Sunday, November 20, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am so excited to celebrate Thanksgiving this week. I really love to reflect on my many blessings. Here is my list, which I know does not include everything I have been blessed with.
  • A wonderful family (immediate, extended, in-laws)
  • Everyone in good health
  • Nic having a job in such hard economic times
  • Being able to be a stay at home mom
  • A home to rent that I love
  • A husband who is hard-working, loyal, honest, handsome and so much more!
  • A little girl who is adorable, healthy, smart, funny and makes me happy everyday
  • A car that is reliable
  • Social Media (love blogs & facebook)
  • My dishwasher (having never had one before now, I am in heaven!)
  • The ability to have children & be a mother
  • My computer, especially the internet
  • Friends I have had since Elementary School & Junior High (they are my dearest friends still today)
  • My phone
  • The Gospel of Jesus Christ in my life and the happiness that it brings me
  • My kitchenaid mixer
  • A garage (especially in cold weather)
  • Our little one on the way (what a miracle childbirth is)
  • Traveling home for the holidays
  • So many dear friends

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Quick Weekend Recap

Holiday Pictures @ Temple Square
 Lots of pasture/animals/Grandpa time
 Nephew's Play
 Nephew's Football Game/time with cousins (great win Pirates!)

Beautiful snow storm (wish I could bring winter weather back to NV)
It was so amazing to go home. I cried as we came into Utah. I never thought Utah was anything special and I didn't feel like I needed/wanted to live there for the rest of my life. I don't know if it seems better comparing it to Nevada, or if it's more than that.

When Nic had his internship in Washington DC it was such a major life changing event for me. I became much more independent there and opened my mind to so many things. It was our time there that made me really want to live out of state. I loved experiencing a variety of cultures, I loved experiencing a different place to live and a much different way of life.

Nevada has been such a different experience. Maybe it's because I knew we were only in Washington DC for a short time and Nevada could be more permanent. Maybe it's because DC is such a neat place that anyone would love living there. I really don't know. All I know is that this does not seem like a place I want to stay. It doesn't seem like a place I want to raise children. I don't like living by casinos and brothels. I don't like living in a place where the people seem sad and unhappy (not the people in my ward of course, they are great). And you already know how I feel about the landscape/sagebrush/weather.

Going back to Utah actually made it worse I think. I thought I knew what I was missing, but it was more evident while we were there how much I was actually missing out on. Family is a very obvious reason why it's hard to live away.

Reading my blog you may think that I am not trying very hard to like it here, I feel like I am. We do any activity in town that we can find. In my opinion, it's just a hard place to live. I am also willing to admit that this whole experience may be a lot worse because I am pregnant. You can blame everything on hormones, right?

So for now I am trying to look forward to our 2 remaining visits home. Nic and I are trying to figure out our future and decide what we really want and will make us happy. I will keep trying to find the good here so that I can make the most of this experience. Maybe time is all I need?

Monday, November 7, 2011

Virginia City

We had fun exploring Virginia City on Saturday. It's only about 20 minutes from us. Virginia City is an old mining town and it literally looks like it did 150 years ago. There is nothing modern and most of the buildings and homes are all original. Here is more info if you are interested: I loved walking around and exploring the cute city. Besides it being 20 degrees, we had a blast.
Sam wanted to ride this Rudolph outside the Christmas Store...not the smoothest ride! 
Nic and I still can't stop laughing!
 We pulled over to take a picture of the wild horse sign, its weird to see this sign without a rider on the horse. Just after we turned the corner we saw a whole herd crossing the road. Pretty cool!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

November is here!

This is my favorite time of year! November 1st -December 25th! A lot of people give me a hard time for starting the Christmas music on the first of November, but I can't get enough of the Holiday Season. I group Thanksgiving & Christmas into the "Holiday Season" and I love both months so much. I don't mean to sound corny, but there is no other time of year where everyone openly recognizes, worships, and honors the why not make this part of the year last as long as possible?

If a live Christmas tree would last for 2 months I would put mine up today!

I have never been away from home this time of year. I hope we can find ways to make it feel like the holidays here. Some of my favorite things about this time of year (that I am missing already) are...
  • Downtown SLC: decorations, lights, temple square, horse drawn carriages
  • Bountiful Christmas/Light Parade
  • Festival of Tress (this will be the first time that Nic and I miss this)
  • The Nutcracker with my mother-in-law & sister-in-law 
  • Baking with family
  • Malls & Stores all decorated
  • Scones at Winder Dairy (which we hope to fit in while we are home for Christmas!)
  • Black Friday Shopping with Sisters
  • Christmas/Window Shopping at all of the Malls
  • Driving around looking at Christmas lights
  • Getting our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving
  • Snow on the Mountains
Are you a November 1st celebrator or hater?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy Halloween!

A new friend of ours here in Carson City invited Sam and I over for a Halloween party last week. She did such a good job and the kids loved every minute of it.
Making mummy pizzas (aren't they cute?)
 Candy Necklaces (you can tell that most of her candy did not end up on her necklace)
 Decorating sugar cookies

Next, we had our neighborhood trunk or treat which was so much fun.
 Sam was too small for all of the games, but everyone was so nice to let her play anyway.

 On Halloween we took her around to a couple of houses in our circle and she had a blast!

I hope you had an awesome Halloween!