Friday, January 6, 2012

Exciting News!

Just received some big news.

Scotty found out that he will be doing an internship for SkyWest airlines this next Semester! 

We feel totally blessed and humbled by this amazing opportunity.  But also super excited because for the duration of his internship, we get free flight benefits.

I am more excited for that than anything else.

So our plan?  

San Francisco


New York

Washington D.C.

Florida (Harry Potter World!)

Our goal?  Fly as often as we can.

So proud of Scotty and how hard he works and so excited for him and this wonderful learning experience.  

What a great way to start 2012. 

Christmas 2011

Christmas time at the Hoopes' house.  What could be better.

The anticipation mounts for the whole month of December, and for some, even before then!

It is truly one of my favorite things about my in-laws.  They sure know how to make a holiday great!

Christmas eve, we always go out to dinner.  This year, we went to the Black Bear. There was quite the crew.  Even though it seemed like a lot, in comparison to last year, it was quite a small group.  Last year, we had around forty or more people.

 Christmas morning was magical as always, starting off with Santa's magical foot prints.  He usually has a little snow to dust off after coming from the North Pole and usually leaves a little in the entry way! 

Santa brought Scotty a golf bag and putter for his newly developed hobby.

And Santa brought me a new charm for my Pandora bracelet and a new I-pod.

After presents, we head to Grandma's Searle's house for breakfast.  The food is always divine.  Eggs, bacon, hot chocolate, sausage, fruit, pancakes, amongst other things.  YUM!

We spent the rest of the day with family and friends, celebrating all the blessings that our family enjoys.  

This time of year makes us more aware of how grateful we are to live close to family, friends, a college education (even though sometimes it seems to come with a lot of stress for being a blessing), our wonderful apartment, jobs (or the hope of getting one), and most important of all, our savior Jesus Christ.

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Checklist

For the holiday season, there were many things on my to do list. Some items on the list were to:

Drink hot chocolate

Drive around and look at Christmas lights

and of course, build a Gingerbread house

No Christmas is complete without one.  So Scotty and I decided that a few days before Christmas, we would have our neighbors, Justin and Kinsey over for dinner and some gingerbread house building fun!

I must say, we made quite the team.  Our house pretty much looked identical to the one on the box.

There was no shortage of laughing and storytelling.  

Great Fun

Great Friends

So lucky!