Tuesday, December 27, 2011

CHRISTmas 2011

Putting up decorations and the tree
Watching all of our favorite Christmas movies
Family get-together a week in advance at Grandpa Larry and Mimi Paula's
Making my first green bean casserole
Olivia's first stocking.  Grandpa Larry gave her juice and a gift card
Listening to Larry tell about 'The Other Wiseman' 
Getting a compilation of Larry's memories about each child and about his work in the church
Christmas Eve dinner at Carol's with us, Carol, Amanda, and the Woffindens
Olivia as baby Jesus in the Nativity Pageant at Carol's
Adjectives describing Christ
Reading The Night Before Christmas as a family of 3
Putting Olivia to bed and telling her about Santa coming
Waking up at 8 and going to Carol's to open gifts
No snow
Olivia's first dolly, a baby Rapunzel from Grandma Carol
Giving our moms big screen plasma TVs
Christmas morning breakfast, quiche and sweet rolls
Having our own Christmas at home while Olivia took a nap
A handgun for my Mr. and a Michael Kors watch for me
Having my family over for gifts and a lunch of soup and breadbowls
Hunter driving up from St George
Tons and tons of gifts for Olivia
Going to Larry's to wish them Merry Christmas a play a few games



Monday, December 19, 2011

Last week was hubby's and my FIFTH annual Christmas Date at temple square and The Roof restaurant.  I can't believe I've loved this guy for 5 Christmasses :) time flies. 

The very first year, Jack surprised me with the date.  Little did he realize that I was fresh off of 15 years of Southern Utah winters and not used to the tundra that is temple square in December.  When he unveiled his plans to hire a horse-drawn carriage to take us around the block, I didn't mask my horror well enough and he conceded and tucked me into his warm beemer instead.

Last year I was three months pregnant and had been sick as a dog.  We crossed our fingers and made the dinner reservation anyway.  I prayed hard all day that my stomach would let me enjoy the date that I was so looking forward to.  It ended up being a wonderful night out and I kept my dinner down like a champ.

This year we left our little one with Grandma and got our date in before it was time for her next feeding (still no luck with the bottle).  It was so nice to have a couple of hours to ourselves and enjoy the spirit of Christmas as we ate fantastic food and sat overlooking the lights and the Salt Lake temple.


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Birthday Girl

I turned 25 on Monday.  A quarter century :)  I can't believe how quickly the time goes.  This was already the fifth birthday that Jack has celebrated with me.  As usual we milked the occasion, having a 'birthday weekend' and 'birthday eve', where basically I get to choose every meal, every activity, request massages, etc.  It was such a nice three days.  Saturday we dropped Olivia off with my sister, Chandler, and saw Hugo in theaters (it was good if you love movies).  Sunday we relaxed and watched The Holiday (my favorite chick flick). 

Monday morning while I was feeding Livs, Jack decked the living room out in pink decorations and put my wrapped gifts on the coffee table.  He gave me clues to locations around the house where I would get a gift number and then get to open that gift.  Jack is the best I know at paying attention to little comments I make about things I want.  He got me the movie Persuasion, Saved by the Bell: the College Years (I know, I'm the coolest person ever), the books A History of Witches and The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Ralph Lauren sweats, he renewed my year subscription to People magazine, got me a nice ceramic sautee pan, a Harry Potter mug, and a cool pendant necklace that he designed and had engraved with representations of my, his, and babygirl's nicknames :) so clever.

Monday night we had a retro roller rink party with both of our families at Classic skating in Sandy.  It was seriously a blast.  I felt twelve years old again....except the baby on my hip for half the night.  when I was younger I used to roller blade for hours every day.  It's been a long time but it all came back to me ;)  Along with skating, we rented out a karaoke room and a superhero room.  I had a big rainbow cake and when everyone crammed into a room to sing Happy Birthday, I felt so loved and supported.  Thanks everyone for all of the thoughtful birthday wishes and for helping me celebrate.



Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Hat Trick

Apparently tupperware for a hat is hilarious when you are 6 months old.  I don't know why we are even buying her Christmas toys, she'll just want to play with the containers they come in :)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Santa

Olivia saw Santa for the first time yesterday.  She didn't seem too phased, which was a relief.  When I was little I was terrified of Santa.  My mom says it was probably because the first time I ever saw him was a bad experience.  I was two years old and we were at a Christmas party where a very active and boisterous Santa  came in and proceeded to dance around the room, shaking jingle bells.  He must not have seen the small girl standing near him, because one of his great, gloved hands flailed a little too freely and caught me upside the head, knocking me to the ground. 

When I was 3 or 4 I remember, in vivid detail, a ward Christmas party.  I was playing with some other little kids in our church's gym where the party was being held, and ran out into the hallway.  It was then that I heard a frightening sound coming from the dark end of the hall....bells.  I didn't have to turn around to know that he was coming my way.  I ran back into the gym and, unable to locate my parents right away, I lifted the nearest tablecloth and scooted under  the long food table.  I tried not to breathe as I saw Santa's big, black boots stride into the room and come near the table.  I heard my mom calling my name several minutes later and for me to come sit on Santa's lap and she must have panicked when she couldn't find me, but all I know is that I did not come out from under that table until long after those boots had left the room.

Anyways....Olivia did great.  And the mall Santa was very nice.  I do wish that the photographer had made it worth our $20 while and taken the picture when she was smiled, but oh well. 

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