Sunday, December 28, 2008

Looking back on 2008

We began and ended 2008 with record amounts of snow. On the news last night we were informed that Spokane had more snow in 2008 than an any other year in the history of the city. I wish I could remember the total... I think it was around 128 inches. We even had it snow one day in June. These are two of my favorite snow pictures: One from January and one from December.

The first couples months of 2008 were difficult for me. Since the fog of having a newborn had worn off, I found myself pretty lonely. Although we'd been in Spokane for just over a year, I really hadn't made any friends yet. It was a tough time to get through, but I always had this smiley face around to cheer me up:
Anthony and I took a trip to Olympia for two weeks at the beginning of March. It was so great to see family and friends! While there, I finally came to the realization that Olympia wasn't home anymore. Everyone and everything had changed. In my mind I just expected that everything was how it was when I had left, but it wasn't. I suddenly wasn't homesick anymore, and for the first time I was so glad to return back to Spokane. Spokane finally felt like home!


April and May were busy months! We had our first exchange student (Yuki from Japan) move in with us, Tony got promoted at work and started traveling, and at church we were working with the youth group and teaching English to refugee children from Burma. The warmer weather allowed us to return outdoors and we loved being able to take Anthony to the park and hiking for the first time. We also put grass in our back yard!


June was full of changes. We had to find our dogs new homes due to their never-ending escaping, Yuki moved out, we had to stop serving in the youth group due to Tony's work schedule and the new found mobility of Anthony, and our baby turned 1, now making him a toddler. I also was able to spend another 2 weeks in Olympia with Anthony.



July and August were a blur of summer camp, Tony's family reunion, BBQ's, Tony's birthday, bike rides, and camping trips. Tony and I were fortunate enough to go camping and bike riding in Canada for a weekend to ourselves while my mom watched Anthony. It was a much needed refresher for our marriage!Things began to slow down again in September as the weather began to cool. We also had a new exchange student move in with us (Fivien from Macau). She has been such a fun addition to our family, and has helped me not miss my sisters so much. We were able to take her with us over to Olympia, and show her around Seattle.


October was a challeging month as we made the difficult to decision to start looking for a new church. It was very hard to leave everyone who had become our family, but I really needed some friends... two years is a long time to go without a friend. I am so thankful that everyone was so understanding and has kept us a part of their family. I miss the Karen children terribly and Pastor Eric's amazing messages, but I know God will bless us in following his leading.

November began with another trip back to Olympia. We celebrated an early Thanksgiving with my family, along with Mikaila's Birthday. We also began taking Spanish, partly due to the fact that Tony is Cuban and partly in the hopes that we can use it for missions one day. We have an awesome teacher, Lili, who is here from Columbia student teaching at the community college. The month ended with a visit from Breanna and Tariq, a very early morning which yielded a Kitchen-Aid, an adventure to cut down a Christmas tree, and my 24th birthday.
December came and went quickly. We were blessed with the opportunity to host the Root family twice, and had visits from both of our families. We have made some great new friends, and I have become involved in a Mom's group that I am SO thankful for. It's wonderful to have people to pray with, and talk with others who understand what it's like to be a Mom. I've since been busy attending play dates and dinner gatherings, and am loving every minute of it. We had a wonderful Christmas and New Years with family and friends. Tony and I also celebrated 3 years of marriage with a trip to the beautiful Coeur d'Alene resort.
Like any year, there are always ups and downs. This past year, coupled with the previous one, yielded a lot of hard times. I have learned a lot about myself and what is truly important to me, and once again witnessed God's love, protection, and provision. Thankfully, the year ended on a high note and I'm praying the 2009 will be a year full of them.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Our Winter Wonderland

Here's pictures from earlier this week. We got a total of 22 inches in just over 24 hours. We've gotten more snow since these were taken, and it's snowing now with another 6 inches or so expected today. It's so beautiful, but I would love to get out of the house. Tony's parents came in for the weekend and are unable to get back home today. Hopefully they'll be able to catch a flight out tomorrow.









Friday, November 28, 2008

Look what I got...

Look at what my wonderful husband bought me!!! I have been wanting one of these for so long. Although I would have loved a fun color, this one was only $130... a great deal in my opinion. My hubby loves chocolate chip cookies, so I made him a batch as a thank you. I am so excited to start baking with this. Since I make EVERYTHING from scratch due to my gluten allergy, this is going to make cooking so much easier (and fun too). Yay! Thanks Babe... I love you!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Yuki's Birthday

Yesterday we were blessed with the opportunity to host Yuki's 21st birthday party. (Yuki is our previous exchange student from Japan.) Although it was just a simple party by American standards, she said it was the biggest party she's ever had. Yuki and her two friends Mari and Yumi brought over dinner to share, 2 students from Taiwan brought some chips and soda, and Fivien and I made her cake. I wish I had taken some pictures of the actually party, but here's a couple I took beforehand. Happy Birthday Yuki!!!





I love Yokes!


This morning I made Anthony and I a nice American breakfast consisting of eggs, hash browns, and sausage. And the best part about it... it was absolutely free. At one of our local grocery stores, Yokes, I got a coupon at check out as a "Thank You" gift. It was for the above items and I didn't even have to purchase anything to receive them. I was already convinced that they have the best customer service, produce, and gluten-free selection... now they have truly won me over. Thanks Yokes!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Fun and Inexpensive Clocks

Ikea has these really cheap plain clocks for about $2.00.



I bought one for Anthony's room, but it was way to boring too hang up so it has just been sitting around. Until now... I figured out that I can take the clock apart and decorate it! I bought a few more and have started decorating them to give as gifts to my siblings for Christmas. They are really fast and fun to make, but I will warn you... the actual clock itself its VERY touchy. If you pull the hands off to hard you have to take the whole clock apart and try and get the little pieces all back in the right spot. So frustrating!!! Here's pictures of the ones I just made:


(Riley wanted something "cool" for Chrsitams, so that's why this one says "cool")





Monday, October 20, 2008

Cute Little Owls




I've been making a lot of baby blankets over the past couple months, with about 4 more to go by December. I've really had a lot of fun making them and I've loved blessing others with them. These are the two most recent I have made with my favorite print of a mama and baby owl. I wish I would have bought more of it because it's all sold out now :o(

Monday, September 29, 2008

My little guy is sick!

Anthony has been sick for the past couple days with a high fever averaging right around 103. He's been pretty miserable, not wanting to do much more than lay on the bed or couch and be held. I wish there was something I could do for him, other than give him some Tylenol. We took him to the doctor this morning and basically all he said was it could be something viral, but if he still has a fever on Thursday, bring him back in and we'll talk about running some tests. I hate waiting. And then what if they do find something?

Please keep him in your prayers!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Dreams

My husband is always saying that the number one thing he admires about be is that I'm a dreamer... that I'm not afraid to to dream big, and that I won't let circumstances keep me from having these dreams. But lately I've been struggling with something. I want to be known for more than someone who has lots of great dreams. I want to be known as someone who achieves my dreams. Now I've got an endless amount of them, so by no means am I saying I want all of my dreams to come true, nor that I want them to come to pass at this very point in time. But God has put dreams and desires and passions in me for a reason. So what do I do about them? Being married and having a child are dreams of mine too, but why does it feel sometimes that I have not accomplished anything? I have an amazing husband, whom I take for granted way too often, and a darling little boy who thinks I'm the most amazing thing in the world. Both are more than I ever dreamed of. So I would definitely say that I have more than accomplished 2 of my dreams. But now what? I don't know what to do with all the passions in my heart. Achieving 2 of my biggest dreams leaves me feeling trapped, and that all of my other dreams are doomed to be purely that... just dreams. I really don't know where to go from here. How do I explain this to my husband without making him feel that I resent him. Because I don't! I don't know how to help him see and know my heart. I don't know how to help him see past all of the practical issues, to just trusting that God will provide. I love that he is so devoted to providing and caring for our family that he will do whatever it takes, but how do I let him know it's not a burden he has to carry on his own. How do you sow principles of faith and trust into someone? Being faithful and trustworthy don't seem to be enough.

Lord, I pray that you would grant me wisdom. Illuminate scripture that will guide me through my doubts and frustrations. I thank you for the dreams you have placed within me. Please help me to see them as a gift, not a hindrance.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

My new favorite picture!

I just cannot get enough of this picture! I have the cutest, funniest, sweetest son ever!

The weekend ahead...

Tomorrow Tony and I are headed to Canada for a baby free weekend. I am definitely going to miss my sweet boy, but I am SOOO excited to spend some quality time with my husband. Although we wish we could afford to stay in a hotel, we will be camping to save money. I really don't mind though. It'll be nice to just be in the middle of nowhere without all the distractions of daily life. We plan to do lots of bike riding, laying out on the lake (hopefully it'll be warm enough), and taking a day trip to the nearby hot springs. I can't wait! And Anthony will be home getting spoiled rotten by Grandma and Auntie... lucky him :o)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Quiet

Tony is out of Town tonight and Anthony is sleeping... this means all is quiet for me. After being out of town 3 of the 4 past weekends, and cooking ALL day for Tony's birthday dinner yesterday, I am thoroughly enjoying just sitting on the couch and watching the Olympics. I'm also going to go to bed early tonight and read... one of my favorite things that I hardly ever do. I think I'm going to go make some tea...

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Sun Lakes

This past weekend we went camping at Sun Lakes. We had a great time and enjoyed just being out of the house for a couple days. During the day we spent time out on the boat, eating ice cream, and just enjoying the sun. Anthony was awesome the whole trip, except for an hour and a half of screaming while he protested a nap. The two nights we spent there were definitely interesting with rain and thunderstorms the first night and crazy high winds the second night. During the day though it was beautiful and that's really all that matters. I was able to wake board one of the days and I was so proud of myself to finally make it across the wake. Especially since it's been a couple years since I've gone. Tony was able to go a lot... He's getting so good!!! Anthony and I both love watching him. Here's some of my favorite pics from the trip:

Friday, August 1, 2008

TGIF... or maybe not

Tonight is Friday night. That used to mean something. Friends would be coming over or we'd be going out somewhere. I'd have a reason to get all fixed up. Not that I've let myself go or anything. I just miss getting all dolled up sometimes... like tonight. Instead I've got big plans of cooking dinner, cleaning the house, scrapping wall paper off my bedroom walls, and tending to a very cranky, teething son and a tired husband. Instead I wish I was putting on some hot shirt, my new jeans, some heels, and heading out for a drink and some dancing with my girlfriends. Too bad none of them live here.

Well, it's about that time to start cooking dinner....

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Tennis

Tony and I have somehow inherited a pair of old tennis rackets. We have no idea where they came from, but the have been in our garage for quite some time. Yesterday, we finally bought some tennis balls and decided to give them a try. The park down the street from us has a tennis court, so we took a walk down there to play and found out that... We suck! We spent more time chasing after the balls (we definitely need more than 3) then anything else, but we had so much fun. Anthony watched nearby in his stroller laughing and clapping... he enjoyed watching us make a fool out of ourselves. It was a nice change from jogging, so I think we're going to keep at it. At least until it gets too cold.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

My Sweet Boy

Last month we celebrated Anthony's 1st Birthday. I cannot believe how fast the past year has gone by! I started a blog for him today to help us both remember all the little things that are so easily forgotten. I mean, look how much he's changed. I can't even believe he's the same little guy! I know everyone says it goes by so fast, but does it have to go by this fast?
Top - Anthony 12 days
Bottom - Anthony 1 year 6 days