Sunday, April 28, 2013

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!

Spring in Eugene rocks. Minus the allergies that mercifully have not touched me...just my poor snot-nosed hubby. Poor guy. Though sometimes, I wonder what is worse - to have the allergies yourself or to live with the constant nose-blowing, coughing, sneezing, nastiness...I could argue the latter.

Anywhosie, despite the allergies, we did get out a bit this week to enjoy some of the sunshine. We made homemade hamburgers and had a picnic on our balcony and talked for hours while the sun was setting. 

It was my parents' anniversary yesterday, so this was our celebration in their honor :) We feel so grateful to both come from homes where our parents love and are committed to each other. So many children don't have the luxury of two parents to love and care for them for whatever reason, and I'm not sure why James and I were so lucky, but it certainly shapes the way we view our marriage and family life. 

We sure love these two!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

A Weekend at Uncle Jeff's and Aunt Tricia's

Last weekend we had a great time at Uncle Jeff's and Aunt Tricia's place in Portland. In fact, we were so busy, that we didn't even get to write a blog post about it until now. As always, I wish we would have taken more pictures of all the fun things we did, but these will have to do.
Sunday night we had this amazing chicken dish. I don't remember what it was called, but as you can see, it was pretty exotic including kiwi, bananas, and pineapple. 

We played MarioKart on the Wii quite a bit. We were so adventurous that we even played upside down.

Sunday afternoon we had fun doing a crossword puzzle including all 118 of the periodic elements.

We spent quite a bit of time in the competition of who would win first. Kirsten ending up finishing first when I had only seven words to go. 
 Besides the yummy food and games, we got to watch all of the sessions of General Conference where we got to hear from the leaders of the Latter-day Saint Church including the prophet, Thomas S. Monson. Although there were several good talks, I think that my favorite was given by Elder Jeffery R. Holland on believing. He said that everyone had different levels of faith, and that's ok. We don't need to compare each other but to just press forward with where we are. As long as we do our best, the Lord will provide. Click here to watch his address. I'm thankful for the powerful messages shared by my church's leaders because they help me to be a better person.

Although it was really fun to spend last weekend up in Portland, it was also nice to have a quiet relaxing time this weekend. We hope that everyone is doing well! Love you all lots!