Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas Parties Are My One Weakness...

Every year some friends of ours host a spledid Christmas party...complete with eggnog and lots of food! :) Here are some pics of our festivities!
Me and my gorgeous brothers... 
 It had been so long since we'd been out just the three of us...good teen bonding time!
Oh, Miles, Miles....what would our Christmas party be without you?
And we still love each other...even after all these years! ;)
We had a wonderful time singing Christmas carols and Broadway tunes. Thanks everyone for making our time with you all so enjoyable!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


When I look at this little girl's smiling face and button nose, I want to eat her like one of those cookies!
 Little Miss Independent. We had a good math lesson with fractions!

 Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies...the key to my heart!
Unfortunately, cleaning up is part of being a big girl... 
I wish I loved dishes so much. lol
Love you, Mia!

Monday, December 17, 2012

8 More Days to Les Miserables!

Can anyone contemplate the anticipation I have for this movie? :P *cheesy grin*
*sighs* Ah, the voice I will never have...
And just for kicks... :D :D :D

Friday, December 7, 2012

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

We often don't stop to think about the reality of war.

We know it occurs, we know it's heinous, but it's so far removed that I think, as a society, we become desensitized to its horror. In commemoration then of its 71st anniversary, I thought it would be appropriate to post the following video, taken from the epic film Pearl Harbor. Just as a warning, it is pretty graphic (not in terms of blood, but just the way men are gunned down). But I think all of us need a wake up call every now and again, if only to realize what has been sacrificed and how precious is the freedom we hold dear.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Gotcha Day 2012

 Two years ago today, a little girl was made a part of a family...
Two years ago today, we became a family of six...
And in that amount of time, that little girl has been transformed from this...
Into this...
From this...
To this... 
In two years time, Mia has learned:
-to overcome her fear of water
-to overcome her terror of animals
-to sit still (a big one!)
-to eat with a fork, knife, and spoon and drink without spilling
-to swing on the swing
-how to skip/do jumping jacks
-to ride her bike without training wheels
-to tie her shoes
-to wash and dry dishes
-to play (and actually enjoy playing) with toys
-the alphabet
-to identify animals by their pictures/sounds
-basic spelling
-to write in cursive
-to add and subtract
-to count by 2s, 3s, 5s, and 10s
-to tell time
-to read at a 2nd grade level
-to speak 3-6 word sentences...
I mean, the accomplishments of this little girl are so amazing--testimony to God's grace and the amazing efforts of my mom. I hope you enjoy this video. It really encapsulates what our journey has been. And for those of you considering adoption or what it all means, I'd encourage you to watch the second video (made by the sister of a friend of mine). God bless!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Random Monday

Well, here it is--December 3rd. (Gosh, November went by fast!)
Today marks the first day of my last semester at Thomas Edison. ;) Can anyone say "AAAHHHHH!!!!" I'm so excited to see this chapter of my life drawing to a close. Been a great experience, but if I'm going to be honest--I can't wait to be done!
I saved all my fun classes for this this here gal gets to read Jane Austen and the works of Western lit. icons for three glorious months!! Oh, and throw in public speaking and mass com. II in there somewhere... :P
Also, on a completely different and random note, I just wanted to say something regarding the Insanity workout I promo-ed a while back. No, I haven't abandoned the workouts...exactly. They've just taken a lot longer than 60 days to complete. :) Lol, I'm starting to discover than 1.5 hour workouts a day (including set up and shower times) aren't exactly feasible at this point in my life. Is a great program? Yes. Does it have amazing results? Absolutely. But really...unless you're going to make fitness your idol/obsession, a 60 day body transformation of that caliber is just not condusive to real life. So I do it when I have time and on my terms. All that to say, I've been two weeks away from finishing the program for over a month. ;) However...

I've begun an alternative program--Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred. It's loaded on YouTube, and let me tell ya--it's a workout! I had a descent amount of sweat goin'. But it's super fun and only takes 20 minutes to complete. (Yay!) So...that's my new goal. I'd encourage you all to try it. If you're looking for a high-quality workout that's quick and effective, this is the way to go!

Hope you're having a wonderful Monday! So begins the cycle of once-a-month posts! :(