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Christmas Wrap-Up

I can't believe Christmas has already come and gone! We had a wonderful time this year spending lots of time with family and enjoying the holidays with those we love so much. It was my parents' year to have us for Christmas so we started there early. My Dad graduated from his master's program through the naval academy in California on the 19th so JD and I spent that whole week before Christmas at their house watching Haley & Dutch... We had many fun times but holy cow... I definitly gained a much deeper appreciation for all that my Mom does for her kids! It also gave us a good insight of what life will be like once we have tiny tots of our own... one word...NUTS. That's what it will be! haha.

Once my parents got home from Cali, JD and I worked Monday and Tuesday of Christmas week and then headed over to my parents' house for all the festivities. We were there from Tuesday til Sunday and did so much fun stuff! We went sledding a couple times, hit up Winder Dairy for hot cocoa and scones, saw some movies, played TONS of cards and games, ate loads of goodies and Mom's delicious Christmas dinner, and watched some hilarious old home videos. I absolutely love spending time with my family and it made it even more fun that my Aunt Mary got to come and hang out with us for the entire week! It was so much fun having her up here!

Christmas was magical as always... even though JD and I decided not to go overboard since Baby's arrival will be here before we know it! Our big present that we got from both of our parents was a video camera that we definitely wanted to get before she gets here. JD also got me some of the luxery baby items I've been wanting like a new rocking chair glider. I can't wait to use it! These pregnancy hormones are really taking their toll on me... once those tears get to flowing I just can't make them stop! I thought I would be ok Christmas morning until we opened up my Grandma Lines' present and card she sent us. Wish she could have been up here with us! The tears disappeard for a little bit and came right back when we opened the little note that Dutcher wrote to us and wrapped up. He's such a sweet boy.. I can't believe how big him and Haley are getting! I think what made Christmas morning the most exciting though was when Dutcher opened the present we got him... a nice BYU football autographed and addressed to Dutch by Austin Collie. He sorta went nuts when he opened it and we loved it! Good thing we're still in college and have some BYU connections to work with... Dutch is definitely a BYU super fan.. and Austin Collie is by far his favorite player on the team. I was excited we could do that for him this year.

I love love love the feeling of Christmas and all the fun and laughter it brings into our homes. Once our adventures were finished up there, we packed our bags and headed to the ranch in Montana where we'll be until Saturday! It has been fun to keep the festivities going up here... starting with some present opening when we arrived.. and leading to some sweet bowling games last night where I got my high score! JD still beat me.. but holy smokes... I think the bowling ball I have in my tummy is what made all the difference! Maybe Baby Folsom will be a natural... she's definitely good luck to her Mama! The Folsom family is full of big time bowlers.. it took all I had to just keep up!

The boys are all out sorting the horses and I might just buck up and go out there myself. I'm really not a 'cold' lover and it is cold out there to say the least. Last night there was a ginormous wind storm and it was so scary! Today the sun is shining and it's super clear so I better take advantage of it!

I love the holidays to say the least and the time we get to spend with family is definitely priceless. I have felt so blessed this Christmas season and feel so grateful for the Gospel and the birth of our Savior. Each year is filled with so many new adventure and somehow each year continues to get better and better. I can't wait to see what 2009 will bring!

Pictures will come once we get home... the internet connection is too slow so it just brings up an error when I try here!


Gingerbread Houses & Baby Update

Sunday night we headed over to my brother's house to hang out with them and have a 'gingerbread house making contest'. Not really, cause they would have won... but we had so much fun! After we were done making them we played about 5 rounds of Skip-Bo and watched the Grinch... I absolutely LOVE that movie. I love doing Christmas things... it gets me in the best mood ever! Here's some of our after shots...

Our little masterpiece.

Brye and Michelle with their piece of artwork. haha

The proud artists:)

Now for the BABY UPDATE:
We had another appointment this morning and everything still looks good! She is getting so big... it's nuts! She's just barely under 2 pounds and growing by the day. I can now feel her punch one side of my tummy and kick the other side simultaneously. She's getting pretty long I think! haha. I love it though. JD and I love to just sit and watch my belly bounce around... I figure she thinks she's in some sort of jungle gym! She already has the cutest little personality and we can't wait to hold her and love on her! Today's sort of a fun day... 180 days down.. and 100 to go! WOO!


Weekend in Montana

This past weekend JD had another playoff game up at the University of Montana so we got to go stay up at the ranch a couple nights as well. It was so nice to take a little break before finals week! We even got to go up and cut down the Folsom Family Christmas Tree:) It was quite a treat... Kim was a first timer so it was especially exciting for her! Well as for the game, Weber ended up losing 24-13 but JD had a great game so it was a bitter sweet end to a great season! Their stands were packed with about 30,000 fans covered in maroon who didn't stop yelling the ENTIRE time! It was nuts! I love love love watching JD play and will miss it so much but it's also nice now that we can just keep on chuggin'! There are so many new adventures to come and we are both anxious to see the way things fall into place.

As soon as the middle of January we'll start hearing back from Vet Schools on whether or not they want to interview or if he's been accepted. I get the jitters just thinking about it! Our next four years depends upon these results and baby Folsom is anxious to hear where she gets to spend her tiny tot days! I know that everything will work out the way it's supposed to, whether he gets in or not. It'll just be nice to finally know one way or the other! I'm so proud of him though for all the hard work he puts into supporting our little family and making plans for our future. I don't know what I'd do without him!

Here are some pictures from the weekend! A nice little ending to his college football career... and a nice start to our Christmas VACA!


One Year Down... Eternity To Go:)

Today is mine and JD's one year anniversary! I honestly can't even describe how much joy my sweet husband has brought into my life. This has been the most amazing year... with so many new challenges and adventures... and I can't imagine experiencing them with anyone else. JD has been my rock and I know he will be the best Daddy to our sweet little girl on the way. I find myself falling in love with him more and more each day for so many different reasons. I feel so lucky and truly blessed to have him by my side for all eternity! I thought last year's December 8th would be my favorite ever... but I loved waking up next to him this morning and every morning to come even better!

One down babe... and MANY more to come! I can't wait to share so many more experiences with you.... tears, happiness, adventures. They will all be worth it with you by my side. Happy One Year Sweetie!


Football Update

We have... well I have LOVED being able to go to JD's past 2 games and there is still at least one more to go this Saturday in Montana! First of all, we had a wonderful Thanksgiving at Grandma Nan's house:) All the food was delicious and the company was even better! The next day, JD left for San Luis Obispo, CA for their first playoff game against #3 Cal Poly, and I hit the road before they even got in the air! It was about a 14 hour drive each way... but Kim and I hopped in with her inlaws so that made it a little nicer! I'm so glad I was able to see that game! They beat the Mustangs at their place which was huge and the game was intense the entire time! I was screamin my little heart out... I think baby girl might think Mom's a little crazy from all the comotion:) This weekend we are heading up to the University of Montana for round 2... Hopefully we can beat those guys one more time this season! Here's some pics of the Cal Poly game and also from Senior day which was his last home game a couple weeks ago.

And yes... I am LOVING that it is December and Christmas is just around the corner! Baby is great and so is Mama!