Monday, February 23, 2015

Changes to blog

My son has become quite the photographer. He sneaks all kinds of pictures. Actually Joslyn loves taking pictures as well. I'm grateful that I don't have to develop rolls of film just to find the whole roll is of my daughters shoe. Or worse that she took photos of me going to the bathroom (true story)
But Thayne took this one of me and I am learning to enjoy his perspective on life and of me. I don't particularly enjoy photos of myself but he enjoys taking them im still learning to love myself. 

The other day Thayne made a comment to me that made me want to cry. He told me he didn't like the way his tummy poked out after eating. He wanted it flat. I told him that a full tummy meant he had food to eat and that he was growing. 

He persisted that he didn't like a full tummy. I wondered where he got such an idea to even say that. Then it hit me. Like a ton of bricks I had made a comment a week earlier to Adam that I could lose some weight in the tummy area and that I could tone up and have a flat tummy. 

Ugh such a hard thing to explain to a growing boy. After dinner last night I proudly showed Thayne my stomach and said "look I have a full tummy! It means I ate well and that I can grow!" Adam did the same. And soon we were all giggling and enjoying our full tummys. I need to watch what I say and do so carefully, both my children are sponges and thayne remembers everything. 

Which got me thinking about this blog, and how this will be a way to be remembered. Or for people who don't quite understand all that goes in my life to just get a glimpse and maybe misunderstand what I mean. I don't want that. And so this will be my last public blog post. I have prayed, thought, talked to my best friend, and decided to start a different public blog where I can write more broadly. While keeping this one to those who are family and close friends. Where I can share things that are personal and not worry about if I will offend someone because I will have a circle of those who love me. 

Thanks for your love and support shoot me an email at alysehassell@yahoo.com if you would like to continue reading this blog. Also I would love to hear what your favorite things I write about are. I have a few ideas for my new blog but it's always good to hear what others like. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The most simple special Valentine's Day

Our Valentine's Day to others probably seems so simple and plain. Some might even go as far as to call it boring. 

We didn't watch a risqué movie, we didn't go to the club, we didn't even have a romantic just the two of us date. The media has portrayed Valentine's Day to be this day really about "doing the dirty" as one of my friends called it. I mean honestly. That's what the whole day has become about. 

Can I tell you how this v-day was my favorite and it wasn't focused on "doing the dirty"? First of all there are these beautiful roses I got. 

I wasn't expecting them at all. These beautiful flowers set off the mood for a classic evening. Adam came home from work Friday (he worked all day and night Saturday so we actually celebrated a day early) he brought home some food and cooked me a way better than red lobster meal. Because I love seafood. It was a meal we could all enjoy as a FAMILY. The meal was so perfect and after our meal we listened to classic Burt Bacharach songs. And danced I danced with Adam. Our kids danced together. I laughed and cried. It was a beautiful moment. I didn't want it to end. What could be more romantic than dancing with your sweetheart and watching your sweet son trying to figure out how to slow dance with his sister? I couldn't have imagined anything else I could have wanted to do. 

After everyone was tired of dancing we sat around our fire pit and made s'mores. We watched the fire together and I enjoyed the sound of laughter. And watching Thayne stuff as many marshmallows in his mouth as he could because I said "last smore!" 

We had the kids so wound up we ended up taking a very long time getting them to bed. And enjoyed a quiet evening together. 

It was a perfect day. There were no real "gifts". Adam made me a dinner that will probably be requested again shortly, and I set up dancing to Adams favorite songs. Our day was about our family and our love that we share together. It is a day I will cherish. 

No pictures were taken I just enjoyed it all and soaked it all in (if you can't tell the flowers picture was taken today). 

We were spoiled on v-day during Adams 2 hour break to go on a bike ride and look at model homes. Just the two of us. Thanks to wonderful Aunt Cindy. It just added to a perfect weekend. 

Simplicity is where it is at. No big stuffed animal, no jewlery, no amount of chocolate could have ever replaced what we all shared that day. I'm loving the simple life. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Arizona House part 2 (video tour)

Master bedroom, Bathroom and Closet

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Thats it. we love our rental house. We feel so spoiled with all this room we have. 

Our Arizona House Part 1

We have been in this house for almost two weeks. 
Here is our tour a few people have wanted to see our house. 
It is not in its perfect state. But I thought it would be a good idea to show a video now because 
I have an easier time seeing progress that way.
I broke it into segments because I am not good with technology, its a real thing.
Not much of the house is organized yet but hey give me a break its only been two weeks!
Part 2 has the master bedroom and bathroom. And PS this could take a very long time to load.


Front door, entry way, living room and formal dining room turned into a piano room
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Kitchen and dining area, pantry
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Work out room, art room, office, playroom, 

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Linen closet, laundry room, kids bunk bed

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Kids toys and closet 


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Main bathroom / Guest Bathroom

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Guest room 

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Our move to Arizona



After years of wondering, praying, crying, laughing, and simplifying we came to this day. Adam and I have been in limbo for 3 years basically ever since we graduated college.  We went from cowboying lifestyle to business master to vet to now a PA. Two of those three years were spent in logan, Utah. I fell in love with logan from the first time I went there. Peaceful, hometown feel but everything you need close. We always had what we needed even when our income was zero. We will miss it dearly but are so excited for this new adventure. And now we are here! 

I took the above picture as we left logan. Praying that I would drive safe in the snow. I'm terrified of driving 
in the snow.  But we made it fine. 

We had some minor trials here 

The previous renters to our awesome house were hard on the place. We had one toliet that had water spewing out, a hot water hook up problem, and this sink that would not drain. Luckily we got the plumber to come out today and now all our plumbing problems are gone :) 

We also got to hang out with my cousins Robyn and her daughter Abby. The kids are in heaven. They love having family close and I've heard Joslyn wisper Abby's name all evening. We also have got to spend time with Adam's Aunt Cindy. And Adams Mema is coming over tomorrow. And then next week we are having a family party for Abby :) we prayed so hard to go to a school near family. And we feel so blessed to be here. This is the furthest we have ever lived from my family but we found some cheap flights round trip salt lake to phoenix. And we have a room we are saving for guests. So we plan on lots of visitors. Today I was reminded to pray more personally and so I added that to my New Years resolutions. 

Ooh also if you were wondering what my verdict was about deleting my facebook... I decided to keep it. :) but I don't know my password. It sounds silly but it works so good for me. I set a time to be on and Adam logs me in. I didn't realize how much I was on it until I did it. A half an hour goes by quick. I feel like a better mom. It's working well for me and is apart of another resolution I have to "break up" with my phone. Thanks for all your support and those of you who sent me messages telling me You liked having me on facebook. It reminded me why I liked being on there. To see how people are doing. It's something I enjoy. Now I don't have to feel I'm losing all my friends. Especially since we are so far away. Thanks for the good times logan. 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

What if my talents are different?


It seems I'm aways having to reassure myself that I even have talents. 
Lovely pictures, beautiful quilts, elaborate crafts, CEO wonder women, fashionistas,  diy naturals, and even how to remodels cover the web. I seem to be good at none of the above things. But it's what people, specifically moms are doing right now. (Oh and sales I can't even begin to tell you how horrible I am at sales. ) I'm not even very good at blogging. 

So I had to think very hard about my talents and I realized none of my talents may make me money. But hopefully I can make someone in the world feel good. 

I know I know you're dying to know what my talents are. 

Spending time with people. I love hanging out. I could listen to stories of people's lives all day. 

Doing dishes. That doesn't mean my dishes are perfect but there is something about doing dishes at a friends house that is much more fun. 

I can get rid of things? Who knew that was a talent. I can't wait for the day my kids can help put things away but when I can pick up the house in 15 minutes. Life is good. 

Remembering faces. I never forget a face unless that face changed then you'll have to give me a break

Outdoors woman- I do love a good hiking challenge. 

I'm sure I have a few other talents but those were on the top of my head. Whenever I start down this spiral of "oh I wish I was good at make up, or taking pictures, or quilting, or whatever it may be" I now stop and think about my talents. They may not generate any sort of income but I enjoy them. 


Sunday, December 28, 2014

Do we ever make up our minds? Maybe!


Our family has made a lot of hard decisions lately. 
May not seem hard to some families but to ours deciding where to live and when to move has been
pretty crazy. 

It's official! Well, sort of...

This is what is the plan as of today,
We are moving to arizona.
We are hoping to move into a house different from the one previously posted on instagram

We are planning on now moving the 15th of January. 
(Not this upcoming Wednesday as planned before)

This new plan will save us money and we feel right about it.
We have been praying where to live for awhile. 
And recently we found a place that is not only affordable but in a safe location.
We know we were guided to find this place to live. 
The tender mercies of the Lord are everywhere. 
So grateful Adam was able to notice all the things that helped guide us in our decisions. 

We are so excited for our new adventure in sun and hot. 
We feel a bit like olaf asking for summer. 
Adam doesn't start school till August but we didn't want to wait till then.
Hopefully  by moving in January we will be able to prepare better for the Arizona heat!


This year has been a crazy year full of life changing events we are so grateful for our new opportunities and that Adam found a career he will enjoy before starting vet school. 

Thayne is fast as can be and while we were away searching for housing and jobs, he ran a mile and half with my mom! He is so smart and loves all things mechanical. 

Joslyn is growing so fast and is only 1 shoe size different from her older brother. She loves all things princess despite my best efforts. She loves singing and dancing to frozen.

I am still trying to wrap my head around being a mom. I love being home with the kids. It's a feeling I can't really describe. Its something that brings you the greatest sorrow and the most joy. All at once.
Really the only way to experience it is to try it. I feel so blessed I am able to do this.
I had a part time job cleaning apartments but I am still undecided if that will continue in Arizona. 
As of right now packing and decluttering is my job!