Yes. Always.

Eight years ago this evening, Craig took me to a park, walked me to a picnic table that was underneath an enormous balloon bouquet and handed me an Adventure Book that he’d written and created. We read it together, reminiscing on all of the adventures we’d gone on in our year of dating. At the end of the book, he’d wrote that he loved our adventures and wanted them to continue on forever.

On the last page, he asked me to marry him. YES YES YES. The best, most easy decision I’ve ever made is agreeing to marry my Craig. I am better, happier and lighter because of him.

Our Memorial Day

On Monday we celebrated Memorial Day. Every year I end up feeling the same way on this day – I feel so proud and grateful. I feel like you read it thousands of times on that day, but the quote “land of the free because of the brave,” always stirs my heart up a bit. I am so very grateful that there are people in this world who fight for my freedoms. I am grateful for their dedication to people. I am grateful for their families. I am grateful for their bravery – oh my goodness, their bravery. I vow to always remember these people and honor them.

On this day, we went with my family to visit my sweet grandpa (who served in the Korean War) and walked around the cemetery for a while. My boys are obsessed with pinwheels and made it their life mission to touch every pinwheel in the cemetery. I always enjoy looking at the gravestones and just wondering who these people were. After that, we went and visited Craig’s grandma at a different cemetery. We didn’t stay very long, but we still did some ‘browsing’ and pinwheel touching. It was such a nice, peaceful day. It felt good to be outside in the nice weather and to visit loved ones who we miss, dearly.

Ode to Mothers

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I know I’m a few days late, but I couldn’t let Mothers Day slip by without saying anything.

I am so, so grateful to be Harrison, Emmett and Baby Sisters mom. I am eternally grateful for their pure, sweet, genuine love for me. I am grateful for their patience with me and for how highly they think of me. I am grateful for the way they look at me and for the ways they can make me feel so happy and for the ways they can soothe my soul. Its easy to think you aren’t good enough for your precious kids, but these guys do their best in their own unique ways to remind me that I am exactly what they need – and they love me so much. They’ll never understand just how much I love them and just how thankful I am for them. I am blessed beyond blessed and don’t take the gift of being their mother for granted.

I’m so grateful for my own sweet mom who has always been my best friend, closest confidant, go-to ride partner and safe place. She is an angel woman with a heart of gold. She’s somehow found the secret balance of how to be a really good mom and a really good friend all at the same time and I can only hope to have half of the same kind of great relationship with my own kids as they grow up as my mom has with each of her kids.

I am so grateful to my mother-in-law who became an instant friend the day I met her and who has always been a source of joy and help in my life ever since. She is crafty and clever, hilarious, friendly and a great listener. I’m particularly grateful for the fact that she had Craig – the perfect person for me.

Mushy Stuff

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Do you like our most recent picture together? 

Craig and I don’t do anything special or fancy for Valentine’s Day, and truthfully that’s exactly what we both want. We like simple. We like home. Also we like not trying to get into a restaurant that the rest of the state is trying to get into at the same time, you know?

I’m very thankful for my every-day-Valentine. People say it a lot about their significant other, but I really did win the lottery when it comes to husbands. Craig is incredibly helpful in all things. He helps with housework, he helps with kids (diaper changes, cleaning up their messes, etc), he helps with my random projects and he helps me feel lighter and more sane and confident each and every day. He is the epitome of a family man. He works hard to support our family and when he’s back from work, he’s 100% dedicated to us. He makes our kids feel important and valued. He makes me feel understood and validated. He puts his little family first and he sees the importance of this little unit we have.

He is the funniest person I have ever met. His sense of humor is something I’ve grown to crave. He has a way of making me laugh harder than I ever have before. He is completely selfless. He takes care of me and our kids so well and he puts us first. He is insanely supportive, too. I feel so lifted up by him because whenever I have a new thing I want to try, endeavor I want to take, etc, he supports me fiercely.

Not a day goes by that I’m not thankful for this man – my best friend.

Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone, but especially my Wild Man.

 

It’s Almost that Time!

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What time? Halloween time in Disneyland!!

This year, instead of the usual and wonderful Mickey’s Halloween Party in Disneyland, it will be Oogie Boogie Bash in California Adventure! Totally not going to lie – I am bummed it isn’t being held in Disneyland, BUT several years ago when the Halloween party was in California Adventure I still loved it, so I have no doubt I’ll still love 2019s Halloween Party!

We are getting our costumes all cooked up and ready and we are bursting at the seams we are so excited to get to our favorite place during our favorite time SO soon!

How about some facts now:

  • Tickets cost $110 a person ages 3+ (I know, I know. Lots of $$$, but worth every penny)
  • Oogie Boogie Bash goes from September 17 – October 31
  • Since we don’t get the amazing firework show behind the castle, we get Villainous! A World of Color show that is sure to be amazing!
  • Mickey’s Trick and Treat – a show which is said to be an interactive Halloween party with Mickey and pals!
  • Our tried and true Frightfully Fun Parade will be there!
  • One of my personal faves, Guardians of the Galaxy: Monsters After Dark will be going!!
  • There will be spooktacular overlays, decorations, photo ops and so much more!!

If you’re wanting to go, act fast and buy your tickets soon!!

And happy almost Halloween in Disneyland time!

Haunted Mansion Celebrates 50 Years!

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There was no way I was letting my all time favorite Disneyland attraction go without a birthday shoutout, especially on its 50th anniversary!!

Between the amazing, spooky theming, the music and the ballroom and attic scenes, I can’t help but be hooked! I think Haunted Mansion is my favorite because, to me, of all the rides in Disneyland, this is the one that takes you into its story in the most depth. When I enter the gates of Haunted Mansion, I’ve entered a different world. I’m no longer in Disneyland, I’m on the grounds of a haunted old mansion with creepy creeps and grim grinning ghosts. I feel like I’ve entered my own personal ghost story — and I love it.

Happy 50th, Haunted Mansion! Believe me, I’m trying really hard to “hurry baaaaack!”

Our Happy 4th of July

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Our Independence Day was just wonderful. It was simple, quiet and so, so happy and exactly what we needed. You know how somedays you just realize how badly you need a small break from reality? I think Craig and I were both definitely at that point, so having a day dedicated to fun and family was exactly what we both longed for.

We spent the morning at home not doing much special. Then we headed over to my families house where we had a barbecue and swam for several hours (i think it should be our new family rule that we must swim on 4th of july), and caught up with my mom and sister who had spent the last few days in Disney World with some friends – lucky.

Next, we packed up our van and drove up to Craig’s parents cabin up north. There, we had dinner, went 4-wheeling (my favorite), spent time outside, watched the fireworks from up in the mountain which was really neat, then we spent the night! The next morning we had a delicious breakfast, did some more 4-wheeling (still my favorite), then went back home.

It was just the best. It was revitalizing and exciting and best of all, a bunch of time with my sweet family and our extended families.

I hope you all had a wonderful Fourth of July, as well!! You all deserve it.

Fathers Day!

Sunday we celebrated Fathers Day, and it was giving me all kinds of feelings. I’m pretty outspoken to people close to me that I think fathers are greatly underestimated and not nearly as valued as they should be. Moms get a lot of credit, and rightfully so, but know who else works hard and does awesome? DADS! Especially the dads that I’m surrounded by.

My dad has always been my hero and he still is. He is all things good. He has a heart of gold, he’s humble, he’s very generous, he’s happy, he’s freakishly smart, he’s supportive… just all things good. Being one of his daughters is something I don’t take for granted – I’m fully aware of just how lucky I am.

My father-in-law is incredible. He is hardworking, optimistic, so friendly, helpful and happy. I knew him before I knew Craig and I adored him, so I feel very lucky that somehow I was able to sneak my way into his family. He is a great man I’m lucky to know.

Then there is Craig. The father to my children. I could go on and on, but I’m going to try and keep this brief, especially because I just gushed about him recently on his birthday post. He is the best. I mean that. I spent pretty much my entire life dreaming up my ‘perfect man,’ and as cheesy and cliche as it sounds, Craig easily beat out my dream guy. He is amazing. Celebrating him as a father, will forever be something I love. He is the most amazing dad. He is so hands on, so involved in their lives and best of all, he never ever, ever lets his kids forget or question how valuable, important and capable they are. My heartstrings can hardly handle the love I have for him when I watch him with our boys. He excels at a lot, but nothing will ever surpass the father that he is.

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Happy (late) Fathers Day to all of you men out there! Whether you have kids, want them someday, are trying for one, have fur-babies, or are content being the fun-Uncle, I celebrate you! You’re making a difference in these kids lives and I am grateful for that!

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Oh, Valentines Day!

Tomorrow is the big, romantic holiday and…am I a Valentine’s Day Grinch if I say that I am not super in love with this holiday (pun, intended)? Don’t get me wrong, I love love. I’ve got to be one of the cheesiest, hopeless-romantics on earth. Wild Man can attest to how ooey-gooey I can be and how love stuff sucks me in. But I have this problem with thinking this day needs to be special for love. I guess I’m in the group of people that think, shouldn’t we celebrate love like this every day?? However, if you are one of those people who are crazy about Valentine’s Day, then go you! If I’m being honest, I think I’d like to be a Valentine’s Day crazy person. I admire those people. Maybe someday. But not in 2019, at least.

Know what I do love, though? My husband. Since this is the day of love I just feel like I need to say

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY WILD MAN!

He’s great. I’m glad he is my forever Valentine. Even though we keep our Valentine’s Days super low-key and uneventful, he still makes them special for me. I am a lucky lady to have him. Now, in an awkward attempt to wrap up this dull-feeling blog post (does it feel that way to anyone else? yeah, probably), here are some old pictures of the two of us. One from our wedding and two engagements. P.S. I kind of miss my blonde hair.

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Have a happy, happy Valentine’s Day tomorrow – no matter how you celebrate it!

Theres So Much to Be Grateful For

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope your day is wonderful and I hope you eat so much delicious food that your pants fit a little too tight, but your stomach has never been happier (thats my goal)!

I am grateful for you. I’m thankful for you for taking the time to read my blog, no matter how inconsistent I am or how odd and scattered my posts are. Having readers means a lot to me and I’ve been delighted and overjoyed to watch the number of my followers and readers grow, especially within the last few months. I’m thankful for your time you spend with me here on my blog or other forms of social media.

I am grateful for my family. You know this by now, but I couldn’t post about gratitude without mentioning them. I am grateful for my wonderful, selfless husband who is my rock, my sanity and my happy place. I am grateful for my sons who are my greatest source of joy, my light, my inspiration and my little best friends. My family is amazing and I’m in awe every day of just how blessed I am to have them and be theirs.

I am grateful for my family and my in-laws. I’ve been so blessed to be raised by such an incredible family and marry into an equally as incredible family. I’m so very lucky. I’m thankful that I genuinely like and love each member of these families and have good relationships with them all. I’m grateful for their examples and the memories I have with them all.

I am grateful for my friends. As I sit here and think of this incredible group of friends I have, I can’t help but smile. They’re all so different and unique and they are helping me daily become who I am. They’re all such great supporters, listeners and they just get it. They help me feel like a good mom when I don’t feel that way and they cheer me on as I go through this mother/wife journey.

I am grateful to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints. I’m thankful to know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love me, care for me and know me. I’m grateful for prayer and the peace that it brings. I’m thankful for church, the Holy Ghost, the people in my ward and for the overall sense of happiness the gospel has brought me throughout my life.

Throughout my life I have been tremendously blessed. I don’t take these blessings for granted. I’m very aware of just how lucky I am. My heart could explode because of how grateful I truly feel today.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!