Monday, February 29, 2016

leap day

today is sort of a funny day, it's leap day!

the day that only comes once every four years. I never thought of doing anything special until now, but now I don't really have enough time to throw something together.

Today is also a funny day because I will be telling my after-school program children and parents that I am leaving to go to another job....

Yeah, that's right. Changing things up again.

My part-time weekend job offered me a lot more hours and I enjoy working and learning in that atmosphere. I also enjoy working with older adults and seniors and I have been looking for the opportunity to work with them for quite some time now, so I really didn't want to pass this up. It was really scary to make the decision to leave, but after a lot of time, thought and prayer, I knew this would be best for me and my family right now.

I will start full time hours there next week. I need to buy some more scrubs. I probably haven't mentioned this before, but wearing scrubs is pretty great. Being comfortable, covered and modest for 8 hours is all I could ever want in a job right?

Sunday, February 28, 2016

my Sunday Man

These pictures are from a couple of weeks ago, but we have decided to take a Sunday picture at least once a month and I am pretty happy about it. I think a lot of families are taking pictures every Sunday, but I don't think my husband would enjoy that very much.

This past week has been so hard. I started to feel sick the day we got home from our anniversary. It was later in the evening after a church event and something wasn't sitting very well from a potluck. I slept on the couch because I thought I was going to be sick. When I woke up on Sunday morning, I was so sore and achy from our little uncomfortable couch. I had also started to get a sore throat and dry cough. Although I didn't want to send my husband to church alone, I needed to get some more rest. The rest of the week was tough too. I couldn't get Monday or Tuesday off work and my cold and fever symptoms were still making me feel terrible. When I finally got Wednesday afternoon off, I slept for about three hours and finally decided to go to a clinic after some really bad coughing. After I got some antibiotics for a respiratory tract infection, I went home and took them and started to feel really sick again. My husband rushed home from school to take care of me. I had a really terrible sleep that night, and I felt tired and light headed on Thursday. The rest of the weekend was pretty up and down, but he was always by my side and at my beck and call with anything I needed.

Here we are, Sunday again. I was able to go to church today and sit with my husband. I love when he puts his arm around me during the meeting. I love knowing that we can worship together. I love sitting beside him as we remember the covenants we have made with Heavenly Father. I love learning new gospel principles with him. We like to talk about our lessons and also our reflections about how they connect with our current goals and desires. I love to see this man interact with our friends at church, and especially the little ones in our ward family. I love to hear him sing hymns of praise. He is my Sunday kind of guy and I love him for being so in tune with the spirit always. 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Winnie dog

Winnie, are we friends yet? Sometimes I go to visit you and you love me so much. I walk in the door and sometimes I even take the time to love you before I even take my shoes on. I pat your belly really hard to show you that I am paying attention to you and that I missed you. I can tell that you missed me too because you are so happy to see me and your tail wags really fast. You quickly find me a new toy to show me or a new place you like to jump on. You silly dog. I sit down on the floor and we will play some more. Sometimes you will even give me a little space when I need to talk to my mom or sister. That's usually when you go and bug my husband though. Haig does like you, you just need to be a little more gentle with him. You need to be a little more gentle with me too okay? I am really upset when you get mad at me and try to bite my toes. It hurts my feelings. Sometimes I am not doing anything and you start to get mean. I know you are not a mean dog. You are only just a little puppy. You are full of energy and I do really love you, so let's keep building this relationship and make it the best we can. 

Monday, February 22, 2016

Anniversary Night at The Great George

I have wanted to stay at The Great George for a long time now and two of my great friends have worked for them. We do love Jocelyn, not only because she helped us get a great deal but because she is one of the most caring and generous people ever. 

When we arrived to the hotel on Friday afternoon, Jocelyn surprisingly greeted us after her work shift. We got checked in and went to check out our room before we had to go get a couple more things for the night. Our room was so wonderful and lovely! It had a living space as soon as you walk in the door, complete with a fireplace and balcony. Upstairs was the master suite with a Jacuzzi, king size bed and a big TV. Our room was decked out with roses, rose petals on the bed and also treats like kettle cooked chips, peanut butter brittle and salt water taffy. We were feeling pretty spoiled!

Unfortunately, we had to go back out because I needed to pick something up. We decided that we would also rent a movie, because we were hoping to stay up pretty late, which also then required us to go and get our DVD player at home. When we got back to the room around 5:00, we relaxed for a little bit and I got changed for dinner. We also took a quick walk in town to grab ONE more thing for the night- bubble bath! 

We went to Gahan House for dinner. I got the chicken club sandwich and Haig got the quesadilla. I love Gahan House because my tummy is always happy after I eat a meal from there. 

We ate our wedding cake when we got back. It was pretty good, okay for a cake that is almost a year old. I still don't really know why that is a tradition but it was fun I guess. Haig was a little upset because I was literally getting cake all over the place. We started to eat it on the bed, but I was making a huge mess and even when we started eating it on the floor I ended up making a mess there too! It was a pretty crumbly cake. It was really nice to be out of our apartment for one night. It was great to have a different atmosphere than what I am used to every day. We watched the new James Bond movie Spectre and it was actually really good.

We had a pretty yummy breakfast in the morning, and then made our way home because Haig was going out with some friends in the afternoon. I hope that we will be able to find traditions for our anniversary. This was our best anniversary yet ;)  

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Happy 1st Anniversary

365 sleepovers

 Drinking Hot Chocolate and cuddling on snow days

Watching SpongeBob Square Pants naked...

Checking Alyssa's head for lice!

Singing duets on road trips

Hitting rock bottom on June 21st 2015.

Learning to trust each other

Making campfire dinners

Taking our first plane ride together. I threw up.

Graduating, Getting jobs, going on drives.

Watching "The Grinch" on Christmas Eve

Favorite Meals to cook together: Waffles, Pizza, Nachos

Favorite Movie we saw in Theaters: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Seeing one amazing music performance, Andy Brown at Trailside Cafe.

Buying each other CDs for Christmas

Celebrating our "six years" together, January 1st 2016.

Learning how to play new games together

Haig helped me learn how to knit on a loom

Looked lovingly into each other's eyes inside the temple. 

Eating our wedding cake at The Great George Hotel on February 19th 2016.

Happy 1st Anniversary Haig Aaron Pinsent, 

I'll love you forever.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

I need a change

something is about to change. I am pretty nervous about it. I am scared. I am worried about what the future holds, however what I need to really focus on is the present, and there is no better time for me to do this but now. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

not really sure

I'm not sure what this blog has been about lately. I really try to do my best to think of ideas of things I can talk about and share with you all. It's funny because I do a lot of things that other bloggers do and write about, like make good food, wear cute clothes and try fun projects. I recently started making my own bread and I am also learning how to make two adorable quilts. I just wish I could find more time to talk about it! I have also really been itching to jump on the bandwagon to do some make-up posts, but I am not very good at that sort of thing, so what I might like to do in the near future is have some guest bloggers come on and share some of their knowledge and expertise. I guess, I just get really busy when it comes to finding the time to write. Sure, most nights I do have the time. I have sat in front of the TV for hours now to finish the whole series of Gilmore Girls. I can't tell you how many times I have started making a batch of cookies or banana bread at like 8:30 p.m. I just like to do what I want, and I don't want to feel constricted to sitting in front of my computer screen typing about something I did three days ago, but I am hoping that maybe if I document more while I am doing something, I would be more likely to talk about it sooner. Make sense? Probably not, but this is mostly just a post for me to get my act together.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

still want you

Time is passing by
Still want you
Crime is on the rise
Still want you
Climate change and debt
Still want you
Nuclear distress
Still want you
The earth is heating up
Still want you
Hurricane and floods
Still want you
Even more than I did before.

{still want you, Brandon Flowers}

Friday, February 12, 2016

#projectgoals #diy

Do you ever get that feeling that you have sooo many things that you have "pinned" that you never know what you'll do with them? Well, I don't to be honest. A little while ago I cleaned up my boards on Pinterest and I have been really great with staying on top of them. Once I do something, I will keep the pin if I liked it, or delete it if I really didn't enjoy something about it. Here are some things lately that I am itching to get started at.

you can follow me on Pinterest, Alyssa Pinsent
(don't you think its awesome how much my last name looks like Pinterest, I think it was mean't to be)

Sunday, February 7, 2016

you always surprise

I don't think anyone really did, but I felt like a lot or eyes were on me as my husband spoke about me this morning at our church meeting. When he walked up to the stand, I didn't know what he was going to share with our church congregation. He started to talk about people that have influenced his life for good. I started wishful thinking that he might talk about me, but I shrugged it off knowing that he has been influence by many other wonderful men and women. 

But suddenly, I knew he was going to talk about me. Now I'm not one to boast and I don't feel the need to beam with pride, but I needed to hear what my husband was about to say. He talked about how we journey through life and we meet indidivuals that guide our path. I listened as he talked about one night as he looked down at me sleeping on his arm and he realized that I know him better than he knows himself. My husband is learning more and more about our marriage everyday. 

I was worried about what people might say after my husband spoke. I needed to hear what he said, and apparently some other people did too. I love my husband more than I can imagine, and after today and hearing his testimony of the gospel, I am more and more excited to wake up next to him everyday for the rest of forever. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Happy February! 

We are super excited about this month. Our first Valentines Day as a married couple and celebrating our first Wedding Anniversary!

I can't complain that it is the shortest month of the year either. 
I am looking forward to an "early spring", thank-you Mr. Groundhog!