Friday, November 30, 2012

decorating for the holidays.

this last weekend, cameron was a peach and set up the christmas tree for us.
2 of our light strands were out so we had to make a late-night trip to shopko to buy new ones.
[sidenote: does anyone else feel like shopko & kmart smell super weird?]
he also let me buy some cute new christmas colored sprinkles. he is so good to me.

he fixed the lights and then i started fluffing the branches.

by the time i was done, cameron had a headache and had gone to bed.
so i admired our tree in the dark for a minute before heading to bed myself.

the next day, we spoke in church. both of our families came up to hear us speak.
i cried.
but it was good. it was a good reminder for me that i need to go to the temple more often.

afterwards, my family had to skedaddle back home so hillary could return to provo. boo.
and cam's family came over for lunch.

cam's mom, christine, and younger brother, parker, helped me add all of my glittery red & gold ornaments.
[target clearance after christmas. best way to go.]

i love them because they reflect so much light and
they make the tree look even more fascinating than it already was.

one of my favorite things to do during this season is to turn off all the lights in the house except for the tree.
then i just sit and watch it.
it gives off such a warm, cozy glow that i can't get enough of.
to me, it is christmas.
it is comforting.
it is peaceful.
and peace is something i could use a lot more of in my life.

"When we have the spirit of Christmas, we remember Him whose birth we commemorate at this season of the year: “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11).
In our day the spirit of giving gifts plays a large role in commemorating the Christmas season. I wonder if we might profit by asking ourselves, What gifts would the Lord have me give to Him or to others at this precious season of the year?

May I suggest that our Heavenly Father would want each of us to render to Him and to His Son the gift of obedience. I also feel that He would ask us to give of ourselves and not be selfish or greedy or quarrelsome...

In this marvelous dispensation of the fulness of times, our opportunities to love and give of ourselves are indeed limitless, but they are also perishable. Today there are hearts to gladden, kind words to say, deeds to be done, and souls to be saved."

-President Thomas S. Monson
December 2012 Ensign

Saturday, November 24, 2012


Thanksgiving is always one of my favorite holidays.
Mostly because I really like food.
But also because it is one more day that I get to spend with the people I love.

this year, we spent thanksgiving with Cameron's family.
we watched the macy's thanksgiving day parade.
and then cameron and i watched the purina dog show.
every year growing up for as long as i can remember,
my sisters and i would watch the dog show after the parade. i grew up in a family that LOVES dogs.
we got our first dog when i was in elementary school, and have always had one since.
we love watching the dog show and seeing all the different breeds there are out there.
we choose our favorites and hope they win.
madey and i are die-hard fans.
we'd watch the entire show if we could.
which usually lasted for a couple hours.

the first thanksgiving Cam spent with us, he thought it was so weird.
and now he watches it with me because he knows how much i love it.
he also knows how much it makes me feel like my sister, madey, is there watching it with me...
i miss my dog show watching buddy.
thankfully, i have a new one, and at the same time,
i can feel like my old one is there, too.

we ate dinner. a lot of dinner. 
Grandpa and Grandma Wright came.
[whom I love like they were my real grandparents].
We talked and laughed and ate turkey and potatoes and pretzel-jello
[except Alex, who ate pizza. funny boy.]
and it was good.
not just the food. which was delicious.
but being together.
 It's kind of the best thing ever.

After dinner, we sat around and talked for a while and let our stomachs settle.
Then we filled them up with more pie.
and this little cutie wanted to sit in a big kid chair.

and it was hilarious.

Cameron and I made our way over to my Grandpa Rodney and Grandma Linda's house.
where we ate more pie and chatted with my aunts, uncles, and cousins.
peanuthead's parents had already left because my Aunt Katie's water broke!
they drove up to Logan where she was admitted and had a sweet baby boy early Friday morning.
he still doesn't have a name... I can't wait to meet him sometime this weekend.

we went to my parent's house and hung out until later that night.

we played with peanuthead and cruised the ads for some sweet deals.
then since i would rather sleep than freeze, we went to bed instead of going shopping.
the next morning, Cam got to have "car friday" and did the brakes on my mom's car with my dad.
hillary and i went shopping. we got boots. and i'm in love with them.
Cam let me wear them yesterday,
but then i had to put them back in the box so he can wrap them for christmas.

i'm so incredibly thankful for my family.
i'm thankful for the Gospel of Jesus Christ and for the hope and peace that it gives me.
we are so blessed.

happy thanksgiving!

Friday, November 16, 2012

this one time, i forgot i had a blog.

so... halloween is over.
it wasn't as exciting as it is when you're 8 and get to dress up like mulan with your sisters and go trick or treating... but it was still good.

i went to school.
then i left early.

i wanted to see my niece in her little ladybug costume.

and peanuthead as a witch.
[whom i missed because of bed time. darn bed times.]

[ps. freaking adorable, right? i love them both so much.]

i had also been craving my father-in-law's cream of broccoli soup.
it is my favorite and i love it.
definitely worth ditching class early.
[ps. night classes are no fun.]

after we had a teeny bit of excitement, life went back to boring.
school. work. sleep. repeat.

then my little brother turned 14!
we baked cookie dough cupcakes. [they're way better 2nd day and with frosting.]
and he tried to pop balloons with his airsoft gun for money.
my mom is such a genius.
until the bb just bounced off the balloons and about killed us all.
then cam had a test review and a group project so we had to leave the party early. boo.

and then it went back to boring again.
i'm so glad that we only have a few more weeks left of school.
then i will have my husband back.
he won't study for all his ridiculous tests.
[that are always in the same week. ugh.]

then he will pay attention to me. and we can be together.

and celebrate our anniversary [in 32 days. wow. time flies.]

and christmas. [i love christmas.]

i'm ready for excitement.