Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Kennedy"s Blessing


Wow, it seems like Mike and I have hardly been home this December. There are so many wonderful things that have been happening, and I hope to be able to post them all. These will be completely out of order though, because I'm going to start with last Sunday.
Last Sunday, Kennedy was blessed. It was so great to be able to be there, and witness Jordan blessing his first daughter. He did a great job.



My whole immediate family was able to attend the blessing, and many of the Holmes as well.



The nephew and niece being passed around. We really need more babies on our side of the family; we can't seem to get enough of these cute kids!




And finally, just because I did one after Noah's blessing: the many faces of Kennedy. Some of these are older pictures, but I swear this girl looks different in every one we take. Thankfully I was able to see a lot of my family this weekend, and when I wasn't holding Kennedy, I was taking pictures of her. She is so adorable!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Dulie's Christmas Photos




Last week David and Julie (Dulie) asked me to take their family pictures. Since I am still learning this, I was so excited for the chance. Especially since it meant spending the day with the three of them. Here are some of my favorites, but check out their blog here, for some more.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Photography Contest

Ok, so I totally am not one of those people who blogs about other blogs, but I really want to win this drawing.

www.GenaSusan.com

Gena and her sister did the photography for Breana's wedding. They are amazing! Seeing as how I love photography, I read Gena's blog all the time. I keep a link to her blog in a file titled "Inspiration". Someday I hope to be able to take pictures like her. Not only are her pictures beautiful, but she is beautiful inside and out. Having her and her sister do Breana's wedding was great. They were so imaginative and creative.
Hopefully Mike and I can win some pictures from her, because we have no good pictures of ourselves. If you are looking for some beautiful photography of your family, check out her site. Even if I don't win, I'd be happy if someone I knew did.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Happily Ever After!

Beau and Christine were finally married on November 7.
We couldn't be more thrilled to have this Beautiful, smart girl as part of our family!



From the very start, Christine has felt like part of the family. The love these two share is so strong, and we have no doubt that it will last for many years to come.
It was great to be able to witness their wedding, and see them become one.


Reception fun!

I must say, last week was filled with the best things of life. A beautiful new baby, a beautiful wedding, these are the things that make life so wonderful!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Kennedy Pictures!


Two very different pictures of Kennedy. She doesn't even look like the same baby! I love these though. The first one looks a lot like Bre to me, but I'm not sure why.



The proud parents just moments after we were allowed in. Breana did such a good job, and seemed so calm and relaxed. She is a natural mother.



Yes, I took a lot of pictures. Who could blame me though. My first neice. Jordan is a great father, he takes care of Kennedy so well, and is so gentle. Some of these were taken on my phone, so they are not good quality, but I like having pictures of her that I can look at anytime. Kennedy comes home today, I can't wait to go back down there and see her!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

She's Here!

I'm at my parent's house, so i can't post pictures yet, but baby Kennedy is here!
7lbs 6oz, and 20 inches.
She is adorable, and already such a sweet baby. Hardly cries, and when she does, she sounds like a little lamb. She looks so much like her Daddy, and I can't wait to see if that will change or not as she starts to grow.
I am already in love with this beautiful girl!
Congratulations Mommy and Daddy!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Finally Fall!


Ok, so I know it has been technically Fall for at least a week now, but this is the first week that it has really felt like it here in California.
I love Fall! I love the chill in the air, I love being able to wear cute sweaters, I love rain, I love the colors, I love crunching leaves when I walk, I love watching General Conference, I love watching college football, I love Halloween (my favorite holiday), I love Thanksgiving. Although school started about a month ago, I always loved going back to school as a kid. I loved buying new clothes and supplies, getting to see everyone again, getting to have new teachers and classes. (Yes, I'm a dork.) I always feel that same feeling, each year, even though it has been years since I have been in high school or elementary.
Yes, I love everything about this time of year, and I am so excited that it is here. Last night I started decorating our home for Halloween. Also, just to really get me in the spirit for Halloween, I start watching scary/Halloween movies every day for the entire month. So much fun!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Celebrate!


This weekend was Breana's baby shower, and it was great! Thank you to everyone who helped and attended. Little Kennedy is already so loved, and she will never be short on clothes! Breana has been having a rough couple of months, but she looked beautiful. I'm so excited to meet her beautiful baby!


Thursday, September 17, 2009

Peter Pan and Tinkerbell


My adorable nephew Noah turned 1, and David and Julie threw an awesome party.
Julie made Noah's whole costume, even the hat! We all dressed up for the party, and lots of friends and family showed up. This boy is so loved, and we are so grateful for him and the joy that he brings to our whole family!




A picture of the cute Tinkerbell (Cali). Julie's niece, who is only a week or so older than Noah.


If you leave your child with Mike long enough, he may just start to resemble Superman.
Happy Birthday Noah!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Slow Club

Saturday night, Mike, Arwen, Breana, Jordan and I were able to go see Slow Club, one of our favorite bands. They were amazing. They started the show on the floor, just the two of them playing guitars and singing. It was unlike any other show I've been to, unfortunately though, their set was way too short, only about 6 songs. (Please don't judge the crappy pictures, I had to use my cell phone.)


Slow Club is from England, and I honestly never thought they would come out here and play, so I was thrilled for them to come. I had been looking forward to this show for a few months,and it was worth the wait. They are one of the bands that I love to sing and dance too, especially with my tamborine (inspired by Bre's). And, just so all of you can see what I'm talking about, I put a playlist with some of their songs on the side of my blog. They are beautiful, and fun. See if you recognize which one of those songs is on a commercial.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Independence Day Fun!


For the 4th of July, we usually head to Huntington Beach, to watch the fireworks at the pier, but this year we went to Jana and Loren's house for a block party. I have to say, this was way better than going to the beach. There is something so classic about a block party, and we loved it.



Every house hosted something different. We had a potluck lunch/dinner, and then enjoyed free snow cones and cotton candy.



To make things more exciting, Loren and Jana started an air hockey tournament. Mike and I have a long standing competition at air hockey, so it was fun to beat him at the last moment. I am however no match for Loren.



Fireworks are legal in Lakewood, so we were able to buy some fun ones, and light them off ourselves. As you can see, we tried to make some fun shapes with the sparklers. Mike and I kept trying to get a heart, but we just weren't coordinated enough. The bottom corner picture will have to count as an M for Morris. Tara was a pro though; she made some pretty cool designs.


Thank you Jana and Loren, we had a great time! There is nothing better than celebrating with family and friends, especially on the 4th of July. I am so grateful for this Country, and for the freedoms that we experience. I have no doubt that God made it possible for us to have the rights and the privileges that we enjoy every day.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Happy 4th of July!

We had a blast this 4th of July, hope you did too. This is from last year, but there are more pictures to come. :)
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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

"Pretend all the Good Things are for You"


For the past few months, I have been reading this blog "The Rockstar Diaries". It is way cute and inspiring, and she has been posting different "happy"lists. So, I have decided to do my own, and I am hoping that those who read this post will make one for themselves too. Besides the obvious (Mike, family, church, etc...) While my list could get pretty long, here are 10 little things that make me oh so happy. What would be on your list?

1. Stepping on leaves in the fall, and making them crunch.
2. Shooting a really good picture.
3. Finding something awesome at a thrift store.
4. Riding my bike on a cool day.
5. Beach bonfires.
6. Running barefoot through wet grass.
7. Seeing a shooting star.
8. Singing at the top of my lungs, with no one around.
9. The smell of the breeze through our front windows in the spring.
10. Being woken up by the sun on my face.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

"It's cool to love your family, I know because I love them more and more"



I know I haven't been posting lately, but now that school is almost over, I hope that will change.
As we all know, last week was Mother's Day, and how could I not write about the wonderful Mothers I have?
The first picture is my mom and I. That is my mom, after 4 kids. It amazes me that she never shows age. My mom is absolutely beautiful on the outside, and the inside. She is funny, and clever, and smart. A lot of people think she is quiet, but she isn't. She just doesn't show that side all the time. I think I am a lot like her in that sense.
I love when people tell me that I am like my mom, whether it is an appearance, or personality. She is a wonderful person. She has had many hardships, and life has not been easy, but she has always been an example to her children. She is a wonderful example of love, faith, and understanding, and I love her.
The next picture is Mike, and his mom, Karen. I am so lucky to have Karen as my mother-in-law. She is always willing to teach me. She makes me feel loved everytime I am around her. Talking to Karen is always easy. When we get a chance to be with Mike's family, I find myself wanting to just sit and talk with Karen. I think she possesses many of the qualities that my mom has. She is beautiful, she is smart, she is fun, and she is spiritual. I love her, and I am so thankful for the love that she shows me.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Lisa's Wedding

It has been way too long since I have posted! On March 7, Lisa and Brian got married. Lisa looked absolutely beautiful, and Brian looked great too. I am grateful that Lisa was able to meet a good man, and that the whole family was able to get together for her wedding. Lisa has such a good heart, and I know she will be an amazing wife and mother. I love her, and I am excited for the new life that the two of them will be sharing. Congratulations you two!
P.S. Mike took most of these great pictures.

Friday, February 13, 2009

I'm Back

Okay, so I purposely cut myself off from the world for awhile. Something happened, and I felt the need to close myself up, and try to block out the world for awhile. I don't know if any of that makes sense, but sorry for not inviting anyone to the blog. The good news is I hadn't posted anything anyways, so you didn't miss out.
Last weekend we celebrated my 26th birthday. (I'll have to post the embarrassing "blowing out the candles picture" later.) I can't believe that I am that old already. This birthday was filled with mixed emotions. I am so happy, and blessed to be alive, but ashamed that I haven't done more with my life. I want to really take more advantage of the time that I have, and constantly make myself a better person.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Christmas and New Year's(Finally!)

Ok, so I am finally getting all these pictures put up. Decorating our home for Christmas was really fun this year. We didn't have quite as many decorations as we thought we did, but it was enough. I was able to make the cute Christmas plaque at an enrichment activity in November, and I loved the way it looked. And although our Christmas tree was crooked, it was still great. I love having a Christmas tree in the house; there is nothing quite like that smell to give you the Christmas feel!



Once again we were able to visit both sides of the family on Christmas. It was great! I love being able to see everyone. We had a wonderful Christmas. Mike bought me the bike I've really been wanting, and my parents bought us rock band. We have been playing that none stop. We are so thankful for all the gifts we received, thank you everyone. Karen and Skip bought us some Olive Garden gift cards, which were great for our anniversary.



For New Year's Eve., David has started a tradition of playing dodge ball at the church. There weren't too many people there, just family, but it was still fun. However, Mike and I versus David and Jordan, can be a little scary. I think I screamed every time one of them threw the ball. As you can see in the pictures, everyone was a little silly that night. Before midnight, we headed back to my parent's house, and played some more rock band. I swear that games is so addicting. My parents even started to play a little, but even watching people play is fun. Of course, we also went outside and screamed at midnight. Believe it or not, my family really can make a lot of noise. I am looking forward to another great year with my family!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Spin Classes


Today was my first real workout day in my new spin class, and I am sore! Everyone told me that these classes were intense, but that's not the problem. The problem is the seats on these bikes. I told Mike last night that it feels like I am sitting on a thin brick cross. I'm out to buy a seat cover this afternoon, and I really hope it works. Until then, I think I'll have to sit on a pillow! Hopefully I will get our Christmas, Anniversary and New Year's pictures up soon too.