"There is Beauty and Clarity that comes from Simplicity that we sometimes do not Appreciate in our thirst for intricate solutions." ~President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Look How Cute!





Talked to this cutie tonight.
Found these gems.

Just wanna say I'm glad to have this gal in my life :)

So proud of her and what she is doing. 

Love ya Soph.


Love, Miss Mabel

Friday, December 30, 2016

My thoughts of late...

What makes me happy and what has made me me.

Music. I'm listening to it constantly. It definitely came from my upbringing. It is my second language. I have so many memories tied to different songs. I know it may be unwise at times to be nostalgic, or dwell on the past as they say, but I don't mind when it's put to music :).

One particular memory I never want to forget. I'm in junior high, 9th grade. At my one of my friend's house with a group of girls I became close with. Just as I'm writing this, it feels like yesterday. The song "You Can Call Me Al" (by Paul Simon) came on. So many things I love about these particular girls. First of all, I grew up as a young in' listening and absolutely loving this song. It really is the best. When this song comes on I'm very pleasantly surprised to seeing all my friends at this moment singing and dancing all over my friend's kitchen... to this song! As if, they have listened to it their whole childhood. We have spoons for microphones and when the special trumpets come on we all play it with our fingers with a special move. I love these girls. I love that song even more when I hear it. Love it.

It is really neat, when you can look back. I know it's also good to not look too long so as not to get bogged down by past mistakes or misfortunes(been watching too many Jane Austen films :p)

BUT! I need to see those things every now and then to realize just how incredibly blessed I am.

Today, and several days actually, I've had many insights to all that I've experienced thus far. The more I'm getting older the more I desire to really know who I am. Hence the music part being a big part of my happiness and making me me.

And the reason I can be this happy? It points to:
- My wonderful parents. They are responsible for bringing (to name a few) Beatles, Amy Grant, Billy Joel, Classical, Disney (haha)... Good music.
-My siblings. They are responsible for all the other music I listen to and love.
Obviously music is not the only thing that makes me happy. It really is the people I've been truly blessed to have in my life. I have so many amazing memories I would not trade for the world with these humans. Recent and not so recent. They have all been there for me and I can't thank them enough.


I actually brought up the memory of my friends to point out just how good I have it.

I thank Heavenly Father for my particular trials in this life. I used to be so weighed down by the fact that I was held back in school. I look back and I have to say to myself "I can't believe you thought that was a hard trial!" I would not have made the good friends I made. I feel that my "cup runneth over" with the most remarkable individuals I have, and have had in my short life. Truly each friend I have gained has taught me to enjoy life in the real way. Making a fun time while also being good and uplifting to others. And more valuable traits. So, thank you friends. I feel rich because of you.

Ha, so those are my thoughts lately. I've really been enjoying life. Boy that was long wasn't it!? Ha I wish I could have some music playing in the background. Just hum any tune you'd like that makes you happy while you look at the rest of this post. You're so nice for reading :) And if no one is reading this, at least I can look back on this post and smile and hum "You Can Call Me Al" ;)

The person who is making me happy happy all day every day is my sweetheart. I know I know sappy but oh man is it the truth!

 


Anyway, I hope you enjoy your 2017. Thanks for all the good times 2016. I'll try 10 years from now to look back and see what was valuable about the trials I had. :)
 
 









 
 




 
 


 
 

Love,
Miss Mabel

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

It started after August 14th:


            
I believe after my birthday is when my mind made the switch this year. Did that happen this early before? Probably. But as time has gone on and as I've been morphing more and more into an adult adult(still not convinced 😏), I feel I've lost some of the spirit of things. I haven't taken on the responsibility that comes with creating an enchanting, fun-filled holiday.  And I've sadly had this weird expectation that all the holidays are still being run by my mom, a little embarrassing to admit, but there you have it. 

But you know what? The cool thing about when you make certain realizations like that, you can change that! Cool huh? 

I'm happy to be self-discovering myself and having these "A-Ha" moments where I can make whatever decisions I like. It's my choice and my responsibility to make things happen and how I want them to happen.  Why is that so empowering? Maybe because every day I hear my brain (Satan actually) tell me I don't have the ability to do anything. Oh how wrong that voice is! I most certainly can do things! 

By the way I documented last what I'm up to, to prove to myself and that mean voice that I'm actually doing good things. So that I can say to mr. negative "go away and stop wasting my time." ✋🏻 

So, here's to deliberately enjoying the fall season and all that follows after. 

First things first. Watch this:

Always gets me in the mood. 😌

Love,
Miss Mabel 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

What's New?

 
I always enjoy listening to these boys :)
 
 
 
As of late I have really enjoyed:
  -Tennis.
           I've been taking hour lessons every week. I still feel like I'm no good, but I am seeing some
            improvement. It's an awesome sport. Challenging. But awesome. Jake played in high school,
             and he's just really awesome 'cause he will practice with me. We're getting into it enough,
             that we are saving up for new and better racquets. I'm excited.

-Sewing.
           Well, technically I haven't started to learn or sew.... but I recently acquired a sewing machine.
            I'm planning to gradually buy sewing supplies. So once I feel I have sufficient amount of the
            necessities, I'll get more into that. :D

-Ukulele.
             Actually! This one has a funny story. Back in May? Girl's camp prep was going on. Someone
             Facebook asked if someone had a ukulele. Without thinking I commented that I had one! And
              it was yellow! ha. Of course she would ask if I knew how to play. Nope. Not at all. It was
               just something I purchased once with the intention to learn, but never got around to. I didn't
               want to say that I didn't, so I went on YouTube and learned a few. I then discovered "this is
               fun!" So I looked up more songs to play.  I ended up accompanying for my young women at
               girl's camp. I have now actually been asked to play "Scripture Power" for the Primary
               program. And recently someone told me about this awesome uke app that is just Awesome!
               My favorite song that I've learned from that app is 'Everybody' by Ingrid Michaelson. :)

-Walks.
             Jake and I go walking every so often. And. I just love it. We are unplugged and we seem to
              talk with more optimism about what our future plans are, our personal and couple goals. If I
               were to give marriage advice, I would say go on walks with your spouse. Not only is it
                exercise, but it's a way to get closer to each other.

-Working out.
               Just kidding. haha. I'm trying to make that something I enjoy. I should say I sometimes
                enjoy it. I have thought about why I would like that... aside from the obvious, I want
                to be able to continue playing tennis, or basketball, or learn to dance with Jake, or go
                hiking, kayaking... basically I want to have a good and active lifestyle, I'd like to
                continue to do those things.

I still enjoy collaging, napping, scripture study, baking, napping, music, Gilmore Girls (November 25th!!!) and many other things.

I would like to get into more blogging, but I've lost touch with it. Who knows who reads it anymore.

A crazy thought just crossed my mind. I am now 26!! I've been that age for a week and just now am letting that sink in.  On the 'late twenties' side. Weird weird weird!

Well, time to go be a later 20's adult and fold laundry. Something I can say easily I do not enjoy. Ha

Love,
Miss Mabel

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Wife Goals

Biggest goal since the start of my marriage:
To be a good cook.
 
I'm so grateful and excited I have come a long way
since my first meal
(of course I documented) ;)
2013
chicken alfredo
so bland.
 
A blessing in disguise, looking back it's a Real Blessing.
We were told when we registered at Bed, Bath & Beyond,
that if we returned anything we could get money back.
Nope! Not true. At least not with this one we went to.
 But we could get a store gift card.
We ended up getting
this cute red KitchenAid.

 
See? Real blessing.
the best contraption to make cookies in.
That's about the only thing I made in this.
Until today! :)
I have now used this cute thing for:
pizza dough
brownies
rolls
banana bread
mashing potatoes
cinnamon rolls.
:)
and of course more cookies ;)

2013
chocolate chip cookies
 
 
 
2013
chicken cordon bleu


 
Jake is a brave person.
To be eating everything I've ever made him.
...Among other things...

 
My phone is full of recipes.
I have many to thank for sharing their recipes.
Including Pinterest. :)



2014
homemade cheesy garlic bread
and spaghetti

LOVE this recipe.
best recipe for chicken alfredo.
not bland. :)

2014
cream cheese banana bread

One of the perks of being a wife
and learning to cook:
a good apron. :) 
 


2015
rice krispie baskets
draper tradition

 

2015
Jamaican banana bread

2015
sascha taught me how to make
chicken pot pie

2016
I made one of my own!
 
 
2015
meatballs stuffed with cheese

2015-2016
pad tai.
the best.


2016
veggie and black bean tacos


2016
cinnabon cinnamon rolls.
I just have to say, it amazes me how the Lord is involved in everything. Really. If you have a goal to improve on something, He will see you through it. I was talking to my sister earlier this week about how excited I was that I've come further along in my learning how to cook. And she rightly said, how the atonement isn't just meant for repenting and trials. If you think about it, it can be utilized in helping you accomplish goals also. The atonement is there for everything. Through this process, my confidence in this area has strengthened. It brings me joy. I love being a wife. I'm not just playing house anymore. I'm living it. Not perfect by any means. I still need to learn how to clean and do laundry more consistently :p... But it's still fun. :) Ha.

Well, as Julia Childs would say:
                                                        BON, APETITE!

Love,
Miss Mabel

My Valentine



You know, it's great looking back to
these engagement pictures. It's wonderful
to see where we have ended up since.
 


 

 
video




 

 
 
Thanks for making life a good one Jake
I love you.
Happy Valentine's Day.
 
Love,
Miss Mabel

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Marriaged for 2 years

Port Orchard. Taken before Basic.
San Antonio. Graduation from Basic.
Time passes by. And love just grows deeper.

Biloxi.
Sometimes you get mad. Jake and I call those days stones. "Some days are diamonds! Some days are stone." ~John Denver.


Salt Lake.
Oh but the days of diamonds are just indescribably good.
Salt Lake. Peanut butter hair.
Ha, and you see each other do some silly things ^ Remember Jake when I got sticky stuff in my hair from the fly trap we had in our first apartment? Haha good times. These for me are the secret things you don't hear much about being married, but when they happen and you can laugh about it, you create memories and you somehow get closer. Does that make sense?
Salt Lake.
Just silly. :)

Sumter.
Adding someone to your club is oh so sweet. :) Your love expands.

Sumter.
Something I think is neat about being married to you (among the many things), is how you're
there for me. Like yesterday, I had yw. Didn't get home til about 9 or so.
And you had made dinner. A good dinner too, not just mac n' cheese (which btw I would
have been perfectly fine with) but a meal. I mean if that's not the perfect
man, I don't know what is! When I can't get to something,
you pick up the slack.
(Ha, I could have just made this a status, but his act of love and service deserved a sappy blog post. So there ya go ;))



Salt Lake Temple.
So, this is what having an eternal companion feels like.

I love it. And I love the man I chose.

Cheese!

Love,
Miss Mabel and her man :)