Tuesday, July 30, 2013

My Big Sister's Wedding

My big sister Mary got married on July 20th and I was SO happy I was able to be there. It was seriously one of the prettiest, fanciest weddings I've ever seen and Mary and Zack just looked so happy and cute.

 my cute parents.
I love my sisters!
I have 15 nieces and only 3 nephews! So many cute girls. They were so cute walking down the aisle.
my mom is so pretty!
the happy couple.
love my daddy.
I almost didn't make it. Our car broke down 3 hours outside of Portland... in the middle of nowhere. The engine overheated so we turned around to go to a gas station where it died. I don't think I have cried that hard in a long time. I thought for sure I wasn't going to make it to the wedding and see my whole family. All 34 members of my family were there (minus my younger brother Joe who is serving a mission in Brazil) and it has been YEARS since we were all together. I have brothers and sisters in Hawaii, New York, California, and soon to be Spain... so it's hard to get us all in one place. I was pretty devastated to say the least. But, by some miracle we were able to get our car towed to Kennewick, WA where Landon's grandma lives and find a flight out of their small airport. Landon had to stay and get the car fixed, but luckily he had his grandma. Thanks for being our life saver Grandma Ellen!!!


After all the wedding fun, we were able to get together every single day and hang out. I love my big, crazy family! :)

my second mom, Emma. 
brunch at Normandie Cafe.
how is my niece taller than me?! Ahh we look like we could be the same age! She is so beautiful!
Evie's first time fishing. She was pretty excited about it!

love these cuties.
have you ever seen such a big smile? Oh my goodness.
my cute Macie.
my cousin Colin, aunt Barb, and uncle Dennis came all the way from England!
Sydney is almost as tall as me! She's getting so grown up and SO beautiful.

pa-pa-pa-poker night + cafe rio. Sally, "the river" loves you! :)
I was also able to see my best friends from elementary school. Oh, how I've missed them!!

So excited to meet this cute baby and see his mama!! Liam is TINY and so cute!
Amelia is basically the happiest little girl I've ever seen. We have a special bond I think :)

Anyway, it was such a fun weekend--jam packed with my family and friends! The only bad part was missing Landon and then having to say bye all over to my family. I miss them already!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Paws.

Oh my word. I swear our dogs do the funniest things. They are full of such personality and boy, do we love them! I have never seen dogs use their paws to communicate...

Henry does this to Landon when he wants Landon to keep his face still so he can lick him... Sometimes he gets pretty aggressive about it. It's hilarious.


Oliver has a different, more silly approach to get Landon's attention. This is what he does when Landon stops petting him....



They're so stinking cute. I love my little family :)

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Disneyland & Cruise

Basically the recipe for my dream vacation. We had been looking forward to our cruise for MONTHS but didn't know the Disneyland part was going to be happening until four days before we left. Landon called to tell me that his brother Tanner, who lives in L.A., might be able to get us into Disneyland for free. I literally cried. I guess you can say I'm a little obsessed.

So this post could be really long, but I'm already months behind (we went at the beginning of May!) so I'm just going to stick to bullet points.

Highs
  • Disneyland. Obviously. It really is the happiest place on earth. Thanks so much for a great time Tanner and Matt!

    Splash Mountain
    one of my favorites. so hard to choose!

    I have a love/hate relationship with The Tower of Terror. It is truly terrifying.
    World of Color never gets old. 
  • Getting to spend time with Landon's brother Tanner. We sure do miss him. When he dropped us off at the cruise terminal we were really sad--even though we were about to go on a cruise. We just wanted to sneak Tanner and Matt on with us :)

  • All you can eat food. Nuff said.

    one of the dining rooms.
  • At least one nap a day, every single day. Heavenly!

    our tiny little inside cabin. One of the perks of being an inside cabin with no windows? You can take amazing naps because it's always pitch black :)
  • 10 days straight with my love.



  • Walking across The Golden Gate Bridge (and walking a total of 13 miles that day in order to do it)






  • Walking along the miles of trails in Nanaimo.



  • Hiking Mount Lynn in Vancouver, B.C.
Suspension bridges are scary!!




amazing view from the top (3200 ft)


Lows:

  • To put it nicely, we are not huge fans of Norwegian Cruise Line. So far we have cruised with Carnival, Princess, and Holland. Norwegian is at the bottom.

  • Missing our puppies. This was our first time leaving them and it seriously was so much harder than we thought it would be. Luckily, they were in amazing hands. Thanks so much Rob, Diane, and family for taking care of our boys! We owe you big time.

  • Landon getting really sick on the day we left to go home. Stupid germ-invested boat!
We had such a good time being on a vacation together. There's really nothing better. I can't wait for our next one, to Europe maybe? Yes please.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Just a Random One...

So lately I have lost all my steam to blog. It makes me so sad because I want to document my life and feelings for my future kids. It also is fun for me to go back into my archives and relive the past. So I think I'm going to try blogging once a week and see how that goes.

We went on a cruise and Disneyland in May and I have yet to blog about it! It was such a fun vacation and if I don't blog about it I will forget most of it... My memory is that bad. Hoping to have that up in the next few days.


But for now I will just post a little bit about how I'm feeling. I can't really give too much away, but I'm just really excited/anxious/nervous/ecstatic about future plans and changes headed our way. We have big dreams and I just can't wait to see how it will all play out. Sorry for the vagueness lately :)

We (meaning I) have had some rough patches lately, mainly because I am a stressed-out, paranoid, anxiety-filled-freak, but overall we feel so happy and blessed to be where we are. Saturday we took our Hobie out sailing and it couldn't have been a more perfect day. It was sunny, warm, and we actually got some WIND! While I trapezed off the boat as it zoomed across the water, I couldn't help looking and Landon and reflecting on our marriage and our life. I just wanted to push pause and live in that moment forever. It made me cry to just realize how lucky we are to be having these experiences and memories and to be so dang happy. I think life is all about simple, overwhelming happy moments like that.

Just pretend we are on a lake okay? Bah! Have I mentioned how much I need a waterproof camera?!



After a few hours of sailing we decided to sail up onto the beach... It's so awesome Hobies can do that :)

image via
It was so funny to see people's reactions to us cruising up to the beach... some people were even taking pictures :) We took down the sails and then went for a swim in the lake. Ah! It was such a blast. Landon is an AMAZING swimmer so it was fun to watch him do his fancy strokes as I pathetically tried to catch up to him. It was basically the most perfect day and I don't ever want to forget it.

So I guess you could say life is good. It's definitely not perfect, and I don't ever want to come across that way on here... But most days I am able to focus on the positive and be grateful and happy for everything we have. I know if you stop to think about it, it's always easy to remember all the good things. Simple, every day things that seem little are really the most precious... like my boys climbing a tree :)

My heart.
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