Thursday, September 5, 2013

A Case of the Sniffles...

Today is one of those dreadfully uncomfortable days... What is it, you may ask? A sick day. Sick enough to take the day off of work even. :( I have just been watching the clock all day thinking of my darling 3rd graders and what they are doing. It's weird, because as much as I love a day off (minus the being sick part), I don't love knowing they are at school without me. Gosh, I love my job!

So this past Labor Day weekend, we must have partied just a little too hard because a nasty little cold has set in and completely stolen my voice. Literally. I no longer have one and what is left is really painful to use. Congestion is squeezing my head and I keep thinking of that gross little Mucinex goober man walking around my lungs. Sick. Ew! Anyway, you get the drift of what today is like for me. My sweet Eric has been so good to me though. Being sick with a husband to care for you is just about as good as being sick with your mom there to care for you. :)

I figured with this open day where moping around on the couch and watching TV is the only appealing thing to do, I could attempt being somewhat useful and pull out my computer. It has been a while since a good update from our little family of two, so here goes nothing...

On the 24th of July, Eric and I ran in our very first race. A long and rigorous 5K, baby! Haha. Okay, so it wasn't very long and miraculously wasn't too rigorous. Eric whizzed on by most of the runners and we met up at the finish line. We are so thankful for our dear friends Ross and Aly who we have played with a lot this summer. They are the greatest!

Eric's heaven.
Seriously, if Eric could live somewhere forever, it would be in the wilderness with a campfire, some fresh air, gorgeous stars, and bacon for breakfast. We decided one weekend to just pack up our goods and find a cozy little camp spot up Hobble Creek Canyon. It was delightful! Eric was sweet to camp my way. If we camped his way, we would hike up a random mountain and find an open area and set up camp. I like the designated camp areas with a fire pit and bathrooms. So he was a cutie to settle with how I liked it. :)

Ah, Pickleville. Our summer wouldn't have been complete without making a stop to the place where it all started. I have such a soft spot in my heart for Pickleville. Years of my life were spent in that little theater and then meeting my husband there sealed my love for the place. And look at our cute friends! They did such a great job. We had a blast spending the weekend up there and reliving those moments when we fell in love. Awww :)

Summer 2012

This was the summer of weddings. Sheesh. Well, actually I guess every summer could be considered that, in a way. But we had a lot of great friends get married this summer and had a blast going to so many of them. I didn't take near the amount of pictures as I should have. They were all such beautiful brides and handsome grooms. I love weddings. So so much!

So long summer! 
We finished our last big summer vacation with going to Arizona for Taylor and Bailee's wedding and to visit Eric's brother Mike and his family. We had the greatest time with them. Mike and Chels took us cliff jumping and believe it or not, we both did it. Eric is a man of no fear. I had honestly never seen him legitimately scared UNTIL he was standing on top of a 40 foot cliff. Then I saw a twinge of fear. But, he still did it. I kept it cool at the 25 foot cliffs, which is still way higher than it sounds. The trip to AZ was a wonderful way to wish our summer goodbye.

Perhaps the best thing about summer ending and reality starting is that I get to celebrate every year. By default. Why? Because it's my birthday. 22 years. Woo hoo! Once again, Eric won incredible husband points by treating me like a princess on my special day. Also, note the gorgeous pearl jewelry he brought from China. He is good at keeping secrets. I would have been dying to give him a gift from April. The decorations are compliments of Eric haha :) and the mega-massive balloon by my desk in my classroom is compliments of Avery, Kimball, Amy and Alan. I am so lucky!

Well, we are back into the swing of real life. Sicknesses and all. I am teaching a new crop of third graders and LOVE almost everything about it haha. Eric is back at BYU for another year. We are excited as ever to go to ALL of the home football games this year. And I will happily cheer on the Cougs until the night they play my Aggs. Utah State, hey! Aggies all the way! :)  When we have kids, we are going to have to teach them to be Couggies. Or Aggours. Ah, we'll see how that works out haha. So, we are still making time to have fun even with our busy lives starting up again. We feel so blessed to have wonderful families and friends.

The other night we had a chance to drive up to Logan and made a pit stop in Bountiful. We saw the most beautiful sunset as we left the temple. There are moments in life, like that, when I feel so overwhelmed with gratitude. Gratitude for a wonderful life that is not perfect, but is so good. Gratitude for a dear husband who I love like crazy. Gratitude for a Savior who I know lives and loves me. Gratitude for the opportunity to go to the temple of the Lord often. Gratitude for simple things, like sunsets, that bring such beauty to life. And even gratitude for a case of the sniffles... It could be so much worse. We are truly blessed. All of us. May we ever be thankful to Him who so freely provides those blessings.