Saturday, December 15, 2012

anniversary 2012.

This years anniversary was perfection. Since we had, "A Christmas Carol" on our actual anniversary night, we celebrated early. Using my birthday present from my in-laws, we got a nights stay at the Marriott at city creek. Now, this is the perfect winter date night. Because within walking distance (aka-2 blocks), we went to city creek, Cheesecake Factory, the candy windows at Macy's, and the temple lights-plus swimming at the hotel after! It was magnificent. Something that was different this year was a little question game we played through dinner. It sparked some really awesome conversation between Addi and I. And I learned some things that I didn't know about him! So, if your anniversary is coming up, or you have a date night this week, here were some of our favorite questions:

-name your top five pet peeves (not about each other, sillies!)
-name five things that make you the happiest right now.
-what are some of your biggest strengths?
-if you could live anywhere, where? and why?
-describe your family dynamic childhood vs. now.
-what do you think people most misunderstand about you?
-list ten things you hope to be remembered for.

This filled up a good 2 hours of conversation for us! My favorite was hearing Addison's testimony as we walked around the temple looking at the lights. He really is such a good man. Also, if the Cheesecake Factory menu intimidates you (as it does me), try the Thai lettuce wraps. Honestly, SO good.

Friday, December 14, 2012

a love letter to mail.

i don't know if you knew, but i have a love for mail. does that mean that i send it out as often as i'd like? no. in fact, if i had money to splurge, i may just spend it all on paper supplies and a collection of stamps. alas...but! since addison and i have gotten married, i have put some money aside for mailing things out, even when emailing would have been more efficient and cheaper, because i LOVE getting mail. plus, since i have my own personal graphic artist in the house, it would be madness not to create something new for every occasion i can justify. i also love addison's drawing i use those to my advantage often.

so, here is this years' christmas card, fully designed by addison. can you find the hidden mickey??
here are some other mailed favorites of mine, all hand drawn and designed by addison.

graduation announcement
2011 christmas card
also, our wedding invite below:

i'd be crazy not to use those addison skills, right?
oh, and Happy Anniversary mom & dad!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

dear Addison

dear sweet Addison,
when i was this big, i dreamt of someone like you. i already knew what i wanted you to be:
  • tall
  • dark
  • handsome
  • a sweet spirit to be tender with my already tender heart
  • someone who loved to play
  • someone that shared my love of singing
  • someone who did the right thing even when its hard
  • someone who understood that sometimes you just have to drop everything and have fun
  • someone who would think i was funny
  • someone who didn't sweat the small stuff
  • someone that didn't point out every time i do something wrong
  • someone who knew people were more important than things
  • someone that i couldn't wait to have my own children with
  • someone that believed i could do anything i put my mind to (aka: being a disney princess)
  • someone who would just spend time with me
  • someone who enjoyed walks
  • someone who would play with my hair
  • someone who enjoyed talking but knew the importance of silence
  • someone whose strengths made up for my weaknesses
  • someone who looked like justin timberlake...
oooookay, so i got mister darcy instead. i'm not complaining!
thank you for being a everything i need and more. happy anniversary darling!
thanks for making it the best 2 years of my life!
to see our beautiful wedding click below:

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

This December is definitely the most unconventional I have ever known! With all the preparation for the move and a show opening, we've tried our best to soak up as much family time, and keep as many traditions as we can. We've been crafting button dolls, nativities, embroidering...etc for Christmas gifts and orders. You'll be glad to know that we've found an apartment, a car, and tires. Three huge things off our list. Keep praying for us!

Also, we have some of the most selfless and generous parent around. On both Addison and my sides, we have had unbelievable help from our parents. We are so grateful! Who knew moving across the country was so complicated and expensive? Thank heaven for them, we truly wouldn't have been able to do it without them.

Opening went well! other than me ripping a gigantic hole in my dress right before a dance number. ha! that was fun! Come see 'A Christmas Carol' at Hale Centre Theatre, Tues Thurs Saturday cast! And go see "5 Carols for Christmas" at Centerpoint! My mother-in-law us hilarious and in the TTHS casts as well!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

oh, tradition.

one of my favorite Christmas traditions from the past few years, has been the Creche' in Midway. This is a collection of nativities from around the world, made out of different materials, with different interpretations. There is always wonderful live Christmas music performed in the background. I just adore my time there. There is not enough time to see all of them! So i figure every year I see just a bit more. I noticed some wonderful additions this year. it is the perfect way to start off a Christ centered December. we took the Larsons and Landon with us this year! and it was so fun to see Charlotte pointing out all the ducks and horses and making their accompanying sounds! you can see past visits of the Creche' here and here.
 Nativity puppet show!
 This was my favorite one.
we also went to a gingerbread festival! award winning gingerbread houses everywhere!
 the "Up" house!
 "Tangled" tower! this real life?
 Christmas Cards are underway-here's a little sneak peak of my homemade envelopes-out of gift wrapping.
Couldn't help sharing this classic pic! this is me and my cousin Jessie.