Saturday, May 30, 2015

back it up: may 1st-14th edition.

so. i'm still getting used to all this. so here's my little update on my not-so-little life, from the first half of may. (: ready set...!!


i started running (a little bit),

had a lovely FHE at jo-ann's lovely home with our family (:

(and i wore my brazil t-shirt in memory of all the lovely brazilians that welcomed me in as a part of their family during so many FHEs during my time down there :)

ate chipotle while i caught up on the politics of the day (aka read up on our candidates for columbus, ohio mayor!)

...and then voted within hours later (: #GodblessAmerica

i just love the temple. i really can't hardly put it into words. going here weekly has just about been my saving grace ever since i got home from my mission in january. it just puts things into perspective and makes you think. it's such a peaceful place, so outside of "the real world". i just love the temple and know it really is the House of the Lord. (: we are so so lucky to have one here in columbus, ohio!

i got some quality stretching time in post-run on our awesome porch

had an ice cream date with my bff/(not-so) little brother

HELD BABIES THAT ARE RELATED TO ME. i just love these little boogers. (: (: (:

how can you NOT be so cute all teeny tiny + curled up like that!? #bestillmyheart <3

<3 <3 <3 love my favorite twinners l&l < 3 <3 <3

saw anna be awesome as a carrera on tv (per usual :)

had a daddy-daughter date to the mall (!) where we got some yummy food + also bought some super important things later on like a grill and lawn mower (not at the mall though, don't worry ;). note: CHARLEY'S IS MY FAVORITE. i love love love love love love (&etc.) cheesesteaks (: (: (: but mostly daddy-daughter time!

hung out with my fave cool kid at my old stomping grounds/where he currently...stomps...?

volunteered for the first time at the bishop's storehouse, which if you don't know already, "Bishops' storehouses distribute commodities to the poor and needy as requested by bishops" (via.) aka bishops are local church leaders. so they find out the needs of the people in their congregation and if someone is in need of something (food, personal care, etc.), they make note of it and bring it to the bishop's storehouse. it's literally like a mini grocery store with a bunch of necessities...and we (as volunteers) get these individual "shopping lists" and take a little grocery cart around to pick out all the things on the list (needs of whoever that person may be who is currently in need).  then we bag it all up, jump back in line + do it all over again until all the orders are filled + completed. (: i just loved being a part of seeing how this is all a combined effort to help those in need!

the volunteers! me + sonhee + sister olsen from my congregation (:

us with SISTER WASUM. literally sounds like "awesome". she was the sweetest!

oh yeah, this. our fridge broke. aka the freezer stopped working (don't think i'd ever seen it that empty!) so we had to throw everything out. ): it was a long weekend without our fridge working until we bought a new one...hahaha.

daddy got to work on some yard work! while i stood back and took photos, obviously? 

rocking out our new lawn mower! #hooharahrahrah (;

we also watched daddy rock it out at the dublin music boosters president (basically) and talk up how awesome band camp is and even made the freshman boy on stage next to him do my classic childhood "puppy dog face" to beg for more support from the people in the audience. classic. (:

then we watched dk in concert! and axel, too. but somehow i only have a photo of axel because i got just vids of dk i guess (: dk, you still rock in my book!

got reunited with an old-time bob's bestie, adam (!)

and watched how anna's news station was trying to get people to adopt these really adorable bunnies (and we all wondered why she didn't just walk out with one of them herself). (:

(: phew. well, that's one half down. only one more to go, right!? (;

Sunday, May 17, 2015

māe, eu te amo!

so last week was mama's day! which is one of my all-time favorite days, ever. mostly because i love my mama and i am so, so grateful she brought me into this world + has taught me and loved me and done so, so many wonderful things for me. last year for mama's day i was on the other side of the equator, but i was able to send her a group of mama's day videos singing the primary song "mother, i love you" in portuguese (translated = the title of this post). i loved being able to serve as a full-time missionary as my own mama did when she was around my age. while that one mama's day (+ other 18 months) apart sure was hard for me being so far away from her, it was worth every moment to be able to serve my Savior and walk for a bit in her shoes to see what it might have been like back when she was a missionary herself in southern chile. plus, it made this year's mama's day that much sweeter to get to spend it together for the first time in quite some time. (: 

we started the weekend off right by having a mama-daughter date night, going out to dinner + movie together (avengers 2!).

then thanks to daddy's awesome grilling skills (+ our new grill!), we made some super yummy chicken for mama's day dinner!

then it was off for daddy to pick up grandma joanne + go off to see the littles! and drew + ruth, of course. (; where we enjoyed lots of photo ops, yummy food (thanks ruth + drew!!), + awesome family time together. per usual. just missing our anna banana!!

lan + lo (:

matching mama's day necklaces thanks to daddy!

mama's: hers + daddy's names/the names of us kiddos. (note: ruth's has hers + drew's names/the names of their 4 kiddos! matchy-matchy :)

(can i just take a moment to tell you how much i love taking selfies with my nephew + niece!? and also how much little d loves me for my gum and little a loves me for my chapstick. but that's okay because i'm their auntie so i'll love them always no matter what ;)

also love my grandma joanne! wouldn't have the daddy i do without her (: love you, grandma!

now for some adorable photos with our newest favorite littlest of littles, lan(don) + lo(gan)!

(lan already loves his auntie kisses ;)

big kids probably sneaking away to take their own selfies with uncle daniel (;

after lots of playing + eating + photo-taking, we came home to enjoy the rest of our night. (:

my beautiful mama with her mama's day decor. 

(ps written on these = phrases that us kids each chose to describe our secret to us or to anyone who clicks on the photos and is able to read my handwriting on the zoom-in feature ;)

i love you so, so much mama! i hope you had an amazing mama's day. te amo TANTOOOOO (aka lots + lots + lotssss!) e para todo o sempre! thank you so much for teaching me all about how to be the best, most clean, loving, patient, kind, charitable, selfless, wonderful mama in the entire existence of forever. i can't wait to spend many more mama-daughter days like this together in the days, weeks, months, years, + etc. to come! (: xoxoxox!! <3

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