Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!!! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. I am so grateful for this time of year when we can spend time with friends and family and remember Christ's birth. Christmas Eve was a wonderful afternoon and evening at Jared's parents.We ate lots, opened presents and had the 2nd annual Christmas pageant. Greyden graduated from baby Jesus to a shepherd this year, but he didn't last very long.
He really just wanted to play.
Christmas Morning brought sleeping in (thank you grey!), lots of snow, hot chocolate, homemade cinnamon rolls and presents of course. Check out this rocking motorcycle! Thanks Dad & Mona! It was the perfect white Christmas. After presents we played outside in the snow. We then spent the afternoon with my family and had an amazing feast.


TAGGED: 6 things

Just in case you want to know even more about me, I've been TAGGED by Denise to tell 6 things about myself! Here goes...

1. I am kind of OCD about certain things. I have to have cans & bottles in the shower, pantry and cabinets facing forward. I will rewrite post-it notes and shopping lists if I make a mistake. I won't just cross it out; I have to start over. I take eggs out of the carton strategically so that it is balanced on both sides.2. I've never really had a nickname. Is that weird? I have never gone by any shortened version of my name either. It drives Jared crazy that he has to use 3 syllables! My brother used to call me Tina Turner when we were kids because it made me SO MAD.3. I am such a kid when it comes to Christmas. I LOVE the magic of it all. I love the lights, food, family, music, service, friends, decorations, snow, shopping, presents, Santa. EVERYTHING! I actually get depressed when it is all over.4. My first concert was Backstreet Boys with my sister. I had a serious crush on Nick Carter and thought for sure that I would be able to meet him afterwards. We tried to find the tour bus and hung around Fiddler's Green forever after the concert.5. Jared & I got married REALLY fast! It was three months from the day we met to our wedding day. We met Feb. 17th (three days after I moved to CO) and got married May 17. And I'm totally in L-O-V-E with him! I couldn't be with anyone better for me. That could have turned out really scary.6. I always planned on growing up and becoming a career woman. I got my degree and was hoping to move to NYC. Life changes. Funny how things have turned out... Now I'm such a HOUSEWIFE! I cook, clean, scrapbook, decorate, do the mommy thing. I actually have a wheat grinder on my list of things I want. I never thought I would say that! Hmmmmm...
Pam, Victoria, Amanda & Amy YOU'RE UP NEXT!!!


Santa is Scary

Unfortunately, after waiting in line for over an hour, Greyden decided he is terrified of Santa. He was SCREAMING and all the poor kids in line were probably wondering why Santa was being so mean to Greyden. Of course they have you order the pictures before seeing Santa. Now I know why. I am stuck with 4-3x5's of Santa, Greyden and myself! Not quite what I imagined... At least I got some cute pictures of him with the reindeer while we were waiting in line.


The culprit

This morning I woke up and went straight to the mirror to pluck a few stray eyebrow hairs. Unfortunately for me, my fingers were slippery and the stupid tweezers slipped and smacked me in the eye ball. I couldn't open my eye for over an hour. Good news... I'm not blind. I went to the doctor and apparently sliced my cornea all the way across from top to bottom. As soon as she looked at it she said, " Oh WOW. That must have hurt." I don't like to hear that from the eye doctor. It was all good news except that I can't wear my contacts for a week. So I will either be wearing my stupid glasses from high school or one contact. I tried the one contact thing earlier and it really threw my balance off. I might just have to let my eyebrows grow in because I'm scared to touch them again.

A Happy Late Birthday to my Love...

Jared is one year older! We celebrated his birthday this past weekend by pretending we were single married again. Oh the days... Thank you Jodie for taking Greyden for us. We filled our Saturday with a matinee movie, dinner and a play downtown. Then we slept in until 8:30 on Sunday and ate breakfast in bed with Grey's Anatomy episodes on repeat. It was great!
I cannot believe how quickly the years are going by. We have been together for 5 of Jared's birthdays. Rod--You make me smile. I LOVE YOU!


Snow Day Activities

When we're stuck inside because of snow we have to be kind of creative. First Greyden digs through my clothes and pushes my pajama pants around the house. I find lots of socks, underwear, shirts in strange places. Greyden then messes up my makeup drawer, unravels a roll of toilet paper around the house and pulls out all of my spices (covering himself with cornstarch). After he is done tearing apart the house in 5 seconds flat, he grabs his favorite book about baseball and gets cozy with Cooper.


Faith in America

Whether you are a supporter of Mitt Romney for president or not, I know you will be moved by his "Faith in America" speech. I watched it live this morning and was extremely impressed. It is about 25 minutes, but is well worth the time. You can also read the transcript here.

Oh yeah... Go MITT '08!


What can I say? I had such a good time in Florida that I was actually depressed for a day or two after getting back. Ugh... It didn't help that I woke up at 2:15 denver time to travel back, walked in the door and had to hurry out to make it to the last hour of church.

My days in Florida consisted of sleeping in, making my way down to the beach and coming back up to watch some Desperate Housewives and eat lots of ice cream. I read two books and watched the entire first season of Desperate Housewives. I ate SO much junk and I loved every bit of it with no guilt. I think I've started something that I'm going to need frequently.

Aaaaah... This was me every morning:Christmas in Florida is very different. Everything is decorated with these huge things:My sunset walk on the beach with my mom:
My mom & I went kayaking in a bay and the mangroves and I swear I saw an alligator get in the water.I rented a bike one day to explore the island by myself. Here are a few photos I took: