Well, the semester is rapidly coming to a close, thank heavens. I’m spent. However, I’ve been trying to appreciate life more, and I’m trying to stop wishing my days away until some future time (i.e. the end of the semester, graduation, etc). Here is some of our life in a nutshell this past month and a half!
This is our nice little neighborhood. I’m trying to appreciate these mountains more. It’s so easy to be looking at my phone, talking on my phone, filling my mind with “to-do’s,” etc. But I’m trying to look up more. Literally and figuratively speaking. It amazes me how much we miss out because we live our lives in such haste. What a sad thing not to enjoy life.
The sun has come out quite a bit, and I’m definitely happy for that. It hit 72 degrees recently, but the weather decided to trick us and go back to being cold. It’s okay, as long as the sun is out I am satisfied.
Here’s our sweet babe. I think she is just the cutest. I know she’s just a cat, but we love her tons. Although, she has been quite the punk lately. She won’t cuddle us, she gets up and leaves if we lay with her, she dodges us petting her… she’s being a ‘teen’ kitty. Boo! I guess that’s what we get for getting a cat. But cats are the easiest pet to have (besides a fish) at this stage in our lives. When school is done, we’ll see if we upgrade to a pup .
I was recently inducted into the International Nursing Honor Society called Sigma Theta Tau. It was a nice little ceremony, and I got a cord I get to wear for graduation. It’s rewarding to know that hard work pays off. I’m thankful for my husband, for his patience and encouragement. He really is my number-one fan, and biggest supporter. So much of my achievements were made possible through him.
This is a little birthday gift I got for myself from Nordstrom. These sweet little earrings were on sale and I am in love with everything about them. Kasen thinks they are weird. But he thinks everything I like is weird, I swear… until I wear them . Is that lame to buy myself a gift? Haha, oh well. I’ve worked my tail off and felt that treating myself was necessary. I am 23 years young this upcoming Wednesday, and thankful for my life, and my health.
This is one of my early birthday presents from Kasen. Isn’t it so cool? Somehow I always get him to give me my birthday presents (more like all my presents) early . I don’t like surprises! So, my rationale is, if he doesn’t tell me anything at all, I won’t beg to have it. But if he drops any hint of a gift, I need to know! He thinks it’s the worst thing, because he loves surprises.
I really love this gift though! It’s a journal for my trip to Ghana. I’m a journaling kind of gal, so I’m pretty happy about this, and it fits my gift criteria which is “anything that is meaningful and useful.” It’s perfect.
We got some Xbox controllers recently too. I know it’s totally nerdy, and probably strange that I play. I grew up with four brothers so it isn’t that bizarre to me, because we played video games all the time! It isn’t something I would do by myself, but because my husband loves it so much, I have found the joy in playing with him, simply because he enjoys it and it is something we can do together.
We went on a run through our college-town recently, and it was extremely invigorating to be working out on a Friday night, which is usually our lazy night. Afterwards, we treated ourselves to some Red Mango, which is my new obsession and constant craving.
Here’s little Celine Bean, my sweet niece. I’ve been doing some FaceTime with her and it is a blast. She has such a personality. One of her new faces is called ‘hott face’ where she does those smooch/duck lips (only cute when she does it ).
I’ve also been talking to my little brother on Tango. I have agreed to allow myself these ‘mental health’ breaks, and decided to put more time into the important relationships in my life. I’ve been pretty bad about that this semester, so it’s been a goal of mine to be better.
It’s so easy to forget to nurture the relationships that matter most in this life. The reality is, life is always busy… it always will be, so I have made a conscious decision to maximize on these special moments and connect with my loved-ones.
I got a new computer so I’m blogging on this baby now. It’s the MacBook Air- thin, small, light, new and perfect. After going through three PC’s in the last two years, we finally learned our lesson and officially became an apple family. Best decision we ever made (besides marriage) . I say that facetiously, but really I will never go back to using a PC again.
This is where I spend much of my time. These little cubbies keep me focused, block out distractions, and have terrible cell phone and internet service- so I really am forced to do homework only . I find every excuse not to do homework when I’m at home, so I actually cherish my library time.
My “other” family came up from Colorado this past weekend. It was wonderful. We just found out Kasen’s sister is going to serve a 1.5 year mission in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. I’m super proud of her, and so excited for her. She leaves in August, so we dream of picking her up when she finishes her mission and making a vacation out of it .
This is a photo of our second little niece Reagan, napping on my tummy. We’re just hangin’ out at the hotel. She’s a precious little thing. I didn’t realize how much I’d love being an aunt, until I got more nieces/nephew(s)!
The family went swimming, but I decided not to bring my swimsuit because I felt it would force me to do some homework, because I hadn’t all weekend (which was so good for me). I ended up chatting with Kasen’s wonderful parents the whole time, so I should have just brought my swimsuit anyway. Cute pic though huh? They’re so much fun, and some of the best people I know.
Kasen is doing fantastic in school, and we’re grateful to be where we are at, at this point in our lives.
We are also pretty excited for this weekend! My best friend from 6th grade is coming into town with my little brother, and one of my older brothers is driving down from Idaho. Life is good.
Our lives have been eventfully, uneventful. Life keeps us busy physically, mentally, and emotionally… but we’re alive and kicking and happy to check in with ya’ll. Have a great week!