Friday, December 28, 2012

So this is Christmas 2012 edition

Our Christmas was low key and quiet. I finished all of my Christmas baking on Christmas Eve (cookies, muffins, a delicious breakfast casserole...). We woke up early to open presents and eat a nice breakfast. Gabe threw his back out the day before and so he spent most of his day either laying on the couch or laying on the floor putting together a Christmas present. Christmas calls were made, our traditional Chinese food dinner was consumed and we spent the rest of the night watching Christmas movies and discussing the true meaning of the season. It was a simple and quiet day, and while we missed our extended family there is something about establishing your own traditions that cannot be replaced.

Merry Christmas to you! I hope it was a pleasant and spiritual experience for all!


Thursday, December 27, 2012

2012 ... When the World Didn't End

Five Things the Eatons Learned in 2012

 5 We have to make time for the things that are to be enjoyed
Some nights this year we would come home so exhausted that we would eat a quick dinner and then just sit, until it was time for bed. We quickly figured out that this pattern is more draining than relaxing and that isn't how living life is meant to be. So we made plans, slept a little less and enjoyed a lot more. [song references here and here]

 4 Laughing at inappropriate times is one of our specialties 
From the most serious to the saddest moments Gabe and I learned we deal with things the best through laughter. So please don't judge us if you see us laughing at a funeral or sad stories on the nightly news [song references here and here]

3 We are really good at taking road trips
This year we traveled like gypsies in blizzards, dust storms and Mojave Desert rain... in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, California, Utah and Idaho, by ourselves and with friends. We have found the formula to a perfect playlist and had the most random stops along the way [song references here and here]

 2 Continuing to do something just because you're in the middle of it is stupid
Both Gabe and I were taught at a young age that you follow through with commitments. So  this year when we were faced with challenges we tried our best to do just that, even to our detriment. And then we realized that sometimes being a quitter really is a good idea. Gabe switched majors and we moved back from Texas early, and even though that changed some of our plans it also made up for a few of the messes we got ourselves into. [song references here and here]

1 Unexpected life changes can turn out better than the best laid plans
[Heather's pick here and Gabe's here]

Friday, December 21, 2012

We might be laughing a bit too loud

I told someone the other day that it is okay to take time to figure out what they want to do with life because they are still young... I said it like I am not young, like 24 (or even 25) is an age where you look back on life and remember all the things you have done and achieved.

I am really glad it is not.

What the World Needs Now...

I really struggled with what to think or say with what happened in Connecticut last week, I think more than anything it was difficult to wrap my mind around the fact that this really happened, in America, to little innocent children and those protecting them.

There are so many videos floating around about the shooting itself, political motivation to stop future happenings, the reaction of families etc. I really appreciate the kindness and love expressed in some of those videos and it hurts to think that people could be so hateful about this event and those families who have lost so much.

These two videos are easily the two I agree with most. While I fully believe in the Savior Jesus Christ, one of the children who was killed is Jewish and I hope we remember to respect his beliefs as well, not because it is the politically correct thing to do but because his family deserves that.

And this, from the father of a victim "let it not turn into something that defines us"

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

You and your denial

I had two night classes this past semester... which means I would tend to put off doing the homework for them until a few days before it was due. So it should come as no surprise that as I was sitting in my Monday night class I was listening to what was being said, but only as far as it didn't interrupt the homework I was doing for my Tuesday night class.

And then the girl sitting next to me glanced over at me...  with increasing frequency. And then she dropped all pretenses and just stared at what I was doing... and then she asked "Are you okay?"

I may have been planning my funeral (for an assignment)... while we were discussing suicide.

Fair enough.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Lines from all our favorite songs

We all have heartache. . .

And there is this quote from Albert Camus:

“Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.”

And I really thought I had one of those hearts. Until it was broken, which hurt like hell. At first I thought I was fine. After enough people are gone from your life one more isn't that big of a deal, right? 

But it was. 

So I ditched plans to hang out with people, and sat and watched stupid mindless television because I didn't have to think... or feel ... real things... about my own life. And then there was a whole lot of school work and work in general to keep me busy, and in denial.

But the beautiful thing about a broken heart is that it can be mended. And now that I have come to terms with things I think that is finally happening.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Some nights ...

Maybe this is just the Benadryl talking... but I am pretty sure Gabe is the Ron to my Hermione. I was most definitely a bossy know it all growing up... we have defeated a few trolls in our time... and overall his sense of humor is kind of vital to our relationship.

How lucky am I?

Friday, November 30, 2012

That takes me further every day...

Sometimes it is really difficult to be grateful in life. Despite all that I have I get wrapped up in temporary circumstances and get a little selfish. But then I receive a dose of humility and remember all that I have.

I am grateful for my husband who stayed up late one night to decorate for Christmas when I was sick, but left the tree undecorated because he knows that is my favorite part. He is pretty fantastic.

I am grateful for a religion that allows me to practice my beliefs in my own way, while still giving me direction and guidance.

I am grateful for an education, and all that it entails.

I am grateful for a warm house to come home to every night.

I am grateful for a washer and dryer in my home, laundry mats aren't really all that fun.

I am grateful for a car that runs and gets us where we need to go.

I am grateful for decorative couch pillows, because they mean that even if something seems pointless to Gabe, it matters to him because it matters to me.

I am grateful for the love and support we are given through our trial and errors of figuring out this whole growing up thing.

I know there are a million more things I could write on here... but these are the things that come to mind. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

If Gabe Were in Charge of Christmas Cards...

This is what would happen.
I'm not sure how opposed I am at this point...

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows...

My Husband... what a stud.
In one of the food science labs this weekend

The other day I read a friend's blog post about "stupid husband syndrome" that media loves portraying, which just happens to be one of my biggest pet peeves. By no means is Gabe perfect, but he knows that. More than that, I know how imperfect I am, and you don't see him flaunting that to the world (no matter how many times he asks me to please hang my towel up and not leave it on the counter).

This semester we are both taking 18 credits and working part time. Why you might ask? I think we may be a little crazy, plus we both have senioritis and simply want to graduate. But, Gabe is currently taking three 4 credit classes which makes my schedule, which includes an internship and research with a professor, pale in comparison.

Last night I couldn't sleep... so I watched nostalgic music videos as I heard Gabe typing away in the living room. Somewhere in there I did fall asleep and I woke up at 5am this morning snuggled up to my phone... and no Husband. He was still in the living room finishing up a paper. He works so hard on his school work and then still makes time for us. He comes up with the best music and then shares it with me. He gets wild ideas of late night adventures and about half the time we follow through accompanied by lots of laughter.

So I would have to say Gabe is pretty amazing.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Breathe it in and I can see...

October was an extremely busy month for us, which is why I have failed to blog anything about our current life as of late. So here is an attempt at catching up with an onslaught of pictures and maybe a few words here and there.

This is one of my classes learning how to measure brain waves, easily my favorite class this semester

Gabe fixed Emily's car on the side of the highway...

We watched General Conference with Gary and Liz

We did a lot of driving this past month, this was one of the gorgeous views we saw... even if my phone camera doesn't do it justice

The Rexburg Idaho LDS Temple

With some handsome men in front of it...

One of the few normal pictures of Gabe and I

My favorite bridesmaid at Alyssa's wedding

The gang at Alyssa's wedding

The only picture I took of Jeremy and Alyssa the entire day

I love a good autumn storm
 I went down to the Senior World Games in St George where I helped with health screenings. Half of one day was spent making the elderly bleed... and just for the record the men were much bigger babies about the whole ordeal
 Our fearless leader  No Rules Rilla

The St George LDS temple
 A beautiful sunset seen from our house
 Angela and I went to the Awful Waffle to catch up
 where they have a delicious punpkin belgian waffle ...
 We also carved pumpkins
 With the lovely Thompsons
 The men talking carving strategy...
 Andy was a little excited about it all
 I am in love with all the colorful leaves as I walk around campus
 And rainy drives on the way to places
 this gorgeous view is what I get to see on a daily basis
 And I volunteered at the ARC quite a bit this month ( it is required for a class but I really do love it)
 My Dobby pumpkin
 One day night Gabe decided he needed to try on a Neiman Marcus fur coat... (I love the beard no matter what he is wearing)
And that was pretty much our October...

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

This is Halloween...

This year we watched Hocus Pocus and did lots of scary homework...

Monday, October 15, 2012

I don't know how to be something you miss...

The other day I was going through our storage when I found all twenty-six letters that I wrote Gabe while he was on his mission... as I read through them I realized how much I missed him while he was gone those two years (I really wish I still had all the ones he wrote me... recanting tells of banana eating contests and Christmas cards) I had found in Gabe my truest friend and I didn't know how to say goodbye to that for two years. I had broke up with guys before, but never my best friend. I didn't know how to handle it.

The first time we said goodbye was in the living room of my dingy garage apartment. He walked out the door and then came back for one last bye. I watched him get into his dad's truck so they could take him back to Kansas at the end of our first year of college. I sat on my couch and watched I am still not sure what... for hours. He text me lyrics to cheesy songs and I fell asleep.

The last time we saw each other before his mission we said goodbye in the basement of his house in Kansas. We were playing pool and he was uploading all of his music on my computer, just in case something happened to it while he was gone. Run by Snow Patrol came on and we both just stood there. I left his house with a favorite t-shirt and cried for most of the fifteen hour drive back to Utah. 

The last time we talked on the phone we officially broke up (we would have broke up long before but we had this competition going, I had never had a guy break up with me and he had never broke up with a girl, I was determined to break my record and he was determined to keep his going) I say he broke up with me but I am sure he would argue. We got off the phone and that was it. We played phone tag a few times but nothing else happened except a few texts.

I figured out life while he was gone and I was glad for the chance to get to know myself a little bit more. I was just fine. But, I am glad I have my best friend back. For good this time.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Take Exit 43...

There are moments in this life that are perfect... and the more I recognize them, the more I realize they are not so much about where I am but who I am with, and sometimes what I am doing.

Even if it is making chocolate covered pretzels, at 10 o'clock at night, while dinner and homework are being finished, with a really good friend and her bridesmaid, who just happened to become my bosom buddy by the end of the night.

I once saw this movie where Kirsten Dunst takes mental pictures of moments she wants to remember... I want a video of tonight... the entire thing. 

Friday, October 5, 2012


Another late night at the library brings the need for a playlist. I am feeling a bit nostalgic tonight and this will most likely reflect it.

Set Fire to the Third Bar -Snow Patrol
Bring Him Home -Les Miserables Soundtrack
Tribute -Martin O'Donnell and Michael Salvatori (Halo 3 soundtrack)
The Cave -Mumford and Sons
Overkill -Colin Hay
Shake It Out -Florence and the Machine
Heroes -David Bowie
It's Time -Imagine Dragons
Jesus -Brand New
Chasing Cars -Snow Patrol (live from BNN) no other version will do
Us -Regina Spektor
One of Those Days -Joshua Radin
Bicycle Races -Queen
That's Life -Frank Sinatra
Vienna Waits for You -Billy Joel

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Just the sky, the earth, and us...

Discover the best priorities and follow your heart...

I wrote that in my journal I am not sure when. It is probably a quote from someone. I love it. There are so many things in this world that grab at my attention, and a lot of them are somewhat useless... every few months I have to get rid of the junk; the needless time spent following a tv show, unhealthy relationships that aren't going anywhere, that new ridiculous website, and the list goes on.

And the best part is, when I am finished I usually have time for the things I really love... like an overdue long run... that book I think I don't have time to read... quality time with my favorite people and places... and the list goes on.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Out on the street in the pouring rain...

Today was a long list of mini disasters that added up to be one HUGE mess. At one point I locked myself out of our apartment and called a few people to get someone to drive me to campus where Gabe was studying for the two tests he has to take before tomorrow (and had an extra set of keys).

... Every single one of those people either answered, text or called back.

So, it was a crappy day. But at least I know I am loved.

Thank you.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Paint It Golden. . .

At the beginning of this summer I made a list of things I wanted to do, and one of them was paint our dresser. I have been reading blog's like this for ages and while I am nowhere near as skilled yet I knew I wanted to try it out.

So on the very last day of summer I set out to accomplish it. I forgot to take a before picture but this is basically what it looked like

I started with a primer by Valspar which I like but one can barely covered the part of the dresser I was painting so I am not sure I will use it again. We went to Lowe's and found their clearance paint. I got a gallon of this Valspar blue color for $5 (if anyone wants a mint-ish color to paint anything... I have plenty left over.)

Then I used a Minwax mahogany wood stain that I applied with those little sponge brushes you see in the floor in the above picture. As soon as I painted about a few lines I would wipe it off with a really rough rag (you can get maybe 20 of them at Walmart for about $3, white is best, other colors tend to fade onto your paint and you get to start over again...) and it gave me this amazing effect

I painted the hardware with an old can of cream colored spray paint that I had leftover from another project. The finish I used was absolutely horrible. If I wasn't so sick last week I probably would have sanded it all down and done it again... but I didn't. So if you're refinishing something Valspar is great for paint and for primer but not so much for finishing. Overall while there were plenty of little things that I wish I could redo I really love the overall effect.

Here it is (because I didn't post it on fb enough... )

(Don't you love how inconsistent the lighting on my phone camera is)