Monday, December 6, 2010

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Not much has been happening around here lately. For Thanksgving, we went to Bud and LaRetta's house in Sunset, LA. It was great to see them. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring my camera....We were also sick the entire week. Thanks to LaRetta for taking such good care of us. I seemed to be the last one to recover, and am still trying to get my voice all the way back. I think pregnancy has weakened my immune system. =(
We are excited for Christmas to come this year. My sister Mandy gets to come home from D.C. and my cousin Holli, gets off her mission this month. I can't wait to see all of my family and have a much needed girls night out. I love getting to be with all my sisters at the same time. They are truly my best friends!!
Here are a few pics of the last week. Annabeth helped me make Christmas cookies, and we went to a Christmas display in Richardson. I love this month and want to fill each weekend with something fun to celebrate the season - especially since this is the first year that Annabeth really "gets" what it's all about. Looking forward to a wonderful month!
Helping mommy roll out Christmas cookies.

Mrs. Grumpy pants

Happy again

Finished product!

Annabeth and Tava posing

Annabeth got to meet Mrs. Clause. I think she liked her better than Santa b/c she had cookies.

Forgot to post this pic of her wearing her Thanksgiving outfit

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Random Photos

I made this!....kind of....ok I pretty much cut the fabric. Luckily, Sister Reese helped me finish it and I think it turned out really cute. I think I shall attempt to make her a Christmas one all by myself...ahem...well, I'll probably be calling you mom.

Home Sweet Home in Shreveport

We visited mom and dad last week and here are a few pictures from the weekend.Mom, Dad, and Annabeth saying goodbye after a fun weekend. Annabeth loves her grandma and "Pa paw."
We got to feed this huge giraffe, but Annabeth shyed away after he licked her with his ginormous tongue! Can't say I blame her.
We got to see our cousins, Brooke and Rylan.
Annabeth wasn't scared at all to ride the ferris wheel with Julie and Grandma, but I was terrified the entire time.

Riding the carousel with grandma.

This was at the circus tent. She loved all the circus acts and had a great time.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween 2010

Halloween happens to be one of my favorate holidays. There is something morbidly awesome about being able to celebrate all the things that creep you out. Unfortunately, Annabeth isn't old enough for us to make a truly gruesome costume for her...yet. When we asked her what she wanted to be for Halloween, she answered "Pink!" And so, since I couldn't find a costume for a pink crayon, she went as a fairy/princess. We got to dress up for music makers, Mother's Day out, the ward trunk or treat, and Halloween night. Lots of parties and way too much candy. She got really good at saying "trick or treat."
At the FlowerMound Pumpkin Patch.
Daddy helped us carve our very first Jack-o-Lantern.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Letting Go

The other night, Brent and I watched The Book of Eli. If you haven't seen it, the movie is about a guy who has sworn to preserve the last Bible on earth so that it doesn't fall into the wrong hands. There has been some kind of apocalyptic event which has destroyed most books, not that it matters since most people can't read anyway. Books are considered a novelty and folks would do anything to get their hands on a Bible and actually be able to read it.

After watching the movie, it got me thinking about my scripture reading - which I haven't been all that great at lately. And I thought- if there were no other distractions, no other books, no TV shows, no movies, no internet - it would be so easy to to read my scriptures.

And then I realized......I'm addicted - to my tv and computer screen. There always seems to be something more interesting to watch on tv or my laptop, something easier and more entertaining than reading. And so I have decided to give up the following things that dominate my precious time:

Private Practice (which isn't even that great of a show, I only started watching it b/c I'm an avid Grey's fan and wanted to keep up with Addison)
Glee (It started innocent enough but has turned into a real sex fest)
Desperate Housewives (See the above comment)
Brothers and Sisters (Again - not even that great of a show, but it has Sally Field in it so can you blame me?)
Reality Telivision is any shape or form (Need I say more)
ET (unfortunately,it's true. I like to stay abreast of celebrity's botched boob jobs and ever changing spouses)
Facebook (Not giving up but limiting time...not ready to give that one up completely just yet)
Random Surfing of the Internet (I am a total news junkie. Limiting computer time to 1 hour a day for email, news, facebook, etc.)

The only show I actually have to see is Grey's, which is not necessarily the cleanest of the above, but hey, I'm a work in progress!

With my newfound time I plan to:

Read my scriptures every day
Finish reading Rough Stone Rolling (Which I started a year ago and never finished)
Keep up with my blog and read other's blogs
Call a sister, mom, or friend
Practice piano

There's a saying that goes "When thinking of your life at the last, it helps you decide what ought to come first." I don't want to look back on my life and see that it has been filled with mindless junk.

And so - here's to new's years resolutions in the middle of October! Cheers!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Restore Sanity!

I wish I could go to this. So I am asking my wonderful sister, Mandy, who lives in the D.C. area, to please go in my place. Be sure to hold a sign that says "Obama is NOT Hitler!" while shouting "Be reasonable!" Other signs I liked were:

You are entitled to your own opinion but you are not entitled to your own spelling.


I disagree with you but I'm pretty sure you're not Hitler.


Refudiate Insanity!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Life is Good!

Over the last year, lots has happened. Annabeth turned two years old! I was ward camp director. Brent finished and passed all four of his CPA exams on the FIRST try. We got a PS3 and can now stream netflix - lifechanging since we don't have cable. We lost a grandmother and a wonderful aunt with just a few months. Annabeth moved from her crib into a toddler bed. I celebrated 5 years of marriage with the best husband a girl could have. I watched the entire 6 seasons of LOST and it changed my life forever. I got a ticket and had to take defensive driving with some very questionable people. I planted my first garden and edible things actually grew in it! We finally bought a new mattress and ditched the one from Brent's childhood. Brent and I finally finished the BOM after 2 years (only took a year longer than planned ). We watched all three seasons of Arrested Development and fell in love with the Bluths. I was called to teach in Young Women's. We picked out and bought our very own furniture! Annabeth started potty-training. (I still can't believe my baby is old enough to sit on a potty!)

And not too long ago, we found out that we are expecting another baby in May. We are about 9-10 weeks along and very excited.

I am finding that life moves fast, and I have to take more time to enjoy the small things that happen everyday. It's incredible the things you forget when you don't take the time to write them down.

New Beginnings

After nearly a year of being a lazy bum, I am happy to announce that the Barrow Bunch blog has been rescusitated! I'm not really sure where to start after a year of writing absolutely nothing, but here goes.

Stay tuned!