Reflecting

As I've been jumping from blog to blog I've seen several different posts where people have broke down their year month by month. Just adding something special that happened in that month. Since 2011 is just a day away I feel if I were to wait any longer I'd miss my opportunity to share my year with you...

January 2010
While waiting for the cold weather to leave us here in MI we enjoyed the warmth of hot cocoa and snuggles with each other.
I'm sure something happened in January, I just can't remember. ;) Would you like some hot cocoa?


February 2010
We celebrated my nephew, Jude's, 1st Birthday. I couldn't believe how fast the year had gone by. Jude loved opening presents, but not so much with the whole eating the cake bit. But that's okay, he was still cute.
1st Birthday


March
Dresses for Haiti. After that horrible earthquake hit Haiti the ladies at Faith City got involved. We came together to hand sew dresses made out of pillow cases for the little girls and we made blankets galore. It was so fun to get together with all the wonderful woman of Faith City for a great cause. I made 2 dresses. And although it may not seem a lot I worked hard on making those two dresses the cutest dresses EVER.




April 2010
Tristan & Jude's first Easter egg hunt. It was so cute to see the boys searching for their eggs with their own little prizes inside. We had to make sure they weren't snagging other kids eggs and only getting their own. After our egg hung we took a few family portraits.
Easter 2010

Trip to Grand Rapids I went on a mini road trip with the ladies at Learning Zone Preschool to a workshop for Early Childhood Education. It was a great way for us ladies to bond and get to know each other a little more. We had to walk to our workshop from our hotel and I spotted this beautiful scene.


The Ladies!!


May 2010
Jeremy and I celebrated our 2nd year Anniversary. One of the best parts of my year was being able to celebrate another great year of marriage. I can't wait to celebrate many more with my wonderful husband.



He's the best in the world... that's for sure.

Although May was filled with love and joy as we celebrated our 2nd year anniversary it was also filled with sadness and heart ache as we said goodbye to my Grandma who went to dance with Jesus. We miss her so much but know she is no longer suffering and is looking down on her family smiling from ear to ear. ;)
Grandma

June 2010
Jeremy and I spent alot of time at the shooting range keeping our target shooting up to par. We both have a growing interest in hand guns. Jeremy's is more extreme than mine but I do enjoy going to the shooting range and practicing on my aim. It's fun, but also a great way to learn how to properly shoot and handle a gun. I wasn't comfortable with even putting a finger on a gun before Jeremy took me and showed me how to handle a gun properly and safely. He's a great teacher.




July 2010
In the months before we had planned a Kautman family reunion. I've never attended a Family Reunion for either families (the Fays or Kautman) at least not one I can remember. So it was fun to meet distant cousins, great uncles or aunts that I've never met or haven't seen since I was to little to remember. The only thing missing was Grandma, and although she wasn't there in body she was most definitely there in spirit.
Family Reunion



I took on a project this month that I had been wanting to do for a very long time. I re holstered our dining room chairs. I wanted something with black and brown in it and found this pattern. After getting it home I realized it doesn't quite go with our decor but I still put it on and figured later I would change it again. That's what I was planning on doing anyway. I big accomplishment for me I would say. I didn't even use a how to I just went in blind and figured it out.

Iphone Picture

August 2010
Celebrated my 23rd birthday with a little kitty named Ammo. We went to the kitty orphanage and picked him out of all the other little kitties looking up at us with big kitty eyes. I initially had chosen a female cat that was all black, when we went to fill out paper work Jeremy suggested I go in the kitty room one more time and make sure that was the one I wanted. So I did and you know what? I changed my mind. I ended up choosing a male cat that was black and white. We took him home that day and have spoiled him ever since. I mean, he even has his own room. :)


Along with getting a new kitty I also ran the Crim.
Crim 2010
It was an amazing experience and will do it again next year with out a doubt. I finished the race in about 36 mins witch is pretty darn good for your first time. I ran with Marla and Dana a couple of friends and co workers. We ended up serperating at some point during the race but met up at the end and took a few victory photos. :)

Crim 2010

September
We celebrated my little niece's 4th birthday. It was an Alice in Wonderland theme complete with tea party and a visit from Alice her self.
Sept. 2010

We also did face painting too. I had to get a flower on my whole face.


October
My best friend Brittney got engaged and one of the first things she did to prepare for her July wedding was begin the hunt for the perfect dress. Did we find it? We sure did!



This halloween was Jeremy's 2nd time EVER carving pumpkins. A new tradition we both enjoy doing. Can you guess which one he did?
Pumpkin Carving

November 2010
I went to Seattle for the very first time with my sister in law Tabitha. We had so much fun. We got to go to a lot of cool places, one was the Space Needle. It was huge. We got to go all the way to the top to see the beautiful city up high.

Seattle

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December 2010
I volunteered my time for a great cause. Standing outside Sam's Club ringing the bell for Salvation Army. Now, I know I don't need to explain what ringing the bell means because I think it's pretty much world wide.


Jeremy and I celebrated our first Nerdy Christmas. :) Our theme of our Christmas cards we sent out. It was so much fun. I'm not sure how we'll top next years.


As I close my New Years Post here are my last Truths...
Day 28: What if you were pregnant or got someone pregnant, what would you do? Well I can't get anyone pregnant, but if I were pregnant I think I would be happy. I know Jeremy would like to wait a little longer to have kids, and when I say little I mean little. But I think I am ready to expand our little family. It would be a good thing.

Day 29: Something you hope to change about yourself. And why. I hope to change my eating habits. I'd like to say I have a great eating habit and my diet is healthy but it's not. I need to change that for me and my body. I think it will help me to have more energy and do better when it comes to cooking, cleaning, and doing my job. And add a little workout routine in there. That would be the ultimate change I'd like do. So I guess that means I'd like to change my body. :)

Day 30: A letter to the one you love.
Jeremy,
I can not express to you what you mean to me . Since I was young I knew you'd be a big part of my life, even if I didn't know that meant we'd be married. I enjoy waking up next to you every morning and giving you kisses goodnight. You are one of the best things to have ever happened to me. I can't wait to see what God has in store for our family. And when we have kids what they will look like and how they will turn out. But I know for certain that my love will never change and I will love you forever and always. I love you husband... thank you in advance for all the great wonderful years ahead. :)
Your Wife
Crystal


Be safe everyone as you celebrate the New Year.

Toodles
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Shopping Spree & Truths

Today I spent 6 hours at the mall... I spent the whole time shopping... and it was AWESOME! I haven' spent that much time at the mall in forever, I think it was exactly what I needed to do on my week off of work. Very Therapeutic!
We went from store to store and I found a lot of awesome things. I even found a few things for other people. Even though it was money I got to use for myself, I just couldn't go without picking these things up I know that they would like. I LOVED IT!

Well, because I haven't been keeping up very well on my 30 Days Of Truth I have a big bulk of Truths for you...


Day 24: Post a song that reminds you of your significant other and explain why. If Your Not The One By Daniel Bedingfield... because that was the song we had our first kiss too. :) I love that man SO much! :)


Day 25: The reason you believe you’re still alive today. God... that's it... the END!

Day 26: Have you ever thought about giving up on life? If so, when and why? Because this is 30 Days of Truth and I must tell the truth... I honestly at one point in my life felt like giving up. It was when I was younger and I was going through so much at that point in life I just didn't care. And I would think well if I do this then I wouldn't have to worry about that or be hurt by that. And only at one point was I feeling this way. I haven't felt that way in a LONG time. Since my relationship with God has been stronger and I know who I can go too in troubling times. ;)

Day 27: What’s the best thing going for you right now? My husband. Jeremy does so much and he is the 2nd best thing to have ever happened to me. What's the first you ask, well, GOD, of course.



Tomorrow is Wednesday, in case you didn't know that. :)

Toodles
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Christmas Party III

Christmas day was one busy day, but a good one none the less. Jeremy and I began our morning with each other and opening gifts. Jeremy opened his first and I loved seeing the look on his face when he opened each one. Everything he wanted... well not EVERYTHING, but what I could get him this year. ;)


After Jeremy opened his gifts I got to open mine. MONEY!!! That's what I wanted. I'm totally going on a shopping spree.


Oh and a Snuggie, which I love!


Go ahead, laugh all you want, but this thing really keeps me warm when I'm sitting on my laptop. So I don't care if you laugh because your not sitting here in my Snuggie keeping warm while on my laptop. So HA!
Before we headed to my moms for a Christmas breakfast we took some fun pictures with our matching Pajamas. A tradition we started this year.




After breakfast I made the turkey, sweet potatoes, gravy, and dressing for our Kautman family Christmas dinner. At the end of the day I was exhausted, but had a great time with family.

And then I decided to get bangs again. Remember when I had them before? I like them alot better now. Maybe it's the dark underneath or that my face looks thinner. I do like them a lot more than last time!



Hope your Christmas was a fantastic ONE!

Toodles
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Gifts on Christmas!







Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall
-Larry Wilde

"Christmas began in the heart of God. It is complete only when it reaches the heart of man."
-Anonymous

Come join in on the Quoting FUN!! Head to Fresh Mommy Blog to link up your quote!

Toodles
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Christmas Party I & II

Christmas started Thursday night for us. We went to Jeremy's Aunt's house and spent time with his family there and then Christmas eve we did Christmas with his siblings and parents. It was a relaxing and very fun filled night. We were definitely blessed with some goodies there. I got a few scarves and Jeremy got some things for our cars. And I got the cutest ornament ever by my ummm... Niece... :) Bianca.

I love that it has Ammo on their too. Because he is part of our family!

We also made fried Oreos, Twinkies, milky way, and fried a bunch of other goodies. The Oreos though were the BEST! They were so yummy!


Then Jeremy's Dad read the birth of jesus to us all. It was awesome. All the kids gathered around to listen to the amazing story of Jesus' birth.


After going home we got our matching Pajama's on and cuddled in our bed with the "fire" on the Tv... :P


laid our heads down for what was to come the next morning!

Stay tuned for Party III tomorrow!

Toodles
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The Eve Of Christmas

It's here... Christmas eve. And although you may not be ready for it... it's here. Christmas has creeped up on you and me and it will be over and done with faster than you can say Christmas cookies. It's AMAZING... no... Astonishing how long we take to prepare for just one day out of the year. But, totally worth it in my opinion when you get to spend it with family and friends. OH and give gifts too. Another reason it's worth it, I love giving gifts.
Since we're here I'll share my 30 Days Of Truth...

Day 23: Something I wish I had done in my life.
First off I'm only 23, I still have a lot I can do with my life. But as far as what I wish I had done while I had the chance would have to be telling my Grandma I love her more. She has gone to be with Jesus and I know she is happy and dancing with Jesus. I know she knows how much I love her, but you can never tell someone too much that you love them. And I wish I would have taken an a few extra moments during her last few days to just say "I Love You".

Love Birds
Merry Christmas Grandma, I love you!

Merry Christmas friends. Enjoy your family and don't take them for granted!

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Merry Christmas & Truths



I've fallen behind on my 30 days of truth... I better catch up.

Day 17: A book you've read that changed your view on something. I book that I read that has changed my view on something would have to be the bible. It's changed or rather helped me understand a lot of different things. Like...(read next question)

Day 18: Your view on gay marriages. First off let me say that I'm not against gay people, I have no ill will or think bad of these people I just don't agree with their life style. I don't believe men and men should be together intimately or woman and woman. God created Man and woman to reproduce. Men can't do that with men and woman can't do that with woman. I'm not going to go on and on about it, because I think you get where I'm coming from.

Day 19: Post a picture of your favorite pet and explain why.

This is Ammo, my kitty. I got him for my birthday in August and he is my favorite pet by far because he is mine and my husbands first baby. He is so cuddly and lovey and he loves being around people. He cuddles with us at night and sleeps on the bed with us. He is the cutest. He's like a little dog really. Following us around the apartment, and fetching bottle caps. :) He's the BEST!

Day 20: Your views on alcohol and drugs. I don't care for any alcoholic drink at all, and it's non of my business whether you want to have a drink or not. Just don't let it rule your life. As far as drugs, no no no. Gross, disgusting and now one should allow any of that into their lives.

Day 21:(scenario) Your best friend is in a car accident and you two got into a fight an hour before. What do you do? I race to wherever they are and wait for them to wake up! Even if it takes 2 weeks. Yup, that's the kind of friend I am.

Day 22: Something you wish you hadn't done in your life. Something I wish I hadn't done in my life is be quiet. Especially when I should have spoke up and said something. In many different situations.

Now that I'm all caught up I can relax.

Merry Christmas

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