Friday, July 18, 2014

Griffin Family Update #1

Hello bloggy friends! Obviously I've been MIA for a while but lets be honest, I'm not the best at blogging in the first place.

Oh well.

Due to my (unnoticed) absence, I figured that I'd give everyone a little update on the Griffin clan.

Derek:

The mister has been working hard as a front end supervisor at Lin's. He's currently up for a raise and fingers crossed that he gets it! He is very deserving of it with all the hard work and extra tasks that he has been taking on. At the moment, Derek is still in the process of deciding if he wants to return to Dixie for the Fall semester. He does seem pretty excited about the prospect of being the main bread-winner while I work my way through school though. I guess we'll see what he decides come the beginning of August.

Emily:

I recently started a new job at Wal-Mart. It's been exciting to learn new things and I'm a lot less stressed now. It's been a good change so far. Plus I'm making some actual friends finally which is a major bonus. I just finished up my summer semester classes. I seemed to fair pretty well. I should end up with an A in one class, and a B in the other. Feeling pretty proud of those grades at the moment. I'm registered for all but one class for the Fall semester. I have to take a math placement test before I can register for my last class but it's math. I HATE math so I've been putting off taking the test. However if I can get into the math class, I'll have my associate degree come December.
The Pups:

Charlie and Molly are as adorable as ever. Molly has gained the new nick-name "Paulsy" which is weird but she responds to it. Charlie has started to calm down a little but he is still playful and loving. We also saved a little chihuahua during a Sunday drive in Arizona. We brought her home and began the search for her family. We posted all over Facebook hoping to get the word out. Meanwhile, all of us, including the pups, fell in love with that little girl. We named her Lucy and decided to make her a permanent Griffin if we couldn't find her family. Unfortunately, Lucy got out of our yard Tuesday night/Wednesday morning. Wednesday afternoon her family in Arizona contacted us and we had to give them the sad news that we lost their little girl AGAIN. We took to Facebook again trying to find her but to no avail. Little Lucy is gone. I hope someone took her in and will give her all the love she needs.
General News:

We took our 3rd trip to Disney World in May. It's seriously one of my favorite vacations ever and maybe I'll write up a post about it one day. In June we got to go to Pleasant Grove to visit family and friends. It was so lovely and much needed. We get to go again in August to see Derek's dad get sealed to his wife. We are very excited about that trip. Also in August, Derek and I will start Foster Care classes. This will be our first step toward becoming a family of 3 and we are hoping all goes well.


Those are the updates for now. We are so happy and more in love than ever. We're looking forward to what the next few months will bring our way!



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Monday, March 31, 2014

Decorating Paralysis

Guys. I need HELP.

Major help.

We've lived in our house for almost a year now so I decided that it has high time we started to make it our own. I decided to start in the master bedroom and go from there. I created this vision in my head and thought it would be a snap to create.

oh how wrong I was.

It took me probably 2 weeks, hours of research, and 7 paint samples before I finally chose a paint color. I had the perfect bedding all picked out and it arrived two days before we painted. I was so excited to put it all together and figured once it was in place, everything else would be easy.

Again, WRONG.

Now that we've painted and the bedding is in it's rightful home, I can't do anything! I have ideas of what I want and I find something that I love, yet I don't buy it. I don't know how to take the image in my head and make it a reality in my room.

Walls are blue. Bedding is gray and white. I want pops of yellow. Hours on Pinterest have not helped my cause either.

I need a lovely decorating friend to help me ASAP.

Or any advice would also be appreciate. This room is stressing me out.

Why couldn't I be artistically gifted?

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

100 Days: 1-10


So far I'm 10 days in to the #100happydays challenge. I'm ABSOLUTELY loving it. It's so wonderful to find the little things every day that make me smile. I'm finding that life is THAT much more enjoyable now.

EVERYONE SHOULD DO THIS CHALLENGE!!!!!!

So, lets recap the last 10 days.

Day 1: lovely ring dish from my love

Day 2: Picking out paint colors for our bedroom. !HINT! It's not either of these colors

Day 3: Been on my bucket list forever to finally have a passport. Now to travel the world

Day 4: I finished studying this list for Jazz History. I HATE THIS CLASS

Day 5: Our customized park maps for our upcoming Disney World vacation came in the mail

Day 6: My husband and I exchanging sappy love notes of FB. Yes, We're THAT kind of couple :)

Day 7: My fur-babies! Charlie and Molly. I sure love cuddling with them!

Day 8: My bestie, Trina, sent me this baseball cap for Christmas. Seattle is my favorite city!

Day 9: Hard to see, but my hubby left me a love note in the steam on the mirror #truelove

Day 10: Our new bedding came today from Amazon. I'm so excited to be updating our bedroom!

I'll do another recap in a few days. But seriously, everyone do this challenge. It's changing my life for the better and I can't wait to see how I feel once I complete it.

Find your happy, dears.
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Thursday, February 27, 2014

100 Happy Days


Do you recall the last time you were "in-the-moment" happy? So many of our days are filled with mundane, every day tasks. We're too busy thinking about our TO-DO lists for the day or what big thing has to be done tomorrow that we often forget to just...live in the now.

I am guilty of doing just that.

I don't often take time to stop and smell the roses as they say. I'm a full-time college student working 30 hours a week all while trying to maintain the house and continue to build up my marriage.

Occasionally I'm so focused on on school work or sleeping that even my marriage falls to the wayside sometimes.

What kind of life is that?

I don't want to continue being so caught up in the busy-ness of life that I miss the the little things. The things that make a bad day better. The things that make a good day great. I want to focus on the happy.

Enter 100happydays.com

I saw a link to this page on Facebook and thought I'd check in out. The challenge? It's simply really.

For 100 days, you take a picture of something that made you happy. Doesn't have to be big or over-the-top, it actually shouldn't be. They don't want you to be bragging. This isn't a challenge that you do to win. This is something you do for yourself. To see the happiness and beauty in your busy, every day lives.

I'm so excited to do this challenge for myself. I'm looking forward to focusing more on the happy. I'll be taking my pictures on instagram as well as posting them to Facebook. If anyone cares to follow along, you can click on the links on the side.

If you want to start the challenge yourself, click on the link above and get going!

Focus on the happy lovelys.


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Friday, February 7, 2014

A Love Poem and Thank You Shout Out

On our wedding day, we received many wonderful gifts and I am very thankful for all of them. One simple, sweet gift we got included a poem. This poem has been displayed in our home ever since and is a good reminder for our marriage.

If you learn the art of compromise,
The craft of give and take
And keep in mind your partner,
In the choices that you make.

If you can just remember, 
It's the little things that add,
More pleasure to the good days
And comfort to the bad.

If your partner is your best friend,
Your pal, your mate, your buddy,
Who sticks with you through all your moods,
The good, the bad, "the nutty".

If a hugs your favorite thing to wear,
A kiss, your midnight treat.
And if you think a cuddle
Is the perfect source of heat.

If your favorite choice of music,
Is the other person's laughter...
Then clearly, you two know the way
To Happily Ever After.

I love this poem and it is always a sweet reminder of our love and how we wanted to live in our marriage. So since Valentine's Day is in a week,  I just wanted to share the love with everyone, especially my hubby!

Also, special THANK YOU shout out to my friend Ashley! She designed the new look for my blog and put up with my random emails when I couldn't figure out exactly what I wanted. She did an amazing job and I absolutely love it!. You can follow her here

Happy Love week everyone!
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Thursday, December 26, 2013

2013 In Review

Well well well, another year is coming to a close. I figure I'll do a recap of highlights throughout the year since I don't keep up on the blog very well. Maybe next year will be better right? Well here we go!

January: We celebrated our  2nd wedding anniversary. We went to Seattle again and ate dinner at the Space Needle restaurant. Possibly the most expensive meal I've had so far in my life but it was definitely the best steak of my life.

February:....I actually don't think much happened in February. We celebrated Valentines Day and Charliepop's birthday. Oh, we also contacted a realtor for the first time!

March: We came down to St. George to start our home search. Over 2 days, and 9 houses, we found our first home.

April: We celebrated Derek's 24th birthday on the 12th and on April 22nd, we signed the paperwork and became first time homeowners!

May: We celebrated my 23rd birthday on the 4th with my besties driving me all the way up to Logan to get ice cream. It was fabulous. On the 16th, we said goodbye to our hometown and moved down to St. George. We enjoyed one last bestie weekend before we were officially on our own.

June: We adopted Molly Polly from the animal shelter. We've absolutely loved having her in our family.

July: Again I don't remember much of July. We spent a lot of time exploring our new city and settling completely into our new home. It was brutally hot but we survived our first summer and are looking forward to the next one.

August: We went home to visit family and we got to see my youngest cousin get married. It was beautiful and I was beyond thrilled to see family and friends over those 2 days. We also started our first semesters at Dixie State University.

September: We started off the month with me getting a stupid kidney stone. I was pretty miserable most of the month but thankfully it passed without me having to have surgery. We continued going to school and working a ton

November: We were very excited to have our first major holiday in our own home. Derek's mom and brothers came to stay with us and it was wonderful to see family again

December: We finished our first semester at Dixie and got registered for the next one. Once finals were over, we drove up to PG to surprise our families. It was a wonderful weekend and much needed for me since I was very much homesick by this point. We got to do a bit of Christmas shopping this month and once Christmas came around, we got to celebrate for the first time all by ourselves. It was so weird to not be with family but we loved being able to carry over traditions and start new ones.

Overall, I think we've had a pretty good year. I wish I had documented more but there is always room for improvement next year. We're looking forward to making more memories and continuing to fall more in love with each other.

Here's to 2014. May it be our best year yet!

Friday, December 13, 2013

First Semester Down

So for those that don't know, I'm currently a freshman at Dixie State University. So far I'm loving it! I'm majoring in English to be an editor. Don't expect my blog to be professional though. It's my blog for goodness sake!

Anyway.

Since we've reached the end of the semester, I'd like to reflect on some things I learned during the last 4 months.

1. Yes I can whip out a paper last minute and receive an A but the stress of doing that is not worth it to me. Next semester, I'll start papers more than 2 hours before they are due.

2. I study better at the table because I focus more. I should most definitely stop studying on the couch. That's what I bought a desk for, right?

3. Just because you don't like the professor doesn't mean you can't learn something from them.

4. Having good communications with your professors gets you a long way.

5. When you are learning a language and have to take an oral exam, it's best to get lots of sleep the night before or you'll break down in tears and walk out in the middle of the test.(True story, but my professor let me come back in to try and finish, I still couldn't so she gave me half credit)

6. Find time to still have fun! Attend more campus activities and really get to know people!

7. TURN OFF NETFLIX! AND FACEBOOK!

I'm really looking forward to next semester. I'll be taking 17 course credits but I think I can handle it. I'm just so excited about furthering my education and finally having a degree. It's going to be amazing! I'm so glad we survived this semester!