12 September 2016

Mawwaige

Lately it seems
more and more often marriage is being discussed in some way or another.
Our lessons in church have been about marriages,
things on the news,
and social media make it more prevalent.

And since it's been on my mind so much I wanted to write about it here.

Most of you know our story.
If not, go ahead and click on "Our Love Story" and go from there ;)
Most of you have known me for years or been following me 
since I started this in 2009.
For which I say thank you for sticking with me through 
the weird and the tough haha





Marriage.
It's such a small word for what it truly entails.
There's so much that comes with marrying someone.
You are promising to take another person to be yours forever.
Not just for the good times,
but for the bad times too.
Not just for their appearance,
but for their spirit and personality.
Not just them either,
but their whole family as well.
You are promising to be there for that person no matter what.
Sure the words are easy to say,
but are they easy to live?
Not always.




Andrew and I have had rough patches.
Every couple does.
We've only ever had one full out fight,
when he proposed, but we've had plenty of disagreements
and discussions.
The most important part of disagreements,
to me at least,
is to listen.
Listen and not just hear.
And after you listen,
respond appropriately.
Hear the problem and try to fix it.
Andrew and I fix our rough patches by spending 
more and more time together.






Yesterday in our lesson a lady said something
that funnily enough Andrew and I say to each other ALL THE TIME
"Before you guys came, it was just he and I".
In reference to having kids of course.
Sometimes we get so caught up being our kids mothers/fathers that we
forget we were a couple before those precious babies came.
And while we of course adore them,
we HAVE to make time with each other or 
I won't recognize him when the kids are gone and it's just us again.
I don't want it to be a stranger sitting next to me.
I want to make sure I make the time for him.
And he for me.





Marriage is an amazing thing.
Some are made of completely opposite people,
some are so similar it's hard to see two people and not one,
some are so in sync they don't need words,
some require words and communication to be understood.
No one marriage is the perfect way to do it.
 
Andrew and I have found that if we are able to take little trips 
without the kids throughout the year, it makes us better.
Lucky for us we have amazing family that's willing to watch them for us.
Some couples can't do that.
And sometimes we can't get away for a weekend either,
so we've become somewhat awesome at stay-at-home dates.






Once the kids are in bed,
the night is ours.
We can snuggle and watch a show,
make our own dinner (and eat it all at once!),
play a game,
just talk and chat,
do some housework together, etc.
Housework is not one of Andrew's favorites either but if 
I make his favorite banana bread, he's much more willing ;)


I can literally say I married my best friend.
There's no one else that knows my heart as well as he does.
(though my mom is a very close 2nd haha)
He is my teammate and partner.
I can't do this without him, 
nor he without me.
 
Marriage is so precious and sacred to me.
We got married in the temple which means that we are sealed beyond the grave.
How could this not be forever?!
It has to be!
And how great is that joy in knowing when we die,
Andrew and I are not separated.
We're away from each other physically but 
we are sealed to one another.
Nothing can ever break that and for that I am extremely grateful.
 
I strive everyday to be worthy of that eternal promise we made to each other.
I love my husband and our marriage together.
It's not always a walk in the park,
but I do know that with Andrew at my side,
everything is possible.


01 September 2016

Happenings!!

August brought so many things for us as a family.

Right at the beginning of the month Andrew got in a little fender-bender,
but it did leave us without a car for a few days until we got our rental figured out.
 
 
And after about 3 weeks we finally got our car back all good as new haha


Poor Andrew took it really hard that it happened to him.
He was so angry at himself it was hard to watch.
Luckily he got over it and was back to normal soon after wards.




Rory started preschool the same week!
Guys, school has been a literal lifechanger.
While a lot of her attitude remains mostly the same,
it's been better for have a break from her 3 times a week.
It's been awesome and I get 2 1/2 hours to myself which has saved my sanity.






We spent tons of time with family.
Visiting Daddy at work is always a favorite for the girls.
They also love playing with their cousin and uncle.
 


 
 We celebrated Jade's birthday with a very small,
very laid back "party" for her at our house.
Basically we had snacky food and room for kids to run around in hahaha
After all, she's only 2 so I didn't think a huge party was necessary,
and all she ever wants to do is eat and play ;)
We did theme it Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
since that is her favorite show of like all time. 
My mom made all of the Mickey decorations all by herself which is amazing!




I've also been doing some redecorating in our house.
Our master bedroom is in major need of a face lift,
so I started it plus I've had a Disney shelf that was made for me
for Christmas and I finally was able to paint it!



And last night we had a family date night out at our new Cafe Rio
that opened literally yesterday!
Plus we went and got ice cream at Baskin Robbins since it was $1.31 a scoop!
Coupons for BOGO burrito or salad plus cheap ice cream!?
BEST NIGHT EVER!
I think the girls agreed!


I've also found the cutest little bakers in the entire world here ;)
They love to help me in the kitchen.
SO come get me September!
I'm ready for some fall fun and hopefully the weather will
soon cooperate with what I want to do!



26 August 2016

Dear Jade

Dear Jade,
How can it already be 2 years since you came into our world?!
You have brought such a light to our lives.




You came into this world on your own terms.
Yes ma'am you did.
I was scheduled for induction at 5:30 AM on the 26th and instead you decided
to wake me up with active labor at 1:30 AM.
You were born at 10:11 AM.
You were perfect.
You didn't cry at first and those seconds felt like lifetimes,
but then you made yourself known with all the 
enthusiam you've kept your whole life thus far.




Your big sister adores you.
Even when you vex her, she always wants to be near you,
helping you and there with loves for you.





























Your personality is so fiery.
You are independent, a spitfire, so loving and so goofy!
You constantly giving me the cheesy face
and giving loves to me and your Daddy and sister.
You love to laugh and giggle,
so much so that you've even got your own fake laugh to use 
whenever you just want attention.
Think you learned that from Rory ;) 
Even when you cry or complain,
your Dad and I can't help but giggle sometimes 
cuz your face is just too dang adorable!


My darling Jade,
I want you to always remember how loved you are!
You are loved by me and your Dad and sister more than anything.
You have family that would do anything for you.
Your grandparents, great grandparents and aunt and uncles all adore you.
You are a daughter of the Almighty God.
Do you understand that?
Probably not right now,
but as you grow and mature and learn
you will see His loving hand in your life.
I know you will do great things with your life and 
I cannot wait to see what they are
my little Jadey Loo Who.
Happy 2nd Birthday baby girl!

Love, Mom