Monday, January 31, 2011

2010 Memories...

What a year!

This was an amazing year filled with experiences that will never be forgotten.

Here are a few of the highlights with pictures!

Disneyland Trip with cousins Abbey and Tony and their adorable family, and Maddie and Ali and their boyfriends

Visit from Chelsea and new nephew Alex

Visit from Somer for the CF Ladies Luncheon and winning the "Woman Who Takes Our Breath Away" Award

Ryan's trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp with Mom, Dax and Zak

Hawaii Trip with family

Harrison gets a big boy bed and starts Preschool

Watching Dax cross the finish line after this 50 mile run. His physical strength, willpower and endurance are a constant inspiration to me

The Annual CF Breath of Life Gala where my mom received the "Breath of Life" Award and I was the speaker

This year also had a few tough weeks...NINE to be exact. I was on I.V.'s for nine consecutive weeks this year and it was hard to say the least. However, I have said this before and I will say it again and again: Any trials I am called to bear are overcompensated by an outpouring of love and blessings from my Heavenly Father.

The darkest moments I experienced this year brought about some of the sweetest moments I experienced this year. Moments where my family rallied around me, fasted and prayed and helped with Harrison. Moments when I felt hopelessness turn into hope and felt a subtle reassurance that I would bounce back yet again.

These thoughts are for another post but just wanted to summarize here that although this was a difficult year in terms of my health, the good times definitely outweighed the tough times but I will remember the good and the tough because that is what gives me the strength to keep fighting!
(this is how many hours were spent during those difficult months of I.V. and double vest and breathing treatments. Harrison and Ryan were my cheerleaders and got me through the monotony of all the treatments!)

Love looking back on the past year in gratitude and looking forward to the next year with faith and hope for another blessed year!

Friday, January 14, 2011

New Year's Eve...Legoland Style!

Happy New Year!

New Year's Eve is a funny holiday, it can be especially anti-climatic for us parents. As a teenager, I remember babysitting all the neighborhood kids so the adults could have their annual celebration (it was the most prosperous night of the year for me!) I guess I thought back then that when I grew up, I would party all night with the adults on New Year's Eve...not quite. Before we had Harrison, we really lived it up by trekking to see Grandma and Grandpa at the Lawrence Welk Resort to play Skipbo with Grandma and eat cheese and crackers and chocolate covered popcorn until they got tired at about 10, then heading home to watch the ball drop. Now that Harrison is with us and we have a bedtime schedule to stick to, our New Year's Eve's have been spent at home.

This year we decided to spice it up a bit! At Legoland midnight occurs at 6:00 pm and we were there to ring in 2011! SO FUN! Harrison loved it, we listened to Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime players, watched the "brick" drop (of course Ryan had to insert a comment here about already dropping a brick that day), and watched an awesome fireworks show. We were done in time for a fun dinner out and then home to put Harrison down and spend a nice relaxing night together.

It was seriously perfect and I think it may become a New Years tradition! ...Until we grow up and have a desire to party all night with the adults : )

Monday, January 10, 2011

2010 Holiday JOY!

I haven't blogged for way too long...a combination of blogger's block and lack of time. However, we had such a wonderful Christmas and New Years and I want to at least get some pictures up. Harrison really started understanding Christmas this year and we made some funny and precious memories with him, including his first time meeting Santa! I'm not sure what he loved more, meeting Santa or dancing along to the band playing Christmas music!

Christmas Eve at Zak and Kelli's home:

Christmas Morning:

Christmas Day with family:
Kaya and Harrison exchanged gifts this year!

Off to church: (Harrison had to get a ride in before we left!)