Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011: A Review

This year has been amazing.
Most of my life has revolved around a certain someone.
I have loved every second of 2011.
So in Memory of a wonderful year
I have tried to post one picture for every month. 
It was really hard to choose just one...so on some months I had to add an extra.
Enjoy!

January:
February: 

March: 
April: 
May: 
June: 
July: 
August: 
September: 
October: 
November: 
December:
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As I looked back on some of my past blogs it made me remember things that I had already forgotten...
and also realize that I could have talked about more things that happened this year.

What an amazing year.
I hope that 2012 is just as lucky.

Happy New Year to all my blogstockers out there.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Morning

I know that I have said this before,
But I love my dear sweet daughter.
She is so darn cute and she keeps me so grounded.

For her first Christmas, like all moms, I wanted it to be special.
We have spent the last few months finding things that we thought she would love.
Christmas morning she woke up with a half asleep smile.
We carried her up the stairs to see all of her fun gifts. 
Santa had brought her a cute little doll and a new dress to wear to church.
She only spent a minute checking things out.
 She started to make her way across the room to a small nativity set.
It has been her favorite toy this special season,
but I didn't expect it to be a priority Christmas morning especially with all the other fun things that there were to look at and play with.
I just sat there with a little smirk.
Everyday she teaches me something new.
I love that even thought I get all wrapped up in the gifts and the "other stuff" about Christmas.
She did exactly what she needed to do to remind me of the real meaning.

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas.
Although this year feels unbeatable, I know that 2012 is going to be just as amazing.
I hope it is just as awesome for all of you!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Thoughts and things on Christmas Adam

A good friend of mine (Melody Ream) and I were having a conversation last week, something to the effect of how you can tell you spend to much time on Facebook when you are constantly thinking of good status updates.
Tonight as I thought of something to put as my status I couldn't choose just one thing, let alone shorten any of my thoughts enough for an actual status.
So here are a few of my random ramblings from today.

1st of all.
My dear sweet cousin received his mission call to
Richmond, Virginia.
McKay & Chad
I am so excited for him.
He's pretty much the sweetest, most compassionate kid I know.
He has all of the qualities of being an awesome missionary.

Our Gringanada has yet another ear infection.
Even with tubes.
She has been sick for a full week now, I took her to the doctor on Monday and he assured me that it was just a cold and that if she wasn't better by Friday (today) that it was probably something more.
I noticed her ear oozing today and called in an antibiotic.

Being sick hasn't kept her from having fun.
Today she was pushing the presents from under the Christmas tree clear across the floor so she step up on top of them to get into her toy box.
Genius.

Speaking of Christmas.
I took Sergio shopping and told him I wasn't going to spend anymore money.
We left with another new dress and a few other things.
It was his fault, I promise.
Sometimes he is worst than I am.

 On another note...
Sergio started making Kipe (hamburger, bulgar wheat, and mint) today and we are going to do fruit salad as soon as I get this blog done.
Those are the sure signs that Christmas is coming.

Last but not least:
Happy Christmas Adam!!!
On our way to Twin Falls my mom and I had a nice chat about how awesome Christmas is.  After listening to the song, "A Baby Changes Everything" by Faith Hill we started a very in depth conversation, in the way that only a mom and her daughter can.
We talked about a young, unwed Mary becoming "heavy with child." 
We discussed how much the young Jesus Christ must have been persecuted for being, what the world considered, born out of wedlock. I am sure that the bulling was not only intense by the children his age, but also by other adults.
It brought to mind the scripture in the Book of Mormon that says,
"And behold, he shall be born of Mary, at Jerusalem which is the land of our forefathers, she being a virgin, a precious and chosen vessel, who shall be overshadowed and conceive by the power of the Holy Ghost, and bring forth a son, yea, even the Son of God.
And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.
And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities."
Our Savior went through every one of the sufferings, pains, sicknesses and afflictions that we can imagine-All the horrible things that we feel so alone when we go through them - and He did so willingly. All of those terrible, awful feelings so that He would know how to 'succor' or comfort and care for us when we go though similar things.
Prints of Peace
I am so grateful for the knowledge that I am never alone.
I am grateful for this time of the year to remember Him.

Merry Christmas.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Baby Fear Factor.

A couple of weeks ago we went to the Festival of Trees.
I was so excited to introduce our Gringanada to my good friend, Santa Claus.
I don't know if he was just a little too holly or extra jolly...
Either way,
She wasn't buying it.
He later admitted to being heavily self medicated...
Maybe this tiny tot is just a good judge of character.
Her little body started shaking as a small panic attack set in.
I tried to convince her that he was an alright guy and that she needs to be nice to him so that she can get lots of presents.
I guess she didn't consider the price of gifts as valuable as her well-being.
She wouldn't calm down as long as he was looking.
She kept an eye on him the rest of the time while we looked at the trees.
Later on she watched as the other little kids went up and sat on Santa's lap.
She finally got up enough courage to make her way towards him. 
But once she had caught Santa's attention she retreated back to Grandpa.
She couldn't even be bribed by a yummy candy cane.
Poor little girl.
Looks like she ain't getting nothing for Christmas.