Thursday, December 14, 2017

Office Lunch & Star Wars

 I got to go to another work lunch today, but this time it was w/ my actual company. The managers are in town for a training, and they invited me to go to lunch w/ them. We went to a good BBQ place & I was able to take home a bunch of leftovers to give to the kids. YUM!

 Frank made a quick trip up to Oklahoma today & stopped by to see his parents. He texted me this pic, which made me so happy. I just love these 2 so much!

 I went & got my nails done tonight, b/c they were WAY grown out. Luckily, I had a gift certificate that someone had given me at my bridal shower, so it was "free" to get them done. When I got home, Frank & I were relaxing in bed and watching TV. We decided on a whim to go see the new Star Wars movie. We got to the theater, got the only 2 seats left, and walked right in as the previews were starting. We couldn't have timed it better if we tried.

We went to the fancy theater where you can recline back & ring for food service throughout the movie. It was only $3 more per ticket than going to a regular theater. I thought that the movie was really good & there were several surprises that I didn't see coming. It was so much fun to do something spontaneous w/ my love & enjoy being together.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Work Lunch

 Our office mates had their Christmas party today, and I was invited. That was super nice of them to include me. They had some YUMMY catered Mexican food.

 They said this is their biggest year yet, and we had to keep adding chairs to the table & scooting close together to make enough room for everyone.

I suggested that they get a group picture together, and I offered to take it so that way everyone from the company could be in it. What a fun way to spend my lunch break.

Since I'm no longer a single sister, I don't fall under the high priest group for home teaching anymore. So, we got new home teachers & they came by tonight. It's 2 younger guys (in their early 20's) and even though it was a little awkward, I'm thankful that they came to visit us tonight.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Expectant Mom Perks

 I had to run some work errands today, and I'm so thankful that there are a few stores that have "rockstar" parking like this right near the front. I totally took advantage of being an "expectant Mom" & parked here.

I've also started bringing my prenatal vitamins to work w/ me so that I remember to take them at lunch. I'm supposed to take them w/ food, and at dinner time I usually forget and by the time I remember it's too late to eat again.

Monday, December 11, 2017

HOT Date Night To The Forgotten Carols

 Frank & I got all spiffied up to go out tonight on a HOT date.

 I think we clean up really well.

 We used his birthday gift card to a local restaurant to go out for a fancy dinner.

 As part of his birthday present last week, I gave him tickets to The Forgotten Carols. The music & story are something that I grew up with, so I was super excited to share the play with him. He LOVED it & was so happy we got to see it together.

We ended our hot date night w/ a trip to the grocery store to get a few things. What a fun night w/ such a HANDSOME guy!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Single Adult Fireside

 This isn't the greatest picture, but I snuck it before church started. Frank gave a talk today in church, after having to cancel twice (Mary's death & then he was sick). He did a nice job & talked about the sacrament & the Atonement. I was very proud of him.

 We came home, had dinner, and then Frank & I went back over to the church. Our ward was in charge of food for the Single Adult Fireside. Out of the RSPresidency, I volunteered to go & be in charge of the food b/c I had done this so many times before when I was in the Single Adult program. Plus, I wanted to hear the Stake Presidency's Christmas messages. It was SO NICE having Frank there w/ me this time. There were a few single adults there that I knew, and they were beyond excited to meet Frank & congratulate us on our marriage & pregnancy.

It was a good turnout, and there were A LOT of leftovers. We sent a bunch home w/ people to give to their kids. There was still a lot of food left over after that, so we took it home to our kids & they were thrilled to have a treat.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Peace & Free Stuff

 I got up this morning & went to the temple b/c I haven't been in such a long time. It was closed for 6 weeks for cleaning, and then life's just been crazy since it opened. Frank didn't go w/ me, b/c he was gone most of the day doing some handyman jobs. I am beyond thankful for the PEACE I feel being inside the temple. I was able to do some initiatories, and I just LOVE the blessings & promises that are given.

After the temple, I pretty much came home & vegged out the rest of the day. Frank & Spencer found this free projection TV online, so they went & picked it up & put it in our room. It's way bigger than the TV we used to have, and it's really nice. The people were moving & getting rid of a bunch of stuff for free, so they also got a big Tuscan painting, some speakers, and a TV cabinet. NICE!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Silver Linings

 Today was a ROUGH day, but there were some really high points amongst the YUCK. One good thing is this BIG stack of bills & checks that kept me busy today at work. It was good to have a project to keep me busy & help the day go by faster. It also felt really good to get these all filed & put away.

As my boss was leaving, he gave me this thank you note w/ some Christmas cash in it. It brought tears to my eyes & is a huge blessing. More than anything, it was so nice to be recognized & thanked for all the hard work I put in everyday. In a non-prideful way, I always go above & beyond (driving the forklift even though that's not part of my job). I try to be a good employee, and I'm thankful to work for such thoughtful & generous bosses!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Dookie Stew

Tonight Frank said he would take care of dinner, which was so nice to not have to worry about it. He made "Dookie stew" which tastes way better than it sounds. It was cute that Autumn wanted to help him & he was happy to have an assistant. After dinner, I went on a Relief Society visit. Most of the time I can't go, b/c they're during the day and I'm at work. So I always make sure to be at the evening visits if I'm available. It stinks to be away from the family, but it's good to know that I'm fulfilling my calling.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Activity Days & Relief Society

 I left work early today to pick up Autumn & a few other girls so I could take them to Activity Days. Since it's only 1 hour, that's not really enough time to go home without having to turn around 10 minutes later to go back & pick them up. Usually I'll run errands or go to WalMart, but today I was so tired that I just laid the seat back in my car and took a little nap. It was GLORIOUS. Today they made spiritual count down chains to Christmas & then played a few rounds of "telephone."

 After dinner, I went to a Relief Society Presidency meeting. As you can see, it was pretty laid back & not our usual meeting. This was just an extra meeting to check in on the details of 3 big events we have coming up in the next few weeks. It will be so nice to have those 3 things over so we can just slide into a relaxing Christmas! I love these ladies that I get to serve w/ so much. All 4 of us are so different, and yet we mesh together really well.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

More Birthday Celebrations & Half Way

 After dinner tonight we were able to sing & give Frank his birthday cake. We were all WAY TOO STUFFED to do it last night. He LOVES tres leches cake.

 Blowing out the candles (although I just noticed that you can't see them in this pic & they blend in w/ the cake). We left to go over to the high school for a meeting about this new way they're letting the kids do their schedules for next year. It was PACKED, so I'm glad we got there a little bit early.

When we got home, I had Frank take a picture of my growing belly. I have been meaning to do this at least every few weeks, but that hasn't happened. I don't think I even look pregnant yet, even though I'm halfway done ... just extra pudgy around the middle. Oh, well. This sweet baby girl will be more than worth it. I just wish I could feel her moving around more. I've felt her a few times, but not super strongly.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Frank's Fabulous Birthday!!!

Today is Frank's birthday! YAY!!! I was able to give him a few small gifts before leaving for work this morning. He looks tired, b/c he had just gotten up.

 I kept asking him all week what he wanted me to make for his birthday dinner. He couldn't ever decide, and I didn't have time to make anything since I had to work all day. So, we tried out a famous BBQ place that none of us had been to.

 Supposedly it's the best BBQ place in the metroplex. It's always PACKED, but since we went kind of early on a Monday night, it wasn't too bad. We tried the big family pack which included 3 types of meat. He picked brisket, sausage, and chicken.

It also came w/ 3 sides. He picked mac & cheese, loaded mashed potatoes, and broccoli salad. I do have to say, that it was DELICIOUS! We were all so stuffed that we felt like we would have to roll out of there.

It was a FABULOUS birthday dinner, and way better than anything I could have made. We even had a bunch of left overs to take home. I think my favorite part was the warm peach cobbler w/ vanilla ice cream for dessert. I was STUFFED, but I made room for that. LOL.

As soon as we got home, Autumn & I got busy putting together her science project board that is due tomorrow. We've been working on her project for over a week & it finally came together tonight. She decided to put daisies in 5 different types of liquid (water, milk, diet ginger ale, blue KoolAid, & Dr. Pepper) to see which ones would decay/wilt first. We were super surprised that the water decayed the worst, and that the milk & KoolAid lasted the longest.

Even though we didn't do anything super fancy or over the top for Frank's birthday, he said it's the best birthday he can remember in years. He said it's been a LONG TIME since anyone has done anything to make his birthday special. That made me happy, and that we got to celebrate his birthday for the first time together.


Sunday, December 3, 2017

No Spanking Sunday

 We got up early this morning, said our goodbyes to GrannyMom & Grampsy, and left to go pick up the boys from their Mom's. It was sad to see the hills by the house burnt, b/c there was a fire last week. Hopefully that means there will be some beautiful foliage that will grow back in during the Spring.

On the ride up to Oklahoma yesterday, I wanted to spank Autumn & Spencer. Autumn felt smooshed so she kept elbowing Spencer & taking up as much room as she could w/ her legs. He retaliated by putting his leg up & putting his bag between them so he was taking up some of her space. REALLY, GUYS!?!? UGH! So, it was super nice to see them being nice on the drive home so I didn't have to spank their butts.

We got home at noon, got cleaned, up and Autumn, Spencer, and I went to church. Frank & Grant stayed home b/c they weren't feeling well. I got to teach in Relief Society, which I LOVE! I felt inspired to talk about spiritual gifts & how we can use those gifts in times of hardship or trial. There was a great talk given by Elder Eyring called, "Gifts of the Spirit for Hard Times." I handed out little pieces of paper during the lesson & had everyone write down one of their spiritual gifts. Then I gathered them up & read them out loud. It took some time out of the lesson to do that, but it was so powerful & something I felt I needed to do. I pointed out how blessed we are to have so many gifts in just that small room & how we need to use those gifts to help our families & each other.

During the lesson I said something about "pregnancy brain" & one of the sisters let out a yell. She didn't know I was pregnant, and she started crying and stood up & came over & gave me a hug. It was so tender & made me cry, too!

We came home, had dinner, Frank & I had a good in-depth conversation, then I watched the First Presidency Christmas devotional, and then I got the cleaning bug. I emptied the dishwasher, loaded the dishwasher, vacuumed the living room & kitchen, and put away the Christmas decoration boxes. I guess that inspired everyone else in the house to clean, b/c they all got busy cleaning their rooms.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Indian Tacos & Julian's Play

 We got up early this morning (hence why my hair is pulled up & looking weird ... it was still drying) & headed for Oklahoma. We got close to town around noon, and we were all hungry. Frank saw a sign for "Indian Tacos" so we decided to go on an adventure & try them.

 It was in a school cafeteria & was a fundraiser. They were REALLY good & came w/ a drink & dessert. YUM! I'm super glad we stopped to try them.

 We dropped the boys off at their Mom's house, and then went to the 2:00 showing of Grease. Julian was in the play, and he's the guy in front kneeling down in the black jacket on the left hand side between those people in white tshirts.
 We ended up picking the perfect seats for the last part of the play, b/c he stood right by our row in the aisle for the final song. I love it that Grant & Spencer were there too to support him.

 I am a bit of a spoiled snob when it comes to high school plays, b/c the 2 high schools in our area have AMAZING theater programs & professional theaters that you would find at a nice college. But, I can also appreciate plays like this, b/c when I was in theater in high school we didn't even have a stage & had to make do w/ a gross old one at an elementary school. I'm glad the theater program at my high school wasn't great, b/c otherwise I would never have been able to get parts. LOL!

 Julian did so good & totally looked the part of a Thunderbird. Frank's sister, Lylalyn, came straight from work to be there to support Julian, too.

 We left the 2:00 showing, got some dinner, went to GrannyMom's to hang out for a while, and then we went back for the 7:00 show. Julian got to be Johnny Casino in the 7:00 showing. That meant he had a solo during the prom scene & got to sing, "Hand Jive." He did an AWESOME job! Look at these HANDSOME Anderson men!

I LOVE it that Frank is such a "manly man" & knows how to do things like change his oil, fix anything that's broken, etc. After the play we came home, talked to GrannyMom for a while, and then went to bed around 10:00 b/c we were tired!!!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Tree Lighting & Nativity

 Tonight after dinner we headed over to the civic center for the big Christmas tree lighting event. The weather was nice & warm this year, so there was a HUGE turn out of people. We got a free cookie & hot chocolate from Chick Fil A. We also got to hang out w/ Nate, Riannon, & the kids.

 It was fun to countdown to the tree lighting. It's so pretty & bright!

 We loved watching the fireworks go off on top of one of the buildings. It was so fun to share it w/ Frank & Spencer this year. As a Mom this year was bittersweet, b/c last year Autumn was all about going to the different booths with me. This year, she found some friends and wanted to go exploring w/ them. I'm so happy she's growing up, but sad at the same time.

 After the tree lighting, we went over to the church so Frank & Spencer could experience the annual nativity displays for the first time. They really enjoyed it.

I was SHOCKED to see a beehive door from Slovenija in the mix. As far as I know, Mom is the only one that has one of those since I brought it back for her from my mission. But since she's in South Africa, they didn't use any of her nativities this year (THANK GOODNESS). Now I'm super curious as to who this belongs to???

This year they added something different. There was a stable set up in one of the foyers w/ some dress up clothes. Nick & Savi & Matthew took this picture and sent it to all of us. Isn't it PRECIOUS!?!? Hard to believe that last year Nick & Savi sat in as Mary & Joseph & had to use a doll. This year they have a real life baby!!!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Wrapping At Work

I was super bored at work again this afternoon, b/c I got all my work done by noon. I was glad my boss asked me if I would wrap some presents for him. It gave me something to do. I find it funny that I was wrapping presents that I'd never be able to afford this year. It's hard to find gifts for kids as they get older, b/c they want the expensive electronic gadgets. I can't just get Autumn a little toy set or Barbie like I could when she was little.