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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Thankful Thursday: Warm Weather

Y'all, the temperatures have been in the 80s this week! Praise the Lord! There is no way I can convey to you how thankful I am for that. Words are not enough. I hate winter with a passion. And I dislike 50-60 degree weather very much. Weather in the 70s is okay for a little while. As a transition period. But the 80s.... Perfect!
I've been waiting for this since October. No we didn't have 80 degree weather in October, but back then I was excited for colder, fall weather. As soon as it hit freezing though (in October), I was ready for 80 degrees again.

I'm thankful for warm weather because I can do stuff outside for extended periods of time without a jacket.

I'm thankful for warm weather because I can wear skirts and dresses without tights or leggings.

I'm thankful for warm weather because the sun will hopefully be out more now.

I'm thankful for warm weather because precipitation will now be in the form of rain storms instead of snow.

I'm thankful for warm weather because of pools and lakes and oceans.

I'm thankful for warm weather because we get to go hiking and do other outdoor things.

Please tell me I'm not the only one who feels this way! What are you thankful for this month? Link up below!
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Monday, May 23, 2016

Tech Fast Recap and A Giveaway

Well guys, if you didn't notice, I didn't publish a single blog post last week. I blame the fact that I spent last weekend with my best friend while she graduated with her masters. It wasn't a relaxing weekend (not that I'm complaining) but rather a very busy one. So it took me a while to come back from that this week. But it's also because, as much as I hate to admit it, I'm still not out of my funk or rutt or whatever you want to call this. I'm still burnt out.
If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter or if you've signed up to receive my newsletters, then you know that I planned to take a technology fast this weekend in an attempt to slow down, refocus on what's important, and get out of my little rut... 

Well, I made it! I decided early on that I would make it an internet and TV fast. I left my calling and texting services on but turned data and wifi off on my phone. I also shut my computers down and didn't turn the TV on at all.

I think I did pretty well. I reached for my phone several times and realized I didn't have internet and I'd put it back down. It was weird to get used to at first. Also, you know what's stupid? You have to have mobile data turned on to send and receive group text messages. I forgot that. I had to turn it on because I went to a friend's house Saturday night for Girl's Night and we communicated about it through a group message. Also, my mom wanted me to send her a picture of a dress and photo messages also take data. And then I also turned it on to use the GPS to navigate to said friend's house because she recently moved. Oh and I should mention that while I was at that friend's house, we watched star wars so I guess I didn't go the whole weekend without TV either. But we watched Blue Rays. It technically wasn't TV or the Internet. lol Also, I was with people. The point of this fast was to keep me from wasting my own time on the internet.

So looking back at that paragraph, maybe I didn't to so well. But it felt like a success. It was very difficult. Usually, even if I'm spending some time in a book, I'll pick up my phone and check out the all the social media in between each chapter. This weekend, since I didn't have that option, I got so into what I was reading! I didn't want to put it down! It's been a while since I was that into a book.

I think I'm going to start trying to do this at least one weekend every month. Or at least one Saturday every month. And I'm pretty excited about that!

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Mistakes We've Made in our Communication as a Couple

I always try to be "authentic" on this blog. That word seems to be a buzz word in the blogging world these days. Bloggers and social media gurus are constantly getting backlash for not being "authentic" and sharing their true selves online. I try to balance sharing my life along with sharing helpful content.

I love blogging about marriage and while I am passionate about helping people build a marriage that endures, I always want to be honest about our own marriage. It isn't perfect. It's difficult. However, with that said, I don't like to give specifics about our arguments. Nobody wants to read negative content all the time. Also, I don't like painting my husband in a bad light, which could happen simply because I'm biased in our arguments. It's a tough balance.

So I hope today's post seems balanced. I want to share our struggles and mistakes with you readers. I've been writing about communication a lot lately. In my opinion, it's the most difficult part of a relationship.
So without further adieu...

Mistakes we've made in our communication as a couple (and I'm sure there is a lot more than this but this is what I could think of)

  • Yelling at him. I used to be a yeller. Especially in college. It was my first reaction. I still think that yelling is okay and necessary sometimes, and it is simply one way of dealing with an argument. But it shouldn't be my first reaction.
  • His assumption that yelling is universally bad. Back in college when I yelled a lot. Pearson would always say "you're raising your voice at me..." in a very patronizing way. As if I didn't know I was raising my voice and as if that was universally bad and we already had an agreement that we wouldn't raise our voices at each other. Obviously, that always made me even more mad and I'd say "You're my boyfriend! I'm allowed to yell at you sometimes!"
  • Not admitting what's wrong. This may seem to contradict my first point, but I like to keep things to myself. I think sometimes I keep things in untill I explode (or untill Pearson gets really mad at me for keeping them in) and that's when I yell.
  • Eventually snapping. Going along with the last point, I keep things in until I snap. Though, sometimes I don't snap. Sometimes I just get to a point where I don't think I can return. That's when I finally decide to open up to Pearson and it all comes pouring out and it can't be fixed in a day.
  • Being selfish and not listening when he complains too much. Pearson will admit that he wears his heart on his sleeve. That's not always a bad thing, but it's also not always a good thing. It can be annoying to me when complains about work etc. But sometimes I look at it selfishly and I start zoning out or doing something else instead of listening and showing him that I love him. It's a small sacrifice I can make for the man I love.
  • Assuming I know what's wrong. I've talked about this before, but I have a bad habit of assuming I know what's going on with him. It kind of goes along with the last one. When he starts telling me what's going on, part of the reason I zone out is because I think I know him so well and I think I know where he's going with the story. But that's not always true. And it annoys him when I act like that.
  • Rolling my eyes. This is something I think most of us have probably done since our teenage years. Sometimes it seems to happen involuntarily. I roll my eyes and sigh "here we go again." But that is the wrong attitude to have and the message it sends could drive a wedge in between us and make him less likely to share with me next time. I definitely don't want that.
So these are some of the mistakes we've made in our communication. Some of them we continue to make. It's so hard. So tell me, what are some mistakes you've made? Do any of these ring true with you?
Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Favorite Full House Episodes

This post has been sitting in my drafts since before Fuller House was released in February. I just haven't found a good time to publish it. But since the first table read for Season 2 happened last week (according to Instagram) and Jodie said on DWTS last night that production starts this morning, I thought today would be a good time to publish.

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As I thought about this post, I planed to do a lot of research because I didn't know if I would remember all my favorite episodes. I was going to see what other people's favorites were and make a list of my own from that. I also even thought about going through all the episode descriptions on the DVD boxes to help decide.

BUT one night a couple months ago while visiting my parents, we were going to watch an episode or two. Without even looking, a bunch of awesome episodes popped into my head and we couldn't even decide on one to watch. Why did I doubt myself?

So without further adieu, here are my favorites in no particular order!
  • Luck be a Lady (part 1 and 2) Season 2 episodes 21 & 22. The crew goes to Vegas and Jesse and Becky almost elope.
  • The House Meets the Mouse (part 1 and 2) Season 6 episodes 23 & 24. The crew goes to Disney Land and Michelle gets to be a princess for the day.
  • Michelle Rides Again (part 1 and 2) Season 8 episodes 23 & 24. The series finale. Though it wasn't planned as the series finale. They didn't know they were getting cancelled. Anyway, Michelle falls off her horse and loses her memory.
  • We got the Beat Season 8 episode 18. Stephanie forms a band with her friends and Kimmy. They sing "I Saw the Sign" for a talent competition and it turns out to be a disaster. Every time I hear that song, I think of this episode.
  • The Test Season 7 episode 15. DJ is taking the SAT and she is so nervous she has a crazy dream about it.
  • The Last Dance Season 7 episode 17. Jesse's Greek ancestors come to visit and there's a not so happy ending.
  • Come Fly With Me Season 6 episode 1. Michelle and Stephanie some how find themselves as stow aways on a trip to New Zealand! 
  • Subterranean Graduation Blues Season 6 episode 19. Jesse finally graduates from high school but they get stuck on a subway on the way to graduation. Jesse ends up giving his speech to the passengers and talks one kid into going back to school.
  • Happy Birthday Babies (part 1 and 2) Season 5 episodes 9 & 10. Becky has the babies! And Jesse has appendix out dressed as dino from The Flinstones because it was Michelle's birthday party.
  • Working Girl Season 4 episode 14. DJ gets a job entertaining kids while they get their pictures taken. She gets to dress up as a clown and quack like a duck!
  • The Wedding (part 1 and 2) Season 4 episodes 18 & 19. Jesse and Becky's wedding. Enough said.
  • The Hole-in-the-Wall Gang Season 4 episodes 21. DJ and Stephanie get into a fight and end up putting a hole in the wall in Danny's bedroom!
  • Tanner Island Season 3 episodes 1. The family goes to Hawaii, gets lost, and ends up singing on stage with the Beach Boys. Of course.
  • The Greatest Birthday on Earth Season 3 episodes 10. Jesse, Stephanie, and Michelle get stuck in a car mechanic's garage on Michelle's birthday and they throw her a circus birthday party. 
  • Honey, I Broke the House Season 3 episodes 20. Stephanie drives Joey's car into the house.
  • Fraternity Reunion Season 3 episode 23. Danny and Joey dress like women to crash a party. Enough said.
  • Our very first Christmas Show Season 2 episode 9. The family gets snowed in at the airport over Christmas. The girls are worried Santa won't come but he shows up!
  • Just one of the Guys Season 1 episode 18. Kirk Cameron guest stars as the girls' cousin.
So those are my absolute favorites. But also all the ones where Joey says "Cut It Out," Jesse says "Have Mercy," Danny says something about being clean, DJ says "Oh Mylanta," Stephanie says "How Rude," or Michelle says "You Got it Dude." So, you know, all of them.

It was so much fun to revisit these in my mind. What is it about this show that's so fantastic? It is honestly my favorite show to ever be on TV and I can't even really tell you why!

Are you a Full House fanatic? Did you enjoy Fuller House? Did I leave your favorite out?
Thanks for reading!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Weekly Couple Check-Ins (with a FREE Cheat Sheet)

It's never been a secret on my blog that Pearson works a ton. He works 70-80 hours per week. Not only that but his hours aren't regular. A lot of times I don't know what time he'll be home until he calls me on the way home. It's tough but we make it work.

One way we make it work is by making weekly date nights a priority. We don't always plan them out too far in advance, and sometimes plans have to change somewhat last minute, but we always make sure we've set aside time each week for each other.

One of our favorite monthly dates is Date Box. They send us an entire date in a box and takes all the planning out of it. Another classic is dinner and a movie, of course. We just saw Captain America: Civil War on Thursday and there are a lot of great movies coming out this year. We especially love going to the drive in theater. The drive in near us shows 2 current movies for $9 per person!

So why am I telling you all this? Because a big part of our date night every week is a "couple check-in" and I want to share with you, how it has improved our relationship.

I am the type of person that doesn't typically like to share my feelings. It just doesn't come naturally to me. But with our "weekly couple check-ins" it's easier for me to open up. We have some questions we ask each other every week which helps break the ice and makes sharing easier for me. These questions give me a starting point and I know that Pearson will answer as well.

Sometimes it just seems easier to let things go and ignore little things that make me mad. But it's so important to communicate in a relationship and these questions have helped for sure.

Pearson and I have a check-in cheat sheet that we often use on our weekly date nights (or if we don't get around to it on date night, we find time during the week at some point). Anyway, I want to share that cheat sheet with you!

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