Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A little of this...

The past two weeks have been full of ups and downs with our new little niece, but I am happy to report that she is doing so well! I haven't seen her for a week, and I can't wait to see her this weekend! We got our family pictures back from the amazing Sharon Johnson! They are so awesome - but you will have to wait to see them. Blogging has been put on the back burner for the last little while, but hopefully it will make a bit of a comeback in the new year! Happy December tomorrow - let the holiday festivities begin!
Ok, maybe one little sneak peek...

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Big Miracles Come in Small Packages

Our new little niece Ivy was born today. She was 1lb. 4 ounces and [about] 10 inches long. My baby sister was only 25 weeks and 4 days along when they did the C-Section this morning at 8:49 a.m. Al had been in the hospital since Thursday with Preeclampsia, and her blood pressure wasn't going where we needed it to today, so the doctors decided the conditions would be better for Ivy outside the womb.
She is such a fighter - both her and her momma! This just goes to show that our Heavenly Father is watching out for us all the time - we are so blessed to have her in our lives! I got to see her for a few minutes today, she moved when I talked to her - it was amazing. 
My sister went through this day like a champ. When the doctors were in talking to her I opened the door and stuck my head in, she immediately looked at me and said, 'EB, stay out.' I know she did this more for my benefit than hers, at that moment little sister became the older than me. I could see in her face that she was surpassing me in knowledge and experience. I am so grateful to have such a wonderful family! I love my sister with all my heart and now we have a new member of the family to spoil!
Thanks to everyone for the well-wishes and prayers, they certainly have not gone unanswered! Our family has grown, not only in size, but in strength!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Veterans We Love

On this Veteran's Day I would like to thank all of those wonderful people who put their lives on the line for me! So, it is very fitting that I'm having dinner with two of my favorite veterans...
Tien & Tyler Lindsay!
They just got home from a year deployment and I'm so excited to hang out with them! I am so blessed to have wonderful friends!
I am also thankful for my Grandpa Wilson!
Isn't he cute?
He is a true American patriot! I'm so proud of him!
A big, hearty thank you to all those serving in the armed forces - we would not be here without you. We are eternally grateful for your sacrifice.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Book Club

We love our new ward - well, we've been there since July, but haven't really been here enough to get to know people until now. The Relief Society has a book club, so I thought I would join in. We read 'The Hiding Place' by Corrie ten Boom for our October book.
It was fantastic! I've never been a huge reader, but I still loved it. My brother and sister could always sit down and read for days, but I didn't have the interest - or the attention span. But, lately I have found some free time to get back into some things that I used to love, and reading is one of those forgotten pastimes (along with crafty things and cooking). I'm really loving this 'me time' thing I've got going on. 
I was a little hesitant to dive into this book, mostly because it's about WWII - I knew it would be sad. But I also knew that I wanted to participate in a book club for once and read books that weren't assigned to me in school. So, look at me, choosing to read and actually finishing a book. Yay me!
'The Hiding Place' does take place during WWII, and it does have some sad moments, but is still completely uplifting. The conviction and love of the Lord shoots through this book. Corrie looks terror in the face and still finds a way to gain peace through faith and forgiveness.
I highly recommend this read.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Fall Shows We Love!

Love <3
'2 Broke Girls'
Max & Caroline are two accidental friends living in Brooklyn, working at a run-down diner. They also aspire to own a cupcake shop - Max makes excellent cupcakes and Caroline has a keen business sense (thanks to her formerly-weathly past).
This show is hilarious! I love the dry wit of Kat Denning (Max) and clueless-but-not sass of Beth Behrs (Caroline). They work well together and the supporting cast is fabulous!
*must watch

When I first saw the previews for this show I thought I would hate it - Whitney seemed particularly annoying. But, I have to say that after the first episode I was hooked. Whitney has great timing and I absolutely love the supporting cast, especially her boyfriend Alex. It's great to see an ensemble cast keep up with the title character. 
I have to say for the first time in years that this show might be my new 'Friends.' Yep, I said it.
*must watch

'Pan Am'
All I can say is beautiful! From the costumes to the make up, sets, cinematography - it's just beautiful! And I love that the situations portrayed on the show are based on real Pan Am happenings. The actors work well together and the story premise is great. It's obviously ABC and gorgeously made.

'Once Upon a Time'
The double lives of fairytale characters - I love it! The Evil Queen has created a curse that has transported every fairytale character to the real world where time has stopped and no one remembers anything. The only one that can help is the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming - Emma. I must say that I wasn't sold with the first episode, but the second and third really got me hooked.

'Up All Night'
 You can't go wrong with Maya Rudolph, Christina Applegate and Will Arnett. I'm just sayin'.

Shows we are still loving after multiple seasons of awesomeness:
'The Office'
'Modern Family'

Shows we wish were still on:
'Accidentally on Purpose'

These are the five shows I've added to my watching roster - I hope they stick around! I think they're worth a watch - let me know what you think!

Saturday, November 5, 2011


Have we mentioned how wonderful it has been to have our little puppy? Tempe is an almost-five-month-old black lab. It took Matt about 6 months to pick her out. We were so lucky to snag her from a breeder in Oakley.
She makes us laugh every day! I can't tell you what a help she has been to us during these stressful months - she is just the best girl ever! We took her to get spayed yesterday and I cried a little when we dropped her off, we love her so much. But she came home all ready to play, it seemed that major surgery didn't faze her in the slightest.
She is a big part of our little family. It's amazing how this puppy has work her way into our hearts, we're just a couple of softies for this baby.
Here are a couple film photos I took last month of our girl, Tempe! And, for those of you wondering, she is named after Dr. Temperance Brennen from the TV show, 'Bones' :)

New York on Film: Part 1

Matt and I went to New York for our anniversary this year - June 18. We had a wonderful adventure, we love adventures! So, I promised you could see the photos we took with our film camera! 
Here you go!