The last month has been crazy, to say the least. To avoid writing a novel and/or boring anyone who might actually read this blog, I'll try to only recap the highlights:

The week of Thanksgiving, we decorated for Christmas. Faith was such a good helper, and was very good at decorating the tree. She was so particular about where each ornament would go...

Caleb got to help Mommy put the star on the top of the tree. He loved looking at all the Christmas lights!

The result: A warm and cozy home for the holidays....I love decorating for Christmas! Jeremy even put up Christmas lights up outside as I was so excited to have a house to decorate for the first time ever! And this year will be the first year we spend Christmas morning at our own place with just the four of us....I'm so looking forward to starting some Christmas traditions with our kids.

We also had a first (of many this month) big snow. Even though I was really sick, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to let the kids play in it and make their first snowman.

Faith kept referring to the snowman as 'her friend, Snowman.' She kept asking me to take pictures of her and her new friend...they were best buds for the afternoon.

Bubba spent the majority of the time learning how to move in his huge snow suit and boots! Once he did though, there was no stopping him!

Faith wanted to make a snow angel....she couldn't be more of an angel, she is just getting so big and learning so much over the last couple weeks. She's so sweet and so full of life. What a girl!

This picture cracks me up! I love the kids facial expressions....it looks like Faith is wrapping and Caleb is singing back up....so funny, they were having a great time! They didn't want to come back in the house!

Now the event that consumed most of my time this month was 'Imagine Christmas', a production put on by Rochester Church of Christ. It was a lot of hard work and late nights, but it was such a blessing to finally be a part of something like this again. I love the girls I got to sing with and get to know...they're amazing talents, I feel so lucky to have been a part of it.

Vicki Lindsey, Sarah Robinson, Me, Teresa Graney, Holly Knutson, Emily Polet, and Beth Bowers: The A Cappella singing angels. It was one of the highlights of the show, Teresa did an AMAZING job writing and arranging the music.

Sarah and I getting ready backstage....I'm so excited to have gotten to spend time with this girl that I never would have gotten the chance to know without this show. She's incredible! I love making new friends!

Some of us hanging out at B Dubs after opening night - we were starved! The show was a great success, I got so many comments about the show being such a powerful outreach to people. Vicki did a great job putting this vision together, I hope to be a part of it next year!

That's a small recap of the last month. Now onto to finishing up my holiday shopping, working, and getting ready for Christmas!


On another note, I was just overhearing Faith's pretend phone conversations and it was just too good not to remember:

"Hi Diego. Yea yea yea. What are you doing? Yea yea yea. I just finished talking to Incredible Hulk. I can't eat Dora soup. Hi Incredible Hulk! Don't eat Dora! Ok? Ok. Bye Diego! Bye Incredible Hulk! Bye Dora!"

HAHAHAHA. I love two-year-olds.

Girl's Day Out

When I was younger and got a good report card, my mom would reward me by letting me skip a day of school and taking me out for the day. It would usually involve lunch, shopping, and a movie. I absolutely loved it and it was something I wanted to do with Faith. Not necessarily for a good grade, just to make it a regular thing for us to have girls time. It's hard to work out because I have to find someone to watch Caleb cause he's still too young to enjoy a movie, etc.

A few months ago, Faith and I had our first 'Girls Day' (I love the way Faith calls it that). We went to the mall, had lunch together, got our nails done, and saw 'Kung Fu Panda'. Last week, we had our second girls day. Faith and I went shopping at Old Navy, I let Faith pick out a toy at KY Toys (she picked a My Little Pony Treehouse), went to lunch at Johnny Rockets, got our nails done, and saw 'High School Musical 3'. Faith got her nails painted orange for Halloween and they put little spider webs on her toes and pumpkins on her fingers! And I was nervous about taking her to see HSM3 cause it's for older kids, but there wasn't another movie I could really take her to. We ended up being the only two in the theatre, and she stood up and danced the whole movie!! It was super cute. We had a really fun day.  My camera didn't have batteries, so I only got a couple pictures with my cell phone:

Faith's festive 'Haloween' toes!

Enjoying a milkshake @ Johnny Rockets!

I had so much fun with my little princess. It's nice to have some one-on-one with her...I can't believe how quickly she is growing up! I really treasures these moments with her. I hope the tradition will continue.


The obsession begins...

I haven't had cable since we moved in May. And, in fact, I don't miss it one bit. Okay, maybe a little bit (I do miss DVR). I decided that I didn't watch enough or had enough money to warrant getting cable right away when we moved and now I don't really need it. I don't watch much anyway. I do miss Nick Jr. =]

That being said, I'm a little out of the loop when it comes to new shows, etc. The only TV I really get is what's playing at work, which is usually ESPN (I tend to tune most of that out anyway).  What's more sad is that I am still hanging onto my addiction of 'Friends' and watch it on DVD on a regular basis - all 10 seasons - and am in denial about that fact that it doesn't run anymore! 

My friends decided that we (Jeremy included) needed to jump on 'The Office' bandwagon. Most of our friends watch it, and lent us the first four seasons on DVD. Thus the obsession begins....

My obsession is not in the show itself (although I do enjoy watching it). It's in getting caught up so that I can watch new episodes. I hate seeing commercials for new episodes and knowing I'm not there yet and don't want to ruin the plot by watching new ones. So, I've been driving Jer crazy making him watch them with me whenever we have a free 20 minutes together (which doesn't happen often anymore, so it's taking awhile). It's also nice to have a new show to be involved in, especially when you watch it from the beginning. It's been so bad, in fact, that one night Jer and I discovered that we were missing a disc out of season 2, couldn't find it, couldn't get it to play from Jer's hard drive, so we literally ran to the store and bought the whole season!  I guess that means we're officially Office fans.

I promised that I would less crazy when I get caught up. And I think I will be. Until then, I've been dreaming about Jim and Pam, wondering what's going to happen next.



It's a little late in the season for my annual 'I love fall' post, but I felt it still note-worthy. And, Autumn has flown by this year, I didn't really get the chance to appreciate it in full! I did get the chance to take the family to Yates Cider Mill for Cider and Donuts (my favorite) but we didn't have time to carve pumpkins yet. My favorite fall/Halloween activity thus far has been the Trunk-or-Treating @ the church:

I volunteered to help out this year. As my luck would have it, I was away or working the three sundays pre-ceding the event, so I didn't really get in touch with anyone to organize (and if you know me, you know I'm a little OCD). It also worked out that Jeremy was out of town in Indiana on a DeeperStill trip, so I had the kids on my own (what was I thinking!?!) I got there a few hours early to help set up and bring the treats I made, and stayed for about 5 hours to help clean up afterward. I was EXHAUSTED but what a fun event!!! I spent a good two hours coming up with and decorating my trunk thinking it was cute, only to find it was mediocre compared to some of the trunks there! I was so impressed with the creativity and effort put in by everyone....what a cute idea!
All in all, it was very fun night. Thank goodness for Holly Knutson helping me pass out candy and watch the kids. I probably wouldn't have been able to do it without her help. I love my little munchkins all dressed up for Halloween. Always puts a smile on my face =]


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