Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Back in the Saddle Again

We have been back in Nebraska for about a week now, and I will have to say I'm glad I missed the crazy snow storms. The snow piles all over the city are amazing. Most of them are taller than I am. I was just talking to Dan today about how nice it was to have 35 degree weather today, and then I thought about it for a minute and said, "did you ever think we would be grateful for 30 degree weather?" My perspective on what real cold weather is like is forever changed. For the first few days we were back Hollyn kept saying that she wanted to go home. When I told her we were home she said, "no back to AZ where the cousins are." We sure were spoiled over the break, especially Hollyn. She had constant entertainment from family and friends. Let's just say life here isn't quite as exciting. Dan has started his final semester of law school. I can't believe we are a few months away from being done with school forever. These last three years have gone by so quickly and although they haven't always been easy, I can honestly say I am grateful for them. We have grown tremendously as a family and I have grown as an individual. We have also met some amazing friends that we will have for a lifetime. Don't get me wrong, I can't wait for Dan to graduate and be done with law school, but I will truly miss our friends here in Nebraska. Speaking of leaving, we know for sure where we are going. Dan received a job offer in Arizona so we are officially moving to Arizona when school is over. I am so proud of Dan and all the time and dedication he has put into school. The majority of his time has been spent in a stuffy library, but it has been worth it and we couldn't be happier. In other news, I just found out today that Paige needs tubes in her ears. I know many people thats children have had tubes in their ears, but I'm still a little nervous knowing that she will be put under. I'm just hoping that this will stop the ear infections and help her sleep better at night. We love our little Paigey, and as Hollyn likes to say she's our little "mischief maker."

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Disneyland and Birthdays

December is a crazy month for our family. In a less than a two week period we have Christmas Eve, Christmas, Dan and Hollyn's birthdays, New Years and our anniversary. Two days after Christmas we had Dan's birthday. We had fun plans for his birthday to hang out with some friends, but Dan ended up getting sick and we had to cancel our plans and Dan went to bed. We were able to celebrate on his actual birthday, Sunday, and make his favorite meal, Sweat and Sour Chicken and open presents. The next day we headed for California to spend Hollyn's birthday at Disneyland. We were able to go with most of Dan's family and most importantly the cousins and stay at a hotel right across the street from Disneyland. Tuesday morning, Hollyn's birthday, we headed over to the park. Hollyn was so excited because she got a fun Disney pin that said It's My Birthday and all of the cousins were able to wear pins that said Celebrate. Every ride we went on the people who work there would tell her happy birthday. The smile on her face was priceless. The kids were able to ride on almost every ride, thanks to fast passes and lots of parents who love their kids enough to wait in line for a long time. Hollyn's favorite rides were Space Mountain and Thunder Mountain. The only ride she did not like was The Tower of Terror. Let's just say my sister in law and I had never been on the ride before and didn't know what to expect when we took our 5 year old daughters on the ride. It was so cute to listen to them talking after the ride. Hollyn said to Kate, "I had my eyes close the whole time," and Kate replied "Me too!" Then Hollyn turned to my and said, that frightened me Mom. Boy did I feel like the mother of the year. After the parade, we headed back to the hotel for dinner, Hollyn's choice pizza. (I almost forgot to mention, at the parade Mrs. Clause turned to Hollyn and said Happy Birthday.) Once we finished our very nutritious dinner a few of us headed back to the park. Dan was very happy to volunteer to stay and put Paige to bed while I took Hollyn to California Adventure. Hollyn made it until about 10 pm and then was done, and told me she was ready for bed. We had so much fun at Disneyland and the best part was that all the kids were able to enjoy it together. This may be our new traditon when our kids turn five, going to Disneyland on their actual birthday.

On another note Dan and I celebrated our 9th anniversary on the 3rd of January. I can't believe we have been married for 9 years already. One thing is for sure I love him even more now than I did when I married him. These are my top ten favorite things about Dan:
1. I love that he is goal oriented.
2. I love that he works so hard for our family.
3. I love his sense of humor. No matter how mad I am at him, he can make me laugh and it make me crazy.
4. I love that he holds and honors the priesthood.
5. I love how personable he is.
6. I love that he makes me a better person.
7. I love his smile.
8. I love how focused he is.
9. I love how he loves our girls and interacts with them.
10. I love that he will be graduating from law school in May.

Trip to Disneyland