Thursday, August 29, 2013

Daren's Graduation

We flew down to Texas last weekend for my father-in-law's MBA graduation. We couldn't be more proud of him!

We decided to bring the dogs with us because, well... they're just way too cute :) The plane ride to Texas was AWFUL. They got sick or nervous and puke all over their little carrier. Nasty. But on the way home they were little angels (even with the extra three hours stuck in the airplane because of a stupid dust storm in Phoenix).

they did not like it in there :(

We were so happy to be there for Daren's graduation. It was really neat to see him getting his diploma after two years of HARD work. He didn't do it for work or for a raise... he simply did it because it was one of his goals. Isn't that awesome?!

We were spoiled rotten all weekend long by Daren and his cute girlfriend Liliana. Ahh! It was just SO much fun and SO good to be with family. We went to Red Lobster, Outback, and Olive Garden (all of our favorites), saw Planes, and went to a place called Main Event for bowling, laser tag, and pool. I wish I would've taken more pictures, but here are some from my phone.

I know it's a little blurry, but if you look closely you will see that we got FIVE strikes in a row. It was unbelievable!

But we weren't the only ones who got spoiled all weekend long... The puppies sure love Uncle Tanner :)

giving them some watermelon :)
We also spent time with my mother-in-law Suzette, but of course I didn't take ONE picture. What the heck?! But it was SO good to see her and Jason--even if it was just for a little bit. Suzette is more than my mother-in-law, she really is my best friend. I just love her :) aaaannnndddd... she gave me 70 POUNDS worth of clothes! I am not exaggerating here people. I brought an empty, HUGE suitcase and she loaded me up with clothes that she had never even worn, or maybe worn once. And it wouldn't all fit even in one suitcase so she had to load up my other one. I just tripled my wardrobe! It's like Christmas times 100. I am SO lucky and spoiled.

She also made me the most darling sign I have ever seen in my life. Every time I look at it I can't help smiling. It's just way too cute.

I truly have THE BEST in-laws in the world! I really lucked out in that department. I  love them like they are my own family and it's amazing because I think they feel the same way :) It was just a perfect weekend in Texas--minus the suffocating heat, of course.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013


I'm always talking about Landon and all the crazy things he's building/fixing/doing... but a lot of people ask how that makes ME feel in comparison? Well quite honestly it makes me feel kind of lame. He built a boat last year and what do I have to show for my time? Pretty much nothing, which isn't really okay.

So I have made a new goal... while Landon is working on his projects I am going to be working on stuff of my own. The main reason why I normally don't do big projects is because I label myself as a perfectionist. I won't try something new if I can't do it right and perfect the first time... which is just silly. I have limited myself SO much my whole life in my quest for perfection and fear of failure.

I love love love this talk by President Uchtdorf where he talks about happiness and one way to feel happy is creating something...anything!

"You may think you don't have any talents, but that is a false assumption, for we all have talents and gifts, every one of us. The bounds of creativity extend far beyond the limits of a canvas or a sheet of paper and do not require a brush, a pen, or the keys of a piano. Creation means bringing into existence something that did not exist before--colorful gardens, harmonious homes, family memories, flowing laughter.

What you create doesn't have to be perfect. So what if the eggs are greasy or the toast is burned? Don't let the fear of failure discourage you. Don't let the voice of critics paralyze you--whether that voice comes from the outside or the inside."

Wow! I have always described myself like this: "I don't have any talents or hobbies. I'm kinda lame. I have never played on a team, I don't play an instrument, I don't dance..." But, creativity can be SO much more than playing an instrument or painting a masterpiece. So I'm not going to hold myself back anymore. I can seriously be SO mean to myself.

Last October I bought fabric and cut squares to make a tree skirt, but I was terrified of breaking out my sewing machine to start putting it together because I wasn't exactly sure how to do it. So, for almost a year it just sat there. Well, I started working on it last weekend and I'm almost done! Oh my gosh, I can't even tell you how much joy it brings for me to look at it and know that I made it! Me! And it is far from perfect (the corners don't match up at all) but I am trying to not focus on those things and stop being my worst critic. It really does feel SO good and bring such fulfillment to create something.

So after I finish this tree skirt, I am going to make a bigger one for our 9 ft tree and then make some matching stockings and maybe even pillows! And then I have about a million pins on pinterest for crafty things I can make, I need to paint my front room, etc! It feels so good to be working on projects and being creative :) 

And while I'm crafting, Landon is working on his new project... He is overhauling his car engine and transmission. Can I remind you that he has absolutely no experience or training in fixing cars? He just does it. He is my hero and such an example to me! He is the reason why I am stretching myself and doing all these things I never thought I could do. He makes me better :) 

dang, he's cute!

Really, if there's one thing I have learned in the past year or so is that I can do anything if I decide I can do it. It may not be perfect, but that's not what we're here to do anyway. We are here to learn and grow, but achieving perfection? Not going to happen in this lifetime folks! :) 

Friday, August 16, 2013

Life Lately.

Bah! Life has been so crazy busy lately, but so good. 
  • We have a lot of plans up our sleeves... and I'm just hoping and praying that everything works out the way I have it planned out in my head... But, in reality I know that cliche saying is SO true. "Life doesn't go according to plan." or like my old friend John put it...

    So I know that I can make plans all I want (I am SUCH a planner. I like to know what I am doing tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, the next five years...) but most likely things will end up differently and that is just fine. I'm just excited about our life and moving forward.
  • So a few weekends ago we took our Hobie 18 on the lake and it was just one of those days where NOTHING went right. I'm not going to bore you to death with details, but we ended up ripping our sail. Soooo crappy. Those things ain't cheap! So Landon, being Landon, decided we were going to fix it ourselves instead of forking over thousands for a new one.

    cleaning the boat turned into a water fight :)

  • Speaking of Landon fixing things... last week the dogs tripped over my laptop cord and it went flying. The screen was completely black. I called Landon at work SOBBING. I was so upset and my first few thoughts were, "How am I going to do my Sunbeams lesson?" and "How am I going to blog?!" Haha! Priorities right? Anyway, I was really upset because the day before we decided we are going to be on a strict "no spending" budget. And of course the dogs decided to break my computer the next day. Perfect timing. Well Landon got home and took apart my screen and had it up and running in a few minutes. He's golden that boy.

  • Speaking of sobbing... I watched Titanic on Netflix (it took me like 3 weeks because it is 3 HOURS long) and I wouldn't recommend it. I do NOT remember it being so sad! I was an emotional mess all day and just couldn't stop crying and thinking about it. Oh man, being married has turned me into such a sap.
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  • I am staying with the kids I nanny for a few nights while their parents are out of town so we went down to Beaverton yesterday to see Landon. Oh my good gravy... I can't get over how cute Landon is with those kids! He is silly and teases them and makes them laugh... they LOVE him. I was holding Enzo and he said, "Nannon I hold you." (translation, Landon hold me) and I was just shocked. Enzo is pretty attached to me and normally wants me to hold him! But I just love it. I love that kids love him and that he loves kids. I've said it before and I'll say it again, he is going to be the best dad.

  • We have a busy month ahead of us! This weekend I am nannying and taking friends sailing, next weekend we go to Texas for my father-in-law's graduation, the weekend after that our friends are coming from Utah, and the weekend after that we are spending the night at the beach! So many fun things :) And then at the end of October we are going to California to visit Landon's brother and go to DISNEYLAND! Ahhhh! I've always wanted to go to Disneyland around Halloween :)

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Anyway, I think that's all for now. Life is good :)

Friday, August 2, 2013

Peanut Butter.

I know there's no such thing as "soul mates" but is it silly for me to think that maybe there is one person more right for you than any other person?

Okay, let's just pretend for a sec that I'm chocolate. Chocolate goes with A LOT of different things and tastes amazing! Chocolate and mint. Chocolate and caramel. Chocolate and almonds. Chocolate and pretzels. You get the picture...

Well I've had my fair share of chocolate-combinations that were fine and great... But then I met my peanut butter.

Now in my opinion, chocolate and peanut butter is the best combination known to man. In fact I just had a rather large chocolate and peanut butter milkshake.

Anyway, the point is... Landon is my peanut butter. I probably would have been just fine if I ended up with a caramel. But would caramel have made me laugh the way peanut butter does? Would caramel help me discover my inner beauty and self-confidence? Would caramel help me to grow and learn new things that I never thought I could do? Would caramel have appreciated my baby dinosaur noises or the way I over exaggerate everything? Would caramel make my heart feel like it could burst because of all the love that it feels? I really don't think so.

We definitely aren't perfect. At all. But we complete each other. We are the perfect combination... just like chocolate and peanut butter.

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