Thursday, December 09, 2010

Bringing Home the Christmas Spirit

I've been wanting a nativity of my own since Dillon and I got together. I've been wanting a nice one but they are either way too much for what they are or I don't like them - I've had a hard time finding "the one".

The other day we were in Costco, and I noticed I had left Dillon in the dust. I turned around to find him looking at a display I had blown past without even noticing. When I saw what he was looking at, I gasped with enthusiasm. There was a lady next to me that I startled. I seem to do that a lot in stores. When she realized what I was looking at, her look told me my reaction was over-exaggerated. Hee hee

Dillon had been pricing nativities for some time now, I guess, and knew this one was a good deal right when he saw it. He bought it for me. I was so excited.

Somehow I didn't really notice the display or think about why the box was so big and heavy, but this nativity is HUGE! My barbies would have loved to play in this creche back in the day. ;-)

I love this nativity for so many reasons. There are a lot of pieces and details, the camel and donkey are super cute along with a little shepherd boy cuddling a lamb, no one in it has a creepy looking face, and the whole feel of it is very reminiscent of the little nativity I grew up playing with as a child.

We've had it about a week, I still look at it sitting on our table in our living room, and it warms my heart.

I knew I would like having a nativity of our own, but I was really surprised with the spirit that the small, modest, symbol of the scene from our Savior's birth brought.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

We were invited to the Tucker's house for Thanksgiving this year. They throw amazing parties, and it seems like at least one person mentions their Thanksgiving parties at every one of their other parties we've been to. We just barely missed it last year, so I've been looking forward to going to our first.

Dillon bought me a cute, new sweater-dress and shoes to wear. I loved them.

We rode over with Dillon's dad, and Dave and Andrea invited Rob, Sheri, and the kids too. I am so glad they decided to come. Everyone liked them and they seemed to have a good time. The kids were really good too.

Sidenote: Dalan has been sporting a fo-hawk lately. I just assumed it was because he thought it was cool. But then he told me that he liked it when his dad did his hair like a shark. What a cute boy!

Jordan was such a hit with the other kids.

Mike and Beatrice's - Andrea's brother and sister-in-law - kids were there too. Gracie (their 2 year old) just climbed on top of her and started hugging and kissing her while she was relaxing on the patio furniture.

It was so cute! Jordi was so sweet to her, and when she got down, Jordan said all dramatically, "What was that about?" Too funny.

Timmy liked hanging out with her too.

Everyone loves Jordi.

Timmy liked Jordi, but he loved Maddy.

When he wasn't with her, he would go around asking everyone, "Where's that little girl?" as he held up his thumb and forefinger like if one were measuring an inch or so.

He told his grandma, "I want to kiss her." They are both 4, but Maddy has a lot of height on him. That didn't seem to detour him though.

The Tucker's did not disappoint.

I swear they were in the kitchen the entire time we were there until we ate, but they wouldn't let anyone help.

The spread was amazing. The anticipation for chow time was brutal, but well worth the wait. Jen, Dalan, and Joey were knife fighting to pass the time.

Mike and Beatrice's two oldest kids line up in age with Rob and Sheri's youngest two. Joey and Dalan were cute buddies too. I don't think Joey wanted to kiss Dalan like Timmy did Maddy though.

Timmy is such a little charmer.

Sheri helped cleanup after we ate. I think Rob thinks he's giving moral support here?...

There was some serious vegging after the meal.

The guy sleeping on the couch above, "Doc", has been to every single Thanksgiving party the Tucker's have thrown - like a decade's worth or something like that.

I thought I'd post this pic of Rob showing me his brotherly love, just in case he didn't remember.

After dinner, some of the girls were going to head to the Anthem outlet mall for their early Black-Friday shopping that started at 10pm. Andrea invited me to join them.

It was cool. I'd never been. I got a great deal - buy one get one free - on some sunglasses at Sunglass Hut. I was out the door with two sunglasses I really liked for under $100.

I know what you are thinking, "Aren't those the same glasses in both pics?" But they aren't. They are similar but different. ;-)

There were a lot of other stores I wanted to look at, but it quickly got to the point were you couldn't even get around in the stores because of all the people. The lines in some of those places wove and winded around every rack to the very back of the store, so I left. I will definitely go back though.

Thanks to the Tucker's for a great Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 22, 2010


Me feeding Aubrey's new pet, Taz. Love him!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Did You Hear?...

So, if you haven't figured it out by now, Paul and Emily came to visit us last week! And of course, they brought my adorable nephew for me to play with.

I picked them up from the airport Wednesday afternoon. Rob and Sheri let me borrow their SUV so we'd have room, and my friend let us borrow her car seat for Porter. It was so nice.

I can't believe how big Porter's gotten. He is such a little doll. I got a super, cute chair toy from my neighbor's garage sale that he loved.

He learned to use the doggy door to go potty outside pretty quickly. ;-P

Dillon's chair was a great toy too.

I give Paul a lot of grief, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't impressed with how he is as a father. He is so patient, kind, and sweet with his boy. It's a side of Paul I was never privy to, but I love to see him using it.

We had fun while they were here:
Estrella Mountain Regional Park
Friendship Park

I am so happy they took time and money to come all the way down to visit us. I loved showing them our new house and life. And we got them sick! Oops, sorry guys. The only thing I don't like about living here is being far away from so much of our family. It was such a treat to have them, and I hope they come back soon.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Friendship Park

On Saturday, we went to Friendship Park, just up the road from us, to feed the ducks.

Look at that form!

He seemed to like chasing the little birds more than feeding the ducks. But he did seem to have a good time regardless.

I was glad to get rid of my old, stale bread products.

After we were done feeding the ducks, my friend, Katie, and her kids met up with us to play.

There's a cute little Japanese Garden area near the pond that includes a two, wall mural, gazebo, and sculptures donated to us by our sister city, Kaizu, Japan. It's my favorite part of the park.

Then we played on the playgrounds.