So, after camping next to 30 freshman from Stanford in Yosemite the weekend before Memorial Weekend... Joel and I decided that we should do a little dutch oven cooking and camping in our backyard. It is a lot more spacious than those campsites!
here you can see the house in the background...
In this photo, you would never really know that we were in our backyard!
Joel and I were able to go to Yosemite in May with a group of friends (thanks for the invite Katie and Lee!) Although it was a little on the cool side, the incredible waterfalls made it worth it. I will have to get a group shot from Katie and Lee to post. It was a great trip, with amazing views, food and company.
Glen, Joel and Erika getting up close and wet at the bottom of Yosemite Falls
Half dome in the background
Joel trying posing in his arborwear pants to try and get a free hat. If you send in a pic of you doing something cool in your arborwear pants, arborwear will send you a free hat.
My first time seeing a bear in Yosemite, I got a lot of butt shots
there was a lot of mist in the air from the waterfall
another pose at an attempt to get a free hat
and yet another pose... Joel does this kind of stuff all the time, even if a free hat is not involved!
I came across an email the other day that had some of my favorite quotes and I decided to share.
"Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You."
I remind myself that even when I am trying to become better and improve, I don't have to change who I am completely!
"The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide."- Longfellow
I have often thought of this as I have been at a low point in my life and know that something will come along to lift me up again.
Probably one of the biggest adjustments to married life, is friendships. How do Joel and I make new friends as a married couple and also interact with the friends that we had before we started dating? There have been a few times when I have had my feelings hurt and needed to step back and think about why I have felt the way that I do... Because I only have control over how I feel and treat others, I have been wondering what I can do to be a better friend.
I think that two quotes by Marvin J. Ashton speak volumes about how we should treat one another.
"Perhaps the greatest charity comes when we are kind to each other, when we don’t judge or categorize someone else, when we simply give each other the benefit of the doubt or remain quiet. Charity is accepting someone’s differences, weaknesses, and shortcomings; having patience with someone who has let us down; or resisting the impulse to become offended when someone doesn’t handle something the way we might have hoped. Charity is refusing to take advantage of another’s weakness and being willing to forgive someone who has hurt us. Charity is expecting the best of each other"
"If we could look into each other’s hearts and understand the unique challenges each of us faces, I think we would treat each other much more gently, with more love, patience, tolerance, and care." — Marvin J. Ashton
I am so very grateful for the love and support that I have from our families and also incredible friends who have been there for me and now us!
And finally, a favorite quote that I came across since we have been married... (Joel spends most of his time talking, thinking and probably dreaming about gardens, trees and all other plants.)
“Kind hearts are the gardens, Kind thoughts are the roots, Kind words are the flowers, Kind deeds are the fruits, Take care of your garden And keep out the weeds, Fill it with sunshine Kind words and kind deeds” - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
We are trying to fill our home with kind hearts, kind thoughts, kind words and kind deeds.
My mom was able to come visit the end of last month. (I have been busy with wedding invitations and finals, so I haven't been able to post any pics from her visit.) The one thing that we really wanted to do while she was in town was to go see Wicked. She and Joel have never seen it and I REALLY wanted to see it again... It was so fun to have Holly join us for such an exciting performance. Everyone LOVED the show. I will be posting some pics of the skirts and dress that we made while she was here. Thanks mom!!!
This was the first shot that Joel took. He didn't realize that he was suppose to get the Wicked billboard in the background.