Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Howl

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30 DAYS OF GRATITUDE DAY 8: BOOKS

My favorite book is How's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne. It's funny, captivating and sweet. I've never read another book like it and I highly recommend it! I have a few other books I really like but this one topped the charts!

For the record, Wyatt's favorite book is The Magicians by Lev Grossman. It's a really fun book and was number two on my list! For the record the show ruins the book like a lot. READ THE BOOK, then if you still want to you can watch the show. Seriously, the show is a travesty. 

Con todo mi Cariño,
Cindy

PS How cool are books? I'm so grateful we have them in our lives to transport us to faraway lands and adventures! 





We could be together baby


30 DAYS OF GRATITUDE DAY 7: MEMORY

This was another toughie. I feel super blessed that I have so many favorite memories I had a hard time just picking one. 

My favorite memory was dancing in New York for my 24th birthday! It was the most perfect night. My dear friend Baouyen took care of Danny so Wyatt and I could go out that night. I think it was a Saturday night. 

 I picked a club that I thought would be fun with a nice view that could potentially let us in without waiting in a super long line. We weren't sure how much we'd have to pay to get in or if they'd even let us in. To our surprise we didn't have to pay and our wait was less than five minutes (I guess we just looked that good ;) . The club was called PH-D Rooftop Lounge and it's the meatpacking district. 





It was so much fun. I can't believe it really happened! The DJ was amazing and played my favorite songs that summer. (though he missed this one). We stayed for around two hours then decided to head home. We had taken the train in from New Haven so we had a lengthy train ride to look forward to. Though, without a baby, it didn't seem that long ;).  

Rather than taking a taxi back we walked to grand central and it was perfect. The weather was beautiful and even though it was midnight the city looked just as busy and bright as it would noon day. We stopped to buy sodas (vanilla coke for me and Sprite for Wyatt) and enjoyed our walk through the city.



Con todo mi cariño,

Cindy

PS. Post title brought to you by Calving Harris and his song "Summer". It came out summer of 2014 and it was my jam all summer long. It was one of the first songs the DJ played that night.  There is a pannel of lights behind the DJ that look like this...


The lights would flash to the beat of the song (summer). Every time I hear the song I can still remember the flashing lights and how much we were having! 


In case you were wondering my other jam was this one

Monday, May 9, 2016

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30 DAYS OF GRATITUDE DAY 6: NATURE

Birds, I love seeing birds. Since moving to Arizona I have noticed birds more than usual. Being able to look up to a beautiful blue sky and see birds flying by feels like a sign to me. It feels like the universe is saying "enjoy this moment, you are so very blessed". Funny enough if I'm having a terrible day I will look up and look for birds. Once I spot them out I watch them fly and feel at peace it feels like the universe is saying "chin up, there is beauty all around"

I am so very grateful for birds. 

con todo mi cariño,

Cindy



Saturday, May 7, 2016

Hello darkness my old friend



30 DAYS OF GRATITUDE DAY 5: SOUND

What's your favorite sound? Maybe the sound of your name, kids giggling or even birds. All of these almost made it to being the number one spot. But the sound I'm truly grateful for is silence. After having Meniere's Disease I have learned to value the peace that comes not hearing anything. One of the symptoms of Meniere's that really gets to me is the roaring. It's the most horrible noise I've ever had to hear. Imagine misery, constant TV static, or standing near a waterfall. What's most horrifying is that you never know when it will go away! It's terrifying. I live in fear of these days. Everyday I wake up and don't hear it I say a prayer of thanks. I used to cry myself to sleep listening to it and put of going to sleep because I worried I'd wake up with it. 

Today I'm grateful for silence. 

Con todo mi cariño,
Cindy

PS Today's post title brought to you by Simon & Garfunkel


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Food glorious food



30 DAYS OF GRATITUDE DAY 4: FOOOOOOOOOD

MY FAVORITE FOOD IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD IS A SCONE. GLORIOUS SCONES. FRIED SCONES. 

I debated listing water as food that I'm grateful for, which I am, I am so grateful I don't have to walk miles to fetch water. But SCONES! They make me HAPPY CRY


***EEEEEEEE SCONES*****

If you love me feed me...

Also, Wyatt's favorite food are my enchiladas. Winner winner chicken enchilada dinner. 

Con todo mi cariño,

Cindy


PS. Post title from the movie Oliver!


As the mundo turns

Boys and girls the unthinkable has happened. Sammy has stopped taking a bottle, he now exclusively prefers breastfeeding. Just teasing, the truly unthinkable  is Donald Trump winning the republican nominee. Last night Ted Cruz dropped out of the race. But hey, there's still Kasich...



Last night Bernie won over Hillary by, well, not much. So in other words we're looking at a clash of the titans come this fall. Trump vs Hillary. I'm super excited to watch the debates. whoop whoop! Wish I was drinker. I could take a shot every time Trump said "great" or "disgusting".  Another shot for whenever Hillary Clinton rolls her eyes... or whatever else she does. I'm not sure, I'll have to pay attention to her. 


In other news. Zika virus is freaking everyone (including me) out. Just in, Connecticut is the first state to have a case of a pregnant woman infected with the Zika virus. Poor thing. Of course it would be Connecticut. I swear, Connecticut is the "strange illness" state. In my old ward, there were a ton of people who had perfectly healthy all their life, moved to CT and got some crazy disease. Let's hope we can get this under control. Also, if you're planning on wearing sunscreen and bug repellent this summer, put the sunscreen on first, then the repellent. Just, FYI.

So I've been listening to some podcasts pretty regularly. One of them being BBC world , it's super informative and easy for me to understand. (Let's be honest I spend all day speaking preschool to my kids, CNN is a little ambitious of me to keep up with). Anyways, this podcast has been reporting a lot about the Greece-Macedonia border crisis. Thousands of people are stuck there, pleading and rioting for the border to be re opened. I imagine how hard that would be. They must so frustrated, they've come all this way, risked everything for a new life and now they're stuck. Some haven't had showers in over two weeks because no one will let them in their house to do so. But, would you? Would you let a stranger into your home where your children are? 


A random tidbit for you- Yesterday, May 3, 79 years ago Margaret Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize for Gone with the Wind. Did you know that in 2014 it was voted the second most well known book the in US? Right behind the Bible. Huh, who would have thought. i actually haven't read it. Anyways I was listening to this podcast and Joe listed some facts from the movie. One of them being that Hattie Mcdaniel was the first African American nominee and winner for her work in Gone with the Wind. She was also the first African American to be invited to the Awards. Outrageously the African American cast of the movie wasn't allowed to attend the premier screening of the movie. wtf? Lastly, Clark Gable (Rhett) worked a total of 71 days and was paid over $120,000 whereas Vivien (Scarlett) worked 125 days and only received $25,000. Un-freaking-believable. We've come along way people. Anyways, just wanted to give you a peek of what's been on my mind lately. 

Con todo mi cariño,

Cindy 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Pocket full of sunshine



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30 DAYS OF GRATITUDE DAY 3: COLOR

What color are you most grateful for? Hard to pick just one right? After fretting about it for a minute I decided on the color of sunshine. So yellow? Is there anything more beautiful than a sunrise or a sunset? Or the sun coming through the mountains?


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This isn't my favorite picture but I had to include it because Wyatt and I had a similar feeling of discomfort while looking at this picture. I imagined myself treading water in the ocean watching my last rays of sunlight before night comes (yikes). Wyatt remarked that the first thought that came to his mind was how it was high time for sharks (dusk and dawn) . source

Few things make me happier than sunshine. Rays of sunshine *sigh* :). 

Wyatt's favorite color is Royal Blue I'll give you one hint as to why



If you can see color today, count your blessings!

Con todo mi cariño,

Cindy


PS. Post title brought to you by the movie Easy A. One of my all time favorite movies, if you haven't taken the time to watch do so.




Monday, May 2, 2016

The camera-phone




30 DAYS OF GRATITUDE DAY 2: TECHNOLOGY 

Today's choice was a bit of a battle between the camera and the phone. So in true Flight of the Conchords spirit I picked both. I had originally chosen to list Glasses as the technology I was most grateful for: because, you know, I'm almost legally blind. My heart swells with gratitude over the invention of glasses. Being able to see everything from my babies smiles to the Tetons is a privilege.  I know that having corrective vision is a blessing that  some, sadly, will never have. But I digress. Wyatt claims that glasses don't count as technology... whatevs. 

What on earth would we do without telephones?



 If we didn't have telephones we might have to say bye to our loved ones perhaps not knowing when we'd hear their voice again. We would have no way of calling an ambulance, firetruck or the police! When Wyatt was gone for three months in Texas our phones kept us going! All day long we'd text each other and at night we'd talk on the phone. I think we spoke more those three months than we do now.

Sometimes, talking on the phone is the only time Wyatt and I get to have a decent conversation.
Once a long time ago the phone was a way for our relationship to blossom and lead to our eventual dating and marriage!



Back in the day a phone call twice a year is how Missionaries kept in touch with their families! (Insert emotional clip of mother talking to son)

Which brings me to the camera. Pictures meant so much to my mom when her sons were on a mission. You can bet I'll want my kids to send me as many pictures as possible while they're on their mission! Being able to capture an image is a wonderful advancement. It allows us to relive a moment gone past or remember a loved one when they are no longer with us. For me personally I have loved documenting Danny and Sammy. Kids grow so freaking fast that they look different month by month! I'm grateful that I have pictures of them to remind me what they looked like when they were little babies! 




Con todo mi cariño,

Cindy


PS. In case you wondered here is the link to the scene from Flight of the Conchords where they talk about the camera phone. The scene drops three swear words soooo yeah, FYI. 

UPDATE: In case you were wondering Wyatt's pick for technology is central A/C. Followed closely by modern medicine and indoor plumbing. I don't think that modern medicine counts as technology though. 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

The smell of contentment

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30 DAYS OF GRATITUDE DAY 1: SMELL

I've been meaning to write this down for a long while now but haven't known exactly how to word it. I'm happy that the first on this list was a favorite smell. I do have a favorite smell, but it's not exactly a smell. It is but it isn't. I know it's there before I open my eyes, I sense it. Maybe that's a better word for it a "sense" but I swear it's a smell. A very specific smell. It's the smell of  contentment.

The dictionary defines contentment as a state of peaceful happiness. Which is exactly what my favorite smell is. I've only "smelled" it a handful of times in my life, that I can remember:

* 2008/2009?- Freshman year at BYU, I woke up one day and something felt different, happy. A type of happiness I hadn't experienced, ever. There was also a very distinct smell. I looked out my window at the mountains and the sun coming through them and thought to myself I had never seen anything so beautiful in my life. After a few minutes the "smell" wore off and I went back to being same old me. Still happy! But not like that. That was the first time I smelled this "smell". I can't remember if it was spring or fall.

* 2010- Early morning at my parents house, I was sleeping in the upstairs middle bedroom and I could tell the smell was there. Again, I hadn't opened my eyes and I knew it was there, once I opened my eyes it was gone. (it was spring)

* 2014- Early morning in Connecticut, I could hear my mom playing with Danny in the living room below (remember, I had a loft). Listening to Danny giggle and my mom chat with him filled me with so much happiness, I can't describe it. The smell lingered for just a little while before it left.

*2015- January, in one of the lowest, most depressing points of my life I was kept afloat by this smell. I believe it was the direct result of the prayers offered by many on my behalf. My family, my friends and my ward. This "smell" stuck around for a full week. After it left, things slowly started to get better.

* 2015- When Sammy was born. I debated writing this down because I can't honestly say that I smelled it when Danny was born! (whoops!) I honestly believe it's because I wasn't as tired and stressed!! Nothing to do with loving one more than the other.  It didn't last very long though, the smell. That's not to say I wasn't so happy the rest of the day. The smell specifically had gone.

*December 2015. Wyatt, Danny and I were all very sick. So sick that Wyatt had to take a day off of work. I remember waking up around 3:30 in the morning and noticing the "smell" was there. For two days I could smell it. Despite us all being sick and tired I had this special experience.

There may be one or two more instances where I've been able to smell it and haven't remembered. But it is definitely a rare occasion. I treasure every moment I get to smell it. I've met one other person who could "smell" this. They believed it was the smell of blessings. I believe it's the presence of Christ.

Whatever it is, I'm happy and grateful that I have had it in my life.

Con todo mi cariño,

Cindy


PS. I want this picture of Christ in my house SOOO badly. Anyone want to buy it for me? My birthday is in June!! ;)

UPDATE: Wyatt's favorite smell is that of fall mornings. They remind him of BYU football. 

30 Days of Gratitude



A lovely friend of mine recently sent me a "30 Days of Gratitude" challenge. We've been talking about positive thinking for a while now and when we saw this calendar on Pinterest we thought, "why not?!".  For the next thirty days I will try to jot down what I'm grateful for according to the calendar.