Thursday, December 31, 2009

White Christmas

We spent a wonderful week in Colorado for Christmas. It was Eric's first white Christmas ever, and I loved being home with my family. It just may have been my favorite Christmas ever! Here is our week in pictures...

Happy 87th Birthday Grandpa! Dinner at the country club where we got married.

Eric's first Bronco game. Hate the Raiders.

Game night with the Bennetts and Garyn!

Christmas Eve Sledding!

The boys on Christmas Eve

Our First Christmas!

The "Mills" kids on Christmas

Christmas Morning!

Grandma and Grandpa in front of our Christmas Tree

ICE SKATING on Evergreen Lake!

With Jack and Taryn!

What a great way to end 2009! Bring on the new year!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


I would like to make a public retraction about a statement made on my blog, or rather a clarification. The sensitive reasons that we missed the MoTab Choir concert were weather, traffic, chinese food, and the conference center's ridiculous ticketing procedures.

On a lighter note - if anyone was looking for something to get me for Christmas here are a few boot, I mean cute ideas :)

Monday, December 14, 2009

A Brother Like That

One of my favorite Christmas stories...

A friend of mine named Paul received an automobile from his brother as a Christmas present. On Christmas Eve when Paul came out of his office, a street urchin was walking around the shiny new car, admiring it. "Is this your car, Mister?" he said. Paul nodded. "My brother gave it to me for Christmas." The boy was astounded. "You mean your brother gave it to you and it didn’t cost you nothing? Boy, I wish . . ." He hesitated. Of course Paul knew what he was going to wish for. He was going to wish he had a brother like that. But what the lad said jarred Paul all the way down to his heels. "I wish," the boy went on, "That I could be a brother like that." Paul looked at the boy in astonishment, then impulsively he added, "Would you like to take a ride in my car?" "Oh yes, Id love that." After a short ride, the boy turned with his eyes aglow, said, "Mister, would you mind driving in front of my house?" Paul smiled a little. He thought he knew what the lad wanted. He wanted to show his neighbors that he could ride home in a big automobile. But Paul was wrong again. "Will you stop where those two steps are?" the boy asked. He ran up the steps. Then in a little while Paul heard him coming back, but he was not coming fast. He was carrying his little crippled brother. He sat him down on the bottom step, then sort of squeezed up against him and pointed to the car. "There she is, Buddy, just like I told you upstairs. His brother gave it to him for Christmas and it didn’t cost him a cent. And some day I'm gonna give you one just like it . . . then you can see for yourself all the pretty things in the Christmas windows that Ive been trying to tell you about." Paul got out and lifted the lad to the front seat of his car. The shining-eyed older brother climbed in beside him and the three of them began a memorable holiday ride. That Christmas Eve, Paul learned what Jesus meant when he said: "It is more blessed to give . . . "

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Last year on the Polar Express

Oh, Christmas is here! Our tree is up (and darling if I might add). My nativity is up, our Christmas bells are up and our peppermint wreath candle smells delicious! We are all decked out for the holidays. Its finally starting to look like Christmas outside too - SNOW!! I love love love the snow. There is really nothing better than cuddling with my husband next to the Christmas tree drinking hot chocolate and listening to the forgotten carols (our Sunday afternoon activity this week.) It was perfect. We have filled our days with other holiday centered activities such as....

Temple Square Christmas lights and the MoTab Choir Concert (sort of)
We didn't make it to the concert for reasons that are still a little sensitive, but we did get to see the beautiful lights at temple square and my mom and Lucy said the concert was beautiful.

(Another photo from last year - we left our camera at home)

I Love to see the temple

The Forgotten Carols!! Eric has been telling since last Christmas that he can't wait to take me to the Forgotten Carols (he took another date last year haha). Let me just tell you that it was AMAZING! I was so touched and truly reminded of the Spirit of Christmas. Please go see it, you will not regret it. We bought three CD's and even got them autographed!

Oh, Chistmas Tree. I have to say that I am a little obsessed with our Christmas tree. I want everyone to come see it - if you do, I will make you cookies and hot chocolate, thats a promise.

Our Tree! With one lonely present underneath!

Our "mantle" yes, we were watching that crap on Tiger Woods

Thursday, December 3, 2009

LCRAP... oops I mean LSAT

My husband, all he does is study study study. Thank the heavens that the LSAT is this Saturday. Eric has kept hismelf pretty busy this last month with hours of very effective studying. It has worn him right out.

Eric studying for the LSAT :)

Eric made a goal to go to bed early every night this week to make sure he ready for test day - I for one love this idea and think that it should be implemented all year long. As a result I have gotten much more sleep and feel much more chipper than usual. Even though I am getting much more sleep than usual, I am excited to have this test over and my husband back!

On a different note... My car battery died this morning (again). She is getting a little to old for this cold weather (so is Eric.)

Eric in the cold

My car in the cold