Saturday, March 30, 2013

A Normal Weekend

I am fully aware that our life is anything but "normal." I love it and will never take it for granted.

Exhibit A: Friday night in pictures-

It was seriously the most perfect night. The air was smooth, the sunset was beautiful, and I just can't get over how beautiful Oregon looks from the air. I love being married to a pilot!

Exhibit B: Saturday in pictures-

this trimaran is just like the one we're building... ours is just going to be 10 feet longer :)
This was our best day of sailing we've had BY FAR. We've gone sailing on a few sunny days and they are normally SO boring because there's not much wind. And then the days where we've actually had good wind, we get poured on the whole time and then the wind gets too strong and it's all sorts of scary.

But today we had beautiful, warm weather AND good wind. It was amazing. I never knew I would love sailing so much.

I just don't think life could be any better. 

Monday, March 25, 2013

We Celebrated.

Yep, you guessed it. We spent Landon's birthday on a sailboat. It was a beautiful day.

days like these are so rare for Oregon, unless it's July or August.

a real life sea lion!

Unfortunately, there was absolutely zero wind. Which makes for REALLY boring sailing... but we enjoyed the sunshine and each other's company even more.

it was very bright. my eyes aren't used to seeing the sun in Oregon.

We went to dinner for Outback and then came home for presents.

I can't get enough of this boy.
I made him a photo album of Thumbelina.

Nothing out of the ordinary, but it was a perfect day celebrating my Landon. His birthday is my favorite day of the year, tied with Christmas. Oh, how I love him!

Saturday, March 23, 2013


Happy 25th Birthday Landon Dean!

Here's 25 random things about Landon/reasons why I love him/anything else I wanted to say.

25. He is hard-working and has been his whole life. He has been working full-time (well part-time during school) since 14 and has always gotten jobs where they make exceptions for him because people are so impressed by his attitude and work ethic ("we don't usually higher people that young..." or "we don't usually hire people that don't have their masters...")

he worked at Outback when I met him
24. He has wanted to be a pilot since he was a little boy, but when he got older he realized that the industry isn't the best right now... so on top of getting his pilot license he went to school and got a degree in electrical engineering as a back-up plan. And no electrical engineers are not electricians. He does not wire houses. He designs computer processors :)

23. He's cute, and he knows it. I love that he's so confident in himself, but not in a cocky arrogant way at all.

22. His favorite band is Coldplay. Sometimes I turn Coldplay on just because I want to hear him singing along. His voice is so unique and so sexy.

singing to me for our first dance to "Green Eyes" by Coldplay. I was melting.
21. He kissed me on our very first date. But I define our first date different than he defines our first date. Either way, we went on our first "real" date, held hands, cuddled, and kissed all in the same day.

20. He doesn't like to borrow from people and he also doesn't like to let other people borrow from him. He takes VERY good care of his stuff... like his 5 year old ipod looks like it just came out of the box... so he doesn't trust people to be as meticulous as him.

19. He was on his high school swim and water polo team. Freshman year he worked his butt off to make the team, even though he didn't really "know" how to swim. But by his senior year, he was the captain of the swim team. He also taught swimming at his neighborhood pool and I just about DIED when I first found out that he taught kids swimming. Talk about the way to my heart... :) Now he coaches water polo at Hillsboro High as a volunteer.

18. He has the most integrity of anyone I know. When he says something, anything, he truly means it. Because of this, I know I can trust him when he tells me nice things :) But, this also means if he doesn't like something he will say it... like, "dinner wasn't my favorite tonight." Haha! I really do appreciate the honesty! I wish everyone could just say what's on their mind.

17. A week after his birthday last year he had something really bad happen... but throughout the awful experience he was so positive. When most people would be depressed, angry, and freaking out... he remained happy, calm, and focused on the good that came from it. I, on the other hand, was a mess (what's new right?)

16. He's SO funny. And not in the typical (loud, in your face, class clown) kind of way. He's witty and quick and I can't even tell you how many times I've almost peed my pants because of him. His funny comments always catch me off guard. For example, we were talking about a baby that isn't very cute and I said but I bet s/he is SO sweet... his reply "so is Quasimodo." Oh my gosh. So awful and so funny. He kills me.

15. He doesn't worry about anything. He is the most calm, level-headed, logical person that I know. He helps me all the time when I start panicking and talks sense into me. I don't know what I would do without him.

14. He served an LDS mission in Goiania,  Brazil for 6 months--18 months shorter than most missions. He didn't come home early for health reasons or because he did anything "bad." He just didn't like it. A mission wasn't for him. He was SO scared to tell me this when we were first dating because he knew at the top of any mormon-girl's list of qualities in a future husband is "returned missionary." I knew the type of person Landon was and knew it didn't matter that he wasn't an official RM. (read more about it here)

13. He doesn't have a lazy bone in his body. He always has a project he's working on or something he's working towards. Even though we're done with school, he still researches and studies things online and is constantly learning and improving himself.

12. He can do things that other people think are impossible.. Like build a boat and lick his elbow.

11. He will stand up for me if he thinks someone isn't treating me right. One time he even stood up for me to his father-in-law... talk about guts. He's got my back. You will never hear him utter one bad word about me. Ever. He's my protector.

10. He still gives me butterflies. I have a major crush on him.

9. He is not a cuddly person, at all, but cuddles me all the time because he knows how much I love it.

8. Give him something that is broken, and he will fix it. I had a button on my car stereo that stopped working so he took it all apart and somehow fixed it. The screen on my laptop was completely busted and he fixed it. The tie rods on my car were broken and he fixed them. My iPod was stuck on hold and he fixed it. (Did you notice a pattern here? I break it... He fixes it!)

7. He does NOT like to be told what to do. Ever. Don't even try it :)

6. He is very good with money and has taught me the importance of saving, spending less than you make, and not buying things unless you've thought about it for awhile and decide you really want/need it. Because of him, I have become thrifty and keep a tight budget. Also because of him we will have 60k of student loans paid off within the next three years.

5. He hates taking pictures. Hates hates hates them. Growing up his mom took a lot of pictures and documented their families lives perfectly (I'm so jealous Landon has this!) but he claims that it ruined him and now he hardly lets me take pictures of him. Notice how most of these pictures are 2+ years old?

the only picture he would take at Disneyland 2 years ago
4. His favorite animals are orcas. When he was little he kind of wanted to be a marine biologist and work at Sea World (who didn't right?) His favorite movie was of course Free Willy so when we went to Newport Aquarium he was pretty stoked... Keiko, the whale from the movie, was kept at that aquarium!

3. He has  opened my door from day 1 and has always been such a gentleman to me.

2. He is always working on making our marriage stronger and being a better husband. 99.9% of the time he is the first one to say sorry and the one that initiates the "make-up" talk. He takes being married very seriously and I have seen so many improvements he's made to himself and the way he handles certain things so that he can be a better husband to me.

1. I love him with my whole heart and feel so blessed to be loved by such an amazing man.

Happy Birthday my love! I'm so glad you were born!!!
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