Thursday, May 31, 2012

Babies on a boat

I was going through my iPhone pictures, trying to find something to blog about, when I came across these hilarious pictures of my babies on the boat. It's only May so there's plenty more to come, I'm sure. 
And going out on the boat was probably the most exiting thing we've done in weeks. 
God bless Memorial Day! 


Thanks for playing Abigail, Elway, and Carter. 
They all look like they hate me.
Stay tuned for part 2 next week! 
XOXO


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Home Haps


Well, I suppose I should tell you what I've been up to since moving back to MO. 
I'll sum it up with one word: NOTHING. 

Just kidding, it's been full of stuffing my face in books (and food, what's new) as I study for my boards, the NCLEX. I don't know what it is about studying, but I find it physically impossible to study without some kind of snack, drink, candy, or other kind of oral stimulation beside me at all times (that came out wrong).

Another fun thing that happened is we found a skull in our backyard pond. We watched it suspiciously for a couple days, *hoping* it was fake. Word to the wise-- if you see a body part on your property don't wish away the horror that someone could be decomposing in your backyard...which is exactly what we did. We got lucky though and found out it's styrafoam.
So that was fun! 

We also have been religiously watching American Idol. I love that show and I pretend like I'm auditioning whenever I find myself alone, so that I can belt it and my imaginary Randy Jackson can tell me that I could sing the phonebook! 
We cried over Phillip Phillips win last night. How can you not cry? Ryan has his new single on loop. Incase you missed it, here's the vid. Watch it and we can cry together.

Ryan's just been hanging out looking for jobs--cutie patootie has a job interview tomorrow, so daddy went out and bought himself a new pair of shoe (polish!) Yay! 
That pretty much sums it up! I take my boards in a week, and start my job 4 days after that. 
Oh, and we are living with my parents. They love it! 

Here's a fun picture to end with: 


Now aren't they sweet?
XOXO

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Comparison


I have a big time flaw and it's called COMPARING. 
I feel as though I am a very observant person and that I am always aware of people that are around me; what they're doing, how they act, what they're wearing, how they do their hair..yadda yadda. I like to learn from them and I guess, well, I'm judging them. 
I often think:
"How would it be to be that rich?"
or 
"I bet she works out like 4 hours day, those abs are so unrealistic!" 

It always, inevitably makes me feel like a loser. Have you ever had those thoughts? 

I came across a blog today of a young, married couple, and the husband has a terrible lung disease called cystic fibrosis. The wife mentioned something about how she felt so helpless when he would sit up and just start coughing up blood. 

I don't know why the words "coughing up blood" & "helpless" made me stir inside, but it did. 
How is it that people are created to go through experiences such as that? Yet they still stay positive. They learn to love their husband for being him and not because he is a successful doctor or has some amazing athletic abilities and has really hot pictures on facebook. It's all so ridiculous and I am so guilty of getting caught up in that EVERYDAY....the endless mind games of comparing yourself and your life to others.

 Although, finding this blog (and other wake up calls like that) 
 is when my bad habit of "comparing" comes in handy. 
It slaps me in the face, tells me to stop it, and redirects my efforts for good. 

XOXO 


Monday, May 21, 2012

Oh hey


Hey, remember us (me)? 
I know it has been forever. I actually thought about giving up on the blog forever,
and then yesterday at church we had a lesson about keeping a journal & I realized that blogging is once again awesome. 
We have recently re-located from Provo Poop-Town, Utah to My Parents House, Missouri. 
It's a glorious feeling to be home. 
I have always had somewhat bitter feelings towards Utah, mostly because some of the most difficult years of my life happened in that state. But as I drove away with the beautiful mountains in my rearview, I thought about all my incredible friends there--the memories, the challenges, the love I shared with others. That state was life changing for me. 
But here I am, once again on this little laptop tip-tapping away, beginning the new chapter of my life in Missouri, with my sweet, sweet husband. Back to where it all began. 

“The greatest decision I ever made in my life was to give up something I dearly loved to the God I loved even more. He has never forgotten me for it.”

Ryan and I have been very blessed lately--part of me is just waiting for the other shoe to drop and for something not work out. But things keep working out--truly the Lord has not forgotten us for the 2 years that were sacrificed on His behalf. It has come back to bless us more than we deserve. 
Everyday I am amazed at what a humble, loving, and kind-hearted man Ryan is. I know this is cliche, but he is a really, really good person. And every time I lose my temper with such a good person I realize how much I have to improve on. 
Anyways, I adore him. 




And it wouldn't be home with tractors on the freeway, or cowboy boots in sunday school. 
Yeehaw! 
XOXO