Saturday, December 22, 2007

Merry Christmas!!

I just want everyone to know that I am grateful for this season that is centered around the Savior. In 2000, I was lucky enough to spend a semester in Jerusalem. I truly think that it was there that I gained a strong testimony of the Savior Jesus Christ. It does not take traveling halfway around the world to have this knowledge--just for the slower folks like me. But I am grateful for that experience and the testimony of His life and mission I gained while there. We all know the old cliche "Jesus is the reason for the season," but I hope that everyone will take a moment to think of His life and mission this holiday season.

We are in Utah celebrating the holidays with family so I know I will not be updating as I should be!! I just want to wish all my wonderful family and friends a Merry Christmas!! I will have a blogfest 2008 when I return!!!

Lots of love from the Thomas family!!!!!

Right or Left????

Heather, I am totally copying you!!! I saw this on my friend's blog and thought it was awesome!!! This article is from an online newpaper and there is this great optical illusion that spins. Which way you see it spin tells you whether you are more left or right-brained.

I saw it spin both ways, but first counter-clockwise. If you concentrate really hard, or your brain is broken (like mine) you can make it spin both ways!
check it out!

Leave a comment on which way it spinned for you.,21985,22556281-661,00.html

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Tiny Dancer!!!

Dorothy had her dance recital!! She was adorable in it and as a proud unbiased Mother I just want to say she was the best dancer in her class!!! She danced to "Love Love Me Do" by the Beatles and "Tiny Dancer" by Elton John. I am trying to talk James into Youtubing it and putting it on our blog! I guess we will have to wait and see..... After the recital we gave Dorothy the roses we had gotten for her and immediately she started crying.... She wanted a "trumpy" like all the other girls. They were selling these junky little plastic trophy's that she could not live without, and because she was absolutely amazing in her recital dances we got her a "trumpy!"

Little Angel

We had our Ward Christmas party! It was really fun! They had a gift exchange, and a fancy dinner. Then of course, the primary children put on the Nativity scene. I absolutely love this part!!! Dorothy was not supposed to participate because she is not in primary. But I managed to pull a few strings (I am friends with the primary president) and she was an angel. Thank goodness because all night she was asking me if she could "go on the big stage for the show" Then we heard bells and Santa showed up!!! Dorothy could not wait to tell him what she wanted... A pony baby, boy baby, and a watch! Good thing Santa was listening!!!

Dorothy as an angel being attacked by a child dog???

There were a lot of angels!

Santa I want a pony baby, boy baby, and watch.....

Monday, December 10, 2007

Christmas jammies for everyone!!!

Alright, as the crazy parent I am... I love matching jammies on my two little munchkins!! I found some cute unisex jammies for the two little naughties and had to immediately go to the gap and get them. I thought I would save them until Christmas Eve when I could snap endless pictures of my two little Christmas elves (to use later for blackmail!) Unfortunately, Dorothy insisted that she wear them that night! After telling her "no" five times she went to Daddy who was unaware of my plans to save them and happily dressed Dorothy in her new jammies! So we dressed Preston and took some early "Christmas Eve" pictures. James kept making fun of me telling me that they are not disposable and can be worn more than once!!

Side note: I swear I have cleaned that fireplace a million times. The fingerprints you see are on the inside.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Princess' wishes on ice!

Dorothy's wish came true and she got to see ALL the princesses at the same time!! We got tickets to the Disney's Princesses on Ice show and took Dorothy! James and Preston were good sports and came along! Dorothy sat mesmerized the entire time by all the stories they told! She also went home with a new Ariel doll which she absolutely loves! We had a really good time and unlike the circus, I would highly recommend going to this show!!!

Yeah that's real fire!!

Belle during "Be our guest"

Cinderella and Prince Charming

Ariel and Flounder

All the Princesses skate together!!

Who's the ace of cakes????

Two of the Young Women in our ward recently had birthdays so..... I decided to make their cakes like Duff would! I made the fondant and designed the cake. I am not saying that they turned out amazing but, for my first time I think it went quite well!! I can't wait until Dorothy's birthday...I can only get better!!! (hopefully!)

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Sleeping in Seattle!

Wow!! We spent Thanksgiving in Seattle and it was amazing!! I got there on Monday and spent Tuesday and Wednesday shopping. They have the first Nordstrom's there so... I had to help keep them in business!!! On Thursday, we had the traditional Thanksgiving day meal with all the fixings including our family tradition: sauerkraut! Then at midnight we went to the outlets to begin "black Friday" and it was CRAZY!!! After a few hours of sleep.. literally a few... We got up early and hit a few other stores including Anthropologie for the fifth time! That night we watched the sunset against the Seattle skyline and crashed. The next day we went to the space needle and ate brunch there. We also rode the monorail and visited Pike Place Market which is next to the first Starbucks!!! Adam scored some awesome tickets to the Seattle Sonics game and so James and Adam had their "guy time" after being drug around shopping all weekend!! We also visited the Science museum and Aquarium!! Seattle is such a great city with so many wonderful things to see and do!! Our week was filled with so much fun and good food it is hard to capture it all!! Thank you Jessica and Adam for hosting us and showing us such a good time!!

Our Dinner!!

Our brunch on the space needle!

Shopping Buddies!!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

The things we are greatful for!

Since Thanksgiving is this week and I am off to Seattle (tomorrow), I thought I would compile my list of things I am most grateful for this year!

1. Family- Everyone always says this, but it is true! I am grateful for my wonderful husband who became a dentist this year and is now in school again... For my wonderful little Dorothy who is always amazing us at how smart she is, and for Preston my little "baby angel" who makes me want a million babies because he is such a sweet little guy! I am also grateful for my parents who are wonderful examples by serving as mission presidents, and for my brothers and sisters who are my best friends. And last for my in-laws who are always willing to help especially with our big move here!

2. Friends- I have so many wonderful friends if I start naming them I will forget someone and therefore hurt someone's feelings. So I will just say I am grateful for those who have known me my whole entire life and still love me. And I am grateful for friends who, although I live far away from most of them, still keep in touch. I mostly just feel blessed to have wonderful friends who build me up and love me in spite of my many weaknesses!

3. Books- I have read so many wonderful books this year it is hard to list them all but I am grateful for the release that reading gives me and for my Mother who instilled within me a great love for reading!

4. Music- Since I just got a piano this year, I have realized how much I missed having one in my home. I don't play very well but enjoy pounding out all of the hymns.

5. My treadmill- I cannot profess to love running. My friend (Heidi) keeps telling me it will come, but I do love the feeling you get as soon as you finish.

6. Peanuts in your bottle of Coke- Since this is a new thing I have discovered, I should just say... Try it and you will understand!

7. Having a yard- I always dreamed of the day I could send the kids outside to play and although our yard is small, at least there is a swing set (thanks Papa)!!

8. Change- I thought when we moved this year my life would end. I have come to realize that when we have challenges like this it helps us grow and become better!

9. My calling- I was called to the 1st counselor in the Young womens presidency. I love this calling and those young women! It has been so fun to try and remember what it was like to be a teenager!

10. Most importantly, My Heavenly Father and Savior- I am grateful for the gospel and for the happiness it brings to me in my life. I am grateful for the Savior and all that he has done in our behalf!

Some of our great family moments this year!

Going to Nauvoo!


Our new little baby!

James' graduation!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

UGG I guess we are ac-climating!!!

Actually, we love Denver. I was just trying to do a play on words with the UGG...

I have done it--become one of those people who wears boots and long sleeve shirts. A huge change from the flip flops and shorts I am use to sporting around all year!! I busted out my new UGG's today and got a picture... Of course Dorothy had to have her picture taken, and to be fair Preston had a photo shoot as well (James would not be caught dead in women's shoes so he was temporarily "unavailable"!) I love this cold weather and all the fun winter clothes that come along with it!! And I must confess that on top of being stylish, UGG's are a little treat for my feet they are soooo comfortable!!!

A word about Veteran's Day...

I just wanted to say that I am grateful for Veteran's day... I know most people overlook this holiday, but I am so grateful for the men and women who have fought and died to give us these freedoms. Unfortunately, most Americans are too busy fighting about Bush and whether or not he should be impeached, to stop and think about the wonderful things that this land offers. We are so fortunate to live in a country where we can disagree with the President and not fear for our lives or our safety. I know in 2001 it was really cool to be Patriotic and American but lately I mostly hear how much this country stinks because of Bush. I think it is sad that we don't support our leaders more, even if we do disagree with them. But mostly I just think it is really sad that people on the media are calling our troops mercenaries and murderers. I support our troops and am so grateful there are brave men and women that will go and fight for this country. I love this nation and believe with all my heart that this is the Promised land. I believe that the Lord will help us in our battles and protect us as long as we are a righteous people just as in days of old. But part of being a righteous people is being grateful for all that we are given and we are given sooo much here in this amazing country. "Where much is given much is required" we need to stand up as Americans and thank our Heavenly Father for all of the freedoms and blessings we enjoy. We need to show Him we are thankful by teaching our children about all of the sacrifices that have been made in our behalf. We need to teach them to be model citizens to vote and volunteer and build up their communities, not tear them down. Most importantly, we need to teach them about our Heavenly Father and Savior. If we don't, the Lord will take these blessings away and give them to someone who will be appreciative. So next time you want to complain about this country, I challenge you to stop yourself and say something you love about it!

Friday, November 2, 2007


We took the kids Trick-or-Treating!! It was the best Halloween yet!!! Everyone kept commenting on how cute "Dorothy" was and then filling her basket with huge handfuls of candy!!! The little giraffe got cold and went home with Mommy to pass out candy. Here are some pictures of the fun!!!

If you look close enough you will see a small tooth!!!