UA-114812973-16 Well Rounded: April 2016

Currently - 4.28.16

Watching: Suits! I don't know what it is about lawyer shows but I love them. Maybe it is because I always wanted to go to Law School but it has never been the right time. 

Loving: My fiancee. Is that too cheesy? Oh well, I don't care!

Percival Landing Engagements

Anticipating: July 22nd & 23rd. On the 22nd, we get married in the Portland Oregon Temple and on the 23rd we party!

Listening to: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. I wouldn't say I'm history buff by any means but I love reading historical novels. This one is about WW II in German-occupied France from the women's perspective. I'm really enjoying it. 

Thinking about: A lot of the political topics that are being discussed around our country right now. Oh and my mile long to-do list. 

Feeling thankful for: Springtime, and surprisingly enough being able to work in the yard with my parents. 

Enjoying: Fun evenings with Blake.

Wondering: If July 22nd will ever/will I still be sane when July 22nd comes. 

Wearing: Sandals!!! I wore my Birks to work last Friday even though I knew it was going to rain. #sorrynotsorry 

Feeling: So blessed. I've had some rough patches the past month or so. Just overwhelmed and feeling like life is rushing past me. But I'm so blessed despite all of that. I have a great family, a wonderful fiancee, a good job, and I'm safe unlike many people in this world right now. This quote describes my feelings:

Uchtdor Quote

Stay awesome!

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Getting Your Mojo Back

Percival Landing, Olympia Washington

Remember a few weeks ago when I wrote about to-do lists here, and how much they were wearing me out. Well this week I think I finally hit that wall. From the outside you would have never known, but this morning after getting off the phone with my fiancee I realized something. For the trillionth time this week I was short with him and I hated it. 

As I hoped off the phone I realized I needed to get my mojo back. So I sent him a text and said, "Blake, we need a good carefree night. Bad."

Last night we went to the Olympia Arts Walk and just wandered around with no agenda. And that made all the difference.  We had so much fun wandering around, watching people, sometimes actually looking at art, just not worrying about getting things done.

And no, I'm not saying you should just put all your responsibilities on the back burner. But, sometimes you have long weeks, not bad weeks necessarily, but long. And sometimes you just need to let lose and go do something new and fun. No list, no agenda. That is where you'll get your mojo back. 

"Keep your face always towards the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you." - Walt Whitman

What do you do to get your mojo back?

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March 13, 2016

In honor of today being one month since the best day of my life thus far I thought I'd finally share the day I answered the easiest and best question I've ever been asked.  And I'm now realizing I've never even shared our story, because personally I think it is the best, and one full of tiny miracles. But that will come later. So here we go....

Across from my house is a forest and an area that when it rains a lot fills up like a pond. My mom thought it would be fun for Blake and I to take pictures in it with rain boots on. She had been talking about it for a while but we never got around to doing it. Finally we picked a date and I swore I wouldn't back out. 

That day as we sat in church I tried really hard to convince Blake to change days. It was raining really hard out, it was super windy and extremely cold. I had no desire to go trekking through the woods to have a picture taken on a day like this. But Blake wasn't going to let me back out, which I have to admit left me a little suspicious. 

So when we got home we got dressed warm, and prepared to go. I was getting even more suspicious but even my mom was suggesting that we do it another day due to the weather, so that threw me off a little bit. But alas, we went. 

At one point I was trying to help Blake zip up his jacket because he was carrying my camera and I didn't want it to get wet. He kept saying he was fine, and that he could do it himself. Little did I know he was hiding the ring. 

Guys, I'm not exaggerating when I say it was crazy out there. Rain, wind, tornado. Okay, no tornado but it felt like it! 

So, we were standing there taking these pictures when the wind starts blowing my umbrella all crazy. I was trying really hard to fix it and just laughing my head off at the whole situation when Blake knelt down right then and there in the water. I remember saying to him, "What are you doing!?". 

He asked me to marry him and I said yes so fast and hurried to kiss him that I had to pull back and say, "Just in case you didn't hear me, I said yes!". 

It wasn't an elaborate plan, no musical numbers or serenading, no banner pulled by helicopter. But it was perfect and so Blake. 

Fun little fact: This forest is also where Blake and I first told each other "I love you." So we've decided if the land ever goes up for sale we should probably buy a lot and build a shrine or a home or something ;).  It is now our favorite place to go on walks and will always hold a special place in our hearts for more than one reason. 

So enjoy the story now through pictures, which I have to say are the best proposal pictures ever. Thanks mom!

Does the umbrella just make the picture?!

If getting this soaked isn't true love, I don't know what is. 

The two main reasons I love this ring is because Blake designed it and the middle diamond is from his Great-Grandmother. I love that it is a family heirloom and that I'm lucky enough to get to carry on her memory. 

I love you Blake Roundy. Thank you for loving me in such a way that I didn't even have to think about answering your question, the answer just flew right out of my mouth.

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