Tuesday, November 18, 2008


I'm going to be brave and post my 3 - yes THREE - SPT (Self Portrait Tuesday) photos for November. I think I told you that I did take the pictures, I just didn't post them. I didn't post them partly because I'm fairly vain (as I've already admitted to) and I'm getting old and I don't want to be reminded of that. I like to think that I'm the 19 year old in my brain!! But alas, if I was the 19 year old in my brain, then I wouldn't be nearly as "seasoned" as I am now. I'd be flaky and confused and well, YOUNG!
Let me say - I love my camera and my monkey slippers and ... my hands, well - if any of you know me well enough, you'll notice that something's missing. Yep, I took my acrylic nails off. I actually don't mind my hands without fake nails. I guess I must be finally growing up and becoming more comfortable with myself.
Here's looking at you, kid!

Friday, November 14, 2008

All in one...

This has been a challenging week. It's been hard for me to keep up. I told myself last week that I would try to do a Thankful Thursday each week and then I checked out this ladies blog that gives out a challenge to do on Tuesdays. This month it's self portraits. I was going to try to do that as well because if anyone looks at my photo collection they'll think I didn't exist.
Well, I took the photos on Tuesday, but still haven't downloaded them. Yesterday was one of the hardest days I've had in a long long time - and believe me, I've had my share of hard days lately. So I didn't get my Thankful Thursday in either. However, I've been thinking that blogs aren't supposed to be about guilt. No one in the world cares about what I "didn't" do - especially not my self portraits or lists of things to be thankful for. So I'm not going to go there. I'm not going to feel guilty for things I didn't do. I'm going to be Thankful for the choices I made and the things I DID do.
1. I give service to my daughter and her husband by watching their youngest - Livy, who is almost 11 months old - about 3-4 times a week while Jeni works and Dan goes to school full time. Some days I only have her for about 4 hours. Other days I have her about 7 hours. It's not hard to have her around - she's a joy. It's only hard because honestly, I don't get one other thing done when she's here. We just play and have fun. I'm trying really hard to be a wonderful grandma and I'm thankful for the chance I have to spend time with Livy.
2. I walked to my presidency meeting last night instead of driving the truck. It was only about 3 blocks - but I live in a neighborhood that is built on a rather large hill. To get to my house, you go up the hill and then back down again. My presidency meeting was on the other side of the hill. I know - still, not such a big deal, but I usually drive!! It was beautiful outside last night. Full moon - at least it looked like it, cold air (about 45 degrees), quiet. It was a good time to think.
3. I'm having my acrylic nails taken off today. For those of you that know me - you know that that's a big deal. I'm fairly vain and about 10 years ago I decided that I was sick of having short nails. My nails took the brunt of any frustration or anger or sadness I felt. Back then I was raising 7 children - 4 of them were teenagers and life was full of those emotions. So I decided to have nails put on. I've loved every minute of that. It's so fun to have people tell me what nice hands I have. However, my life can no longer accommodate them, so off they're coming. I'm sad, but also excited about the prospect of not being a slave to my nail appointments. I'll keep you posted.
4. I'm thankful for choices. I'm making a lot of them right now. I've made a lot of them in the past - we all have. Good, bad or indifferent I probably won't know for a while how my choices will turn out, but I'm thankful that I have the opportunity to make choices and hopefully learn from them.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Not much going on...

Wow - not much is going on around here lately. At least not much worth blogging about. Finances are still super tight - the rainy season has begun in earnest - most of the trees have lost their beautiful colored leaves - and I'm seesawing on the scales at weight watchers. Life is just so blah right now I can hardly stand it.
On the good news side, however, I'm excited for my sister, Cori and her husband Garret. He has a new job in Utah - so they'll be packing up their home in Mesa and moving the week after Christmas. This is such a great change for them - one they've needed for so long. I am so happy for them! It's, of course, tramatizing to our poor mother who will have none of her 3 children living close. I'm hoping she will look at it as more vacation destinations! :) Smile, mom!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Thankful Thursday

So my dear friend Kathy does this - I think she got the idea from her sister in law. Each Thursday she posts some things that she's thankful for that week. Since this is seriously an area that I could work on, I think I'll give it a try.
This week I am thankful for -
*Like Kathy - I'm so thankful to have "reconnected" with her. What a great friend she is and it's so fun to have a friend with a similar personality to mine!
*Spending halloween with my grandkids. They were dressed up so cute and had such a good time trick or treating in my 'hood! Livy wore the pumpkin costume that I actually made for Jeni for her first halloween. Each of my 4 kids wore that costume for their first halloween and each of Jeni's 4 kids have worn it as well. Fun tradition!!
*The chance to vote - even though it doesn't always turn out the way I want, at least my voice is heard.
*Having my hair colored - no gray for me thank you! Maybe I won't always be this vain!
*Chad and I got through an entire week of getting up at 5:50am and got to seminary on time - every single day!! Wooo Whooooo!!!
*Chad got his baseball fundraiser information - that means baseball season can't be too far away!!!