Thursday, July 23, 2015

I've Been Missing.

I feel like I haven't been able to blog in months because there are a lot of things happening in our lives that just aren't "public" knowledge right now... like how we just sold our boat! I mean, it's a big deal but for some reason we weren't ready to tell the whole world until it was official.

So it makes me feel like if I can't blog about everything that's going on in our life, then I can't blog about anything. I have a terrible time keeping "secrets" so it's easier for me not to talk. So that's why I've been a little MIA and vague on here lately. For example, one time Landon flew down to Texas to surprise his family, but the whole week before he left I couldn't talk to his mom. I stopped calling her and when she called me I just kept it brief. I was SO worried that I was going to ruin the surprise that I just couldn't talk at all. That's how I feel right now with this blog right now.

I've written TONS of blog drafts, but they just have to sit there for now. That post about selling Viking? It's been siting in my drafts waiting to be published for months. Oh man, there's so much I want to say! Writing is so therapeutic for me, so I just write drafts and save them for later.

Can I just complain for a second? I am a happy girl that likes to think positively, but man this year has really been such a roller coaster. I am ready for 2015 to be done and just praying that 2016 has some good things in store for us. I'm definitely not asking for pity and I promise I'm really okay, but sometimes it just feels good to vent. 2015 I hate you. Man, it feels good to get that off my chest ;)

I have totally been slacking on taking pictures and blogging, so I'm sorry this post is boring and vague. We don't have any fun trips planned and we actually haven't done anything very exciting to even blog about. So I guess this post is just to say that I'm sorry that I've been missing. I am going to try to blog more because I really do love it.

Anyway, that's all for now. I'll leave you with some pictures of Landon's AWESOME Millennium Falcon lego because every blog post needs at least 1 picture and because I think it's adorable he is so into legos ;)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Goodbye Viking.

With a mixture of relief and sadness, we officially sold Viking today. It has been such a roller coaster ride to get to this point...

I know, I know.... the boat we were planning on keeping for at least 8 years. The boat we were planning to teach our kids to sail on. The boat were planning to take on many adventures. The boat we LOVED.

When we bought Viking almost 2 years ago, selling her this soon was definitely not in our plans. But plans change. I'll save that story for another post :)

We put her on the market back in January for sale by owner. We didn't get very many "bites" but we did have one person from Canada that was very interested. It fell through, which was heartbreaking.

Then we decided we needed to list it with a broker. The problem with that is they take a 10% cut. TEN percent. That's a lotta money.

We got our first offer March 7th, but it was actually kind of a nightmare. The people didn't even seem to like our boat to begin with--they were just really wishy-washy and I had a bad feeling about them from the start. After you put in an offer, you do a boat inspection (or survey). Landon was at the boat ALL day to help answer questions and even took them out on the river so they could rev the engine up. Landon ended up leaving before the survey was done because it was getting late. And guess what the people did? They got freaked out about some moisture readings in the deck of the boat and completely WALKED AWAY! They didn't even finish the inspection, or negotiate the price based on the findings of the inspection. They just left us hanging high and dry. When our broker called to tell me that they completely backed out, I was sobbing uncontrollably for 30 minutes. It was rough. We shouldn't have been surprised, because we knew they weren't very good people. To this day, Landon and I get all ragey when we talk about the whole thing.  I mean, when you put an offer on a boat, you should be pretty serious about it, right? We were SO excited and then basically got crushed.

We didn't have much action until the beginning of June--so we were feeling super anxious and upset and stuck. Remember this post about our little miracle? Well I wrote that because we got an offer on our boat! It was amazing. We were jumping around and screaming and just SO happy. We didn't accept their offer (it was WAY too low) so we went back and forth for a few days trying to negotiate on a price. And then they were silent. So we waited, and waited, and waited. And got super angry. How could this be happening to us again?!?! I was SO tired of getting my hopes up to then be CRUSHED. Again.

But then another miracle happened... we got ANOTHER offer on the boat from an awesome couple in Seattle. They saw our boat and just fell in love! I knew I wanted them to have our boat. We wanted Viking to go to a happy family!

So they did the boat inspection and we took them out on a test sail and they were just so happy. They actually liked our boat (unlike the first jerk faces). It was a real-life miracle. Everything was going great! Until the very end of the test sail when we turned on the motor to head back to the marina...

...And our engine died. In the shallow part of the river. Surrounded by other boats.

It honestly felt like a nightmare. I couldn't believe it was really happening. I felt so sick. The people were actually as calm as can be, and really didn't seem too phased by it. We promised that this had NEVER happened before, and it hadn't! We have used that motor SOOOO much. What are the chances?! We had to call our broker who brought his sailboat out to rescue us. We rafted up alongside his boat while he towed us back to a the marina. It was a nightmare, but really the buyers were so calm and didn't seem concerned at all.

We left the marina that night feeling so low and with so many questions and so much anxiety. It was a pretty bad feeling. We didn't even know if the people would want our boat after that disaster or what the problem was with our engine.

So we woke up bright and early on Saturday morning and headed back to the boat... It was 99 degrees that day and we were there from 8:30-5:30 trying to figure out the problem. We were able to get our boat back to our slip, but the engine died again! So we had to wake up really early on Sunday morning and figure out what the problem was. Talk about ANXIETY!

Turns out there was a clog in the fuel line and Landon of course figured it all out like a champ! Thank goodness!

About 5 days later we heard back from the buyers who said that they wanted our boat, but for 4k less than their original offer. Bummer, but at least they weren't walking away! They also wanted us to get a certified mechanic out to verify the engine was working, which is totally understandable.

I can't believe all the hurdles we had to jump to get this boat sold! Life has just been crazy these past few months. So many ups and downs.

Anyway, here's a few pictures from our adventures on Viking. She really is a beautiful boat and we had so much fun with her the past few years! It's sad to see her go.

For that reason, we do not regret buying Viking... even though we probably wouldn't have even considered buying her if we knew we were only going to own her for less than 2 years!

We are EXTREMELY grateful for the time we had with Viking. We've learned a lot and experienced a lot (including sailing in the ocean!) that we wouldn't have been able to experience unless we OWNED a boat. We are sad to say goodbye to Viking, but excited at the same time.

We love you Viking!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Happy Third Birthday Henry and Oliver!

Landon and I love these boys more than I thought it was possible. I love them so much it almost breaks my heart. Does that even make sense? They brighten our home and our lives! They bring us so much joy and they really are like our children. I always tell Landon that I'm worried I won't love my human children as much as the boys. I mean really, there's no way they could be cuter than these two right? ;)          
(Of course I'm kidding, if you're reading this future children!)

They both have so much personality. I love the way Henry adventures and chews on socks. I love how Oliver dances and spins when he's excited. I love the way Henry sticks his head out the window when we're in the car and how Oliver could care less and just wants to snuggle on my lap. I love how cuddly they both are and how excited they get to see us, even if we have only been gone for 10 minutes. I love how they FREAK out if you say the word "squirrel." I love how tiny and perfect they are.

We are SO grateful to Tim and Ang for giving us these boys. Words cannot express how happy they have made us and how much we love them! Happy 3rd Birthday Henry and Ver! We love you!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Just a Vague, Random Post.

I feel like blogging, but I don't really know what to say. There's actually a lot I want to say, but there's some stuff I can't really say publicly yet. Our life feels so up in the air right now, which is really hard for the type-A, planner in me. But like I said in my last post, I'm letting go of the worry and stress and trusting in Heavenly Father that everything is going to work out and be okay. We are really, really happy and we have been recipients of some huge blessings and miracles lately. It seems good things are happening all at once after months of not-so-good things. It's such a faith-building experience to see prayers answered and see Heavenly Father's hand in our lives.

I'm sorry for being so vague--but since this blog is public and not private, I can't go into more details. But once things are more settled, I promise I will blog alllllllll about our year. Because it's been an absolute crazy one. 2015 will forever be known as the year of the roller coaster.

Oh and tomorrow is my last day at my nanny job. So weird and so sad. I have been trying to explain to Enzo why I'm not going to be his nanny anymore (it's because he's starting preschool) so he told me he's just going to skip preschool. Oh my gosh. Soooo sad. I can't really handle it.

Basically life is cray-cray over here and there are SO many changes happening. I feel overwhelmed, stressed, but overall just extremely happy and so blessed. Life is good!

And really, is there anything cuter than puppies in a bucket? I don't think so!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Letting Go.

"Let it go, let it go. Can't hold it back anymore. Let it go, let it go. Turn away and slam the door."

Yes, so cliche and so cheesy, but I've always loved this song. It applies to me in SO many areas of my life. But one thing I really need to let go of right now is MY plan and my pride.

It's hard to just turn your life into the hands of Heavenly Father and I've been fighting it for so long... but I know I need to. I know I need to stop "fighting" with Him and just give myself up. How prideful for me to think that my plan is better? That I know better? That I know what's best for me? I can mope and whine and cry and plead all day long... but in the end, it doesn't do any good does it? It doesn't change the fact that MY plan isn't going to happen. It's never MY plan. It's always HIS plan. And I know this, but for some reason I have the hardest time accepting it. I have been begging him to answer my prayers. I have been praying for a miracle. And last week I was done. I didn't want to pray anymore. I was so upset that nothing seemed to be happening.

Later that day, something amazing happened. I guess you could call it a small miracle. It was something we've been praying for for MONTHS (more on that later, no I'm not pregnant!) I felt like such a spoiled brat. I've been praying and pleading and begging and then felt so angry that I hadn't received MY answer in MY timeframe that I wanted. So I didn't pray. Me me me me me. PRIDE.

So when my prayer was finally answered I felt so guilty for being angry and not praying earlier that morning. I immediately turned to prayer and thanked Heavenly Father for answering our prayers and apologized again and again for being such a brat. Did I feel like He was upset with me? Not at all. Because He knows me. And He knows my heart. He knows how much I love Him. He knows my intentions and my desires. He knows my struggles. He knows my fears. He knows my hopes. And I think that was His way of showing me that He IS listening and he DOES care. I can't just give up on him like that, especially when I need Him the most.

So keep praying for miracles. Keep praying through your trials. Even though somedays you might feel like He's not listening, He is. Let go of your plans and turn your life over to Him. He knows what's best and His plan for our life is far better than what we could even imagine. It's all going to be okay. Life is good.

P.S. If you feel like I've blogged about this very thing before, you are right. I have the hardest time giving up my plans and it is something I am constantly reminding myself of! :)

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Big 2-6.

What the heck? I swear I'm still a teenager. I can't believe I'm actually 26! AHHH! Does this mean I'm no longer in my early twenties? Haha I am in denial.

I had the BEST birthday. It was so simple, but perfect. Landon spoiled me and didn't stop telling me happy birthday all weekend long. He kept asking me if I felt special because he wanted to make sure I did. Pretty much anything I wanted to do, we did it...which of course mostly involved eating yummy food! ;)

We seriously ate SO good (or should I say bad?!) all weekend. Birthdays are actually meant to be celebrated all week, in case you didn't know. We ate out at Red Robin twice, Chipotle, got DQ blizzards, ate Tillamook Mudslide ice-cream, and ate a dozen donuts within two days. YUM!

On Saturday after going to dinner Landon asked if I wanted my birthday present early, and of course I couldn't resist. We got home and he went to the garage and walked back into the house holding a Victoria's Secret bag. In my head I was thinking, okay... so he got me lingerie?! Isn't that more like a Valentine's Day type thing? Haha! Turns out, it was just the gift wrap he used because he didn't know where I keep the birthday bags. I honestly wasn't expecting anything because our trip to England was supposed to be our Christmas AND birthday present, so I was really surprised that he even got me anything. He's just so sweet! I was expecting something little, like maybe a cute shirt or something. So when I opened it, I was seriously in SHOCK!

I have been asking for a GoPro for years! Seriously! Every time we go sailing on the Hobie, I tell Landon how we need to get a GoPro so we can make videos and take pictures! I am SO excited!!!!!

On my actual birthday (Monday) I had the day off work, which meant I got to sleep in and have a lazy morning with Landon. I call these types of mornings "bed mornings." Basically you wake up and you just stay in bed for an hour or longer. You eat breakfast in bed, you watch a movie, and you cuddle. They're seriously my favorite thing in the whole world!

Landon had to go into work for a little bit, so I got ready for the day and then cuddled on the couch watching a chick flick with my pups.

Luckily he didn't stay for long, because I started to feel lonely (I hate being alone!) He came home for lunch and we had a party pizza and mac and cheese. We used to eat this SO much before I started eating healthy, and I figured that since I'd already eaten half a dozen donuts and my weight in ice cream, I might as well continue with the eating like crap trend ;)

Then something really exciting happened... we finally did the resin infusion on the float half that Landon has been working on for MONTHS. I know most of you won't know what that means, but basically it was a HUGE step for building the boat. It was fun to watch it all happen and help Landon do it :)

After that excitement, we went to Red Robin and then came home to snuggle on the couch and hang out with our boys. We also messed around with my GoPro... I'm obsessed!!! It's so much fun!

I seriously started crying quite a few times throughout the day...happy tears of course! I had SOOOO many meaningful texts, phone calls, emails, Facebook shoutouts, etc. that just made me feel so special and loved. THANK YOU!!!!! 

I think I'm going to like being 26. I'm like a real-life adult now ;)

P.S. I share a birthday with my daddy. He always tells me I was his best birthday present. I love this picture of us 22 years ago :)

Friday, May 29, 2015

The Wind is Changing.

Over three years ago I was hating my life and working in an office. Then by some miracle, I became a nanny for the Magyars. I call it a miracle, because it really was. They call me their Mary Poppins. But the thing about Mary Poppins is, she leaves. When the wind changes and she's no longer needed, she leaves. I always felt so bad for the kiddos when I watched the movie, but now I know how Mary Poppins must feel when she has to say goodbye to a family she has come to love so much. It's really hard you guys.

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The whole looking for a new nanny position thing has basically broken my heart. I couldn't stand the thought of working for another family and watching new kids because I love THESE kids and THIS job.

At first I told Landon that I didn't even want to be nanny anymore. That's how much it hurt to leave the Magyars. I just didn't even want to find another family because there was no way I could love the kiddos as much. I told him I was just going to work in an office. He reminded me I would be miserable and hate my life. Being a nanny is what I love to do, so I should do it.

So for over a month, I've had at least 5 interviews a week. I've had over 20 phone interviews and 7 in-person interviews, not to mention the hundreds of messages I've received and sent. It has taken over my life!!!! And I've been SO picky about who I even interview with. Before I interviewed with people, I tried to make sure we were on the same page with salary/schedule/expectations/etc. and then once we talked on the phone I decided if it was worth it to move forward and meet the family. I've been upfront and honest and turning people down left and right. It almost felt more like I was interviewing families instead of them interviewing me. I didn't want to just accept any job, I wanted to make sure I found the right fit. And boy, was I picky!

I had a few families that I absolutely fell in love with. But one family really stood out to me. I met the mom at a coffee shop after emailing back and forth and talking on the phone and I instantly just LOVED her. She was so easy to talk to, so sweet, and we just laughed and chatted so naturally. I knew we could be great friends! So when I got an offer from her on Monday, I was GIDDY! It wasn't my first offer (I turned down six others!), but it was definitely the best one and with an amazing family.

They have already made me feel SO valued and I know that I'm just going to fit right in with their family. That's exactly what I was looking for and I'm so relieved I found it! The funny thing is, I haven't even met the husband or the kiddos yet! Ha! They are moving to Portland from Denver, so I will meet them in a few weeks... but I've seen pictures and videos and trust me, they are CUTE! There are two boys that are six and four and then a little girl who is two. Two year olds are kind of my favorite. They're just so much fun and apparently she thinks she's a princess so we are going to get along great :)

Even though I am literally depressed thinking about leaving my Gabby and my Enzo, I am looking forward to being Mary Poppins to another family. The wind is changing, which is hard but it's also exciting.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Yale Lake Camping Trip.

Can every weekend be a long weekend? Seriously. Whoever decided 2 days of weekend is long enough is crazy. CRAZY.

After our last camping trip with the Hobie, we knew we had found a new love. Combining two of our favorite things = MAGIC. So we found a lake that was a little closer to home and made reservations a month in advance. Thank goodness, because it seems like everyone else had the same idea ;)

Our campsite was AMAZING. Seriously. We were on the first "row" so we could see the water and we had tons of privacy because of all the trees and bushes. I'm obsessed with it and next time we stay here we will be staying at A38 again. Definitely.

The beach was MUCH better than our last trip for beaching the Hobie. It was rocky, but the water levels were high enough so we didn't have to hike a mile out to our boat like last time ;)

can you spot Landon?
The campsite had a boat ramp too, which was SUPER convenient. So we got to the campsite Saturday afternoon, set up camp and then rigged the Hobie and sailed her over to her beach. Well, Landon sailed it while I drove the trailer back to our campsite. Well, I attempted to drive the trailer back to our campsite but hit a tree and broke our trailer (don't worry, Landon fixed it. Have I mentioned how I'm Wreck it Ralph and he's Fix it Felix? It's true.)

We were pretty tired after all that, so we went on a walk, built a fire and had dinner, and then basically called it a night. It was actually pretty cold too, so we were anxious to get into our cozy sleeping bags! (P.S. Puppies make great heaters!)

On Sunday we woke up early (thank you children and birds...), had breakfast, and then set out for an early morning sail. It was chilly, but we had our wetsuits on so we actually stayed pretty warm. My sunglasses got knocked off my face within 5 minutes by the darn ropes, but luckily it was overcast all day so I didn't have to squint too much. Normally I would have been praying for blue skies, but I was grateful for the cloud cover! :)

We sailed upwind across the lake and had to tack every few minutes because of the wind direction. It was really good practice and I feel like we really got into a groove. I LOVE how fast the Hobie sails and how relaxing it is to be out on the water with my love. We left the boys at our campsite for a few reasons. 1. I worry that we would capsize and how freezing they would be in the water 2. It's kind of hard to sail the boat when you are holding two puppies. But of course the whole time I missed them and wondered how they were doing. Haha, I know I'm crazy. But they're my children.

We sailed the entire lake and made it pretty dam close to the dam. See what I did there? Haha I just love dam jokes. So much. Landon was getting pretty dam sick of my dam jokes by the end of the day. HAHA! I'm so funny ;)

After our little adventure (it took us 3.5 hours to sail to the end of the lake and back! The lake is about 9 miles long, so we covered about 18 miles!) we decided to relax. We ate lunch and then Landon took a little nap while I read my book. (P.S. Go read "The Selection" series. Like right now. SOOOO cheesy, but gosh I'm obsessed)

Have you seen anything sweeter?! I could cuddle with my boys ALL day!!!

After relaxing a bit, Landon went out for a sail by himself. He likes to practice single-handing the boat and I like to watch so I can take pictures/video :) The wind was pretty strong at this point and he was just zooming across the lake.

I looked down to help Henry, who somehow got his leash stuck under a rock, and then I looked up and saw this.

I immediately started bawling and basically went into complete panic mode. I felt so helpless and had NO idea what to do. If you read about the last time we capsized here, you'd understand why I was freaking out so bad. Landon and I basically don't weigh enough to get the Hobie un-capsized. So last time the fire department came out to help us... it was a rough day. So you can imagine why I was hysterical about Landon being out there by himself... I saw a boat go over to him and then leave, so I figured he must have told them he was fine.

Luckily, he's a smart boy and after we capsized the boat last time we installed some new things on our boat to help us for next time. Catamaran sailboats are known to capsize--it's a very common thing. So it's not a good thing if we can't right the boat by ourselves! So we got a "mast float" which does exactly what it says... you put it on the top of your mast and then your mast will stay floating instead of having your boat flip completely upside-down or get stuck in the mud (like ours did last time). The second thing he did was build a righting pole. Basically you use the pole to climb WAY out so you can get more leverage to right the boat.

The pole is that black thing on the front of our boat with two gray squares on either side.
Good news you guys... IT WORKED!! I was SCREAMING when I finally saw him get the boat upright. I can't even tell you how relieved I was. I was just about to walk over to the dock and ask someone if they could bring me out there to help him and as I was walking away I saw it LIFTING. Thank heavens! I was so proud of Landon!

I got the whole thing on video, but it's kind of hard to hear with the wind...

Anyway, Landon was in great spirits when he got back to the beach. He wasn't even cold, because luckily he decided to wear his wetsuit even though it wasn't nearly as cold as it was that morning. He was also SO happy to see that our mast float and righting pole WORKED. We've been wanting to capsize the boat on purpose to test them, but we didn't want it to capsize when he was by himself! But now we don't need to worry about capsizing at all. YAY!

So we got back to camp, went on a little walk, made a fire, had some dinner, and played games.

Landon made the most PERFECT teepee fire. He didn't camp a lot growing up, so he's really trying to perfect the whole building a fire thing. He's doing great :)
And seriously, he couldn't be any cuter....

I don't know why, but I always take a picture of my s'mores haha :)
 I LOVE my sweet boys!

Being outside enjoying quality time with my little family... it just doesn't get any better!

We woke up Monday morning, had breakfast, and went for another walk. It's so fun to watch our boys explore :) They LOVE camping. Then we went for a little sail before bringing our boat in and de-rigging her and then taking down camp.

We really had the BEST weekend. It was so nice to have TWO nights at the campsite because we weren't rushed at all. We were able to sail but we also had a lot of downtime to hang out, read, nap, and go on walks. It was perfect. Now we are excited to go back to Yale Lake in the summer when it's actually warm ;)
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