Thursday, April 27, 2017

Chris' List

After paying $13 for two medium-sized smoothies at Jamba Juice tonight, Chris is officially adding Jamba to his "list of places he's done with." Jamba also didn't help their cause when they added greek yogurt instead of sherbet to my smoothie, causing Chris to run back into the store and ask them to make a new one for me. I like to think that Chris' gesture was simply for me and my "pregnancy craving", but I'm pretty sure it's because he was not about to have a $5.60 smoothie go to waste. He is a Gourley, after all!  

For similar reasons, these other places are currently on Chris' "list": Swig (Chris is on his own with that one), Chili's, and Firebird Pizza. 

RIP Pink Star Smoothies. 

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

BUMP there it is!

The bump at 17 weeks, but I am 18 weeks today.

Are bumpdates even still a thing? (Let's be honest, is blogging even still a thing...?)


Anyway, cringing a little bit because I always told myself that when I got pregnant I would blog/post about more than just pregnancy, but here I am! Bump picture! (a super classy one too!) + Strategically placed hand over my ever growing love handles!

But in my defense, I just feel like I have a lot of FAQs regarding my pregnancy, and what better place to answer them all than in a blog post? . . .


Just indulge me! Okay?! Okay.

Were your twins spontaneous or were they fertility induced twins? I'm even a little confused on this myself now because I've had two specialists tell me I'm having twins because I was on Clomid, but then I had another specialist tell me that Clomid isn't responsible for identical twins, which is what I have. Hrmph.

Are they identical? How do you know? Fun fact about my twins: They are monochorionic/diamniotic twins, aka they share a placenta, but are in their own sacs. Because they're mono/di, they're considered identical twins. Another fun fact: Google complications with mono/di twins if you really want to stress about your twin pregnancy (don't). This is also the reason why I get to see a specialist every two weeks, to make sure the babies are growing at the same rate.

Have you been very sick? I would say no. For a good part of the first trimester I prayed that I would be sick, because I just wanted to be reassured I was still pregnant (I had like zero symptoms). I started getting nauseous around week 9 or 10 and ever since then my nausea has been on/off (even in this second trimester).

Any cravings? Not really and I'm pretty sure that's just because I was a fatty before getting pregnant. There was one day where I really wanted beef Rice-a-Roni, and so I ate the entire box... that was a great day.

Food aversions? The smell of meat makes me not love life ha and chewing minty gum makes me gag. Praise watermelon gum!

Feeling any movement yet? Nope. I've had things that felt like little tiny pops, but I am trying not to get my hopes up about them.

Have you been really emotional? I've been really emotional my whole life ha! (seriously ask anyone who knows me) If anything, I feel like I'm less emotional being pregnant now, but maybe you're better off asking Chris that question. Bless that man, bless him!

How are you sleeping? I sleep fine until I have to get up to pee every 3 hours. Isn't pregnancy so beautiful?

Do you have names picked out for your boys? Yes and no. I don't love discussing names with people that aren't family, just because I don't really care about their opinions. We'll see what they look like when they come out and if our names match up!

Annnnnd there you have it! Yay, pregnancy! Yay, Gourley twins!

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Let's Hear It For The BOYS!

Two gender reveals, because we're THAT excited + have two huge families + we might as well get used to doing things twice... right!?


We are so, so happy + excited + nervous (duh).

Now that we know we're having boys, I can't help but think about all the hopes and dreams I have for them . . .

I hope they're best buds.
I hope they feel loved + valued individually, not just as twins.
I hope they wrestle with grandpa Sanderson.
I hope they go fishing with grandpa Gourley.
I hope they are gentlemen.
I hope they follow my fashion advice instead of their dad's.
I hope they kick their dad's butt in basketball on Sundays.
I hope they think my cooking is the best.
I hope they are smart... especially at math (dad will have to help them with that).
I hope they have best friend cousins.
I hope they come to know and love their Savior.
I hope they are optimistic like their dad.
I hope they play outside.
I hope they understand my humor.
I hope they get haircuts from grandma Gourley.
I hope they tell me when they have their first kiss... or at least let their dad tell me.
I hope they look forward to visiting grandma Sanderson on Sundays.
I hope they have a sprinkle of the same type of mischief their dad had growing up.
I hope they find their passion in life.
I hope they enjoy looking back deep into the archives of this blog.
I hope they know how happy they've already made me and their dad.

Annnnndd.... I hope they're okay being chauffeured around in a minivan, since that's more than likely in their near future.  

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Thursday, March 16, 2017


+ getting in my car and it being HOT. bless this spring weather, b l e s s it. 

+ cold cereal. give me ALL THE COLD CEREAL! specifically cinnamon toast crunch. 

+ rimmel london's provocalips. . . hi, lipsense dupe! ($7!!!)  

+ Chopped. like, c'mon, guys! you should know you don't just crumble an ingredient over your plate, don't make ice cream in the dessert round, and don't overcook your protein. i'm totally ready to be a contestant. . . obvs.

+ donkey kong country + dr. mario with chris. despite the tension it's caused in our marriage. ha!

+ fruit punch crystal light. mmm. 

+ walks along the jordan river trail. 

+ waiting for new nephews and nieces to join the fam. yay!

+ chris taking the trash out. always.

+ kickball with my students. also, this is the dream semester, i tell you! most perfect angel kids.

+ listening to the twins heartbeats two (okay, three...) times a day (bless my sister in law for letting me use her doppler!!!) + finding out the gender tomorrow! yay yay yay!! my students think gourley twins are boys... we'll see (hopefully)!

life is so, so good.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

a tidbit of more love...

Yep, we're expecting TWINS!(!!!!!!!) We've never been so grateful + excited + scared + overwhelmed + every other kind of emotion there is to experience when finding out there are two humans growing inside your uterus! Obviously, this is one reason why I've been so absent from the blogging world, since every post in my draft box is like "HI! I'M GROWING TWO HUMANS!" But the other reason I've been a crappy blogger is because these babies took a lot of prayers + tears + time + fertility meds (that made me a semi-psycho B-word) to get here... which obviously is another post for another day. 

Even though it's still a little scary letting everyone in our secret, we can't help but feel so overwhelmed with the amount of love and support we've already received, we are SO blessed, and know these babies are already SO loved.

Here's to two more people I get to gush about on this little blog of mine...

September can't come soon enough.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Love Is. . .

Love is . . . 

Watching Family Feud + "Good answer, babe... can't believe it wasn't on there!" + "This show is freaking dirty."

Having "phone-free Friday."

Agreeing to go to high school basketball games for date night (Go, Vikings!).

Asking me to pluck your unibrow.

Having maybe a little too in-depth discussions about what gas stations have the best drinks and why.

Cooking waffles every Sunday morning.

Taking naps . . . on separate couches.

Admitting the other person is pretty funny.

Stopping at the grocery store on your way home from work for one missing ingredient for dinner.

Bragging to my students about you.

Grabbing 2 free packs of Smarties at the grocery store for you.

Good morning texts. Every day.

The reason I consider myself so lucky to be with Chris Gourley!!!

Happy Valentine's Day! XOXOX

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p.s. If you want to read what else is love.... click here and here.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Is it bad that we're not even done with January and I'm already salad-ed out?! The resolution life just ain't for me! Jk. Me and Chris actually did make some resolutions this year...


 + Phone-free Friday!
 + Scriptures/family night every Monday night
 + Pay off truck + save _ _, _ _ _ in saving this year

That's it! We are keeping it simple this year, which is good, because I reeeaaalllly am sick of salad. BUT! I did buy the new Clean Simple Eats Winter Meal Plan, and I am SO excited about it. You know you did some damage over the holidays when you are actually craving healthy food... and your "fat pants" are starting to feel snug.

Aaand maybe I should make my own resolution to blog more? Because I miss it dearly. I was stalking myself and I realized I miss old blogging Shayli. She was so much happier + drinking way more diet Dr. Depper. Now I'm not saying there's a correlation between happiness and Dr. Pepper, but . . .

Anyway, here's to resolutions! + more blogging! + salads! (not really unless you count croutons covered in ranch a salad... because that's all that's doing it for me now).

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