IAMM: I love to see the temple

"Where you spend your time, there will your heart be also" -Elder Robbins (3rd Session Ogden Temple Rededication)

Lance and I love to go to the temple each year around our anniversary . This year I remember walking into the temple and literally feeling all of my worries and stress drop away. It was so wonderful and I thought, "I want to feel like this ALL the time." While I was in the temple that day I also felt very strongly, "You need to be here more." Right then #ilovetoseethetemple, #summertemplegoal began. My plan was that with the start of summer and the young women being out of school I could go to the temple once a week, and then use that time as service hours towards my honor bee for personal progress. Even better, I found willing young women to watch my kids for free and earn service hours for their personal progress as well!

Aside from two weeks (one being girls camp) I made it every single week! Some weeks I even went twice, so I feel the ones I missed were balanced out. I can't fully express how life changing this was for me. Every time I walked in the temple doors it felt like I was coming home. The peace I felt was visceral. While I spent so much time in the temple things became clearer and many unexpected paths were opened to me. I chose not to run a marathon acting on inspiration I gained in the temple. Our decision NOT to update our adoption paperwork was verified in the temple. I'm honestly still not sure what the outcome of other inspiration will be, but I am hopeful, and SURE that whatever happens is right for our family and Heavenly Father's will for us! My faith has grown immensely. My ability to trust God's will and plan for me has grown, as well as my desire to align MY will with HIS will.

I was able to spend my entire summer doing proxy work for my ancestors because of family history work my sister has done (she moved to Arkansas so we made a deal for her to find names and me to complete their temple work!) Being in the temple helping my own family is amazing. I truly understand the promise of the "hearts being turned to the fathers", mine has! 

 I have developed a love for the temple beyond any I've felt before and #summertemplegoal is extending beyond summer and turning into more of a lifetime temple goal.

Here is the picture montage of my weeks which have been overgrammed all summer, but I love them. I may not remember specifics of each visit, but just looking at each picture makes me so happy!
Week one

Week two

Week three

Week four

Week five

Week six

Week seven

Week eight

Week nine

Week ten

Week eleven

Week twelve

Week thirteen
THANK YOU to Lance, and all of the young women, neighbors, and family who watched kids or came with me to support me in this goal! I love you all!

"It is as we serve, as we take time to express interest and concern in someone other than ourselves that we are more likely to gain a glimpse of who we really are and what we can ultimately become."
-Gordon B. Hinckley


Meet the Mormons

Sooo excited for this movie! Want to learn what 'Mormons' are all about? Here's a good opportunity!


Friday five

1- Z started preschool last week! He adores it, and so do I. All last week I read posts where moms we're crying as they dropped their kids off. Over here I was shouting for joy. Don't get me wrong I love my kids, but those three hours three times a week without my energetic, very active four-year-old are so productive. They are also really quiet, and although I didn't feel sad, I felt strange...like one of my arms was missing.

2- Ty guy is talking so much! And he's maybe really wanting to use the potty. I refuse to train him until he is ready, but he's had unders on all day with no accidents and keeps telling me when he needs to go so I am crossing my fingers we'll be done with diapers soon!

3- A while ago I transferred from the full to the half marathon. The race is tomorrow, but I have decided not to run it at all. Our lives have been crazy with Z's activities, babysitting, callings, etc and I just haven't put in the training. Normally that wouldn't stop me, but I just can't afford three or four days of barely being able to move right now. I'm a little bummed to lose the money, but feel it's the best choice.

4- Speaking of Z activities, we have him involved in so many things and he is thriving! He loves preschool, upstart, and his 'let's play music' class. He also loves soccer, and last week he scored his first two goals. Cub soccer is so hilariously adorable, and I enjoy watching how happy he is chasing after the ball! Ty is not on the team because he is too young, but oh man can that guy kick the ball! He's a natural and so excited for his turn in a few years!

5- Several items of our adoption paperwork are expiring so we got the call from our adoption agency to update them in order to keep our profile active. After talking and praying about it we have decided NOT to go ahead with adoption anymore. Our profile will be live for another month or so, but then it will be taken down. We've had a few financial setbacks this year (really mostly just expensive things breaking) and are going to take some time to build our savings back up and then move forward from there. We are so happy that whatever may come we at least have our two handsome little boys. :)


winner winner chicken dinner!

It is fantasy football season. The Andreasen family league has a tradition that the winner from the previous year don our Grandfather's leather helmet and make that our team logo for the coming season. Since I won last year I get this picture of myself for my team logo.

Julie here: I think this is the nerdiest thing ever, and fantasy sports have been the source of many arguments in our family. Buuut, for the sake of trying to support the things Lance loves I am letting him post this picture so he can upload it to his team. Oh, and I may have made a deal with him that he has to start writing on the blog (I am adding him as an author!) stay tuned... :)


We're aliiiiiive!

This summer has been crazy, but that is only part of the reason for my lack of blogging lately. We got hacked, (BAD) and our computer was completely unusable. It was sad, but not tragic. It was getting really old and we knew we needed a new one soon anyway, but were trying to hold out just a little while longer. Unfortunately some mean, evil people rendered it useless a little earlier than we anticipated.  It was also unfortunate that our fridge broke in January, and our lawn mower broke as well, because our "appliance emergency fund" was depleted and we had to wait a bit to save up for the computer. But here we are, once again with a computer. It's nice to be back, here's a quick picture-less update:

Still super busy with work, Elder's Quorum, fatherhood, and being ridiculously good looking. He is bummed that he has hardly made it out on the golf course this summer and is hoping to make up for it soon. Some of his summer highlights are Yellowstone, an awesome company work party (including taking his boys on a tour of the factory), hiking, and cookouts. Lance is going to be Zachary's soccer coach this fall, and is gearing up for a fun season.

I have been running a lot, but not loving it nearly as much. I've realized that end-of-summer races are not really for me because it's so hard to train in the heat and I don't like waking up at 5:00am. After a lot of stress, I finally decided (at the temple this week) NOT to run the full marathon in September.  And speaking of the temple, I'm absolutely loving my summer temple goal. I haven't missed a week, and even made it twice last week. It's changing me, and teaching me so much.
I feel like I've made a lot of really good friendships lately and I am so thankful. I love our ward and my calling with the young women. Z and Ty are keeping me pretty busy and I feel like time is just flying!

Is still a raging ball of energy! For the most part he is getting more obedient and helpful (he is AWESOME at scrubbing toilets) but we still have hard days where I feel like he does the exact opposite of whatever I ask or just completely ignores me. He is starting the UPSTART program this week and we are both really excited. It's a free online preschool that is supposed to help him be ready for kindergarten next year. He is also going to be starting at a normal preschool that I am really excited for--I'm hoping it will improve his social skills and behavior! Z has absolutely adored swimming lessons this summer and is so much more confident in the water. He is also excited to start soccer and "Let's Play Music!"

My two-year-old is getting sassy! He loves to tell me, "No way!" and "You be QUIET now!" I try not to laugh, but his attitude kind of cracks me up. We tried potty-training last week. He did great for two days but after that lost any interest. We quit on Friday and will start again when he is more ready. Ty has also been in swimming, but he didn't like it too much at first. Thankfully he has finally warmed up and is also gaining confidence. He'll even put his whole face in the water and jump off the side. Ty has really come out of his shell and loves to talk to people and make new friends. He also loves to help out, and wants to be involved in everything I am doing.

We are all happy and healthy, loving the sunshine, eating good food, laughing when the boys fight over who gets to say the prayer, and trying to make our home happier! We're still in the "waiting" stage of adoption and have our fingers crossed that we could get that call any time! Mostly we're just busy and trying to make the most of every day and enjoy each other.

I'm excited to get back to blogging and hopefully back-post a few of our summer activities.