Thursday, January 29, 2015

Life Onion.

Right now I have a headache. I'm so exhausted that it physically hurts to be awake. My throat is scratchy and sore. I have to work overnights this weekend. I miss my family. I have disappointments and heartache. I have worries. Some days I give in to these negative feelings and allow myself to feel hopeless. I get angry and bitter and sad.

But then I get a reality check and realize that underneath all these seemingly "hard" aspects of my life   there is so much beauty and so much to be grateful for. Life has layers, just like people and just like onions (thank you, Shrek). Sometimes the day-to-day worries and the mundane details or the sickness or the anxiety take over. Those are the top layers. The not-so glamorous parts of life. But when you peel back those layers of your life-onion... you realize how much goodness is underneath.

I am ALIVE and healthy. I have wonderful, loving parents and family. I am married to my best friend who makes me laugh and feel special every day. I have a loving Father in Heaven that leads and guides me and loves me despite all of my faults and shortcomings. I have a job, a home, blankets, food, clean water, warm showers, puppies, clothes, a car. I honestly don't think I have ever been happier than I am right now, TODAY.

Underneath all those yucky, outer layers, I am blessed. You are blessed too. There is beauty in every circumstance. Every stage of life. Every trial. Underneath all the hard, ugly parts of life there is hope. There is joy. There is SO much to be grateful for.

I needed this reminder today... I'm not kidding in the middle of writing this post, I had something not-so-great happen and I was pretty bummed. It was almost like Heavenly Father knew what was coming and knew I would need this reminder, especially today.

We have the power to choose to be happy. Happy people do not have perfect lives, because NO ONE goes through life without trials (as much as their instagram/facebook/blog might lead you to believe).  Happy people just focus on the good. We all experience hard times and we can choose how we react to them. Do we choose to let it harden our hearts and cause bitterness and anger? Do we choose to wallow in self-pity? Or do we choose to rise above, learn, grow, and move on? We can choose to focus on the good aspects of our life and when we do, we will realize how truly blessed we are. So peel back those crappy layers and don't let them bring you down. Remember that at the core of your life-onion, there is beauty and goodness and there's always SO much to be grateful for. Life is good, friends. Life is really good.

And what's a post without a picture? These two melt my heart.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Life Lately.

On a scale of 1-10 how much do I hate January? Easy. 4303143 times infinity. I hate January. Hate hate hate.

I have always had this problem. I wouldn't go so far as to say I have seasonal depression, but I really do get the winter blues. It's not fun to go from the magic of Christmas to nothing. Nothing exciting happens in January.

In November and December, the cold weather seems cozy and exciting. It feels like Christmas, so I embrace the snow/cold/wind with open arms!

After Christmas, the cold weather makes me cranky, tired all the time, lazy, etc. I feel like spring needs to start on December 26th. I'm done with winter on that day.

Now that it's January 21st, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. January will be over NEXT week! Thank goodness.

Honestly, this January hasn't been too bad though. Going back to work after a long break is always dreadful, but the weather has been SO pleasant here. We've seen the sun almost EVERY day, which is so rare in Portland! I am extremely grateful. Seeing the sun and blue skies makes me so happy. 

Here are a few things we've been up to this month to make January a little less dreary.

This juice had collard greens, kale, spinach, romaine, cucumber, ginger root, carrots, apple, lemon, and a BEET. I've never had a beet before, and as a former Jordan High School BEETDIGGER, this was an exciting day for me! ;)

Landon decided the collard green would make a nice hat. I called him "Peter Nan" :) He make me laugh every day!

  • We bought skis for me and a new snowboard for Landon. Remember how we decided we weren't going to buy each other Christmas presents because we went on a trip to London instead? I just think it's hilarious that we stuck to our guns, and then blew hundreds of dollars a week after... that would've made a really nice Christmas present... but we couldn't do that on principle! Ha! Anyway, I really wanted to get a snowboard because I thought it would be cute to match Landon and snowboard together. But then I remembered that I hate snowboarding. Landon took me on our first date, and even though I had a blast with him (obviously!) I hated snowboarding. I couldn't control myself at all and fell SO much. However, skiing is much more natural for me. I don't really have to think about it much and can actually STEER myself. That's kind of a big deal.
Landon was SO excited about his new board. It's a lot more nimble and bendy than his other board, which is fun for him to do tricks and play in the park

How cute are my skis?! I love them and we got them for such a good deal! :)

  • We went night skiing last weekend at Mt. Hood. It was snowing/icing the whole night, so we didn't get a single good picture. I brought my nice camera and wanted to take a picture of us with our new gear... but there was no way I was taking my camera out of the car! At the end of the day, I felt horrible about not having a single picture, so I snapped this "selfie" in the bathroom real quick. Classy, I know.

Skiing was quite the adventure... This was only my second time going skiing and my first time actually going on a real trail instead of just the bunny hill. I was honestly scared out of my mind, but Landon is so good and really helps me calm down. I trust him SO much, so when he told me I was ready for the green or for a blue trail, I knew I needed to be brave and try it. I fell A LOT, but I also had one run on a blue trail where I didn't even fall ONCE. It was a miracle. I never would've been brave enough to try a blue without Landon's encouragement. I love that boy! 
  • We have been binge-watching old seasons of Survivor since Christmas. I have always been a fan, don't judge. Well we were watching on Saturday morning and they had doughnuts as the reward for a challenge... they looked SO good, so we decided we NEEDED to have some too. We paused the episode and went right to the doughnut shop in our pjs :) 

  • And last but not least, we are the owners of the cutest dogs in the world. Hands down. I'm really not biased, it's just a simple fact. Landon and I miss them SOOOO much during the day--which may sound silly to someone who doesn't own a dog, but man they are really like your children! We love them so much. Every time I see them spooning/cuddling together my heart just melts. I also can't handle watching Landon with them. It's pretty much the cutest thing and makes me even more excited to see him with our future children! He's such a good puppy daddy :)

I seriously can't handle their cuteness! Do you see the way Oliver's chin is resting on Henry's neck?! Oh my heavens.
I love my little family!!!
Anyway, January really hasn't been too bad now that I think about it :) 
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