Sunday, December 28, 2008

December Happenings (aka the longest post ever)

Wow, it's been a busy month. Here are some updates from our little life. I'm going to try to make them brief...

The day after Thanksgiving, we started decorating for Christmas! The sooner the better :) Josh's dream is to have a house decorated like the Griswald's on Christmas Vacation. He's working on it. (And yes, that is an 8 foot inflatable Winnie the Pooh on our apartment porch).
December 3rd we had Mom and Dad Green and Ryan over for dinner for mom's birthday. It was a lot of fun to have them come by.

This month, Josh and I have both started new hobbies. Josh has been perfecting his sewing skills by making fleece hats and scarves. He even sold a couple to his co-workers. He really is a creative guy my husband.I decided to try my hand at cake decorating. Trulie, Mom and I took a cake decorating class at Michael's for 4 nights in December. It was fun to learn the basic techniques. Hopefully I'll get better over time. Here are the 3 cakes I made.

Saturday, Dec 20th, we went with the Trogdons to get hot chocolate and see Christmas lights. Here's Joe and Brooke all bundled up ready to go. Notice the scarf Joe is sporting--it's a Josh Green Original :)
Then the week of Christmas.....
We've had, lets see, I guess today will be the 5th non-stop day of Christmas get-togethers between our families. We love it!

Christmas eve we spent at Grandma Cottman's in Granite Bay:

Christmas morning Josh and I woke up super early and opened our gifts to each other:
Then we headed over to the Greens in EDH for a full day of Christmas fun. It was so nice to have everyone on Josh's side of the family home for Christmas. And we got to meet our niece Addison for the first time. She is such a cutie!

The day after Christmas we did Green family pictures and took the family out to lunch for our Christmas gift to everyone. Then Saturday (12/27/08) we made the trip to Loomis to my parents' house for family pictures and then a Christmas party with my mom's side of the fam. My grandpa Blaine dresses up as Santa for the little kids and everyone just plays games and hangs out. It was a fun, busy day.

The BEST part of the day, though, was that my little brother Drake got to open his mission call!! He is going to the Philippines, Naga mission. He reports to the MTC on March 18th!!We are so happy to live close to family and to be with them this time of year. And we are THANKFUL for the gift of God's Son, Jesus Christ and for the restored Gospel on the earth. It is our greatest blessing. Merry Christmas everyone!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


It snowed at my work today! It didn't stick but it was exciting. Sometimes I miss the's so pretty and white and quiet. But, then I think about the cold, mud and slippery-ness...and I remember why I live in California :)

Friday, December 5, 2008

Things I Have Done

Things I have done... Just copy and paste this to your blog and bold the ones that you HAVE done and make sure to put your score at the end. I saw this on Amy R's blog and thought it would be fun. It gets me thinking about setting new goals!

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Gone without food or water for 24 hours or longer
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Stayed up for 24 hours with NO sleep at all
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Changed a lightbulb
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Mowed the lawn
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

Total: 35

I'll tag anyone who wants to share (or is bored :))