Tuesday, May 31, 2011

No Work and More Play

No more work means all those projects I've been meaning to finish are getting finished:

I've been wanting labels for all those containers we have. Today I finished them!

Next to finish is that dress I've been working on for a year now. It's almost done!

Friday, May 27, 2011

School Days


One victory for Lazer Girl!

Monday, May 23, 2011

2 Years Ago

Dear Noah,

Just two years ago I thought I was crazy. Now I'm sure I am.

Thank you for marrying me and like my mom says, "putting up with my antics." You make everyday a joy to be alive.

We've gone through hard times...

but through it all, I've never laughed so much...

and I'm pretty sure I've found heaven on earth.

Marrying you was my BEST. CHOICE. EVER.


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Once a Ponder

I've been pondering some thoughts lately that I've felt a desire to share:

1. Exercise is good for the soul as well as the body. We took a little hike up Y mountain the other night for Efaychee (FHE) and it was a blast (as you can tell from our faces of course).
We took the trip with our trusty neighbors who I will miss having next door in July, but alas, all good things come to an end, except eternal life )which never does and is something to look forward to). Now I'm rambling. On to #2!

Can my babies PLEASE look just as cute as her?

2. I love lilacs. I asked Noah to pick me some while I went to the gym. When I got home I found a beautiful vase on the kitchen table.

We sit down at watch a movie and afterwards, I need a bathroom break. I find this beautiful arrangement on the toilet:
And I thought it was the end, but I go to get into bed and find these:

Seriously, he's my favorite. I have no other husband to compare him to, but any other husband I could dream up cannot compare.

3. Finally, I joined a book club, which I seriously love. We read Man's Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frankl. He says the following about suffering:

"...a man's suffering is similar to the behavior of gas. If a certain quantity of gas is pumped into an empty chamber, it will fill the chamber completely and evenly, no matter how big the chamber. Thus suffering completely fills the human soul and conscious mind, no matter whether the suffering is great or little. Therefore the "size" of human suffering is absolutely relative."

I had never looked at suffering like this.

When each of us suffers it is, in that moment, the worst suffering imaginable. To the outside viewer it may seem very trivial, but it fills us. So the next time I hear of someone suffering I'm going to try to think of it as my own and really be able to say, "I'm sorry, it is hard."

The most important thing to remember though in this is what he says after:

"...everything can be taken from a man, but one thing: the last of the human freedoms--to choose one's own attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way."

In the end, I choose life forever with Noah.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Reverse Pyschology

I've been reading a book called Man's Search for Meaning, by Victor E. Frankl, which I highly recommend to everyone because it's a fabulous book. He talks about in the end about his theory on Logotherapy and a part of that logotherapy is some kind of reverse psychology. I've decided to use Noah as an experiment.

It's called paradoxical intention. Frankl uses an example of a man who is afraid of sweating and because of his fear every time he encounters a situation where he is going to sweat he sweats even more because he's afraid. He tells him to try to sweat a lot and he doesn't sweat. I'm going to apply this theory to my home. We're going to try to be as messy as possible in order to cure our home.

Hey, it worked with Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. It'll work for our house right?

Monday, May 9, 2011

A New Ward, A New Day, and I'm feelin' good...

Noah and I have begun attending our first family ward since being married (and my first not student ward since I began school.)

It was interesting. That means, it was not really either good or bad, but neutral.

My favorite things from the new ward:

1. One of my favorite students EVER is in my ward.
He used to rub people's bellies.
He will do anything for a piece of candy.
He apparently led the music in opening exercises for priesthood.
I asked Noah what he did,
"Well he started off at the front waving his hand in the air. He walked around a lot and ended up sitting with the deacons in the back before the song was over."

2. One of the students at my current school is in my ward.
I however, do not teach him.