January 14, 2018

Life Unplugged

A friend of mine decided to say "bye bye" to Instagram for the month of January to refocus. I found myself thinking, "That's a great idea!" and I decided to do it too. In addition to staying off of Instagram I decided to give up Facebook, too. I stayed off of Facebook for about two weeks (I serve on my H.O.A.'s Board of Directors and some issues came up on our community Facebook page and I was asked to take a look at them). Unplugging was easier than I thought it would be and I think it has been a really good thing for me and my family.

Unplugging has allowed me to think about the things that are most important to me (my family and God), I have had more time for my son and my husband, our home is cleaner and I think we have all been happier. All positives for the win!

Our family went on a walk yesterday and as we were walking, we started talking about social media. Our faith teaches us that all things need to be in moderation, too much of anything can be bad. We are also taught that you cannot know joy, if you don't know sorrow. You might be wondering what these things have to do with social media. Let me share.

When you think about your life, how much time are you spending on social media? If you're like me you get online intending to look something up only to become distracted. Minutes tick by and before you know it an hour or more has passed. What could I have done with that time? Spent time with my family? Cleaned my house? Called a friend? Exercised? Magnified my calling? Spent time in the scriptures? All of these things are good and wonderful, but these opportunities are missed when I am plugged in.

Often I hear other women say that they only share the good things that happen in their lives. I think it is great that people want to be positive, but I think it is also important to share the heartaches and the sorrow. By sharing the hard things our loads become lighter and other's can learn from our experiences.

When we only share the good and the positive we create a false image that our lives are perfect and that we have it all together all the time. For an onlooker they subconsciously and maybe even consciously begin to wonder why their life isn't a great as yours. This can lead to depression, loneliness, isolation and even personality disorders such as narcissism.

I recently started reading a book by Brene Brown (she gives TED talks on shame and I love her!). In this particular book that I am reading she talks about how narcissism is caused in part by a fear of being ordinary. Who wants to be ordinary? When we constantly surround ourselves with perfectly Photoshopped images of people who are happy all the time and living the perfect life, it's easy to begin to feel ordinary or like you aren't good enough and THAT my friends is NOT a good thing.

I have learned a lot from my little experiment. I hope to be more aware of my time. I want to fill my life more fully with the good things that matter most to me. And I am contemplating sharing more about my trials on the blog. Currently the hardest trial I face is one that has been going on for many years, it involves another person and I don't want the things I share to change the way other people see this person.


December 14, 2017

Gratitude & Joy

“No matter our circumstances, no matter our challenges or trials, there is something in each day to embrace and cherish. There is something in each day that can bring gratitude and joy if only we will see and appreciate it.” -Dieter F. Uchtdorf

December 7, 2017

Thought For The Day

"As we extend our hands and hearts towards others in Christlike love, something wonderful happens to us. Our own spirits become healed, more refined, and stronger. We become happier, more peaceful, and more receptive to the whisperings of the Holy Spirit."

- Dieter F. Uchtdorf

October 30, 2017

Haunted Hay Ride

This week was a rough one for all of us, we have all been sick. Daddy stayed home sick from work for three days. Daddy and I took turns sleeping, this illness makes us incredibly tired. We are praying that we get feeling better soon.



Playing "tickle" with Mommy.


We did do one thing that was fun though, we went on a haunted hayride. Don't worry, you did great Buddy! You even made friends with a little girl dressed as a sparkly unicorn, you kept smiling at her, it was super cute to watch!

A tired little bug.



As far as development goes, you have started walking along furniture- tables, chests, nightstands, etc. You have also figured out how to walk while pushing a chair. You are one smart little boy!

We discovered you love pickles!


Our street. Love this view!

October 23, 2017

Nana & Papa Come To Visit

We had company this weekend! Papa, Nana, Uncle Brendan, Uncle Nathan and Uncle Russell came to visit us! It was so good to see everyone! Everyone loved holding and playing with you! We wish they lived closer, so they could visit us more often!

Papa & Nana


Silly Papa

In other news, we made another trip to urgent care. After some intense screaming we decided it was time to take you in. That ear infection you have been battling since the beginning of the month is hanging on. Thankfully the doctor prescribed some more antibiotics, hopefully they can knock this thing out and get you feeling better soon!


Playing at the library



I'm not sure how you can sleep like this, it does not look comfortable.



Playing.


I love this photo and the Cheerios on your bum!

October 21, 2017

Bubba At 11 Months

Each milestone you reach leaves me in shock. I can't believe how fast you are growing up and how quickly time is passing us by. In just one short month you will be year old and somehow that doesn't even seem possible. It seems like it was just yesterday that you were born.




You are such a sweet little boy and we just love you. Your smile and laughter light up the room. Your dimples and big bright eyes melt peoples' hearts. You are such a good helper, you help me shut the doors (dishwasher, dryer, cupboards, closet, etc) and you help Daddy turn the lights on and off. Each day you help us feed the chickens and collect the eggs. When I'm loading the dishwasher, you are often found unloading the dirty dishes onto the floor. You are such a good eater and will eat just about anything. You love to each vegetables, fruit, bread, Cheerios, cheese, beans, homemade chili and freeze dried yogurt. You are not a fan of the baby food dinners and I don't blame you, they taste like cardboard. Sometimes you share you Cheerios with Daddy, it is sweet.




You love going on walks each day and visiting the neighbor's dog. You have gotten really fast at crawling and like to get into whatever you can. You are getting better at pulling yourself up and standing when you have something to hold onto.





You love to cuddle at night and I just love that! Stay sweet, my sweet little boy!


October 16, 2017

Staycation: Oregon Coast

We took a much needed vacation this week. We drove out to the coast on Sunday and setup camp. We stayed in a yurt at Nehalem Bay State Park-- that was a wise decision on our part, it rained really hard one night. Aside from the rain at night, the weather couldn't have been better.

We spent Monday in Astoria. We took Bubba up the Astor Column and threw airplanes off the top. A few of our planes made it across the street. As I looked down the grassy hill that the column sits on, I couldn't help but think about ice blocking, it's been years since I have been.







We hit up the Maritime Museum for a few hours. I knew that the area where the Columbia River meets the ocean is dangerous because my grandparents were almost killed in a storm there once, but after reading about all of the ships that have had problems and people who have died in that area, I think I can say I don't have a desire to go boating in that region. It is truly amazing what the Coast Guard does.












We thought it would be fun the drive across the really long bridge that connects Oregon to Washington, so we did. That is by far the longest bridge I have ever been on.



We came across the North Head Lighthouse. Andy stayed in the car with a sleeping Bubba and I ran a quarter of a mile to the lighthouse. I was hoping to get a stamp in my lighthouse passport. I quickly realized that there was no where to get a stamp. I was cold so I snapped a few photos and raced back to the car. It wasn't until later when I was looking at the photos that I realized that this lighthouse had no light-- this has caused me to ponder a lot.

Tuesday we visited Seaside. We tried to make arrangements to go on a helicopter ride, but the helicopter was put away in a hanger in Astoria for several days because they were expecting bad weather. Instead we took you on your first carousel ride, you liked it at first and then you cried. The ride operator stopped the ride, so you could get off. Daddy bought some saltwater taffy and Mommy tried to convince him to ride the mechanical shark. Mommy failed.





We spent a good portion of the day on Cannon Beach. I was finally able to see that famous rock (Haystack Rock). We found two red rock crabs on the beach, we wish we could have kept them but we didn't have a shellfish license.

























Wednesday we headed for home. On our way home we stopped at the Tillamook Cheese Factory. I think being a connoisseur of cheese must be in our blood. Bubba, you ate A LOT of cheese! The cheese curds were your favorite! Daddy took you through the sample line more times than I can count.




The rest of the week was spent at home trying to finish up some never ending projects.