our egg-celent easter

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter is such a wonderful time of year. It represents a special event that effects all of our lives and that we all depend on every day. Our Savior loved us so much that he gave his life for us, and through his love and grace we can be saved and rise again as he did. I am so thankful for the sacrifice my loving savior made for me, and will continually strive to live a life devoted to showing my love and appreciation for him. All that I am, and all that I have I owe to him.

I love my husband for many reasons, one of them being his sweet Spirit and strong testimony. When we were dating he told me of one of his favorite hymns, that I had not been too familiar with, it is called "O Savior, Thou Who Wearest a Crown" and I would just like to share my favorite verse from it: 

No creature is so lowly,
No sinner so depraved,
But feels thy presence holy
And thru thy love is saved.
Tho craven friends betray thee,
They feel thy love's embrace;
The very foes who slay thee
Have access to thy grace.

We are all loved and watched over by a heavenly father and brother who love us more than we can ever know, even if we don't deserve it or recognize it; no knowledge is more important in this life than that, and nothing can bring more peace and happiness.
 I love whenever we sing this song in sacrament meeting because my sweet husband goes silent at least once a verse . . . the only time I ever see him get teary is during hymns (although most of the time he his pretty good at hiding it and probably hates that I just publicly shared this haha).

Sundays with my eternal companion are always my favorite.

Now to change gears a little . . . What did we do for Easter? Well, I am glad you asked. It all started yesterday and was full of Easter Carnivals and decorating eggs with my sister in law and nephews, seriously so fun - and just a little messy . . .

Before we get into this any more, I would like to point out that this is actually the third Easter Sunday Kirby and I have spent together. Last year we were out of town for Kirby's grandpa's funeral, so a couple of days before Easter Kirby somehow totally surprised me with a basket full of all my favorite things and the necessities for egg dying. I was caught totally off guard and had nothing to show in return, so, knowing that he has been working his butt off all week I figured it was the perfect chance to make it up to him. So I put together his own little egg hunt in the apartment, and bought just a few of his favorite things.

I just filled a dozen little eggs with our favorite Easter candies and silly little love notes, then hid them around the house while he was still sleeping.

After finding all the eggs I was just snapping a few pictures of him reading my notes. I am glad I caught this face, he must have just found a good one ;)

An Easter Brunch success! 
All of the favorites for my favorite.

This being our first Easter without the real adults (aka our parents) Kim and I made our first official Easter dinner! Complete with ham, funeral potatoes, dinner rolls, and salad. I am feeling very accomplished right now if you couldn't tell. 

I didn't get any pictures of us all, but I made sure to capture Kirby and Dominic sharing the throne (we only had 4 dinner table chairs and had to improvise)

While Kirby's egg hunt was a lot of fun, the little hunt Kim set up outside the apartment for the little boys was definitely more exciting. They loved running around and grabbing as many eggs as they could, I couldn't stop laughing at those cuties.

Well, I hope you all had a wonderful Easter full of remembrance and chocolate, because we sure did! Happy Easter!

The Muirs

keep the change

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

If you have ever read the little welcome blurb on my blog then you have heard that I describe our life as one of "constant change." I refer to it this way for several reasons. First of all we are both college students, in our twenties, and newly married (one year, 4 months, 3 weeks, and 2 days just in case you were wondering), so obviously life is full of your basic changes. Adapting to living with someone new, trying to keep track of bills we have never had to pay, constantly preparing and planning for the future, you know, your basic growing up stuff. But on top of that, Kirby is a part of the summer-sales club, which means we pack up and move across the country to somewhere new for 5 months out of the year only to pack up again and move back to Rexburg . . . then push repeat the next April. It literally feels like we are finally settled and getting into our grove somewhere right when the shuffle catches back up with us. . . I know this sounds like I am complaining but I swear I am not! I love not just traveling across the country each summer, but truly getting a taste for life in a place that is entirely different than home! I feel like you can't truly experience life if you are always stuck with the same people in the same city.

Plus I am a sucker for road trips, watching the scenery seamlessly change from mountains to cities to cactus to palm trees over and over again, being trapped within a foot of my sweetie for hours where we can talk about whatever and sing along to whatever and turn anything into a game. It never gets old for me! 

This year our favorite road trip pass times included: solving the trickiest riddles we could find online (8+ solid hours of riddle-solving my friends!), playing the entire Les Miserables movie soundtrack (just wait until you hear my Kirb sing Who Am I . . . I die every time haha), our own version of 20 questions (he is waaaay better than I am), listening to his motivational books (aka nap time for me), and playing "I spy something green" in New Mexico and all of western Texas (for real though, where are my trees?). Anyways . . . Did I ever mention what our destination was this time around? None other than good old Austin, Texas.

My first impression of Texas was not the best . . . it was literally like 10 hours past nothing but tumble weeds and dust, and that is not an exaggeration. I about died to think that this is where we were moving. But slowly (and I mean very slowly) we started to find some hills, green grass and small trees. Then we were in Austin. I haven't experienced much of the city yet but I can tell I will be loving it here. First of all, thank heavens to finally be near some good shopping! Second of all, hello southern barbecue and blue bell ice cream! (Don't be too surprised when we both come back with 20 extra pounds of fat). I am still a little unsure about the weather here though. When we pulled in late Sunday night it was humid as all get out and blazing hot . . . then Monday woke us up with a crazy southern storm (I definitely missed those!) and it was seriously so cold all day, and since then the warmest it has been is the low 60s. So here's to hoping that not packing a single jacket will end up being a good thing! Plus I am ready for some pool time ;)

With all that aside we love the office he is with this year, love having familiar faces nearby, love having family across the hall, and love our ever changing life! 

Pictures of the Move

He gets rather animated when singing along with Hugh Jackman . . . man I love this little nut!

While my mom was over she accused me of being sentimental, and I full-heartedly agree. It could also explain why I took a picture of every detail of our old apartment. 
This was our first home together and we shared so many special memories that are so dear to me in these rooms, so of course I want to capture the details before they are gone!

In the last week we moved from this...
(Speaking of being sentimental, I have kept and dried one flower from each bouquet of flowers Kirby has given me, ever since we were dating. That is what you see on top of our dresser!)

 . . . to this!

 It is so nice to be the first residents here. We don't have to worry about sketchy stains and most of all bugs! Woo hoo! But my very favorite part of living here is the closet space. Kirby and I finally get our own, big closets. It's a miracle!

 Sorry, this post might not be the most exciting! But what can I say, these are the moments that make up our life, so I love each and every one of them!

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