Thursday, December 23, 2010

have yourself a merry one.

Hard to believe that at this time last year, I was spending Christmas Day at Notre Dame.
A lot has happened in the past year. It hasn't been the best one I can remember. Good times, bad times. Times of the most confusion I've ever had, and times of perfect clarity when I least expected it. There's been life changing decisions I've made and life changing circumstances I had no say in. Bottom line: It's been a rough, scary, exciting, crazy year in the life of Alyssa Joy. I'm grateful for everything, though. I feel just a little bit stronger than last year.
I don't find it a coincidence that we end our year with Christmas time- the time when I can be with the people that mean the most to me in the one place that will always welcome me with open arms- Home. So, even though it's hard for me to say virtually anything without sarcasm, I want to wish all my sweet friends and lovely family the happiest Christmas one could possibly have. And mostly, I want to say THANK YOU to all of you. I don't really express my emotions that much, but I hope you all know that you mean the world to me, truly, and even though it's the most cliche thing in the world to say, I wouldn't be who I am today without all of you. You've touched my heart in ways you probably don't even know.
I love you all and I hope all your wishes come true this season!


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

attention world!!

I love love love this little guy SO much already. I just can't get enough of him. I'm already convinced he's the most beautiful and perfect baby ever born. Shaylee was such a champ and looked absolutely gorgeous after giving birth, I don't know how she does it! And until I get pictures from my mom, I just steal pictures from Shay. Doesn't he already have the best hair?

Aunt Alee loves you sooo much little one!



I'm a little late on this! Thanksgiving was fab, as usual. A little different this year, but change is fun! We had our thanksgiving dinner the sunday before, and on wednesday we headed down to wonderful Anaheim, CA for a little Disneyland action. Added bonus: the Rebs were playing in a tournament at the convention center down the street. You know that combination is pretty much perfect for the Leavitt family! Disney was as good as it always is, a little crowded, but not bad for a holiday weekend. I loved hanging out with my real sisters and my pretend ones and my rebel ones, they are the best. We laugh and laugh and eat and eat and laugh some more. Thanksgiving Day feast was had at the Jazz Kitchen, and I dared to try turducken. Yeah, just figure that out. It wasn't great. Game on thanksgiving night, capped it off with a win! Rinse and repeat for Friday, but add in more great food and dippin dots at the game and I die. Don't judge me. Saturday was probably the funniest day I've had in a long time. Reader's Digest version- spent the day at Dland with my favorite rebel. Don't mind that we bonded over Space Mountain. Jessica fell in love with an Isreali and Hannah + Carlos= soulmates. Karam gets so stressed when we lose temporarily lose Hannah, but of course she's at the nearest churro stand, where else?! We celebrated Diva Mom's birthday on saturday night and walked home in the rain. A day finished with a Celebration Apple is a perfect day. Bottom line: I loved Thanksgiving. Maybe more than usual.

Thanksgiving Dinner with our favorite Grensings

Everyone loves a Rebel win!

Gentry HUMILIATED me at Toy Story. I'm humbled.

"Define Fast"

Karam <33333

Obviously they're made for each other!

Hope everyone's Turkey Day was as wonderful as mine!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

i'm a pro. crastinator, that is.

Hey, world. Sorry I've been a bad blogger. Not that anyone probably cares, but there has been no record of my life since November 20th! What a travesty! Since I'm currently hardcore procrastinating for my finals this week, I can only promise a longer, more exciting update in the near future. Just think of it! Stories of a magical thanksgiving, complete with fireworks and mounds of calories and... basketball?! Tales of an exciting new job! Speculations galore on the magic that is the holiday season! Have I hooked you yet?
See you (relatively) soon!