Friday, December 19, 2008
Dear Friends & Family,
Well, our biggest news in 2008 is that we are currently pregnant with TWINS! (Well, technically Sarah is. She deserves all of the credit for what she is and will be going through in the coming months). We will be having a boy and girl around the first of March.
The days are ticking down and we are really excited for the new addition(s) to our family. We are jumping right into the family thing with both feet. We haven’t decided on any names yet, but the only ones that we both agree on so far are Pebbles and Bam-Bam. We’ll keep you posted!
Well, it has been another fun and eventful year in the Frank home. Sarah is about 2/3 done with her grad degree at BYU. She still teaches voice lessons and loves to see her students growing and making progress. She also started a new afterschool singing/dancing program at elementary schools called “Studio Kids.”
When she isn’t working or studying, she can be found song writing, singing, and a recent hobby called, “nesting.” Each night before bed, Sarah will gather all of the blankets from the house and make a large circle-like “nest” in our bed. She will then coo for a few minutes before snuggling in to sleep. Odd? Yes, but at least she’s not regurgitating worms! She has had a lot of fun quilting and getting things ready for the babies’ room.
Brandon is still building his real estate investment business. His company bought several houses this year, and amidst the turmoil and bad news about the economy and the real estate market, he has found many great opportunities and continues to push himself and his business to new levels. He loves what he does and has recently been involved in some land developing, commercial and land holding projects.
Brandon also competed in a triathlon recently. He pushed himself as hard as he could. The highlight for everyone was watching him exit the pool (three laps from the finish line) to stop, catch his breath, vomit, and then jump back in to finish the race. Although he lost some time in the puke-fest, he still believes he made up for it in increased speed, due to his lightened load.
Sarah and Brandon both turned the big 30 this year. They also took one more Hawaiian surf trip and spent time with family at both Bear Lake and the Oregon Coast.
We love you all so much and hope everything is well with you! We hope this year has been full of fun, love, joy and peace. As we celebrate the birth of our Lord, we wish you all the very Merriest Christmas!
Brandon & Sarah Frank
(and soon to be Peb’s & Bamy)
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Who knew that I'd ever want to be kicked? My little twins started kicking about a week ago and their little nudges and karate chops are getting stronger and more frequent by the day. They're not strong enough for Brandon to be able to feel yet, but my guess is pretty soon. I'm 23 weeks and since I'll be induced by week 38 (approximately March 7) if I haven't already gone into labor on my own, we're now on the 15 week countdown! That makes it feel so close! Check out my growing belly - not the best pic, but it's all I have right now. Check out my natural glow - j/k!
Sunday, November 9, 2008
My brother Hyrum and husband Brandon competed in a triathlon yesterday - the Turkey Trot in Orem, UT. It was Brandon's first race ever and Hyrum's second. I was so proud. They both finished in just over an hour and pushed themselves really hard. It was really fun to chear them on. They ran first (5K), the biked (10 mi), then swam (350 meters). It was so cool to see them in each event!
Brandon pushed himself a little too hard and had to take a puke break with only three laps to go in the final swimming event. I couldn't help but laugh, but I felt really bad for him at the same time. After a 5 minute ralphing session, he jumped back in the pool and finished his race. That's my baby! So tough! Loved it! Wish my belly would have let me join in.
Friday, October 3, 2008
Peaches, Peaches and more Peaches (oh and some apples, bananas, mangos and strawberries too)! My sister-in-law and mom-in-law went peach picking and brought home 9 boxes of ripe and incredibly sweet peaches. We went to town canning and did over 150 jars! Last night, I decided to keep up this week's domestic theme and dry peaches, apples, mangos and strawberries. My back hurts from peeling and slicing, but the results are literally sweet!
Pickle me sour! So Brandon and I planted a garden with my sissy Hannah this year. We have cucumbers out our ears. So, Brandon gets this bright idea for me to can and pickle cucumbers while he watches the BYU game with a buddy! Just did 12 jars and I smell like vinegar!
Just got a call - the in-laws picked a tomato patch and the canning begins again tomorrow. Oh and they picked 6 more boxes of peaches too! Holy crazy! I've never canned or dried in my life so I guess I'm making up for it all in one week!
So, we endeavored the Fetal Photo at the mall at 15 weeks to see if we could discover the gender of our babies. The technician was positive that we were having a boy, but was struggling to see the gender of the second baby because the umbilical chord was wrapped around the legs. After drinking some sugar and walking around the mall for an hour, the baby still hadn't changed position. So, we had to go back another day. To our absolute delight, the baby had changed position and low and behold - we've got ourselves a boy and a girl! We're elated! It's perfect! I can't wait to meet them and I'm so excited to get started on a pink and blue Hawaiian-style baby room. I pulled my sewing machine out yesterday for the first time in years and have already started making selves for baby bumpers!
I'm officially 17 weeks tomorrow (sorry for the belated news!) The bump is officially making an appearance! Love you pink and blue!
Friday, July 25, 2008
We went out wakeboarding with the Hambletons (some of the coolest people in our ward), and Ryan and Hannah (bro and sister-in-law) and Brandon FINALLY FLIPPED . . . on a wake board that is! I'm so proud! I was so bummed to discover that his best flip was blurry on the camera, so I had to add a not so perfect flip too! Anyway, check it out!
Brandon and I went to a Bee's game (Bees) on the 24th - Utah Pioneer Day (Pioneers) for those who are unfamiliar. It was my first time to a baseball game and I loved it. We showed up to buy seats and some girl handed us her extras. We were pretty stoked to get in free and sat right behind the pitchers mound just 12 rows back. It was awesome! Oh and they won too! As you can see, Brandon had a little too much fun with the camera (Little Men)! The fireworks show was pretty sweet too.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Alright ... there's a bun in the Frank family oven. Actually, more like an orange seed - actual size since I'm only 6 weeks. After trying for too long, five magic pills and a turkey baster we find ourselves positively pregnant. We're excited!