Friday, December 31, 2010

Blessings Abound

Sam and I had a great time away for Christmas!  Time with the Swensons was really fun (as always) and we wish we didn't all live in different states so that we could see them more often.  We had a lot of fun with Wyatt especially, who entertained us all with his growling and happy disposition.  I, personally, am also rather thankful for Sara's cute curly brown hair!  Now I'm not the only one without straight blond hair.  :)  We got to have a big family portrait session with Tim and Shayne, so we're excited to see how those pictures turned out.  Most likely we got some ridiculous ones, which is awesome.  I'll put up some of those once we get to see them.

We were blessed to be able to head to Porterville to surprise my family on Monday, when they celebrated Christmas a few days late.  It was the only day the Wuth side was all together, so it was precious for me to be able to watch the nieces and nephew open their gifts.  Monday was also the day Sean proposed to Joni, so we got to be there to celebrate that as well!  I'm so grateful for the way it worked out.  Mischy (as I call Joni) will make a beautiful bride!  Here are a few pictures from the time in Porterville, stolen from Mike & Kristy's camera.

Speaking of ever-expanding families, Sam's Christmas gift to me this year was two adorable kittens!  We got them Wednesday evening, and have been acting like new parents ever since.  Don't worry, I'm not delusional and don't think kitties are the same as babies, but this is as close as we're getting to being actual parents for awhile!  We have so much fun watching them play together, and every time they do something cute we take a picture.  Sam's allergies have even seemed to decrease, most likely because they are too cute to be allergic to.  Here are Willow and Madmartigan (Morty for short) who are brother and sister.  They'll be 4 months old tomorrow (they share your birthday, Kris) and they are precious!

Could this be any cuter?

Their new favorite spot - a sunny windowsill.  That's Morty looking at the camera.

Willow loves when Morty snuggles her

They're best buds :)
I hope that 2010 has been a wonderful year for you, and that 2011 is even better!  I personally am looking forward to a less-eventful year.  2010 was amazing for me!  But I'm ready for some routine and normal life. :)  No more moving, no more wedding planning, no more starting new jobs.  Just living the simple life!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Blessed Christmas

Sam and I are here in Nevada hanging out with the Swenson clan, getting really excited for Christmas!  So far there have been lots of games, food, and laughs.  It's the first Christmas with a Swenson grandchild (Wyatt) so it's been pretty fun watching him.

I was thinking about how fortunate Sam and I are.  It's always hard around the holidays to figure out where to spend them and how to allocate the family time.  But the great part is that we both really like both of our families.  I know not everyone is that lucky, so I've just been thinking about how blessed we are in that way.  I honestly could not ask for better in-laws.  And though I really miss my parents, siblings, nieces and nephew, I'm so glad that I love this family, too.

It's weird knowing that I won't be in Porterville for Christmas morning, listening to the Sandi Patti Christmas record and devouring our traditional Christmas brunch, complete with Mom's coffee cake.  But to be able to share Christmas with the Swenson side is pretty wonderful as well!  I'm excited about the years to come as Sam and I develop our own little traditions and make new memories, and so thankful for two wonderful, amazing, fun families.

Merry Christmas everyone. :)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

In Honor of the Birthday Girl

I apparently haven't done so well in my desire to write about one friend a week.  On second thought, the first time was about three people, so that counts, right?  Today I'm writing about my dear friend, Elise, who celebrates her birthday this week.  Happy birthday, Elise!  And thanks for being my friend.

Elise and I were thrown together almost two years ago when we started dating two guys who were good friends.  But she lived in Seattle and I lived in Porterville, so we only saw each other on weekends when we both happened to be visiting.  I remember the first time I thought I might be friends with Elise.  It was Superbowl weekend and she was wearing a really cute hat.  I know that sounds silly, but it looked like a hat I would wear, so I thought we probably had a lot in common.  (Don't judge my thoughts...because I was right!)

I love how purposeful Elise is about being a friend.  She is so great about inviting me to do things and really puts the time and effort in to let me know she cares about me.  I want to be a friend like her, because I know sometimes I can get lazy and just wait for people to call me.  She inspires me to be a dedicated friend.

A month before I got married, Sam moved down to LA county.  I was pretty sad to be away from my fiance for the last month before our wedding, even though I was pretty busy with work and wedding preparations.  Elise was so great about making sure to call me and hang out and make me feel included.  I doubt she even realizes how much it meant to me, but sometimes her calls came at just the right time when I was feeling particularly overwhelmed or sad.

Another thing I admire about Elise is how hopeful she is.  She and I are very much alike - we can be a little emotional.  But, unlike me, Elise is quick to think logically about her situation and change her thoughts into hopeful ones, rather than focusing on anything negative.  She has called me with bad news before, but she always follows the bad news with a comment like, "but I know it'll all work out because God is in control," or some such thing.  I'm always humbled by her optimism and trust.

I love how much she and I have in common - we have the same sense of humor, enjoy the same music (I found a fellow country fan in Sonoma county!), and even have the same silly arguments with our significant others.  But the ways in which Elise and I differ are definitely in her favor.  I am so glad we were thrown together, because I know there are a lot of great things I can learn from her.

Below is a picture of us.  Thanks for being so awesome, friend!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

'Luma Loft

Tiny bathroom

Ridiculously amazing tub

kitchen...love all the yellow :)

other side of kitchen

notice that rocky counter :)

bedroom

our fort bedroom

We truly do love our little home!  It's definitely cozy.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Swenson Loft

So my last blog reminded me that I never put up pictures of our home.  So here's our living room.  I'll put up more of the rest of the house later.  We have our table in our living room because the kitchen is just too tiny. :)  We love our quirky, cozy little place though!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

It's the Season of Thieves!

It wouldn't be Christmastime without someone I love getting robbed.  One year my dad's car was broken into, one year Joni's hubcaps were stolen, and this year Sam's bike was stolen.  This wouldn't be such a bad thing, except that it's Sam's transportation to work.  He rides his bike everyday.  And it's not just some random bike.  It was a very nice, quite expensive bike.  I really hope we find it because Sam's very bummed.

Well, Merry Christmas from the Swenson's.


Monday, December 6, 2010

Mama Says Idle Hands Are...

Has anyone ever felt that having too much time makes them more lazy?  Or is that just me?  What's the saying about idle hands?  They are the devil's tools, or the devil's workshop?  Either way, I don't like them.  Not being busy is not good for me.  I'd rather not be overwhelmingly busy either.  Just the right amount of being productive and having time to live life.

It seems when I'm really busy, I'm quite motivated.  For example, if I know I only have a small window of time between, say, work and class, I'll use it to work out or do homework or clean the house.  But when I don't have a job (such as the past month) and I know I have plenty of time to do things (such as tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day, and the next day...) I end up being rather unmotivated.  It's such a silly thing, because you'd think with all my free time I'd get loads of things done.  This is not so.  When I'm given lots of free time, I waste lots of free time.

I don't like this.  I'd really rather just use my free time to do all the things I've always wanted to do (like learn the banjo or write a book) instead of watching yet another episode of Arrested Development while I halfheartedly dust the living room.  I never sleep in, which I am pretty sure is my mom's fault.  (We had to get up early every Saturday for chores, and she rarely sleeps past 6am.)  This means I feel like I'm wasting my day if I sleep past seven.  I usually make a list of what I need to get done that day (I'm pretty ridiculous and make lists for everything, especially my to-dos) and I always get started right away.  It seems like this would be a recipe for being extremely productive during my unemployed times, but somewhere around ten o'clock I lose steam and feel like I haven't gotten enough done and pretty much stop.

Why do I do this?  I don't know.  I think I can blame my dad for the need to feel productive, and both my parents for my perfectionism.  (Do you like the way I pass the blame onto everyone else?)  Regardless...I am very grateful to have started a new job today.  I already feel myself being more motivated (such as blogging tonight) and I'm pretty excited about the job.  School will start in January and then I'm pretty sure I'll be quite the productive little ant.  But I'd really like to conquer this silly pattern I've developed of being such a bum.  I'd like to be wise with my time and make the most of each day, whether or not I have a ton of things to do.

And now...time for dishes and laundry.  Look at me!
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