Monday, August 29, 2011

What is in a name...

Everything when it comes to this blog.
See, the current name of my blog is "When skies are grey"
That is ringing very true currently.
Are you catching my drift?
No?  Let me explain further...
I really love the sun.  No, I REALLY love the sun.
I didn't fully realize it until I lived in cloud cover and rain for 7 months.
Then August came.  Luckily it brought with it sun and warmth.
People warned me about summers here.  They said they were glorious (yes, I just used the word glorious and I am not 85 years old.)
Well, this month has been just that.  With only a few rain storms and cloud-covered-freezing-cold days here and there.
Glorious for a few reasons:  So green.  Rain all year long makes for a beautiful green summer if/when it happens.  Next, SUN!  It is better than Christmas here. People come out of their caves and smile and hustle bustle around.  Then, warm(er) temperatures.  People have told us for months, "we live here for the wonderful summers!" And even now I have heard people say on a beautiful day, "This is why we live here.  Beautiful summers."  They really say that to me, I want to say...."well, if you wait around all year JUST for that little summer sun and highs of 75, you should really get out."  Don't they know they can have that kind of weather for nine months of the year in St. George Utah?! However, it is red rather than green. Beautiful nonetheless.  Please don't let that be your only reason for living here...your life will be really sad.
Okay, okay, I am getting off topic and my blood pressure is rising.
Back to my point.
I am not stupid. (Ha...that is my point)
I guess I only really blog when skies are grey.
If I blog when the sun shines I would waste such precious time and let all that good vitamin D go to waste.
So, if you feel like I have been M.I.A. - I have.
We are soaking up the sunshine and loving every second of it.
See you when skies are grey....tomorrow's forecast is calling for rain so it might be sooner rather than later.
Hopefully I find my card reader and external hard drive soon - then I can pull some pictures up - words can be so boring sometimes, huh.
p.s.  the new place is treating us VERY well.  We love having a back yard and we really love not staying up all night with our neighbors while they play video games all night...right above our bedroom.  I am not a fan of apartment living.  

Friday, August 26, 2011

Are you ready for the mushy love stuff?

In five years we have...
Spent three great years with just the two of us.
Created three babies.
Moved eight times.
Obtained three degrees and a CPA license.
Lived in three states.
Had seven jobs.
Visited Scotland once.
Purchased and sold our first home.
Endured four tax seasons.
Laughed and cried.
Loved a lot.

To be honest when I look at our lives together I can hardly believe it has only been five years.  D feels the opposite...he says the time has flown by.  Time is a funny thing.  It has flown by, but feels like forever (in a good way :)
Marriage has been so good to us.  Although we've had our ups and downs, I like to think that our marriage is so great because we both work hard at it.  The fifth year of marriage has been the best so far.  In the last year I've learned a lot about D and myself.  I understand both of us better than ever before.  I've embraced loving both of us for who we are.  I've learned to let him be him and love him for it.  Why is it that we seek for the one we love the most and then spend the rest of our lives trying to change them?  D is perfect for me. I love that I know him better than anyone else.  I love that finally after five years of marriage I "get him" more than ever before.  I understand what motivates him and what hurts him.  I love to look back and see how far we've come. It makes me happy where we are and excited for the future.

I love my man. Happy five year anniversary.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

"Have a fun day!"

Veva: "Mommy, where did Daddy go?"
Me: "He went to the church for an activity with the young men."
Veva: "Oh okay."
A while later....
Veva: She picks up her purse and my keys and heads to the door while saying, "Bye Momma, have a fun day!"
Me: "Where are you going?"
Veva: "I'm going to church to find Daddy."
Me: "Oh, really?"
Veva: "Yep, have a fun day!"

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Summer Sun.

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We have enjoyed about three weeks of summer weather!
So glad the sun peeked its head before fall and the rainiest season of the year comes around.
We have soaked up as much sun as we can.
Our favorite place to go is Semiahmoo.
We love to eat fish and chips at the resort on the beach and play.
It is such a peaceful place.


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A great day.

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We spent the day at the NW Washington Fair.
It was a great day to say the least.
We saved a lot of money thanks to Uncle Moss (my term of endearment for the company D works for,) who supplied us with tickets, ride passes, comp time for D to take the afternoon off, and a little spending money.  Totaling $200.00 - this is not the Cassia County fair, people.
We paid $6.00 for parking...I can handle that.
We went to see the cows three times, walked through the giant chicken coop twice, checked out the rabbits, llamas, goats, horses, and sheep.
Veva could not get enough of the carnival rides.
We ate fair food to our hearts desire (which is glamorous, until it settles in your stomach...)
We ate poffertjes, a traditional dutch treat..SO yummy (The fair is located in a little Dutch town)
We explored all the buildings.
We watched free entertainment.
Ate the hugest (yes, that is a word!) ice cream sandwich I have ever seen, called the "moo-wich"
We signed up for every drawing and D said, "Wouldn't that be great if we won them all."
I responded, "Ya, that would be really great."
The only downer of the entire day - When I pulled out my camera I discovered there was no card inside.  I had my whole camera bag and tried my other camera and unfortunately the battery was dead. Tragic.  I have the lamest phone ever that doesn't even work all the time. I snapped a few pictures, text them to my dad and he emailed them so I could have them on the computer (I know...it is time for an iphone...been there done that.  Yes, I miss it sometimes.)
So here are a few pics of pathetic quality, but priceless memories.
Thanks Uncle Moss for a great time.
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p.s. major posts up ahead recapping our awesome vacation to Idaho/Utah.  I am never getting a month behind on pictures EVER again.  Editing all of them at once has been a monster. And I will be finished moving this weekend.  YAY!! Cannot wait for a backyard!

Also, I have had a few questions regarding my pregnancy.  I am due Feb. 19th  which makes me almost 14 weeks and the gender will be a big surprise for us on the day!!  Thanks for all your well wishes!

Friday, August 12, 2011

So, maybe I never clocked in...

Remember when I told you I clocked out?
Well, I forgot to clock back in.
I have a REALLY good excuse.
In fact, I have more than one REALLY good excuse.
Lets start here: we are moving. Right when we returned home we made plans to move into a house. So I've been super busy packing and getting ready for that. We are only moving a couple miles away from where we are now. I am beginning to think moving states was better simply because I was much more organized and careful about my packing. They each have their perks.
Then, we've been potty training. Okay, that is a lame excuse because it only took Veva about 5 hours to have it mastered. She knew what her momma needed
Next, I'm exhausted and sick. All the time. Thank goodness for D who has taken over all responsibilities including, but not limited to, cooking, cleaning, laundry, waking up with children, letting me sleep in until he leaves for work, etc...I'm pregnant!
Oh my, how it never gets old seeing a little baby kicking and a little heart beating right inside of me. Melts my heart every time.

Monday, August 1, 2011

A sympathetic and empathetic cycle of tears.

I had a little breakdown yesterday.
It started with a weekend of a lot of vomit and "the runs" from both children.
I just wanted my Mom to come help me.
Luckily most of the illness occurred during the time D was off work.
However, it still made me long to live closer to family.
I broke down in tears and D was a little concerned.
He asked what was wrong.
I went through a sympathetic and empathetic cycle of tears.
I am just that way...always thinking of others.
I started out feeling sorry for myself.
Wishing I lived a little (okay, a lot) closer to family.
Then I started crying more and relented how sad it must be for D's parents to have four of their five children half way across the world. I felt so sad for them.
Then I started crying for everyone who doesn't have family. How sad it must be.
Then I started crying for everyone who prefers living away from their family. I wish they could have my family.
Then I started laughing with D at how ridiculous I was being.
I mean what can I say, I am just so sensitive to everyone else...
Then D and I agreed that our own problems are enough for us to deal with, without bringing everyone's into the mix.