Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Smattering of Pics and Events

Here's a bunch of pictures/ memories from the past year...

That time that MiMi came to visit:) Can't wait for her to come again for thanksgiving!

When I used to have long hair.

At Kage's homecoming from his 2 yr. mission in CHILE. The boys gave mom roses for being such a rockstar mom:)

That time Adam and I got to go with our good friend Jen to see the musical Lion King in Seattle. 

The show was AWESOME!

The theater.. we had such great seats.

When we had to make the trip to go to the new Cafe Rio with friends:) It was Definitely worth the drive!

Oh, and Adam's back surgery. Had to put this picture in since it was such a big event to have RIGHT before Christmas. Adam is such a trooper! 

Oh, ya know... when your husband has to work crazy long hours, you sometimes have to hug them and not let go while they work :) Let's just say I was missing him a little.. or maybe A WHOLE LOT!!!

After Adam's work Christmas party.

Loved getting to visit my family and go shooting with Dad and Kagumzz.

Yes, of course I hit the bulls-eye every time:)... okay maybe exaggerating.

Look at dem STUDS!

Let's not forget the highlight of this year! Baby girl due Jan. 23rd.

That time I made homemade chicken pot pie. Our favorite meal of the year.

When Annie and I just had to pose for a pic on our family trip to Vancouver.

Look at how dang cute Eleanor looks in those glasses!

Our bike ride around Vancouver.

Our bikes rocked! They even had baskets baby:)

Austin and Chandra holding hands as they biked.. takes skillz

Look at that beautiful view!

Adam just loves kids. He is going to be an awesome dad.

Oh yeah, This is when I went to girls camp for a week in upper 90 degree weather! Did I mention I'm pregnant here? Talk about exhaustion. 

When my parents came to visit us in Seattle. I just LOOOOOVE my family!!!!

Hiking up to see the falls with the fam.

Loved getting to spend time with all my nieces and nephews this summer!

Let's not forget Austin and Chandra's wedding! It was absolutely beautiful.

Overall, I would say we have had such a busy, fun, eventful year so far. I just love making memories:)

Sunday, March 9, 2014


Wow. I feel sheepish. I guess I'm not so great at this blogging thing. Haha, Oh well. We do the best we can right?

So the past couple months have been a blur. Recently Adam has been super busy with work due to busy season, and I already can't wait for it to be over. I hate coming home to an empty house. I think it's from growing up in a big family. Going from a house full of noise and boys running around playing laser tag has made me realize how quiet a place can become when you're in it by yourself. But, alas, I know this busy season will not last forever (I hope). I can definitely see how living by family would be so nice. To be able to get dinner at mom's house instead of making a bowl of oatmeal because you don't want to bake a full meal for one would be so nice.  It's so true what they say, you don't realize how much something can matter to you until it is gone. How I can't wait for the day Kage comes home from his mission! I look forward to going home, and getting to hang out with family:)

But, for now I will keep busy with work. A couple weeks ago I started a job as a receptionist and it has been nice to do something different. I enjoy learning new things, and like the change of scenery.  I have also started to teach beginner piano lessons to a few kiddos from church. They are all a highlight of my week and I look forward to teaching them. The things they say crack me up and make me excited to have my own kids someday! One of them asked me if I had any kids, and I said, "not yet" and he said, "oh, well, when you have a baby will you name him my name?" I couldn't help but smile:) I told him "maybe." He seemed to be happy with that.

I have also been enjoying teaching the Beehives in Young Womens at church each Sunday. All of the girls in my class have the sweetest spirits and I feel it a privilege to get to discuss and study the scriptures with them. As I plan and prepare the lessons for Sunday I can't help but feel how much Heavenly Father must love his children. What a wonderful opportunity to be surrounded by such amazing youth! I learn from each of their examples and testimonies and I am so excited to spend more time with our YW at girls camp this summer! Even with the spiders:) haha I know it will be awesome!

Well, I better sign off before this gets too long:)

Here is a pic Adam said he had to take of me before church. I had said "I have turned into my mom:) I have all the bags for church to prove it:)"

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

This whirlwind we call our L.I.F.E.


Time just keeps whizzing by.  I would have posted sooner, but alas, we did not have internet. So here's a little update on what we've been up to these past few months...

-  Flew to Hawaii for an AWESOME McKell family vacation
-  Accepted a new job in WA
-  Packed up our apartment with the help of some amazing friends
-  Flew to Utah for another amazing family reunion
-  Picked up our very first (new to us) car as a couple
-  Drove to WA
-  Found a place to live
-  Un-packed with the help of the very BEST parents in the world!!! (Seriously, don't know how they      put up with us kids!)
-  Visited the WA temple (IT'S GORGEOUS!)
-  And... last, but not least we went to our new ward.  Literally. It's new. The stake boundaries were just   changed and a new ward was created. This last Sunday was the first time that a combination of people   from SIX! different wards met in their new ward.  So our first Sunday was basically a "meet and        greet." Lots of people would start out by saying, "What ward are you from?" and so I'd answer.. The Brooklyn Chinese Branch;).  Haha I thought it was funny:P.  Anyways enough of me talking.  Here are a few pictures of this whirlwind we call our L.I.F.E.

Me, My Grandma Elliott, and the Gorgeous Cousin Crystal standing by Grandma's favorite flowers.
no food + no sleep + packing = you turn into a Zombie

Our view driving into WA... LOVE IT!
Me and Adam at the Temple grounds = our favorite place ;)

Thursday, May 9, 2013

This past week Adam and I got to go with the youth in our branch to plant a garden of flowers at a nursing home.  At first I thought, "go play in dirt??? Aren't there spiders in there?" Haha my  family will understand this one;).  Buut, yes.  I did muster up the courage to go... Even with the thought that I might possibly see spiders in the ground.  But I'm here writing this post to say that, no I did not see any spiders, but I DID see worms.  Funny thing though... Somehow because I was wearing gloves I felt protected and unconquerable, like none of the worms or possibly even spiders could scare me.  This is a huge improvement for me if you know me.  Anyways, after playin in the dirt with Adam and other youth for a couple of hours Adam and I noticed that our gloves were pretty much shredded to bits.  I realized after that that I didn't care if I accidentally touched a worm and I certainly wasn't worried if I got dirt under my nails.  And then it hit me.  I actually enjoyed gardening.  I enjoyed playing in the sun.  And I enjoyed beautifying the nursing home grounds.  I think I might just have to have a garden when I have my own yard someday.. Even if there are spiders;).

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Powerful quote

 Comfort in expressing your emotions will allow you to share the best of yourself with others, but not being able to control your emotions will reveal your worst. 

I saw this quote and thought it was powerful.  I hope we all can master the art of expression. No one should let angry emotions get in the way of communicating with love.  Communicating ALL emotions IS possible, as long as it is being expressed in love. It's the HOW we communicate our feelings that will either unify and edify or berate and degrade. We cannot let anger get in the way of communicating effectively. I know... This is easier said than done, but I hope we can all strive to indeed live with our "hearts knit together in unity" by expressing ourselves and our emotions with love.  Love is the key!

Hope you all are having a great day and enjoyed my morning thought ;D

Monday, February 11, 2013

Sometimes practice doesn't always make perfect...

Have you ever had those moments where you really wish you could just switch talents with someone? Well, considering what you read in the first sentence of this post, it won't surprise you to know that I sometimes do. Ok, maybe a little more than sometimes..more like, a lot of times.  I don't know. I know the line "practice makes perfect" is constantly repeated by teachers, but I do think there are certain instances where this type of thinking is false. For example, no matter what I do I still can't write the way I would like to.  I wish upon all stars that I could just sit down and wrte exactly what I am feeling, but I have a hard time doing this.  I don't understand. I can play my
Heart out on the piano, but I can't write a simple poem to go with it?  Some how some people can just sit down and write something beautiful.  I really wish I could do this.  Oh to be able to  sit down at a computer and write something great without taking 20 hours of your life! I have been reading a lot of books recently and I love how a book well written can transport you to another time, or another place and bring out emotions in you that you never knew you had.  I have longed to do something similar... Except not through writing books, but through writing lyrics to go along with my music.  I have the music.... The only problem is.... I don't have the lyrics.  Why does writing have to be so dang hard?! I have written hundreds of essays in my life. You'd think I'd be able to write one simple set of lyrics.  Is that so much to ask for? Haha ;)

Monday, January 28, 2013

The Cute Things in Life

So I don't know about you, but I just live for lovey, dovey moments. You know, the kind where you do something cute for your man, or even better... When your man does something cute for you;).  Well, I am also a fan of adorable stories and thought I'd share one with you. This morning I did my usual morning routine which consists of getting up, getting dressed, making lunches, making the bed, tidying up our apartment, and packing my backpack for work. Needless to say, this morning I wasn't overly happy either.. I was, for lack of a better word, grouchy. Well, just as I was about to leave the apartment I decided to grab a book to read during down time at work. Anyways, after a few hours of being at work I decided to open my book, and what lay between the pages of my book was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. It was simple.  It was sweet.  And it was ALL I needed to feel overly happy and ready to conquer whatever I needed to.  It was a little piece of notebook paper that read, "I Love ya!" - Oh the power of a love note - it really is the little things in life that mean the most.  It is funny isn't it? How one small act of kindness can change Your whole day. Yes, it's true.. I live for moments like that;D and Adam, if you are reading this, I love you more! ;)