Thursday, January 16, 2014

2014: The only year I can say I'm 29 and have it be true! ;-)

You have to admit, the blizzard today created some pretty amazingly beautiful scenes around town.  It seriously looked like a scene out of Frozen! There was so much blowing snow that we couldn't see our neighbors house!

Despite the crazy blizzard, today was a great birthday!

We went to my favorite breakfast place for "brunch" - Bagel Boy.  It took us a long time to get there and leaving was also a bit of an adventure but while we were there we ate with Gage on his lunch break, and Jenny and Brad joined us too.

The rest of  the afternoon was spent just relaxing at home in our nice WARM house!

Avery was over the top cute today, which was awesome.  She said her second official word, "Tickle". She does say a couple other things on occasion (like, "Go") but I'm not entirely sure she knows what that means. She definitely understands tickle though! She tried to tickle me yesterday and made an attempt at saying it but today was the first time she said it clearly. She's teething right now so she's been pretty cranky the past week or so but today wasn't *too* bad in comparison to other days.   :-)

After Gage returned home we met up with family at Olive Garden to celebrate my birthday.  Grandpa, Grandma, Jenny, Mike, Brad, Ashley, Brandon, and Ariah (sp?) were there.  I love Olive Garden.... I'm totally obsessed with their salads.  Tonight I also tried one of their raspberry Italian sodas.  Wow. So good!

Best photo EVER taken of us! 

Today was the best 29th birthday I've ever had ;-)

In honor of today's beautiful blizzard, here is one of our favorite songs from Disney's Frozen! I cannot wait to buy this movie! Seriously, best Disney movie since The Lion King...which was 20 years ago.  Yes, 20 years. Let that sink in.  I bet if you weren't feeling old before, you are now.  Haha.

Monday, January 6, 2014

30 Before 30

30 Before 30

  1. Improve my understanding of why God has me here and improve my eternal perspective on life.
  2. Do something (or many things) to spread the Gospel of Christ.
  3. Focus on improving our marriage (as we should always be doing).
  4. Learn how to clean everything in my house properly.
  5. Read Bible from start to finish.
  6. Figure out more ways to show my girls that I adore them.
  7. Get everything in order / purchase studio equipment so that in late 2015 I can re-start my photo business.
  8. Spend quality time with all of my Grandparents.
  9. Road trip to a few states I haven't yet been to!
  10. Get in the habit of mailing cards and gifts to family members on their birthdays and anniversaries.
  11. Spend a full weekend with Amanda and Shannon
  12. Spend more time with my Dad.
  13. Host a party at our home that isn't a birthday party.
  14. Complete all of my photo projects that I have planned. I have so many!
  15. Find a good friend in Sioux Falls that likes to go out for coffee every once in a while.
  16. Learn how to dress. Put at least some effort into my style.
  17. Start cooking soups, make homemade tortillas, and bake bread.
  18. Create a super organized filing system.
  19. Go back to Hawaii.
  20. Run a half marathon or at least a 5k
  21. Lose 20 Lbs and work on my upper body strength because... I have none. I can't even do a "girls" push up.
  22. Figure out some sort of exercise routine again (other than running).
  23. More water, tea, and coffee vs soda.
  24. Get more sleep!
  25. Laugh more, worry less.
  26. Look back on my first 30 years.  Create a special book of photos and favorite memories. Things I've learned. Things to pass on to my girls.
  27. I want to be able to sew something without any help.
  28. Get better so that I can have another baby.
  29. Get amazing family portraits taken! Preferably in Oceanside.
  30. Make some progress on learning how to play guitar!

I have one year and 10 days to complete these things.


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