Sunday, November 30, 2008

Christmas Memories...

So it is Sunday night and we just put up our Christmas decorations.  It feels good considering last year we did not put out one, not one, decoration.  We are sitting down as a family watching Dora and I started asking Jeff what his favorite Christmas memory was.  I thought I would post about it because I thought it was so funny.  Let me give you a little background.  Jeff's mom is a retired nurse.  She worked at the Utah State Developmental Center for like 20 years or something.  She worked directly with the developmentally disabled that lived there.  So when Jeff was 16, in 1994, his sweet mom thought that it would be meaningful if they invited the clients (Or the mentally challenged) that lived at the Developmental Center to come to their house for Christmas day.  Jeff said they really made a day of it.  There was about 12 of them, all older males, that came.  It started in the morning with breakfast, then there was some sort of Christmas gift exchange.  Then they made cookies that were to be delivered later while caroling.  Shiela (Jeff's Mom) had arranged to go caroling at the different members of her families houses with the cookies.  She felt it was best to prearrange this so no-one would get nervous answering the door to a big group of Adult, male, mentally challenged people.  Jeff said it was so funny to go Christmas caroling with them.  They had some strand of bells that apparently everyone wanted to ring.  All the clients were mad when they weren't getting a turn.  He said at one house one of the men loudly exclaimed, "It's my turn to ring the!!!"  Although his language was much more colorful than mine.  It was a year he has never forgotten.  

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Up next...

I think maybe why I haven't posted is because I've been working on a new sewing project.  I am taking a break from quilts, so I thought I would try something new.  One of my new quests in life is to become a little more "green" in my everyday life.  There are so many different small things to make a difference.  I am not trying to be all Al Gore about it....just make some simple small changes.  So I have been picking up all these "Go Green" grocery bags you can get at all the different stores and I love them.  SO I found a pattern for them on line.  I figure if your going to use them you might as well look cute while you are using them.  So that's what I've been working on.  I've learned that my topstitching could use some help but I maybe getting a little better.  I'll post a picture when I'm finished.  

Not exciting

So it has been a while since I posted...really only just like five days, but it feels like it has been a while.  I think it is because not much exciting has happened.  Thanksgiving has come and gone.  We spent it at Jeff's parent's house which is always good.  Dinner is always fantastic.  I was disappointed in myself because I overate.  I thought I would be able to rise above this year and walk away feeling slightly full instead of I need to lay down full.  But I didn't make it.  I feel a little bit better about it because I made it to the gym that morning, so I felt like that counteracted what I ate.  AND, I made it out of the gym with no falls so I would have to say it was a particularly good day.  Then I had to work on Friday.  We are spending rest of the weekend putting up Christmas decorations and all that great stuff.  We, mainly me, are trying to stay out of the stores because we are in Economic Conservation mode.  It makes things not that exciting.  So sorry...if this is boring.  I guess it is just one of those days....Have a great one!!!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Gratitude # 3

So I've been thinking that it is probably time for the next gratitude list.  I was at my yoga class last Saturday and before the class ended my yoga teacher said that we should take time throughout the day to find gratitude for the exact moment we are in.  I love that.  I feel like this is something we should all be making an effort towards everyday.  So then class ended and on my way out of the room, in front of about 45 people I fell.  Yes..I fell.  One of those really embarrassing falls that I'm sure everyone went home and told there family about.  I even have the bruise, one week later to prove it.  It is about the size of a softball and right on my shin.  I struggle to find gratitude for that exact moment, but you know....I'm kind-of  a work in progress.  So here goes my list...
-I am grateful for flowers.  All kinds of flowers.  I had such a good time picking out all the different flowers for my arrangement.  It was so fun.
-I am grateful for good friends.  I have good friends all over my life.  I've got good family friends, that includes you Tanya.  Good work friends.  Good church friends and good highschool friends.  It is so nice to know that they are all a part of my life and it makes me want to return the favor.
-I am grateful for Elmo.  Well, actually Blake is grateful for Elmo, therefore, I am grateful for Elmo.  
-I am grateful for warm weather in November.  When you have a 20 month old that loves to be outside, this makes a huge difference in your life.
- I am grateful for lifestyle changes.  About 8-9 months ago Jeff and I made a lifestyle change and it is so much better for us.  We feel so great.
- I am grateful for fabric... I love fabric.  Actually, I could stack it in a CLOSET and be excited to just look at the stacks.  
- I am grateful for organic and preservative free food.  This goes along with the lifestyle change.  It just feels so much better to eat food like this.
-I am grateful for Harmons and the good quality of food/produce they offer to consumers like me.

So let's not forget to be grateful...and enjoy your Thanksgiving week!!

Friday, November 21, 2008

More Giveaways...

So here comes my greediness again but this giveaway found here is is so my style and I really hope I win so I need all the help I can get...Wish me luck!!

Thursday, November 13, 2008


So this is what happens when you get bored at work with your fellow radiation therapist...notice the pegged legged pants.  I always reluctantly agree to go along with the shenanigans and I am not nearly as charismatic as the rest of them.  I love these girls.  They have all been good friends for a long time.  They make going to work great....And this isn't even the half of them...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Like I've said before....I am new to all of this but could not help myself with this giveaway I found on Mckenna's blog.  It is fantastic and found here. I love to quilt...which means I love everything about it...the finished project and the wish me luck..


Well isn't this exciting... Although I did need some direction from cute Mckenna and she was the one who tagged me.  I'm still new to all of here it goes.  This is my 10th picture from my fourth picture file.  This is cute Blake on the very day we brought him home from the hospital..

Isn't he so cute?  And he was so little.  He was 6.0 lbs when he was born and came home at 5lbs 12 oz. or something like that.  I look at these pictures of Blake's early days and feel so grateful that we are no longer in the newborn phase.  I know at sometime there will be another one but for now, we are great where we are.  I felt I needed to add a few others pictures to show you some more recent ones of Blake.  My how they change...These are from Montana this summer...We love Kim B Photography and all the pictures we get.  

So I am going to tag Rachel Mellor, Kim Burnham with Kim B Photography, and Jinger Miller....aren't you excited?  Don't be aftraid to ask for help..I had to...

Thursday, November 6, 2008


Not that I'm trying to do overkill or anything...but while reading and reading the lesson that my husband prepared for me on gratitude...we talked about how important it is to express gratitude often.  I just really feel like gratitude is so important to have.  I feel like it is the basis for everything.  We should be expressing our gratitude even for the small things in our lives.  SO I've decided to make this a regular post on my blog.  What better place to publicly mention those things in my life that I am most grateful for.  Jeff and I used to keep a gratitude journal and it seemed to help always remember all that we are blessed with.  So here is my Gratitude #2 list:
-I am grateful that my lesson is over....such a relief.
-I am so grateful for Blake's scruffy hair.  I think it is so cute and can't bear to cut it.
-I am grateful for the right to vote.  Even though my candidate didn't win, it doesn't matter.  Just that we have the freedom to vote is something to be grateful for.
-I am grateful for our play date yesterday at Kangaroo was so nice to get out and Blake thought it was so fun.
-I am grateful for the Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey...this book is awesome.  I am so glad that Jeff and I are reading it together.
-I am so grateful for Jeff...He is my everything.  Did you know that he left Priesthood on Sunday to listen to my lesson with his ear to the door?  And then..when I finished..he opened the door just slightly to give me the thumbs up...
-I am grateful for my job.  I love my days at work and I love what I do.  I am grateful to be able to spend my days with patients that are constantly grateful for the small things.  

Don't ever forget to be grateful!!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

The longest day ever..

I know I've already posted pictures from the pumkin patch at cornbellies but people keep emailing me more and I thought this was so cute of Blake...even with his snotty nose.  And I know that this is my third post for the day but it seems like it has been such a long day because of daylight savings and we are kind-of bored....
Happy 40th Birthday to my favorite Sister....
She'll be so mad that this is the way I chose to say Happy Birthday but I didn't
have a choice because she hasn't been answering her phone.  I know she has better things to do than to sit home and wait for a phone call from happy birthday.

Happy Halloween....These are the only pictures I have from Halloween.  What kind-of mom am I, I don't even take that many pictures on Halloween.  Blake was a little army guy that worked out perfect because of his gimpy leg.  We could have pinned a purple heart on him and nobody would have known any different.  Jeff decided to paint his face for the trick-or-treaters.  We handed out big candy bars this year that we found on sale at costco.  They seemed to be a hit.  Just an update on the gratitude lesson.  It is finished.... and I feel so good that it is over.  The content was great, the presentation not so great but it is over.  Enjoy the pics...(we did paint Blake's face for the evening as well...his didn't last that long because he thought it was more fun to wipe off the paint than actually wear it..)