Friday, November 25, 2011


I love thanksgiving. I love the family time, the delicious food, and the feelings of gratitude. The chance to be thankful.
There are two parts to this post:
1- What we did. I'm going to run this out. (literally)
I woke up early, chris took me to zumba, zumba kicked my trash, my sisters didn't show, chris called his family was ready to play rock band, he came back to get me, we got ready for the day, we played rock band, tried to help set up dinner, played more rock band, went to my mom's to visit (and feel like normal thanksgiving), back to the calls for more rock band and a delicious dinner, continued rock band and family fun.
2- What I felt.
Here's the important thing-- Gratitude is the whole point of Thanksgiving. So here is my list of all the random things I remember being grateful for on Thanksgiving.
  • First on the list has to be my super fabulous husband!
  • from there I have to be grateful for all the wonderful things my husband does for me, all the ways he shows me he loves me, all his creative tendencies, his sense of style, the way he says darling, the way he smiles when he finds me playing games.
  • I'm grateful for my family. All of them. I'm grateful for my mom: hardworking, always there, smart, and more. I'm grateful for my sisters: the best friends a girl can auto-find! I'm grateful for my brothers: how lucky am I to marry into a family of friends. I'm grateful for my nieces and nephews who are so fun! I'm grateful for an extra mom and dad who care! I'm grateful for all the love in our life.
  • I'm grateful for exclamation points!
  • I'm grateful for short commutes between family homes.
  • I'm grateful for warm socks.
  • I'm grateful for fun games, and a hubby who likes to play and have fun!
  • I'm grateful for tv with fun stories.
  • I'm grateful for rock band.
  • I'm grateful for books.
  • I'm grateful for compromising on books.
  • I'm grateful for ice cream!
  • I'm grateful for costco milk.
  • I'm grateful for costco.
  • I'm grateful for fun.
  • I'm grateful for jobs.
  • I'm grateful for the comfort good jobs provide.
  • I'm grateful for internet.
  • I'm grateful for holidays.
  • I'm grateful for decorations.
  • I'm grateful for gratitude.
  • I'm grateful for the gospel.
  • I'm grateful for the joy the truth brings.

Second Honeymoon

You read right. Second Honeymoon. I'm the luckiest girl! :D
Chris took me to San Diego (a place that I've loved my whole life) for a wonderful week of honeymoon bliss. :) We went in November, so when it started snowing here we were there, still enjoying sunshine. The people there were all 'it's so cold.' 'it's so windy' and we were all 'wahoo! not snowing!' Anywho, here's how it went down (and some pics)!

First day: airport. Once there we surprise visited my family. That was sooo much fun!
Second day we stayed in.

Third day we went to Legoland!
The classic 'WE'RE AT LEGOLAND' pic!

Chris in a lego car!

Em being devoured by a lego shark!

Chris and Em with bestie- Lego Darth Vader!

The fourth day we went to the San Diego Zoo!
we're here pic.

i love elephants!

chris likes the big cats

another elephants. I really love elephants.

Fifth day we went to the Safari Park (a.k.a. Wild Animal Park)
I really really love elephants. There were a lot of them at the Wild Animal Park.

...see. lots of elephants. even baby elephants.

Our favorite part was a Cheetah run.

Heads up the vid... is turny.

The sixth day we went to Sea World (for a full day. We'd gone several times briefly.)
We're here pic.

Our favorite thing was dolphins. The dolphin show, petting dolphins. Etc. So here's some dolphin show pics.

pic of chris with dolphin. sorry, shoulda gotten one of him TOUCHING the dolphin, but I was a scaredy cat about salt water + camera = sadness.

Oh and then there's SHAMU!
(buh buh, buh buh, buh. Shamu, Shamu!)

Leaving was sad... but here are the pics of hotel room, view, etc.
The hotel was surrounded by the beautiful birds of paradise.

The bathroom was gorgeous. Love love love the granite counter top.

The view from our balcony. Gorgeous view of the bay, huh?

The bed. Big and comfy.

It was a fabulous second honeymoon, busy, but not busy. We had fun just spending time together doing new things, and seeing things we love. Lots of Elephants, just like the first honeymoon. I don't have enough words to say how much I love my husband. A husband who loves me so much, he constantly surrounds me with things that make me happy, because he can't fathom that he makes me happier than anything else in the whole world.


This halloween was fabulous! We went to 3 spooktacular parties! hehehe. 1- We went to the Digicert (most especially the Bretschneider's) Pirates party. That was so much fun! They go all out! They were also taking pictures, which was a blast. Karli took some later: Here are our pirate costumes. A mermaid and her pirate catch. Or is it the other way around? hehehe.
(ok so my friend who took the pics hasn't gotten them to me yet. but i will come back and put them in when she gets them to me so I can post now and my brain can keep moving with the catch up so I can post the NEW stuff in our lives!)

2-Julia, Becca, and Katie's party. They were watching movies and chillin. So we went to join in the fun!
3-The next evening we dressed up as fighter pilots (top gun style) and went out to Eagle Mountain to spend time at Matt and Tam's annual Halloween trick-or-treating turned party so Chris could take Jacob and Mac out again! I was sick so I just stayed in and watched all the awesome. Matt and Tam invite their trick-or-treaters in for bobbing for apples, decorating cupcakes, and hot apple cider. They have movies playing and make trick-or-treating into quite the party. Sadly, we have no pictures of us in our flight suits. Crying shame, I know. We'll have to dress up randomly so we can get some pictures taken! hehehe.


See, just going through the seasons! :D But this fall was great too. Granted, I went back to teaching preschool (so I miss my hubby greatly) but preschool is tons of fun. But with fall came the following list of individual posts!
-Our "Second Honeymoon"