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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

kids make holidays so fun! The older Bella gets the more excited we get to celebrate with her. Bella has been looking forward to Halloween for MONTHS! She loves watching Halloween movies, anything with pumpkins and dressing up. This yet we didn't even have to tell her to say trick or treat when we got to the doors. She just knew and always said "thank you." Or "happy Halloween!" To the people that have her candy it was so cute!

We went with my sister and her family again this year but instead of going around her neighborhood we went to Harrison blvd. I herd it was fun and wanted to try and my sister an her husband were good sports and agreed to go there. When I got there it was WAY busier than I thought. I had no idea it was possible to be that crazy in Idaho. It was fun though and an experience. I probably won't go again but the company made it fun:) Olivia and Bella had so much fun and I can't get over how big and beautiful they are. Of course Jakey-boo was adorable too:)

After we were done trick or treating we went to my mother in laws house and Bella got to show off her costume to her grandparents and play with her cousin jarron. It was such a fun Halloween and I can't wait for next year! Hopefully we'll get to trick or treat in Idaho again.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Family Pictures Time!

It's that time of the year to get some family pictures done and we decided to make it all about Bella (like always:) and so we included Bella's favorite people, her grandparents. We went last Saturday and it was so fun! I asked my good friend Jammie to take them because I knew she'd do a wonderful job and that same day she put up some previews and I want to share:) Thank you so much Jammie!!

Boo at the Zoo

After family pictures on Saturday we went straight to boo at the zoo. We entered Bella in the costume contest and she did so good! I thought she'd be too shy to say anything or answer any questions but she wasn't. She told them her name and that she was a lady bug. She got to trick or treat a little and look at some animals but both Bella and I didn't last long. After almost 2 hours Bella and I decided we needed to go home and nap. We had a family dinner on the Simpson side too that night. It was fun and casual (my favorite kind.) Debbie ordered pizza and Doug and I got some cheesecake (yum!) and got to hang out with his brothers and sisters. Busy day but sure was fun!
i can't wait to move back home. Nights like these are what I miss the most. Just being able to be together.

Monday, October 22, 2012


I am awful at keeping good news to myself but almost 3 months ago Doug and I planned on visiting our families in Idaho for Halloween but we decided to surprise them! It was so hard to keep this BIG secret from them especially since I talk to my mom almost every day, but we kept the secret.
I'm so glad we did! The look on my moms face was priceless! On everyone's face actually. I loved seeing everyone, I loved hugging everyone, I loved watching everyone's face when they saw Bella for the first time in months but the part I loved the most about coming home was squeezing, kissing and just loving on my brand new nephew and my livers (Olivia.)
I'm so happy!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Happy 2nd Anniversary to Us!

I have to admit last year For our anniversary Doug was just getting back to Iraq for R&R and we celebrated early so on the day of our anniversary I poor tired husband called me late that night and apologized for waiting so long to say "happy anniversary" and I just told him it was fine and I understood that he must have been so tired heehee. I told him the truth when he came back so this year I knew the pressure was on for me to remember!
Unfortunately Doug and I were apart for our anniversary again this year. He was in the field for training but I made sure that the first thing I said when he called was "happy anniversary!" And he replied with "aww you did remember!" It was a good laugh:) but the best part was when he surprised Bella and I by showing up unexpectedly showing up at the door with flowers for both Bella and I and a card! I'm pretty sure Bella was more excited about the flowers an the card but it was so sweet! Our cards both had money since we both like shopping but mostly because my husband was in the field for 2 weeks and didn't have time to get us something but like I said we like shopping so it was perfect for us! He took us out to lunch and then shopping.
Doug also surprised me by arranging a babysitter for our own date night. He was so thoughtful:) it was an amazing anniversary for the three of us and I'm excited for the many more to come! (Hopefully ill keep remembering:)