Monday, January 30, 2012

Co-Pilot to Pilot?

Landon always tries to get me to fly the airplane... and the most I've ever done is kind of turn it. Like just a teeny bit. It.freaks.me.out.

Well on Saturday I flew--2 take offs and 2 landings! Can you believe it?! I was only controlling the yoke, not the throttle or rudder, but STILL. This is a big deal folks. I was shaking the whole time, but Landon kept telling me how pretty I looked flying the airplane :)

I guess I have to agree that I look pretty... PRETTY NERVOUS!

So how did this happen? Two words--PEER PRESSURE.

Our neighbors Grace and Forest invited us to go to lunch with them on Saturday and then asked how we felt about small airplanes. NO WAY! They are BOTH pilots too. I could hardly believe it! Forest works at Intel, rides a motorcycle, is passionate about flying, and loves to build things. He is literally Landon's twin. It is SO crazy.

So yesterday we flew down to Albany to get Chinese food (who does that?!) and while eating they asked if I ever fly the airplane. Of course I don't! Well Forest is an instructor and somehow they convinced me to fly to a nearby airport! Forest was a great teacher and everyone just kept telling me how "great" I was doing, even though I felt like I was going to puke!

Now Landon is all excited because he really wants me to get my license. We'll see about that...

But we really had such a fun time with Grace and Forest! They're also LDS and in our ward, so it's really great to already have some new friends that we have A LOT in common with!

Grace and me in the back

The guys up front


Life is good.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Tale of a 55" Flat Screen

Let me just say... Landon and I sure have our priorities straight. We don't have any furniture for our front room, we don't have a dining room table, but last weekend we got a huge flat screen, surround sound, and a blu ray player. Just a little backwards, but it's okay. We love it!

But that's not what this post is about. The funny part of this story is how Landon drives a tiny 2 door car and we managed to fit the gargantuan t.v. inside of it.

When you're looking at all the tv's in the store, they really don't seem that big compared to the 70" monsters sitting right next to them, but as we wheeled ours out of the store and into the parking lot, I told Landon there is NO WAY we are getting that thing to fit in our car!

After about 15 minutes... he proved me wrong. We had to lay both the seats completely back, which left no room for me to have a place to sit...so I had to lay down on my seat with the tv over me. Mom--don't worry, I was still wearing my seat belt!

We were basically laughing all night at the fact that we really got that thing in and out of our car. I love silly memories like this and we are definitely enjoying our "home theater"! So much fun.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Landon's Helicopter

Landon is pretty proud of his first helicopter flight outside and wanted everyone to see :)

He read last night that over 50% of helicopters are crashed in their first few seconds/minutes of flight, so I guess you could say Landon's a pretty big deal :)


He's so cute!

Oh, and he hates taking pictures, but he must have been in a good mood after such a successful first flight that I was able to get this :)

Happy Weekend!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Life Lately

So nothing exciting going on here, but I thought I'd give a quick update:

-Landon's Christmas present from his dad and me was a helicopter. He actually used last year's Christmas money AND this year's. This isn't one of those helicopters you can buy in one of those booths at the mall. He actually had to put this one together. It's pretty cool and he is totally in HEAVEN.


He's so cute flying it around in our big empty front room... It's too rainy to take it outside :) I love that he's such a little boy. Oh, I can't get enough of him!


-I have made three new recipes (thank you pinterest!) and thought I'd share. They were all quick & easy, but delicious.

Crunchy Cheesy Chicken (using Ritz crackers & cheddar cheese)


This was good, but the chicken itself was pretty blah. Next time, I think I'll marinate it a little more. Recipe found here.

Honey Crock Pot Chicken


This was good too--especially over some rice! I doubled the sauce recipe and I didn't use onion or red pepper flakes. We're kind of picky over here. I also added a little bit of brown sugar to sweeten it up some more. Recipe found here.

White Chicken Enchiladas


We had this for dinner tonight and it was very cheesy...and I love cheese. Definitely making this again.. We didn't add green chillies... again, we're pretty picky :) Recipe found here.

I love trying new recipes and making food for my husband. I guess you could say I'm old fashioned, but I just love taking care of him and making him happy. They say a way to a man's heart is through his stomach, right?

-It snowed! Only about 3 inches, but it was magical. I totally thought I would be snowed in and not able to go to work because in Portland 3 inches of snow is a BIG deal. They don't salt the roads or plow them. But just in time for work, the rain came and melted all the snow. I was SO mad. I really didn't want to go into work!


-Remember my big hair debate between blonde/brown & long/short (found here)? Well, I've decided to stick with my natural color, which turns out isn't as bad as I always thought it was. Ever since I was ten I have been highlighting my hair blonde, then a few years ago I started dying it dark brown. Well Landon has been begging me for awhile now to just have my hair natural. He tells me every day how beautiful I am, even though I feel pretty "blah." But I'm really trying to be happy with how I was made instead of trying so hard to hide it :) I've also decided to grow my hair out. Debate is over--long & natural light brown it is.

-We love being home owners! Best feeling ever--just knowing this is OURS and we can do what we want with it. Just the other night we JUMPED up and down on our floors just because we could and I'm always blasting music when I'm cleaning or cooking. We love not having to worry about neighbors downstairs! We have a lot of ideas and projects to make this house our "home" and I'll definitely keep you updated on the progress. We have almost finished unpacking... but still have a few random knick-knacks lying around.


-Over a month ago I saw a commercial for Burger King's french fries and have been craving them ever since. Well last night I got home and was just feeling kind of sad. So Landon whisked me away on a fancy date to BK. And oh man, those fries are definitely as good as the commercial makes them seem! After dinner we went to coldstone and on a walk through the misty rain. I love our nightly walks, even in this Portland weather :)
Anyway, sorry for the long/random post :)

Life is good!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Thank you

I just wanted to say thank you for your sweet thoughts on my last post. I sometimes worry about posting something so personal and close to my heart, but those "personal" posts tend to be the ones that people respond most to. It really is comforting to hear about people going through similar things right now or in the past.

I know life is not supposed to be easy. If there's one thing I've learned through this, and just throughout my life in general, is that MY time is not necessarily GOD'S time.

I just need to continue having faith, and trust in God's plan for me.

"We cannot have true faith in the Lord without also having complete trust in the Lord's will and in his timing"
(Dallin H Oak's talk found here)

Everything happens for a reason.

Monday, January 16, 2012

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This post has been sitting in my drafts for awhile now and I've been going back and forth on posting it or not. I use this blog as my journal... so here you go. A very personal post.

Do you remember this post about me being baby starving? Then this post about not being starving at all? And then all of these posts (1, 2, 3) about how all I want to be is a mother?

Well, I think I'm way beyond the starving phase. I think most women want to be a mother and raise children, but I don't think what I'm feeling can be considered "normal."

I have never wanted something more. I literally know it was what I was BORN to be. I am not good at anything, honestly. I don't play any kind of sport or instrument. I don't have any sort of hobby, at all. I like to read and blog I guess. But what I'm really good at is nurturing and loving. I'm good at playing and being silly.

I know that everything in my life has been leading me to this point. I grew up babysitting kids because my mom did daycare out of our house. I have been babysitting on my own since I was 12. I was a nanny. I went to school to learn about kids. I love to cook, clean, do laundry, and just take CARE of people. I am made to be a mother.

The feeling I have now goes so much deeper than what I used to feel about being "baby hungry" or not being "baby hungry." This has nothing to do with "babies" but everything to do with raising children. Real people. Teaching them morals and the gospel. Loving them and showing them how special they are. Yes, babies are cute. But I'm not "baby" hungry. I just want to be a mom.

Have you ever wanted something so bad it hurts? Have you ever wanted it so bad it literally consumes your mind and is ALL you can ever think about? Have you ever daydreamed about what it will be like to rock your baby to sleep, and you just get so excited and giddy by the thought of it that you can't fall asleep? Have you ever made yourself sick at the thought of what would happen to your life if you never got to have children of your own?

I have.

It's really hard having at least one person a week ask when we're going to have kids or why we don't have kids yet. Or tell me there's never a right time. Or comment on how long we've been married and still don't have kids.

They must not know me very well.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

That's All You've Got?!

Really? That's it? This is the "snow" we have been hearing about all week?

I was actually a little excited to see snow on the ground. I complain about it in Utah (but that's because it snows WAAYYYY too much) but there really is something magical about waking up to freshly fallen snow.

Bring it on Portland! I'd like to see more than 1/8 of an inch :)

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Christmas in Texas

I'm just now getting to our "Christmas" post and I feel like I have a pretty good excuse. Life lately has been crazy. Good, but crazy :)

So we left freezing Oregon for sunny and warm 2 weeks in Texas with Landon's family. It was SO much fun to spend time with everyone.

Some of the highlights of the trip were:

Walking all of the GINORMOUS malls that Texas has to offer. You have not seen a mall until you've been to Texas.


my cute mother-in-law & me at the Galleria mall in Dallas

he really hates taking pictures... obviously.

Sleeping in & spending LOTS of days just hanging out and relaxing


love my little bro-in-law Dawsen. The first time I met him he was probably 6 in shorter than me. Now it's the other way around...

Making caramels with my mother-in-law Suzette. It was hard work, but I was just so honored to be let in on the family secret of heavenly caramels :)

Paint balling. OH.MY.HECK. I do not know why I agreed to go with the boys. It was me, Landon, his two brothers (Tanner & Dawsen), and his dad. We walked in and the whole place was filled with boys. There was only ONE other girl in there. I immediately panicked of course. It ended up being fun... other then some jerks who thought they were really cool hitting a girl in the neck AFTER she had already surrendered. Can you say WELT? That hurt.


Here's the zoom in on my lovely welt. oh ya, don't let that smile fool you... don't mind my red puffy eyes. I was bawling right before this was taken :)

Rainforest Cafe's Volcano Cake. Heaven!

Playing the kinect! So much fun.

Hanging out with Landon's best friends--James, Christina, Jaime, & Grant. Of course I didn't get a picture, but it was so fun catching up!

Eating out. Boy, do I love eating out. I think it is my most favorite thing to do. I could eat out every day. We went to Pei Wei, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, & Outback. All of my faves.

Christmas day (of course). We spent the morning with Landon's mom and got spoiled. Then we went to church and spent the afternoon with his dad, and got spoiled again. It was SO nice having church on Christmas this year. It really puts the day in perspective.


Landon's elves. See... they leave notes!
But the best part of the whole trip? Spending EVERY minute of EVERY day for two straight weeks with my best friend. Is it sad that I already can't wait until we're retired? I know it's a long time away... but it'll be so nice to have nothing to do but hang out with my Landon.

"There's nothing I'd rather be doing than doing nothing with you"

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Surprise Landon!

I had to come home early from Texas to go to work and Landon decided to stay longer because plane tickets were SO much cheaper. Plus, at the time we bought our tickets we had NO idea we would be buying a house over Christmas. When the time came to say goodbye both of us regretted that he wasn't coming home with me... we were both a complete mess at the airport. It's not fun being apart. At all.

Anyway, I got the keys to the house while Landon was in Texas. I figured I might as well stay busy so I wouldn't have time to think about how lonely and miserable I was without him.

With A LOT of help from his uncle, aunt, and 3 little cousins I was able to move into our house and set it all up... he had NO idea!

Every day when we would skype I would tell him how "tired" and "lazy" I was feeling that day and how I didn't want to pack at all...

He thought he was coming home to a LOT of work to get us moved out of the apartment...I'm so sneaky!

Tuesday night I picked him up from the airport (at 11:30 PM!) and asked if he wanted to go by the house and look at it.

Little did he know that we would be sleeping there that night :)

Moving is my least favorite thing in the whole world... but it was totally worth all the stress/manual labor/work when Landon walked in and saw this:


So priceless. I wish I could have gotten his reaction on camera :) I sure do love that boy.

We have been living in the house for 4 days now and it still doesn't feel like ours. We feel like we're staying at our parents' house and they're just not here... or we're just "playing house." It's all so unreal.

It's so fun thinking of all the memories that will happen here. I have already picked out the baby's room (no, no.. I am not pregnant!) and want to keep it completely empty... just so it's ready :)

Our list of "to-do's" seems to be growing more and more every day but we are trying to make priorities and get those things done first. Then, we'll take it one thing at a time. It's too easy to get overwhelmed, but I've heard this is how it is when you're a home owner. The list never goes away apparently.

We are just so grateful to be home owners and love it here!

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