Sunday, August 30, 2015

Glamping at Kalaloch.

Oh my gosh, take me back!!!

We had the best time "glamping" at the beach, Kalaloch, with our family a few weekends ago. It was a last minute thing, but I'm SO glad we were invited and decided to go up. You can see the campground from the beach. Isn't that so fun?

Landon's aunt, uncle, cousins, and Grandma go to Kalaloch every year--now I know why they're all obsessed with it :)

S'mores, late night chats, long naps, yummy meals, and hanging out on the beach...we were basically  in HEAVEN.

Zac let Landon try out his awesome kite. The wind was pretty intense and you can see in the pictures how much Landon was digging/moving in the sand to keep the kite under control. It was funny to watch :)

It was my first time camping at the beach, but it wasn't really camping because we were staying in an RV that is nicer than my house. Haha! It was awesome! Landon's Grandma is the best and took such good care of us--aka spoiled us rotten. We love her so, so much!

Isn't she the cutest?
She brought her little kittens and it was SO funny to watch them react to our dogs--hissing at them, hiding from them... but eventually they all warmed up to each other. They even shared a meal together. It was so cute :)

We only stayed for two nights, so it went by WAY too fast. It was such a relaxing weekend and so nice to spend time with family! 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hope is Never Lost.

Sorry, another vague post where I don't really tell you what's going on, but I just want to talk about how I'm feeling right now. I want to remember this stage of life. It's crazy, you guys. I feel like I've been to h-e-double hockey sticks and back. I have learned (and cried) SO much this year. So so much. I don't think I will ever be the person that can say, "I am so grateful for my trials" but I can definitely recognize that my trials have made me stronger. I've been pushed to my limit and some days really wondered if I would ever be "me" again. I had days that were so dark that there was absolutely no light or hope. That's not a good feeling. But do you know what I learned? I learned that I can go through really, really hard things and find the positive and find hope. Sometimes you have to really dig for it, but you can always find it.

One particularly rough day I remember praying and couldn't get myself to say "I'm thankful for this day" which is how I usually start off my prayers. I couldn't thank Heavenly Father for this horrible day. I just couldn't. So instead I thanked him for other things, like Landon and my boys. Even when it seems like there's nothing to be grateful for, you can find things to make you smile and help you to remember how blessed you really are.

I've also found myself having pity parties and asking God, "why me?!" I was reading in the book "Wonder" about a little boy who has a deformed face. It's heartbreaking and beautiful and every kid should read it before going to middle school. Anyway, I got to a chapter where someone was saying how unfair the universe was to this little boy and how the universe is like a giant, random lottery and it's all just random whether you get a good ticket or a bad ticket. This year I have felt like I have a horrible "ticket." But listen to the next part...

"no, no, it's not all random, if it was really all random, the universe would abandon us completely. and the universe doesn't. it takes care of its most fragile creations in ways we can't see.... maybe it is a lottery, but the universe makes it all even out in the end. the universe takes care of all its birds." cue tears streaming down my face.

I've felt like such a fragile, hopeless bird lately. But do you know what? I've been taken care of. I've received so much comfort and help from Heavenly Father, Landon, my family, friends. "The Universe" hasn't forgotten about me, and I know I've been taken care of in ways I can't even see.

So what have I learned this year? That hope is never lost, quote taken from this incredible talk.

"Believe in miracles. I have seen so many of them come when every other indication would say that hope was lost. Hope is never lost. If those miracles do not come soon or fully or seemingly at all, remember the Savior's own anguished example: if the bitter cup does not pass, drink it and be strong, trusting in happier days ahead." -Elder Holland

Life is going to throw some really hard things at us, but all we can do is try to learn and grow from the experience. I remind myself that after rain comes a rainbow and that after hard times I will experience good. Life has so many ups and downs, but we just have to keep our chins up and know that the rain will stop eventually and we will have happier, sunnier days ahead. Hope is never, ever lost.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Hiking the Jetty.

We have been talking for awhile now about how fun it would be to walk on the jetty at the Columbia River Bar. Remember how we sailed across the bar into the ocean last year? Well this time we wanted to walk out into the bar.

We were SO excited and when we pulled up and started our hike we were having so much fun jumping and climbing across the rocks. All I could think of was how much fun ten-year-old Hannah would have had. But then there was water (no more land) on either side of us and we went further and further out into the ocean and waves were crashing on the rocks and I got FREAKED out. I told Landon it was like post-traumatic stress disorder being back on the bar! Plus the jetty got narrow at some points and there were big gaps between the rocks and you had to LEAP and just hope you didn't tumble into the ocean and crash against the rocks by the humungous waves!

Okay, yes I admit I am just a tad bit dramatic, but it really was kinda freaky.

On top of that it felt like the "jetty that never ends." I got two songs stuck in my head as we climbed and climbed and climbed. Can you guess which ones? Okay, I'll tell you. "This is the jetty that never ends. Yes it goes on and on my friends!" And then this cutie "The neverending jeeeetty" from the Neverending Story, duh. But really, you just kept walking and climbing and stumbling and it felt like you never got closer to the end of the jetty. It wouldn't end!

After two hours we realized we weren't going to reach the end at my slow pace, so I told Landon to just go ahead so he could at least reach it (the jetty is 6.5 miles long people!) So Landon just starts running across the rocks like a mountain goat or something. He made it look like he was just running across flat land. Meanwhile, I am like on my hands and knees crawling and climbing across the rocks. Ha!

Both of us were nervous wrecks the whole time we were separated because we couldn't see each other after awhile. Landon really thought that I might have fallen into a crack and got knocked unconscious and he was just going to pass right over me and not see me. It was quite the dramatic day haha! But really, we were both fine and felt MUCH safer when we were together again.

We FINALLY made it back to our car after almost 4 hours and we were just exhausted and miserable. Before we drove home we stopped by the beach to see an old shipwreck. It was kind of cool, but we were just being babies about having to walk our tired legs on the sand. Haha! We drove two hours home and couldn't even come up with the strength to go on our nightly walk and ended up sleeping in until 10 the next day! TEN! We were tired. I don't think I ever want to walk across another jetty again.

The end :)
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