Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Catching up...

I haven't blogged in over a month!  But I'm pretty sure anyone can guess why.  I've been absorbed completely into the amazing life and beautiful face of this little beauty- Vivienne.  I've been taking it all in, holding her every moment that I can and staring into those gorgeous blue eyes while singing her songs, telling her stories and delighting in the most beautiful smiles one could ever even dream of seeing.  Being a Mama to a sweet little baby that you grew inside you is truly an amazing and inspiring experience.
We celebrated our first Thanksgiving as a family of four- and it was the most THANKFUL and GRATEFUL Thanksgiving ever... so much so now that we are complete in our little family.  Sharing the day with my Mom and John was the icing on the cake and thankfulness was in true abundance all around.


Shortly after that- Vivienne turned one month old!  I know, I can't believe it, either!  She eats and sleeps like a seasoned pro, smiles when she looks up into our faces and is starting to grasp at things near her.  She has the most delightful little squeals and exclamations and cheeks that are honestly just too cute for words.  We can hardly deal with the cuteness and I am constantly finding Roslyn at Vivi's bassinet talking and singing to her.  Makes my heart just melt.
Roslyn turned 7 on December 9th and we had her long awaited Minnie Mouse party extravaganza!  To say it was a hit would be an understatement!  She was surrounded and so showered by friendship and love that it was almost too much to believe! 
My beautiful girl- I can't believe shes 7!

during the singing of Happy Birthday

we had friends visit all the way from Kingman- Aunt Crystal, Uncle Joe and the girls!

Mama had fun planning, crafting and baking for the party. :)

See?!  Told you it was a huge success!

December has been spent immersing ourselves in all things Christmas and the magic of the season.  The girls made their visit to Santa and we treated ourselves with a present of a Holiday trip to Disneyland! 
Disneyland with a six week old was not anywhere near as difficult as I worried it may be and when she was awake, she was so focused and aware of her surroundings.  When we rode Small World for the first time with  her she lifted her head and looked around the whole time with those big beautiful eyes of hers and even treated us to some super sweet smiles.  We think she liked it! :)

As if all of this wasn't enough, we still had Christmas morning!  Roslyn loved getting to finally get into her stocking and open all of her gifts.  After the present madness of the morning, we had a nice dinner with my dad and his roommate and then drove up to the Prescott Resort to see the Gingerbread Village, one of my very favorite traditions.
Now that we are settling down from all of the excitement of this last month and a half or so, I have to admit that there is always a small feeling of blah!  We spend so much time gearing up to this one day and then as quickly as it came, it's over and the tree and decorations come down and it's time for life back to normal.

But I despite that down feeling that can come post excitement filled holidays, there is something that I love... the excitement, promise and unknown of a New Year to live to the fullest, to hope and plan for and strive to make the best year yet.  And that is what I am in the midst of doing for myself... brainstorming and dreaming of the goals and possibilities for 2012.  
One of my big goals is to blog regularly (really, I mean it! :-P) and document our lives, our adventures and so much more.  So now is the time when I ask YOU, my readers (if there are any out there ... hi Crystal lol!):

What would you like to see from me in the coming year here on my blog?  
I have some ideas, but I do want to share what you would like to see too.  I know that I want to be open, real, honest and share the loves of my life... so if there is anything at all that you would like to see or a question you have for me, please leave a comment and let me know and/or ask away.

I'm so excited 2012 and our full first year as a family of four... looking forward to loving, creating and sharing that all here.
Wishing y'all a happy, happy new year... I hope it's as amazing as each of you are.


  1. Have missed you! Congratulations! The family Pics are awesome! With two December birthdays, I know how hard it can be to keep the b-day special! Congrats on the Dinsey trip! Have a Happy New Year! -Amanda

  2. Glad to see you're back... we missed you!
    Congratulations on the arrival of your sweet Vivienne...

    All my best,

  3. I want to see more crafting ideas! Especially for those of us who are still in the beginning stages for the past few years! Love you and miss you! When I come visit I want to see you and that new little bundle!

  4. Congratulations on your beautiful baby girls - both of them! :)

  5. Busy month and a beautiful family!

  6. I love all your Christmas pictures.

  7. aww! Looks like a busy time but also that you all are having tons of fun too!

  8. What a beautiful blog post, and an amazing family. :) Can't wait to see what 2012 brings!

  9. now that onelong post.. wow.. but i love the pictures the journaling and all the love that expressed in the post .. stay blessed and have a awesome new year....

  10. Great update! Love all the pictures and what beautiful girls you have.

  11. MORE PICS!!!! more about life and crafts and my Beautiful Nieces.... DID I SAY MORE PICS?!! ;) lol I so glad you had a great holiday!!! <3 love you all!!

  12. More scrapping' layouts, possibly a home tour, all things Disney, those sweet girls, Drew's music adventures.... All things Rachel! I "met" you through your blog and now can call you a friend in real life but I'm super excited about more blogging! ~ Amanda Fuentes