Friday, January 16, 2015

Christmas 2014

Christmas was awesome this year!  We celebrated a few days early since Zander's mom had him this year.  We loved spending Christmas morning (Dec. 23rd for us) together.  
Here's our tree with all our presents the night before!
Early morning!  No one in the Bertola household believes in good ole Santa Claus :( It's bitter sweet that our only child knows the truth, but kinda fun to get all the credit! 
Our stockings that I handmade!  
Blanket I sewed for Zander-my first one ever!!


Handmade iPod cover for Zander!  His favorite song is what does the fox say, so of course foxes are huge around here.  

For Lance, I made him a king size quilt!  The pictures of it don't really do it justice so I'm opting to leave them out.  

We hope your Christmas was merry and bright!!  

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

House Renovations

Our gorgeous house has come so far this past year!  Lance has been hard at work, making time to do reinovations and improvements.  We love how it looks and feels!  
Our kitchen!  We completely gutted it and created a brand new kitchen.  It's so fun to cook in it and clean it!  Lance tiled the floor with our help, tiled the backsplash, and both of us painted the walls.  We went with cabinets 4 less for the cabinets and RC Willey for our appliances.  
Our bedroom!  I had a ton of fun picking out new furniture at IKEA and decorating our room.  I love how it turned out!  
The Basement!  We finally got new carpet for the basement and it's made all the difference.  It's now so cozy and relaxing.  

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Henry the Hamster goes to Greenwood

Henry had his first field trip!  He went to Greenwood Elementary and my students loved him!  For 3rd grade, my students are learning about living vs. non-living, and what better way to teach living than an adorable black fancy bear hamster!  Even though he sleeps during the day, everyday, he was a good sport and took being man-handled like a champ!  Being shown off to 66 kids throughout the day was hard work, but he was adorable for all of them.  My students can't wait until I bring him back.  
They wanted the lights out thinking this would bring out his nocturnal nature and he'd start running on his wheel!  Sorry kids, no such luck.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

4 Blissful Years

On Thursday, we celebrated 4 years since we met!  In so many ways it feels like it just happened, but more realistically I can't believe it's only been 4 years since my boys have been in my life.  I can't even imagine a day without them.  They bring so much joy and happiness into my life.  I'm so grateful for eternal families and that I get to spend forever with these two.  

Our stats for the last 4 years:

1 awesome kid
2 states
3 homes
2.5 years dealing with infertility
5 pregnancy losses
5 job changes
3 wards
5 callings
And so many amazing memories!!!

Here's to forever!

Monday, November 10, 2014

�� Flag Football

Man crush Monday-My Twinners 
My cuties right before they left for their flag football game.  There's nothing I love more than my boys in gray hoodies looking so snugly.  

Friday, November 7, 2014

UVU Family Fair

UVU, which is just around the corner from our house, puts on amazing fairs at the beginning of the school year.  They are completely free, and never disappoint.
Bertola Sandwich 
Cuties 
Go Zander, Go!  
We invited Ashlynn to join in the festivities with us.  She's a sweet friend to Zander.  
Zander lookin' good up on that wall!  I fell for his dad while we were rock climbing.  I wonder if that's where Zander's future wife will fall for him.  :)  

Sewing

Lately I've had the creation bug.  I love creating something and the feeling that comes with it.  I've decided to hand make the majority of the Christmas gifts this year.  So far, I've had a blast at seeing what I can come up with.  Thank you pinterest!  
I wanted to make Zander something special for his baptism, so I decided to make him a CTR towel.  He loved it!  He used it to dry off after he came out of the water at his baptism, and now when he uses it he is reminded of his baptismal covenants he made on that day.  
These are aprons I'm still in the process of making for Eden and Sarah.  I have fabric to make some for Ricky and Seth.  I can't wait to give them to them for Christmas!  
My Christmas stocking.  I attempted to make one for Lance and Zander, but they didn't turn out.  I plan on making them each one before the holidays.  
I just love this new maxi skirt!  It was a dress that I hadn't worn in ages, and was planning on getting rid of it.  I decided to take a chance and see if I could turn it into a maxi skirt...and bam...what a success!  :)  
In case you needed more pictures!  :)  
Awkward selfie, but you can see my latest skirt!  I saw this fabric at Hobby Lobby and couldn't pass it up.  Pinterest had a tutorial claiming a 20 minute skirt--um, yeah it took me three hours.  Lol...I'll get there eventually.