christmas from my view...

As mentioned in my previous post, Christmas this year was a little different. Because Trevor's sister had a baby, she could not make the trip down to St. George for Christmas with everyone. So since they only live 45 minutes away, we made the trip up there for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day so we could all be together!

The highlight of the trip for me, was obviously a brand new baby, my niece Mia :) I pretty much soaked up as much time with her as I could get! Other then that it was pretty much just lounging around eating candy until we were sick, and realizing this was the first white Christmas we had ever had together - even though we live in the snow - our families live in warm sunny climates, so that was fun!

I didn't get nearly as many pictures as I wanted, but you can blame that on the baby, I think we were all a little preoccupied! So here are just some snap shots of Christmas from behind my lens :) Hope you all enjoyed your break!

Hope you all have some fun plans for the New Year! I know I do :) 2013!

the best christmas present this year...

This Christmas was an exciting one in Trevor's family. Trevor's sister Courtney had her baby on the 20th of December, so it made for some change of plans for how we were going to be spending Christmas this year!

It was so fun to see a brand new baby :) This is the first grand child on Trevor's side of the family. Trevor is used to coming over to my house and there being tons of little kids running around, so this will be an exciting new dynamic in Trevor's family who hasn't had that before.

Being an aunt is one of my most favorite roles, so I am so excited to have another niece in my family :) I happen to think I have the most beautiful nieces and nephews (inside and out), not biased or anything.

Welcome to the family little Mia :) You will be more then loved.
Congrats Courtney and Eric!

merry christmas - be of good cheer :)

I hope you are all enjoying your holidays with friends and family. I haven't been able to stop thinking about those little children that lost their lives in Connecticut, and how they can't be with their families on what would have been such an exciting and magical day for them.

During this season where we focus so much on Christ, I can't help but mention my testimony. I believe so deeply that there is a Heavenly Father who loves us, and that those little children are being embraced in that love right now. A lot of times when there is tragedy, people ask themselves if there is a God, I mean, how could he let such horrible things happen?

It is in moments of tragedy and heartache where my heart believes and hopes even more deeply that there is an afterlife and a Heavenly Father, because without that hope, then what is there? Where would be the justice for horrible acts like this? Where would be the rewards of love and courage?

I know Christmas is a time to celebrate Christ's birth, but I can't think of Christ and not think of the atonement.

"Each of us will have our own Fridays—those days when the universe itself seems shattered and the shards of our world lie littered about us in pieces. We all will experience those broken times when it seems we can never be put together again. We will all have our Fridays. But I testify to you in the name of the One who conquered death—Sunday will come. In the darkness of our sorrow, Sunday will come. No matter our desperation, no matter our grief, Sunday will come. In this life or the next, Sunday will come.”  
- Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin"

My favorite scripture is what gives me comfort in times where I can't understand, or am hurting...

"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." John 16:33 

Remember the true meaning of Christmas, and enjoy this beautiful season with friends and family :) 
Love you all!

half way there...

this is when I make trevor leave the law library and have lunch with me :)

Trevor is officially half way done with Law School. I can't even believe it. Time is a funny thing, somehow it can go by slowly and quickly simultaneously. That is how I would describe our Law School experience.

There have been moments where it felt like this was going to last for forever, and now I sit here amazed that we are already half way there. Yes, I say we. Indeed Trevor is the one studying and doing all the hard work, but as his spouse I have to deal with never seeing him, doing extra around the apartment, and lifting his spirits when things become too much for him. I have truly been his partner through this, and while it has come with its challenges, I think it is one of the best things that has happened to our marriage. We are much more patient and understanding with each other, and appreciative.

The other night Trevor and I were talking about life after law school and it gave me butterflies. I guess I just envisioned us in school for such a long time when we got married that I can't believe we are already needing to have conversations like this!

I tell Trevor I am proud of him every single day, but for some reason those words just don't do it enough justice, and when we were about to go to sleep and Trevor thanked me for all that I do for him to make his life easier, my heart melted. I am so thankful for a hard working husband and best friend in my life :)

christmas girl's night out...

Me and my friends Kelsey and Diana decided we wanted to have a girl's night out Christmas Party! I absolutely love a good party, and was so excited to plan this little get together. We had a great spread of treats, hot chocolate, cake and galore!

While Christmas music played in the background, we chatted our heads off, exchanged gifts, and got sugar highs :)  Thankful for friends who have made living here amazing! I apologize now for the picture overload!

It put me right into the Christmas spirit, and I can't believe Christmas is next week! Hope you all are getting excited about your holiday plans this year! Only a few more days until my break starts and I CAN'T WAIT!

*Since I have had a lot of people ask, my sweater is from forever 21