Thursday, July 1, 2010
Other things I'm so anxious and excited for:
*Caleb to have a job and be done with school! Unfortunately he still has two full years left.
*KIDS! I have ALWAYS wanted to be a stay-at-home mom....my mom was amazing and I LOVED the fact that she was always there for me. I want to do the same for my kids.
*Working part-time on my own schedule. I honestly didn't want to go to college, but my mom encouraged me to go just in case my future spouse passed and I needed a job. I'm glad I went, but in some ways I feel like it was a waste of money. In other ways I feel like should go back to school to get a masters...or even a PhD...even though I really don't want to!
*Having a job that pays every hour I'm there!
*A home of our own.
*Being close to family. My heart aches regularly because of the distance in our family. My brother and sister live in different states...and now my mom too. I pray that one day we will all be in the same state again and live within a 20 mile radius of each other. My sister and I have always wanted to raise our kids together just like my mom and aunt raised us cousins together.
Even though life is difficult right now, there are so many little blessings that feel HUGE to me and help me get through the day-to-day...being able to house-sit (we are house-sitting for 3 couples within a month's time period. BLESSING!), having a great boss who allows me to take numerous family vacations over the summer even though I do not have paid time off, having a wonderful hubby (he does so much it would take me years to write it all! He is such an amazing man), having family next door, literally, it's great having Caleb's family close even though it makes me yearn for mine at times; I am also thankful for the wonderful church full of wonderful people and a wonderful pastor!
I am praying for a more positive attitude about life. I have to work at it daily. But thankfully God is walking right by my side through everything. I've fallen a lot over the past couple years, but He is always there to pick me up and help me get on my feet again. But you know, I always need to hold His hand and thankfully He never wants to let go even if I try.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
Luke and I had a blast playing in the water! He had no fear! By the end of the trip he was trying to swim on his own without a life vest!
The trip was way too short...we only had 2 full days in AZ. But it was TOTALLY worth it! I am so excited for the next reunion!
Craft Idea #2:
Make your own block letters! This does take time and a scroll saw which I know a lot of people don't have. All you have to do is print off a font you want in the size of letter you want, lightly glue it onto some cheap wood or partical board, cut it out with the saw, sand down, spray paint, then drill a hole in the back so you can hang!
Friday, June 11, 2010
I went to a fun Mariner's game with my friend Kristin and a friend of hers. Kristin has some connections so we had SWEET seats in the 100 level! Even though the good 'ole Mariners lost, we still had a blast!
We also had a couple fun days with our nieces!
New golfer of the family:
Walking before we know it!
Next scrapbooker of the fam:
Oh...and extremely important news...I am now a GOLD STAR MEMBER with Starbucks...oh geez. Just what I need: more incentive to blow money on expensive caffeinated beverages!
Thursday, June 10, 2010
August: We moved up to Seatac and moved in with Caleb's grandparents
September: I started my first training job as a ladies outdoor fitness instructor!
October: My nephew's 1st birthday! It was a farm themed celebration! No pix of the birthday but look at this progression over the last couple years of the little buddy (Luke):
November: Ran my first 5k, The Turkey Trot! Go here to look at my race pix: http://www.finishshots.com/racerresults3.php?raceid=583&bibnumber=545cerresults3.php?raceid=583&bibnumber=545
December: First cruise for Caleb, 3rd for me! (can't find my pix but there are some on facebook!)
January: Can't think of anything exciting, other than the introduction of 2009!
February: My oldest niece Baylee turned 2! Theme was Elmo/Sesame Street but again no pictures...but here are some cute ones of her! (the first pic is Luke and Baylee with Auntie steph and Uncle Caleb, Christmas 2007)
March: Caleb turned 23...and got accepted to both grad schools he applied for: UW and UPS (He chose UPS)
April: I started working for 24 hour fitness as a personal trainer.
May: Got to see my friend Ashlie for her birthday! We went to a Mariner's game! Unfortunately I can't find my pix.
June: Not sure what happened this month...
July: I turned 23! I didn't feel well most of the day...go figure...but a group of friends and family took me out to BJ's for dinner! I love that restaurant! Here's a pic of me after work enjoying gifts sent from mom!
August: Allie Rae was born! She had Uncle Caleb wrapped around her little finger from the moment he laid eyes on her. These pictures were taken in February 2010.
September: Nick's 28th bday...wasn't there to celebrate with him though :o(
October: Nephew Luke turns 2! Theme was Cars...he was adorable! I wish I had pictures of the party.
November: Happy Thanksgiving! No Turkey Trot this year...actually I had to work! 24 hour Fitness is open EVERY day of the year except Christmas Day...great for those who like to workout 364 days of the year, not-so-great for those who don't want to work on major holidays.
December: Mom got married in Portland! I got to witness it along with Sophie and Blake (Troy's kids) and a few other family memebers. Then Caleb and I celebrated Christmas in California with my sister and her family, Dad and Nick! Pictures are of the wedding day!
January: Yay for 2010!
February: Baylee turns 3! Themed birthday was Ariel/Little Mermaid.
Baylee Joy the Pretty Princess and Allie Rae the Sleeping Beauty:
Also in March, my nephew Levi was born:
April: We surprised my sister-in-law for her birthday by making her a big scrapbook full of pictures and letters from friends and fam!!
May: We went cruisin' with Carnival! Caleb's 2nd and my 4th! There are lots of pictures on facebook!
Whew...that was way too much. I have decided that with each post I am going to share a fitness idea and a craft idea...okay maybe not with EVERY post, but I will do my best!
Fitness idea #1: STRETCH! If you do not have a regular stretching routine, make one. If you do not have a foam roller, purchase one! If you do not know how to use one, ask someone who does or go online and look how to use it! It's important to stay limber to avoid injury!!
Craft Idea #1: Make a diaper cake...there are plenty of babies being born! This is a great gift idea...it can get pricey so maybe go in on the items with a few people. Here is one I made for a shower:
Made of NB diapers, receiving blankets, monkey with velcro hands, baby soaps/lotions (inside the cake too), bath cloths (to make the flowers in the front), wooden letters (for the name), and pins to hold it all together!
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
*We are still living in the basement of g-ma and g-pa Louvier...not sure if we are ever going to move!...I'm slowly coming to terms with this
*I am still a personal trainer...I've been with 24 hour fitness for almost 14 months, although it feels like its been 10 years in some regards
*My family is still spread out...sister in Cali, brother in Utah, mom in Oregon, and dad and I are here in Washington
*G-pa Louvier is very sick...please pray for him if you are reading this!
Pictures and more updates to come! :o)