Sunday, November 18, 2012

Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream

Ok we all know how much I LOVE anything Disney. Disneyland is my favorite place, (I really want to go to Disneyworld someday), I have tons of Disney movies, I have tons of Disney puzzles that I collect, and I did a research paper in high school on Walt Disney. Right after we moved here, I found out that Disney On Ice was coming to Spokane. I really wanted to go because I went 4 years ago with my nieces and nephews and I'm pretty sure I enjoyed it more than they did. We talked about it and decided not to go this time. At the time we were buying tickets to Silverwood, an amusement park in Coeur d' Alane, so we decided not to do both. Well a few nights ago I was longingly looking at tickets online just for the heck of it. We could get a discount through my work so I was curious to see how much of a discount. Chris caught me looking at them. After a couple of minutes he disappeared and came back with two tickets! He said, "My question is, do you want to sit in seat 10, or seat 11?" I couldn't believe it and almost started crying I was so excited. (Don't judge me, Disney makes happy). He said he bought them a few days ago, and he was planning on surprising me the day of the show. But he didn't want to see me sad for a week, so he decided to tell me then. What a great husband I have. :) We had really good seats. We sat in Row D (4 rows back), and there were 3 row on the floor, so technically the 7th row. I was surprised it wasn't very full. This year the theme was "Dare to Dream." It went through the stories of The Princess and the Frog, Cinderella, and Rapunzel, three princesses who have a dream. It also had Mickey and Minnie and their friends, and all the Princesses came out at the end. It was so fun and such a great experience. When we got home I told Chris I wanted to go back. :)

Here we are right before it started. SO excited!
Please don't mock the ridiculous amount of pictures I posted. Some aren't the greatest pictures, but I chose the best ones. I had a hard time narrowing it down!
The Princess and the Frog


OK, also please don't think I'm crazy for posting so many videos. I just couldn't choose. I just love all the characters, the costumes, the music, and the special effects. I couldn't get one video to post when Flynn and Rapunzel are swinging in the air but I'm going to keep trying. Chris said that was his favorite part. You can choose to watch them all if you want. 

Don't worry, we're alive.

Well I just thought that I would write a quick update about our life here in Spokane. I've posted about some things we have done here but lots of people ask me how I like my job and how Chris likes school.
So, to answer those questions we are beginning to like it more and more. I actually thought it would be much harder living away from family than it has been. Probably because I have such a great husband who I get to be with all the time. We are getting to know more people in our ward and beginning to really like it. I like my job pretty good. I have some long days sometimes, but its much easier to handle those days now that I'm not constantly sick. I work with really great people too so that makes it easier. Chris is doing well in school. He very busy and a little stressed at the moment, but I think he likes it.
Don't get me wrong, there are days I wish we were back in Twin. There are days when I really wish I could just see my mom, or times I think of all our adorable nieces and nephews and how we're missing all of their cuteness! Ryan and Amanda's little girl Evelyn is walking now, and I would have loved to see little Halli in her witch costume on Halloween. My mom told me today how my nephew Luke is talking so much. Pictures sometimes just don't seem like enough. I miss having my sister a few blocks from me, and Chris' mom right next door, and his dad just up the road. I miss being able to see my mom anytime I want. I miss walking two houses to church. (We drive 4 miles now). I miss being able to be anywhere in 10-15 minutes. I really miss everyone I used to work with. They were such a big part of my life the last 2 years and wonderful friends. It's also hard being away when big things happen. For example my Uncle George (who is really my Great Uncle), had a stroke about a month ago and we didn't think he'd make it even a few days. I was sick realizing that I will probably miss his funeral. He paid me a dollar when I was little if I could say my ABC's backwards, and I still can to this day. He always corrects you if you say "yeah" instead of "yes." He took my cousin Danielle and I to The City of Rocks once with his Granddaughter and we heard him say "yeah!" He paid my cousin Jamie and I to clean his carpets a couple summers ago when neither of us had jobs. He was in Young Men's when he was like 90. I think he is around 94 now. He is doing ok right now, so who knows, maybe he'll live to be 100!
Anyway, things really are going well. We really are grateful that Chris is in school and will be done in 18 months. We are so thankful I was able to find a full time job with benefits. And it's been nice being in a new place, meeting new people, and seeing new things.
I have been feeling really good. It's so nice to not constantly be sick. I have not been able to gain any more weight but I'm going to start trying really hard again. I have mustered up some motivation so we'll see how that goes. :) I know that it's important for me to gain weight if I want to be able to get pregnant, (which is still a ways away, btw). Anyway, I am still recovering and getting stronger, but things are so much better than they were. I thank my Heavenly Father everyday that I'm getting healthy again.
So I guess that sums up our life right now. We are super excited to be able to go home for Thanksgiving in 3 days! Yay!


 I realize this is way behind but I wanted to post about our Halloween. A week or so before Halloween we went to a Pumpkin Patch here in Spokane. Actually it really not in Spokane, kind of in the middle of nowhere as you can see. I have only been to a Pumpkin Patch one other time in my life, I think for Young Women's. We had a fun time picking out a couple good Pumpkins. They also had a Pumpkin launcher, but we only got to see them launch straw. Still pretty fun to watch though.
The Saturday before Halloween we had a Ward Halloween Party with a Trunk or Treat. We brought our pumpkins for everyone to see and some candy for the kids. We didn't dress up but it was fun seeing all the other costumes that people come up with. Maybe next year we will have to get more into the spirit. We didn't have one trick or treater, so Halloween night we just had a quiet night at home.

 Cutting it off the vine

 Here we are carving our awesome pumkins. Notice the very long stem mine had. :)
WSU Cougars and Mario. I'm all about using a pattern because I cannot carve a good pumpkin by myself, and I figure if you're going to go to all the work of carving a pumpkin, you want it to look good. We didn't put them outside because they probably would have gotten stolen, so we just enjoyed for ourselves.
 Here a few Fall crafts I made this year. We made this Spooky banner at a Relief Society Activity.

I saw versions of this wreath and Autumn sign on Pinterest so I had to try them out. I had so much fun making them!
I love Fall but I am even more excited for the Holidays. Can't wait to get out Christmas decorations!