere else
can be warm or hot but not my stomach.
8. I have been having really bad back pain but only
in one spot. It's weird. 
9. I am way more emotional and cry at the dumbest things.
Eric's such a trooper.
10. I sleep with three pillows. Needless to say Eric and I
really need a California king.
11. According to Eric, I hit him off the bed at night in
my sleep. I don't even know I'm doing it.

So pregnancy hasn't been all that bad. Other than feeling like a whale I'm doing just great and so is baby.

Thursday, November 4, 2010


I know this is late but better late than never! We decided to go up to Jessica's and go trick or treating with Kayden. Last year Jamie and Dave came down with Jo and Jaden but this year they decided to go trick or treating around there neighborhood so sadly I was not able to see there cute costumes. When we got to Jessica and Mika's Kayden was napping and when he woke up he wasn't feeling that great but when Jessica asked him if he wanted to go trick or treating he immediately felt better. I wished it wouldn't have been raining because this year Kayden was way more into it than last year. But it was still fun to spend time with family. I love my babies and Kaena is soooooo big. I love to kiss her cheeks! They are so big. It's weird to think that next year I will have a kid of my own!

Monday, October 25, 2010

16 weeks

16 weeks down and I am feeling great! I haven't had any dreams on if it's a boy or a girl but I don't care what it is as long as it's healthy. We will find out what it is the week of Thanksgiving and I can't wait. I'm tired of passing cute things in stores and not buying them because I don't know what I am having yet! Thanksgiving better come fast.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Going once was not enough but it will have to do.

Josh, Nicole & I at Olive Garden

Apple Hill! Best picture of the day.

Josh, Alex, Nicole & I in San Fran.

Me and my daddy!

 It was a gloomy day but I still loved it.

This is the best candy place ever. I waited all day for this. 

This last weekend was one of the best ever! My parents had decided to take a trip to Roseville to go to this thing called Apple Hill. Since I hadn't been to Roseville in almost 2 years I HAD to go. I was sad to leave Eric behind especially since he has never been to San Fransisco but the thought of being back home helped cheer me up. Thursday was spent eating at La Bou, going to the galleria mall (which I think is ridiculous), going to my old elementary school, seeing family and wonderful close friends. Friday was spent at Apple Hill. I love looking at all the vendors, getting apple doughnuts, fudge, caramel apples, apple pies and apple fritters. But towards the end of the day I was so exhausted all I wanted to do was go home and sleep. Friday night was spent with one of my best friends at this yummy Italian restaurant. Saturday we headed to San Fransisco. It was a very windy, cold, gloomy day BUT it didn't rain which would have made the trip so much worse. 
I have so many fond memories of the city but to be honest the smells were KILLING me. Before I was pregnant I had a regular nose just like any other person but now my nose is seriously like super nose. I can smell anything and everything and that doesn't mix with San Fran. The worst was the fact that I had to pee literally every 30 mins and the public restrooms there are really bad. Every time I would walk into a bathroom it was like I was hitting a brick wall of the worst thing I had ever smelt. It was brutal. After about 2 hours of that I was basically done. It was a great day other than the smell situation but by the end of it I felt like an old person. My back was killing me, my feet hurt, if I smelt cigarette smoke one more time I was going to shoot somebody, my legs hurt from all the walking , and I was exhausted. As much as I was sad to go, especially since I'm not sure when I will go back, it was so nice to sit in a nice warm car with no bad smells smacking me in the face.

All in all I was really glad that I went but was ready to be back in my own bed with my husband. The night I got home from the trip I think I slept like 14 hours. I love sleep.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Gardner Village

I am 13 weeks in this picture. For some reason while we were taking this picture I decided to say something funny which made my smile look weird.

Just being us. Which is crazy.

Yeah we are lame and we only took two pictures but we were focused on the wonderfulness of Gardner Village! It was so much fun! I love seeing all the cute shops decorated in Halloween and we always have a fun time. Sadly our other sister Jessica couldn't make it which made it not as fun but she'll be there with us next year! This place really gets me in the Halloween mood and it's reaaallllyy hard to not go crazy and buy hundreds of Halloween decorations. I think my favorite part of the day was trying a sample of banana chocolate fudge. It was so freaking good and was like heaven in my mouth. We decided to go earlier in the day this year which was a very very smart thing to do because the shops are smaller and it gets really crazy toward the afternoon. I want to go back every weekend! I love it so much!

In 3 days I get to:

see this gorgeous girl and I can't wait! It's been way to long.

 see this crazy/awesome girl. We always have the best time.

eat here. I seriously have been craving this.

Go here. I haven't gone to apple hill in waayy to long.

 and go here. Salt water taffy here I come!

 I CAN'T wait to go back home. It's been to long and I have missed so many things. I never thought I would miss Roseville this much.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

You can eat whatever you want, but you're going to have to work to get it off..

Never have these words rang more true than right now. About a month before I found out I was pregnant I was talking to one of my sisters on the phone about pregnancy and how about when I got pregnant I would be so excited because I could just eat whatever I wanted. I hadn't really thought much about what I had just said when she replied "well you're right. You can eat whatever you want but you're going to have to work that much harder to get if off." I thought about what she said and thought well that kind of sucks now that I think about it but I won't be getting pregnant for a while. HA. 
Now that I am pregnant I have found that it's been kind of a struggle for me. It's been really hard for me to wrap my brain around the fact that I AM going to gain weight and that I have and that there isn't a whole lot I can do about it. I sometimes think well since I am going to get fat might as well enjoy it and eat whatever I want. It's been very hard to have some sort of self discipline knowing that I am going to gain weight really no matter what. Then there is the fact that I am in land of Provo where everyone is pregnant and everyone that is pregnant is skinny. I know I shouldn't be complaining because I am right on track with where I should be at this point and gaining weight but it is hard to not get a little down sometimes. My sister Jessica is awesome because every time I see her she tells me "you don't even look pregnant" but that's because I wear baby doll shirts to hide my bump or pooch or whatever you call it at this point. If I wear my regular shirts that don't flow out around the belly I look like I am just fat. I apologize for the lack of pictures lately as this has been the reason why I haven't really wanted to take pictures. I will try and get some up as soon as I can. 

Pregnancy hasn't been ALL bad.  

 1. Eric and I heard the baby's heartbeat and It was so surreal. I know my baby is there but to hear the heartbeat made it so real. I even knew where my baby was when the doctor went to find the hearbeat. Every time I would cramp in the beginning of pregnancy it would always be on the right hand side so when my doctor first started looking for the heartbeat on the left hand side I thought to myself you aren't going to find it there and sure enough when he went to the right hand side he found the heartbeat.

2. WARNING: this next part gets personal so if you are uncomfortable with personal things don't read. My boobs have gotten so big!! This is a perk because now I can finally relate to all my sisters as they are all larger chested. It's nice to not feel like a man. 

3. Before I got pregnant when I was hungry I would eat and then could usually eat a little more even though I was full. Now when I'm starving I will eat but when I am full, I am full. I can't stuff more food down no matter how good it tastes. I guess I thought it would be the other way around when I got pregnant. I do get hungry more often though.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

I want to sleep!

I have been a very fortunate girl and haven't thrown up once. My mom and sisters never threw up and didn't really have morning sickness and I really haven't either but all I want to do is sleep. ALL the time! Then when I do try and sleep for some stupid reason my body won't let me! I will randomly wake up during the night and not be able to get back to sleep and I keep telling myself maybe it's my bodies way of getting me ready for a baby but then I think my body wouldn't be that mean to me. I really shouldn't be complaining because honestly I have only had 1 day that I really just felt blah but other than that I have been fine. So basically everyday I look forward to sleep and then I get crap sleep so then the next day I am

So you would think I would just take naps. Ha yeah right. If I take a nap I will sleep seriously all day. Eric has been so awesome through all of this cause I have not been the nicest person. He is always asking what he can do to help. I am sooooo looking forward to the second trimester when I supposedly will be less tired. I have a dr's appt next week for my 10 week check up and Eric and I will hopefully be able to hear the heartbeat!

Anyway enough complaining! I am SOO excited for the holidays! I love love love love Halloween and am way excited to go to gardner village! I love going even though it's always butt crazy with tons of people. I love all the cute little shops and the carmel apples. But be warned! You can't go there and not buy something. It's like impossible. I have tried but not only do they have Halloween stuff they have Christmas stuff too! I have been telling people I think it's really bad timing to be pregnant during Halloween, Thanksgiving AND Christmas! I'm doomed. If you see me and I'm a big ball don't be a hater.

I have decided the only good thing about September is the return of football! Finally. I'm not gonna lie I really hate basketball. It's sooooo boring. It's so nice to have the Cougs back in action! Go BYU! Happy fall everyone!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

April 11, 2011

That is the day that our baby is due. We found out a couple of days ago and I am not going to lie, I was shocked. I have been late before and my periods are so sporadic that I really didn't think anything of it. It was a TOTAL surprise and I was not planning on being pregnant this early in our marriage but I guess it was meant to be! We had been talking about it and thinking about starting in December so it's really only a few months early but it was still a shock. Eric and I are really excited and even though we are a little scared we know we can do this. We are excited for this addition to our family! 

Monday, August 9, 2010


Happy 2 years babe! It was the happiest day of my life when we were married. You are my everything and I love being able to spend every day with you. You are amazing and you are the best husband ever. I love you!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Twenty three

Eric and I on my birthday!

Eric did such a good job decorating!

It's a tradition in my family to have a themed birthday with a candy bar poster every year. My theme this year was birthday princess with worm balloons......

Eric's "worm" balloons......He made me wear the crown and sash literally all day.

This past Thursday was my birthday and the whole week Eric told me I was either getting a candy bar poster OR decorations but not both. I of course wanted both because that is what I have grown up with my whole life but told him sadly if I MUST choose decorations. I should have known he was trying to surprise me because when I woke up on my birthday and came down stairs our living room and kitchen were decorated like crazy! And he even made a candy bar poster! I was so surprised and sooooo happy and a little confused with the "worm" balloons but quickly realized that I was married to Eric so it didn't have to make sense. That was the start to an amazing day. Eric and our friend Kevin threw me a surprise birthday lunch which was awesome (I had never had a surprise birthday before). Then we went out to the Pizza Pie Cafe for dinner with my family, grandparents and our extended family. We then came back to our house opened presents, ate cake and ice cream and had such a blast visiting with family. It was the perfect day and I couldn't have asked for anything else!

Monday, August 2, 2010

The airport adventures of Eric and Chelsea

Eric and I hadn't been home to California since we moved last October so a trip was very very necessary. We usually always drive because it saves money but for some strange reason 3 weeks before we were planning on leaving I decided to look up airline tickets. Couldn't hurt right? The first place I always go is JetBlue. I have found that sometimes they are cheaper. So I go on their website and I couldn't believe what I was seeing on my computer screen. They had $55.00 tickets to Long beach and they were only offering the tickets at that price on the exact dates we were planning on going to Cali! I sat there staring at the screen thinking... no freaking way. I had Eric come over and see if what I was seeing was correct and not my brain hallucinating and sure enough they were really only $55.00. Eric and I decided that that was a deal we just couldn't pass up. Total for both of us round trip was $260.00 including tax! Anyone who has driven that drive knows it just kind of sucks so we were realllllllly excited to fly. 

After getting everything squared away with work so we could leave we headed to the airport. I don't know about most people but Eric and I like to get to the airport like 2 hours early. Yeah most likely we will probably be sitting around just waiting to board our plane but hey it gives us wiggle room if something happens. We walk inside and see a line at the Jetblue counter. Nothing unusual until I realize that there are no representatives helping anyone so everyone in the line is just standing there. It's a good thing we got there early because the line just got longer and longer and longer as no one was being helped. I didn't know this but apparently Jetblue representatives don't arrive at the counter to check bags and things like that until an hour before flights leave to save money. I was not super happy with this but hey we had time and I wasn't worried. But the lady in front of us had a FIT when she found this out. She immediately says she is going to call her Jetblue representative because this is unacceptable and blah blah blah. She calls and gets no where and then calls someone else to complain. After that anyone that looked like they worked for the airport she complains to. Are you serious? So by this point I am reallllly annoyed. So I very loudly so she can hear say "Complaining about it isn't going to do anything like seriously? Please get mad and complain some more because that's just going to make the situation so much better...NOT." After I say this she doesn't really say anything and I know she heard me. I'm a baer we are loud without even raising our voices. A little bit later as Eric and I are still waiting to be checked in we see this guy run up to print his ticket out on one of those standing computer things. I don't know what they are called but Eric and I couldn't help but laugh at this guy. He's wearing a man purse! I have never seen a guy wear one of those but it was fuuunnnyy. You really have so much stuff you need a man purse? For real? He prints his ticket and runs off. The representatives finally come and we get our bags checked and everything and we make it through security just fine. We go to our gate, sit down and wait for the plane. Sometime later we are getting ready to board the plane and all of a sudden we see the man purse being wheeled to our gate in a wheel chair. hahahah really? wow. I thought maybe he hurt himself running but when we land in California he gets off the plane without any problems just fine. haha man some people.

Here is man purse in all his glory. I don't know if you can tell but his boobs are bigger than mine!  He is totally one of those guys at the gym that looks around to see if any girls are looking at him and when one does he starts to work out really fast.Oh how I love airports. It's always an adventure.

California was sooooo awesome and just what we needed. Eric and I are lame and we took like seriously no pictures so sorry! It was so nice to relax and not have to do anything! We basically just hung out, went to the beach, played with the dogs, went to Yogurt palace and went to a concert in the park! I loved going to those things last summer when we were living with Eric's parents and I was so excited there was going to be one while we were there. It's so much fun. You bring your chairs, food, blankets listen to the band and just hang out! It was awesome to be home and to visit family. The week went by way to fast and we can't wait until December! 

The picture isn't that great but this is what it looks like!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Baby Kaena!

She's finally here! Her name is Kaena Kimiko Vierra (pronounced ka en a.). She was 7 pounds 10 ounces. My sister Jessica went in around noon today and only pushed for 10 minutes! Both momma and baby are doing great! I can't wait to see her!
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Saturday, July 17, 2010

6 days..

Until I am doing exactly this. It's been way to long.

Sunday, July 4, 2010


Happy 4th of July!! I hope everyone has a safe fun holiday!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Backstreets back alright!!

I don't think Jessica knew we were taking a picture and she would hate me if she knew I had put this on here but we were all so excited! 

Going to a backstreet boys concert had always been a lifelong dream of mine. I was 5 years old when they first came out but having 2 older sisters I grew up listening to them. I loved all of their songs and would often sing and dance in my room to them. One year Jessica and her best friend Danielle aka Danu got tickets to their concert and I was soooo jealous I couldn't even stand it! They came back from the concert and said it was so amazing and that fed my desire to see them. The years went on and I felt as if the opportunity to see them would never come. One day my sister Jessica called me saying that the Backstreet boys were coming into town and was wondering if I wanted to go. UH YEEAH I WANTED TO GO! The time had finally come for me to live out my lifelong dream. We bought the tickets and I couldn't have been more excited. The day finally came and I couldn't believe it. Nicole (my younger sister) and I drove up to Jessica's house and then from there we went to dinner and then over to the concert. The concert was seriously amazing. It was so much fun. It was everything I imagined it would be and more. Oh and by the way Jessica is 8 months pregnant. Yeah she's that hardcore for the backstreet boys. The funniest thing was she knew every song word for word. It was hilarious! Sadly my oldest sister Jamie couldn't make it and we all really really wished she had been there. But I can finally say I went to a backstreet boys concert.