Thursday, June 30, 2011

Changes & Upcoming Adventures

I haven't written in quite a while. My last post also kind of made it sound like I might never blog again. However, I am back! I thought about it and I really do like blogging and sharing what is going on in my life with friends and family...and the occasional stranger. Anyway, now onto my life as of late.

The biggest news in my life right now is that I quit my job about a week and a half ago. There are all kinds of reasons for why I quit but it has honestly been wonderful! My job caused a lot of stress and it is wonderful to not have that load on my back right now. I am in the process of finding a new job but I am not trying super hard right now because I love having the time to keep my house clean, cook for my husband, and still be able to relax. I have cooked more for Race since I quit my job than I have probably the entire year that we have been married. And I love it! I love thinking of things to cook, learning how to cook with what we have in the house, making lists of what to make for the week then making lists of what groceries I need to buy. I love making lists of what needs to get done around the house and then being able to cross things off the list as they get done. I really feel like I am getting the hang of being a wife now after not doing it for the first nine months of our marriage. There are definitely pros and cons to not having a job but right now I really am enjoying all of the pros. Race and I are a lot tighter on money than we have been since we got married but I feel like we are so much happier in other ways. And I think we eat way healthier since we don't have the money to go out to eat all of the time. We are definitely learning to stick to a budget more than we ever have before but it is so worth it.

In other news, we are going to Oregon next Monday!! I am so excited! I lived in Oregon until I was eight. I don't remember tons about it but I just went back to visit my grandparents last year and every time we drove somewhere I was awestruck at the beauty of the mountains and the land there. I can't wait to show it all off to Race and for Race to meet my Great Grandma Usher, get to know my other grandparents better and to meet all of my cousins and aunts and uncles that weren't able to make it to our wedding or reception. Mostly I just can't wait to show Race off to all of them! Also, my grandparents will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary! I love having examples in my family of happy marriages. :] We will be in Oregon for a week and then we are headed back to Arizona for a couple of weeks before we head up to Utah for Race's family reunion. I was able to go to Race's family reunion last year and it was so much fun! He has a LOT of family in this small town and they all get together for a day of games, auctions, good food, and finally a dance! That is definitely my favorite part. They have a live band {made up of the cutest little old men} play music while we square dance and two-step the night away. Apparently last summer someone commented to Race's mom about Race and I being good dancers. Woot! Woot! We have never had any dance lessons but apparently we move well together. ;} I love dancing with my husband. He often dances with me in the kitchen with or without music and it is one of my very favorite things to do with him {I don't know if he even knows that}.

Well, that's about it for now. Plus a picture I took on a date Race and I went on forever ago. The sidewalk did all the talking for us.


Also, check out this link. It's a really neat video/love story.


  1. Whoa you quit your job that's big! I know how good that feels to finally have time to do stuff around the house like cooking haha, the same thing happened when the semester ended 'cause my hours at work didn't increase.
    I'm glad you're still blogging 'cause whatever your reason for doing it, I like to read it! It makes me feel less sad that we don't see you guys much. I did 750 words for a little bit & liked it, but fell out of the habit & then when I went back it had erased my progress altogether:( I still might return once in awhile but that took away my motivator to do it often, haha.

  2. Yeah, quitting was a big decision but I am so glad I did. It was just too stressful. I haven't done 750 words in a while...I hope they didn't delete all my progress too!! That seriously stinks! And I'm glad someone still reads my blog!! :) I love reading yours when you post about your adventures!!