Thursday, October 23, 2014

a secret, a challenge, and the results.

Just a quick reminder that tomorrow is the last day to sign up for the book swap I'm hosting! I'm pretty excited about it since we have quite a few women from all around the country signed up to participate. :)

Hello, I'm Lex and I have flaws.

Here's a little secret about me: I can be quite the grumpy gus sometimes which results in me not being the nicest person. Poor Ben has to deal with Grumpy Lex most mornings as I begin to wake up and get myself into the shower (reeeeeally not a morning person and probably never will be). And sometimes he gets the wrath of Grumpy Lex when I'm starving, super tired, stressed from having so much to do, or when I clean the house and it's a disaster 3 hours later. ;)

However, I recently printed out this quote and put it where I would see it each day because I felt like it was exactly what I've been needing to work on. President Monson's challenge became my own personal little challenge. Instead of thinking mean thoughts about drivers when they'd cut me off, I forced myself to get over it immediately and think of a few things I'm grateful for. Instead of becoming annoyed or agitated throughout the day when I'd get a headache or end up a little hungry at times, I challenged myself to think of others when those emotions would start to creep up on me. I'd send a text to someone, send a Facebook message, or make cookies to take to a friend if my schedule allowed - and guess what?

1) I've been a much nicer person to be around the past little while, and 2) I've perfected my Reese's Peanut Butter cookie recipe. Double bonus. You could say I'm a big fan of taking President Monson's counsel and putting it into action. :)

Happy Thursday, friends!

Monday, October 20, 2014

a trip to the orchard.

My cute parents came out to visit last weekend and one of the things to do on our list was head out to Eckert's to pick some apples. We lucked out with great weather on Saturday, which was fortunate since it rained all day Friday, and a bit on Sunday and Monday. The best part though about Eckert's was getting to munch on apples while we were out in the orchards, and let me tell you, those Suncrisp apples were to die for. They were delicious right off the tree, and they were delicious baked into an Apple Crisp! Between the four us, those 8 pounds of apples didn't last long. :)

See last year's peach picking trip to Eckert's here.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

in which i pretend i have painting skills.

A few weeks ago, my friend Alicia discovered a thing called Paint Nite on Groupon. She sent out an email to all of the women in our ward inviting us to tag along with her, and I thought the idea was so great that I signed up immediately! I've never been one to pull out paint and paper and create masterpieces (mostly because I can't paint or draw to save my life), but this event sounded too fun to pass up.
Paint Nite usually takes place at a bar (people can get unlimited drinks with the Groupon - we got ice waters, haha) where an art instructor shows everyone how to paint the same picture. We signed up to paint a bunch of blue flowers.
From looking at the pictures, you get the idea that everyone interprets things differently or takes their painting in different directions. One guy decided to paint his abstractly while some women chose to follow the instructor exactly, and my friends and I decided to half listen to the instructor and half do whatever the heck we wanted!
All in all, it took about 2 hours from start to finish and the time seriously flew by. We had so much fun sipping our ice waters (haha) and chatting while painting. I think it's safe to assume that we're all looking forward to trying it again next time it's discounted on Groupon! Wherever you live, you should definitely check out what paintings are being done in your area and jump on that!
^^I have to admit, I'm super surprised that I don't absolutely hate my painting. Pretty sure it won't be displayed anywhere in our apartment, but I'm proud of the fact that I actually painted something!^^

Have you done something similar to this before?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

fall book swap.

Hello, hello!

Those of you who have stopped by before know that I have an affinity for reading. I probably spend too much time browsing eBay and Amazon--or even digging through thrift store bins--in order to find new books. But no matter how many books I search out and purchase myself, the fact remains that some of my favorite books I've ever read have been gifted to me by family or friends. I'm hoping that by hosting a little book swap, you could discover a new favorite book, too.

Additionally, the hospital I work at is in desperate need of children's books to be used for entertaining kids while they wait for appointments, for speech therapy sessions, and for volunteers to read to young patients. For each person that signs up to participate in the book swap, I'm planning on purchasing and donating a children's book to the hospital library. So spread the word and let's see how many people we can get involved in the book swap and children's book donations!
1. Fill out this form with your basic info by Friday, October 24!
2. I'll shoot you an email (using the email you entered on the form) by Monday, October 27 with another person's name and address that you'll be sending your book to.
3. Drop one of your favorite books and a little note in the mail by Monday, November 3 at the very latest! (It's under $2.50 to mail a book through USPS.)
4. I'll be hosting a link-up on Wednesday, November 19 so you can share a post about the book you received if you feel so inclined!

Please note:
// Limited to U.S. only.
// New or used books are acceptable.
// Keep it clean, please! (No pornography, excessive swearing, drug references, etc.)
// Only sign up if you're willing to mail out a book.
// Your address will only be seen by me and the person who mails you a book.

Monday, October 6, 2014

10 great things from the weekend.

1. Receiving instruction, words of hope and comfort, and encouragement from church leaders.

2. Bundling up in sweaters and boots, and going for a walk under the changing leaves.

3. Halloween cupcakes that were amaaaaazing.

4. Date nights that include Mexican food.

5. Call the Midwife.

6. Starting another book together and spending our Sunday evening reading.

7. Having friends over for dinner.

8. German Pancakes for brunch.

9. Fall scented candles.

10. Staying in pj's until 1 pm both days.