Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Christmas 2009!

We had a really great time this Christmas! Our first with the Boogster outside the belly! Christmas Eve we headed on over to IHOP for some yummy food and then at home we read the Nativity story out of the Bible, sang Christmas songs and opened up one gift as is tradition. Then we watched The Muppet Christmas Carol.

Since Boog doesn't really realize what day it is from the next we didn't spend too much money on him this year. He got a couple of block sets, some books, and Sophie the chewing toy giraffe! I mostly got books and DVDs! So I was set. And Archie got an iPod Shuffle and DVDs!

We spent the day lounging around and watching movies, eating lots of junk food, and just enjoying the day. I made potatoes and gravy, honey-baked ham, rolls, and salad! It was a great day. Here are some pics.

Boog also got a bunch of puppets from his grandma Crozier!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Monday, December 14, 2009

Six Years of Wedded Bliss?!

Archie and I celebrated our sixth anniversary on Saturday! I can't believe it has been six years! Let's see what we have to show for ourselves....One baby, check! He's the sweetest boy ever and we love him! Deeper in debt, check :( I guess that comes from school, having a baby, and me not having a job yet. But are we happy? Yes! Life is a lot crazier, but we have fun and we love each other!

So what did we do? Nothing fancy...just headed up to Salt Lake City to spend one night at the Anniversary Inn (theme rooms). We chose the Mysteries of Egypt room. It looked a lot bigger on the website....oh well. We ate at the Roof Restaurant that sits atop the Joseph Smith Memorial Building with an awesome view of the city and the Temple. The food is sooooo good. I ate a lot shrimp and salmon and mahi mahi! Plus, the desserts were to die for. They had to roll us out of the building we were so stuffed. Then we headed to the Gateway mall to watch Blindside. That was an amazing film. Lots of tears in that one and Sandra Bullock was superb. And a little bit of book shopping to feed my habit and then we came back and watched another movie! Throw a little romance in between the lines and we had a wonderful night!!!

Pics of our cool room
Though, the bathroom was a bit small!
Our shower head was a snake!

In the morning we headed up to Park City to do some more shopping for Archie. He's been completely out of pants for awhile. And Tommy Hilfiger seems to be the only place that has his size. Then we headed back home and picked my mom up and Little Boogster and headed to Olive Garden for dinner.

Nothing too fancy, but it was a lot of fun and hugs and kisses to my mom for babysitting one night for us!

What did Archie get me? Since six years involves iron and/or wood he got me some really nice chopsticks with an engraving: Love and Laughter through thick and thin. Another set of kitty chopsticks and a wishing pot. I write down my wishes and put them in the pot and they come true! I'll let you know how many do this next year!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Sunday Samplings: Christmas Tradtions

Growing up I don't think our family traditions were all that different from the average family...let's see...we opened up one gift on Christmas Eve after our retelling of the Christmas Story from the Bible. When I was super young I was "baby Jesus." We actually reenacted it! My mom usually made our gifts all a theme like everyone got pajamas or slippers one year.

Our Santa gifts never got wrapped and put under the tree...they would be in a certain spot either on the floor or the couch with our stockings stuffed with goodies and our favorite breakfast foods, such as cereal and Pop-tarts.

When I was really young we switched every other year with having the tree and the Santa gifts either upstairs in the living room or downstairs in the family room. That one didn't last too long since I only remember doing the a couple of times. I basement was pretty dark and dreary and our fireplace went out when I was pretty young...

We could never ever sleep, what child can? So we usually tried to sneak past our parents' room in order to go check early on our gifts! Those were good times. Then Christmas morning we'd get our padres out of bed and open up all our gifts. It was usually done oldest to youngest and then the next year I really would try to get youngest to oldest (that was me!).

For my own family we do pretty much the same. Still haven't come up with a theme for Xmas Eve gifts, but hopefully one day, maybe when Boog gets older. Archie's not a big pajama fan (yes, he's an underwear man!) nor can we find slippers that will actually fit his feet! So for now it's usually just open one gift and there you go! We do try and eat some Xmas Eve dinner at the tree with a blanket and read some spiritual Christmas stories and drink hot chocolate. Christmas day is usually just a lounge around the house day! We do not visit family on that day! Maybe we'll start new ones as we go along! That's what's so fun about Christmas, new traditions to be made while old one are not forgotten!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Christmas 2009 Family Pics!!!!

I haven't been real great at keeping up with my family blog. I guess I feel that I don't have too much to say that anyone really cares about....life is life. Gabe is slowly getting up a bit more on his knees in order to crawl. He's cutting his top left front tooth. He's recovering from an ear infection and is still doing great from his October surgery.

My ward exercise group is still going strong and am loving it! I just wish I would eat better as well, then I might actually lose some weight. But with the holidays....I'll do good just to maintain at this rate. Then when the new year starts I can keep the goal of eating better! But you know what? I'm OK with who I am. I'm almost thirty pounds heavier than I was in high school....but for me that's OK. I carried around an 11.1 pound baby for over a couple of months...my stomach stretched beyond belief...I was bigger around than my friend was who had twins the year before! So I have a lot of battle scars....the most ginormous stretch marks known to humankind and a c-section scar that still itches and twitches like the Dickens. So I say as long as I'm trying to eat relatively healthy, exercise, and enjoy life it doesn't matter what my waist size is! Just trying to be happy no matter what.

Archie is great. He's the super go-to guy at work and he's just the biggest support for me and Gabe at home. Don't know what I'd do without him. He's the best!

Here are our 2009 Christmas pics!

Isn't he just the cutest!!! We'll keep him!