30 June 2008

My niece, Eleanor Ash:

I have a new niece! She was born at 3:35 am on June 27, weighed 7 pounds 14 ounces, is 20 inches long and has a full head of gorgeous dark hair.

Her mom and dad (my sister Brooklyn and her husband) got to the hospital at 3am and Eleanor was born so soon after that the Doctor didn't even make it on time. It may seem great that it was so quick, but it also means she had to do an all natural birth- no medication. I cannot even imagine what that would be like! (Nor would I like to find out... haha)

Though, seeing the sweet little baby girl really got me excited to be a mom... which will likely not be for a few years.

Eleanor has an older brother, Oliver Brown. He will be two years old in September. It is so fun to watch him with her. The first time I asked him if he had a sister he said ya- then when I asked him her name, he told me it was "Elbow". Whenever I come over and ask where Eleanor is, he says she's hiding. (She's usually in the room in her mom's arms.) Just so you know, he cannot say full sentences and is just barely stating to say words that are clear. I'm in love with him. He is so nice to his new baby. I love this picture where he is poking her.

The evening of the day she was born, all our family went to the hospital to visit the new little girl. I loved t hold her and see how tiny she is- but I think Chase enjoyed holding her even more then I did. He didn't want to let go of her. Again, it made me so excited to raise a family with Chase. He is amazing with kids!


Congratulations!

ps: happy 26th birthday brooklyn!



07 June 2008

My Engagement:

Well everyone... Chase and I are engaged! We are going to be married on August 30. I am so very excited. He is my best friend in the whole world and I am the luckiest lady in the world to have him be mine.



He proposed on Monday, June 2 - in the most romantic way ever! I couldn't have asked for a better life right now. Being so in love is the best, but being in love and engaged is better then the best!

Before he picked me up, he told me to dress warm and to wear hiking boots. I knew he was going to propose soon, so each day I wondered... this day I thought he was going to do something romantic to trick me into thinking he was going to propose that night. He picked me up and he suggested we get some pictures of us before we left. We love pictures, so this wasn't that unusual. Plus I was wearing a funny outfit, so all the more reason to get pictures! Luckily my sister, Bethany was there to be the photographer.

As we got in the car he blindfolded me. I couldn't resist taking more pictures of us. While we were driving, Chase started to tell me the eight things he lovs about me most. (We had been dating just over eight months).

We drove for a while, and I though he had driven up Parley's Canyon, when we got out, I was fully expecting him to take my blindfold off. But, nope. Instead he let me know we were going on a hike! It was hilarious! Have you ever hiked blindfolded? Well, unless you have an amazing guide, like Chase, I do not recommend it. It was the most romantic hike I'd ever been on. He held my hand the whole way up. By now I hoped he was going to propose, so that was so exciting to think about, plus fear and excitement, knowing you have put ALL you trust into someone to keep you safe is so fun. The whole hike was exhilarating!

We got to the top safely. He sat me on a chair(which I was really confused about, because I still had no idea where we were.) and I could hear him doing some stuff. Finally he took my blindfold off.

It was the most gorgeous and special view ever. We were at Pete's rock. Where Chase and I had had our first "really romantic" moment together. It looks over the SL valley and the sun was setting and he timed it perfectly, so the sky was at it's prettiest moment. Chase had set out everything. He had a table, chairs, candles, tiki torches, dinner on the table, a picture of us and near that was a little mattress with a pillow and blanket.

We ate dinner together (one thing he forgot were the glasses) and as were finished he told me to look at the picture. I picked it up and there was a little white box behind the frame!


He picked up the box, got on one knee and asked me to marry him. I said yes! I also was in shock because of the ring he got me! It was AMAZING! We had been ring shopping together and I had told him what setting I wanted... He had bought the diamond and had the jeweler make the setting fit around the diamond. I couldn't be happier with my ring! I seriously can't even believe that I got my dream ring. It's perfect in every way possible! I could talk about the beauty of my ring for ever! (Sometimes I do talk about it to Chase for hours because I feel like I can never thank him enough for getting me the PERFECT ring!)

After I put the ring on, we had dessert. By this time the sun had set and again the view changed into another beautiful scene. Now we could see all the city lights shining and the stars above us were shining and we were surrounded by candles, it was perfect. We snuggled and I was the most happy I've ever been. I now knew I was going to be Mrs. Brittany Anne Nielsen. I knew I was soon going to be sealed to Chase for eternity and I know this probably sounds so cheesy, but knowing you're going to be with your best friend and love of your life FOREVER is the happiest feeling in the world.

Chase, I love you. Thank you for being the man of my dreams!