Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Christmas Eve!

Christmas Eve is such a big day in both Ken and my families that it definitely deserves its own post! We had such a fun-filled and activity packed Christmas Eve! It began with Ken and I doing some crazy last minute shopping. Hmmm...shame on us! :) Then we strapped on our bowling shoes and had a great game of bowling with Ken's family! I played absolutely horrible...ha...but, it was still a blast! We then hurried over to sit down to a DELICOUS Carrabba's meal. MMM...that is one of our favorite restaurants (and always brings back fun memories since we had our luncheon there on our wedding day)! After finishing up there we headed back to my parent's house to open our BIG stockings! :) My parents are so cute...opening stockings is like a second Christmas! And we always get new PJs! After reading the story of Jesus' birth and having a fun time with my family we headed over to Ken's family's house! By the time we got there Santa has already left presents for EVERYONE! We also got another fun surprise...Ken's sister Jen and her family came all the way from Pennsylvania to visit! We were so excited! After opening all the gifts (which takes at least an hour and a half) we adults all settled in to a fun card game until about 1 or so in the morning! Definitely a packed and crazy fun day!

My cute family at Carrabbas!
Kelly so excited about her new Twilight poster!
Yay! Look...new socks!
Yum! Sweet treats!
Fun family tradition! :)
Niece and nephews so excited about Santa's gifts!
AJ must have thought something was funny! haha!
Cute Carolyne!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Forgotten Carols Tradition!

Every year for the past four years my dad, sister, brother (1 year) and I have participated as choir members in Michael McLean's Forgotten Carols! We love it and it has become such a fun tradition. So fun in fact that I brought my hubby on board as a choir member after we got married in 2007 and now its an even better tradition! Michael McLean and his cast always do a wonderful job depicting the true meaning of Christmas and even throw some humor in there! This year was no exception! For those of you who have never been to see this performance I highly encourage you to do so! It is so fun and a great way to get in the spirit of the holidays! :) Thank you to all of our family and friends who came to watch and support us! We love you!

Kaitie and I in the beautiful Orpheum theater in front of the stage

Got a little tired of posing...ha ha
Waiting to go on stage to perform...ha ha... it took a little while :)
The star performers themselves! :)
My sweetheart and I! We feel so blessed to get to be a part of this wonderful performance and tradition!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Happy Birthday to the Love of My Life!

Yesterday marked the 23rd birthday of my sweet Ken. He is my best friend and the most kind and loving husband! His handsome smile melts my heart!
My handsome birthday boy!
Some pics from the fun birthday day!
First stop...surprising him at work to decorate his car a bit!
Next, heading to Cheesecake Factory for a yummy lunch!
And lastly, to finish off the day, nothing like a most delicious 4 course meal at our special restaurant, Maggiano's!
I hope you had a wonderful birthday sweetheart! I love you!

Monday, December 1, 2008


What a wonderful time of the year! I absolutely love the holidays! We love getting to spend time with family! Thanksgiving was super busy this year. We left Wednesday right after school and work and made it to Vegas around 9 o'clock their time (10 o'clock ours). We headed right to Ken's sister's house to spend the night. I got up the next morning around 4:45 (Ken around 5:30...ha ha) so we could head out by 6:30! We then arrived at our final destination, Provo, just in time to sit down to an absolutely yummy Turkey dinner! Phew! We got to spend the rest of the day there as well as that Friday. It was so nice to get to spend time with my cute sister Kaitie and with many of my extended family. It was back on the road Saturday morning, yet again around 6:30 to make it just in time to attend Ken's cousin's wedding in the Las Vegas temple. The temple was beautiful and it was so wonderful to be a part of their special day! the sealing was also such a sweet reminder of my sweetheart's and my special wedding day. We got to hang out in Vegas the remainder of the day and attended the happy couple's absolutely breathtaking reception! Finally, the next morning, Sunday, we got to sleep in (around 7 or 7:30) and packed up. We went to Ken's other sister's church for their sacrament meeting, then hit the road to finally arrive at our home sweet home! Wow! What a fun filled Thanksgiving weekend! Thank you to everyone for their amazing hospitality, sweet smiles, and fun memories! :)LOVE YOU!

On Friday we took some beautiful family pictures! This is just Ken and I being silly afterward! :)