Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Robinwood

This past weekend, Mr. Rochester and I went to visit our daughter's grave and also visit with family and friends. I'm so glad we were able to visit her grave on her birth and death dates. I know that we will probably not be able to do that every year but I hope that each year we can do something special to celebrate her birth.

Before planning our weekend trip, we decided that we wanted to stay at the bed & breakfast in Little Rock that we stayed in several months ago when we went to the Willie Nelson concert for Mr. Rochester's birthday. We thought it would be a belated anniversary celebration for us. The place we stayed is called the Robinwood Bed & Breakfast. If you go to the website and look at the outside of the house, you might think, "Oh, that doesn't look like anything really special." But, let me tell you, it IS special. The B&B is owned and operated by a mother and daughter who are super nice--we even got a Christmas card from them this year! The inside of the house has been furnished with beautiful antique furniture and yet the four rooms you stay in are very comfortable and modern. We have only stayed in the Albert Pike room but each room has some sort of luxury tub or shower, a flat screen TV, and a super comfortable bed (one of the most comfortable beds I've ever slept in). The breakfast the next morning is absolutely delicious. We each were given a crystal goblet full of fresh fruit (strawberries, blueberries, bananas), a tasty piece of some sort of spiced bread, a ham & cheese croissant, and eggs. In my opinion, the room prices are definitely agreeable and I have no doubt that we will be staying there again someday.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Treasure hunt

Each Christmas, Mr. Rochester and I are blessed to receive gifts from family and friends. Sometimes, those gifts come in the form of money. Usually, we end up spending this money on bills. Okay, I'll be honest, we always end up spending the money on bills and have every Christmas since we were married four years ago. This year, I was very tempted not to spend the money on bills and thought perhaps, with Mr. Rochester's consent, I would spend it on a camera that I have been coveting for quite some time now. Of course, Mr. Rochester encouraged me in my desire for the camera so a couple weeks ago we went to the local camera store to look at them. After seeing the camera and thinking of all the bills we could pay off with the money, I decided that I could live without the camera for awhile.

Mr. Rochester, however, sneakily decided that I could not live without the camera. He knows how much I have been wanting a DSLR camera but price has always been my big obstacle. I doubt I ever would have purchased the camera for myself just's hard for me to buy expensive things for myself. So anyway, last week, I came home from work to find a note on the door. It was a clue to what appeared to be a treasure hunt for me. I followed all the clues throughout the house until the last clue led me to my wonderful husband who was holding my long coveted camera for me! He really surprised me and I just couldn't believe he'd purchased it for me. For the past week, I've been trying to get to know the camera better and I look forward to learning all about white balance, apertures, shutter speeds, and more!

Sunday, January 18, 2009


Haha, this video is awesome. Mr. Rochester showed this to me the other day. Neither of us are huge fans of this band but I thought they actually did a nice renovation of Britney Spear's Womanizer song. Anyway, enjoy!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Our sweet baby

This week will commemorate one year since the birth and death of our sweet, beautiful baby. We are so grateful to have had her for the two days that we did and look forward to the day that we can all be reunited again. Not a day goes by that I don't think about her. I am so grateful to know that our family is forever and that we will one day be with those beloved ones we have lost. This past year has not been an easy one for me and Mr. Rochester but with each other's support and the wonderful support of all of our family and friends, we have been able to deal with our loss. I am so grateful for a loving husband and for everyone that has helped us through this. We both look forward to the day when the Lord blesses us with more children.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

A Brand New Year

At the beginning of January, I had the opportunity to chaperone at a Youth Conference in our area for a few hours. It was such a great experience! I forgot how much I used to love going to Youth Conferences and Girls Camps and youth activities like that when I was young. At this Youth Conference, we watched a new program that the Church has put together. It's called A Brand New Year and it was seriously like a Broadway musical or High School Musical. Okay, I've actually never seen High School Musical but I've been told what it is like. I really enjoyed the part of the program that I watched and was just really impressed with how the Church is trying to relate to the youth today. They even put together a website where there are links to the scriptures, General Conference Addresses, and New Era articles. You can also download the music mp3s or ringtones from the program for free. AND I believe if you go under the video link, you can actually watch the whole program in segments. Anyway, I thought it was really neat and wanted to share it with everyone! Check out the website here.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Our holidays in Killeen!

We had so much fun visiting my brother and his family in Killeen, TX over Christmas. I wanted to make sure we made it out to see them over the holidays because my brother would be leaving for Iraq (again for a whole year) in January and I just wanted to see him before he left. I always enjoy visiting with my brother and his family because they are all just so much fun. My brother has since left and made it to Iraq safely.

While we were in Killeen, Mr. Rochester and I became fans of the Nintendo Wii! We had a blast playing bowling and ski ball and laughed at ourselves as we tried to do yoga and other exercises on the Wii Fit. As a result of our Wii-playing, we have decided that we really want to buy one someday! It was just so much fun. I really enjoyed the Wii Fit because when you did the yoga exercises, it would tell you how you were doing the exercises incorrectly with your balance and form. I don't normally play video games but I enjoy playing the old Mario Brothers games and the Legend of Zelda. I think I'm hooked on the Wii and Wii Fit--I want to buy one someday (when we can afford it).

Here are some fun pictures of our family time!

Our cute niece

I love this picture. Normally, I would take out the red eye before posting it on our blog...but this was just too cute.

Okay, so I took a bunch of pictures of my niece.

Our two nieces! I do have a nephew, I just didn't get the greatest picture of him. I'll have to do better next time.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Back to the real world...

A few days ago, Mr. Rochester and I returned to our home from visiting family over the holidays. The picture above is of Mr. Rochester's family. Both of this youngest sisters (they are twins) are in the Navy--one in Japan and one in San Diego--and they both managed to make it home for Christmas this year. The sister in Japan surprised everyone by showing up on her parents' doorstep a few days before Christmas. We all thought she had to work over the holidays but she fooled us all and flew home. It was so good to see all of Mr. Rochester's family and I'm glad we took some pictures together. Thanks to everyone for a great time!

This is us with Mr. Rochester's sister who is stationed in Japan.

I just needed to post one more picture, even though it is a little blurry. One of Mr. Rochester's sisters got him an awesome board game for Christmas and we'd be happy to play it with any of you Office fans in our vicinity.

After visiting family in Arkansas, we traveled to Killeen, TX to visit with my oldest brother's family and my mom and step-dad. I have pictures and stories of our time there but will post those in another blog entry.