Wednesday, December 9, 2015

A Savior Is Born

What a wonderful month of December we've had so far.  We just returned home from SLC for my sister Mikele's wedding.  It was so perfect.  I am so proud of my sister for being worthy to enter the temple and be sealed to her husband for eternity.  Everything - the sealing, her dress, the flowers, the people, the Spirit - was so beautiful.  She is my little sister but I have always looked up to her in regards to her spirituality, testimony, and drive.  Mikele and Seth's sealing was so touching.  I sat there squeezing the hand of my own eternal husband and reflected on our own sealing four and a half years ago.  I reflected on what a beautiful life you can have when you involve God in your union.

We're not going home for Christmas this year because Jared's work is really busy.  This will be our second Christmas in Florida but first without family visiting.  It will be different for sure.  But it's also given me the opportunity to think about new Christmas traditions Jared and I can start with our new little family.  Jared and I sat down last night and planned activities for almost each day this month, and I'm excited about them.  But I have also had on my mind, and feel a strong desire and importance to, focus as much as I can on my Savior this month.

"The glitter of the season should never...prevent us from truly seeing The Prince Of Peace." -President Dieter F. Uchdorf

I have decided to find a way each day this month that I can serve my Savior and to write it in my journal each night.  That could be by serving another person, not judging in an instance where it may be easier than not, or by simply taking more time to ponder my Savior than to read a blog.  I'm getting a late start - Wednesday, Dec 9 - so I'm going to go all the way to Thursday, Dec 31.  Who wants to join me?

Monday, November 30, 2015

November 2015

My Aunt Marjean and her husband Natt came to visit us while they were on their honeymoon in Orlando!  I'm so sad I didn't take a picture with her.  She snapped this cute one of Ollie after giving him a new hat.

I read this on a Sunday and had my eyes opened to the importance of the Holy Ghost.

Love this quote. (via)

My friend Monica gave me these beautiful drawings and we hung them in Ollie's room.  I love them.

Haley came to visit!!!!  We had so much fun visiting her at her Universal Studios hotel and going swimming.

She is so cute with him!

10 months.  Love love love love love.

It seriously has been SO HOT HERE.  I know, we live in Orlando and it's supposed to be hot, but I remember last year we were wearing coats this time of year.  It's at least in the low 70s by now.  I'm writing this on December 27th and it's STILL in the 80s.  I'm dying.

I took Haley and her friends to Downtown Disney and we had a blast walking around and checking out all the new stuff they've added recently.

The cutest Mike Wizowski!

Blurry picture to testify of his busyness!

Tis the season for pumpkin cookies!!

My handsome hub.  I am so grateful for his love for me and Ollie, his desire and willingness to work hard to provide for our family, and that he honors his priesthood and lives worthily.  I recognize men like this are few and far between and I am very grateful for him.

Jared's mom emailed each of us this talk by Brother Todd Parker and asked us to read it and reply back with our thoughts.  I am so grateful she did because I learned SO much.  I challenge you to read it!

Ollie has become a pro at standing up!

Love the playdates we get to have with our friends.  I love all these babies!!!

We had fun visiting Jared at work.  He works at the best place!!!

"Uncle" Eric is so good with Ollie.


Made a pumpkin pie smoothie and - need I say more?  

See all the random items on the couch on the right?  As I mentioned earlier, Ollie has become so so so busy and it takes the great art of distraction to have him nurse.

Had a fun combined YM/YW activity playing games.

My dad sent me this picture from Temple Square.  

My friend Emma sent me these recipes and I'm sooooo glad she did because we tried the "Baked Oatmeal" one and it changed my life!!!!

YW in Excellence/Girl's Camp Certification Award Night

Such cute decorations!

I love this picture of Jared's mom, Ruth, and her siblings and parents.
Top row:  Bruce, Ruth, Dave, Steve, Susan, Janet, Karen
Bottom:  Grandpa Bill and Grandma Helen
November 2015

Becoming a pro at pulling up onto things.

There was one random night when it was SO COLD.  We were thrilled!  It felt like the holidays!  We went to Downtown Disney and walked around and enjoyed the Christmas decorations.

Jared introducing Ollie to his favorite candy - chewy Sprees.

Oh and Jared also let me get a shake from Ghiradelli because...they are so good :)

Loved getting this in the mail!!

Love this pic of them

We enjoyed Thanksgiving morning by watching the Macy's parade and relaxing.

Yours truly made a homemade pumpkin pie.  It actually turned out!  

My contribution to our friend Thanksgiving potluck.  Pumpkin pie, sweet potato casserole, sour cream potatoes, and rolls.

We love the Benches!!  I am so grateful for them.  It's so fun having another young family our age that we can do things with and relate to.  We missed the Barwicks this day.  They got sick :(

Loved this new tradition.


11 MONTHS.  Ah.  I am learning your capacity to love just keeps growing and growing.
I love you, Oliver!