Sunday, September 28, 2014

Picnics, Sickness, and Flowers

I know I've said this before, but I absolutely love spending every day with my best friend! Nothing beats coming home from work every day to the love of my life. I really do value every day I get to spend with this amazing man. 

Saturday mornings are the best because it means no work or school for either of us. We get to actually sleep in a little for a change! Last Saturday we took our time getting out of bed and then, once we were up we decided since it was such a pretty day out it was a perfect chance to go for a Saturday morning walk. It was so great to get out and enjoy the crisp fall air and get a little bit of exercise. We walked into town and then up and around campus and it was awesome to have that time to just talk without any distractions. It felt so good to get moving and exercise a little, and it made it a million times better that I was doing it with my husband by my side.  I hope we get to have more mornings like this in the future. 

Weekday picnic dates are the best kind of dates! Last Wednesday when I came home from work I decided I was going to surprise Braxton with a picnic. I wanted to do something different and it was such a nice day, a picnic just seemed like the perfect thing to do! I tried to be sneaky and bring everything out to our backyard without him noticing, but by about the fourth trip I think he caught on. It was still fun though! I absolutely love making dinner every night for the two of us. It's become one of my favorite things and I love how appreciative Braxton is to me for the things I do. Tonight, southern style chicken, pasta, and home made bread were on the menu. I also cracked open a bottle of Martinelli apple cider and brought out the fancy wine glasses to add a little bit of romantic flair to the date. I loved seeing the look on Braxton's face when I brought him outside and he saw everything I had put together.  Once we finished eating we brought everything back inside and cuddled up under the blankets and watched a movie. These memories we are building together mean so much to me and I am constantly amazed at how happy Braxton makes me. 

This week unfortunately we both got a little sick. It started with Braxton getting a sore throat and some sinus problems, and of course because of my weak immune system I caught it within a couple days. We ended up being a couple of sniffling, coughing, bed ridden love birds and I actually had to even miss a day of work because of how yucky I was feeling. But the whole time we didn't stop smiling! Braxton was so good at taking care of me and getting me whatever medicine or food I needed and I really do think he had a huge contribution to me getting better as fast as I did. We ate some delicious home made chicken noodle soup and by the end of this week we were both almost back to normal! 

Yesterday I was able to talk on the phone with Mom for a little bit. Talking to Mom on the phone is always one of the highlights of my day and I love hearing about things back home as well as catching her up on my life. She really is one of my best friends and I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful role model in my life. I was feeling especially home sick today and talking to her was exactly what I needed. She always makes me feel so loved and I honestly don't know where I would be without her. 

Yesterday was also the Women's Conference and I absolutely loved going to that. I went over to the church at 5:00 for a dinner catered by the Iron Gate Grill and it was fun to socialize and meet some more of the women in my stake. At 6:00 we all gathered in the chapel for the meeting and I have to say it was one of the best ones I've ever attended. I felt like every single speaker was specifically addressing me and every talk was about things that I needed to hear. The spirit was so strong in the room and I could feel that this is where I was supposed to be and that these are the things I needed to hear. Sister Linda K. Burton spoke of preparing for the temple. With the goal that Braxton and I have to be sealed in the Salt Lake Temple next year, this was a perfect topic for me. She said how only the home can compare to the temple in sacredness and spoke of making our home a place where the spirit is welcome. She said that by doing this we are preparing to make the temple a place that we will feel like home in. I loved that and have decided to make it a goal of mine to make my new little home a place where the spirit is welcome. Another talk I loved was Dieter F. Uchtdorf's. I always love it when he speaks, and this time was no exception. He assured me that God loves me no matter what and that I need to always remember I am a daughter of God. He told me that God knows me individually and knows of my accomplishments as well as my struggles. This meant so much to me to hear and I felt the spirit testify of that truth. I loved a point that he made about blessings. He said that a lot of us may think God has all his blessings for us stored up in a giant cloud somewhere and that he is holding them back and waiting until we live obediently to selectively give those to us. He then went on to say that that is not the case. Rather, God is constantly pouring down blessings upon us. He is sending them down like a steady fall of rain, and when we choose not to live the commandments it's like we are holding up an umbrella and blocking ourselves from receiving those blessings. I loved that analogy and it made me realize that Heavenly Father loves me and WANTS to bless me. The choices I make are what determine whether or not I receive those blessings. I was so thankful that I attended that meeting and left it feeling spiritually strengthened and excited for General Conference next weekend. 

I came home from the meeting so see a bouquet of beautiful flowers sitting on the table for me. I looked at them and then looked at Braxton and he smiled at me and I just started crying. A happy cry. All of a sudden I just felt overwhelmed by how loved I was, by both my family, my Heavenly Father, and my incredible husband. I am so blessed to have so many people in my life who love me unconditionally and are there for me. Braxton is always doing those sweet little acts of love for me and I'm so thankful for that. He truly is an amazing man and I am so lucky I get to spend eternity with him. 

I am blessed! 
xo Lexie

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Date Nights, Family Time, and Big Purchases

These last couple weeks have gone by so fast! We've loved getting settled into our new home and have made a lot of good friends between school, work, and church. I'm so thankful to be married to such a generous and hard working man. Every morning while I'm getting ready for work Braxton makes me breakfast and gets a lunch together for me. Once I leave for work, he gets ready for school and leaves for a day full of classes. He get's done with school before I'm home from work, and spends the time doing homework and helping out around the house. He is so helpful! I always come home to a clean house, the bed nicely made, and the laundry done. I'm so grateful to be married to him! He did get a little job for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. He goes into classes where English is the student's second language and he leads discussion groups and talks with them in English. It's a good little part time job that brings in a little bit of extra cash for us. He's still looking for another job he can work a few nights a week, but we've realized how difficult the job hunt is when you live in a college town full of young people trying to get jobs. We're praying he'll get something soon though!

One of the things I look forward to most throughout the week is our date nights! We choose at least one night a week to get out of the house and go on a fun date night with each other. I love that even though we're married I still get that excited butterfly feeling inside every time he holds my hand or kisses me. I don't think I'll ever lose that. This last weekend, we went out for frozen yogurt (which has become one of our favorite treats). We also had a "date night" with all the married couples in our stake. We had dinner followed by a devotional. It was fun to see some of our old friends from last year as well as some of our new friends in our ward! We discovered they're going to have this date night thing a couple times a month and it counts as an institute class, so we're excited to continue going to these in the future. 

I have to post some pictures of Tristan because I'm such a proud Aunt! This weekend we drove down to Kaysville for Jessica's birthday. Saturday night we headed down in time to go see McKenna doing the last run-through of her marching band show and that was really fun! Sunday we went to church with the fam, and then Jessica, Russell, and Tristan came over for dinner. It's always fun to see them and it was so cute to see Braxton with the baby. He's going to be such a good dad someday. 

We made one of our first big purchases this week . . . WE BOUGHT A PIANO! One of my friends from work heard we were looking for one and gave us an offer we couldn't refuse! We used some of our wedding money to buy this beautiful upright grand piano that is going to bring so much joy to our home. We were blessed to have some of my friends from work come and help us move it into our apartment. I've only had the piano one day and I'm already loving it.

It's a good life!
xo Lexie

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Married Life Begins

Sunday we went to church in the married student ward for the first time and it was so fun! We met so many awesome couples and it was cool to be surrounded by people who were in the same stage in life as us. I'm really excited to get to know the people in our ward better, and make some good friends. After church we drove back down to Kaysville and had dinner with Braxton and my family. We really enjoyed spending this time together with both our families, and it was nice to see my family one last time before they headed back to Michigan. We had a yummy barbecue and then all crowded into the living room to open our wedding presents! We were amazed at how generous everyone had been with their gifts to us and were very grateful for all of the much needed things that we got. After all the excitement died down from presents, we said our goodbyes and headed back up to Logan for a busy week! Braxton started school the next day, and I started my job at Convergys on tuesday. 

This week was pretty crazy between unpacking, decorating the house, going grocery shopping, and getting everything ready for work and school. The first day of work I was pretty nervous because I had no idea what I was walking into. I had only ever worked in food or with kids, so this was a whole new area for me. Fortunately, I made some awesome friends on the first day and have absolutely loved every second of this new job. I know this job was a blessing from God and I'm so thankful for it. 

After a busy week, Braxton and I had an awesome date night on Saturday night! He took me to this little zoo in Logan and we had so much fun walking around looking at the animals and laughing with each other. As long as I'm with Braxton, anything is fun. After the zoo we headed to Rumbi's for dinner! (We're thankful for the coupons we get in the mail that make dates like that possible.) After dinner we came back to the apartment and cuddled up to a good movie. I'm looking forward to lots more fun date nights like this. It's so great to be married to your best friend!

 Braxton and I had school and work off for labor day, so we drove down to Kaysville Sunday after church to spend some time with his family. We played a some fun games Sunday night and Monday morning we met up with Jessica, Russell, and the baby and went bowling! Although I'm absolutely terrible at bowling I still had a blast (and of course I loved holding my sweet new nephew.)

The proud grandparents!

We're going to be Tristan's favorite Aunt and Uncle. Just wait.

I love being a Foust! 

xo Lexie

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