Monday, December 31, 2007

A Christmas Post Script

For more fun pictures, you can view my brother's album from the trip. His photos of our week together start about 2/3 of the way down on the first page of this set. He has some great ones, so enjoy!Click here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/14000165@N05/sets/72157603594115192/

White Christmas

We had a fabulous Christmas week with almost all of our family here visiting! We did lots of fun stuff like touring the Coors Brewery, seeing the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, going to an Avalanche game, a day at the mountains to ski/snowboard/hang out, watching sports & good Christmas movies, eating lots of good food, sledding, shoveling snow, making snow ice cream (no joke!!), etc.The whole gang- according to Gigi: Uncle Paul, Reuben, Aunt Stacey, Papa, Yaya, Peter, Granpa, Granny, Mommy, Daddy, Me, Aunt Carly, Unc A, & Tia.

We even had a white Christmas! In fact, it snowed all day long-- more than it has snowed on December 25th in over 100 years! It was beautiful! Our friends the Stopniks came over for Christmas dinner and we enjoyed the Honey-Baked Ham that my Aunt Laurel & Uncle Joe sent us (thanks!). It was a little crowded (i.e. kids' "picnic" on the kitchen floor for dinner) but totally worth it.Gigi enjoyed her first Christmas-- doing a little paper-ripping on her gifts and best of all, hanging out with her grandparents, aunts, uncles & cousins!!
We are so grateful for our family and for their trip out here; we had a great time.

I hope you enjoy looking at all our December photos (most of them are from the week when everyone was here- but they also include cookie-making with the Stoppies & hanging out with some old college friends here in CO)! Click here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bennettars/sets/72157603591473096/

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Exciting news!

We all wanted to wish a big congratulations to my brother Alex and his fiancée Angelina, who were engaged last night, December 17th, at an ugly sweater party!
We can't wait to see them when they visit next week! Gigi misses her former housemate "Unc A"!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Por Fin-- Video Fun!

Here are the videos I promised a while ago! These are little compilations of clips from October, November & December, highlighting Gigi's favorite things to do!

Good Eats with Gigi


Talkin' it up


and the finale goes out to Gigi's cousin Peter, who's always wanting to see more videos...
On the Move!



Yay, Gigi! She crawled for the first time on Friday, December 14th, at our friends the Stopniks' house! Boy are we going to have our hands full now, huh?

Friday, December 14, 2007

California

Caveat: This blog has lots of words & photos, but it's worth it!! :)

Our little family flew home to California to camp at San Elijo State Beach for Thanksgiving weekend. We were joined by my parents, David's parents, Alex & Angelina, the Freys and lots of visitors (like Grandma, Aunt Kathy & Josh for Thanksgiving day!). We indulged in our annual smoked turkey and lots of other good food (including the amazing cranberry salsa!!). We got to surf a couple of times and enjoy some beautiful sunsets like usual; it was a great weekend!























Then we headed up to Orange County to see some peeps (thanks to the Wrights for hosting us!)-- primarily to meet Kaitlyn Grace Dear, who was born on Thanksgiving. Unfortunately David had to fly home on the Monday after (somebody has to work), but Gigi and I got to stay in CA for 2 more weeks! We stayed at my brother's place for a couple of days (thanks Angelina for babysitting so I could go out for a fun night with my friend Krista!), visiting other friends and eating good California food!I spent the rest of the trip down at my parents' house hanging out with friends down in SD, sewing with my mom, watching cheesy Christmas movies, shopping at Trader Joe's, and even going to my old church's women's Christmas Coffee which was super fun and beautifully decorated!One of the highlights was going with my parents to a party to benefit the SD Wildfire Victims at the home of none other than Steve Finley (Former Dodger/Padre/Angel/etc!). We met him and Trevor Hoffman, both of whom where genuinely nice, and about as honored to meet my dad, the Fire Chief, as we were to meet them! Also present, although we didn't meet them, were Dave Roberts and David Justice. The house and food were amazing and it was a very fun night to say the least (oh and thanks to the Freys for babysitting!).









The main reason that Gigi and I stayed was to be in town for our dear friends Kelsi & Russell's wedding on Dec. 9. I was honored to be a bridesmaid in one of the prettiest weddings I've been to at the Old Richland Schoolhouse in San Marcos. It was quite chilly (although since I've returned to CO, it wasn't so bad looking back-heehee), but we had a great time. The Sheltons are like extended family to me and I was glad to get to spend so much time with them!









I'm sorry to say that I'm officially too lazy to caption over 200 pictures, but hopefully this long blog explains what you're about to see. Please leave a comment here or on a particular picture if you want more details on it! Here they are:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bennettars/sets/72157603430801314/
And for your viewing pleasure, here are the pictures that my personal photographer (heehee), Rena, took of us at the beach:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bennettars/sets/72157603430878066/

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

November Pics!

I got home yesterday from California... Sorry for the delay but here the rest of our November in Colorado photos. I will post the California ones soon, and I haven't forgotten about that video I mentioned... now that I'm home, I can get back to work on it!
Click here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bennettars/sets/72157603434247977/

Friday, November 16, 2007

New photos

Here are the photos from when my mom came to visit! And stay tuned for some new video footage of Gianna Brianne!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bennettars/sets/72157603208210574/

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Ladies!

Hi Friends! I posted an excerpt from this book before but I wanted to again point out how awesome it is. My moms' Bible study just finished it and the Lord has really taught me a lot through it. I really recommend it. Click here for more info on the author.

Also, moms and moms-to-be: for those of you who are/will be nursing, I want to recommend these nursing pads (some of you have already heard this from me). Since we do have some male readers, I'll leave it by saying, They are awesome: www.danishwool.com. Check it out and email me with any questions. Thanks to my mother-in-law for finding them and my sister-in-law Stacey for passing them on to me!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Yay for Yaya!

We had a last-minute visitor here at the Bennett house... my mom came to visit for a week when her planned cruise was canceled due to the fires in SD! We had a really fun time (although we were bummed that Papa couldn't come). Gigi and I loved spending time with her during the day when we are usually alone, and David and I loved the extra help around the house!
We all took the Light Rail to Downtown Denver, had lunch and walked around the 16th Street Mall.Mom helped me & my friend Kelley with some quilting projects! Gigi likes fabric!

Yaya's idea- let Gigi play in the laundry basket, like cousin Riley used to do! Gigi thought it was quite fun.
The three generations! (We didn't even plan to match so well!)
And I'll post mine soon too!

Friday, November 09, 2007

Shopping!

I haven't done my own post in quite a while, and since I arrived at a milestone today, I thought I'd share about it with you. Today I rode in the cart like a big girl for the first time! Thanks to my Auntie Em for the sweet cart liner! Mommy and I bought some yummy goodies at Whole Foods and I had a great time sucking on all my toys. Here's a picture of me in the produce department (it's not the best quality because Mommy took it with her phone).P.S. If you'd like to, you can read my updated profile here. I'm very technologically-savvy for a 6-month old, you know.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

News Flash!

I've added a new feature to the blog! For those of you who don't already subscribe to blog feeds using something like Google Reader or your Yahoo email account (which I recommend if you read a lot of blogs like me), you will find it very easy and convenient to subscribe to our blog by entering your email address in the box on the left-hand side, under Gigi's picture.

This way, every time we update our blog, you will receive an email telling you, so you can come check out what's going on in the Bennett world. It's simple- just put in your email address and you will receive an email to verify from FeedBlitz. Just click on the link in the email, and voilá! You'll start to receive updates about our blog. They send out emails in the early morning and you'll only receive an email if I posted something the day before.

Once you click the link to activate it, you'll read that they share your information with the "publisher"- don't worry, that's just me! That way I know who is subscribed to our blog- they don't share your info with anyone else.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Our first "real" fall!

Gigi shares Daddy's Mountain Dew while watching the World Series (just kidding! Although she did like holding on to the can!).

With October finished, we are now finally understanding the true meaning of "fall"- as there are leaves everywhere! On one day, our neighbor spent a while cleaning up all the leaves in his yard and then within a couple of hours, the yard was full again after a few gusts of wind! It has been really pretty though. We've only had that one day of snow (scroll down for pictures if you never saw them), and the weather has been really up and down, some days never get out of the 40s and then yesterday it was in the 70s!

Here are the pictures from October here in Colorado. Included are our pictures from the NL Wildcard Tiebreaker game we went to, our snow day, visiting my friend Sharla, along with many cute shots of Gigi and the October birthdays here- David's, Blair's, and Brooke's.

Click here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bennettars/sets/72157602911346386/

Friday, November 02, 2007

Fun Gmail Video

This video proves that the people who work at Google have way to much fun working (and we've heard how cool it is from our friend Daphnie's sister who works there). Anyways, since I love gmail so much, I just had to post this fun video that the Google Folks put together, editing together many clips that were submitted by gmail users in response to a starter video that Google made.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween

We went to a costume party for our friend Brooke's 5th party a couple of weeks ago, so I thought I'd share a few shots of our sweet digs.

Gigi was a li'l leopard kitty!

I was a Mullets baseball player and David was an umpire (doubt it, Blue!!).

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Confession

I am totally addicted to the world of BLOGS!! I love looking at friends' (and friends of friends', thanks to links!)) cute pictures, stories, thoughts, etc!
I love using it as a time to wind down when Gigi's napping or playing with Daddy, and catch up on people's lives, some of whom were just passing friendships in college or high school, but nonetheless I love seeing what they are up to, at whatever stage of live they're in.
So just an encouragement to you all out there- keep it coming!! And I hope you enjoy reading ours as much as we enjoy making it.
And for my readers who don't have their own yet, you should really consider starting one, if nothing else for my entertainment! heehee. :)

Monday, October 22, 2007

Fire and Ice

While wildfires are raging in Southern California, our Colorado weather has been quite chilly (29 degrees this morning!).
Please pray for the firefighters and residents in SoCal (specifically please pray for my Dad and his department!) as the fires continue with no end in sight yet- it's really scary.

But on a happier note, we enjoyed our first snow (on Sunday)- except when it made our satellite TV signal go out (but at least it came back on for Game 7). Here are a few pictures.Our house in a blanket of snow!

Driving in to our neighborhood after church.

The beautiful view out our living room window.

Our pretty, snowy tree!

Quick Gianna update: Gigi has been exploring the orange veggies this past weekend! She loves carrots mixed with rice cereal (see her "I want more" expression below) and also tried sweet potatoes today, and liked them pretty well too! She is sitting up better each day and scooting/rolling around like she really wants to crawl. So we're officially in the market for baby gates.
Oh, and as much as I like Dice-K and the Red Sox, I've got to cheer for the hometown- so Go Rockies! It's Rocktober in Denver!!!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Scriptures to Remember

This came from a book I'm reading in a moms' Bible study, Having a Mary Spirit, by Joanna Weaver. I'm encouraged to memorize more scripture when I think about how powerful it can be in everyday life!

"What I Know, Not What I Feel"

What I feel afraid...
"The Lord is my light and my salvation-- whom shall I fear?" (Psalm 27:1).

When I feel overwhelmed...
"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness" (2 Cor. 12:9).

When I feel like running away...
"And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand" (Romans 14:4).

When I feel threatened...
"O Lord my God, I take refuge in You; save and deliver me from all who pursue me: (Psalm 71:1).

When I feel betrayed...
"Be strong and courageous... For the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave nor forsake you" (Deut. 31: 6).

When I feel confused...
"If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him" (James 1:5).

When I feel angry...
"Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires" (James 1:19-20).

When I feel depressed...
"He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along" (Psalm 40:2).

When I feel unloved...
"I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness. I will build you up again and you will be rebuilt" (Jeremiah 31:3-4).

God's word is awesome!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Fun with Grammar

If you are curious in knowing what my grammatical pet peeve is, click HERE.

And because I realize that English is sometimes a ridiculously complex language and we almost all make errors daily, here's my most commonly made mistakes that I often knowingly make:

Me and Rena are going to the movies. (no, she's not mean).
I'm voting for the Dodgers. (I suppose I'm actually rooting for them, but I tend to prefer vote for some weird reason).

I know, I know, and I call David a nerd!!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Mommy's new blog!

In order to keep myself involved in the field that I dedicated so many hours to studying, I decided to start a new blog called "Diversión escrita" where I will be posting all things related to Spanish, ie articles, teaching resources, etc.
I love being a stay-at-home mom, but I also plan to go back to teaching at some point in the future, so this will be a tool that I can use in the meantime to locate & organize anything I think relates to Spanish and the teaching of it.
It will also be a sort of platform for me to start doing more translation and possibly tutoring. If you or anyone you know needs translation, I would love to start doing more. I have really enjoyed doing the little that I have. Please visit my new blog, and/or contact me for rates.
To my former colegas and other friends who have studied or are interested in Spanish, please leave me input and email me anything you think I should post/link to!! Gracias!
www.nicolespanol.blogspot.com

Friday, October 12, 2007

Sitting Up

I mentioned in the last post that Gigi is almost sitting up, well, she's getting even better at it! She has been sitting with the boppy or a blanket behind her as a "just-in-case"- and last night she sat up on her own on the couch while Daddy was serenading her! Here's the photo proof:

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

5 months

It's hard to believe that Gianna is 5 months old already! She's almost sitting up by herself these days and she really wants to crawl, although right now she's only able to "swim" on her tummy. Here are a few recent pictures of our sweet little girl.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Young & In Love

Gigi's Yaya (my mom) has occasionally asked me whether Gigi has "found her feet yet." Well, I'm here to report that not only has she found them, she is in love with them. She is almost always grabbing them, with socks or not- she doesn't care, and occasionally sucking on her right big toe (I once even caught her sucking on a sock, which seemed a little gross). It's pretty funny. But as I was explaining to our little friend Brooke today, it's not as if her feet are dirty, since she doesn't walk, so hey, go ahead, Gigi, suck away on that big toe while you can, before the inflexibility that you're bound to genetically acquire develops!

P.S. On a totally unrelated note, Gianna went to her 6th MLB game on Monday night (with friends Tom & Dominick from David's work), to see an amazing 1-game playoff between the Rockies and Padres. It was such an exciting game and it was fun to see the hometown team win as everyone was going crazy!! (Sorry to my SD peeps.)

Sunday, September 30, 2007

September Recap

September was a big month for all of us! I've posted the rest of this month's pictures in 2 sets: first, our California pictures, up until we left, and second, our first set of pictures in Colorado!
Also, for your entertainment, here's a funny video of Gigi in her new toy. She has joined the ranks with the others her age who love this fun bundle of "over-stimulation," as our friends the Avilas referred to it.


Part 1: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bennettars/sets/72157602220816897/
Part 2: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bennettars/sets/72157602214005808/

Friday, September 28, 2007

An Unlikely Role Model

I just read a Fox News article that made me happy. We need more celebrities like this model. While I still don't agree with girls like her flaunting themselves, it seems that at least deep down she has a good moral foundation. Maybe her reasons differ from mine (which come from the Bible), but hey, abstinence is abstinence. Hopefully our daughters will have more role models like Adriana in the future promoting abstinence within pop culture! Here is an excerpt from the article.

"...self-confessed virgin Adriana Lima seems to be among the celebs inspiring an emerging movement toward celibacy.

“Thanks to Adriana, all my friends and I are advocating chastity,” 20-year-old UCLA student Kate Jones told FOXNews.com. “We believe a lot of young girls have forgotten how to respect themselves, and it’s about time we went back to some old-fashioned values."

The abstaining young women spend time blogging and voicing their views on various Internet sites, using the Victoria's Secret and Maybelline model as their inspiration.

“There is definitely is an upcoming trend to wait until marriage even if it doesn’t have a religious motivation,” added a Hollywood-based psychologist. “It’s a positive way for young women to hold on to some power and independence."

Last year, Lima confessed to men’s mag GQ that she planned to stay away from bedroom buddies until her wedding night, despite the fact that millions of men have already seen her in next to nothing.

"They have to respect that this is my choice. If there's no respect, that means they don't want me,” said the 26-year-old Brazilian babe.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Lists

Now that we have been in our new home for almost 2 weeks, I decided to reflect a little on the past and the future.

Top things I will miss about California:1. My family within a short drive
2. My brother being a walk down the hall away
3. Our awesome CA friends
4. The beach
5. Our church
6. Surfing
7. Trader Joe's
8. In'n'Out
9. The weather
10. The Dodgers
11. Philly Grille
12. Golden Spoon

Top things I am excited about in Colorado:1. A new adventure!
2. Our few friends here (and David's aunt!)
3. The mountains and the sky
4. Seasons (T-storms, fall colors, and snow!)
5. Snowboarding
6. Lack of traffic
7. Our Rec Centers
8. SuperTarget!
9. The Light Rail to downtown
10. Finding a new church
11. More space for less money!
12. Having people come visit us!!! (hint, hint!)

It's been hard to leave California, but in the end, my home is wherever the Lord leads, and wherever my husband and baby are!

These lists were inspired by my friend Myste.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

We love Boston!

We got home from our little trip to New England on Monday night. We really loved Boston- it is a great city- we think we even liked it better than New York City! As most of you know, the reason we went there was for a Red Sox/Yankees game that David won tickets to. We finally had our standing-room tickets emailed to us the day before we left! They turned out okay though; other than sore backs and legs, the standing room area had a great view, and we really enjoyed the game.
David was amazed at how Boston is truly a baseball town. Everyone talks about the Red Sox, from the lady we shared a taxi from the airport with, to our Duck tour guide. You see people in Sox paraphernalia everywhere, whether they are going to the game or not. We were happy to have the Red Sox win the day we went to the game even. The crowd was amazing, it was like a playoff game, totally sold out with people 4-5 deep in the standing area. Everyone cheers when they should without being prompted, there are no banner boards that tell you to "Get Loud" or "Make noise," because everyone does it at the appropriate time on their own (i.e. everytime there are 2 outs & 2 strikes, etc). We met up with our friend Jeff from HB, and ate at the Cask n' Flagon (a Red Sox fan haven) and I had the BEST fish and chips of my life!We went on a really fun tour on Saturday morning called a Duck tour (thanks, Pete Merandi for the recommendation). It is an old WWII vehicle that goes on land, and then drives right into the water to become a boat (with very entertaining tour guides)! Between that and the Freedom trail, we saw a lot of Boston, including lots of our country's heritage and history. The Freedom Trail we did on Sunday with David's high school friend Katie, who lives in Boston. It is a 2.5 mile walk through town hitting all the historical landmarks like Ben Franklin's grave, Paul Revere's house, the Old North Church, etc. The old brick buildings and uneven roads are so cool.
My favorite part of the city (besides Fenway Park) was the North End, which is where Katie lives. It is the "little Italy" of Boston, and it is so quaint and cute with cobblestone roads and an infinite amount of Italian restaurants and pastry shops. We tried cannolis for the first time- delish! We also walked around Harvard which is beautiful, and I think we feel a little smarter just for visiting. :-) We also had some authentic New England Clam Chowder at the much-recommended Legal Seafood- it was delicious.I hope you enjoy our pictures and I hope you all can visit this awesome city someday! Oh, and Gigi did a great job on the trip overall!
See photos (make sure to click the "i" if you are watching the slideshow so you can see the captions!): http://www.flickr.com/photos/bennettars/sets/72157602084527531/

Friday, September 14, 2007

We're home!

We officially live in Colorado now! We arrived to our new home on Tuesday, Sept. 11 and received all our stuff on Wednesday. We have made a lot of progress unpacking but we still have more to do. Now today (I know, we're crazy) we leave for Boston and will be back on Monday night, and then we can really settle in.I've posted the pictures from our drive out here, but here's a quick synopsis of how it went:

We left Saturday after David's last Mullets Baseball game (good news, they won and are going to the championship- David is sad to miss it).
We stopped at friends Jason & Kelly Merandi's house in Corona to say hi, see their beautiful house, and David was also able to take a shower.
We then stopped in Primm, Nevada for dinner at Buffalo Bill's Casino where our friend Blair was staying for a race.After dinner we drove through to Washington, Utah (just outside St. George) to stay with family friends Gary and Cindy Snavely. We stayed there until Monday and it was an awesome mini vacation. We visited Zion National Park (and Cindy babysat Gigi) and got to swim in their pool and ride their quad near their house. We had a really fun time, they were fabulous hosts!




On Monday we left Utah and drove all the way to Glenwood Springs, CO. It was fun to stay there because my Aunt, Uncle, and cousins lived there for about 10 years or so and I had been there a long time ago, but didn't really remember it. We stayed at a neat, old hotel - it's a beautiful town in the mountains!
Tuesday morning, we left Glenwood and the rest of the drive from there was just beautiful, going through the Rockies (and they really are rocky!). We stopped for coffee in Beaver Creek (just outside Vail) to have lunch with our friend (my former roommate) Jenny Schlenker who lives there now.Then the drive to Highlands Ranch was just a couple more hours, just enough time to finish listening to Harry Potter 1 on CD (David even liked it!). We picked up our key from our friends the Stopniks and then drove over to our new place. It was a fun few days. Gigi did pretty darn good for a 4-month old on a long, 1100 mile drive!If I missed you on the email with our new address, please email us and we will send it to you.
We look forward to having visitors here (hint, hint!), and we are very thankful that the Lord blessed us with a safe and fun trip!
Pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bennettars/sets/72157602013471459/