Wednesday, April 25, 2012

lovers in love

I was looking through some of our old pictures and came across this old beauty. I don't remember if we were aware of the picture being taken but I absolutely love this. It shows so perfectly how comfortable we are with each other. How content and fulfilled we are just being together. There's peace. We don't need anyone, or anything, as long as we have each eachother. 

Which, I'm discovering, is rare in most marriages.

in a nut shell

Awesome things:
I co-hosted my first event! I was nervous and scared that it would turn out horribly but thank goodness for my co-hostess Gina who completely pulled off amazingness after amazingness. It would have been lame beans if I didn't have her help.

Said event was in fact a combined baby shower and I might have won a $100 gift certificate to a spa. I'm still trying to figure out how I pulled this off...I never win anything! In fact after I won the prize I looked around confused and said, "Did I cheat???" I'll try to enjoy my spa day regardless.

Matt and I have been officially called as "primary workers" which means we'll be in the nursery working with the miniature peoples. We're both happy and excited about this! It also means this is a second calling for both of us. 

This Friday my Mama is going to be staying with us until Sunday! I've been thinking so much about her lately and it will be so wonderful to see her. 

Also on Friday, there is a farewell for a family in our ward that is moving away. The woman just happens to know my grandmother and was close friends with her! I'm sad we discovered this just before they're going to leave :( But regardless, it should be a fun night filled with good food and company!

On Saturday we have a church service project and Matt gets to help cook breakfast bright and early for everyone before we get busy. Who said service wasn't fun?

Not so awesome things:
Apparently I must have been laughing super duper hard and loud last night because by the end of the baby shower my throat was sore and now my voice is all scratchy. Please don't let this be the beginning of getting sick! {On the plus side, at least Matt thinks my scratchy voice is sexy.}

Matt and I started reading Hunger Games together and it has induced more crazy intense dreams, which apparently equals a puffy eyed, achy body, exhausted girl in the morning. I think today I'll just relax, read a good book and maybe do some crafts.

Hawaii is still 7 weeks and 4 days away. Not. Soon. Enough.

Our carpeted stairs need major vacuuming and it's just difficult enough that it tends to get neglected for a few days. Our pup has been shedding like crazy and I'm starting to believe I should either put him in a plastic bubble to catch all the hair or buy one of those robots that buzz around the floor vacuuming up behind him...wonder how he'd handle that....

Monday, April 2, 2012

sweat is attractive

Our back patio.

It's not very big but it's gorgeous if maintained. Usually, Husband and I do a good job at keeping it groomed and nice. But seeing as we've been so busy the last few months, kind of got put on the back burner.

It doesn't help that Sawyer goes potty out there. The plants were over grown. The ground littered with fallen leaves and flowers. The area that Sawyer did his business was soaked with stinky urine and wood chips that at one point had poops on them. (I'm painting you a pretty nice picture, yeah?) Basically, it was becoming unpleasant to go out there and that made us sad. Especially since we both love gardening!

Well, Husband and I finally got motivated and completely cleared out and cleaned our back patio. It's quite a chore especially since we're not, ya know, gardeners. This means that I cut the hedges and bushes with kitchen shears. Matt tilled the earth and removed the top 6 inches of soil with an awkward shovel. And we disposed of the soiled dirt and hedge clippings in garbage bags, which...have you ever tried to do? It's a lot harder than it sounds.

It wasn't until after we finished that I got to look at all our hard work. My back hurt. My hands were sore, dirty. But despite that I felt so good! So happy and accomplished. I couldn't help but smile as I watched Matt scoop and fill the last bag and tie the ends. I noticed his hands were also dirty. His brow wet with sweat.
I told him not to move as I ran in the house and grabbed my camera. I had to capture how beautiful he looked!
So I could remember this "ah-HA!" moment I had.
He looked so attractive to me like that...exhausted, tired and sweaty. It was evidence of how hard he was working. Evidence of his WORK. And I had this overwhelming amount of love and appreciation for this man that works so very hard. He is the hardest working man I know!

It may sound cheesy but it was perfect.

I closed my eyes and breathed in the sweet air that California is blessed with and thanked my heavenly father for such a beautiful world, and such a hard working husband to share it with.