Monthly Archives: January 2015

Happy 2015!

As my coworker calls it, for New Years I had a Scho-down! My sister flew out to see me and Schollian is our maiden name :). She was here from Dec 31 – Jan 6, and we had lots of fun together and also hung out with lots of Schollian relatives in MD.

After work on New Years Eve (got off a bit early :-D!) I got Chelsey at the DC airport. We took the metro home, stopped at the grocery store, and made lots of delicious breakfast food – pancakes & buttermilk syrup, German pancakes & whipped cream, fruit, bacon, and quiche! And we spent the night eating and playing games :). Besides us there was Ben & his older brother, Jason; our friends Barbara&Gary Lougee; Gary’s sister, and Candice&Dave Ward – and of course their adorable toddler, Peter! Peter helped us baby proof our house ;-) but after a couple hours of exhausting all interesting things for toddlers, Ben found the magical babysitter – Curious George :D! Some of the games were very intense ;) but lots of fun!

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Thursday and Friday, Chelsey and I went out to eat (went to Rasika – an amazing Indian restaurant, and Farmers Fishers Bakers – both in DC), had fun dressing up (and Chelsey teaching me make-up), and shopped a little.

 

 

 

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From Friday, Jan 2 – Tuesday, Jan 6 Ben went to Boston for his interviews, and Chelsey & I went up to see our Schollian grandparents & family. We had lots of fun with them (and once again ate way too much :-/)!

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Chelsey and I left my Grandparents Tuesday about 5 am and headed to the airport…Unfortunately it had started to snow about 4 am and the roads and my inexperienced snow driving scared us both. Chelsey made it to the airport and I made it home but Chelsey’s flight was delayed about 5 hours :-/ and shockingly I didn’t get a snow day at work :(. Lame day for the first snow of the year.GumwoodSnow

 

But I took the day off anyways and took a nap before I went and got Ben at the airport at about 9 pm. And we were all safe and I was glad to see Ben again so I couldn’t complain too much :-).

 

Now Ben and I are trying to get back into the groove of things and I guess its time to stop eating chocolate and make some goals for the new year lol. Happy New Year everyone!

Christmas 2014

Christmas Day we spent with the Munyans in VA. It was a house full of people! 18 total  – 11 of Ben’s 14 siblings, us, his parents, and his brother’s wife and 2 kids! We got there by 10:30, I made German pancakes & bacon and we spent a couple hours opening presents! Everyone pretty much gets everyone a present so there were quite a few!

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There were lots of thoughtful gifts, like the Grandma sweater and picture video Ben’s mom got, and this amazing box Ben made for me! He has gotten really good at wood carving! And I didn’t even know he was working on it until Christmas Eve! The flowers have seven petals (my lucky number!) and on top is the knot of love and knot of wisdom :D!

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Everyone loved Ben’s adorable

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And of course there were lots of silly presents     ;-). Jacob asked for matching pjs w Lauren and we couldn’t resist getting them… hopefully they actually wear them ;). Lots of people asked for Nutella… so Ben asked for a silly poster of Mona Lisa holding Nutella lol.

 

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Then people relaxed, looked at phones, slept, played with toys, and made a delicious dinner.

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Olive Garden fun ;)

Olive Garden fun ;)

 

The next day we went to Olive Garden with some of the Munyans and hung out some more. And Sarah, Rachel, & Jason came to visit me at work!

 

 

 

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The weekend before Christmas I went to AZ (Ben stayed home :-( and worked and went to an interview for the SEC in DC!). I had lots of fun hanging out with family, hiking, and doing our traditional Mexican food & White Elephant game with my mom’s family, the Memmotts. This year we even added a pinata & the younger cousins dressed up for the nativity. And at the Memmott party, I got to meet my Grandma’s new husband (see pic below) and my cousin’s cute new baby girl!

I can’t believe Misty (we got Misty and Otter when I was 10) has made it to 15 and is still smiling! With my mom & Craig we did a name exchange and did a nice-ish white elephant game which was fun, and we didn’t have to worry about as many gifts :-).

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! I ate way too much food and had lots of fun with family and friends!

PS For those of you who saw Ben’s video of Let it Go from last year’s Christmas post, I have another remake :D! I had an awesome work Christmas party – we had bay decorating contests, and my section did a Frozen theme and recorded a econ version “Let it Grow” (ie inflation).
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The other sections had some pretty good ones too:

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What is Love?

What is Love?

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Hopefully this time of year is filled with love. However most of our families aren’t perfect and we have occasional squabbles especially with the stress of the season and getting to deal with each other more. But my goal and challenge for you (my family or whoever is reading) is that we exercise greater love towards our family in the coming year!

So what is love? There is romantic love, love for a friend or sibling, and a parent’s love.

The Greeks had 4 words for love:
- Agape is unconditional love. It is love by “choice” even if you are not pleased. A good example is “God loves us with our faults.” It is the word used in the biblical passage known as the “love chapter,” 1 Corinthians 13.
- Philia is affectionate regard, friendship, usually between equals.
- Storge is natural affection, like that felt by parents for offspring.
- Eros is passionate or romantic love.

But I think all of the following sayings can apply to most types of love. My favorite saying about love (found in the 10 commandments for marriage ;) is:
- “Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”

A good one I heard in a relationship seminar was:
- “Love is about investing in another person and is for the betterment of another person.”

When I turned to google, the source of all knowledge ;) (jk lol), some sayings that came up were:
- “Love is being your strange self all the time and have someone love you for that.”

- “The definition of love, is when you can recognize that you care about a person as much as you care about yourself.”

- “Love is selflessness.”

If we turn to the scriptures, we see they have much to say about love – that it is a commandment, to love even our enemies:
- “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy, But I say unto you, Love your enemies.” Matt 5:43-44

- “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyselfMatt 22:39 &Love one another; as I have loved you” John 13:34.

And that God’s love is unconditional, universal, and intrinsic to his nature:
- “God is love.” 1 John 4:8

- “Perfect love casteth out fear1 John 4:18

- “There was no contention because of the love of God which did dwell in the hearts of the people.” 4 Ne 1:15

- “Charity is the pure love of Christ” Moro. 7:47

And finally my favorite scripture:
- “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Tim 1:7

How do you define love? I’d love ;) to hear!

And what should love not be?

Love is not selfish. Love is not fear. Love is not unkind (or gossipy or backbiting or name-calling). Love is not controlling. And love should not be conditional.

Someday I hope to have children, and I imagine there is almost nothing my children could do that could change my love for them. I’m sure they could do things that would make me sad but it couldn’t make me love them less. If anything it would make me worry about them and show my love even more to them. And I love my current family – Ben (the best hubby ever! ;), my parents, sister, step-dad & step-brothers, in-laws, cousins, aunts & uncles, and grandparents. And of course there are friends who you love like family :). And I can’t imagine my love for them ever changing. I’m not saying we should be walked over, and there may occasionally be an unhealthy relationship that we need to step back from. But I’ve found often when people are upset (at least myself) what they really just want to hear is that you still love them.

So this year let us show a greater abundance of love. Let’s be more patient and more kind. Let’s put aside our differences and find our common ground. (Or have a debate if you like that kind of thing like me ;). Let’s not pick at each other’s faults.

Who is with me?