Sunday, March 23, 2014

{great words to live by}

President Gordon B. Hinckley
I always loved listening to President Hinckley.  He was such an inspiration of living a happy, righteous life.  I have a collection of his quotes...they always are such good words to live by. I came across this one recently and can hear his voice when I read it.  :)

"You can be excellent in every way.  You can be first class.  There is not need for you to be a scrub.  Respect yourself.  Do not feel sorry for yourself.  Do not dwell on unkind things others may say about you.  Polish and refine whatever talents the Lord has given you.  Go forward in life with a twinkle in your eye and a smile on your face, but with great and strong purpose in your heart.  Love life and look for its opportunities."

Saturday, January 25, 2014

some "goal-ie" thoughts...

Okay.  It's January 25th, and I'm finally writing down some goals for this year.  

*be a good mom.
:) Yes, I want to work on this and be better.  They deserve it.

*say NO. NO. NO.  
I love doing things for others, I truly do.  But, I spend soooo much time on things for other people--hours that could be spent on my family, my unorganized home, my to-do list, or even fun things I want to do and never have time for.  This is a big one for me this year.  Just say "no."  At least for one whole year.  I can only imagine all that I could accomplish if I had all those extra minutes this year.  Of course, this doesn't include those acts of service that I need in my life.  Just that unimportant extra stuff has got to go.

*recognize all family member's birthday's ON TIME :)
I LOVE making cards.  I have enough supplies for millions of cards, literally.  Do you think I can even make cards for my immediate family on time (or sometimes even at all), nope.  That is just ridiculous. And that is going to change this year.  I am focusing on this healthy, fun activity on Sunday afternoons.  What better thing to do on Sunday than think about those people that mean the most to me and create a little piece of art for their special days? 

*make exercise a habit instead of a sporadic activity
Maybe it's the fact that I'm getting older, maybe it's because my "new" job of 6 years requires me to sit most of the day, or maybe it's because I love butter and sugar more that anyone... whatever the reason, I am getting chubby.  I DON'T LIKE IT!  I don't need a sexy, rock-hard model body (although that would be nice), but I need to feel good about me.  So, eating healthy (eMeals, here I come) and exercise (Graden, warm up the projector with P90X3)...are BIG priorities for me.

*de-junk my house
I have lots of books about this.  Obviously, I haven't learned a single thing from them.  But, I can't live like this anymore.  It makes me feel so depressed.  Sucks my energy away. And makes me such an unhappy person.  I need to take charge of this.  No one is going to do it for me, and honestly, I don't want anyone to.  I can do it.  Just the thought of it makes me excited.  To think of every room in my house clean and organized.  I get giddy thinking about walking into my workroom with an extra half hour and having nothing needing to get done, nothing needing finished, and nothing scattered all over the counter and floor.  It would be magical for me to see an idea on a blog, pinterest, or in my head and be able to walk into my room and create it!  Not having anything else hanging over my head.  aaahhh.  That would be nice.

*FINISH all the unfinished projects piled up.  
Years worth of projects.
Enough said.

*get organized
  (I have lots of books about this too...and again, obviously, I haven't learned that either.)
  Here's the one I am going to use this year.  It is a must.

And, maybe I am crazy, but here is my newly, updated and colorized daily/weekly/montthly/yearly cleaning lists...all printed up and bound in a cute book.  Because if it's cute, it will get used, right?

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Max Kisses

May 2, 2012
Graden sure loves his dog, and that sweet dog loves his boy.  Graden picks him up, rolls him around on the floor, and always gets LOTS of kisses.  The funny thing about Max is that he knows exactly where kisses go...right on the lips, and he does everything he can to plant his tongue there!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Shand & Zach play the coffee house

July 13, 2012

Such a fun night!  Shandryn has been working diligently on her CD...writing lyrics, creating the music, practicing, practicing, practicing, and recording...oh yah, she has also been practicing.  :)  I love having our home filled with her music.  It is beautiful.  Again, she simply amazes me.  This is the second time she has played at the coffee house, but this time she wasn't solo.  Her very talented friend, Zach P., played with her.  (I have tried several times to post video clips, but it isn't working...)  bummer.


Monday, July 9, 2012

making ice cream

a day with the cousins, skylar & zach  July 5, 2012

Zach had been wanting to make homemade ice cream for some time, so I finally had he and Skylar over to whip some up.  They actually made lunch with graden (gold) and dessert.  What awesome boys!

budget meal: gold

One of Graden's favorites...

When Graden was little boy, like 4 years old little, he was at his grandma Frieda's house for a visit.  When lunch time rolled around, she prepared a pot of gold for that cute little boy, and he loves it just as much today as he did 23 years ago!  So, whenever I ask the kids what they want for dinner that would be quick to prepare, Graden always requests "gold."  It is actually tasty (especially if you like tomato soup with grilled cheese), inexpensive, and very quick--just my kind of meal!  We were lucky to have Skylar & Zach over the last time we made it; they were great helpers.  :)  I especially love graden's "dumpling" method.  He said that after they are pinched closed, you should roll them into a ball so that they are like dumplings.  Unlike my method of just plopping them in the soup as soon as they are pinched.  He is also a fan of "silver" (monterey jack).  We have made this with just about every kind of cheese that can be found in a normal fridge!  YUM!

pot of gold

tomato soup

cheese block
biscuits in a can

Friday, July 6, 2012

"Want to go for a W?"

Code for "Dogs, we are going for a walk!"   Trust me, they know exactly what a W is, and boy do they get super excited--running in circles and trying to figure how to open the bench that holds their leashes--all the while happily barking.  This is one of their favorite places to walk.  They love to run, explore, and sniff.  It is so awesome that we live on the edge of town where these places are a plenty!  :) Just look at those smiles.

They are just loving this!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

{blast from the past: McCall}

McCall senior pics June 30, 2011

My brother, Brian, has one of the most beautiful daughters--McCall.  Just look at her!  Gorgeous.  I was super excited that she asked me take some senior pictures while she was visiting last summer.  (I am far from a professional, but that didn't stop me from pretending.  Plus, how can a photographer go wrong with this beauty?)  I love when she comes to Green River and look forward to our time together.  We had a blast...and several hundred pics later decided to give the ole Nikon a break.  The best thing about McCall is that she is just as sweet as she is beautiful!  Enjoy a small sampling...

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

{blast from the past: biking}

muddy ride july 4, 2011

Some of this family enjoy mountain biking.  Nice for them that we live right next to some awesome biking trails.  Last year (7-4-11) after graden, andy, travis, and michael took off for a ride, the clouds moved in a dumped a little rain...they just kept on bikin'!