Monday, December 14, 2009

just an update

It's been pretty busy around here!!! I can't wait for Finals to END and I'm sure Aaron agrees with me. Laneah is doing very well. She starting to communicate and interact more. She is just a cutie, always happy, smiling and growing way too fast. What a blessing she is in our lives. I can't imagine our lives without her.

Thanksgiving was wonderful, lots of fun and visiting with the family. We went to Temple square and saw the lights, but the best was the limo ride to Temple square. Thank you Sarah and Ty for being great host. You guys are awesome and to the rest of the family Thank you as well for everything you do.

Of course, Laneah turned 1 in October and loved her birthday party especially the candy from the piñata! A HUGE thank you to the Rivera and Vega Family for all of their help that day. The piñata was awesome. Also for Halloween, Laneah was the cutest ladybug, thanks to her aunt Sarah. Well, that's all for now.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

In the Spirit of Thanksgiving

In the Spirit of Thanksgiving

Follow this link to watch the Mormon Messages entitled, "In the Spirit of Thanksgiving."

Early Thanksgiving

We have so many things to be grateful for: family, jobs, school, health, a home, testimonies, love, etc.

I am especially grateful for food! I love playing around in the kitchen and trying out new recipes. On Saturday, we made Turkey with Herbes de Provence...a Giada de Laurentis special. So, we cooked the turkey that Karina got from Nu Skin; I guess it's some kind of employee appreciation token. We didn't have room in our freezer to keep it frozen, so we decided to cook it instead.

We filled the turkey cavity with limes, oranges, sage, and other herbs. I then made a rub of butter, olive oil, salt and pepper, and the Herbes de Provence (a nice combination of "Provincial Herbs"). We rubbed it all around and under the skin. Up to that point, we were great. Then I decided to deviate a bit, and I put some lime slices between the skin and flesh of the turkey. I don't know if Giada would have approved, but I remember seeing Jim do it a few Thanksgivings ago.

We cooked the turkey with chicken broth in the pan, and then added more broth after about an hour of cooking. After a few more hours of cooking, we took our Big Bird out of the oven. It smelled pretty good! And in fact, the turkey was good, all except the skin above the lime was super bitter. Now I know not to put the citrus slices there. Also, the Herbes de Provence appeared a little bitter as well. Next time, I will probably not put as much of the herbs and put a tad more salt.

We invited Kenny and his family to join us for dinner. We had salad and garlic mashed potatoes. We made the gravy from the pan drippings. It seemed like it all turned out well. We will have turkey for a week!

When Danella saw we were having turkey, she asked, "Why are we having Thanksgiving today?" My own answer, in my head, is that Thanksgiving is everyday! Despite our challenges, we can always be grateful for the simple things in our life...the ability to walk, to imagine and to create, to analyze, to study, and to speak the things of our hearts. I have learned that as challenges come, we must focus on what we can do, on what we have control over. We can control our mindsets, facing each challenge as an opportunity to learn and to grow. That's what we will be doing over the next few months as I am hopefully healed from my neuropathy.

Thanks Danella for remembering that yesterday, today, and tomorrow are always days of Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Aaron and scripture of the day

The scripture of the day started while Aaron and I were getting to know each other. We were just friends and not dating exclusively. I thought of the scripture of the day because I wanted to get to know the real Aaron, and also (don't tell him) I wanted to have an excuse to talk to him :) every day. When it was my turn, I shared a scripture and then I explained why I liked the scripture and what thoughts came to my mind as I was reading/studying it. Then when it was Aaron turn, he would do the same.

Every other day one of us had to share the scripture of the day. Let me tell you, I looked forward to this time of the day with great anticipation. We could share it at any specific time, it just had to be during that day, and it could be a verse or a chapter if you wanted to. I looked forward to hear Aaron's scripture of the day, I was always inspired by his testimony, his love for God and his willingness to obey. Now that i look back, the scripture of the day opened many doors for me. For instance, our conversations were always meaningful, and we could talk about anything (even girlie things). Due to our conversations, we got to know each other very well and there was no room for pretending. I love that!. More than anything, i got to know Aaron's soul and fell in love with the real Aaron ( I LOVE him more and more each day. I'm so blessed to have the best husband!..cheesy... i know but true).

We kept sharing the scripture of the day throughout our entire courtship and engagement. We kept at it for a few months after we were married. But then we both got really busy and did our personal study on our own.
However, "the scripture of the day" is back! During the week, our time is so limited and we hardly get to see each other. The scripture of the day is helping us know exactly what's going on in our hearts and minds even when we are away from each other, just like old times.

Try it, it's wonderful....

Monday, October 12, 2009

it's time for an update!



We had our family pictures taken back in July, but we never post them. Here are some of our favorites, enjoy. But before i'd like to thank our friend Brinn, she is so talented. Check out her website :
Thanks Brinn, you are amazing!!!

We also went to Indiana and had lots of fun with the family. Also we celebrated Peru's independence Day by having a feast, yum, yum.

My mom and Jenny penny came to visit. I miss them both. Thank you for taking care of us, especially while we were sick. We love you.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

To My Beautiful Wife Karina

Every once in a while, I get awestruck by Karina. I don't know what I did to deserve such a wonderful woman!

Karina makes everything work in our family. Our crazy and busy schedule is somehow coordinated because she makes it work. She sacrifices so much so our family can be happy. I know she wants a career, and I want one for her as well! Yet she is willing to put that on hold while we start a family and I go to school. Thank you, Karina. Your sacrifice is seen and a thousand times appreciated.

Karina is the best mother in the world! I can tell by the look in Laneah's face. When Karina came home yesterday, Laneah started jumping and yelling for her mom. Karina picked her up, and Laneah embraced her so tightly. When Karina handed Laneah back to me, she started crying and did not stop until Karina picked her up again. I love seeing them interact together. Karina has such a talent for teaching, and I am so happy she teaches Laneah full time. Laneah is going to be far ahead of the curve when she begins school thanks to her mom.

Most importantly, Karina is my best friend. I can trust her with anything. I love being with her, holding her hand, and getting a big hug and kiss! I feel warm around her, and she makes me want to be better. I'm not always getting better though, and Karina still supports me and encourages me through the trials. Her smile, laugh, and look of love penetrate my soul and fills it with happiness and light.

Karina, I love you! Thank you for being the best wife I could have. Thank you for your patience, love, concern, example, and hard work. And I'll say it again: I LOVE YOU!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Here is to us!!!!

It was two years ago that we got married (7/14/2007). It has been two wonderful years!! I love, trust, admire, and respect Aaron more and more each day and vice versa. I could not have asked for a better man and friend. I've been blessed with an amazing husband and the most gorgeous little angel in the world. Here is to us!! Te amo Amorcito! Enjoy our wedding slideshow.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Aaron's birthday and more!!!

First, we went to the Oquirrh Mountain Temple open house with Anna and The Thackeray's. What a gorgeous temple!!

We celebrated Aaron's birthday a day late this year!!! I was planning a surprise party!! But a week ealier, he said: I just want a barbecue with friends and family! So he got want he wanted.!!! It was nice to visit with friends and family and enjoy the kiddos.