Wednesday, December 29, 2010


This year we had a bit of an unconventional Christmas. There was no snow, or fireplaces, or home cooked meals...


There was this...

and this...

and this...

and this

It was glorious, 10 days filled to the brim with sandy beaches, card games till all hours in the night and all those midnight soft serve/french fry runs.

heaven. on. earth.

Now the harsh reality of snowy road conditions and waking up early is forcing the 85 degree weather in the bahamas into the past, leaving me with only a memory.

A memory that could very well turn into a return plane ticket to St. Thomas if my finger dares click the mouse.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Once upon a time...

We went to the festival of the trees...

For this cute girls birthday...

And this was my favorite tree...

Then I found this Gingerbread house, it made me want to quit every thing and open a gingerbread house making factory...
Then I got depressed because I knew I was being ridiculous...

So to ease my woes we went here and I ate this...
and I was all better


Happy Birthday momma!!!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Sweet and Very Talented

Black Friday-a busy, exhausting day in which thousands of people all over America fight over slightly discounted items enthralled with a rush of adrenaline when finding themselves victorious in making a purchase.

The only thing that I wanted was a $34.99 Christmas Tree.

Which I got-after A LOT of hassle.
But that's another story.

After purchasing my Christmas Tree my sweet and very talented mother offered up her Christmas tree decorating services.

Which I readily accepted.

She drove an hour to my house and we started off by getting the tree up and fluffing branches.

Next we made a trip to walmat where we purchased ornaments and lights.

Then back to my apartment where we started decorating the tree where my sweet and very talented mother could work her magic.

Unfortunately we took a little detour.

Just as we began opening packages of bulbs and ribbon my sweet and very talented mother made a decision that for as long as I live will never make sense to me.

It involves wire, a serrated knife, and a finger.

I think you get the idea.

After nearly cutting off the top half of her pinky finger my mother calmly stood and made her way to my kitchen sink, exclaiming meekly:

"Manda, I think I'm going to need a band-aid"

Me still unaware of what exactly was going on I took my sweet time in my medicine closet looking for a band-aid.

After a short and unsuccessful search, I let my mom know that we didn't have any band aids and that she should just wrap a paper towel around it to stop the bleeding and then we could carry on with the decorating. I stopped mid sentence as I walked back into my kitchen to find my sink covered in blood and my sweet and very talented mothers face as white as a ghost.

I realized that a paper towel wouldn't cut it.

She asked me to look at the wound and help her decide whether or not it was "stitches worthy".

I kindly reminded my sweet and very talented mother that although at one point in my life I wanted to be a nurse, I no longer have the desire (due to may things, including a weak stomach).

She insisted.

I looked.

I'll spare you the details.


My stomach did a flippy thing and then I started to sweat and then I closed my eyes and...

She needed stitches.

We got in the car and tried to made our way to an instacare in orem, a 10 minuet drive that somehow seemed more like 110 minutes. I was freaking out. My mom was breathing heavily.

Finally we made it to the instacare where a Nurse let us know that my sweet and very talented mother cut an artery and would need 6 stitches and a very painful shot.

Mom was such a trooper, she didn't even cry. And the with a numb finger and tetanus injected arm she was still willing to come home with me and finish the tree...sans serrated blades.

At the end of the day it was a memorable experience that we'll laugh about in years to come, but more importantly my decision to not be a nurse was again validated.

Tis the Season

This year it seems like December snuck up on me so fast that I hardly even had time to recognize that it was here --busyness seems to have gotten the best of me. And although it is only 3 days into the month I have a sneaking suspicion that the remainder of the month will fly by just as quickly, leaving me no time to really
"Get into" the season.

Fortunately enough for me, Taza had a great idea on her blog that will basically force me to participate in the holiday (the way I should be). She posted a Christmas Challenge list, and recommends starting at the top of the list and working on one challenge a day, until Christmas. I am going to mix it up a bit because we will be on vacation for the holiday so instead of doing on a day in order I am going to do my best to get all the challenges done before we leave (which is on the 17th, if you were wondering...I'm sure you were wondering, right?)

If you are feeling the "rush" of the season too you should join me in completing the list, it would be good for ya!

25 Christmas Challenges...

go out of your way-- befriend someone today that needs a friend and follow through to Christmas
tell someone you love them

make a tree decoration that will remind you of Christ
in your prayers today, give thanks for every blessing without asking for anything
try to be as kind as possible to others today
try not to quarrel with family members today
do a good deed anonymously
make goals for yourself-- seal a copy in an envelope to be opened in a year
visit someone sick or lonely or sad
do volunteer work for some worthy cause
do something fun for a child or younger sibling
try to forgive someone who has wronged you, be reconciled
make a "give list" instead of a list of gifts you'd like
improve yourself in some way to please the Savior
quietly reflect and choose uplifting activities vs shopping
phone or send a card to an old friend or family member
listen to Handel's Messiah
make a Christmas treat for someone else
be a calming influence today and control your temper
accept the gift of forgiveness-- pray for some weakness and ask for help in repenting of it
look at Christmas lights... where does all light come from?
sing carols
do something nice for someone without their knowing it was you
be the first to say hello to people all day
ask someone to tell you about a past Christmas