Sunday, April 15, 2012

Top 10 things to do before I die

So recently I was stumbling around on one of my favorite past times "stumble upon" and I ran across someones list of the top 10 things to do before they die... which got me thinking, what are MY top 10 things to do before I kick the can?? I have now been sitting here thinking about this list for about two days and I think I have landed on a pretty good one! So here it goes...

1. Be a mom. I love my mom, as crazy as she makes me, I actually adore her. I want a little girl or boy to look up to me and to love me that much (it sounds less selfish in my head). Also, my favorite thing to day dream on at church is my handsome husband holding our little baby during sacrament and his arms wrapped around us both.

2. Spend AT LEAST two weeks in Italy. Its so beautiful there I want to be able to see as much as I can. Even with two weeks I would be stressed about time, but I am attempting to be somewhat realistic. I have dreamt about seeing Italy for as long as I can remember. One of my favorite gifts ever was at Christmas this year when my parents gave us a calendar of Italy with a note that said "When you wish upon a star your dreams will come true" I cried. Luckily for me, Ive got Jason on board with the whole Europe excursion and were hoping and praying to make it there for our one year.

3. Skydive. I love adrenaline. Ever since I was a kid I loved roller coasters and anything else that went high off the ground and fast. Granted I also fall a lot and have broken 12 bones.. none the less I love it. I went Bungy jumping in New Zealand a few years ago and ever since I have wanted to skydive. My plan was to go for my 23rd birthday but Jason begged me not to. Someday though... I will do it.

4. See ancient Ruins all over the world. Im a history major... I love history. Its so interesting and filled with mysteries that we still have to answer. I would love to be able to travel everywhere from Thailand to Jerusalem and see all the ruins left behind from people living thousands of years ago.

5. Pay back my parents. This will no doubt prove to be impossible... but its worth a shot. I don't mean with money. I mean with genuine love and care. I want to someday people to take care of them the way they have for me for the past 23 years and going... they still send me home with boxes of food every time I go home. They are the most loving, giving, and caring people on the earth and I would love to be able to give them back everything they have given me.

6. Serve a Mission with Jason. Doesn't two years serving the Lord with your better half sound amazing?!?! I can't think of anything that would be more peaceful and pleasant. I imagine us getting called to some remote area with nothing to do but work at the temple visitors center or something. It sounds like a dream.

7. See the Northern Lights. Im sure a lot of people want to do this... its pretty legit. I want to go to Alaska anyways just because its awesome but this would be a pretty cool bonus!

8. Fly a Plane. Another weird one of mine I think... I have this really big dream of being able to just hop in a little plane and fly it somewhere. I think it sounds so cool!

9. Do Genealogy. My grandma looves to do genealogy. She knows a lot about many of my ancestors. My plan is to get every name I can and take their names to the temple. Thats the goal. Its happening.

10. AHH Last one! I bet your all dying to know!!! I decided to leave the last one blank. Let the future build it for me. Right now I am pretty content with my life and my dreams but I know after I have kids, a home, a real job... some of these will change and grow so this one I am leaving to the future so Ill let you know when I figure it out!

Love always,
Cambri Barnett.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Settling in

Well, as most of you know Jason and I finally tied the knot on March 3, 2012! That means we have one whole month under our belts! It may not seem long to those of you who are going 10, 20, 30+ years but you have to admit its a start! Anyways lets cut to the chase.. getting married is a huge change in your life. Suddenly you go from (in my case) living with mom and dad in Huntington Beach in a big 4 bedroom house, bills paid, food provided, private room... to Anaheim (I'm not a snob, Anaheim is great but it ain't no HB!), in a tiny apartment, bills stacking up in a nice pile, grocery shopping... Who knew you would need things like foil, plastic bags, and batteries??? and the biggest change of all.. living with with a boy! Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE my husband more than anything on this earth... but living with a guy is kind of a different world and there are some definite things were still adjusting to.
1. He doesn't understand my need to buy certain things..mainly name brand items. He thinks generic is fine, but I prefer name brand... we try to split it 50/50 most of the time. I get that they are often close to the original and cheaper but I can't say I love generic frosted flakes as much as Tony the Tigers...
2. Dinner options: I think: "We'll have chicken, maybe some pasta or rice, veggies, a salad, and a nice dessert..." He thinks: "Macaroni and cheese, Hamburgers, or combine the two and make mac and cheese WITH hamburger... followed by dessert." Which i know isn't just him, boys just love to eat!
3. And lastly, my biggest frustration... morning routine... Jason hears the alarm and that means its time to get up, not to just wake up, but to get up and get going. This is a good quality, however, its not one I possess... I take a loooonnngggg time to get up and get going in the morning. So while I am begging him to go back to sleep, he is bugging me to get up and go, and when I don't get up he reminds me of all the things I have to do! I know I need to get up... and I also know that because he makes me get up I get more done, but sometimes I just want to lounge around!

However, its not all different. Luckily, me and jason actually have a lot of the same qualities and understanding of how life should go...

1. Were both extremely clean. We love to come home to clean house. We always make the bed, dishes are constantly being done, vacuum is constantly going, and bathroom is always being cleaned. This little quality was one of the first things I loved about him (honestly haha) He took care of his stuff, he likes to clean up after himself, and he likes things to look nice... its not something I ever thought I would cherish so much, but having a nice clean home completely changes your day!
2. Television: Besides his love for all things on ESPN... we can usually find something we both enjoy whether its friends, STORAGE WARS (our new favorite show), or some weird documentary or reality show... we can usually settle down for T.V. time pretty easily.
3. Last thing...This is the most important... we love each other. So at the end of the day any little things he does to bug me or the MILLIONS of things I could do to bug him, the major thing we have in common always makes us realize that no matter how new and different married life is, were together and in love and building up our little home.

I Love being married, every second of it. For those of you who are "waiting"to get married... get over it and get on with eternity! Its great! Well thats all the jabber I'll give you for today... until next time!

-Cambri Barnett

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Holy Hannah!!!

Well Ladies and Gentlemen, the time has officially come! This weekend (as in the day after tomorrow) I am getting married to my best friend!!!! The time has flown by and I can't believe this is my last full day and night at home! Crazy! Anyways, I thought I would give everyone a quick run down of the day on saturday mainly because many have asked and because I am supposed to be doing homework and this is stalling... haha anyways lets begin shall we?

1. First things first Saturday at around 6 am me and all my bridesmaids (Darian, Eva, Anne, Kendra, Sheryl, Johnnie and Debbie) will be waking up in our gorgeous hotel and getting our makeup and hair done by the beautiful Richelle Divis. Then at about 10 Ill be leaving to head to the Newport Beach Temple to be sealed to J-bizz forever. 

 2. After we are married We will come out and see all of our family and friends and get some amazing photos with the one and only Kamee June!!! I am most excited for this I think because finally I can snag all the people I love the most in one photo! Plus the photos she takes of me and Jason will be passed down to our children, hanging on our walls, and all over Facebook forever (LOL)!!!

3. After that were heading to The Green Parrot Villa for our ring ceremony. Because only members of the LDS church can enter the temple, I want all those who can't join us in there to be able to be apart of the ceremony by watching me walk down the aisle with my pop, exchange rings, and have our first kiss as husband and wife!

(Obviously not me lol, just gives you an idea)

4. After that is where the real fun begins!!! Dinner, music, dancing, candy bar!!! all sorts of fun stuff and just a general party with all the best people in the world! My one goal is to convince my nephews to dance with me haha. But we'll also do the traditions bouquet toss, daddy daughter dance, first dance, garter toss, and smash the delicious cake (made by the wonderful Kaitlin Finger) in each others faces!

5. After the partying is done and everyone is kicking off their heels we'll be getting ready to head out for the honeymoon! We'll walk under a tunnel of sparklers, probably get set on fire, and get in our car and go! Forever begins <3

Although I have complained quite a bit about being a hectic bride, I am going to miss all the planning, all the parties, and all the general love and support that people give you doing this time. We have some dang amazing people in our lives who have helped us in so many ways and I can't express how thankful I am for you! You know who you are! I am so excited for this next chapter in my life to start and can not wait to be sealed to my hot, funny, sweet, loving, sensitive, wonderful man in less than 2 days now!! wow! Until next time!

- Cambri Barnett