I'm Too Excited to Think of a Title

You guys.  We closed on our home yesterday.  We signed papers until my hand cramped and extra letters were making their way into my signature.  We get the keys this afternoon.  We can start moving in tonight.  We have a house, we have a house, WE HAVE A HOUSE!

We've been spending the last few nights packing our things and getting ready for the big move.  Most of it was already packed and sitting in Sunny's big garage waiting for the day when we were homeowners, so that's all placed on the motorcycle trailer and ready to go.  But last night we mainly focused on getting all of our clothes packed.  Now, something wonderful happened last night.  I had boxes and garbage bags out and I made myself promise that if I hadn't worn it since I moved into my in-law's basement- it was getting donated.  I was sticking to this plan until I got towards the middle and back of my closet.  I started pulling out all these clothes that I've had for years but couldn't part with because I loved them so much, they just didn't fit anymore.  I was about to start throwing stuff out when I decided to try on a skirt I bought right before Landon and I got married.  It fit.  Some really expensive jeans that were in great condition I'd had since Landon and I had started dating.  They fit.  I tried on this Fox Racing jacket I got for Christmas a YEAR before I met Landon that I hadn't worn in forever because it was too tight on the stomach. IT FIT! And with room to spare!  Every single thing I tried on either fit or was too big.  I couldn't believe it.  I continued to toss stuff that was too big for me, but kept the stuff that fit and it was like this entire wardrobe was reopened to me.  I can't believe it.

I'm almost as excited for my old/new clothes as I am to move into my new home.  Almost.

But seriously.  I'm stoked to get moved in.  I promise I'll get pictures up of our new digs as soon as we have internet, which won't be til next Tuesday but they'll get posted I swear.

"You Can't Rush Awesome"

So as most of you know- my little sister departed from Salt Lake International to Beunos Aires, Argentina for the next six weeks and then onto Asuncion, Paraguay for the next 16 1/2 months.  I am so mind-blowingly proud of her and at the same time I feel like a glass figurine that was knocked off a shelf- shattered.  Mariah is my best friend.  And to only be able to communicate with her via email and letters for the next 18 months is the hardest thing I've had to do since Brenden left on his mission back in 2007.  But, that's not what this is all about.  Mariah is going to serve the people of Paraguay with a love like no other.  She is going to move mountains down there.  And I cannot wait for the stories.

I spent the night up in Layton on Tuesday night with her.  Just before her getting set apart, she FaceTime-ed Brenden one last time. (He is in Nevada working for the summer so he had to say goodbye to her in person last week.)  We were just talking and laughing when Brenden said something along the lines of, "Goodbyes may seem hard, but before you know it you'll be back." When that made me think of the part in The Fox and the Hound when the old lady is dropping Tod off in the forest so the hunter wouldn't kill him.  And the music in the background as she is leaving him goes, "Goodbyes may seem forever, farewell- is like the end.  But in my heart's a memory, and there you'll always be..."  And I thought I would be so funny if I pulled that up on my phone as he was saying that to Ri and as the music started to play we were laughing and I was like, "This is the part where she is taking the fox into the forest-" And I BROKE DOWN in tears.  OUT OF NOWHERE.  I just got this image of us leaving Mariah in the airport and I was so caught off-guard I just lost it.  And then my mom started to cry, and Mariah started to cry and Brenden was like, "Are you crying?! Is mom crying? Are you all crying?!"  And we started to laugh AND cry which just made it sound like we were out of control sobbing.  It was pathetic.  And hilarious.  And when Landon got there after work I tried recounting the story to him and I started crying all over again!!  In fact, I really can't listen or watch that part now without breaking down.

She was set apart as a missionary at about 7:30 pm and after that was over, Landon and I had to rush to Sam's Club to pick up a bunch of pictures Mariah had ordered before they closed.  We got out of the neighborhood and I turned around to see the most beautiful, vibrant, full-arched rainbow directly over our home.  I was overcome with such a peaceful feeling; everything was going to be okay.

We went to dinner afterwards where Mariah ordered a full rack of ribs as her last meal in the states.  That sucker was as big as her own rib cage and she pounded it. We had such a fun evening getting our last bit of laughs with her.  And when we got home, Landon and I gave her her late birthday present- a Paraguay soccer jersey.  She looked like a natural in it.

We had to run to the store that night to get her some eye-liner and some last minute things.  My mom was like, "What do you want for breakfast in the morning before we leave?"  And Mariah knew the next morning was going to be super busy so she didn't want to request a huge breakfast but still wanted something other than cold cereal and she was like, "Crepes.  Just kidding... Crepes.  Just kidding....Crepes..."So I got up and made her some crepes with nutella, strawberries and bananas for her last breakfast.

We got to the airport a little later than we had planned thanks to traffic and trying to get her bags to be under 50 lbs, but we got her through.  The last minute hugs were pretty heart wrenching, but she only shed a few tears and never stopped smiling.  She is so ready for this.

this was the ride to the airport and the final hug.  As you can see, she is handling it much better.

only 18 more months til the girls are together again.  Ri gave us matching necklaces that we will wear while we're apart.

This will probably be the screen saver on my phone for the rest of my life.  She is such a beauty.

As she was walking up to Security, we ran to the ropes and called to her: 


We have many family cheers and that is one of them.  She turned around, beaming, and gave us a big thumbs up before she disappeared into the crowds.  She is going to be okay.  She is going to be more than okay- she is going to be great.  And powerful.  And so so happy.  It's selfish of me to wish she was still sitting next to me, but in truth, there is no where I would rather have her be than down there serving the people of Paraguay.  I took this video of her last week, it was this idea of hers and she has been wanting to make it forever.  It was so funny to us at the time- but it is so true. 

She is changing the world.

An Update of Sorts

-I worked a 13 hour shift yesterday. (15 if you count the hour commute both ways)  I probably will again today, tomorrow and Friday.  And also a good portion of next week.  Don't go feeling bad for me though- I love my job and the overtime is a huge bonus.  Plus, we're about to have a mortgage so any extra cash is welcomed with open arms.

-Speaking of almost having a mortgage- we are anticipating closing on our new home next week.  Hopefully, anyway.  Our realtor told us to expect around the 19th.  I. Am. So. Excited.

-I need to find a dining table.

-I reeeaaallllyyyy want to go see The Fault in Our Stars.  But working like this right now is not conducive to a night at the movies.  NO SPOILERS PLEASE.  Jk. I've read the book.

-This week's episode of the Bachelorette sucked.  Why do we even need to waste an entire night's slot on a lame recap when there has only been five episodes?  ARE YOU LISTENING, ABC?

-It turns out, Milo may be a killer.  It's been brought to my attention there are FIVE dead birds in our yard.  Never seen dead birds before so I don't think it's Satan Fancy doing the murdering... It has to be Milo.  Oh well.  At least he and Shadow are getting along.

Didn't I tell you they'd be best friends?

First World Problems

1. Landon is working in St. George til tomorrow night.  Last night I was lonely, so I thought if I sprayed his cologne on his pillow it would make me miss him less.  Only- I accidentally sprayed too much and now the cat won't sleep in the bed and I think I'm going to permanently smell like a boy.

2. I lost one of my tennis shoes after our softball game last week.  We looked in every crack in the truck and Landon drove all the way back to the fields at 11:00 at night trying to find it.  It was all to no avail. So I went out and dropped seventy bones on a legit pair of running shoes only to have my missing tennis shoe appear out of no where the next morning.

3.  I'm so excited to move into our new place, but I get over-whelmed when I look at my closet and think about packing again.  How much do movers cost?  And is part of their job description packing a thousand items of clothing?  Can they do laundry?

4.  I bought a ton of food at the grocery store yesterday because I'm going to be working evenings now so I need to start packing lunches AND dinners.  When I got home I stared at all the food on the counter and really just wanted to go order some fast food.

5.  I found cougar tracks bigger than my own hand in the pit while I was out sampling yesterday:

Does this count as a first world problem?  I don't think it does.  It seems like it could potentially be a real problem.  And does anyone know protocol for mountain lion encounters?  I don't think it's the same as if you were to come face to face with a bear...  It might just be accepting that you're going to die...


Landon's work has a coed softball team and they are kind enough to have let me play with them.  Actually, most of the time they needed me so they wouldn't forfeit due to the lack of female presence... The only time I've ever really played softball was in high school P.E. so I'm nothing special, but I do hit the ball more often than I strike out, so that's good...

Our team isn't bad, we're not great though.  And a lot of these teams in this league take this very seriously.  So we usually lose.  We've had a couple wins here and there, but mostly losses.  Doesn't mean we aren't having fun though.  Last night was unfortunately the last time I'll be able to play this season because my work schedule is about to take a shift into evenings for the month of June and then full on nights in July.  I was okay with the fact that I wasn't going to get to play anymore until last night's second game.  It was so. much. fun.  I was the catcher when we were outfield and this girl was up to bat and she was like, "I would way rather just come here on Wednesday nights and play just your team.  This is so much fun."  They beat us, but only by a couple, but she was right- that was the funnest game of the season.

I got a picture of Landon making a run, but he doesn't have any of me.  Wanna know why?  I bat right before Landon on the roster, so I'm usually on first base when he hits.  Unfortunately, he hits them straight towards second base so they're there waiting for me and I never get a run.  I did last night though because Landon pulled his quad in the first game and I got my first ever run.  And I feel good hanging my hat on that for my season.

Thanks to Lava for letting me toss some balls around with them.  I had such a good time doing it. :)

Life Through My Lens

well hello there.  you know when you walk into class late or something and everyone stares at you like-  nice of you to show up. and you just slowly walk to your seat feeling stupid?  That's a little how I feel writing this post after 2 1/2 weeks of not writing or reading blogs.  Truth is, I think about it every night. And I miss you guys so bad.  What have I been doing in lieu of internet-ing?  I don't even really know.  I figured I'd consult my iPhone.  So here's what it had to say.

Oh! We went boating over Memorial Day weekend!  It was FREEZING and raining so hard.  But I bought a new swim suit, sunglasses and sun hat for the occasion and I was going to wear them dangit!! The pool is also now open, but is still in the process of heating up.  So I will lay out by it, but I need it to be at least ten degrees warmer before I submerge myself in it.

I haven't had a lot of pictures that really show how long Landon's hair is getting.  He hasn't ever had it this long in his life.  He was playing video games and I asked him if I could play with it and I believe his exact response was, "Marriage is all about keeping your spouse occupied, so sure."  And then he ended up with like, 29 hair elastics in his hair.  And he wasn't very happy with me when it was time to take them out because I was "pulling his hair."  Welcome to the female life from the day they have enough hair for a pony tail.

I've been spending a lot (well, more than usual) of time with my little sister.  She flies out in two weeks from today.  I'm starting to panic a little.  I might have to make a few weekend trips to Paraguay here in the next 18 months.

And of course, just goofing off all the time.  We went to dinner near our new place (which we will be moving into in just a COUPLE WEEKS) and I needed a picture next to the "Bonner's" gate.  It took Landon a second to figure out why he was taking the photo.  He was real proud of me when he caught on. 
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