Gratitude Part 2

Just wanted to write another quick blog on gratitude before November is over.

I know I said I was thankful for family in my last post, but I wanted to re-emphasize that. I cannot imagine being in any other family. They are wonderful people and I love them all so much. I am also very thankful for the family I married into... They are great people, and I feel so lucky to now be part of their family.

Friends... I have so many great and wonderful friends. Some I have no idea what or where I would be if I did not have them. Brooklyne and I have been best friends since birth pretty much. We live 16 hours away, but I still fill like I can talk to her no matter what. Rachel is my best friend here in California. She is so fun to hang out with, and I know I can talk to her about anything. I am thankful for Michael who has been living with Cameron and I since May. He has blessed us so much, and even though I can be a punk to him sometimes, it's just because he is such a good friend and we love him.

I am thankful for pets and the joy they bring into your life. I had Bright from when I was born until I was about 13 when she ran away in the Rodeo Chedeski fire. We think she was trying to find her way back home after we took her to Springerville when we had to evacuate. She would chase rocks, pinecones, anything! We would leave on long trips, and she would be there on the front porch when we came back. She never ran away... After Bright was gone, we got a new puppy from the humane society, Briggs. Briggs was a husky/malamute mix. We figured out quickly he had more malamute in him since he was so big! He was such a fun dog and loved to just run, especially in the snow (it's in his nature duh) and loved to play with the chickens we had. If they got out, he would chase them until he caught one in his mouth, and would just carry it around then let it go and chase it again. He never bit into a chicken, but I am sure they could have died from a heart attack. Cameron and I now have a little Siamese cat named Dexter. I always, always HATED cats because of the one my family had when I was little, it scratched my stomach and I have a scar, but after watching my coworker's cat for her while she was out on a 2 week trip, I really liked them and how entertaining they were. Dexter was abandoned in my coworker's friend's yard and was only about 4 weeks old. We took him in and have just been in love since. He is such a little varment, but it is entertaining. I love when he jumps up on our bed in the morning to give us cuddles and licks then just does his own thing most of the time. We find him in the most random places because of his curiosity, but he is so fun. I am thankful for all the pets I have had and the special place in my heart they all have.

That is all I have time for right now, but I just wanted to express some of the things I am grateful for. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.


A lot of people are posting/blogging/facebooking what they are thankful for every day of this month.
It is hard for me to keep up with it every day, but I still want to take a few moments to just say what I am thankful for. They are not in any particular order, I just am writing what comes to mind first. I am only going to do a few today, and finish up another time this month. So, here we go.

This is a given, but I am so thankful for my husband. Cameron really is everything to me. I love that we can do nothing, but have a blast. I love that we play video games together. I love that we play sports together. I love that we make music together. I love when we drive in the car together. I love grocery shopping together. I love going to church together. I love going to the temple together. I love cooking for him. I love when he cooks for me. I love making fun of our cat Dexter together. I love how we don't go to bed until 1AM on work nights because we can't stop talking or being silly or being hyper together. I love how we hardly ever talk in normal voices together. I just love being together. No one in the world could be more perfect for me, and I am so thankful for his kind heart and for all the happiness he brings me.

I am thankful for my family. Every single one of them. I am grateful that I have two sisters just minutes from me, and that I get to spend time with them and their families. I am grateful for all of my siblings and for what examples they all are to me. I love that I can call them anytime just to talk and see how they are. I am so thankful for all my brothers and sisters-in-law. They all are so wonderful, and so fun. I am thankful for all my cute nieces and nephews. Every single one of them has a special place in my heart. I am thankful for Cameron's family and for how wonderful they all are. I am thankful for a wonderful mother-in-law and for the sweet spirit she always has with her. I am so, so thankful for the wonderful parents I have been blessed with. I just got a little choked up even typing that. It's really hard for me to be so far away from them, but it has brought us closer than ever I think. I can't express how truly thankful I am for them and for all they have done for me and for all they have taught me.

I am thankful for technology. The number one reason is because I get to keep in touch with all those I care about. I get to see and talk with family while I am cooking dinner, or relaxing on a Sunday afternoon. Talk on the phone for a few minutes whenever! Send home videos and pictures back and forth by the touch of a few buttons. See what they are up to that day by checking a Facebook status. It really is amazing how easy it is to keep in touch these days. I am thankful for that.

I am thankful for the opportunity I have to serve in the church right now. I am thankful that I get to teach the 9 year old's every other week. They teach me more than I teach them. But I love my calling. I am so thankful for the wonderful visiting teacher I have, and for her always being there for me whenever I need help. She is so great! Most of all, I am thankful for the temple. My life is so stressful, so busy all the time, always running somewhere or trying to get something done, but when I go to the temple, I get and feel peace. I am thankful that Cameron and I were able to be sealed together for eternity in the Salt Lake Temple. I just feel so blessed.

I am so thankful for my job and for Cameron's job. I work with some of the most wonderful people, and the more and more I think about it, and the longer I am at this job (It's almost been 2 years already) I feel more and more blessed to have it, and think I take it for granted sometimes. I am thankful for Cameron's job. He had no idea he would ever be working for an insurance brokerage, and now a wonderful opportunity has opened up to him. His work is paying for him to continue his education and become a licensed insurance agent. That is a blessing! I am thankful for how they treat him as an employee and am thankful for those he works with. They are great people, and put up with Cameron when he is a little gremlin. Haha.

I am thankful for my car. May be kind of silly, but I have realized especially this week with having to drive Cameron to Sacramento and then drive back home. I drive to work, then drive back to Sacramento to pick him up, and drive back home, I was driving over 80 miles every day this week. I am just thankful for it functioning properly, and for the good gas mileage it gets :)

I am thankful for education and for how lucky I am that I get to do my schooling all online. (Another thing I love about technology) Although it has taken me a lot longer than I initially planned on to finish my degree in Court Reporting/Technology, I am still thankful that I have the opportunity to go to school and to start a career soon.

I am thankful for music. It has gotten me through a lot of emotions and a lot of trials. I love how it makes me feel when I listen to it, when I sing it, when I play it, when I make it. I just love everything about it. I am thankful once again to my parents for always having music around me and encouraging me to stick with my musical abilities.

I am thankful for modern healthcare. I have had a lot of health problems in my few years here already, but because of great doctors and such, I am doing great.

I am thankful for our home and where we live. I love it here in Roseville and love how we have everything just right here. I love that Cameron works a half a block away from our apartment. I love that we can play tennis, racquetball, basketball, swim, and exercise just here at our complex. I love that I am close to my sisters. I love that we are close to the city, close to a beach, and close to the snow.

I feel like I have taken a lot of things for granted and just wanted to write a few things. I will continue this blog soon.

Manchester Orchestra & The Dear Hunter Concert

We celebrated Cameron's birthday early this year since his is only 4 days after Christmas, it makes it a little harder financially and it blends into Christmas. I surprised him with tickets to see a couple of our favorite bands right now, Manchester Orchestra and The Dear Hunter in San Francisco. 2 other bands played but we didn't care much for them. Manchester Orchestra and The Dear Hunter have been the theme of our summer. We listened to them on every trip we took. We discovered The Dear Hunter back in May, and have just really fallen in love with their music. They have so many different sounds, and I can listen to them for hours and hours.
We had so much fun screaming the songs and moving around with the crowd. Manchester Orchestra was the headlining band and played a couple encore songs. We didn't know the last one so stepped out early to miss the crowd. We then saw the lead singer of The Dear Hunter, Casey, and he was the coolest guy. He took some pictures with us. We drove home, had our picture taken at a red light. I am hoping it was the car behind us that triggered the flash, because we were in the intersection when it was yellow. We also got s ticket for a toll violation because we didn't have the money to pay the toll on the way out of the city. I was so frustrated because we have left a few times before that late and never had to pay the toll. I also asked a parking attendant if we had to pay a toll leaving the city and he said you only have to coming into the city, so I didn't get more cash from the ATM. But other than that, it was an amazing memory to add to our list:) I also put some videos at the end of this post to show some of my favorite songs by the bands...
Casey from the Dear Hunter
Manchester Orchestra
The Dear Hunter
Driving into the city on the Golden Gate...

I love his voice a lot, and this song just makes me so happy for some reason.

They played this one at their show. I just think it's really pretty.

Probably my favorite song by them. They played this one as well. It gets me
in such a happy and pumped mood every time I hear it for some reason.

Other favorites that you can look up if interested:
The Canopy
Crow and Cackle
But There's Wolves
Fall and Flee
Filth and Squalor
He Said He Had a Story
His Hands Matched his Tongue
In Cauda Venemum
The Inheritance
Lost But Not All Gone
Mr Malum
Mustard Gas
No God
Red Hands
Smiling Swine
Things That Hide Away
This Beautiful Life
Too Late
What It Means to Be Alone

One of my favorites from their new Album. Manchester Orchestra

Love this song....

I will never forget the 2nd date I went on with Cameron,
I went to his house, but he was in the shower. His brother
let me in, and Cameron was screaming this song at the
top of his lungs in the shower. He didn't know I was there...

Anyways, enjoy! Sorry I went on and on...


Little late on posting this but I now have an app from my phone so I can update my blog! It's going to be much easier since I use my phone to take all the pictures:) So before I delete my Halloween pictures on my phone, I want to share them with you readers and followers out there (so like 2 people)
Camerons work had their Halloween Celebration on Friday the 28th. Cameron was a sailor ( with EXTREMELY tight pants) and Mike was Benjamin Button. Mike's mask totally creeped me out because when he would talk it looked so real! I couldn't look at him with it on.
All my celebration stuff was on The 31st. My work had a potluck and I brought a Veggie Skeleton Tray, and made Oreo Balls (they were AMAZING!) I went as a Candy Corn and won $20 for second place prize for the contest. My boss had the best costume and let me put it on. She was a "Spice Rack" Haha! Halloween night we didn't do anything but play a Zombie game we got and had 0 trick or treaters. It was a fun day though :)
We were recently married on August 21, 2010 We started this blog as more of a journal for us to look back at all the good times. No matter what life brings us we are in this together and we couldn't be more happy about it. We are better together.
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