Love is not about finding the right person, but creating a right relationship. It's not about how much love you have in the beginning but how much love you build till the end.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

..sno-cone saturday..

yet another reason as to why i LOVE saturdays.


pretty much on a weekly basis matt and i work the saturday matinee at towne cinemas (the local dollar theater) and this little beauty can be found next door every week. my favorite sno-cone shack would have to be artic ice in american fork, utah. they make a mean sno-cone complete with ice cream in the bottom and cream on top.
in fact this summer, saturday was officially dubbed as
in fact every friday matt makes sure he has cash to be prepared for my sno-cone request. he's very thoughtful that way.

what can i say? life is grand.

please enjoy this little clip of sound. it's a classic. i prefer the cherry.

Friday, July 30, 2010 to my ears..

i always wish that our lives would play to music.
or i guess music would play to our lives.
like in the movies.
that'd be awesome.
what song would play today?

Saturday, July 24, 2010

...saturday is a special day...

..i love saturdays..
we've had a busy busy busy saturday full of fruit baskets, mario galaxy on the wii, work, and laundry. love it. i love having tons to do but not super stressed about being here and there (minus a 4 hour shift at the theater...i heart towne cinemas).

we started our saturday with Bountiful Baskets. what is Bountiful Baskets you ask? its a food co-op. i didn't know what it was until just recently. we have a few friends that have been doing and RAVE about how much they love it. so we decided to try it out this week. here's what you go to that website connected to that link up top, register, place your order, pay $15, show up at the time and place you picked, and get THIS:

i'll be honest. i was a little nervous and hesitant about the whole thing but it really is pretty cool. our basket
was 30 lbs full of fresh locally grown produce. we had bananas, pineapple, plums, peaches, watermelon, corn, cauliflower, lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers. all for $15. we were quite excited. they have add on's you can sign up for too. like bread from a local bakery and cases of fruit. i'm hoping they'll do cases of strawberries soon...i'm wanting to give canning a go.

lately i've also become quite the classifieds watcher. after we got home from grocery shopping i decided i wanted to continue my quest for a tall skinny shelf for our bedroom. no luck. but i did find this new little guy for $10. not a bad deal i must say. matt and i scurried over into the depths of provo to pick it up and now my storage room is finally put in order. tools, nails, tape, my bags of buttons and ribbon, and of course the scrapbook paper and notecards all have a place. it always feels so good to get organized. now i'm ready for my day of rest. sunday here i come.

ps-is it bad to move someone's laundry (aka-bath mat and shower curtain liner) from the complex shared washing machine if you've been waiting 2 hours for it be moved? i may or may not have done that. i'm a little nervous to go my laundry to the dryer..what if they're waiting for the jerk that moved their stuff?? i think it might be. but i did it anyway.


Thursday, July 22, 2010

..excuse me, but grasshoppers do not belong up my shorts...

last night Matt and I were driving home from a blood drive at our church building (not that we donated blood. they filled their quota. since when is there a quota for saving lives?) and all of a sudden I felt a tickle on my upper thigh. naturally I reach down to scratch the tickle away but instead I felt a bump. a crunchy nasty bump. last time I felt a bump in my clothing it was a bug and bit me! needless to say I FREAKED out.

Matt started panicking a little because I may have been driving and was no longer holding the steering wheel or looking at the road. I was trying to get the bug out of my shorts before it ate my leg off. of course, I was convinced I was going to have rabies or something so driving was the last thing on my mind.

ANYWAYS once we finally got home I jumped out of the car, shook my leg and jiggled my shorts until this little guy fell out. now you may not be able to tell but that my friends is a freaking GRASSHOPPER!!! SICK!

don't worry...he is dead. and I think a bird came and ate him last night because this morning he was no longer by the car. take that mr. grasshopper up my shorts. the end.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

...i am an extraordinary being...

you know those moments where you just think "who am i?" or "why am i like this?" or "how am i going to do this?" or "am i really good enough?" ? i had a moment like that yesterday.
i was going through a box of mission stuff last night: pictures, journals, scriptures, talks i've marked up, etc. etc. and while i was looking through these memories i longed for that girl. first of all, i was skinnier on my mission (minus the end, that's when i gained everything back plus some), i was more spiritual on my mission-i always said i wouldn't be one of those returned missionaries that loses it or breaks good solid habits. i am one though. it's a lot harder than i thought it would be. i still do the small things but it's definitely not as enlightening or powerful as it was then. i was more disciplined on my mission, i was more service oriented and a lot more selfless-i never had time to think of myself, now it feels like "every man for himself" and even though i know i did i don't feel like i ever doubted my capabilities of something being possible.
i knew miracles happened
. and even now i still KNOW but fear seems to sneak in a lot more lately.
don't get me wrong. i LOVE my life right now. i have been so blessed. and if i was still that girl running around in knee highs, my name tag would say 'sister neumann' and not 'sister king'. i absolutely love the boy i married. he gives me hope. he gives me strength. he makes me cry. he makes me smile. he makes me laugh. in fact last night in my moment of self pitty i said a little prayer and asked Heavenly Father to help me see myself the way He sees me and to help me know that i am worth it, that i can do it, and that even though my house is a mess, homework never stops, i'm tired, chubby, and exhausted all the time that i am worth all the blessings He's given me. in that very moment matt rolled over, hugged me, and told me he loved me and was grateful that i am his wife.
in that moment i knew who i was.
i am wife. i am a daughter. i am sister. i am a friend. i am co-worker. i am an aunt.
i am a daughter of God.
i am an extraordinary being.

You Are Eternal

There will always be voices telling you that you are foolish to believe that you are swans, insisting you are but ugly ducklings and that you can’t expect to become anything else.

But you know better. Because of the revealed word of a merciful God, you have seen your true reflection in the water and you have felt the eternal glory of that divine spirit within you. You are no ordinary beings, my beloved young friends all around the world. You are glorious and eternal.

-President Uchtdorf here to watch a video..

Saturday, July 17, 2010

...seth hyrum jenson... of 8:28 pm on Friday, July 16, 2010 the Jenson family are a family of 3...

...Seth Hyrum Jenson entered this world at a whopping 7 lbs. 6 oz. and 20 inches long...I must say this little guy is ADORABLE...Unkie Matt and I are already in love with him. We're so excited for the little bugger to grow up so we can get him hopped up on sugar and send him to his Mom and Dad. He's a little stinker and doesn't really do anything, but sleep and poop. And you can see above...he's got a good set of lungs...

..the proud mommy and poppy..

...congratulations amanda & dan...

Monday, July 12, 2010 it to it...

Tonight for Family Home Evening, we talked about G-O-A-L-S. It was nice friendly reminder of what a slacker I am. Don't you love those kind of things? It was like New Year's all over again. PS...I'm not the biggest fan of New Year's... I'm not one for staying up late waiting for a big, expensive, not super pretty piece of metal to be lowered down a giant stick in a city across the country 2 hours before it would be applicable to me while eating junk food, thinking about all the things I didn't do during the year before, and probably wishing I had someone to kiss when that ball finally comes down...good thing I have Matt least I have someone to kiss.

Anyways, you know during the month of January when you think you have a new start to life because the holidays are over and you feel like you're going to die because of all the junk you've eaten and you make plans to do everything you didn't do last year? I got nervous the lesson was going to be like that. But, instead I was reminded of how much I LOVE setting goals. I really do enjoy it but had forgotten because I've put it off for quite some time. That whole personal growth thing sometimes isn't what it's cracked to be-at least in those moments where you "learn" patience or the importance of budgeting, etc. etc. Overall though, goal setting isn't so bad. The actual doing them part on the other hand may or may not be something I struggle with.

There is nothing much more satisfying than writing down what you hope to achieve and making a plan to do it. And I love even more the feeling of accomplishment that comes knowing when you've made a step in the right direction. But, at the same time I don't think there is anything more disappointing then looking back a month or two later and thinking, "where did I stick that list?" or "well, so much for that...bring on the chocolate!" Hence, why I might have been putting it off..

To my relief, tonight we talked about the importance of setting long term goals and then short term goals to achieve them. And the importance of remembering you're not perfect and you may not always accomplish the goals in the way you hoped or in the time frame that you find to be ideal. That of course is always good to remember and definitely reassuring.

Matt shared a great article by Elder M. Russell Ballard from a magazine put out by the church we're members of. You can find the whole thing HERE...but these are my favorite little snit bits...

"I am so thoroughly convinced that if we don’t set goals in our life and learn how to master the technique of living to reach our goals, we can reach a ripe old age and look back on our life only to see that we reached but a small part of our full potential."

“Start doing each day some one thing you know you should do! Write down one thing that you are going to start doing that you have been meaning to do for a long time but that you just haven’t gotten around to. I don’t know what it might be, but place into your life, beginning tonight, one thing that you are going to do that is going to make you a better person."

"Perhaps as important as anything, we have to have faith. We have to have faith in God. We have to have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. And oh, how desperately we have to have faith in ourselves."

"Past problems are like a stream when you are standing on a bridge—the stream is rolling underneath you, and your problems have gone downstream. Regardless of how hard you try, you can’t change the past. What I want you to learn to do is look upstream. Watch for the things that are coming down the river of life that you can change and control."

"Set clear and specific goals. When you set a goal and commit yourself to the necessary self-discipline to reach that goal, you will eliminate most of the problems in your life. Spend your energies doing those things that will make a difference. Then you can become what you think about. If you just have the simple faith that God is in His heaven and He is your Heavenly Father and He does know that you are here and He does love you—and that Jesus is the Christ, that He is your Savior, that He is your Redeemer, and that you love Him with all your heart and are going to do all you can to keep His commandments—then peace comes."

"Live a righteous, pure life. Do the right things for the right reasons, and in God’s due time, all of the blessings of eternity will be yours. The key to this is personal self-discipline that leads to righteousness. The key is to do and to learn to master living the gospel for the right reason, to build the inner self."

It was such a simple article but powerful in principle. I really do believe as we set goals that are realistic, work as hard as we can to achieve them, recognize that we aren't perfect, forgive ourselves when we make a mistake, and rely on the Savior and His Atonement for that added help that we can become good in ways we wouldn't have otherwise. I believe we each have an incredible amount of potential but that we as individuals don't see or recognize it. You are your own worst critic right?

After Matt's little lesson we set some goals as a family. Just a few things we want to achieve by July 2011. I think it's important to start small and progressively add more as we go. Some of these things include having X amount of $$ in our savings account by next summer (I would tell you how much but, I don't think you understand how poor we are and I don't want you to judge me by what I think is a big amount...), eating healthier-fruits and veggies aren't to prominent in our home unless they (specifically fruit) are in gummy form, going to the Temple every other week-with so many so close and no babies there's no reason we shouldn't, and starting food storage by buying a thing or 2 every time we go grocery shopping. That's just to name a few but a good start for us.

A few weeks ago we set a goal to not eat out as much but to set aside time to plan out meals for a week or so and then do the appropriate shopping. It hasn't been to bad and as actually become almost fun. I'm becoming quite the little cook. With having a good handle on that goal we're feeling fairly confident in being able to accomplish the new ones we've set.

We're also thinking we should have a family theme every year. Something that we live by and try to incorporate here and there. We haven't decided what it'll be but I'm excited about it. Particularly excited about making some sort of crafty thing to display the theme in our humble abode. Any thoughts?

I'm glad Matt chose goal setting for the lesson. Secretly I think it's something he's been thinking about but, so have I so it was perfect for us to do. Plus, it's Christmas in July right? Which means New Years is right around the corner!

Wish us luck in our new endeavor. I'll keep updated.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

...dear husband...

...i've been thinking a lot about you today...i can't believe we've only been married 3 months feels like i have never not had you...hope you're feeling you oodles...