Friday, December 12, 2008

Have a VERY Merry Christmas!

It is that time of year again, yes there is some excitement in the air! Santa Clause is just a few days away from loading up his sleigh and he's gathering his reindeer. Missoni received her very own message from him this morning. He announced that since she had been a good girl all year that he would be bring her a beautiful dolly to Aunt Brandi's house.

It has been a great year for the Thompson Family. I have to say we are truly blessed beyond words. We have had so many wonderful opportunities and blessings come our way this past year.

I spent the year playing with the most amazing little girl on earth. It has been remarkable to watch her grow from a little helpless baby, to a walking, talking and very independent and strong little girl. She brightens our lives in so many ways. She is quite an artist and has a sincere love for reading. She can sing Oma's song in German and knows a lot of Tagalog words that tatay speaks to her. She can say lot's of words and many sentences. Her favorite word is Chocolate, thanks to the Advent calender her Oma sent this year. Missoni is eating quite well now, she loves cashew butter and honey sandwiches, yogurt, scrambled eggs, pretzels, chips, turkey, pizza, cows milk, diluted juice and much much more. Mommy is working at the YMCA now so we spend most days there in the mornings, playing with the other kids and toys. We do crafts, sing songs and read stories. It has really helped us to get out of the house and get to know some very neat ladies and children in the community.

Missoni became a "frequent flyer" this past year. She went down to Florida to see Oma and Papa for Christmas last year, but before returning home to New York she took a ten day detour with Aunt Tiffy, to Mexico to see Grandma and Grandpa. What a great Christmas break! Then she headed back down to Florida this spring to spend another week with Oma and Papa in Florida for tatay's spring break. This summer was also filled with exciting places and flights. Tatay had a great internship at the International Trade Administration at DOC in D.C, so Missoni and I spent 4 weeks this summer visiting Oma and Papa and Tiffinie, Brock and Bryce and all of our other great friends in Florida. Then we went to see tatay for a short 4 day stay in D.C. Then we headed out to Wyoming for 4 weeks so see mommy's side of the family. We got to see a lot of our cousins that Missoni had never met. Then we headed back to D.C. to spend the rest of the summer with tatay in D.C. Oh, how we love D.C., Missoni and I would spend the day riding the metro to free museums, playing in the pool, going to local parks and just walking all over the city and loving it. At the close of the summer we headed back to Syracuse, all of us in a rental car, and tatay started school!

Can I just take a second to say that I have such a hard working, helpful, dedicated husband! Chris has done such a great job this semester as well as every semester, juggling his academics, family and church. We had the great and wonderful news of finding out back on Oct 22, 2008 that I am expecting baby #2, and so I have had some hard days, and Chris has not only helped me on those hard days but he has truly taken the duty of father, student and priesthood holder to a new level. He is just about to finish his last final this Monday and has done an outstanding job this year. He will have close to a 4.0 GPA in his Master classes and though his law classes are much more difficult he has managed to pull off great grades in these classes as well. He is also very close to being able to go to Vienna this spring to compete for a VIZ competition. Chris has been also playing a huge role in taking care of the house and cooking while I have had some very hard days, being sick. I am very grateful that he is so understanding and willing to help me. I am very blessed to have such a devoted man in my life. He adores his daughter more than anything and I know it has been hard on him not getting to spend every second with her. So thank you honey for your hard work!
On Dec. 16th we head off for another flight down to Atalanta, Georgia. We get to spend a week with Missoni's two aunts Brandi and Tiffinie and then on down to Florida for two weeks. Brock is going to fix Chris' tooth! So thanks Brock! We can't wait to get to some warm weather and take Missoni swimming. She has been in swimming lessons this fall so it will be fun to watch her show off to Oma and Papa.

Our hearts are filled with thanks and gratitude as this Christmas season approaches. We know that we are nothing without our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and recognize that he gave us everything. We are blessed by him everyday and so thankful for our knowledge of him during the Christmas season.

We love and miss all of our friends and relatives. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone. We couldn't do this difficult journey of Law School without all of your help, so THANKS to all of you for your love and support. We Wish you a VERY Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

1 comment:

Lisa said...

Yay, Thompsons! Thanks for letting us view your Christmas letter. Can't wait to see you so soon!

Our Engagement Picture

Our Engagement Picture
We went down to the beach!

Missoni loves New York!

Missoni loves New York!
This is the little onesie we got Missoni in NYC when her cousins were here! And Don't you just love the matching bows?

Mommy and ME!

Mommy and ME!
We got Missoni into Mommy and me at around 3 months. Look how big her eyes got when we turned off the lights.

This is a more recent pict of Missoni!

This is a more recent pict of Missoni!
Here is Missoni at 17 months.

Missoni loved her worm and her swing!

Missoni loved her worm and her swing!

Missoni before church!

Missoni before church!

Missoni at the pool!

Missoni at the pool!
Missoni and Baylee at the pool at the Davie ward's going away party in May of 2007.

Missoni starting to eat food!

Missoni starting to eat food!
As I am sure that you all know she never really liked eating, and still would rather have something other than sweet potatoes.

Missoni and Mommy!

Missoni and Mommy!

Missoni trying to crawl.

Missoni trying to crawl.
She learned to roll over at 4 months. But she couldn't get back onto her back form her belly. So she would just lay there and beg us to help her. She started sitting up really well at 6 months.

Missoni loved laying in her dads arms!

Missoni loved laying in her dads arms!
Missoni has always slept best on or next to us! We don't mind, we love it!

We were already in Syracuse by this time!

We were already in Syracuse by this time!

I loved her in this outfit!

I loved her in this outfit!
Missoni's new swim suit. We had to get her a two peice because she was so long and wide that we couldn't find a one peice taht would fit her right. I know it shows too much skin, but isn't she adorable?

Missoni around 5 months.

Missoni around 5 months.

So we lost our camera when Missoni was around 6 months old!

So we lost our camera when Missoni was around 6 months old!
With that we lost about 4 1/2 months to 6 months we were sad. Luckily we have some good friends that had taken some pictures of her during this time. So these ones are from that.

Missoni 3 mths

Missoni 3 mths

Missoni first day in the pool!

Missoni first day in the pool!
Alice and I drove the girls over to visit auntie Sabs and this was the first time that they both got into the pool. Arn't they cute?

Missoni in her size 6 mths swimsuit!

Missoni in her size 6 mths swimsuit!
She was only 3 months here and and you can see she already needed a bigger swimming suit! What a cutie!

She could already hold a rattle!

She could already hold a rattle!

Missoni loved when Baylee came over to play!

Missoni loved when Baylee came over to play!
I am not too sure Baylee was having too much fun though!

Lisa and Colin.

Lisa and Colin.
These are Missoni and I's best friends! We loved Mommy and Me!

She loves to smile!

She loves to smile!
I just love Missoni's smile. She was already a pro at 2 months!

Oh how I love her!

Oh how I love her!
She is my little french baby! I always loved putting her in this french beret!

Missoni meets Auntie Sabs!

Missoni meets Auntie Sabs!
This was the first time Missoni met Sab. We drove over to Bonita Springs on the west coast of Florida to see her. It was a fun day. This was also the first time Missoni went into the pool. She was about 7 weeks old. Now she is a complete water baby. She can't get enough!

Baby Missoni sleeping...

Baby Missoni sleeping...
Awwww so precious!

Missoni's blessing lunch!

Missoni's blessing lunch!
All of the the Allen women!

We went to Orlando Temple!

Chris and I were sealed to eachother and then to Missoni in the Orlando Temple. I have no words to describe the wonders of the temple and how we felt on this day. They brought Missoni in to the sealing room in her white dress and the entire room burst into tears. Even people who had come into view the sealing that didn't know us were crying. It was amazing. My mom and dad were there, Chris' bro, Les and his wife Kim, and Tiff and Brock. It was a very special day. I love my family so much and so grateful for the great sealing power of the temple.

Papa flew in and met Missoni for the 1st time!

Papa flew in and met Missoni for the 1st time!
Papa and Missoni both fell right asleep. She loved laying on him. She slept very soundly and peacefully! It was so cute.

This is the first time Jordan held Missoni!

This is the first time Jordan held Missoni!
Jordan and Missoni are good friends! This was fun for Missoni to meet her cousins!

Missoni tried out this swing at Baylee's house.

Missoni tried out this swing at Baylee's house.
We went out and bought it that day. Missoni was crying when we would lay her down. So we thought she needed something to swing her and entertain her. She liked it sometimes, but always preferred mommy, daddy or Grandma's.

We had Missoni blessed the next day after the Sealing.

We had Missoni blessed the next day after the Sealing.
It was also a great day. Brandi and Gary and the kids came down for that as well as everyone that was at the sealing. We had a nice dinner afterwards at Brocks and Tiffs. I have very many fond memories of that weekend.

Missoni in her Blessing Dress!

Missoni in her Blessing Dress!
Missoni was blessed on March 4, 2007. It was a joyous day. She was blessed by her dad. It was a beautiful blessing.

This is the Orlando Temple!

This is the Orlando Temple!
Isn't is gorgeous? I just love it!

Mama and baby!

Mama and baby!

This is my family!

This is my family!
Thanks Mom and dad and Tiff and Brock for coming to Orlando and supporting us!

We love Chihuly!

We love Chihuly!
This is Chris and I back at the Botanical Gardens. We love it there.

Missoni and Mom!

Missoni and Mom!
Missoni at the blessing lunch. Oh Missoni, don't be so dramatic!

Missoni got so fat so fast!

Missoni got so fat so fast!
I just love this picture. It really shows how quickly Missoni put on the weight. She was only 2 months here and just a big ball. I loved it! I love big babies!

Missoni was such a cutie! Especially in this darling little outfit.

Missoni was such a cutie! Especially in this darling little outfit.
Everyone was so generous and giving to us at our shower and afterwards. Missoni had everything her heart could ever desire. We were a very blessed family.

We went back to Chihuly!

We went back to Chihuly!
My mom, Ingrid, Chris, Les, Missoni and I all went back to the Chilhuly glass exhibit at the botanical gardens in the Coral Gables. I was a very fun day! Missoni was about 1 month old.

This is Chris' family!

This is Chris' family!
There was one addition made in Jan 08. But thankyou to the Thompson family for your love and support!

This was our 1st wedding Anniversary!

This was our 1st wedding Anniversary!
It was Feb 10th, and I wasn't really up for celibrating. I wouldn't eat the cake because I wanted to lose the baby fat. So I got to sit and watch Chris eat the chocolate decadence on my first anniversary!!

This is our little family right after the sealing!

This is our little family right after the sealing!
We had so much love and support that day!

Daddy loved this BYU dress! Too bad it said 6 months on it and it only fit her until 6 weeks.

Daddy loved this BYU dress! Too bad it said 6 months on it and it only fit her until 6 weeks.
She was already such a chubby girl

Sealed for all time and eternity!

Sealed for all time and eternity!
Chris and I were sealed on March 3, 2007. I don't who made it to our wedding but whoever was at that and then went to our sealing would surely have seen the difference. It was a very special day!

Sleeping on daddy chest.

Sleeping on daddy chest.
Oh how she loved to sleep on daddy's chest! She was just over a week old here!

Her first sunday at church!

Her first sunday at church!
This day we took her to Alice's baby Baylee's blessing at church. She was about 2 weeks old.

Boy meets girl in South Florida!

This is the Thompson Family love story. We should have started our blog a long time ago. So to make up for it, I am going to start back to the time I met Chris and move forward to now! Enjoy reading about our love story and how we are now doing as we make the LONG journey through Law School in Syracuse, New York! We now have a wonderful, beautiful busy 18 month old. We love her and she is the light of our lives!

We had a wonderful time down in South Florida......

We loved living in Ft. Lauderdale. Chris and I had nothing but a shabby studio apartment when we got married, but we loved it. It was so nice to see Chris ever day, while I finished up my degree at the Art Institute. He was working for Franklin Templeton and I was so busy with my thesis but we still found time to get away to the Botanical Gardens in the Gables, and Naples on the west coast. We had so much fun together our first year of marriage. Maybe too much fun, thats when I found out I was pregnant about 3 months after being married, with the biggest blessing in our life, Missoni, our gorgeous, lovely baby girl.

All because two people fell in love!

All because two people fell in love!
Wedding Day

Colin is her true love!

Colin is her true love!
This was her secon visit from Colin. She was about a week old here and he was 2 3/4 months here. He looks huge here compared to her, but don't worry she caught up to him fast!

Oh isn't she sweet!

Oh isn't she sweet!

My two loves. Missoni and Daddy instantly fell in love too!

My two loves. Missoni and Daddy instantly fell in love too!
She now prefers him over me! and cries when he leaves!

She was a week old! It was so fun!

She was a week old! It was so fun!
Missoni was such a precious baby! She was so good and easy. I am so lucky to have her. Sometimes she would cry in the evenings but we found out that I was eating too much cottage cheese and it was making her gassy and have a tummy ache!

First picture with Grandma Judy!

First picture with Grandma Judy!

This was the first time she met Baylee at the hospital!

This was the first time she met Baylee at the hospital!
She did a blow out in her diaper and it shot out all over Baylee's bed! The girls are so cute!

Daddy and Missoni in the hospital!

Daddy and Missoni in the hospital!
She was one day old!

This is her first bath. She already had curly hair and so much of it.

This is her first bath. She already had curly hair and so much of it.
She was already so chubby too! This was just 4 days old!

First time Oma held Missoni!

First time Oma held Missoni!
Oma came the first day that Missoni was born and brought some beautiful flowers!

Then grandma Judy arrived by day 2 and put her in her little french beret!

Then grandma Judy arrived by day 2 and put her in her little french beret!
I loved that hat!

Mommy and baby! First Picture together!

Mommy and baby! First Picture together!
Isn't she the most amazing little baby girl? She came 2 1/2 weeks early, and weighed in at 8.7 ounces and 20 1/2 inches long! What a cutie!

Papa came too! He loved getting a little grandaughter!

Papa came too! He loved getting a little grandaughter!
It was a fun day having them there!

And then she came! Our little angel!

And then she came! Our little angel!
This was the first picture ever taken of her! Soooo cute. I love her!

First picture of Daddy with Missoni

First picture of Daddy with Missoni

This was at my Baby shower!

This was at my Baby shower!
I was very large and in charge!

Final Pict of my belly before Missoni came!

Final Pict of my belly before Missoni came!
huge right?

My sis and Missy threw me an AWESOME shower!

My sis and Missy threw me an AWESOME shower!
It was a great day. A valentine theme for my Valintine baby! Her due date was Feb 14th.

This was Alice's baby shower!

This was Alice's baby shower!
She had Baylee six days after I had Missoni! The girls are so cute!

These were a couple of sillly elders!

These were a couple of sillly elders!
Chris and I were very fond of these elders. They wanted a picture with us by the carrot before they transferred! Hehee!

Our ward Christmas party!

Our ward Christmas party!
I was enormous!

Chris took me to the Opera!

Chris took me to the Opera!
We went to the Opera in Miami! It was a wonderful show!

We threw a wedding shower for Tiff!

We threw a wedding shower for Tiff!
She was a witch bride! It was a Halloween theme, but isn't it funny how well it fits her!

This was the day after Tiff's wedding in SLC

This was the day after Tiff's wedding in SLC
I was 6 months pregnant! I was already huge!

Then I met Chris' bro for the 1st time!

Then I met Chris' bro for the 1st time!
This was when we visited them in D.C. They live right by the temple! Isn't that awesome!

This was our first Thanksgiving married!

This was our first Thanksgiving married!
I was 7 months pregnant!

And it grew and grew!

And it grew and grew!
This was at about 4 months!

This was Tiff's wedding!

This was Tiff's wedding!
It was a wonderful Day in Oct of 2006!

This was me and my new nephew William!

This was me and my new nephew William!
We were in Princeton NJ and I was 5+ pregnant!

This was the very first pict of my tummy about 8 weeks along!

This was the very first pict of my tummy about 8 weeks along!
I think it is still smaller than my tummy right now!

This was Chris and I at a friends wedding!

This was Chris and I at a friends wedding!
I was about 4 1/2 months.

Then came the pregnancy!

Then came the pregnancy!
I was a few weeks pregnant here! We didn't know it yet though! We had been trying and were so glad when we found out! I hated being pregnant, but it was all worth it!

Chris took me to Black Eyed Peas Concert!

Chris took me to Black Eyed Peas Concert!
We had a lot of fun in Florida!

Chris took me to the ballet!

Chris took me to the ballet!
It was wonderful! Chris and I love the ballet!

This was the sunset in Naples!

This was the sunset in Naples!
We loved Namples, we were at the Ritz and Chris told them that he had just proposed there, so they gave us a bunch of free gourmet chocolate!

This is going back to the night Chris asked me to marry him!

This is going back to the night Chris asked me to marry him!
It was wonderful we were in Las Vegas at the Ritz!

Our romantic evening on the Ship!

Our romantic evening on the Ship!
This is the dress we named Missoni after! hehe

Chris and his family supporting me at graduation!

Chris and his family supporting me at graduation!
My husband stayed up all night to help me finish my portfolio!

Fun Honey moon picts!

Fun Honey moon picts!
We went to the bahamas!

This was my Ski Lodge!

This was my Ski Lodge!
I designed a Lodge in Pinedale, Wy

This is the restaurant in my lodge!

This is the restaurant in my lodge!
See moose Duane?

Graduation and Thesis

Graduation and Thesis
What a wonderful Day!

Art and Graduation

I graduated from the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale in March, 2006. I am now and Interior Designer and worked for a very established and wonderful Italian kitchen company for over a year until we moved to New York. Here is my thesis and some graduation pictures.

Playing in Naples

Playing in Naples
The botanical garden

Tiffinie and I at graduation

Tiffinie and I at graduation
I had a tear in my eye!