Friday, December 28, 2007

Christmas has come and gone

What a fun Christmas. We were able to spend time with all of our family and not feel like we had to run around to every house with no time.
Some of the highlights included:

Christmas Party at Beth's house

Pink princess pj's for Bella from Grandma Brown

My little pony from uncle Joel

White elephant game at grandma Jan's

Watching the look on Daris and Lewis's face when they saw their favorite things being given away
Seth's new cot from Grandma Pam
Letter to Bella from Santa

Doll House from Santa for Bella

Color Wonder for Seth (anyone who sits by us at church will appreciate that one)

Amy didn't go into labor on Christmas (I had contractions and got worried)

That was a quick version of just some of the fun things that we did. I feel so thankful that we were able to spend time with all of our family and friends. Now with Christmas over we can focus on getting ready for our new little baby. We can't wait!!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

what to give, what to give?

I was reading in a magazine the other day, and it said you should give all service workers a Christmas present. By service workers, they meant the garbage man, the mailman, the guy who brings the water or milk, or doctors and dentists. So I started thinking that was a good idea but now I'm wondering what to give. First of all I've never actually talked to my garbage man. To be honest he kind of scares me. He usually has a mean look on his face. I I don't get water or milk delivered so that leaves the mailman and my OB/GYN. Our mailman is very nice and I'm seeing a lot of my OB lately. So now I'm left wondering what to get them. I don't think I'd dare bake something for the mailman. He doesn't know me that well and all my time baking might go to waste. Giving chocolate to the doctor seems like a waste. I always hear him talking to the nurses about trying to loose weight. The more I think about the garbage man, I think I probably should be giving him something. Although I'm sure he'll think I'm crazy. Oh well, it won't be the first time someones thought that.
Anyway, if you have any good gift suggestions I'd love to hear them.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Fun weekend

This time of year gets so busy. I can't believe the weekend is over let alone that the month is already half over.
We had our annual friend/neighborhood Christmas party Friday night. So much fun, but of course I was so caught up in all the fun that I forgot to take pictures. The traditional white elephant game was fun, with Seth and Laura fighting over who got the Santa thong. We also introduced a new game. But I don't know the name, it has to do with nursery rhymes. It was so much fun watching my darling husband get stumped.
Then Saturday morning Beth took out her endowments. She chose this day because it would have been Seth's dad's birthday. She looked beautiful and so happy. Again, no pictures. After the temple everyone enjoyed lunch at Texas Roadhouse, one of their dad's favorites. (how cute is my sister-in-law? She's 24, so pretty, a nurse, owns her own place, gets Seth's sense of humor, and as Seth always says, she got the best traits of everyone in his family). I had to put that out there just so you all know.
Saturday night was the annual Christmas party with all of Seth's high school friends. (you guessed it, no pictures). Seth couldn't wait to bring the thong and hopefully Bart and Monica will get some use out of it. I'm sure everyone enjoyed seeing Bart try it on. We love our new cell phones that look like bricks.
I love this time of year when we get to spend time with family and friends. It almost makes me forgot how miserable I feel being pregnant. (only 4 weeks left)
Oh and one last thing that made our weekend great...Laura found out she's having a girl!!!! I can't wait for the little cousins to get here and be best friends.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Where has time gone?

As I sat in primary today the little kids from nursery came in to sit on the front row with the sunbeams. And there folding her arms and
being very reverent was my little Bella! Or as she would later tell me "mom I'm big kid Bella now". I've known this was going to happen for some time but being there made it very real. It was so fun to watch all their little faces as they looked around at all the older kids and tried to sing the songs they'd never heard.
I just can't believe I have a child coming into primary. I've been told I'll be released at the beginning of the year so I don't have to worry about teaching and having a new baby, but seeing Bella in there today made me almost want to stay for another year.
I guess this is all just part of being a mom. Kids get older and I'm left wondering how fast time has gone.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Happy Birthday Bella!!!!!

Three years ago today my little Bella was born. I can't believe how much has happened since then. Last night and this morning I've been feeling a little emotional as I think back at how much has happened and where I was three years ago at this time. I went into Bella's room last night and watched her sleep and thought about how thankful I am to be her mom. What a blessing.
This morning we started off her birthday in true Amy style. Anyone who knows me well knows I make a HUGE deal out of birthdays. (junior high count down, which I would prefer to just forget, and the woods cross birthday calendar, ring any bells?). Anyway, we did our traditional breakfast and presents in bed. (Seth has to do this too on his birthday, but he wouldn't let me post his pictures on the blog). Technically we started Bella's birthday a little early. Saturday morning she had a birthday party with her friends. There was coloring, dancing and eating cup cakes. The best part was when her friend Tanner opened all of her presents. Bella didn't mind because she was preoccupied with something else, but her other friends Emily and Kalli had a fit because he wasn't following the rules. That night we had dinner with her cousins at the Spaghetti Factory. I swear it was her choice. What can I say if she has good taste? Then Sunday night we had the Brown side of the family over for cake and ice cream. And thanks Kelli for actually reading my blog. Once again Kim at Parson's did an amazing job on Bella's cake. She always goes above and beyond on our cake and then gives us a screaming deal. Then to top off Bella's birthday today, she gets to spend the morning with her best friend and cousin Luke, who also has a birthday today. What a fun birthday. Bella, I love you so much!!