Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Christmas Moments

Like I said before this year just felt a little different. I did not have the pre-Christmas excitement like I normally do, but when Christmas actually got here, it was a different story. Matt and I had so much fun at our various Christmas celebrations. What I love is how much "togetherness" there is and how the hugs and laughter are in abundance.

I did not miss the normal gift exchange. I do not feel empty. I feel fulfilled. I feel blessed to have my family and my friends. My life is trully abundant!

On December 20th, we celebrated at my moms.

Here is my mom "cheers"

Matt and I


Brother Eric preparing the bruschetta



We had fondue! We cooked steak and shrimp in oil and then dipped them in flavored butter....mmmm. For dessert we had Orange Chocolate fondue with pound cake, raspberries, strawberries, and pears.


Our 6th annual Looneytroupe Wonders performance:


Me, Matt, Juliana, Eric, Lance and Brian...just before getting on stage.


We danced to Optimistic Voices from the Wizard of Oz (my fave movie BTW)


Usually I tap to a Christmas song, but this year I did a sort of ballet dance to Have Yourself a Merry little Christmas by Judy Garland


Me and Matt snuggled on the couch for a picture (thanks Eric)



It was so special to have my Grandma and Grandpa there. They are both 91 years old and Grandma had just gotten out of transitional care after having some back issues. We are praying that they stay safe.


I think they look so cute in this picture!



On the 27th we headed to my moms for the extended family Christmas. Matt and I thought it'd be fun to get some Christmas sweaters, so we did. My brothers and sister-in-law also joined in on the fun.



Here, Matt and I show off our pretty sweaters! The beadwork on Matts sweater must've taken someone a really long time...incredible.



On the 28th I celebrated my Golden birthday. We woke up at my moms and she made French Toast and ham...yummy...thanks momma! Then Matt and I headed home and took a nap. When I woke from the nap, Matt was already up and had ordered a pizza...way to go hubby! I got ready and we went to MOA and walked around for a couple hours. We went to lego-land (a priority on my list). It is amazing what can be done with legos. The Swarvoski crystal store was amazing and the Disney store had us chatting about the future with children. To top off the night we went to see "Seven Pounds"...the new movie with Will Smith. A movie not to be taken lightly...had us feeling very warm. I had the best birthday with the best husband!



Here is a picture of us before we headed out. I love being able to put the camera on my tripod and using my remote to fire it!!




When the first light of sun - Bless you When the long day is done - Bless you In your smiles and your tears - Bless you Through each day of your years - Bless you. Irish Blessing- Author unkown

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Wishing you...

I would like to wish you a very wonderful and Merry Christmas! May you be surrounded by loved ones and have warmth in your heart!

This year I am celebrating a new marriage! Usually Christmas tops all other days of the year and I look so forward to it, well this year has been a little different. Matt and I feel like we have had the most amazing celebration (our Wedding) and well, Christmas just won't be able to top it this year!

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas filled with love!



Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Christmas Things

I love Christmas time! I enjoy the love that I feel for everything. The handcrafted ornaments, the laughter, the memories of past Christmases and this year the joy of a new marriage!
This year Matt and I will be making eachother gifts, and the family will be celebrating with togetherness. Usually we have a big gift exchange and I am happy that we are going in a new direction, back to the reason and the true spirit!

We put up our tree just on Monday and I just think it looks pretty! I enjoy the lights and each ornament and the process of putting it all together!





Yesterday I wanted to get a picture so that I could have the tree lights out of focus in the background, so I posed our cake topper on a table and shot...I love how it turned out.

I started doing some painting yesterday of ornaments and gifts! I haven't painted in quite sometime and I really enjoyed it, I feel a sense of peace when I am painting.

The water turned soooo cool...a milky bath with blue swirls!

Last night we did some prep work for our 6th annual Christmas Performance that we put on for our Grandparents. For one of our acts we are wearing these white masks; I just had to take a picture of each of my brothers.
Eric
Lance
Brian
He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.~ Roy L. Smith




Sunday, December 7, 2008

Been meaning to...

I have been meaning to post pictures of Emmy and Leifs beautiful new baby boy.
Here is Diesel...what a gorgeous baby...his eyes, nose, lips and toes....so stinkin cute!!







He is a true blessing! Congratulations Emmy and Leif!

A new baby is like the beginning of all things-wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.-- Eda J. Le Shan

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Our Honeymoon

For our Honeymoon we went to Ochos Rios, Jamaica for a week! It was incredibly fun, relaxing, romantic and adventurous!


His and Hers Pina Coladas
View from our Balcony

The Beach


Some cheap sandals I bought for us. Thought they'd be cute but they were horribly uncomfortable, and they didn't leave good imprints in the sand. It is the thought that counts though, right?!



Sea Eurchin that Matt brought out of the ocean...I think we are lucky we didn't get poisoned! This thing was cool...the little spikes were stiff when you would touch them but they would move around and look flexible...weird!
I think this is a picture one of the waiters took...yah mon!


The craft market.

Aww!

Gotta get the closeups!


We took a Catamaran to Dunn's River Falls and stopped off for half an hour to snorkel before getting to the falls. Snorkeling was alot of fun! View of the resort from the Catamaran.

Here we are on the Catamaran

At the base of Dunn's River Falls
Hand in Hand is the way they recommend you go up. Matt and I mostly went it together!
I just love this one!
Climbing the Falls was by far one of the coolest things I have ever done! We met alot of fun and nice people on the boat too!

Sooooo coooool!

If you ever go to Jamaica I would recommend the Dunn's River Falls for sure! I hear you can take a taxi over there and do the falls unguided for a bit cheaper, but then you miss out on meeting everyone on the boat ride over. Matt and I really enjoyed meeting people from all over. We met alot of Canadians (some people even thought we were Canadian). We also met people from Chicago, New York, England, Italy and Germany.
It is so cool to go somewhere and see all these people and have no idea what language they will be speaking when they start talking. I enjoy hearing other languages!
I am too tired to go into alot of detail about the Honeymoon, I just wanted to get this posted because I know I will have more to post real soon!

Soul-mates are people who bring out the best in you. They are not perfect but are always perfect for you.
~Author Unknown

Friday, November 21, 2008

Our Wedding

Words cannot begin to describe our Wedding Day, but I will try to formulate the feelings into language. As I waited for Jacquie (my personal attendant) in the lobby of the hotel I watched outside as twinkling snowflakes twirled around and danced and fell softly to the ground. I felt very peaceful...my body was so relaxed...not one hair stood erect..."This is my Wedding Day, I marry Matt today, I am so blessed" is what I was thinking. Jacquie met me and we headed to get my hair and makeup done...all my girls were there (Emmy, Amanda, Teri and Lynn). What an amazing feeling to be with my girlfriends, the ones who mean so much to me and who add so much to my life and who I will count on through all life's ups and downs. Jacquie, who is my cousin, is someone I really wanted to become closer to and I felt that my wedding would be a perfect opportunity. I am so happy I went with my feelings on that because she is such a kind and wonderful person! After getting my hair and makeup done, we stopped at the hotel and then we were off to Sacred Heart. I put on my dress and then it was time to see Matt. The photographer came to get me. As I walked to the small room where Matt was...the joy just came pouring out of me...I was so excited and proud of who I was marrying...I started to cry. As I went up behind Matt and tapped on his shoulders, he turned around and was beaming with happiness. We could not stop kissing and hugging and crying. I felt weightless. I felt God surrounding us. Just before the ceremony I stood in the stairway by myself...listening. I could hear guests enter...I could hear the beautiful piano music...I felt very serene. I looked up and saw the beautiful stain glass windows and then I closed my eyes and said " This is it!" I met my dad at the bottom of the stairs. As they opened the doors I saw all these wonderful people looking at us. They were there to support and love Matt and I. These people from different times of our lives, who have helped shape who we are and who have helped us be together. God is good! I did not make it very far before the joy overwhelmed me and I cried....hard. As I met Matt and he took my hand up to the altar...I felt very warm. We stood there holding hands as the judge spoke and I felt every word seeping in. We stood there looking at eachother...smiling...crying...with a little giggle here and there. We said our vows. We made our commitment. And it was more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. We shared our first kiss as husband and wife and it was filled with passion and excitement!! We walked down the aisle with new energy! Amazing! Thanks to my brother Eric for taking these pictures! For our first dance we danced to Firehouse: Love of a Lifetime. Sorry no pics of our first dance...the professional got those! My dad and I danced to Rod Stewart: Forever Young Matt and his mom danced to Frank Sinatra: Fly me to the Moon My mom and I danced to Bette Midler: Wind Beneath my Wings

The Wedding Party dance was James Brown: I feel Good




Later on in the evening Matt and I danced to Harry Nilsson: Lime in the Coconut The first time we heard that song we were in Florida at the Shell World shop and we just thought it was a funny little song.



The next day, before going through the car wash we got some pics of the lovely paint job!