Monday, March 28, 2011

Boston Temple

Aaron and I got up really early on Saturday morning to make our way into Boston to attend the temple. It was cold, but sunny outside, it was beautiful. We don't have the luxury anymore of driving down the street to attend the Salt Lake temple, but a 45 minute drive isn't too far either. When we arrived in the parking lot I felt right at home. I couldn't stop smiling, it was such a good feeling to be back there. Everyone was so nice and friendly and helped us find where we needed to go. We even saw an old friend and stayed for lunch. It was a wonderful day. Next time we go I hope it is a little warmer and I can take some great pictures of my own. I did not take this one but I loved it and felt like it represented the day well. The trees were bare and the air cold.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A Desire to Create

My Rock, My Redeemer
A Seed Planted
Ever since President Uchtdorf's talk, Happiness Your Heritage, I have tried to look at myself as a daughter of a great creator. I have been not only more willing to try new things, but have more faith and confidence in myself that I can do things well. To the great artist my works may look nothing of the professional sense, but to me every detail and stoke is a skill learned, almost perfected. I have a long ways to go, but I am determined to keep up my new learned talent. President Uchtdorf said, "Everyone can create. You don't need money, position, or influence in order to create something of substance or beauty. Creation brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment. We develop ourselves and other when we take unorganized matter into our hands and mold it into something of beauty."

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Somebody steals the blanket!

My husband wonders every morning how I end up with all of the blanket! It is a total mystery to me because you see, he takes up almost the entire bed (we only have a queen and he is 6.4), so naturally he would need more of the blanket, but he willingly gives them all to me! Aaron has told me that when he gets cold he tries to pull them back, but I just won't release my death grip on the blanket. Maybe we need a bigger blanket. Here is what our bed looks like most mornings. As you can see their is little blanket left on the other side. Ops!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Mom for a Week

Wow what a big job mom's have. This last week I watched a family of four and I got a little glimpse into the life of a full time mother. And the verdict...... I have never wanted a family more! There were still times of disobedience, fighting and stubbornness, but over all there were sweet moments of love that were felt as we read scriptures and said prayers before bed, watched movies and ate dinner together.
I love this artist, her name is Elspeth Young. We attended BYU together and I got to know her while we were in the same ward together. She is a wonderful person and a beautiful artist. I love her work because it is so real. She creates the smallest details giving her pieces much depth and emotion. I love this piece because to me it portrays a mother caring for her young child. Something I know I want one day.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Hampton Beach

A Taste of Summer at Hampton Beach
The beautiful sun was out and we saw surfers and children playing
in the freezing water. Even though it was only 50 degrees outside we
clearly saw that low temperatures do not effect New Englander's!

A nice man asked us if we would like our picture taken!
The people out here are so friendly!

Sea food cages, that can only mean one thing!
Fresh sea food for lunch! Yummy!

Ray's Seafood, we definately recommend it. If you sit on the
upper deck you can see the beautiful coast. What a place!

Best Clam Chowder we have ever had!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Our Trip to New Hampshire

This is what we lived in for the first 4 days in New Hampshire. What a mess! We were so glad when the movers came and delivered our furniture. It is not that much fun sleeping on an air mattress!
This was such a fun stop. We got to spend a day in Kirtland! I even got to take Aaron on tour. It was so much fun to be back in the mission. I love it here and am so glad I got to share part of my mission with Aaron. These sister were awesome and so much fun to talk to .

Aaron is actually standing in his old bedroom in Nebraska. Some good friends bought their house when they moved and they let us come and stay the weekend with them. It was so much fun to hear all of the stories from Aarons childhood and picture them in their origional location. I loved being in his childhood home. He said not much had changed since he was there last.

Aaron and I had quite the adventure making it cross country to New Hampshire. We were on the road most days for about 10 hours. There was snow some of the way but we also got snowed in for 2 days when we got to Ohio. What a trip to remember. We had a good time though and we were so glad we made it safely.

There is Snow in New Hampshire!

So the snow is actually starting to melt now, but there sure was a lot of it. I hear from all the locals that this isn't normal. I guess we will see next year. Aaron and I are doing well. I am still looking for jobs but I have had a couple interviews so hopefully we are getting close. It is diffictult out there trying to find a job. One job I applied for had over 900 applicants. Where are all these people coming from? Aaron is enjoying his job and he is working really hard. I like hearing about his accomplishments that he has made thoughout the days. It is exciting! The ward is great! I get to work with the youth again. What a blessing! The young women out here are amazing! I already feel like their friends. There are some very nice family's in the ward, however there are no young married couples. Aaron and I are the only ones. I guess that makes us unique! I miss my family a lot and especially Utah, but I know we are out here for a reason so it helps me be happy and positive about things. I know part of the reason we are out here is for the church and for us to grow as individuals. God will bless us and hopefully we will fall in love with New England. We love you all and miss you!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

A Preview of Our New Home

Aaron and I took a trip out east at the begining of December. We searched all weekend long to find a nice safe place to live and we finally found one. 

Theme: Cowboys

Pictured below from left to right is Valerie Rae, Jessie and Me. We are, The Twinkle. This last week we went to lunch and the movies. Our theme was "Cowboys". We ate a Cowboy Wrap and then watched True Grit. Who would ever think girls night out would turn into watching a true cowboy western and eating cowboy food. It was a great show and so fun to spend time with these girls. I am going to miss you guys!

The Lights on Temple Square

For family home evening on Monday night Aaron and I, our friends Amy and Dave all went to see the beautiful lights on temple square. This temple picture below is taken at Aarons special spot. It really is the best place to take pictures of the front of temple. I think it is beautiful, however my favorite picture is the last one.

This is my best friend Amy. Her and her husband now live in Sandy. Amy and I actually went to highschool together but never really knew eachother until we met again on our mission. After our missions we lived together at BYU.

This is me trying to be a good photographer. I am really trying to take better pictures but I really think it is easier to get a good picture with a nice camera. One day we plan on investing in a great camera.

Christmas Time

Aaron and I bought our first tree together. It was only about 5 feet tall but it was perfect for us. We put 400 lights on it, a couple ornaments and a star on top. I started a new tradition for our little family this year. A week before Christmas we hang different scriptures on the tree. Every night we get together and read a scripture together. Here are a couple pictures from Christmas.