Sunday Dinner #40

I’m doing Sunday Dinner #40 before #39 because I completely forgot about it and I want to do #40 while it’s still fresh in my mind. πŸ˜‹ 

This Sunday was just a typical Sunday. We went to one of Lauren’s friends mission homecoming talks. Its a good time to be in Vernal because all the missionaries are coming home so we get to go listen to lots of different talks and experiences each week. So, that’s always fun! 

Then, Fuzz and I spent the Sunday cleaning up and organizing after a long week. Fuzz did some home work. I did some laundry (maybe that’s not the best thing to admit to doing on a Sunday? πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈ). Fuzz took a nap. I did some catching up on pictures and memories and all that what not stuff that is so not important, but also the most important. 😜 

After a nice relaxing day, we ate dinner with Tim and Melinda. And let me just say that I don’t talk enough about how great of in-laws I have. I am so lucky to have the relationship with them that I do. I love to sit and chat with them. And I really, really enjoy sitting down to dinner, just the four of us and talking. We all get along so well and conversations flow so easily. We can talk about sports, politics, the Red Sox, life, zumba, work, family, and so much more and it’s just so fun. It’s always a good time and eating dinner with them is something that I have grown to hold very close to my heart. So, this Sunday we spent eating dinner with them and just chatted. We had some delicious baked potatoes and flank steak. πŸ˜‹

After dinner at Tim and Melinda’s, of course we made our way over to my families house and snacked on a few things at their dinner. They had some delicious chicken noodles over potatoes, salad, and root beer floats. We spent the evening just like every other Sunday Dinner at their house; just BS-ing, hanging out, playing a little back yard baseball, and enjoying being out in the cool summer evening. I am convinced one of the closest things on this earth to heaven is my grandparents back yard on a warm summer evening with all of our family together. It’s truly perfection. 

This Sunday after dinner we did something a little different, but not super different. We were able to be at my families little family home evening for the first time in a really long time. It was so fun to be able to watch a powerful church video on Mormon.org and then hear my family share their little testimonies and thoughts. I love being able to experience those kind of thins with them. I also love that I married somebody who is so open and willing to share his testimony. 

All in all, this Sunday, like every other Sunday was absolute perfection. 

drew

Sunday Dinner #38

This Sunday was quite a special one. Payton Reynolds gave her farewell talk and we had to say goodbye to her for the next 18 months. Her spoke so sweetly and my testimony grew from her sweet experiences that she shared. Saying bye to her was bittersweet. I am definitely going to miss her up at Utah State this year, but I know she is going to be the best sister missionary.

Sunday Dinner was delicious and small. I feel like Sunday Dinner’s have been really small a lot lately. Everybody is so busy, always going one way or another. My grandparents were on the mountain camping, so it was just my family and Angie’s family. We had some delicious steaks, salmon, salad, and vegetables. πŸ˜‹ It was a good day! I am making a video of the whole big family to give to my grandpa for Father’s Day. So, I got a lot of that done, which was way nice!!

Like I always say, I am so incredibly blessed to have so many wonderful people in my life. ❀


drew

 

Real Lifeο»Ώ

Being home this summer we have been able to experience some pretty awesome things. Our eyes have been opened a lot to how incredibly hard our parents work. We have both been so incredibly blessed in our lives- never having to go without, and always getting pretty much everything we ever wanted. That still continues today. We are so lucky to have parents that are so willing to help out when we need it and support us in any and every way that they can.

Growing up means taking on more responsibility and having to do a lot more things on our own- pay for our own bills and what not, ya know? Just the stupid adult stuff. πŸ˜› The more I start realizing how expensive things can be and how fast things can add up, I become more and more grateful for parents that worked so incredibly hard to provide for our family. My mom has always worked so hard to keep the house clean, to set a good example of hard work, loving others, and caring for yourself. She always made the most delicious treats and meals. She worked, she followed us around, and she always made sure we were taken care of in every aspect. Like, that’s freaking exhausting!!! Seriously. People completely underestimate the stress a mother takes on. The older I get and the more wife roles I take on, I become more and more grateful for my mom for putting up with me and providing for me in so many ways for so many years!

When I was in the awful pre-teen years I used to get so embarrassed for people to know that my dad was a plumber. I did everything I could to avoid being seen riding around in his work truck. Now, that is one of the top 5 most embarrassing and regretful things I have ever done/felt. If I could ever go back in time I would be nothing but proud and grateful for my dad and what he does. He is one of the hardest workers I have ever met. He is such a people person and knows how to work well with others. Today I can honestly say that I love to ride around in my dad’s work truck whenever I get the opportunity. I am proud to tell other people what he does. I appreciate more than ever how hard he works and how much he provides for his family.

Because of the incredible parents I have, I have been so blessed and so loved. I have learned so much from them. I will forever be sooo grateful for what they do in life and how they do it. They are the greatest people I know and I am soo proud of who they are.

Real life gets hard sometimes. It can be overwhelming. It can be a slap in the face. But, hard work always pays off. I know that because my parents taught me that and I get to look up to their example every single day. ❀

drew

BOSTON: Day 2

After a dang good night sleep because we were so dang exhausted,  we woke up with sooo much excitement because today was the day we were going to the one and only- Fenway Park. Fenway Park is truly one of my top 5 places in the whole entire world. It gives me all sorts of butterflies and chills just thinking about it. πŸ’•

We met up with Tim and Melinda at their hotel and went to breakfast at the Prudential Tower (which is definitely a must if you are going to Boston). The Prudential Tower is a restaurant at the top of one of the tallest towers in Boston that overlooks the city a full 360 degrees so you can see out at every angle for sooo far. It is breathtakingly beautiful. The food was delicious, the people were so nice, and we enjoyed our first stop before making our way to Fenway. 

As you leave the Prudential Tower and walk towards Fenway you pass one of the oldest operating fire stations in Boston, which was actually burned at one point, and is seriously beautiful. It has nothing important to it, except the fact that it was one of the first buildings and sites I got to experience on my first trip to Boston so I was overwhelmed to be there again. 

Then, because I am a mean daughter-in-law and made everybody walk everywhere, we started our walk to Fenway Park. And the butterflies the whole walk were unreal. Then, you walk around the last corner and see it for the first time in all its glory brings literal tears to your eyes. It is incredible. We walked around it, we walked in shops, we walked to Yawkey Way, and soaked it all in. We got lucky again because it was supposed to be soo rainy, but as we started our Fenway Park tour the sun was out and shining and being so beautiful for us. 

The Fenway Park tour is so freaking sweet. It takes you through the history and fun facts of Fenway. You get to see so many different angles of the field that you normally wouldn’t be able to see if you were just going to a game. You even get to go up on the Green Monster!! 😍

After the tour we are a little snack/light dinner at the classic Cask’n Flaggon right outside of Fenway. It is one of the only restaurants that has been there almost as long as Fenway has, and it was delicious! After dinner we went into the game as soon as the gates opened and sat there soaking it all up. The game was incredible. I secretly cried to myself when the played Sweet Caroline in the 8th inning because it’s my favorite part. But, the game was incredible, even though they lost. πŸ™ƒ We left Fenway that day with our hearts in the clouds. It couldn’t have been a more perfect day. It was amazing. It was breathtaking. It was fun. We got to watch the Red Sox at Fenway Park and we couldn’t have been more like little kids on Christmas morning. In fact, my favorite quote of the day from Tim was, 

“Walking into Fenway the first time was almost the walking into the temple. It was truly a spiritual experience.”


drew

BOSTON: Day 1

Sitting in Logan in the dead of winter (especially while I was in school) I got so antsy to get out and do something or plan something. So, because I couldn’t do anything at that exact time, I instead started to plan a fun get away trip for Fuzz and I. I love love love to travel. Fuzz gets stressed traveling, but loves it when we get there. Haha so, as I was planning this trip I was actually planning about 5 different trips which I would then present to Fuzz to try and pursuade him to take me on one. πŸ˜‹ In the process of planning a trip I looked at New York, North Carolina, Georgia, and Boston.  Obviously Boston won. It was definitely not a hard choice. We really wanted/want to go to all those other places I had planned, but Boston was definitely on the top of Fuzz’s list and I absolutely love Boston so it made for an easy decision for us. We booked flights and hotels and got everything settled. Then, as we were sharing our excitement with Fuzz’s parents, they asked if they could tag along. So, they booked their flights and hotels as well and we were all ready for one of the best trips!! 

It came quick and thank goodness for that. We were so excited!! Unfortunate, because we tried to get cheap flights, the flights weren’t super convenient. Haha so, as we drove out to salt lake and prepared ourselves for the red eye flight we were all so positive, but on the inside we all knew that it was going to suck. Haha and it definitely did suck. Our flight took off at about midnight and we slept the best we could so we would be ready for the long day ahead of us. After we landed we got an Uber that took us to our hotel. Because we got there so early (like 5 a.m.) we were planning on just asking the front desk guy if we could keep our luggage there while we walked around until it was time to check in. But, thank goodness for sweet people (and a helpful tip of cash) the front desk guy let us check in at 5 a.m. It was seriously so lucky, and it was so nice to be able to relax for a sec before we set out on our adventures. 

Haha gosh. The first day was definitely a rough day. The whole trip was supposed to be freezing cold and rainy, but I don’t think we were fully mentally prepared for that. Also, because of my excitement and my fear of missing out on anything and everything, I made us start walking the freedom trail right at 6 a.m. after we had gotten everything into our hotel room. So, yay! I was so excited to start walking. But, my excitement didn’t let me think things through and realize that nothing was going to be open at 6 in the morning. πŸ€¦πŸ½β€β™€οΈ As we were walking the freedom trail I began to get disappointed because we couldn’t do any of the things I remember doing. I was so confused. We had been walking and venturing for about 2 hours before I realized that nothing was freaking open at the butt crack of dawn. Haha sooo… yeah. Bad call on my part. Because we had already walked half the freedom trail without being able to fully experience it, and because we were so exhausted, we trekked back to our hotel so we could take a nap. And man, was it worth it. We slept for about 3 1/2 hours and then we were ready to get back out there again.

We finished walking the other half of the freedom trail and we got so lucky because the rain kept holding out for us. It was supposed to be so stormy the whole weekend, and so far we were lucking out. The sun was shining, it definitely wasn’t warm, but at least the sun was shining. We walked to Bunker Hill, ventured around the U.S.S. Constitution, and then walked down through Little Italy. And like I have said before, Little Italy is seriously one of my most favorite places. After walking sooo many steps we got to take a break and go on the awesome Ghosts & Graveyards Tour of Boston. This tour is seriously awesome and so fun!! The tour takes you around the many cemeteries buried in the heart of Boston. You learn some of the most random, interesting facts and grow to love Boston for all of its incredible history. 

After the Ghost Tour we made our way back to Little Italy where we then ate at Regina’s Pizza. So delicious, so awesome, and so deep in culture. You get thrown right into the culture of Boston in Little Italy. Little Italy is the oldest neighbor in Boston so it’s legit. Ahh. I love it!! Dinner was absolutely delicious, then we made our way back to the hotel where we slept soooooo good because we were exhausted. 30,000 steps total on our first day, and each step was so adventurous and fun! 


drew

STRONG

Okay. I am truly obsessed. I got certified in Zumba in January and have been obsessed ever since. Then, there is this new program that Zumba just came out with called STRONG. It is basically a HIIT class, but the whole class is made to music. Instead of just doing a move for 45 sec. and then taking a 10 sec. rest, the moves are made to the best of the songs. And instead of dancey, it’s totally just fitness, and holy freaking cow. It’s intense and it’s freaking awesome!! I cannot wait to start teaching it. πŸ‘ŠπŸΌ

Maic Face

So, because I’m so behind on writing about life… I am going to have to work backwards so I can remember everything. Haha this little experience is something that I am extremely grateful for and know that it was a blessing for me to see Maicee in this new light. 

I have to make a quick, one and a half day trip to Logan about every two or three weeks to work on my clients that I have there. So, because I have awesome sisters they have each taken a turn coming with me and enduring the long boring day just sitting there so I don’t have to drive alone. This past trip was Maicee’s turn to go with me. First of all, I just have to say that I asked her and right off the bat she said yes and was so excited to go. So, of course that makes me excited to spend time with her. 

So, Monday morning we left at 5 am. Like so freaking early. We get driving and I tell Maicee she can sleep because I know she’s tired. She tries to go to sleep for like 10 minutes and sat up and told me she wasn’t tired. So, our conversation started lightly with some small talk, ya know, this and that, nothing super important. But, then as the long 4 hour drive continued, we began to talk about some more important things. Not necessarily important, but just more personal, more deep. She began to tell me about her latest dramas and how things in her life were making her feel. As she told me some of the things that she was going through and how awful young kids are now days I gained so much respect for how she handles friends and conflicts. It also made my stomach hurt at how mean these young girls are to each other. She told me about how all of her friends, even sometimes including herself, make very mean jokes to each other about their physical appearances and I seriously wanted to cry for these girls. They say things like ‘your belly looks like a pear’ or ‘you are fat because you wear a size 7’ or ‘you are too skinny, I hate you’ or ‘you look like a jelly filled donut’.. like I cannot even tell you how sad it made me. So, trying not to be to mothery and more like an older sister I tried to explain to her that things like that are more hurtful than anybody realizes and that she needs to try and build her friends up instead of tear them down and that she needs to be a good example to them. I wanted to be a good example and let her know that was not okay, but also I didn’t want to sound like I was trying to mother her. Anyway. We continued on and she told me all about how she wanted to either become an OBGYN or a doctor that takes blood. She told me about all her goals in life; about how she wanted to marry a Polynesian (haha she’s the cutest), about where she wanted to go to college, how she wanted to get married and have a family, and just all the ins and outs of her life and what she wants to accomplish. Listening to her and watching her glow was so fun. I learned so much about her and enjoyed every second I got to spend with her. I am so grateful that I got to spend this time with her. It definitely made our relationship grow a ton in such a short amount of time. She truly is an incredible young person dealing with some of the most crazy things in such a cruel world, but her strength is inspiring. I know for a fact she is going to be just as successful as she plans to be and I cannot wait to watch her accomplish it all. πŸ’—

Sunday Dinner #37

Finally, the most recent Sunday Dinner. This Sunday was quite a fun one! My family and my grandparents took a Sunday afternoon adventure and ventured out to the Stillwater Dam for the day. Which was pretty incredible to see and absolutely, breatakingly beautiful. We roasted some hot dogs, let Wrigley run around, played in the river, and chatted and spent the day in the great out doors. 

For dinner we were all together, finally, for the first time this summer and it felt soooooo good. We ate some delicious brisket (made by Shayne) and some other salads and sides. After dinner my mom’s family stopped by and hung out for a little. We played some back yard baseball, of course, until we got rained out. But, like every other Sunday evening, it was magical. ✨

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drew