December 31, 2008

What a year this has been!

I hope and pray that you had a marvelous Christmas with your family and friends! I certainly did! I, however, did not get too many pictures of Christmas Day. :( It was a day of family and friends surrounding us, good food, gifts under the tree, entertainment by a 3-year-old, and lots of great memories! Remembering that amazing birth so long ago, in a town far, far away was the center of everything this year and Cole reminded me of that every time he looked at his own little nativity scene that was given to him by his friend, Faith. :) He also loved arranging and rearranging Mary, Kyle and Baby Jesus! :) He would then correct himself and say, "Oh no, no, not's Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus." He certainly loves his Auntie Mary and Uncle Kyle, although they are so very far from us now. On that note, I would like to post a very BIG congratulations to Mary & Kyle on the birth of their beautifully handsome son, Wyatt James, on Christmas Eve! Wyatt made his way into this world of ours at 3:14 p.m., weighing in at 6 lbs 10 ozs and measuring 18 1/2 inches long. Wyatt, we can't WAIT to meet you, little man. We are so thankful for you, your mama and your papa. :)

This year has been one for the books for me. It has had SO many ups and downs, highs and lows, and has been a constant reminder that I need to rely on the Lord to give me strength and hope. Although this year has disappointed me in so many ways, it has been so encouraging and wonderful. Knowing that God has me and my son in HIS hands at ALL times is wonderful! Knowing that things WILL be alright is encouraging! Knowing that my family is ALWAYS there for me, no matter WHAT comes my way is wonderful! Knowing that I have countless friends that will CONSTANTLY support me and PRAY for me is so encouraging! Thank you to those who have kept me and Cole and my family in your prayers...I do not have any way to clearly express how much it has meant to me. THANK YOU!!!!

How exciting that a new year is upon us! What will this new year bring? Who will it bring into our lives? Where will we go over the next 12 months? Only the Lord knows and we will just have to WAIT UPON HIM! I think the biggest test that I have had to go through this year is waiting. Waiting seems to be one of the hardest trials to endure, as there is no end in sight. You just have to wait for the answer and wait with patience, confidence and more patience! And with the right attitude and mindset. Isaiah 40:31 says, "Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary." I have certainly gained a new strength in this process!! Although I have needed some time to rest along the way, rest my soul, I have not grown tired and weary but have become energized by the Lord!!! I pray all the time that the Lord will continue to give me that strength to endure. 1 Corinthians 10:24 exclaims, "Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win."

will run.

I will run to win.

Run with me.

December 19, 2008

Frosted Friday!

Pictures taken this morning in our backyard! :)
Let me know what you think...I love 'em! :)

December 17, 2008

What a weekend!

Wow...I'm glad it's over, but it was GREAT! Here are how things went down...

On Friday, we had our first performance of the SCV Candlelight Christmas Concert at Grace. I had my camera with me the whole time, so unfortunately, I have no pics of the choir and orchestra. We all did wonderfully, including mom with her bum hand, and afterward, we went out to In-and-Out with Cheryl, Zach and Emily. We had a blast watching my little man entertaining everyone with his stories and songs...thanks guys for making it out for the concert and hanging for a bit! It was a lot of fun!!! Now, home to study for a midterm at 8:00 a.m....

On Saturday, Which ended up being at 10:30 a.m. because my instructor's car broke down. :( But me and all the classmates ended up studying in the hallway and crammin' for the last bit of info. It worked and I pulled off a 96% on the midterm (which is 20% of my grade for the class!) WAHOO! :) The fam and I had lunch and then I had to get ready for the 4:30 p.m. call time for the next concert. It went very well again and Cole and I took some pictures...

Me and my sweet boy...
Mom, Cole and I...We, of course, needed to throw in a silly one!!! :)
And then we headed off to Aaron's Graduation Party at the Precht's home...Aaron graduated from the Nursing program at C.O.C. on Wednesday and there was a big bash for him celebrating his success!!! Aaron, I'm so very proud of you and can't wait to hear all your future nursing stories!!! Here are some pics from the party!
Aaron and I...
Sam and I...
Seth and I...
Samantha and I...
Jill and I -
Mom, TJ and Tyler warming up in the living room...
And Mom, Judy and Seth warming their buns up by the nice fire...
It was a VERY fun and very late night, so...

On Sunday, Cole and I slept in and enjoyed a quiet morning. We had lunch together and then I had to get ready for the last Christmas performance. The Grace choir is certainly something special to be a part of and I'm SO very grateful to have been a part of it for 1 year! I started the first week in January and have been carried through this last year on prayers and support from my choir family. Thank you!

After the concert, Cole and I headed out to dinner at Stonefire with mom & dad, Emilie & Brice, Aunt Cheryl & Uncle Tedd, and Aunt Jenny & Uncle Rod. We had such a good time eating and chatting the evening away! It was super-loud in there, but we still had a great time. Good food, good much better can it get??? :) We said our goodbyes and headed my sweet bed! Cole and I had a fun night reading Christmas stories and snuggling up! :)

December 15, 2008

You've Gotta Check this out...

So Kandi's put this music video on her blog and you need to check it out...

Leave a comment and tell me what you think. Richardsons and Villaflors, be sure to check it will definitely enjoy it. :)

December 12, 2008


Cole - "Hey Mom, do you know what an adult is?"

Me - "Yes, an adult is a grown-up."

Cole - "Yeah, adult is a grown-up. Did you know we have to be so, SO very careful with grown-ups?"

Me - "Why do we need to be careful, sweetie?"

Cole - "We need to be care not to punch them in their face."


December 11, 2008

Check out Summer's latest posting...

It's too cute for words...

Here it is...

Yup...they are WAY too cute!!!

Stitches, Thanksgiving, Terrific Tots and Christmas Cuteness...

So here are a bunch of updates that have happened over the last month...I know, I'm a slacker. The first picture may make you queasy...proceed with caution. ;)

My mom's stitches after the dressing fell wasn't a pretty sight. She sliced her finger open somethin' fierce while trying to flatten a box outside in the backyard. Blood gushing...the whole she-bang. This all happened 45 minutes before Mary's baby shower for little Wyatt James a couple of Sundays ago. I immediately told her to just GO and get everything stitched up because there was NO way that wound was going to stop bleeding on it's own. Thankfully, she only missed about 45 minutes of the shower and we all just ate and chatted so she could join us for the fun stuff. :) It's healing pretty nicely, although when they took the stitches out, it was still just gaping...weird! She's playing in the Grace Christmas concerts this weekend against her doc's orders! YIKES! There are no replacements for harp, so apparently she just needs to suck it up. She'll do wonderfully!On to Thanksgiving Day...
Brice, Mom and Uncle Tedd (always goofing off!) getting some GOOD grub! :)
Thanksgiving dinner with the Duncans...MMMmmm! Thanks Aunt Cheryl and Grandma Vi for such a tasty meal and fun time with the family...we need to do that more often!
The cousins...Emilie, Kacy, Renelle and Philip...on Thanksgiving Day!

We all enjoyed playing a couple of rounds of Cranium after the big are some pictures from the games!! Kace reading "a question out loud and passing it to the team." :)Aunt Cheryl SO EXCITED that Brice was guessing the right thing!!!
The other team deep in thought, trying to figure out the question...
Brice and Phil had to act something out...together...quality laughs!
Time for Terrific Tots...
Cole's Preschool Christmas class picture!
Cole with Miss Laura and the one and only girl in the class, Morgan, having so much fun outside!
Auntie Emilie and I conducted Circle Time and sang "Holiday" :( songs with the kiddos...we sang The Twelve Days of Christmas, Jingle Bells (as pictured below) and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. It was a blast!
Cole opening his gift exchange was a Kung Fu Panda book...he LOVED it!
Cole with Miss Anita and Miss Laura on his last day of Preschool in 2008! They are WONDERFUL teachers and we are both so thankful for them!Cole looking pretty cute (I must say) in front of our Christmas tree this year!
He even knows how to pose...I seriously didn't tell him anything...what a natural stud! :)
I have my first midterm for my Pharmacy Technician program this Saturday and would appreciate any and all prayers you can send my way! So far, the class is going very smoothly and I have a 95% in the class. :) YAY ME! :) I'd love it to stay that way and this midterm is 20% of my entire grade in the class...hopefully I'll do well. It's only happening on the most busy weekend of all for me with all the GBC Christmas concerts going on as well. I'm hoping to get some studying done today and tomorrow morning, then it's all up to the brain retaining and spitting it out at the right time. Next week, I'll try and post some pictures from the concert and Aaron's Nursing Graduation Party from this weekend!! Enjoy yours and come to the concerts if you can! :)

November 6, 2008

Halloween & Fall Festival...

Here are some pics from Halloween & the Fall Festival at Grace...

Gutting pumpkins is SO much fun! :)

"Ew Mom! Check out all this goo!"

"Mom, get it off!!!! I need to wash my hands RIGHT NOW!"
The only pumpkin that I actually carved...but it was pretty cool. :)

Cole's preschool class picture for their Halloween dress-up day! (2 days before Halloween)

Pretty much the cutest bat I've ever seen! Showing off his wings during Circle Time at preschool!
Cole and I all ready to go trick-or-treating around our neighborhood before heading to Fall Festival at Grace. I had my grandma's leather dress on from the 1940 or 50's that she wore to a costume party way back then! It was fun. :)

Trick-or-treating at Heather and Adam's house...
At the Fall Festival...he looks so happy here...most of the evening was spent in tears or tired fits...but he did have a blast going through Box City. :)Auntie Jamie met us and rocked out with us at the Fall Festival!!! What a punk! :)
Cole flying through the Conference Center showing us his skills. :)
At the end of the night, the Brache's took down their life size Spiderman from the roof of their car and we snapped a picture with him. Here's Cole shooting some webs with Spiderman! :)
All in all, we had a good evening and we got a TON of candy...which we are still trying to figure out ways to get rid of. :) Now, to my favorite holiday of the year...Thanksgiving!! :)

October 20, 2008

Autumn Greetings to you!

Here is a picture from our family trip to Lombardi's Ranch!! We enjoyed the day so much!!

I took lots of see the rest of the album, click the link below and check them out!!!

Hope you enjoyed the pictures...and enjoy your fall season! :)

Happy Birthday Bricicle!!

We celebrated Brice's 26th birthday on Saturday the 11th by going to Red Robin, going to a home C.O.C. football game, and then coming here to play cards games! We also went out to dinner at Sisley's on his actual birthday, which was the 13th! It was a celebration weekend!!! Here are a couple of pictures from the Saturday celebration!

Brice, I hope you had a wonderful birthday and I'm so very thankful for you and all that you are to me and to Cole! I pray that the Lord will RICHLY bless you and your FAMILY this next year! :)

October 10, 2008

NKOTB Concert...Really.

So, Lindsay and Brian have a hook-up at the Staples Center and were able to get tickets to the SOLD-OUT New Kids On The Block concert that was on Wednesday night. Linds and I were not feelin' the love before we left and weren't all that excited...I had had a major migraine that day and was not feeling good at all. Thankfully, my migraine meds worked wonders and I was able to go with Linds and we had a GREAT time. Once we got there, we felt the love and the excitement. It was loads of fun listening to and groovin' to music from SO long ago. NKOTB was actually really good and their voices were even better than I remember. They put on an excellent show and we were so happy that we went! We even got to see Natasha Beddingfield perform about 5 songs for the preshow. She's got some serious lungs! Here are a few pics that I thought were pretty good...we were sitting in the VIP section on the left side of the stage. :) Thanks again, Linds, for taking me...I had such a good time!!! And thanks to you, I've renewed my MAJOR crush on Jordan Knight. :)

Linds and I in front of the...
Natasha Beddingfield...
And the crowd goes seriously and absolutely berzerk!!!
Oh Oh uh Oh oh, Oh oh uh oh, Oh Oh uh Oh oh, The Right Stuff... :)
Yes...Jordan was singing to me...
The Staples Center was completely was awesome...and deafening!
Singing "Forever"
They were so sneaky and somehow teleported to the back of the Staples Center and sang on a rotating stage and Jordan played the piano...they sang about 3 songs out there...very cool...
And had a dancer on top of the piano...
Joe McIntyre dancing with a lucky lady...
Jordan singing a solo song...with his shirt unbuttoned...blowing by a fan...OH LORD!
Joe singing to the ladies!
Donnie saying, "This goes out to Renelle, baby, wherever you are..." LOL!
Spotlights are fun.
There goes Jordan again, singing to me...
Do you see the halos about them...I think they're my angels. :)
Wish I was in the front row right then! :)
End of the concert...and "Hangin' Tough!"

"Good night Lindsay and Renelle...thanks for coming!" :)
Great show...Fun times! :)