Wednesday, December 30, 2009

2009 in Review


This year has been full of hard things and beautiful things. I don't think I've ever had a year where I've examined myself so closely and made a more conscious effort to change. I've gone through some really painful transformations and had some really humbling experiences. Thus blogging has become more of a way to share my photography than my writings or musings. I mean, do you ever read a depressing blog? It's much easier just to throw up a few pictures of your cute kid.

So no, 2009 was not perfect in any way. But it was also one of my best years of my life. There have been times where I've consciously tried to savor particular moments because I know I'm going to miss them.

I've become a better homemaker. I've learned to treat being a stay-at-home-mom more like a job and it's made all the difference.

I've become more balanced and less high-strung. I've learned to "go with the flow" more.

I've learned to be more kind and a lot less judgmental. I've felt the refining fire of humility and I hope to exemplify these qualities even more in 2010.

I think the biggest lesson I learned this year is to be grateful. When things are hard and you make mistakes and face challenges I've found the best way to shift your perspective is to be grateful for the blessings in your life. It's difficult to feel despair when you are on your knees, giving thanks for what you've been given.

And I've been given so much. Despite the heartache I look back at 2009 and see a stronger marriage, a beautiful little boy, financial security, good health and newfound hobbies.

2010 is going to bring so many new things (new baby, new house, new city, etc.) and I am excited. Here are a few things I'm looking forward to in 2010:

- Learning Photoshop (thanks Santa!)
- Running another 1/2 marathon (and saying goodbye to baby fat)
- Buying our first home (duplex didn't count)
- Becoming a mom of two boys (eek)
- Taking more pictures
- Reading more books (got any good suggestions?)
- Walking my dog every day (poor neglected puppy)
- Sewing something new every month

I'm looking forward to 2010 for a new start. I hope to accomplish many things and face some new challenges. I'll let you know how it goes.

all my love, ali

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Family ties

We celebrated Christmas last week with the Garfields in the only way we know how: kazoo caroling. It's sort of a tradition.


Last year Franky was not a fan of the kazoos:


But making noise is something he has developed a passion for. And so this year kazooing was right up his alley.






We love being a part of a large, extended family. Our family is growing and it's exciting to get together every year and see all of the new additions. We've got two on the way as we speak - mine and my cousin Katie's who will be born only a few weeks apart. My Grandpa and cousin talked a lot about how important family traditions are and on the way home Zach and I discussed the things we really remember about the holidays. It's not the present or the food (well, sometimes the food) but most of all we remember the things we did and the people we did them with. I really hope we can create lasting memories and traditions for our family.

Merry Christmas!

love, ali

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thankfulness

I am thankful...

... I am married to a wonderful man who takes care of me, who is my best friend, with whom I agree on all the important staples in life.

... for an adorable, lovable, healthy little boy with a happy demeanor who is the sunshine in my life every day.

... for the financial stability we've been able to achieve without going into debt or depending upon two incomes.

... for amazing friends who inspire me to be a better person, who are strong and intelligent and who make me laugh.

... for my family who loves me unconditionally and who more importantly love my son fiercely.

... for a healthy body which allows me to bear children.

... for my ability to run (yeah, I should probably get on that) and the joy I've found in doing so.

... for my country and the freedom to make of my life what I will.

... for my Savior who is always there to bring me back from the edge of the precipice, who allows me to "become the miracle."

... I'm also thankful for you.

Happy Thanksgiving!

love, aloicious

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The last day of fall

Last week my friend and I took our kids to Liberty Park for one last hurrah before it snowed.






Yeah, we give birth to baby models round these parts. They say it's something in the water.

love, aloicious

Monday, November 23, 2009

Best buddies




Zach and I joke that Franky hugs Tyke WAY more than he's ever hugged the both of us. Except we're not really joking...

love, aloicious

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Lazy fall


Sometimes we celebrate Thursdays by bumming around in our pajamas all day long.




But when daddy gets home we take a break from our bumming and go for a little walk.

We inspect the sprinkler heads


And we check out the leaves.

Then we go home and bum around some more.

love, aloicious

Sunday, November 8, 2009

A couple more...


Our little family


Brothers and babies.

love, aloicious

Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Sumsion Fam

On Sunday Andrew and Joanna blessed baby Maddox. Afterwards we took some family pictures.








It was a beautiful day and a beautiful blessing. Thanks for letting us be a part of it you guys!

Love, aloicious

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Gardner Village

Took a little trip to Gardner Village this week.


It was a celebration: we all survived the flu this week.


Good times were had by all.


Except the petting zoo animals. They seemed pretty doped up.


On second thought...


Love, aloicious

Saturday, October 10, 2009

My joy

This face.

This is the face I see when I think of you, my boy.

So full of life and excitement.

When I go to get you out of your crib in the morning I am greeted with this smile.

Then you turn to your lullaby machine and press the button.

And you start to dance.

That one is going into my treasure chest.

You are my joy.

Love, mama

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Happy 1st

I think he liked my chocolate cake. Just a guess.

love, aloicious

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Ruth's Diner

On Saturday morning I decided I would rather go out for breakfast than dinner. So we headed up the canyon to Ruth's Diner. YUM.


We sat out on the patio. It's surrounded by trees and various foliage. Franky kept leaning back in his chair to see the leaves.


He also practiced this face a lot. You can't tell from the picture but the face is accompanied by breathing in and out really loud through his nose. I'm not sure where he picked it up.


Zach tried it out too.


After breakfast we drove up the canyon.



I played paparazzi and tried to inconspicuously take pictures of the bikers and runners. This lady actually gave me a big smile.


This guy reminds me of my Grandpa when he was a runner.

AUGH! This guy totally caught me and gave me the "brows of suspicion."


Also, if you live in Salt Lake, you must check out Ruth's Diner sometime. And when you do, take me with you!

love, aloicious