Wednesday, December 30, 2015

merry christmas

Our first married Christmas was great!  We loved our little Christmas tree, nativity scene, decorations, and lights around our little apartment.  We spent lots of time with family and enjoyed spending more time with each other.  We spent Christmas Eve with Nik's family and ate some delicious food.  Afterwards we came back to our place and read the Christmas story out of the scriptures.  It's always been one of my favorite things to do to remember the reason for the season.

Nik and I then decided we would let each other open a gift each.  We both got too excited to give our gifts to each other so we decided to just open all of them since it was technically Christmas (around 1:30 in the morning haha).  We both loved seeing each other's reactions.  One of the greatest things about Christmas is serving and giving to others.

Christmas morning we slept in and then headed over to my families house.  My siblings draw names and do a gift exchange every year for Christmas.  It was fun to have Nik and Billy included in the gift exchange.  We exchanged our gifts and then opened more gifts from my parents.  They sure do like to spoil us!

We ate some delicious food and then waited for Emily to call us.  It was so fun to hear from her and about her experiences in the MTC.  Nik and I sure do miss her and are counting the days down.  We sure are proud of Hermana Eschmoozes.

After talking to Emily we visited both of my grandma's.  It was fun to visit them and see them again.  There's nothing quite like spending time with family for Christmas.  I loved our first married Christmas together and can't wait for many more to come.  To celebrate the Savior, His birth, the mortal live He lived, and the knowledge that He lives.  The Christmas season is the perfect time to love more, give more, be more thankful, and truly act as a disciple of Christ.

Monday, December 28, 2015

sweet 'n sour - december

Driving in the snow in a 2-wheel drive car.
Not having a washer/dryer in our apartment.
Having wet socks all day from the snow.
Freezing cold temperatures and wind.
Getting pink eye.
Slipping on ice by our car every day.

Having Lucy over for a sleepover.
Cooking some delicious dinners.
Celebrating Nik's birthday.
Having Christmas Eve and Christmas off to spend time with family.
Used our pressure cooker again and didn't burn anything.
Seeing the beautiful snow fall.
Celebrating the true reason for the season, Christ's birth.
Watching beautiful sunsets.
Christmas shenanigans.
Receiving emails from Hermana Eshmootes.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

happy birthday!

Nik turned 23 on Monday!  We had a great time celebrating with friends, family, and each other.  We went to my house Sunday evening to celebrate with my family.  It was so fun to watch Nik's expression while he opened his gifts.

Birthdays were always my favorite when I was growing up because I always got so spoiled from my family.  I can't wait to spoil Nik every year.  :)  After celebrating at my house we headed over to celebrate with Nik's family.

Monday evening Nik opened the gifts I got him.  I loved seeing how happy and surprised he was at the gifts.  He had no clue I was going to get him a few things he had been wanting for a while.  Giving gifts brings so much joy.

We had a delicious dinner at Tsunami.  We even got a free dessert and it was so delicious!  We wanted to go downtown and look at the Christmas lights but it was freezing cold and super windy so we headed back home for a nice evening together.  Happy Birthday, Nik!  I can't wait to celebrate your 100th birthday with you!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

thanksgiving week

Thanksgiving week was full of lots of fun activities for us.  Thanksgiving day we had a delicious meal with my family and a few of my cousins.  My favorite food was a new stuffing recipe that we cook in the crock pot.  It was so delicious!  The jello is always tasty as well.  After lunch we headed to my cousins house for pie with all of my family on my mom's side.  It was great to see them all and catch up.

Friday my whole family got together to take some family photos. This was the last time we'd all be together for a while since Emily was leaving on her mission in a few days and Andrew is in medical school.  It was fun to take pictures all together but it was so cold!

Saturday morning we all went to the Salt Lake temple and did an endowment session.  It was neat to go to the temple with my whole family.  I'm so thankful for temples and how I can feel so close to the Savior while inside.  I can't wait to travel the world and see each temple.

Sunday morning Emily had her farewell talk.  She did an amazing with her talk.  She will be a great missionary in Argentina.  Nik and I miss her lots already but are so excited for her.