let it snow

Once upon a time, we moved to a magical land where there were seasons and the weather wasn’t 72 degrees year-round.  We embraced autumn by buying a maple cinnamon air freshener and purchasing a pumpkin at the grocery store to use as a centerpiece.

One morning, we woke to find that autumn had left without saying goodbye and winter had come in to replace it.
Tyson was kind enough to clean all the snow off of Coco.He also made me this:
Once there was a snowman living on top of my car. Then I started driving, had to suddenly brake, and saw remains of a snowman fly across my windshield. Oops. Can we have more snow, please?

the happiest place on earth

The Daun family is a Disneyland loving family. When we were first married, Tyson and I would sometimes go watch the fireworks from Downtown Disney, too poor to go into the park. Since we’re still too poor to go into the park, Tyson’s mom generously offered to buy our tickets for us while we were visiting California. It was Tyson’s grandpa’s birthday and some of Tyson’s family was in town, so we all got to go together. We were in the park for a total of 14 hours, and we were still sad when it came time for us to leave.
That’s Tyson’s grandpa sitting in front of us. I think he had a good birthday.
Sleeping Beauty’s castle and Finding Nemo were my favorite rides because I like all the boring rides.Tyson had to protect me because I was scared of going on Splash Mountain. Don’t worry, my jeans were only wet for the next five hours.Thanks, mom!

california bound

We’re California-bound later on today for our friends’ wedding, so we should probably be sleeping. Instead, we’re finishing up our packing and eating brownies. We’re excited to hang out with our family, see our Newport Beach temple, and feel temperatures warmer than 60 degrees. Regardless of what the weather’s like, I’m hoping we can eat some Sprinkles cupcakes in front of a beach sunset.

Please excuse the cupcake on my face.(photo by Tyson Daun)

I packed my flip-flops just in case. My feet need some serious sun.

Happy weekend, everyone!

general conference weekend and choosing happiness

The first weekend in October, we had the opportunity to hear from the leaders of our church right from our living room. Tyson and I really wanted to go to the actual conference in Salt Lake City, but we were unable to get tickets. (We did get tickets for the Christmas devotional in December, though! I’ve never been to Temple Square during Christmas time, and I’m dying to see all the lights. *swoons*)

Early Saturday morning, Tyson made hot chocolate and cinnamon rolls while I complained about how cold I was. We wrapped ourselves in blankets after eating too much and sat in front of the TV to be spiritually fed. And we were. (Yes, our TV stand is currently an upside-down plastic crate. Please don’t be jealous of how awesome our life / home decor is.)

The past few weeks have been hard. They’ve felt like a lot of work with very little payoff. After General Conference, I felt rejuvenated. Every General Conference, there’s at least one talk that I feel was written just for me. This time, it was Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s “Of Regrets and Resolutions.” Here’s a little excerpt:

“Sometimes in life we become so focused on the finish line that we fail to find joy in the journey…

Doesn’t it seem foolish to spoil sweet and joyful experiences because we are constantly anticipating the moment when they will end?

Do we listen to beautiful music waiting for the final note to fade before we allow ourselves to truly enjoy it? No. We listen and connect to the variations of melody, rhythm, and harmony throughout the composition…

We shouldn’t wait to be happy until we reach some future point, only to discover that happiness was already available—all the time! Life is not meant to be appreciated only in retrospect.

Brothers and sisters, no matter our circumstances, no matter our challenges or trials, there is something in each day to embrace and cherish. There is something in each day that can bring gratitude and joy if only we will see and appreciate it.”

For so long, I’ve been looking forward to better days– to Tyson finishing school, to being able to start a family, to being financially stable… I don’t think I’ve taken the time to enjoy what it is that we’re going through right now. Ever since I heard that talk, I’ve been trying really hard to focus on happiness and to try to see and appreciate the good in every day. It’s already made such a big difference. Yesterday was one of those days where I just felt like everything was falling into place, and I really think that that has something to do with my attitude change.

If you have this:

You can still choose to see this:(photo source: Pinterest)
It will change your life.

You can read the full text here:
Of Regrets and Resolution Text

And listen here:
Of Regrets and Resolution Audio
(President Uchtdorf has a great German accent, so I recommend listening.)