Thursday, February 18, 2010

Joy in Marriage

I often stop by a blog called The Glamorous Life of a Housewife to read what is on her joyful heart. Whitney is the sister of my husbands best friend from high school. Did you get that? Anyways, I feel like I know her even though I have only met her a couple of times. She is an excellent writer, and exudes her joy and love for family and life through her blog. Last week she did a little series about her love for her husband, and one post was dedicated to their first year of marriage. They had such a fun spontaneous year, always there for each other and always enjoying the good and the hard.

For some the first year of marriage was really hard. For others like Whitney, it was a very joyful time. Eric and I had a fantastic first year of marriage. It was so fun and so bonding. We had one car with no A/C and a 1 1/2 hour daily commute in Southern California. We were living in a tiny apartment, we didn't know a single person in the town we moved to, I couldn't cook, etc etc. All that to say, we were young and in love and having a blast! I want my marriage to always be like that. I want to always enjoy one another no matter what. But as I am realizing, it takes a little more work to make the fun happen later in marriage. We are more exhausted because of young children, we have more responsibility, we have less alone time, etc etc.

So, my question is...Was your first year of marriage fun or a train wreck? And what do you and your husband do to keep things fun now that you have been married for a little while?

Monday, February 15, 2010

2 posts in one week!

Well, Megan and I need to talk about the future of this blog! (Right Megan?) It sounds like we have a few people interested in keeping up with us:) I just thought I would throw a random topic out there for some discussion. Please leave a comment and join in! 

The topic is New Years Resolutions. The realistic kind that you'll actually try your hardest to stick to. All of us have said "I'm going to exercise more this year" or "I'm going to eat better this year" but how many of us actually stick with that past February? Not many. SO, I'm talking about the resolutions that you will stick to. I will start. 

We are in the process of trying to sell our house. We are going to rent for a couple years so as I'm packing up my house, I'm keeping that in mind. I'm reminding myself that in probably 2 years, we will be moving again. So as I'm thinking through that, I'm thinking about what our family of 5 actually NEEDS for the next two years and what can just stay boxed up for a while. Basically, trying to live on less, simplify things. It's been a very nice feeling. Even just opening our kitchen cabinet and finding 6 mugs instead of 20 mugs or packing away a lot of the extra toys that my kids rarely touch and realizing that they can still have fun with a lot less stuff. So, my resolution is to continue to simplify as we move and even when we do get settled to stay more organized and more clutter free. For this OCD type mom, it's a GREAT feeling!! (and makes cleaning at the end of the day a LOT faster:)

So...what's yours??

Friday, February 12, 2010

Anyone out there?

I thought I would see if anyone still checks into this blog! If you do, you are probably shocked to see a post..even you Megan:) It's been a loooong time. Life has been busy with three kids but my youngest is 6 months now so I'm feeling like I can slowly get back into some hobbies that I have missed, including more blogging. Who knows what that means for this blog?!? Megan...any thoughts??

Well, if anyone reads this, I hope this message finds you well. Hope you are BLOOMING!!