Saturday, December 13, 2008

the REASON for the season!!!...

I am so excited for Christmas!! This Christmas season has been different than any other for us since we are moving just before Christmas, we have been so consumed with that. Kevin and I had the opportunity to go Salt Lake, just the two of us last night for a work party. We arrived early, so we enjoyed walking around Temple Square, the lights are always amazing!!! We were able to walk up to see the Christus, and listen to the missionaries bare their testimonies of the truthfulness of the gospel, and about the life of our Savior Jesus Christ. We then stayed to watch the movie 'The Nativity' that the church has produced. I am so very thankful for this opportunity because as I mentioned we have been very busy , and my mind has been on other things, and I hadn't taken the time to think about and remember what this Christmas season is all about!!! I am so thankful to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and I am even more thankful for the birth and LIFE of the Savior, and his perfect example!!
A friend shared this with me, and I loved it so much I thought I would pass it on... The college of Fine Arts at Brigham Young University put together this short video and song called Joy to Everyone. I LOVE music, especially if it inspires me to be a better person, so here you go... you can view it HERE!!!! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

10 MONTHS!!!

"CHEESE!!!"
Wow, I really cannot believe that Carrie has been with us for almost a year!! On November 30 our little girl was 10 months. I know I am way behind, she is almost 11 months now, but I still wanted to look back and highlight my sweet girl!!

*Carrie LOVES to clap, and does it all the time... if you say "YAY!!" she will clap...
*she loves music, and whenever there is music she starts to dance, if she is standing she kindof 'bounces' bending her knees and she flails her arms...
*she loves to play with anything that makes NOISE...
*can crawl FAST, and follows me around the house...
*is able to stand on her own...
*sometimes she CRACKS HERSELF UP and will laugh
*loves peek-a-boo
*IS THE CUTEST AND SWEETEST LITTLE GIRL AROUND!!!

Monday, December 8, 2008



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the BEST time of the year!!!....

With the Christmas and the holidays come lots of parties! We had our annual Carpenter/Ryan Christmas party on Saturday, and as always we had a blast!! I could not believe how much Andrew enjoyed it... he loved playing with all of the kids, and most of all the GAMES!! He couldn't hold still, but he kept telling anyone who would listen, "I want to play games!!" We did play a few group games, and there was a pinata for the kids. The company was absolutely delightful, we love to spend time with the Ryan clan, we just don't get to see them enough!! Thanks Aunt Nancy (now that I know you are a devoted follower of this blog...) for a great party!

As is also tradition we had a visitor stop by... SANTA!! I have been amazed the last two years how Andrew reacts to Santa. He can be pretty shy, but for some reason he is not afraid of Santa. As soon as Santa came in and sat down, Andrew was there sitting right in front of him on the floor watching his every move. He waited patiently as Santa gave presents to other kids, and when it was his turn he hopped right up on his lap.Christmas is so much fun when you have little ones, it makes me feel like a kid again I get so excited for everything!!

Carrie and Andrew on Santa's lap...
telling him what they want for Christmas!!!
Random pics of the kids at the party...

Monday, December 1, 2008

the GOOD and the BAD...

I really love this time of year, you can't help but feel happy. I also love it because it helps me to look at the things I am grateful for... as I thought about what I am grateful for I thought of many things, but what stood out most in my mind was 'MEMORIES.' I am so thankful for the memories I have of my childhood and growing up years, and I am so thankful for the memories I have been able to make since getting married and starting my own little family!! I tend to take the little every day blessings for granted, and often don't even recognize them... but when I look back I am able to see the many blessings I receive each and every day. It is amazing to me how blessed Kevin and I have been the last 5 1/2 years... we couldn't even begin to share all the blessings we have received!!! I went through my pictures file and found MANY pictures just within the last year that I love, and am so thankful for!! I know that for anyone else they are just pictures, but to me they are so much more than that!! They represent the struggles, frustrations, and sacrifices that go along with being a mother... when I look at them I see how my family has grown, not only physically, but spiritually as well. It helps to remind me the importance of my job as a wife and mother, and encourages me to be BETTER!!! I am not perfect, not even close, and I definitely have hard days (my family experienced this with me just yesterday!!!) but as I look back, it helps me to also look forward... to the days ahead, to who I WANT to be, and who I hope my children will grow up to be. I struggle with so many things, but I keep trying... my most important job right now is to be a mother, and for my kids I will never give up. I love them with all of my heart, the good times and the bad. They teach me so much: love, forgiveness, patience, humility, faith... the list goes on and on. I am so thankful for this time of year that helps me to reflect on my life, and to recognize God's hand in my life. Without the knowledge of a living Saviour, who loves us, who knows us better than we know ourselves, who has A PLAN for each one of us, life would be much more difficult!! There are days that I pray, A LOT, just to help me get through the day. I also know that it is through Him, and only Him, that I can learn to be the wife and mother, and person I need to be. All I can do is my best, and so that is what I will keep on doing!!