Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
"As I looked at that gathering of beautiful young women (at a Young Women's Conference the previous week) the question moved through my mind, 'Are we rearing a generation of young men worthy of them? Those girls are so fresh and vibrant. They are beautiful. They are bright. They are able. They are faithful. They are virtuous. They are true. They are simply wonderful. They are simply wonderful and delightful young women."The talk was amazing to me, and as a Young Women at such an impressionable time in life, they were words I wouldn't forget and I read many times over again! He is going to be greatly missed, because he was so incredible. Knowing what I know (and other's know who have a testimony of this gospel) he is now with his wife after fulfilling a marvelous long life. And the church will not waver because it has been so well organized, by God himself, that there are things being done so that we, the members, will be sustaining the new prophet before we know it. It is all a great thing and we are all so grateful for the time we shared with Pres. Hinckley!
Sunday, January 27, 2008
"If you know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter, and road construction, you live in Utah."But this year I have really enjoyed the snow... I figure it has to be for two reasons: My truck's four wheel drive that makes driving through snow a breeze. And, most importantly, Liv LOVES the snow this year! We have now made two snowmen and now looking forward to another good snow to make another! It makes the bleak weather report look okay... this week it looks like Utah will be dumped on again. Plus, Liv likes to name her snowmen just as though they were another friend or toy. The first of the season was named Bob and the second Larry "Like Grandpa Larry," she said! That was special, but he only lasted a couple days, so now she's looking forward to the next snowstorm. Where before I would grumble, now I'm also excited for snow so I can go play in it with my daughter as she discovers all the fun mysteries it holds!
p.s. My other favorite "You might live in Utah..." Jeff Foxworthy sayings:
"If someone in a Home Depot store offers you assistance and they don't work there, you live in Utah."
"If "vacation" means going anywhere south of Salt Lake City for the weekend, you live in Utah."
"If you measure distance in hours, you live in Utah."
"If you know several people who have hit a deer more than once, you live in Utah."
"If you have switched from "heat" to "A/C" and back again in the same day, you live in Utah."
"If you can drive 75 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard without flinching, you live in Utah."
"If you design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit, you live in Utah."
"If the speed limit on the highway is 75 mph -- you're going 80, and everyone is still passing you, you live in Utah."
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
"Call nothing thine except thy soul.
Love not what thou art, only what thou may become.
Do not pursue pleasure or thou mayest have the misfortune to overtake it.
Look always forward. In last year's nests there are no birds.
Be just to all men, courteous to all women.
Live in the vision of the one for whom great deeds are done... "
Friday, January 18, 2008
I read these questions over at Sensational Six & thought they'd make a great flashback friday. It is great to reminisce on the year past to remember all the good and learn from the bad that comes in 365 days!
- What did you do in 2007 that you'd never done before? Digital scrapbooking and glass bead making.
- Did you keep your new year's resolutions and will you make more for the new year? The only resolution I remember making a resolution that in 2007 I would read the biographies of the LDS prophets (at least Joseph Smith) but that didn't happen. For the new year the only resolution I'm making is to live in the moment. To read more on this check out this post.
- Did anyone close to you give birth? The day Gary turned one Mindy gave birth to her second son. My life-long friend, Sheena, gave birth to Kate. And Heather welcomed Hadley to her family!
- Did anyone close to you die? Unfortunately, yes. My high school sweetheart, Brian Monk, passed away in December.
- What countries did you visit? I was able to visit Mexico by way of cruise last spring!
- What was your biggest achievement of the year? Learning how to make glass beads and potty training Liv!
- What was your biggest failure? Succumbing to depression.
- What was the best thing you bought? Plane tickets for our vacations. Well worth not having to drive with kids!
- Whose behavior merited celebration? My brother-in-law, Taber, who's life was rocky but then he made the bold choice to join the Marines and has now matured into quite the young man!
- Where did most of your money go? I swear, it all went to crayons... But also mortgage, other bills, vacation, and Liv's preschool (money well spent for sure!)
- What song will always remind you of 2007? Your Guardian Angel by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus as well as Into the Ocean and Calling You by Blue October
- What was your favorite TV program? Samantha Who?, So You Think You Can Dance, Pushing Daisies, and Desperate Housewives
- What was the best book you read? The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
- What was your greatest musical discovery? I still love learning how to play the violin!
- What was your favorite film? I had a hard time racking my brain for this one, but at least one I really enjoyed was Stardust.
- What did you do on your birthday and how old were you? I went to lunch with family then had cake and ice cream with just my little family plus Dad and the boys. To read more click here.
- What kept you sane? Many hot baths and several girls night outs including beading nights and institute with Laura.
- What political issue stirred you the most? Here in Utah we had the big vote on school vouchers... whether or not to give money back to families whose kids attend private schools.
- Who do you miss? Of course, my mom... it doesn't seem to get easier over time, unfortunately.
- Tell us a valuable lesson you learned in 2007? To live in the moment... which is why it's my new year resolution!
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
I know that I claim to be a digi-scrapper but I have rarely posted any layouts in the last year. But I want you all to know it's not because I really don't do it, instead it's because what I was doing was making little scrapbooks for mine and Todd's parents for Christmas. As you can see, I couldn't post them and ruin their gift. So now I am putting up a slideshow so I can share those pages with you! I really do love digital scrapbooking, and here are the reasons...
1. It is so much more convenient. With traditional scrapbooking I'd have to wait until I was away from the kids or after they went to bed because of all the supplies I had to haul out. Of course they want to play with whatever mom is playing with. But with digi scrap I can just open up my laptop while they are watching cartoons or playing and work on a page or two without them wanting to play with all the little pieces.
2. I love that I can use paper, embellishments, and such over and over!
3. I can use a lot more pictures on a page because it's so easy to size them without having to order them in wallets. Or, make them larger so a favorite picture can really be spotlighted & not have to pay the extra money to have the photo enlarged.
4. I have every layout saved on my computer and cds as well as on photomax where they save the files on a hard drive in the granite vaults here in the rocky mountains.
I am sure there are several others, but there are the top ones for now!