Saturday, December 29, 2007

Merry Christmas!

Well here is my MERRY CHRISTMAS post for all y'all.  We had a great Christmas this year!  Randal's mom was baptized just the Saturday before and Randal felt very blessed to be able to perform that and the confirmation the next day at church.  Both meetings were very special and truly we could not have gotten a better gift!  Toni was pretty excited because the mission president and his wife came to her baptism.  She kept telling us that the mission president's wife was a convert - just like her!  They were very nice as were the many people who came!  The Relief Society room was packed!  That day was also his youngest sister's birthday!  So, lot's going on!  

We spent Christmas Eve at my parent's house for dinner.  yummy!  Then, Christmas morning we opened up gifts at home, then headed for my parents, then headed for Randal's brother's house.  It was a great day and we had so much fun spending time with family.  Israel had a lot of fun opening his presents.  It only took him a one try to finally figure out what the fuss was all about with opening presents.  Then we couldn't stop him and he wanted to open everyone's presents!!!  But, by the end of the day he had gotten pretty good about waiting for his turn.  It was so fun to see his excitement and anticipation for those first few gifts.  Truly magical!

I can't help but feel so blessed for my in-laws this year.  (How many times do hear someone say that??)  But really I am.  I really love Randal's family and I'm lucky that his sisters are truly some of my best friends - just like my own sisters.  I have so much fun laughing and goofing around with them - especially now that they are growing up and turning into adults!  Odd, how that now they are adults, I can goof around with them easier!

Anyway, perhaps I will get up enough momentum after the New Year to post about any New Year's Eve adventures we have this year...  Stay Tuned!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Wednesday, October 31, 2007


Yes, it's Halloween and I am posting just one day after my last! Hooray! Maybe this will stick and I'll get into the habit of posting more often.

Well, we already did a Halloween party (that's where the pic is from). Last week Jeff and Mindy had their annual Halloween party. It was a blast! We had some of Kara's famous broccoli cheese soup and breadsticks and Mindy got Cheesecake Factory Pumpkin Pie Cheesecakes - yummy! (My favorite!) We carved pumpkins and just sat around and enjoyed each other.

This was the first year since we got married that Randal didn't put up a fuss about getting dressed up. He actually picked out the tattoo sleeves and had some fun with all the make-up and fake piercings. I liked the costumes too. I got to put some pink highlights in my hair (fake, of course) and painted my nails black and did the really heavy smokey eye - with pink and black. Yeah, so Halloween is the one time of the year that I can do my hair, nails, and make-up how I really want! I've always, always, always wanted pink hair. Not necessarily all over - although that would be fun too - just highlights of it. Maybe someday I'll just do it.

And Israel, although I thought for sure we weren't going to be able to get him dressed up as anything other than Spiderman, actually really liked the dinosaur costume. When we were picking it out, I asked him if a dinosaur costume was ok and he immediately said, "OK!" and started taking his clothes off - in the middle of Wal-Mart! I had to convince him to wait until we got home. But ever since then, he has been asking for dinosaur movies and he's been reading his dinosaur books. Hmmm.... some Christmas ideas I think! Anyway, we hope you all have a safe and
Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Just Remembering

So, it's been a long time since I have blogged - obviously. But I have decided that I need to be better about something to do with our family history. And since I have not been keeping up on our scrapbooking, or my journal, or Israel's journal, this will have to do. At least our family history will be recorded somewhere. Hopefully this Internet thing is here to stay!

There is no way I am going to try and catch up all the time that has passed, so I will just give you some insight into what I have been thinking about this morning...

Yup, that is my sweet little nephew, not my son. He is the first born of the next generation on my side of the family. All this morning I have been preparing for a meeting I have to go to tonight. I've been reading "A Heart Like His" by Virginia H. Pierce. It's all about feeling God's love in your life, and helping others to feel of His love. There have been sweet little stories and examples throughout the book of times when simple acts of others have helped her or her family members or friends feel God's love for them. I keep being reminded of my sweet little nephew, and even as I start to just think of him, my eyes begin to water and I smile. In the week or two after my maternal grandma passed away, I was having a particularly difficult time. I had volunteered to make the programs for her funeral, and although it was an extremely rewarding experience, it was also an emotional one. I was also have a difficult time with a personal relationship that was causing me a lot of heartache. I was kind of beginning to feel to bad for myself and was wondering why none of my friends or visiting teachers had felt prompted to check in on me. Granted, I had not reached out to ant of them, I was just feeling sorry for myself.

After my grandma's viewing, when everything seemed to be coming to a head and my emotions were getting ready to overflow, my sister called me and said that her son had been asking to call and talk to me. He just kept telling her "Aunt Charmaine is sad, I need to call her." So, she put him on the phone and I pretty much lost it. He was so sweet and just wanted to say hello to me and tell me he loved me. I was so touched and grateful that Heavenly Father was still aware of me and loved me. When there was so much heartache and need just in my family, He inspired my sweet little nephew (who was only about 3 at the time) to call me and love me. I doubt my nephew will remember this, but it meant so much to me, I doubt I will ever forget it.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

A Little Bit of This & A Little Bit of That

Guess who learned "Say Cheese!"...
Yup, he gets cuter and cuter.  I have no idea how he does it!  He's getting so big it seems and he learns a new word almost everyday (or maybe it's me who understands a new word almost everyday).  He still looks just like his papa - and not at all like me.  In fact, if I hadn't have given birth to him, I might wonder who his mama is.  Maybe I should go blond so I can look more like him!

Mindy's Shower
A couple of weeks ago, my bestest friend had her first baby shower.  Notice how good she looks?  Well, they're adopting.  It's been a pretty fun and exciting time for her and her hubbie.  They've just had two months to prepare!  They're baby is going to be born anyday now!  Anyway, the funny thing about going to a shower for a mom who is adopting is that in this case, the soon-to-be mom was the best looking one there!  You usually expect the mom to be all big and huge and bloated.  Anyway, it was a blast and Mindy got tons of great stuff.  We had a lot of fun contributing to her scrapbook (see below), decorating onsies for baby, and hearing the whole story of finding out they were getting the baby.  I've heard the same story 4 or 5 times now, maybe more, but I still get choked up at the same parts (every single time, in fact).  They received a letter from the birth mom too, a very sweet letter.  And after hearing it or reading about half a dozen times, wouldn't you know it, but I still cry at the same parts!  

Mindy and I were talking the other day, she tends to call a few times a week to ask advice,  (I love it!) and I was telling her that with all the crazy stuff going and having to get ready for baby in such a hurry - that she is probably having sympathy mood swings and hormonal emotions and all that.  You know, sympathizing with the pregnany birth mom and all.  And that I was pretty sure that I was having symnpathy, sympathy mood swings.  I thought that was a pretty good excuse for my crazy moods lately.  What do you think?  Sound legitimate?  Randal didn't think so either!  hehe.

The Advice, etc. Scrapbook for Mindy & Baby
I have to admit I was pretty proud of this little creation.  It was a lot of fun making it too.  It's full of pocket pages with cute tags and inserts.  All ready for Mindy to put stuff on and in.  We passed around clip boards with paper and pens so that people could write advice and notes to mom, dad and baby.  She got a lot of good stuff on them too.  I think I should have her make copies for me!

Happy Birthday to Me!
The same day as the shower (only in the evening) my mom and dad took the family (and Jeff & Mindy) our for my birthday.  (My birthday was just a couple days later.)  It was loads of fun.  We went to a Japanese grill.  I'd never been to one before, but I LOVE Japanese food.  Anyway, it was one of those places where the guys cooks all the food right there in front of you, with the fire and flying knives and everthing.  It was great entertainment and really great food!  So it was a pretty good Happy Birthday!  And I highly reccomend trying out a Japanese grill resteraunt sometime!