Monday, May 2, 2011

Sappy Birthday Post: Happy 23rd Brad!

Brad's birthday was on April 28, so it was several days ago, and we have already done some pretty awesome celebrating, but I wanted to celebrate on our blog as well!

Today, for some reason, it has hit me in a new way that Brad and I are stuck like glue together for the rest of our lives, and I couldn't be happier about that.  We went through the morning routine again today and it just felt so routine that I realized that all the time that I have spent with Brad so far is not just an awesome vacation and that our home and life together is not a fantasy that is going away anytime soon.  I realize that the word routine might have a negative connotation, but I don't mean it that way.  I feel like the luckiest girl in the world to be able to have a routine that does and will continue to revolve around me trying to spend as much time as possible with him.

Brad makes me laugh until my stomach and cheeks hurt, and if I have just taken a drink, until the water nearly sprays out of my mouth. He cheers me up instantly when I get to call him on my lunch break.  He packs breakfast for us every morning. He helps around the house in every way - dishes, laundry, tidying, and cooking.  He writes thank you cards with me. He is patient with my quirks. He'll watch chick flicks with me without any complaint. He occasionally sings Disney duets with me. He forgives me for my blunders. He works so hard at school to make sure that our family has a bright future.  He holds my hand all through church which I love. He stays with me and comforts me every time I cry for irrational, crazy, hormonal reasons that even I don't understand. He eats the dinners I mess up without complaining.  He lets me warm up my ice cube feet under his leg. He is humble. He has even learned to like country music for me! He has also taken up running just for me. He is the best and closest friend I have ever had.

After 1.25 years of being together, I am so excited for 70+ more years with him. I cannot wait to find out what our future holds and go through whatever life throws at us with him by my side. Happy birthday Bradley!  I know I tell you you are the best all the time, but seriously, I mean it!


JEM Trail, Extreme Mountain Biking, Zion National Park

So we took a detour on our way to St. George for the Easter holiday and went mountain biking! I chose the trail, and good thing, because when I was scared out of my mind I had no one to blame but myself.  As you can see in the last picture, the end of the trail was on the edge of a cliff.  I was also freaking out when we got to the rocky part of the trail.  Who knew that mountain biking trails include one foot and a half drop offs down an entire hill of craggy rocks?  Not me.  Also we couldn't find the trail for awhile on this adventure, but despite all of the bad times, I really enjoyed myself.  I really love forcing myself to do activities that unsettle me so that I get out of my comfort zone (i.e. the comfort of an office chair I sit in for 40+ hours a week.  Brad also really loved this experience as well!  He had a blast laughing at my scaredy cat antics, and also zooming down the steepest hills.  In fact, he liked the fast downhill parts so much that he would ride back and do them several times :)  He also did the same thing with the shallow creek that we had to cross - we went across about 15 times I think!  Ha ha ha :) I think I have a budding EXTREME sports lover on my hands.  We both already want to do this trail again! We highly recommend it.  And we think we will be able to find the trail in its entirety next time :)