Sunday, January 31, 2010

The early bird

For some cruel and unknown reason, my body has been waking up around 6 every single morning. This has been happening now for about three weeks. Within this time, once I actually slept past 6 and woke up to my alarm. The other time I woke up and fell back asleep. Every other day, I couldn't go back to sleep. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME???

For the record, I never had a schedule where I was waking up at 6 and now my body just keeps doing it. This is completely random and out of the blue.

Also for the record, most mornings when I wake up and am lying in bed, I start thinking about wedding stuff. I'm pretty sure I think of some good ideas, but I'm still groggy and forget most ideas by the time I get up.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Holiday pictures

I finally loaded a ton of pictures from my camera onto my computer. And since it's the last day before school starts which means I'm quite bored, here's a compilation of what I've been doing in the last month or so.

My church college group had a gingerbread competition in December and my group pulled out the big guns, mostly thanks to the creative genius of Whitney who is an art student/teacher with experience in baking. She suggested making a pagoda (my eyes were so big when she showed us a picture) and we spent the next two days working on it. The girls spent one night rolling, cutting, and baking gingerbread late into the night. Here's all the pieces.

The next night we got together and put the pagoda together. This is Sara adding garland to an ice cream cone tree.
Even Jason got to help out! It's always a treat when he can join us. This is him with Gareth adding pretzels to the roof.
The brilliant Whitney adding some finishing touches.
Ta da! Yes it is tipping, mostly due to the fact we were measuring and cutting the pieces after 10 pm. Ha! But isn't it marvelous? There is a lake made from melted jolly ranchers and flour is sprinkled like snow over the winter wonderland.
And we won the competition! Wohoo!
Jason and I headed to Pine Valley for a weeklong break over Christmas. It snowed!
I parted Jason's hair down the middle with wonderful results.
I wish I remembered this plant's name, but isn't it lovely with snow on it?
My family's cat, Tinkerbell, at the door begging to come in.
My mom, Jason, and I went ice skating. It was way too warm for the big jacket I wore but we had fun. No one fell!

Jimmy opened his Christmas present early and we got to enjoy many hours of rock band. Jimmy knew he was getting this so he grew out his hair for the occasion. ;) Also, the majority of our Christmas pictures feature us in our pajamas. I packed a whole suitcase full of clothes and ended up not even wearing them. I guess that's what vacations are for.
The hat club opening their presents.

The Martin family gingerbread house of '09. It had an awesome organic look, with all real food except for the gum drop snow man.
Playing board games. For families that don't play card/board games, I don't know how they spend their time when they get together.
The gingerbread workers in front of the tree. Too bad we covered it up except for the angel on my mom's head.
Last weekend I visited Jason in Thatcher. While I took a nap, he went and played until frisbee with a group from church. He sustained multiple injuries from the bushes, including this. Ouch.
Jason, Stephanie, Hayden, and I went bowling. This next picture shows how talented Steph is - bowling with a baby on her hip. Talk about super mom.
Jason throwing it down the middle.
Hayden loved the balls and the fact that he could say "ball."


For Christmas, my uncle sent me this box. It makes me laugh when I see it. My other uncle had gone to Ireland a year or so ago, so my Uncle Brian recycled the box, crossing out Ireland and putting Vietnam. Hehe
These nifty magnets were inside
My new favorite thing to cook: zucchini. It's so easy to cut up, sprinkle with spices, and cook in a pan. Yum!
This is the adorable tea kettle my grandma got me for Christmas. I love it!
This is my new recipe for the week. Basil Chicken over Angel Hair. It was yummy and would be worth making again.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

(Un)official resolutions

I've had some resolutions rolling around in my mind but I haven't written them down yet. If I blog about them, does that make them official?
  1. Read this
  2. Don't be a bridezilla
  3. Pray, and be more intentional about when I pray and what I pray about
  4. Start a service project with my living room (Bible study) group
  5. Cut my hair to shoulder length (or even shorter?)
  6. Be appreciative of Jason and take time to have fun with him
  7. Get As in all my classes (scary to put this one because I don't know what my future classes will bring)
  8. Be more accountable about how I spend my money
  9. Try a new recipe once a week (may not always happen but it's what I'm going for)
  10. Find a mentor
And an adorable picture I found from Once Wed

Only a few shorts days until school starts. AH!

Lovers

Back in November, my roommate Kellie took some engagement pictures of us. It was drizzly and windy outside, but Kellie was a champ. Good thing she had us professionals to work with. We're hoping to do another shoot soon with a wardrobe change but here's the highlights. These are all un-edited photos. (And I'm kicking myself for forgetting to take the hair band off my wrist. Ack!)

What engagement shoot is complete without a piggy back picture?

We are so scene



This picture is one of my favs

Ha! I had to include this one. This is me being bossy, pursing my lips at him. Don't remember why
Kellie told me I wasn't looking attractive enough in the pictures so I had to amp it up for this one.






This is Jason's favorite

Doin' what we do best

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Marriage Lessons

To preface this post, my apologies for the lack of photos on my blog. I haven't been taking too many pictures of my life lately, and the ones I have taken, I've been too lazy to do anything with them. So you're stuck with me and my thoughts, nothing else!

Jason and I are getting pre-marital counseling from our pastor of FBC Safford and his wife. Last meeting, Ken challenged us to find a verse that will represent our marriage.

We have settled on Ephesians 5:1-2.
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. (New American Standard)

This verse is a wonderful reminder that we love because Christ first loved us. We hope to show Christ's love in and through our marriage as we learn to be more like Jesus.

I orginally wasn't planning on saying anything else in this post, but I think this is a wonderful place to document where I am in my life. I was reminded of what I'm learning about service and would like to share it here. I've lived very selfishly for most of my life. Caring about myself first and foremost, with my own needs as my priority. Once I began my relationship with Jason, it was hard to shift my focus. Slowly, slowly, I am learning as God is gently guiding me.

Far too often I focus on what I'm getting out of the relationship and how well I'm being treated and how much love I'm getting. See a pattern? It's all about me, me, me. Then I become critical and dissatisfied, FAST. This is nothing against Jason, because he treats me far better than I could have imagined - it's my attitude that's wrong. I'm learning to seek ways to serve him and it's so much more rewarding when I have his well-being in mind. Some are fun to do, like sending him a love note in the mail, and some are not so fun, like taking his plate to the sink after dinner; but to make our relationship work, I have to be intentional about loving him. This is a lifelong lesson, I'm sure, but I'm so thankful I have Jesus's example and promise that he will help me every step of the way.

Colossians 3:14, 17
Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity... Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

Monday, January 4, 2010

New Girlfriend

Jason has found someone new. He just calls her by her nickname MCAT, but I think her full name is Mary Catherine. They started seeing each other this Christmas break and it seems every spare moment he has, he's with her, studying her, trying to learn as much about her as possible. I guess I need to get used to her, because he's not dumping her until a week before our wedding.

The other week Jason was explaining something he learned in his physics class. What he said next stunned me. "Physics is cool." Woah woah woah, what did you just say?? Physics is COOL? Blogging world, please don't judge my fiance. Yes, he's a bit strange, but he really is a nice guy. I promise.