Friday, December 24, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
1. learning something new
2. being excited about it
3. getting Christmas started
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
1. Less chauffering
2. Children prepared to be on their own
3. Children still at home
Change is usually most difficult for those left behind. Our house seems quieter. Not that K was loud, but she liked to talk...alot. She would tell us in detail how her day went, what she did, who she was with, what time she did it (exact to the minute,) what she ate, etc. I liked it. The table seems empty. Set for only four, it just doesn't seem right. No one asking if I need help with dinner. No one calling to see if I need anything at the store before she comes home. Just little changes in the dynamics of our family. I am sad, and miss her, I think everyone does. However, I am so excited for her. She has so many opportunities ahead of her. So many new friends to meet. So much to learn. So much to see. What an exciting time in her life...
So here is my advice...
Remember who you are and what you stand for.
Right is still right when no one else is doing it, and wrong is still wrong even when everyone else is doing it.
Always say your prayers.(and read your scriptures.)
You are the Daughter of a King...A true Princess.
We love you.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
We were staying at our timeshare with hot tubs, so when I got there, I pulled off the tag, and went for a little dip in the tubs. Yes, it even looked pretty good in water although a little baggy on the stomach. But that was even better, I wouldn't have to worry about all those ab exercises I have been meaning to do all summer. The next day I was doing a little clean up, and picked up the tags off from the night stand to throw in the trash...WHAT? A MATERNITY SWIM TOP! Yes, I had purchased myself a lovely maternity top. And although I am not pregnant, nor plan to be anytime soon, I will continue to wear my ...Oh, so cute top!
I think I better get real serious about returning to the gym!
Sunday, June 27, 2010
That evening G and I took D and Reed and Carissa out to dinner and to an Aces baseball game. I think they had fun.
On Saturday our whole family went to the temple. I have been looking forward to all being there for a long time. I always felt bad when we would leave D home while the rest of us went in for baptisms. But today, we all were there...I look forward to many more days like that... A little taste of heaven.
Today D will get to pass the sacrament for the first time. A new suit is definitely in order for that. Hopefully he will let me take a picture. I really wanted a picture yesterday of all of us at the temple, but when we left, not a soul was around. A great weekend not only for D, but for me, the Mom as well.
1. Being in the temple with everyone
2. A worthy family
3. Growing up (sad too)
D had the time of his life with his cousins. They did all the things he and boys love. Camping, 4 wheeling, shooting, and various other things he could not get enough of. He asked to stay just one more day. Thanks, to those who made that possible, and did lots of extra driving, and cooking to feed a growing boy.
K went to Hawaii with her dance team. They had four performances, and taught workshops. They also had lots of free time for going to the Polynesian Cultural Center, which was her favorite thing, and snorkeling, Pearl Harbor, surfing, visiting the temple, and just enjoying the beach. She had a great time and is trying to talk us into Hawaii for spring break.
With everyone going there separate ways for even a week, I can see how the dynamics of our family are about to change.
I was a bit worried about the weather situation because of the cold spring, but left it in God's hands knowing I couldn't do a thing about it...And just like always, He took care of us and gave us beautiful weather. Many from our stake went up the Saturday before and shoveled snow out of the ampitheatre and off tent pads. There were still piles around when we got there and a little mud. The days were warm and the nights cold, but I took extra blankets, and slept warmer than ever.
The theme this year was "stolen" from my sister..."Got Courage?" We focused on having the courage to stand up for what is right, and how those good decisions will lead us to the temple. The leaders were wonderful. They all took such good care of their young women. And did some really great things to teach about courage and the temple. We had great speakers, fireside, workshops, and devotionals. To all who took part, any part in the planning of camp, I thank you. It could not happen with one person. I have such great people to work with, who love the young women, and want them to feel the spirit. I know the young women felt the spirit in not only an amazing testimony meeting, but as they participated in workshops, learning, and team building experiences. My prayer is that they continue to feel and recognize the spirit in their lives, and they make the small changes that will keep them on the path to return to our Heavenly Father.
Monday, June 7, 2010
1. knowing someone appreciates you
2. those who say "thanks"
3. friends who listen to me ramble
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Mason, K and Kai
K talking about retiring teachers, her Grandma G
K singing "Don't Stop Believing"
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
1. Rains that come AFTER the party
2. Boys who listen to the still small voice (even if they don't listen to my big loud voice)
3. Daughters who grow up to be strong, confident, beautiful, and make good choices
4. Dads, Moms, and sisters who come and work while they stay at my house
5. A husband who interacts with teenagers
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
1. unconditional love
2. childlike faith
1. Recognizing wrong (even when it is too late)
3. Those who walk away
1. enjoying "phantom of the opera" with k and b
2. eating really good food
3. seeing things turn green
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Although track has started and soccer is just around the corner, I feel pretty good about things. I don't have to do anything for those activities. Oh yeah, I do have to show up for games and meets. And by the way it was freezing cold at the meet on Saturday.
But yesterday, it was the day I have been waiting for...Sunshine, 60 plus degrees, it was beautiful. I spent some time out in the yard cleaning out flower beds. It was so warm I had to take off my sweatshirt. Today is even warmer...Please stay!
2. Wearing flip flops without numb toes
3. The end of the tunnel
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
1. Principle to live by
2. Modern Prophets
3. Having it over.
Friday, February 19, 2010
1. Something to look forward to
2. Playing all weekend
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Saturday, January 9, 2010
OHHH, they are so wonderful! And QUIET! It just got fun to do the laundry. I have been wanting new ones for about 3 years, and they just kept on giving. But then the washer started to leak, so we decided after about 13 years of a used set, we would get new one. I really didn't realize how loud the old ones were. I don't even have to shut the laundry room door. I can barely hear them with the door open.
And just so you know, I went with the Electrolux.
I really like them so far. I like them enough that I just might start doing my children's laundry again. Just kidding kids! I will share them with you though.
2. Meaningful gifts
3. A husband who wanted a dryer.
- Making a gingerbread house (or castle) with someone else doing the gingerbread making. And yes, it was even homemade. It was so much fun. Thanks Sommer family.
- Caroling with friends. This is my favorite tradition. I grew up doing it, and I just can't stop. We sounded amazing thanks to friends with great voices. Thanks Brummett, Barton, & Sommer families.
- A visit from the Brummett's - to go caroling. So fun to see their cute family grow.
- Christmas Eve with more friends. Yummy food, fun games, and visiting. Thanks Jones and Williams families.
- More Christmas Eve and Christmas with Family. Of course more food and games. Thanks Guisti and Koenig families.
- New Year's Eve blessings we want for the coming year and making new friends. Thanks Lords family.
- Braiden's baptism
- A visit from my parents - even if it was quick and I had meetings all day.
The rest of the time we just relaxed, played more games, and ate more yummy food. As you can see we are so blessed to have so many friends and family to spend time with. We enjoy the time we spent with all of you and appreciate your kindness and friendship. Sometimes we get caught up thinking life is all about things, but it is really about relationships. I love that we had so many opportunities this Christmas season to strengthen friendships with both family and friends, and hope I can be a better friend to all. I learn from all of you and your example.
We are also blessed to understand the importance of Jesus Christ in our lives and the need for the sacrifice he made for us. So silly that we try to give tangible gifts in celebration of what he has done for us, when the gift he has given is so precious.
So...Thank you to all who made our Christmas wonderful.