Monday, April 30, 2012

The Old Man In The Red Windbreaker

 I hope everyone is having a wonderful week.  I have accepted the fact that I have become a horrible blogger.  I blame the beautiful weather (except for today), the people who keep planning fun things to do, and my laziness. Will I do better? Yes! 

 I had a wonderful temple outing with my parents.  Everyone always says that I look like my mom, and I do, but look at my dad and me! We have practically identical noses and are the only two people in the family that can boast about never having braces.  

Look at those tulips! Logan is blooming around us and I remember why I love it here.  With any luck we won't be here for another Logan winter.  Taylor has one more semester of school and then we are off to travel the world!

 I wish. 

Leaving logan would mean leaving a job I love, no longer having family 30 minutes away, and not getting to go on mini weekend adventures with the Hennessys.  Perhaps we will stay awhile. 

 (Courtney and Jake- notice the massive bottle of lighter fluid? Yup.  I blame you Jake Kearns for lighting the fire within Taylor and creating a little pyro) 
No, this is not a picture of the gloomy grey sky we were graced with this afternoon, but rather, a picture of the most adorable old man riding his bicycle.  This is not our first sighting of the gentleman in his red windbreaker.  Taylor and I have seen him on so many occasions and it always makes our days.  He slowly pedals around Logan, taking in the scenery as if he had not a care in the world.  His wrinkly little face smiles slighting and I have a strange impulse to hug him every time we spot him.  Today I was stopped at the red light right by our house when out of the corner of my eye I saw him pedaling past me.  I have been trying to snatch a picture of this sneaky little devil for weeks but he always turns a corner or I have to stop my pursuit to avoid a wreck.  Well today was my lucky day, he turned down the street we live on!  I sped around the corner, zoomed into our parking lot and frantically fumbled for my phone.  

Success.  He almost rode off the corner of my screen but I got him. I got him.  While this may be a horrible picture, I plan on getting a better one.  This will not be the last time the man in the red windbreaker rides! 

On another completely unrelated but equally random note, I walked into my room the other day and this is the scene that greeted me.  It has also been the scene that has greeted me for the past month.  It made me smile that my little pile of  projects that either need mended, dry cleaned, or altered were sitting in front of my gloomy painting.  My thoughts exactly.  I think I will paint a sunny landscape and clear my dresser of unwanted projects this week!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Quick Update

Things have been busy lately!  Here are some picture highlights of the fun.
 I had to put this picture up even though it is pretty much the same as the next; I just loved Kara's face and her zebra that she won't let leave her hands. 

After Kristen's graduation we went to the park, ate, and watched the children feed the ducks.   Shala and I missed our hubbies and my cute nephew Robert.

 Twenty miles.  We biked twenty miles!  2-0.  Go us.

So much more has been happening but I have just been too busy to document it!  

My goal this week.  CREATE!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


My beautiful sister is graduating from college this weekend.  College! Congratulations, we couldn't be happier for you.  Now that you have your Bachelor's we will all be hitting you up to manage our human performance and educate us on nutrition. You asked for it!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Weekend Update

Two reasons why I love logan: 
Matching besties (completely unplanned)
and the right kind of white on the trees for once!
Reasons why I love Spanish Fork: my nephew Anders.  He just melts my heart.

 Speaking of melting hearts - It was Taylor's bestie's wedding this weekend!  Congrats Dan and Mckel!  It was such a beautiful day and they were so happy.  We hope Hawaii is treating these two right this week.
 Don't worry,  Mckel does have two legs. 

 We had such a great time with friends and family this weekend.  I hope you all are having a wonderful week! 

Friday, April 13, 2012

Oh Thank Heaven

Taylor's mom Netta works at 7-11 and loves it.  So do we.  What do we get out of it??  Free Slurpees anytime we want and awesome family photos.   
Oh thank heaven!

 Oh thank heaven for monkeying around.

 Oh thank heaven for my model brothers and sister-in-laws.

 Oh thank heaven for love. 

Oh thank heaven for good times.

Oh thank heaven for 7-11! Haven't I married into the best family ever?

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Random Pictures From A Random Week

I had an entire post with adorable captions for each of these pictures and I lost it all!  I don't know what happened but I am too frustrated to write it all again.  In summary -  love fries connected with a  grease heart, pictures from hanging out at Taylor's grandma's after her passing on Easter, and Taylor's new bike!  He loves it.  I can hardly pull him off of it.  I hope everyone is having a great week!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

"Trailing Clouds Of Glory"

Conference was amazing, it always is.  I was particularly touched by President Monson's talk called "The Race of Life."  The Thursday after conference we received a quick text stating that if we wanted to say goodbye to Taylor's grandma, we had better go to Brigham that night.  We rushed down after work and had a touching evening with Randy and Netta (my in-laws) and some of Taylor's aunts, uncles, cousins, and siblings.  A blessing was given to Taylor's grandma and to any of her children that were in need.  It was such a touching experience that I will never forget.  The shining moment for me was when Taylor gave his father a blessing of comfort; I cried my eyes out, and for the second time in our marriage I saw Taylor cry.  It is moments like these that I am truly grateful for the beliefs that I have and the wonderful family that I have been blessed with. 
Taylor's grandmas was taken back up to our Heavenly Father on Easter morning. 

President Monson shared this amazing poem in his talk by William Wordsworth.

"Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
The soul that rises with us, our life’s Star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar:
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come
From God, who is our home:
Heaven lies about us in our infancy!6"

President Monson went on to say the following:
'... Although we come into mortality “trailing clouds of glory,” life moves relentlessly forward. Youth follows childhood, and maturity comes ever so imperceptibly. From experience we learn the need to reach heavenward for assistance as we make our way along life’s pathway...

... At some period in our mortal mission, there appears the faltering step, the wan smile, the pain of sickness—even the fading of summer, the approach of autumn, the chill of winter, and the experience we call death... 

..But what of an existence beyond death? Is death the end of all? Robert Blatchford, in his book God and My Neighbor, attacked with vigor accepted Christian beliefs such as God, Christ, prayer, and particularly immortality. He boldly asserted that death was the end of our existence and that no one could prove otherwise. Then a surprising thing happened. His wall of skepticism suddenly crumbled to dust. He was left exposed and undefended. Slowly he began to feel his way back to the faith he had ridiculed and abandoned. What had caused this profound change in his outlook? His wife died. With a broken heart he went into the room where lay all that was mortal of her. He looked again at the face he loved so well. Coming out, he said to a friend: “It is she, and yet it is not she. Everything is changed. Something that was there before is taken away. She is not the same. What can be gone if it be not the soul?”
Later he wrote, “Death is not what some people imagine. It is only like going into another room. In that other room we shall find … the dear women and men and the sweet children we have loved and lost.”12"
Sorry this post is so heavy! I have definitely had my outlook on life realigned the past few days - sometimes I get so caught up in all these little things that really don't matter.  I am so fortunate to still have all four of my grandparents!  I love them all so very much and hope they know how grateful I am for their examples and their love. I love you Grandma and Grandpa Robertson and Grandma and Grandpa Stewart! 

Friday, April 6, 2012

Coming Out Of The Fog

Well this weekend/week has been adventurous.  Here is what happened:

Saturday: Listened to conference while I baked cakes. Went to Kabuki (that restaurant like Tepanyaki but in Logan) with our friends Manda and Colbs and their cute niece Addison (why didn't we snap a picture?!). Then finished frosting and decorating the cake.  Traveled to BC (Brigham City- our home town) and hung out with my mom and sisters while the boys were at the priesthood session. We had a great time chatting and I even got them to try red lipstick!  You can see our photoshoot below :)

Shala we missed you!

Sunday: Woke up at my in-laws' and had such an enjoyable time watching conference with them and talking.  After the first session we took some amazing family photos that I hope to be sharing shortly! After a great dinner and some more family time we headed to my parents' house for a birthday party with my family for Kyle and Robbie.  So much fun!  Happy Birthday boys!

Monday (here is where it gets really interesting):  Worked vigorously from 9-5.  Washed and vacuumed the car.  Went to the gym and did a KILLER ab workout along with my cardio. Went grocery shopping, made potato salad, zuchini chips and cooked some asparagus. Cleaned up the mess I had just created and then decided to clean out my entire closet.  By the time I finished everything I had undertaken I was exhausted.  Finally crashed with the hubby at 1 a.m. Woke up at 4:30 a.m. and vomitted violently until 6:30 a.m.

Yup. Awesome.  I will spare you the details, but I had the full-on Flu. I pretty much couldn't get off the couch the entire next day.  I felt like death. I was SO achy and SO exhausted.  Turns out my mom and bro-in-law had come down with similar versions of my nightmare.  It was awful.  Taylor was the perfect husband and pulled the mini space heater by me while I ran a fever yet had the chills.  He made me chicken noodles soup - I only ate two bites, :( and even ran to the store to get me some sprite to calm the old stomach down.  He was perfect the entire time.  Seeing how caring he was, was the only good thing about those two days; the rest was pure awfulness.  You forget how wonderful health actually is until it is taken away from you. 

Well, finally I am coming out of the fog.  I was able to go to work and even start eating again.  Nothing like the flu to make you drop a few pounds!  Easter weekend is approaching however so I am sure I will gain them right back.  Hello Cadberry Eggs!

Jens loved the red velvet cake and I love Jens!
Look everyone!  A picture of Taylor and I together.  This seems to never happen!
Taylor is growing out his beard - so manly.