Monday, December 24, 2007
The gifts are wrapped, (miraculous...I often wrap everything on Christmas Eve after the kids go to bed), the jammies and ornaments are opened, the living room is vacuumed (now there is an exercise in futility), the stockings are ready to fill, and the luminarias are flickering up and down the street. I heart Christmas.
Merry Christmas to all...and to all a goodnight.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
I've learned a few things over the last few days.
a. There is no end for the need to paint. Ever.
b. Painting causes huge disruptions in the flow of life.
c. All that being said, I LOVE paint. What could be more satisfying than covering up all those fingerprints, smudges, and tired old walls?
And a few more related things learned.
d. By nature I love being organized and clean. Unfortunately, by habit I let things beyond the surface go and pursue more enjoyable adventures.
e. None of it goes away. Dust mulitplies like coat hangers and single socks. Piles become mega-piles.
f. It is still hard to throw some things away, like my kids' toys. What if the grandkids would enjoy them? Lincoln logs, anyone?
g. Hm. Maybe my offspring take after me. That might be why I just hung 43 t-shirts in Eric's closet.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
I made the mistake of entering through the garden center. Of course. When I checked out I had in my basket:
Two hanging plants...an unusual pink and yellow petunia combo, and a stunning dark fushia-ish purple petunia basket. They were such a bargain.
Two 6 packs of dwarf snapdragons.
Two seed packets of marigolds. (Are you seeing a trend here?)
New gardening scissors. Mine have disappeared off the face of the earth.
One car (from Cars) for Devlin. (I think I enjoy collecting them for him more than
A Christmas gift for Chloe. (Are you seeing another trend here?)
And last but not least, 2 packages of dryer sheets. Pretty expensive dryer sheets, wouldn't you say?
I think we can safely say that two of my weaknesses in life are my grandchildren and my garden. (And maybe Target!)
Speaking of grandchildren, happy birthday Zachary! I can't believe you are six!
Friday, October 5, 2007
a. it is conference weekend, and not only does that mean a feast of new talks, a chance to recharge the inner batteries, and relax, but also
b. there will be a lovely lack of meetings and excessive errand running...
c. it will mark the end of a less than fully productive week...
d. in between doses of conference, there will be grass to mow and dirt to dig. Wahoo! What more could I ask?
Thursday, September 20, 2007
2. Sleeping until I wake up. Don't get to do it very often. One of life's simple pleasures.
3. Having a walking partner again. Such motivation to NOT sleep till I wake up. Thanks, AJ.
4. Emails from Mongolia. High fives for all things technical which stress me out but also bless my life abundantly. It is email Thursday, folks.
5. 3:55 p.m. when Holl-Doll gets home from school. Empty nests are highly over-rated.
6. When the dentist says "We're all done." Wahoo. Can you tell I went today?
7. 72 degrees at 7:30 a.m. vs. 92 degrees at 7:30 a.m. Did I mention I LOVE our current weather?
8. Grandkids. They really are grand.
9. Finished projects. Also one of life's (not so) simple pleasures.
10. Finding a rubber chicken in my makeup drawer.
Monday, September 10, 2007
So then I took the quiz to see which Hogwarts house I would be in. Hufflepuff. Kill me.
Friday, August 17, 2007
Ugh, I was struggling with mono, laying on the bed with my 3 year old, watching Arthur, Sesame Street, Pride and Prejudice, and Sense and Sensibility. My oldest was at BYU, four were in Robson, Taylor and Mesa High, and Holly was on the bed with me. It wasn't the most productive year of my life, but happily, it is behind me!
What were you doing 1 year ago?
I was a brand new YW president and feeling very inadequate and overwhelmed. Haha...some things never change! I'm taking it in stride a bit better these days.
Five snacks you enjoy.
Five songs you know all the words to.
- Grandpa's Farm
- When the Thunder Crashes
- Almost all the Monkees songs: Hey, Hey We're The Monkees, Last Train to Clarksville, I'm a Believer, etc. etc.
- There's A Kind of Hush
- Jumbo Elephant
Five things you would do if you were a millionaire.
- Find some way to feed starving children somewhere.
- Fund a cure for cancer. (yeah, I know, a million wouldn't touch it, but I'd try.)
- Hire someone to tear out my lawn and put in new sod. (Thus removing all the weeds from my grass.)
- Buy 3 new cars with zero miles on them. Nothing that fancy, just new.
- Try not to change my lifestyle....pretty much life as usual.
Five bad habits. Only five? Ah, there are so many to choose from.
- Procrastination. Especially phone calls.
- Going to bed without washing my face. I always brush my teeth, though, if that makes the gag reflex stop for you.
- Walking around in my pajamas as long as possible in the mornings before I have to get ready to go somewhere. I inevitably leave the getting ready a tad too long and have to rush.
- Staying up too late, getting up too late.
- Not planning dinner ahead of time. I'm working on that one. Still. Did much better this week! Yeah for me.
Does this all add up to L-A-Z-Y? I'm really not lazy...maybe just wannabe lazy?
Five things you like to do.
- Hang out with my family. Joy and Rejoicing!
- Sit on my front porch and watch it rain.
- Work in my yard.
- Get pedicures, play the piano, shop (sometimes) and go to church. Sorry that was cheating, but I couldn't leave some of those out. Again hard to choose only five.
Five things you will never wear again.
- U-Knits. Oh heavens, remember those???? How embarrassing.
- Polyester Pant Suits. Only the aged will remember, but they were the only "suit"able replacements for wearing dresses to school. Actually at the time they were pretty stylin', but I don't want to go back there.
- Size small anything. Boohoo.
- Saddle shoes.
- Ribbons in my hair. Kinda too old, dang it.
Five favorite toys.
- Computer. Although we have a love/hate relationship, I adore keeping in touch with my missionary, my family, and my friends via its fab magic. I love that I don't have to use carbon paper and white-out anymore.
- My garden scissors and pruners. :)
- Lawn Mower
Where will you be in ten years?
Good question. Maybe in Mongolia on a mission. Who knows? Hopefully wherever I am it will be in good health and with my best friend/husband, surrounded by my kids and grandkids. Do ya'll want to go on a mission with me?
Monday, August 13, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
A. My computer is in a room occupied by my very cherished visitors so I'm trying not to invade their privacy too much. :)
B. My life just isn't that interesting!
However, my world rocked this morning when my tile guys announced "we are done." Wahoo! One more step accomplished on the way to restoration of usage of the master bathroom. Now all we need are sinks and toilets! Minor details, eh? I will post a picture when....I don't know when, but hopefully soon! In the meantime, I have a lot of nail holes to putty and sand.
Friday, June 29, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
A big change in my life was the death of my aunt this past week. She was my piano teacher for a while when I was in high school, and I'll always be grateful to her for teaching me some of the classics I still enjoy playing today (except I can't quite play them any more.) I will miss her, not that we really kept in touch, but I always knew she was there and that she was probably saying something really funny, 'cause she was like that. A change in routine for me was going to SLC to her funeral and spending some time with my awesome family. It was nice to re-c0nnect with everyone, even if it was for a short time. Miss you, guys! See you soon!
Another big change comin' up in my life is the state of our master bathroom. Come Thursday, the demolition crew will be here to transform its current hideous state into something lovely! It has been a long time comin'. Hooray!
Ripples going out from that change include painting the master bedroom. I meant to start that over the weekend. What happened? Perhaps a change of plans......?????
And a not-so-happy-for-me change occurred today as my beloved Beehive Counselor and Laurel Advisor became part of the new Stake YW Presidency. Hm. I will miss them like crazy. I guess I have to give them up for the greater good, but it is hard to imagine who needs them more than I do! I guess the silver lining in that dark cloud is that I will get to know some more fantastic women!
A change I'm looking forward to tomorrow is a haircut and color. Wahoo! I'm definitely looking forward to that one. Whaddaya think? Red? Blonde? Boring Brown? Highlights, no highlights, chunky or conservative? Hm. Guess we'll know by this time tomorrow!
I think I better change in to my pj's and contemplate some shut-eye. Maybe I'll change into a morning person. Wouldn't that be great?
Sunday, June 17, 2007
This guy is my favorite. He was born in a little town in Idaho on the very same day that I was being given a name and a blessing in a little church in Utah. We joke about that and say that I was REALLY blessed that day, but it is actually not a joke. I was. I am. And so are my kids. Happy Father's Day, baby. You are the best thing that ever happened to me.
Monday, June 11, 2007
Monday, June 4, 2007
Things I learned from Sandra:
People always matter more than programs or possessions.
Sometimes kids just need you to rub their ears.
Time is precious.
Being in nature helps us get closer to God.
We need time that isn't programmed to listen to the birds and watch the clouds.
Families are the glue that holds life together.
Little plants are like little souls. (We share a love of digging in the dirt.)
You need to deadhead your flowers. There is a quote by Sue Careless that always makes me think of Sandra..."You know you are one hard-core gardener if you deadhead flowers in other people's gardens." Sandra was a hard-core gardener.
Learn to serve.
Keep it simple.
Singing hymns brings the spirit. Kneeling prayer is powerful.
We learn to do by doing.
Sometimes we think too much.
Painting on cardboard is fun, whether it is with Beehives, Scouts, or any other group of kids. It is OK if it isn't perfect, and it is OK if it gets on the driveway. It comes out eventually.
Life is more fun when you laugh a lot. Presidency meetings are more fun when you laugh a lot.
Put one foot in front of the other even if it is hard. We can do hard things.
Some things are worth fighting for. Sometimes we need to assume the role of advocate.
Sometimes our role is submitting our will to God's will.
Life is good....the zinnias are blooming. (The last time Sandra was in my home, about two weeks ago, these were her parting words.)
I love you, my friend. I can't imagine life without you. Thank you for patiently teaching me.
Monday, May 28, 2007
Now there are dozens of zinnias in bloom and soon (I hope) there will be dozens of pictures on my blog. The reason I just have to settle for being hopeful is because I honestly don't know if I can remember how to do this. (Remember technostress.) But at least my computer has the capability now, even if I don't, which was not the case until my genius husband came to my rescue and re-set a bunch of stuff on my computer. Thanks, genius husband. Now if you could just re-set my brain to work better when dealing with things binary, we'd be in business.
Friday, May 25, 2007
One of my personal favorites was "he would rather chew off his arm than tell a lie."
"He is the nicest person I know."
"I've never heard anyone say one bad word about Ryan, but maybe that is because I have never heard Ryan say one bad word about anyone else."
"When he arrived at Mesa High he decided to forget himself and serve so the Mesa High experience would be better for everyone else."
"He gets people to work hard and get things done because he always takes the dirtiest job for himself."
"He is pre-approved to marry my daughter." (I heard this one from several people! :) )
"If I had a son, I would want him to be just like Ryan."
Well, I'm glad he is my son. Thanks for being who you are, dude. Love you forever.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
As I puttered around in my yard, it gave me a chance to reflect on a few things, take some deep breaths of fresh air, and get "grounded" again (no pun intended.) BTW, wasn't it a nice morning? Here's my profound thoughts for today:
Be grateful for every single day you are healthy and can dig in the dirt.
How'd I ever manage to be standing in the right line when they were passing out wonderful kids? I think I got the cream o' the crop in that department. Love you guys! (Nice speech at baccalaureate, Ryan!) I was definitely not standing in the right line when they were passing out hair. Hm. Glorious thought, I have a haircut tomorrow! Now if I can just remember long enough to get there...
In exactly 12 days camp will be over. I know, I know, it's gonna be really fun. It just isn't fun yet. I'm the world's most ridiculous novice about this whole thing. Don't get it, don't know what I'm supposed to be doing, don't like camping. But it's gonna be fun, right? Right?
Miracles happen. Every time I plant seeds and in a few weeks have blooming plants, I marvel at the creation. How does that seed know what to do? There is a saying that goes "Who plants a seed beneath the sod and waits to see...believes in God." It's true. Having said that, I believe in other miracles too...we gotta believe!
Five of my six children will be high school grads this Thursday. Thanks for being 13, Holly. I'm not ready to be an empty nester. I don't wanna grow up.
What are the odds that if you plant a whole row of mixed color zinnias there will be 3 pink ones in a row? Apparently the odds are not that slim.
Grandkids are like the cherry on top. I love being a granny.
I hate grasshoppers. Always have, but 10th grade biology didn't help. I was so disappointed to learn that Arizona has them too. If we have to have scorpions, you'd think we wouldn't have to have grasshoppers.
Friday, May 18, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Monday, May 14, 2007
1. Miss the energy...he is to the family like a spark plug is to the engine.
2. Miss the laugh...hearing it last night on the phone was fun.com.
3. Miss the hilarity... i.e. the chick magnet dance, fork and spoon pic from the Taj Mahal, twin hair picture with Tyler, etc. Every situation is more fun because he's there...he has a way of getting us all rolling. (Although I have to say, all of my children are pretty good in that department.)
4. Miss the acronymns he attaches to everything...I wonder if he has them in Mongolian?
5. Miss the sensitive side...he is emotionally open and feels deeply.
6. Miss the clothes on the bathroom floor...nah, not so much.
7. Miss trying to drag him out of bed in the morning...j/k...he is an early riser now. Go Yo!
8. Miss the little neat freak, OCD tendencies...so endearing. We call them Mitchisms.
9. Miss the sleeping antics...sleepwalking, hilarious conversations at 3 a.m., not hearing alarms that wake the neighbors across the street.
10. Miss the computer genius that patiently got me out of scrapes on a daily basis.
Well, that is a beginning of a long, long list of how I miss the kid. Do I want him back? Yep...but not for six months. I wouldn't bring him back today if I could. Isn't that weird? It just all goes to prove that sometimes the best way to love them is to let them go. And when he is back home, we will miss the weekly diet of uplifting and miraculous letters, the phone calls twice a year, and knowing he is in exactly the right place at the right time doing the right thing. Love you, Eddude!