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So, as you may be able to tell, the last month has been the greatest month in the history of awesome (a phrase that I am totally borrowing from a dear friend). There is no way for me to encapsulate in a single post everything that has gone down in the last month. So I’m going to break it up and get it all out that as best as I can. I think this is going to be the format in which I do it.

Sweetwater Co-Ed Classic

One of the great things about Ultimate tournaments is that you never know what you’re going to get. Even if you’re playing with a team that has some consistency on its roster (i.e. a club or college team) the simple absence or presence of a single person can completely change your team dynamic for the worse or for the better.

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So, you may or may not be aware of this rather important event coming up in our lives.

Through a long string of events that need not be explained here it turned out that I was going to be driving east two weeks before the wedding with no real reason to return and nothing really to do. This left me with something that I simply cannot stand for, free time.

In order to combat this free time I began making plans, deciding that I was going to need to embark on an epic roadtrip full of family, friends and personal reflection prior to embarking on an even more epic journey of life with my beautiful bride-to-be.

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Alright, I’m sad to say, but I let this work schedule get the best of me.  Over the past couple days, I have become more and more frustrated with my situation.  During the day, I complain about having to go to work, when I’m there, I complain about being at work, and when it gets closer to the morning, I complain about wanting to go home.  I walk around like a zombie most of the time and have found that I am disinterested by everything and not motivated by anything.  BUT – that all changes tonight!  I’m going to look on the bright side of things…after all, Michael doesn’t call me sunshine for nothing!

I emailed my complaints to my future mother-in-law last night.  I told her how I have been struggling lately and, as always, she came back with lots of helpful advice.

I hope you can find some line of thought that will motivate you.  Maybe just meditating on gratitude and all the blessings in your life.  That sounds kind of syrupy but I am amazed when I see how incredibly blessed your whole family is…how loving they are and how they miss you. And all your friends–you are a treasure to them…and then there is Michael…. That is a gift.

And she’s completely right.  So, tonight, I’ve decided to focus my attention on the blessings in my life.  For example, a few nights ago, I asked Kirby to post some pictures of our two puppies at home because I knew that would bring me joy, happiness, and laughter, as it always does.  Within 24 hours, she had taken 137 (!) photos of the pups (and some of herself) for me and posted them all on facebook in an album titled “dog pictures (just for you, kendall)”.  It really made me happy that night, but more importantly, Michael pointed out – what a great sister.  He commented this on the album, which I also found funny because he had to clarify to Kirby that this was a serious comment, due to the typically sarcastic nature of their relationship with each other.

This past weekend, Michael and I had a bunch of really awesome friends from the Carolina Ultimate team come for a visit to play in the Mardi Gras Tournament.  Michael was able to play on one of the teams and I was able to come out and watch most of the games.  I know Michael really enjoyed getting a chance to run around and play some ultimate, and we also enjoyed spending time with these great friends.  It was also great for me to spend some time in the sunshine!  You’ll have to get Michael to fill you in on all the ultimate details, as I sat around and enjoyed my time on the sidelines chatting with the girls about non-ultimate things, and occasionally cheering for the Jambalayout and Jambalegend (as the two teams were called).  And as bad as it threw off my sleep schedule (aka I did not sleep at all during the day), it was a refreshing break for me from the monotony of the past month and a half.  Here are some pictures from the weekend to show just how much fun we had.

In other exciting news, I was given one night off this past Monday night.  It was perfectly situated to give me and Michael time to relax after a busy weekend, as well as a chance to celebrate Valentine’s Day only a day late.  And boy, what a valentine Michael was to me!  I came home from work Monday morning and crawled into bed to get some much needed rest.  I was pleasantly awoken the next day(morning?) to breakfast in bed made by Michael, served on a red heart shaped plate with a rose!  After lounging around and watching movies for a couple hours, we then took a nap until 6 pm that night, waking up just in time for a dinner date.  The date was only slightly interrupted by a crazy roommate (another story for another time), and then we were off to P. F. Changs for dinner.  All in all, it was an enjoyable and much needed night off.

Finally turnaround is approaching the end.  I can see the light, and pretty soon I’ll be seeing the daylight too!  I’ll be done March 3rd, and I’m excited to get back on a normal schedule and spend time with people I love again.  And what a better way to do that than to fly home to spend a weekend with my family?  It will be a very exciting weekend for me because I am finally getting to try on my wedding dress for the first time since I bought it, and this time my mom and maybe my sister(s) will be there to see it!  I will also get to see Kirby in her (and any other Williamson girl’s) first school pageant.  I’m excited for her, and can’t wait to see her all gussied up.  In general, I just can’t wait to see my entire family…it’s been too long.  The one sad thing about this weekend is that I will not be spending time with Michael on my first weekend off from turnaround.  Butttt, I suppose we will have our time very shortly and lots of it come May 29th.  (Please come soon!!!)

I’ll leave you with this scripture that Mrs. Aguilar gave me to meditate on, which will give me strength and comfort for the next two weeks.

Colossians 3:17  And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

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