Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
- We went flying and Daren even FLEW the airplane from take off to landing...and everything in between!
- We went to Portland.
- We ate out a lot (including our fave, Red Lobster...twice!)
- We went to the airshow.
- We played games.
- We visited extended family in Washington and hung out around the campfire.
- We watched movies.
- We chatted.
- We star gazed.
- We ate lots of ice cream.
We love having you here Daren! Can't wait until Thanksgiving! :)
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
On awful days, he still manages to make me smile and laugh and forget all about my worries.
With one little look from him my frown turns into a beaming smile. With one kiss my tears go away and are replaced with butterflies in my tummy. With one piece of encouragement I completely forget why I was even worried in the first place. With one compliment of him telling me I’m beautiful, I go from feeling frumpy to feeling pretty. With one daisy that he picked just for me, I feel so special and loved.
He’s my rock. He’s my sunshine. He’s my love.
And I’m so lucky he’s mine forever.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Landon's dad Daren came with us too and we're so happy to have him here with us for a week!
We feel SO bad about the weather though... Pretty much every day we brag to our family in Texas how MILD it is in Oregon because it's scorching down there and only mid-70's here... well of course the day of the airshow had to be in the 90's! I don't know what happened to our mild weather but I kept teasing Daren that he brought the heat with him! We pretty much were dying sitting all day in the scorching sun... and my poor skin hasn't had much sun this summer so of course I'm now lobster red.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
I don't know you yet, but I just have this feeling that I'm going to be head-over-heals crazy about you. I hope you know that your mom is always on your side. I'm your friend and I'll always be there for you, standing up for you and loving you no matter what. It makes me cry just thinking about how much LOVE I have for you and you're not even here yet.
I can't wait to hold you in my arms and kiss your chubby little cheeks. I can't wait to see your eyes wide with wonder as your learn about the world around you. I can't wait to hear you giggle for the first time. I can't wait for you to say "momma." Most of all, I just can't wait to love you with every ounce of my being. You are going to be so loved.
This is my first letter where I'm actually going to tell you about your dad! It's so weird because all of those other letters I couldn't tell you about how cool your dad was because I didn't really know :) Well let me just say, you are pretty dang lucky! You should hear the way he talks about you. He likes to pretend he isn't a mushy-gushy sap... but he is going to be wrapped around your little finger. He already wants the very best for you. He is working so hard for our family so he can give you the very best.
From the first night I talked with him, I knew he was going to be a good dad. He told me how he coached swimming at his neighborhood pool. I saw that he loved kids and loved teaching them. I remember introducing him to your cousins for the first time…and man, he was a HIT (and still is!). The first thing they say when we walk in the door is “LANDON!” …not “Hannah!” He is going to play with you and wrestle you and be silly with you. He is going to be involved in your lives and be your friend, just like me.
He wants you to have fun things, but at the same time he isn’t going to spoil you. You may not see this as a blessing… but it is! He wants you to grow into responsible adults who know how to work and are grateful for what they have. He also wants to teach you… not simply discipline you. He has high hopes that teaching you right from the start will establish boundaries and respect so we won’t have to constantly be correcting you. He has amazing beliefs and attitudes about parenting… ones that I learned through my schooling but he already knows. Okay, enough about the boring “parenting stuff” because he’s going to be SO much more than a good “authoritative” parent… he’s DANG cool and knows so much about EVERYTHING!
He’s athletic (swimming, snowboarding, water polo, basketball!), a math-whiz, musical, a handy-man, a pilot, an engineer, you name it and he’ll be able to do it. I hope he passes on some of these talents to you, but I know he’s going to be teaching you everything he knows. He is so patient and a great teacher. Also, the fact that he’s a pilot is going to be great for you because it means we’re going to be a travelling family. We’re going to see the world together and have so many adventures.
But this isn’t even the best part about your dad either. The best part of all is his heart. It is so big and so loving and his family is FIRST. He is completely devoted to his family. I’ve never seen someone who is so close to their mom, dad, and brothers… and now me! He is so passionate about his family… he realizes how sacred and eternal families are. There’s nothing that would ever come in the way of his love and commitment to YOU and to ME. We’re so lucky to have him!
I hope you know how loved you are. By me, by your dad, by your grandparents, by your aunts and uncles and cousins… but mostly by your Heavenly Father. You are one of his precious children and he loves you more than you know. He wants to be close to you. Say your prayers. Let Him into your life. He will guide and protect you throughout your life. When life is hard and unfair, turn to Him. Of course, you can always talk to me and your dad too… but Heavenly Father knows you best and he also knows how to help you and comfort you.
I want you to know that I daydream about you every day. I wonder what you will look like, what you’ll like to do, if you’ll be silly, if you’ll be more like me or like your dad. Right now your dad and I are taking time to develop our marriage and build a strong foundation so that when you enter our lives, you have a safe and stable place to call home. We’re saving up every penny, paying off our student loans, and looking forward to the day when we have you in our arms. I don’t think we’re going to be able to stop kissing you and telling you how loved you are. I can’t wait for that day. I know it’ll be the happiest day of our life—tied with the day we were sealed in the temple.
I can’t emphasize this enough… you are LOVED!
P.S. Remember this post about me being baby hungry and then this post about me not being baby hungry at all? Haha I think right about now I'm back to the starving feeling :)
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
I’m so sick of being that girl… you know the one frantically running around like a chicken with her head cut off…
I’m not late. Ever. In fact, not only am I always on time… but I’m always at least 10 minutes EARLY.
There were three times last week where I was late. And it wasn’t just being late to a party or to church or to work… these were things that you really don’t want to be late for…
Toni’s rehearsal dinner, Toni’s wedding, and my flight back to Oregon
Yeah… I have to document my experiences of being late because it’s just kinda ridiculous!
1. Toni’s Rehearsal Dinner
The dinner started at 6:30. We left my house at 6:25. Dinner was in downtown Salt Lake. We were cut off on our way to the freeway and then the guy messed with us for about 5 minutes (slamming on his breaks, not letting us pass him, trying to get over and he would get right over and slam on his breaks) He thought he was really funny… yeah NOT funny. Toni tried to hold off the dinner from starting as long as possible, but at 6:50 she didn’t have a choice and we still weren’t there. About five minutes later, Jenna and I walked in and the whole room burst into applause. I almost jumped under a table and hid. I've never been more embarrassed in my life!!!!
2. Toni’s Wedding
We left with PLENTY of time to get to the temple (again downtown) but hit traffic. We were supposed to be at the temple at 8:50 but we were just getting to parking at that time. It took 20 minutes to find a spot. Now it’s 9:10 and the wedding starts in 10 minutes… we booked it to the temple and sat down right as the sealing started. 30 seconds later and we wouldn’t have made it to the wedding. Worst feeling EVER.
3. My flight
They say you’re supposed to get to the airport about 60-90 minutes before your flight. Mine was scheduled to leave at 9:50 which means I should have been there at 8:30 ish… I didn’t leave for the airport until 8:50… (I was at Mary’s baby shower and everyone convinced me it would be okay to stay later). Normally it wouldn’t be too big of a deal getting to the airport 40 minutes before a flight… unless the lines for security take 20 minutes… So now it’s 9:30… 20 minutes until my flight. I check the departure board and my gate is B22… which is pretty much the furthest possible corner of the airport. By the time I get there the guy tells me my flight is at C13… it’s now 10 minutes until my flight. Not only am I at the wrong gate… I’m at the completely OPPOSITE end of the airport. I asked the guy to call and tell them I was on my way… he told me he’d call but they wouldn’t wait. So I booked it to C13 and honestly thought I was going to pass out… well there was no one at the counter… it was 9:47… I went to another counter and begged him to call my plane and let me on… it was a miracle but he scanned my ticket, unlocked the door, and then a stewardess met me and told me to just leave my bag with her and run… I couldn’t believe I made it. Everyone glared at me as I huffed and puffed my way to my seat.
Now I know why I always like to be at least 10 minutes EARLY… you just never know what’s going to happen… ugghh! I hate being late and I hate being FRAZZLED!
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Anyway, I had a BLAST seeing my cute family and friends. Some highlights of the trip were:
Toni’s wedding! & spending time with my besties
Another one of my besties is MARRIED and to her high school sweetheart! It’s so funny… but all three of my best friends have married their high school sweetheart… I’m a little out of the loop there because I married my college sweetheart :)
Anyway, her wedding was absolutely BEAUTIFUL. The temple sealing just made me bawl the whole time. The spirit was SO strong and I loved seeing Toni & Braxton beaming at each other across the alter. I feel so close to Heavenly Father at the temple. It’s amazing.
Later that day there was a ring ceremony (where we got to walk down the aisle) and right after there was a beautiful reception complete with a delicious meal, live music, and amazing decorations & detail!
Spending time with family
I have missed my family so much. For the first month in Oregon I cried at least once a day. Now it’s a little less frequent, but my heart still hurts when I think about it.
Friday night we had CAFÉ RIO which I have been craving SO bad and watched a movie.
Saturday the whole fam came over for little Zack’s birthday and we ate pizza and hung out. I have missed big family get-togethers! It's just way too quiet in Oregon :)
Later that night, my parents took me to an outdoor concert in Park City called “Broadway Rocks.” It was SO much fun!
this could've been a really cute picture... bahaha do you see what I see??
Sunday was church, delicious curry dinner, and Mary’s baby shower.
Poor Mary is on bedrest and has been for a few months! she had to stay laying down the whole time :(
I love my family & friends and the only thing Oregon is missing is them! I had so much fun visiting Utah!!!!