We women have a lot to learn about simplifying our lives. We have to decide what is important and then move along at a pace that is comfortable for us. We have to develop the maturity to stop trying to prove something. We have to learn to be content with what we are." ~Marjorie Pay Hinckley~

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

12 years ago...

...I married the woman of my dreams. I remember walking around the temple in Washington D.C. thinking "Yes, this is the woman I want to marry, this is the woman I want to spend this life and eternity with. Now, twelve years later, I look back and do not regret this decision one bit. We have been through a lot of hardship, trial, and pain, and we made it through: Wanting children, dealing with family issues, demands of church callings, 8 years of college, financial hardship, negotiating two different cultures and languages, etc.
And yet, we are still together. I remember our time in Vienna, our little studio apartment in Bargteheide, lunches on the playground, camping in the Uintas, our road trip through 6 states in 26 days, Prom 2015, days at the beach, BYU football games, settlers of Catan night with the Hulings, adventures at the Brinton's, raising Lukas, and enjoying every new phase.
Jessica, I love you. Thanks for not giving up on me. Thank you for raising our son so well, and being his teacher! As I am trying to write this, I realize that I am at a loss for words. My heart is full, and I wish you could feel what's in my heart because I know that my actions don't always reflect my intentions. Happy 12th anniversary, my love!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Man Week

Once a year, when Jessica is at girls camp to teach archery, Lukas and I get a week for just the two of us, which we both treasure and look forward to. This year's adventures included Lukas getting to sleep in the big bed with me, breakfast at Broken Yolk, watching Barcelona play in the Rose Bowl Stadium, and going camping at LaJolla Indian Reservation.

On day one without mom, we went shopping for our week and got brats, rolls, and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables,  as well as trail mix. Then we went swimming. Lukas is such a fish now that it is hard sometimes to get him out of the water. After FHE, Lukas got to sleep in the big bed with me. Bedtime is always our time, and I enjoy reading Lukas a story, and from the scriptures. Sometimes, we have pretty deep conversations, and I will make more of a effort to record them.

The next morning, we went to Broken Yolk for breakfast,  a place Lukas talked about going to all the time. After breakfast, he played with his friend while I got everything ready for our trip to the Rose Bowl Stadium, where Barcelona played against L.A. Galaxy. When I asked Lukas if he wanted to wear his Barca jersey,  he said that he didn't because he is a Galaxy fan,  but that he expected the players to run more than they did in the last game he and I watched. It is so interesting to me how he picks his allegiance and sticks to it. 

On our way to the stadium, we picked up Kurt who is one of the biggest Galaxy fans there is. We enjoyed the fan fest, some snacks, and then entered the stadium where we had hotdogs,  and then watched the players warm up. Even though Lionel Messi and Neymar didn't play, the game turned out to be a good one, and the atmosphere of being in a stadium with 93,000 other soccer fans was something special.  Barca won 2:1, which was much closer than expected thanks to good goalkeeping by the Galaxy. Since the game had started not until 8pm, we were in for a long night. Planning ahead,  we had parked in downtown Pasadena, and took a shuttle back to our car. It took a while though to get to the car. Once there, Lukas changed into his PJs and snuggled up with a blanket. He was out before we even left the parking garage. Getting home at 1am might seem late, but tons of people didn't even get home before 3am. Luckily, Lukas slept like a rock.

Needless to say, we slept in the next day. Lukas then joined me at Guajome where I had to sit in on a few job interviews. He didn't mind waiting in the counseling area since he got to play temple run, and enjoy a few samples from our cafeteria. Once the interviews were over, it was time to pack up for our camping adventure. Lukas did a really nice job in helping load the car and set up the tent. We hiked, played with fire, saw the Palomar Observatory,  fed a squirrel with some of our trail mix, much to Lukas' delight, and spend time talking, reading, and playing in the hammock or on the swing that I had  built for him. On our departure day, we went tubing down the river for over 2 hours which was a blast. When we got home, Jessica was already back, and we were glad to see her, but Lukas' man week wasn't over because his buddy Cohen came over to play in the pool. What a fun week it had been! I love my boy!