Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Mckae and Julie Ballard

Man oh Man, these last few weeks have been a bit chaotic with Christmas, buying another house, and Julie’s wedding! Friday we drove up to Saint George for Julie’s wedding brunch and sealing. It was a beautiful sealing and Julie looked absolutely gorgeous. Justin and I were so glad that we were able to take time off of work, so that we could be there. After the sealing we took pictures and it was FREEZING!! The kids were shivering and crying and asking us to take them home, it was pretty funny and sad. I am so glad that Justin and I got married in the spring. After the pictures we went to the stake center and put some final touches on a few things for the reception and then the reception started. The decorations looked awesome! She had beautiful backdrops and center pieces and a cute slide show playing. Justin, Brian, and I decorated both Julie and Mckae’s cars it was a lot of fun, but unfortunately Mckae’s mom removed some of our decorations before Julie and Mckae got to see it, but thanks to Darin we have pictures. LOL! The reception ended and at 8:00 p.m. and then we tore everything down and packed it all up and headed back to Vegas. Justin and I didn’t even unload the car when we got home because we were so dang tired! We just went straight to bed. Saturday morning we got up unloaded the car, got ready, and did a few things around the house, and then Connie called and asked us to come help set up for the Open House. Jo and I decorated the church and taste tested all the food :) They had a nacho bar and it was delicious!! There was homemade salsa and guacamole, refried beans, jalapenos, olives, and lots of other yummy dips. And for dessert there was strawberry short cake and slush! Everyone went back for seconds and even thirds :) They had a really good turn out and I met a lot of old family friends and Justin got to catch up with them. He really enjoyed seeing them and talking to them about their lives. The open house was supposed to end at 7:30 p.m., but people were there until after 8:00 p.m.. As soon as it ended we packed it up again and cleaned up again. It was a really nice wedding and weekend, but I think we’re all glad that it’s over and that Mckae is officially part of the family.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

We finally found one!

After a year of trying to decide whether to buy a new home for us or just buy one to rent out…we finally decided to buy one to rent. We found a house across the street that is the same exact floor plan as ours and we put an offer in on Monday and last night we got a call from out realtor and they said the bank had accepted the offer!!! Exciting, huh? The bank is even going to put in carpet for us! Justin and I were really surprised that they responded so quickly, so if things go according to planned we should be done with everything by January. All we need to do is find someone to rent it, if you’re interested let me know :) Here are a few pictures of the house, I really like it. It has new tile throughout the house, and new countertops, and hopefully soon it will have new carpet!! I am just so glad we are done house hunting for a while. If you are looking for a good realtor, please let me know we love our realtors, they are the best!! To those of you who are still looking I wish you the best of luck, I definitely feel for you, it is frustrating to say the least!! You just have to have some patience, which is something Justin and I just don’t have much of. Well…happy house hunting J

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Christmas at the Bellagio

It snowed here in Las Vegas yesterday, which was actually really nice. Now, I am not a fan of the cold, especially cold and wet weather, but I didn’t mind it yesterday at all. I loved being able to bundle up and drink hot cocoa. Justin and I went to the Bellagio and looked the atrium and watched the water show. It was a lot of fun! The decorations were awesome! Last night definitely made it feel a little more like Christmas. There are only 9 days until Christmas and I am so excited! I hope the cool weather sticks around for just a little bit longer, but not for too long. I hope everyone is enjoying this holiday season. Good luck with all of your last minute shopping JHere are a few pictures from last night, they are the best quality because they are from my camera on my phone. I have some on my camera, but the battery died, so I had to take the majority of them on my phone.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Be Optimistic

“ I woke up early today, excited over all I get to do before the clock strikes midnight. I have responsibilities to fulfill today. I am important. My job is to choose what kind of day I am going to have.

Today I can complain because the weather is rainy…or I can be thankful that the grass is getting watered for free. I can feel sad that I don’t have more money…or I can be glad my finances encourage me to plan my purchases wisely and guide me away from waste.

Today I can grumble about my health…or I can rejoice that I am alive. I can lament over all that my parents didn’t give me when I was growing up…or I can feel grateful that they allowed me to be born.

Today I can cry because roses have thorns…or I can celebrate that thorns have roses. I can mourn my lack of friends…or I can excitedly embark upon a quest to discover new friendships.

Today I can whine because I have to go to work…or I can shout for joy because I have a job to do. I can complain because I have to go to school…or eagerly open my mind and fill it with rich new tidbits of knowledge.

Today I can murmur dejectedly because I have to do housework…or I can feel honored because Heavenly Father has provided shelter for my mind, body, and soul.

Today stretches ahead of me, waiting to be shaped. And here I am the sculptor who gets to do the shaping. What today will be like is up to me. I get to choose what kind of day I will have.”


Try to look on the bright side there are always things to be grateful for. We choose how to react to the things that happen in our lives, so let’s just try to stay positive and remember that trials only make us stronger :) and we never have to go through them alone. I admit I struggle with seeing the good in all things, but I am going to make it my goal to choose what kind of day I am going to have every day. What could it hurt??

Gas prices are going down...down...down

and I am loving it!! I paid $1.60/gallon, I can’t remember the last time I was able to fill my tank for less than $30.00, but I am not complaining. I hope they keep dropping or just stay where they are :)

Monday, December 8, 2008

This weekend was quite eventful! Friday night Justin’s sisters Laura and Betty Jo came over and we decorated and made some food for Julie’s shower on Saturday. I had a lot of fun talking with them and getting to know them a little better. (I really did luck out with having good in-laws!!) Thank you two for all of your help, I greatly appreciate it!! Saturday, Julie went through the temple for the first time. Everyone in the family was there, except for Afton and Brian. She looked beautiful and there was such a sweet spirit there. I was so glad that she invited Justin and I. Mckae and his parents were also there, this was the first time we had all met them. They were so nice! After the temple, we went back to my house to finish prepping for the shower. The shower started at 6:00 p.m. and I think it turned out really well. It was fun to get to know some of her friends and spend some more time with the family. It was also fun to hear the stories about how they met, the proposal, their house, and…? She got some nice things and some embarrassing things, but then again it wouldn’t be a bridal shower if something didn’t make the bride-to-be blush. Lol! Only 11 more days until the wedding!! Crazy, huh?? I am so excited for her and Mckae, it will be nice to have him in our family.

Update on Andi

Our cute little niece Andi had open heart surgery last Monday. She had a heart murmur, so they had to operate on her valve. It was so scary, because she was only 8 days old. The surgery went well and she is recovering. She got to home this weekend, which is awesome. Unfortunately Afton and Brian live in Texas, so the family hasn’t been able to help out as much as we would have liked to, but they are always in our thoughts and prayers. I am so glad that Andi is home and I hope that she will continue gain weight and get stronger and healthier.

Thanksgiving Weekend

Justin had to work this Thanksgiving, but he didn’t have to go in until 4 p.m., so we were able to eat with his family at 1 p.m.. This was the first time in the last few years that we haven’t eaten more than once, which is probably a good thing :) We usually eat with both families but this year my family was in Zion. We would have to loved to be there, but it just didn’t work with our work schedules. Justin and I were so glad that his family decided to eat early, so that we could be there. The food was delicious!! Laura made the turkey and lots of yummy pies and Justin’s mom made home-made rolls, stuffing, and lots of other yummy things. It was so nice to sit down and spend time with the family and talk about what we are all thankful for, although, we did miss Julie, Mckae, Brian, Afton, and the kids. After we ate we headed back home, so that Justin could go to work. After Justin left I went shopping. I found a few things here and there for me, for the house, and Christmas gifts for the family. I really wasn’t to o impressed with the sales this year though. Michaels had an awesome sale on picture frames though, so I made sure to stock up. After a few hours of shopping I went back to Justin’s parents and helped his mom and Laura stencil and stamp Julie’s wedding invites. They turned out so cute!! Justin had to work until 7 a.m., yes, 4 p.m.- 7 a.m., that’s 15 hours!!! He was happy to get the overtime and he was especially happy that is was Holiday pay! Now, I can’t say I was too excited, but I am thankful he has a job, I just hate to be home alone. So…I watched “Prince Caspian” and waited for him to come home.

Saturday, we went to Best Buy, Walmart, and Kmart, we were trying to find Rock Band or Guitar Hero bundles and we did, but we didn’t end up buying either. We would still like to get one, but we decided to wait a little longer. We did get a GPS though and we really like it.

Overall, it was a good weekend. We didn’t do a whole lot, but it was nice to just have time off and get some things done. I have some pictures and I will try to get them posted A.S.A.P.