The things I loved and (strongly) disliked in 2009:

Loved –
•The birth of our son, Breeson
•The changes a baby has made in our lives (his smiles, laughter, his mere presence, …)
•Jamie getting a position at The Light of Christ Anglican Church
•Losing so much weight, all due to breastfeeding/pumping
•Watching God provide in ways we never expected
•Building new friendships (through church, work, and neighbors)
•Walking the same path with girlfriends who also had a baby in 2009
•Friends visiting us in Colorado
•Us visiting friends/family in Kansas, Mississippi and Alabama

Disliked –
•The changes a baby has made in our lives (loss of sleep, routines, gross diapers, strong-willed personality, …)
•The stupid changes at my job
•Out of routine of working out/running
•Saying good-bye to friends as they move away
•Not being able to drink as much caffeine as I want. Well I could, but then I’d pay for it with a sleepless baby.

Well that’s 2009 in a nutshell for me. The things “loved” definitely outweighs the things “disliked”; for that I’m grateful!!
Blessings to all in 2010.


Our Little Christmas

Here's a few pic's from our Christmas...

A few days before Christmas, my childhood friend, Jenny, stopped by on their way home to Kansas. Little Levi is just a couple months older than Breeson. They loved each other!

Here's a few pic's from the Children's Pageant at church. Breeson was baby Jesus. I had to be his "guardian angel". He did pretty good. Mary was only able to hold for like 5 seconds before he got too squirmy for her. :)

I made my mom's cinnamon rolls for the first time!! They were a success, if I do say so myself! I made them for our neighbors as Christmas presents.

Here's Breeson on Christmas morning - excited to open presents.

Lookin' sweet in his Christmas outfit. I only made him stay in it long enough for pic's.

We had a nice candlelight Christmas dinner. This is one thing I hope to start as our family tradition.


Olden Golden

This Thursday (Christmas Eve) at our church, the children will be having their Christmas Pageant. They've asked Breeson to be baby Jesus. Although Jesus was sinless and perfect, I'm sure he was still a baby and acted up, right!?! ;) I'm going to have to be an Angel so I can be up there to help w/ him when he starts getting fussy/rowdy. The girl playing Mary hardly weighs more than Breeson!! So yes, I'll be the only adult standing up there. Pictures to come... :)

This weekend we ventured over to Golden for their Old Time Christmas. We watched the parade and then walked around the cute shops. This is our first Christmas as our own little family. We're not going to see extended family this year, as we took a longer time visiting them over the Thanksgiving holiday. I'm excited about starting our own traditions, yet it seems a little strange not going anywhere.

Here are a few pic's from the weekend:


3 years ago today...

3 years ago today, Jamie and I "officially" started dating. Although we did a little dancing around prior to this, we made it official the night we went and watched It's a Wonderful Life at the Alabama Theater with our dear friends, Zack and Jaclyn.

This is us 3 years ago...

And here we are today...


You've gotta check this out...

A-mazing!! Thanks KK for introducing me to his music.
First watch this...

Then watch this...

also, see our exciting news below in new post below...

Good News!!!

Good News: Jamie is now the Young Adult Coordinator for The Light of Christ Anglican Church in Lakewood, CO. (it's about 25 minutes from where we live now) TLC is part of the Anglican Mission in America (AMiA). To learn more, go here. We are very excited about this position. He starts this week beginning as Part-time. The church will re-evaluate next year where he could possibly go full-time in January 2011. Praise God for this opportunity to serve.
The church is primarily seniors, hence the reason they are bringing Jamie (us) on - to help bring in young adults.
So far, everyone has been so nice and welcoming. They even invited us to their Christmas staff party!!
All thanks to God for opening this up, but we are very thankful for our dear friend, Clint, who helped 'network' for Jamie. Thanks Clint.


Thanksgiving 2009

We had a great time in Kansas for Thanksgiving this year. We made it a longer trip because we won't be going back for Christmas. The thought of driving 8 hrs with Breeson in such a short time didn't sound appealing. Although, he did really well on this trip; he slept a lot!!
We spent most of the time in Kansas, but we did make a short trip to Branson to spend time with my brother and sister-in-law.

This bassinet now sits in my mom's (aka Grandma's) play room for the grandkids. They use it for their baby dolls. However, my mom used it for both my older sister and I when we were babies. My sister put Breeson in there one night when she was trying to get him to sleep - it worked!! And the thing is still pretty sturdy too.

Here is Breeson at 6 months.

One of the main reasons we went home at Thanksgiving rather than Christmas is because my Grandma turned 90!! (She's the one in the red sweater sitting down)We threw her a party. It was supposed to be a surprise party, but she found out. We still had fun!!

It was fun being in Branson with my parents, plus Jamie's mom flew in from Mississippi. Breeson got spoiled and was held a lot. We are now paying for it. :(

Breeson did great sitting on Santa's lap. I was actually (secretly) hoping he would scream his head off; it would've been a funnier picture.

We got to see some of my old (K-state) friends and their kiddo's.

See other new post below...

Going Green: Doing our part

We decided to give cloth diapers a try. Although the cost up-front was a lot, it should be worth it in the end. They say on average, a baby who uses Luvs from birth to 2-3 yrs can cost around $2,500. Ouch! The set below was a little around $250. We still need to buy more, but we thought we would try them out first.

The way these work is: there is an outer shell, liners and extra absorbency pads. The liners snap in (essentially they work like a maxi pad, you just snap it in, then take out when it's wet), and you can reuse the outer shell 3-4 times in a day. These diapers even have disposable diapers so when I'm out and about, I can put them inside the shell and then throw them out. The only downside to it is, it gives Breeson a huge pidunka dunk!!