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Escaping the Cold & Happy Belated Holidays

14 Jan

It’s been another long stretch since I last wrote to all of you. I hope everyone had a great holiday season and is starting off the New Year the way you had hoped!


The past few months have been busy! We traveled to sunny California to visit some awesome friends and meet their new little (adorable, melt my heart, handsome) addition to their family. We were so blessed to be able to take this trip. While we were there, we soaked up some of the warm weather, palm trees, and the wonderful company – I also got lots of baby snuggles in!



We went from California straight to Puerto Vallerta, Mexico. It was very much like our second honeymoon being just David and I, one that we definitely needed. Getting away together is such a special treat for us and being able to just relax is one we both looked forward to. We did lots of tropical drink tasting, worked hard on our sun tans, tasted the salt water (that may have just been me as I struggled to stay above some of the waves), watched lots of dolphins swim by, and lived in the moment.




Unfortunately, all vacations come to an end but I will always remember our awesome trip and felt very refreshed returning home (even with the 5 inches of snow that welcomed us back!). Although I’d like to think Gizmo missed us, he was being spoiled at Grandma’s and Grandpa’s and I don’t think he even realized we were gone.


Right when we got back from our trip, it was Christmas. I finished up my wrapping and baked some cookies to try to get into the Christmas spirit and enjoyed time with our families.


Unfortunately, Christmas was tougher for us this year than the past few years. I never thought about it when we started trying but having our ‘try for baby’ anniversary beginning a few days after Christmas was probably not a good idea. Even though it was hard at times, I can honestly say how thankful we are to have had the people we love surrounding us and can’t imagine how much harder the Holidays would have been without them.

New Years was exciting as two of our very close friends got engaged and we were there to witness it. We are looking forward to the New Year and their wedding celebration! Have I ever told you how much I love weddings?! David and I have the honor of standing as witnesses and toasting to their love together….maybe our speeches will be seen on YouTube some day? 😉 Totally kidding…not that brave!


That brings me to the now! I am hoping to blog more as I have a few topics I’d like to chat about and, though it seems like only on occasion, the blog has helped me to let go of some of my feelings and really work through them and hopefully it’s helping someone else out there as well…so expect a few more frequent posts.

Back to the cold....burrrr

Back to the cold….burrrr

Happy Tuesday!

“St. Martha, I resort to your aid and protection. As proof of my affection and faith, I offer this light which I shall burn in my heart every Tuesday. Please comfort me in all my difficulties and through the great favors you enjoyed when the Savior was lodged in your home please intercede for my family that we may be protected and provided for in our necessities. I ask of you, St. Martha, to help us overcome all difficulties as you overcame the dragon at your feet. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.” (Our Father…Hail Mary…Glory Be…)Say each Tuesday and light a candle for 9 consecutive weeks and leave a copy for someone else and promote devotion to St. Martha. All is granted, no matter how difficult.

*Given to me by my Aunt at Christmas. Feel free to participate and/or pass along to someone else.


A Tiger in the Bathroom…

5 Feb

Hello! I am back in action! Last week I was…in Vegas!


A few months ago some friends of ours asked us on a whim to join them with a larger group on a trip to Las Vegas. We were hesitant but got a super cheap deal on flights and hotel and signed up to go along! We went from Sunday to Thursday and had a blast! Although we didn’t win much (I think I am up a whole $35!), the experience was one I will remember for a lifetime. We definitely needed a vacation and during the cold winter months of January, it was so exciting to be able to go somewhere a little warmer…even though one of the days it was the same temperature in Iowa as Vegas! Crazy!?!

Saturday we ended up driving to the city the airport is in because Sunday they were expecting a wonderful Iowa ice storm. Luckily we beat the storm and had no problem getting to the airport on Sunday morning. After a small delay, we were on the plane and flying overhead!


We were also lucky enough for Priscilla and her husband (and later their friend as well) to join us from Sunday through Tuesday. I’ve never met such fun, down to Earth, and naturally hilarious people in my life!


I don’t think I’ll ever stop missing this girl!

We met up with them, starving as we had ate breakfast at 9:30 am Iowa time and while it was only about 7 pm in Vegas after we got to our hotel and changed, it was 9:00 Iowa…so we hit up Margaritaville for dinner and drinks.

Sunday night was a blast…a little too fun as we all were paying for it the next day and even the days to follow. Visiting Denny’s for some food about 4:00 AM before turning in for the night morning.



Made out of Jelly Beans



Heaven. (a chocolate waterfall)

Monday we took a bus to Fremont Street which is “Old Vegas”…older casinos and a pretty awesome overhead light show.



On the way, we stopped at the Stratosphere and took pictures on the top overlook as well as did the ride on the needle at the top. It was a pretty thrilling 20 seconds of my life that probably took a good 2 years off of it as well!


People actually jump 108 stories from the top allll the way to the bottom...

People actually jump 108 stories from the top allll the way to the bottom…

Our ride...

Our ride…

Check out some other vacationers’ videos of the Big Shot ride to get an idea of what it was like…http://bit.ly/XUB349

While in Vegas we also walked up and down the strip, went to New York New York, the Luxor, Planet Hollywood’s mall, the M&M store, and so many other fun things. One night we even saw a Pirate Show outside of Treasure Island and went to a “paradise island” type bartend show.


That’s a big M&M!


Wednesday we rented a car and drove to the Hoover Dam. It was pretty crazy how huge it is! We learned all about what the Dam does and how it was built. It’s crazy how something manmade like that can serve such an incredible purpose.



Fountain show…amazing!

Our trip was awesome but I am glad to be back in the swing of things and sleeping during normal times!