Thursday, October 30, 2008

Baby Things

So we still don't know what we are having so I have been resisting buying any baby things. But the other day when I was at Marshall's I found something I just couldn't resist. I found this tiny newborn girl's shirt that is so adorable. The picture doesn't do it justice, but its a tiny smock with buttons up the back. I need to find some tiny pants to go with it. I love how small it is; its like a doll's shirt. It will fit a newborn for a week or two. I know I'll have a girl eventually so I'm sure this won't go to waste, but hopefully I'll get to use it sooner than later.

We'd Love Some Visitors....

So we have had some request of pic of our new residence and here they are! I'll take you on a tour of our house. The first pics are of our apartement parking lot. There are 20 units in our complex of townhouses and this is what we see when we walk out our door. The trees here are definitely the biggest change in scenery for me. I have never seen so many and they are so tall! You really can never see very far in any direction because there are so many trees.

Next you'll see our front door and my lovely pumpkin that I painted. The apartments aren't much to look at on the outside, but they will be painted next year and should look a lot better.

When you walk in the front door there are stairs straight ahead and the living room to the left. It took forever to get this room together because we waited for almost a month for new carpet. Thankfully it finally came and looks sooo much better.

Throught the living room is the kitchen, laundry closet and a half bath. I am so pleased with all of the cabinet space and 2 bathrooms is sooo nice. There are sliding doors to a tiny back deck which desperatly needs some love. We are hoping to build a deck next spring on the back.

That is the downstairs so onto the upstairs. There is a master bedroom, one bathroom, and a spare bedroom. I took a picture of our room, the bathroom and the closet in the spare bedroom which Soren has converted to his office. I haven't done much on the upstairs yet, especially the extra bedroom so no pics of it. Once we find out what the baby is I will start decorating the nursery. So we love all the space and the freedom to decorate here. We really have a great set-up, decent rent considering the area and super nice neighbors.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Corn Maze Mischief

One of our first outings with our friends/neightbors in Seattle was to a Corn Maze last night. There was a haunted corn maze or the traditional, and of course the haunted one cost more. We opted for the cheaper date and made our own fun haunting the BYOS (Bring Your Own Scares) maze. Soren and Nathan both sampled the fresh grown corn around us and we all blazed new trails off the beaten path. The highlight was when the stalks of corn were fashioned into javelins and the boys had throwing contests. Or it might have been when the girls beat the boys to the end of the maze. It wasn't even a close call.
We all had a lot of fun and ended the evening with hot chocolate and catch phrase.

I think Soren and I are finally getting used to this place. I wouldn't call it home for sure, but we are working on it. I found a few more job leads yesterday and am waiting to hear back from them.

A temp agency is a good idea so thank you to all of your suggestions. I figure everything will work out as it needs to, so I'll just keep trying. Soren has his second section of the CPA to take next Friday, on Halloween. He is busy cramming for it so any prayers would be appreciated on his behalf. He is also going to start traveling on Monday. Yay. He'll be gone this week Mon-Thursday and next week Sunday-Friday. More reasons for me to get a life. :) At least he has a job though and we are making it by. We are really, really grateful for that.

I am 13 weeks now and believe I am out of the sick phase. Onto the hungry-all-the-time phase and wondering if the extra volume on my hips is due to Halloween candy or baby. I have another check-up on Monday and possibly another ultrasound. I'll try to post a pic of it. I would post some pics of me-if you could tell there was something in there.

Thursday, October 23, 2008


So the job search here is seriously out of control. I am at my wits end. Seriously, what is the point of going to college if you are only going to attain entry-level jobs for the rest of your life? Oh wait, maybe if I had actually thought things through before deciding on my major I wouldn't be in this position. Nutrition jobs are super scarce up here, especially if you aren't an RD (I already knew this would be the case) but it doesn't help that the government has to pick NOW to freeze all hiring. That limits my job possibilities down like 90%!
I guess this means the economy problems have finally touched my life in a deeper way. I have more to be worried about than the price of milk, now I have no job to even buy it. Thank goodness one of us was smart enought to pick a job that is recession proof. People will always need accountants. I have looked high and low for jobs and its looking like it'll be COSTCO. I almost got a serving job, but my cards just haven't worked out.
Does anyone have any more ideas? I have tried hospitals, school districts, universities, craigs list, doctor's offices, ect. It doesn't help that I am pregnant- basically a time bomb. I am only eligible for jobs that don't mind losing you in 6 months. Help! I haven't lost faith yet, but I am open to your ideas.....

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Seattle Outings- The Ferry and the Ballard Locks

This weekend we finally went out! It seems like we have spent the last/first month we have been here unpacking and running errands and Soren studying. So for what seems like the first time in years, we went on some REAL dates. :)
Friday night we forgot our camera, but we rode the Kingston-Edmonds Ferry and went to dinner on the Kingston side. Unfortunately it was dark when we finally found the ferry and but we still rode it. Most people ride the ferry for transportation purposes but we played the tourists and stood on the decks looking for animal life. When we got to the other side we found a little Italian place where we ate seafood linguine in honor of our new oceanside residence. We rode the ferry back and went home to watch a movie. I felt very romantically and socially fulfilled.

Today, Sunday we went down to Seattle to see the Ballard Locks. The Locks are the canals where the boats come in from the sea to the lake. The locks are where the boats come in so far and then they close the lock and raise the water level. I guess it brings the boats into the lake where the water level is higher than the ocean. They also have the salmon ladder which is where the salmon swim up river every year. Apparently if you go at the right time of year you can see tons of salmon and sea lions chowing down on them. I was hoping for more of a show, but we didn't see much wildlife. The water was really pretty and it was sure amazing to see the yachts and sail boats.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Rumors are True! We're Having a BABY!

I was really hoping I could get the ultrasound in the right format to post it with this announcement, but alas I am not that computer saavy. But that is the story. We are expecting! I am 9 weeks along, almost 10 and am due May 11. From the looks of the ultrasound we have a healthy little squirming fetus with a heart, 2 arms, 2 legs and the start of a brain. :)
Soren really wants a boy, but if anyone knows my family, the girls are the minority so a baby girls is on almost everyone's wishlist, including mine. We will love it either way, but come on---can't the Kesler family get a girl?
We find out in December what it is so I will keep everyone posted.
We are both excited, but Soren definitely thrilled. I am just excited to be almost out of the first trimester. I haven't been too sick, but I really hate the flu so intermitant stomach aches are really getting old. I am just starting to feel better and its really nice. Thanks to everyone that is so excited for us. Like I said, we will keep posting.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

More Updates-Pics from our travels

Here are some updated photos from the few weeks between our moves. We stayed with friends about every two days and tried to get pics with most of them. Sorry to our friends we might of missed. Soren was able to get together with his favorite missionary companions right before we left. They finally all live in Utah just as we move away.
We stayed with the Duthries, Browns, Drapers, my grandparents, the Bennetts and the Adairs. Thank you to everyone for so much love and hospitality. The last few pics are on the road. Soren and I had to drive seperately in our two cars. It was a long, long drive. We even split it up into two days. Thank goodness for books on tape.