Saturday, November 29, 2008

Annual Gingergread House's

For the past 7-10 years, my family gets together either the Friday or Saturday after Thanksgiving and decorates gingerbread houses. These houses are made out of the real thing. My mother starts about 2 weeks before Thanksgiving and makes tons of gingerbread dough. When my brothers and their families come, the house is baked, glued and ready for them to decorate.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you all have as many things to be thankful for as I do. May your day be filled with love and laughter. Here are just a few of my many blessings:
1- a family that loves me and for the most part gets along with each other (for 8 siblings, thats an accomplishment)
2- my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
3- my calling- I get to work with the YW of the stake
4- my job- especially in this economic time
5- my house
6- my car
7- my neighbors
8- my friends
9-my extended family
10-my nieces and nephews- I love like they were my own
I know I have many more things I have been blessed with and am grateful for but will call this good.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

A, B, C ....

A-Attached or Single: Single
B-Best Friends: Wendy and my sisters.
C-Cake or Pie: Cake!!
D-Day of Choice: Saturday
E-Essential Item: sewing machine
F-Favorite Color: red
G-Greatest Accomplishment: sad but I can't think of one. I'm sure I have one.
H-Hometown: The center of the valley
I-Indulgences: Chocolate!!
J-January or July: Without a doubt, July!
K-Kids: 19 nieces and nephews I consider my kids
L-Life is incomplete without: Family, Friends, The Gospel
M-Marriage: Not yet! I'm waiting for Moroni! :)
N-Number of Siblings: 5 brothers, 2 sisters, 5 sisters by marriage, I consider siblings.
O-Oranges or Apples: Apples
P-Phobias or fears: Snakes and deep water
Q-Quotes: "Come what may, and LOVE it".
R-Reason to Smile: Christmas!
S-Season: Fall
T-Tag Friends: Anyone who wants to!!
U-Unknown facts about me: so unknown that not even I know it.
V-Very favorite store(s): Material Girls
W-Worst habit: starting a project and not finishing it
X-X-ray or Ultra Sound: X-ray - I 've had my fair share of them!!
Y-Your favorite food: Mexican
Z-Zodiac: Pieces

Thursday, November 20, 2008


I just got back from getting a massage and feel great!! Since I have Degenerative Disc Disease and had neck surgery 3 years ago, nothing gives me relief like a massage. If you've never had one, you have no idea what your missing.

Most people feel awkward getting a massage because they think you have to get completely undressed. Not so! You undress to your level of comfort. I am hooked and will be getting one every month.

Sunday, November 16, 2008


Yes I am, and so are you! Today was our Primary Program and it was sooo cute. The kids sang their little hearts out and the talks were great. I loved when the sunbeam class started it off with each of them telling/shouting in the mike "my name is (fill in the blank) and I am a child of God".

Saturday, November 15, 2008

4th Picture

So Kim tagged me. You post your 4th picture in your 4th file on your computer.

This is my niece Payton. I tag anyone else that wants to do it.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Random thoughts

So I really don't have much to say (wait, that is how I start my written journals..oh no, I'll try not to make this too long... who am I kidding, this is as close to a journal as I have kept for a while) but just noticed I havent blogged for almost a week. I wish I were more creative in my writings, but that just isnt me.
This past week has been kind of busy at work. I am in the middle of getting some pretty big filings done and off to the states which consumes my entire day... 6:45 to 3:45 with lunch most days at my desk. The only reason I leave on time is because I drive in and Dana and Gaelynn rely on the ride. Oh well, I would say it is job security but then that would be laughable since they layed off 6 people this week. I feel safe though so I'm not really all that worried. A friend at work summed it up best when she said " I have faith in the Lord that what ever happens is what is best for me".

I also forgot a very good friends Birthday and I feel so bad. I took her flowers last night and we went to dinner but it just doesnt make up for the fact that I forgot. I promise, it won't happen again!!!

I'm trying to decide what to make for our girls camp fund raiser auction this saturday and am torn. I was planning on making a table runner or quilt but just didnt get time to do it. I hope they arent dissappointed in me. I won't go empty handed though so I guess a great cake or something will have to do.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

I'm back...

This is the beautifully 200 year old house my friends are renting.
The view from their family room. awesome!! To the side of their house, they have their own little forrest. This is Wendy taking a picture of the kids in the forrest.
The old care takers house is now a cottage that someone rents. I loved this little view and would love to live there.

This is son #1 He is cute and loveable.

son #2- such a cutie.
Oldest daughter. A typical pre-teen. Sorry Wendy!!!
I hope the next one is a boy so you don't have to go thru it again.

daughter #2- darling and a big helper.

One of the pictures Wendy "tried" to take. Daughter #1 "hates" to have her picture taken and made sure her mom was very much aware of this. Thankfully she cooperated a bit.

Friday night we went into the city and saw Wicked which was wonderful. Leaving the theatre we took a pedal-taxi and then prayed we would make it back safely to Grand Central Station to pick up our train. As you can kind of see from the picture, NYC is CRAZY. Tons of people and cars. This picture is Times Square in the distance.

New York was beautiful! The trees when I got there on Monday were all a glow with the many colors of fall. A couple of days, we didnt even leave the house. We sat, visited, crocheted and had a fun and relaxing time catching up.
Thanks again Wendy!! I love you and your family.

Saturday, November 1, 2008


I leave tomorrow night for New York and I am so excited. I'll share pictures when I get back. Last year when I went, the kids were big into Webkins which I have seen here but none of my nieces and nephews had heard of them. I want to take something with me for the kids so I asked my friend what they were into this year and here is what is all the rage.

They are called Kooky Pens and they trade them. I actually found them at Michaels but that is it! They each have a name and a different personality and are actually kind of cute. Have any of you heard of them???