Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
my nephew matthew, who is 6, was in a sledding accident yesterday. he ran into a tree and has a fractured skull and jaw. he's a primary children's in SLC and is going to be there for a while, for observation and make sure his brain bruising doesn't keep bleeding, etc. our prayers are with him & his family. we just love that little bugger so much! he knows all about egyptian pharoahs and star wars jedi and harry potter and is the funniest busiest little blondie on the playground.
we love you matty!!
get well soon, buddy.
any prayers and thoughts would be appreciated.
aren't my nephews so darling!?
Monday, December 28, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
well. that gave me a start. my grandmother has been dead many years.
i then realized that this was going to be a gift that was once hers!!! i was so excited to open a box with three beautiful decorative plates. they were safely stored until i had a proper place.
BUT today i found an awesome plate holder at homegoods! and for a mere $6.99 and a $6.00 can of black spray paint (it was a weird brass color but i saw the vision) this is the final result!!
i was alone when i hung the plates up with care. i got to reflect a second & look at the beautiful plates & think how lucky i am that i have a little bit of grandma becky in my very first kitchen. :)
tuesday: purchases anything needed. i shower in the event that it becomes a fiasco.
wednesday: i come home from work and a late appt (around 7:30) and this is what i find:and most especially this:"tomorrow, tomorrow," my husband, the plumber, says. "it wouldn't stop leaking, i had to take it down. i'll ask mike (our awesome manager) to help me tomorrow."
thursday: i come home and nothing's changed. every tool is sitting exactly where it was wednesday. i panic. we're having company over- i need to at least wash my hair. i do the "wipe with washrag & baby wipes & wash hair under faucet" bathing method.
friday: i realize i feel gross half way through my work day and call to make sure my husband, the plumber, has fixed the shower head so i can wash when i get home.
"i'll do it this afternoon after work," my husband, the plumber, says.
i then realize
WHY AM I THE ONLY ONE CONCERNED IN OUR HOUSE THAT WE HAVEN'T SHOWERED IN 3 DAYS???
doesn't HE want to shower?? i am then very concerned at the lack of concern of my husband, the plumber. boys are gross.
luckily i came home to this: and a freshly washed this:brad. my husband, the plumber.
Friday, December 18, 2009
trying to talk to people & being kinda rejected. check.
having nothing to say. check.
sticking to brad's side like glue. check.
sometimes i am totally comfy & happy & outgoing & talkative & its awesome. i feel like myself and can talk to strangers & feel confident. i prefer this. i enjoy this. :)
but once i've vomited, gotten a migraine or cried at the thought of going somewhere, being with people i don't know or have had an awkward or bad encounter with, there's no way it can turn out to be pleasant. my mind has a hard time overcoming my matter. i have to warm up for a long time. i really really want to like you, and for you to like me, i just feel awkward.
what if i have to go see people tomorrow i had an AWFUL HORRIBLE experience with last time we saw each other and i'm already having anxiety about it?? i got a headache as soon as brad said we were going. he didn't ask bc he knew my vote. tricksie husband.
advice cyber friends?
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
the barttels now are normal people with two cars. three cars for two people really is a bit on the ridiculous side, even if one of them is a work car.
i now get to drive the civic. dirty and mistreated by a boy. poor car. i shall show it some love. :)
conclusion: prayers get answered, even if 8 months later.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
a few of my good friends, yoga instructors & fabulous women, have finally seen a dream come true! please check out their new yoga retreat company website! they have a mexican retreat coming up in march- who wouldn't want an all inclusive, 6 night stay in a little mexican village, do yoga on the beach at sunrise/sunset and have one-on-one time with amazing yoga instructors??
brad & mrs barttels wish they could go!!
kudos to brad and nick for picking the right murderer, aubrey & jeremy for my fav costumes & farrah and tk for playing their parts so well! i'd definitely be interested in doing another someday!
Friday, December 4, 2009
today one minute i'm singing country, "hey!, white liar..." and after a moment pondering car insurance, i find myself tuning back into the radio.
its one of THOSE songs.
the kind that you love to hate and hate to love and wish you didn't know every word and not only is it CHRISTMAS but its COUNTRY CHRISTMAS even worse it's SAPPY COUNTRY CHRISTMAS!!
next thing i know i'm all choked up, crying "sir i wanna buy these shoes for my mamma please..."
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
said couch is the subject of much hilarity & definitely a memory of being newly married...
brad: (looking on craigslist) hey what do you think of this couch!?
mrs. barttels: awesome. call em. buy it.
brad: (puts cash money for couch in a ripped open envelope labled "couch $" and puts on kitchen counter.)
mrs barttels: (does not see where he put envelope. assumes he has money.)
couch guy: i will be there in 30 minutes
brad: awesome! where's the envelope with the couch money?
mrs barttels: what envelope?
brad: what do you mean? the one on the kitchen counter.
mrs barttels: i see no envelope on the kitchen counter.
brad: i labeled it and put it right here on the counter.
mrs barttels: uh oh. (she's been throwing away all trash for 2 days....)
brad: we mustve thrown it away.
team barttels begins searching through the house like crazy- that envelope had a lot of cash in it. it's not in the apartment. the apartment is NOT that big.
brad & mrs barttels walk confidently to the dumpster and without hesitation start rummaging like rats. (keep in mind this is the day AFTER thanksgiving) mrs barttels climbs on side of dumpster wall. watches as ants crawl over toe of her shoe. brad picks up dripping bag of turkey guts and leftovers and removes from dumpster. repeats action multiple times. (cue awkward neighbors walking out to stare) mrs. barttels lifts, separates, jiggles, pulls and tries to get down to the trash that got taken out BEFORE Thursday.
couch guy: (pulls up in truck.)
brad: dude, we think we threw your money away.
couch guy: no, really??
both awkwardly laugh.
couch man stands there while we continue to search.
mrs. barttels: AHHHHHHHHHHHHH BRAD!!!! i found our bag of trash!!!! (begins to laugh hysterically in horrified relief) but, uhhhhh, the bag was open. half of it fell down into the dumpster.
brad: (smiles in glee! reaches arm completely down into dumpster) I FOUND IT!!!!! (pulls hand out with envelope in hand!!!!! arm has unidentified slime on one side.
couch man: seriously man??
brad: yeah dude. here's your money.
both awkwardly laugh. mrs barttels is in fits thinking about the horribly hysterical events that just occurred.
yes, its still funny.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
and this is what we look like all day everyday. (not. but close.)we enjoyed mexican sunsets. explored everglades.
kissed alligators.went to disneyworld. (yes we bought matching tshirts. no shame.)basically two weeks of marriage feels a lot like this:
lots of fun to be had, to be sure! the barttels are now officially couch, vacuum, lamp and kitchen aid mixer owners. life is good. :)
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
three words to describe my future husband: unselfish, kind & mine :)
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
so young & handsome, frank....
Saturday, November 7, 2009
When we went through his boxes of old trophies and he found this beauty:
(i'll insert picture here when i get a chance & am back from vegas LOL)
Tee Ball 1985.
Brad got this trophy before I was born. Classic. ha.
Friday, November 6, 2009
we both stayed in the same complex (i in mo'manor & he in beachwalk) but changed addresses. kinda funny.
i moved the first weekend of June and brad moved the 3rd weekend. lots of boxes & cleaning & throwing away stuff- mostly on the part of brad. his house was WAY more a mess. boys!
i wasn't sad when i moved out of my place- i was ECSTATIC to be living with meredith & julie & i like moving & changing spaces. but when it came to moving out of brad's house... whew! i'm a sentimental gal (cue wicked) and when i realized i'd never go in the room where brad told me he loved me again or snuggle where he told me he wanted to marry me... that was hard to leave. it wasn't even MY house, but i loved that we fell in love there.
i LOVE our new little apt that will be our first home together. but often i think fondly of the dirty room over the garage where i knew and felt and cried when i knew i'd someday be here, counting down the days til i'd be lindsey barttels.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
if you have lived in a cave, or never met brad, you are the few who don't know he LOVES the oakland a's.
he loves baseball + i like baseball = good.
story: once i really felt like i wanted to do something for brad. just to show i loved him & make him happy & thought & thought (the man wants very little & asks for even less so i wanted to think of something besides making pizza- which is always a winner, btw)
so i bought an oakland a's hat.
i met him for lunch at roscoe's and when i sat down at the table, hat upon head, he looked at me like he NEVER HAD before. he was SOOOO happy! and just was so surprised!!
all i could think was "geez this man is easy to please."
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
2. and of our new apt. and funny lack of furniture.
3. and lots of things to be grateful for.
4. but the most important thing today is i've successfully sucked up my pride to concede to something i am not comfortable with AT ALL to make brad happy. and boy is he happy.
therefore: i am happy, and that helps with the discomfort. baby steps baby steps...
Friday, October 30, 2009
at brad's softball game.
every thursday night.
until probably the end of time.
and i'd be lying if i said i didn't like it. i like watching sports. sometimes it's cold, and more often than not, i'm alone in the stands. the guys on the team tease me saying "nice to see you, couple more weeks & we'll never see you again" bc all the other wives & chillen's don't really come. sometimes they do to games when its summer & warm & earlier.
but i like it.
and it makes brad SO HAPPY that i'm there!
he's so easy to please. :)
GO 2-OUT RALLY!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
he is warm and cuddly and doesn't get mad when i want to turn the heater on in the car and snuggles right up on the couch & doesn't complain that i need a blanket, even in july. he is happy all the time. he is loving and kind and truly unselfish. i do not know ONE person who has ever come in contact with brad barttels that didn't love him on the spot. all waitresses, gas station attendants, Disneyland ride workers, church leaders and friends love him. he loves everyone & treats them like they deserve it.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
loved that we passed a group of our friends every time we snaked back and forth.
and mostly loved brad for carrying me piggy back when i was falling asleep towards the end and my feet were all swollen from walking and standing for 3 hours in flat, not comfy, shoes.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
"his wristwatch thought the single windsor made his neck look fat, but said nothing."
and even at stupid party games brad guessed this as my favorite movie without hesitation. HA!
i didn't techincally get "pinned" but i am pretty much in love with brad.
and this video pretty much sounds like my middle school play of bye bye birdie in which i played two parts, had a solo, wore saddle shoes, a poodle skirt & got to swoon over an "elvis" character.
i was so cool at 13.
goin' steady, goin' steady steady for good....
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
walk to the coffee shop for a hot cocoa with an umbrella.
bottoms of my pants wet.
lovely lovely lovely wetness.
ambient noise while i slept.
i think maybe in the beginning, i watched God form the skies and the waters & i thought
"when that stuff meets it's gonna be AWESOME"
Monday, October 12, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
regular trans flush ~$120
regular brake flush~$85
dealer wanted $235
place where i'd usually go $200
our final price instead ~$120.
knowing that my fiance looked through every coupon called every place and asked for a deal and sweet talked the guy & wouldn't take no for an answer ~ priceless.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
.brad who does anything and everything i ask him to help me with.
.a friday where i had an hour to READ A BOOK for my own sanity.
.books about WW2. i've read more books about that time period than any other. it's both fascinating and horrific to read about. infact, this book had already made me cry at the thoughts of the horrors people survived. it makes me so grateful.
.people in my life who are discovering the Gospel all over again and i get to teach and share my testimony with them almost daily. it reminds me i not only know what i believe but that i BELIEVE it.