Monday, April 14, 2014

yellow dog eats.

we have a great group of friends here-it took us a while to find them, but they were worth it. we will forever be grateful for the good times we've had with them. we spent Christmas together! we've celebrated birthdays, showers, gone to movies :) as a last hurrah, we went out to a local favorite: Yellow Dog Eats. something that Addi and I had heard about but never tasted. i'm telling you right now, we are regretting not eating here sooner and possibly weekly. imagine you're in a neighborhood of 50+ year old homes, when you turn a corner and suddenly you see this little 2 story home, turned eatery. with a modge podge of furniture and "goodwill" decoration it promises to be, at least, fun. but the smell of smoked barbeque deliciousness is even more promising. sharpie covers most of the walls surfaces, and decor for that matter!
my barbeque pork salad. 
i don't know what half of this was-all i know is there was a party in my mouth, and i liked it.
i could rave about the food all day-but nothing could compare to the company :)
"everyone do an alfie face!" haha-he's a serious boy. 
we are really gonna miss these guys.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

life goes on.

something that addison and i have had to come to terms with is that life has indeed carried on without us in Utah. my mom's working on her Bachelor's. my sister kirsten is pregnant (with a boy!). my niblings max, eliza, and betty are a year old! charlotte's in pigtails! addisons brother monson is home from a mission and has a girlfriend. my sister laila has braces. grandma sheri is gone...landon is practically married with two kids! some loss, but so much joy, progression, and new life that i can't wait to be a part of.
my favorite addition would have to be this guy :) this is alex, landon's partner. we were fortunate enough to see him for a couple days last week as he was out here on a business trip! this was my 4th time talking to alex face-to-face, and you would never have known it. we talked like we had known each other for years. my respect for this man is out the door. he is phenomenal-and his kids are adorable to boot! can't wait for countless more hours with him and landon. so nice to have another in-law around :)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

a love letter to Florida.

as our moving day approaches, i am getting more and more nostalgic about this place. isn't that just how it goes. i'm starting to recognize lasts like, "last time eating ___.", "last time doing ____.", "last day at work.", etc. and it's weird! it's odd how one place starts feeling more right than your home for 20 years.
i was writing in my journal some alfie updates when i started to think about all the things i owe to my time in Florida and before i knew it had written pages and pages and could have written more.

April 9/2014:
"We will be sad to leave Florida, I will always be grateful that we did this. Being pregnant and working at a theme park was possibly THE hardest thing I have ever done in my life. we've had such great memories in the parks. Christmas/Halloween party, visiting all of Addison's fur friends, Alfie's first time in the parks, being with all my siblings in the parks, seeing the new parade, getting anastasia. All so fun. I am really craving seasons though! and when it gets cooler once the sun goes down :) i've learned a lot....
  • how to work for a big company
  • how to create "an experience"
  • how to deal with insurance (ugh. the worst.)
  • how to demand your rights from a company-fight for yourself
  • how to make contacts at a job
  • how to make new friends
  • how to rely more on Addison-but most of all The Lord
  • how to love missionary work & a church calling
  • how to see the church in a new perspective (outside Utah) the LDS culture, and the joys and "good news" of sharing our gospel
  • how to pay rent :(
  • how to manage bills (still not a pro)
  • how to pay off credit cards
  • how to save and refrain from buying things i don't need. (clothes/decor-i miss you!)
  • how to prepare for a baby
  • how to be physically and emotionally strong when your family needs you 
  • how to ask for a Priesthood blessing
  • finding what is worth your money and that a lot of times, making memories doesn't mean spending money
  • how to share a meal
  • how to make decor out of what you have (or anything for that matter-thank you cards, meals, dates, etc)
  • how to thrift shop and not get junk
  • how to write a professional resume
  • how to go for jobs you know you'll never get
  • how to be totally uncomfortable and do something anyway (and have it turn out great)
  • know that looks aren't everything and that good looking people often have a lot of insecurities and may not be interesting to talk to at all....
  • how to seek out and surround yourself with good people
  • how to work with a variety of people (ages, religious beliefs, races, moods...)
  • how to be professional
  • how to work full time and be consistant
  • know when i need to play
  • how much i truly LOVE theatre-i miss it all the time! and singing-especially singing. i know this is what i want to do for the rest of my life.
  • i know that theatre people are the best kind of people
  • how to go to the post office and mail packages for less
  • i know the excitement of getting something handwritten (or a package!) in the mail
  • i know the anxiety of hospital bills in the mail...
  • i know the longing for Addison to be home from work
  • i know the momma bear attack instinct that kicks in when a sick kid at the park sneezes over your 5 week old
  • i know the blinding worry when your 3 week old has a nasty cough and you hover over their head all night waiting for them to stop breathing
  • i know the exhausted, overwelming lump that rises in your throat when you're handed you baby for the first time
  • i know why coasters were invented! (drinks don't sweat in Utah)
  • i know what, "i'm so hot, i think i might die," feels like
  • i know what being drenched by my own sweat through layers of clothes/costumes feels like
  • i know what being drenched in warm torrential rain feels like
  • i know what it feels like to be attacked by a brazilian tour group
  • how to improvise in character
  • how to have a conversation with any kid, ever
  • how to say, "no"-this is a big one for Addison this year too.
  • how to give hugs and mean them
  • i know the need to be myself-no makeup, wearing my wedding ring and garments
  • i know the comfort garments bring
  • i know the longing to go to church and not being able to wait for Sunday
i could go on and on. i love you Florida. i will always be grateful for this fun, frustrating, lonely, fulfilling, exciting, heartwarming, stressful, and blessed year and a half. "

Thursday, April 10, 2014

more disney love.

I finally had a day back at work. It was so odd to be back! Mind you, I haven't been back in my original job at Disney since September. It was a bit stressful, and I was took twice as long to get prepped and deprepped! And I had to pump at work, which was super awkward! I missed my Alf so much! So I had a little visitor.

 so much fun.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

happy general conference saturday to you!

Alfie and I are watching his first general conference today! he fell asleep in the first 5 minutes. haha! well things are well here. i am getting all geared up to go to a few days of work this week...a little farewell to Disney! but i am reeeeeeally excited for Alfie to visit Anastasia tomorrow. he's gonna come away with a big ole smooch on his face i can tell you that! 

he's getting so big, and so much happier! it's been a long time since addison has come home from a day at work and i've been at my wits' end! he is just getting so fun. he likes to have conversations with daddy, like this one here:

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

some random goodness.

sometimes it works out that you write this perfect little "tied-in-a-bow" post with a common theme and pics to go with it...and sometimes, if i'm being honest, life just doesn't organize itself that way. so, as this blog is a reflection of my life, this post is in honor of the random goodness that makes up my life right now.
we took alfie on his first ride a couple weeks ago. i just HAD to get out of the house and i knew addison had a break at work, so alfie and i set out to have dinner with dad at Hollywood Studios. after our burger and fries, we had some time to kill so we thought why not take alfie on The Great Movie Ride?? haha, he did pretty well. his favorite part was when john wayne showed up-he was glued! turned his head to watch him pass and everything. we finished off the day with an apple pie apple.
alfie is ginormous. huge i tell you! i feel jipped that my little baby is pretty much a toddler now. at 13 lbs and 11 oz-he's pretty dense. but he also is 24 inches and his head circumference was off the she had to measure him down at 41.8 cm. the crazy...
 he has learned how to scoot backwards on his back-especially when he's mad. 
(his feet started at the piano...)
 he is smiling more and more every day! and now has a sweet happy coo that's half way to a laugh! he is a slobber monster now that he has discovered his love for sucking on his hands. he's an inconsistant napper-but a glorious nighttime sleeper (thanks buddy!) that makes for a well rested momma with lots of ambition to get stuff done during the day...but not much time to do it! but he is getting happier by the minute-less fussy and more fun to play with.
alfie met his best friend Teddy over facetime the other day! i love talking with my sweet bestie, Jennie. i can't believe how long it's been since we've physically been in the same place-but my heart longs for it! seriously.
 we finally all made it to church Sunday, and alfie did great.
my mom sent me a dress from her travels to the Marshall Islands! Addison was a little confused about what present was for him...also, i don't know if you can see the pic on the right, but there's a guy behind me riding a motorcycle the other day that scared me so bad! he was wearing a mask with a huge mustache on it...super awkward, Florida, super awkward.
we had a wonderful group date the other night to Divergent. it was Alfie's first movie and he did so well. we love these sweet friends. so glad we've gotten to know them all so well.