Thursday, March 12, 2009

10 Down and Eternity to Go!

Here are some pictures from our Engagement and our Wedding!

Tomorrow is our 10 year anniversary. The time has gone fast and I can honestly say I love him more today then I did then and I thought that was impossible. When we got married I knew Josh had all of the qualities that I wanted but what I didn't know was that he also has all of the qualities that I should have wanted in a husband. For example, I knew that I wanted someone who worked hard to provide for his family. I should have looked for someone who worked hard but always put his family first. Luckily Josh is just that man. But he has so many more awesome traits that I didn't know would be important and it turns out that they are. Thank goodness he has them all.

So here is to you Josh, your top ten list
1. You always put me and our family first.

2. Your testimony is always growing. I love that fact that the Book of Mormon is always turned open to a different spot in the bathroom!

3. You never yell or raise your voice at me much less touch me in anger.

4. Your role as a father is important to you. Once a friend asked how I got you to spend time with our kids, I told her I don't, that is just you!

5. Your love for the Latin culture. Not only because of my Grandma but because of my mission. I love that culture and am glad we can share it together.

6. I totally trust you. I know that you would never lie to me and that means a lot.

7. You always make time for the two of us. Those Friday night date nights are the highlight of my week.

8. You are my biggest fan. According to you I am the best cook, Mom, basketball player, scrapbooker, etc. I think that people are sometimes disappointed when they meet me cause of the picture you always paint.

9. You are my best friend! There are no words to describe how I love to just be with you. We can do nothing or anything, just being with you makes it great!

10. You have the huge calves!!! Josh loves to run and exercise and I always tease him about his calves. Yes they are big, and yes they are sexy!

I love you Handsome!!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


Ty (Tyson) was born on Feb. 25 at 4:52 am. He was two weeks early and boy are we glad! He weighed 9 lbs. 3 oz. and 22 inches long. He would have been 10 lbs. had he gone full term. He is a healthy and happy baby so far. We are both doing well. Read on if you want to hear the whole story.

Tyson Lowell Glenn Carpenter

Baby Ty

Nate, Alison, Ty and Abby

This is me right before it all began. On Tuesday the 24th I had a check-up and my midwife told me that she was on call that night. I was done with being pregnant so I had her strip my membranes and told her I was taking castor oil that night. She said I was at a 3 so I would have a chance that it would work. She also said that if I came in with my body doing something on its own that she could help wink wink. So Josh cancelled his trial the next day and at 6:00 pm I took castor oil. I didn't take a lot because I felt like I was going to throw it all up.
By 9:00 pm nothing was happening, I hadn't even had to go to the bathroom so I thought that I hadn't taken enough castor oil and thought well it just isn't going to work. Around 9:30 pm the castor oil started to send me to the bathroom but still nothing in the contraction department. I was having some but nothing to get excited about. I fell asleep and woke up around 10:30 pm and still nothing new. Went back to sleep and woke up around 12:30 and got some water, watched some TV and felt some contractions but nothing new. I couldn't really go back to sleep so I decided to walk around our room to see if I could get something going.
I was having contractions around 2-5 minutes apart but they only lasted for 30 seconds or so. So I got in the shower to see if anything would change and they just continued the same way. Josh convinced me to call my midwife so I did. I really felt like if was false labor but she said to come in anyway. So we called our RS president to come and stay with the kids and Josh jumped in the shower. Within a couple of minutes of hanging up with the hospital my contractions became so much stronger. I was pounding on the shower door telling Josh to hurry because we needed to go.
As we drove to the hospital I was having contractions a minuted apart and they were 45-50 seconds long. I was so afraid that they were going to tell me that I was too far along for an epidural but I was only at a 4 when we got there. Things were slow that night so they hooked me up to an IV and Mr. Epidural man came and gave me my meds and 30 minutes later he was born. I went from a 4 to a 10 in an hour. He was born an hour and a half from the time we pulled into the hospital parking lot. He came out in two pushes. It really was easy and I feel great. I think the difference was that I was spinning everyday (6 days a week) until the week I had him. That week I walked on the treadmill.
He is handsome and a sweet baby. The kids love him to death and Nate will grab his hand and say "Baby likes me." We are so glad he is here.