Friday, January 22, 2016

Happy birthday, Daddy-o!

Mami makes the BEST birthday cakes ever. Thanks, Madre!
And Fiona provided the vocals for Happy Birthday. Well, we didn't make her do a solo, but she does have the best voice.

Dear Daddy,

First off, I love you. TONS.
Second, Grammy told/emailed me some CUTE stories about you as a young-un. Let's see...you were climbing waaay before you could walk. You loved to tease and play games. You were an excellent reader. of course And one time you dragged Grammy out of the kitchen to show her the sunset, saying it was BEE-YOU-TEE-FUL! Awwww I hope that my kids are just like you. And since Josh, Diego, me, Fiona, and Thomas are just like you and Mom...the odds (genes) are definitely in my favor so there's hope for the future. yay! 
I'm so lucky you are my dad. Thanks for being the best dad ever for me and my siblings. Thanks for being my go-to guy for answers to just about every topic under the sun including the sun. You are so knowledgeable and wise and frugal and I want you to know that your family greatly appreciates you.

Con mucho amor,
Monica
(your daughter who also loves sunsets)
P.S. Props to Diego for remembering both Mom's and Dad's birthday! I was very impressed when he called. 
I mean, I remembered to call too when I was in Provo. but that may have just been because I called Mom like every other day regardless of special occasions...

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Currently...

 
 singing. yo-yoing. legos. Pippin the puppy. roscas. and rose-colored glasses.

 Do you know how hard it is to take a picture of a squirmy dog? Or do his hair? Believe me, it's tough.






Speaking of rose-colored glasses...I got new glasses recently! And I absolutely love them. Which is a first for me. I usually do not like how I look with glasses at all. But I'm more confident in my own skin now. Case in point: I haven't worn makeup at all (except Sundays) for two weeks. And these purple specs are so ME. So I'm definitely a fan.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Pre-blog days

Obviously I did not have a blog when I was this little. But I wanted to create this post to show how much I have grown since I left home two and a half years ago and went to Provo to attend BYU. 
Looking at all these pictures led to a kind of catharsis for me. They brought back loooots of happy memories. And some sad ones too. I think it's good to reflect on the past and remember the lessons you have learned. And then take the knowledge and happiness from those experiences and move on to create more, beautiful, lasting memories. That's the goal of this suuuuuuper long post. So here goes.
 Fiona's birthday cake had an Eiffel Tower on it one year. Pretty legit huh. Also legit: our growth chart at our old house. It marked our height from year to year.

 
 Fiona has said that watching Josh, Diego, and me compete in high school track provided some of her most favorite memories ever. I love that girl. Here, she refers to me as her best friend:
"My name is Fiona Huston.  I plan to study dental hygiene eventually and go into that career. It is a very practical job and appears to be quite rewarding which is something that I am definitely looking for.  I have three brothers and one sister who is my best friend.  I also have a Yorkshire terrier that I love.  His name is Pippin after a character from The Lord of the Rings. I really enjoy reading and my favorite book is Gone With the Wind.  A few other books that I love are The Pickwick Papers, The Wind in the Willows, The Martian Chronicles, A Christmas Carol,and Pride and Prejudice.  I love running and watching movies.  My favorite movie is It’s a Wonderful Life.   I love singing especially in a choir.  My favorite singer is Selena Quintanilla and my favorite song is “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles.  English has always been my favorite subject as science and math tend to be quite difficult for me.  History is probably tied though for first.  When I was growing up, I wanted to be an archaeologist so that I could travel and discover historical artifacts.  I love Greek and Roman history in particular as well as the history of the American West and ancient mesoamerican cultures.  It has been my dream to go to Paris, France which is something that is to be fulfilled very soon.  Other places that I would like to go are Greece, Italy, Peru, and Guatemala." (emphasis added by me)
You're my best friend too, Fiona. And let me just point out that she loves Pride and Prejudice and RUNNING. Yes, running. WOOT WOOT!
Anywho, yeah, I also love hearkening back to the good ol' CHS track days.

 
 This was just prior to Josh leaving on his mission. 
Brothers are the bomb. I love them.


 


Diego's a stud.
I just love all of my siblings. Tons. After I left for college, I didn't get to go to all of their events like I wanted to, but I would get pictures of the great things my siblings were doing. And in the meantime, I was experiencing some pretty great things too.

 Being independent brings with it a lot of firsts.
E.g. First college roomies. First winter living in the snow.



 
 First time taking the Love Language test.

(Not all of my firsts were typical college firsts though...*cough cough* first boyfriend and first kiss. I'm really glad it worked out like that for me though. Truly. I was able to focus on things that really mattered in high school, i.e. getting good grades and running really well. I always knew I wasn't going to marry someone from my hometown. God knew I needed to serve a mission because that's where I would meet my future husband. Btw this tangent was updated on June 5, 2018.)

 When I came back home for my first visit, I really appreciated Yuma winter weather and Arizona sunsets.



Tommy's first selfie was of his trompita. Atta boy.



         First time skyping our missionary, Elder Huston.









 

 








First flower from a boy! 
If you can't tell from how many pictures I took of it...I loved it. 

More pics of my awesome roomies and BYU... 


 First all-nighter. #procrastination







 First dessert contest.

 

 First time running in the snow. We conquered.

















 I saw this in the bookstore and I had to buy it. I mean, it's a MINIATURE PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. Come on.


Around this time,  I also started stealing pictures off of other people's phones. With their permission of course. So this is Kristi's adorable niece. I had to have this picture. It makes me so happy.


Should be named "The Huston Award."


First time traveling. And I got to see fellow Cibola Raiders, Ryan and Bernie! Woot Woot!

 First engaged roomie, Em, with her fiancee Jordan. They've been married for almost a year now...woah.

 


               


Here's to learning from the past and moving forward to the future. I have faith it will be good.
And here's a quote from Gordon B. Hinckley because God's prophets say it best:

"It will all work out. Put your trust in God, and move forward with faith and confidence in the future."
- Gordon B. Hinkley