Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Mixed Feelings

Dear Fall,

You rock. As much as I love the summer I'm definitely ready for you. I love the leaves changing, going back to school, cooler weather, and the feeling of Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner.

But at the same time, I really am not excited that this is our last time getting ready for back to school. Its just a weird feeling that this time next year I won't be buying a new planner or a new notebook or getting my books. Its a bittersweet feeling. I know I will love the freedom, but I will also sort of miss the deadlines and projects and stress of school. I love being busy and I love working towards goals...I have been going to school for 16 years! When I think of you, Mr. Fall, I just think of going back to school. I guess I better live up our last time together with me as a student! Wish me luck with my last year of school...FOREVER!

Love,

A soon to be college graduate.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Salon Hannah

Welcome to Salon Hannah! Yesterday I cut Landon's hair for the first time and it actually turned out A LOT better than I thought it would. About a month ago we bought hair clippers from Costco for like 20 bucks, and ever since that day I've been DREADING cutting Landon's hair... I tried to tell him that I liked how long and poufy it was, but it really was time to cut those lovely locks...

It took me about an hour and a half, and I was shaking the whole time because I was so nervous, but I think I have a knack for this. Maybe I should have been a hairstylist instead of a kindergarten teacher! ;)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Stay-Cation

Last week I took the entire week off work because Landon and I had been planning to go to Washington with his family. Unfortunately, it fell through and we both had a whole week with basically nothing to do. We decided to use the money we would have spent on gas driving to Washington and have a "stay-cation" in Provo. Sounds cheesy, I know but we actually had such a fun week! Landon and I are so tight with our money that we hardly go out, so it was a BLAST going out with my hubby! :)

Our first stop was a two hour road trip up to Logan. I went to USU my freshman year so it was really fun to show Landon my dorms, campus, and Logan. As much as I say I "hate" Logan, it really is a cute little town (other than the cow smell and negative degree weather). We also went to my FAVORITE restaurant up in Logan, Firehouse! Mmmm, their fazookies are amazing!

After Firehouse we drove back to Salt Lake and saw Inception with my parents...AMAZING by the way! Seriously, one of the best movies I've seen in awhile.

Our second stop was to the zoo! My favorite part was definitely seeing baby Zuri on her first birthday! Ahhhh! Did I ever mention how much I llooovvee Elephants!! My second favorite part was definitely the bird show. So much fun to have all those hawks and owls flying RIGHT over your head! We had such a fun time!





Our third stop was rock climbing. I have NEVER been able to do rock climbing, well I've attempted but never made it higher than five feet... This is coming from a girl who has been sky diving, but honestly rock climbing is the SCARIEST thing I have ever done! By the end of the day I had made it to the top of the wall twice, but this was on the kiddie wall! Hahaha! Every time I came down I would just be shaking SO bad because I was so scared. But it was still fun! The other scary part was having to belay for Landon... I was so scared that I would mess up and he would fall to his death! The next day my arms were KILLING me!



In between all these fun outings we went out to eat to Cafe Rio (twice!), Normandie Cafe (twice!), and Outback Steakhouse, and also saw the movie Salt! It seriously was such a fun week especially because I got to be with Landon non-stop! :)

After our stay-cation we buckled down and got our apartment contract sold, packed, and moved to my parents...but that is ANOTHER story!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

We're Moving....

...in with my parents! Growing up I always said "I will never be like my older siblings! I am NEVER moving in with mom and dad when I am married." Lately I have learned to never say never...because things like this happen :)

Not only are we going to save over 7,000 big ones, but we get to spend more time with my family! We LOVE getting to spend one-on-one time with my parents (since my family is so dang huge, this rarely happens) and we are also just closer to all of my siblings. We feel really excited about the change, but a little apprehensive about the commute down to Provo for school....

Selling our contract was a complete NIGHTMARE. My phone was literally ringing off the hook for about a week (as well as a constant stream of emails). We showed the apartment to over 30 people (I'm not even kidding!) and finally we had someone today sign the contract! We couldn't be more RELIEVED. They also bought our washer and dryer (woot woot!) as well as taking over our internet contract, which would have cost $200 to cancel! It really is such a blessing that we were able to get it all figured out because for awhile there I was losing hope.

Landon and I celebrated by going to the zoo and tomorrow we are going rock climbing and then out to dinner to Outback! (we never go out, so this is a HUGE deal for us, but we have cause to celebrate and look how much $$$$ we're saving! haha).

Oh boy, I'm definitely not looking forward to the next few days of packing, hauling, unpacking, organizing, etc. but I'm SO glad we have a few weeks before school starts so we can get all settled! :) We are definitely going to miss our cute little basement too. We have loved living there, it is SO cozy and just feels like home now but change is good right?

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Walking and Talking

Two very simple things, but together they equal the most special part of my day. No matter how hard my day is or how stressed I am, I always have something to look forward to--coming home and spending time with Landon. Going on a walk every night has really been such a blessing to our marriage and I know we will continue to do this until we literally are unable to walk anymore. When we go on our walk, everything we have been doing that day is dropped and we literally stop for an hour and have nothing to focus on but EACH OTHER. This hour long walk every night makes every hard day worth it. It helps strengthen me and keep my life in focus....nothing matters but my husband and this gospel. Nothing. We have been going through a lot of hard things lately, but together we have been able to stay strong and work through it TOGETHER. I don't think most people in their first year of marriage have to deal with so much change and trial, but I'm definitely not complaining. All of these hardships have helped Landon and I appreciate each other and rely on each other and our love for each other has grown even deeper. I know it probably seems as if I'm going off on a tangent (because this post was about our nighttime walks) but that is exactly my point--these are the types of things Landon and I discuss on our walks at night! Our love for each other, our future, the gospel, our trials, The Plan of HAPPINESS, etc! Its these walks and talks that help keep me grounded and keep my life in perspective. I am so grateful for my sweet Landon Dean and for our nightly walks and talks.
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