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.
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