Wednesday, December 28, 2011

First Visit to Santa

Before moving out of our condo we decided to have our own Christmas and enjoy our last night in our place. We opened gifts by our Charlie Brown tree, then put Mila's gift together (video to come). After Mila took her last nap we headed to Riverwoods for dinner and to see Santa.
We started the tradition last year of looking at Christmas lights on Christmas Eve to remind us of the light Christ brings to our lives. The Riverwood lights were a perfect reminder!
As for Mila's for experience with Santa, it was a success! After being introduced, she had no problem sitting on his lap long enough for us to get the obligatory photo. Thanks Santa!


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Goodbye Condo #12

While Mila and I were in Texas our condo was viewed and sold!! Crazy huh?! Although the timing seems bad, it is a blessing for sure. The Lord really has been looking out for us and answering our prayers. Such as...
1. Chase's mom being both the buyer's agent and ours, so we aren't having to pay as much money in fees.
2. Our buyers are actually "leasing to buy" which allows us to up the selling price a bit, which in this selling market is a huge blessing.
3. This all has gone down before Chase starts studying for the Bar.

So, although I had to fly home to a house in disarray and boxes to pack, I am grateful for the Lord's timing once again. I am also grateful for Chase's parents opening their basement to us. It ends up being more space than we had before, and Mila loves all the attention she gets from family. Blessings sure do come in ways we wouldn't imagine.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Life has been crazy...but I'm sure many feel the same way during the holidays. I have future posts in the works that will explain our recent chaos. We didn't get Christmas cards sent due to a change in plans when I returned from Texas, and so we didn't get the opportunity to wish everyone a merry Christmas. We hope that everyone felt the warmth of the season and remembered the birth of our Lord and Savior. From our family to yours, enjoy the rest of this holiday season!

Friday, December 23, 2011

The Gaylord Hotel

Out near the DFW airport is the beautiful Gaylord Hotel. Apparently at Christmas time they have a themed ice sculptor exhibit you can visit. This year's theme was "Shrek the Halls". The whole hotel was decked out.
Cool greenery reindeer huh? Each of Santa's reindeer were sculpted in different ways or with different professions. This one is Comet.
Rachel deemed this present a suitable size for her. Good luck Jeff and Kari with that one!
Here's a model in gingerbread of the hotel.
And there was also a life-size gingerbread house. That's a lot of candy and gingerbread!
There were plenty of things to do all revolving around Dreamworks movies. Jeff and the kiddos were getting restless as we waited in line to do the Kung Fu Panda tubing. Jonathan's head actually cracked the structure (way to go Jeff!). Sadly, I didn't get a picture of the tubing courses but they were sweet! Only in Texas would they make snow runs inside a hotel.
Kung Fu Panda came out to bust a move for us.
In a very Disneyland/world fashion, there was a bit of waiting in lines. So we took the opportunity to take some pictures.
To keep the ice from melting they keep the area at a frigid 9 degrees so they give you parkas to keep you warm (I was so grateful that I left Mila with my mom because frankly all the other babies were ticked to be so cold.) We felt like we were on a "Christmas Story" as seen here.
Pretty cool huh? Kind of a shame though to have so much ice in Texas when experiencing such a bad drought.
They even made an ice slide. You can get going pretty fast on an ice slide.
And an ice potty. Pretty cold.
And they had a beautiful manger scene at the end to help remind us all of the reason for the season. Well done Gaylord Hotel!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Texas Fun with My Bro & Family

While in Texas I had a chance to spend time with my brother Jeff and his family. Mila enjoyed hanging out at their home because they too have dogs for Mila to laugh at. Meet Winston and Bunker, an odd pair, but they sure love each other.
Mila also enjoyed being doted on by her older cousins. I love watching them play with and hold Mila. Mila's biggest admirer had to be Rachel. She was so nice to entertain Mila.
Jeff and Kari always find cool things to hit up in Dallas (a future post will be fully devoted to one of our outings). One night we tried out Twisted Root Burger near SMU. They have lots of different meats. I wasn't brave enough to try the Elk meat, but Jeff tried buffalo I believe. I thoroughly enjoyed their twisted lemonade.

It's Official!

After lots of waiting and praying, Chase got "the phone call" this morning at 7AM from the Colonel at the base he worked at this summer in San Antonio. He was offered a position in the Air Force as a JAG officer!!! What a great Christmas present. When the phone vibrated he jumped out of bed and said "This is it! This is it!" It took me a minute to process what he was talking about, but I quickly realized and jumped out of bed to await the news.

We are thrilled! What a whirlwind of a month (I'll explain more of the blessings/craziness that has gone down this month in a future post)! Air Force here we come...the Top Guns!
**Thank you to all those who have been praying for us these past few months. We really appreciate it!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Quality Time with the Parentals/Gparentals

Since tickets to Texas were crazy expensive during Thanksgiving, we couldn't make the trip home as a family this year. But, we found a cheap ticket for me to fly home the week after Thanksgiving out of Provo's airport no less (thank you Frontier Airlines). So I packed up the little one and we made the flight alone out here to Texas while Chase stayed back to study and take his finals.

Mila was a champ on both flights. On our way out, she slept for a bit on both flights and didn't seem to get frustrated with having to stay on my lap, even when the man in front of me on our Denver to Dallas flight (the longer flight) reclined his seat THE ENTIRE TIME. I now have a great understanding as to why Chase never reclines his seat on a flight...it really inconveniences the person behind you. Oh well, Mila didn't mind. We were blessed to make some friends on both flights who helped me with Mila. Tender mercy for sure. Our flights back also went smoothly, and we actually had a spare seat on both flights. Mila loved lounging in the seat during the flight!

Although I missed seeing my brothers Chip and Brad and his family, I did get to spend some quality time with my parents and my brother Jeff and his family (post forthcoming). Some highlights of my time with my parents include...

**Seeing the Muppet Movie with my dad...we thought it was hilarious! I can't stop laughing about the chickens clucking to that "Forget You" song. So funny.
**Decorating the house with all the Christmas decor. I even found a Christmas book I wrote in the 7th grade while pulling out the decorations. I was a pretty good writer if I do say so myself.
**Watching Christmas movies on Ion at night.
**Traveling to Arlington to check out the German Christmas celebration held outside the ballpark. There were lots of cute vendors and authentic food. We left with a yummy schnitzel!
I had to take this picture to document how well Mila is standing up. Although my mom's hands are around her, she was standing for quite awhile without help just people watching. She likes people watching.
A Mila-size Nutcracker!
**Going to Northpark mall to see all the Christmas decorations. We even got to watch a little puppet show where Scrooge talked to all the kiddos watching.
Grandpa helped Mila get a closer look at the ducks. One thing this trip helped solidify in my mind is that Mila is an animal lover. She would giggle quite frequently when my parents' dogs would bark and loved going to the pet store.
There you have it, some of the highlights. Mila sure loved spending time with her Texas grandparents.