Friday, November 28, 2008
10 years ago I was:
1) Living in Idaho
2) Missing my family
3) Enjoying my little almost 1 year old Drama Queen
4) Surviving with just one car - we were so poor
5) Learning that friends can be just as fun if not better than family
5 things on my "To-do" list today:
1) return all those over-due books to the library
2) start getting Christmas gifts organized
3) call an ENT for Sweet-boy
4) get registered for school
5) make some time for me
5 snacks that I enjoy:
2) carmel, usually with chocolate
3) swiss cheese with peanut butter
5) dried blueberries
5 things I would do if I was a millionaire:
1) have no more debt
2) build my dream house
3) give my parents' $50,000.00 just cause
4) take a long cruise somewhere with my hubby
5) do many, many random acts of kindness for complete strangers
5 jobs I have had:
1) Bank Teller
2) Unit Clerk in an Emergency Room
3) Supervisor for Life Flight
5) Crossing Guard - it is more fun then you think
5 places I have lived:
4) Utah another city
5) Utah another city
5 people I tag are:
1) Manwaring Moments
2) Spouse in the House
3) This is the day...
4) This is the Life
5) Busy Lady
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
This is my wish, but not my reality.
I really do want people to have the peace that they need in their lives, the struggles to go away and that our country might unite in love. I want for us to never forget the reason for the season and all the blessings that we do enjoy. I want for all our service men and women to come home to their families. I want our children to be safe and live in a world with no fear. There is much more, but I think we all get the point.
So what is on your Christmas List this year?
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Several years ago, a friend of mine and her husband were invited to spend the weekend at the husband's employer's home.
My friend, Arlene, was nervous about the weekend. The boss was very wealthy, with a fine home on the waterway, and cars costing more than their house.
The first day and evening went well, and Arlene was delighted to have this rare glimpse into how the very wealthy live. The husband's employer was quite generous as a host, and took them to the finest restaurants. Arlene knew she would never have the opportunity to indulge in this kind of extravagance again, so was enjoying herself immensely.
As the three of them were about to enter an exclusive restaurant that evening, the boss was walking slightly ahead of Arlene and her husband. He stopped suddenly, looking down on the pavement for a long, silent moment. Arlene wondered if she was supposed to pass him. There was nothing on the ground except a single darkened penny that someone had dropped, and a few cigarette butts. Still silent, the man reached down and picked up the penny. He held it up and smiled, then put it in his pocket as if he had found a great treasure.
How absurd! What need did this man have for a single penny? Why would he even take the time to stop and pick it up?
Throughout dinner, the entire scene nagged at her. Finally, she could stand it no longer. She casually mentioned that her daughter once had a coin collection, and asked if the penny he had found had been of some value. A smile crept across the man's face as he reached into his pocket for the penny and held it out for her to see.
She had seen many pennies before! What was the point of this?
'Look at it.' He said. 'Read what it says.' She read the words ' United States of America '.
'No, not that; read further.'
'No, keep reading.'
'In God we Trust?'
'And if I trust in God, the name of God is holy, even on a coin. Whenever I find a coin I see that inscription. It is written on every single United States coin, but we never seem to notice it! God drops a message right in front of me telling me to trust Him? Who am I to pass it by? When I see a coin, I pray, I stop to see if my trust IS in God at that moment. I pick the coin up as a response to God; that I do trust in Him. For a short time, at least, I cherish it as if it were gold. I think it is God's way of starting a conversation with me. Lucky for me, God is patient and pennies are plentiful!
When I was out shopping today, I found a penny on the sidewalk. I stopped and picked it up, and realized that I had been worrying and fretting in my mind about things I cannot change. I read the words, 'In God We Trust,' and had to laugh.
Yes, God, I get the message.
It seems that I have been finding an inordinate number of pennies in the last few months, but then, pennies are plentiful! And, God is patient.....
Thursday, November 20, 2008
As if that is not enough to just make one declare this was the best night ever; the next day will be full of creative crafting as we make Christmas cards with more delightful company and sinful food.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
However, It is the meaning of what we are gearing up to celebrate that I love. It is the scheduling of visits to family that we have not seen in a while and in some cases since last year. It is the anticipation of snow to play in, gingerbread to bake and eat and bake again, gifts to wrap, cards to send and receive from long lost friends, and the animation of my children's' faces when they spy another gift under the tree. It is also the time that we take in remembering our Savior, His gift to us and talking about ways that we can serve those around us, not just during this season, but always.
So do I think that having Christmas music blaring in my car and in my home is too early and too much - NO!!! I do not think that we can give enough time to the real reason that we celebrate Christmas.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
The Man bringing the first of many strands out onto the roof. Notice that we do not use ladders when going out an open window is so much more fun.
(This picture is about a girl and a boy and with his dad. They were making their mom scared. She screamed and screamed for hours at home.) Sweet-boy told me to write this for this picture.
Drama Queen wanted to get in on the action so she also got out there with dad on the roof.
I love that it is beginning to look alot like Christmas.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
You laugh hysterically cause this is so much fun.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Do you ever take these tests and wonder who thought these up?
Like this one......for those that really know me, am I really Elinor Dashwood???
You Are...Elinor Dashwood! Then there is this little gem. If that is really true then why can I not do simple 5th grade math? Okay, I agree with this one, but getting those ideas out of my head and into something amazing and where the problem lies. Has anyone see my "Quirky" post, no need to say more. After my Layover on Blog Around the World with 79 commentors to get back to, I think that popularity is overrated. I love the visits but getting back to each and everyone was a three day affair. I loved it but just that once.... This really is a blog about my crazy family and our little space in the world. Like it or not, this is it. Here is the cold hard truth, yep I am addicted!!! Created by OnePlusYou - Free Online Dating This is gonna be rich! Now I do agree with that. I love being at home, reading a good book by the fires glow or making cookies with my kids. I love being with my family.
Your Blogging Type is Confident and Insightful
You've got a ton of brain power, and you leverage it into brilliant blog.
Both creative and logical, you come up with amazing ideas and insights.
A total perfectionist, you find yourself revising and rewriting posts a lot of the time.
You blog for yourself - and you don't care how popular (or unpopular) your blog is!
What Your Bed Says About You
Outward appearances are very important to you. You do your best to look good and have an attractive home.
Okay I have no problem taking my kids to school in my PJ's, hair messed up and morning breath, I am in my car of course....
You are an organized and disciplined person. You do the right thing because you want to, not because people expect you to.
That might be true 50% of the time, but really if I want to I do something then I will , but if I don't, well then I don't!
You are very high maintenance. You like everything a certain way, and you're grumpy if things aren't the way you like them.
The Man says that this is true! I have to disagree, just about the grumpy part. But I do like it the way I like it and if everyone would just do as I say then everything would be just fine!!!
In relationships, you tend to be quite dominant. You enjoy taking charge.
I do have a strong personality, but I have learned in 13 years of marriage that I do not need to win every argument, that sometimes it is best to just remain still.
You tend to be a dreamy, head in the clouds type of person. You think in terms of possibilities.
I do always have a dream in my head and it usually has Enrique the pool boy in it (inside joke with The Man:0). I do always want a goal, something to work for, and something to achieve.
You are a total homebody. You are happiest when you're at home.
Then there is this little gem.
If that is really true then why can I not do simple 5th grade math?
Okay, I agree with this one, but getting those ideas out of my head and into something amazing and where the problem lies.
Has anyone see my "Quirky" post, no need to say more.
After my Layover on Blog Around the World with 79 commentors to get back to, I think that popularity is overrated. I love the visits but getting back to each and everyone was a three day affair. I loved it but just that once.... This really is a blog about my crazy family and our little space in the world. Like it or not, this is it.
Here is the cold hard truth, yep I am addicted!!!
Created by OnePlusYou - Free Online Dating
This is gonna be rich!
Now I do agree with that. I love being at home, reading a good book by the fires glow or making cookies with my kids. I love being with my family.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Dad, I love you so much for who you are; for the person that you helped me to become, for all the fun that I have when I am with you, and for loving my family with such devotion. I love that The Man can come to you and know that he will get support and counsel, and most of all understanding. I love that you gave me my tool box with the knowledge of what each tool did and helped The Man become my "fix-it" man. I love that you are always there to help in whatever way we need it. I love that all my greatest memories in my life have you in them. I love that I get to spend time with you, especially when we went to the Temple together. I love that you married your sweet-heart, your true soul mate, and work so hard at being eternally blissfully happy. I love that no matter what crazy thing we are doing that you are supportive and willing to help out. I love that you love me and I know it each and everyday.
Dad I love you so much!!!
Happy Birthday Dad!!!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
This is what my washing machine churned out of their pockets. It does not look like much but it really was something to behold.
I leave the room for a second and hear a muffled "Help me Mommy!"
This is what I saw on my return.
Not only was he hanging in the washer but somehow he was stuck in there. I had to laugh then.
So after he was rescued, washer all cleaned out, garbage dumped, floor swept and things back to normal, Sweet-boy told me, as I tucked him into bed, that, "I never want to clean nature up again."
Hmmm, I think a lesson was learned tonite and it was good for a post too.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Pour into sauce pan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly till it comes to a boil.Pour the sauce over the broccoli/chicken and cover with more Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
Remove foil and bake for another 5 minutes to brown top.
This is really good the second day after the sauce has thickened.