Jan 25 2012

six and counting.

On a blustery day in January 2006, a young man greeted me at the Salt Lake City Airport. This man is my best friend, but today, the arrival was not how I had expected. I am a people watcher. As I scanned the crowd, I see a soldier returning home; hugging his young children. I see many anxiously waiting family members arrivals, while others are un-patiently waiting for there baggage to come spinning down the carousel. My eyes still scanning, I have to read it a second time before it registers, to me. The last sign I saw had my last name on it. I look again, above the sign is the nerdy face of a man I know. A smile breaks across my face, one month away was too long. I walk, still not noticing the brilliant yellow roses in his other hand. Soon we are face too face. My heart races. I am twitter-pated.

Little did I know at this time, that this handsome man would one day become my husband.

Its been six incredible years, filled with adventure, trials, tribulations, travel, and puppies. Heres to the next 6x6x6! (:

Best friends are the best.

Jan 1 2012

well hello, 2012

I sit here on the first day of 2012, surrounded by glimmering Christmas tree, my sweet husband, and a puppy sleeping at my feet, with How I Met Your Mother’s humor drowning in the background, from the television. There is laundry and dishes to be done, but instead I sit here, browsing pinterest, and searching for cake pop supplies on amazon. Soaking in life. Reminiscing on how tantalizing life is, and how surreal it can get.

This past year has been a real journey for us, we got married in April! We’ve both gotten new jobs, we got a puppy, we almost bought a house. We’ve had ups and downs, but God has been there with us through it all.

Each year, there’s always this pressure to create resolutions, and I’ll be honest with you, I am terrible with them. I usually stay strong for about… 10 days. I don’t know why I am really so bad with holding out. Or even just being accountable to them. Especially since I make them. Me. Not someone else deciding what my life should be. And each year I say that I’m going to be different, that this year is a game changer. Well, this year has to be. Come on folks, lets switch up this ride.

Maybe I need to start on smaller scale resolutions that I can tackle, for one, shying away from that ever elusive, darn scale. This year, things are going to be different. This year I am going to accomplish my goals!

1. Get fit (read: acquire muscles). Yes this girlfriend would love to lose weight, but we all know the backwards spiral that would ensue. But no, this is not what I mean, and since surgeons don’t give muscle implants to puny girls, I best get my workout gear on… And actually lift some weights.

2. To get my cake pop business off the ground. And to actually start making money. Hey y’all buy my cake pops!

3. To keep a tidy home. Well, that’s self explanatory. To get off my ever growing derrière and polish off those shelves from their ever growing layer of dust… And put away the multiple baskets of clean laundry…

4. To begin my prerequisites for the PA program. And continue to jump on every learning opportunity I can, to make me the most stellar candidate.

5.To read more. Peeps, girlfriend needs some recommendations! I love action thrillers and suspense books.

What are your resolutions this year? How are you planning on revolutionizing your life and making a better you?

Dec 31 2011

a belated christmas

First off, I hope you all have had a wonderful Christmas! Ours was amazing, and filled with the insanity of having a sweet 16 week old puppy racing around the house. Well, houses.

This was our first year as a married couple, and out first year with a little chewing monster ravaging about. And for the most part, it went without a hitch. With the exception of one ornament getting nibbled upon by our sweet pup. We currently live in the same city as both of our immediate families, so we thankfully were able to spend the day with both families. Penny got to meet her “cousin” Bella, and the two thankfully interacted well. Despite nearly knocking a few family members over mid-chase, and eventually ended up sharing a bed together.

I spent part of this Christmas reminiscing about Christmas’ passed. Of baking cookies with the siblings, and dousing (and mean dousing) them with sprinkles, after piling a mountain of frosting upon them of course. Of sitting on “santa’s” lap and asking not for gifts, but to have my daddy home for Christmas. We have lately been watching alot of youtube videos about Soldier’s homecoming’s, and every time they make me cry. I know it is a huge stress on significant others, mothers, and especially children. I don’t know how people could do it. I can’t imagine how hard it is on a relationship. Especially before the marvels of modern technology. One of the kids we {used} to nanny {while his mother was deployed} would skype, video call, his mother every night before he went to bed and the two would read a book together. It was the cutest thing. Broke my heart  every time. The reminder of how hard it was as a kid getting phones from daddy once every few days was hard enough as a young child. I wonder how woman a century ago handled it, having to wait for letters, and waiting anxiously by the mailbox day, after day for a letter that may never come.

Wow. How technology changes things. Changes everything. Today, we skyped with my Brother and my Niece; in Moscow, Russia. In an instant we can access someone all the way across the globe. I miss them, I hope they move stateside soon!

grace + peace

Dec 7 2011

it’s beginning to look a lot like.


(and that we have a 3 month old puppy)

Now that the Thanksgiving holiday has past, and the turkey + sweet potato leftovers have been depleted, Christmas has hit the Pangborn household. All of our Christmas decorations  have been waiting ever so patiently in the closet, however I can hear them whispering at night, just begging each other to stage a coup and break free. Despite my desire to decorate the minute after Thanksgiving dinner was consumed, we have been quite apprehensive with our 3 month old teething puppy with toddler-like-tantrums.

At PetSmart the other day I saw this hat, it was super cheap. And hey, it was totally worth a shot to see if she would tolerate it. Well, She didn’t. And she saw me put it away and keeps trying to attack the cabinet it is in. Crazy girl.

The tree went up without a hitch, minus the little runt trying to nibble on the branches, and make confetti out of the boxes. Once the tree was up, it’s still it is only mildly decorated (must prevent loss of decorations, in the event of a “tree tipping”), we attempted to take some photos of miss Penny. And I am amazed at how well she sat and stayed! She as very easily distracted by the flash and always wanted to check it out after it went of. It seriously reminded me of little kids – how they immediately run to the camera screaming “I want to see!” haha. I love her. Here are some shots we got. 

This time of year tends to really make me baby hungry. Not that I want to be preggo, no siree! But the memories of all of the great seasons past flow to the top of my mind, and make me extra eager to start traditions of my own. We are super excited this year to start traditions that will continue throughout our lives together and one day be able to pass on to children of our own. But it really makes me wonder. How on earth are we going to teach our children about Christmas, especially… Santa. *gasp*  

Oh, and Christmas cake pop baking has ensued! Stay tuned! (:

Oct 15 2011

I am great in bed, I could sleep for days…

I found this picture while browsing my new most favoritist site on all of the interwebs… Pinterest! Seriously, I’m more addicted to it than like making cake pops, or sleeping (and you know how much i love sleep…) Sawyer and I stumbled upon a photo in which he describes as “the untold part of married life”. At first I scoffed, how rude right? Until I woke up 2 nights later + I had taken over 3/4 of the bed leaving him literally clinging to the edge for dear life. Sorry babe, I’m working on it… Well as much as one can…