I don't have much to write about other than the fact that it seems like recently I've felt very blessed. It's fitting that it's November; the month of gratitude.
I am still listening and re-listening to General Conference and we just had our stake conference this weekend. It was just what I needed. It always is because questions are always answered and guidance is always given.
Life is confusing sometimes but a whole lot less stressful when you have the guidance of Heavenly Father. I find myself "enjoying the journey" instead of "enduring." I'm just grateful I have a husband that is by my side and that's close to the spirit.
Eric & I have been working on our family motto for awhile now -- the one that will stick with us for YEARS. It's been very fun and we often catch ourselves looking at each other saying...I like this or I like that. It's finally come together and I feel like it will be perfect for our little family that will eventually grow into a bigger one. I can't wait to finish designing it and have it done in a few months.
Life is exciting & every phase is a good one. I'm just really loving the one we are in right now.
Our weekend trip to Utah happened because of them. They are so inspiring, smart, loving, and perfect in my eyes.
We were able to soak up as much family time as possible. It was so fun to see my siblings and their kids all weekend. The more we are away the more we realize what a treat it is to be close. We loved our family time. We got some pictures taken, ate, relaxed, played games, went on bike rides, let penny run wild in a big backyard, talked, and slept a little.
Sunday morning was sacrament meeting where my parents gave their mission farewell talks. They both did wonderful and the musical number was just as great. While they were giving their powerful talks I couldn't help but feel so much happiness inside of me. I felt/feel so lucky to be their daughter. I reflected back to years ago when talk of serving a mission started. My dad actually wanted to leave before I graduated from High school. It's now been about 5 years since I graduated and one of their dreams is now coming true. They get to serve the people in Rochester and let me tell you, those people are so lucky to have my parents. They are full of spunk, knowledge, and a positive nature and the people will LOVE them.
I know it's so cliche to say this but the older I get the more I realize how important my parents are. Even though they have funky awesome personalities they are pretty normal and I'm grateful for that. I'm grateful I had a mom growing up that was my best friend and still is. I'm grateful she taught me how to clean, the importance of brushing my hair, doing what is right, to have a treat after dinner, to realize how blessed I am no matter my current situation, and being an avid temple goer. I'm grateful I have a dad who is so passionate for the gospel, who has a major obsession with clocks, who has a great sense of style and gifts me with awesome clothes, who provided for me growing up, who I can' talk to about ANYTHING and is one of the most selfless and giving people I know.
I love that serving a mission was one of their first priorities when getting older-- not buying a new fancy car, getting a new home, or traveling for years before serving. It shows me as their daughter what is really important to them. They want to help people and people have families and ultimately that is all that matters.
family time is the best time and i can't wait to visit them next summer and see what families they have helped by sacraficing (but blessing) their own.
Penny had a race several weeks ago. It was an epic fail. Anywayyyy it was so fun being downtown with all the dog owners and see the excitement for these cheesy races. So many people showed up! Penny was super nervous when I put her in her race box and then decided to not race at all.
(In the video she is in the 2nd race.) Oh and Eric's parents were in town and had recently returned home from Europe so penny was gifted with a little beret.
I am pretty proud of myself for this birthday surprise for eric this year.
I had his bags packed (and mine), a car basket full of snacks & things to entertain us on the road, penny & all her dog loot, & extra random stuff just in case.
Sunday after church I rushed home while he was home teaching and I made lunch in lightning speed and loaded the car like a crazy woman. Minus the dog. Then I took a quick shower
(still can't believe I got it all done)
He came home and I kept my cool while eating lunch. He wanted to take a nap and I convinced him we needed to take Penny to the park. He said...later, I said I'll be in the car. About 10 minutes later he was walking out (slightly bugged) and then he was all sorts of confused!!!
I said we'd be in the car for awhile...he was looking all around....his pillow was in the front seat....he finally guessed it and we were on our way to Seattle! Luckily I have a husband that can drive when I'm tired (which is 95% of the time) and so about an hour into it I was zoning out and he took the wheel. Abby & Tony let us use their place for a couple nights while we enjoyed the city.
After looking at these pictures I realized we REALLY packed it in. We did a lot.
Monday morning we woke up and drove to take the ferry. Made it within minutes.
Walked around and went to Pikes. always a favorite.
did some shopping.
walked to the pier and found one of my new favorite antique stores.
rode the ferris wheel..and met the funniest kids on the ride.
took the ferry back and grabbed our dog and some panera and went to a park for lunch.
then back out on the town and went to a glass blowing demonstration. lucked out taking some home.
then hurried to the Ballard fishing locks. (probably eric's favorite)
Saw a legit tugboat and the cool transition between the two bodies of water.
Watched the fish get caught like crazy in the ladder.
We were both pretty hungry by then so we ended the night by going to Anthonys.
We ate dinner on the back patio and had the prettiest sunset to view.
(it was a present for eric because he loves a good sunset)
Thank heavens Anthonys is amazing and offered me a blanket (?!?!) so I wasn't too cold.
The dinner was fantastic and then eric was surprised with peach cobbler -- SO GOOD.
It was a perfect birthday trip for my favorite person.