Thursday, January 29, 2015

Life Onion.

Right now I have a headache. I'm so exhausted that it physically hurts to be awake. My throat is scratchy and sore. I have to work overnights this weekend. I miss my family. I have disappointments and heartache. I have worries. Some days I give in to these negative feelings and allow myself to feel hopeless. I get angry and bitter and sad.

But then I get a reality check and realize that underneath all these seemingly "hard" aspects of my life   there is so much beauty and so much to be grateful for. Life has layers, just like people and just like onions (thank you, Shrek). Sometimes the day-to-day worries and the mundane details or the sickness or the anxiety take over. Those are the top layers. The not-so glamorous parts of life. But when you peel back those layers of your life-onion... you realize how much goodness is underneath.

I am ALIVE and healthy. I have wonderful, loving parents and family. I am married to my best friend who makes me laugh and feel special every day. I have a loving Father in Heaven that leads and guides me and loves me despite all of my faults and shortcomings. I have a job, a home, blankets, food, clean water, warm showers, puppies, clothes, a car. I honestly don't think I have ever been happier than I am right now, TODAY.

Underneath all those yucky, outer layers, I am blessed. You are blessed too. There is beauty in every circumstance. Every stage of life. Every trial. Underneath all the hard, ugly parts of life there is hope. There is joy. There is SO much to be grateful for.

I needed this reminder today... I'm not kidding in the middle of writing this post, I had something not-so-great happen and I was pretty bummed. It was almost like Heavenly Father knew what was coming and knew I would need this reminder, especially today.

We have the power to choose to be happy. Happy people do not have perfect lives, because NO ONE goes through life without trials (as much as their instagram/facebook/blog might lead you to believe).  Happy people just focus on the good. We all experience hard times and we can choose how we react to them. Do we choose to let it harden our hearts and cause bitterness and anger? Do we choose to wallow in self-pity? Or do we choose to rise above, learn, grow, and move on? We can choose to focus on the good aspects of our life and when we do, we will realize how truly blessed we are. So peel back those crappy layers and don't let them bring you down. Remember that at the core of your life-onion, there is beauty and goodness and there's always SO much to be grateful for. Life is good, friends. Life is really good.

And what's a post without a picture? These two melt my heart.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Life Lately.

On a scale of 1-10 how much do I hate January? Easy. 4303143 times infinity. I hate January. Hate hate hate.

I have always had this problem. I wouldn't go so far as to say I have seasonal depression, but I really do get the winter blues. It's not fun to go from the magic of Christmas to nothing. Nothing exciting happens in January.

In November and December, the cold weather seems cozy and exciting. It feels like Christmas, so I embrace the snow/cold/wind with open arms!

After Christmas, the cold weather makes me cranky, tired all the time, lazy, etc. I feel like spring needs to start on December 26th. I'm done with winter on that day.

Now that it's January 21st, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. January will be over NEXT week! Thank goodness.

Honestly, this January hasn't been too bad though. Going back to work after a long break is always dreadful, but the weather has been SO pleasant here. We've seen the sun almost EVERY day, which is so rare in Portland! I am extremely grateful. Seeing the sun and blue skies makes me so happy. 

Here are a few things we've been up to this month to make January a little less dreary.

This juice had collard greens, kale, spinach, romaine, cucumber, ginger root, carrots, apple, lemon, and a BEET. I've never had a beet before, and as a former Jordan High School BEETDIGGER, this was an exciting day for me! ;)

Landon decided the collard green would make a nice hat. I called him "Peter Nan" :) He make me laugh every day!

  • We bought skis for me and a new snowboard for Landon. Remember how we decided we weren't going to buy each other Christmas presents because we went on a trip to London instead? I just think it's hilarious that we stuck to our guns, and then blew hundreds of dollars a week after... that would've made a really nice Christmas present... but we couldn't do that on principle! Ha! Anyway, I really wanted to get a snowboard because I thought it would be cute to match Landon and snowboard together. But then I remembered that I hate snowboarding. Landon took me on our first date, and even though I had a blast with him (obviously!) I hated snowboarding. I couldn't control myself at all and fell SO much. However, skiing is much more natural for me. I don't really have to think about it much and can actually STEER myself. That's kind of a big deal.
Landon was SO excited about his new board. It's a lot more nimble and bendy than his other board, which is fun for him to do tricks and play in the park

How cute are my skis?! I love them and we got them for such a good deal! :)

  • We went night skiing last weekend at Mt. Hood. It was snowing/icing the whole night, so we didn't get a single good picture. I brought my nice camera and wanted to take a picture of us with our new gear... but there was no way I was taking my camera out of the car! At the end of the day, I felt horrible about not having a single picture, so I snapped this "selfie" in the bathroom real quick. Classy, I know.

Skiing was quite the adventure... This was only my second time going skiing and my first time actually going on a real trail instead of just the bunny hill. I was honestly scared out of my mind, but Landon is so good and really helps me calm down. I trust him SO much, so when he told me I was ready for the green or for a blue trail, I knew I needed to be brave and try it. I fell A LOT, but I also had one run on a blue trail where I didn't even fall ONCE. It was a miracle. I never would've been brave enough to try a blue without Landon's encouragement. I love that boy! 
  • We have been binge-watching old seasons of Survivor since Christmas. I have always been a fan, don't judge. Well we were watching on Saturday morning and they had doughnuts as the reward for a challenge... they looked SO good, so we decided we NEEDED to have some too. We paused the episode and went right to the doughnut shop in our pjs :) 

  • And last but not least, we are the owners of the cutest dogs in the world. Hands down. I'm really not biased, it's just a simple fact. Landon and I miss them SOOOO much during the day--which may sound silly to someone who doesn't own a dog, but man they are really like your children! We love them so much. Every time I see them spooning/cuddling together my heart just melts. I also can't handle watching Landon with them. It's pretty much the cutest thing and makes me even more excited to see him with our future children! He's such a good puppy daddy :)

I seriously can't handle their cuteness! Do you see the way Oliver's chin is resting on Henry's neck?! Oh my heavens.
I love my little family!!!
Anyway, January really hasn't been too bad now that I think about it :) 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 in Review.

Sometimes it is such a pain to write here on this little blog (especially now that I have TWO), but I am always so grateful I have it and that I have documented our life in this way :)

Anyway, this is my favorite post to write because I love reflecting back on our experiences. 2014 was a really good year, full of adventure! I think that's the biggest thing I'll remember about 2014. We sailed in an ocean, crossed an ocean, tried windsurfing, visited Europe, and overall kept VERY busy!

January 2014

We started house hunting. We decided we had to move and buy a house that had room for a shop for Landon to build the F39 trimaran.

We finished putting our boat back together and brought her home to her dock! Our boat had to be taken apart to be trucked down from Seattle to Portland so we spent two months putting the mast back up, rigging her, and updating some of the electronics. It was a LOT of work.

February 2014

We had our first real Oregon snow storm! We LOVED being trapped inside our house for 3 days and had a huge neighborhood snowball fight.

March 2014

We decided not to move. After having a contract drafted and almost signing it, we both felt it wasn't right to buy a new house. It was a really hard decision, but looking back now, we are SO glad we didn't move forward with it. It was a darling house, but we love our current house and decided we could make a shop work in our own backyard.

I visited Utah! It was a quick trip, but it was really nice to spend some time with my family. I sure miss them.

We celebrated Landon's 26th birthday! We took our boat on a little overnight trip and then had friends over for cake and ice cream.

April 2014

I decided enough was enough and decided I needed to lose some weight! I made a goal to lose 15 pounds and started exercising and tracking my food on MyFitnessPal. It was all about portion control, not restrictions.

Landon started sewing a spinnaker sail! There's really nothing he can't do and I'm always amazed at his ability to jump right in and do something with no prior knowledge and experience!

May 2014

Suzette and Jason came to visit us for about a week! We had SO much fun showing them around Oregon, sailing, exploring the beach, and just hanging out.

We took the boys on an overnight sailing trip to Government Island. It was beautiful and relaxing!

June 2014

I turned 25! We celebrated by going out to dinner and on a hike. It was a perfect day, but I wasn't too happy about the age I turned :) Oh, and I got a Macbook Air! YAY!

Landon finished sewing the spinnaker. It was so fun getting to see it flying :)

We booked a trans-atlantic cruise! Oh man, this was such an exciting day to know that I was FINALLY going to visit England :)

Tim, Ang, Atlie, and Macie (my brother, sister-in-law, and nieces) came to visit! We had so much fun hiking, sailing, watching movies, and hanging out. We sure love them and are so glad they came to visit us!

July 2014

We sailed from Portland to Garibaldi, Oregon along the Pacific Coast! That was definitely the most adventurous thing I've ever done. There were moments of pure terror, pure exhaustion, and pure misery.. but honestly it was one of the coolest things we have EVER done.

Landon started building the F39 and set up a ginormous shop in our backyard. We have big plans for this boat, so it was really exciting to finally get it started!

We went on a flotilla with friends and sailed to downtown Portland. It was a fun, memorable trip, and we almost de-masted our boat on a bridge... :)

August 2014

We went camping to Crater Lake! It was so breathtakingly beautiful and such a fun weekend with our little family.

We went to Utah for Daren and Liliana's wedding! It was such a perfect day and we couldn't be happier for them! I also got to see my family for a minute which was nice :)

We visited Landon's grandma Ellen in Kennewick, WA. We love her so much and it was so nice to spend the weekend with her!

September 2014

We went Windsurfing! We decided to take lessons and even though I spent the first half of the day in the bushes, I finally got the hang of it and LOVED it. Landon was a natural of course :)

October 2014

We spent three days in ENGLAND with Suzette and Jason! Seriously my dream come true. It was so amazing to spend time with my aunts, uncles, and cousins and see where I'm FROM. I need to go back right now :)

We went on a 12 day transatlantic cruise! It was a little crazy to cross an ocean and spend so much time on a cruise ship, but we had an amazing time and honestly I wasn't ready to get off the boat!

November 2014

Daren came to visit! He had to be in Seattle for business, so we were really happy he was able to work it out to come visit us the weekend before! We had so much fun sailing, playing games, and hanging out!

I started my blog! I can't even tell you how fun it is to have a place where I can share my passion for health and fitness! I love helping and motivating other people! Having this blog has seriously kept me SOOO busy. It is like having another job. I easily spend 25-35 hours per week writing posts, designing and recording workout videos, creating recipes, taking pictures, etc. It's been such a fun adventure :) It's definitely taken me WAY out of my comfort zone, but we all know that getting out of our comfort zone leads to amazing things :)

My parents came to visit! It was SOOO amazing having them here for Thanksgiving. I have missed them SO much and we had the best time playing games, sailing, and hanging out. They're just the cutest.

We celebrated FIVE years of marriage. Oh my goodness, where has the time gone?! I am so grateful that we have had so much time just the two of us and I wouldn't trade this time for ANYTHING. We have been able to do so much and grow so much together and I feel like we will be better parents and spouses in the future because of the strong foundation we've been building. It's seriously been the most amazing adventure being married to my best friend :)

December 2014

Jen and Dave came to visit! It was SO fun to have them stay at our house for a night while they were up here for Dave's work. Lydia has gotten SO big and is just such a sweetheart! We love the Egberts!

We celebrated our first Christmas just the two of us. It was a little lonely, and I cried my fair share of tears but when Christmas day came we were both feeling much better and tried to make it a special day :) It was definitely a Christmas to remember and I feel so grateful for my husband and puppies!

2015... I am so ready for you! I always get so excited about the new year, but I think 2015 might be the best year yet :) Happy New Year everyone!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Christmas 2014.

This was our very first Christmas spent just the two of us... not going to lie, we were feeling pretty darn lonely.

Sometimes I feel like such a loser up here in Oregon. We don't have any family and only have a small handful of friends... It's kind of sad! I'm from such a huge family and have always had a group of close friends, so I'm used to being surrounded by people that I love. I miss UTAH!

This was taken a few years ago, but it's probably my favorite Christmas picture ever :)
Anyway, we were supposed to go to Texas to visit Landon's family for Christmas, but the flights were just way too much and we couldn't justify spending over a grand on plane tickets. Such a bummer! 

On top of being alone for Christmas, we didn't get each other any presents. We decided back in June when we booked our big cruise that it was our Christmas present to ourselves. Traveling is expensive and the only way we could justify spending all that money was to not spend more money on Christmas presents. 

No presents, no family, no friends.... pretty pathetic huh?

Honestly, a fair share of tears were shed on my end. Being away from family is always hard, but it's especially hard around the holidays. 

But, we really tried to make the most of it and not wallow in self-pity. And guess what? It ended up being a very memorable and special Christmas!

We took our boat out on the Columbia to watch the Christmas Ships Parade. It was POURING rain, so I couldn't get very many pictures but we had fun! We brought our "Cocoa Latte" and made some yummy hot chocolate and blasted our Christmas music as we watched the ships do their thing on the river. It's so cute! 

 You can kind of see the boats in the background... just blobs of light :)

We ate a lot of Christmas candy, fudge, and cookies. I am not trying to boast, but I promise I make the best chocolate chip cookies you'll ever have ;) Haha! The secret is to add extra flour people! No one likes a flat, crispy cookie! Santa ate all six cookies that I left out for him, which is a pretty big deal to get Santa's stamp of approval ;) 

On Christmas Eve we watched It's a Wonderful Life (I cry every single time. It's just SO good!), went on our walk, and stayed up late talking, snuggling, and watching more movies. It's the absolute best to have nothing to do and spending time together like that :)

On Christmas morning we slept in until 9:30! And then we laid in bed for another was SOOO relaxing! I love having "bed mornings" as I like to call them. We really need to live up these lazy mornings because they are numbered... I hear that kids don't like to sleep in. Darn it!

I wanted to make a nice breakfast, which ended up being pancakes and chocolate milk. No eggs or bacon, but we were happy with it :)

We had a few presents to open from my parents, which was really fun and so nice of them! Suzette had presents waiting for us in Texas, so I know she felt bad but we told her NOT to send them and waste all that money in postage. She's such a sweetie and we wish we could've been there to spend Christmas with Landon's family! Daren also sent us a VERY generous gift too! We are so lucky to have such amazing parents!! THANK YOU!!!! :D

We got to Skype with family which was a huge highlight of our day.

my oldest niece, Savannah! I can't believe she's a JUNIOR this year

The boys' favorite part of the day was their Christmas present--a rawhide bone each :) I love how Henry holds it with his paws.

After chatting with family we went to see The Imitation Game. Oh my gosh, it was SO good. We both loved it! We never, ever pay to go to the movies, but we decided we would go to make Christmas more special :)

We got to the movie theater about 45 minutes before it started, because Oregon doesn't do reserved seats like they do in all the Utah theaters. We ended up sitting pretty close to the front, but it wasn't too bad. Since we got there so early, Landon had the idea to bring a game--Boss Monsters. We're such nerds but it was so fun and really helped the time go by fast :)

For dinner we had honey mustard salmon, red lobster rolls (the mix is at Costco and they're AMAZING!) green beans, and caesar salad. That's my idea of a perfect meal!

We finished the day with Muppet Christmas Carole :) And I forgot to mention, I call myself "Hannah Claus" 

I will never, ever forget Christmas 2014! It started out super crappy and feeling terribly lonely and upset, but ended up being one of my most favorite Christmases (spelling?!) EVER. It was simple, relaxing, and since we didn't have parties or many presents we were really able to focus on the things that matter most :)

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and hope that next year we actually get to spend it with our families :)

P.S. I have been their mama for TWO years this Christmas! They're my Christmas puppies :)

P.P.S. It was SO funny to watch them with our little Elf. They were so scared at first and then they showed it who was boss... and actually chewed off his thumb. Woops!

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