Saturday, December 26, 2009
When Aubri and Daniel, Nick's cousin, found out that we weren't able to go home this year, they immediately made plans to make sure that we still had the best Christmas that we could without seeing our families. They invited us to their house on Christmas Eve where we enjoyed some great food and even better entertainment. :) We played games and had a very fun relaxing night. We haven't gotten together in forever with them, so it was SOO nice to see them and have a good time together. Thanks again for the invite Aubri & Daniel... we had a blast!! :)
Christmas Day Nick got home from work around 9:30 am. He IMMEDIATELY wanted to open presents! :) For once someone my age was even more excited than me. ;) He separated all the gifts into two piles for the both of us and then we each took turns opening each gift. :) We got so many gifts from each of our families and are so thankful for their kindness. Nick also got me great things!! (thanks love!) The one gift that totally surprised me from him, was a Hunting/Shooting game. :) One night we had dinner at this small bar and grill and they had an arcade game there. We decided to give it try while waiting for our food. It ended up being a pretty fun game that we got some really good laughs from! :) Well, Nick ended up finding this exact game at Bass Pro Shop. You simply plug in the cord attached to the gun into the back of the tv, set up the target scanner, and you're ready to play. :) After we finished opening our gifts, we opened the shooting game and gave it try... 1 hour later we decided that we should get ready for dinner and clean up! :) Thanks to BOTH families for all the fun, sweet, and thoughtful gifts. We missed you all so much and look forward to seeing you SOON (hopefully)!!!
For Christmas Dinner, we were invited to Laura and Rolly's (good family friends, Nick met on his mission). They are the sweetest people and we had such a good time there. They are always checking up on us, and making sure everythings okay. Nick thinks of them as our parents away from home. We had GREAT food, good company, and played some games there as well. And of course, they sent us home with half the food they prepared... so we'll have Christmas Dinner left overs from a dinner I didn't even have to cook! :) We loved spending the afternoon with them and are thankful for their friendship. Nick mentioned on the way home, that he was so glad we had decided to accept their invite because it was probably the best thing next to being home with our families!!
I took the camera with us both on Christmas Eve and Christmas day; however, we only got pics of us opening presents :(....
Our first Christmas away from home was not the easiest thing and we wished we could have seen our families, but our family and friends here made it easier for us and we thank them for that!! We hope everyone else also had a great Christmas!!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Anyways... enough about school... It's the holiday season and now that's what we are truly able to focus on.
Just to catch up a little.... even though we weren't able to go home for Thanksgiving, Nick and I still had a great one. We missed our families a lot, but we are blessed enough to have some family here that love us and always include us! (THANKS) We went to dinner at Nick's Aunt Vicki and Uncle Keith's. It was fun to see all of Nick's cousins and family members that came from out of town. After, dinner there, we went home and enjoyed the rest of the day together. I cooked my FIRST Turkey ever!!! In fact, I did the entire meal... turkey, potatoes, homemade rolls, salad, and a green bean mix, and 4 homemade Chocolate Cream Pies for friends and family (I do have to admit that those turned out better last year). But the turkey was amazing... :) I was very surprised at how easy it is to cook a turkey. When I was first cleaning it and removing everything, I was freaking out and was pretty grossed out too! :) My dad would have kicked my butt if he would have seen what a "girl" I was being about it all.
We also put up our Christmas tree that weekend, knowing if it didn't get done then, it would get done at all. We got a real tree again this year. It is very pretty and I just LOVE having it up. I kind of wish we could leave Christmas trees up year round because of the feeling and mood it creates in our home. :) We also put up some Christmas lights and wreath to decorate the small entrance to our condo; HOWEVER, because the HOA is retarded here, we were asked to take down decorations or we would be fined. WOW huh??.... yes, they are TOTALLY missing the Christmas spirit. And I really wanted to remind them of that, :) but I didn't.
Which brings me to my next point... We won't have to deal with the HOA here after the 1st of January because we are moving into a house!!! :) :) We are both VERY excited about that. No, we are not buying, just renting. Why rent a condo if renting a BIGGER space (house) is the same price, right? I will post pictures of it when we move in. We are NOT excited about the "moving" part... that's like the worst thing ever, don't you think? But it will be SOO worth it when we are all unpacked and settled in. We feel SOO blessed to have the opportunity to move into a house and have things working so well for us here.
I hope that everyone is having a GREAT holiday season thus far and continues too!!!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
this is nick posting this time and i recently found out that i wasnt able to get thanksgiving or christmas off from work this year. im feeling pretty bad about that because i know that even though she wouldnt tell me lindi's pretty dissapointed about not being able to go home for the holidays and i am as well. i wish there was something i could do - i guess well see what happens. but just in case we dont end up goin home i wanted to let all our family know back in wyoming and nebraska how much we love appreciate and are going to miss them this holiday season.
im sure this happens to everyone this time of year but good memories and fun family traditions are starting to come back and stir up feelings that make you want to be home and around family. you miss things like tubing on the mountains, putting up the christmas lights and tree, staring at and working on a puzzle for hours, playing with nephews and nieces, driving back and forth making sure we spend equal time with all our family, sitting around the living room and just talking and telling stories, taking
turns making fun and getting made fun of, playing games, and watching the old classic christmas movies. i hope everyone knows how much we love them and that family will always be our number one priority.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
There were some pretty "interesting" costumes at the concert. Or as Nick would say, lack there of. While were walking through the Casino towards the concert, I mentioned to Nick that it was very easy to mix up peoples costumes with how they dress everyday. That's Las Vegas for ya!?!?! NOT my favorite part about this place. It truly is amazing what people go out in public wearing and even worse, they think they look good.
So like I said, not a usual Halloween for us, but it was still very fun and just what we needed... TIME TOGETHER!! My husband has been a very patient loving guy... he lets me leave to Wyoming for a whole week, then I get home and have basically lived at the school ever since. I keep telling him that I've been the worst wife lately because I'm always running back and forth to school and home and feel like I'm never home to do the things I usually do for him. I hope school slows down a little soon, so that things can be back to normal for us.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Today we finished putting baby Addie's room together and I have to say, it's my favorite room in the house. It turned out just perfectly!! We all made a group effort to finish the room, take pictures, and post it on mom's blog. We decided to ALL copy that post and paste onto our blogs. :) Don't mind the silly inside jokes as we were all wired and being silly as always when we get together!! :)
Hi!! This is a shout out from Dani's house in Lingle, Wyoming. Katie and I headed down to Lingle yesterday and picked Lindi up at the Casper Airport as she flew in from Vegas for the week. It only took us 2 hours longer to get to Dani's house from Casper because of the WONDERFUL roads, which were covered in ice... BLACK ice that is... did you know that black ice is like the devil?... It's true, you can't see it but the evil is always there! Anyways... back to the story... we made it to Lingle SAFELY around 12 am. :)
As you can see, my daughters and I are having a good time creating this post together and you will see the same one on all of their blogs as well. NOW... the reason why we're posting...
Note: The colors in the following pictures don't show their true hue.
I picked out fabric for pillows to be made for the nursery and was hoping to find someone to make them. I hit the jackpot when I thought of Brenda, she did an AMAZING job!! The pictures don't do them justice, they are adorable and we all LOVE them!!!!...
The above pillow turns to the other side and it is pictured in the second picture in the rocking chair...they are all so cute and absolutely perfect!!!! THANKS Brenda!!!!!
The following items were made by Michelle and the ribbons were added by Lindi today. The ribbons are the same ones that were used on the pillows and we wanted to tie them into the room...
(I couldn't edit any of the pictures, because I don't have my computer...hence not soooo good...)
The following decor was provided by the talented Lindi...
Lindi made the name...addie...
The expectant mother, anxiously awaiting the big day which is this Wednesday!! In this picture, one can see that she is carrying Addie on the left side and in real life she looks a little funny!!! But she's always been a little special and we still LOVE her!!!
I'll keep you posted on the excitement from Lingle!!!
Monday, September 21, 2009
Danielle had mentioned to my mom that she wanted a picture of the Logan, Utah temple in Addie's room. I used the same paper and ribbon for this tile and used modge podge to put it all together. It will sit on an easel in her room.
The next thing has nothing to do with baby Addie's room, but something I could NOT resist doing. When Dani had her baby shower in Utah, the one thing she did not get enough of were "Hair Things." SO... I did some simple research I tried my best to come up with a few fun hair things for Addie.
And here are 7 different flowers (with clips attached to the back of them that attach to the ribbon on the headband.) They're ALL made to mix and match so if the white flower matches the pink headband because of Addie's outfit, she is set. :) There is also 6-7 bows that also attach to the different headbands. These were SUPER fun to make and way easy. I already have a bunch of new ideas to make some more. ( I know there's probably enough as it is right?)