Saturday, December 29, 2012

merry christmas!

**just a heads up. this post is huge. it was an awesome weekend.**

after our little get-away in park city, we took the long way home and went up through heber valley and down provo canyon.
we had planned on going to the temple on saturday, but cam's temple recommend had expired at the end of november.
but thats okay!

we walked around the temple. it was better than nothing, and then
we got changed out of our church clothes and went to cabella's instead.
its like the same, right? oh wait....maybe not.
but it was still fun!
cameron had never been before and it was cool checking out all the animals and things.

we then headed over to cam's grandparents' house for the annual wright family christmas party. it was fun. a little weird. but fun. in my experience, that's how family parties usually go anyways, so it was perfect.

my grandma slaughter lives about 1/2 mile from cam's grandparents so then we went and visited her for a little while and caught up since i hadn't seen her in quite a while.
she was having a good night and only repeated herself a couple times; which made it easier on me because i was really nervous to see how she was doing and if she would remember us..
she told me some stories from her days as a middle school english teacher in idaho that i hadn't heard before. it was really nice to be able to go see her and hear more of her stories that she doesn't usually tell, especially those about my grandpa...

we then made our way to salt lake to go see the lights on temple square and wander through city creek with some of cam's friends. it was so cold!! but so fun! we got hot cocoa at kneaders [delicious] and had fun just catching up and hanging out.
[we're so excited for jake and emily to finally get married in may! hooray!]

sunday was nice and relaxed. we went to church with cam's family and then had dinner with my family.
we've gotten pretty good at splitting days between our 2 families.
at least most of the time.

christmas eve was a really good day. we spent the morning finishing up last minute gifts. walmart was a zoo.
i don't know why we ever go because its always ridiculous.
then we baked cookies and just relaxed at cam's folks'.
we went to see rise of the guardians with my family.
it was a really cute movie! i enjoyed it.
then we went to dinner at red robin.
i can't ever get enough of their fries & fry sauce. mmm.
we said goodbye in the parking lot. i did an ice dance. it was awesome. and i didn't even fall down.

we then played a game with cam's family and watched the muppet's christmas carol before heading to bed.
christmas eve night is one of my favorite nights..
the anticipation and excitement just about kill me.
and then it kills me again at 4 in the morning when i wake thinking its time to be awake when it really isn't.
which happened again this year, even though i'm 22 years old.
you would think i were 6.
i love it.

i finally calmed myself down enough and fell back asleep until 7, when we got up, got ready [more like presentable] and went to open presents at my parents' house.
my parents have this thing where they make us wait at the bottom of the stairs until they're ready. which when we were kids involved my parents showering, my dad shaving, my mom drying her hair, etc.
pure torture to the excited soul of a 10 year old.
and then they would let us all come up the stairs one by one, with the youngest going first.
i am the oldest & the one that gets the most excited. rude.
i think they do it to me on purpose. even now that i'm all "grown up". ha.
this year, we all made our way up the stairs, one at a time [except they let cam and i go up at the same time. so kind of them] and sat in front of the tree.
everyone got a present from under the tree and we all opened our first ones at the same time.
this was weird to cam since in his family, they each take turns, one person at a time.
my family isn't patient enough for that.

we all got some pretty awesome things from Santa & cameron spoiled me again.
i always feel like i've got the greatest ideas and given him the best christmas ever until we actually open presents and he's outdone me.
i don't know how he does it, but somehow he figures out exactly what i want and finds a way to make it happen times 10.
like this freaking sweet sewing machine that i'm already in love with. add into the fact that its pink!

and i've already started my first quilt!
he is the best!!!

i got my handyman a drill so he can quit having to borrow his dad's all the time. and he's already used it!
he's also trying to find girly projects that i want done so that he can add an air compressor to our tool stash.
more like tool room.
[the 2nd bedroom has slowly become his man-cave...]
he also got some super sweet oakley shades that are not allowed to leave the truck.
he loses sunglasses way too easily,
but hopefully these ones will stay where they're supposed to and last forever.
that, and he looks rather handsome in them.

cam's parents gave me this ginormous set of cookie cutters and 3 new cookbooks! they know me well.
can't wait to break out these babies and make the entire alphabet out of cookies. awesome? yes.

my parents gave us a grill. like a real one! kind of.
its mini, but perfect. and we already used it once.
successfully i might add. it was delicious.

i grew up in a meat-eating family. my daddy raised me this way.
for me, there is nothing better than a home grilled meal.
plus, it rocks for emergency preparedness.

oh boy, this post is really long.
but i can't finish it without at least mentioning the reason for christmas,
and how much i love the christmas season because of the spirit of christ that lives in our homes and our hearts, at least during christmas time, but hopefully all year long.
i am so thankful for the gospel and for the hope that it gives me.
the hope that my family can be together forever.
the hope that even if it doesn't work out the way we want it to, it will always work out how it should.
the hope that i can always be forgiven and the hope that i can always be better.
i know it is true. and i know that my savior loves me.

anniversary weekend

this year, our holiday celebrating started early. on friday, cameron and i skedaddled out of town and headed to park city for the night to celebrate our anniversary.
we ate Arby's in the parking lot for dinner. yum.
and then we had a little delay when the power lines were down across the highway out of town and we had to backtrack & go the back way...
but, at 11:30 friday night, we finally made it to our hotel.
and it was gorgeous.

all of the trees were covered in christmas lights all along the street and the ground was shoveled in snow.
it was magical.

there was a giant christmas tree in the lobby. [the lobby where i felt like i didn't really belong. haha]
covered, heated garage for us to park in. i liked that.
one of cam's favorite things here was the model that they had of the hotel by the elevators.
super neat. we were in the big building...

our room had heated tile in the bathroom so you didn't freeze your feet everytime you had to go.
it was quite nice.

beautiful sink, giant bathtub, super cool shower.

little kitchenette that had coffee. but no hot cocoa. :(
awesome fireplace. cam wanted to keep the tv.
and a beautiful dark wood armoir.
it was so fun.

the king size bed was huge. and it had tons of pillows! which i love!

it was the perfect place to spend a night away and spend some time together without having to worry about the every day stuff.
my husband is the greatest :)

happy 2 year anniversary to us!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

2 years...

Cameron and I have been married for two years now.
2 whole years!!
i can hardly believe that it's been so long since we were sealed on december 18th, 2010, but it has.
its a little bit insane and definitely doesn't feel like its been that long.
but at the same time, it kind of feels like its always been this way.
me and him together.
does that make any sense? [if not, just say yes anyways so i don't feel like a crazy]

in the last two years, i've learned a lot. i've learned a lot about who i am, about being married, about who we are, about who cam is, and a million other things that may or may not seem related.

right after cam and i tied the knot, we were threw a curve ball; a really curvy curve ball.
it was an incredibly hard thing to deal with 3 weeks into our marriage, but somehow, we did it.
between spending nights on my parents' living room floor and driving back and forth from logan to layton as often as possible, it was not easy.
it made it harder for us to act like the newlyweds we were. we had to be grown ups.
we had to jump right in to supporting each other no matter what. and it wasn't that easy [especially when you have a little stubborn streak like i do.]
cameron was patient. very very patient.
even though he quickly tired of sleeping on my parents' living room floor and waking up an hour earlier than normal so he could drive all the way to logan to work for the day and then drive back to layton to be with me at night.
i am lucky to have someone as patient and willing as cameron is.
throughout all of this, i learned to follow his example. i learned to try to be patient with him, too.
because as long as i always do my best to take care of him and be patient with him, he will notice.
he always does.

i've also learned that when i stand in front of the mirror and ask "does this look cute?"
and cameron says "yes, you always look cute" he is being completely honest.
even if i don't feel like i look good, he does. because he always thinks i look good.
even right after i wake up and i have major bed-head and morning breath.
he still thinks i'm cute.
its taken me a long time to figure this out. and sometimes i forget it. but its true.
he always thinks i'm pretty.
when he looks into my eyes and asks "why are you so beautiful?"
its just one more reminder of how he sees me and how much he loves me.

i've learned that even if dinner doesn't turn out like you planned, there is always cereal, pancakes, or wendy's.

i've learned that csi gives me weird dreams. but only if i sneak in an episode and watch it without cam home.

i've learned that i am indecisive.
and sometimes it's better to just jump in and make a decision. don't stress.
especially if its over whether to have noodles or rice with dinner.
just pick one.

i've learned that home improvement & diy projects are expensive.
but i still love them.
and cam is really hot when he works with power tools. mmm.

i've also learned that cameron doesn't really care how our home is decorated. as long as the laundry is clean, the dishes are done, there is food to eat, and free kisses, he is happy.

i've learned that he hates hanging curtains and curtain rods.
too many tiny pieces at awkward angles.
so once they're up, they're up.

i've learned i need to be more authoritative when telling him where to hang pictures.
hemming and hawing over it for three weeks does not make for a happy husband.
neither does making him replace light strands on the christmas tree. but he does it anyways.

i've learned that i'm not sure how i ever used to sleep without him.
that extra snuggly warmth is something i need.
on nights when he has to stay up late and do homework,
i have the hardest time falling asleep in a big, empty bed.

i've learned i need to be less of a chicken. and cam helps me to be brave.

we've been through quite a bit in the last two years.
i'm so thankful that cameron has been with me through all the good and the bad.
i'm thankful for his willing and positive attitude;
his ability to make me laugh all the time;
his hard work, at home and at school;
his insane knowledge of how to take anything apart and put it back together
[without extra parts leftover];
his strong hands [even if they do get all beat up when he works on the truck];
his ability to eat almost anything [except lemon, mint, and pumpkin flavored foods];
his smile;
his support, no matter what;
his rootbeer brown eyes;
his kisses [with or without the beard]
and his warm, welcoming, all-encompassing hugs.

you are the greatest thing that has ever happened to me.
i wouldn't trade what we've been through for anything in the whole world.
i'm so glad that we get to be together forever!
happy anniversary!
i love you!
-lindy lou

Thursday, December 13, 2012

finals week.

today, at 1:30, cameron will take his last final of the semester and will return to the land of the living.
i will no longer have to sit at home watching netflix alone.

[i was done last week. yay for being in the eled program where we don't have finals.]

i'll have my husband back!

[he can finally work on getting over this awful cold he has.
he coughed all night last night. poor boy.]

and i cannot wait!

tonight, we're going to celebrate with our good friends, danny & kelsie, by going to dinner at winger's.
mmm. give me some of that sticky finger sauce and i am one happy girl.

here's to a nice few weeks of christmas break :)

our anniversary is in 5 days. 5 days!
i can't believe we've been married for two years already...

i'm totally done christmas shopping. so unusual for me. i usually have the hardest time thinking of what to buy people so i wait until the last minute.
not this year! go, me!

i have the next 2 saturdays off work. i haven't had a saturday off in many months. not sure what i'm going to do with myself, especially since cam works this saturday.
hmm... crafty day anyone?

that's all, folks!
have a lovely thursday!

Monday, December 3, 2012

the First Presidency Christmas Devotional

Last night, we were able to travel to Salt Lake with our good friends Danny and Kelsie
and listen to President Monson, President Eyring, and President Uchtdorf
speak about the Christmas Season.

It was the second time I've ever been and it was such a good experience.
[Cameron's family usually goes but we weren't able to get enough tickets this year...]
I love being able to go and listen to the Prophet talk about the Spirit of Christmas.
This is one of my favorite times of the year and this just made it even better.

Afterwards, we wandered around temple square looking at the lights.
Everytime I see the Salt Lake Temple, I'm reminded of our wedding day.
and I love it.
It's such a beautiful building and the sacred ordinances performed within it make it even more special.

Friday, November 30, 2012

decorating for the holidays.

this last weekend, cameron was a peach and set up the christmas tree for us.
2 of our light strands were out so we had to make a late-night trip to shopko to buy new ones.
[sidenote: does anyone else feel like shopko & kmart smell super weird?]
he also let me buy some cute new christmas colored sprinkles. he is so good to me.

he fixed the lights and then i started fluffing the branches.

by the time i was done, cameron had a headache and had gone to bed.
so i admired our tree in the dark for a minute before heading to bed myself.

the next day, we spoke in church. both of our families came up to hear us speak.
i cried.
but it was good. it was a good reminder for me that i need to go to the temple more often.

afterwards, my family had to skedaddle back home so hillary could return to provo. boo.
and cam's family came over for lunch.

cam's mom, christine, and younger brother, parker, helped me add all of my glittery red & gold ornaments.
[target clearance after christmas. best way to go.]

i love them because they reflect so much light and
they make the tree look even more fascinating than it already was.

one of my favorite things to do during this season is to turn off all the lights in the house except for the tree.
then i just sit and watch it.
it gives off such a warm, cozy glow that i can't get enough of.
to me, it is christmas.
it is comforting.
it is peaceful.
and peace is something i could use a lot more of in my life.

"When we have the spirit of Christmas, we remember Him whose birth we commemorate at this season of the year: “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11).
In our day the spirit of giving gifts plays a large role in commemorating the Christmas season. I wonder if we might profit by asking ourselves, What gifts would the Lord have me give to Him or to others at this precious season of the year?

May I suggest that our Heavenly Father would want each of us to render to Him and to His Son the gift of obedience. I also feel that He would ask us to give of ourselves and not be selfish or greedy or quarrelsome...

In this marvelous dispensation of the fulness of times, our opportunities to love and give of ourselves are indeed limitless, but they are also perishable. Today there are hearts to gladden, kind words to say, deeds to be done, and souls to be saved."

-President Thomas S. Monson
December 2012 Ensign

Saturday, November 24, 2012


Thanksgiving is always one of my favorite holidays.
Mostly because I really like food.
But also because it is one more day that I get to spend with the people I love.

this year, we spent thanksgiving with Cameron's family.
we watched the macy's thanksgiving day parade.
and then cameron and i watched the purina dog show.
every year growing up for as long as i can remember,
my sisters and i would watch the dog show after the parade. i grew up in a family that LOVES dogs.
we got our first dog when i was in elementary school, and have always had one since.
we love watching the dog show and seeing all the different breeds there are out there.
we choose our favorites and hope they win.
madey and i are die-hard fans.
we'd watch the entire show if we could.
which usually lasted for a couple hours.

the first thanksgiving Cam spent with us, he thought it was so weird.
and now he watches it with me because he knows how much i love it.
he also knows how much it makes me feel like my sister, madey, is there watching it with me...
i miss my dog show watching buddy.
thankfully, i have a new one, and at the same time,
i can feel like my old one is there, too.

we ate dinner. a lot of dinner. 
Grandpa and Grandma Wright came.
[whom I love like they were my real grandparents].
We talked and laughed and ate turkey and potatoes and pretzel-jello
[except Alex, who ate pizza. funny boy.]
and it was good.
not just the food. which was delicious.
but being together.
 It's kind of the best thing ever.

After dinner, we sat around and talked for a while and let our stomachs settle.
Then we filled them up with more pie.
and this little cutie wanted to sit in a big kid chair.

and it was hilarious.

Cameron and I made our way over to my Grandpa Rodney and Grandma Linda's house.
where we ate more pie and chatted with my aunts, uncles, and cousins.
peanuthead's parents had already left because my Aunt Katie's water broke!
they drove up to Logan where she was admitted and had a sweet baby boy early Friday morning.
he still doesn't have a name... I can't wait to meet him sometime this weekend.

we went to my parent's house and hung out until later that night.

we played with peanuthead and cruised the ads for some sweet deals.
then since i would rather sleep than freeze, we went to bed instead of going shopping.
the next morning, Cam got to have "car friday" and did the brakes on my mom's car with my dad.
hillary and i went shopping. we got boots. and i'm in love with them.
Cam let me wear them yesterday,
but then i had to put them back in the box so he can wrap them for christmas.

i'm so incredibly thankful for my family.
i'm thankful for the Gospel of Jesus Christ and for the hope and peace that it gives me.
we are so blessed.

happy thanksgiving!

Friday, November 16, 2012

this one time, i forgot i had a blog.

so... halloween is over.
it wasn't as exciting as it is when you're 8 and get to dress up like mulan with your sisters and go trick or treating... but it was still good.

i went to school.
then i left early.

i wanted to see my niece in her little ladybug costume.

and peanuthead as a witch.
[whom i missed because of bed time. darn bed times.]

[ps. freaking adorable, right? i love them both so much.]

i had also been craving my father-in-law's cream of broccoli soup.
it is my favorite and i love it.
definitely worth ditching class early.
[ps. night classes are no fun.]

after we had a teeny bit of excitement, life went back to boring.
school. work. sleep. repeat.

then my little brother turned 14!
we baked cookie dough cupcakes. [they're way better 2nd day and with frosting.]
and he tried to pop balloons with his airsoft gun for money.
my mom is such a genius.
until the bb just bounced off the balloons and about killed us all.
then cam had a test review and a group project so we had to leave the party early. boo.

and then it went back to boring again.
i'm so glad that we only have a few more weeks left of school.
then i will have my husband back.
he won't study for all his ridiculous tests.
[that are always in the same week. ugh.]

then he will pay attention to me. and we can be together.

and celebrate our anniversary [in 32 days. wow. time flies.]

and christmas. [i love christmas.]

i'm ready for excitement.

Monday, October 29, 2012

dear Madey:

hi miss madge,

how are you? i miss you. a lot. and you've been on my mind quite a bit lately.
i don't know if it's the change in the weather or something else entirely. but i can't help it.
and i'm glad.

lately, i've fallen in like with this song. every time i hear it, i can see you doing your weird jello-legs dance in my head. so i listen to this song. a lot. and i love it. you always did have better, weirder moves than the rest of us white kids.
because of this song, i watched you dance to the "filet 'o' fish" song several times last night on dad's ipod. all dressed up to look like grandpa rodney, with your shirt tucked into your plaid pajama pants, hat on sideways, and loosened tie around your neck while you held that singing fish on your shoulder like a boombox. we are so classy like that.

sunday night, landon and dad came home from home teaching. cam and i were sitting at the counter. landon was standing next to me telling me about something that was probably important that i can't remember. all i can remember is that as he talked, he moved his hands and arms just like you used to when you told me something that you really wanted to say. i was so surprised that i really have no idea what he even told me about. [sorry, landon.]

i watch peanut head on thursdays right now and i love it. its only for a few more weeks until aunt katie has little baby boy. buts its fun. she loved you. whenever we play, i can see the two of you in the hotel pool, playing and being silly. hearing you both giggle.

we talked about home videos the other day and the memories they help us remember.
how you whined about getting a regular orange in the bottom of your stocking one christmas and landon replied "hey! i got a peach, too!!" like he had won the lottery.

how you freaked the freak when you didn't get a scooter like you wanted. except then you really did.
so embarrassing.

how we were learning to play the guitar together. i really don't play anymore. its too painful.
my heart can't handle all the memories that come rushing back when i do.
like the day mom told me she bought you a guitar for christmas. and i turned green with envy.
the day we both got guitars. talk about a surprise for us both.
[how rude of my parents to wrap up guitar picks and give them to me. i handed the box to you and said "um, i think these are yours." but then you had your own box, too...]
all those taylor swift songs. and how you never said capo right. ever.
the days when you rarely left your room. the only thing you did was strum and sing.
because that's all you had the energy for.
the duets. i will always miss the duets.
[and how you hated when hillary joined in because her rhythm was always just a teeny bit off. still is.]

i had a friend ask me about you today. i was glad she did.
because then i got to remember all of the fun things we did together.
all of the softball and basketball games.
all of the chocolate chip cookies and cupcakes we baked.
and ate.
all of the fantastic things we get because we are a family.
a forever family.
and i am glad.

i miss you, momma bird...
i love you. more than a snail loves his shell.
be sweet.

Friday, October 26, 2012

new job.

once upon a time, i got a job as a loan officer.

it was a welcome change after being a teller for 3 1/2 years.
but it was also very terrifying.

i had only done a handful of loan applications before
and i had never closed on a loan before.

then on my 2nd day as a brand new loan officer, a girl came into to close on her auto loan and finalize everything.

that was the day that i unconsciously decided to be dyslexic.
transposing numbers. bad thing.
i was only $27 off. okay thing.
i learned a lot that day. better thing.

here's to praying it goes much smoother next time.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

island park, idaho. & yellowstone national park.

cam and i had fall break this week and decided to join my family in island park for a couple of days for a break. {i thrive on vacation.}

we packed up the car and headed on a 4 hour road trip.
long time in the car.
we chatted about life and things we love and how freaking awesome it is that we get to be together forever.
being married is awesome.

and the drive to island park is long but pretty. especially the part with lots of pine trees. love it.

we made it to my uncle's cabin. {thank you, uncle gym!}
and played with nate and sarah's puppies. adorable.
and now i'm going through puppy love withdrawls.

then we drove to big springs and saw all the giant trout. it was cold.
and we swallowed gnats. gross.
and there was no toilet paper in the bathroom there. double gross.
but it was still fun!

he's a babe. i'm making a little bit of a cheese face.

little brother, quit growing up.

we went back to the cabin and played scrabble for the first time. dad won. by a lot.
and then played phase10 before bed.

we slept in a little. ate some delicious man-breakfast {hash browns, eggs, and sausage. yum.}
then got ready and headed into yellowstone!

so excited for yellowstone!
we saw some amazing animals. giant buffalo that walked right next to the car. terrifying and awesome.

12 point bull elk. absolutely magnificent.
bald eagles. there are no words for how majestic these animals are.
and some chipmunks. can't leave out the chipmunks.

we saw mammoth hot springs, and they were mostly dried up. which was weird.

there was a herd of cow elk roaming through, just sitting on the thermal hot ground, keeping warm.
it was really neat.
we watched the elk and ate lunch in the car because it was super cold and windy.
then headed back to the other end of the park.

we stopped at gibbon falls {i think?}
the best view isn't right by the parking lot where everyone stops.
walk an extra 100 feet down the pavement. worth it.

my favorite geological feature we saw was the grand canyon of yellowstone from the south rim.

it was gorgeous.
and it made me wonder how anyone in the world can believe that there is no heavenly father up above looking out for us.
as i stood up on that lookout point, all i could feel was awe and love.
love for cam and my family.
love from my family.
love from my father in heaven and savior.
it was just a reaffirmation to me that i am loved and that my heavenly father has a plan for me and my family.
i know it.
i love it.

he is so cute in plaid flannel. most handsome lumberjack ever.
we then visited old faithful right after it had exploded.
awesome. bad timing.
but their bathrooms were warm so that was a plus.
{it was freaking freezing}

then we headed back to west yellowstone and to dinner.
we met up with the rolfe family. {hi guys! so good to see you!}
we ate mcdonalds.
we have no shame.
its fine.

cam and i finished our burgers and fries, hopped in the car, and headed out.
2 1/2 hours later than planned. but it was worth it.
i only slept for about an hour on the way home. which is definitely a record.
i'm a car sleeper. it makes cam crazy because then he gets bored with no one to talk to.
{sorry, lover. i can't help it.}

we made it home at 11:30 last night. exhausted but we had a great time.

we love vacation.
{and i'm counting down until we get to go again...}