Pure Joy

Hey all! Happy new week! I love Mondays because of what they bring….a whole new opportunity to have an incredible week.

After having such a joyful weekend, I am all about continuing that into a new work week. Too often we get discouraged, frustrated, and negative once Monday hits. Why not channel the weekend energy into the work week?

I am all for it—-who’s with me? :)

The weekend was full of pure joy because I got to spend it with A.My husband B. My wonderful family C. Lovely sister(s) D. And all in an area that means a lot to me (hence my blogging hiatus. So sorry to my lovely readers, but life was being lived to its fullest :) )

Harry Potter

HP 7.2

The weekend all started with dressing up and seeing Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 with my amazing man. It was a great movie, with lots of action, funny lines, and a very engaging story line. I am a huge HP fan, so this was a bittersweet ending for me.

Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Jelly Beans were enjoyed

okay, okay, they were actually JUST jelly bellys. But we pretended. Isn’t that what is so magical about the series, anyways? Magic and imagination and pretend? Or is it really all REAL? 😉

eyes half closed = ME up way WAY past my bedtime

Road Trip

My husband and I headed 3 hours east/north to go see my family in a famous Nauvoo pageant. The pageant tells the beloved story of the faithful Mormon saints who were kicked out of MO, and thus ended up building a city in Nauvoo, Illinois. Nauvoo means ‘beautiful.’

right before entering Nauvoo

My family dressed in period pieces and performed a beautiful pageant that depicts the hardships, triumphs, and lives of the early Mormon saints. It is set in the 1800’s, and the audience learns much about the wonderful prophet Joseph Smith and his faithful wife, Emma. It also tells the story of the coming forth of the Book of Mormon.


my little sis in period costume

I was in the pageant several years ago on the dance team, and boy was it FUN. And really hot. Illinois is known for its mosquitoes, heat, and humidity. Props to my family for sweatin’ and dancin’ it out for 2 weeks!

on a walk in Nauvoo

We’re already sweating….. 😉

With snowcones in tow, we settled to watch the show at dusk.

Hi, we're silly

We were okay (sweat wise) once the sun set, and the ice melted in our mouths.

lovely sis and her husband

The show was magical. It was moving. And it brought me to tears.

I am a spiritual person, so this definitely hit the spot. Thanks to an amazing family who let us come up and watch them dance and frolic in period costumes!

The view behind the stage, you ask (it was outside)?

It was this:

beautiful temple

Mobs burned down the Nauvoo temple in the 1850’s, after the Saints headed West (to Utah and surrounding areas).

The Nauvoo temple was rebuilt and dedicated in June 2002.

right on the hill top!

The whole weekend was perfect. Pure joy would describe it best, actually.

I try to stay healthy in a full, holistic sense, so this weekend definitely filled a spiritual void that I felt I had been missing. I love hearing the faith and sacrifice of ancestors who paved the way for others to live their faith.

We walked a bunch, rode on a carriage ride, napped, and just hung out. It was absolutely lovely. And so perfect for my mental health.

we rode this around historic Nauvoo

Once in awhile you gotta take a break from routines, life, workouts, etc, and take a BREAK. A mental, spiritual, meditative break. Life is more than workouts, food, how much we weigh, fashion, and work.

Life is meant to be enjoyed and lived. Life is about family, love, faith, health, and joy, wouldn’t you agree??

Be back tomorrow for a motivational post you will not want to miss! Have a lovely day!

When was the last time YOU took a nice, meditative vacation/getaway/trip?? What does LIFE mean to YOU?

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  1. We went to Chicago this weekend! YAY for mini-vacays!!! Can’t wait for tomorrow’s post… so suspenseful! :)

  2. You have such an incredible outlook on life!! It’s just so refreshing to read your posts chickee!

    A few weeks ago, after we painted our house and did the vinyl siding we were left with some time to go out to the cottage…I sat in the sun, read a book, slept in the sun, listened to the birds sing, sat around the campfire, ate tiger tiger ice cream, ran in nature and loved every second of it…It was total mental rejuvenation at it’s finest.

    You are totally right…It’s definitely not all about being physically fit, what size your jeans are, etc etc…It’s about living a healthy BALANCED life in all aspects.

    Once again, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts!

    Can’t wait for tomorrow!

    • Thanks for that, woman. You sure know how to make a girl blush!

      I am right there with ya : it is BALANCE. And you are so good at it, I can tell!

  3. caroline orien says:

    I love that you wore a Hogwarts robe to the movie. You must be a hard core fan! =)

    Spending time with people you love is the best! So glad we got to have some quality time in Nauvoo.


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