Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Who Wants to Buy Me A House???

Oh, what's my favorite holiday, you ask?


However, I am VEHEMENTLY opposed to Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving. One of my favorite Bean family traditions is the day after Thanksgiving festivities. Mom leaves at 3 am (or some other ridiculous hour) to fill up Santa's Sleigh. The rest of us stay home and help Dad put up the Christmas lights, which usually turns into Nikki and Dad putting up the Christmas lights.

Then, the first Saturday of December is dedicated to getting our Christmas tree. We take it home, Dad puts it on the stand and gets the lights strung. And then on Sunday after church, we all decorate the tree together as a family. I love it! Since I've been away at school, I haven't been able to help decorate the tree and I miss it dearly.

Anyway, back to what I was saying.... about being vehemently opposed.... I came home from work just now for my lunch break and OUR APARTMENT IS ALL DECKED OUT FOR CHRISTMAS!!!!!!


Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Christmas decorations! (Just ask Eric, he'll tell you I'm sure) But I can't handle it before Thanksgiving. I love Thanksgiving almost as much as I love Christmas and I don't think it's fair to poor Thanksgiving. All you people that already have your Christmas decorations up: Whatever, to each his own. I just think my landlord should have ASKED me before he put a wreath on my Window and garlands with lights down the stairs. It depresses me that I will be renting for the next 20 years or so. I want complete control!

I'm sure I'll be glad when it's Christmastime that our landlord so generously decorates our 4-plex. I will be! But for now, I'm annoyed. My cute Thanksgiving Welcome sign hanging on my door now looks ridiculous. It clashes. But I refuse to take it down.

On a happier note, I'm at home, eating my lunch, watching A Baby Story. *sigh* I love this show. :)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Happy Halloween!!!

I wasn't sure if I was going to get our costumes done in time for Halloween. This week turned out to be INSANE! Eric has been studying NON-STOP for his classes, particularly Organic Chemistry. We didn't even go to our ward Halloween party :( so I didn't really have much motivation to try out the awesome idea I had.

Nonetheless, Chantel went shopping with me on Wednesday night to get the supplies. And Saturday I woke up with a very strong desire to just do it. So Nikki came over to keep me company and help me out.

This was the result:

In case you can't tell, my inspiration came from this picture:

I think Eric's part of it turned out GREAT! Mine was a little more challenging. But as long as I was standing next to him, people go the idea. We were definitely a hit at the party we went to! Eric LOVED being Wall-E! He definitely got into character very well.

I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do with his costume, but I spent way too much time and effort on it and I REFUSE to throw it away!!

2 Years Isn't THAT Long, Right??

On Wednesday I went with my parents to take my little brother to the MTC. Scotty *cough* Elder Bean will be serving in the California Anaheim mission, Spanish speaking for the next 2 years. Being there with him on this day was so important to me, but so very difficult. I am so incredibly proud of him for all that he has accomplished and for the person that he has become. It was touch and go there for awhile, but Scotty is a great example to me. He has a very strong testimony of the Gospel, he's extremely charismatic, and he is surprisingly a very good public speaker. He did a GREAT job at his farewell, as I've already mentioned, and I can't wait to see what he does out in the mission field over the next 2 years!

I love you Scotty!

Oh, Scotty and I have been planning on doing the Amazing Race for several years now. We're doing it when he gets back. We're both fairly confident that we can win the whole thing. He told me to wait to have kids until after that, because it will be easier to do it if I haven't had any yet :)