Christmas festivities

Brady and I have been so blessed with our lives. We had a cute, small first Christmas but it was perfect. I woke up at 6:30 too excited to sleep any longer. I got Brady an Xbox One for Christmas. He saved up his money and I helped with the rest. He had absolutely no idea that I got it for him so he was really surprised when he opened the box to find it inside with some games. He got me a cocoa-motion (greatest invention ever) and if you know me, you know how happy that makes me. He also got me a really neat doodle tablet that connects to my computer for doodling and Photoshop. It’s so awesome! Santa also brought us gift cards in our stockings with lots of candy!
 
 
We headed to my parents for some breakfast and gifts with the family. It is so much fun having my nephews there, because their excitement is so cute! They got a lot of great toys, and we all received very wonderful, generous gifts from each other and my parents. We are so lucky! My sister and I both got Kitchen aid Mixers and I’m so excited! I don’t do a lot of cooking, and I haven’t mastered baking quite like my sisters but now I feel more official and ready to learn. Watch out, cookies coming your way!
After we headed to Brady’s grandparents house to talk to his brother who is currently serving an LDS Mission. It was so fun, and good to hear that he’s still the Austin I remember. His girlfriend Josie came and it was cute to hear them talk to each other. Oh how I wish I had that opportunity while Brady was on his mission. Oh well, we’re married now. Even better ;) His grandparents served wonderful lunch with so many yummy desserts! We were so full!
 
Afterwords we had time to kill before our next stop so I took a nap while Brady played some more of his Xbox. I was so tired from all the fun and the traveling that it felt as though I had just rested my head when it was time to go. We headed to Brady’s other grandparents’ home for the annual Christmas dinner. All the family was there and it is always fun when we get together. Some got blankets, others got gift cards. There was a lot of laughter and happiness shared, and overall, it was a great holiday!
 
I love Christmas time, and I felt as though I had more time to prepare for the true meaning of Christmas than I ever have before. I’m grateful for all the gifts I received, but most importantly, I’m grateful for the gift of the Savior in my life. Every single day, he is there.
 
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! :)

Winter wonderland

We went to visit Brady’s mother and stepdad in Idaho this weekend. It was a lot of fun, and the view was absolutely stunning the entire weekend. There was absolutely no service at the house. All we had was TV and Xbox, which Brady didn’t mind. It was very relaxing, but I now need a vacation from our vacation. It was fun to get away and spend some time with the family. I drove home and it wasn’t as bad as the drive up, which I was okay with. I’m ready to be at home and in my comfy, warm bed and I’m really ready for Christmas this week! Lots of family and traditions!! Have a great week!

 

 cute sleepy husband:)

HOW TO: Blog Button W/Scroll Box

Okay, this is my first how to post and I’m really excited. This is something I have struggled to learn for a long time. And NOBODY was helping me, I had to beg from specific people to give me their code off their blog. I almost reached out to a designer to help me, offering to pay. It seems so silly but I was desperate, how could a blogger give someone their button if they didn’t even have the code? Well, that’s what I’m here to share, how to make a blog button, and a scroll box with the code, to go with it :)

SIZES
Let’s talk sizes. Blogs are all different sizes and they ask for certain size blog buttons. I’ll give you the jist of what I’ve ever been asked for. It there is a different size than I offer, just know you’ll have to make a new button, or your photo will be skeewaumpus!!

Now these are just some sizes I have seen pretty popular around the bloggingsphere, but it depends on who you’re sponsoring, the size of your blog, AND you can make MANY more button sizes for others to place on their blog, instead of the general 200×200.
MAKING A BLOG BUTTON
Now, how do we make a blog button? I use Adobe Photoshop, and you can get that for 10$ a month for 12 months, what a steal! It can be pretty expensive! If not, I use LunaPic, or Picmonkey. If you know of any other sites, leave a comment for others to see :) Create it how you want it, for whatever size you want. It is more trendy now to have circle, rectangle or maybe just square. Spice it up!

POSTING YOUR BUTTON W/HTML CODE
It took me forever to figure this out and I don’t know why! I used to know this code when I first blogged years ago, and even when Myspace was around, but I have simply forgotten it. My sweet friend Becca finally gave me a code that would work!! I simply thought to change the “html” and that’s why my photo kept showing up in the scroll box instead of the code, so MAKE SURE YOU KEEP THE CODE EXACTLY HOW I SHARE IT and it will look like the screenshot below!

Go to:
Overview (or Design) > Layout > Add A Widget > HTML/Javascript
And then you will post the codes below:

<img src=”IMAGE URL” alt=”” /><div style=”border: 1px solid black; overflow: auto; height: 60px; width: 200px; color: black; background-color: white;”>&lt;center&gt;&lt;a href=”BLOG URL”target=_blank”&gt;&lt;img src=”IMAGE URL”title=”BLOG TITLE” /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/center&gt;</div>

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&gt; = >

You can get your image URL by uploading a photo to photobucket.
Or any other website you use that can give you the Direct Link to the photo.

and you will get a scroll box, a display photo and the code in the scroll box for others to use.
If you have any questions, suggestions or anything, comment below! :)

Lights at Temple Square

No worries, we made it to Temple Square for Christmas lights this year.
And our friends begged us to come along.
Bahaha, I’m kidding. We invited them. It was great.
Lights, pictures, laughter.
Hot chocolate and Emperor’s New Groove after.
We are so grateful for our friends. It’s hard finding friends in a new ward/apartment complex.

Let Him In

If you have ever seen The Forgotten Carols, you will know exactly what song the title of my blog post is. You are probably singing it in your head right now, remembering the amazing voice that performed a beautiful song.
 
Brady and I go with his family every year, and it has been so much fun. Of course, I love the tradition of dinner at Tio’s first and then going over and enjoying the performance. The message they give is spectacular and always brings me to tears. It sets reality in about the true meaning of Christmas, and I feel so much better about the Christmas season. The songs are absolutely wonderful, and I can’t believe Michael McLean wrote them himself. You have to see this show! They travel all over the Western side of the country and choose different school choirs for their shows! It is quite incredible.
 
“The Forgotten Carols tells the story of a nurse whose empty life is changed when a new patient recounts the story of Christ’s birth as told by little known characters in the nativity story. The accounts from the Innkeeper, the Shepherd, and others help her discover what the world has forgotten about Christmas, and open her heart to the joy of the season.”
 
Anyway, I won’t ruin it for you, because I just think you should see it for yourself. But I will share my favorite song with you and I hope it helps bring the true Christmas Spirit into your life.