Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Top 3 Choices

It's funny I was mowing the lawn the other day and It got me thinking about how blessed we are. I was thinking about our house, our health, our family .... we are so blessed. 

It also led me to think about my decisions in life - the things the led my life to where I am right now. I'm not talking about it like "look what I did" but recognizing that the Lord led me to these decisions. I actually took a lot of time to think about it. So I got it down to my 3 top best choices. 

#1 - My choice to be in the Gospel. The lord led me to the gospel through my grandma, but the choice to become active and stay active was mine. This decision led me to a life with so much less pain, friends that inspired me to be better and keeping myself at a point where I could date someone like Tyson. The funny thing is that during my teenage years it did not feel like I was "winning" anything, but now that I am in my 30's with kids and a real life - the gospel kept me from so many BAD things - drinking, drugs, sleeping around .... I really saved so much heartache. I just hope and pray that my girls will have enough sense to just trust that I know what I am talking about - that they recognize that I had the same trials, temptations and openings for bad choices, but thankfully I said no. 

#2 - My choice to marry Tyson. I was engaged before Tyson - to Bill. I was so in love with Bill. Then Bill dumped me because his parents did not like me or that I was latina. So he dumped on and broke my heart. It was the most painful thing I went through. I started dating 6 months later but I was still so heartbroken. It was years before I could genuinely be healed. Three years later I met Tyson.10 years into it, I can blatantly see that Bill was SO wrong for me. Tyson is my most amazing best friend. There are so many days that I just see Tyson and the spirit tells me "this is why it did not work out with Bill"  My life with Tyson is so amazing and we genuinely happy - which I know I would not be with any of my other boyfriends. 

#3 - My choice to become a minimalist. Tyson laughs about this one but seriously learning and fully embracing minimalist has changed my life - and directly influenced my other top choices. We have more money, more time, less stress, more intentional actions, more time outside, more time as a family, more ability to make big choices. When we first got married I really wanted a big house, big cars.... all the things that made us look successful. 9 years later I am so different but so much happier. I share more, I give more, I laugh more. I can work, I can be with my kids, take care of my house .... and still maintain my house ... all because of minimalism. 

So there are my top 3 choices

Monday, August 15, 2016

Enjoying Our Summer

We are approaching the end of summer and we are still trying to soak up every minute.

This last weekend was super fun. Sydney got sick on Friday and had to come home from School. She was really good to play by herself and watch some shows while I worked on Friday. 

Saturday we rode our bike to Westy Fest. We did crafts, watched shows, played on the inflatables. We also finally were able to buy and eat food from our very first food truck. 
We got home and Abby was doing her Lemonade stand. The girls loved helping her. They kept screaming "Lemonade for Sale."

That evening the Blakely's watched our kids and we had dinner with Tom and a few other ESS employees. Tyson ordered the most delicious grill cheese sandwich - it was amazing and was even better than my steak.

Sunday London woke up sick and I stayed home from church with her. 

The last week we have been busy watching the summer Olympics. We have loved watching Simone Biles and Michael Phelps - it's amazing the dedication they have. 

Our last summer project has been sanding and repainting our deck. Tyson got crazy and sanded down our table too - I stained it myself and it turned out awesome! So much better than our first attempt. Then we put 4 coats of polyurethane. So hopefully it will be better protected. The table looks brand new and will last us for many more years to come!

We bought "Deck Over" by Berh and it had a very thick texture to it - we also go gray color and it looks SO good. We did the floor and stairs. Next summer we will replace the top rail boards and paint everything to match. 

I am very happy to have it done :) 

Sunday, July 31, 2016

The train ride

Wow it was such a busy weekend - too busy for me taste but we made a lot of fun memories. 

Saturday we did an open house at 665 and it was kind of a disaster. The girls got into everything and no really showed up  I was there 1.5 hours and was exhausted. 

On our way home I remembered the new station that was opening so we grabbed some lunch and headed there. We spent the next 4.5 hours on the train. We went downtown and then to the airport and then back. It was a cool experience. The girls lost interest after 3 hours. I am glad that we did it and got to know the train. 

Then Sunday I taught sharing time - on the temples. Golly i never know if it was good or bad. Then we had the Browns over for dinner. It was super fun. My food and cake turned out very well. I am glad for it. 

This week is hopefully going to be awesome. 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Happy anniversary to us!

Tyson and I celebrated our 9th anniversary. That means we have been together more than 10 years! Wow. That is crazy. 

My client Pat was amazing and gave us a gift card to the Melting Pot. The last time I was there was 15 years ago and it was just dessert. 

This time we had 4 courses and wow! It was so awesome! We loved it all! We stayed for two hours and we could not even do dessert - so we got a rain check and we will comeback. 

It was a great night. The weather was beautiful and it was the first time we were out on a warm summer night. We got back at 10 pm and fell fast sleep. It was so awesome!

We also got me a new iMac - it was on craigslist and we got a good deal. 

Friday, July 15, 2016

Update On The Girls

I wanted to write an update on the girls personally.

Sydney is almost 5 (3 more months) and she has changed dramatically the last 6 months. She is so much more even keel, easier to talk to, much better at playing by herself and using imagination. She is delightful and super helpful. She loves to wash dishes, play with Abby, pretend stuff  and make up stories. She loves to pretend that she is a baby and London is the mom. 

She also has a new imaginary friend - well kinda, it's  my hand. Several months ago I was playing and pretending my hand was spider - she calls it "spider" and we did that for a few days - but then she kept asking for spider all the time, but not to tickle, but to talk to it, play with it, feed it? I swear it's like it's  a totally different person. She will ask spider to sleep with her and she will pet it. When she gets hurts and starts crying she ask for "spider" to comfort her. It's the coolest thing to see her imagination be so real and strong. 

I heard that the closer kids get to 5 - the easier they become and Sydney is walking proof to talk. She can reason better, she gets rewards and consequences. She still struggles with impulses and hitting  but it's night and day from when she was 4. 

London on the other hand is full force with the Terrible Three's - she is mean, hits, screams, runs away .... it's been a tough 6 months. This summer she is very mean to Sydney and loves to make her cry. Her tantrums have also exploded. Everything bothers her. I think some of it has to do with the fact that unless we are driving, she refuses to nap. If we lock her in her room - she will kick the door and leave awful marks on it. So we mostly just let her stay up and put her to bed between 6:30 - 7:30 PM. I am exhausted by the time she is down for bed. London is stubborn and passionate. She does not reason. 

The good thing is that she is still super cute and loves to be held and cuddle. She loves to sleep with Tyson. She loves her babies. 

I am hoping that she will take a similar turn the closer she gets to 5. London's vocabulary is really expanding and her words are much more clear. We are still working with our therapist on a weekly basis and the girls Love Januae. 

Today I am working then taking my laptop to the pool so the girls can swim while I finish some work. It's such a blessing to be minimalist, work from home and have the gospel. We are so blessed. 

Summer was been wonderful so far. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Since being home

We hit slip and slide next door, then we had cow day at chick fil a. The cool part was that when we went at night we missed the 7 pm deadline - and a good family man came after us and bought our two meals for $14. It wasn't a lot of money but the intention was so sweet. 

I been feeling so weird lately - not able to really focus. This morning I was driving and I just so out of it - I kept having to refocus. 

Thankfully my work load has been a little lighter. One of my coolest clients is getting married so we are going crazy trying to finish everything. Tyson had to stay at work because the fence got hit - it's almost 930 and he is still there. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Utah part 2