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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Sweet Spirit Sunday

I got up around 7:00 today and went and got in Mom & Dad's bed and talked w/ them for a while. Then Autumn & I headed back home around 8:00 so I could get ready for the day. I had been asked if I would be on a Scouting Board of Review for 2 young men in our ward. I have never done one before, but was honored to be asked. Y'all, I am SO GLAD I went & did that. It was a surprisingly spiritual experience. Sis. A who runs them is so in tune w/ the Spirit and makes it an incredible teaching moment. The 2 young men we interviewed did a great job and it was nice to get to know them better.

 WOW! What an amazing sight to come home to. Frank was fixing my door handle, b/c it "sticks" and is hard to open. We decided to sit and watch a movie together, so the kids picked out Somewhere In Time. I warned them that it's a slow moving romance movie, but they still wanted to watch it. It's a good one and both Frank & Spencer had never seen it before. They both said they liked it after it was over. I had mentioned during the movie that I just LOVE the music/soundtrack b/c it's so soul stirring. As soon as the movie was over, I went in the kitchen to start making lunch. All of a sudden, I heard the theme song from Somewhere In Time playing over the sound system Frank had hooked up for me last night.

Y'all, I could NOT contain the tears!!! Frank had gone online, found the music, converted it into an mp3, and figured out a way to play it over the sound system. He is so thoughtful, and good, and kind, and generous, and fabulous. The thing is that he didn't do that to be noticed or recognized or praised. He did it out of humility & genuine love.

 We had cheesy chicken bacon broccoli pasta for lunch, b/c it's one of Autumn's favorites. We scarfed that down & then headed off to church. We made it w/ 5 minutes to spare! What a good lookin' group. Sacrament meeting was excellent w/ wonderful talks. I wish I could put into words the JOY & BLISS I felt holding Frank's hand during sacrament meeting w/ my arm around his back. I was able to reach Spencer's shoulder and then Autumn but her arm around the back of the bench & held hands w/ me. It was nice to connect to each other on the bench and be there together partaking of the Spirit.

What HANDSOME & SHARP looking guys!!! Right after sacrament, Bro. W came over and said that Bishop needed to talk to me. I had planned on making sure Spencer got to class OK and then going to Gospel Doctrine w/ Frank. But Bro. W said he would take them and make sure they got to the right place. Bishop wanted to talk to me about Frank and just check in and see how things were going. But, he also extended me a new calling. I was just called last week to be a Relief Society teacher, but he extended a new calling, which I'll post about after it's made official on Sunday. It was amazing to sit next to Frank in Gospel Doctrine and just soak in the Spirit & the lesson.

 I walked both him & Spencer down to Priesthood and bribed the Teachers Quorum w/ brownies if they promised to take good care of Spencer for me. They were all over that! Relief Society was good, and it gave me butterflies to see Frank walking down the hall towards me to come find me after church. When I walked past the young women's room, the YW secretary gave me these beautiful flowers w/ some chocolate candy & a card that the YW had signed for me. It meant a lot to me!

Christy came over and ate dinner w/ us. I had thrown some creamy crockpot chicken in before we left for church. So, as soon as we got home I cooked up some egg noodles, green beans, and we sat down to eat. Then our home teachers came over at 5:30. As soon as they left, Frank & Spencer had to hit the road b/c they had a 3 hour drive ahead of them. It was sooooooo hard to say goodbye and watch them drive away. I had planned on talking to Frank the whole way home to keep him awake, but Mom & Dad ended up coming over to drop off some stuff. We shared some of the leftover pasta w/ them and sat and talked for a while. It was a PHENOMENAL weekend, and I'm so thankful that Frank & Spencer are able to come down & visit as often as they do.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Fixin' Stuff & A Puck To The Face

 Autumn & I got up this morning & headed back over to our house around 8:00 am. We made blueberry muffins, eggs, and bacon for breakfast. Frank helped me do up some dishes, and then we spent the rest of the morning hanging out and watching TV.

 We got ready & left around noon to go to lunch. We had to take Frank & Spencer to our favorite local Italian restaurant. I was worried that we had talked it up too much and they would be disappointed. But, they LOVED it just like we do! After we ate, we went to WalMart to get a few things and then headed home.

 I have been needing to do some lawn care, b/c it's warming up & my lawn is starting to get too long. So, Frank mowed the lawn while I did the edging. It is so wonderful to work hard side by side and then sit back and look at all we got accomplished. What a STUD MUFFIN!

 After that, we went in the house and he fixed my toilet. It would make a horrible noise after it was flushed & he said the valves were bad & air was getting into the pipe. The thing I love is that not only did he replace the parts, but he showed me how so that I could learn how to do it!

 After that, he went to get cleaned up. The kids were playing hide & go seek, and I COULD NOT for the life of me find where Spencer was. I finally had to have Autumn tell me if I was "hot or cold." Come to find out, he was underneath the dining room table and was laying on the chairs! WHAT!?!?! I laughed so hard and told him he had to stay there so I could snap a pic. What a kid!!! I NEVER would have found him.

 We scarfed down some leftovers for dinner and then headed over to the event center to watch the Police vs. Fire hockey game. He played in the game last year, so we were excited to see him again this year. As you can see, he even had his own cheering section. But, when the players took to the ice, we didn't see him anywhere. We looked and looked but he wasn't there. So, Riannon called him to find out where in the world he was.

Come to find out, he had gotten hit in the face w/ a puck during practice and was over at Mom & Dad's house having Dad stitch up his face!!! Riannon was LIVID b/c she had told him if he was going to play hockey, then he HAD TO wear a face mask. Dad texted us some pictures and it is BAAAAD! Poor Nate!

The firemen won again this year. After that, we stayed for the professional hockey game. Dad finally made it to the game after he got Nate all stitched up and on his way home. I snuck this cute picture of Mom & Dad being all cute & cuddly at the game & texted it to them. It was nice to be able to hold Frank's hand and put my arm around him just like this. I can't even contain my happiness!

We dropped Kenzie off at home (her parents had left w/ Curt to go to a Dallas Stars hockey game), and then we came home. We stopped at WalMart to get a few things like a power cord & some WD40. Even though it was 10:30 at night, everyone got their second wind. Spencer was hungry, so we baked up some taquitos. Frank LOVES electronics, and was thrilled to find this system I've had under my TV all these years. He got it all hooked up for me and it sounds AMAZING!!! I'll have to add it to the never ending list of things he's done for me to help make my life better. What a guy!!! Autumn & I finally called it a night around 12:30 and went over to Papa & Mimi's to sleep.

Friday, February 17, 2017

F&S Are Back Again!

 I left work a little bit early today & ran by Costco to get stocked up on a few things for the weekend. Then I rushed to get Autumn & make it home in time to put a few finishing touches on cleaning the house.

 Frank & Spencer got here around 6:30, and we were sooooooo excited to get to spend the whole weekend with them. Frank brought me these GORGEOUS peacock feathers from his Mom's peacocks. They are stunning & almost made me cry. He doesn't know about Dressing Your Truth or that the Type 3 bird is a peacock! Just one more divine sign/connection that I just say "OF COURSE" about now. All of these divine signs/connections are becoming so common that "OF COURSE" is all I can say when they happen. Such goodness!

Then later on in the evening, Frank gave me a little container of face moisturizer. For some, that would be such a silly or small thing, but to me it meant the world. Last time they were here, we were at WalMart & I was trying to find this certain face moisturizer, but they were out. I thought nothing of it, and figured I'd pick some up on my next trip to the store. But, Frank remembered what kind I liked and got it for me! My heart was completely overcome that he would be so thoughtful and make such a  meaningful gesture. GOSH, THIS GUY!!!!!!!! ♥ ♥ ♥

 For dinner we did taco salads so everyone could make their own and have it be what they wanted. I LOVE sitting around the table with these people and just talking and sharing about our days with each other.

We spent the evening just hanging out, watching basketball, and having fun being together. Frank TOTALLY spoke my love language tonight by bringing some scrapbooks & childhood mementos to share w/ me. It was so neat to be snuggled up next to him on the love seat & see pictures & hear stories of him growing up. Autumn & I did NOT want to leave to go over to Papa & Mimi's to spend the night when it was time to stay goodnight. We let them stay at our house, b/c the Morris's are still at Mom & Dad's and we figured it would be less awkward for Autumn & I to sleep in the extra bedroom at Mom & Dad's than to have Frank & Spencer stay there.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Shrimp Boil & Sean

 Today after work/school, we went over to Mom & Dad's house. They were out in the backyard doing some shooting practice w/ Dad's new BB gun he got today. Their friends, the Morris's, from their mission in South Africa flew in today to visit for a few days. It was such beautiful weather outside!

 For dinner tonight we did a shrimp boil. We decided to do it inside b/c it was getting dark outside by the time we were ready to eat & we didn't want to attract bugs w/ the lights on outside while we were eating. We LOVE shrimp boils and it was super tasty.

Sean texted me earlier today to ask if he could come over tonight to talk. I was so happy that he felt comfortable enough to share some things with me about girls, life, church, etc. He's a GREAT kid & I just loved having him here.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Friends & Food

At work today, there was a sales training so my boss had me order lunch in for everyone. I was able to get something for myself as well. I tried this ranch jalapeno dressing for the first time and it was super good! 

I left work a little early and went to the store and returned a jacket I had bought a few weeks ago. Then I went & picked Autumn and the other girls up from Activity Days. Liz is THE BEST!!!

I was off in la la land and instead of turning right to take 2 of the girls home, I was on autopilot and turned left into our neighborhood. I called their Mom to let her know and see if they could stay over and play for a little while. Autumn was THRILLED that they got to stay & play for a while. Then, after they left one of her other friends came over to play. They had so much fun making up a dance routine to a song. It makes me happy to have our home filled w/ love & laughter.

Sean & his Mom stopped by after their zumba class to pick her up. They ended up staying for over an hour to just talk & catch up. Sean was super hungry, so I fed him all sorts of food. It made me soooo happy that he felt comfortable enough to feel at home enough to go get food out of my pantry and help himself to stuff. We introduced him to the hot Tak's w/ sour cream & he was a biiiig fan of that! What a fun way to spend my 2nd Wednesday night not having to be a young women's!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Babysitting & Happy Valentine's Day 2016

 As soon as I got done w/ work, I headed over to Nate & Riannon's house. Riannon got Autumn from daycare for me while she was there for Olivia's Valentine's Day party. Nate & Riannon went out on a date, so we watched the kids for them.

 I got to rock sweet Spencer to sleep and just snuggle on him. There's nothing better than sniffing the head of a sleeping baby on your chest.

 Miss Olivia was being super cute, too! She asked me right away if I would help her to do dress up. Belle is her favorite.

 We had cereal for dinner (Riannon had cooked a delicious looking chicken in the crockpot but I didn't know how to carve it up), and then watched Season 2 of Just Add Magic online. Spencer looked so cute in his police car jumper.

 Nate & Riannon got back around 7:30, so Autumn & I went over to the Stake Center so I could get my stake temple recommend interview. The waiting line wasn't very long b/c it was Valentine's evening. We got her homework done while we sat & waited.

 When we got home, we had quite a few surprises waiting on our porch for us!

 Even though I got flowers from Frank yesterday, there were some more delivered tonight! WOW! Am I the luckiest girl ever, or what?

 The arrangement w/ all the bright colors is gorgeous! Plus, it has tiger lilies in it, which are some of my very favorites! I am so spoiled!

There was a sweet note & some candy to Autumn from Sis. W. She had mailed it to our old address, so it got sent back to her and so she dropped it off on our doorstep tonight. What a WONDERFUL Valentine's Day! 

If you had told me on Valentine's Day of 2015 that one year later we would be in South Africa visiting Papa & Mimi on their mission I wouldn't have believed you. If you had told me that in 2 years I would be dating Frank & feel the way I do about him after just knowing him for a few weeks, I would have told you you're crazy. Yet here we are, and I could NOT.BE.HAPPIER!!!!!!!! ♥ ♥ ♥

Monday, February 13, 2017

Early Valentine's Day Surprise

 Today I sent out 6 handwritten letters in the mail. It's something that I love to do, and who doesn't like getting a card in the mail instead of just bills & junk mail? They were mostly thanking people that presented & put on the Relief Society celebration on Saturday.

 I had to run some errands today, and the sky looked SO COOL! This picture doesn't even do it justice, but it looked like being underneath the ocean waves and looking up. The clouds looked like waves of the sea.

 I went & got Autumn from daycare and was so careful not to tell her about the guests we had waiting at home for us. Frank & Spencer decided to spontaneously drive down and spend the evening w/ us. I was so giddy w/ excitement when he called to tell me they wanted to come. When we pulled in the driveway Autumn noticed Frank's truck out front & got super happy and ran into the house to say hi to them. They had brought me flowers, chocolates, balloons, and a super sweet card. I am such a lucky, lucky girl!

 They even brought a Hello Kitty box of treats & a balloon for Autumn!!! So stinkin' cute!!!

 For dinner they wanted to go to In-N-Out since they had never been before. We were laughing about our super "fancy" pre-Valentine's Day dinner. But, they actually liked it a lot and said it was really good. I had printed off some slips of paper that had questions on them, so after we finished eating we sat and took turns asking a question and then everyone went around and shared their answer. It was AWESOME b/c we learned a lot about each other. Some answers were deep, some were silly, some were sad, and some were hilariously funny! It was great to spend time together.

Then we went to WalMart to get a few things I needed. Spencer told us we had to try spicy Takis w/ sour cream. I wish I didn't know about this, b/c it's going to kill my diet. It is sooooooo good!!! The sour cream takes away the heat from the chips. There was an OKC basketball game on (Spencer is obsessed w/ basketball) so we watched that and hung out. It was so hard to say goodbye to them at 9:30, but they had a long drive ahead of them. I stayed up & talked to Frank the whole drive home so he wouldn't get tired or fall asleep. Autumn & I are the luckiest girls!!!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sweet & Sassy Autumn

 It was so nice to sleep in this morning & then not have to rush to get anywhere for church meetings. We had a leisurely morning & watched The Music Man (you can see it on the TV in the background). This is one of the adorable shirts that Miss Autumn got yesterday. She looked sooooo stinkin' cute for church today! Plus, her hair was all big & wavy from being in braids yesterday.

 She disappeared into my room and came out wearing just some of my rings. She had one on every single finger! LOL!

 I was feeling FIERCE & FABULOUS today, so I had Autumn snap a few pics for me before we left for church.

 I still have a ways to go on my weight loss/health journey, but it's so fun to celebrate where I'm at now and the fact that I have lost 60 lbs since April!!! Church today was so incredible. The talks in sacrament meeting were wonderful, I got a temple recommend interview during 2nd hour b/c mine expires this month, and then I got to go to Relief Society during the 3rd hour. That was weird to walk past the young women's room and realize I have no responsibilities there anymore. I just get to love the young women as a friend instead of a leader.

Relief Society was about being positive & optimistic. The teacher shared some very personal & special experiences with us, and the Spirit was overwhelming. I am soooo excited that I got called & sustained today to be a Relief Society teacher. I LOVE teaching & will only be teaching once a month, so there is a lot less stress in my life related to church callings. It was super nice to just walk out of church today and not have to stay for any meetings!

We went over to Mom & Dad's house and had ribeye steaks w/ baked potatoes & steamed green beans for dinner. It was DELICIOUS!!! Mom got (pretend) mad at me & told me I was grounded from talking & texting Frank, b/c that's all I did all night. LOL! It was fun being together as a family, but Mom was so sad that football is over for now.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Celebration Saturday

 After Autumn's shower this morning she wanted me to do her hair. She asked for 2 French braids, and she looked soooooo cute!

 I took her over to Papa & Mimi's b/c Mimi said she would watch her for me while I went to the Stake Relief Society celebration. I sure LOVE my Autumn Girl.

 I had kind of debated if I really wanted to go or not. 9:00 am on a Saturday is pretty early. Plus, I was going to go w/ 3 different friends and they all had to bail at the last minute. But y'all, I am sooooooo glad I went. It was amazing, phenomenal, and exactly what I needed.

 We started in the chapel where there was an hour long program about the history of the Relief Society. There was a lovely slide show that went along with it. They also had several women in the stake come up and narrate the parts, which was very effective. There were also some amazing musical numbers! The Stake President gave some remarks and talked about how we often have a plan for our life, but things rarely turn out that way. If we'll have faith & trust in the Lord, our lives can be so much better than we ever had planned for ourselves.

After the nice program, we split into 2 groups for 2 different workshops. One was about Celebrating the Everyday. The lady that did it was AMAZING & so much fun! She had little music clips to introduce each suggestion, and then she would share some thoughts and ideas. It was VERY well done and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

 The second workshop was about celebrating spiritual gifts. It was so different from the first workshop, but was so incredible and amazing in its own way. The lady speaking shared the following about prayer from the Bible dictionary:

The object of prayer is not to change the will of God, but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is already willing to grant, but that we must ask for in order to obtain.

She then shared a thought that came to her. What if after we die, we get to heaven and there is a room full of baskets. Each basket is labeled with a name. When we find our basket and take it down from the shelf, what if it is FULL of things that we could have had but never asked for??? Wouldn't that be so heartbreaking to look in the basket and think, "I could have had THAT if only I had asked?" or "I could have BEEN that if only I had asked?" or "I could have BLESSED so and so's life if only I had asked?" She then shared how she hopes that when we all get to heaven, that we will find only EMPTY BASKETS. It was very powerful and extremely touching.

 I was so overcome with emotion the whole conference. The Spirit was just overflowing, and I am beyond thankful that I attended. After the workshops, they had a delicious lunch that was kind of like Cafe Rio. YUM!

 These cupcakes were delicious. I had gotten up to go throw away my trash, and I saw a woman sitting alone. I STINK at small talk, so I was going to go back to my group of ward sisters, but I felt strongly that I needed to sit down and talk to her. I am so thankful that I did. We ended up having a very deep & open & spiritual conversation. She is definitely a "kindred spirit" and I would have missed out on that if I had ignored the prompting! WOW .. what a morning!

 I got back to Mom & Dad's around 12:30 and sat and talked w/ Mom for a while. We offered for her to come out shopping with us, but she said she needed to stay home and get some things done. We are so blessed beyond belief to have her for our Mimi!!!

 Autumn had some birthday money that was burning a hole in her pocket, so we headed off to go shopping. It was a GORGEOUS day outside, and we're glad Savi could come with us. That way she was able to get out of the house for a little bit.

 We went to the crepe place, b/c Savi had never been there. Plus, Autumn got all A's & B's on her progress report so I told her she had earned it. I was good and had just a bite of each of their crepes. It was so lovely to sit and visit and enjoy good food with a nice breeze coming in from outside. We walked over to Nick's work to say hi to him, and he was so surprised to see us. Savi was so happy to give him a hug and a kiss.

 After that, we went to a consignment store that we had never been to before. Autumn wanted to spend some birthday money. She tried on all of these dresses but none of them worked for her. However, she found several cute shirts that were only $7 a piece! She looked adorable and was so excited to wash them and wear them.

 We went back to Mom & Dad's house after that b/c Savi was DONE for the day. This pregnancy has been really hard on her b/c she's been so tired and so sick. Poor thing! We spent the rest of the evening making chicken soup, watching TV, and just spending time together. I had to snap this pic, b/c I am sooooooo going to miss having Mom & Dad home when they leave soon for their next mission! Mom is always working on some sort of mending or sewing project. What a great example she is!

When Autumn & I got home, Frank asked if we had checked the mail yet. I was sooooo excited that I literally RAN (and for those of you that know me, you know I do NOT run) to the mailbox. Inside was a small package and inside was a new wireless speaker w/ some treats and a super sweet card. Frank said he was walking through the store one day and saw that and thought of Autumn & I. He knows we like to have fun dance parties in the living room & this has great sound so we could really have fun with it! Soooooooooooo stinkin' sweet & thoughtful & tender! What a guy!!!!