Perfect spot right by the river
Looks like Imma miss, but I didn't! I'm really good at chopping wood now. The form is ugly, but I can do it and that's what matters.
Look at that perfect spot! Every so often a breeze would come and leaves would fall down and it looked like it was raining gold.
Now there's some good form for ya.
We're new to this whole selfie taking thing. This is the first phone I've had that can take (decent) front facing pictures and it freaks me out sometimes. When I turn on the camera and see myself, I gasp more often than not.
Hiking the Crimson Trail. It was pretty and we were SO chatty on that hike, especially me. Poor Nate doesn't know what to do when I want to exhaust a topic to death.
Sun flares are hip, right?
Good thing we (Nate) brought our headlamps because it got dark fast and we still had about 2 miles left til we got back to the trailhead. I twisted my ankle real bad about 20 feet from said trailhead and about 11 minutes after bragging about how I've never twisted my ankle, and how I think people are just being babies about it, because it doesn't even hurt. It turns out, it really hurts bad. Not bad enough to cry about, but bad enough to limp around very dramatically and crawl to the bathroom so that I didn't put any weight on it.
Speaking of crying and drama...yesterday was our Anniversary. Just kidding, nothing dramatic or cry-worthy happened yesterday. We celebrated 3 years by going to 16 stores (don't ask) and having dinner at Olive Garden (major upgrade from last years dinner at Wendy's, but we weren't convinced it would be better). But it was! It was the first time I haven't been disappointed with the OG for a long time, and it was because I ordered the same thing that Nate did. It's taken me 3 years, but I've finally learned to just order whatever he is ordering because I hate making decisions and because it's always 10 times better than mine and I usually spend the whole dinner being jealous of his.
This year has been crazy. It's the most time we've ever spent away from each other since we got married and it has been A LOT of time apart. I really thought our marriage would take a hit from all the time away, but it's actually made it better in a lot of ways. Now every time Nate is home we spend so much more time doing fun things together and we are so chatty. We talk for hours like teenage girls and then realize how long we've been talking and have to start doing other things. When Nate gets home I am a giggly little girl. I laugh at everything he says/does. (This is partly because sometimes, the only person I talk to the entire weekend is the cashier at Costa Vida. I literally eat there every single time Nate leaves, it's the best tradition. And it's partly because Nate really is so funny and I fear that I'm the only person will ever understand just how funny he is-which is so sad for the rest of you. I'm seriously so sorry for you.) But because our time together is rare, we cherish it and for the most part we are so excited to be together that we are all laughs all the time.
It has been hard though, we haven't had near as many weekends to get out and do things together and now we both have all these separate memories and it's really weird sometimes to have such different lives. The good news is that Nate will be home for 3 straight weeks. The bad news is that he is then leaving for 3 straight weeks to Australia. The best news is that I'm buying my ticket to the outback tonight! I am going to go meet him after he finishes all his work and we will spend a week together exploring, wha?!
And now, the best of YEAR 3:
-The 1st day in Disneyland, I got way sick on a ride I knew I shouldn't have gone on. I had to go back to the hotel and rest/nap. Nate was so anxious to get out and explore the park (it was his first time going). But he was so patient while I got my stomach back.
-Nate starting wearing a fanny pack while we play tennis and it's so great.
-My feet got so cold on the plane ride to Hawaii because I was stupid and wore sandals. Nate took off his socks and let me wear them and he went sock-less. That is love, people!
-Nate got the sickest I've ever seen. He was throwing up like crazy all day and so weak. The only thing that sounded good to him was popcorn. That guy loves popcorn.
-Nate had never really watched Seinfeld before this year. He'd seen a couple episodes or so, but never really liked it. We watched all the seasons this year and it was so fun. There is nothing better than watching that show with someone who's never seen it. If you can (you probably can't) find someone who has never seen it, and watch it with them, it will be your most favorite thing.
-He gave me his first class upgrade coming home from D.C.
-It seems every time we read scriptures I have to say the word ancient and every time I say it Nate mocks me for saying it wrong. I pronounce it much like the word anxious, I say anxcient. I just want to apologize to anyone who has ever heard me say that word, I'm truly sorry, I was completely unaware of this problem. It seems like it's too late to change it, but I'm trying.
-I loved watching Nate get into all the projects we've done this year, he goes into beast mode. Painting, building our desk and tiling the entryway, he gets so into it and so focused.
-Nate is so patient with me even and especially when he really shouldn't be. Example: I asked him 3 times where the can opener was and each time he said 'drain rack', but I heard "train wreck" every time, so I started looking in the junk drawer thinking that's what he was talking about. When he saw me going through the drawer he said "DRAIN RACK" as clear as he could and I said, "Oh, why didn't you just say that to begin with?" I seriously can't believe he puts up with me.
-Nate drove the entire time in Hawaii, because I was a scared little baby. I just got to sit and enjoy the scenery the whole time.
-Nate got a "magic piano" app on his phone, it's just like guitar hero but piano version and on a phone. He sometimes plays me songs while I fall asleep and I cannot explain how wonderful it is. And sometimes he reads to me like I'm a child and I love that way too much too.
-You know how sometimes people will text you from the same room and it's ridiculous and a little funny. One night Nate did this but we were laying next to each other in bed and he was doing voice-to-text. He'd say "Text Hayley, Turn that down" And I'd say "Do not send --" And He'd cut me off by saying "Send!" I started laughing so hard and then he said "Text Hayley, Keep it down, I'm trying to sleep" And I begged him not to send it, "I got it, I got it, you do not need to send th---" "SEND!"
- For a while we had the exact same phones and Nate thought it was hilarious to put them right next to each other. Whenever I would put my phone down anywhere, boom! there was Nate's right next to it. I never once guessed right about which one was mine and it made me so mad every single time. We will never have the same phones again.
Happy Anniversary Nafey.