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After a week of Idaho fun, it was time to head back to good ol' California. Since we are cray, we practically went straight from the airport to my In-Laws house. We stopped at our place only to change out presents.
Emma is just too cute!
Oh just waiting in the airport...
and waiting... and a little playing :)
We were so excited to see Jakes side of the family. Especially those who live so far away. (Seriously Texas is way too far). Emma had so much fun playing with her little cousins. One of her cousins is only three weeks younger then her and they had to much fun playing in the floor with each other. They kept on trying to steal each others toys :) We had a blast counting down until Christmas. We played games, watched movies, ate tons of sweets, stayed up super late talking, played Mario Cart (I am the champion at their house... at least against the people I played :), went to church, and of course did a little shopping.
At last Christmas day came. Now that I am older my favorite part about Christmas day is watching the kids see the presents under the tree and watching everyone open their gifts. It was so cute seeing my little niece, Riley, come down the stairs and be in total shock over all that santa brought.
This Christmas was also exciting because it was Emma's very first one. As I watched her discover and look through her stocking with her Daddy, I became so thankful that I am her Mom. Emma loved opening all her gifts, but her favorite part was the paper. She couldn't get enough of that stuff. Next year I am seriously thinking about not making/ buying her anything and just giving her paper and empty boxes lol!
game night with the Honsvicks
Riley loved taking pictures with Emma
Uncle Jared loved to call Emma "Fluffy"
Emma got a package from Santa on Christmas Eve. It came with a cute little not and a book just for her.
Riley just knew that Santa wanted a PB&J sandwich along with his cookies :)
Emma loved the Christmas lights
Emma and Sydney's favorite toy to play with together.
After a month of crazy adventures I am finally back. Ever since a couple of weeks before Christmas, my little family and I have been on the go, visiting family and having fun. So, even though it is the middle of January I am going to take the next couple of days to share with you our fun times.
Our adventure started super early on December 15th. We woke Emma up at three in the morning and headed off to the airport to catch a plane to Idaho. We were so excited to see my family and to see a little bit of snow. Emma was such a trooper that day. She absolutely loved the plane ride. It was so funny watching her expressions as she took in her surroundings. Soon we made it to Idaho and the real fun began. Our week was filled with amazing food (I think I ate too much), visiting our old Bishop and friends, spending time with family, playing games, making cookies (did I mention I ate way too much :), introducing my dad to the movie Thor, playng with my Sister and Brother-in-law's new I Mac (Jealous I am), drinking the best chocolate milk ever (Reeds Dairy, you have got to try it), opening Christmas Presents, going to the temple, and so much more. But my favorite part about the trip as visiting my wonderful family and watching my nieces and nephew play with Emma. I just love being with them all. We have too much fun. Here is a little peek into what that week was like.
Jake spent the first few days attempting to win little Jilli's heart. He finally won when he whipped out his IPad. It amazing what a little technology can do.
Little Jilli Beans just love Emma and her Aunt Emily. When asked if she was Granny's Girl (which she normally is) she would promptly shake her head no and say she was Emily's girl. I loved it!
Emma lOVED jaxon. I think she could stare and play with him all day
Emma's super cool new hat. Thanks Katie and Mark!
Jilli loved to fly on Crazy Uncle Mark
What started out as decoration soon turned into a headband for Katie...
Jilli and Sammie both thought it was too cool and they just had to copy
I just love the Rexburg Idaho Temple. I miss seeing it everyday, so beautiful!
Homemade mint brownies (THanks Sarah!) Reeds Chocolate Milk, and Cookie dough ice cream =
One of the best Milk Shakes ever!
Cookie Making time
The dough was just too good to resist.
Emma discovered how fun it is to ride on Daddy's shoulders
These boys were too funny. They were playing around and pretending to be asleep to trick people. It was pretty cute though.
I just love my husband :)
After a night of visiting friends LIttle Miss Emma was pretty tuckered out. This is what she looked like when we got home.
Emma amazed with Holly and just wanted to follow her around.
Wherever Emma was these three wanted to be. I just loved seeing them play with her.
Playing games with my family is always entertaining and fun
That week with my family went by too fast but more fun was to be had in California...
This Christmas season has been pretty hectic in the Honsvick home. We have been busy running back and forth trying to get gifts made, finals completed, house cleaned, and suitcases packed all before our Christmas festivities begin this Saturday.
This Christmas has been a little different for Jake and I. It's our first Christmas with little Miss Emma, and we couldn't be more excited. It has made us really stop and think about what we wanted to focus on this Christmas with her. A part if us wanted to run out and buy her everything under the sun. There was one day that I was even feeling guilty that I wasn't out there buying her the fanciest of things. Instead grandparents played the main role of Santa; while Jake and I were able to make a few things for her from things around the house.
As Jake and I were talking about this I really came to see how lucky we are. I am really starting to believe that small Christmases are the best. While we have presents to give ( and are super excited to see people open them) we are loving focusing on what Christmas is really about. From our homemade tree to our brown paper packages tied up with string all the way to the little figure of baby Jesus, our home has been filled with the spirit of Christmas and love. I wouldn't trade our small Christmas for anything and I hope that in the years to come we can keep the same feeling throughout the season. It's not about the presents, the toys, or the stuff. It is about celebrating the birth of our Savior and the love that he brings.
A friend recently poses the question to Jake and I. He asked "what would Christ have you give?" The answer was not the newest computer or even a toy. The answer that we came up with was our love, obedience, and service.
I hope that as the Christmas season continues, I am able to focus on the gifts that Christ would have me give. And not on be completely focused on what is going to be under the tree. It will be a Merry Christmas.
I hope that all of us through the fun will remember what took place on that special night.
Weekends just fly by too fast, but they sure are fun!
Here is what we have been up to the past couple of days...
- We decorated at Jake's Parents. This was so much fun. Jake was able to help put up the Christmas lights outside, and I got to help set up everything on the inside. I loved every minute of it. Getting to put up Nativities, ornaments, center pieces, stocking... My mother -in-law, Holli, and I kept moving stuff around like crazy before we would decide what goes where. Whenever Jake and his Dad would come inside I would keep showing him something that we moved :) But I must say, the house looks great! It is defiantly looking like Christmas there now. Emma was so excited to watch us put up the CHristmas tree. She even got to play with one of the bell ornaments. I think she thought it was the best thing ever!
- A Christmas Present came early this year. Holli gave Emma her very own baby's first ornament. It is so cute and perfect. It has the year and everything on it. I was so excited to come home and hang it on our tree.
- We went to Church yesterday and had such a great day. We were able to hear the testimonies of many people and I was able to work with a whole bunch of little kids. In my church my responsibility is to teach the 3 and 4 year olds church lessons. I love doing this and watching them learn about the gospel. One of my favorite things is listening to the little children pray. Yesterday I was so touched by one of my little girls prayer. In her prayer she didn't asked for anything. She just thanked her Heavenly Father for everything she loves. She thanked him for Santa, ponies, Jesus, church, teachers, mom, dad, and a whole bunch of other things. The cool thing about it was that she really meant it. It reminded me to be more thankful for everything around me because everything is a gift that we are given by a loving Heavenly Father.
- After church Jake and I worked on Christmas gifts. Its a good thing Emma doesn't pay that much attention because I was kinda working on her gift right in front of her. I was making her a little stuff animal dog made out of a pair of gloves. It is actually turning out really cute. I will have to put up pictures once I am done.
- We got Emma laughing a lot Sunday night. I love the times when I can really get her to giggle and laugh a lot. She is funny and usually tries to hold in her laugh. I am hoping that she is going to be ticklish like me. After all I can't be only one in our family that is ticklish :)
- Last night Jake and I watched the Christmas Devotional from our Church. It was so good with so many great messages. I love how the First Presidency of our church talked about not only the importance of giving but also the importance of receiving. They helped remind me again what really matter this time of year. It is not tinsel and presents, it is the love of God. If you have a chance you should go and watch it. It was amazing!
- Sometimes at night Jake and I love to watch the different Mormon Messages. Last night Jake sowed me a video that I just had to share with you. It tells of a story of two little boys and the lesson they learn about giving. It is such a cute little story that teaches me that you never know what a little service might to someone.
This weekend was pretty great and best of all I got to spend it with my family. Hope you all had an amazing weekend too!
Not to long ago Jake and I said goodbye to Idaho and headed to California. Now that we are here it is crazy to think about how much has changed in the last month. Here is a little rundown on our many adventures.
First, December 7th, we found out if we were going to be having a boy or a girl. Drum roll now......
WE ARE HAVING A GIRL!
We couldn't be more happy :) First thing that Jake said when we found out was that he needed to buy a gun. I laughed when he said this and I asked him why. He told me he needs to be prepared to keep the boys away... I think he is going to be a great Dad. Now we are just trying to figure out names. So far we have narrowed it down to three names that we love.
1. Elizabeth Clara
2. Emma Jane
3. Sadie Reagan
We love all three names, it is going to be hard to choose.
That weekend after Jake and I found out we were having a little girl, my family threw me a baby shower. It was so cute and so much fun. I had my amazing sisters and my Mom there along with a few really good friends. The games we played were hilarious. I think one of the funniest moments was when a few of my friends had to chug soda from a baby bottle while the rest of us sang songs to them. I was laughing so hard. My family was amazing setting everything up. They went all out on the food and decorations. I loved it, it was so much fun!
Then on December 16th Jake and I graduated! All I can say is Whoo Whoo! I am done. It still hasn't hit me that I no longer have to take tests or write papers or work on group projects. I have to admit though I will miss school. I loved going and learning, but I am not going to miss the homework :) Graduation was really neat though. Elder Cook came and spoke at Commencement and Convocation. And guess what... not only did Jake get to speak at graduation (he did amazing might I add) but we both got to shake Elder Cook's hand as we walked. It was pretty cool. I think the best part was having all our family here. It was just really fun being with everyone.
Christmas was just a blast. We rotated between my sister's houses and my parents. It was so much fun watching my nieces and nephews open their presents. I am super exited to post pictures of the holiday. Sadly all pictures are going to have to wait. Since most of our boxes are still packed, I haven't been able to find our camera cord. I am on the hunt though so count on a crazy amount of pictures soon.