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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Thankful Thursday


 have been sitting here trying to think of something to write for twenty minutes. And then I realized that I should write about why I even have more than twenty minutes to write this post. 

Things have been busy since I went back to work. It seems like every day is an uninterrupted list of things to do. Starting from getting up until it's almost time to go home. Not to mention that when my Captain is home, I usually just want to be spending the time with him. 

Yet here I am, writing a blog post because my husband noticed that I didn't have time to write anymore. That I didn't have time to hand letter
. Or, really that I didn't have the energy to do any of those things after my day is over. 

So he told me that on Wednesdays I didn't need to worry about it. He would take care of dinner. 

I kind of doubted that this would really work out. Not because the Captain was unwilling, but because good intentions don't always work out. 

Still, I got home from work. Went for a run, and didn't worry about rushing to the shower. I stretched and rehydrated. I ended up getting out of the shower just after he got home. The Captain not only made us dinner but even went to the effort of trying out a new chicken recipe.

I can't say how grateful I am for him. For how grateful I am to have a few hours where someone takes care of me and where I can recharge a bit from the week. 

I feel so lucky. I feel lucky to have him, and I feel lucky to have you all. Thank you for reading and for being such a great support to me. 

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Monday Moments

Hey everyone! How was your week? Mine was long! The weeks seem so much longer now that I'm back to work. It seems like every day I have a list about a mile long of things I want/need to get done and only about three of them get checked off. Kudos to all the mothers out there who do everything I do PLUS take care of children. I don't know how I'm going to do it when the time comes!

Anyway, this last weekend I had the opportunity to go up to a cabin with my hubby and some of his friends from his first year of college. They are a pretty fantastic group.
Confession: I didn't want to go.
Our weekends seem so short lately, with not enough time of just Brian and I, but I am SO glad that we went. The cabin and the company went above and beyond what I could have hoped for. The only thing that could have been improved would be indoor plumbing and a more comfortable bed.

 It seems like we went from Summer on our Honeymoon, to Fall back home, and then to Winter up at the Cabin. Then after it warmed up a bit as the day went on it seemed like Spring. All four seasons in a month!

 We left Saturday before it got too dark and got to see the absolutely gorgeous sunset on the way home.

I had to be a little crazy and stand up out of the sunroof. I didn't know that the Captain was taking pictures! It was so much fun to be a little bit wild.

In other news, I finished reading the Book of Mormon again today! I knew I was getting close and I wanted to finish it before General Conference, and I did!

Anyway, it was a great weekend and a great trip! 

Currently Reading:

The Dolphin Diaries by Ben M. Baglio (recently found out that it's a pen name for a woman! I always thought that he sounded a like a woman)

Finished Reading:

The Peace Giver By James L. Ferrell
SO GOOD. I recommend it.

Something to take away:

"You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress simultaneously"


Thanks for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful week!

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Monday Moments

Hey! Happy Monday! How was your week?

This last week I spent crazy busy, and when I wasn't crazy busy, I was acutally social! Hanging out with someone other than my husband? What? Who does that?

Anyway, it was really fun to be able to spend some time with some friends I haven't seen in awhile!

On Friday I went to Village inn with some friends from high school. I realize now that I maybe should have taken a picture of us together, but oh well.

For Hatred's birthday we went up to Silver Lake and had a picnic. Village baker and the mountains, it doesn't get much better! The mountains are starting to change color now, and it's not so hot, so I definitely advise getting yourself up to the mountains!

Currently reading:

The Dolphin Diaries By Ben M. Baglio

I love these books. They're definitely written for children, but those are usually my favorite anyway. Plus, dolphins. It's my favorite. Plus it inspires me to write in my journal more!

Something to take away:

"You did not wake up to be mediocre"


Thanks for reading! I really appreciate it! I hope that you all have a fantastic Monday (and whole week!)

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Late Honeymoon Tips

The Captain and I have been married almost 10 months now and we finally get to go on our honeymoon, but I'd be lying if I said that it felt like a honeymoon when we first started planning this.

We'd only been engaged a few weeks when I found out that our honeymoon wouldn't be happening right after we got married. I was crushed. I wasn't one of those girls that planned out everything for my wedding, but my honeymoon was something that I was looking forward to. It was one part of my fairy tale idea of marriage that I didn't even worry about. It was a given (or, so I thought).

It took me about a day to let the honeymoon dream go. I thought that the only way for it to be a honeymoon was for us to leave right after the wedding. Otherwise, it would just be a vacation. In fact, the few days that we spent away right after we got married was our honeymoon to me. It was going to have to be good enough, because that was all I was ever going to get.

I spent months gearing up to go on our "honeymoon", really only calling it for the Captain's sake, since it seemed like it was going to be a honeymoon for him. Then something crazy happened. It started feeling like we really were going on a honeymoon. So here are a few tips for making your honeymoon awesome, and for making it feel like a honeymoon if you, like me, don't get to go on yours until you've already been married for awhile.

  • Read some books!
They're both written by Christian authors. So if you're a newbie to intimacy (and even if you aren't) then these will definitely help you out. I liked And They Were Not Ashamed better than Sheet Music. I didn't really agree with everything he wrote, but overall I'd still say it was a good read.

  • Plan some sweet things for your honeymoon
Pack some tea candles. Write some cute notes. Buy some chocolate. There may not be a lot of times that you get to go on vacation just with your spouse. Make it special to the two of you. 

  • Go shopping
Now I'm not talking break the bank shopping, but buy a few things that will make you feel like it's special. Whether that be nail polish, or new lipstick, new perfume or even some new lingerie. 

  • Research your destination
Unless your honey is keeping it a surprise, it might help you feel more comfortable. Personally, I was really concerned about getting Zika while we we're honeymooning so we brought extra bug spray and you better believe I read at least 4 articles about preventing Zika and what to do if you catch it. Maybe you're not going somewhere with Zika, but it's still good to know what you're heading into.

  • Know what you can do in the area
The beach was at the top of the list of things that I wanted on my honeymoon, so we picked a hotel right on the beach. We also had a list of a few other things we can do, but you don't have to do everything on your honeymoon. Relax. 

  • Make a Pinterest board
This may sound silly, but one of the best parts about a Honeymoon or any vacation is the anticipation! Making a Pinterest board with inspiration of where you want to go, or what you want to do, or even pictures you want to take will help you feel like it's really a honeymoon, not just another vacation.

What about you? Did you go on a late honeymoon? What did you do to make it special?

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Honeymoon :)

Hey everyone! How are you all doing? I know that it's been awhile. I've actually written three blog posts that I haven't posted, and I will be posting about our honeymoon later in the week! As well as some tips on making your honeymoon (or romantic getaway) feel more honeymoon-like if you, like me, have to wait awhile to leave! 

I was going to do a real Monday Moments, but apparently, I didn't take any photos this last week!

So instead, here are my favorite honeymoon photos :)

 I loved our honeymoon. It was beautiful. I really didn't think that I was going to get the chance to go on a honeymoon (more on that later!), and it was well worth the wait. I'm so grateful to my in-laws who kind of gave us this honeymoon as a wedding present and to my Captain for wanting to make fairytales for me. 

It really was a fairytale!

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