Thursday, November 17, 2011

Early Christmas Present

Marcel, one of my favorite Youtube personalities, has given me an early Christmas present. Another video!

In case you haven't seen the first one, I've included it on here. So hilarious! I love it to death!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sneak Peek

Here is a little sneak peek of our engagement pictures. :) Don't worry, we're saving our favorite ones for our announcement. We want it to be a surprise. Hope you guys enjoy this little sampling though.

Secret Life of Bees

I started reading the Secret Life of Bees yesterday while I was on the tractor (going only .5 mph give me the opportunity to read, not just listen to books) and I'm loving the story. There are a lot of things that can be learned from this book and I wanted to share one of them with you.

August, a beekeeper, is explaining to Lily, a 14-year-old girl, why their house is painted bright pink. August's sister May was with her when she went to go pick out the color. She says, "I had a nice tan color in mind, but May latched on to this sample called Caribbean Pink. She said it made her feel like dancing a Spanish flamenco. I thought, 'Well, this is the tackiest color I've ever seen, and we'll have half the town talking about us, but if it can lift May's heart like that, I guess she ought to live inside it.' You know some things don't matter that much. Like the color of a house. How big is that in the overall scheme of life? But lifting a person's heart - now, that matters. The whole problem with people is...they know what matters, but they don't choose it. You know how hard that is? I love May, but it was still so hard to choose Caribbean Pink. The hardest thing on earth is choosing what matters."

What great insight. Thank you Sue Monk Kidd. How difficult is it to choose what matters?

So what really matters to us? Is the color of your house more important than making someone else happy? How far would you go to ensure the happiness of someone else? What would you be willing to sacrifice?

I think a lot about the sacrifices I am willing to make in order to ensure that Caitlin is happy, and the numerous things she has given up to make me happy. When you truly love and care about someone you don't mind sacrificing for them because their happiness is your happiness. I'm so grateful to have found someone that makes living this principle of choosing what matters so much easier. Now if only I could learn to apply the same principle to others in my life.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Special Message

I love this message and I love the illustrations. What a great testimony. Watch and enjoy.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Halloween Half

This past weekend Caitlin and I went down to the Provo Half Marathon to cheer on our friends who were running in it. It was a lot of fun, yet I have no proof cause Caitlin has all the pictures on her camera. :) But I did take a picture or two on my phone.

Let's start with where we stayed on Friday night. We stopped in Brigham City, Utah and spent the night at Caitlin's aunt and uncle's house. I got to sleep in Dannon's (her cousin) room. It was so much fun! There were so many things to look at, legos to play with, and even my sheets were Where's Waldo! I had to snap a few pictures before I left because I think everyone should enjoy a night in this overwhelmingly creative and fun room.

You'll notice PEZ dispensers above the windows and buttons on the curtains.

Literally, I could've spent many hours staring at everything on the walls, but I was WAY too tired to truly enjoy the beauty of the room. Maybe the next time we visit I'll be able to browse for a while longer.

Then of course there is the marathon to talk about! I have no pictures of any of the runners (like I said, they're on Caitlin's camera) but I did snap one picture of Caitlin and I after the race was over. We went down to cheer on Ben Burke, Emma Holmquist, Julie Larson, and Ali Berger. They did so amazingly good! I am so impressed with everyone that runs marathons/half marathons. What an impressive accomplishment.

After we enjoyed cheering them across the finish line, we hung out with Brittany and Alex for a few hours, babysat, and designed our wedding announcement. That was for sure a lot of fun. Even though Brooklyn didn't want to hang out with us at all, we can still say we babysat. :) We also had a "harvest dinner" with the runners. We had delicious homemade (homemade by Costco) potpie, caramel apples, and we also baked some delicious looking dessert pies, but we were way too stuffed to eat them. After dinner we just talked and played games and had the perfect life. Literally, my life is perfect. The following day we enjoyed church with Alex and Brittany, visited my sister Jara, and finally made it back up to Brigham City and visited with Caitlin's family up there. Good weekend? Check.

Then Monday was Halloween, and since Caitlin and I spent it apart we just sent pictures to each other of what we were. Caitlin's picture came to me upside down. I liked it, so I didn't flip it around. :) She was a minion.
And I was a Hogwarts student (Ravenclaw of course).

It's strange to think that October is over, but the festivities have only begun. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Caitlin's birthday, then wedding! These next three months are going to fly by!