Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Resolution.

Trying to figure out how to begin this post and I could't decide on the appropriate introduction. You know I'm about to list my new years resolutions, I kind of gave that away in the title.

I think I'll go full-on Sacrament meeting and begin with a dictionary description.

*Ahem*

res·o·lu·tion

  [rez-uh-loo-shuh n]  Show IPA
noun
1.
a formal expression of opinion or intention made, usually after voting, by a formal organizationalegislature, a club, or other group. Compare concurrent resolutionjoint resolution.
2.
a resolve or determination: to make a firm resolution to do something.
3.
the act of resolving or determining upon an action or course of action, method, procedure, etc.
4.
the mental state or quality of being resolved or resolute; firmness of purpose.
5.
the act or process of resolving or separating into constituent or elementary parts.

In the context of this post I think I will refer most to definitions 2-4. 

As January rolled in the new year I began to think of what I could resolve to do this year that would be better than that last. 

Here is what came to mind. 

Fitness
Health
Spirituality
Personality

Pretty much everyone's basic resolution list. 

Here is how I decided I would go about improving myself in these areas. 

1. Fitness: My goal for this year is to work out at least once each week using Jillian Michael's as my personal trainer via DVD. If I miss a week I am determined to not let it affect my attitude nor motivation. I will resolve to do better the next week so that I am doing at least one vigorous work out each week. 
~This may seem like a measly goal to some, but for me once a week would be an improvement to my current lifestyle. The wording "At least" once a week gives me the flexibility to improve until I am back to my post-Provo habit of a 5-day-a-week workouts. Because of my school/work/sleep schedule, once a week makes this goal both manageable and possible. 


2. Health
Health and fitness go hand in hand. Part of being healthy is doing my weekly work-outs, but the other half of the picture is healthy eating. I am a huge fan of The Biggest Loser. I'm actually watching it on another open tab right now and listening to Jillian Michael's motivate people. I love this show. It has truly inspired me to want to live healthier. For the most part, Steven and I have good food habits. We have a steady schedule of grocery shopping every other weekend and we cook (or put together) all of our own food. I try not to buy too many unhealthy things when we shop, and opt for the low-fat or fat-free versions of anything available. The truth is, you'll eat what you have, so if you buy bad things you'll eat bad things. Eating out is a luxury reserved for fun date nights no more than once a week-if that. We when do indulge in a night out we try to go for places that make things fresh. No "fast food" for us! 
*Confession: We do love pizza though, so that happens.
Anyway, putting away my soap-box...I decided that one fun way I could encourage myself to eat more healthy is to make every recipe on my Pinterest recipe board this year. So that's my goal! I have a LOT of pins and am always pinning more. Yeah, if you check it out you'll see I've also pinned a LOT of dessert recipes, but I'm working on that. I'm trying to pin more healthy things too. But I also figure that making my own desserts from scratch is a lot healthier than buying things from a store! No hidden ingredients in my kitchen! I'm going to become a regular chef!
"Yeah Rebekah! You rock! Cook those things! Tone those muscles!!"
3. Spirituality.
Ok, so in previous posts I've somewhat opened up about some of the things I've struggled with religiously. But the whole truth is that I haven't been active at church for ....umm....well long over a year. Whee! Blog confessions! Steven has been a great supporter of me during all of my struggles. He has continued to set the good example by attending church even when I don't and being a listening ear when I've been ready to talk through things. There are still things that I have a hard time with, but as the new year approached I just felt like this was going to be the year that everything fell back into place with me and the church. My resolution is pretty simple, just do better. Pray more, read the scriptures more, attend church more often. So far so good! It seems sort of dumb to say that the timing was just wrong last year, but that's the only way I can explain how I was feeling. I just wasn't interested. Now I am. Things are going well. *Crosses fingers*
Sometimes I'm glad that this is part of my life. Sometimes I am very glad. :) 
4. Personality. 
I know, I know. I have an awesome personality. What could I possibly have to improve on? haha. 
So..............................As stated above, I spent a lot of 2012 re-evaluating my life. As 2013 approached I came to the realization that I wasn't as happy as I could be. Granted, 2012 was a LOT happier than 2011. My marriage was certainly loads better! Yay us! I just had this nagging that I was missing out on some happiness somewhere and HOW COULD I GET IT? "Give it to me! Give it to me!!" 
My life really was going great. Nothing externally was affecting my happiness, it was all internal. I had to face the fact that I needed some personal improvement. So, I spent 12 hours sitting on a mountaintop soul searching and discovered that...No, jk. It wasn't that hard. 

I'm too judgey. 

I judge people. 

*Raises hand in admittance of a problem* 

And after I judge them I gossip about them. I am a gossiper. 


Now in a tiny bit of defense that I really shouldn't try to use but will, I don't think I'm out of control on this. I only gossip with like...3 people tops. Steven, who is a closed lid-he won't repeat what I say to anyone so there is that sort of safety net-, and a couple of my closest friends who are sort of my lady vent buddies. 
I feel like everyone does this-it's sort of human nature. And sometimes you really do NEED to talk it out with someone when you've got a problem. I also don't think I'm super mean or anything, but ...I realized that I needed to tone it down a bit. 
This is women. 
A couple summers ago a girl said some really mean things to me and then about me. She didn't know me, and I didn't know her. We were strangers with a mutual friend. The things she said to me were horrendously offensive. The things she said about me were not true. It really hurt my feelings. It made me angry. It made me say mean things about her to my friends. I got a little obsessed with criticizing her life. It made me feel better to think that I was "better than her".

That's really the most drastic example that I have. I don't go around talking badly about all of my friends or anything. I just realized that I am quick to pass judgement on people sometimes.  And I have a bad habit of comparing myself to everyone around me and then covering any jealousy with being snarky.
I also realized that doing so just made me feel gross inside. Maybe I'd have a moment of smug satisfaction like, "Go me, I'm awesome." But in reality it just made me a meanie poo poo. 

So. I resolve. I resolve to be nice. I resolve to not talk gossip on people. I resolve to think nice thoughts even about people who I don't particularly like. I resolve that meanness will stop with me. That I will fill my mouth with nice things to say. 

I'm pretty sure that of all my resolutions this will be the hardest. It's a hard habit to break. It's hard not to gossip. It's hard to be kind to mean people. But I will try. 


So there you have it. My new years resolutions. I resolve to be healthy and fit! I resolve to build a better relationship with my Heavenly Father and be a better example to my husband where church is involved. I resolve to be kind to others in thought and in deed. 
While out shopping today I came across this quote, "Everyday is an chance to change". It helps me remember that change isn't hard if we let ourselves do it. I resolve to be better and kinder this year. I resolve to be a better me. :) 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

THE YEAR TWO-THOUSAND THIRTEEN BEGINS!

Lets all take a moment to be grateful that the world didn't explode via the Mayan prediction.

Amen. 

To ring in the NEW YEAR, Steven and I took our third trip up to Salt Lake city this month, and stayed at the downtown Residence Inn. 
I forgot to bring my camera, so get read for a lot of internet pictures.

Our plan for the evening was to check into our hotel, have dinner at Settebellos Italian Pizzeria, walk down to the Gateway and shop around, and then watch the fireworks at midnight before returning to our hotel for snacks and TV movies.

So, after arriving at the Residence and setting up "house" in its delightful room, we bundled up in our winter finest and headed around the corner to Settabellos. Part of the genius of our plan was that we wouldn't have to drive anywhere because our hotel was walking distance to everything. However, what we DIDN'T anticipate was that the weather was going to be the coldest most nose-biting freeze of all time.

Despite our excessive layering of clothing the couple block walk to the restaurant was excruciating!
Fortunately once we arrived that had our table ready to go and we were seated immediately.
I had been raving to Steven about Settabellos since Whitney introduced it to me over sister's weekend during the summer. I couldn't wait for Steven to taste the authentic Italian oven-baked pizzas!

We were not disappointed! It's worth the wait for their food. Wow wow WOW.
I had this pizza, the Emilia! YUM!!!


This place is amazing!! We highly recommend it! 
Because they fire up every individual pizza in their big brick oven it is quite a wait. We had lots of time to sit and talk and enjoy each others company. Dinner lasted about an hour, during which we both admitted we really weren't looking forward to going back out and walking around in the cold. There was nothing we wanted to buy in Salt Lake, there were no parties we wanted to crash...what we were both secretly most looking forward to was the time spent snuggled up in our hotel room. haha. So following our pizza and Strawberry gelato we trotted straight back to our warm comfy hotel.
It was only about 9:30 when we got back, and I was already tired enough to go to sleep. I'd worked the night before and only slept about two hours during the day. But it was New Years and we were both determined to stay up until midnight and watch the fireworks. So we turned to our favorite hotel activity of channel surfing. We don't have TV, so we get really excited by it. haha. :)
We shortly discovered an amazing show called, "Pawn Stars" and may or may not have watched back to  back episodes for the next several hours. We are awesome at celebrating the New Year. 


We also watched "Gulliver's Travels". 
This was a weird movie. 
Finally we had made it to midnight, and we opened the curtains to watch the sky for fireworks. The nightstand clock clicked onto 12:00am and suddenly the sky was full of lights! The downtown fireworks were exploding right in our view out the window! 


It was marvelous! We were able to be all snuggled up in bed together and watch the fireworks blast in the New Year of 2013! We then broke out the cheeseball, crackers and chocolate that we'd brought and toasted in the new year with Cranberry Martinelli's! 


Although our celebration was somewhat less extravagant than last year, it was oddly romantic and still just as wonderful just to spend time together. We are excited for all that 2013 will bring into our lives including...
Steven doing a 6-week study abroad in Wales,
Steven graduating from Brigham Young University, 
and Rebekah still doing school? (I have nothing exciting on the horizon.) 

Happy New Year! 

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Lindsley Family Newsletter 2012


This year was a year of changes. Rebekah transferred to a different college, Steven got hired at two new jobs, Missy got spayed, and Claymore decided to spend most of his time in a new corner of the turtle tank. So many changes!
In February Rebekah attended a Martin Luther King day walk at BYU and helped to put out her friend Eva’s “hair-fire” after the symbolic candles got a little too close.
Even more notable in February, Rebekah discovered Pinterest and began a crafting rampage. We also bought a new vacuum because we live wild like that.
Pinterest furthered Rebekah’s desire to host a party for every possible event, so in March we had ten friends over for a St. Patrick’s Day event. We ate a lot of ham, drank a lot of non-alcoholic beverages…played games with a lot of potatoes. We’re so Irish.
Also in March, Rebekah had a “sister-wives” sleep-over with the two other Lindsley brother’s wives, and went to the Hare Krishna “Color-fest” in Spanish Fork.
April was by far the most eventful with Rebekah’s 23rd birthday (shared with not one but TWO in-law siblings and a coworker…), and our second wedding anniversary. For our anniversary we took a trip to Washington DC where we toured the International Spy Museum, the Smithsonian and the National Archives. We loved Washington DC! It was amazing to learn more about our Nation’s history and to see some of the memorials and monuments that are so symbolic to our country.
The trip ended and May began with a visit to Virginia to see Rebekah’s best friend Xanthe and her new baby girl Zara. We were able to be there to celebrate Xanthe’s 23rdbirthday and spend lots of time holding her sweet new baby.
Steven and I both took a break from school for the entire summer and enjoyed the Springville Art City Days carnival and fireworks in June, and attended a “Murder Mystery Party” hosted by our good friend Austin.  
July had its ups and downs starting with a rousing Fourth of July quickly followed by our car dying and having to pay almost more than it’s worth to rebuild the transmission. If anybody wants to buy us a working car that would be great.
July also brought our five year high school reunion which we were unable to attend because of a Jenson family reunion in California. No big loss considering we’d pick Disneyland over a badly-planned picnic any day. Still, five years? It doesn't really seem like it’s been that long since we were falling in love between our classes at Springville High School.  
The Jenson family reunion was a blast; a weekend in California with all of Rebekah’s immediate family hanging out at Disneyland and the beach. It was nice to have that little break before August which sent us back to school again, this time with Rebekah attending her first semester at Utah Valley University.
Even with school we both found time to work two jobs; Steven at the BYU Print and Mail shop and also doing phonetic transcribing for VoxFrontera, and Rebekah still at the Provo Fairfield Inn and managing an off-campus unit for BYU.   In between school, work and sleep Rebekah decided to also take on a couple hours volunteering every Monday in a children’s crisis nursery in Orem.
September was a great month marked by Rebekah getting a generous raise at the Fairfield, and Steven having an early 24th birthday party with lots of friends. In October we celebrated Steven’s real birthday and decorated our house to host a huge Halloween party with family and friends.
November was pretty calm until Thanksgiving which we split between our two families and Rebekah helped host a baby shower for her not one, not two, but THREE pregnant sisters. Now it’s December and the year is coming to a close. We finished off our respective semesters with finals and juries and are looking forward to a few trips up to Salt Lake City during the break. We have been blessed with so many opportunities to see family and friends this year, and granted the world doesn't explode we look forward to seeing even more of you in the coming year.
Wishing you true joy and happiness this Holiday Season,

Steven and Rebekah Lindsley
Missy the Cat
Claymore the Turtle

Christmas 2012

Who doesn't love Christmas?

Answer: Atheists...?

Anyway, we are Christian so...YAY CHRISTMAS!!!

Reason #523 why marrying your high school sweet heart is the best: 
You don't have to split up the Holidays. 


Christmas Eve is a big deal in Rebekah's family. There is a set schedule of events consisting of a family talent show, a reenactment of the Nativity, a reading of "The Night Before Christmas" and the singing of "Silent Night". Of course the best part of any holiday is having family together, and unfortunately this year we missed out on two of the extended families. It was Rebekah's oldest sister Jennifer's year to stay in CA with her husbands family, and Rebekah's only brother, Daniel, and his family have decided to no longer travel for Christmas. They prefer the stress-free version in their own home in CO. Pity for us!
But luckily for us, two sets of in-laws joined the Jenson household for Christmas Eve; Steven's parents and sister Sarah, and Rebekah's sister Jessica's husband Miles' parents.
We're pretty glad Jessica also married a Utah boy so that she can always be home for the Holidays with us.

There were so many people in attendance that there had to be two tables. The smaller one was named the "Under 30" table and had Steven and I, Jess and Miles and Sarah and Melissa.

Jenson traditional Christmas dinner is clam chowder, cheese-balls and crackers, pickles and olives, Strawberry Bavarian (I made it this year and it was YUM!), and cranberry punch.

I didn't take pictures of any of this part so...sorry about that.
Here are some internet images of food.
Strawberry bovarian...


Cranberry Punch...

Clam Chowder...
Mmm...Food. 

So anyway, after dinner we cleaned up and jumped right into the annual family talent show. I can't say it was the best talent show yet, because none of us really took the time to prepare anything. Every talent was kind of on-the-fly, which was fun, but not as entertaining as when people actually put a lot of thought into it. 
The best talents, I would say, were Jessica's and Melissa's. Jessica wrote an arrangement of silent night for piano and violin and had me help her present it. I felt bad that I messed up a little, but it was a beautiful song.
Melissa accompanied herself on guitar while singing, "Red" by Taylor Swift. I hadn't heard that song more than once before, but I like her version a lot. She is very talented! 

Per my Grandma Jenson's request I played a couple Christmas tunes on the old family accordion (did ANYONE get pictures this year??) and then played a piano piece which I had only practiced once and it didn't go over so well. Oh well. 

Steven declined to do anything this year. 

Another favorite moment of the talent portion was my Grandma telling the story of her romance blossoming with my Grandpa Jenson. My Grandpa passed away about 4 years ago after losing his life to Alzheimer's. 
She told about how they had met and fell in love and it was very sweet. 


After the talent show it was time for the Nativity! Reinacting the Nativity story has been a tradition in my family since the beginning. Every year all of the kids and relatives dress up in costumes and act it out while a Grandparent or parent reads the accompanying scriptural text. 

This year my father in law, David Lindsley, brought a bunch of awesome props and costumes for everyone to use! He is an artist and does a lot of paintings for the LDS church, so he had a lot of great things to bring. 
He even had wigs! 

The cast this year was as follows: 

Mary and Joseph were played by Jessica and Miles. (Jessica fit the role well, being "great with child">Due in mid-February!)
Baby Jesus was played by a baby doll that Dad Lindsley also brought!

The 3 Wise-people were Mom and Dad Lindsley and Melissa,
Melissa's wise-person was really into the arts. 

The Shepherds were Dad Jenson and Miles's Dad,
Wigs provided by Dad Lindsley! Hahaha. 

The donkey and the sheep were played by Steven and Sarah
Baaaaaahhh!!

and I was the angel of the Lord. 
Hoop-skirt provided by Mom's magical closet of mysteries! 
Admittedly our Nativity is always a little more goofy than it is spiritual, especially with no little kids around to try and teach. However, I am grateful for this family tradition that makes at least one aspect of our Christmas Eve celebrate around the savior and remind us all of the reason for the season. It's one of my favorite traditions. :) 




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Christmas Eve we spent sleeping in our own beds in Provo because I had to be up bright and early for work at 7am. Steven won the award for best husband ever by waking up with me at 6am so we could open our stockings and presents together. I then worked the first 4 hours of Christmas day, and it was the longest and most boring 4 hours of my life. 
Then it was home again to take a shower, grab Steven and drive over to Springville for presents with the Jensons.  This was the first year of a siblings gift-exchange with the married Jenson siblings, and Jess and Miles had drawn our name! So fun! 

After presents and lunch with the Jenson group we head over to Mapleton for Christmas afternoon and evening with  the Lindsley family. :)

Everyone is excited! ...except Ryan. Ryan, why you no like Christmas?? XD 

That wonderful moment when you get to open your stocking! 

I love that my in-laws fill a stocking for me. :)
Just another kind gesture that makes me feel a part of their family!
I love being a Lindsley! 
Stocking presents!


We all got head lamps!! AWESOME! 
After stockings we did our sibling-secret-Santa. In the Lindsley family we all draw names for individuals, not couples. On Christmas day we randomly pick who starts, and they give the first gift. Then whoever had them gives them their gift, and so on until all the secrets have been revealed! I'm super glad we all still live so close together so that we can do this for Christmas. :)

Steven had Sarah and got her a bunch of kitchen and art supplies! 

Michelle had me, and got me movies and treats! 

 

"Who loves Christmas???!?"

"TAKE PICTURES OF ALL THE PRESENTS!!"

Happy Christmas siblings!! 
After secret Santa it was time to open lots and LOTS of presents from Mom and Dad and Gucy (Steven's Grandma). We hit the present mother-load!! Wow we are loved. :) 

After presents we just had time to eat a delicious Christmas dinner before we had to take off back to Provo for me, Rebekah, to nap. I had to work the Audit shift that night. :( 

We wish that Christmas had lasted much much longer, and already can't wait for next year! 
Thanks to everyone for your gifts. Thank you for the gift of time spent together. :) We love you.