Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas Week

As you should be expecting...posts from Christmas week and pictures of course. On Monday, my sister Katie arrived and I had lunch with my friends Aubrey and Jex at La Bou. It was really great to see them. We lounged in the afternooon until Tadd's family arrived around 10pm. This started the festivities. Tuesday morning, Tadd had to go to work, for his second day on the job! I took the family to the mall and we did some last minute shopping before we headed up to Tahoe. Tuesday night we all went to dinner except Tadd had to go to his third week of his final class in his MBA...he is so close and he wants to get an A! Then Wednesday around 12pm we headed up to the snow. We arrived around 2pm and unpacked. Then the girls headed to the store to stock the fridge for the week and then we relaxed before heading to dinner at Hacienda mexican restaurant.

Christmas Eve came and we headed to the slopes. We stayed at my parent's cabin in Incline Village and there is a ski resort about 5 minutes away which is called Diamond Peak, so we decided to go to that mountain because it was super convenient and the cheapest for $49 for a full day. Nick and Brit skiied and Tadd and I snowboarded while Kirk and Sharon took a stroll in Incline Village and shopped around.

It was such a pretty day on the slopes. We got a full day in. Tadd got to snowboard for most of the day and then for the last hour Nick and I relaxed and Tadd and Brit skiied together for the last hour. We then arrived home after a long day and Sharon had cooked a great soup for us to enjoy. We played games and watched movies. We then went and saw the movie Avatar...which was totally awesome and we loved it! It was long, but I was engaged the entire time. Good movie!
Now Friday...that is Christmas Day of course!!! We woke up and had a scrumptions breakfast with eggs and sausage and cinnamon rolls and orange juice. After breakfast we moved things around, got some pictures and then started opening presents.

Tadd and I got totally spoiled this Christmas. Tadd got shoes and socks and a few books and a couple of shirts. I got a robe, a super cute red travel bag, christmas decorations, socks, a shirt...I can't even remember...we did good. Got lots of great stuff! As did the rest of the fam. Lots of shoes, clothes, jewelry, purses and gifts all around. It was lots of fun! Then we had a big feast for dinner. We had honey baked ham and corn and vegetables and crescent rolls with sparkling cider, mmmmm!!!
Now Saturday, we thought about going skiing again however decided to visit Squaw Valley Resort and make candles and shop around. We ate at a pizza buffet and then walked it off before heading home. It was super chilly out, so we did not last long out in the cold.

After Squaw, we went was great fun! Our first game was not that bad, I was the lowest scorer and Tadd was the highest. Then the second game was a different story. Everyone got at least one strike that game and everyone broke 100. Apparently we just needed a warm up round.

After bowling, we headed to the store again to get a few other things such as milk and eggs and then rented Star Trek. After getting home, we watched movies and lounged a bit more. We then woke up on Sunday morning and had some breakfast and tidied up a bit and said our goodbyes before heading out back to Sacramento as Tadd has to work tomorrow and we were doing Christmas with my family!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas Week...

Christmas week is here. Today, church was great. There were various musical numbers to invite the Spirit of Christmas. Tomorrow, Monday that is, Tadd starts his new job! I get to workout, day number three with my trainer and I am in so much pain it is crazy! My little sister gets in around 12:30pm. I get to see some great friends from Arizona. Tadd's parents and siblings get into town around 9pm. That is all happening just on Monday. And there is still Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday...okay you get the picture. Good fun to come. Get ready for a fun week with some fun pictures! Hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas.

Friday, December 11, 2009

New Year...Changes!!!

A new year, a new chapter! Lots of things are happening with Tadd and I in the next few weeks. Tadd just got a new job. He is going to be an Enrollment Counselor at the University of Phoenix! He starts at the end of December!

Then, in January, I start my Dental Assisting program at Western Career College! On my way to a new career of Dental Hygiene!

Then, I start as an assistant coach of the Granite Bay High School Varsity Girls Soccer Team!

AND....Tadd graduates from his MBA program!!! So EXCITED!

Lots of good things going on! And lots of fun to come with Christmas and family coming into town! Can't Wait!

Friday, December 4, 2009

The Christmas Sweater

Last night we went and saw The Christmas Sweater. It was a touching story about love, faith, family and forgiveness. It was also about facing the storms that we come across and having the strength to make it through to the other side. It also talked about how we may need a friend along the way. This may be a family member, a personal Savior, someone bigger than us or a friend. It expressed the redemption that every person can experience and the power of forgiveness. It also talked about the concept of time. We are not going to get more time, it is a fact. There are only 24 hours in a day. There are only 365 days in a year. However, we can live each of those hours, each of those days to the fullest. We can impact other peoples lives just by smiling or saying something nice. We need to be selfless and kind. We may be the person that is fighting the storm hoping to be victorious, or we may be the person on the other side, trying to help that person through the storm. No matter what position you are in, you need to find joy in the journey and live life to its fullest. Find out who you are and what you can give. Especially during this Holiday season. Enjoy every minute with your family. Find joy each day, rain or shine. Forgive everyone. Love, love, love.

p.s. I could go on, but maybe read the book and see what it means to you.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


All the good things in December... Family. Vacation. Christ. Presents. Yummy food. Fun. Cold Weather. Tahoe. Snow. Cuddling. Warm pajamas. Hot Chocolate. Baked Goods. Peppermint. Candy canes. Santa. LOVE.