I had a pretty fabulous weekend. For starters, I got to spend some great, relaxing time with Todd. Of course we see each other all week long, but a lot of our time during the week is spent doing homework, work, and the random things life throws your way. This weekend we dedicated some time to just us, and it was great. The weekend couldn't have started off more perfect. I was looking forward to Friday night at 6:00pm so badly. We had plans to watch the BYU vs. Hawaii game and have some dinner with Todd's brother Taylor and his wonderful wife Natalie. The highlight of the night was eating vanilla ice cream with crunched-up oreos all mixed in. It was Natalie's "moment," and she had been looking forward to it all week. I can't explain it, but to see her have her moment was really, really awesome. Everyone needs to have a moment like that, something to look forward to, something to get excited about. Because dang it there are so many things to look forward to and get excited about. At the end of the 3rd quarter, we decided to bag the game and watch a movie. Ladies and gentlemen, we decided on The Grudge. I can honestly say I will probably never watch another scary movie in my life. I guess I'm more of a wuss than I thought!
On Saturday, I slept in. Goodness gracious, I slept in, and it felt GOOD. Love to sleep in on Saturdays when I can! Then I pampered myself while listening to my power playlist (Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Carrie Underwood, and Miranda Lambert...powerhouses right?). Then Todd and I went to his Pa's 90th birthday party. It was awesome to see all of Todd's extended family. It made me think of my own extended family and how grateful I am for families. After Pa's birthday party, I went to get Paige to go the Relief Society Broadcast. I was so excited about the broadcast. I love those women. They spoke with power, conviction, love, and compassion. I could feel their love for me and their testimony of the power that comes from being a covenant-keeping daughter of God. I haven't felt the spirit so strong in a while. It was cleansing. I felt rejuvenated and ready to tackle anything. I felt compassion for all women in the church. I felt the power that comes from Relief Society. I love Relief Society. It's such a beautiful institution of the church that I know is ordained of God. I am grateful for a Father in Heaven that I know is real and loves me. I know He sees potential and beauty in me...more than I could ever see in myself and that is a blessing. Knowing that He sees potential and beauty in me encourages me to do better and be better. I have so much to work on, sometimes it is extremely overwhelming! But I also know He doesn't expect perfection. He just expects a willing heart, giving hands, and an open mind. I love my Heavenly Father and strive to feel His presence in my life everyday. I see the blessings He's given me and feel totally undeserving.
So basically the broadcast, as always, was extremely uplifting and motivating! I loved watching it with my favorite little sister. With school starting up, things have been crazy, and we haven't gotten to see each other as much as I'd like to, but I was grateful to spend that time with her. After the broadcast, we shimmied on up to Farr's Fresh for a yummy post-broadcast treat (tradition with our mom....I sure wish she could have been there with us). I got my favorite...salty caramel ice cream with crushed up pretzels and Butterfinger mixed in. YUM. After the broadcast and ice cream, Todd and I watched Step Up. Haha...he loved it. I didn't last very long and passed out about ten minutes into it, but he watched the whole thing and soaked it all in.
Then there's Sunday. Always the highlight of my week. Church was wonderful. I love my ward. I love the people. I've always loved going to church, worshiping with other people who, like me, are just trying to make it in this world...trying to make it back to our Heavenly Father. This evening, it was Barrett Sunday dinner for the month. Hawley, Todd's mom, always makes delicious meals, and it's fun to see everyone. I feel pretty grateful to marry into such an amazing family.
How's that for a little light reading? Sorry about the novel, but I felt like gushing tonight. I feel #soblessed. It was a great weekend full of the people I love, and I couldn't have needed it more.
Cheers to another week!