Saturday, December 27, 2008

Tis the Season!

I was trying to hold off on a Christmas post until I had pictures of my house, my husband, my babies (nieces and nephews that is...), and family in general. However, it is time to be realistic with myself. I don't take pictures and it will take me months until I actually go and get them from Da Champs (my in-laws) or my own mom and pops. Thus this is my post Christmas post!
Danno and I have been so blessed this year.

While working at Old Navy in Sandy I was a little grumpy to be working a long shift in the crazy holiday madness. I just kept thinking how messy the store was, how demanding people could be, with an overall bitter taste toward the holiday lolipalooza. I had been called in early to help out and as I went to the back counter, there were clothes strewn everywhere. I asked what I should do with all of them in a bit of an exasperated mood when my manager told me that a woman had come in and bought all of our coats, warm pants, blankets, hoodies, and hats/gloves/etc. for charity and needed help loading them into her caravan of cars. I was so touched by this act of good will. The spirit of Christmas is always one of my favorite things to enjoy this season.

Danno and I have settled into our new apartment well, thanks to our selfless and wonderful parents. It finally looks like a home and we are so glad to be closer to our parents and family. We had Danno's parents, brother, and sister over to decorate Christmas cookies at our new place and had a blast! We also made gingerbread houses with the Domm's and had fun listening to Cam's songs. We were able to celebrate Christmas eve with my family at my aunt's house. It was a little different this year as we discovered my Aunt Darla went into a coma and her chance of survival wasn't hopeful. As heartbreaking as it is, it was a blessing that this happened Christmas eve when our family was together, and we were able to reflect of the birth and life of our Savior. We were then privileged to spend our Christmas morning with Da Champs and had a smashing time! I now see why my husband is so amazing, he comes from a wonderful family who exudes the Christmas spirit in every way possible.

We hope this holiday season finds you well and we love you all!
The Champs ( I love saying that!)
Danno and Nellie

Friday, December 19, 2008

A Few Quotes

"I could be Survivor Man. I have a really strong stomach, like seriously strong. I can eat anything, except for salads. I'm not a big veggie man." --17 year old kid at Old Navy

"Have you ever tried chestnuts? Well you should, they will change your life." --My 3 year old nephew Cameron while sitting on the potty. He does much thinking there.

"All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is exclusively my own." --Johanne Wolfgang Von Goethe

The last one was a change of pace from the others, but was still quotable I say.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

We Are Not Homeless, Homeless...

We have wonderful news! Sure, it probably isn't as exciting as my cute sister-in-law who is having a baby (I'm a little excited!), but its news to us and we are so relieved. We got a call today that we have an apartment! Its in Murray in a complex called Lost Creek. We went apartment hunting during Thanksgiving break and saw some real creep holes, so the fact that there wasn't garbage and minimal vandalism was a real treat! One apartment we looked at had a Jesus plaque mounted to the table, but I guess if anything is going to be a permanent fixture in a creepy apartment, that is the one I would choose. Thus, Lost Creek has been a breath of fresh air.

I think I should recap on our Thanksgiving. We had so much fun seeing our wonderful families! We had so much fun just hanging out with the fam. Evonne and Wally flew in from Texas and it was a wonderful little treat! We spent Thanksgiving dinner with my side of the family and pie time with Danno's family at his cabin. We played Groups and Runs (or Poops and Runs as his family affectionately deems it) with Dee Dee and Grum (Danno's grandparents), his mom, and his little sister Lou Lou or Amy I suppose... It is holidays like this that make a person so grateful for family. We have been so blessed with good friends and family. We love you. Peace out yo.