June 2008

Before and After

I have learned the hard way sooooo many times that Josh is ALWAYS right. Jeff, I know you feel my pain! I know you’ve been fighting this concept for way longer than I have. But lately, I have just been telling myself to do whatever Josh says and not argue. He is always right. For instance…..

This is the back corner of the yard of our first apartment. We managed the building and you cannot imagine the work involved (for Josh). We moved in and he had a vision of a beautiful garden in that spot. I thought (just like every other tenant who lived there before us), “What the…NO WAY!” The whole thing was full of weeds to our waists. This picture was taken after lots of work. But, Josh was right……

We moved into our new house and the development put in all the grass and landscaping and they even mow the front yard for us. But Josh didn’t like it. I was happy, our yard looked like everyone else’s, why change it?

But Josh was right…..

We had a front door that looked like everyone else’s, I was juuust fine with it. Was Josh fine with it????

Of course not, but Josh was right!

And we had a concrete floor in our garage, just like most Americans, so why change it?

But Josh wanted the epoxy protectant on it and once again, he was right!

I don’t have an AFTER picture but it is sooo much better. Everyone asks us what that green wall is about. I’ll post about it later….

For years, Josh and I were BEST friends, three years to be exact. Sure we kissed here and there, things were good, we had tons of fun together, WHY CHANGE IT?!?!?!

Buuuuut Josh was right! This is much better!!!!

We’ve been married for five years now and I am sooooo glad I trusted Josh and went with his crazy marriage idea! There is nothing better than marrying your best friend! Everyone always warned that marriage was hard and it would take lots of work to stay together (and for Josh this is probably true) but the only work I have experienced in our marriage is carrying out all of Josh’s visions and plans. 🙂 Painting our front door dark gray was harder “work” than being married to Josh. He is ALWAYS happy, always saying sweet things, always loving me even when I’m a huge jerk and grumpy. I love you sooooo much, Josh!!!

Things I Love

One of the cutest things in the world, if you ask me, is when babies start kneeling.  It’s so funny how their femurs aren’t even as wide as their bodies.  It cracks me up!

And one of my favorite things, besides holding a sleeping baby, is holding a baby in a towel right after they get out of the bathtub.  Am I weird?  I just love it.

I Heart Leonardo

No, not really. I really can’t stand to look at Leonardo DiCaprio. (Though he DID do an excellent job in “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape”)


He’s definitely an environmentalist freak. HOWEVER, there is no reason why we can’t recycle, right??? If we can recycle something instead of letting it just sit in a landfill, why not?!?! We recycled our soda cans growing up in CA and it still bothers me when I have to just throw it in the trash. Anyhoo, all of my Spanish Fork readers, check it out!


I signed up….Are YOU going to? Or are you going to take responsibility for changing our weather patterns and having a giant tsunami wipe out New York right as the next ice age hits? 🙂

Rain, Rain, Go Away!

What is with all this rain!?!?!  I do not function well when it’s dark and wet all the time…Why was I sent to Seattle on my mission, you wonder.  WHO KNOWS!!!  (Except that I met Josh there and that’s probably the only reason.)  I wouldn’t really notice how down-in-the-dumps I was (in Seattle) until the sun came out after a few weeks and I would think “Oh yeah!  THIS is how I’m supposed to feel!  THIS is how I used to feel all the time!”

Anyhoo, I bought a little pool for Ashton and Emmy a while ago.  Ashton was so excited to swim with his best friend, Mac Hillman.  The next day it got all cold and rainy and it’s been that way ever since.  Every day Ashton looks outside and says “Mom, it’s not sunny and warm yet.” (I told him he could swim when it gets ‘sunny AND warm’, a combination we haven’t had yet and it’s JUNE!)  He’ll also yell at the sky “Go away clouds!”   Ah well, we could use the ‘moisture’ (I hate that term), so we’ll be patient.

Genes and Heels

My Grandma Stewart has ALWAYS worn high heels. She would take us to Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm in high heels. Can you imagine wearing heels to DISNEYLAND?!?! There are even legends of Grandma Stewart tromping through the sand with heels on every time she went to the beach. Once again, can you IMAGINE?!?!?! She is in her 80’s now and she is still keeping it real with the high heels! Well, I don’t think anyone ever stopped to think “Maybe she was born that way.” I’m starting to realize that her feet were just formed for heels while in the womb, like little EMMY, for instance.

This is how she stands if I don’t put her little flat soled shoes on. Whenever we help her walk, she goes up on her tip toes like this also! It’s hilarious. I’m starting to think she won’t ever learn to walk until we find her some baby stiletto’s….Anyone know where I can get some of those? I bet my Grandma Stewart does!