Friday, September 30, 2011

Newlyweds All Our Life

Yesterday I had the thought that Landon and I act more like newlyweds NOW than we did when we were first married. We seriously just can’t get enough of each other. Well this morning when we were hugging bye and couldn’t stop kissing and giggling and being all love sick, Landon said “You’d think we were just married yesterday by the way we act!”


I hadn’t even told Landon my theory about us acting more like newlyweds now than 2 years ago, but he brought up the same point :)

I think that’s how marriage should be. You shouldn’t be the most in love right at first. Don’t get me wrong, you should still be CRAZY about each other when you first get married… but you’re love should grow and grow and grow so every year is a little better than the last.


It reminds me of the Brad Paisley song, "Then." When I married Landon I thought I loved him SO much, but looking back now it's pretty much nothing compared to how much I love him today! I didn't think I could love him anymore. I think when I look back on today 10 years from now and read this post, I'll laugh and say "wow, I thought I loved him then? Look how much I love him now!"


People always tell me I’m still in the “newlywed” phase… but guess what? We’re going to be in this phase all of our life. And I know it’s just going to keep getting better and better.


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Leonhardi's Visit Oregon!

Have I ever mentioned how much I love having people visit us in Oregon? It is quite possibly my favorite thing!

Last weekend we were so lucky to have James and Christina come all the way from Texas to visit us...and it was a blast! James and Landon have been best friends for awhile and luckily all four of us get along perfectly! We even went on our "honeymoon" with them (it was actually 2 months after our wedding, but we still count it!) We went on a cruise to Mexico. So fun!

I wish they lived closer because it would nice to have a "couple" friend!

Anyway, we tried to cram as much as we could into the short two days we had them. The rain sure didn't help, but we were still able to do a lot!

Pizza party - Powell’s book store - Rose Gardens - Disc Golf - Cast Away - Washington Park - Jenga - Hot tub - Flying to the beach - Mongolian Grill - Tron - Saturday Market

I wish I would've taken more pictures, but here's a few :)

cuties. We love doing the walk along the river in downtown

pictures don't do these roses justice! I never knew there were so many types of roses!



Thanks for coming James and Christina! Come back soon with that cute little baby of yours (due January 2012!!)

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Sweetest Moment

Mother and baby, finally looking into each other's eyes.

I can't imagine a sweeter moment.

So happy for my sister Mary and her precious new baby! I can't wait to kiss those chubby cheeks!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Forget Me Not

I am SO grateful for the inspired words spoken by President Uchtdorf last night at the General Relief Society Meeting.

His words spoke right to my heart and were exactly what I needed to hear.

He spoke about five things that we should "forget not", like a forget me not flower.


1. Forget not to be patient with yourself
This is one that MANY women struggle with, including myself. I was just telling Landon a few days ago that I feel being negative and mean to myself is one of my biggest weaknesses. I'm very quick to be forgiving and positive about everyone around me...but myself. I oftentimes feel completely inadequate and unimportant. I know I need to work on being patient and loving with myself. I need to see myself the way my Father in Heaven sees me.

2. Forget not the difference between good and foolish sacrifices
I loved when President Uchtdorf posed the question, "Am I committing my time and energies to the things that matter most?" Too often I waste time on things that are completely unimportant instead of focusing my energy on the things that really matter--my relationship with God, Landon, my family, and those around me. Love is what matters. This gospel is what matters.

3. Forget not to be happy NOW
It's funny, because this week my goal has been to be happy in the moment. To love the life I am living RIGHT NOW. Too often do I find myself saying, "oh I'll be so happy when this happens" or "as soon as I'm done with this I'll be happy" instead of being happy RIGHT NOW. It is the simple every day things that make life so precious. Enjoy EVERY MINUTE of the life you have been given right now. Count your blessings and make the most of today. I needed this reminder!!

4. Forget not the WHY of The Gospel
The gospel shouldn't be an obligation or another simple task to check off on my to-do list. We shouldn't just go through the motions, but try to understand WHY we are to live the way Heavenly Father would have us live.

5. Forget not that Heavenly Father loves you
He is always there, always will be there... all we need to do is allow Him into our hearts. We truly have such a loving Father in Heaven. President Uchtdorf said it best when he said "He loves you because you are His child." I know when we take even one baby step towards Him, he will literally RUN to us and fill us with His love. He is always there.

I highly recommend watching his talk and promise that the spirit will touch your heart and you will feel the love of Heavenly Father has for you.



This gets me SO excited for General Conference next week. I am so grateful for modern revelation and I know that God speaks to us today through His prophets.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Instrument Rated!

My husband is pretty much the coolest person I know!

He is officially an instrument rated pilot which means he gets to fly through the clouds and communicate with ATC… like the big wigs!


This is a HUGE deal people! The instrument rating is the hardest one to get, but Landon just flew right through training (pun intended). You should hear the way his instructor raves about him. I don't thinks she's ever had anyone get their instrument this fast! He’s amazing and such a natural…totally born to FLY :)

On top of the training, he had to take a written test, an oral test, and then a check ride with an examiner from the FAA. Pretty much he was drilled for EIGHT hours.

Last week he went to Chinese at work and got a fortune that said "you'll pass your next test with FLYING colors." Coincidence? I don't think so! :) We celebrated last night by going out to our favorite restaurant...RED LOBSTER! Mmmm!

I’m so happy for my Landon Dean! One step closer to his dream of being a commercial pilot… I couldn’t be more proud!!!

Friday, September 16, 2011

The Big Picture

Sometimes I get so focused in on my life and what I think I want and need... and I forget that there's a much bigger picture.

When life doesn't go according to MY plan, my immediate reaction is to WHINE, COMPLAIN, and GRUMBLE. Instead of realizing that MY plan isn't always what GOD'S plan is for me.

Almost daily I throw myself a pity party. It goes something like this "boo hoo! I'm supposed to be a teacher! I am meant to be with kids! Why am I not a teacher?! Why did I waste all that time and money on school?! Waaa! Waaa! Whine! Complain!"

Well, I decided to stop whining and start praying and thanking my Heavenly Father for all that I do have. I am very blessed. I also started asking for ways to serve Him and be an instrument in His hands...

And guess what?

You are looking at the newest Primary teacher in the Rock Creek Ward.


Prayers are answered.

I'm happy, excited, nervous, grateful, humbled, ecstatic, etc etc etc!

I get to be a teacher.

Life is so good.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

I Love to See the Temple


Today I had the wonderful opportunity to go to the temple. It was so beautiful. There are no words to describe how peaceful I feel when I'm there. I feel so close to my Heavenly Father.

The temple truly is the house of the Lord and each time I go, I am reminded of the sacred promises I made to God and Landon almost two years ago.

I am so grateful that I get to keep my sweetheart forever, through the blessings of the temple.

I video below sums up perfectly why we have temples. You can also click here to read more.



Families are forever. I'm so grateful for the temple!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Random Monday Post

  • I really want to start photography... but something is holding me back...Fear! Fear of failing. Fear of not being very good and not having anyone that even wants me to take their pictures. Ugggh. It's hard when what you've planned and prepared for doesn't work out. I should just be a TEACHER right now and not even have to worry about a back-up plan. I'm feeling a little hopeless today.

  • I'm not ready to have kids. Despite my constant daydreams and hopes to be one day a mother. I'm just not ready YET. Sue me. I love this time I have with just Landon and me. It's perfect and I want to soak in EVERY minute of it. Once your a parent, there's just no going back and I know it'll never be the same. So for now, I'm enjoying the moment. Loving the phase we're in.

  • I almost started my apartment on fire. It all happened so fast. I was literally boiling water to make linguine alfredo and somehow started a fire. Later Landon told me that he wasn't scared that I started a fire. He was more scared of my reaction. Haha! I need to learn how to ACT under pressure instead of just standing there and letting Landon know there's a fire. Woops!

  • I hate Mondays, mainly because I for a whole weekend I got to be with my sweetheart for every minute and then it's suddenly ripped away from me and I don't get to see him for 12 hours. It's a tough adjustment. I just hate being away from him.

  • I've made a lot of goals in the past week and have already seen major improvements in my life. It's true that by "small and simple things, great things are brought to pass." I have been reading one general conference talk a day. So uplifting and inspiring... and seriously LIFE changing. I'm so grateful for a prophet and modern revelation. I'm so grateful that Heavenly Father hears my prayers and answers them through scriptures and through the words of His apostles. Read one of my favorites here. I highly recommend it.

  • I have a crush on my husband. He's a stud. You know how people talk about the "twitterpated" phase of new love... well we are never leaving it. His cute emails throughout the day literally fill my tummy with butterflies. Seeing him after a long day at work gets my heart pounding! And don't even get me started about how "woozy" I get when he kisses me. He's my dream boy and I'm so lucky to have him!
  • We had Landon's cousins over this weekend to sleepover (ages 11, 10, and 7). I think that's why I realized I'm not ready for kids just yet :) it was very fun, but VERY exhausting and I felt like I didn't get enough "Landon" time.

  • Sometimes I miss my family and friends so much it hurts. But I know we are where we are supposed to be and I absolutely love it here.

  • Landon wants to build an airplane. Like a real one. I told him he has to buy me a house first :) This is the one I have my eye on. Nothing fancy, but it's exactly what I want for our first home.
  • My favorite moments are when Landon and I are just hanging out, doing nothing in particular. Just talking and enjoying each other's company, laughing our heads off. It's the little moments like that that I remember most. I love our simple life.

  • I'm really really really hoping I get a calling to teach primary. I love kids SO much and since I don't get to teach in the schools I'm hoping I get to have my own little class of kids at church. Children are SO pure and Christ-like. I know they would teach me more than I could ever teach them. Crossing my fingers!!!

  • Our friends from Texas are coming this weekend and we are SO excited! So far we have had a lot of people visit us and we hope it continues! We have an extra bedroom and an extra bathroom people! Please come see us!!!

Hope you have a happy Monday!

Monday, September 5, 2011

When I Grow Up.

Some people dream of being a doctor, a lawyer, a fireman, a teacher, a dentist, a pilot, a photographer...

Well honestly, I can't say I've always dreamed of becoming a teacher. Being a teacher has always been my back-up plan. Being a teacher would be the next best thing if Plan A didn't work out...

Plan A has always been to be a mother.

I can't explain it, but it is something I am so passionate about that if you start talking to me about it I will probably end up in tears. Maybe it's best for me not to talk about it...but oh well, here goes nothing :)

I was born to be a mom. To raise and nurture and love beyond what I can even imagine. There isn't even a second that goes by where I am not thinking about what it will be like to stay home with my children. I cannot think of anything more wonderful.

My daydreams consist of waking them up by tickling their back (a tradition I have started with Landon...it's not nice getting waken up by someone yelling your name or ripping the covers off your bed) We'll definitely end up snuggling a bit too... because my kids WILL be snuggly. After some breakfast and cartoons we'll build a fort out of boxes, fingerpaint, play tag and "mother may I" in the bakyard...all before lunch! At lunch, we'll surprise daddy at work and have a picnic together. We'll all wrestle and laugh and maybe pout a little after saying bye to dad. After lunch, we'll take a nap, play a board game, and make cookies. When dad gets home, we get into a food fight with the cookie dough and end up laughing until our tummy's hurt. We'll eat dinner, go for a walk, and then read a book and go to bed.

Okay, okay... I know that life with kids is FAR from perfect. I know it is FAR from easy. But to me, it is more than worth it. I want the simple, every day life that comes with being a mom. I can't wait to play with my kids and watch them learn and grow. I can't wait to shower them with love and make sure they know how special they are. I want to be their best friend.

I cannot wait for the day when I am a mother. Every day I am preparing myself...spiritually, physically, emotionally, financially... so that my daydreams can become reality.

It will be the second best day of my life when I become a mother.

The best day being the day Landon and I started our eternal family.


I am so grateful for the blessings of the temple. I am so grateful for my knowledge of the sacred nature of families. I am so grateful for an amazing man that will be the father of my children.

I am so grateful I get to be a mom... when I grow up :)

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