Saturday, 28 February 2009
I enjoyed helping with the food and cleaning up after. I enjoyed visiting with my family and with other people at the baptism. And it was great to meet my kids there and bring them home. They had spent a couple days with their grandparents. They had a great time. We had a great time at home having a bit of a break, and the grandparents seemed to enjoy spending time with them too. I'm reminded of how great the gospel is, what a wonderful family I have, and how richly blessed I am. Life is good.
Tuesday, 17 February 2009
They were supposed to bring a collection of 100 somethings. Peirce first gathered up some magnets...which was really cool. He also wanted to do a sheet with 10 circles that had 10 beads in each circle. We decided to add a few things....and next thing you new we had this hugely packed paper. He was especially proud of the fact that that sure wasn't a waste of paper!
They were supposed to dress up as a 100 year old person....so Peirce borrowed Jill's beard from her Halloween costume.
Monday, 16 February 2009
Take that Chico!! No more dog spots!!!
Sunday, 15 February 2009
My list of Sunday Seven for today is:
1. I'm grateful for good books. This week I read The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks. Every February in our book club we read a romance and then at book club night we have chocolate fondue. We meet this week and I finished the book today. As far as romances go, it's a great one! The end brought me to tears. Loved it! Nicholas Sparks hasn't disappointed me yet.
2. I'm glad we're not going to Atlanta. We were planning to go in June for the PFS company convention - but it has now been cancelled. The parent company, Citigroup, has received bail out funding from the US government and as a result cancelled the convention. I thought it was an interesting thing to do since everyone pays their own way to the convention. However, I think the optics aren't good. Most news reporters can't seem to understand how the business works and that PFS doesn't get money from Citigroup either - so they were probably smart with that. Instead Mark and Sandy and Dennis and Shaun are planning a trip to Mexico. You have to qualify to be invited on the trip - so we're working on that! I think their trip will be something I'd enjoy and get much more out of than the company convention anyway. I've often enjoyed the company convention, but don't mind giving it up either. This year it was in June so we were having to figure out who to stay with our kids or where to send them - and I'm just glad we don't have to figure that out now.
3. Choir - Gee, I seem to bring this up every week. But you know, I am enjoying it! I'm definitely feeling my personal talents enlarged. Just the simple fact that I'm enjoying it is a blessing because I've never really been a fan of ward choir. Today we performed Dearest Children God Is Near You. I made Peirce sing with us. We had a group of children sing parts of the song. He won't admit it now - but he did enjoy it. After we sang he was sitting by me and humming the song and he said, "I liked that one Mom!" However, on the way home he went back to his regular grumbling about choir. He'd hate to admit he likes it.
4. An indepent daughter!
Today during Sacrament meeting it suddenly dawned on me that Jill was supposed to give a talk today. I pointed it out to her on the ward bulletin....and asked her if she wanted to write it or if I should write the talk. She wanted to write it and set to work. She did a good job too! Then later, I forgot to go listen to her talk. Smack some bad mother points on me. I sure was a dum dum with her talk today! Apparently it went well though. (sigh) Next week it's Peirce's turn so I guess I'll try harder to get it together this week.
5. Romance! On Friday our stake put on the annual Sweet Heart's Ball. For years we didn't attend - but I think this is the 3rd year we've gone. They have a big band that plays and I really enjoy watching the girls in the band sing. Oh how I want to be one of them! :0) We enjoyed visiting with friends on Friday....but didn't quite get in enough dancing, I'd say. Guess we'll have to do a little dancing in the kitchen to make up for it. :0)
6. Good friends for my kids. This is Teacher's Convention weekend so Thursday and Friday ther was no school and again Friday there is no school. On Thursday Jill played all day with her friend, Rae, and Peirce had a friend named Hazel over. I'm glad my kids have such nice kids as their friends.
Friday, 13 February 2009
Sunday, 8 February 2009
1. A healthy body. I have been inspired by people around the pool lately and their good health. I'm grateful for the health I enjoy and I need to continue to make exercise a priority in my life. I'm grateful I have a healthy body that responds to eating well and exercising! For the month of January I did 20 minutes on the Nordic Track every day. I have been thinking a lot that I need to add Yoga to my routine - so this is the month!
2. Amazing Church Leaders - A new Bishop was recently called for our ward. I think he and his wife are just terrific and I'm excited for our ward to have him as our Bishop. I also am really grateful to be in a stake an amazing Stake Presidency. Today was our Stake Conference and I appreciated the wisdom, the humor, and the challenges they gave us.
3. Missionary work - I was also inspired by the talks given by other people. One woman who is a new member of the church spoke of her conversion. She had a friend who loved her into the gospel. It was a long process - perhaps 4 or more years if I remember right. From what she said it sounds like her friend was someone I know well and it was sure wonderful to hear her story! I want to be a friend like that. I really have a desire to share the joy the gospel brings into my life.
4. Music - Jill seems to be catching on to the great experience music can be. She sang in the stake primary choir today and seemed. The two of us are going to sing in the stake contata that is coming up - and I'm very excited to be able to do that together.
5. My new job - I got my list of shops Friday and I'm thick into scheduling now. The new company's website is a little more confusing that I thought it might be - but I think it'll all come together. I am so grateful for this new job!
6. Propane! Allen's car runs on propane - and I'm so glad. Our last car was stolen and we felt like it was probably the worst thing that could happen to us. We really didn't feel like it was the best time to be buying a new car - but we sure did end up in a sweet situation! The propane tank has saved us tons of money. During the colder months we've had he found the car didn't run as well on propane so he had to use regular gas - but now things are warming up and we're back to propane. YEA!
Saturday, 7 February 2009
....not that I'm bitter or anything...
Oh well! All these things shall give thee experience, right?!
...after her 200 IM....she did well, just made one little mistake. Oops!
Friday, 6 February 2009
Thursday, 5 February 2009
I'm going to have to get a new slave. If he thinks he was my slave yesterday I have news for him! He isn't that great a slave! :0) LOL
Wednesday, 4 February 2009
Tuesday, 3 February 2009
Monday, 2 February 2009
So, I made dinner and after dinner we had presents and cheesecake! They got me a couple new shirts and a facial! I think I just might schedule that facial for the actually day of my birthday. The cheesecake was deeeelicious! It was a rolo cheesecake. Truthfully, I don't think there's a bad kind of cheesecake. They're all delicious.
( hmmmm....I'm 42 (thus the four and two single candles....no, I'm not 411!)..and we're celebrating on the second day of the second month....maybe my lucky number this year is going to be two!)
After we went bowling. I was the clear champion....smoked everyone! They said they let me win because it's my birthday...but don't believe them. I defeated them on pure inner strength and skill (oh, and it's a good thing we still have young enough kids that we can justify using the bumper pads) :0).....maybe there was a lot of luck thrown in there too. LOL
Thanks for the fun birthday party my little family. I sure do love you! :)
Sunday, 1 February 2009
So here goes....
1. I'm grateful for great mentors and friends like Mark and Sandy. They are inspiring and amazing and fun. We got to see them this weekend and I always marvel at how they're able to inspire and and teach and remain so real. They have made a huge impact on mine and Allen's lives.
2. I'm grateful to be part of a great ward. I seem to have that on my mind a lot today. I have so many good friends in my ward and am so blessed by those people. I've realized how important it is to be involved and develop relationships. It's fun - and it provide a great foundation to so many things. I've thought a lot about how those relationships have been a blessing when trials come along. Our lives are deeply interwoven. Because of that we're aware of one another and can help one another. I feel a responsibility to invite others into our circle of friendship so that their lives can be similarly blessed.
3. I'm grateful I have been taught to be willing to try things even if they're hard. I took on the assignment to lead the choir for our ward and it sure isn't something I would have volunteered for. I didn't think I could do it - but I've put a lot of effort into learning how to do it and even though there are tons of people that are much better at doing something like this I'm grateful that it seems to be working and that my talents are growing.
4. I'm grateful for my new job at GfK! I've been humming and hawing for about six months about making some sort of change. I felt like I needed to make a change and have finally done it. I start tomorrow! I thought when my kids were in school I'd go back to teaching. However, it doesn't seem to be in the cards for me right now. Not because there aren't jobs out there I could apply for...but my heart just isn't in it. I want to continue to work from home. I'll be doing the same thing I was doing before, only with a different company. Looking forward to it! And mostly I'm grateful to be able to still work from home.
5. I'm grateful for Freecycle! This weekend we got a 52" TV and an amazing stairmaster machine from someone that was moving and couldn't take it all with them....and just like the rules say, it was all free!
6. I'm grateful my family all enjoys good health. I've been praying for friends, Melanie and Scott Palmer as he goes through a heart transplant. I am amazed at Melanie's strength through all this...and thankful for modern science that makes miracles possible. Still praying for a miracle.
7. I'm grateful for my good kids. I'm amazed every day how independent they. I am proud of the people they're becoming. I've said it before, and I still think that they're two of the most interesting people I know. I'm grateful to be able to be their mom and I love being a parent to them together with Allen. We love being their parents!
....charming, aren't they?! :0)