December 31, 2011

What Are Ya Doin' New Years Eve?

What are you doing New Year's Eve? I hope you welcome in the New Year thinking of the many blessings that will come your way and the blessing you have right at your feet! We love you! Happy NEW YEAR!! Enjoy this cute song!


December 23, 2011

Not A Creature Was Stirring

I write to you tonight because my little lovebugs are asleep. That is right, they are snug in their beds in the SAME room! We transitioned the little one in with his big brother last night and as tonight, there was no protesting at bed time. Now, of course, this can't keep up. That would mean that we were putting them to bed all wrong their entire life! They must love falling asleep knowing their best friend is in the same room. It's like a Christmas miracle. At the same time, the realization of my little Cal falling asleep on his own in his big brother's room makes me feel as though he is a big boy too... I don't think I am ready for that! Tonight I will relax, for tomorrow and the next day will be filled with Christmas cheer/chores, food galore and of course a visit from the big man himself! I can't wait for our annual Nativity re-enactment tomorrow night!

Here are more pictures from our DC trip in October. We visited the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History which was impressive to the kids. The exhibits were amazing. The animals pictured were all living at one point! We loved hanging out with the Romero Family. We were also fortunate to meet up with Jason's parents. They babysat all of my parent's grandkids (5 kids 4 years and under, including 2 week old baby Claire!) Deb and John were troopers. We were able to gather together in the beautiful DC Temple, where we were sealed as kids many years prior!


December 20, 2011

Christmas Shopping


Tuesday, I was able to COMPLETE our Christmas shopping, I think. Do you ever feel like you are complete? I do not. I guess I inherited this trait from my dear mother. I think that is why I like to wait until right before Christmas to shop!  Thanks to AWESOME Mallory for watching the babes, I was able to venture out into the crazy world of Christmas shopping. I found that people were generally very friendly still. It wasn't too busy. We have enjoyed our time off with a few Holiday gatherings, plenty of cookies and treats and of course the occasional Christmas craft. Then, there was caroling, a tradition annually where we spread some "Christmas cheer!" I love this time of year. I feel I could shout my beliefs from the rooftops without much opposition.

We read the story of Christ's birth last night to the lovebugs from the scriptures. I was really touched by the words, for I know they are true. I love the verses in Luke Chapter 2. I was impressed by verse 19 & 33:

19 "But Mary kept all these things, and apondered them in her heart."  
33 "And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him."

This is after the shepherds were visited by an angel came to see the Lord, Jesus Christ. After giving birth to a beautiful, magnificent child, who was the Son of God, Mary pondered these thing in her heart. She had that confirmation that all of these things were coming to past. A moment where she thought about the past and future and present. I am grateful for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and his family. I am grateful that our Heavenly Father allowed his son to carry out the plan. Merry Christmas All!

The pictures are from my phone. Calvin loves to go down the slide by himself! He climbs up the wall and slides down.What a big boy! Enjoy....

December 17, 2011

Blog Makeover Giveaway!!!


I know you may have noticed a few changes around here. Yes, a blog makeover! It was done by the lovely Katie over at Priceless Design Studio. I absolutely love it. She is giving away a Blog Makeover and is running a promotion for her grand opening of $25 off a Blog Re-Vamp! She is very easy to work with, quick, caring, professional and reasonable. Check out her site and enter to win her giveaway! Hurry, the GIVE will be AWAY if you wait too long. You only have until: December 31st at midnight! Good luck Bloggers.

Winter break?

I am pleased to announce that the procrastination has ceased! Well, in one area. I completed my grades and posted my student's final grades. I am so happy with myself, that I decided to celebrate by blogging tonight! I am smooth sailing until January 11. I have 3.5 weeks off to spend enjoying the boys, maybe coupon, maybe prepare for the upcoming semester of 6 classes (AHHHHH!), maybe sing some carols to those who would appreciate it, maybe take the boys outside to play everyday until that dreadful 11th, maybe just relax. I am excited nonetheless. Maybe I should get started! Cya!





PS: Enjoy some photos from our October MD trip! I know, I know, it is past due...

Merry Christmas to Oliver, From Santa

So the truth has surfaced...Oliver is not a fan of the big man, you know, Santa Claus. He really doesn't like any characters or anything that conceals a person's identity. We traveled to the North Pole via Sea World today. Wow, can I just share that they are really pushing the photo ops! They have a life size snow globe that your whole family can enter and take pictures in. Too bad we do not have a camera to do so with. We were in a bit of a rush so, we didn't see all of the Christmas shows they have yet, but we did visit Santa. Oliver clung ever so tight as he saw the old Kris Kringle. "No Ho ho ho Mommy, no Santa," he said as we got closer to the man himself. After the photo his entire disposition changed, "That was fun mommy. Santa is fun." We had loads of laughs and held on tightly to him. We saw a Polar bear get inches from the glass of his display and roar like a lion. I know I sound like a Sea World promoter, but I love it there. Oliver touched every sting ray in the sting ray lagoon for a good 1/2 hour while Calvin slept and Daddy and Aunt Abby rode Manta. We also learned of a new sea turtle exhibit! I can't wait! I love sea turtles. They are amazing creatures, so graceful.

Oliver rode his first rollarcoaster today!! Daddy rode it first with Oliver and I followed quickly behind. We were lucky enough to have Aunt Abby join us for some fun today!


My lovely sis-in-law shared this awesome link to a site that sends messages from Santa, boy is he busy this time of year =). Check out our video for Oliver. He will watch it in the morning. "Ho, ho, ho, Merry Christmastrees!"

December 16, 2011

Merry Christmas Readers

Please enjoy our Virtual Christmas Card. We wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas. May we all remember the sacrifice of our Savior, Jesus Christ throughout the coming days and months.


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December 14, 2011

Have You Heard?

There is this awesome, free music site that has been hiding from me! Spotify.com allows you to create play-lists and play music with little interruption of annoying ads! You can also see play-lists from your friends on Facebook! They have almost every song possible! So what are you waiting for? Get your account started! It is really easy to sign up. You download the player to your computer and you are ready to go! Have fun!

December 6, 2011

To Grandmother's House We Went...

We received our order of Christmas cards from Cardstore.com! They are beautiful and I am quite happy with them. They are on their way to you as I type this. I also received my first shipment of our Cyber-Monday shopping. I am so excited to celebrate this season! I love this time of year. The garden is growing my favorite veggies of all, the weather is tolerable, there are parties and Christmas crafts, the Christmas devotional, and so many other things to occupy my mind.

Last week, my love came home with a special treat! I have not stopped reading it since! I have discovered one more person to look up to in this life, Lucy Mack Smith. I love exploring the differences in living in this century compared to hers. I know that this century is a better suited for me to learn and grow, but sometimes yearn for the simple life they led. Just reviewing her family history, many of her relatives did not live into their twenties! I will keep you updated as I get further into the book.


 We have enjoyed doing one thing each day in celebration of the Christmas season! I have documented this well. In the process, I have lost my camera for good. I have never been without a camera for this long. Even as a child, I had access to one, a disposable nonetheless. I lost it Saturday, after the Christmas parade. It was me. Maybe it will turn up! Maybe I will have to start using an older camera. Either way, I cannot share pictures/video of making peanut butter/Hershey's kisses cookies with the boys. Each unwrapped kiss was a temptation for sweet little Oliver. I will add some Thanksgiving/Blue Ridge Mountains/Gma's-house-we-go photos instead! Check out the most darling hats our friends made over at LettiLu!! We had some fun times at Grandma and Grandpa's house! There was plenty of chasing/holding puppies, rolling in the leaves, walks, cold weather, long family talks, story telling, sunsets, family pictures, and so much more!

Here was my post for December 1st without any related pictures :(



I have decided, to make my little lovebugs aware of the Christmas season, we will participate in one activity from our Christmas wish list each day. Since I have not yet finished creating my advent countdown box, I just chose myself today. We made Peanut butter kisses cookies! We had genuine fun, real laughs, and sneaky smiles. Oliver was best at placing the kisses perfectly in the cookie dough. Wow, he is growing up before my little eyes. He also had no problem sneaking pieces of cookie dough with every free moment. Calvin even joined in on the fun! We'll see what tomorrow brings!

Merry Christmas-Spirit Bloggers!

PS Did you not fully enjoy this beautiful weather today Floridians?! Glorious!


November 30, 2011

Memory, Oh Memories

What drives your memories? What triggers those ever so real feelings of joy, of sadness, of content smiles? I have studied the mind, studied the theories that lie behind these questions, that attempt to answer these deep questions. How can one phrase, one picture, one smile bring back so many feelings? How can those scars be so easily torn open, and those feelings of worry change so quickly to reassuring feelings? I am listening to this song as I type to you, as I try to explain that I am aware that I cannot control everything, I know that is part of my struggle here. Dang, I feel like an emotional teenager right now as tears fall and my journal is recorded. Well, I know where to find peace. I turn to my love. I turn to the Lord, Jesus Christ. I turn to my blessings. To my sleeping babies. I sneak in to give them a kiss and watch them nestle back into comfort. Look up and count the blessings around you! Snap out of self-pity, out of sorrow.









I took a walk tonight, down memory lane 2006. It is so funny that an entire year of digital pictures equals 2 weeks now. Of course, I didn't have beautiful boys to picture then, well just one. Can I share some old pictures. Some that are special to me and my heart? Oh, how I have changed. Oh, how my love has instilled just what I need in my heart that wasn't complete yet. Without him, I'm not sure how I would have fared. I'm not sure. I feel better now.

November 27, 2011

What a Deal?

I couldn't help, but share this amazing deal shared by Collin at Hip2Save.com. I just bought our Christmas cards for $14.75! I bought 45 Christmas cards with FREE shipping, FREE POSTAGE, and they are already addressed! The postage alone would have totaled $17.55!!!

I cannot believe how easy this was. The hardest part is choosing the best photo for your closeup! I also used my ShopAtHome account for 5% back on what I purchased. Every cent counts right? (ShopAtHome.com is totally legit. I already received a $30 check from past purchases!)

Go to Cardstore.com to receive 70% off of all holiday cards with the code: BLACKFRI at checkout. The sale should be good until this coming Friday. I completed mine tonight just in case.

Head over to Hip2Save for more information. She always has the best deals posted! 

P.S. If you want a Christmas Card, send your address my way!

November 22, 2011

What a Priceless Design!



The name is perfect. You may notice a few changes around here. A few months ago, I read a post by my sis about the perfect blog designer she met in her travels. She has answered to my incessant messages that were somewhat unclear to begin with, and created a masterpiece. I thank her and encourage you to check out what she has in store for you! Click Here for your home page. She also has a few other pages linked to her blog about her family adventures, so check it out!. Happy blogging readers!! I know I am a happy blogger today! Thanks Katie! 

November 19, 2011

Greeted With Snow









We arrived in VA greeted with snow. Of course it melted before snowmen were thought of, but nonetheless, the view was beautiful. Oh, Blue Ridge Mountains how I have missed you. It is nice to look out the windows and watch the snow fall so elegantly on the ground. It has been cold, our faces show evidence of the cool wind. I am posting one last post with my old interface. Soon, you will see a blog "re-vamp" by my friend Katie over at Priceless Design. Farewell Old blog. 

PS I am sending you off with pictures from our trip to Ocean City, MD at the birth of our beautiful new niece, Claire. She was only a week in these photos. I love you Claire!
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