Wednesday, December 4, 2013

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

My, has it been a long time since the last post! Sorry guys... life has been happening. Namely, my work hours were increased (which btws was a HUGE blessing), I got a few piano students (ditto to the blessing), school is busy, I am loving the small bit of time that I get with Brad outside of his CRAZY law-school-finals-are-approaching schedule, and the like. Not to mention house work and a total failed effort at is basically a non-effort now. But life is good. Really, it's great. Brad and I are still lucky in love and getting through this tough/busy time together. 

So quick update: Thanksgiving was amazing! We went to Idaho to visit my aunt and uncle and their family and it was perfect! We were able to relax a bit before diving into finals and it was so fun to be with everyone. While we reeeeally missed our AZ families, it was good to be able to get away from Provo without the 12 hour drive and see our amazing family. We are so grateful that they invited us!

So, the Christmas season is upon us! It is my favorite time of year. 
For this one, we WILL be making the trek down to AZ and couldn't be more excited. 
But we are already enjoying the Christmas spirit and 
it is definitely getting Christmasy around these parts!

We bought a Christmas tree and set it up for our Family Home Evening on Monday. 
We had so much fun! It is neat beginning our own Christmas traditions, 
and while we may not have much, we have enough, and we have each other. 
I am so grateful that Brad makes time for me in his crazy busy schedule. 
He is always home on Monday evenings and we always go out on Friday nights and 
Sunday he is home all day. I am truly blessed!!
 Brad works so hard! He is up at 5:00 am for his personal scripture study and to be to school by 7:00 to study before class. Tuesdays through Thursdays, I see him for about 30 min to eat dinner and 
have scriptures together and then he is off again to study til about 10:30 or 11:00. 
Saturday he is gone all day studying hard. I am so grateful for the sacrifices he is making 
to be able to get his degree but even more so for the sacrifices he is making to get away 
from his studies for awhile so that we can still have time together. He is the best! 

Both of us have always had "fun" Christmas ornaments, so it's bit weird having "pretty ones," 
but that is what we can afford and we think it looks nice! 
We want to get an "Our First Christmas" ornament, but we are having trouble finding one. 
There are plenty online, so I might just go that route. 

I collect nativities and have quite a few. I only brought this one up for fear of breaking the others. 
My Mom and my Grandma sent us 2 small ones as well and we have those displayed too. 
I love nativities! How important it is to remember the true meaning of Christmas. 
I hope we can all remember that the first Christmas gift was the Father's gift of His Son to all of us. 
What can we give back this Christmas? 

Now for the part of Christmas time that is kind of difficult for me. 
We had our first storm yesterday.
Let's just leave it saying that this Arizona girl has some learning to do.
I might have driven 25 the entire way to work, praying the whole time that I would make it. 
I might have driven 30 on the way back, wishing that I could just get home already!
But hey, what can I expect for my first time EVER driving in a snow storm! I will get used to it... hopefully!

Brad on the other hand, likes the snow a lot more than I do. 
Let's be real... it doesn't take much to like the snow more than I do! haha. 
But he is a real trouper walking to school in the snow. I actually am really glad that the law school 
is just down the street so that I don't have to worry about him driving on the bad roads. 

By the time I left for work, the snow had picked up a bit. 
I hadn't thought about having to dig the car out of the snow! It was definitely an experience. 
It wasn't too bad yesterday, but today when everything was iced over it was quite the adventure... 
I might have fallen straight onto my rear... twice. 
I might also have gotten stuck in a snow bank when I can home and stopped a neighbor and 
a random stranger to help push me out. 
Thank you, random stranger!!

So what are your tips for driving in snow? 
How about tips for not falling on the ice? My back is really hurting! haha. 

In all, life is great! I have an excuse to drink way too much wassail/hot cocoa/ apple cider, 
Brad is safe walking to school, I am learning a new driving skill, and most importantly, 
we are celebrating the birth of our Savior. He is truly the reason for the season. 

Remember, to find the true spirit of Christmas we need only drop the last syllable, 
and it becomes the spirit of Christ. 

So let me leave you with this...

What will you do this year to have a Christ-centered Christmas?
Who will you help to feel the Lord's love?
What will you do to serve others at this time of giving? 

May you all enjoy the season!


  1. For our first Christmas ornament we got a super cute silver C to represent family name and a similar silver ornament as far as silver goes but it was a red stocking with the year on it for our first year together. C = Carpenter Stocking = 2010! Those were our first our tradition is we only buy ONE ornament a year. At least we try to -- last year I don't think we made it to the store for an ornament. This year, Hyrum picked the ornament. He is very much into trains so we now have a blue train on our tree -- super cheap ornament for like $.98 cents! Haha, but it means the world to him lol. Sometimes it ends up on his train tracks in his bedroom!

    1. Also, when we first bought our cheap tree off craigslist, I bought two cheap sets of ball ornaments from the dollar store! Then we inherited all of Jaede's ornaments from growing up. That's what is on our tree. For your next FHE, you can make some ornaments! To change things up a bit!

  2. Haha welcome to living in the snow! For driving, the main thing is don't brake and turn at the same time. And it's ok to drive as slow as you're comfortable! Yeah snow was fun for me until I started driving in it, but you'll be just fine I'm sure!
    As for not slipping? Besides having good shoes I'm afraid I don't know any tricks haha!
    Glad to hear you guys are doing well! :)


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