Bumpdate: Week 22

This week.  Ahh this week.  This is has been one of the most dreaded weeks since I finally came to a realization that my little brother would actually be heading out on his mission. I believe full well that he is doing the right thing and couldn’t be prouder of his choice to go out and serve, but man it’s been incredibly difficult.  We did however get the opportunity to go camping up at Jacob’s Lake, a little Inn just north of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.  It was a great break from the everyday worries and stress, especially work, and a nice way to keep our minds off of the temporary change in our family numbers. Anyways… Back to the Bumpdate.

Weirdest Moments

I’ll say this one thing: being backed up is no joke. Not fun.  Like when you are starving but can’t imaging putting anything else into your body for fear that you might explode.  Pain so bad you can barely walk and let the tears flow because at least you can control that… now my favorite thing is Metamucil.

Food Cravings

Nope. Nada. Zip, zilch- I’m starting to wonder if the pregnancy cravings are a myth and that often pregnant people just use growing a human as an excuse to eat odd things.  I’m sure it’s not, but when I don’t have any cravings, you start to wonder.

Most Excited For

Well, this might be a slightly weird one, but I’m looking for my little man to stop slowing down around 10 p.m.  Right now he seems to be super active around 11 pm which right now is not so bad, but when his little kicks and intense movements getting stronger, I can only hope that he will slow down as he gets bigger so that I can sleep.

Best Moments

Its been a hard week with Matt heading out.  I’ll say that the best moments were when he was getting set apart.  The Spirit finally gave me the comfort that I needed.  It was a saving grace that my family and I had a family reunion to go to to take us out of our daily routine and away from everything that reminded us of my brother.  Nate even wittled a Baby Groot figurine! See how cute?

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Yet, Saturday night, we were back to life and back to reality.  Nate was hungry and as we didn’t have food, I had to make boxed macaroni and cheese (which by the way, I ABSOLUTELY HATE).  I hadn’t made that in probably 10 years when my brother could finally do it on his own.  Well, with thoughts of my brother flooding back into my mind, I started crying.  I now have to keep reminding myself of the same thing I told my brother before he entered the MTC, “Just take it one day at a time”.  It’s not so bad when you do it that way, but sometimes you can’t help but through in thoughs like, “he wont be eating Sunday dinners with us for 2 whole years…”  Gosh…  Anyways, good moments, but sad moments.

Well, here is to a new week, a new day- hopefully better than the last. That is what we should be striving for, right? Betterment? I’m personally hoping to be better at working out.  I’d hate to let myself go sooo much that giving birth is so bad because I haven’t prepared that I’m still hobbling around 6 months later. Ick!

Have a great week!

 

Bumpdate: Week 21

This week has been interesting for many reasons, but I’d rather not go into them as my “pregnancy hormones” are sure to take over and I’ll cry over my keyboard.  Not that anyone that reads this would notice, and I’ve yet to see the physical evidence of crying on a computer screen (thank goodness this is not a physical journal, right?)

Anyways, lets get down to business.

Weirdest Moments

Nothing really to write home about.  Just some pain in my nether regions that no one wants to hear about. (oops, I guess you just did)

Food Cravings

Not anything crazy yet.  I really only want seafood, but honestly, it’s nothing new. Maybe I just notice it more because everytime I read about what-to-eat-during-pregnancy, everything says to eat fish like twice a week, and I am so cheap that I won’t do it…

however… our next door neighbors made some awesome Smoked Salmon and Garlic Shrimp Friday night on their smoker and gave us a nice helping of it… SOOOO good.  Its times like that that I wish I lived on the coast and had access to fresh seafood at a lower cost. (Dreams, right?)

Most Excited For

I’m so excited for Nate to be able to feel our little guy moving.  He pushes on my belly and talks to him nearly everyday trying to get something.

Best Moments

Started to FINALLY feel Baby Groot!  It feels more like a flick or like when you start to cut off your circulation to your arm and that pulse/twitch that you feel everytime your heart beats.  It’s so exciting to not only see that he is growing, but to be able to feel that he is in there and doing ok.

I also got to hang out with some of my closest friends to catch up and eat FroYo.  Love those girls!  There is a reason they are counted among my best friends.  They have such great insights on life, and are totally grounded and smart about everything they do.  I think the best part is that I don’t feel like I am walking on egg shells everytime I’m around them, which is like almost everyone out there these days. Whats even better is feeling totally confident in that we have each others backs and that there isn’t “back-talking” happening the moment you leave. ❤

And I can’t forget today.  After being edified at church, we got to eat an amazing Brisket that Nate made today and spend the remainder with my family.  I guess that last part is a little bitter-sweet as we are basically 2 days away from the best kid in the world heading out… Well, here come the tears (thank goodness none of you can see this)

Bumpdate: Week 20

Today I have reached 20 weeks, which means I’m halfway through.  I have been thinking of doing weekly pictures for a while now, but keep forgetting, so now that I’m halfway through, I feel the need to do this more so we can watch our little baby grow 🙂  Before I get started on this week, I thought I’d live a quick recap of what has been going on in the first half of my pregnancy.

We found out we were expecting at 4w4d (4 weeks, 4 days) the day before my brother-in-law’s wedding.  My husband was quite shocked that it happened so fast, but after the initial shock and after watching the happy couple get sealed for Eternity, I think he was finally able to get excited. We told Nate’s parents the night after the reception, his older brother & sister-in-law the day after, and my parents and brother on our week 5 mark.  It was fun to see all of their reactions as this will be the first grandchild on both sides.  My poor brother was a little upset that he was going to miss the birth and the first year and a half of this little one’s life as he will be leaving on his mission soon.

I had about 3 days of “morning sickness” during week 6 and other than that, I have been feeling pretty good aside from the first trimester sleepiness and a few days of the cold (which is made much worse when you can’t take any medication to alleviate the pain and uncomfortableness.

Our doctor has his patients do about 4 ultrasounds (week 8, 12, 16 & 20) but the way we had to schedule things we did them during weeks 9, 14 and 19.  We found out the gender pretty easily at week 14 as the ultrasound tech was passing the scope over the little babe, and got super excited to be welcoming as our first child a baby boy!  When we sent out the text to our immediate family to let them know we would be doing a quick gender reveal that evening, we sent a picture of the baby’s face as seen on the ultrasound. My mom quickly noticed how similar he looked to Baby Groot which has been his nickname ever since.19250523_10155438953807733_1988058256061413578_o002_1499652272778

Now that you are caught up, here is a little “bumpdate” of week 20:

Weirdest Moments

I had some pretty bad hip/lower back pain.  It got pretty uncomfortable if I stood and then turned to go somewhere else. Felt pretty good as long as I kept moving.

The weirdest part this week was on Friday. Luckily, I didn’t have to work because my eyesight was horrible! I felt like I didn’t have my contacts in, but I could hardly read either. Not fun.

Food Cravings

Really haven’t had any cravings at all.  All I want is water, and seafood, which really is nothing new.

Most Excited For

Definitely most excited to feel our boy move around.  Sadly, my placenta is right in between the baby and my belly so I can’t feel him at all… Nate keeps pushing on my belly to hopefully feel him move before I do, but there’s nothing :/

Best Moments

We got our big ultrasound this week where we got all the measurments of Baby Groot. It is incredible to see the little guy moving around so much and our excitement to see him grows everytime.  I’m slightly sad that this was our last ultrasound, but thankfully we got it recorded so we can watch it anytime now.  We did find out that he is about 2 days ahead of schedule (size-wise) as of Tuesday. He was measuring at 19w4d instead of 19w2d and measured at 11 oz, which is bigger than he is expected to be this coming week according to all of my pregnancy apps I have (realiable, I know… they know better than the doctor ;P)

The other best moment this week was getting to hear my brother speak about prepping for his mission (he leaves in 10 days… may or may not be freaking out right now…) The last few weeks have been interesting as I’ve wondered if my baby brother was ready to travel to the other side of the world and basically be on his own.  I felt many emotions today as he spoke of his anxieties and inadequacies that he has felt over the last little while when things have started to become more real for him.  But then to hear him talk about how he got a reassurance that he is being watched over, and that our loving Father knows his struggles, made me realize just how ready he is.  As I sat in the congregation at church today, I reflected on the many “farewells” I’ve gone to and realized that he is so ready.  I wanted to stand up and proclaim to the congregation that HE IS READY!  Most of my fears were calmed as I felt the strong Spirit and realized that he was understanding the purpose of his mission and thought of the families in the Philipines that were waiting to hear the Gospel. Flag_of_the_Philippines.svg

 

 

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Summer is in full swing and my Insta feed is crammed full of people posting adorably cute photos of themselves doing things that everyone else wishes they could do in the summer. I know sooo many of you (haha) will be sad to hear that I am not one of those people… I’m not the photogenic girl that can post an “instagram worthy” selfie every hour with a clever, cute or sassy caption, and to be honest, even if I COULD, it’s really not me.

As the few people that read these posts know, I am not even a blogger. Meaning, I can go 6 months without posting anything. The reality of all of this is that I can’t just flap my metaphorical jaw once a week to produce a blog post. I prefer to write something I feel has a little substance. Yet, I don’t write anything for the public eye (except when I do post some recipes or how-to’s), either. I started this blog as a way to write my own thoughts down because I am much stronger at voicing my opinions in written form than I am verbalizing it, and my husband and parents can easily atest to that fact.  I decided to share these thoughts because I thought that maybe someone else out there can relate, or at least I hope I’m not the only crazy one out there who thinks like me 🙂 So for those of you who read, just know that I had to vomit my thoughts out 🙂 Sometimes I can only go for so long with this stuff jumbled in my head before I start to go crazy.

I think some of my favorite people in the public eye right now are the 2 women off of #IMOMSOHARD. Why? Because I love that they tell it how it is.  Life is tough and really not that “instagram picture worthy”.  I saw their post today on instagram where one of them had tried on one of those smoothing tank tops that is supposed to kind of suck everthing in and smooth out all of the unwanted curves women tend to get.  I loved the post because it was so real, so honest.  Lets just say the tank did nothing to smooth this lady’s curves out.  I don’t know why, but it hit me hard as I continued to scroll through and saw people posting pictures of them basically being models as they surfed in Hawaii and posed in their brand new $130 swim suits (WHAT?! Sorry, no matter how cute, I’m way too cheap for that!) that I realized how hard it is to truly want to show who you TRULY are, at least on Social Media. And really, if you are one of these super talented and lucky people who do get to travel and are able to take beautiful pictures, keep going! Honestly, all I’m saying is BE YOU.  I would say the mass majority of people aren’t able to take the pics that are really “Insta Worthy” as we see every day of our lives.

I’m definitely not saying that those people who posted the perfect pics with the clever captions are not being true to themselves, but after seeing their posts about their seemingly perfect lives, its hard to want to post anything about my own life. I don’t get to travel all that often like my absolute favorite Hailey and Brad Devine, and aren’t their kids the cutest? I dream of having an occupation that lets me do exactly what they do! However, my life is spent working hard to help people find pieces they love to adorn their blank walls and decorate their homes.  I don’t get to take pictures of that sort of thing at work (or have the skill to make any of what I do look beautiful like others can). Then, when I come home, I make dinner and do the laundry and clean up dinner and half the time, I forget to go an check my garden before I am worn out and ready to sleep or veg out.  The only pictures I post, as most of you know are of the food creations I make.  The reason I post those is not because I get paid to do it, or because I created a super awesome new receipe everyone should try, but rather because I wanted to show that you can make a home cooked meal 🙂 Because if we are honest, if I can do it, I promise you can do it.

Now, I love my life. I love pretty much everything about it including all of it’s ups and downs.  That roller coaster is what makes life that much more exciting to me.  The lows in life make all of the triumphs even more thrilling and joyous.  I love that right now I am stressing about making sure I have enough food to feed 30 women and girls within our budget.  I love the growth that comes from trying hard things and how rewarding it will be when I am able to help someone else do the same thing and teach them how to do things better than I ever did.  The joy is always in the journey.  I don’t get to travel like many of the instagrammers I follow do, but I do get to see my handsome husband every day. I get to see my family once a week and we get to see Nate’s at least once a month.  I feel soo many immeasurable blessings in my life, but I can’t take a picture of them.

So ladies and gents.  Know that you are doing okay in life.  So what if you have a slightly messy house with laundry piling your bedroom floor waiting to be folded or washed.  If you hear your little ones laughing and see their smiling faces beaming at you when you come home from work or when you place dinner on the table, I think you are doing pretty great.  As Carrian from Oh, Sweet Basil said in her last instagram post, we are definitely not all Pinterest “Wonder Women” moms or women who have everything “Pinterest Perfect”, but if we are being kind to those around us, teaching our kids to support each other and get some of the chores or errands done we had on our to-do-list, we are winning.

Love God, love yourself, love your family and love your life.  It is only as good as you make it.

XOXO,

Madi

Weekly Menu: Jan. 30-Feb. 5

So I’ve been having a lot of requests for the recipes I use.  I don’t always make up recipes, so most of the time I use the recipes I find on Pinterest 🙂 But, I will try to make a compilation of all the recipes I use for those of you that like to follow my posts, especially on Instagram. I don’t repeat recipes too often, so if you are looking for recipe inspiration that is tried and true for your little family, I hope I can help!

Here we go!

This weeks menu is as follows:

  • Monday: Hawaiian Meatballs from Fake Ginger.  This is a recipe I do actually repeat a lot! Nate absolutely love it.  It is sweet with a little kick at the end of each bite. Not to mention way, way easy!  I use frozen meatballs from Costco to make it even simpler. Just remember to not add the cornstarch and water until 30 minutes before you will serve it. I’ve tried to put it in when everything else goes in, but it never thickens the sauce as well as it does when it’s done at the end.
  • Tuesday: Low Carb Tacos. This is a simple ground beef taco with all the normal toppings you’d normally put on a taco, such as shredded cheese, guacamole, salsa and olives. However, the taco shell is actually Butter Lettuce which makes for the perfect shell!
  • Wednesday: Chipotle Burrito Bowl from What’s Gaby Cooking.  I’ve made these once before and they are delicious!  If you like Chipotle’s burrito bowls, you’ll love this recipe. It has that smoky adobo flavor that I absolutely love. Another plus: cheaper than actually going out to eat 🙂
  • Thursday: Open Faced Chicken Caprese Sandwich from Cooking and Cooking. This is a new recipe we’re going to try this week. It’s a sandwich on a French baguette with tomato, mozzarella and basil so not sure how this could go wrong! I think we may add some fresh avocado to it as well.
  • Friday: Chicken Thighs with Red Potatoes and Asparagus. This is one I will make up on the fly. I love recipes like this because it all goes on a sheet pan and cooks together. Very little prep and hardly any dishes! Just simply flavor your chicken however you like (e.g. lemon pepper, Raspberry Chipotle sauce from Costco, Italian Seasoning and garlic, Season All) and toss your potatoes and asparagus (separately) in olive oil, salt and pepper. I think I’ll add a little lemon juice to my asparagus.  Cook until chicken juices run clear or internal temperature is at 165.

Below is my grocery list for the week. I’ll bet on about $50 for this menu. Oh, did I mention we are having people over for dinner twice this week? Yep, $50 bucks for a full week of food, and 2 nights of entertaining 🙂 That’s money well spent my friends!

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Questions?  Let me know how I can help! These are all pretty quick recipes that will fill your mouth with all kinds of happy flavors.  The best part is that most are customizable. Make it work for your own little family 🙂 I hope this is helpful and makes you all as happy as it does me 🙂

xoxo, Madi

You Can’t Always Do it Yourself

I don’t know why, but this is has been on my mind for the last few days. Maybe it’s the #womensmarch that spurred it… (Not a fan of it or the thought process behind it, but that’s another topic for another day). I think it spurred it because it seems like this whole “feminism” thing that has been going on lately is more about how to be completely independent rather than have the courage to lean on others for help and support. We don’t need help from anyone else, right? Wrong.

Anyways, back to the topic at hand, I have been thinking about how feminism seems to be centered around the thought that all women have to be fiercely independent and not need any help from anyone- especially from men #manhatters  Personally, I think this is crazy! I think of everything that I am involved in from “Homemaking” Activities, to dinner parties, to keeping up our home and planning meals, and there is almost nothing that I am entirely able to do on my own. Sure, it technically can be done by me, myself and I, but it is so much easier and faster to have other help.

Currently, I am the head of our Activities Committee for Relief Society in my ward. We have a meeting at least once a month to plan our next activity and I always come with my head and my notebook full to the brim of ideas. It think that I have everything planned out perfectly until my committee starts to have a discussion. They bring up things that I never thought of, they come up with ideas and activities that never even crossed my mind as a possibility. These women on my committee come from all different backgrounds and bring a lot to the table. If it were just me on the committee, it would be a failed attempt nearly every time.

Saturday, I was planning our menu for this week. I had planned to do a Cafe Rio style salad for dinner tonight and use the rest of the pork to have enchiladas one night and baked potatoes another evening. When I had originally planned this, I was thinking I would be saving money by having the meat carry on through the rest of the week, but my grocery list was longer than it has been in probably 3 months. My husband called me today and asked if I had gone grocery shopping yet. He then suggested getting some pizza from Riggatti’s tonight during their $6 pizza deal, use some of our frozen meatballs and Raspberry Chipotle sauce for another meal, and find a recipe to use some of our Cream of Chicken soup in our pantry.

This may seem super basic, and probably not significant in the least, but it really hit me how much I need others in my life. Nate was smart enough to use what we already have on hand, and while I often do try to do this anyways, sometimes, I don’t see what is right in front of me.  With Nate having the same goal as I do- to save as much money as we can- we have been able to do so much better than if I just did it on my own. That partnership and teamwork is one of my absolute favorite things about marriage. We each lift where the other may falter, we work together to make a complete picture.

Just food for thought. Just something I had to get off of my chest and out of my mind. Life isn’t about doing things on your own. It’s about learning how to work together to make life better. Coming together as a collective group that are all individual parts with completely different roles, but together makes a whole, functioning body.

 

Looking Back to Face Forward

We all have bad days.  My bad days usually consist of me looking at all the “bad” things I see in myself or telling myself I’m not doing very well because of things I haven’t done. Call it a “sin of omission”.  A few days ago, I had one of those days. 2016 was coming to a close and as I reflected on the year, I started to feel bad for myself because of the things I hadn’t done… I didn’t write a blog post every month, I didn’t meet my weight loss goal, I didn’t… I didn’t.. I didn’t.

How horrible is it to look back on a year of your life like that?!  It is sad and disrespectful to yourself. I realized I was starting to go down a bad hole real quickly and had to work at pulling myself out. But, it became easier as I remembered how great my life actually is.  So, instead of focusing on the things I didn’t do, I want to reminisce a little about the things I DID do so I can make 2017 even better 🙂

January

  • Spent a weekend in Downtown Salt Lake with some of our best friends for a free night at the Little America Hotel. Included a stroll around City Creek, card games in the hotel rooms until 2 o’clock a.m., Sunday morning rehearsal of Music and the Spoken Word, and the best buttermilk pancakes EVER at the Park Cafe.

February

  • Parade of Homes.  My favorite thing… I love seeing all the creativity and different design elements of each home.
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Parade of Homes… one of my favorite homes
  • February, one of my best friends also came home from her mission.  Crazy how much changed in 18 months!
  • We also went out to Kanab for their Hot Air Balloon Festival.  I have always had a love for hot air balloons. Being able to see all of these lit up in one place was a dream.  Not only was it cool when we got to let off paper lanterns together as well.  It was so very… Disney 🙂

March

  • My 2 best friends from high school got hitched!  It was so much fun to be a part of their special day.  I was also blessed to be able to assist them and their awesome photographer as we hiked through Snow Canyon for their bridals they took that day. You know you are awesome when you hike (and I mean literally) with high heels and a skirt 🙂
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This is what I hiked in, heels and all… But isn’t Randy BEAUTIFUL!!!
  • March also brought flowers into the Southern Utah world. my love for daisies (especially African Daisies) was rekindled.
  • Went to a Caucus for the first time. Thankful for my dad who set the example to not only me, but many others in the room to stand up and speak up when something seems wrong. I loved seeing him stand up for what he believes in instead of just letting something happen.
  • Spent Easter with Nate’s family. We tie-dyed eggs this year.

April

  • Tried my hand at onion rings. They ended up tasting really good, the only problem was there was way too much batter for the two of us 🙂 Dinner was garlic butter steak, roasted red potatoes and onion rings
  • Hiked the hills behind our house with my mom a lot. One rainy day, we saw a desert tortoise! It was awesome, even though little Zo wanted to play with it
  • Blogged more this month than any other in 2016
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May

  • Started doing watercolors of the Temples. First was the St. George.  I am a little too much of a perfectionist so it took me over a month to do.
  • Planned my best friends birthday party. This was a first, but super fun. Designed the invite, planned the food and made a cake and cupcakes from scratch!

June

  • Watched Zoey while my family went on a cruise.

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  • Attempted to find the Summit Rock… Clearly not very good at deciphering clues.
  • Dad bought a boat, so we were out on the lake all the time! Better than the camper, I guess 😉
  • Went to the Strawberry Days Rodeo.  Bulls, Mutton Ridin’, Motorcross, and my personal favorite: Strawberries and Cream.  Can I have some now?!

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  • Nate’s buddies attempted making us all chicken wings. I don’t think the recipe we chose was the best, but it was fun watching these guys work hard for food 🙂 BDubs next time, k?
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There they are… making us some wings 🙂
  • Went to Vegas for Convention

July

  • Spent time at the Grand Canyon National Park (North Rim) and at Jacobs Lake.  This is such a beautiful place. Love it

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  • The Fourth was spent with friends. We barbecued, played lawn games, and found the perfect seats for the fireworks right outside of the temple
  • This month was full of goodbye’s as we said farewell to Nate’s high school buddies who were going off to Dental school in Arizona and Oregon.
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Farewell dinner at the Bombay House, Provo
  • I tried my hand at finishing furniture.  Not to toot my own horn, but all my pieces turned out pretty great 😉
  • Cut about 9 inches off of my hair!

August

  • This was a fun month. We got to send off my cousin on his mission. He will be an AMAZING missionary in the south.
  • We packed up our rental and deep cleaned so the homeowners would come home to a welcoming place. Then…
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Packed and ready to move
  • WE BOUGHT A HOUSE. What a way to celebrate our first anniversary.  We purchased this cute little 1100 square foot house that is a blank slate, so I have plenty of room to make changes 😉  This is truly a dream come true.
  • This is also the time that I finally realized my dream to be an interior designer.  As Nate and I were house hunting, I was designing every house we went to in my head.  Our home was no exception. The more and more I thought about what I could do, the more and more excited I got. I realized deep down this was something that I would love.  So starts my exciting career.

September

  • Hurricane’s Peach Days! Best peaches we’ve ever had
  • BYU vs. Utah game. Rivalry at it’s finest, and the time of year I feel like the biggest outcast… Ute surrounded by BYU fans= Trouble

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  • Getaway to Arizona! Spent 3 days with Nate’s favorite mission companion’s family.
  • Got to watch my brother “compete” for Homecoming King.
  • Cha Cha’d through the middle of a high school orchestra class and delivered a Taco Bouquet. (yes- a bouquet of tacos)
  • BYU game! I’ll watch football all day if it’s in person. Thank goodness this one was!

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October

  •  Taped up my body for a ghost mold 🙂
  • Cheered Matt on at the Region and State Cross Country Meets. No worries, they took first in both, thanks to Matt’s incredible runs both days.
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Power Stance!

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  • Spent a few extra days with Mom up north to spend with families. If you live in Salt Lake, go to Mountain City for the best Chinese food ever.
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Come and try this place. You wont be dissapointed

 

  • We had our Annual Halloween Chili Party as well. We had the best turnout to date for this awesome dinner party we had!  Thank you, again, to all of you that came!

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November

  • Full of travel. (But so was September and October) We went up North every other weekend to attend a class for work.  As much as I love going to see family, I don’t like that we have to travel so much to do so… 😦
  • We got to spend Thanksgiving at home this year, which Nate LOVED!  If he can help it, we will probably host Thanksgiving a lot in the future.

December

  • Even more traveling. We went up north EVERY. SINGLE. WEEKEND.  The first weekend was with my parents for our family Christmas Party up in Huntsville, UT (aka Frigid north pole) and got to spend time watching Matt’s Chamber Choir sing all over downtown.
  • We got to go celebrate the wedding of my best friend from Elementary and Jr. High.  It was amazing seeing all of my friends from the #1 Ward in the World 🙂  It was so much fun reminiscing of the fun times I had with all of those people. I’ve never had a better or closer ward family than back then.  Miss you ALL so so much
  • Christmastime! What a great one, too. I went up a few days early with my family to spend it with my grandparents and aunt’s family.  Then we finished up the weekend with Nate’s family.  We were so blessed this year.  Being with family was the best gift of all. It was also nice to have Christmas on a Sunday.  It brought the reason of the season to the forefront of all our minds. How grateful I am for the birth of our Savior, so long ago.
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Day after Christmas Shooting
  • To finish out the year, we helped my parents tile their living room, master bedroom and closet. I have to say, I actually like laying tile 🙂 Painful and painstaking, but it is satisfactory to look at the finished product and realize you actually did that. You created it!

 

So now that I’ve lost 99% of the people who may have read this, (which to be honest, this was more for me than anyone else). It’s time to look forward. Nate and I like to make goals in 5 different categories: Faith, Family, Finance, Fitness and Fun.  I’d like to share with you some of my goals so I am actually accountable 🙂

Faith

  • Put more into my callings: give them each my ALL
  • Go to the temple at least 1x/month
  • Read scriptures daily

Family

  • Have weekly family home evening
  • Have family prayer daily
  • Write my personal history

Finance

  • Save enough money to be able to make improvements on home
  • Have 3 months savings put away
  • Start Interior design school (March) finish by July
  • Design house in Sketchup

Fitness

  • Lose my butt/leg fat
  • Workout at least 3x/week
  • Forget the treats- rewarded on Saturdays 😉

Fun

  • Have Quarterly “retreats” with my hubby
  • Go on 1 bigger trip this year
  • Have monthly dinner parties
  • Have monthly girls nights
  • Live with no regrets

So there you go.  I know everyone (haha) wanted to see my life and see my goals for this next year. This is for you Nate. Hold me accountable, don’t let me slack off.

xoxo- Madi