1.31.2010

January 31

I love January 31.

Five years ago today I got this awesome email on LDSlinkup.com from this super cute guy named "Clinton" -- anyone else remember that site? The old school, Mormon version of Facebook?

A week later, he called me and we talked all night.

Two weeks later, he sent flowers to my work for Valentine's Day.

One month later, he came to Utah to "help his sister move" (weird, there was not moving going on while he was here...)

Five months (and lots of flying back and forth between Utah and Texas), we were engaged and he was moving to Utah.

Four months later, we were married.

Those were the most eventful and exciting eleven months of my life. But they weren't the best. The past four and a half years has blown 2005 out of the water. When I think back on the way I felt about him on January 31, 2005 I realize that nothing has changed. I know him a lot better than I did then. We've been through a lot together since then. But he still gives me butterflies in my stomach. No one else can make me laugh so hard that I literally pee my pants. Nothing makes me happier than watching him wrestle with Dallas on the living room floor. I am so proud to walk into a room holding his hand and know that he is mine.

I love January 31. It changed my life. And I love you, Clint.

1.24.2010

Sit down, beach.

All week, Dallas saying "Sit down, beach" made me giggle cuz it sounded like a swear word. I am 12.

We had the most amazing week on Oahu with my parents, brother Alan, and Uncle Jim (who Dallas called "Uncle John" all week). We looked forward to it for almost a year. And... it's over. Stinks how life works that way. We're home and we're sad. Here are the highlights...

Hiked Diamond Head:


Enjoyed lots of this:



Did a little swimming:


Did some sight-seeing:


Went whale-watching:


Enjoyed a bit of relaxing:

Took some walks and enjoyed lots of this:


And, of course, spent lots of time playing at the beach:


Lastly, and I obviously didn't get a picture of this, but we happened to be there the week of the Kapolei Stake's Stake Conference and the apostle, Elder Quentin Cook, was there. So lucky.

So long, Hawaii. We miss you. It hurts.

1.20.2010

Jealous much?

I would be.




This trip came right when we needed it. We needed a break from work. We needed a break from life. We needed time to remember how beautiful the world is and how lucky we are to be together. Real life is gonna hit us hard. I'm not gonna think about it for a few more days...

1.13.2010

Blessed

After a particularly rough day in both the parenting and workforce realms, I got in the car this afternoon and heard this song on the radio:

Martina McBride, BLESSED

I get kissed by the sun each morning
Put my feet on a hardwood floor
I get to hear my children laughing
Down the hall through the bedroom door
Sometimes I sit on my front porch swing
Just soaking up the day
I think to myself, I think to myself
This world is a beautiful place

I have been blessed
And I feel like I've found my way
I thank God for all I've been given
At the end of every day
I have been blessed
With so much more than I deserve
To be here with the ones that love me
To love them so much it hurts
I have been blessed

Across a crowded room
I know you know what I'm thinking
By the way I look at you
And when we're lying in the quiet
And no words have to be said
I think to myself, I think to myself
This love is a beautiful gift

I have been blessed
And I feel like I've found my way
I thank God for all I've been given
At the end of every day
I have been blessed
With so much more than I deserve
To be here with the ones that love me
To love them so much it hurts
I have been blessed

When I'm singing my kids to sleep
When I feel you holding me
I know

I have been blessed
And I feel like I've found my way
I thank God for all I've been given
At the end of every day
I have been blessed
With so much more than I deserve
To be here with the ones that love me
To love them so much it hurts
I have been blessed


...And even though I've heard it a million times, it made me cry today (lame, I know). She just hits on every single thing that makes me life wonderful -- my son, my home, my husband, and my God.

So tomorrow, when it all starts over and I am wrestling a two year old (who punched me in the jaw today... it's still sore), trying to work and fulfill all of the rest of my responsibilities... I will try to remember how blessed I really am.

There is screaming and chaos downstairs. Good timing.

"Serenity now."

Blue Skies

D and I took a walk this morning.

Even though my stroller is off-kilter and leans to the left, it was frigid outside, the air was polluted and unhealthy, and there wasn't an inch of blue to be seen in the sky... it was nice and it lifted my spirits.

I missed outside. I have seen too much of my living room the past few months.

See you in May, blue skies. I will be anxiously awaiting your arrival.

1.03.2010

Doggie Bishop

This little fella:

joined our family on Christmas.

"Mommy Bishop" was informed today that his name is "Doggie Bishop"

Good to know we now understand last names :)