Friday, April 18, 2014

The secret to a happy life....

I'm turning 30 this year (not until November) and it has gotten me thinking more deeply about life than ever before.  I find it fascinating and eery all at once that a life can all the sudden be 30 years old.  I vividly remember my childhood and cannot believe it's such a distant memory.  I don't feel any older than I did in high school, and yet life has dished me some lessons that only age and maturity would see.    I am so categorically fulfilled by my life and have so much joy, but all of this thinking has made me wonder if there is something I'm missing.  I just want to make sure I'm getting the most out of life.  This desire has lead me to an epiphany of sorts.  I am pretty sure I have discovered the number one thing that will contribute to a happy life..... do you want to know what it is?

Be happy for others.  Celebrate in others' victories.  Find joy in others' joy.  Simply--just be happy for others.

I don't know why this simply concept that I have always known has hit me so hard lately, but it has resonated in my heart and I feel very strongly that it really is the secret to a happy life.  So much of life we have so little control over--even the things we think we really do have control over.  But being happy for others is something we can control.  It's not easy--believe me, I am working on this one.  It's not always my first instinct.  Often times I feel threatened for some weird reason if others succeed.  Not only is that immature of me, but it inhibits so much happiness I could be feeling.  Others' success and happiness does not mean I am any less of whatever I am striving to be.  In fact, I feel that if I am happy for others than I am more of what I am striving to be.  It's a win-win for everyone!  Anyway, something to think about.  

These photos are from a family date we went on to the park.  This weather is killing it!  We are so  for the summer and are planning on making the most of our time here with family and friends before we are shipped off to California for a few years.  So much thrill in the air!

Our precious little Moose.^

^My dream boy.

"I'm fwwwyyyyyyyyiiiiiiinnnnnnng!"^

I spy two little teethums! ^

The feet of our family: 
^Possibly my new favorite picture of the little stud.

"Nana nana nana nana......"^

We hope everyone is enjoying this special time of year, and that the resurrection of Christ will bring peace and joy to us all!  Have a beautiful Easter weekend!

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What 36 hours of no sleep looks like...

This ^ picture makes me chuckle.  John had not slept for over 36 hours and it's written all over his face. He graduates this May in Mechanical Engineering and has been working on a robot (specifically a radiation-resistant reconnaissance robot for all you nerds out there) all semester and finally presented it yesterday.  It was a huge milestone for him and us and we were so proud of him and all of the hard work he has put into his undergraduate work.  It's paid off, too, because we're headed to Stanford this fall for grad school!  So excited to officially announce it!  Any of you NoCal ladies out there, please email me and let's meet up!

Here are a few more shots from the robot rendezvous (see what I did there?):

Nerds breed nerds and I am so glad!  My three favorite ones right here...

Sunday, April 13, 2014

15/52 of 2014

James continually blows me away with how much he is learning and developing.  Sometimes I feel like I never really had a toddler.  He went straight from baby to pre-teen.  The doctors say he talks at the level of a 4 year old, and his reasoning skills seem perfectly mature, so I sometimes forget to just let him be 2.  I get super stressed at the sign of any "rambunction," but when I take a step back and think of how agreeable he is 99% of the time, I can put things into perspective and just let him be loud or sassy or "the boss" for a little bit.  I've noticed, too, that every once in a while he'll test the waters of new behavior (which can be super frustrating to the mom...) but things normal out within a few days and our relationship is back to being perfectly fun.  It's amazing to see how much passion he can have for things (Legos, Batman, milk) and really lights my heart on fire to see him full of so much love for life.

Charlie is a dream boat every second of the day except the seconds between the hours of 11:30 pm and 4:00 am.  I am starting to get really discouraged by his sleeping habits.  I feel like I've really been able to stay afloat this whole time (I bet because I've made it a habit to read my scriptures every day) but I feel like sleep deprivation is starting to dictate my life and define who I am.  And I'm starting to get anxious at bed time and irritable at the thought of what the night will hold.  I feel like I end up doing whatever helps in the moment, but it ends up just reinforcing all the negative habits.  So basically, unless he just all the sudden figures it out one night, I have no idea when I will ever sleep through the night again.  One day (and Diet Coke!) at a time, I guess!