April 16, 2015

My Magician of a Husband

You guys, I am 110% sure I married the best possible guy I could have married.

Let me just break it down for you: 

With finals week merely under our belts, things have been a tad stressful. We have been moving to another place in Cedar over the last week and Race has literally done all of the work for that; phone calls and text messages back and forth to the landlord, deposits deposited, items we no longer want/need sold or donated, and driving past the place to see if it's something we for sure want have been all completed by that husband of mine! He's spent late nights after work, games, and finals moving all of our heavy, heavy stuff from one apartment to another. On Thursday night he moved our couch, bed, washer and dryer, and other giant things until 3 AM. I was uselessly laying on our closet floor being all dramatic, saying moving was the worst thing to ever happen to me and he was there putting together our bed and getting everything set up. Friday morning he went to work at 7 am to 11 am (on four hours of sleep) so he could go back to our old apartment and clean while I was at work. The best guy, right?! We have had some help from our family and friends as well- you know who you are; thank you, thank you, thank you! Banana bread will arrive shortly. 

School is over now, but Race went to school everyday and had weight lifting every other morning at 6:45. He didn't come back home after that because he either had a basketball workout or class right after weights. Generally he had class until the afternoon and only sometimes got to come back home before he had to go to another workout or take a test or study or yada yada yada. Oh and let's talk about his classes. YUCK---- being a finance major is probably the thing I would want to do least in this world, but he gets it done. He usually had at LEAST one test a week and I swear, swear, swear was ALWAYS doing taxes. He did a volunteer tax return service program for SUU as well as a bunch of tax tests and assignments. He even did our taxes, and it was kind of hot. ;) Can you think of anything worse? HA but he loves it and is so good at it. He pulled off this semester with killer grades, as always, and I just don't know how he juggles it all! It kills me because I rarely have tests, just papers and presentations. ;) 

THANK GOODNESS for a little bit of a break - except he is taking summer classes so see ya! (I sound like a slacker but I am almost done with my Bachelor's and wouldn't have enough classes left to take next fall and spring to be eligible for my scholarship if I were to take summer classes.)

Anyway, after his morning schedule that goes into the afternoon, he went to his new job. Which ISN'T time for him to relax. He got a summer job doing landscaping and lawn mowing and doesn't even complain about it! He actually loves it. A couple weeks ago the wind was blowing at least a thousand mph and the next day it snowed like mad and he was still out there working like a man. He grew up on a farm and loves dirty work so I just let him love it while I work in my little boutique and watch Harry Potter afterwards. 

Next to his new job he helps coach a little league baseball team and plays on a softball team! Crazy, right? I feel like there's not enough time in a day to do everything he does. But WAIT--- somehow, magically, when I get home, the laundry is started, the dishes done, the bed made, and the living room picked up (mostly Gus's bones and whatever else he's gotten into). Like, let's be real. I'm not complaining - I'm loving this! I'm all about the gender roles being equal in a relationship (like all about it) but in all seriousness I'm feeling like I'm slacking a bit in the household chore department. I'm pretty sure our marriage is: Race: does everything; Carly: gets home and occasionally cooks dinner then watches HP. I sound lazy, but compared to him, I am.

Then Race always does (did) homework and brings me chocolate milk or Oreos and milk in bed. Sometimes he even washes my hair (TMI????) and occasionally blow dries it. He even helped me with my Human Development or Psychology homework and listens to my fascination with the things I'm learning! My favorite is when he brings me a peanut butter cookie and peach lemonade to work. And takes our dog to the park to play with his frisbee. He also just got a new calling in our Ward and of course is going to be doing an A+ job at that. He laughs at my jokes, holds me and laughs/cries with me after I fall down the stairs, watches cheesy movies with me, lets me take pictures of him, doesn't get mad at me when I want to go shopping, lets me go to Centro ten times a week even though it's not his kind of pizza, cuddles me after my nightly nightmare, allows me to take up the majority of our closet space, etc etc etc etc etc. Literally I could go on and on about how selfless Race is. We took a love language quiz a while back and, if you can't tell, I feel loved by someone when they perform acts of service for me. He is such a good guy to love and be loved by!!!! I don't know what I ever did to score such blessings. 

Juggling school, basketball, work, helping with baseball, playing on a softball team (he hit two home runs and a grand slam the first night, plus made two killer run-into-the-fence-and-dive-catches) and being the ALL-TIME best husband literally seems like an impossible task. Race isn't the only one who can score in this relationship (dumb analogy?) I score everyday with my husband. AND I SCORED BIG. 

Loves!!!! (As Race says to me every morning before he leaves),


PS- don't expect me to ever stop bragging about him, because I expect him to keep being pretty darn great. 

April 1, 2015

Basketball: Year Two (and How We are Choosing to be Happy)

Where to even begin? This basketball season has been a whirlwind, a roller coaster, an up and down, roll-around jolt of emotions. There were good times and there were bad; weeks of negativity followed by weeks of positivity. However, we persevered and made it to the end of Race's sophomore year of basketball (now if only the semester could be over - it's just the point in the semester where you're like....... "bye"). Race seriously amazed me this year with his offensive and defensive improvements. No matter if they lost or things were getting hard, he endured and improved exponentially. He averaged around 15 minutes a game, with 2.2 rebounds and 5.4 points a game and 80% free throw shooting. I LOVE watching him play... Even if it induces me with ulcers. :) His team made improvements as well: their record last year was like 1-27 and this year was 10-19. I'm sure many of you have heard that Race did debate transferring to play basketball at a different school. He definitely thought hard about it when the season got over; there were countless nights of fervent prayer, hours of phone calls to parents, loved ones, mentors, and coaches, as well as long pros and cons lists. There was a combination of things that attributed to his want to transfer. However, in the end, we realized it would be best for him to finish out at SUU because he will be able to get the most out of his education here. Race will get most, if not all, of his Master's degree paid for by the time he is done with his 4-year basketball scholarship. Basketball is important, yes, and always will be to Race, his family, and our relationship. However, we realized that in the long run, it will be better for him, his career, and our family (and finances;)) to make the most out of his education here at SUU. For the next two years, Race and I want to focus on our education, as well as improvements and positivity in regard to basketball. From all of the advice we got throughout this decision making process, President Hinckley said it best: "It isn't as bad as you sometimes think it is. It all works out. Don't worry. I say that to myself every morning. It will all work out. Put your trust in God, and move forward with faith and confidence in the future. The Lord will not forsake us. If we put our trust in Him, if we pray to Him, if we live worthy of His blessings, He will hear our prayers". We were tested the last couple of years, especially the last few weeks, and we will continue to be tested and face hard decisions. We've learned to rely on each other and the Lord and to just put our best foot forward. Throughout all of the negativity I've felt, I've found how important and refreshing it is to be positive about whatever situation you're in. There comes a point where you have to make the decision to be happy, and not let your atmosphere and outside influences affect that happiness. We are going to be happy that we chose to stay in Cedar City, and we are going to be happy about basketball, our education, our friends, and our family. It's time to choose to be happy. 

PS------ I CANNOT FORGET TO MENTION THIS: Race was this year's Top T-bird (highest GPA on the team) and also got awarded to the Big Sky Academic All-Conference Team. So basically I married a hottie athletic genius.

Now here's a thousand or more photos of this year's basketball season.

I know these are sideways. At this point I don't even want to fix it hahahhaa. I suck at this whole blogging thing.

 This year, we began with 2 basketball wives and ended with 4! 
Race got awarded the most confident award by his coaches this year. They talked a lot about his improvements and even through the team's struggles and his individual struggles he pushed through and always played great with game winning plays. So yeah.... boo yeah.

 Family friends/Race's old seminary bro!

^My mom sure loves those up close shots. :)

See ya in the fall, Centrum Arena. Or tomorrow and also for the rest of the summer. It's fine.

Carly aka basketball wife