November Morning

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Sod Party at Our House

Well, I'm pretty sure that it will be 2015 before our yard is completely finished and looks just the way we want, but this past week we came one step closer to a more complete yard.  Last year we extended our driveway and put a patio in the backyard.  This past week we had a sprinkler system put in the front yard and layed sod.  It may not seem like these are good January projects, but since we've had such a mild winter we were able to get it done.  It is also nice that the price is cheaper in the winter. :)

The work started out by digging up all of our nasty weed yard.  Then trenches were dug for the piping of the sprinkler system.  The day after the trenches were dug, it snowed.

The snow delayed the work for a couple of days, but luckily it warmed up and we were able to continue.

After the trenches were dug, everything was covered with a nice layer of top soil.

We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful Saturday to lay sod.  We were blessed to have several men from the ward come to help.

The end result is amazing!  Our house looks a thousand times better with grass in the front yard.  Another added bonus of this project was getting rid of all the gophers who decided that our yard was the best place on the block to dig holes.  Let's just hope they don't return. :)

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

2011 Highlights

Before we get too far in to the new year, I thought I would reflect back on some of our big highlights from 2011!

1. Dave and I celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary.
2. Dave graduated from Utah Valley University with his Associate's Degree in Automotive Technology.

3. I graduated from Southern Utah University with my Master's Degree in Education.

4. Dave and I bought a beautiful house together in Springville, Utah.

5. Dave and I had a really fun, week-long vacation in Las Vegas, Nevada.
6. We both got callings in our new ward: Dave as a secretary in the Elders Quorum and me as a Nursery leader.
7. Dave and I bought our first car together, a Mazda CX-7, after trading in his precious Audi.
8. Dave and I became an aunt and uncle for the second time with the birth of our nephew, Jericho.

9. We made two trips to see our families: one in August to see Dave's family in Oregon and one in December to see my family in Colorado.
10. Dave and I grew another year closer and our relationship is another year stronger!
2011 has been great and we are looking forward to all the fun adventures 2012 has to bring us!

Christmas Break

The last few days before Christmas Break at school are always a lot of fun.  We do a Christmas around the world day where I teach the students how to make globos from Argentina.  Last year, I spent the better part of an entire day making one, so it is cool to show them what a big one looks like and pretend fly it with a blow dryer.  Also, every year my mom makes cute winter hats out of fleece for my students.  They look adorable on the kids and I love to see them wearing them!

We headed to Colorado on December 24th to spend some time with my family for the holiday.  In my family, we have a tradition of eating empanadas for dinner on Christmas Eve followed by chocolate fondue for dessert.  My mom even made some empanadas without onions for Dave this year so he could join in on the fun!

Christmas morning we all got up to see what Santa had brought us and open presents.  Dave and I both got a lot of really nice gifts from my family.
Growing up, each of us kids had a designated couch cushion for gifts from Santa.  Now that I'm married, Dave and I share this bench- happy that Santa still visits us! 

This was probably my favorite gift from Santa!  It's another piece to my Halloween Village.  It's a swing with a mummy, skeleton, and witch.  It's really cool because it actually rotates and lights up!

These were some of Dave's favorite gifts from Santa: a new book series, Zelda, and XBOX Live points!

With Christmas being on Sunday this year, we also had a chance to go to church.  I thought it was really nice because it helps you remember the Savior and the reason we celebrate Christmas.
We had a family picture taken at church.  I can't belive how grown up everyone in my family is now!  It's exciting to see my siblings becoming more mature and responsible.

Dave was only able to stay a couple of days with us in Colorado because he needed to return to work.  However, we still did a lot of fun things while he was there.  We saw the new Sherlock Holmes movie which was great!  We also went to my family's favorite Mexican restaurant, Las Delicias, and Dave got to try his first sopapilla.  Also, we spent quite a few quality hours playing Catch Phrase.

After Dave left I spent a lot of time with my mom and sister working on a scrapbook to give to my grandparents for their 60th wedding anniversary.  I also had fun with my family shopping, eating out, and just hanging out around the house.  I came back on New Years Eve so Dave and I could ring in the new year together.  However, I'm pretty lame because I fell asleep.  Dave woke me up a few minutes before midnight, we shared a midnight kiss, and then I went to bed.  Exciting, huh?  Overall though, we had a nice holiday break and enjoyed the opportunity to spend some time with my family.