Thursday, June 30, 2011

OKAAAAAY

So I randomly made my blog private a little over a week ago. So sad for you guys, huh?! Just kidding. Anyway, it isn't private anymore (obviously). I enjoyed having the freedom to write whatever I pleased, and it was kind of liberating to have my blog accessible to ONLY Jacob and I :) BUT I love my readers (including you new ones I didn't know about until I made it private- leave a comment sometime so I can check yours out too!!!!!) more than being able to write whatever I really want. Let me clarify- I love updating and I LOVE that I have this record of our lives. I LOVE it. I have many times been able to use it as a reference to remember how or when something happened, and it has been a huge blessing and I hope my kids appreciate it someday- this record of their lives and how things were. I remember going through photo albums remembering things and how they were, and hopefully my kids will like this as much as I liked that (and this even has words- how much cooler would the old photo albums be if they had words?!). I think that by going private I would update less, and it's (now) important to me that I have a record of our lives. It's fun to look back and remember all that I have forgotten (this blog is less than 3 years old!).

Anyway, I only made 2 posts while it was private, so that's all you missed are the 2 following posts:

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

More Memorial

So on Memorial Day (or maybe it was the day after? I just can't remember) We decided to go up and hike Stewart Falls with the kiddos! Unfortunately they said there was a LOT of snow and a LOT of mud. So we decided to wait a few weeks. We went down and played at Bridal Veil Falls then another park up in the canyon. It was really fun!


Yes, I know, I'm really pale!










We had so much fun running and jumping and dancing and playing! It was such a great weekend, and such a blessing that I was able to spend so much time with my sweetheart. He is my best friend and my everything. Love you babe!

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Memorial Weekend

We went with our good friends to Trafalga over Memorial weekend (Saturday, I think?) ...Unfortunately I only got a pic of their son, and our little fam, but oh well!




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Friday, June 17, 2011

Alone

Most people are going to think I'm a freak show, but oh well.... I'm kinda sad--Tonight will be the very first night that Jacob and I will be apart since we got married!! That's right. We celebrate 4 years in just over a month and we've never spent a night apart!! Ya know, I think if we'd done it right away like most couples it wouldn't be a big deal, but I think since we waited for so long it's just so weird. It has been almost 4 years since I slept alone in a bed. Jacob got a new calling and is going on a campout tonight with the scouts, so I'm going to have to get used to it! (especially when August rolls around! Scout camp!!) I'm not looking forward to it, but I am kinda looking forward to having my house clean for a longer period of time, and kinda looking forward to being able to blog tonight after the kids go to bed (that's right, blogging is on my extra 'me-time' to do list tonight!) Well, wish me luck. I'm sure it won't be that bad, but I'm kinda sad and wondering how well I will sleep all by my lonesome. :/

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Nerd alert

ok, so everyone should do the summer reading program at the local library!! This year they are giving away book lights!! I LOVE book lights (yeah, I'm a nerd.. and I don't care.)! And you only have to read 3 books to get it. Not bad.
Hopefully tomorrow I will write something that interests/ applies to more than 5% of my readers....

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Beauty

So as many of you know, I am into having good health. It is something I am interested in and something I strive for. On Sunday, our 5th Sunday meeting was about emergency preparedness (which apparently in our new ward is a common 5th Sunday topic, or so I hear). I kinda sighed, because let's face it, emergency preparedness tends to be a bit of a dry topic. Jase was fussy, so Jacob of course left with him, even though I offered. (Emergency preparedness may be one of those topics that we both tend to want to take care of the baby, haha). And well, I'm sure you can guess what happened... Yep, it turned out to be really good and I felt the Spirit quite strongly. A little background: So basically me quest for beauty that I have decided to start is just that I really want to believe that I am beautiful. I don't want to care about what others think of my body. And most importantly when others are trying to compete with me, I don't want to let it get to me. I want to be above all that, because it's juvenile and very degrading. Also, I don't want to compare myself to others. I can often tell when others are doing it to me, especially when it's all the time, and it's a degrading thing to do to people and it makes people feel bad, and I certainly don't want to be making other people feel that way. It's all so negative. So basically I want to be to the point where I don't care when others try to compete with me or compare themselves to me, and I don't want to compare myself to others. I just want to feel good about myself and love me for me! I do believe that feeling good about yourself goes hand in hand with keeping yourself in good health. I do NOT believe you have to be skinny to be in good health (though I tend to hold myself to this standard..doh!). But really, you need to be eating healthy foods and exercising regularly to be in good health. In my quest for beauty I am trying to find a balance where I have a healthy lifestyle, but not obsessive or too worried about it. I want to FEEL good. But (for me at least) part of feeling good on the inside goes with feeling good on the outside (health wise).
Anyway, back to the 5th Sunday meeting. It consisted of a few different speakers and 2 of them really touched my heart. The first one was about gardening and the lady was saying how her 4 year old prefers salad over pizza or hamburgers, because that's what she's grown up on and enjoys. It made me want that for my children. I don't want them to be addicted to foods that are bad for our bodies. The other lady that really touched me talked about how when she was 28 she had 3 (or 4?) boys and the oldest was 5. She had had bad health her whole life. She was constantly getting sick and started to have arthritis in her hands and just felt awful and was having a hard time taking care of her little boys. She started eating whole foods and within months her arthritis was almost gone and she wasn't getting sick as often. Now she is 62, has no arthritis and rarely gets sick and doesn't have any health problems- and she looks great too! She testified that if we truly live the Word of Wisdom, then we will have the blessings that are promised. She also testified how those promises are for this life, and we can have them in this life! And I agree with her. For a LONG time I have known that the word of wisdom isn't just don't drink, don't smoke, don't do drugs and don't drink coffee. It is so much more! It's not overeating, it's eating healthy foods, it's exercising regularly! It is taking care of our beautiful temples that Heavenly Father has blessed us with. There are many foods out there that are processed and enriched and enhanced and chemically altered. Many of them are addictive, and I feel that part of the word of wisdom is being free of addictions to substances. I will be the first to admit that I am not perfect and have a long ways to go. The lady then said that it is our job to study up on food, find out what is healthy. Read books, and learn for ourselves how to better live the word of wisdom! I have done research on good health quite a bit, it is something that has always fascinated me, but I'll admit taking action on the things I've read hasn't been as big. I've made small changes here and there, but nothing huge.
Well, I Love to read. The book idea sounded great to me! A couple of days ago we went to the library and I got 2 books that I felt would help me learn more about food. I didn't want a book about how to restrict my diet and be skinny- I wanted a book about eating whole foods that seemed in line with the word of wisdom. Last night I started the first one, and I have already read a bunch of it. I'm hooked. I would like to recommend this book to everyone. It's by Jillian Michaels (don't judge- it seems to me, she knows what she's talking about. She has helped hundreds get in better shape!) and called Master You Metabolism. I'll give you a little summary: she talks about how all the over-processed junk we eat is affecting our hormones. Our bodies aren't designed to know what to do with a diet coke- nothing about it is natural. So we consume all these over-processed man made chemically altered foods and it throws off our hormones. When our hormones are skewed it throws off our metabolism. Our bodies are designed to eat the basics- not man made products that resemble them. It is an amazing read. It is very relatable and well written. It's interesting and I really think all should read it!
A couple hours ago Jacob and I went through our food and got rid of a bunch of stuff. It was very empowering and liberating, and we are excited to start making some positive changes in our lifestyle and diet!
I know most of your are uninterested about what I have to say about my quest for beauty and being healthy, so I decided to start another blog, just for that. It's something I enjoy writing about and don't really care if anyone reads it, but in case any of you are actually interested I'll post a link to it, then those who aren't interested don't have to sift through those posts to get to what they want to read about. (not that I really even know what anyone wants to read about, haha) As of right now, we can only connect to the internet for about 15 seconds at a time (took me 3 times connecting to get to this page where I could write- thank goodness I don't have to be connected to write on here!) so the new blog probably won't be up til next week sometime when we have real internet!

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