Friday, September 28, 2012

Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish

The last couple days I think I have learned some really important lessons. But these lessons aren't exactly academic. In fact they aren't at all, they are life lessons. 

It started on Tuesday. This semester I'm taking a class called the "Psychology of Effective Living" and on Tuesday my teacher showed a commencement speech by Steve Jobs in 2005. This was a year after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. To sum up part of the speech, I learned that when he first found out he had cancer he thought he had 3-6 months to live. He had a wife and kids that he would have to leave. But he later found out he had the type that was curable through surgery. From this experience Jobs learned that death is unavoidable and we all have this destiny. So he then decided to be thankful for every new day he has and to live everyday to its fullest. Being grateful for every moment he gets. And if he goes a few days without doing something to make himself happy, then it would be time for a change. He learned to value the time we have on earth. Listening to this speech and knowing that almost a year ago he died, makes me feel happy for him. That he learned to find happiness everyday. He didn't have the longest life but I believe he was happy. 

After this I decided it's important to always be happy and grateful. Then Thursday happened. I heard of people who are divorced at a young age. I heard of couples who are married and going through separations or dealing with adultery. And I thought, my trials are far less important compared to these people. 

Then today happened. I got an email from the school saying a girl had passed away. Her name was Tyler Sue Norton. I instantly felt sorrow. I knew her. I sat by her everyday my first semester in Book of Mormon and I was in a group with her for a class last Spring. She has been married for about 6 months and she is my age. How sad? I wondered what happened, maybe she had a disease I didn't know about? So I looked her up on facebook. Her husband posted this: 

"This is what happened Tyler and I decided to take a last minute trip to my sisters for the weekend to get out of the smoke in Idaho and went Mall hopping on the way through Utah. We ended with getting sushi for dinner and it was way good and we both had a great time. We went to my sisters and watched funny Youtube Videos with her and turned 
in at 11:00pm Saturday night. The cuddled and the last thing she said to me was "I had a wonderful time today thank you." We fell asleep and I was woken up by Tyler jolting away from me and gasping unnaturally. I called to her but she would not answer so I got up and turned on the lights to see her pale, not breathing, and her eyes half way open looking straight up. she would gasp about every 15 seconds. I tried giving her mouth to mouth to help her breath but she was not responding and not waking up. I woke up my sister and brother-in-law to help. My sister ran downstairs to the room then passed out and my brother-in-law helped me lift her carefully with the bottoms sheet for more support. We got her in the car and took her to the hospital. They took a CT scan of her brain and found that one of the main arteries of the brain had ruptured and filled her brain with blood. They quickly airlifted her to another hospital where they have brain surgens and he tried to put a catheter in her head to try to drain the fluids that were swelling her brain, but it failed. He wanted to get another CT scan but her vitals were not stabilizing and they had to wait before they could do anything more. They all tried different things to help her stabilize. But nothing worked and while they were waiting the damage was done to her brain and it went dead. They were to afraid to tell me for many hours and finally pronounced her brain dead at 2:00pm on Sunday. 

I tried everything I could, but nothing could be done. I am numb right now from all the pain and really don't know what to think."

This just breaks my heart. One day she is happy and healthy and the next she is gone. I guess I just can't grasp the fact that this nice girl I knew from school is now gone from this earth. But at the same time it warms my heart that she found someone who she loved and married in the temple. One day her husband will be reunited with her and I can't even imagine what their reunion will be like. 

This story helped me realize the importance of living every moment in happiness. It made me so happy to think that the last thing she said to her husband was loving. 

I'm so grateful for my husband. We have such a great marriage which is so rare in today's world. I'm also grateful that we have the potential of an eternal marriage because of the covenants we have made in the temple. Because if something were to happen tomorrow, I don't know what I would do. I feel my way to find happiness everyday is spending time with my husband. But keeping an eternal perspective is a great blessing,

So from the things I have learned and heard this week, I want to remember everyday to be happy. I want to live everyday with my husband, and go through trials together to become stronger. I want to grow old and have a beautiful family. I want to travel together. I want to live our dreams together. I'm so thankful for the life I have been given and the people that have touched my life. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tick Tock

I love pinterest. 
There are so many great ideas to be found. 
And what's better then pinterest is actually making/getting the stuff you find on pinterest. 
Because I'm not the most crafty person in the world, but pinterest is changing me. 

A few weeks ago I found some really cute FREE printables on pinterest for the bathroom. But the colors didn't exactly match the orange shower curtain we currently had. So my wonderful husband let me change our bathroom. Which in the end I think it looks a lot better. Here's a couple pictures:

Oh ya, our bathroom is HUGE. 

My favorite, "I love you. No, I love you. I love you more. No, I love you more" haha yes we have done this before...

My sister made this for me for my birthday in April, so cute!

Over time I have also been trying to figure out how to better decorate our living room.
The following is what I came up with, with some help from JT and my mom when she was in town:

The bottom holds random books and magazines, and one of my favorite quotes,  "We can do hard things 'with God all things are possible'" Mark 10:27

Church book,s 2 of our picture albums, Audrey Hepburn quote and my new favorite candle: autumn pumpkin. 

Love books, two birds about to kiss (or just looking at each other, it depends on how you look at it) and my favorite, "i love us"

Clock: Porters
Lantern: Downeast Home
Basket: Downeast Home
Balls: Porters
Candle/Mirrors: Nik and Sara Hill

I'm also trying to find simple ways to decorate for Fall/Harvest/Halloween/Thanksgiving.
I found ideas on pinterest after finding some mini pumpkins and such at Broulims. So here's want I came up with as a centerpiece on our dining table:

I found the white platter at Walmart, got an old book at DI and shredded up some of the pages, and arranged everything.

Recently we also had some new neighbors move into the apartment building next to us, they had too much stuff so they gave us this clock, 

It makes me feel like a real Idahoan. 

The best part about these new additions to our home is that a couple months ago we had 0 clocks hanging in our home, and now we have three!
tick. tock.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Nine Months!

Today we are celebrating nine wonderful months of marriage!! 
Time flies by so fast. It seems like we just got married, but at the same time it feels like we've been married forever. 

We decided to celebrate last night. We went to Pizza Pie Cafe then saw the Mormon Tabernacle Choir perform here in Rexburg, at our BYU-I Center. 

I really enjoyed the performance because I have never seen MOTAB perform live, besides General Conference but they only sing a couple songs.  

One of my favorite parts of the day was when JT got me a surprise present. Since we got married I have told him that when we travel the world I want to collect magnets from the cool places we go. And to collect magnets from the places we live. We started our collection this summer when we went to Virginia and DC. Earlier this week I told JT I wanted one from BYU-I because its where we met. So yesterday JT surprised me with a BYU-Idaho magnet. Which was so sweet and thoughtful, considering he remembered what I had said (those of you who know JT know this can be rare). 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

I Love Life

So I love my life. 

Recently I have been thinking how much I love school. Like I really enjoy going to school and reading for my classes. Especially this semester. Even though I'm sleep deprived. 
I think you truly know you have picked the right major when you love going to class everyday. 

I also love my job. It's super early in the morning, but thats the only negative. I love my boss, she always makes us food and is so sweet. I love the teachers I work with because all of the psychology teachers are so amazing. I love that I can do homework when I have nothing to do, which happens a lot. 

 I love my husband. He is always doing things to make me happy. Like recently I have been getting bad headaches in the afternoon, and he is so quick to take care of me. He is constantly complimenting me. And he is so patient with me.

I love my family. I don't get to see everyone a lot. But I enjoy the time I get with them. I was so thankful that my mom was able to stay with us for a few days before school started. And that Britt came back to Rexburg so I get to hang out with her again. 

I love the gospel and I'm constantly uplifted from going to church every Sunday. 

I love our apartment, because its away from the student life and its super nice. Plus our crazy neighbors got evicted a couple weeks ago so it's nice and quiet again. 

None of this stuff is really in any order. I'm just thankful right now. I really do have a great life. And I don't think it's because my life is easy. Because I really don't consider being married, full-time students with part-time jobs easy. But its not that hard either. I just hope I can stay this happy during times of great stress and trials. 

Monday, September 10, 2012

Big Day

Today, Monday September 10th, is a big day for the Dewey's. 

Why? Two reasons. 
Today is the first day of both of our senior years in college. 
Today marks a year ago that JT asked me to marry him. 
These reasons make today a very special day to us. 

{One year ago}

{About to leave for school, @ 7AM}

Yay to almost being graduated!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Vacation Part 3: Idaho

With the last few weeks of summer, JT went back to work and I stayed home, because the office I work at isn't open during semester breaks. 

This gave me plenty of time to do some extra cleaning in our apartment, make homemade meals for my husband, do some crafts I have been wanting to do but haven't had time for, and watch more of my favorite show, Gilmore Girls. I would say this summer has treated me well.

So here are a few pictures of the things we have done over this time:

Date night with the Dewey's. This is something we have been doing since we first started dating, because we love cheese. Martinelli's, sour dough bread, gouda, and chaumes.

So I love mac & cheese. But I don't eat it as much because buying it frozen isn't always the cheapest. So I had my first try at homemade mac & cheese, a simple recipe I found on pinterest. All I needed was noodles, cheese, milk, butter, salt, and pepper. And it only took 20 minutes. Yum. Now maybe I can move on to real homemade meals. ha.

Since our wedding I didn't know what to do about the cards we got for our wedding, but I knew I wanted to keep them because there are some cute cards and some great notes from loved ones. So I found this idea on pinterest. I hole punched all the cards in the left corner, then I put them together with a metal ring (2 1/2 inches), then made a cover. This was simple and cheap (~$2). The cover isn't the cutest thing but I had to work with what I had here at home, a large white notecard and some old scrapbook paper. Maybe someday I'll make a new cute cover. I also made little books with our Birthday cards, friends wedding announcements, and other random cards like graduation and baptism announcements. 

My big project was my ornament wreath. Because we got married in December we used a lot of ornaments to decorate the reception, which my mom gave all to us. With such a surplus of ornaments came this idea. So I used a wire hanger and used my husband to help me bend it into a circle. I then lined it with ornaments and had my glue gun on hand incase it was needed. The final product is displayed below, but I plan on still fixing it. There are a few spots that the wire shows and a couple spots I might want to adjust the color distribution. But I got tired of stringing and unstringing all the ornaments. The great thing about this project is so far, it hasn't cost me anything but my time. I had all the supplies. When I hang it for Christmas all I'll need is ribbon to make it look pretty. 

Now in a week we will start school again, and I'll go back to work. We're sad to see summer end but also excited to have more going on again.