"experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted." -randy pausch

Thursday, December 29, 2011

extravaganza review {the end}

it's week 4!
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{i dare say, the most festive part of the year}
i spent the better part of october eating only processed garbage.
we are talking
sodium, boxed, processed anything.
you name it.
it was what i wanted.
i went through a taco bell phase.
a chick filet phase.
and a cafe rio phase.
not in that order.
but hallelujah,
by halloween,
i was feeling fantastic.
and back to normal again.
i did manage to make applesauce with my cousins,
chased with pasta rice a roni of course.
followed by a lovely conference weekend.
full of scones, raspberry butter, and hot chocolate.
an electric toothbrush changed my life.
i'm not kidding.
i no longer have sensitive teeth.
sean turned
i surprised him with a surprise party,
that he told me later he knew i was doing.
and an ipad 2,
that he told me later he thought i was doing.
the man is impossible to surprise.
we harvested our pumpkins {and sunflowers}.
it was a lot of fun.
pumpkins are my favorite thing to grow.
low maintenance.
great results.
no really, go back and click on that link.
we saw BENTLY from the bachelorette.
at his jump place.
he drank diet coke.
and looked super scrawny.
i decided i wanted brennan to stay in preschool forever.
there is no greater time in life.
i am convinced.
and max is super strong.
we went to see
and then to
to say the least.
october became my mistress.
brennan and i went on a witch date.
then we began the two day halloween festivities.
the real
best halloween to date.
i dare say.
i may have had more fun than anyone.
must have been the green face paint.
or maybe it was the kids.
it was probably the kids;)
it snowed for the second time.
the morning after my most strange pregnancy dream ever.
but the first time where it really stuck.
the snow.
not the dream.
thank heavens.
little did we know,
it was one of the only times it would stick.
and it still has not really stuck since.
setting an all time record LOW for snow fall in December for the salt lake valley.
i found
and fell
fall was bountiful.
and beautiful.
i started listening to christmas music too soon.
the nesting organization hormones kicked in.
they are still fully pumping.
my pantry, closets, and basement thank me:)
and so does sean.
and i repeat.
i want brennan to stay in preschool forever.
it is
we found out
we were
it snowed in celebration:)
we drove to california.
for thanksgiving.
and then christmas began.
with the train.
and my birthday.
we reviewed max's love for santa.
during which time
the baby
or i did.
i learned about mary and jospeh and taxes.
max fell in love with carousels.
and blake almost died on the roller coaster.
then we almost killed ourselves with the longest saturday to do list known to man.
i don't know if i've ever felt so accomplished in one day ever.
i reached my happy belly place.
which i am still fully enjoying:)
and i killed the cat.
or not.
i snowed for the 2nd to last time this year.
unless saturday brings the last snow of the year that the weatherman is promising.
"letters to beth"
we started getting really christmas-ie with our festivities.
then came the most beautiful frost i have ever seen.
i thought it was snow at first.
possibly my favorite christmas-ie festivities here.
or maybe my favorite was here.
tough call.
grocery shopping.
more grocery shopping.
and one last trip for the three things i forgot.
and then it was over.
for another year.
all of it.
to 2011
bring on 2012.
and the 3rd little gibson.
as in hoor-ay!
or his-ray.
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Connie said...

I miss Cafe Rio soooooo much!

I read about that UP house! I wish I could live there.

Jen said...

Wonderful recap!! Those sunflowers are HUGE!! Congrats on your boy:)
I LOVE the beach pic of the kids laying in the sand. And your Halloween costume is SO cool!!

Sue said...

Yep, it was a VERY good year at the Gibson's.

(You do such a good job on these reviews!)


Date Girl said...

That frost picture is amazing. I love your Halloween pregnant shirt, that is so cute. I also love that your family costumes had a theme. Looks like you had a very exciting 4th quarter of the year. Here's to a very happy new year! Just think, soon you'll have 3 little ones!!

Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

It was so fun to read this as we go to so many of the same places as your cute family! Though we've never been to Zoo lights--next year I'll have to make it a priority. AND I've never seen Bentley before.

You reminded me that I have been missing Cafe Rio! Maybe we'll order some takeout tonight. I like to think of there salads as healthy though I know that might not be completely accurate. :)

Have a great New Year's!

My Mercurial Nature said...

Those were some truly impressive sunflowers and pumpkins. You definitely do up the holidays, huh? I bow to you...perhaps I'll learn a little lesson for next year..

Emmy said...

Love the picture of Max making the cookies- look at that cute face! Maybe 2012 winter will bring lots of snow for you. Love your pictures. Thanks for hosting again with me this year.

Lori: Teacher Turned Mommy said...

love the pictures. looks like you had a great end of the year. enjoy your last few hours of 2011 and hope you have a fantastic 2012!

Liberty said...

I really loved reading your review!! All those beautiful pictures are amazing!

Lourie said...

LOL we both posted pics of our turkeys! hahaha. I love that you get so into Halloween. Me too!!!

Angel said...

I loved your pictures so pretty! You had an action packed end of the year!

Heather's Happenings said...

That was a great recap! I really love the beach pictures! I am going to make a goal to go to a beach in 2012.

Hope you have a great New Year!

Stacie said...

Love, love, love the way you tell your family's story through pictures! Happy New Year!

Impulsive Addict said...

You seriously have the best pictures every time I visit. Your skeleton tshirt showing the baby is awesome!!! Where in the world did you get that?

You made one heck of a pretty witch...even being green!

Sorry I'm just now making my rounds. The in laws are still in town making blogging IMPOSSIBLE!