Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Long time no blog

We have been keeping ourselves busy the last few weeks. When we booked our tickets to California in May, we accidentally booked the flight home for June 13. Instead of rebooking the flight, we just decided to take two trips down to California. It worked out perfectly because we were at my parents' house at the same time as Megan, Scott, and Elle. This was the first time all of us had been together since Christmas 2010 and it was wonderful. We went paddle boarding in Dana Point Harbor, took a Sunday stroll at the Newport Beach Temple, celebrated Elle's third birthday, and even went to Sea World.

 


 

And the fun didn't stop there. When we got home, Nate and I got to be the Ma and Pa for a pioneer trek with the youth in our church.



All I have to say is that I would like to disagree with every person who says that this generation of teenagers is lazy and selfish and whatever other characteristic that implies our future is headed to hell in a handbasket. I was so impressed with all of the youth. They were kind and hardworking and patient and fun. Both Nate and I had a great time hanging out with them.

(Funny story: One of the girls told me that one of the teenage boys was asking about who I was--evidently he was interested ;) Then one of the moms asked Nate if he was on her son's ski team. It's like the Tuck Everlasting at our house. I'm just glad that we both seem to be stuck in the teenage years together. How weird would it be if Nate were mistaken for a teenager and I looked 30?)

Then on Saturday we got to go to the Draper temple with Nate's family because Hannah was going through for the first time. We only got to see them for a few hours, but we'll get to spend more time with them this weekend when Hannah and Josh tie the knot!

And hopefully after the wedding we'll be able to catch our breath and spend some lazy, hazy days of summer at the sno cone shack down the street.

Friday, June 1, 2012

It's getting hot in here


Summer has officially arrived. The days are longer and I have made three visits to the sno cone shack. Life is good. 

This weekend I’m hoping to spend as much time in the sunshine as possible. Soak it all up. I'm finding it harder and harder to stay inside and work while the neighborhood kids are outside riding their bikes and basking in their freedom. They say beauty is wasted on the young, but I think it’s more like summer break is wasted on the young. I would give practically anything for three whole months of nothing but running through sprinklers, eating watermelon, and taking afternoon naps. I guess I’ll have to settle for some late night bike rides and a few quick getaways.  


This photo totally captures the feeling of summer. And of the times when I would sit and watch the surfers change out of their wet suits. Probably my favorite beach activity. I've always loved me a cute surfer boy, especially this one: 


Hope your weekend is full of sunshine + summertime.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Hey there Delilah

I have been reading the Old Testament lately. I could've sworn I knew all the details of the classic Bible stories, but I find myself being surprised again and again as I'm reading them.

Take Samson for example. I always blamed Delilah. She betrayed him, right? It was all her fault!

But then I was reading and realized that Samson wasn't completely blindsided. Samson must have had some idea that Delilah was up to no good because when she asked him where he got his power, Samson lied three times. And all three times Delilah attempted to strip him of said power. How does the phrase go? Fool me once...

But I guess Delilah wore the poor man down because on her fourth try he divulges that his hair is the secret to his power.

And what does Delilah do? She has Samson's head shaved while he's sleeping. (I think Samson had to be the only one who didn't see that one coming.)

It's kinda like in a scary movie when the teenage girl separates from her friends and goes down the dark alley. I am always like, "No! Don't do it!" And then she gets her head eaten by a raving lunatic and I am all, "I told you so. I told you not to go down that alley." (Why do they never listen?)

Sometimes I wish I could see my own life that clearly. Are there things I am doing that are that obvious to others? I mean there must have been more to the story of Samson, right? It had to be more complicated than the dozen verses or so make it out to be. He must've known something we don't. Or maybe he just couldn't see clearly.

Or maybe (and this is my favorite possibility) supernatural strength is just no match for the influence of a woman.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Brighter than the sun

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I feel like I've been bookmarking a lot of good links lately so I thought I'd share the love....

Every year I want to participate in Nanowrimo, but it's always in November which isn't the ideal month for writing a novel. (I always feel so busy.) However, I just found out that they also host Camp Nanowrimo which is in June and August. I'm planning on participating in June and maybe August as well. Anyone else down for writing a novel this next month?

 Nate and I have been contemplating a bathroom renovation. This is my favorite inspiration. Haha...ya right!

I really want to make this Caribbean Salad. Mmmmm.

Design Love Fest has been doing an awesome advice series for creative freelancers. My favorite so far has been #4: To go to school or not to go to school. 

I loved this graduation address by Neil Gaiman to the University of the Arts Class of 2012. So inspiring. Just listen to it while your working or doing the dishes or folding laundry or driving. I'll leave you with my favorite part (I tried to edit it down, but it was just so good!):

And remember that whatever discipline you are in, whether you are a musician or a photographer, a fine artist or a cartoonist, a writer, a dancer, a designer, whatever you do you have one thing that's unique. You have the ability to make art.

And for me, and for so many of the people I have known, that's been a lifesaver. The ultimate lifesaver. It gets you through good times and it gets you through the other ones.

Life is sometimes hard. Things go wrong, in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all the other ways that life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do.

Make good art.

I'm serious. Husband runs off with a politician? Make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by mutated boa constrictor? Make good art. IRS on your trail? Make good art. Cat exploded? Make good art. Somebody on the Internet thinks what you do is stupid or evil or it's all been done before? Make good art. Probably things will work out somehow, and eventually time will take the sting away, but that doesn't matter. Do what only you do best. Make good art.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

I only wanna be with you

Well Nate is at it again. 

Back in August Nate switched positions at his company which means that he hasn't been creating videos like he used to. While he loves his new work, he has definitely missed the movie making. Luckily, he and his friend Jeff have teamed up to do some freelance videos. 

Their most recent video is for a company called Vox Marketing. Vox makes all kinds of swag and is pretty awesome (as I'm sure you'll see in the video).

When Nate started showing this video to me, I was shocked. Of course I know how talented he is, but I still find myself continually impressed by his creations. From scripting to drawing to the voice over--he just amazes me. (Although he never seems that impressed by himself so feel free to leave him some nice comments.)

Check out the video and then my post title should make a lot more sense.