Sunday, November 29, 2015


We have so much to be grateful for this year! Our biggest blessings are each other and our two little girls. We are grateful that Myla joined our family this year and is a healthy and great baby. She has added such a fun dynamic into our home. 

We are grateful for Ismael's job, a warm (and cool in the summer) place to live, food to eat every day, friends, our ward, Skype, excellent parents, modern medicine, learning experiences, and our Savior, Jesus Christ. (and so much more of course)

We had Thanksgiving at our house this year. I have so much appreciation for my mom now and all of the hard work she put into making sure we had an amazing dinner every year! It is no easy task. I spent Tuesday trying to plan food, Wednesday grocery shopping with the girls and a little meal  prep, and Thursday morning finishing cooking and cleaning the house as much a we could. I think everything turned out great!

Here is the crew! Our friends the Rasmussen's, the Salgado's, and Maria Morales all came. Cooking wasn't too bad because we split up the meal between us. The missionaries also came and joined us a little late. 

At the end of dinner, we all took turns and talked about things that we were grateful for this past year. I really liked making it more specific to this past year. Everyone was so sincere and I was reminded that we all have struggles, but usually even more blessings. We can always see that God cares about us individually and about the details in our lives when we reflect. 

After dinner we played Pie Face. What a fun game! 

Ellie was so excited for her turn and kept her eyes closed the whole time. 

"I think I am all done."

What a great Thanksgiving! Another great holiday to remember. 

Sunday, November 15, 2015


Halloween weekend was so fun this year! Ellie was especially very excited for it. October 24th our little library had a fun little halloween party. They did a little craft, pin the tail on the witch, dancing to halloween music, story time, and practice trick or treating. We put a little fairy costume together for Ellie last minute before and dressed Myla up in a ladybug costume we had. 

October 30th was our ward Halloween Party. They always do a chili cook off and a trunk or treat. A lady in our ward made Ellie a tinker bell costume, I found Myla a little fairy onesie, and I made Ismael a captain hook costume. I was going to be tiger lily, but my costume didn't come in time, so we just dressed the girls up. 

The party was so fun. People in our ward are so creative. They even had a spook alley for kids and adults. It was one of the highlights of our weekend. 

We carved pumpkins earlier in the week. Ellie was so excited to get the "pumpkin guts" out. She helped a little but mostly liked to watch us do the pumpkin, so we kept it simple. 

On Halloween night, we went over to friends house for pizza and then trick or treating on their street. I forgot to get a group picture. We have some awesome people in our ward and had a great time. 
I had this pirate costume for Ellie. She ended up using Ismael's Captain Hook hat and hook. With her hair she looked like Captain Hook. Everytime someone said this, she would get really offended and say, "No! I am a girl pirate."

Halloween was so much fun this year. It has been fun establishing some of our own traditions and how Ellie is so excited about everything. 


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