Friday, March 20, 2015

Turning 27 years old for her, what's ahead, and nothing like some quality time to refresh the soul.

Every few years I have my birthday on a Sunday, which is Fast Sunday (the first sunday of the month) where we go without food or drink for a period of time. So that means that birthday breakfasts get tricky. We usually celebrate a little with presents in the morning and then the "birthday" celebration is continued after church with dinner and dessert. 
This Sunday birthday was interesting because church was canceled due to the freezing rain we were having!! So we stayed home for most of the day, Tyson and Taryn helped prepare dinner and my birthday pizookie and we relaxed. It was just what we needed. March has proven to be a crazy month for us with lots of big decisions ahead. With Tyson taking his class on Saturdays from 10am -6pm, it's like another work day for him. My work is picking up and so all of this is making for little time together as a family of four and lots of really tired days. We try to maximize our time as a family when we can get it, so my Sunday birthday with church canceled was a great way for us to get in a bunch of time together. We ventured out quickly to our friends a few times during the day. That's where the picture below comes into play. 

 It was cold cold cold. The freezing ice left a good layer of ice on our car. Us girls waited in the car while our knight in shining armor de-iced the car so we could drive a short ways to see friends. He is the best!

Saturday date night!
We visited a little bakery in Alexandria for a little sweet treat and hot chocolate :)

I did get to continue my birthday celebration a week later when Tyson had to work from home due to technical issues at work. We enjoyed lunch at an AMAZING burger place. Like- we're pretty sure we've found THE best burgers ever. Holy Cow. That's what it's called. I mean, when you come here to visit, you will die after eating these burgers!!! And their sweet potato fries with a marshmallow dipping sauce- (WHAT??!!!!!!) It's SOOOO good.

I was talking with a friend this past week about how proud I am of Tyson. He is always looking for ways to better himself spiritually, physically, and mentally. He challenges himself and pushes his limits until he achieves a new level. He is such an inspiration to me. So we may have little time together as a family now, but I know what we are sacrificing now (with his work & classes and my work) will provide great experiences for us in the future. Sacrifices now bring future blessings. I love that we've worked so hard these past few months to better our communication, utilize our family time to the last drop, and how through all this, we've grown so much closer as a family of four. It's pretty amazing, really. But don't worry….there are a ton of not so amazing moments that make us question what we've put on our plates. Like a text I sent Tyson recently saying that we were stretched too thin. But then, we get our naps, get some good food in our bellies, spend quality time together, play a lot and then things seem to balance out.

So these next few weeks should be fun, full of changes, and lots of new adventures! 

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