Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Major Catch-up! {Weekend.Gratitude.}

I've been missing for a while now! I've been playing catch-up in school and now it's time to play catch-up on the blog!

First I'll update you all on my wonderful weekend! Friday was my youngest brother's birthday! He turned 12. I called him that morning to wish him a happy birthday and then I got 'roped into' visiting my family. I wasn't really roped into it though. My brother mentioned it and I knew that it would mean a lot to him if I came so I threw some stuff together and headed down to the valley. Unfortunately Race didn't get to come with me because we also had family coming to visit us in Flagstaff.

Friday night we celebrated my brother's 12th birthday and it was lots of fun. ALL of my siblings {except for my brother who is on a mission} were there with their spouses and cute babies. We ate yummy food, opened presents, ate delicious yogurt pie, and just enjoyed each others' company. It was a perfect evening.

Saturday was spent thrift shopping, getting some Christmas shopping done, and hanging out with family some more. I got to see my brother and sister-in-law's new house and it made me SUPER house hungry! I didn't even know that "house hunger" existed! But now I can't wait to get into a real home someday!

Sunday was spent going to church, hanging out with one of my cute nephews in the hallway, and being in the room while my brother received the Aaronic Priesthood. The Spirit in the room was AMAZING. And it is so crazy to think that Solomon was the last of the eight Olmstead boys to receive the priesthood! Sunday was a good day. :] It was followed by making pizzas for dinner and then driving back up to Flagstaff.

The weekend was a lot of fun but I really missed Race and he really missed me. It was funny because normally he does okay if I am gone for a couple of days but this time around he called me and left cute messages where he just kept saying how much he missed me and kept asking when I was going to be home. It was funny. I was so excited to see him and Sunday evening was spent enjoying lots of snuggles!

The birthday boy!

Edmond makes cute faces {when he's getting his diaper changed}!

Helena and I like to cuddle on the couch. Even when no one else is on it with us. 

Now for some things that I've been grateful for recently:
11.17.11 Sisters & Sisters-in-law
11.18.11 Celebrations with the family! {Birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, etc.}
11.19.11 Thrifting! I haven't been thrifting in a long time {especially since Flagstaff's thrift stores are kind of expensive and they don't have sales very often} so it was fun to go with my mum and sister-in-law for a little bit. My mom bought me a skirt and two shirts! For under $10! It was fun! 
11.20.11 I am so grateful for my brothers and their willingness to live righteously so that they can hold the Priesthood. It was amazing cramming my family in a little tiny room while my dad gave my brother the Priesthood. 
11.21.11 I am grateful for surprise date nights from my husband. We went and saw Breaking Dawn after making ourselves some dinner at home. This was the first time I had been to the movies in a while and I had forgotten how fun it is to cuddle up in a dark movie theater, eat some popcorn, talk about the previews, and giggle about silly things in the movie. It was also fun to play each other in Scrabble on my phone before the movie started! I was totally beating Race. :] Otherwise I might not have mentioned how fun it was to play! 

11.22.11 Today I am grateful that I got two tests out of the way! 
How were all of your weekends? What did you do? And what are you grateful for today? 


  1. I love going to the movies with my hubs too! So awesome you got to go have family time looks like it was fun!

  2. I'm grateful you posted, because I've been checking every day ;) haha! I was sick this weekend, but it makes me grateful for when I'm not sick! haha! Glad you had a lovely weekend :)

  3. Craaaazy. My boy of interest took me to see Breaking Dawn and we played scrabble while we waited for the movie to start too! haha. Awesome. I love the baby pictures, and I'm glad you got to spend time with your family! They look like sweet people. Have a great evening!


  4. What a fun weekend! But I know the feeling of missing the hubs! It sure does make seeing each other SO much sweeter... right?! :)
    I can't wait until you get a break from school!

  5. It sounds like you had such a lovely weekend!!

    Today, I am thankful for my little sister. She and I have spent the whole evening together now that she has most of her big school assignments out of the way for the semester. It was fantastic.

    Happy Thanksgiving! :)

  6. totally know the feeling of missing the hubs when we're apart. since he is still in school a lot of the time he has to miss out on family things... and we just miss each other so darn much!

    glad to see you back and posting!

  7. Today I am grateful for a break from school! Always love reading your posts!

  8. today I'm totally grateful for all the great ladies out there blogging! I was having an off day, and haven't been online that much- but an evening catching up with old and new friends was just what I needed.
    loved hearing about your Sunday! I love spirit-filled moments, especially when family is included.

  9. Sounds like an awesome weekend. Congrats to your brother for receiving the Aaronic Priesthood. That's so exciting and nice that you can be there! I'm so grateful for my family. Isn't being thankful the best?! It makes me so happy. Thanks for your sweet comment :)

  10. So true about the movies! Love it :) And I love love brothers and the priesthood...such a special experience!

  11. good job catching up on school work - very responsible! I'm liking responsibility at the moment!

  12. Belated happy birthday to your brother. Oh and that baby is soooo adorable. I saw Breaking Dawn with the boyfie over the weekend too. I can't wait for the next one. =)

  13. Great pictures hun!!


  14. My fudge turned out great! The ice cream... not so much. Someday I'll get the hang of it.

  15. So exciting for the birthday boy! Twelve is such an important one.

  16. it sounds like you had a lovely time. :)

  17. birthday's are so fun. i love them.<3
    i'm thankful for a day to spend with my mom going to town to grocery shop today.(:
    p.s. thanks for your encouraging words on my "words alive" post! i too need to work on more searching for answers in life in the Bible instead of "other" places.